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Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría,”

Simply Italian – Great Wines has become an annual event we are all looking forward to. Now in its 17th edition, it is brought to Miami as part of a grand tour by IEEM, International Event and Exhibition Management with headquarters in Verona, Italy and in Miami.  The objective is to showcase wines and winemakers from the renowned, the best and the newest wine-producing regions in Italy.  

Every year the Simply Italian Event is held in one of the iconic buildings in Miami. Last year it displayed its wines at The Historic Freedom Tower and this year, we are led to culture and the arts at the Adrienne Arscht Center (Ziff Ballet Opera House) in Downtown Miami . 

Listen as Marina Nedic, managing director of IEEM and a founder  of Simply Italian – Great Wines with partner Giancarlo Voglino   tells us what we can be looking forward to on Wednesday, February 11, in Miami;   to what parts of the world IEEM takes the Italian wines on tour; how the wine industry will be affected by the dollar/Euro parity; and all about the events taking place in Miami:    

10:00 a.m. “Friuli Venezia Giulia, Land of Caves, Land of Wine” a guided tasting and seminar led by James Beard Foundation award-winning food and wine writer, Lyn Farmer,   with wines from the region presented by the Friuli Grave Consortium.

11:30 a.m. “United Wines of Veneto” led by sommelier and star of the upcoming ‘The Duel of Wine’,   Charlie Arturaola, with Unione Consorzi Vini Veneti DOC.

1 p.m. “Traceability and Regulation of Italian DOC Wines” a seminar and guided tasting of prestigious Riccardo Ricci Curbastro, President of Federdoc. 

2 p.m.- 6 p.m., Simply Italian walk-around wine and food tasting

4 p.m. “Simply the Best Awards,” to recognize the contribution of women in the wine industry


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