From December 9-19, Carbonell Chef’s Fest offers three and four-course olive oil inspired prix fixe menus at $35-$45 per person inspired by Carbonell olive oil at the following restaurants: Au Pied de Cochon, La Cofradia, Novecento 900 Coral Gables/Lincoln Rd./Brickell, Por Fin, Casa Juancho, Meat Market, Red the Steakhouse, Graziano's Brickell, Ortanique on the Mile, Talula. For more details view www.carbonellchefsfest.com

Read more : http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/inside-eatalys-106-million-theme-park?xid=NL_TopTen112916

Within the park grounds, visitors will be able to eat at and explore 25 different restaurants and food stalls.

Eataly, a brand known for their Italian marketplaces around the world, has recently revealed their most ambitious undertaking yet: A massive, 20-acre complex they're calling "FICO Eataly World."

FICO, which stands for Fabbrica Italiana Contadina—or, Italian Farming Factory—represents Eataly's vision for the space, which will be a hub for production, education, and consumerism within one 80,000 square-meter theme park located in Bologna, Italy. The park, according to their vision statement, will be "a place where values are produced, even before produce and products," and encapsulate Italian cuisine "from the seed to its final shape."

Within the park grounds, visitors will be able to explore 25 different restaurants and food stalls contained within the 9,000 square-meter market area, as well as see agriculture in progress at the complex's 10,000 square-meters of pastures, gardens, and orchards.

In addition to the park's commercial aspect, Eataly World also aims to "be a place for food and environmental education," and to "provide children and young people from all over the world with the chance of getting to know the rich heritage of our country." This education will be promoted via 40 different workshop classes, at which guests can learn Italian culinary skills like pasta and cheese production first-hand.

Though Eataly currently operates dozens of stores world-wide—including 13 in Japan, 10 in Italy, and others sprinkled throughout New York, Chicago, Dubai, and beyond—the FICO project is like no other the brand has ever taken on. The theme park is anticipated to draw in six million tourists annually, including 2 million international visitors.

In order to construct and maintain the large-scale project, the company has created some 3,000 jobs, including 700 inside the park itself. Additionally, over 2,000 companies will be represented in the final project, including the producers selling their product in the FICO organic marketplace. According to the company, "We will welcome hundreds of small, high quality businesses that will showcase live their manufacturing and crafting arts. We shall be the echo of their tales, crafts, passion, ingenuity."

Eataly World is currently on track to open to the public in September, 2017. When finished, in order to ensure optimum eco-responsibility, the complex will be powered by some 44,000 solar panels, the most of any single property in Europe, Bloomberg reports. A 200-room Eataly Hotel will also be constructed on the property, and is slated to open in 2018. That way, park visitors will be able to camp out, and eat out, to their pasta-loving heart's content.

Argentinian chef, caterer, and cooking teacher Patricia Alfie will host a cooking demo on Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Novecento Aventura. 

  

Alfie’s cooking demo will feature Middle Eastern influences and will be taught in Spanish. Menu highlights include Pancitos con zaatar, Strudel de  berenjenas y gruyère,Kebabs de pollo con salsa de azafránmiel y castañas y arroz pilaf, and Tartita de manzana con crocante de masa fila.

Price is $65 per person and includes lunch, a glass of wine and taxes/tip. Here’s the link to purchase tickets below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/patricia-alfie-cooking-demo-tickets-29234142106?aff=efbeventtix

 

OSH.steaksThe Oldest Steakhouse in Florida Enters Seventh Decade of Serving Up Steaks!

 

West Palm Beach, Fla. (September 29, 2016) - October 10th marked the 69th Anniversary of Okeechobee Steakhouse.  Established in 1947, Okeechobee Steakhouse is the oldest family-owned and operated steakhouse in Florida. -The two steakhouses that come closest are Berns (Tampa - 1949) and Tropical Acres (Ft Lauderdale - also 1949).

Still in its original building and location, on Okeechobee Road in West Palm Beach, Fla. the restaurant has seen 12 presidents, weathered national disasters, and seen many changes in South Florida through the years.

Ralph and Norma Lewis opened The Okeechobee Drive-In in 1947 with two simple principals, great food and excellent service. From the very start, they were known for their great steaks and original dry aging process, a family secret to this day. Passed down to their son, Curtis Lewis, the restaurant expanded as the greater Palm Beach County area continued to develop and evolve. Today, the restaurant is operated by Curtis’ son, Ralph Lewis, who works hard to maintain the restaurants near seven-decade strong sterling reputation.

“In West Palm Beach in 1947 there wasn’t much West of what is I-95 today other than cattle farms. We’ve come a long way, and the city has basically grown around us,” commented Curtis Lewis.

While Okeechobee Steakhouse may have a more modest reputation than other steakhouses in

Florida, the restaurant has a few more years of tradition and experience under their belt. Some of the hallmarks of Okeechobee Steakhouse that have bred many long-time, loyal customers include cutting all steaks in-house, homemade only desserts, it’s signature dry aging process, and of course the staff. Many of Okeechobee Steakhouse’s waiters have been with the restaurant for many years, with the longest being Wesley Thomas, who has been loyal to the restaurant for 43 years.

“One of the most difficult things about managing a traditional steakhouse that’s been around as long as we have, is finding the perfect balance of maintaining tradition while evolving in the restaurant industry,” said Ralph Lewis, third generation owner of Okeechobee Steakhouse. “Some of the subtle changes we have made over the years include expanding the restaurant, raising the booth backs to provide more privacy for our patrons, and a lot of continued learning education. Just this summer, Jamie Steinbrecher, our executive chef, and I took an Angus Beef Course at the Certified Angus’ $1.3 million Education & Culinary Center in Wooster, Ohio. We only use certified Angus Beef, so it’s important that we know as much as they do about their steaks.”

For close to seven decades, The Okeechobee Steakhouse has been known for its classics steakhouse décor, excellent service and stellar steaks  in South Florida.  And to celebrate its 69th Anniversary, Okeechobee Steakhouse offers all entrees at buy one, get one half off.

As Curtis Lewis, owner of Okeechobee Steakhouse, says, “If you haven’t had a steak here, you don’t know what a great steak tastes like.”

For more information visit www.okeesteakhouse.com, or call the restaurant at 561-683-5151.

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