Some of Miami’s hottest restaurants — HakkasanGotham Steak, Scarpetta (all located at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach,)  Michy’sSpartico at Mayfair Hotel & Spa,  Chowdown Grill,  Shula’s Steak House and RedThe Steakhouse — will donate 5% of their sales on selected days  in an effort to raise enough funds forCommon Threads to add a fifth local elementary school to their program .

Fundraising efforts for Common Threads will conclude with a special event on SaturdayApril 9 at Jungle Island called Kids Eat Miami (KEM) (for more information visit Calendar/Hot Events).   For more information on Common Threads, please visit www.commonthreads.org or http://ctdinner.eventbrite.com or contact Mimi Chacin, Miami Program Coordinator at mimi@commonthreads.org or call (786) 238- 0963.

_ferran_560x375Listen to an interview with Chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli and to Lisa Abend, Time Magazine correspondent in Spain "embedded" in the restaurant with 35 new stagiaires, author of the recently published book The Sorcerer’s Apprentices:  A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria’s el Bulli.

Ferran Adria talks about closing the 3-Michelin star El Bulli, the Best Restaurant in the World for five consecutive years, and his plans for the El Bulli Foundation. 

 

sorcerers apprenticeAbend talks about the daily life of a cook at El Bulli; the drudgery and the magic, the tedium and the exhilaration.

 Adria and Abend announced that the book will be made into a movie.

 

To celebrate Earth Day on April 22, Kimpton’s EPIC Hotel in Miami hosts a week-long series of activities and event:  Kimpton’s EarthCare Week, from April 15 – 22.  

There will be Yoga on the Lawn, Pedometer Days —during which pedometers will be made available at the front desk and progress and prizes will be awarded to guests, and their pets, who log the most steps —  and Restaurant Launch Weekend: a  100% organic five- course dinner menu at Area 31 in partnership with the local and organic Paradise Farms at $55 per person, among a score of activities.

In April 2010, Kimpton’s EPIC Hotel earned its Silver level Green Seal certification in recognition of its environmental responsibility.  For more information log on to  www.lifeissuite.com or contact Christina Loria @ Christina.loria@epichotel.com or call: 305.967.7303.

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, the Northern Italian eatery with locations on Miami Beach since 2006 and in New York City since 2010, is the recipient of the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award for 2011 by The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS), for both locations.

As a recipient of this honor, Quattro is included in a select group of the world’s finest hospitality properties such as the L’Espadon - Hotel Ritz, Paris, Enoteca Pinchiorri - Florence, The Oak Room - New York, David Burke Townhouse - New York, Jean Georges - New York, Süllberg Seven Seas - Hamburg, Per Se - New York and La Pergola - Rome, and is part of a global peerage of leading hospitality luminaries including culinary stars Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and Eric Ripert, to name a few.

Owned by KNR Restaurant Group, Quattro pay tribute to the flavors of Italy by way of Piedmont-born identical twin chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro, and award-winning pastry chef Antonio Bachour, who divides his time between New York and Miami.

Quattro Miami, located on 1014 Lincoln Road, is open for lunch and dinner daily.  305-531-4833. Quattro NYC, 246 Spring St. near Varick St., is open daily.  212-842-4500 www.quattromiami.com

kids caracol

As phase one of the Summer Kids Campaign, Marenas Beach Resort Miami has announced that all kids 12 and under, eat free at Caracol Restaurant with a paying adult, anywhere on property including on the beach, in the pool on the terrace and the lobby, room service excluded. The new Starfish Menu offers“From grilled cheese to grilled chicken with black beans and rice, we’ve got our junior diners covered,” Chef Tommy Nguyen continues.

In addition to their main course, kids will receive a beverage of choice. “The value for families is remarkable.”

Caracol offers both indoor and alfresco dining, even on the sand, overlooking the seascape of Sunny Isles Beach. For more information or reservations, please call 305.503.6000. For reservations, please call a travel agent professional or 1-877-858-2305. Visit www.marenasresortmiami.com.

 

The Biltmore Hotel is hosting the second annual Facebook Photo Contest inviting amateur photographers to submit their photos showcasing a site of the historic hotel, such as the pool, a ballroom, architectural detail or memorable event with friends.

From April 1st to 29th, the Biltmore will post the photos submitted on the hotel’s Facebook page,www.facebook.com/biltmorehotel. To enter, participants may send their photos to pr@biltmorehotel.com. Only one photo is allowed per entry. Facebook users may vote by clicking "Like" on their favorite photos. The winners are chosen for the amount of “Likes” the photo receives.

The top five photo winners will be announced on Friday, April 29th.

1st Prize - Two-Night Stay, Daily Cabana Use, & Dinner for Two at Palme d’Or 
2nd Prize - Sunday Champagne Brunch for Four Guests 
3rd Prize - Couples Massage at the Biltmore Spa
4th Prize - Round of Golf for Four Guests at the Biltmore Golf Course 
5th Prize - Culinary Class for Two Guests at the Biltmore Culinary Academy

Beginning on Sunday, April 3 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and every Sunday thereafter, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami  opens its infinity-edge pool and Oasis Beach Club for ‘Sizzlin’ SunDaze” at the water’s edge with beach hammocks slung between palm trees, sleek daybeds, beach games, high-energy music, spa “taster” treatments — a cabana will be reserved for mini spa services, as well as manicures and pedicures, light cuisine and specialty cocktails. 

For the party’s debut on April 3, 20% of all proceeds will go to the disaster relief fund of the Japanese Red Cross. No cover charge; valet parking available for USD 11 per vehicle. Oasis Beach Club is located at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive. (305) 913 8358.  www.mandarinoriental.com. 

 

Starting April 4,  Monday through Saturday from  6 p.m. – 7 p.m.,   Joey’s, in  Wynwood Arts District, at 2506 N.W. 2nd Avenue, offers  a  three-course prix fixe Pre and Apres theater menu — a choice of starters, entrees and desserts created by Venetian chef Ivo Mazzon — at $20 per person, excluding gratuities 305-438-0488:www.joeyswynwood.com.

From April 11-17 City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Downtown Delray Beach   is donating 10% of sales from all sushi menu items including 30 plus rolls and appetizers like Seaweed Salad, Shrimp Goyza or Kobe Beef Tataki to the American Red Cross to support disaster relief efforts in Japan .   City Oyster & Sushi Bar, 213 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach 561.272.0220 www. CityOysterDelray.com

 

Morton’s The Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale is offering a prix fixe theater menu from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and  complimentary valet parking until 7:30 p.m. on nights of performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Parker Playhouse. $52.95 per guest.

 

Morton’s The Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale, 500 E. Broward Blvd., a few short blocks from both the Broward Center and Parker Playhouse.  For reservations or more information (954) 467-9720 or www.mortons.com.

 



Every Thursday from 6 to 9 pm “Thirsty Thursdays, Jaguar’s popular happy hour, will offer new  specials such as Piscina cocktail  and  fresh oysters to the current selection of light bites. Thirsty Thursdays is priced at $20 and includes three drinks of your choice, three fresh oysters and three of Jaguar’s innovative ceviche shells. Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill,  3067 Grand Avenue (Cocowalk), Coconut Grove, 305.444.0216

On Thursdays from 6 to 9 pm “Margarita Lab” happy hour now features a Margarita Sampler ($16) with Spicy Juarez (Tamarind), Cilantro, Key Lime, Mango, Passion and Guava as well as oversized shots from the “lab” for  $3,  complimentary tastings of menu items including Sopes de Chilorio (fresh corn masa with pulled pork) and Cactus Salad Tostadas. Talavera Cocina, 2299 Ponce de Leon, on the corner of Giralda, Coral Gables. 305.444.2955

From now through April 15, De Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean and Botran Rum offer a special four-course prix-fixe dinner menu featuring Botran-rum infused dishes such as tSmoked Marlin TacosFlorida Lobster Ceviche and Crispy Cuban Pork. Botran Director of Mixology Tommy Merolla, designed a series of cocktails with ingredients ranging from flaming orange peel to sake and champagne, including The Botran Yellow TailBotran Lemongrass Ling and Botran Old Fashion. 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach.  Reservations: 305.672.6624. $99 per person.

The weekly jazz series Jazz and Songwriters perform at 9 p.m. continues through April with vocals of artists such as Maryel Epps, Big Brooklyn Red, Karina Iglesias and Fabio Hernandez.

Maryel Epps: April 7th
Big Brooklyn Red: April 14th
Karina Iglesias: April 21st
Fabio Hernandez: April 28th

The B Bar at The Betsy South Beach, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. 305-760-8288 www.thebetsyhotel.com. No cover or minimum.

Just like at its sister restaurant The Van Dyke in south, Soyka restaurant is now offering weekend Jazz: On Friday nights from 10 p.m. – 12 p.m. live jazz with bassist Dr. Dan Wilner and pianist Howie Schneider On Saturday nights from 10 p.m. – 12 p.m. lounge music compiled by DJ Terrence.

No cover charge and full drink and dinner menu available until close. Soyka is located at 5556 NE Fourth Court, Miami, Fla. 33137. 305-759-3117 www.soykarestaurant.com.

On Wednesday, March 30, at 7 PM , “La Dolce Vita” dinner. Yes, Pasta! Trattoria Italiana is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the classic Italian film, ‘La Dolce Vita,” hosted by the local Dante Alighieri Association with a special four-course prix-fixe dinner prepared by Chef Paolo del Papa — choice dishes include Antipasto Misto, Homemade Fettuccine with wild mushrooms in a truffle sauce, Red snapper with shrimp, mussel and calamari and Tiramisu —   Cost for dinner and movie: $35 includes 4-course dinner, glass of wine, tax and gratuity

Yes, Pasta Trattoria Italiana,14871 Biscayne Blvd.,North Miami Beach, Fl 33181 305.944.1006 ,  www.yes.pasta.us.com

bluesfestThe 13th Annual Coral Gables BluesFest is just around the corner!

Entrepreneur, Music lover and Blues fan Harald Neuweg is bringing the blues back to Coral Gables from March 17th to the 20th  with bands like Funky Blue Tones, Poppa E Band, Victor Wainwright & His Wild Roots Band, Albert Castiglia, J.P. Soars, Deck 52, IKO IKO, Lynn Noble & Rob Friedman Band, Biscuit Miller & the Mix, Hep Cat Boo Daddies, Piano Bob's 88's, The Lady A Blues Band, Cry Wolf.

There is no cover charge.  Check out the www.bierhaus.cc  for complete lineup.

Fritz and Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables,  (305) 774-1883 ,   www.bierhaus.cc  

flying just got a little tastier …if you fly Business or First Class on Lufthansa to Germany through the end of April you and over 200,000 travelers will get a taste of Miami-influenced cuisine created by Chef Josh Becker (27), of the DiLido Beach Club at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach. 

On  the menu: appetizers of tuna confit ajo blanco and roasted grapes; chicken ropa vieja with hearts of palm and pickled onions; pickled artichoke escabeche with grapefruit and fennel. Main course choices offered are: tenderloin of beef served with chimichurri , parsnip puree and garlic potatoes; braised salmon, pepper and tomato sofrito stew; pan braised chicken thighs with Chistorra sausage, garbanzo beans and tomato.  Dessert choices include caramelized pineapple served with coffee-flavored whipped cream and coconut ice cream, Cuban coffee cortadito flan with orange mint chiffonade or a cheese plate of Brie, herbed goat cheese, Morbier, Gruyère and Roquefort cheese.

The collaboration is part of the unique “Star Chefs” partnership between Ritz-Carlton and Lufthansa, which continues through December 31, 2011 and features Ritz-Carlton chefs from across the country. The airline’s customer satisfaction ratings for in-flight meals are the highest they’ve ever been worldwide since The Ritz-Carlton menus were implemented.

 Every Wednesday from Noon - 2pm, now through April 27, there’s free lunchtime music at the Coral Gables Museum Plaza, 285 Aragon Ave.  The featured series performer this week is vocalist Dana Paul.

Bring your own lunch or  pick up a boxed lunch for sale —  chopped Rotisserie chicken with Cilantro rice and soda for $6.50 — from Pardo's Peruvian Cuisine. For information and a list of upcoming performances: www.jazzinthegables.org   

greasyspoonburger660 at The Angler's has added new items to their infamous hangover brunch menu for the morning after, such as the PB & J French Toast $13 Maple Peanut Butter with housemade preserves and Vermont grade A maple; the "Greasy Spoon" Burger $13 with applewood smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar, shredded lettuce, tomato; and the Southern style crispy chicken sandwich $12 buttered bun with housemade pickles. Bottomless Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar also available for $25.  www.theanglersresort.com  or  305-534-9600.

 Corporate chef Christian Plotczyk and executive chef James Cawley of  the recently opened Rosa Mexicano South Beach have introduced multi-course pre-theatre menus — a 2-course prix-fixe menu, $18  and a 3-course at $26 — seven days a week from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  — for guests who enjoy dining before going to the movies, symphony, or theatre. Also new: a Happy Hour Monday - Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with half price drinks, imported beers, and select appetizers, in the bar area. The à la carte menu is also be available.

 Rosa Mexicano South Beach is open for lunch and dinner daily, 1111 Lincoln Road in the Herzog & de Meuron building (at the SW corner of Lincoln and Alton Road) on Miami Beach.  (305) 695-1005 www.rosamexicano.com

Rosa Mexicano at Mary Brickell Village is located at 900 South Miami Avenue. (786) 424-1001

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