Things to Do in Miami Food Events December 13 Through December 15, 2019


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This weekend, restaurants and bars across town, including Wharf, Lincoln Eatery, and Abbey Brewing Company, host vacation events. Plus, the food blog Hungry Black Man is on the hunt for Miami’s best fried chicken sandwich, which explains why he’s ready to host the $ 1,000 Chicken Sandwich Battle this Saturday afternoon.

The eight best Miami food and drink events this weekend

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Celebrate the season at Betsy South Beach

Visit the Betsy this weekend for roasted chestnuts, Christmas carols and “winter-warming” Christmas cocktails. In addition, pastry chef Gabriela Amelunge has brought out the ultimate hot chocolate menu with juicy options at the Carlton Room Café. Hot chocolate “Naughty or Nice” is available daily from 12 noon to 8 am. 5:00 p.m. through Friday and Saturday through December 21, unless otherwise noted, at Betsy, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach;

The eight best Miami food and drink events this weekend

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Pri Madonna Preshow Series at Sweet Liberty

The Miami Beach Bar will host a preshow series to celebrate the legendary Madonna ahead of her upcoming Madam X appearances at the Fillmore. Head to the bar this Saturday through next Sunday for evening parties hosted by Miami-based drag queen Morphine Love. Expect food, drinks, performances, and other distractions. Saturday, December 14th through Sunday, December 22nd, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Sweet Liberty, 237 20th St., Miami Beach; 305-763-8217;

The fried chicken sandwich at Cracked.

The fried chicken sandwich at Cracked.

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$ 1,000 Chicken Sandwich Battle in a Space Called Tribe

It could be the most ridiculous high-stakes rivalry of the year: who has the better flavored chicken sandwich, chick-fil-a, or popeye’s? The latter chain launched their take on the court earlier this year and it immediately sold out in places across the country. Even so, there are some noble souls who believe that fast food chains have no right to choose the best chicken sandwich. That’s the idea behind the $ 1,000 Chicken Sandwich Battle sponsored by the Hungry Black Man food blog. Locals can take part and vote on who really has the best roast chicken on a bun (at least the best in Miami), with $ 1,000 in prize money to be won. Saturday, December 14th, 3:00 pm at a Tribal Cooperation and Urban Innovation Lab, 937 NW Third Ave., Miami; General admission is free; The competitor and vendor fee is $ 50 through

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Lounge on Nikki Beach.

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Celebration of 20 years at Nikki Beach

Sip champagne on the sand during Nikki Beach’s 20th anniversary. Cheers to one of South Florida’s most famous “day clubs” while you enjoy live music, dance performances, bottomless rosé, food and a fireworks finale. 1 p.m. through Saturday, December 14, at Nikki Beach, 1 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-515-1130;

The eight best Miami food and drink events this weekend

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Festivus Party at Abbey Brewing Company

It may seem like old hat obsession with Seinfeld these days (current trends suggest everyone has switched to Frasier), but luckily, Festivus is here to remind us of the show’s absurd size and the fact that we don’t have to adapt to the standard events of the holiday season. If you want to voice your grief, head to the Abbey Brewing Company for their Festivus party, which of course includes food, drinks, and the exploits of strength. Sunday, December 15, 1 p.m. to midnight, Abbey Brewing Company, 1115 16th St., Miami Beach; 305-538-8110; Admission is free.

Gladzens macaron ice cream sandwiches.EXPAND

Gladzens macaron ice cream sandwiches.

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The Frohzen ice cream parlor opens in the design district

Perhaps you avoided the Design District during Miami Art Week because you’re not really into art. But there’s a new reason for dessert lovers to hit the neighborhood as soon as possible: a new ice cream parlor that has quite a pedigree. Frohzen is located in the Paradise Plaza shopping district on NE 41st Street and is now open. It’s the brainchild of pastry chef Salvatore Martone who worked under all-star chef Joël Robuchon (RIP). According to a press release, Frohzen offers ten flavors of ice cream and sorbet, some of which are Miami-inspired, and a topping to make them “extra photographable”. Expect other unique dishes that fuse ice cream with dessert items, like macaron ice cream sandwiches. 151 NE 41st St., Miami; 305-402-9060; Tuesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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The quay

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Jingle All Moët on Wharf Miami

The Wharf will kickstart the holiday celebrations this weekend with Jingle All Moët. Enjoy a Sunday specialty holiday bar with 30+ cocktails, 500,000 Christmas lights, oversized decor, and $ 50 bottles of Moët & Chandon. Sunday, December 15, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Wharf Miami, 114 SW North River Dr., Miami; Admission is free.

The Lincoln Restaurant

The Lincoln Restaurant

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Jingle and Mingle at the Lincoln Eatery

Celebrate the holidays at the Lincoln Eatery’s all-day party. Expect a life-size gingerbread house, vacation crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, and festive dining and drinking. Sunday, December 15, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Eatery, 723 Lincoln Ln. N., Miami Beach; RSVP via

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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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