Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dogfish Beer Dinner at Market 17 (7.25.17)

Dog Days Of Summer
A Craft Beer Dinner at Market 17 with Dogfish Head

Tuesday 7:00pm, July 25, 2017 at Market 17

4 course dinner with Dogfish Head Brewing, one of America's most respected craft beer brands. A representative from Dogfish Head will be in house to elevate the food & beer pairing as well as answer any questions you may have about their beer making process.

Advance Tickets
All Inclusive
Ticket price goes to 75.00 on July 24.

Purchase Here


Welcome Drink

Saison Du Buff

Herb Roasted Farm Chicken Breast Herb Tip Salad, Fresh Chevre Cheese, Shaved Carrots, Pickled Pearl Onion, Toasted Pecans, Green Goddess Dressing

Romantic Chemistry IPA

Togorashi Seared Rare Yellowfin Tuna Sesame Sticky Rice, Crispy Beluga Lentils, Pickled Diakon, Red Cabbage, Cucumber, Fresh Peaches, Ginger Soy Glaze

Indian Brown

Slow Smoked Grassfed Beef Brisket Chermoula Roasted Sweet Potatoes, House Smoked Bacon, Grilled Okra, Sautéed Zucchini & Yellow Squash, Charred Eggplant Pudding, Chimichurri

Lupu-Luau IPA

Key Lime Parfait Coconut Cake, Key Lime Mousse, Graham Cracker Bits

Market 17
1850 SE 17th St.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Tour de France Wine Tasting at Brava by Brad Kilgore 7.17.17

This Monday only, sample unique wines in the spirit of the "Tour de France" paired with lite bites from the BRAVA by Brad Kilgore team. 

Our partners at Vineyards to Table, SommSelections and Wine by the Bay will pour wines from different stages in the race and even do some side by side competition.

Stage 1: Loire Valley 
Sancerre Sauvignon vs Chenin Blanc

Stage 2: Burgundy
The best appellations in the world for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Stage 3: Provence
Bandol the best village in France producing: THE BEST ROSE

Stage 4: Cahors
Where Malbec was originally produced and this one is certified organic

Stage 5: Bordeaux 
What is the difference between left and right bank 
Merlot or Cabernet?

Stage 6: Paris
Let's finish on the Champs Elysee with some unique Cabernet Francs bubbles not yet in the US 
The race is on, space is limited! 
6pm | $25pp

For reservations:

Brava by Brad Kilgore |
1300 Biscayne Blvd, Second Floor, 
Miami, FL 33132

Byblos & Fooq's Dinner 7.24.17

On Monday, July 24th, Byblos Miami’s Executive Chef Stuart Cameron will collaborate with Fooq's Executive Chef Saul Ramos to create a special Mediterranean inspired 4-course menu at Byblos.
For $65++pp guests can partake in this family style meal with an optional wine pairing for $25++pp. See menu below.
Tickets available on Tablelist.




Smokey eggplant + manchego cheese
+ date & pomegranate molasses


Garlic + goat cheese + urfa pepper




White hummus puree + farro salad + mint
yogurt drizzle


Burnt eggplant + black garlic + labneh
+ za’atar




Crispy jeweled rice + fresh herbs


Oxtail + fresh chickpeas + aussie truff les




House made saffron + pistachio rosewater
gelato + dates + pomegranate molasses
+ crème


Sesame wafer + date molasses + pashmak


Friday, June 30, 2017

Chowfather Dim Sum Chowdown!! at Gold Marquess 7.8.17

Dim Sum Fans of South Florida it's on!   

Unlimited dim sum and bottomless lychee mimosas at the best dim sum/Chinese restaurant in town, Gold Marquess located on Pines Blvd in Pembroke Pines.  $45.00 from 11am-1pm next Saturday July 8, 2017.  Don't miss this dim sum fans.

xiao long bao

Seating is limited.  Please email me at thechowfather@gmail.com to reserve your seats. *No cap on seat requests so bring your friends too.

See you there!!

8525 Pines Blvd
Pembroke Pines, Florida, FL 33024

(954) 367-7730

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Drink Miami Hostel 2017 at Freehand 6.24.17


Over 30 of the world's most recognized spirits and Miami's thriving cocktail community will unite on June 24th, 2017 when Drink Miami HOSTEL -- a one-day event from 1 to 5 p.m. featuring libations from the city's top bartenders, one-on-one interactions with regional and global brand ambassadors, and unique activations – inhabits the historic Freehand Miami.

Guests will be able to cocktail hop from room to room and experience to experience, as Drink Miami HOSTEL and participating brands will occupy and transform the Freehand's guest rooms into their very own house party room.

Serious imbibers can wet their whistle with Aberlour, Ancho Reyes, Aperol, Avíon, Absolut Elyx, Bacardi, Banks Rum, Brugal, Campari, Casa Noble, Cazadores, Coopers' Craft, Cutty Sark, Dewar’s, Disaronno, Fords Gin, FOS Mastiha, Giffard Liqueurs, Havana Club, Herradura Tequila, Highland Park, Ilegal Mezcal, Jägermeister, Laphroaig, Leblon, Lot No. 40, Mezcal Nuestra Soledad, Milagros, Montelobos, Old Forester, Partida Tequila, Peroni, Perrier-Jouët Champagne, Rum Diplomático, Santa Teresa, St-Germain, Tequila Cabeza, The Glenlivet, The Macallan, Widow Jane, Woodford Reserve Zucca, and more to be announced. Brands will be using Drink Miami HOSTEL as an opportunity to shake things up, launch new products & gage never before done recipes.

Upon check-in at Drink Miami HOSTEL, guests will get receive an official passport to keep track of their journey & featuring recipes from each respective brand.

Tickets are $50.00 and available HERE

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Chowfather Chowdown at Paulie Gee's 5.31.17

Pizza Fans of Miami - don't miss Paulie Gee's Pizza Party this Wednesday 5.31.17.  $55.00 including tax and tip gets you unlimited pizza, beer and wine from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.  This is great way to try all of his great pies.  Email me to reserve a seat thechowfather@gmail.com or call the restaurant at (786) 558-8315.

8001 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Best Pizza South Florida 2017

Wow! It's been well over a year since I've updated my Best Pizza in South Florida list.  That's primarily because I didn't find any new spots that were worthy of making the list until a couple of months ago thanks to the arrival of two out of state spots.   Plus, I cut way back on my pizza intake. Same for burgers which is why that list has not been updated as well.

The time has come so let's get to it.

First time readers, I love pizza.  I love sauce, I love cheese and I love a great dough. Put all three together in the proper ratio and we have a winner.

My rankings are primarily based on standard cheese pies. Quality and flavor of the dough, cheese, sauce & crust are more important than toppings for me. But they can certainly enhance a pie.

I've only included places that specialize in pizza for this list.  Thus, Proof Pizza who recently eliminated the pizza from its name is not in contention despite their great pies.  It's a great restaurant so go enjoy the rest of the menu and order a pie on the side.  Also eliminated is a great little Italian spot in Pompano Beach, Cafe la Buca.  Great spot with great pies.

I've also removed the #2 ranked spot on my last list, Ironside Pizza because the chef left as did the original pizza maker (he's opening a new spot on Espanola Way).  And I haven't been back to see if they have maintained their status so I can't in good faith include them as well.

As most of you know by now, one of my favorite spots in town for a NY style pie including fantastic Sicilian and Grandma pies along with a legit chicken parm hero has closed.  RIP Kings County Pizza.    You have been missed.

Also dropping from the list is Spadinis in Boca which closed and re-opened in a new location and I had a bad slice on my only visit.  Need to get back up there to see what they are up to.

To Eat - Hearing good things from a couple new spots that I need to check out.  Pizza Tropical (Wynwood) and 'O Munaciello (MiMo).  There is also a new place out of Brooklyn in North Miami Beach (iPic/Yakko-San shopping center) Campania.

 *** update  La LeGGenda from  Giovanni Gagliard (Formerly at the aforementioned Ironside Pizza and ranked #2 on my last list is now open on Espanola Way) and I suspect they will fly up the rankings.



LUCALI (South Beach)    

There is Lucali and then there is the rest.  I could eat their pizza all day and all night.  Owner/Pizza Maker Mark Iacono nails every aspect of the pie for me and delivers the perfect pie.  As I've been telling you form day one, don't skip the calzone and the sauce.  The pizza, calzone and overall vibe make this one of the best pizza spots restaurants in town.


Coffee Paolo - san marzano sauce, mozzarella, gorgonzola, honey, coffee & spicy salami

MISTER 01 (Formerly Visa 01 recent name change thanks to Visa hope they only take Amex and MasterCard) (South beach & Brickell) 

Mister is the biggest riser on the list.  I love this place more and more with each visit and pie.  Mister  and Lucali have separated from the pack.  Full disclosure, I laughed when I saw the Star Shaped pizza on the menu (pictured above, duh) But I saw one come out of the oven and it looked great so I pulled the trigger.  That is a fantastic pie.  The San Marzano sauce, mozzarella and spicy salami are excellent and the stars stuffed with ricotta cheese are the perfect pairing.


Red Smoke - guanciale, homemade mozzarella, red onion & basil

STANZIONE 87 (brickell)

A true Neapoliton spot in the heart of Miami.  Franco Stanzione is Verace Pizza Napoletana certified. A designation given by the Naples based Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana. To be VPN-certified, a pizzeria has to make its pies with only certain types of ingredients, use only approved equipment and adhere to traditional pizza-making methods.  These methods include oven temperature, cooking time and size and shape of the pie.  Oh and he makes really great pies... New pies are frequently added so go hungry and often.


SCUOLA VECCHIA (delray beach)

This is another authentic Neapolitan spot that is certified by the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana.  I've unfortunately only been here a couple of times because of the location.  But I've attempted to go on several occasions when in the area but they've been closed for various reasons.  I'm looking forward to paying a visit soon


MAURO'S (Downtown Hollywood)

The best NY style slice around.


PAULIE GEE'S (upper eastside miami)

This pizza lover couldn't wait for the arrival of Brooklyn Legend, Paulie Gee's and his Dellboy (pictured above) did not disappoint.  Fresh mozzarella, italian tomatoes, berkshire hot soppressata, parmigiano reggiano.  Add Mike's hot honey and you have the Hellboy which is calling my name.  I need to get back in crush that menu.  Arrow is pointing up on this newcomer.



Four pies in one visit, no lie. I couldn't stop eating Giovanni Di Palma's flavorful pies. Antico has a huge following and great reputation in Atlanta. They opened recently in the old David's spot on Collins Avenue in South Beach. Pictured above is the must get San Gennaro with salsiccia, dolce picante peppers, bufala and cipolline. Do it.

BACCANO (wynwood)

I never hear much about this spot but they are serving solid pies in Wynwood.


NICK'S NEW HAVEN (multiple locations)   

You want the white clam pie with bacon. You're welcome.

There are a lot of copy cats out there but none are as consistently as good as Anthony's pies.  Their wings are the best in town.


Two words. Michael Schwartz....