The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University, continues its wine and food pairings with art during its “Art of Wine and Food” tasting series.

The once-a-month series will be hosted from 6 -7:30 p.m. by Stephanie Miskew,  author of the blog Stephanie Savors the Moment and contributor to wine guru Gary Vaynerchuck’s Web site, Cork’d.  The food will be prepared by Chef John Paul Kline of Delray Beach-based John Paul Custom Cuisine.  

September 23,  “Homage to Fromage!”
October 28, “Boo-tiful Reds!” in a Halloween-inspired “all-red” wine tasting
November 18, “Perfect Holiday Pairings for Thanksgiving and Beyond.” 
December 16, “Holiday Sparklers!”

All wine tastings will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Museum’s galleries are open at 5 p.m. for a complimentary viewing of the exhibitions. The Museum closes at 8 p.m. $30 per person (credit cards accepted).Museum of Art, One East Las Olas Boulevard at Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. For more information call 954-262-0239

On Thursday, October 7,  To celebrate more than 90 years in winemaking, The Mondavi family will auction two special 27 liter bottles of wine (the bottles – blends -  are called Siamo Insieme, which translates as “We are Together”) in benefit of  Make-A-Wish Foundation, at a four-course  interactive dinner  broadcast simultaneously to 54 Morton’s The Steakhouse private dining rooms throughout the US via a state-of-the-art satellite broadcast technology. Tickets cost $175 per person and can be obtained by visiting .

Register to win a trip for two to Napa Valley by visiting  One lucky winner and a guest will enjoy A-list access to Morton's and the Mondavi Families: Celebrating the Legendary Blend event. The winner will be notified the week of September 19, 2010 


During the month of September, Fleming's offers a tasting of 20 unique wines each Thursday evening for $25 as part of the Fleming's 100, an award-winning collection of 100 wines by the glass. The new list features wines from Europe, South America and Australia, as well as notable up-and-coming boutique wines. Space is limited

Fleming's at 2525 Ponce now to reserve. Call 305-569-7995.

Thursday, October 21 to Sunday, October 24,   Lake Placid Lodge first annual Gastronomic Getaway weekend.  Playing off the Aesop fable, “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse,” Sandro Romano of The Modern, Christopher Bradley of Gramercy Tavern and Jean-Luc Le Du, owner of Le Du’s Wines and former Chef Sommelier of Daniel, will leave New York City and spend a weekend in the country with guests at the Lodge.  The visiting chefs will work closely with Lake Placid Lodge’s Executive Chef, Brian Sutton, as they look at food and beverage from a different perspective.  Limited to mainly New York State products and working with the Lodge’s farm-to-table philosophy, the weekend will be an epicurean experience providing a platform for guests to engage themselves with the chefs, as well as local and New York State vendors and producers.  
In addition to three extraordinary multi-course dinners prepared by the visiting chefs, the weekend’s itinerary will include such experiences as:
-        One on one time with the chefs in and out of the kitchen
-        Discussion panels revolving around the state of food and beverage in New York and trends
-        Wine, beer and spirit tastings as well as lessons in mixology
-        Hiking and foraging
-        A breakfast canoe trip to an Adirondack island
-        The reinvention of the s’more and a BBQ competition between the chefs
-        Local cheese/dairy farm, brewery, and maple sugar farm tours
-        Tour of a nationally recognized local school focused on responsible agricultural practices
Additionally, a renowned guest speaker from the culinary world will be on-site to lead discussions and share with guests their vast expertise and perceptions on current food trends and news including the state of the locavore movement and “upstate/downstate” sustainable agriculture practices.
The package for the entire weekend of festivities cost is $2,995 per couple and includes three nights lodging, breakfast, all activities, wine and spirit pairings, and three multicourse dinners prepared by the renowned chefs. The second opportunity is a daily package for $150 per person, per day and includes all activities, and a multicourse dinner with wine pairings.
For accommodations, event reservations or additional information, (877) 523-2700 or .

anthony dias blueOn Tuesday, September 21, 2010 from 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM  (an event for Trade and Press)leading food, wine, travel and spirits authority Anthony Dias Blue, the executive director and founder of the San Francisco World Spirits Competition as well as the San Francisco International Wine Competition will host Tasting Panel Tour 2010- Miami, The Tasting Panel Magazine's 4th Annual Tour, featuring a selection of Double Gold Winners from the San Francisco International Wine Competition, followed by the Harlem Shot Competition sanctioned by the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. /

Listen to an interview on Food & Wine Talk with Anthony Dias Blue


capital grilleDuring the Forty-Seventh National Wine Week™  from September  27 through October 1, more than 200 different wines and over 25,000 glasses of wine will be served over the course of 5 days in 8 locations of The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group nationwide, as  patrons sample up to 10 featured daily domestic and international wines for $10, with the purchase of an individual lunch entrée at participating Smith & Wollensky restaurants.

The Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group is a recipient of the 2010 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence – the Wine Spectator magazine award it has received for twenty-three consecutive years.

 “Since its inception, National Wine Week has always been about wine education and knowledge of particular varietals and regions. Smith & Wollensky has been a huge supporter of domestic and international wineries, and we delight in introducing our guests to as-yet undiscovered gems from emerging independent wineries. If you’ve ever been curious about trying new wines, then you won’t want to miss this event!” said Smith & Wollensky President Michael Feighery.  

 National Wine Week is available to Smith & Wollensky diners anywhere à la carte dining is offered within the restaurant. Lunch service is between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in all participating units. 

To learn more about The Forty-Seventh National Wine Week at Smith & Wollensky, visit  Visit , click on the National Wine Week banner to access the wine lists, or click on the reservations link to reserve a table.  

October 21-25, The eighth International Salone del Gusto will be held in Turin, Italy, at the Lingotto Fiere exhibition center  together with Terra Madre, the world meeting of food communities. These two biennial events, though different in character, have by now become two inseparable and interconnected halves, in constant dialog with each other.

Taste Workshops, educational exploration and deeper engagement with the food production process, Theaters of Taste and Dinner Dates where artisan producers, academics and chefs, wine connoisseurs and novice food lovers can come together in a spirit of exchange and friendship.

 Great chefs from across the globe will participate, including: Alain Ducasse, the grand master of France, Kylie Kwong of Billy Kwong in Sydney (Australia), Petter Nilsson of La Gazzetta in Paris and Michel Bras of Bras in Laguiole (France), Shin Ichiro Takagi of Zeniya in Kanazawa (Japan), Alex Gares of Soneva Fushi on Kunfunadhoo Island (Maldives), Oriol Rovira of Rural Els Casals in Sagas, Catalonia (Spain). The great names of Italian cuisine will also be present, including Massimo Bottura, Moreno Cedroni, Chicco Cerea, Gennaro Esposito, Davide Oldani and the Santini family. And not least the best of the Osterie d'Italia, and the restaurants involved in the Alliance between Chefs and Slow Food Presidia.

Food products that are at risk of extinction and are within the international Presidia will be showcased, including the Basque Euskal Txerria pig and amphora wines of Georgia.

Wine tastings Agronomists, enologists and biologists will also be present to explain wine across different areas of provenance and different styles in the vineyard and the cellar. The winemakers of the Vignerons d'Europe will explain the sense of limit and the concept of authenticity by discussing the results in the glass. There will also be classic vertical tastings of wines through their various vintages, excursions into faraway or little-explored territories like New Zealand or Istria, and the tried and tested happy pairings of food and wine, full expression of a terroir, like Comté cheese and the wines of the French Jura. Similarly, top bartenders from around the world will host several cocktail events.

As part of the Slow Food movement’s work on food waste, Salone del Gusto will be hosting its first Dinner of Leftovers. When the doors of the Salone 2010 close on Monday, October 25, a group of chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants as well as humble osterias, will use all the creativity and technical know-how at their disposal to create a meal using the ingredients leftovers from the kitchens of the Theatres of Taste and the Taste Workshops, as well as products from the Italian and international Presidia and the Earth Markets that cannot be kept or brought back home.

The aperitivo will be organized by Davide Scabin (Combal.Zero, Rivoli), veteran of five days Sala Slow Wine. The dishes (in limited amounts and irregular order) will be prepared by chefs such as Alexandre Gauthier (La Grenouillère, Montreuil-sur-Mer), Enrico Crippa (Piazza Duomo, Alba), Luigi Taglienti (Antiche Contrade, Cuneo) Michele Buri (Porcorosso, Torino), Wam Kat (cook-activist for Greenpeace), Masayuki Okuda (Al-Chè-Cciano, Japan), and others.

The program of the Salone del Gusto, online in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish at , provides further details on the many activities. Advance booking is also possible online, to ensure an opportunity to partake in this fascinating and multifaceted world.

The 6th Annual Oregon Truffle Festival will be held in and around Eugene Oregon over three brisk winter days from January 28-30, 2011. Created to celebrate the magnificent Oregon truffles as they reach the peak of ripeness in their native soil, it is the first festival of its kind in North America, dedicated to sharing the experience of the chefs, foragers and fans of Oregon's wild truffles, from their hidden source in the forest to their glory on the table.

For more information and registration:

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI)  and Chef Ann Cooper, the nation’s “Renegade Lunch Lady,” have joined forces for a second year of Salad Bar Project to help bring fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy proteins to school lunch programs and raise awareness around healthier school food through a project that will fund 300 salad bars for public schools across the country.

“With childhood obesity levels at an all-time high, everyone has a stake in this fight and must take action to help change the way our children eat both at home and school,” said Walter Robb, co-chief executive officer for Whole Foods Market.   

From now until Sept. 29, shoppers may donate to the project at the check-out or make a donation online on . Salad bar training tools and videos for school nutrition staff will also be available on  

For more information about The Salad Bar Project as well as solutions for affordable, healthy lunches and recipe ideas visit Whole Foods Market’s Web site at: .


The Calendar is heating up for this Fall. Registration is now open for the following events:...  Find out more in Calendar, Hot Events for:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 from 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM  (an event for Trade and Press)  Tasting Panel Tour 2010- Miami, The Tasting Panel Magazine's 4th Annual Tour, featuring a selection of Double Gold Winners from the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. /

Wednesday, October 13, the 17th Annual Great Match, The Wines of Spain. A day of trade, press and consumer tasting. The Biltmore,  Coral Gables. For addition information call 888-772-4694 or go to   

Tuesday – Wednesday, October 26 – 27, The 14th Americas Food & Beverage Show, Miami Beach Convention Center. This trade event expects to attract 6,300 buyers for 63 countries who will come to sample the largest selection of foods and beverages from over 350 exhibitors from over 27 countries.  For additional information and early registyration:

Monday, August 23, 2010, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The first Appleton Estate Rum 2010 Remixology Bartender’s Challenge . The Remixology Challenge will take place in four U.S. Markets: New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Miami.  Participants are challenged to create a beautifully balanced original Appleton Estate Reserve cocktail with a harmony of ingredients inspired by their favorite published song.  Each Appleton Estate Reserve cocktail will be judged not only on taste and originality, but presentation, creativity and inspiration from song to cocktail.

Participants must currently be bartenders at a bar or restaurant in Miami.  

One contestant from each market will head to the finals in New York City on August 30 – 31, 2010. The crowned champion from the finals will win a trip to Jamaica on October 20 – 26, 2010 to represent the United States in the Bartenders Challenge Global Showcase. Viceroy Miami, 485 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131. For more information on Appleton Estate Rum’s Bartender’s Challenge:  .

Caviar farms spawn across Florida

by Nirvi Shah, The Miami Herald

Raising sturgeon for meat, leather, oil, fins and, of course, eggs, is a fledgling Florida industry that developed after a 1996 law made it possible to farm only exotic species of the fish.    Read more:

Photos: South Florida Gourmet






Hillbilly Truffle

by Alan Richman, GQ Magazine,  Photograph by François Halard

In France, they call them Périgords—and they’re known as the diamonds of the kitchen. You probably know them as black truffles, those baseball-sized fungi that are sniffed out of the earth by pigs or dogs, get sold for thousands of dollars, and transform any meal into a luxury item. So what happens when—sacrée merde!—an obsessed Yankee learns to grow them in the scrub woods of Davy Crockett’s Tennessee? 

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Vintage Liquors and Wine Bar, a 2,400 square foot space in Midtown is Mr. Nick Barrios' second location for  Vintage Liquors and Wine Bar, the first is in Pinecrest.  There is a wine tasting room with a local wine guide and a variety of fresh tapas.  Besides its extensive wine selection, it offers weekend tastings; cigar humidor; hard to find old and rare wines; great gifts & wine accessories; and a large selection of single malts and tequilas. The grand opening is on August 20.  

Midtown Vintage Liquors and Wine Bar is located at 3301 NE 1st Ave, Ste 105, Miami, FL, 33137. Pinecrest Vintage Liquors and Wine Bar,  11753 South Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL, 33156.

The Biltmore Culinary Academy director Lourdes Castro is teaching 3-day culinary boot camps during which, in addition to daily cooking classes in the Academy’s kitchen laboratory, students will gain access to what goes on behind the scene in a professional kitchen.
The hotel is offering packages including meals and deluxe accommodations to coincide with the three-day boot camps.
Tues-Thurs,  August 24-26,   6:30-9:30 pm
Friday - Sunday, September 10-12, 10:00 - 2:00 pm
Wednesday - Friday, October 13-15, 10:00 - 2:00 pm
Friday - Sunday, November 12-14, 10:00 - 2:00 pm
Wednesday - Friday,December 1-3, 10:00 - 2:00 pm
The Cost: $450 for the boot camp only. For accommodations and meals: call (305) 913-3131 or

Beer lovers, Food Lovers, Fun Lovers and Brewers rejoice! The 29th  Great American Beer Festival (GABF) September 16-18, will serve more than 2,200 different beers, in one-ounce tasting portions, from an estimated 462 U.S. breweries to the  event’s 49,000-plus attendees.

According to statistics provided by  the Brewers Association:  The number of U.S. breweries is at its highest level (1,599) since before Prohibition. In 2009, overall beer sales decreased 2.2%, while the craft brewing industry (small and independent) grew 7.2% by volume and 10.3% by dollars. Of the 1,599 breweries in the U.S., 1,558 are considered independent craft brewers

 In 2009, the premier U.S. beer festival sold out weeks in advance of the opening session.  Tickets are going fast and are available on as well as  the 2010 Great American Beer Festival Facts and Figures page.  Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, Colorado

Every Wednesday,   Red, the Steakhouse offers all bottles of wine under $100 for 50% off. The Miami Spice menu changes weekly.  Red The Steakhouse.   119 Washington Avenue Miami Beach, FL    305.534.3688   

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