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!!
About 180,000 foods and beverages were showcased this past June during the specialty foods show at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Three full days and 2730 exhibitors representing 49 countries at this sixtieth edition resulted in the largest show to date.
Upon entering Javits, Jen and I encounter an overwhelming yet exciting array of colorful food displays carefully prepared by the exhibitors.
From our previous food show experience, we choose to skip breakfast at the hotel and gear up for this extravaganza.
As we begin interacting with vendors and tasting their foods, we realize how much the specialty food industry has evolved in the past few years. In their efforts to stand out from the crowd, wise food producers have become quite creative and have managed to come up with rather interesting and flavorful products. Ingredients such as lemon juice, cane sugar, olive oil, and sea salt are sure to be found in most packages. Gluten free, vegan, all natural, USDA Organic and GMO free labels are highly noticeable, as well as statements such as “homemade”, “from our farm to your table”, “handcrafted for you”, “artisanal” and “nothing else but love,” just to mention a few. An example of the aforementioned is “Bruce Cost” Ginger Ale, a refreshing soft drink made with 100% fresh ginger, pure cane sugar and monk fruit.
A few hours into the show, we stumble upon booth #4362, Chuao Chocolatier, Flavorish Market’s best selling chocolates. Chuao’s communications director, Brooke Feldman, greeted us and introduced master chef and Chuao Chocolatier cofounder, Michael Antonorsi. We spoke with Mr. Antonorsi for a few minutes and learned that he trained as a French chef and pastry chocolaterie in Paris. Chuao Chocolatier is the first Venezuelan chocolatier based in the United States, and his concept is”fusion chocolate,” the creation of unusual, unexpected flavors using premium cacao from the legendary Chuao region in Venezuela and other natural ingredients. As you make your way to Flavorish, make sure to look for Mr. Antonorsi’s handcrafted chocolate bars. At our market, you’ll find a diverse selection that includes the honeycomb bar, spicy maya, firecracker, potato chip, pretzel toffee twirl, and our customers’ favorite bar, maple bacon.
In addition to Chuao chocolate bars, we were able to find other products that caught our attention in the same way. Among these were coconut chips, kale chips, gelato from Maine, dairy free-coconut milk ice cream, and mayonnaise with exotic formulations and flavors such as white truffle, roasted garlic, smoked paprika, rosemary, and lime pickle.
A visit to the Chelsea Market and Eataly is always part of our itinerary while in New York City. Located in the area known as the Meat Packing District in Manhattan, Chelsea Market is one of the most popular indoor food halls in the United States, and houses over 35 independently owned food shops. Eataly, at 200 Fifth Avenue, might just be every foodie’s sweetest dream. An Italian food market mall, it comprises a variety of restaurants, bakeries, food and beverage stations in over fifty thousand square feet of joyful textures, smells, and flavors.
Whether at the specialty food show, the Chelsea market or the coffee shop around the corner, the Flavorish trip to Manhattan was delightfully worthwhile as we gladly bring you a taste of this culinary experience to our home at 7283 Biscayne Blvd.