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Revisiting One Miami Special Dinner

Featuring a menu highlighted by food from around the world, the One Miami Special Dinner was a unique – and delicious – event. Recipes from 10 countries, including China, South Korea, India, Canada, Nigeria and others were served, providing guests with a varied dining experience. Whether you were craving Korean beef (South Korea), or wanted to try the tater tot poutine (Canada), there was a little bit of everything for everyone.

Some recipes from the United States also made appearances, like the Chicago-style hot dog and the chorizo and Monterey Jack pizza. Miami’s exclusive ice cream flavor, Red Brick Bliss, from Young’s Dairy located in Dayton was available for dessert, along with lemon sorbet.

As students came in, they also had the opportunity to add a pin to our world map to represent their hometown. By the end of the evening, the map was covered with pins in various countries around the world, highlighting the diversity in Miami’s student body.

Check out our Facebook album for photos from the dinner and make sure you like our Facebook page, so you don’t miss our next special dinner event! We still have a couple more lined up this semester!

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One Miami Special Dinner Primer

On March 30, we will be hosting the One Miami Special Dinner at Western Dining Commons for our first special dinner of 2017! Come join us for an event that will feature an exciting menu with items from across the globe that you’ll only be able to find on campus during this dinner!

One Miami Special Dinner

Date Location Time
March 30, 2017 Western Dining Commons 5-8pm

Look for items like Vietnamese noodle salad (Vietnam), Korean beef (South Korea), potato pancakes (Germany), roasted Japanese eggplant (Japan), chickpea curry (India), and many other delicious options.

The menu will also be featuring some unique North American additions with tater tot poutine (Canada), chorizo and Monterey Jack pizza (Southwest US), Cincinnati chili (Cincinnati, OH), and Chicago hot dogs with toppings (Chicago, IL), among others.

If you’re looking for some special sweets, a Red Brick Bliss (Dayton, OH) Sundae Bar will be available with sundae toppings or you may opt for a tasty helping of crepe cake!

We’ll see you at Western Dining Commons!

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Revisiting Thanksgiving Bash (2016)

Thanksgiving is the granddaddy of all food holidays, so it only made sense to celebrate with four Thanksgiving dinners over four days!

We hit the oven and prepared four different menus to give students an opportunity to celebrate “Friendsgiving” with their Miami family before the official Thanksgiving day at home.

The festivities began on November 14 at Martin Dining Center with Harris Dining Center, Garden Commons and Western Dining Commons hosting their Thanksgiving meals in the following days, respectively. Turkey and ham were aplenty, but were only part of the varied menus available!

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Martin Dining Center

November 14, 2016 – Martin Dining Center

Martin Dining Center hosted the first of the four Thanksgiving Bash dinners. Martin served up a traditional Thanksgiving meal with classics like roasted turkey, green bean casserole, ham, mashed potatoes, and roasted acorn squash. The menu also featured hominy salad (noolintia ahsalata) and hominy chowder (noolintia). Both hominy recipes were provided by the Native American Student Association (N.A.S.A.).

Harris Dining Center

November 15, 2016 – Harris Dining Center

The second Thanksgiving Bash dinner was hosted at Harris Dining Center. The menu was a traditional midwestern-style Thanksgiving meal with turkey, ham, mashed potatoes. macaroni & cheese, and other holiday classics. Pumpkin roll, cherry apple crisp, and a variety of tasty sweets were available for dessert.

Garden Commons

November 16, 2016 – Garden Commons

Garden Commons was the third Thanksgiving Bash dinner of the week, but offered a different take on the standard Thanksgiving meal. Featuring items like Hoppin’ John, cajun rice dressing, sweet potato pie, and coca cola glazed ham, the menu offered a southern-flair to the midwestern Thanksgiving meal, much to the enjoyment of our guests!

Western Dining Commons

November 17, 2016 – Western Dining Commons

Our fourth and final Thanksgiving Bash dinner offered a twist on “turkey day” with a menu loaded with vegan/vegetarian options for those with special diets. Turkey, ham, and other classics were still available, along with apple dumplings, pumpkin rolls, and, of course, pumpkin pie.

Thank you for joining us at our Thanksgiving Bash dinners! We are thankful for all of you and hope you enjoyed celebrating Thanksgiving with us!

Thanksgiving Bash 2016: Western Dining Commons

Western Dining Commons is hosting the final Thanksgiving Bash Dinner on November 17 and will be serving up a wide variety of vegan/vegetarian options, along with the traditional carnivore selections! Take a look over the menu below and set up your very own “Friendsgiving” with your Miami family before you head home for Thanksgiving!

Starting November 14, there will be four nights of Thanksgiving Dinner. The festivities begin at Martin Dining Center with Harris hosting on November 15. Garden Commons and Western will have their dinners on November 16 and November 17, respectively.

Mark your calendars for Thanksgiving Bash and keep an eye on The Miami Spread for the menus being featured at each dinner. If you missed out on Thanksgiving Bash at Western Dining Commons last year, take a look back at photos from the event at our Facebook page!

Thanksgiving Bash Schedule

Date Location Time
November 14, 2016 Martin Dining Center 5-8pm
November 15, 2016 Harris Dining Center 5-8pm
November 16, 2016 Garden Commons 5-8pm
November 17, 2016 Western Dining Commons 5-8pm

Thanksgiving Bash at Western Dining Commons Menu

Items with an asterisk* are vegan


  • Spinach Artichoke Dip with Pita Chips and Tortilla Chips
  • Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups with Chives

International Station

  • Spice Rubbed Turkey Roast
  • Carved Bourbon Glazed Ham
  • Mac and Cheese
  • *Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • *Gravy
  • *Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Garlic and Lemon
  • *Stuffing with Apple, Cranberry and Herb
  • *Sweet Potato Casserole
  • *Fresh Cranberry Relish
  • Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup
  • *Pumpkin Chili with Black Beans and Garbanzo Beans

Grill and Roast

  • Spice Rubbed Turkey Roast
  • Mac and Cheese
  • *Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • *Gravy
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Green Beans Almondine
  • *Stuffing with Apple, Cranberry and Herb
  • *Sweet Potato Casserole
  • *Fresh Cranberry Relish
  • Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup

Allergen Friendly Station

  • Carved Roast Turkey
  • *Roasted Sweet Potato Halves
  • *Roasted Acorn Squash
  • *Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
  • *Broccoli Spears with “Cheeze” Sauce
  • Chicken breast
  • *GF Pasta
  • *Marinara Sauce
  • *Fresh Cranberry Sauce
  • *Kale Salad with Apples and Cranberries
  • *Quinoa Salad with Mushrooms
  • *Quinoa Chickpea Tabbouleh
  • *Tuscan Bean Salad
  • *Gingered Pears
  • *Spiced Peaches
  • *Fruit Bar

Breads and Desserts

  • Potato Rolls
  • *Multi Grain Dinner Rolls
  • Cornbread
  • Pumpkin Roll
  • *Carrot Pecan Cake
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Dumplings with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel Sauce

Dining Hall Hacks

It’s the end of October and even with all the options at the dining hall, you find yourself going back for that same slice of pizza you got for lunch. If you’re looking for some tips on how to up your dining hall game, we’ve got your back. We found five recipes that will refresh your taste buds and save you from yet another dinner of chicken tenders and mac & cheese. All of the following dining hall hacks utilize food items available at the dining halls here on campus.

Not Your Freezer’s Pizza Bagels

If you’re feeling nostalgic for the bagel bites of your youth, this trick is for you. Grab a bagel and acquire your choice of shredded cheese from the salad bar. Grab some marinara sauce and spread it over your bagel. Top that with the cheese, and throw it in the microwave. After about two minutes, you should be kicking it back to your bagel bite glory days. Remember to clean up after yourself and don’t leave a mess in the microwave! This also works with english muffins.


(Almost) Portillos Cake Shake

If you’re looking for a sweet treat and missing Chicago’s favorite dog house, grab a cup for this next concoction. Mash up a piece of cake, pie or a cupcake inside. Add your choice of soft serve flavor (or do a twist). Add milk until you’ve reached your desired thickness. Mix it all up with a spoon. Due to the need for ice cream, this recipe can only be created at Harris Dining Hall or Martin Dining Hall.

Take a Dip!

If you’re looking to stay healthy and try new flavors, try this take on a Thai-style dip for grilled chicken or veggies. After cutting up some healthy and delicious grilled chicken or obtaining some broccoli, grab a few peanut butter packets and empty them onto your plate. Add some soy sauce and Sriracha until you have a thinner consistency for a fun update to this dining hall staple.

All Veggies, No Eggs … On Your Pasta

If your taste buds are getting a little too accustomed to buttered noodles, try adding broccoli and carrots from the salad bar to your next plate of plain pasta. Then, top with salt, pepper, and olive oil (which can be found at the salad bar). Don’t forget to finish it off with some parmesan cheese for your own, personal pasta primavera.

Chickey Chickey Parm Parm

For a dining hall take on a classic italian dish, look no further. Put breaded chicken (chicken strips, homestyle, etc.) on a bun. Grab a few slices of cheese, but leave them on the side for now. Get some marinara sauce and add hot sauce until you’ve reached your desired spice level. Put this spicy marinara on top of the chicken and layer the cheese on top of that. Now you’ve got a delicious, handheld chicken parmesan.


We hope you enjoy these easy dining hall hacks. Let us know what you think, and keep checking back here at The Miami Spread for more hacks as the semester progresses.


Recapping a Week of Halloween Dinners

Halloween is a holiday of creative costumes, spooky creatures, startling scares, and haunted houses. We hope everyone had the opportunity to take a break from school work and enjoy the special Halloween-themed menus available during our four Halloween dinners!

Monster Mash, at Garden Commons, kicked off the festivities on Monday, October 24. Martin Dining Hall hosted Club Villain on Tuesday, with Harris Dining Hall hosting Haunted Harris the next night. Western capped it off with Superhero Dinner on Thursday.

If you missed out, be sure to follow @MiamiUDining on TwitterFacebook and Instagram! Our Thanksgiving Bash is only a month away!

Monster Mash Dinner

October 24, 2016 – Garden Commons

Garden Commons hosted Monster Mash, which featured a station for mashed potato bowls and a variety of Halloween-themed goodies, including cupcakes, cookies and a “dirt” dessert pizza. Oh, and plenty of “Monster Mash” music was played.

Club Villain Dinner

October 25, 2016 – Martin Dining Hall

Club Villain took place at Martin Dining Hall with the highlights including “bat wing” boneless wings, “piranha” tilapia, “brain cubes” (tofu), and fried calamari. Halloween treats like apple cider soaked apples with caramel sauce, cupcakes, cinnamon roll pizza and more were on hand to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.

Haunted Harris Dinner

October 26, 2016 – Harris Dining Center

Haunted Harris, at Harris Dining Hall, featured “bat wing” wings, ice cream floats, “road kill” stew, and more. Of course, the Halloween-themed sweets were plentiful with vegan pumpkin pie, cookies and cupcakes on the menu.

Superhero Dinner

October 27, 2016 – Western Dining Commons

Western Dining Commons hosted the final Halloween dinner of the week with Superhero Dinner. Between “Avengers” tater tot casserole, “The Incredible Hulk” braised kale, and a variety of other “super” menu offerings, guests had an excellent assortment of food to fill their plates. Of course, there were plenty of Halloween sweets as well, highlighted by superhero cookies and cupcakes.

Thank you again for joining us at our Halloween dinners! We had a blast hosting them!

Four Nights of Halloween Dinner


Guess what???

Halloween is almost here!


This year, we are happy to be hosting not one, not two, not three, but four special dinners to celebrate the beloved holiday of spookiness! Running from Monday, October 24 until Thursday, October 27, guests will have the chance to enjoy themed events that are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit!

So, pull out your calendars and plan on joining us for the spooky and fun activities! We look forward to seeing you there!

October 24, 2016 – 5-8pm – Garden Commons

Monster Mash Halloween Dinner


October 25, 2016 – 5-8pm – Martin Dining Hall

Club Villain Halloween Dinner


October 26, 2016 – 5-8pm – Harris Dining Center

Haunted Harris Halloween Dinner


October 27, 2016 – 5-8pm – Western Dining Commons

Superhero Halloween Dinner


What’s New on the Menu? – Buffets

After a brief hiatus, Martin Dining Hall is back, joining the ranks of our buffet locations. Add in the newly “buffet-ized” Bell Tower Place and Pacific Rim and our buffet total has reached six! With the new meal plan (more here), buffet locations are great opportunities to enjoy all-you-can-eat dining and use your buffet meals.

With a new year upon us, along with some new locations, let’s take a look at the exciting new updates across our buffet locations!

Garden Commons

20160621_154317-minGarden Commons was the new kid on the block just a year ago, but has quickly become a campus favorite as we enter its second year. The big announcement with Garden Commons is with hours of operation. Garden Commons will be open 7:30am-8pm during the week and will be open 11am-8pm on the weekend. We realize student schedules can be unaccommodating to standard dining hours, so this should give students more flexibility around their daily obligations.

Garden Market’s hours are also shifting. The market — complete with snacks, drinks and more — will be open from 9am-9pm during the week. Garden Market’s to-go window still gives students the chance to pick up sandwiches, wings and other food on their way to, or from, class.

Harris Dining Hall

The menu for this dining mainstay is going to look a little different this year with two new stations. First and foremost, the Traditions station has received a facelift. Now Traditions will feature healthy menu items like grilled chicken, fish, veggies and more, that should make the health conscious swoon.

If that new station doesn’t sound appealing to you though, you’ll love the new Great Tastes station. Great Tastes will feature the hearty, cheat-day favorites like potato bowls, mac & cheese, wings, casserole and more. As is customary with buffet spots, there will be some variety day-to-day across the stations as menu items rotate. The Campus Grill still remains, as does the extensive salad bar. The morning yogurt bar actually will offer up some increased variety.

It’s also worth noting the Harris hours of operation. Harris will not offer lunch service during the week and will not be open on the weekends. This is dictated by student dining habits last year. There simply wasn’t enough traffic during lunch and over the weekends at Harris to keep it open. Instead, we can better serve you by reallocating resources elsewhere on campus at those times. Pacific Rim will be offering weekend buffet brunch and Maplestreet Station, as a whole, is a good alternative during the lunch hours during the week!

Western Dining Commons

Like Garden Commons, Western is remaining largely the same with the hours of operation being the main point of interest. Western will be open, with continuous service, throughout the week (7:30am-8pm) and will be open on the weekends as well. On the menu, pizza is replacing flatbread (rejoice pizza-lovers) and the Western deli station (at the lower level in the back) is back and better than ever!

Tea Hive is still serving up a variety of tasty sandwiches and wraps, as well as tea (cups or teapots). Also keep an eye out for some exciting new tea/juice combos, in the spirit of what is offered at Starbucks.

Martin Dining Hall

The seating area continues into the other room. To the back is the cash register for the Scoreboard entrance and back to the right is Scoreboard Market.

Martin is back! After a year-long renovation, the classic dining hall is sporting some new digs that are sure to satisfy students this year. Martin features three stations with perhaps the most exciting being the Winning Seasonings station. Winning Seasonings is a healthier take on our standard traditions menu offerings. Think carved meats, grilled chicken, rice, and veggies. This is a great area for athletes who are looking to refuel after a hard workout. Pizza, pasta, salad and more are also available. Oh, and there’s a soft serve machine (eek!).

Martin will be operating with a schedule that is similar to Harris, with breakfast and dinner service during the week, but no lunch service. Martin, however, will open for time frames on the weekend (Saturday: 11am-2pm, Sunday: 11am-8pm). Martin’s location compared to the majority of students during the week (on campus, attending classes) pushed this move. Garden Commons is a great weekday buffet alternative during lunch, as is Bell Tower.

Another option is the new and improved Scoreboard Market. Located in/next to Martin Dining Hall, Scoreboard offers a wide variety of convenience store items, snacks and drinks, plus the “to-go ordering” students loved about Scoreboard before the renovation. You can order items like burgers, Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, wings, chicken tenders, hot dogs, mozzarella sticks and much more using the GET App mobile ordering option. Quickly order on your phone or online and then pick up your food when it’s ready. A kiosk is also located in the market itself where you can order your food and then pick it up at the window shortly after.

Download the GET App for Apple and Android, or order online here.

Bell Tower Place

Bell Tower is a buffet! While that may sound a tad daunting to Bell Tower lovers out there, know that Bell Tower is largely the Bell Tower you remember: just now a buffet. There is a little more rotation in the menus, but the stations remain the same with the Campus Grill, Señora Stop, Pizza Pi, Pastato, the salad/fruit bar and, yes, the Wok station! Now though, you can use a buffet meal to get your fill of Bell Tower’s fantastic food service.

Bell Tower is also now home to Bell Tower Market, where you can stop in, pick up an Uncle Phil’s sandwich (including customizable PB&J), Starbucks products/smoothies (as before) or your standard snacks and/or drinks before heading on your way. The market is separate from the buffet, so you don’t need to take advantage of Bell Tower’s all-you-can-eat offerings to grab a meal while making your way past Bell Tower.

Pacific Rim

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 9.33.37 AMMaplestreet Station’s Pacific Rim is now also a buffet! This year, you will be able to use a buffet meal at Pacific Rim and enjoy all-you-can-eat of your Pacific Rim favorites. Made-to-order stir-fry is still available, featuring vegetable blends like Armstrong’s Mein Street, to help speed-up service. Pacific Rim’s made-to-order stir-fry is allergen-friendly with soy being the only top 8 allergen served there. Due to these considerations, the Pacific Rim stir-fry station is a wonderful spot for those with special diets (still be sure to notify staff of your allergy when ordering) and for those looking to avoid gluten.

Pacific Rim will also serve different international entrees, like pacific dishes and Indian cuisine, and will offer up some of the more traditional American menu options as well. There will be prepared salads, a pudding bar, desserts and Pacific Rim will serve brunch on the weekends. Pacific Rim is definitely an exciting location for this upcoming school year!

Keep tabs on the latest happenings in dining by following us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram! We are very excited to have you all back on campus and we can’t wait to serve you during the 2016-17 school year!

Top 10 Most Popular Menu Items from Spring Semester

There are 11 different locations on campus, offering a wide array of food. From the epicenter of student activity at Armstrong, to King Cafe and Dividends, there are a variety of flavors available to students across the Miami University campus.

That got us thinking. What are the most popular meals on campus?

Without further ado, let’s take a look back at the spring semester and countdown the top 10 most popular menu items at our a la carte locations.

10. Spicy Chicken Sandwich

The spicy chicken sandwich gets the countdown rolling at No. 10. Available at Pulley Diner, Bell Tower Place and Garden Market, as well as buffet locations on occasion, the spicy chicken sandwich is a tasty choice that students flock to. Keep tabs on our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts next year so you don’t miss out on spicy chicken sandwich specials, like the one we had at Encounter this past semester.


This spicy chicken sandwich was offered as a limited time special at Encounter earlier this spring semester.

9. Burger with Fries

This classic meal is available across campus, but Encounter, Pulley Diner and Bell Tower Place are the primary culprits for this ranking. Be sure to try a smash-style burger from Pulley Diner, or head over to Encounter for a local burger, fresh from Oxford’s Reserve Run Family Farm.


Encounter is home to the Encounter Burger, made with Reserve Run Farm beef.

8. Chicken Fingers

You knew chicken fingers would find a way on to this list. After all, you can’t go wrong with chicken fingers! They can be found across campus, particularly at the likes of Pulley Diner and Bell Tower Place.


Chicken fingers are offered across campus, but they are certainly a favorite at Pulley Diner.

7. 16oz Gourmet Coffee

Coffee is the life-blood of the college student and this ranking supports that thought process. Whether just waking up or preparing for a late study session, coffee is a go-to on campus. King Cafe, Miami Ice, Tea Hive, Garden Market and our new Starbucks (located at Maplestreet Station) are the primary coffee destinations, although it is available at other locations across campus.


A number of campus locations can cure coffee-deprivation.

6. Deli Sandwich

Deli sandwiches were the sixth most popular item from the spring semester. Available at Haines’ Boulangerie, Delish, King Cafe and Bell Tower Place (along with different wraps at other locations), the deli sandwich has a wide reach. While all the locations mentioned allow you to customize your own, which is hard to pass up, be sure to try the deli stations at the buffet locations too!


Yum. Delish.

5. Banana

Checking in at No. 5 is perhaps the most surprising of the top 10; the banana. Yep, that’s right, the banana was the fifth most popular item across campus during the spring semester. Bananas are smart choices when you’re looking for a snack or need something on your way to class and can be found all over campus. They are nutrient-rich and have been linked to a variety of health studies as a wonderful addition to any diet. Plus, they are a great source of potassium for those of you who are hitting the gym!


Bananas are a great addition to any diet and can be found across campus at a variety of different dining and market locations.

4. RedHawk Water

We like to share with you the importance of drinking lots of water, so it’s good to see water amongst the top items from the spring. Like bananas, water is available across campus and is a great thing to get more of in your diet. Water could be even higher on this list, as this doesn’t even account for SmartWater or some of the other brands that are sold on campus.


RedHawk water is another item that can be found across campus, particularly at our market locations like Market Street at MacCracken.

3. Dividends Salad

At No. 3, we have the beloved Dividends salad from — you guessed it — Dividends! Trader’s Greens salads are available at Dividends, Americas and Haines’ Boulangerie, but salads are also available at buffets. We’d be remised if we didn’t at least mention the popular dressing of choice; the delicious sweet herb vinaigrette that certainly helped the Dividends salad in these rankings.


Trader’s Greens, the salad station at Dividends, is also located at Americas and Haines’ Boulangerie.

2. Pizza

Pizza makes the world go round, so it’s only fitting that it jumps in here as the No. 2 most popular item of the spring semester. Pizza is available at Sundial, Red Brick Pizza and Bell Tower Place, but is also available at La Mia Cucina, through LMC Pizza Delivery and at buffet locations (slices at Garden Commons and personal flatbread at Western Dining Commons).


Pizza is a tasty staple of college life and it’s available across campus at Sundial, Red Brick, La Mia Cucina, LMC Pizza Delivery and buffets.

1. Stir Fry

And at No. 1 is… stir fry! Stir Fry is available at Mein Street, Bell Tower Place and Pacific Rim and is clearly a campus favorite. Stir fry can offer some great health value and is simply delicious. If you’d like to get a taste of the top item from this spring, it can be found at the above a la carte locations (Mein Street is open this summer) or is available at Garden Commons buffet as well!


And stir fry reigns supreme! Available at Mein Street, Bell Tower Place and it can be ordered at Garden Commons.

Recapping Miami Idol 2016

“And the winner of Miami Idol 2016 is….”

In Miami University’s Farewell Year of Miami Idol, guests had the opportunity to enjoy not only the wonderful performances put on by the incredibly talented finalists, but also had the opportunity to enjoy a unique and tasty special dinner menu, inspired by music!

The festivities began at 5pm with the start of dinner service and a menu highlighted by a variety of tastes and flavors. There were Caprese Skewers, Cheese & Grape Skewers, Veggie & Hummus Trays, Bacon Wrapped Artichokes, BBQ Ribs, Mesquite Smoked Wings, Butternut Squash, made-to-order Quinoa Bowls, Chia Seed Pudding or even Vegan Mac & Cheeze,  just to name a few dishes. The desserts were highlighted by Lemon Pies and Vegan White Cake with Raspberry Topping, and that was before the second round of sweets came out for the Finale.

Speaking of the Finale, the Top 10 singers from two nights of auditions took the stage starting at 8:30pm, competing for the top prize, which consisted of either an electric keyboard, acoustic guitar, or ukulele, along with a $75 TicketMaster Gift Card, a $15 Miami Gift Card and an Miami Idol T-Shirt. By 10pm, we brought the evening to a close by announcing our Miami Idol 2016 Winner… but more on that below.

Miami Idol Special Dinner

Special shoutout to The Cheezies, Soul 2 Soul, The Treble Makers and Just Duet for providing guests with wonderful performances during the dinner portion of the evening! If you got your picture taken on the “red carpet” as you walked in, tag yourself in your photo on Facebook!

Miami Idol Finale

The main event didn’t get started until after dinner had already wrapped up, but everyone who stopped by, or stuck around, was in for quite the treat as our performers took the stage and showed off in one of our most competitive and talented Miami Idol Finales ever!

After all 10 performances were said and done (hear them in their entirety below), our judges selected a top three and the audience then helped decide the winner…

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And your 2016 #MiamiIdol Winner is...

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Ultimately, it was Mateus Maia who won Miami Idol 2016 with his incredible acoustic rendition of Hotline Bling. Seth Wagner and Charlotte Higgins finished second and third, respectively. Congratulations to Mateus, Seth and Charlotte! Thank you performers for rocking it this year and sharing your talent with us!

If you missed the festivities, or want to hear them all over again, check out the full performances below:

Dan Lenington – Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

Seth Wagner – Halo by Beyonce

Katie Snee – Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright

Sam Duemler – Oh! Darling by The Beatles

Michela Vanjo – At Last by Etta James

Daniel Thompson – I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

Maddie Mitchell – One Last Time by Maddie Mitchell (Original Song)

Mateus Maia – Hotline Bling by Drake

Eric Hill – Sexy And I Know It by LMFAO

Charlotte Higgins – Let It Go by James Bay


Thank you performers for rocking it this year and sharing your talent with us!