Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: J. Wakefield Brewing and Cuban Sandwich Fest

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J. Wakefield holds a beer bash.
Now that South Beach Wine & Food Festival weekend is over for another year, it's time to take back Miami and enjoy some purely local decadence.

This weekend celebrate the grand opening of another local brewery, shop for local produce, or chow down on the ultimate Cuban sandwich.

Weekend starts now!

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Dewey LoSasso Launches Schnebly Pop-Up Series, Restaurant to Open Next Week

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Have dinner at the winery.
Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery's lunch and dinner service gets into full swing starting next week, with weekend a la carte meals and special pop-up dinners planned throughout the season.

The dinners kick off on Friday, March 6 with a pop-up dinner on the winery's great lawn. Starting at 7:30 p.m., culinary director, Dewey LoSasso, will serve a four-course meal, paired with Schnebly's tropical fruit wines. The chef says the dinner is special, in part because of the setting. "The great lawn is really beautiful and very different." LoSasso also notes the dinner, priced at $106.25 per person (including tax, gratuity, and a wine glass to take home) is a particular value. "Not many dinners include everything from the food to the wine to the tip. You don't have to think about anything other than enjoying your evening."

See also: Dewey LoSasso on Schnebly's New Dining Concept: Like a Campus of Food, Wine, and Beer

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Bottomless Booze and Endless Food at the Seventh-Annual Artopia

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Weird, wonderful things happen at Artopia.
New Times' annual arts shindig, Artopia, is back for its seventh year next Thursday, February 26. Presented in conjunction with Miracle Mile and downtown Coral Gables and held at the Coral Gables Museum, Artopia is a celebration of Miami's thriving culture.

Winners of the local MasterMind Awards will be announced (and awarded $1,000 each), interactive performances will bring out your inner artiste, live bands will rock the stage, and, most important, free food and booze will abound.

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Nina Compton's Farewell Dinner: "Leaving Miami Wasn't Easy" (Photos)

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Nina Compton's last gnocchi
Monday night was bittersweet as Nina Compton took control of the kitchen one last time and cooked her last supper for the Magic City. The former Scarpetta chef de cuisine and Top Chef: New Orleans runner-up (as well as fan favorite) is trading South Beach for the French Quarter in less than a week, but not without a proper goodbye -- one that included four-courses, good friends, and, of course, gnocchi.

See also: Nina Compton Leaves Scarpetta (Video)

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R House Featured on Best New Restaurant Tonight

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Chef Rocco Carulli from R House.
Bravo's Best New Restaurant is really showing Miami establishments in a great light.

The new culinary competition that grades restaurants on both front of the house and back of the house skills and expertise, has been on for less than a month and, already, two Miami restaurants have advanced to the next level.

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Nina Compton Planning Farewell Pop-Up at Cafe Mistral

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Nina Compton will host a farewell dinner.
Top Chef fan favorite and Scarpetta's former chef de cuisine Nina Compton is leaving Miami for New Orleans. The chef announced her move on Instagram last week, with the hashtags #likemovingmoving #NOLA #whodat‬.

The St. Lucia native who has called Miami home for the past 14 years is not leaving without a proper goodbye. She has decided to host one last farewell pop-up dinner at Cafe Mistral in South Beach, saying, "I actually haven't cooked that much in Miami lately because I've been traveling, and people were asking to try my food. I decided to have one more dinner so people can come by, eat, and have a fun time. This time should be a celebration of friendship. That's how I want it to be."

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Burgie Award Winners and Velvet Creme Doughnuts Return

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The real winner of the Burgie Awards: creator Sef Gonzalez AKA Burger Beast
For six years and counting, local blogger Burger Beast has been honoring the unsung heroes of South Florida's food community with the Burgie Awards. This year's annual award show, which took place on Saturday at Milander Park, rounded up more than 25 trucks and thousands of attendees eager to see if their vote had made a difference.

It was the first time the Burgie Awards were held in Hialeah. Burger Beast says it made him extremely happy to be able to bring the event to the city since most of his readership comes from there. But the sixth annual Burgie Awards were also special because they marked the return of Velvet Crème Doughnuts, which sold 6,000 of their hole in one-glazed cakes.

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La Nuit en Rosé Festival Brings Three Days of Drinking to the Beach

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This could be you.
If you have plans this weekend, you might want to cancel them. Unless those plans include attending the La Nuit en Rosé Festival, which is bringing all things bubbly and pink to the newly opened Miami Beach Edition for three back-to-back days of drinking.

The first festival dedicated solely to rosé champagnes and wines, La Nuit en Rosé will bring about 60-plus wineries and chateaus under one roof for your sipping pleasure.

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Super Bowl 2015 Watch Parties in Miami

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Watch the big game under palm trees.
This Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m., but the pregame action starts much earlier.

If you're not flying out to Arizona for the big game, there will be plenty of watch parties in Miami. Here are some of our favorites.

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The Federal Hosts Best New Restaurant Watch Party Tonight

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The Federal is on the block tonight.
Bravo's Best New Restaurant returns to the screen tonight at 10, and the next Miami restaurant to go under Tom Colicchio's knife, so to speak, is the Federal Food Drink & Provisions.

The homey restaurant, helmed by Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold, goes up against the Austin restaurant Swift's Attic for a chance to advance to the show's semifinals. Last week, Dolce Italian beat Doma in Beverly Hills to move up in the ranks.

See also: Bravo's Best New Restaurant: Dolce Italian Advances

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