Chefs and restaurants in South Florida are gearing up to offer gourmands a foodie fix with live streaming and video channels with cooking tuturials, designed specifically for their culinary fans who can’t leave home because of COVID-19.
So here is a list of what’s available now, but keep coming back this week because we’ve heard that a few high profile names in the restaurant biz are gearing up some projects right now.
The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale
2414 East Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale. 954-564-1036. Facebook.com/GalleriaFtLauderdale.
The Galleria mall has started a weekly virtual cooking tutorial series called “Cooking with The Galleria" on Facebook Live. For upcoming cooking demonstration schedules (or to see previous videos), check out Facebook.com/GalleriaFtLauderdale.
ABC Fine Wine and Spirits
16 locations in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties. ABCfws.com.
ABC Fine Wines and Spirits has an ongoing series of virtual tastings on Zoom. So far, the schedule is: Jesse Browner, a sake specialist and sommerlier on April 29 at 6 p.m.; Kathleen Moreno, a wine and spirit expert April 30 at 6 p.m. and wine maker Clayton Christian and mixologist Katie West on May 1 at 6 p.m. For more information and the Zoom links, go to ABCfws.com/events.
Lenore Nolan-Ryan World Class Catering and Cooking School
Galt Ocean Plaza, 3311 N. Ocean Blvd, Fort Lauderdale (Galt Ocean Mile). 954-491-2340. LenoreNolanRyan.com.
Chef Nolan-Ryan is accustomed to giving culinary instruction since her eatery (free delivery throughout Fort Laudedale) is, as you can tell from the title, a cooking school. Going forward those classes will be limited in size with lots of added protocols such as gloves and hand sanitization. But you can also check out her online cooking classes, which will include: The Perfect Omelets, A-Z Vegetables, Parchment Paper Cooking — Fish/Shellfish/Chicken, Vegetables, Desserts, The Art of Vinaigrettes, The Art of Sauces, The Art of Technique — Saute/Braise/Steam/Roast/Broil/Poach, I Love Shrimp, Thrill of the Grill, Wok with Me, Fresh Fruit Crumble and Baked Chocolate Pudding.
1, W Las Olas Blvd suite 100, Fort Lauderdale. 954-523-1956. TRPtaste.com.
This culinary laboratory headed up by the Restaurant People has launched “TRP Live” twice a week with cooking demonstrations and easy-meal recipes from chef Lyndsey Waters as well as a “Rooftop Happy Hour,” where DJ Ricky Fatts will spin live tunes as master mixologists from the lounge @Rooftop1WLO demonstrate a few classic cocktails to create at home. The cooking demonstrations are Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. The virtual happy hour is Fridays at 6:40 p.m. Going forward, “TRP Live” will spotlight local chefs, bartenders and other industry partners and celebrities. In addition to TRP Taste and Rooftop, the Restaurant People operate Boatyard, YOLO, O Lounge, Township, Java and Jam, Spatch Grilled Peri-Peri Chicken, Tarpon River Brewing and S3 (Sun, Surf and Sand). You can see the videos at Instagram.com/trptaste and Facebook.com/TRPtaste.
Cooking with Bubbe
Launched by Vi at Aventura, which is a senior living community, the new virtual “Cooking with Bubbe” series points the camera toward resident grandparents who share their favorite traditional recipes straight from their kitchens. Going forward, Vi at Aventura will upload new videos bi-monthly. Right now, you can see the first video at Youtube.com/watch?v=lhtWSqSKLnU and at Facebook.com/ViAtAventura.
Wine by the Bay
6942 NE 4th Ave., Miami. 305-455-9791. WineBTB.com.
Every Thursday at 5 p.m., Stefano Campanini hosts “Chat with the Winemakers” for oenophiles sheltering in place. The live streams on Instagram and Facebook are produced by Wine by the Bay, a wine retail store in Miami that specializes in rare and collectible wines and Champagne. Instagram.com/winebythebay and Facebook.com/WinebytheBay.
Blaze Pizza’s executive chef Brad Kent — a.k.a. the Pizza Whisperer — is doing weekly demonstrations of his tricks of the trade every Monday at 3 p.m. on the restaurant chain’s Instagram account. Even better, during the live stream you can catch codes posted in the comments that give you a chance to win a free 11-inch pizza. You then have to be the first to enter the code at checkout while online at BlazePizza.com or through the app. Blaze has eight South Florida locations and the all offer 50 percent off of takeout orders for first responders with credentials. Instagram.com/BlazePizza.
808 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. 786-431-1947. Caja-Caliente.com.
2634 NE 2nd Ave., Miami (Wynwood). 786-398-5137.
Mika Leon is doing an Instagram Live cooking class every week that she is calling “Casa Caliente" every Saturday and Tuesday at noon. Foodies might recognize the third generation chef/restaurateur from appearances on The Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Store Games” and “Beat Bobby Flay.” Leon is also launching a “Secret Brunch Menu” in the Wynwood food truck location, which she will announce this Saturday during the Instagram Live session.Instagram.com/mikabites.
More than 100 stores from West Palm Beach to Miami. Publix.com.
Publix’s Aprons Cooking Schools in Boca Raton and Plantation are closed for now, but the supermarket chain does have some make-it-at-home videos on its YouTube channel that have “Floribbean” flavor profiles: Blackberry Barbecue Chicken Panini with Coconut-Berry Freeze, Citrus-Marinated Scallop Salad with Quesadilla Fundido Dip, Ancho Salmon with Corn Relish and Avocado Rice, Spanish Chicken and Rice, Grapefruit and Ricotta Salad and Acai-Citrus Smoothie Bowls. Go to YouTube.com/Publix/videos.
8338 W State Road 84, Davie. (in the 8300 Plaza). 954-200-2895. RohoKitchen.com.
Executive chef Jorge Montes and his sister, Vanessa, started Roho Kitchen in 2008. The family-owned business specializes in cooking classes for team-building experiences and private groups. Their Homemade Chefs public cooking group has over 6,000 members. In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Montes’ have stepped up their postings on Instagram, live streaming services Facebook and pre-recorded videos on their website. The live streams usually air between 7-8 p.m. To view, go to Facebook.com/rohokitchen/videos, Instagram.com/rohokitchen and Meetup.com/homemadechefs.
Osaka Cocina Nikkei
1300 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami. 786-627-4800. OsakaNikkei.com/es/local/miami.
With most of its restaurants in South America, this Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurant — with a location in Miami — just launched a seven-episode series of short online documentaries in both English and Spanish. Osaka’s next project will be tutorials on topics from how to sharpen knives to pairing wine, sake and Japanese whiskey with dinner. Go to Instagram.com/osakanikkei.
COVID Quarantine Cooking
Franz Aliquo is moving his streaming cooking classes from Twitch to Zoom, where he plans on hosting a class every other day. If the Aliquo sounds familiar, you may remember the self-described “experiential artist” as the owner of 666 Burger food truck and the creator of the Doucheburger, billed as “the world’s most expensive burger.” The on-and-off Miami resident made headlines a few years ago with his smart car drag races and by being part of a trio who rode a self-driving Tesla from coast to coast in 55 hours. To get updates, join the Facebook group Facebook.com/groups/619437558608270.
3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. 954-561-2554. CafeMartorano.com.
Chef Steve Martorano has cooking DVDs — titled “Yo Cuz! The Italian American American Cook” — for $19 each on sale at CafeMartorano.com/books-dvd. You can also check out his TV appearances and some cooking tutorials at his YouTube channel at YouTube.com/Martoranos.
Guy Fieri’ Chicken Guy
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura (Aventura Mall). 305-428-2444. ChickenGuy.com.
Guy Fieri’s fast-casual has, or at least had, plans to open in Miami’s Dadeland Mall and Sunrise’s Sawgrass Mills. When, or if, that happens, it will make South Florida the only region with more than one location, so let’s go ahead and claim Chicken Guy as one of us. And now you can watch Fieri’s many Chicken Guy videos by going to Facebook.com/realchickenguy.
With 13 stores in South Florida (including three new Tommy Bahama Restaurants and Marlin Bars), this resort-a-licious retailer is a natural fit for the subtropics. Tommy Bahama is rolling out on its Instagram account a new live streaming series every Thursday at 6 p.m. with tropical-themed cooking demonstrations and Caribbean craft cocktail-making. Instagram.com/tbahama.
851 Broken Sound Parkway NW (suite 250), Boca Raton. 561-278-6033. TherapeuticOasis.com.
600 Heritage Dr. (suite 130), Jupiter. 561-766-1072.
This health and wellness company has registered dieticians and nutritionist therapists who bill themselves as following “a natural eating philosophy that encourages a non-diet, self-regulated relationship with food centered around mindful eating.” Best part? They are offering free classes during the COVID-19 outbreak for quarantined individuals and families to maintain a balanced diet with foods they likely have at home. New videos are posted three times a week at Facebook.com/therapyoasis.