Haute Author

  • NAME Mandy Baca
  • BIO As a food obsessed Miami native, Mandy Baca found her true passion for writing while in hospitality school. Uninspired by the school’s corporate sensibilities, she dreamt of a more creative route where food and art merged. While obtaining a masters degree in Italian Gastronomy & Tourism at the University of Gastronomic Sciences, her food passion took her on tasty adventures throughout Europe. In her free time, she enjoys being involved with charitable organizations and is on a personal mission to advance the interest in food culture in Miami. Most days she can be found writing on her personal blog titled The Ramblings of a Hungry Artist, where she intersects food and just about everything. As a young writer, she hopes that her unique voice will gain an avid following. Follow her on Twitter: @ahungryartist.

Articles By Mandy Baca

The Macallan Inspired Desserts Now at Michael’s Genuine

National Scotch Day was on Thursday, July 27. How did you celebrate? Michael's Genuine celebrated the food holiday with a special pairing between one of the world's top Scotch whiskies, The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky, and Hedy Goldsmith's exquisite desserts. Guests in attendance enjoyed three unique desserts with The Macallan 12 Years, 15 Years, and 18 Years, respectively. The sweet tasting was led by special guest Randy Adam, the spirit's brand ambassador, who enriched all attendees on the nuances of the characteristic libation. Read More

Egg & Dart and Harry’s Pizzeria To Open In Miami’s Design District

Jonathan Eismann's fall from restaurant superstardom was a difficult one for both our eyes and our stomachs to bear. In a mere year, we said farewell to Pacific Time, Q, Fin, and Pizza Volante. What's worse? The spaces stood empty for months on end, darkly looming over the 2 block stretch on North Miami Avenue as melancholy ghosts. Read More

New York City’s Best Cooking Classes

The most exclusive spot in the city? Your kitchen. Despite gourmet kitchens and Viking Ranges, the last time you stepped into your kitchen was 1999. Break the bad habit and learn to cook. Don't know where to start? Thankfully, New York City is the "King of Food", so there are a plethora of exceptional spots to learn the craft well and are expansive enough to fit all interests and levels of experience. Read More

Haute Event: Botran Rum Tiki Lounge at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans

Saving the best for last, one of the final events during the Tales of the Cocktail week was the much anticipated Botran Rum Tiki Lounge tasting suite. Held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel off of Bourbon Street on Saturday, July 23, the notorious Guatemalan rum brand transported guests to a whimsy tiki island land channeling the vibrant era of the 1950s. Read More

Miami City Ballet to be Featured in Reality Show, En Pointe

The Academy Award winning film, Black Swan, increased the popularity of ballet tenfold., but while the film was ingenious, it didn't offer a peek into the true reality of the ballet world. A new reality show still in production, En Pointe, will give viewers just that, a front row seat to the intimate and hardcore world of The Dancer Behind the Curtain from grueling practices to demanding perfection and life in between. You'll almost be able to taste the tears. Read More

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Celebrates Miami Spice 3 Ways

In Miami's rat race for top restaurant, one has always shined above the rest. Michael's Genuine Food & Drink aka Michael's or MGFD has become the quintessential favorite amongst many of Miami's top food loving residents. It's no surprise really, being that the chef has vast credentials backing him up. Apart from a slew of nominations, Michael Schwartz is a James Beard Award Winner- Best Chef South 2010. Plus, the spot's got a mean pork belly and a divine dessert list helmed by Hedy Goldsmith, another great chef with a batch of nominations herself. As an avid participator of Miami Spice, the restaurant's kicking it up a notch or three and celebrating it 3 ways. Read More

Alexander McQueen Leaves Nearly $82,000 To His Pooches

The saying goes: "It's a dog eat dog world." This, of course depends on the owner. Over a year after the tragic death of the acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen, details of his will were released last Tuesday describing the divvying up of his fortune, which was estimated at $26 million. In the case of Alexander McQueen's 3 dogs, Minter, Juice and Callum, they're luxurious pooches, receiving a whopping near $82,000 to cover all of their expenses in their lifetime. Read More