12th Annual Miami Spice Restaurant ProgramKicks off with Enhanced Website, Exciting Culinary Events and Record Number of Participating Restaurants
(August 1 – September 30)
MIAMI–(July23, 2013)– Organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), the wildly popular Miami Spice Restaurant Program launches witha record-breaking number of participating restaurants, enhanced website and an expanded line-up of events and promotions.Set to run from August 1 – September 30, 2013, the summer’s highly-anticipated culinary celebrationis expected to feature close to 200participating luxury and fine diningrestaurantsin Greater Miami and the Beaches.Sponsored by MasterCard Priceless Miami, Norwegian Cruise Line, BACARDÍ®, Stella Artois and Wines of Chile, this year foodies can enter to win savory prizes and make reservations on the newly enhanced Miami Spice website at www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com. From the opportunity to dine at a Miami Spice participating restaurant with a group of friends,to the chance to winone of eight cruises from PortMiami to the Eastern Caribbean on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, there are prizesto please any palate.
Food aficionados will marvel at this year’s Miami Spice program, which offers an affordable and convenient way for consumers to experience some of the best dining and nightlife in Miami. Participating restaurants will present discounted three-course lunch and dinner menusfeaturing a choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert as part of the fixed price, excluding tax and gratuities.
• Luxury dining: three course prix-fixe lunches at $23 per person, dinners at $39.
• Fine dining:three course prix –fixe lunches at $19 per person, dinners at $33
New to the Miami Spice program this year are 52 restaurants (to-date):
530 Ocean’s Grill
Alba Seaside Italian
Barezzito South Beach
Café Prima Pasta
Cantina Beach at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami
Casabe 305 Bistro
Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant/Wine Bar
Devon Seafood + Steak
Doma Polo Bistro
Fish Fish Restaurant Bar & Marketplace
Juana M Brickell
Katsuya by Starck
Khong River House
Lazuli Lounge at the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami
Milos by Costas Spiliadis
MPP Brickell Oak Tavern Fine Food & Spirits
PM Fish & Steak House
Restaurant Michael Schwartz
Serafina Dream South Beach
SUSHISAMBA dromo Coral Gables
Taverna Opa Brickell
The Bazaar by Jose Andres
The Local House
The Setai Grill
The Social Club – Surfcomber Hotel
The Tides Restaurant
Timo’s at the Villa Mayfair
Tongue & Cheek
“The record-breaking number of participating restaurants speaks for itself. Miami Spice is a beloved program for both consumers and the restaurant industry, further driving the tourism offerings for the destination,” said GMCVB President and CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “The GMCVB is proud to lead the initiative to bring Miami Spice fans greater accessibility and advanced engagement with an enhanced website and strong line-up of promotions and events. “
To celebrate the start of this year’s program, Miami Spicehas partnered with the Miami New Times’ Iron Fork eventfor the officialcommencement on August 1, 2013.Guests of the Miami Spice Kick-off and Iron Fork event will watch two of Miami’s finest chefs, Jamie De Rosa from Tongue & Cheek as well as Giorgio Rapicavoli from Eating House, go pot-to-pot in a sizzling showdown for supremacy overseen by famed veteran chef Allen Susser. The winner will receive the prestigious Iron Fork Award, signifying the area’s top toque. The Miami Spice kick-off event will also feature entertainment by the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical Legally Blondepresented by Norwegian Cruise Line, the sponsor of the VIP section.Legally Blonde is set to be the headline entertainment on Norwegian’s new Norwegian Getaway, the largest ship to homeport year-round in PortMiami and set to debutin February. To purchase tickets to the Miami Spice Kick-Off and Iron Fork event, taking place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, visit:http://microapp.miaminewtimes.com/ironfork/2013/
How to Choose, Make a Reservation, Earn Points!
It will be easier than ever to find a restaurant and book a reservation this year with an enhanced, dedicated website (www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com). The new website will contain a complete list of participating venues, menus and scheduled events. Restaurants will be posting photos of their venue and dishes, bios of their chef as well as recipes. Consumers will be able to search through Miami Spice restaurants by cuisine type, area/neighborhood, lunch/dinner, category (fine dining vs. luxury dinning).
MasterCard: MasterCard Priceless Miami will be celebrating Miami Spice by giving away a limited quantity of vouchers to its cardholders for free meals at Miami Spice restaurants. Also, when you pay for your Miami Spice meal with your MasterCard, you’ll be supporting a great cause. From July 12 to September 28, MasterCard will make a donation to Stand Up to Cancer for each purchase of $10 or more at restaurants — one precious cent at a time, up to a total donation of $4MM. To learn more, visit mastercard.com/dogood.
For the latest Miami and The Beaches dining infographic providing insight into the nearly 3,000 dining options in the destination, visit http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/things-to-do/dining/restaurant-infographic
For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, menus, promotions and scheduled events, visit the official Miami Spicewebsite at www.iLoveMiamiSpice.com.
About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau:
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an independent not-for- profit sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide, visit www.MiamiandBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or (305) 447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial (305) 539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or (305) 539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com.
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About Wines of Chile
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