Win Tickets to Seed Food and Wine Festival; Plus Discount Code UPDATED

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Courtesy of Seed Food and Wine Festival
Matthew Kenney
UPDATE: We have two winners: Jessica (PurpleJ247) and Poohbare311 are going to Seed. Enjoy!

In just a couple of weeks, Miami will be ground zero for the latest and greatest in plant-based eating. Seed Food and Wine Festival is bringing five days of health-conscious, cruelty-free (and totally delicious) eats and drinks.

The first culinary extravaganza of its kind, the festival will feature Alicia Silverstone, Matthew Kenney, Rich Landau, Kate Jacoby, and tons of other big names and plant-based brands.

So if you're dying to wrap your lips around some meatless eats, we're giving away a four-pack of tickets just for you, beloved reader. Check out how to win (and a special ticket discount code) after the jump.

See also: Seed Food & Wine Fest Announces All-Star Chef Lineup: Matthew Kenney Cuisine, Rich Landau, and More

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Coral Gables Restaurant Week Returns: Win VIP Tickets to Taste of the Gables UPDATED

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Cassie Glenn
Win tickets to Taste of the Gables
Coral Gables Restaurant Week is back, but don't let the name deceive you. The event is actually three weeks long, affording you ample time to eat your way around the neighborhood. From June 9 to 29, more than 35 of the area's restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at a discounted price.

This year's newcomers include Bellmont Restaurant, BrickTop's, Divino Ceviche, La Tagliatella, Uvaggio Restuarant & Wine Bar, and Open Stage Club. Favorite Gables haunts will also participate, including Swine, Bulla, Ortanique and the Local. All menus can be previewed online so you can scope out the best bites before committing.

See also: Top Ten Restaurants in Coral Gables

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Win $100 Duffy's Tab to Watch Heat Win Eastern Conference Finals UPDATED

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This could be you with $100 tab.
Our Miami Heat did some work against the Indian Pacers in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals, closing out the game 90 to 102. We are just one game away from making it to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive time in a row, and that game is tonight.

To celebrate, Duffy's is giving a $100 bar tab to one Short Order reader to cash in on their recently renovated pool deck. The revamped pool deck is equipped with lounge-style seating, vivid lighting, and tropical tiki torches. The bar tab is good for Game Six, this Friday, May 30, at the North Miami Beach location. If for any reason the Heat don't make it to Game Six, the tab will be honored during the first game of the NBA Finals. To win, just tell us why the Heat will beat the Pacers in the comments below. Be sure to include a valid email address or Twitter handle so we can contact you. We'll pick our favorite answer and announce it by Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

We talked to senior general manager Mark Wampole about the new deck, why Duffy's is the number one spot for game time, how they prepare for game nights, and what special surprises they're rolling out for the finals.

See also: Take a Bite Out of the Miami Heat at Rok:Brgr

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Australian Lamb Dish Competition: Vote for Your Favorite Chef, Win a Staycation

Categories: Giveaways, News

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Photo Courtesy of Brustman Carrino
Between Yelp, Four Square, Trip Advisor, and whatever else, we're all critics these days. Really, all it takes is a keyboard and some Internet access and you have an audience.

Unfortunately, not many people get rewarded for their foodie opinions -- aside from maybe a complimentary meal every now and then. But now through May 31, the public can vote on the best Australian lamb dishes at specific restaurants for a chance to win a Miami staycation and cash for their favorite chef through the Australian Lamb Dish Spring Fling Competition.

An offshoot of Meat & Livestock, Ltd., Australian Lamb was created to foster world leadership for the Australian lamb industry. The Miami-based competition is the latest in a series of events around the country held to spread the word about using more lamb in bars and eateries.

See Also: Yardbird Midnight Chef's Table Series with Michael Laukert

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Miami Rum Renaissance Festival and Miami Cocktail Week: Win VIP Tickets UPDATED

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Free VIP tickets right here. Write the folks back home!
Hold on to your liver, matey.

The Miami Rum Renaissance Festival returns to the DoubleTree Hotel Miami Airport Convention Center April 25 to 27. (Friday, April 25, is open to trade only.)

Over the years, the festival has grown from a poolside fete to a multiday event that features mixology competitions, formal rum judging by a panel of experts, seminars, a lifestyle marketplace (because you need a set of tiki glasses and a puffy pirate shirt), and a mega rum-tasting experience.

And by mega, we're talking more than 80 rum producers from as near as Miami and as far as the Philippines.

With all this growth, however, the festival is still a family affair, which is probably why the event still feels like an intimate gathering with friends to drink some good rum -- ya know, if your friends happened to have 200 rums on hand for you to try.

See also: Miami Rum Renaissance Festival Returns: VIP BOGO Offer

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Sear'N Gears Pop-Up Dinner Tonight: Win a Free Valentine's Day Dinner

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Valentine's Day is today and we're feeling romantic. So is Aleric "AJ" Constantin. You might know him as the Cycling Chef or Sear'N Gears, as his company is called. He normally keeps it cool with his ice cream fare, but he's decided to heat things up for the most romantic day of the year with a pop-up, six-course dinner at his very own place. He's already fully booked for the intimate affair, which includes five couples, priced at $85 a couple. AJ is sharing the love though by adding on one last couple to the mix, for free. That could be you.

See also: Valentine's Day Dinners in Miami

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Bobby's Burger Palace Opens Friday: Meet Bobby With Our Contest UPDATED

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Food Network
Meet Bobby Flay this Friday!
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay will open his Bobby's Burger Palace at Dadeland Mall this Friday, December 6, and one Short Order reader will have the opportunity to be the first person to walk through the doors when the restaurant opens -- and will be personally greeted by the Food Network personality himself.

Bobby's Burger Palace opens at noon Friday, and Flay invites one lucky fan to be the first person through the doors. That person will get to meet him and sneak a quick pic before being escorted to a prime seat where he/she will enjoy a free lunch of a burger, fries, and a shake.

See also: Bobby Flay to Attend Opening of Bobby's Burger Palace at Dadeland Mall

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McDonald's Wants to Turn Miami Into a Winter Wonderland

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This is actually Key Biscayne.
It's the start of the holiday season, which in Miami means decorating the palm tree with red twinkle lights and hoping it gets cool enough to wear your reindeer sweater for just one night.

While the rest of the year is basking in the chill of an early snowstorm, we're still wearing shorts and a T-shirt. Bummer!

McDonald's understands our frustration with endless beach days and wants to do something about it -- like bring winter to us.


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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Miami This Weekend: Come and Meat the Hotdoggers

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Baby, we were born to bun...
The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is back in the Miami area this weekend. The legendary hot dog-shaped cars travel the country on a mission to share the joys of eating meat tubes.

The Wienermobile is driven by Hotdoggers, a dozen recent college grads who drive the fleet of six hot dog-shaped vehicles in teams of two. (Who says a college degree isn't a valuable commodity?)



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Win 25 Misha's Cupcakes By Creating a New Flavor For Their Stores

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Lyssa Goldberg
Misha's Cupcakes: Woman's greatest gift to man.
Baking is great and all, but we're not all cut out for the exact science that it requires. Some of us were born to eat. So Short Order is here to tell you how to get 25 cupcakes in a flavor that only you'd dream up, without lifting a finger in the kitchen.

Misha's Cupcakes -- this reporter's all-time favorite cupcakery in Miami -- launched its Flavor of the Weekend contest for the month of August. Each week, one of the four locations is asking local customers to submit cupcake flavor ideas in a comment on Facebook. Then the winning flavor will be featured at the store for one weekend, Thursday through Saturday.

See also: Sex And The City 2 Party with Cupcakes and Camels

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