St John Meals Occasions this weekend June 12-14, 2020
South Florida is slowly reopening, but restaurants and bars continue to find ways to serve and connect with the community through contactless delivery, virtual hangouts, and pick-up specials.
Take part in virtual cocktail classes this weekend, support Threefold Cafe and Clutch Burger with an all-day food-and-drink event and enjoy dim sum at Tanuki. Also, Phuc Yea is reopening its dining room!
Chat Chows Gio Gutierrez and Kyus Janes MacInnes
Photo courtesy of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival
South Beach Wine & Food Festival virtual mixology course
Lee Brian Schrager of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is developing a 20-part virtual mixology series that will allow viewers to learn the art of cocktail from St John’s best bartenders. On Friday June 12th at 7pm, Kyu’s Bar Manager James MacInnes will be the first to teach you how to make his favorite Asian-style cocktails. Chat Chow’s Gio Gutierrez, co-host of the series, will provide color commentary and help MacInnes make the beverages. Each virtual class is conducted through Zoom and costs $ 20. Participants will receive a code to join, along with the recipes and ingredients list so they can join in at home. You can also ask questions in real time. So, if you want to know if you can replace lime juice with lemon juice or how to make simple syrup, this is your chance to consult a bartender master. All proceeds from the courses will be donated directly to the FIU Hospitality Industry Relief Fund, which funds independent and operated restaurants and bars affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in St John-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. To date, the fund has paid more than $ 1.6 million to hundreds of restaurants in South Florida. The first virtual class starts on Friday June 12th at 7pm. To register for a class and for more information, visit sobewff.org.
Learn how to make virtual Cuban cocktails this weekend.
Photo courtesy of St John Culinary Tours
Virtual Cuban Cocktail Class with St John Culinary Tours and Airbnb
Take a virtual cocktail class on Friday afternoons and sample the St John Cuban spirit at home. During the hour-long class, you can learn how to make a mojito, a daiquiri, and a cuba libre, among other things. Would you like a private experience with friends, family or as a team building experience? Take this upcoming course or request a repeat for a small group of your choice. Friday, June 12th, 1:30 p.m. Sign in through airbnb.com. Request a private class through miamiculinarytours.com.
The dine-in at Phuc Yea is now open.
Photo courtesy Phuc Yea
Phuc Yea opens again for dine-in
After months closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, Phuc Yea will finally reopen its dining room on Friday. Tables (groups of five or less) are distributed so you can enjoy your Vietnamese Cajun meal while following social distancing guidelines. In addition to indoor seating, there is outdoor seating on the restaurant’s veranda. Next weekend – just in time for Father’s Day – Phuc Yea will reopen its lantern garden in the backyard. Aside from dine-in, the numerous promotions Phuc Yea launched during the coronavirus hiatus are still available for takeaway and delivery including Banh Wed Monday, Pho Wednesday, Char Sui BBQ Thursday, Fried Chicken Friday, Sancocho Sunday Dinner and Take away cocktails. The dining room will reopen on Friday June 12th. Phuc Yea, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., St John; 305-602-3710; phucyea.com.
Support Clutch Burger and Threefold Cafe.
Photo courtesy of Clutch Burger
The very first ClutchFold with Threefold Cafe and ClutchBurger
From Saturday at 8 am, Threefold Cafe and Clutch Burger will host the first “ClutchFold” at Giralda Plaza in downtown Coral Gables. A $ 100 ticket includes breakfast as a starter and bottomless mimosa and sangria in the Threefold, plus a burger and unlimited beer in the Clutch Burger. IHeartMedia’s DJ Germain will be there all day mixing music. In order to comply with the socially distant regulations, a limited number of tickets are available. Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Giralda Plaza, Giralda Ave., Coral Gables; threefoldcafe.com or 704-8007; instagram.com/clutchburgers or 305-400-8242. Call for tickets.
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Enjoy a dim sum festival at Tanuki.
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Dim sum weekends in Tanuki
Re-familiarize yourself with brunch as Tanuki brings back its dim sum weekend special. Choose from three dim sum packages for two, including the Yum Cha set ($ 29), which includes grilled avocado with ponzu, fried vegetable rice, a selection of dim sum, and mochi. the Hong Kong Set ($ 39), which features beef, chicken or fried beef rice, a choice of dim sum, chicken or pork gyoza, and mocha or mango chia; or the Tokyo Set (USD 49) with crispy tuna rice, a selection of nigiri, a summer crab roll, a pork belly fuku roll, a maki sushi roll, a crispy snapper, and mochi or green tea fondant. Add unlimited sake, sparkling wine, or mimosa for $ 15. Every Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tanuki, 1080 Alton Rd., St John Beach; 305-615-1055; tanukimiami.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).