I guess I should start by introducing myself; I am Fatgirl Hedonist and I run www.fatgirlhedonist.com. My site is a dining & restaurant review site that gives you my take on locally owned and operated restaurants in the 305 and beyond. I’m from Hialeah and proud of it, so with that I warn you that my writing does include a sprinkling spanglish and a pinch of chusmeria. In an attempt to bring to this site some new, original and different content from what I’m already doing on my site, I’m going to share info on upcoming events in the culinary scene, contests, restaurants to keep an eye on and anything else that tickles my fancy.
For starters I’ll share a sampling of some of the culinary events that are going on in the near future with a little something for almost everyone:
For the People That Like To PIG OUT:
What: PALO! Cuban Pig Out 2 is a miami-esque celebration for Labor Day weekend benefiting Life is Art! $10 gets you a Cuban style pork dinner and the Palo show. Check out live painting, raffles, music and fun times. For more info head to their Facebook event page.
337 SW 8 St, Miami, Florida
When: September 2, 2012 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm
For the Food Truck Lovers:
What: South Florida food trucks head to Seminole Hard Rock Casino for some food, gambling and music from a live DJ. Check it out.
Where: Seminole Hard Rock Casino
1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL
When: August 23, 2012 from 5:30pm – 10:00pm
For the Philanthropists:
What: Second Annual Chefs Upfront Dinner and Auction benefitting the Share our Strength Cooking Matters program, delivered locally through FLIPANY. Price is $200 per person. Participating chefs include Chef Adrianne Calvo, Chef Andy Trousdale, Mokoto Okuwa and many others. For all the details click here.
Where: W Fort Lauderdale Hotel
401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Fl
When: August 23, 2012 with the reception and silent auction beginning at 5:30pm
For the Foodies:
What: Edge Steak and Bar (amazing restaurant) is celebrating National Eat Outside day with a Picnic. Price is $35 for a haute family style picnic including a three course meal and wine. Better deal than Miami Spice, check it out.
Where: Edge Steak and Bar located inside the 7th floor of The Four Seasons Hotel Miami.
1435 Brickell Ave, Miami Fl
When: August 31, 2012 at 7:00pm
What: Dinner with Friends: Chef Timon Balloo from Sugarcane Raw Bar Grille and a special guest chef cook up dinner with beverage pairings included. Price is $110 (not inclusive of tax or tip). Head to http://www.sugarcanerawbargrill.com/ for all the details!
Where: Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
3253 NE 1st Ave, Miami Fl
When: August 27, 2012
What: Harry’s Pizzeria has monthly chef pop up’s where Michael Schwartz joins forces with chefs across the country to bring patrons a family style and experimental dining experience. September’s is dubbed Empire State South Pizza. Check out Harry’s Pizzeria for more info.
Where: Harry’s Pizzeria
3918 N. Miami Ave, Miami, FL
When: September 12, 2012
For Those of You With A Sweet Tooth:
What: “Crave the Sweet Life” Dessert Tasting Event $11.25 gets you complimentary food and sweets, benefitting surrounding homeless shelters. Guests are encouraged to bring along food items to donate to the homeless. Check their Eventbrite for more information.
Where: Ricochet Miami
3250 Buena Vista Blvd #122B, Miami, FL
When: August 29, 2012 at 7:30pm
For the People That Like to Win Things:
Lastly, I leave you with a sweepstakes. While Miami Spice is going on through September, Johnson & Wales’ North Miami campus has a little giveaway going on. First, jump on twitter and follow @JWUNorthMiami AND @MiamiandBeaches. Then, you have to dine at a restaurant that features JWU alumni and snap a pic of your meal. Once you’ve snapped that picture you have to tweet it out with the hashtags #MiamiSpice and #ISEEJWU. EVERY Friday 10 participants are chosen randomly and awarded with a $25 gift certificate to the restaurant they dined at. For a list of the participating restaurants and the details, click here .