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Miami September 22–28: Ferran Adrià’s Gastronomy Congress & Last Chance for Miami Spice

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The best of what to do in and around Miami this week

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This week is all about food in Miami. First, snag tickets to world-renowned chef Ferran Adrià’s Gastronomy Congress before they’re gone. Then enjoy the last of the Miami Spice deals before the months-long eating festival is over. Stop by the new Café Integral coffee cart for some classic Nicaraguan coffee, and revisit the recently reopened steakhouse Diplomat Prime.

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September 26 | Food
Ferran Adrià’s Gastronomy Congress
Estrella Damm presents an evening with internationally acclaimed chef Ferran Adrià, formerly of the three-star Michelin restaurant elBulli. Adrià, who is widely considered one of the best chefs in the world, will be in Miami for one night with Michelle Bernstein for an evening of food demonstrations and pop-up stations run by local restaurants. Get tickets fast because they will sell out.
6 p.m. | Miami Dade College Chapman Conference Center, Building 3, 245 N.E. 4th St., Miami | From $75 | website

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Through September 30 | Food
Miami Spice
Miami Spice, which runs through August and September, is almost over. This is one of your last chances to chow down on three-course meals from Miami’s best restaurants for just $23 (lunch) or $39 (dinner). Fans of Netflix’s Chef’s Table won’t want to miss the opportunity to dine at Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos at Faena Miami Beach for a sliver of what the pricey Argentine steakhouse usually costs.
Times & locations vary | From $23 | website

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Through October 22 | Art
Measure for Measure
Nina Johnson (formerly Gallery Diet) presents the first painting exhibit by artist, writer, and educator Seth Cameron. Cameron’s paintings, which were a part of his private collection until now, are strikingly displayed across the thin wooden ledges that wrap around the Johnson gallery. Cameron is a part of the Bruce High Quality Foundation, which has exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennial, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Times vary | Nina Johnson, 6315 N.W. 2nd Ave., Miami | Free | website

Diplomat Prime

Now open | Café  
Café Integral
Freehand Hotel’s Chicago outpost has had a leg up on the Miami location for a while because of its lobby’s Café Integral coffee cart. That is, until now. Finally, Integral coffee will be a mainstay of the Freehand Miami’s lobby. The cart will serve local favorite cups like café con leche and cortado, all expertly brewed with Nicaraguan coffee beans. Fresh off the opening of their first stand-alone coffee shop in Manhattan’s trendy Nolita, Café Integral will get you hooked on Nicaraguan coffee from the first sip.
Café Integral at Freehand Miami, 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach | website

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Now open | Restaurant
Diplomat Prime
Diplomat Prime, the steakhouse at the historic Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, has been revamped and reopened under the direction of Howard Wein. As part of a $100 million renovation of the hotel, Diplomat Prime got a new executive chef and a new wine and cocktail program. This local’s favorite is now open for neighbors and visitors alike to re-experience.
Diplomat Resort & Spa, 3555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood | website

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. 

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