DB Moderne Kicks Off Wine Dinner With Cultural Influencers Tonight

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Tonight, DB Bistro Moderne kicks off the first of a series of wine dinners that calls upon not only the DB Bistro Moderne team but also Miami's cultural influencers. Leaders from the arts, culture, and entertainment community will take turns hosting a monthly dinner that's emblematic of their persona and outside the realm of French food.

Miami Symphony Orchestra's lead conductor, Maestro Eduardo Marturet, kicks off the series, hosting an "Evening in Greece." Jason Pringle will cook a four-course meal to complement wines from the Greek Isles selected by sommelier Christopher Birnie-Visscher.

Guests who participate in the food-meets-art affair will get to attend Triple Russians Sunday, May 4, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts -- courtesy of the Miami Symphony Orchestra maestro and DB Bistro Moderne. We spoke with Marturet, Pringle, and Birnie-Visscher about how the wine series originated, the choice of an evening in Greece, and the wine selection.

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Sony Open: Freshly Shucked Oysters and Champagne on Ice

Photos by Carla Torres
The Sony Open came to a close yesterday, and Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic finished with the singles titles. Lovers of the sport rejoiced during the past couple of weeks as they watched the world's best in tennis battle it out.

But there were plenty of other reasons to check out the tournament. For starters, there was booze -- lots and lots of booze. Food options ranged from Sushi Maki to Novecento and shucked oysters to a Brazilian-inspired buffet with endless chicken wrapped in bacon. There were also interactive tents where participants could improve their game. We got a taste of all the action, on and off the court.

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SOBEWFF: Jorge Padrón Wins Peoples Choice Award at Swine & Wine

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Padron's Cuban Pork Sliders with Mariquitas
At an event titled Swine & Wine, you'd expect plenty of pork fat and rivers of alcohol flowing.

This was most certainly the case last night at the Goya-sponsored, Michelle Bernstein-hosted event at the Biltmore Hotel.

The porcine-centric evening brought some of the best chefs from all around the country together for a Miami-style pig roast with rum, vodka, wine, Latin tunes, and, of course, cigars.

After years of competing, Jorge Padrón of Padrón Cigars finally took home the win with the People's Choice Award.

We spoke to Padrón, and picked some favorite dishes from the event.

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Dinner Lab Launches in Miami Next Week

Jeff Thibodeau
Dinner Lab pops up at random locations across the city.
Dinner Lab, a members-only supper club with outposts in New Orleans, Austin, and New York, will host its first dinner in Miami next week.

The location hasn't been disclosed yet. In other cities, Dinner Lab has popped up in abandoned churches, motorcycle shops, and mall parking lots. Wherever the setting, its mission is two-fold: to fill gaps in each town's dining scene and support young, budding chefs.

Everything else varies. The self-proclaimed social dining experiment prides itself on being "consistently inconsistent" with its menus, hosts, and locations.

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Meat Market: Now Serving Lunch (Photos)

All photos by Carla Torres
Tuna tartare ($18)
Meat Market, the Lincoln Road restaurant helmed by chef Sean Brasel, opened for dinner five years ago. Now, for the first time since its inception, you can also dine there for lunch.

Short Order was recently invited to try their new offerings. Check out more details and pictures after the jump.

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French Spice: Miami Restaurants Offering Three-Course Meals for $39

Photos by Carla Torres
Smoked duck breast salad at Atrio.
If you're anything like us, you're happy that the weather is getting cooler. But you're also sad because the next Miami Spice is ten months away.

In the medium term, we have some good news. French Spice is going on through November 15. It works just like Miami Spice -- you choose an appetizer, main course, and dessert for a fixed price of $39.

In its fourth year, the program is all about promoting French cuisine. There are more than ten participating restaurants, including Pascal's on Ponce, La Gloutonnerie, Villa Azur, and L'Entrecote de Paris.

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Dinner Lab: Members-Only Supper Club to Debut in Miami

Jeff Thibodeau
Dinner Lab, popping up in Miami soon.
Dinner Lab, a self-proclaimed "social dining experiment" with outposts in nine major cities, is set to debut in Miami in early 2014.

The members-only supper club hosts up to 80 dinners in each metropolis yearly. And these meals are never exactly the same.

For each event, Dinner Lab changes its chef, menu, and setting.

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Critical Mass: Cycling Ice-Cream Chef to Offer Halloween Treats Tomorrow

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Critical Mass, the monthly cycling frenzy with more than 2,000 participants, will take place tomorrow. And Aleric "AJ" Constantin, the chef who made headlines in July after police arrested him for selling ice cream without a license, will offer Halloween-inspired treats.

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Underground Dining Guide: Kulinary Therapy to Cobaya to Shelley-belly to Copperbox

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Kulinary Therapy cooks vegetable-driven meals.
Underground dinners and pop-up events are two very different things.

When you sign up for a pop-up, you know where you'll be dining, what you'll be eating, and who will be cooking your meal.

Underground dinners -- also known as supper clubs -- are planned clandestinely. You might pay for a seat before knowing the exact location, menu, or chef. One supper club requires a secret password for access. Some are by invitation-only.

What follows is a guide to underground dining in Miami. You probably don't know much about these mysterious places. But that's OK.

That's kind of the point.

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Taste of Central America Starts at Intercontinental Hotel Today

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Pupusa: a traditional Salvadorean dish made of a thick, handmade corn tortilla filled cheese, cooked meat or refried beans.
With all of the attention Miami Spice gets this time of year, you probably had no idea that the 6th annual Taste of Central America starts today at the Intercontinental Hotel in Doral right now.

A world of cuisine will be prepared from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua prepared by chef Marcial Cañas, who's being flown in from Costa Rica to be in Miami on September 11-15.

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