Welcome to the latest edition of Hot Plates, your weekly guide to food events and dining promotions around South Florida. Pork lovers get the chance to pig out on some fine swine at Cochon 555 in Miami Beach on Sunday, June 10. And mystery lovers get a chance to take part in the latest chapter of the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Secret Supper series on June 25 in Coconut Creek, at a restaurant to be revealed the day of the event. (UPDATE: A Secret Supper scheduled for Monday, June 11 in Delray Beach has been postponed. Those who purchased tickets can get refunds or switch to the June 25 event by emailing eventsSFL@tronc.com or calling Bianca Ungerman at 954-425-1972.
Cochon 555 is a national snout-to-tail competition pitting chefs cooking pork dishes. This year’s stop in South Florida, the 10th on a 14-city tour, takes place 4-7:30 p.m. at 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., in Miami Beach. Tickets start at $130.
South Florida competitors include host chef José Mendín of Habitat at 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami Beach, Michael Beltran of Ariete in Miami, Santiago Gomez of Cantina La 20 in Miami, Brian Nasajon of Beaker & Gray in Miami and Adrienne Grenier of 3030 Ocean in Fort Lauderdale. Each chef creates a maximum six dishes from a 200-pound heritage breed pig they receive this week from local farms.
One chef from South Florida will be crowned for their whole pig cookery skills in addition to winning a wine and gastronomy experience in Rioja, Spain's most prominent wine region. A panel of judges and the audience select the winners. Tickets include beer, wine, cocktails and food.
The next Secret Supper, presented by the Sun Sentinel and SouthFlorida.com, will be held in Coconut Creek. The $100 cost for each event includes a four-course dinner with a cocktail and wine pairing, with tax and tip included. Diners must be 21 or older, and no refunds will be given. The location will be emailed to diners the morning of the event, and menus will be revealed upon arrival. Previous Secret Suppers were held in Delray Beach at Avant and 32 East, which recently closed after a stellar 22-year run.
Today-Sept. 30: Rapoport’s Restaurant Group offers a “school’s out for summer” promotion with a free meal for kids 12 and younger with each adult entree purchase. Offer valid at Burt & Max’s in Delray Beach (daily), Prezzo in Boca Raton (all day Sunday-Thursday), Max’s Grille in Boca Raton (5 p.m.-closing Sunday-Thursday) and Deck 84 in Delray Beach (all day Monday-Thursday).
Friday: Sushi and Stroll Summer Walk Series, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Admission is $7 adults, $5 kids in advance plus additional cost for food and drink.
June 12: Junior’s Restaurant debuts $7 build-your-own, 10-ounce steak burgers every Tuesday, 409 Plaza Real at Mizner Park, Boca Raton.
June 25: Screening and panel discussion of “A Fine Line,” a documentary about women in the U.S. restaurant industry. Panelists include director Joanna James, author Judith Olney and chefs Lindsay Autry (Regional Kitchen, West Palm Beach) and Lisabet Summa (Big Time Resaturant Group). Tickets cost $70 , including cocktails and food. Tower Club, 100 SE Third Ave. (28th floor), Fort Lauderdale.
June 26: Author Rick Bragg discusses his new book, “The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma’s Table,” a food memoir and cookbook, 8 p.m. at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Free.
Aug. 1-Sept. 30: Miami Spice, restaurant promotion with more than 200 eateries offering special multicourse $23 lunches and $39 dinners.
Sept. 1-30: Crave GFL, restaurant promotion featuring dozens of Broward restaurants offering special multicourse meals.
Sept. 1-30: Flavor Palm Beach, restaurant promotion featuring dozens of Palm Beach County restaurants offering special multicourse meals.