The Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival's many events throughout the year serve culinary samples from popular Miami restaurants, endless fine wine and spirits, and international rhythms. Those chefs hail from a wide variety of acclaimed area eateries. Meanwhile, wine experts entice visitors to try new vintages by hosting tasting demos and dispensing samples. A portion of all event proceeds help fund local charities.
From daily empanada specials to tapas and oven-roasted entrees, Clos Bistro & Café incorporates international flavors to make breakfasts and dinners a global experience. Argentinean influences take the form of strong coffee that complements hearty breakfasts of smoked-salmon omelets and pastries, and evenings are fueled by daily pasta specials, verdant salads, and flank steaks fresh from the oven. Located downtown, the bistro's sleek storefront hides a cozy interior with a wall of mirrors that send light shining across tiled floors and provide ample opportunities to whisper compliments at your reflection.
Though the menu at Top Burger may be simple, the chefs believe the preparation speaks for itself. Classic burgers, chicken sandwiches, and all-beef kosher hot dogs are made to order and paired with American staples such as hand-cut sweet-potato or classic fries. To make the shop?s signature Black Angus burgers, chefs pat together and grill patties, then top them with premium ingredients such as applewood bacon, jalape?os, and blue cheese. Tall glasses of soda and hand-dipped milk shakes complete the shop?s retro diner feel.
Owners Horacio Oliveria and Jennifer Porciello painstakingly plan every detail of their restaurant's decor, including the frescoes and dramatic arches, and their menu to give guests the impression that they've stumbled into a little corner of Italy. As musicians tap their feet on the hand-cut mosaic floors, servers float from table to table, delivering authentic Italian meals and housemade desserts.
After years of running a successful contemporary art gallery, Stefano Campanini couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing. While many people enjoy contemporary art, even more people enjoy drinking wine while looking at art or drinking wine while looking at wine. Through this realization and with the aid of other enophiles with wine-business savvy, Campanini merged his passions for art and wine under the moniker Wine by the Bay, where he chooses wine like most people choose art. ?I am looking forward to offering something that everyone enjoys and in an environment where the art can be appreciated by many and in an unintimidating way," Campanini says of the new, modern, 1,200-square-foot fine-wine and art boutique, which Miami New Times named 2013's Best Wine Store and Details Magazine called one of 2012's best new wine stores in the nation. "At art openings, wine is like a sideshow, but now, it will take center stage." Similar to identifying great art or choosing the perfect shampoo, finding the ideal wine to enjoy on its own or paired with cuisine involves intensive looking, sniffing, and tasting. Campanini personally samples every wine before approving it for his ample inventory of fine Italian, French, and Californian wines that appeal to a diversity of preferences.