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Miami This Week: Seed Food & Wine and a Chance to Give Back

Here are five of the coolest things to do in and around Miami this week

This week in Miami you have the chance to give back as part of Give Miami Day 2015, which includes a block party at Marlins Park featuring local non-profits. Seed Food and Wine, the entirely plant-based food and wine festival, is taking place until Sunday, with numerous events around Wynwood and Miami Beach. (Don't miss the plant-based burger battle!) On the subject of food, a new French brasserie, Le Zoo, is serving up classics like steak frites in Bal Harbour. And the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum is kicking off new exhibitions by Carla Bravo and Ramon Espantaleon.

November 18–22 | Food festival
Seed Food and Wine Wynwood & Miami Beach
A plant-based burger battle, workshops covering everything from food waste to regenerative agriculture, fancy vegan and vegetarian dinners, cooking classes with wine pairings, and a 5K run are just some of the events slated for this year's Seed Food and Wine Festival, which takes place around Wynwood and Miami Beach. The main draw is the Seed Festival on Saturday at MANA Wynwood, where dozens of booths will offer free food samples and demonstrations. But for the smallest vegans in your family, Sunday would be the best day to go: Sprouts Kids Day will take over the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens with a gardening lab and cooking classes. 
Times, locations & costs vary | website

November 19 | Charity block party
Give Miami Day 2015
Every day is a good day to give back to the community, but Give Miami Day makes it easy with a block party at Marlins Park featuring music by Suenalo and exhibits by local non-profits. If you can’t make it to the event, you can check out the website, where hundreds of local charities and organizations have set up profiles for easy giving. The best part is that all donations made on this day will be matched with bonuses from the Knight Foundation! Last year’s Give Miami Day raised $5.2 million for local non-profits, and this year they hope to do even better.
5–8 p.m. | Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami | (305) 480-1300 | Free | website

November 21 | Exhibition openings
FIU Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum Exhibit Opening
It’s a two for one this week at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum with new exhibits by both Carla Bravo and Ramon Espantaleon. Bravo is a Venezuelan-born artist whose site-specific video installations touch on experiences of migration and immigration. Meanwhile, Espantaleon explores ideas about the origin of the world in a series of works called First Apple. Both exhibitions run through February 28.
4–7 p.m. | FIU Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St., Miami | (305) 348-2890 | Free | website

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New opening | Restaurant
Le Zoo by Stephen Starr
Stephen Starr’s Makoto is where the well-heeled in Bal Harbour go to dine on caviar and sushi. This week Starr opened a new spot, Le Zoo, for those looking to indulge in some steak frites after their shopping sprees. The French brasserie features outdoor seating and a menu of French favorites. The zucchini blossoms with crab meat, braised lamb shank with Moroccan couscous, and reasonably priced carafes of wine are standouts on the dinner menu. Breakfast and brunch service will be available soon.
Le Zoo, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour | (305) 602-9663 | website

Weekend Escape
Bahia Honda State Park
Some say that Bahia Honda is the best beach in Florida. But if you've never heard of it, you're not alone—those who know about this camping spot in the Florida Keys would like to keep it a secret. Located at mile marker 37, Bahia Honda is a state park with over 500 acres of beach and campgrounds, great kayaking, and easy access to the fantastic snorkeling at Looe Key’s marine sanctuary. Stock up on provisions in nearby Marathon, then rent a cabin or camp right on the beach. 

Patricia Guarch Wise is a Miami native and the blogger behind Miami Nice. Her interests include paella, paranormal activity, Proenza Schouler, and her Pekingese named Bonnaroo.