Eats & Beats dining event debuts this Saturday night

Yes, yes, it’s the South Beach Wine & Food Frenzy–er, Festival, but not everyone has $500 to blow on burgers with thousands of hungry, antsy, interloping, Guy Fieri-autograph seeking carnivores.

A locals’ alternative to that would be Eats N Beats, from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Moore Building (4040 NE 2nd Ave.).

The event features DJ Irie, Kitty Carmichael, DJ Mr. Sandman and DJ Michelle Pooch. That’s the beats part of it.

The eats includes food from a zillion local restaurants including Gibraltar at Grove Isle, City Hall the Restaurant, Larios, Ralph Pagano’s yet-to-be-named Mexican restaurant, Epicure, Ana Paz Cakes, 2 Girls and a Cupcake and more.

(And there will also be booze, because if you can name one Miami event that’s dry besides an AA meeting, we’ll give you our tickets to the Burger Bash.)

Tickets, which cost $99 for general admission and $250 for VIP which includes an hour early admission, swag and more will benefit the Irie Foundation that aims to aid youth and improve their graduation rates. For info and tix visit is giving away pairs of tickets to the event. All you have to do is tell us why you deserve a pair in the Facebook comments below.