Welcome to Miami…Bienvenidos a Miami


The link to this song probably dates me, but I can’t help but sing it each time I think of Miami. From its famed South Beach and infamous spring break, to its balmy weather and reputation for high fashion, Miami is a city of contrasts and surprises. Who knew it was a major foodie town, as well? From Michy’s to Sra. Martinez to Pascal’s on Ponce to Alta Cocina, the delicious choices are varied and plentiful. (Thanks to Stephanie in our FH Miami office for all the great recommendations!)

On this trip to Miami, I had the pleasure of working with Chef Allen Susser of the famous Chef Allen’s restaurant in Aventura, just north of Miami. For our client, Mirassou Winery, we planned an amazing wine dinner especially for food media that focused on perfect wine and food pairings.

Miami Influencer Dinner 004

First of all, Chef Allen is the real deal! He coined the term New World Cuisine in South Florida, has a thriving restaurant and a seemingly endless list of impressive foodie accomplishments. But, the proof is in the pudding as they say, and this dinner was no exception. Not only is Chef Allen an absolute joy to work with, he coaxed the best flavors from both the food and wine to create an unforgettable experience. Here’s what we sampled: 

Pass Around

Saffron Arroncini with Tomato Jam

Wild Florida Shrimp Escabiche

Featuring Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc and

Mirassou Pinot Grigio 

First Course

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Shiitakes, Tarragon, Homemade Macaroni

Featuring Mirassou Chardonnay 

Second Course

Pinot Noir Steak Salad

Exotic Mango, Crunchy Cumbers, Macadamia Nuts

Featuring Mirassou Pinot Noir 

Third Course

Wood Grilled Za’atar Rack of Lamb

Arugula Spaetzel, Chorizo, Big Cab Reduction

Featuring Mirassou Cabernet Sauvignon 


Mamey Fruit Cream Puffs

Cinnamon Ice cream

Featuring Mirassou Riesling 

The oohs and aahs from the experts around the table bore witness to the masterful food and wine pairings. With each course, we were treated to something new and special. For example, the grassy notes in the Sauvignon Blanc brought out the flavor in the Shrimp Escabiche. The rich flavor of the Lobster Mac and Cheese (one word: heaven!) underscored the rich fruitiness of the Chardonnay. This group – serious about its food and wine – was impressed with each glorious sip and bite.

Grouped pics

If you’re in Miami, a trip to Chef Allen’s is a must. But if your immediate travel plans don’t include Miami, you can recreate the Miami experience in your own home with two of Chef Allen’s recipes from the dinner. Bienvenidos a Miami!

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