5 events for Miami bon vivants

Dom Corleone

Caviar Russe, 1441 Brickell Ave., may be a swanky joint for that alleged one percent, but that doesn’t mean the other 99 percent has to get shafted, especially from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Friday when, for the low, low price of $25, you, too, can sip a glass of Dom Perignon, and, if you’re feeling really fiscally reckless, you can get a total of four glasses, or a bottle, for $100. “To accompany the bubbly,” the restaurant tells us, “guests can now enjoy power bites prepared by the restaurant’s seasoned chef, David Valencia.” While we’re not sure what power bites are, they sound important–just like you will when you tell your pals you’re going to Dom night at Caviar Russe. Hey, whatever works. For reservations, email ReservationsMIA@CaviarRusse.com or call 305-902-6969. 

It’s a Scream

In 1984, President Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month, something that possibly had something to do with Reaganomics – at least for Ben & Jerry. Continuing in The Gipper’s legacy, The Wynwood Yard, 56 NW 29th St., is hosting a Bring Your Own Topping Party with Mr. Bing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. While some may choose to bring Reagan’s sweet of choice – jellybeans – others may get Wynwoody with it and bring, say, truffle shavings or foie gras chicharron. Whatever you bring to add to the Mr. Bing’s shaved ice cream, which will cost $5, take a picture of your creation and tag @MrBingOfficial on Instagram and you may win a $100 gift card. If your combo is tops, your creation may even end up on the Mr. Bing menu. The winner will be announced on July 28 on Instagram. Let the cold war begin!

Those Crazy Eighties

Speaking of Reagan, some would say the ’80s also produced some of the best, if not most memorable, pop, funk, and rock songs. Big hair, skinny ties, Michael Jackson, Madonna, among others, made for a memorable decade. Paying proper homage to that music is Electric Piquete, whose #PiqueteSessions from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at Ball & Chain, 1513 SW 8th St., is all about music “Made in the ’80s.” Among the covers you will hear by Miami’s Latin funksters will be those by the aforementioned Jacko, Hall & Oates, The Police, Rick James, Neil Young and more. Best of all, in keeping with Reaganomics and letting us feel flush in the wallets, there is no cover. 


Back to this decade, great things are happening in Overtown that have nothing to do with Miami Vice. Taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 in the Overtown Business District, on NW 3rd Ave. between 9th and 11th Streets is the Overtown Music & Arts Festival (OMAF), featuring performances by Grammy Award-winning talent including Estelle, Eric Benet, Jeremih and Ameriie, along with local artists and performers such as Danielle Myers, who will do a live art installation. There will also be food, food trucks, crafts, jewelry and more. All that and it’s free and open to the public. For more information and specific show times, go to www.overtownmusicandartsfestival.com.

Free at Last!

On July 28, 1821, Peru declared its independence from the Spanish Empire, and to celebrate, anyone with a penchant for Peruvian cuisine should head to La Mar Miami, 500 Brickell Key Dr., from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 26-31. For $75 per person you will get to stuff your faces with seven courses created by the Gaston Acurio crew. Not that hungry? All dishes are available a la carte. Also, there will be live entertainment, a meet and greet with chefs Diego Oka, Victoriano Lopez and Jesus Delgado, and a trip giveaway offering two round-trip, biz class tix on LATAM, a night’s stay at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, dinner for two at La Mar Miami and Astrid & Gaston Casa Moreyra in Lima. To help celebrate Peru’s freedom from Spain or your own freedom from your diet, email momiarestaurants@mohg.com or call 305-913-8358.