Today we're talking about the recently released Miami news and event announcements that, as a Miami-an, you need to know to stay current. As always, we've got a little bit of food, a little bit of fashion and it's all "So Miami". Let's get to it:
1. Storm Watch: Erika. Unless you've been living under a rock, you know there is a tropical storm in the Caribbean whose worst effects, either directly or indirectly, we're anticipating to feel on Sunday and Monday. If you're a jaded local, you've probably spent the last three days talking animatedly about throwing a hurricane party. If you're new to the area (or have lived here during our 10-year hurricane-free streak), you've probably been in a panic as we prepare for what may come. Irregardless, we're of the opinion that you can never be too prepared so we put together a post on how to to prepare for a tropical storm. We hope that jaded or not you will check it out and heed every precaution.
2. Better Days One-Year Anniversary. If you're prepared for the storm, then it's time to party and Better Days in Brickell has the perfect excuse: its anniversary! The chic boutique bar is celebrating one year since it established itself as a Miami hotspot behind its vintage and thrift shop-inspired storefront. Tonight, starting at 9 p.m., join Better Days for complimentary cocktails by Casamigos tequila, Jagermeister, Occulto, and Jameson until they're gone. This is one occasion where arriving on Miami time doesn't pay off.
3. A+Eats: The Search for Miami's Next Great Restaurant Concept. Since it launched, the Arts + Entertainment District (A+E District) has been heavily involved in making Miami a better community. Their latest initiative in collaboration with The New Tropic, A+Eats, is a testament to their continued commitment to this mission. On August 10, the A+E District put out a call for submission of exciting new restaurant concepts. The winning entry, a concept oozing originality while reflecting the A+E District's character, will receive one year of rent-free restaurant space to help offset this startup cost and transform the concept into a reality. Think your idea has what it takes? Check out the A+E District blog for the full rundown of the A+Eats contest. But hurry, the last day to submit is next Monday, August 31 at 5 p.m. at which time we, the people of Miami, can vote on and support our favorite submissions. UPDATE: Due to (thanks to) Tropical Storm Erika, the deadline for submissions has been extended until Tuesday, September 8 at 5 p.m.
4. Roast and Toast Brunch Series ft. FINKA Table and Tap. The Roast and Toast Brunch Series is a culinary event during which Coral Gables' The Local Craft Food and Drink hosts and collaborates with local partners from the Miami food scene. For the upcoming Sunday, September 6 installment, The Local's Chef Phil Bryant will alternate with Chef Eileen Andrade of FINKA Table and Tap in preparing the dishes for a five-course brunch. For the first time in Roast and Toast history, each course will be paired with a craft cocktail from each Chef's respective bartenders. "Our FINKA fans have been begging us for brunch," said Chef Eileen. "We can finally give them a taste of what is hopefully to come in the future." Tickets for this 21+ event are $95 and will be on sale until September 5.
5. Miami Dade College (MDC) Live Arts: Conscience Under Fire. Miami-raised theater artist, Teo Castellanos, directs this spoken word piece at MDC's Teatro Prometeo on Friday, September 11 and Saturday September 12 at 8 p.m. In it, four local Dade and Broward County-based vets of the Iraq War will share their stories of living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). "These four men have traveled to the bowels of hell, physically and mentally," says Teo. "They come back with the determination to heal not only themselves, but the rest of us as well. Through their text they speak of a human condition. Foreign as war may be to most of us, we are all subject to suffering and healing." The event is free, but requires a ticket.
Which Miami news did you find most interesting? Will you be attending any of these events? Are there any news-worthy events we missed? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!