OLD FLORIDA FUN
Reclaiming Old Florida, Stiltsville FishBar feels more like the seafood shacks along Highway 30A in the Panhandle or U.S. 1 in the Keys. Chef partner Jeff McInnis grew up in the former region and longed to recreate a bit of that rustic charm in Sunset Harbour. Share peel ’n’ eat royal red shrimp, which come by the half pound or pound to dunk in the house’s homemade cocktail sauce and “boggy bayou” aioli. Other regional throwbacks are coconut shrimp and smoked fish dip with house pickles and saltine crackers. Fruity, rum-based drinks are equally nostalgic, such as the Hurricane Betsy with pear and vanilla notes, or Bikini Club sweetened with passion fruit. Local catch of the day, the star here, even impresses native salty dogs.
1787 Purdy Avenue; 786.353.0477; stiltsvillefishbar.com
MDD as MVP
There’s little reason to stray far from the Miami Design District this week. Its culture-filled calendar includes a one-time public presentation by National Young Arts Foundation alumni on October 7, at 7 p.m. As participants in the nonprofit’s artist-in-residence program, In Process: Homecoming, visual artists James Allister Sprang and Julie Zhu collaborate on a multimedia installation about racial and cultural tensions in the U.S. (pictured). RSVP here. Return for Millennial Mondays at the neighborhood’s OTL café and event space on October 9, at 7 p.m. The cute event combines complimentary yoga, mini facials by eména spa and beauty products from Luxury Brand Partners. RSVP to email@example.com. Glam fashion designer Naeem Khan participates in MDD’s Creative Minds Talks on October 10, from 7-9 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
4141 NE Second Avenue, Suite 105F; youngarts.org. 160 NE 40th Street; 786.953.7620; otlmia.com. 4141 NE Second Avenue (The Atrium)
Master sommelier Virginia Philip’s namesake wine shop and academy in West Palm Beach is ready for season. Along with offering 650 wines and master somm training, among numerous wine workshops for every level, the destination hosts themed meals and tastings. PB Catch’s executive chef creates Spanish specialties for a four-course luncheon with wine pairings on October 7. Italian wines from the Piedmont region are the focus for a tasting on October 11, followed by Bordeaux and Beaujolais from family-owned Domaines Richard on October 19. Duckhorn Vineyards fans should wait for its director of Estate viticulture’s visit on November 14. All three tastings start at 6 p.m. More services are craft beer classes, cellar management and delivery. Look for her new boutique at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in winter.
101 North Clematis Street, Suite 150; 561.721.6000; virginiaphilipwineshopacademy.com
The new all-suite Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach finally opens October 10. The brand’s second location in Florida (the first being Brickell) boasts 290 suites with ocean views, private terraces, marble soaking tubs and separate showers, and Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen appliances. Because of the locale’s marine heritage, a nautical theme centers on postmodernist architect Michael Graves’ cruise-ship design including balconies and porthole windows. Amenities abound, from a 20,000-square-foot pool deck whose heated fresh-water pool and whirlpools overlook the ocean, to a spacious, full-service spa with men’s and women’s steam rooms and a couple’s massage room. Art is key here, too. A fire pit and library inspire conversation, and guests can discover local points of interest at stayinspired.com. Four dining options and a sky deck complete the package.
551 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard; 954.414.5100; conradhotels3.hilton.com