Issues to Do: Miami Meals and Drink Occasions August 23 by August 25, 2019



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This weekend, Johnnie’s Pit Beef & BBQ opens for football season, and Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market and Wynwood Brewing are teaming up for a dog adoption event. Celebrity chef Carla Hall is also hosting a cooking demo and book signing at Macy’s Aventura, and Night Owl Cookies will be showcasing a Netflix-inspired box of delicacies.

Miami's best dishes and drinks this weekend: Johnnies, Bark 'N Brews, Netflix-inspired cookies

Courtesy Wynwood Brewing

Bark ‘N Brews at Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

To celebrate National Dog Day, which is on August 26th, Dragonfly partnered with the Miami-Dade Animal Services and Wynwood Brewing Animal Adoption and Conservation Center to host a dog adoption and menu reveal. Adoptable dogs are on site and guests who adopt one receive a free sushi roll and beer. Dragonfly will also introduce a dog-friendly menu. $ 1 of every purchase goes to Miami-Dade Animal Services. Plus, expect free beer samples from Wynwood Brewing. Friday, August 23, 5:30 pm, Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market, 5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305-222-7447;

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Chef Carla Hall

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Talk and taste with Chef Carla Hall at Macy’s Aventura

This Saturday, Macy’s Culinary Council cook Carla Hall will host Talk and Taste, a cooking demo with famous caterer and author Mary Giuliani. You will share sample recipes as well as tips and tricks for preparing different dishes. Attendees will also receive a $ 10 Macy’s Rewards card, and the first 75 guests to make a $ 30 purchase in the Macy’s Home department will receive a copy of Hall’s newest cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration; a copy of Mary Giuliani’s latest book, Tiny Hot Dogs; and a Macy’s Culinary Council apron (while supplies last). Saturday, August 24, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Macy’s Aventura, 19535 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; Admission is free.

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Johnnie’s Pit Beef & BBQ now open on Saturdays

The football season is just around the corner, as is Johnnie’s Pit Beef & BBQ, the grill popup at the Taurus Beer & Whiskey House in Coconut Grove. Starting Saturday, Johnnie’s will expand its service to Saturdays (as well as regular Sundays) during the football season. In the run-up to the matchup between the University of Miami and the University of Florida at 7:00 p.m., Johnnie’s will serve its signature barbecue sandwiches, while Taurus offers $ 4 specialty beers and a $ 10 beer-tequila combo. Saturday, August 24th, 5pm at the Taurus Beer & Whiskey House, 3540 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove; 305-529-6523;

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Courtesy Fontainebleau

UM-UF Watch Party in the Fontainebleau Pool

Put on your gaming gear for a Saturday UM-UF watch party at Fontainebleau. Watch the game on big screens while you enjoy food and drinks (pay as you go). Saturday, August 24th, 7pm, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-535-3283;

Miami's best dishes and drinks this weekend: Johnnies, Bark 'N Brews, Netflix-inspired cookies

Courtesy Night Owl Cookies


Netflix series Treat Box by Night Owl Cookies

This Saturday Night Owl Cookies are offering a special 4-pack of goodies inspired by the Netflix series. Flavors include Orange Is the New Black, made with orange batter, filled with dark chocolate ganache and topped with orange white chocolate. the BoJack Horseman, a rum-poured biscuit, mixed with milk chocolate chips, filled with Havana Club Rum Ganache and topped with a small bottle of Havana Club Rum; the Stranger Things, a maple biscuit that is waffled, topped with a piece of chocolate butter and served with a sachet of maple syrup frosting; and the 13 reasons why, a cinnamon roll filled with chocolate chip cookie dough and garnished with cream cheese frosting and a chocolate drizzle. The shop will provide 300 boxes, which are subject to availability. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Night Owl Cookies, 10534 SW Eighth St., Miami; 786-360-5011;

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Clarissa Buch is a reporter and food critic who has covered Miami for more than half a decade. Her work focuses on food and culture (and food culture).

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