Summer heat and Miami Spice, a perfect pairing that has been pleasing the palates — and wallets — of culinary visitors and residents across Greater Miami for 15 years.
Hosted by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami Spice now is one of South Florida’s hottest annual events. This much-anticipated two-month program is set to offer a full menu of special events, social media promotions, and great restaurant deals, now through Sept. 30.
This year, 244 restaurants are participating, with 91 joining for the first time — all featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs. Three-course prix-fixe lunches are $23 per person and dinners are $39. Each restaurant’s own Miami Spice menu includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert as part of the fixed price, excluding tax and gratuities.
“It’s the middle of summer and we are not slowing down with the exclusive seasonal savings offered in Greater Miami and The Beaches,” said GMCVB president and CEO William D. Talbert III, CDME. “From savory, signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs to relaxing treatments at the world’s most luxurious spas, our Miami Spice and Miami Spa programs provide unprecedented culinary and pampered experiences at affordable price points.”
Conceived as a way to jump-start dining out during the slower summer months, Miami Spice demystifies the luxury restaurant experience by giving people a taste of an expensive restaurant — and a reason to come back to try more.
Participating restaurants are located in three areas across the metropolitan area: the beaches, mainland south, and mainland north. Visit the GMCVB’s one-stop shop for a complete list of restaurants by neighborhood, by restaurant menus and participating days, and exciting culinary events at <www.ilovemiamispice.com<.
The GMCVB is hosting a Miami Spice Cocktail Recipe Giveaway, a weekly competition challenging individuals to create their best Diageo cocktail and then post it on Instagram or Twitter, for a chance to win dinner for 10 at a participating Miami Spice restaurant.
The great success of Miami Spice serves to remind residents of the major role the GMCVB plays here in our hometown by successfully attracting millions of visitors, and millions of dollars in tourism-related revenues. And the health of our local restaurant scene is a key measure of the economic vitality of the entire region.
“We are excited to keep momentum going in celebration of the 15th anniversary of Miami Spice and welcome so many new restaurants into the program this year,” Talbert continued.
The GMCVB is an excellent resource for vacation planning, meeting planning, and for locals looking for ways to show their guests an amazing time while visiting here. Check out all of the Bureau’s social media channels for current special offers, events, and other helpful information. Resident’s may also consider subscribing to the Miami Insider, GMCVB’s online newsletter at www.miamiandbeaches.com/newsletter.
The 2016 Miami Spice is sponsored by Citibank, Stella Artois, Fiji Water, Terrazas de los Andes, Ketel One Vodka, Don Julio Tequila, Bulleit Bourbon, and Zacapa Rum.
Miami Spice overlaps with the equally notable Miami Spa Month, which continues through Aug. 31. Learn more about this program of discount treatments, at www.miamiandbeaches.com/events/annual-events or by calling 305-539-3000.