Food is a huge part of the culture in Miami and an important part of vacations these days, so it’s no surprise that hotels around town are incorporating that culture into new restaurants and programs for guests. Here’s a bite-sized menu of new foodie happenings as well as a peek at one of the largest foodie events in the U.S.—the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Over at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, The Sushi Lounge at The St. Regis Bar debuted offering sushi, sake and cocktails, as well as jazz music. Guests can enjoy the menu both inside and on the outdoor terrace, with a variety of hand-crafted sushi and fresh wasabi root grated tableside.
“We are thrilled to introduce an exciting new sushi experience to Miami Beach and beyond,” says Marco Selva, general manager at The St. Regis Bal Harbour. “With the debut of The Sushi Lounge, the resort solidifies its position as the destination of choice for lively entertainment and culinary excitement.”
In addition to sushi, the lounge will offer four bloody mary’s—the famous drink invented at The St. Regis New York in 1934. One version—the “Shogun Mary”—sticks with the Japanese theme, consisting of Beluga vodka, soy sauce, fresh yuzu and wasabi.
Rates at The St. Regis range from $850-$1,250 per night for a Deluxe Ocean View room; $2,000-$4,200 for a 1- or 2-bedroom Ocean View suite; and $10,000 for the Presidential suite. For more information, call (305) 993-3300 or visit stregisbalharbour.com.
In October, Toro Toro opened at the InterContinental Miami, as part of the hotel’s $32 million ongoing redesign. Chef Richard Sandoval’s restaurant is a “Pan-Latin interpretation of a contemporary steakhouse,” featuring a variety of hot and cold small plates, such as smoked swordfish dip with pickled chiles and arepas filled with short rib, guacamole and crema fresca.
The 641-room hotel has launched the Miami Kitchen Passport Program, pairing media influencers, top chefs and mixologists to create food and cocktail recipes for the InterContinental Hotels Kitchen Cookbook iPad app. TravelChannel.com writer Jimmy Im and Toro Toro executive chef Rodolfo Cuadros are teaming up to create four new holiday recipes inspired by Miami, including turkey pastelon—a Puerto-Rican-style “lasagna”—and churros con dulce de leche.
“I was thrilled to work with Jimmy Im recently during the Miami Kitchen Passport Program,” Cuadros says. “It was fun working with him in the kitchen and teaching him about Latin, rich-flavored ingredients.”
Rates start at $259 per night. For more information, call (305) 577-1000 or visit icmiamihotel.com.
Food and wine comes together for the annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, taking place Feb. 21-24, 2013. The 4-day festival presented by FOOD & WINE features a variety of dinners, tastings, seminars and events with top chefs and culinary personalities, including Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern.
Attendees looking to stay in South Beach have the Sobe Wonderful Weekend package with a 3-night stay in a studio at the W South Beach. The package is $3,222 and includes a welcome amenity from the W; two tickets to the Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Pat La Frieda Meats & diet pepsi hosted by Rachael Ray; two tickets to the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents; and two tickets to the Chicken Coupe hosted by Andrew Carmellini.
For more information, visit sobefest.com.