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Burgerliscious Festival; Happy Birthday Talavera

CORAL GABLES— The Gables is about to get burger-fied this Thursday, November 8 as a festival fit for carnivores takes place at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park. The second annual Burgerliscious will serve up patties from over 20 restaurants like Burger & Beer Joint, Rok:Brgr, and Shake Shack. Veggie and fish options will also be available for the non-beef eaters. Enjoy live music and wash it down with a brewsky from Samuel Adams. At 50 bucks, a general admission ticket includes 6 sliders and two Samuel Adams beers or upgrade to VIP status for all the burgers you can eat, early admission, and access to a Jack Daniels VIP tent. The feast, er, festival runs from 6 to 10p.m. on Wednesday. []

CORAL GABLES— Happy 3rd Birthday to Talavera. The Mexican restaurant celebrates three years in the Gables this month and is giving diners a present. Executive Chef Oscar del Rivero has developed a special "Best of Talavera" tasting menu just for the month of November. Some favorites returning for an encore this month are the queso frito, ceviche natural, empapelado, and the puntas chipotle. These go great with their "Margarita Lab" happy hour weekdays from 6 to 9p.m. with discounted 'ritas and complimentary bites. [EaterWire]

MIAMI BEACH— The always healthful yet gourmet Essensia at The Palms is wrapping up its Seasonal Supper Series with the fourth and final meal (of 2012) on Thursday, November 8 at 7p.m. The restaurant's Signature Chef Julie Frans and her team will prepare a five-course meal of farm-fresh, seasonal dishes paired with wines from their sustainable wine list. Besides enjoying a fine meal of wining and dining, some of the local purveyors and farmers who work with Chef Julie will be around to answer questions and talk shop about sustainable havesting and fresh, seasonal, nutritional ingredients. Seats are capped at 50 so call and reserve your spot for $95, which includes a welcome cocktail and the five-course meal with wine pairings. [EaterWire]

[Photo Courtesy of Essensia at The Palms]

Shake Shack

1111 Lincoln Road, , FL 33139 (305) 434-7787 Visit Website

Essensia Restaurant at The Palms Hotel and Spa

3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 908 5458

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