Things to Do in Miami Food Events January 17 Through January 19, 2020

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This weekend, R House is channeling the Greek islands with a special dinner hosted by Jackie O Mykonos, James Beard-nominated chef Lindsay Autry is debuting a limited-edition burger at Shake Shack and Ariete in Coconut Grove is celebrating its four-year anniversary. Plus, Villa Azur is transforming into a speakeasy and the annual NoMi Mac & Cheese Fest returns to Griffing Park.

Athena Dion kohosts dinner at the R House.EXPAND

Athena Dion kohosts dinner at the R House.

Courtesy Athena Dion

Jackie O Mykonos meets Miami Queens Kickoff Dinner

If you’ve done summer in the Greek islands, you surely know Jackie O Mykonos, the hip hangout of the season. This weekend, Jackie O is coming to Miami with a series of events. To kick off the festivities, R House will celebrate Wynwood with a special Queens Dinner hosted by Jackie O’s Queen Priscilla and Athena Dion of R House. The head chef and owner of the R House, Rocco Carulli, has created a special family-style three-course dinner for the occasion. The first course features beef kofta, Greek heirloom tomato salad, and hummus with roasted peppers and pita. The second course includes grilled lemon chicken, grilled rosemary garlic lamb chops, falafel with sweet peas, and roasted zucchini. Bite in baklava for dessert. Friday, January 17, 6:30 p.m., R House, 2727 NW Second Ave., Miami; rhouswwyhwood.com. Dinner is $ 65 per person and includes bottomless drinks and a drag show. Email [email protected] Entry to the show is free.

Shake Shack collaboration with chef Lindsay Autry

Shake Shack has teamed up with Chef Lindsay Autry, a James Beard Award nominee and Top Chef Finalist, to create the Autry Burger, a “shack blend” burger that is caramelized with slow-roast tomatoes and hot cheddar Onion and herb aioli is topped. The limited-edition sandwich will be available all weekend at Shake Shack locations such as Mary Brickell Village, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale. Until Sunday, January 17th, in various locations; shakeshack.com.

Dress to impress at Villa Azur.EXPAND

Dress to impress at Villa Azur.

Photo courtesy Villa Azur

One-night speakeasy at Villa Azur

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ban. And on this Friday, January 17th, the date the change went into effect a century ago, Villa Azur will turn into a speakeasy for one night. Step into the glitz and glamor of the Roaring Twenties for the A Night at the Speakeasy party, where only one password is assigned. The entrance to the event is hidden and unexpected. Guests must reserve a seat (tables, bar / lounge or blackjack table) in order to receive the secret password on the day of the event. Cocktails include a 1920s-inspired sidecar ($ 18) creation made from cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon juice. Friday, January 17, 6:30 p.m. at Villa Azur, 309 23rd St., Miami Beach; 305-763-8688; villaazurmiami.com.

Break your New Years diet at the NoMi Mac & Cheese Fest.

Break your New Years diet at the NoMi Mac & Cheese Fest.

Photo courtesy City of North Miami

NoMi Mac & Cheese Fest in Griffing Park

Macaroni and Cheese – it’s easy to make but difficult to perfect. In honor of this treasured staple of American cuisine, North Miami will host the third annual NoMi Mac & Cheese Fest. Indulge in recipes from local chefs or submit your own as you bake and get ready to hear the musical styles of Doug E. Fresh, AKA the inventor of beatboxing. What does this have to do with mac and cheese? The relevance remains unclear, but there will be other local musicians and artists for your enjoyment as well. Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Griffing Park, 12220 Griffing Blvd., North Miami. Admission is free; The entry fee for baking is $ 30 via eventbrite.com.

Happy birthday, Ariete!EXPAND

Happy birthday, Ariete!

Courtesy of Ariete

Aries anniversary celebration

Michael Beltran’s Ariete turns 4 this Sunday, which requires a celebration. Expect live music, special menus, specialty drinks, and free birthday cake. The annual party has become one of Coconut Grove’s most popular events, and this year the team is putting the celebrations into high gear with a caja china and dunk tank. From 11 a.m., the restaurant will serve roast pork from Caja China with black beans, Maduros and white rice (USD 14). the Chug Burger ($ 18); a selection of fritas ($ 12); and a delicious breakfast sandwich ($ 13). Also available are select $ 10 worth of cocktails made by Beverage Director Bobby Gilardi. The restaurant’s brunch menu is also available in the dining room. The celebration will continue from 6:00 p.m. until the dining room closes, where the restaurant serves a special three-course family-style feast for $ 49 per person with fan favorites and some special surprises. There is also a limited à la carte menu with typical products, including the famous pastrami short rib and pork chop. All guests receive a free slice of birthday cake from Chef Pastry Chef Devin Braddock. Sunday, January 19, 11 a.m. at Ariete, 3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862; arietecoconutgrove.com.

Bar Nancy’s Yacht Rock on Sundays

What is Yacht Rock? Imagine this: It’s 1981. You are sitting on a big, expensive boat at sea listening to a mixtape by Steely Dan, Michael McDonald and Christopher Cross. This is Yacht Rock, and its decadent imagery remains oddly appealing in 2020 as well. Put on your nicest deck shoes and patterned shirts and step into this fantasy Rock Miami on the Yacht Rock Sundays at Bar Nancy, hosted by Yacht’s DJs Juan Love and Alex “Captain G” Gutierrez. Refreshments include Monsieur Poutine’s Grub and $ 6 worth of drinks. Sunday, January 19, 4 to 9 p.m. at Nancy Bar, SW Eighth St. 2007, Miami; 305-397-8971; nancy305.com. Admission is free.

Pink Tacos Ocean Drive location.EXPAND

Pink Tacos Ocean Drive location.

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Pink Taco opens in South Beach

Pink Taco, the Los Angeles-based restaurant with locations in Las Vegas, Chicago, and Boston, has opened in South Beach. The restaurant menu features Mexican dishes such as lobster enchiladas with jack cheese, brandy and chipotle cream sauce, avocado salsa, pico de gallo, and Mexican crema ($ 22). Grilled Corn with Cotija Cheese, Chipotle Mayo, and Chili Powder ($ 7); and chili poppers served with salsa ranchera ($ 12). The drinks menu at the South Beach Spot includes beer, wine, margaritas like Something Pink – a mix of Codigo 1530 Blanco Tequila and fresh prickly pear puree, served in a branded Pink Taco souvenir glass (USD 18). 1200 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; pinktaco.com.

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Gables Chili Fest in Coral Gables

The Return of the Gables Chili Fest will bring civic, community, and religious groups together to prepare food and assist U.S. veterans. The organizers invite attendees to bring their own chili con carne recipes for tasting to the sounds of live music from various acts. Expect beer as well as a handful of local food trucks selling their fare. Think of this as a great reason to eat home-cooked, home-cooked food for charity. Sunday, January 19, 11 a.m., 270 Catalonia Ave., Coral Gables; coralgableschilifest.com. Tickets cost $ 5 to $ 15.

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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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