Grovetoberfest Returns With More Beer Than Ever: Get Your Insider Discount Code

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Photo by Laine Doss
We're looking forward to Grovetoberfest.
Just about had it with summer? Between killer mosquitoes and alternating burning sun and thunderstorms, we're looking forward to the relative cool of autumn. That -- and beer.

October is traditionally the time for beer and, while Germany's Oktoberfest is world famous, Miami has its own unique celebration of brew. We're talking about Grovetoberfest.

The one-day cavalcade of beer returns to Coconut Grove's Peacock Park on Saturday, Oct. 18, and this year promises to be bigger than ever. Translation: more beer.

See also: Grovetoberfest: Miami Brewers Spotlighted

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Bourbon, Beer, and Cue Finale at the Dutch: Battle of the Caja Chinas (Photos)

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All photos by Carla Torres
Meat masters at the helm.
Last night, the Dutch concluded their summer series Bourbon, Beer, and Cue with a three-way Caja China battle that invited Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) and Jeremiah Bullfrog (gastroPod) to the W's grove backyard courtyard for a magical evening that included whole animals and bacon-infused bourbons under the stars.

Andrew Carmellini, or A.C. as he is called by his staff, roamed around as the event's formal host while executive chef Conor Hanlon manned his lamb and did the cooking. Short Order was invited to attend the finale of the series, bringing the third consecutive year of Bourbon, Beer and Cue to a successful wrap.

See also: The Dutch Celebrates Three-Year BBQ Summer Series, Invites Chefs to Cook a Feast in Backyard

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Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Holds a Sausage Fest

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All photos by Laine Doss
House-canned sausage by Prost.
Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse had a little shindig yesterday and, what started as a pretty sophisticated evening (a welcome cocktail of sparkling wine and mint was refined and refreshing), turned into a rousing sausage fest.

Of course, when you're a restaurant that specializes in house-made tubular meat products, that kind of behavior is expected. Encouraged, even.

See also: Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Opens in Brickell

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Arepada: Pubbelly Pop-Up With La Latina Celebrates Arepas Wednesday

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Courtesy Pubbelly
Coming together in the name of arepas.
Ah, an arepa, that glorious golden cornflour puck stuffed with goodness. For one night only, you can get some Jose Mendin in the middle. The Pubbelly chef and partner is staging a pop-up with La Latina late Wednesday night from 9 p.m till 2 a.m. at Pubbelly.

We have already raved about La Latina's vegan plantain and black bean arepa, and don't get us started on the empanadas de pabellón. The Pubbelly boys have already successfully tackled steak, sushi, and most recently French food at their series of restaurants, so arepas are a welcome departure into simple and delicious street food. But don't worry -- these gold disks are getting the Mendin touch.

We asked Mendin some burning questions about this upcoming griddle-hot night and how he plans to pack it with surprising flavors.

See also: PB Steak to Close in Miami Beach; Plans to Move 'Over the Bridge'

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Miami Spice Mashup: Swine's Clay Miller Hosts Haven's Todd Erickson for a Down-Home Good Time

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All photos by Laine Doss
Deviled egg duel: Chefs Clay Miller and Todd Erickson make eggs, not war.
Miami Spice hasn't even begun yet, but its ancillary events and dinners are already in full swing. Of course, there's Miami New Times' Iron Fork, which takes place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami at 7 p.m. this Thursday, July 31, on the eve of Spice. Tickets, by the way, cost $50 for general admission and $85 for VIP, but use promo code IF10GAF to take $5 off your VIP tickets and $10 off GA tickets. Visit ticketfly.com to get them now.

Another interesting event to spice things up involved two of Miami's best chefs, who collaborated on a four-course dinner that gave diners a taste of things to come. Chef Clay Miller of Swine Southern Table & Bar hosted Haven's Todd Erickson for the special Miami Spice Mash-Up dinner. This was the second in a series of special events that pair two chefs from participating Spice restaurants. The first mashup saw chef Brad Kilgore of J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort host Pubbelly's Jose Mendin for an evening of dining. A third mashup is planned for the future. Short Order was invited to the dinner, which featured a night of down-home goodness.

See also: Five Reasons You Need to Go to New Times' Iron Fork 2014


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Ferris Pop-Up: Hookahs, Kebabs, and Brazilian Dancers

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Photos by Laine Doss
Ferris: Brazilian dancers and Lebanese food, a combo that could lead to world peace.
It's Friday night in Sunny Isles Beach, and at the top of the glass stairs leading to the Ferris pop-up at Sole on the Ocean, I am greeted by a lovely young woman dressed in an elaborate Brazilian samba costume.

See also: Ralph Pagano's Ferris Pops-Up This Saturday: We Get a Kitchen Preview

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Yelp Celebrates Its Ten-Year Anniversary with the Yelpies (Photos)

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Courtesy of Nancy Ortega
Yelpers invaded the Coral Gables Art Museum Saturday night.
No matter how you feel about Yelp, there is one indisputable fact: They throw some kick ass parties. Locals got a taste of the elaborate Yelp bashes this weekend with the Yelpies. Held at the Coral Gables Art Museum, the Yelpies celebrated the company's ten-year anniversary with tons of gratis food, drinks, art, music, and free take-home swag.

Highlights of the night include yellow tail taquitos from SushiSamba, kale smoothies from Robeks, Reese's cupcakes from Cakes and More Store, creme brulee iced coffee from SpecialTEA Lounge, as well as Swine's porchetta with watermelon. It was a bittersweet party as the Yelp Miami's fearless leader Johnny T announced he was heading to Nashville. If there ever was a way to depart with a lasting impression, The Yelpies accomplished it.

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Make Vegan Lasagna, Chocolate Mousse at VeganAroma's Cooking Class This Saturday

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VeganAroma via Facebook
Raw vegan lasagna.
If your vegan cooking skills are limited to tossing salads and pouring soy milk on cereal, it's time to step things up a notch. You're a grown ass person with fully functional motor skills -- surely you're capable of more.

Luckily, VeganAroma, the cozy little vegan eatery on SW Eighth Street, is willing to show you something a little more sophisticated. This Saturday afternoon, they'll school eager pupils on how to make lasagna, kale quiche, chocolate mousse, and more.

See also: Colony1: Bulk Food Store, Organic Garden, and Vegan Kitchen Coming to Wynwood

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Tongue & Cheek's Kitchen Collab with Brandon McGlamery Brought Rabbit in Every Form

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Photos by Carina Ost
Last night was the kick off this summer's session of Kitchen Collab at Tongue & Cheek. Chef Jamie DeRosa and Chef Brandon McGlamery of Luma on Park and Prato in Winter Park joined forces on one grand menu. Unlike other chef collaborations you may see, where the duo of chefs switch off on courses, these two chefs had their hands on each dish from a multitude of text messages, calls, and emails. For this iteration of the dinner series, DeRosa is focusing on Orlando and wants people to "think outside the mouse" and on the region's other dining options.

When he began the series last year he focused on Broward and Palm Beach County and Chef Paula DeSilva was in attendance, as she was a previous collaborator that kicked it off last time around. Short Order was also invited to taste the two talents merge in this one night only dinner event.

See also: Tongue & Cheek Relaunches Kitchen Collab with Brandon McGlamery on Monday

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Fairchild Garden's International Mango Festival: A Celebration of Fruit (Photos)

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All photos by Laine Doss
Have you caught mango fever?
Thousands of people braved the humidity and sunburn to celebrate all things mango at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual International Mango Festival this weekend.

The festival attracts both locals and visitors obsessed with the fleshy tart/sweet fruit, who came to devour everything from mango bread to mango wine and immerse themselves in mango-scented soaps and mango candles.

If purity is your thing, actual mangoes were on sale, as well. From sliced green Colombian mangoes that resembled a cross between jicama and a green apple to rare and exotic varieties on the auction block, people clamored for their favorite Kent and Alphonso mangoes to eat at the festival or take home.

See also: International Mango Festival: A Tasting Guide to Casturi, Totopuri, Angie, and More

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