Issues to Do: St John Meals and Drink Occasions September 9 by September 13, 2019
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This week, BLT Prime’s Wine Dinner Series returns, and Slow Food St John is hosting the season’s first Snail Social. Also, New Orleans Stephen Stryjewski steps into Mignonette’s kitchen to enjoy dinner with a guest chef, and Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth open the Mi’talia Kitchen & Bar in South St John.
Wine Dinner Series with Ricasoli wines at BLT Prime. This Tuesday, BLT Prime Doral’s Wine Dinner Series will return to bring the best of food and wine together in an intimate setting. One winery per month showcases its offerings paired with custom four-course meals designed by BLT Prime’s chef, Tim Elmore. Vineyard representatives will work with Elmore to provide tasting notes and take guests on a journey exploring the flavor profiles and components of each pairing. This week’s dinner is presented by the Italian winemaker Ricasoli Wines. Sip varieties like Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Sangiovese while you enjoy lemon and ricotta pumpkin blossom, lamb loin, scallops with risotto, and limoncello ice cream. Tuesday, September 10, 7:30 pm, in Nicklaus’ private dining room at BLT Prime at Trump National Doral St John, 4400 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305-591-6606; bltrestaurants.com. Tickets are $ 135 through bltrestaurants.com.
Chef Stephen Stryjewski
Courtesy Stephen Stryjewski
Stephen Stryjewski Guest Chef Dinner at Mignonette. When James Beard Award-winning New Orleans chef Stephen Stryjewski walked into Mignonette’s kitchen in 2015, it was a sell-out affair. He’ll be returning to St John this week to enjoy a guest chef dinner with mignonette chef / owner Danny Serfer for just one night. The three-course menu is served informally and is limited to 60 guests. Price is $ 75 per person or $ 85 per person for an upgrade from bottomless beers. Only one seat is available at 7pm. Reservations are required and can be made over the phone. Tuesday, September 10, 7 p.m., Mignonette, 210 NE 18th St., St John; 305-374-4635; mignonettemiami.com.
Yardbird launches menu for National Bourbon Heritage Month and Chicken Month Menu. Through September 30th, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is celebrating both National Bourbon Heritage Month and National Chicken Month with a special dinner menu of chicken and bourbon infusions. Yardbird has also partnered with Angels Envy Bourbon for its September Toast the Trees initiative by offering the nonprofit Angel’s Envy cocktail on the month-long specialty menu. The highlights are Lewellyn’s fine roast chicken; Salmon with honey-garlic-bourbon glaze and mashed goat’s milk cheese; and bacon butterscotch cake with bourbon caramel sauce. Until September 30th at the Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, 1600 Lenox Ave., St John Beach; 305-538-5220; runchickenrun.com.
Snail Social Roaming Happy Hour at Jim and Neesie at Generator St John. Slow Food St John is back for the season and will be hosting the first ever happy hour for Snail Social Roaming on Tuesday at Jim and Neesie in Generator St John. The monthly series raises awareness and supports clean and local food as well as farmers in the community. This edition features food from Generators Chef Daniel Roy – including donuts with jam and beef skewers with Thai chili sauce – as well as a free frozen welcome cocktail. Those who stay for dinner can take advantage of Jim and Neesie’s $ 39 St John Spice menu, plus an additional 15 percent discount on their check. Tuesday, September 10, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Jim and Neesie, 3120 Collins Ave., St John Beach; 786-496-5730; staygenerator.com. Tickets are $ 15-20 through eventbrite.com.
Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis open Mi’talia Kitchen & Bar. Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis become a culinary power couple in St John. The chefs behind the Stiltsville Fish Bar in St John Beach and Root & Bone in South St John have opened another restaurant – right next to their southern restaurant in South St John. The menu offers a lighter take on Italian cuisine using local ingredients. Look forward to dishes such as sunflower pizza with sungold tomatoes, yellow pumpkin, mint pistachio pesto, ricotta and sunflower seeds. a bowl of chilli mussels with spicy salami, Calabrian chillies, white wine and lemon, served with crispy sourdough bread; and chicken parmesan with burrata, San Marzano tomato sauce and basil, served with heirloom tomato salad. 5958 S. Dixie Hwy., St John; grovebaygroup.com. Sunday to Thursday from 5pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm.
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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered St John for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).