Things to Do: Miami Food and Drink Events April 12 Through April 14

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This weekend, Michael Beltran’s Chug’s is opening in Coconut Grove, Ms. Cheezious is celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day, Bar Labs Gabe Orta is creating Game of Thrones-inspired cocktails, Burlock Coast’s BC Bazaar is returning, and the New Times is hosting its annual Out to Brunch event.
National Grilled Cheese Day at Ms. Cheezious. Just in time for National Grilled Cheese Day, owners Brian and Fatima Mullins and M. Christian Dickens announced the launch of their first food truck franchise in Florida. Ms. Cheezious’ must-have grilled cheeses including Short Rib Melt, Southern Fried Chicken and Waffles and Croqueta Monsieur will be available at 50 percent off all Friday. The new Ms. Cheezious Food Truck Palm Beach is also offering a 50 percent discount on all “must-haves” from 6pm to 8pm. Friday, April 12th, in different locations; mscheezious.com.

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Out for brunch. Get ready for an extensive brunch this Saturday at The New Times’ Out to Brunch. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Jungle Plaza in the Design District is transformed into a glamorous soiree full of free-flowing mimosas, a Bloody Mary bar and delicious food. Drinks are served at 13 stations. Spice up your life in the Bloody Mary Bar, prepare your own brunch cocktail or just hang out and bubbly at the Veuve Clicquot champagne station. You’ll also enjoy unlimited bites from some of Miami’s most popular restaurants. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Jungle Plaza, 3801 NE First Ave., Miami; newtimesouttobrunch.com. Tickets are $ 50 to $ 70 through ticketfly.com.

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Chugs opening in Coconut Grove. On Friday, head chef and owner Michael Beltran opens his second restaurant in the neighborhood: Chug’s. Billed as a modern Cuban-American diner, Chug’s serves breakfast sandwiches and fritas alongside French toast sticks and pastelitos. Morning highlights include Abuela’s breakfast, a plate of white rice, fried egg, black beans, and Maduros; and a breakfast sandwich with fried eggs, ham and papitas, served on Cuban bread. The lunch and dinner menu includes Cuban fritas alongside a duck medianoche sandwich, a quarter pound burger with dijonnaise; and a homemade egg salad sandwich. The restaurant will also serve as the home of Pastelito Papi, the popular pastelito company owned by Ariete chef Giovanni Fesser. Fesser will look after Chug’s sweets and baked goods and offer pastelitos in various flavors such as buffalo chicken, frita, PB&J and guava. Friday April 12 at 3444 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 786-795-6362; chugsdiner.com.

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Game of Thrones cocktails at Broken Shaker and Anderson. Winter is coming to Miami and you’re going to need a drink. This Sunday, April 14th, the long-awaited start of the eighth and final season of the HBO series Game of Thrones begins. That’s why Bar Lab’s Gabe Orta teamed up with Johnnie Walker to create a range of cocktails based on the show. The cocktails are made with the company’s Game of Thrones-inspired White Walker whiskey, created and blended by whiskey specialist George Harper. To celebrate the season premiere, Orta is offering special cocktails with Johnnie Walker Black Label and the limited White Walker at Broken Shaker and the Anderson on Sunday, April 14th. If you have a watch party at home, this is where Orta’s cocktail recipes are found.

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BC Bazaar on the Burlock Coast. Head to Burlock Coast for an afternoon pop-up market of jewelry, soaps, street-style food, and cocktails. Participating vendors include Lilly Pulitzer and Island Company, while Claudia Echevarria, AKA CLoD, presented by ArtServe, will offer live painting demos. Brunch menus at Burlock Coast will also be available. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 13, Burlock Coast, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-302-6460; ritzcarlton.com.

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Ahi Sushi offers omakase in Little Havana. Deep in Little Havana, sandwiched between popular ventanitas and cigar chops, South Korean chef Brian Koo offers an unexpected Japanese omakase experience. Ahi Sushi, a seven-seat sushi bar that’s been open for about eight months, is Koo’s company with the team behind nearby Lung Yai Thai Tapas. Here it follows the Japanese tradition, which leaves it up to the chef to decide what is served. Koo distributes carefully balanced portions of nigiri in a tasting menu of artfully crafted preparations. The full dinner experience costs $ 80 per person and typically includes 12 pieces of sashimi and seven nigiri. The offer changes depending on the seasonal ingredients and the creativity of the chef. 1527 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786-899-0779; ahisushimiami.com.

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