Miami’s Top Food Events for May

It’s safe to say that most people, possibly all people, enjoy good food and great food events even more. We host the colossally delicious SOBE Wine & Food Fest every February, but Miami also hosts a variety of events throughout the year that are up to par with the monster. Plus, remember mom, we’re sure she’ll enjoy any of these events. Here are May’s top food events.

Friday, May 13 – Chocolate, Wine and Cigar Pairing at Bourbon Steak

Take pleasure in the finest of what life has to offer. We’re talking about chocolates, wine and cigars. Learn to pair the three at Bourbon Steak inside the Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura this month. Guests will enjoy MarieBelle New York chocolates, red wine and Camacho cigars. Robert Caldwell, president of The Hotel Humidor Co., and Justin Hall, the restaurant’s wine director, will lead the fun class. Call Bourbon Steak to request your spot at 786.279.6600. You can always extend your indulgence by staying for dinner to enjoy their juicy steaks, always complementary to cigars and wine.

Saturday, May 14 – Common Threads’ Afternoon Lunch

You can thank Michelle Bernstein for bringing Common Threads to Miami. This month, she pairs up with Paula DaSilva of the restaurant 1500° at Eden Roc Renaissance in Miami Beach to host a Common Threads’ Afternoon Lunch. 1500° is one of the few Miami restaurants to offer the concept of farm to table, so it’s no wonder that she hooked up with Michelle Bernstein, of Michy’s, Sra. Martinez, and most recently Crumb on Parchment to support this event and Common Threads. The charity luncheon will wholly benefit the nonprofit organization and offer attendees a chance to mingle with other food elites while enjoying a sumptuous 3-course lunch of spring vegetable ragout and skirt steak. The event will be held at 1500° from 1 to 3 p.m. Common Threads currently benefits 4 schools in the Miami area and teaches children the importance of nutrition and culture through cooking and food related activities. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased through Common Threads.

Tuesday, May 17 – Billecart Salmon Champagne Dinner

Miami’s newest culinary powerhouse is not merely one chef or one restaurant, but a collaboration of sorts. The Miami Culinary Institute, Miami Dade College’s newest college, is set to launch a series of dinners this month at its brand new state of the art restaurant. Be one of the first few to see and dine at the fabulous new restaurant, which focuses on food culture, sustainable methods and community collaboration. The event will offer a 5-course dinner paired with 5 different champagnes from one of France’s oldest and greatest Champagne houses, Billecart Salmon. Dinner highlights include oysters, truffled corn chowder sea scallops, rosemary-grilled grass fed lamb with butternut ravioli and dehydrated stone fruit with vanilla spiced rum sabayon. Be sure not to miss what is sure to be one of Miami’s toasts of the town. Call 305.237.7110 or email Sarah Brownell at to reserve your spot.

Friday, May 20 – The Education Fund’s 25th Anniversary Celebration & Charity Auction

For the past 25 years, The Art of Found Objects has been a true pioneer in the young arts community by providing children and teachers access to the materials needed to create their own artwork. The Education Fund’s 25th Anniversary Celebration & Charity Auction celebrates these accomplishments and its momentous 25th year by partnering with local chefs like Michelle Bernstein, Michael Schwartz and Cindy Hutson in an ode to food as art. The event, which will be held at The Moore Building on Friday, May 20 from 7-11:00 p.m. The chefs will collaborate with local chef students from Robert Morgan’s Educational Center to create recipes that emphasize both food preparation and presentation. The auction will feature unique art pieces created by Miami-Dade elementary, middle, and high school aged students as well as teachers. Many of Miami’s art elite like Myrna Palley, Kirk Landon, Carol Damian, Mele Weiss and Norma Jean Abraham are set to attend. Tickets vary in price, but can be purchased through the Education Fund.

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