stripsteakBy: Maryanne Salvat

STRIPSTEAK By Chef Michael Mina Opens

The highly anticipated STRIPSTEAK by Chef Michael Mina will open its doors at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Thursday, November 13. The innovative and contemporary steakhouse will offer a dynamic dining scene and progressive beverage program with a nod to the elegance of the Art Deco era. Created by Michael Mina and executed by chef de cuisine Derrick Roberts, the vast menu runs the gamut. Guests can enjoy signature specials that go far beyond traditional steakhouse fare, a bounty of meats and fish prepared on the wood-burning grill and an expansive raw bar; for more information visit:


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LUCKYRICE Festival’s 5th Anniversary Celebration presented by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East and hosted by Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto, hitting Miami on Saturday, November 15 from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. Tickets are now on for the culinary spectacular at After five years of increasing hype and (sold-out) popularity in NYC, LA, Vegas and SF, the nation’s preeminent celebration of Asian food and cocktail culture, known as LUCKYRICE, will be taking over The Raleigh Hotel Pool and Oasis. Once again, LUCKYRICE will bring together renowned chefs and mixologists from Miami’s exploding culinary scene alongside international celebrity chefs to create the ultimate Asian cocktail + culinary experience.  This year’s feast will return to Miami Beach at The Raleigh Pool and Oasis, combining the best of LUCKYRICE with Asian-meets-Latino bites and globally spirited cocktails from Miami’s finest chefs and mixologists. Participating chefs/restaurants include: Masaharu Morimoto, Khong River House, Hakkasan, Juvia, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, The Federal, SUSHISAMBA, Katsuya, Lure Fishbar, Barley & Swine, along with 8 celebrated mixologists who will serve a total of 16 custom cocktails featuring BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East and other spirits. Dress code: Firecracker or Chili Pepper Red (suggested); VIP Tickets: $150 and general admission $88.


front_signThe Butcher Shop Debuts Happy Hour & Weekend Brunch 

The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill in Wynwood is launching a weekday happy hour followed by brunch later this week. On Monday through Friday, guests can enjoy half-off select draft beers, house wine and well drinks starting at 4:00 p.m. along with a selection of specially priced bar bites.  Happy hour ends at 9:00 p.m. on Mondays and at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday. Beginning this weekend, brunch will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.   The Butcher Shop has been bringing the lost art of buying from a traditional meat market to Miami since its inception in the fall of 2013. Located in Wynwood, the full service butcher shop, eatery and German-style beer garden is an extension of father and son team Igor and Fred Niznik’s Palm Beach staple, Charlie’s Old Fashioned. For more information, visit or call 305.846.9120.


Valentino_PiemonteWineDinner_FinalValentino Cucina Italiana to Host Piemonte Wine Dinner 

On Monday, November 17, meet Executive Chef & Owner of Valentino Cucina Italiana, Giovanni Rocchio, as he guides you through this exceptional dining experience featuring an Innovative Cuisine with a Modern Italian Twist. The artful Italian dining experience will be paired through every course with fine wines made in the Piemonte region of Italy which is located in the northwestern corner of Italy. Cost per person $225 includes tax and gratuity; for more information call 954.523.5767.






Bake A Difference

On Saturday, November 22, children and families will be setting up baked good stands throughout the Miami area to bakebenefit Miami Children’s Hospital and its Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. Thanks to the support of our patients, caregivers, doctors and those wishing to make a difference, we will have the distinct opportunity of coming together as a community. Participants only need to devote their day, or even a few hours, to make a difference in the lives of others.  Your contributions will support our Together For The children, The Campaign for Miami Children’s Hospital.  Bake a Difference is here to help share with your children, grandchildren and teens that coming together as a community we can all make a difference in the health and happiness of children everywhere.