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The Traymore Gin Bar now open for Happy Hour, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 23:35

The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at the newly opened Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, has debuted a Happy Hour at The Traymore Gin Bar in time for the upcoming holiday season.  The Traymore Gin Bar offers more than 40 imported gins from around the world and is considered the first of its kind in Miami Beach.

Head bartender of The Traymore Gin Bar, Jack Araque, together with Executive Chef Jonathan Lane have created a food and beverage happy hour bar menu 5:00pm and 7:00pmseven days a week, with Bar Bite Specials such as a Cuban Sandwich ($7), Chicken Croquettes ($8) and Florida Tomate Basil Bruschetta ($8). Drink specials include Signature Cocktails for $10 each; Select Wines by the glass for $8 and House Liquor for $8. A special selection of domestic and imported beers and spirits are also available and discounted valet parking also applies for restaurant guests.  

The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.   305-695-3600,  www.comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach

 
Patricia Yeo new Executive Chef At Khong River House, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 22:59

John Kunkel, founder of Miami-based restaurant group 50 Eggs, Inc., has appointed Patricia Yeo as Executive Chef at Khong River House (1661 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.763.8147).

Born in Malaysia, Yeo has lived in Britain and the United States, and has traveled around much of Southeast Asia throughout her impressive culinary career.  While studying biophysics at Princeton University, Yeo enrolled in a cooking class at the New York Restaurant School, and from that point on, immersed herself in an international culinary career.  She has worked with acclaimed chefs including Bobby Flay and Chinese cooking scholar Barbara Tropp. She went on to run several acclaimed restaurants, including AZ in New York City, which received three stars from The New York Times; Pazo and Sapa, also in New York City; and Ginger Park in Boston.

Yeo is a renowned cookbook author, with the AZ-inspired Cooking From A to Z with Patricia Yeo and Everyday Asian. Yeo also competed in Season 4 of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, and most recently worked with Chicago-based restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You as the brand’s Creative Director.

At Khong River House, Yeo brings her personal experience growing up in and traveling around Southeast Asia to the menu, using fresh techniques and a market-driven approach to ingredients.  Sourcing from local purveyors and using Florida seafood in order to provide guests with the freshest ingredients and flavors possible, Yeo’s menu includes Khong classics  as well as brand new menu items rotating according to season and availability.  Yeo has also put her own spin on several house favorites, including Northern Thai Beef Jerky, which is now dried in a traditional preparation for a crispy, satisfying texture; and the Cambodian Yellow Curry.  Among Yeo’s initial additions to the menu are Duck Confit & Chinese Sausage Fried Rice; Golden Shrimp & Crab Dumpling; Silk Road Lamb Kofta and Lemongrass-Cured Salmon with Salsa Verde and Lemon Gelée.

Since opening in December 2012, Khong River House has earned several accolades, including a semifinalist nomination for the 2013 James Beard Foundation Award’s Best New Restaurant.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 November 2014 23:00
 
Gelato Go opens third location in Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:44

gelato2Gelato-Go/Healthy Italian Gelato is opening its 3d location in Miami in partnership with Sicilian Pastry School Pasticceria Costa” from Palermo, Italy, at 1520 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Named “Best Gelato in Miami 2013” by Miami New Times, Gelato-go, makes their own Gelato base daily with fresh ingredients only. “Our secret is the meticulous search of the components used in each of the recipes, some imported from our homeland of Italy and from all over the world. Some of the ingredients we use in the production of our Gelato are pistachios from Bronte, Sicily, hazelnuts from Langhe, Piedmont, and we exclusively use Valrhona chocolate, which sources cocoa beans of the finest variety from a plantation in Venezuela,” said co-founder Alessandro Alvino.

“We serve you a healthier product by using milk which does not contain artificial hormones or antibiotics and fruit grown by local farmers for our sorbetti.”

Gelato-go new location at 1520 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach  will be offering pastries (from Sicily) as well as savory treats such as pizza and arancini. It follows the flagship store on 458 Ocean Drive,  Miami Beach  and a second on 360 SE 1st street, Downtown Miami.  786-294-1726

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:56
 
In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken slated to open in April 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 20:18

Chef Norman Van Aken and partner Candace Walsh plan to open a cooking school, “In the Kitchen with Norman Van Aken at the Vagabond,” in Spring 2015, at 7411 Biscayne Blvd., at the site of the former Royal Motel in the resurging MiMo District.

 
Miami vs. Palm Beach: Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival’s newest addition PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 15:47

On Tuesday, November 4, in anticipation of the Palm Beach Food & Wine festival’s first-ever street food competition, hosted by Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. the 10 Miami and Palm Beach chefs featured in the festival event will gather in advance at EDGE Steak & Bar to determine who will be competing in each of the five street food categories.

Street Food, is a head-to-head competition that pits five Miami chefs against five Palm Beach chefs for the best of fair food in five categories: fried chicken, meatballs, hot dogs, tacos and “on a stick.”

The Miami team, led by Four Seasons Hotel Miami Executive Chef Aaron Brooks, consists of Timon Balloo, Jamie DeRosa, Giorgio Rapicavoli and Daniel Serfer. Four Seasons Palm Beach Executive Chef Darryl Moiles will lead the Palm Beach team consisting of Lindsay Autry, Clay Conley, Dean Max and Tim Lipman. Three prizes will be awarded: People’s Choice, Bloggers’ Choice and Best Bite, chosen by fellow chefs Marc Murphy, Robert Irvine and Jeff Mauro. The Street Food event will be hosted by Marc Summers.

The event will take place on Tuesday, November 4, from 4:00 p.m. to  6:00 p.m. at  EDGETerrace at Four Seasons Resort Miami, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131

For tickets to the festival or information, please call (561) 561-389-1222 or visit at www.pbfoodwinfest.com .

 
Cecconi's Happy Hour $4 to $7, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Friday, 24 October 2014 22:33

From Tuesday through Saturday , 4pm to 7pm, all menu items at Cecconi’s Miami are $4 or $7, whether it is in the main dining room, the outdoor garden sheltered by a retractable awning or the restaurant’s 14-seat bar.  

Menu highlights include Eggplant caponata bruschetta, Fries w/parmesan cheese and truffle, Meatballs, Chilled tomato soup, Burrata, Calamari fritti, Beef sliders, Pizzetta w/spicy salami and olives and Pizzetta margherita. For dinks:   Negroni, Caipirinha, Caipiroska, Spritz, Prosecco, Bellini, Peroni, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Sangiovese, and Pinot Noir.

Cecconi’s Miami Beach is located at Soho Beach House, 4385 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786.507.7902 www.cecconisrestaurant.com .

 
Silence of the Lambchops dinner, Wed., Oct. 29 @ the Federal PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 24 October 2014 21:07

On Wednesday, October, 29 -- reception at 7:30 p.m.  and 8 p.m. dinner-- The Federal offers SILENCE OF THE LAMBCHOPS in celebration of the Halloween season. 

A Spooky Movie-Based dinner, prepared byThe Federal’s Chef Cesar Zapata and Haven Gastrolounge/Huahua’s Taqueria’s Chef Todd Erickson, the menu is based on the 1991 American thriller and the famous antics of everyone’s favorite gourmet cannibal Hannibal Lecter.

The frighteningly adventurous and deliciously death defying menu, priced at $65 per person, takes guests through scenes and themes of the bone chilling film. The menu:

AMUSE: Pig Face, Beef Heart Tartare & Skin Suits, house pickles, spicy mustard, toast
 
1st Course: Fava Beans & Chianti…chicken liver mousse, pickled fava beans and pureed, Chianti gellee
 
2nd Course: A Young Cannibal in the Making country fried veal brains, braised figs, corn, ancho chile
 
3rd Course: Lecter’s Final Supper roasted rack of lamb, pumpkin hash, blood sausage, mole sauce
 
Dessert: Moths: milk & cookies, meal worms, chocolate, marshmallow, toffee, pecans, malted bourbon iced milk

The Federal, Food, Drink & Provisions,  5132 Biscayne Boulevard in the MiMo district,  RSVP  305.758.9559; www.thefederalmiami.com

 
Coral Gables’ Restaurant Row kicks off Friday, Nov. 7 @ 7 p.m. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 16:12
 

Starting Friday, November 7 and every first Friday of  the month from November through March, Downtown Coral Gables’ Restaurant Row  will be alive with al fresco dining and live entertainment.  

Fourteen Downtown Coral Gables restaurants and bars – Bangkok Bangkok II, The Bar, Castelluccio, Divino Ceviche, GreenLife Miami (opening soon), Ikura Sushi Lounge, La Dorada, The Local Craft Food & Drink, Miss Saigon Bistro, Pete’s Authentic Cooking, Spritz of Coral Gables, Talavera, Threefold Café, and Vicolo –  will set tables and chairs on the street and serve patrons under the stars to the sounds of live music, with art  and cool weather to enjoy!

 Giralda Under The Stars: on the 100 block of Giralda Ave between Ponce de Leon Blvd and Galiano Street.  305-569-0311, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For more information log on to: http://www.shopcoralgables.com/blog/2014/10/06/giralda-under-the-stars-returns-to-restaurant-row-3/

 
Fall menu at Villa Azur, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 22:11

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Villa Azur has spiced up their menu with three new dishes crafted by Chef Erwin Mallet and Pastry Chef Sébastien Feneyrol. Each of the new menu items is infused with the flavors of fall like an appetizer of Crispy Foie Gras Tart with chanterelle mushroom, red wine and shallot confit ($26);  the seasonally-inspired smoked salmon-crusted pan-seared scallops with butternut squash flan ($40); and the Meringue Medusa with raspberries, pistachio and crumble ($14).

Villa Azur Miami, 309 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305-763-8688 http://www.villaazurmiami.com

 
Chefs William Crandall and Diego Oka bring James Beard House Menu to Mandarin Oriental, Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 13 October 2014 23:18

Now, through October 20, the Mandarin Oriental restaurants Azul and La Mar by Gastón Acurio present an exclusive menu featuring the menu items that Azul Chef William Crandall and La Mar by Gastón Acurio Executive Chef Diego Oka created for the dinner which took place at the James Beard House in NYC on October 11.

At Azul: Consommé of Lobster with White Soy, Foie Gras, Truffle, Leek and Sorrel for $33 or Blanquette De Veau with Pomme Fondant, Mushroom, Black Garlic, Mustard Greens and Lemon Coulis for $ 62.

At La Mar by Gastón Acurio:  Waygu Beef Tiradito with Skirt Steak Tataki, Aji Amarillo Ponzu, Daikon Micro Wasabi, Ginger and Hot Sesame Oil for USD 20 and “Octopus Anticuchuro,” with Potato Cream, Piquillo Pepper, Chimichurri, Capers, Garlic Chips, Peruvian Olive Dirt for $ 21.

Executive Pastry Chef Frederic Monnet’s decadent Bahibe Milk Chocolate and Yuzu-Lime Cream with Purple Eggplant Marmalade and Caramelized Quinoa is available at both restaurants for $12. Additionally, wine pairings by Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s Wine Director Todd Phillips will be available for each dish.

The James Beard House menu items will be available at Azul and La Mar through October 20 during dinner service only. At Azul, dinner is served Tuesday to Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. At La Mar, dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. seven days a week.

Both restaurants are located at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive.  Reservations are suggested at (305) 913 8358.

 
$59 all-you-can-eat Stone Crab Mania starting Oct. 17 at Kitchen 305, Sunny Isles Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 13 October 2014 21:28

Every Friday, Starting October 17, Stone crabs lovers are invited to dip and dance at Kitchen 305 with an all-you-can-eat stone crab dinner for $59 per person accompanied by live DJ.

Just a “stone” throw-away from the ocean, Kitchen 305 will serve-up claws in batches of five with sauce of your choice, accompanied by steaming soup, a crisp Caesar or a  signature house salad, freshly baked bread and two sides.

This seasonal supper club party books quickly and guests are encouraged to make reservations at least two weeks in advance by calling 305-749-2110.

Kitchen 305, in the lobby of the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, 16701 Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles Beach.  http://www.kitchen305miami.com 305-749-2110.

 
Sat. –Sun. 10/18-19, Beer Garden at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 October 2014 18:42

 The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami has created a Beer Garden experience throughout the month of October in collaboration with Wynwood Brewery Co, On Saturday and Sunday, October  18th and 19th from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Guests are invited to a German-inspired menu prepared by Executive Chef Ramesh Kaduru and locally crafted beers on the hotel's outdoor terrace with lively music, games and more.

The Beer Garden Menu includes Chicken Schnitzel Sliders, Tomato Jam, Cabbage Slaw, Warm German Fingerling Potato Salad- $9; Beer Braised Grilled Bratwurst with Sauerkraut- $9; Soft warm Pretzels served with Beer in Porter Cheddar Soup- $7; Belgium Beer Cookies with Orange Icing- $5; Apple Strudels- $5

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami,3300 Southwest Twenty-Seventh Ave., Coconut Grove, FL 33133. Complimentary valet parking.   (305) 644-4680.

Last Updated on Monday, 13 October 2014 18:55
 
Taperia Raca in MiMo Closes PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 October 2014 18:35

 

Owners Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova Announce Sale of MiMo Location with a New Home on the Horizon for the Modern Spanish Tapas Restaurant

 Owners Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova announce the immediate sale and closure of Taperia Raca, the bohemian Spanish tapas restaurant and wine bar, open since March 2014 in Miami’s MiMo district at 7010 Biscayne Boulevard. The duo are already looking for a new home for the popular eatery.

“We simply received an offer for the location that we could not turn down,” explains Casanova about the sudden turn of events. “ Taperia Raca’s recently appointed chef de cuisine Michelle Saavedra, will take her talents over to sister restaurant Eating House to head up lunch, and eventually dinner service, while Eating House chef de cuisine Adriana Egozcue and Rapicavoli work on their next big thing, likely launching early next year. Much of the remaining Raca crew, who originally hailed from Eating House, will return to the Shake and Bake Hospitality’s flagship restaurant as well.

Also noteworthy, but completely unrelated, Eating House will be closed for two weeks this fall, from Monday, October 20 – Sunday, November 2, 2014, and will open back up for lunch service, Monday, November 3, 2014.“Eating House is getting a little work done,” states Rapicavoli about the temporary closure, “and we thought it a great chance to give staff some well-deserved time off.”

Eating House, located at 804 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables, Florida, is open for lunch Monday- Friday, from 11-3 p.m.; dinner Tuesday throughThursday, from 6pm – 11pmFriday and Saturday, from 6pm - midnight and forSunday brunch from noon – 5 p.m. Telephone:  305.448.6524 www.eatinghousemiami.com
 
New Lunch and Dinner menus at Swine Southern Table & Bar, Coral Gables PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Monday, 13 October 2014 18:27

 

In the wake of its two-year anniversary, Swine Southern Table & Bar – the brainchild of restaurateur John Kunkel,  founder of 50 Eggs, Inc., which also owns/operates Yardbird Southern Table & Bar and Khong River House –  and Executive Chef/Partner Clayton Miller, are rolling out new business crowd friendly lunch and dinner menus with lighter items

The new locally-sourced and lighter menu items includes Heritage Breed Pig, raised in Miami at Mary’s Ranch.  The shared plate or hearty dinner-for-one, a helping of Heritage ($42) features three unique cuts of hog, each prepared in a different manner based on the selection available that day : grilled chops, roasted leg and a juicy cut of pork belly.  The plate of three comes complete with local vegetable "escabeche" and roasted pork sauce.  Backyard BBQ Chicken is reinterpreted Southern-style ($26) and served with roasted marble potatoes and charred okra.  North Carolina Sunburst Trout ($31) is simply grilled and served with Brussels sprouts slaw and lemon cream-infused Carolina gold rice, giving it a risotto-like consistency that is lick-the-plate good.  Another standout selection from the sea is the new Atlantic Swordfish ($30), which is marinated in buttermilk, grilled and served atop a ragout of South Carolina Sea Island red peas, Romanesco florets and dressed with a chicken jus.  Additional Small Plates by sea include Wood-Fired & Grilled Octopus with peanut hummus and sweet peppers ($16) and East Coast Oysters "On the Rocks" ($18) with house-made Swine hot sauce and watermelon mignonette.

For lunch, there’s the signature burger – the Meat + Three ($18), with 12-Hour Slow Smoked Pork ShoulderLow & Slow Ribs or 14-Hour Smoked Brisket – plus two Fixins and cornbread. Grilled Shrimp Tacos ($16) served in house-made tortillas with chimichurri, roasted tomato and charred corn; Cast Iron Skillet Seared Atlantic Salmon ($18) with zucchini and red bell pepper succotash, charred bell pepper purée and shaved cucumber; the "BLT" ($14) made with house-crafted pork brisket pastrami, kale, fried green tomato and the restaurant’s special sauce; "Nashville Hot" Fried Chicken Sandwich with bread & butter pickles, Duke’s mayo, lettuce and tomato, served on a big buttermilk biscuit ($12); Swine now offers four lunchtime salad options ($13-$14) such as Roasted Mixed Beets ($13) dressed with pomegranate seeds, Great Hill Blue cheese, smoked yogurt, pea shoots and cornbread crumbs;  and diners can add their choice of protein including wood grilled Florida shrimp (+$8), salmon (+$8), shredded crispy pork(+$5), pulled pork (+$6) or burnt ends (+$8).

Check out the new cocktails and the extensive list of craft beers and wine by the glass.

Swine Southern Table & Bar is located in Coral Gables at 2415 Ponce De Leon Boulevard. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch offered on Saturdays and Sundays.    www.runpigrun.com (786) 360-6433

 
“Paint P.F. Chang’s Pink” on Tues, Sept 30, for National Break Cancer Foundation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:27
What do sushi, selfies and pink horses have in common? Find out on Tuesday Sept. 30, from 4 to 5 p.m.  ( Wednesday, October 1 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  in case of rain) at P.F. Chang’s in Miami as the restaurants joins the fight against breast cancer to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).
P.F. Chang’s locations in the continental U.S. will be hosting a celebratory “Paint P.F. Chang’s Pink” rally event, inviting employees, breast cancer survivors and the greater community to participate in kicking off the campaign by painting or decorating more than 250 of the restaurants’ iconic, 11-foot Warrior Horses pink for the month of October. Complimentary pink sushi rolls will be provided to guests who attend!
P.F. Chang’s will donate $1 for every photo with the P.F. Chang’s pink warrior horse posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that includes the #PaintPFChangsPink campaign hashtag, and $1 donated for every Spicy Tuna or California Roll sold in the month of October.  For additional  information on the event and fundraising campaign long on to:  www.pfchangs.com/PaintPFChangsPink .
P.F. Chang’s,  17455 Biscayne Blvd North Miami Beach, FL 33160 and 901 S Miami Ave #104 Miami, FL 33130

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What do sushi, selfies and pink horses have in common? Find out on Tuesday Sept. 30, from 4 to 5 p.m.  ( Wednesday, October 1 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM  in case of rain) at P.F. Chang’s in Miami as the restaurants joins the fight against breast cancer to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). 

 P.F. Chang’s locations in the continental U.S. will be hosting a celebratory “Paint P.F. Chang’s Pink” rally event, inviting employees, breast cancer survivors and the greater community to participate in kicking off the campaign by painting or decorating more than 250 of the restaurants’ iconic, 11-foot Warrior Horses pink for the month of October.

Complimentary pink sushi rolls will be provided to guests who attend! 

P.F. Chang’s will donate $1 for every photo with the P.F. Chang’s pink warrior horse posted on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that includes the #PaintPFChangsPink campaign hashtag, and $1 donated for every Spicy Tuna or California Roll sold in the month of October.  For additional  information on the event and fundraising campaign long on to:  www.pfchangs.com/PaintPFChangsPink .

P.F. Chang’s,  17455 Biscayne Blvd North Miami Beach, FL 33160 and 901 S Miami Ave #104 Miami, FL 33130

Last Updated on Thursday, 25 September 2014 18:36
 
Burger & Bordeaux is back at db Bistro Moderne, Downtown Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 19:40

Back for the third year, db Bistro Moderne spotlights its famous db Burger –the Miami winner of Zagat’s “Best Burgers in the USA” – during Burger & Bordeaux throughout the month of October.   The three-course Burger & Bordeaux menu is available for dinner only for $39.

Credited with launching the gourmet burger movement, French chef Daniel Boulud’s ground sirloin db Burger is stuffed with red wine-braised short ribs (off the bone) and foie gras, and presented on a homemade toasted parmesan and poppy seed bun with a touch of fresh horseradish and oven roasted tomato confit and served with perfect Pommes Frites. While db Bistro Moderne presents over 150 affordable wines beginning at $25 per bottle, this year, chef Boulud suggests pairing the decadent burger with a glass of Les Cadrans de Lassègue, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2011 (valued at $72).  225 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL 33131 | 305.421.8800www.dbbistro.com/Miami

 

 
MasterChef Season 6 Opens Casting Calls PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 01:18

 Come and meet the MasterChef Casting Team for your chance to be on the show on Saturday, October 4, from 10am to 6pm. at the  JW Marriott Marquis, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way Miami, FL 33131.  Pre-register at  www.masterchefcasting.com to  secure your place in line.

You MUST bring one prepared dish to be served to our food judges. You will be given 3 minutes to plate your dish at the casting call location, but there will NOT be a kitchen to cook or warm your dish up so come prepared!

 

 

 
Back To School Free Kids’ Meals at Balans Dadeland PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 23:15

Starting September 2, and every Tuesday from  5 p.m.  till closing time,  Balans Dadeland’s offers children a back to school complimentary kids meal with each adult entrée purchased. 

Chef David Welch has crafted a special parent-approved menu just for kids with health-conscious dishes like hummus, pita bread & grapes, spaghetti with turkey meatballs, and side dishes ranging from steamed broccoli to a Caesar salad.

Balans Dadeland,7501 N. Kendall Drive. Unit 2570, Kendall, FL 33156

 
Laszlo Bollok is now Executive Pastry Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 04 August 2014 23:06

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The new Executive Pastry Chef of The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, is the Hungarian-born Laszlo Bollok.

After winning the hearts and palates of New York’s dessert mavens as the Executive Pastry Chef for opera singer, Placido Domingo’s Spanish restaurant, Domingo’s; at the Louis XVI in Long Island, at Jean-Georges at The Mark Hotel –  formerly The Pierre,  and most recently at Le Cirque, Mr. Bollok is now eager to charm Miamians with the creative desserts based on classical fine pastry  techniques he whips up every day at The Ritz.

Mr. Bollok plays with textures, colors and flavors in desserts such as  a variation on the same theme: chocolate (70% dark chocolate mousse, 30% white chocolate caramel; ice cream of white and dark chocolate,  salty caramel white chocolate sheets and chocolate crumble); a raspberry lychee “tart” with lychee purée and fresh raspberries topped with homemade raspberry sorbet set on a thin sheet of raspberry gelée; a Sicilian pistachio mousse poised over a slice of pistachio cake and topped with crisps alongside cardamom ice cream and sorrel leaves, "for a touch of acidity," says Boolok; a smoky tiramisu – a wink to Cioppino’s Italian menu ,  among many other delights, all crafted in house with ingredients handpicked by the chef.

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“Being in Florida, I’ve already started creating new desserts with mango, coconut and local fruit,” he said as he recalled his first steps in the world of pastry in his native Budapest.

Like most European culinary professional Laszlo Bollok started training early, at the age of fourteen. But his passion for the profession was born and his palate developed by watching his grandmother, a chef and teacher at a local culinary school in Budapest, Hungary, who taught the child how to perfect traditional Hungarian dishes such as goulash, paprikash and dobosh.

But his heart was set on pastry.  He enrolled in the pastry department of the  Karoly Gundel Culinary School in Budapest at a time Hungary was still under Communist regime. But even cultural repression could not rein in his sensitivity and creativity. After graduating and honing his skills at various hotels and pastry shops and after opening his own pastry shop in Budapest, he moved to New York City.

Bollok is now responsible for The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami’s entire dessert and pastry operations including banquets, in-room dining, Club Level and the resort’s four, globally-inspired restaurants, Cantina Beach, RUMBAR, Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge and Cioppino.

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami (305) 365-4500,  www.ritzcarlton.com

 

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 23:21
 
New Menu by chef Todd Erickson at HaVen Gastropub, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 00:00

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HaVen Gasropub has  redesigned both locale and menu. “We are continuously thinking of new ways to bring something special to our concept,” says Mike Boles, co-owner of HaVen Hospitality Concepts (HHC), which owns/operates HaVen with its late-night lounge and its spicy sister restaurant, Huahua’s Taqueria.  

The new design sports custom hydraulic matte tables that raise and extend with the flip of a lever, the better to sip  funky cocktails like the new haVen mule - Nolet’s Gin and Fever-Tree Ginger Beer with fresh lime ($15)and the tried and true feVer – Grey Goose poire, jalapeno, lychee and pear-Prosecco ($15).

 The new menu by Executive chef Todd Erickson makes a splash with a new X-TRA vegetarian section offering fabulous sushi, Cool Ranch Edamame ($6); Little Devils – chef’s weekly deviled eggs ($8); Black Garlic and Chive Drop Biscuits with pink peppered goat cheese butter ($7) and decadent Cauli-polonaise – roasted whole cauliflower topped with a fried egg, parsley, rye and black truffle butter ($11).

The seafood section lists Macadamia Lobster with sweet pickled chilies and smooth avocado butter ($36); Bangkok Tiger Shrimp – carrot, mint, basil, cilantro, nuac cham and peanut ($14).  Meat options showcase harissa-infused lamb Proper Sausage on brioche, topped with French feta and minted sweet pea ($15); Country Fried Quail with Peruvian potato, blackstrap molasses and mustard seed “caviar” ($17); and an array of “boutique” Burgers including Galbi – made with Korean BBQ Short rib, lotus pickle, scallion and Asian pear ($11)  ; Duck Duck Quail – duck burger, foie gras butter, quail egg and shallot-parsley salad ($14) and creative sushi and rolls.

Among the new Sweets: the Cobbler – local fruits with macadamia cookie crumble and vanilla ice cream ($9); Dirty Blondie – molten chocolate chip “cookie” with vanilla ice cream and liquid ganache ($9); and Panna Cotta – cuatro leches with vanilla cake and local fruits ($9),

HaVen is located on the corner of Lincoln and West at 1237 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. Dinner is served nightly; 6 p.m. until 11 p.m.; 6 p.m. until midnight on Saturday and Sunday.  For reservations, please call (305) 987-8885 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it www.havenlounge.com.  Ample street parking is available.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 August 2014 23:02
 
Yoga, Spa, and Garden-to-Table Dinner Series at The Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 20:15

Through August 27, every Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 PM, The Palms Hotel offers a yoga class on The Palms Hotel’s lush South Lawn, adjacent to the garden, followed by Chef Julie Franz’s fresh and flavorful farm-to-table dinner.  Aveda spa therapists will also be on-hand to provide guests complimentary chair massages.

Tickets cost $35 prepaid admission and $45 at the door (kids 6-15 years old, $20).  Valet parking is $15 prepaid and $20 at the door.   To pre-purchase tickets online  : http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/753204 .

Essensia Restaurant at The Palms Hotel & Spa is located at 3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Click here for more event information 

 
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