Cindy Hutson on What To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Courtesy of Cindy Hutson
While you're probably still full from last night's turkey feast, chances are you're already thinking about what make-shift lunch you can throw together from the remnants of white meat, cranberries, and sweet potatoes you have in your fridge. Turkey sandwiches are so obvious and predictable -- unless you're making Monica's "moistmaker" from Friends. Since you have no idea how to do that, how about whipping up a Monte Cristo instead?

In anticipation of Cindy Hutson's first-ever Thanksgiving leftovers cooking class, the Ortanique on the Mile chef and owner gave us the lowdown on how to turn scraps into a gourmet meal and why a turkey Monte Cristo is the ultimate way to put your residual turkey to good use.

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Rusty Pelican and Whiskey Joe's Need Extras for Videos: Free Food and Drinks

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Eat and drink for free. Star in a video.
If you've ever wanted to break into show business, this is your lucky day.

The Rusty Pelican and Whiskey Joe's are filming some updated videos for their websites, and they're looking for people to portray happy diners. In exchange for your time, you'll be wined and dined.

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Brad Kilgore to Open Alter in Wynwood; Pop-Up at Miam Cafe Begins Tomorrow

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Photo by Giovanny Gutierrez
Bradley Kilgore popping up in Wynwood for good.
If the movie Chef taught us anything, it's that every chef yearns for the creative freedom to run a kitchen. The film also predicted the next trend in the food industry, at least in Miami: food bloggers partnering with chefs for their first solo endeavor.

Blue Collar's Danny Serfer opened Mignonette with friend and MiamiRankings.com blogger Ryan Roman, and come summer 2015, Bachour Bakery & Cafe will bring famed J&G Grill pastry chef Antonio Bachour's sweets to Brickell with the help and financial backing of blogger Javier Ramirez (AKA GourmandJ) and chef Henry Hane.

Striking a trifecta, J&G Grill chef de cuisine Brad Kilgore recently announced his departure from the Jean-Georges Bal Harbour outpost to open Alter with Ramirez and wine enthusiast Leo Monterrey. The progressive American restaurant in the heart of Wynwood is set to open in February. Its first service, however, will take place this Thursday, November 20, at Miam Café.

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Top Chef Nina Compton to Host Pop-Up at Cafe Mistral

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Nina Compton: Bad ass chef!
Since winning the fan favorite title on Top Chef, Nina Compton's been on the move.

The talented toque, who resigned her position as chef de cuisine of Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in June, has been traveling, racking up experiences, and, hopefully, recipes. Stops on the Compton world tour have included Alaska, New York, Italy, England, Boston, and Toronto, to name a few.

The good news is that chef Compton is back in Miami and hosting a pop-up dinner.

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LuckyRice: Asian-Inspired Food and Cocktails in Paradise

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All photos by Laine Doss
Five-spiced pork belly by Phuc Yea.
The Raleigh Hotel's gorgeous poolside oasis was the setting for the LuckyRice festival, where neatly two dozen of Miami's best chefs gathered to serve Asian fare while the city's finest bartenders mixed cocktails with Bombay Sapphire East gin.

The result? A sophisticated soiree filled with upscale and delicious food and drink, great music, and a few surprises.

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P.I.G. 5: Pork Rangoon, Foie Gras-Stuffed Baby Pig, and Pumpkin-Spiced Pork Rinds

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Photos by Carla Torres
P.I.G. 5
If there's something we learned at Jeremiah Bullfrogs P.I.G. 5 is that chefs love to cook pork. They also love those who like to eat pork, which was the case with the 250-plus swine aficionados who congregated at Brisky Gallery in Wynwood Sunday for an afternoon of pig eating, beer drinking, and rubbing shoulders with some of the city's top toques.

Even chefs enjoying their day off came by to show support, like Aaron Brooks from Edge Steak & Bar, who brought the whole family out for a porky Sunday funday.

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Jeremiah Bullfrog's P.I.G. 5 This Sunday: Limitless Pork From Miami's Best Chefs

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Photo by Zachary Fagenson
Pork is good indeed.
Pork is good.

If you're nodding your head right now and beginning to salivate at the mere thought or the tender and succulent meat, then you'll want to make your way to Brisky Gallery in Wynwood this Sunday for a different kind of artistic exhibition -- one that puts pig on a pedestal.

P.I.G. (Pork Is Good) is back for round five, and this time around, chef and organizer Jeremiah Bullfrog (GastroPod) has upped the chef count from last year's pork fest. "We're trying to grow it bigger and better," says Bullfrog. "And by better, I mean trying to deliver a value to the customer that far exceeds anything they would expect at that price point at any other events around town."

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Burger Beast's Top Turkey This Saturday: Thanksgiving Dishes From Your Favorite Food Trucks

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Courtesy of Burger Beast
Get yo' turkey on this Saturday.
Don't want to wait for Thanksgiving to stuff your face with turkey? Burger Beast is here to save the day.

This Saturday, more than 20 food trucks will gather at Magic City Casino for the third-annual Top Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner Challenge, where they'll duke it out for bragging rights and a trophy emblazoned with a golden turkey.

Last year's trophies went to Ms. Cheezious and Big Kahuna. The savory award went to a housemade smoked turkey, fontina cheese, caramelized onion, and pumpkin aioli melt on rosemary bread. The sweet award was given to a pumpkin-pie shake with candied pecans and pumpkin whipped cream. If that's any indication about what to expect this year, you won't want to miss this event -- especially because admission is free.

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Free Herradura Cocktails at Pride & Joy and Butcher Shop Tonight

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Photo by Liz Priore
This could be yours tonight.
Want free tequila? No, that's not a trick question.

Last night, Herradura Tequila invited lovers of booze and art to participate in the second-annual Miami Barrel Head Art program. Three out of five Wynwood bars and restaurants unveiled tequila barrels turned into unique works of art by one of their employees.

Last night's unveiling included Wood Tavern, R House, and Shots Miami. The tequila crawl continues tonight with Pride & Joy and the Butcher Shop as they unveil their artistic talents in a special event including a margarita DYI station, interactive painting, and gratis tequila.

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MC Kitchen Hosts Rare Cigar and Beer Dinner With Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione

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Dogfish Head Brewery founder Sam Calagione will be at MC Kitchen's beer dinner next Thursday.
MC Kitchen is hosting a rare Dogfish Head beer dinner next Thursday with brewery founder and president Sam Calagione.

The event is a unique beer fete. Why?Because not only will there be extremely limited suds, but Calagione just doesn't do beer dinners that often. In fact, hardly ever, says MC Kitchen's Dena Marino.

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