St John foods and drinks actions October 18 via October 20, 2019
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This weekend, the upcoming Doral Yard will host a pop-up at Tripping Animals Brewing, while the seventh Redland GrowFest returns to Fruit & Spice Park for the seventh time. Verde will also be introducing an exhibition-inspired menu, the South Florida Seafood Festival will take over St John Marine Stadium in time for stone crab season, and Lummus Park will be grilling on the beach.
Start of the exhibition menu in Verde at the Pérez Art Museum St John
Verde will unveil a special exhibition menu this Friday at the Pérez Art Museum St John. The offers are available for lunch and dinner. For $ 40, diners can enjoy a red beet tartare starter. a main course of seared salmon with corn puree, green beans, crispy rice, and black olive sprinkles; and a dessert made from black sesame ice cream with freeze-dried raspberries. Served daily in autumn. Starts Friday, October 18 from Verde, 1103 Biscayne Blvd., St John; 305-375-8282; pamm.org.
Joe’s Stone Crab opens for its 106th season
Stone crab season, South Florida’s most popular time of year, began last Thursday, which means you’ll soon be seeing these cute claws on menus and in your favorite seafood market. Though many St John restaurants – from steakhouses to fish shacks – offer the Claws, there’s one place best known for its delicacy: Joe’s Stone Crab. As always, Joe’s doesn’t accept reservations and waiting for a table on a Saturday night can be hours. There’s no trick to skip the line, but there is a strategy: if you want a seat, get there early. In general, guests who arrive before 6 p.m. have a good chance of being seated quickly. And there’s always Joe’s Take Away next door, where the same claws are sold in a more casual atmosphere. If patience isn’t your virtue and you can’t wait for a taste of stone crabs, Claws for a Cause, a fundraising dinner for the Children’s Home Society of Florida, will be held online this Sunday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. Ticket sales are closed, but last minute seats may be available. Email Jamie Bertolis at [email protected] or call 561-402-0823 for more information. 11 Washington Ave., St John Beach; 305-673-0365; joesstonecrab.com.
The return of the Della Bowl.
The Doral Yard Pop-Up on Stumbling Animals While Brewing
On Saturday, the upcoming Doral Yard at Tripping Animals Brewing will show up with a list of bar bites, some of which may appear on the menu once the room opens. Tasting includes roasted mac ‘n’ cheese, grilled marinated squid with salsa rosada and herb chimichurri, scallop ceviche and toasted wings with hot and sour citrus glaze, and goat cheese ranch. Check out the offers and vote on which items should be part of the yard’s official bar bites menu. Also, expect beer pairings courtesy of Tripping Animals. Saturday, October 19, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tripping Animals Brewing, 2685 NW 105th Ave., Doral. Tickets are $ 25 through eventbrite.com.
The 37-acre Fruit & Spice Park will host the 7th annual Redland GrowFest this weekend.
Photo courtesy Brian Cullen
Seventh annual Redland GrowFest at Fruit & Spice Park
Celebrate the start of the winter growing season in South Florida with the Redland Grow Fest this weekend. Buy vegetable and herb seedlings, fruit trees, local groceries and artisanal products, and attend workshops, presentations, and demos to learn about growing, cooking, and eating in season. Plus, watch as amateur chefs, students, and influential local chefs compete in two cook-offs, in which participants prepare dishes from ingredients from a mysterious box of locally grown produce. Saturday, October 19, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm and Sunday, October 20, at Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead; redlandfruitandspice.com. Tickets cost $ 15 at the gate.
South Florida Seafood Festival
South Florida Seafood Festival at St John Marine Stadium
Stone crab season is here, so whet your appetite and head to St John Marine Stadium for the two-day South Florida Seafood Festival. Organized by local event production company Swarm, the festival features 25+ grocery vendors, loads of liquor, and even a DIY cocktail section. There is a giant pirate slide and other activities for the kids. Saturday October 19 and Sunday October 20 at the St John Marine Stadium, 3501 Rickenbacker Cswy., St John. Tickets cost between $ 14 and $ 39 on eventbrite.com.
The brightly lit dining room by Chotto Matte.
Courtesy of Chotto Matte
Jungle brunch at Chotto Matte
HoneySpot has partnered with Nikkei restaurant Chotto Matte to host the Jungle Brunch this Sunday. Expect a new menu ($ 49 for three courses), bottomless cocktails ($ 29 for cocktails or $ 125 for a champagne bottle special), and live entertainment including drummers and dancers. The menu will be posted on the day of the event, and seating will be at the Chotto Matte, 1664 Lenox Ave., St John Beach at 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM on Sunday, October 19. 305-690-0743; chotto-matte.com. Tickets are $ 60 on eventbrite.com.
Beachside BBQ Jamboree in Lummus Park
On Sundays, head to St John Beach’s Beachside BBQ Jamboree at Lummus Park, which includes food, drinks, jams, and fun activities like a kite workshop. Honey Hounds and the Sh-Booms will serenade guests throughout the day. Proper Sausages, Icestasy, Clives Café and others will sell groceries, while vendors such as Brody’s Bandanas, Radiator Comics and Half Moon Leather will sell their wares. Sunday, October 20, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lummus Park, 1130 Ocean Dr., St John Beach. Entry is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
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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).