Food Festivals

The Ten Best Pairings at New Times' Pairings

New Times' Pairings returns to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, September 18.

From 7 - 10 p.m., enjoy a great selection of delicious food by some of South Florida's best places to dine, each paired with wines or craft beers. Although about 40 restaurants will offer savory and sweet delights, paired with the perfect wine or beer, we've looked over the planned menus (fawning and drooling the entire time) to come up with the top ten pairings you absolutely don't want to miss at Pairings. Keep this list handy on Thursday so you know where to head first!

10. Cafe Maxx

Lemongrass-cured Irish salmon with asparagus, pearled couscous and caper, lemon & dill aioli ( paired with Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2013).

9. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

Top sirloin (paired with Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon).

8. El Guanaco Taqueria

Pupusa, a traditional Salvadoran dish that stuffs a handmade corn tortilla with a blend of cheese, cooked pork, and refried beans (paired with Trivento Reserve Malbec 2012).

7. Sette Bello

Fettuccini with pesto and sausage (paired with 2011 Ferrari Carano Siena Alexander Valley).

6. Hardy Park Bistro

Pork belly sandwich (paired with Goose Island India Pale Ale).


Blistered Shisito peppers, truffle Yuzu, Soy, and miso dipping sauce (paired with 2012 Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay).

4. 3030 Ocean

Porchetta with farro, roasted pumpkin, cherries & pecans, with mustard aioli (paired with Shock Top Belgian Wit).

3. Sea Level

Day boat scallop with clementine-carrot butter sauce, herb oil, and micro fennel (paired with 2012 Lincourt Chardonnay Steele Santa Rita Hills).

2. Hoffman's Chocolate

Variety of dark and milk chocolates (paired with Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon).

1. S3

Crisp chi spiced pork belly with sour apple relish/ brown butter/carrot coulis (paired with Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider).

Tickets for Pairings are $40 for general admission; $75 for VIP, which includes early admittance at 6 p.m and access to the special VIP lounge where you'll find a host of special wines, beers, cocktails, and live music. But hurry and take advantage of the special Voice Daily Deal and get GA tickets for only $20 each (that's half price for all you math junkies). You can buy up to four tickets at the special price for this 21 and over event.

To purchase tickets at the special "Deal" price, visit But hurry, because the offer's for a limited time only.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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