batchBy: Maryanne Salvat 

Batch Gastropub  

Batch Gastropub celebrates their new brunch with a bang sure to please foodies and brunch connoisseurs from all over. Guests can indulge with $20 Bottomless Mimosas, Sangria, Bellinis & a delectable Brunch Menu Saturday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Standing by their “Quality vs. Quantity” motto, Batch Gastropub patiently perfected selections before releasing their full brunch menu. Brunch-goers will savor the new additions, such as the Batch Hash ‘n’ Egg which features pork belly and short rib served with potato, red onion, and a sunny side up egg. Another new dish is the Belgium Waffle & Country Fried Chicken made with maple butter, powdered sugar, and sticky honey chicken served on top of a finger-liking-good Belgium waffle. Sugar fiends can turn to Homer’s Doh’nut Waffles, made with donut batter, cinnamon-sugar, and a donut glaze.


The Restaurant at the Setai Wine Dinner Series  

The Restaurant at the Setai continues its monthly Wine Dinner series on Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 pm. Guests are invited for an intimate evening to enjoy a four-course menu designed by Executive Chef, Mathias Gervais, paired with guest winery, Bodega El Porvenir de Cafayate. Tickets can be purchased for $105 and can be reserved by contacting 305.520.6400 or On Saturday, August 30 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Chef Mathias will be hosting an interactive cooking class where guests will have the opportunity to learn to prepare The Restaurant’s Langoustine and Hamachi. After the demonstration, guests will have a chance to taste the dishes with drink pairings. Tickets can be purchased for $50 per person and can be reserved by contacting 305.520.6400 or


imagesLove is Blind Food and Wine National Waffle Day 

Love is Blind Food and Wine Coral Gables sets out to celebrate National Waffle Day with its tasty brunch selections. On August 24 guests can sip on .99 cent mimosas and chow down on mouth-watering chicken and waffles made with fluffy Belgium waffles, tender chicken breasts, garnished with powdered sugar and topped with crowd favorite, bacon. If chicken and waffles aren’t your forte, never fear because they’ll be serving their other delicious brunch choices such as the Short Rib Benedict and Triple-Decker Hangover Wrecker. As you enjoy the cozy and warm ambiance and fill up on cocktails and brunch items, a DJ will be spinning the best tunes to get everyone in the celebration spirit. Love is Blind is a go-to brunch spot and National Waffle Day is the perfect excuse to come try it out for yourself; for reservations.


Heroes’ Salute Event Planned for Labor Day Weekend in Middle Keys
Head to Hawks Cay Resort in the Keys to celebrate Labor Day and enjoy extra perks if you are a member of the military, or work for the fire or police department or in the medical field. Enjoy specially priced rooms and recreational programs as part of the annual Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend held Friday through Sunday, August 29 to September 1. Events are held at Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key, off U.S. Highway 1 at mile marker 61. Highlights of the weekend include a Heroes Salute 5K and post-race celebration, Family Fun Night with Touch-A-Truck, games and contests, live country music concert by Daniel Lee Martin, an all-American barbeque and a tribute ceremony with fireworks over the Atlantic Ocean. The Family Fun Night is set for 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and is free and open to the public. On Saturday, the Heroes Salute 5K Run/Walk kicks off at 8 a.m., followed by a post-race party. Also scheduled for Saturday is a waterfront evening cookout and photographic video tribute at sunset to honor fallen heroes and those formerly and currently in action. A participation fee applies for the 5K and cookout events, and runners can register for the 5K at Sunday features an American-style barbecue, live music performance from Daniel Lee Martin and fireworks show to conclude the evening. Tickets for the all-American barbecue are available for advance purchase and cover admission to the evening events. Ticket prices are $25.95 for adults, $13 for kids age 4-12 and free for children 3 and under. Accommodations at several Marathon-area hotels, inns and lodging properties are available during the Labor Day weekend in addition to specially priced guestroom rates at Hawks Cay Resort. For those who can’t come over Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend, Heroes Salute runs through November 25 and includes value-added offers for active and former heroes on fishing, diving, watersports, Dolphin Connection programs, spa treatments and more. All civilians can receive a 20 percent discount on the best available rate during Heroes Salute by donating as little as $5 to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, the resort’s ongoing partner in this program. Heroes Salute Tribute Weekend and Heroes Salute information:
Marathon visitor information:  or 1-800-262-7284.


The Heat of Fashion Designer Competition Runway Fashion Show

Join The Atlantic Hotel & Spa for the Semi-Finals Live Mannequin Presentation as fifteen semi-finalists battle it out to win a coveted spot in The Heat of Fashion Designer Competition Runway Fashion Show.  These fifteen contestants, composed of students and recent college graduates, successfully made it past the online voting period and into round two. During the evening, the contestants will each be showcasing two designs, on models, to the South Florida community. Throughout the Semi-Finals Live Mannequin Presentation, there will be a cocktail reception where guests will be able to purchase an array of eclectic hors d’oeuvres and cocktails from the hotel restaurant, Beauty & the Feast Bar|Kitchen’s, globally inspired American menu. This elite judging panel will select the top eight finalists, which will be announced on Sunday, September 7. These lucky finalists will then go on to present their collections in The Heat of Fashion Designer Competition Runway Fashion Show, which will take place on September 20 at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa. The winner of the Runway Fashion Show Finale will be selected based upon certain criteria; including originality, innovation, concept and inspiration behind the design, choice of fabric and trims, written and visual explanation of the design, technical awareness, wear-ability and commercial viability. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, photo shoot, TV and radio production for a commercial, 1st place trophy and product placement in a trendy Fort Lauderdale boutique. The second place winner will receive a photo shoot and 2nd place trophy. The third place winner will receive a trophy for their accomplishment.  Tickets for the Semi-Finals and Finals can be purchased at  For additional details visit or contact Pheline Jerome, Event Coordinator, at 954.226.1407.




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