St John Meals Occasions this weekend from Could 29th to Could 31st, 2020
Although South Florida is slowly opening up again, restaurants and bars are still finding ways to serve and connect with the community through contactless delivery, virtual hangouts, and pick-up specials.
Join A Fish Called Avalon’s Chef Kal Abdalla for a virtual cooking demonstration this weekend, place a bid during # AskChefAnything’s virtual auction, and order discounted wine before it’s too late! Sunday also marks the last cake sale by SOBEWFF founder Lee Schrager.
Hotel Breakwater South Beach on Ocean Drive.
Photo by Luis Gomez
The restaurants in St John and St John Beach are open for dinner
This weekend, restaurants across St John and St John Beach are open for the first time in months. Ocean Drive has been closed to vehicle traffic and the coastal road has been turned into a pedestrian walkway full of cafes. All guests must adhere to socially distant rules and wear masks when they are not sitting with their group. A list of restaurants that are always open can be found here.
A Fish Called Avalon’s Chef Kal Abdalla is hosting a virtual cooking demo this weekend.
Photo courtesy of A Fish Called Avalon
Brie Soufflé Demo with a fish named Avalon’s chef Kal Abdalla
Take a free virtual cooking class on Friday afternoon with Kal Abdalla, the chef at A Fish Called Avalon. He will demonstrate how to create your beloved brie soufflé in phyllo batter from scratch. Prepare in advance by purchasing all the necessary ingredients (you can find them here), including eggs, flour, milk, cubes of brie, and unsalted butter. Make sure to pre-register to receive the streaming link. Friday, May 29, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Register through business.miamibeachchamber.com. Lessons are free.
Michelle Bernstein is one of more than three dozen chefs participating in #AskChefsAnything.
Café La Trova
#AskChefsAnything Virtual auction
If you have ever dreamed of a personal experience with your favorite chef, now is your chance to make it a reality. By Sunday May 31st, more than three dozen of St John’s best chefs will auction their time to help raise money for the immigrant restaurant industry. Participating chefs include Michael Schwartz from Genuine Hospitality, Michelle Bernstein from Café La Trova, Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Antonio Bachour, Puerto Rican pastry chef Antonio Mendin from Pubbelly, Javier Ramirez from Palbel, and Brad and Soraya Kilgore of age, Kaido. and MadLab Creamery. Bids are open through Sunday and open at $ 100 with incremental increases of $ 20. At the end of the auction on Sunday evening, each winner will receive an email to coordinate the call with their chef. Calls are made through Zoom and the organizers create a unique URL for each winner and chef. The bid is open until Sunday May 31st. Bids start at $ 100. 32auctions.com/askchefsanythingmiami.
Lee Schrager and his dogs Stanley and Charlie Brown – AKA the Browns – invite you to their home for a few biscuits.
Photo courtesy Lee Schrager
Last dance, last chance: Bake Sale by SOBEWFF founder Lee Schrager
Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, will be hosting his last Sunday cake sale this weekend. Head to Schrager’s famous House on Hardee in Coral Gables between 11am and 2pm (or until there is nothing left). Lee is accompanied by Samantha Schnur from Naughty Fork and Andrew Gonzalez from Night Owl Cookies. Vendors include Night Owl Cookies, Hedy Goldsmith, the Salty Donut, Coyo Taco, Dumpling Lady St John, Hy Vong, Sweet Melody Crafted Ice Cream Co., Finka Table & Tap and the Knaus Berry Farm. All items are priced at $ 25 (cash only; bring exact change). Schrager will publish the exact address of the pick-up point on his Instagram page @leeschrager on Saturday evening. All cookie sales proceeds will go to the SOBEWFF & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund, which has raised more than $ 1.6 million and provides independent support and operations to independent restaurants and bars in South Florida covered by the COVID -19 pandemic. Sunday, May 31st, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at House on Hardee. Follow @leeschrager on Instagram this Saturday May 30th for the address. Cash only; An exact change is required.
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Peter and Denisse Schnebly
Photo courtesy Schnebly Redland’s Winery
Discounted bottles from Schnebly Redland Winery
Although restaurants and destinations are just reopening, Schnebly Redland Winery continues to offer discounted bottled wine for online purchase. Use the coupon code “We have this” for free shipping on all orders of four or more bottles. Order six bottles to get free shipping plus a 10 percent discount with the coupon code “Still need wine”. Or you can get a 20 percent discount by ordering 12 or more bottles with the promo code “Wine lovers unite”. Order wine via schneblywinery.com/table-wines.
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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).