This weekend, Brad Kilgore is headlining the Orange Bowl Food & Wine Celebration, the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo is returning to the Miami Airport Convention Center, and Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen is hosting Shabbat Under the Stars. Plus, brunch at Strawberry Moon and Fuego y Mar, and Phuc Year’s first crayfish stew of the season.
Orange Bowl Food and Wine Celebration
Chef Brad Kilgore is the senior chef at the iconic Orange Bowl fundraising event benefiting Make-A-Wish, Special Olympics and Orange Bowl Cares. Tonight (Friday, April 29), the Broward County Convention Center will be abuzz with tastings from more than 30 of South Florida’s finest restaurants, including Batyard, YOLO, S3, Fogo de Chão, Casablanca Café, and more. Get ready for shows, raffle prizes and a silent auction. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; orangebowl.org. Tickets cost between $100 and $230.
SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo at the Miami Airport Convention Center
Cake and sweets? Yes, you are interested. The SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo is a baker’s dream come true, offering classes, demonstrations and contests that focus on perfecting your cake, pie, cookies, fudge or any other delicious candy that suits you. When you’ve perfected your recipes and techniques, you can purchase cake and candy supplies directly from the makers on site at great prices. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, at the Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami; soflocakeandcandyexpo.com. Tickets cost between $30 and $50.
Shabbat under the stars at Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen
Abbalé Telavivian Kitchen, the charming Middle Eastern restaurant of hotel entrepreneurs Omer Horev and Sam Gorenstein, hosts another edition of Shabbat under the stars this Friday evening. Start the traditional rest day with a family-style Shabbat dinner under the pergola of Abbalé’s garden. Two places are offered, at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., each can accommodate a group of six to ten people and at the price of $125 per person. The four-course meal includes Kiddush (a bottle of Israeli red and white wine), homemade challah and branded yarmulkes. Menu highlights include falafel with tahini, Moroccan-roasted whole local red snapper, grilled lamb chops, fire-roasted cauliflower and, for dessert, baklava. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 29 at 864 Commerce St., Miami Beach; 305-902-3477; abbatlvkitchen.com.
Sunday Brunch at Fuego y Mar at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach
Fuego y Mar launched a Sunday brunch, served from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ($125 per person, $48 per child). Dine indoors or on the patio overlooking the resort pool and enjoy made-to-order eggs from the omelette station, charcuterie and cheese boards, and Latin-inspired sharing plates, including a catch of the day option. Artisanal desserts are made fresh, including mango panna cotta and pineapple rum cake, accompanied by bottomless mimosas, bellinis and Bloody Marys. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, at Fuego y Mar at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, 1 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 786-276-4301; ritzcarlton.com.
Bottomless Brunch at Strawberry Moon
Strawberry Moon at the Goodtime Hotel has launched a bottomless brunch drink program ($36 per person), served every Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include rosé and mimosas on the bottomless menu, paired with the restaurant’s brunch specialties including babka chocolate French toast, Moroccan shakshuka, avocado toast, and falafel Benedict. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at Strawberry Moon, 601 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 785-745-8050; strawberrymoonmiami.com.
Crawfish boil in Phuc Yea
On Saturday, Phuc Yea crayfish porridge returns for the season. Savor Vietnamese-style crawfish by the pound, served with andouille sausage, corn, potatoes and Cajun chili butter ($24 a pound); grilled oysters on a half shell with lemongrass garlic butter and breadcrumbs ($16); and bánh mì smash burgers with homemade pickles, herbs and chilies on a garlic butter potato bun ($12). Plus, enjoy $10 cocktails, $7 house wines, $5 tequila and bourbon, and $15 beers. Noon Saturday, April 30 at Phuc Yea, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-602-3710; phucyea.com. Tickets are $29.50 via eventbrite.com.