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

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

Photos by Hannah Sentenac
Delicious mangoes -- and knowledge -- to be discovered.
If you're into mangoes, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual International Mango Festival is kind of a big deal. This ode to the fleshy tropical fruit is mango-mania for the general public, but the Grower's Summit portion of the affair is exponentially more intense.

The pre-festival summit brings mango growers from across the globe together to share knowledge and get schooled. This year's event brought folks from Texas, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Haiti and lots of other locales to the grounds of Fairchild last Friday.

We popped in and got a chance to check out the oodles of mangoes on display, taste some special varieties and learn a little about some lesser-known varieties from the experts and growers. Check out our newfound mango knowledge:

See also: Six Mango Dishes to Try in Miami: Sushi, Foie Gras, and Hedy Goldsmith Dessert

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Bacon Bash at Nikki Beach: Bask in the Bacon-Wrapped Glory (Photos)

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Chocolate-covered bacon. Lick it up.
Imagine the Swine & Wine festival at the Biltmore Hotel, but with less wine and more bikini-clad bodies. This past weekend, Nikki Beach masterfully combined mojitos, bacon, and live DJs to create a uniquely Miami Fourth of July celebration. The pig binge was part of the Annual IndepenDANCE pool and beach parties, but this was the first ever bacon bacchanalia. Guests in beach-yet-club-friendly attire came for the food and stayed for the party as DJs David Tort, David Solano, and LA Riots took the outdoor stage later that night.

See also: Inaugural Bacon Beach Bash: Bikini Bods and Bacon Grease at Nikki Beach

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Phuc Yea! Pop-Up at Khong River: Jellyfish Salad, Chicharrones, and More (Photos)

All photos by Carla Torres
A vibrant purple eggplant drenched in a sweet and tangy vinaigrette was an off-menu surprise but easily one of the best bites of the entire night.
Last night, adventurous eaters and fans of the beloved pop-up Phuc Yea! gathered at Khong River House and rejoiced Vietnamese food over a lovely meal packed with surprises and a wine pairing for each course.

As part of 50 Eggs' Guest Chef Series and the resurrection of Phuc Yea!, Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold were tapped to tease fans who can't wait with some staples and some totally new and inventive dishes. Short Order was invited to attend the sold out event at Khong River. Photos after the jump.

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Dishcrawl's First Stop: Our Culinary Tour of Coconut Grove

All photos by Carla Torres
Table, ready, set, Dishcrawl!
Dishcrawl 2014 kicked off last night with a culinary tour through the historic and peacock-infested streets of Coconut Grove, and Short Order was invited to join the action.

Dishcrawl regularly features anywhere from three to five restaurants. Last night we sampled three dishes at three restaurants, two of which are kept secret till the night of the Crawl and the first released just 48 hours before. Last week, we gave you the scoop that we'd be hitting up Peacock Garden Café first.

See also: Dishcrawl 2014: Coconut Grove Hosts First Crawl Wednesday

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Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

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Nina Compton, Sean Brasel, Timon Balloo, and Lindsay Autry share a moment.
Taste of the Nation South Florida, the fundraising gala that benefits Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, took over the Loews Miami Beach Hotel last night.

Just about every chef worth his or her salt was at the event -- either serving their best bites or mingling as a guest. The event featured a silent auction and live auction led by Taste of the Nation's founding chairman Allen Susser and chef Ralph Pagano, where guests, emboldened by good food and drink, bid generously on vacations, dinners, and wine.

The main attraction, of course, was the chance to schmooze with your favorite chefs while noshing on beautiful food -- all while helping to end childhood hunger. Good food, good karma.

See also: Miami's Best Chefs Preview Taste of the Nation Event

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The Restaurant at the Setai Introduces Monthly Wine Dinner Series

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Watermelon ravioli.

Last night marked the second in the monthly series of innovative wine dinners at The Restaurant at the Setai. To kick off the series in style, we were invited to watch them pop some bubbly with an evening of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

To prepare for these four-course dinners, executive chef Mathias Gervais and sommelier Dwayne Savoie pair up. The process normally begins with the chef tasting the chosen wines and starts out the week long process of menu planning taking into consideration what is local and seasonal, what they can surprise local diners with veering from traditional dinner menu -- "That would be too easy," Gervais says -- and what works best for highlighting each glass.

See also: The Setai's Mathias Gervais Takes a Classic Approach to Dining

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MAKIN IT Dinner Series Debuts in Miami with Chef Micah Edelstein and Painter Peter Hosfeld

Photos by Carina Ost
The painter and the chef.
Creation produced with passion just looks better, and tastes better. Last night marked the first event in a nationwide, four-city, underground dinner series called "MAKIN IT." It pairs an artist, a chef, a ton of vino from Rhone Valley (and a sommelier to help explain them!), live music and attendees with name tags that stated their passion. Trust us, you get to see people with a sparkle in their eye when they explain this over the standard, "What do you do?" question.

For this kickoff event held at The Gallery in Miami, we had chef Micah Edelstein from neighboring NeMesis Urban Bistro, local painter Peter Hosfeld, sommelier Christopher Birnie-Visscher from db Bistro Moderne and a Grammy award-winning percussionist and his band.

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Slow Food Miami's Ark of Taste: Michael Schwartz Takes on the Everglades Tomato

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Michael Schwartz (holding glass) and crew prepared dishes on stage.
In Miami, much like the rest of this country, most people have no clue where their food comes from. Slow Food, an international non-for-profit organization that combats the standardization of taste and culture brought on by the popularization of fast food, is looking to change that.

"Any time you can get involved with an organization whose sole purpose is to support locally-sourced ingredients and the farmers that produce them, it benefits everyone involved," says James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz.

Last night, he appeared for the fifth consecutive year at Ark of Taste in support of Slow Food Miami at the Kampong Garden.

Schwartz brought along his crew from the Cypress Room, a sophisticated eatery in the Design District. Along with chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia and executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith, Schwartz showcased the tiny Everglades tomato in a four course meal.

See also: The River Seafood & Oyster Bar's Brunch: We Get a First Bite

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Heineken Dinner at Dolce Italian With Artist Alexander Mijares

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Artist Alexander Mijares during the presentation of the Suckling Pig entree
Some of the things we most look forward to during Art Basel are the unlikely collaborations. Take for instance the "Design Dialogue" series that included a conversation moderated by Hans Ulrich earlier this week with architect Jacques Herzog and rapper turned self-proclaimed icon, Kanye West. That's something you don't see every day, and Thursday's Heineken-sponsored dinner at The Gale showcased another such partnership.

Highlighting the relationship between a modern artist and the culinary arts, the Dutch brewing company and SAVEUR magazine invited an intimate group of guests to enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Dolce Italian's Executive Chef, Paolo Dorigato, and inspired by pieces from Alexander Mijares' newest collection. The Miami-born talent is best known for his colorful, Latin-infused work and has garnered an international following in the short time he has been painting.

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