Vagabond Restaurant Menu Preview: Short Ribs, Seasonal Flavors, and Grasshoppers

All photos by Laine Doss
Communal dining at The Vagabond Restaurant.
The Vagabond Restaurant hasn't even opened yet and already it's one of the most talked about places to open in Miami.

It could be the restaurant's setting, at the newly refurbished Vagabond Hotel, a MiMo gem on Biscayne Boulevard, or it could be the chance to see art and food integrated together, with pieces curated by partner Alvaro Perez.

Ultimately, it's the anticipation of eating chef/partner, Alex Chang's food. Chang found notoriety when his underground restaurant at an on-campus apartment at the University of Southern California was made into the documentary, Paladar, by filmmaker Gil Freston.

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Scarpetta's Marlon Rambaran Unveils New Dishes (Photos)

All photos by Carla Torres
A different kind of pasta and basil.
Pasta lovers shed a tear when it was announced that Nina Compton would be leaving Scarpetta. Since the swank restaurant opened almost six years ago at the Fontainebleau, Scarpetta's kitchen has bid farewell to two great chefs: first Michael Pirolo, who went on to open Macchialina, and recently Compton. But as they say, the show must go on.

To make the transition seamless, Scott Conant appointed Marlon Rambaran, whose resume includes time at Le Cirque and Tallievent, as saucier and sous chef at Le Bec, and as chef tournant at Restaurant Daniel. Most recently, he was sous chef at Gotham Steak.

For the last few months, Rambaran has been working on the menu, which he's now ready to introduce."We're trying to stay away from the classics," he says. "Everyone knows the spaghetti and basil. We want to reinvent the wheel if you will."

Short Order was invited to a preview of this new wheel of dishes, which starting next week, you'll be able to order.

See also: Nina Compton Leaves Scarpetta (Video)

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Pumpkinpalooza at Haven: Michael Pirolo and Todd Erickson Cooked Up a Feast

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Pumpkin risotto. Inside a pumpkin. Why yes, it was pumpkinpalooza.
To welcome October and tis' the season to have pumpkin, Haven hosted a collaborative dinner last night with Michael Pirolo of Macchialina. Dubbed Pumpkinpalooza, the five-course dinner featured over seven pumpkin varieties, with cocktails (also with pumpkin) to match each dish by Isaac Grillo and Will Rivas.

"Michael and I are friends inside and outside of the kitchen, so the collaboration for tonight was something that came naturally and a lot of fun," said Todd Erickson as he set the evening off. We couldn't have imagined a better way to kick off October.

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Bulleit Bourbon Dinner: Crispy Oysters and Bourbon Pomegranate Baby Back Ribs

All photos by Carla Torres
Cheers to Bourbon month
Last night, Bulleit and Chat Chow TV teamed up with Rob Ferrara and John Latrellis of Lure Fishbar for a bourbon-pairing dinner that included potent drinks and delicious food.

It's the second year in a row that Bulleit, Chat Chow, and Ferrara partake in the event with the first held at Swine last year. "Last year's dinner was so foie heavy I don't know how anyone is alive," said Ferrara as he kicked things off last night. "But tonight, we're really excited to be cooking you the food we love to do."

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Divino Ceviche Celebrates Third Anniversary With New Menu

Photo by Neil Vazquez
Divino Ceviche celebrated its third anniversary at its cozy Gables location with a pisco-addled shindig. To commemorate the occasion, chef-owner Christian Encalada invited his close friend chef Frabricio Pareja of North Miami Beach's Cholo Ceviche and Grill. Together they concocted a menu that highlighted some of Peruvian cuisine's lesser known staples as well as the locally renowned ceviche.

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Mignonette Opens Friday: Oysters, Bubbly, and Pie (Photos)

Photos by Carina Ost
Shuck yeah!

Last night was the friends and family night for the much anticipated Mignonette in Edgewater. This restaurant brought to you from the two most huggable chaps (their preferred term) in the industry, Blue Collar's Danny Serfer and Miami Rankings' Ryan Roman, brings their signature charm.

You will get a chance to try out the food for yourself starting this Friday, but here are some dishes to get excited about. Here, we open up the oyster shell to a new restaurants filled with raw and Rockefeller oysters, brews, popcorn conch, Thanksgiving chicken, champagne, and everything else that straddles the line between "plain" and "fancy" -- the visual representation of this is the famed tuxedo shirts on servers.

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Key West Lobsterfest: We Chased That Tail (Photos)

Photos by Carina Ost
The tagline for the Key West Lobsterfest is "A Celebration of our favorite Crustacean!" and that was reason enough for us to chase that tail. The four-day celebration really hit the streets this past Saturday with a concert and street fair open to the public.

There were lobster tacos, lobster mac & cheese, lobster grilled cheese, lobster ceviche, honey tempura lobster, and endless more preparations (cue Bubba talking about shrimp) but the full-on tail was the real teaser and street pleaser. Mere words won't do the sight of people sitting on the sidewalk devouring $22 lobster justice, so here are some photos.

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

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.

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

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

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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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