July Events – Wok Star Picks

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Saturday, July 4
Nikki Beach
One Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
noon – 11pm, 21+
Tickets start at $20.00, burgers start at $10.00
Full details and to purchase tickets here

NikkiBeach-IndepenDANCEExplosive beats, over-the-top BBQ, and a massive fireworks display across the South Beach sky, celebrated at each of the twelve Nikki Beach locations across the world, Fourth of July Nikki Beach-style has become legendary. This year, IndepenDance DJ’s include Boris, Cocodrills, Vanjee and many more. Guests can recline on the beach club’s luxurious day beds or sit with their toes in the sand teepee-side while watching the night sky.


Feast on eight different kinds of burgers – from The St. Tropez Foie Gras Burger, featuring seared foie gras, sautéed mushrooms and a fried egg, to the ‘Meeerrrica Burger featuring American cheese and pork belly bacon smashed between two glazed donuts or St. Barth’s surf and turf burger, an 8 oz. angus beef with grilled shrimp and medallion onions.

Tropical Fairchild Garden’s Mango Festival

Saturday July 11 and Sunday July 12
Admission: $25 non members, free for Fairchild members
Purchase ticket here
Full details here


(photo from Tropical Fairchild Garden’s website)

Celebrate the colorful mangos of Jamaica in one fun-filled, action-packed and delicious weekend. Two full days highlighting the king of tropical fruit with tastings, a variety of mango trees for sale, a fruit market, cooking demonstrations, lectures about growing mangos, educational activities, yoga, kids’ activities, artisan mango vendors as well as other treats, delicious food and the world’s largest mango auction!
I really suggest you prepay because it’s INSANE, good luck, have fun and GO EARLY if you want a mango tree, they sell out FAST!  Reckon to spend a good full day there and bring chairs or mat to relax.


Wok Star Cooking Class
Saturday, July 11, 12-3pm
ALNO, Design District
Summer special 20% discount
Sign up NOW!  Use code: discount,  offer expires July 6 at 12pm

Hungry & tired after work? Eleanor’s delicious wok cooking crash course comes to the rescue! It’s perfect for busy lifestyles and adaptable to any diet.

A fun, easy approach to 30 minute dinners with just four seasonings and a few fresh ingredients, you’ll never need to rely on another recipe or worry “what’s for dinner tonight?”

Wok Star cooking class  
Diabetes Camp for Miami Children’s Hospital
Monday, July 13


Bok Choy & Oyster Mushroom

Bok Choy & Oyster Mushroom

I’ve volunteered to give an easy, one-dish stir fry class at Diabetes Camp for Miami Children’s Hospital. Since becoming type 2 prediabetic myself, I am passionate about sharing what I’ve learned with kids and adults so they can get off medication. Easier than you think. If you know of any organizations, I’ll be happy to discuss giving a cooking demonstration.


Flavors of Miami presented by The American Liver Foundation
July 28
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Avenue,
Miami Beach
$300 per person
For tickets, click here

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Inaugural gourmet culinary experience kicks off with cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a five-course dinner prepared by South Florida’s 15 top chefs and all for a worthy cause. Guests watch and chat to chefs tableside, while enjoying their dinner and all washed down with wine pairings. Proceeds benefit the American Liver Foundation’s efforts to help improve the lives of 30 million people in the U.S. living with liver disease.  I’ve donated my cooking class gift certificate so I hope you’ll win, good luck!

15 participating chefs include Azul, Coyo Taco, Devon’s Seafood + Seafood, El Cielo, Fooq’s, Hilton Ft. Laud. Beach Resort, Jimmy’s Kitchen, KLIMA, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Modern Garden, Oolite, Tongue & Cheek, Toscana Divino, Vagabond Kitchen, 50 Eggs.

How To Make Tofu Crispy and Tasty!


The secret to crispy tofu? Use extra firm tofu, not the Japanese silken type which is too soft.  Another secret? Use hot oil to deep fry and remove tofu cubes the minute they turn a light golden color. It will result in a wonderfully crispy outer texture. Crispy tofu is a dish even kids and…

Cooking Classes in Florida & Beyond!


I’ve gathered a comprehensive list of cooking classes in S. Florida for you! Cooking classes are a great way to meet new people especially if you’re new in town (you really get to meet the “locals”.) There’s nothing like learning a style of cooking in a short period of time.  Reading a recipe from a cookbook…

Why Skirt Beef is Best for Stir Frying (Updated)!


How often have you drooled at the thought of a beef stir fry and then been disappointed with your results? Just because it’s “steak” doesn’t mean it’s good for stir frying!  In my cooking class, I’m often asked what’s the best cut of beef for stir frying. The secret to getting your beef tender and…

May Events


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Book Giveaway: Mandy Baca, The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine


Closing date, Mon.5/25 to win Mandy Baca’s book, see details below… Award winning author, Mandy Baca’s The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, stone crabs & empanadas can be yours in a random draw for my book giveaway!  This book recounts the delicious history of Miami’s spicy, vibrant and diverse cuisine in Miami.  If you’ve ever wondered…