Summer Affairs

Erin Lavan |
New And Noteworthy

Not that we need an excuse to dine out, but deals that make you do a double take and extraordinary culinary escapades of our favorite chefs really get us out the door. We’ve scouted out some of our favorite happenings this month for you to mark on your calendars. 

 

A Taste of Germany at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar

This summer, Chef Miguel Aguilar is dedicating each month to a different World Cup contender country. Last month was Spain, and July brings Germany. August will feature Portuguese cuisine. The tasting menu is available for lunch and dinner every Wednesday through July. 

Begin with a bratwurst upon a pretzel bun, and topped with sauerkraut. A plate of Spätzle is as fun as its name—egg noodles with shredded Coca-Cola braised short rib. Then, slice into a Rouladen—bacon, onions, and pickled, wrapped in thinly-sliced flank steak with a side of potato salad. And it’s not a true German meal without a bier—pair it with the Radler, where beer meets lemonade. More info at www.wynwoodkitchenandbar.com 

 

Prix-Fixe at Fish Fish

Before Miami Spice kicks off on August 1, Fish Fish will be getting you in the mood for prix-fixe fun with a three-course meal for $39. Pair that with their all-day, every-day happy hour, and you’ve got yourself an unbeatable deal. More info at fishfishmiami.com

 

dbQ at db Bistro Moderne

The barbecue series is back now through August 29. Available daily in the lounge and terrace from 5-8pm, dbQ features barbecue items with a db twist. Grilled Oysters get a dousing of spicy garlic butter, and Baby Back Ribs liven up spoon bread.

On Fridays, guests can keep Executive Chef Jason Pringle company as he grills and shares tips. A Barbecue Tour section of the dbQ menu will change bi-weekly to feature global barbecue traditions, like Suon Nuong Vietnamese Pork Chop from Southern Asia. Happy hour prices will be available on all cocktails. More info at www.dbbistro.com/miami

 

Wine Dinner Series at The Setai
The Setai continues its wine dinner series this July with Castello Banfi, Tuscan Treasures, on July 31.                                        

Founded in 1978, Castello Banfi is a young winery, yet what they have accomplished since their inception has had a profound effect on the Italian wine world today. Today, with a state of the art wine making facility and an advanced scientific approach in the vineyards, Castello Banfi is producing premium high quality wines with a nod to traditional wine making techniques.

Luciano Castiello, ambassador for Castello Banfi, will host this exclusive dinner presenting the top wines of the estate. The reception will begin at 7:30pm, and the dinner will follow at 8pm. Cones of Gorgonzola with prune marmalade, white chocolate, and candied olive chorizo Madeleine will pair with a sparkling Pinot Noir. Then, feast upon scallops and Chardonnay, Porcini Risotto with Bordeaux … and, well, we won’t give it all away. For a full menu, visit http://www.thesetaihotel.com/culinary-artistry/culinary-offers-events.jsp

Tickets are $150 (includes tax and gratuity). Call 305.520.6400 to make reservations.


Fountainebleau Escapades

Over at The Fountainebleau, there’s no shortage of relaxing, indulgent experiences to partake in at the Fountainebleau this summer. For more events here, visit: http://www.fontainebleau.com/web/specials/dining_events__offers
 

Once in a Bleau Moon

July 10, 11, and 12

Fontainebleau marks the rare astrological phenomenon, the “Bleau” Moon, the appearance of four full moons instead of the usual three, with a celestial, one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

Indulge in a private, moon lit dinner atop the chic setting of La Cote Mediterranean Grill, with sweeping oceanviews and the iconic sights of the Fontainebleau pools cape. Perfect for any romantic occasion you are celebrating this fall or simply an excuse to spoil someone special.

Observe the rare fourth—“bleau”—moon of the month with a private moonlit four-course dinner at the La Côte Mediterranean Grill. Advance reservation required. Call 877.326.7412 to reserve your cabana.


New Yum Cha Lunch Menu

Hakkasan just launched a new Yum Cha prix-fixe menu, available every Saturday and Sunday, from noon-3pm. Menu items include dim sum, spring onion egg fried rice, jasmine tea smoked ribs with grilled honey char sui, white coffee ice cream, and many more. Lunch also includes choice of Bellini, mimosa, beer, Curious white, or red wine.

 

World Cup Specials

At the Lapis Spa, try the Copacabana, a 50-minute Blast of Oxygen Facial plus a Lapis Mineral Soak. $148 (a savings of $37), valid 10am-3pm daily. The GOL, GOL, GOL! includes a 50-minute Mudslide with a 25-minute Take A Load Off My Back Massage, plus a Lapis Mineral Soak. $196 (a savings of $49).

Spend World Cup 2014 at Fontainebleau’s glamorous poolscape in a private cabana watching the games. Relax and absorb the seclusion and solitude of your own oasis in the midst of the action of Fontainebleau’s festive atmosphere. http://www.fontainebleau.com/web/spa