EDGE Steak & Bar Brings Back Cooking Classes; Aaron Brooks Goes Healthy

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Get your cook on with chef Aaron Brooks
Fit to Fight, a weight loss challenge competition in which 12 Miami chefs are battling and sweating it out, kicked off June 30. Last weekend, Todd Erickson and Jamie DeRosa collaborated on a brunch after a 45-minute spinning session at Flywheel. Part of the competition is raising a minimum of $1,500 through events and goal-based pledges.

Hoping to exceed the minimum, chef Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar will be bringing back his popular cooking classes on Saturday, September 13. The classes will keep to the theme of leading a healthy lifestyle without forgoing Brook's delectable food.

See also: Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

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This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Bar Wars, Spice Mash-Up Grand Finale

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All of this but with sun and barbecue.
Happy Labor Day! For everyone not in the industry, today means an extra day of eating and drinking. And for all those in the industry, today we pay tribute to you and your hard labor. From a Labor Day poolside barbecue to the last Miami Spice mash-up dinner, this is one busy week. And it starts now.

See also: Make Your Own Tiki Cocktails for Labor Day, Courtesy of Gui Jaroschy and Trevor Alberts

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Cigar City Beer Pairing at Verde: Imperial Stout Limited Release and Grouper Cheeks (Photos)

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All photos by Carla Torres
Beer-pairing dinners attract the most devoted of beer snobs. Only true craft beer lovers would drive down from Fort Lauderdale for one. Especially when the beer involved Tampa brewer Cigar City and the chef happens to be the one who opened the Cigar City brewpub in 2008.

Cigar City rep Eddy Torres joined chef Nicolay Adinaguev at Verde last night for the restaurant's first beer pairing. Short Order was invited to attend the dinner.

See also: American Social: Fort Lauderdale Gastropub to Open Brickell Location

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Cigar City Beer-Pairing Dinner at Verde Thursday

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Everything pairs well with beer, according to chef Nicolay Adinaguev.
When thinking of Verde, Stephen Starr's restaurant at PĂ©rez Art Museum Miami, craft beer doesn't necessarily spring to mind. Yet this Thursday, chef Nicolay Adinaguev will be collaborating with brewmaster Wayne Wambles of Tampa's Cigar City to create a beer-pairing dinner that will be sure to please all beer snobs.

Adinaguev knows the beer well, as his history with Cigar City goes back to 2008 when the brewery first opened. Adinaguev was the opening chef at the brewpub, so the beer-pairing dinner came naturally. "This is the perfect opportunity to work with Cigar City again," says the chef.

See also: Finka Table & Tap Takes Bold Flavors to Miami's Hinterland

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Todd Erickson Talks Beer, Hosts Ommegang Pairing Dinner at Haven

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Todd Erickson breaking out the beer at Haven.
While it is better known for inventive cocktails than craft beer, Haven South Beach is catering to lovers of brew with its upcoming beer pairing dinner.

Executive chef Todd Erickson will collaborate with Brewery Ommegang for the dinner on Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. The affair will offer 30 guests the opportunity to taste chef Erickson's summery menu, paired with the brewery's Belgian style ales, all crafted in Cooperstown, New York (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame).

Chef Erickson said the idea for the dinner came about when Haven revamped their beer menu, adding Ommegang's Three Philosophers to the roster of craft brews. "With us being a gastrolounge, we thought, why not do a beer pairing. Ommegang is a great brewery, and it was a chance to do a summer pairing with all these braised summer dishes. I mean, who doesn't like beer?"

See also: Haven Introduces More Substantial Menu, Adjustable Seating (Photos)

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Miami Chefs Host Fundraising Events for Fit to Fight Challenge

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Fit to Fight via Facebook
From Flywheel to Sobekick, Miami chefs are sweating it out all around town.
While we're getting fatter taking advantage of Miami Spice, the chefs behind those meals are slimming down for a good cause. As part of the Fit to Fight challenge, 12 local toques have committed to lose weight while raising funds to benefit Live to Fight, a nonprofit that supports individuals with life-threatening illnesses. After their last weigh-in August 4, some are already down almost 20 pounds!

In addition to competing to drop the most weight, each chef is tasked with raising a minimum of $1,500. Many are hosting events and touting restaurant specials to help meet their goals and promote healthful living.

See also: Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

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Wynwood Brewing's First Anniversary: Block Party and Bottle Release

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Thumbs up and a cheers to Wynwood Brewing's first anniversary of production.
One year has elapsed since the opening of Miami's first production craft brewery, and to celebrate , Wynwood Brewing Company is shutting down the block and throwing a party in front of the brewery this Saturday.

From noon to 10 p.m. August 16, the party will include food trucks, DJs, art, and (of course) beer. The section of NW 24th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues will be closed during those ten hours. However, the taproom will be open from noon to midnight. Tickets will be available for $5 per pour.

See also: Wynwood Brewing Company Announces Expansion, More Brews

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New Times' Original Beerfest at Esplanade Park: Presale Tickets Available Today

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Beerfest tickets available for presale today.
New Times' Original Beerfest returns to Esplanade Park in Fort Lauderdale. It's worth the trip!

On Saturday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m., Esplanade Park gets taken over by 4,500 brew fans to sample more than 100 beers by some of the most innovative breweries in the world -- many of them in our own backyard, thanks to the emerging beer culture in Florida.

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Cool Off With DB Bistro's Summertime Barbecue Series

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BBQ at DB.
Barbecue is synonymous with summertime, which is why DB Bistro Moderne has brought back its summer DBQ series for the second year in a row -- to keep things a little cool with some specialty cocktails during these scorching months.

DB Bistro launched DBQ last year and had such a successful run that Jason Pringle is going for a second round. You can catch the executive chef mingling and grilling Fridays on the terrace, where he makeS barbecue items from regions across the world each week. Available Monday through Friday in the lounge and on the terrace during happy hour from 5 to 8 p.m., DBQ is going on till the end of August. Short Order was invited to check out the offerings.

See also: Michelle Bernstein's Seagrape at Thompson Miami Beach to Open in October

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Key West Lobsterfest: We Chased That Tail (Photos)

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Lobstah.
The tagline for the Key West Lobsterfest is "A Celebration of our favorite Crustacean!" and that was reason enough for us to chase that tail. The four-day celebration really hit the streets this past Saturday with a concert and street fair open to the public.

There were lobster tacos, lobster mac & cheese, lobster grilled cheese, lobster ceviche, honey tempura lobster, and endless more preparations (cue Bubba talking about shrimp) but the full-on tail was the real teaser and street pleaser. Mere words won't do the sight of people sitting on the sidewalk devouring $22 lobster justice, so here are some photos.

See also: Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival Returns for Second Year

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