The next movie we’re watching at Flavorish is Sideways. Wednesday, September 17th, from 8-10 p.m. we’ll enjoy a delicious meal that includes a salad of watermelon, beet, medjool dates, and riccotta salata with a white balsamic vinaigrette, an entree of herb marinated chicken, grilled and pressed, with plummed raisins and arugula and a side of butter braised endive, and, finally, a drunken peach Sundae! All this while we watch a great wine-lover’s movie…It’s $25 per person. Call 305-754-8787 to reserve your spot today!
Flavorish is expanding our beer selection as we get more and more requests for new beers! Here are just a few new choices…
Midas Touch from Dogfish Brewery. Sweet yet dry, it is made with ingredients found in 2700 year old drinking vessels from the tomb of King Midas! Somewhere between wine and mead, Midas Touch will please chardonnay and beer drinkers alike.
Karma from Avery Brewing. A Belgian Pale Ale. This beer is inspired by the principle of “you get what you give,” as well as farmhouse style and pale ales of Belgium. It is both fruity and estery, intricate in body and nose.
Two new beers are brewed with sweet orange peel and coriander! try Ommegang Witte or Blanche de Bruxelles to experience the flavor. Ommegang Witte is a more traditional wheat ale, while Blanche de Bruxelles is a lighter, well-balanced, very fresh beer with a modest alcohol content.
Another successful afternoon event at Flavorish Market! Seventy-nine glasses, six bottles; three Sauvignon Blancs, three Cabernet Sauvignons, and thirteen attendees witnessed Sommelier Jenna Robinson share her first wine class on Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 5-7 pm.
After a brief group introduction, Jenna started by asking: “Are any of you aware of the connection between the Sauvignon Blanc and the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes?” Silence took over the room for a few seconds, until she went on to say: “the mystery of how Cabernet Sauvignon came to be was finally solved in 1996, when a geneticist from UC Davis provided micro-satellite data determining Cabernet Sauvignon’s true origins.” 1996? Wine has been around for thousands of years, Folks! This is cool, really! At least to a wine geek! “Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc! The geneticists’ research demonstrated that the crossing likely occurred in the 17th century (by mere chance), in two adjacent vineyards in Bordeaux, France. An accidental cross contamination resulted in one of the most popular red wine grapes in the world.” If you’re a Cab fan, this should be an extremely interesting fact. Mom is Sauvignon Blanc and Dad is Cabernet Franc! A stunning lineage! We have beautiful examples of all three varietals at the market. Definitely check them out!
“Quite an interesting fact” said one of the attendees, while holding a bottle of ‘Hypothesis’, a fine Cabernet Sauvignon from Roots Run Deep Winery, in California’s Napa Valley. In response to that comment, a lady across the table said “I agree, however, I’m more of a white wine drinker and I would love to know more about the Sauvignon Blanc grape.”
Jenna turned her attention to the lady in question, while picking up a quarter full glass of ‘Uniqué Sainte Claire’ 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley, and confidently proceeded to say: “Sauvignon Blanc is a snappy, zesty wine grape, full of aromatic personality. The Amy Winehouse of wines (may she rest in peace.) Nothing subtle here! Straightforward and unmistakable, Sauvignon Blanc is grown all around the globe and has a unique taste in each region. Because of its high acidity and crisp, clean taste, it pairs exceptionally well with food, especially seafood, shellfish, salads, white pizza and simple hors d’ouvres.” Jenna went on to say that: “the primary fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc are lime, green apple, passion fruit, and white peach, but let’s see what you taste.”
Much more was said about both grape varietals, as participants got increasingly engaged and interested. Jenna was bombarded with questions and as she effortlessly answered, it was obvious that everyone was ready to start the actual “tasting.”
In front of each participant were six glasses of wine; three whites and three reds. Each glass had a number from 1 to 6 written on them, which indicated the order of the tasting. Glasses 1 through 3 contained three different Sauvignon Blanc wines, and 3 to 6, three Cabernet Sauvignons’.
The tasting commenced as participants followed Jenna’s lead, while she instructed them to pick up glass #1 and, ” look, tilt, swirl, smell, and taste”. Then followed glass #2…and so on. After each sip, she took time to speak about the specifics of each varietal’s aroma, taste profile, region, and food pairings. A Fumé Blanc from the USA, a French/Loire and a classic New Zealand represented the Sauvignon Blancs and the Cabernet Sauvignons were represented by South Africa, Argentina and California. Spanish “Marcona” almonds, crackers, olives and cheeses served as simple food pairings for the class. Jenna also had several fruits, vegetables, sweets and herbs on hand to make tastes and aromas more comprehensible. For instance, green pepper, blackberry, blueberry, fig, licorice, lemongrass, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit) and apple were on hand.
After about an hour and a half of sniffing, tasting, chatting and a great deal of participant enjoyment, Jenna concluded the event, as always, on a super gracious note. She briefly went over each wine, as a way of reminding every participant of the pleasures and wonders of the ancient beverage, wine! She handed out tasting note and continued elaborating; her voice took on a musical note of sorts, (she is a singer/musician, as well as a Sommelier, after all.) Her pace was soothing, mysterious and seductive. Smile on her face, the passion for wine took over the final moments of the
class. The more Jenna spoke, the quieter it got, participants hung on every word, with humble admiration.
As time flies when one is having fun, so it did this day, as well. However, this event was not finished until a perceptive man/participant was inspired to say: “Jenna might just very well be the Adele of the wine world, she wishes and delivers nothing but the best wines for you!”
Quite a start to our extended wine tasting classes at Flavorish Market! Don’t miss out on the fun and education. Sign up for our September 14th, 2014 class now. It’s never too early, as space is limited and Jenna is ready to dazzle you with a spectacular lineup of Spanish wines!
One of the hottest new condiments in the industry, “Empire Mayo,” has arrived at Flavorish Market. Empire Mayo was founded in 2011 by Chef Sam Mason and designer Elizabeth Valleau in Brooklyn, New York.
Assorted flavors include black garlic, smoked paprika, rosemary, bacon, sriracha, classic and white truffle. Great with crackers, delicious on toast, Empire Mayonnaise is proudly and exclusively made in the United States.
As you find your way to Flavorish, feel free to ask for a taste of any of the flavors. Whether you find Andy, Jenna, Alain or Jennifer at the store, it is our pleasure to assist you with your selections.
If you’ve been to Flavorish for one of our Friday night wine tastings, you know our wonderful sommelier, Jenna and how much fun the events are. Starting August 3rd, Jenna will be hosting a series of wine classes at Flavorish. By participating in this guided tasting, you will have a chance to ask more questions about wines and develop your palate. At our first wine class, Jenna will open 3 sauvignon blancs and 3 cabernet sauvignons to do a split vertical wine tasting. As you taste 3 of the same varietal, you will experience subtle differences between wines and truly develop your palates. These classes are strictly limited to 15 people, and reserving your seats is as easy as calling Flavorish market at 305-754-8787. The price is $30 per person and a 10% discount will be extended to all class participants, for wine purchases made that day. Sunday, August 3rd, 5-7 p.m.
If you weren’t able to make it last night to our first Movie and Dinner at the Market, you missed a fun event! Luckily, this is something we’re planning to do once a month. Our first movie was Julie and Julia, the story of how a young woman finds joy over a year cooking every dish from Julia Childs’ Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She keeps a blog about her experience and finds a fulfilling career as a writer, a passion for French cuisine, and happiness. In honor of Julia Child and a major scene in the movie, we served beef bourguignon, a potato gratin, and a tarte au citron for dessert. Of course, there was a wine tasting as well. The food and the movie were delicious.
Next in the series is Bottleshock, the story of the early days of California wine-making, featuring the now infamous blind Paris wine-tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as the “Judgement of Paris.” We’ll announce the meal next week. The Bottleshock event will be August 27th, Wednesday, at Flavorish, from 8-10 p.m. The cost of the event is $25 per person, and tickets are available at Flavorish, 7283 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-8787.
If you weren’t recently at the Flavorish Forager event on the ninth, picture this: a rainy Miami summer day, a table sitting in the center of the Flavorish market filled with lush, edible, Miami plant life, and a small community of foodies, poets, writers, and other groupies coming together to educate themselves about the delicious greenery and fruits of Miami.
The three plant-loving people who taught us many useful facts such as that because of the natural yeast coating it, elderflower can be used to make champagne, are Tiffany Noe, George Echevarria, and their friend Nick. A down to earth bunch, literally, they wrote the field guide Forager: A Subjective Guide to Miami’s Edible Plants, currently for sale at Flavorish. This extremely informative and beautiful book gives the reader facts about much of the edible plant life in Miami, describing to you the flavor of the fruit or plant and giving you a history of each one and a scientific name to top it off! In this collection of delectable fruits and plants, you won’t only find your basic tropical offerings such as mango and papaya, but incredible new and refreshing varieties of plants that you may never have heard of such as Brazilian Peppercorn, Monstara, and Spanish Needles. The authors describe the guide as “a love letter to Miami,” which it most definitely is with its romantic light pink pages and beautiful Miami scenery.
The Flavorish event started out with a glass of lovely wine and a close look at the foraged plants in simple white bowls on the table. So many plants were available to taste, from cranberry hibiscus to monstara and tamarind. Tiffany, one of the authors of the guide, picked all the fruits and plants on display in just two short hours! I was in awe at this lush array of delicious plant species and the passion for foraging shown by Tiffany. After a little taste and chat, the authors discussed the guide and their own personal love of foraging anywhere. As the event came to a close, I reflected on how much I learned about my own home! I came to the conclusion that Forager is a must on all of our bookshelves!!