Big Easy

South Africa in the houseeeeee!

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The new Brickell City Center house…

Woop woop!

Celebrating their official grand opening last week, Big Easy did not disappoint. Co-owned by renowned boutique restaurant firm Grove Bay Hospitality Group, the team behind the fast-casual healthy concept American Harvest located next door to Big Easy, and Coconut Grove dining gem Glass & Vine, which is helmed by Giorgio Rapicavoli.

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I am a sucker for a solid charcuterie platter so naturally I was all over the spread here in the back tasting room at Big Easy. The featured almonds had a nice kick to them , the wine, meat, cheese and berries were wonderfully paired. As a dietitian I tend to notice how heavy (or not) a menu is, and for this grand opening I would have to say that the offerings were just right.

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Pork Belly ‘Popsicles’ – braai “bbq sauce”, cowboy candy | 9

As with most grand openings, Big Easy was packed with guests and entertainment and filled with wine and delightful waiters passing around South African bites. Thanks to my food bud The South Florida Sage for sapping a few pics of them and for the awesome photo booth snagging one of us.

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Boerie Bites – farmers sausage, soft roll, onion jam tomato chutney, cowboy candy | 9

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Founded in 2010, Grove Bay Hospitality Group owns and operates restaurants, in addition to being a boutique consulting firm. Based in Miami, Florida, Grove Bay aspires to enhance the lives of its guests, employees, communities and investors as a restaurant industry leader by developing innovative, memorable and highly successful restaurant concepts. In March 2016, Grove Bay opened Glass & Vine – their first restaurant concept helmed by Giorgio Rapicavoli – as the first phase of Coconut Grove’s renaissance. The dynamic hospitality group has a repertoire of restaurants and retail projects in the works, including Stiltsville Fish Bar in Sunset Harbour alongside famed duo Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, as well as Big Easy Winebar & Grill by Ernie Els and American Harvest in the Brickell City Centre. The homegrown restaurant company is also planning an ambitious multi-restaurant and retail project, The Harbour, in Coconut Grove, slated to begin in 2017. Additional locations of American Harvest are also in the works. For more information visit http://grovebaygroup.com.

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