660 at The Angler's Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli   serves a  new summer menu of beers, cocktails and light bites daily  from 12pm-5pm and from 5pm-12am on Monday and Tuesday nights.  
The light bites menu lists dishes such as Andalusian Gazpacho; Shrimp Ceviche Coconut Milk and Pizza Provençal and the cocktail lists traditional favorites as well as an Artisanal cocktail menu with nostalgic drinks available around the clock.  Dinner is served nightly 660 at The Angler’s,   660 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, F, L 33139   305-534-9600. www.theanglersresort.com  


Every Sunday from 12pm to 4pm at  D. Rodriguez Cuba  Chef Douglas Rodriguez  cooks up a prix fixe brunch ($29) including an unlimited Sangria Bar  and playful twists on Cuban classics. The menu lists from plain yogurt  parfait layered with mixed berries and huevos rancheros over crispy corn tortillas, frijoles refritos and spicy sofrito sauce to ceviches, salads, vaca frita or crispy skirt steak with avocado and tomato chimichurri.  

There’s chicken ropa vieja empanadas; ham croquetas over tomato marmalade, sandwiches  like the Grilled  Monte Cristo with manchego cheese and Serrano ham on brioche bread; Chorizo pork Burger on brioche bread with potato match sticks & mustard and the Classic Cuban ham  sandwich. Desserts include torrejas, a Latin style French toast drizzled with dulce de leche and queso fresco  and chocolate crepes with Nutella.

D. Rodriguez Cuba  at the Astor Hotel, 956 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139-5016, (305) 673-3763 www.drodriguezcuba.com

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts has added a new dining experience in Fort Lauderdale with Brunch at the Broward Center offered during the Sun Trust Jazz Brunch on the first Sunday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Buffet brunch with  pancakes, waffles, Eggs Benedict with all the trimmings, a full carving station, shrimp and fresh catch of the day, pastries, fruits, yogurts and more… will be served in the Einstein Reception Room and in the Peck Courtyard where one of the three bands perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $19.95 with an additional $5 for Bloody Mary or Mimosa.     For more information call 954/462-0222. 
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.  
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Miami
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Taste of the Nation Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura


Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Miami. South Florida’s premier culinary benefit, chaired by Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s, is returning to the Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura on Thursday, July 29, 2010. All proceeds from the event will be contributed to Share Our Strength, a nonprofit organization working to end childhood hunger. The special evening will be hosted by three-time Emmy award-winning TV anchor Laurie Jennings of WPLG Miami, and will showcase the latest cuisine from over 40 celebrated chefs, wines, champagnes and spirits, live music, and an impressive array of silent and live auction items.

Taste of the Nation commences with a VIP champagne reception at 6 p.m., followed by the main affair at 7 p.m. in the resort’s elegantly-appointed Grand Ballroom. General admission is $95 per ticket; VIP tickets are priced at $195 each. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-877-26-TASTE or visiting www.strengthflorida.org .

Special room rates at Fairmont Turnberry Isle are available for Taste of the Nation attendees and start at $119 per night. For more information or to book a room, call 1-866-612-7739 or visit www.fairmont.com/turnberryisle, and use promotion code: GTON

Order a cake in any of the fruit flavors : organge, lemon, mopjito, Key lime, Grand Marnier, coconut, pineapple and guava and receive a 10%  off throughout July at any of the four Sweet Art by Lucila  Stores in Miami. www.sweetartbylucila.com

mango09web_thumbFairchild's 18th Annual International Mango Festival will celebrate The Mangos of India for three full days Friday, July 9 - Sunday, July 11, 2010, 9:30am - 4:30pm daily. Visit the festival to buy your hand selected mango trees and fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world's largest display of mangos, take part in the world's only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art.

There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, a fantastic International Fruit Market, fun activities for kids and much, much more. It's all about mangos at Fairchild's International Mango Festival.

Kid's Activities: Your children will enjoy and learn. They can make mango leaf puppets, mango art projects, get their faces painted, create their own original mango art, and more.

Curator's Choice Mangos: The Curator's Choice Mangos selected by Dr. Richard J. Campbell, and Noris Ledesma Fairchild's Curators of Tropical Fruit, are mango trees well-suited to South Florida conditions. The trees will remain small in stature, yet produce top quality, full size fruit. Trees are approximately three feet and are in three gallon plastic container.

World's Only Mango Auction: On Sunday, enjoy the excitement of the only mango auction in the world while bidding on your favorite mangos. Join Dr. Richard Campbell, the Fairchild Tropical Fruit Program staff and auctioneer Jimmy Howell for a journey through the world of mangos.

Admission: Free for Fairchild members and children 5 and under, $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156, (305) 667-1651 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              


 Throughout the month of July, the Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s three signature restaurants, Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan, are offering new $54 prix-fixe dinner menus with a diverse selection of culinary experiences. Gotham Steak combines classic steakhouse elements with fresh seafood, specialty meats, and an impressive 8,000 bottle wine tower.   Hakkasan pays homage to traditional Cantonese fare complemented by New World wines and sake. Scarpetta’s Italian cucina rustica focuses on clean crisp flavors and farm-fresh ingredients. Chef Conant strikes a balance between simplicity and sophistication. For information and reservations: www.fontainebleau.com or call 1-866-940-4512.

Executive Chef Jonathan Wright and his team of specialty chefs from Singapore, Thailand, China, India and Indonesia have a store of new dishes in mind at The Restaurant in addition to the appetizers, Dim Sum, Soups, Curries, Tandoor dishes, Noodles, Seafood, Meat and Poultry signature creations the Restaurant is known for.  “Summer at The Setai” Prix-Fixe Menu priced at $50 (USD)., which will change weekly, includes freshly baked Indian Nan Bread, Indonesian Fish Crackers and fresh Achars and Pickles, followed by an Amuse Bouche preceding a choice of three appetizers, entrees and desserts.
To celebrate the Restaurant’s summer menu and fifth anniversary Dwayne Savoie, The Setai’s sommelier, devised a “Bottleshock”, which features 60 selected wines from around the world with a score over 90 points from Wine Spectator  at 40 percent off the regular selling point.   
Summer’s culinary events at The Setai:
-    Balinese Hour – Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays Beginning July 16 at The Bar & Courtyard with a Balinese Gamelan performance from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. A special summer cocktail menu featuring Asian-inspired creations will be served, as chefs grill complimentary Satay and serve on small clay grills.
-    Flavors of India – Wednesdays Beginning August 4  at The Restaurant from 7pm to 11pm. Every two months, a world-renowned Indian Chef will host an authentic four-course menu priced at $60 (USD) per person.followed by a glass of homemade Chai Tea and Petit Fours   
-    Thursday Night Jazz at The Setai Beginning August 5 at The Bar & Courtyard local and national jazz musicians and vocalists will perform live, playing classic, Latin, and smooth jazz. Specials on Taittinger Champagne by the glass and bottle will also be offered alongside a signature summer cocktail menu.
-    Dim Sum and Champagne Fridays Beginning August 13 in celebration of its Fifth Anniversary celebration at The Restaurant: a special Dim Sum and Champagne menu from 7pm to midnight priced $75 (USD). Every other month, the Setai will invite a specialty Dim Sum Master Chef to host and prepare an exclusive menu, alongside with Chef Wright.
For additional information: www.setai.com.


Mia at Biscayne, is now offering a new summer bar menu with items  priced from $5 - $16, for lunch or dinner  outdoors in the patio or indoors in the dining room as a complement to the restaurant’s  small plates, sushi, tiraditos and larger shared items. 
 On the menu  there are creative burgers like the Surf and Turf Burger with ground steak, grilled calamari, garlic aioli, avocado and grape tomatoes, and the Banh-Mi Burger ground beef, shrimp and pork with mint, cilantro and basil, curry aioli, pickled carrots and Nahm Plah sauce.  Embutidos or cold cuts include lomo embuchado – salt cured pork loin with smoked paprika, and chorizo, among others, with pickles and bread.
Mia at Biscayne is open Monday through Friday for lunch, noon to 3 p.m.; a limited menu is available between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Dinner is served nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  A late night menu is also available Friday and Saturday nights until 2 a.m.  Happy hour features half priced drinks from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.  20 Biscayne Boulevard, at the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and Flagler Street; entrance on Flagler Street.  Valet and street parking are available. 305-642-0032   www.miabiscayne.com


Kitchen 305 at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort  has a new promotion of all-you-can-eat Maine lobster dinner every Wednesday for $35. Alongside the “main” the restaurant will serve  a bowl of New England Clam Chowder soup and a Wedge,   rice pilaf, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, grilled Portobello mushrooms, charred-cheddar wrapped beefsteak tomatoes and creamed spinach. All to the sound of live music and entertainment, with cocktail choices and kid-friendly menu options.  Kitchen 305 at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort , 16701 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach.   305.749.2110 http://kitchen305.newportbeachsideresort.com/.

Gaetano Ristorante celebrates its first summer with a special Italian lobster pasta dish everyday for dinner during the week of June 7th (Monday through Saturday) and every Thursday from June 17th on.

The special Summer Menu, designed by Chef Gaetano, includes Italian linguine or spaghetti topped with fresh baked Lobster for $19 plus tax and tip. In addition, the daily menu also showcases Italian dishes such as the Tuscan specialty Ribollita, a vegetables and cannellini bean soup;  Paccheri al ragu napoletano,  large tube pasta with slow braised ragout of short rib of beef, and basil- flavored tomato sauce. Another signature dish is the Ossobucco di Vitello da Latte e Risotto Allo Zafferano, a milk fed whole veal shank with saffron risotto.

Gaetano Ristorante is located on 162 Alcazar Ave, Coral Gables.  786-422-6796. www.gaetanorestaurant.com     

Amadeus Bar inside The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami,  3300 SW 27th Avenue, Coconut Grove, 305-644-4680, 305-644-4680 From  7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during World Cup matches, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami is transforming its Amadeus Bar into a World Cup Lounge.  Fans can lounge on plush sofas or gather around high-topped tables to view matches on multiple flat screen TVs while enjoying local cuisine, tapas-syle bar bites, snacks and more than 30 beers from around the workd, as well as breakfast during morning matches.  Cost:   $15 per person includes all-access satellite feeds for viewing every live match and either a continental breakfast buffet for morning matches or snacks (salad bar, pizza and local cuisine sampler) for afternoon matches.  $7 reduced valet parking, street parking also available.

Soccer World Cup viewing and parties at the Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables. Tel: 305-774-1883 www.bierhaus.cc   Outside viewing tents and beer bars are set up with TVs on the Bierhaus Plaza  and live music outside after the Friday games with ABC Univision NBC and CBS covering the atmosphere at the Bierhaus. There’s a special Breakfast Menu, and $ 5 Lunch specials during world cup games, additional promotions from Adidas, ESPN, Soccer Locker, Budweiser and Warsteiner Beer during different games. T-shirt s and other giveaways  to World Cup  fans. The Bierhaus is planning a big party with ESPN and Coca Cola for the Final.

JB Kitchen & Bar, 1250 South Miami Avenue, Brickell, 305.415.0070 www.jbkitchenandbar.com From  9:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. The restaurant will be transformed into an interactive destination for soccer, sports and foodie fans alike. Six 52-inch screens will be set up both indoors and outdoors, along with the restaurant’s massive indoor projection screen.  Executive chef Frederick Kelly has created an international World Cup menu inspired by traditional dishes from each team’s homeland  including Fish and Chips, Lobster Escargot, Fried Pork Belly with Kimchee, Knife and Fork Greek Salad, JB’s house made Guacamole and Chips, Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura, Bangers and Mash, Bratwurst Sandwich with Sauerkraut, Braised Short Rib Sliders, and more.  To pair, there’s a selection of beer, wines and specialty cocktails from each country.  For morning games, a full breakfast menu is available.

72nd Bar + Grill, 586 1 Sunset Drive in the heart of South Miami, (786) 369-1671 www.72grill.com    Sip Half-Priced Beers from playing countries during the matches  at the bar,  in the lounge in the dining room and watch your favorite teams battle it out  with delicious and affordable salads, charcuterie, raw bar, pizzas, burgers, pastas and more; as well as a milkshake bar with standard and adult shakes, and a ceviche stand with made to order tiraditos and ceviches.   The restaurant serves lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 11:00 p.m.; the bar is open late

Mercadito Midtown, 3252 NE 1st Avenue., in Miami’s Midtown Neighborhood www.mercaditorestaurants.com   An all-you-can-eat tacos menu, priced at $25 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), will be offered during each match with specialty cocktails and individually muddled fresh fruit margaritas created by the Tippling Bros., made with 100% blue agave tequila, as well as savory bar snacks. For those with the appetite of a champion, The restaurant’s a la carte lunch and dinner menu will also be available and the Taqueria, adjacent to the restaurant, will remain open as usual.  For a complete schedule of televised games to air at Mercadito Midtown, visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com

SRA. Martinez , 4000 NE Second Avenue, Miami Design District. (305) 573-5474.   www.chefmichellebernstein.com  Co-sponsored by Samuel Adams, SRA. Martinez’s will open at 9:30 a.m. on game days to offer  Haute Hat Trick; the three things any soccer fan needs: big-screen TVs to watch the matches, great beer and delicious breakfast and lunch bar food.  Menu itemsinclude: Korean and Buffalo-style chicken wings; fish n’ chips and kosher hot dog with fries.  For those early morning games, Bernstein has freshly sliced Jamon Serrano, artisanal cheeses, an array of egg sandwiches and steak and eggs.  Diners can also expect specials on Samuel Adams Boston Lager® and Samuel Adams® Summer Ale, a seasonal specialty brew only available through August as well as a bevy of cocktail including Bloody Mary and Bloody Marias, Ramos gin fizz, a specialty “Breakfast Martini,” pitchers of Margaritas and Sangria, Mimosas and Michiladas. 
 Lunch is served Monday – Friday, noon – 3 p.m.  Dinner is served Monday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 p.m. -1 a.m.  Telephone:


Launching June 3, from 5:59 p.m. to 9 p.m., Area 31 will host “Hot Summer Nights” every Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm with half-priced innovative cocktails by  Master Mixologist Jacques Bezuidenhout and light bites by Executive Chef John Critchley ($5 - $11). Ladies will be treated to complimentary cocktails from the “Hot Summer Nights” menu.. Local DJs will spin classics and current favorites as guests grab cocktails and bites and lounge on the outdoor terrace . Area 31, on the 16th floor of Kimpton’s EPIC Hotel, 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, 305.424.5234   www.area31restaurant.com.

  Kicking off on Tuesday, June 1, Chef Michelle Bernstein’s all-you-can-eat family-style Spanish BBQ priced at $35 is available during dinner service every Tuesday evening,  with a classic Cuban pig roast, slow-cooked in a traditional caja China on SRA.’s patio.  “We wanted to give a classic cajachina backyard barbecue an upscale spin,” says Bernstein.  “Every week the protein will change as will the selection of side dishes.”  June 1st pig roast will be served with heirloom tomato salad with caper berries and Murcia al Vino (a red wine washed Spanish cheese), roasted fingerling potatoes and more.  SRA. Martinez is open for lunch Monday – Friday, noon – 3:00 p.m.  Dinner is served Monday – Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6:00 p.m. -1:00 a.m.  Telephone: (305) 573-5474.   4000 NE Second Avenue in the Miami Design District.  www.chefmichellebernstein.com

Perricone's Marketplace & Cafe, has formed a '20/20 Club' Summer Special featuring 20 percent off the entire check-including drinks-beginning on Memorial Day (May 31) and lasting 20 weeks. 

The '20/20 Club' is valid six days a week (excluding the popular Pasta Thursday's) from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and is available for dine-in only and limited to parties of 10 or less. 15 SE 10th Street, Downtown Miami, (305) 374-9449

From May 30 to June 5, RA Sushi will host its sixth annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. • Sunday, May 30: no school or work on Monday, catch some fresh fish and drink specials at “Flying Fish Lounge” 8 p.m.-midnight. • Tuesday, June 1: “Bartender Bash Competition” from 7-9 p.m. and support your favorite local mixologists as they take a shot at creating delicious cocktails only using Nicky’s Week featured items. The bartender who sells the most cocktails wins the contest and a great prize. • Thursday, June 3: order Nicky’s Week featured menu items during lunch and dinner and find a “RA Golden Ticket” underneath your dish with fabulous prizes • Saturday, June 5: from 7-10 p.m RA-lly up for St. Jude! the Nicky's Week wrap-up party with special guest DJ Johnny The Boy, raffles and other goodies. “like” RA Sushi in South Miami’s Facebook page and receive a Penny Drink Card or Free Appetizer Card. • All Week: RA-ckin’ Happy Hour specials from 3-7 p.m. Ra Sushi, 5829 Southwest 73rd Street, South Miami, (305) 341-0092
From Monday through Fridays, MIA's Executive Chef Gerdy Rodriguez is offering executive lunches with a different menu every day at $14.95 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Lunch includes an organic green salad to start, a glass of wine and a main course  such as ox tail estofado with potato puree, baby carrots, pearl onions on Mondays;  arroz con pollo with confit chicken, chorizo, green peas, creamy saffron rice on Tuesdays;  Braised beef cannelloni, red wine sauce, parmesan béchamel on Wednesdays; arroz con calamares – a squid ink risotto with grilled calamari and Serrano ham crisps on Thursdays and cochinillo on Fridays.
The regular lunch menu – which includes entrees such as freshly caught day boat fish, salads, sandwiches and sushi, tiraditos and ceviches – is also available.
Mia is open Monday through Friday for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; a limited menu is available between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.  Dinner is served nightly from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to midnight.  A late night menu is also available Friday and Saturday nights until 2 a.m.  Happy hour features half priced drinks from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Mia, 20 Biscayne Boulevard, at the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and Flagler Street; entrance on Flagler Street.   305-642-0032 ,  www.miabiscayne.com

From June 11 to July 11, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during World Cup matches, he Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami is transforming its Amadeus Bar into a World Cup Lounge.

 Fans can lounge on plush sofas or gather around high-topped tables to view matches on multiple flat screen TVs while enjoying local cuisine, tapas-syle bar bites, snacks and more than 30 beers from around the workd, as well as breakfast during morning matches.  

Cost:   $15 per person includes all-access satellite feeds for viewing every live match and either a continental breakfast buffet for morning matches or snacks (salad bar, pizza and local cuisine sampler) for afternoon matches.  $7 reduced valet parking, street parking also available.

Amadeus Bar inside The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami,  3300 SW 27th Avenue, Coconut Grove, 305-644-4680

The Biltmore is offering week-long hands-on summer cooking camps for kids (6-8), tweens (9-12), and teens (13-16). Each session taught by the hotel’s acclaimed chefs teaches basic components for cooking such as kitchen safety, classic techniques and ingredients of Italian and French cuisine, techniques of baking and pastry, and menu planning. The weekly camp sessions are $375 and include lunch, aprons, and class material. Sessions are from 9 am to 2 pm from June 14 to July 30. For more information on culinary and other summer camps , call 305-445-1926 or visit www.biltmorehotel.com . The Biltmore Hotel is located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables

From  Monday through Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Gibraltar’s Executive chef Jeff O’Neill offers a three-course prix fixe selection from his modern, simple yet gastronomic menu at the waterfront restaurant  priced at $40 per person.

 On the menu there are dishes such as  Iced regional oysters with  spiced mignonette, crunchy pineapple, pink pepper; steamed mussels, with coconut & coriander ;   roasted organic chicken ‘au jus’   with spinach, bacon, mushrooms, potatoes & onions;  swordfish steak ‘Niçoise’  with cured tomatoes, string beans, artichokes & olives; Steak frites with truffle parmesan fries and desserts .  Gibraltar, Grove Isle Hotel & Spa, Four Grove Isle Drive in Coconut Grove is open seven days a week, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday  brunch.    

During Coral Gables Restaurant Week, June 7 – 20, more than 20 participating eateries in Coral Gables will offer three course menus at special prices (20% off the regular menu).

The culinary world tour goes from Miracle Mile and the surrounding streets to newcomers like Patagonia Home Made Products or Angelique Euro Café. The journey continues to the Caribbean at Ortanique on the Mile, Peru at La Cofradia Ceviche Bar and Asia at Red Koi Thai & Sushi Lounge, just to name a few.

 For more information, updates on restaurants and a complete list of menus, please visit www.coralgablesrestaurantweek.com . 

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