MIA Brewing Hiring for Taproom Positions

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MIA Brewing Company needs brewery professionals for its soon-to-open taproom.
Construction of the taproom at MIA Brewing Company is nearly complete, and the brewery is looking to fill several positions behind the bar.

Owner Eddie Leon has about a dozens spots to fill (including part-time) in the coming weeks as he prepares to open the taproom at MIA Brewing. Leon says interviews have already begun. Management positions for the taproom have already been filled. The top man is Claudio Menicocci, who was the former manager at World of Beer in Dadeland.

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Week-Long Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival Starts Today

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Something fishy's going on in South Beach.
The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival returns for its second year with a host of dinners and events. Starting today October 22, South Beach will get fishy with dinners, a wine-and-dine around, and a chef showdown before the grand event festival happens on Saturday, October 25, at Lummus Park in South Beach.

See also: Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival: Seeing Seafood and Eating It (Photos)

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Pascal Oudin to Open Brasserie Central in Coral Gables

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Chef Pascal Oudin to open second restaurant in Coral Gables.
Pascal Oudin, the chef/owner of Pascal's on Ponce, known for contemporary takes on classic French cuisine, is opening a new bistro, making Coral Gables a mecca for Francophiles.

See also: Ten Best Restaurants in Coral Gables

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Toro Toro Offers Free Drinks During Top Shelf Cocktail Competition

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A cocktail shrine not a vigil
Toro Toro, the restaurant located in the swanky InterContinental, is currently competing in the semifinals of the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts Top Shelf Cocktail Competition. The contest is between all of the North American InterContinental hotels in a bid to create Bacardi-inspired drinks. The winners will be added to a new InterContinental Signature Cocktail menu available at all North American properties starting in 2015.

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Veni Vidi Vici, Old-School Italian Social Club, Lands on 79th Street

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Italian Ice
NE 79th Street -- with the Russian market Marky's, Brazilan hotspot Boteco, and the German Schnitzel House -- feels like New York at the turn of the century. Now there's the Italian social club with a name that means "I came, I saw, I conquered." The new Veni Vidi Vici is all about Abruzzo coffee, Italian wine, Italian ice, and Italian mini-bites daily.

See also: "A Little Forgotten": On 79th Street, New Restaurants Pave a Better Way Forward"

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Doral Japanese-Peruvian Gem Tira.D.Toss Hides in Plain Sight

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Tacu tacu bites at Tira.D.Toss.
Take a pull of chicha morada -- a sweet, bluish drink made with Peruvian purple corn, pineapple, and orange accented by the spicy aroma of cinnamon and cloves. Nibble an anticucho of a half-dozen juicy, glistening chunks of beef heart seasoned with little more than garlic, salt, and a good sear. Relish the glow of tiki torches and dim string lights.

It's hard to believe you're in a strip mall sandwiched between a Subway and a chiropractor's office.

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Pincho Factory Plans Franchise Expansion

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Pincho Factory's tostones burger.
Ever wanted to make a toston burger for your crew? A pastelito-cradled patty for your people? If you can cobble together a couple hundred thousand dollars, you can become one of Pincho Factory's first franchisees.

Nedal Ahmad's humble burger and pincho place has been on somewhat of a tear over the past couple of years. There are now three restaurants: one near FIU, one in Coral Gables, and the newest under construction in Hialeah. With franchising, many more could be on the way.

See also: Miami's Five Most Outrageous Burgers

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Top Chef Jeff McInnis Sues Miami Herald for Defamation

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Jeff McInnis makes chicken!
In an attempt to clear his name, Jeff McInnis, chef/partner at Root & Bone in New York City and former executive chef at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Herald, claiming the South Florida publication was "false and defamatory" in its treatment of a story published one year ago under its "Rumor Mill" column. The chef tells Short Order that the lawsuit is "the route that I was forced to take to clear my name."

According to Courthouse News, McInnis filed a federal complaint in Manhattan last Thursday against McClatchy Management Services, McClatchy Newspapers, and the Miami Herald, claiming an article published October 16, 2013, contained "some pretty horrendous allegations" against him.

See also: Jeff McInnis to Open Root & Bone in New York's Alphabet City

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New York City Wine & Food Festival Reflects Its Host City

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Whole steer on a giant grill? Check! Fabulous skyline? Check!
The New York City Wine & Food Festival just wrapped up four days of parties, events, and tastings, and while there are major similarities between it and its snowbird sister, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, there are also major differences.

True, both festivals are the brainchild of Lee Brian Schrager, and there are twin events like Burger Bash and the Grand Tasting Village, but that's pretty much where the similarities end. The NYCWFF and SOBEWFF are as different as the cities they represent.

I was invited to Manhattan to attend the festival. Here are some of the highlights of the weekend.

See also: SOBEWFF Going to the Dogs: Rachael Ray to Host Canine Cocktail Party

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tickets on Sale Today

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Meatopia: Coming to South Beach.
Let the food frenzy begin. Tickets for the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale to the general public today.

The festival, which takes place on South Beach's sands and venues around the city, takes place February 19 - 22, with more than 75 different parties, seminars, and tastings planned over the event's four days. SBWFF, which benefits the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management's Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at Florida International University, brings in some of the biggest names in the culinary world, in what may well be the largest "spring break for chefs."

See also: Lee Schrager on SOBEWFF 2015: Meatopia, Tiki Cocktails, and the Cronut King

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