July Events – Wok Star Picks (Updated)

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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.

Dinner Lab – NEWISH popup supper club

July 9 – sorry, closed registration. I’ll be attending tonight and will report back!

Sign up here for future Miami dinners, a free community membership!

Dinner Lab, the world’s largest pop-up supper club is expanding their membership base in Miami. Unlike the current membership, they are creating a new community membership that is free to join and provides access to their dinners and their amazing network of people.  They are currently in 33 states and has been operating in Miami since 2014.  Simply put, they believe in bringing diverse people together over food to create an amazing experience, lasting friendships, and unique memories that can’t be recreated. (I so agree, that’s how I feel about my cooking classes!)

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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.


South Florida Taste of the Nation
July 16
VIP $250, 6-10pm
GA $125, 7-10pm
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
, 1601 Collins Avenue, 
Miami Beach

Click here for complete details and to buy your ticket

TasteofNation-MiamiChef Allen Susser, chair of Taste of the Nation Miami for 27 years, will pull together an incredible line-up of local restaurants and mixologists who’ll donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger. The evening will also include live entertainment along with live, silent and wine auctions, cooking competitions, special wine and spirits, and gift bags. I’m donating a gift certificate to this worthy cause, so good luck winning.

Produced by Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit fighting childhood hunger, the goal of each Taste of the Nation event is to raise much-needed funds to help end childhood hunger. 100 percent of ticket sales from this Taste of the Nation event benefit Share Our Strength’s mission to fight and end childhood hunger.

Contact Andy Villabona at avillabona@strength.org with any questions.
For volunteer opportunities the day of the event, please email totnsflvolunteer@gmail.com


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.

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