Best Thing to Do in Miami: Food and Drink Events December 4-6, 2020


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This weekend the Salty and El Bagel are kicking off a pop-up on Lincoln Road of donuts and bagels, and Chef Marcus Samuelsson is finally making his debut with Red Rooster Overtown after months of pandemic delay. Also, Le Jardinier serves a Sunday brunch one day, Fairchild is hosting a candlelit dinner with chef Cindy Hutson, and Bunnie Cakes opens in downtown Doral.

The Salty and El Bagel Pop-Up, Le Jardinier Brunch and other food events in Miami this weekendEXPAND

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The Salty and El Bagel popup on Lincoln Road

Starting this Saturday, the Salty will launch a weekly pop-up of El Bagel on Lincoln Road, which includes a handful of time-limited dishes, a year-round changing menu with the year-round flavors such as guava and cheese, traditional icing and tres leches options to order to celebrate the brand’s five year anniversary. One of the highlights is a passion fruit donut with graffiti splatter. a funfetti cake batter flavor with vanilla glaze and buttercream; and oreo buttercream with chocolate ganache glaze. The anniversary flavors are available in all salty stores including South Miami and Wynwood, as well as through UberEats. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 2020 and January 2021 at Lincoln Road, 700 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach;

Enjoy a day-long brunch at Le Jardinier.EXPAND

Enjoy a day-long brunch at Le Jardinier.

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Design the Miami brunch at Le Jardinier

This Sunday only, Le Jardinier will be serving a brunch to celebrate Design Miami. Highlights of the menu include rillette with smoked salmon on homemade brioche, avocado, pickled Fresno and fried capers. fried kampachi collar with chilli, lime and spring onion crepe; and Prime Petit Ribeye au Jus with crispy potatoes and fried organic egg. Sunday, December 6, at Le Jardinier, 151 NE 41 St., Suite 135, Miami;

Chef Marcus Samuelsson makes his debut at his highly anticipated Red Rooster Overtown restaurant.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson makes his debut at his highly anticipated Red Rooster Overtown restaurant.

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson makes his debut at Red Rooster Overtown

Red Rooster Overtown opened last Thursday and is now finally open. This is the third location for the concept, which serves comfort foods with “American roots”, shaped by the flavors and personality of the neighborhood it’s in – and with a contemporary twist. It also marks Samuelsson’s first South Florida outpost, a collaboration with developers Michael Simkins and Derek Fleming, whose operations are led by the Grove Bay Hospitality Group. Miami’s menu highlights include classics like hot honey yardbird (Samuelsson’s famous fried chicken) and Obama’s short ribs (a dish served to the former president at Harlem’s original Red Rooster). Not only is Red Rooster a full service restaurant, it’s also a place where local musicians can showcase their talents. Samuelsson is no stranger to the merging of these worlds as his other locations have become music hotspots and trendy restaurants. 920 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-640-9880; Sunday to Thursday from 5pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm

Join Chef Cindy Hutson for the Eat, Drink and Garden this weekend.EXPAND

Join Chef Cindy Hutson for the Eat, Drink and Garden this weekend.

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Eat, drink and garden with cook Cindy Hutson at Fairchild

On Saturday night, the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden welcomes famous South Florida cook Cindy Hutson from Ortanique on the Mile for another edition of Eat. Drink. Garden. The quarterly event invites guests to dine al fresco under the stars and trees and enjoy inspired dishes made with fresh ingredients from Fairchild Farm. Highlights of the menu include West Indian bouillabaisse with red snapper, scallops, clams and prawns with jasmine rice and kaffir lime curry sauce. Flat iron rock steak from beef with roasted paprika and crimini mushroom chimichurri and malanga mashed potatoes; and warm guava white chocolate bread pudding. The candlelit dinner takes place in two seats at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Each seat is limited to socially distant tables. Tickets are $ 210 per person for non-members and $ 195 per person for members. Saturday, December 5, 6pm and 8:30 pm, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables. Buy tickets through

Cupcakes from Bunnie Cakes.EXPAND

Cupcakes from Bunnie Cakes.

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Bunnie Cakes is moving to downtown Doral

Bunnie Cakes, which closed its original location on NE Second Avenue on November 26th, and the adjacent Bunnie Cakes Studio are now open in Downtown Doral. Inside, rainbow walls, sprinkle blankets, and similarly pretty décor light up the 1,700-square-foot space, where the store continues to offer signature sweets like birthday cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and brownies – not to mention seasonal specialties, including the “Dulce no Leche” filled ones Cupcake: A vanilla cupcake filled with vegan caramel and topped with vanilla icing and a “Dulce no Leche” swirl. 8450 NW 53rd St., Doral; Monday to Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered Miami for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).

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