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

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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)

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Photos by Carina Ost
Lobstah.
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)

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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.

See also: The Dutch Celebrates Three-Year BBQ Summer Series, Invites Chefs to Cook a Feast in Backyard

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

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Courtesy of Nancy Ortega
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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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

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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:

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

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All photos courtesy Tony Guerra
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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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All photos by Laine Doss
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.

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