Bulleit Bourbon Dinner: Crispy Oysters and Bourbon Pomegranate Baby Back Ribs

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Cheers to Bourbon month
Last night, Bulleit and Chat Chow TV teamed up with Rob Ferrara and John Latrellis of Lure Fishbar for a bourbon-pairing dinner that included potent drinks and delicious food.

It's the second year in a row that Bulleit, Chat Chow, and Ferrara partake in the event with the first held at Swine last year. "Last year's dinner was so foie heavy I don't know how anyone is alive," said Ferrara as he kicked things off last night. "But tonight, we're really excited to be cooking you the food we love to do."

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Gaston Acurio's Leche de Tigre Gang Makes Ceviche at La Mar

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Leche de tigre or "tiger's milk" gang
On Tuesday, world-acclaimed chef Gaston Acurio was joined by his leche de tigre gang and they continued their ceviche tour with a stop in one of the chef's outpost -- La Mar -- where Miami chefs and industry folks gathered for the chance to be in the presence of the culinary mastermind.

The Astrid & Gaston chef and owner recently announced that he'd be retiring from his beloved restaurant that was just named number two in Latin America after 20 years. We presume to do more stuff like traveling the world sharing the secrets of Peruvian cuisine, as he did Tuesday.

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Bulleit Five-Course Bourbon Dinner at Lure on Thursday

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Bacon old-fashioned from last years Bulleit dinner.
In celebration of bourbon month and its impending finish (insert sad face here), Chat Chow TV and Bulleit are hosting their second annual bourbon dinner tomorrow at Lure Fishbar.

The five-course, Southern style meal brings the "South to South Beach," and for the second time has Rob Ferrara (last year's dinner was held at Swine) concocting five specialty bourbon cocktails.

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Haven's Four-Course American Bombers Beer Dinner Wednesday

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Last month, Haven gastro-lounge hosted its first beer-pairing dinner with Ommegang. Chef Todd Erickson was so satisfied with the turnout and the thought of pairing his food with a great craft beer that he's decided to keep the series going, turning it up a notch with 22-ounce craft bomber bottles, thus American Bombers Beer Dinner.

This Wednesday, Haven will be pairing up with beer columnist and Miami Herald food editor Evan Benn to bring beer snobs a four-course dinner that will make the end of summer a tad bit little cooler.

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Gaston Acurio at La Mar for James Beard Benefit Next Tuesday

If you have yet to make it to La Mar and try Gaston Acurio's Peruvian fare, you might want to mark your calendar for next Tuesday, September 23, because the celebrity chef will be making an appearance at Brickell Key's snazzy cebicheria.

In benefit of the James Beard Foundation, La Mar and executive chef Diego Oka are hosting a special Friends of James Beard benefit dinner filled with Peruvian specialties. Think raw fish and pisco sours.

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New Times' Pairings Is Tonight: Five Reasons to Go

New Times' Pairings is here! South Florida's best foodie event happens this evening when the Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts over 40 restaurant, each serving amazing food paired with a fine wine or craft beer.

If you haven't already snagged tickets, don't worry. Tickets available online at browardcenter.org until 2 p.m. today. After that, they're available at the door tonight (general admission $55; VIP while supplies last $90). If you're still on the fence about going tonight, here are five reasons why you absolutely cannot miss out:

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Jacob Anaya, Brad Kilgore Fit to Fight Barbecue Dinner at OTC Monday

As the Fit to Fight challenge comes to a close in just two weeks, a dozen Miami chefs are going full force in the final stretch to shed pounds and raise funds. Dinners, brunches, cooking classes, and workout sessions have all been part of the fun events chefs and supporters of the challenge have participated in.

This coming Monday, Brad Kilgore from J&G Grill and Anaya of OTC will collaborate on a rather unusual event: healthy barbecue. Yeah, we bet your eyes just lit up.

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Michelle Bernstein to Host Michy's Pop-Up Dinner at Crumb on Parchment

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Michelle Bernstein is hosting a Michy's pop-up.
Miami's culinary darling is hosting a special pop-up dinner this Friday, and it looks like it's been flying under the radar.

This Friday, at 7:30 p.m., Bernstein will put on the four-course tasting menu with table-side plating at her Design District bistro, Crumb on Parchment. She will personally explain each of the courses to diners.

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Oktoberfest Five-Course Dinner, Beer Pairing at the Federal Tomorrow

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Oktoberfest pork belly
The Federal Food Drink & Provisions is kicking off Oktoberfest in German fashion tomorrow night with their third-annual beer celebration. Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold have crafted a five-course dinner menu to pair with brews chosen by local beer guru Patrick Lunn and owner of Gravity Brewlab Diego Ganoza.

Can't make it tomorrow night? Don't fret. The celebrations continue from Saturday through October 5 (Germany's actual Oktoberfest dates) with a nightly menu of German bites and beers.

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Fit to Fight: Chefs Look Back at the Shed Pounds

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Miami chefs post-workout at SoBe Kick.
In the beginning of the summer, a dozen Miami chefs entered the Fit to Fight challenge. The challenge, created by Top Chef alum Mike Isabella, started in Washington D.C., where the toque enlisted his Beltway peers to work out and raise over $30,000 for cancer support and research. The challenge was so successful, with 14 chefs losing a combined total of 300 pounds and raising money, Isabella decided to bring it to Miami.

Each Miami chef has committed to raise $1,500 personally to benefit Live To Fight, a non-profit organization that brings together people in the martial arts and mixed martial arts community to raise money and offer additional support for people within that community with life-threatening illnesses. The chefs have also agreed to change their lifestyles, incorporating exercise and healthy eating into hectic schedules that too often involve late nights, rich foods, and a few end-of-shift drinks.

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