Things to Do in Miami Food Events January 24 Through January 26, 2020

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This weekend at Veza Sur Brewing, enjoy a curated, multi-course meal provided by Beaker & Gray Chef Brian Nasajon. Plus, visit the annual Fairchild Chocolate Garden, watch Good Judy’s introduction in the minibar, and celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Chocolates galore.

Chocolates galore.

Photo by Christina Mendenhall

Chocolate Garden at Fairchild. From Friday through Sunday, thousands of chocolate lovers gather at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables for three packed days of educational exhibits and lectures, live music, cooking demonstrations, loads of sweet samples, and other distractions. The focus of the event is Fairchild’s commitment to training beans into bars. Lectures, demos and tastings give participants an insight into the chocolate making process. Friday, January 24 at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, January 26 at 4:30 p.m., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; fairchildgarden.org. Tickets are $ 12 per child and $ 25 per adult per day through store.fairchildgarden.org. Entry is free for Fairchild members.

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La Cervecena series in Veza Sur. This Saturday and Sunday, Veza Sur will continue its La Cervecena series and, in collaboration with Chef Brian Nasajon from Beaker & Gray, offer an intimate dining experience in the brewery. Expect a welcome beer cocktail and five-course meal paired with Veza Sur beers. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Guitars Over Guns, a nonprofit that provides students with training and mentoring with professional musicians to help them overcome difficulties and find their voices. Saturday, January 25, 6:30 PM and Sunday, January 26, at Veza Sur, 55 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-362-6300; vezasur.com. The number of seats is limited. Tickets are $ 100 per person via vezasur.com/brewery-dinners.

The Mandarin Oriental is proud to welcome the Year of the Rat.EXPAND

The Mandarin Oriental is proud to welcome the Year of the Rat.

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The best places to celebrate Chinese New Year. Say goodbye to the pig this Saturday and welcome the Year of the Rat during Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year. Despite the annoying reputation of the rodent, the Chinese symbol is a reminder of a year full of new beginnings, vitality and fertility. The Chinese New Year celebrates not only ancestor worship, but also lively festivals coupled with fireworks, parades and exaggerated indulgences, much like its American counterpart. Miami loves a party and the Chinese New Year is no exception. From traditional red envelope ceremonies to delicious dim sum buffets, ring in a second round of New Year celebrations at one of Miami’s premier Chinese New Year events.

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mini-bar

Courtesy of the minibar

Good Judy in the minibar. Developed by Miami Beach residents Alex Norton and Jordan Braun, Good Judy’s is a pop-up bar concept celebrating the LGBTQ community. To fill a void they saw in Miami’s nightlife, Norton and Braun set out to create an experience for the community and their allies to meet in a lounge-like space, sip craft cocktails and dance. Good Judy’s offers a cocktail menu that pays homage to the famous Judys past and present: Friend of Dorothy is a ruby ​​red version of a Moscow mule; Dame Dench is a gin-forward French 75; and Judge Juice offers guests a choice of two signature Patrón cocktails – Plaintiff Paloma and Defendant Margarita. Sunday, January 26th, 6pm in the Minibar in Urbanica, Meridian Hotel, 418 Meridian Ave., Miami Beach; 305-763-8934; instagram.com/goodjudysmia.

I heard your boyfriend was gone this weekend.  Do you want to meet in Bâoli?EXPAND

I heard your boyfriend was gone this weekend. Do you want to meet in Bâoli?

Photo by Sebastian Berdnarski

Cocktails and Cabaret Dinner Show in Bâoli. On Sunday, Bâoli will debut at Cocktails and Cabaret, a Las Vegas-style cabaret and dinner show featuring showgirls, burlesque dancers, drag performers and live music acts. The opening edition is hosted by Miss Florida FI 2018 – the award-winning drag queen Miss Noel Leon – and features the legendary burlesque queen Sweetpea. Every month Bâoli will create a unique cabaret show with various live bands, drag queens and burlesque entertainers. At the beginning, cocktails and starters await you at one of the two bars. Immediately after the cocktail hour, the show moves to the lush terrace, where dinner is served during the live show. Sunday, January 26th, 7:30 pm, Bâoli, Collins Ave. 1906, Miami Beach; 305-674-8822; baolimiami.com.

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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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