A ducky night in Wynwood, beach party on Key Biscayne, PYTs at LIV and Manhattans on Ocean Drive

Duck, Duck Goose in Wynwood

Is pig passé? Perhaps, perhaps not. But Chef Jeremiah of gastroPod fame has changed proteins with his forthcoming foie-studded food fete, Duck Duck Goose(DDG), the alternative to PIG (Pork is Good), which has had a six-year run, taking place from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the newly expanded gastroPod lot, 168 NW 26th St. in Wynwood. “PIG has more of a rock ‘n’ roll and whiskey vibe,” Jeremiah says, “But Duck Duck Goose is going to be a lot more champagne and bossa nova. We look forward to fattening your livers!” For its inaugural run, DDG is bringing a stellar lineup of South Florida’s most inventive purveyors of haute cuisine, gourmet street food and craft cocktails. Expect some familiar faces from PIG and new additions, plus lots of live fire cooking over embers with poultry on strings. DJ Le Spam will spin a stellar soundtrack that will hopefully include Rick Dees’, er, honker, Disco Duck. Among this year’s participating chefs: Brad Kilgore, Alter Chef Jeremiah, gastroPod’s Will Crandall, Izzy’s James Strine, Cafe Boulud WPB’s Patrick Rebholz and many more. Tickets are $59 and available at www.eventbrite.com.


It’s getting hot out there and if you can’t beat the humidity, you may as well join it at such summery events as The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne’s Summer Beach Party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Dune Burgers on the Beach, 455 Grand Bay Drive. There, you can (de)hydrate with $10 Stoli cocktails, $10 Zonin Prosecco, $10 mojitos and $10 appetizers. There will also be a performance by video DJ/producer/remixer DJ Mac featuring dancers who will sweat it out for you while you sit back and enjoy your frozen cocktails and frizzy hair. White attire is recommended because it hides those sweat stains. 


While it’s almost laughable to consider anything in 2009 as ‘retro’ or vintage, there is a certain sense of nostalgia that hard core club kids have for some of the best parties of their respective halcyon eras (cough, Disco Inferno), be it last week or last year. Resurrecting the indie sub culture created years ago – yep, in ’09 -with the now legendary Dirty Hairy party, Poplife and LIV are pleased to present past and present party people with P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing, thanks Jacko) Wednesdays, a new weekly “to do that seeks to become a mecca for the young and beautiful to play along to a backtrack of standout independent musical acts.”  Among those acts: O.T. Genasis (June 8), The Knocks (June 15), and Fools Gold with Tommy Trash (June 22). As far from indie as they come, Snoop Dogg will perform on July 20, which will make the June 8 event seem, well, pretty retro at that point. 

Monday Takes Manhattan(s)

Speaking of retro and whatnot, Ocean Drive mainstay A Fish Called Avalon, 700 Ocean Drive, is doing a Throwback Monday event at 6 p.m. Monday, June 6, when it will assume a prohibition-themed party in celebration of their small batch 60-day barrel-aged Manhattan cocktail made with Bulleit Rye Bourbon, Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth, bitter and Maraschino cherry and aged in an American oak barrel for 30 to 60 days. In addition to the booze, there will be complimentary tastings of the restaurant’s paella, music and more much-needed Monday night distractions.