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.

See also: At La Mar, Peruvian Classics Are Elevated to Haute Cuisine

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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 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.

See also: Fit to Fight: Chefs Look Back at the Shed Pounds

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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.

See also: Marlins Park Hosting Miami Octoberfest October 4

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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.

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

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New Times' Pairings Is Next Week: Get Half-Priced Tickets Now!

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New Times' Pairings is next week and you don't want to miss this event that features dishes from the best South Florida restaurants, each specially paired with a wine or beer to compliment every delicious bite.

Just one week from today, on Thursday, September 18, from 7 to 10 p.m., Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center for the Performing Arts will host this premiere event, filled with food, wine, spirits, and live entertainment.

See also: Wine by the Bay in Downtown Miami: Taste Wines From Around the World

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Ferran Adria's Master Class on Creativity and Culinary Arts

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Ferran Adrià teaches a master class.
Last evening, an intimate group of people gathered at the SLS Hotel South Beach, not for a cocktail party or to fête a supermodel, but for an evening that was much more cerebral -- although food and drink were certainly involved.

Ferran Adrià, arguably the world's most award-winning chef and head of famed elBulli, was scheduled to give a talk.

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Taperia Raca Launches Dinner and a Movie Series With Gourmet Popcorn

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Taperia Raca hosts dinner and a movie. Your date night just got easy to plan.
With summer ending, clear skies and cooler evenings will finally replace the nightly sauna that made up August.

Better weather means it's time to get outside and enjoy Miami. And there's no better date night than dinner and a movie. That's the idea behind Taperia Raca's Cinema Wednesdays, which begins tonight, September 3 and runs throughout the month. Movies start at 8 p.m., and it's suggested you arrive at 7:30 p.m.

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Edge Steak & Bar 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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