As Mercadito Midtown continues its yearlong Tacos for Strength program benefitting  Share Our Strength, Chef/Partner Patricio Sandoval welcomes China Grill Brickell's Chef Sean Mohammed as October's featured chef.

Throughout the month of October Chef Mohammed's taco — lamb spare ribs with tzatziki sauce — will sell for $16.50 for an order of four tacos, Five percent of which will be donated to Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger by 2015.

 Reservations may be made by calling (786) 369-0430. Learn more about Share Our Strength here. Mercadito Midtown is located in the heart of Miami's Midtown district at 3252 NE 1st Avenue. website,

Research links eating breakfast with better test scores, better attendance and better health.  This is why local celebrity chefs have partnered with Miami-Dade School System to promote a good breakfast. 

michelle bernsteinOn Wednesday, September 19, Chefs Michelle Bernstein, Kris Wessel, Michael Schwartz, Julie Frans, Doug Rodriguez, Richard Ingraham and Lorena Garcia, will be out at schools supporting Florida School Breakfast Week and jump starting the District’s initiative to expand the FREE Breakfast program which is available to all M-DCPS students, as follows:

6:45 am – 7:15 am  Michelle Bernstein of Michy’s and Crumb on Parchment @ North Miami Senior 13110 NE 8 Avenue, North Miami, FL 33161                 
6:45 am – 7:15 am Richard Ingraham, Personal Chef @ Miami Northwestern Senior, 1100 NW 71 Street,  Miami, FL  33150
7:30 am – 8:15 am Doug Rodriguez of D. Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean and Ola @ David Lawrence Jr. K-8 Ctr., 15000 Bay Vista Blvd, North Miami, FL  33181                                     
7:30 am – 8:30 am Kris Wessel of Red Light Little River, Ada Merritt K-8 Center, 660 SW 3 Street, Miami, FL  33130
7:30 am – 8:30 am Julie Frans of Essensia @ North Beach ES, 4100 Prairie Avenue, Miami Beach, FL  33140
7:30 am – 8:30 am Lorena Garcia of Lorena Garcia Cocina @ Biscayne Elementary,   800 77 Street,  Miami Beach, FL  33141
7:30 am – 8:30 am Bradley Herron of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink @ Phillis Wheatley ES, 1801 NW 1 Place, Miami, FL  33136

The outdoor Pop-Up Beer Garden at Brickell Irish Gastropub will host a Countdown to Oktoberfest on weekends from Saturday, September 8th to Sunday, October 7th from 12pm to 7pm and will include a Countdown Launch Party, Pop-Up Beer Garden and All Day Beer Brunch with pork schnitzel sliders, duck confit benedict,  homemade soft pretzels, cheddar buttermilk biscuits and house-made saurkraut among other traditional German specialties. All dishes — from $2.99 to $7.99 — will be presented with a suggested beer pairing. The Brickell Irish Gastropub, 1451 South Miami Avenue, Downtown Miami , (786) 473-6456

The JW Marriott Hotel Miami has appointed Chef Daniel Goldich as the hotel’s new executive chef. Mr. Goldich served as executive chef at Pelagia Trattoria, at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. He also served as Sous Chef at the Five Star, Five Diamond St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point, California. Chef Goldich obtained his culinary training at the renowned Academy of Culinary Arts in Atlantic City. After graduating in 1999, he moved to Chambery in southeastern France, where he worked at the Michelin-starred L’Essentiel.

Chef Goldich is in charge of menu planning and development at the hotel’s restaurants, as well as banquets and special events. This includes his culinary stewardship of the hotel’s ultra-exclusive Trapiche Room, which seats only 20 and, according to  hotel’s General Manager, Florencia Rotemberg is one of Miami’s elite dining destinations. 1109 Brickell Avenue Miami, FL 33131. 305-329-3500

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A traditional American seafood restaurant with a full sushi bar and a crudo & oysters raw menu as well as a seafood menu by Executive Chef Dennis Teixeira, City Oyster & Sushi Bar newest features is an in-house bakery helmed by Pastry Chef Nico Jambetakis.

Chef Nico’s monthly pie program of rustic handmade seasonal fruit pies vies for attention with fresh breads, a variety of Greek specialties, and the challah buns for City Oyster’s lobster rolls.

For information City Oyster & Sushi Bar on  213 E. Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444 call 561.272.0220 or log on to

As it embarks on its 22nd year, The Front Porch Café announced the appointment of Todd Webster as the new Executive Chef. 
A Florida native, Chef Todd brings more than a decade of experience and passion for food to his new role. He was trained in classical French cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu in Miramar, Florida where he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts.  While attending school, he worked fulltime at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Miami Design District and returned to Le Cordon Bleu to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management.  
Chef Todd’s vision for The Front Porch Café is to embrace the ideals that he has come to know, respect, and love under Chef Michael Schwartz; eating locally and sustainably.  His new menu features fresh local seafood, locally farmed fruits and vegetables, as well as responsibly farmed meat.  
The Front Porch Café, 1458 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach , FL 33139, 305-531-8300,

flameTo celebrate its first anniversary, the indoor/outdoor Flame Caffe & Grill at Plaza De España on Española Way has updated its menu to include vegetarian dishes.  Besides grilled pizzas  ($12 to $15), appetizers list Wild porcini Mushroom Vol-au-Vent ($11 with a light mushroom cream sauce and truffle oil; beef Carpaccio Rustico ($12), with baby arugula topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano and sushi-grade Atlantic Salmon Ceviche ($11) with shallots confit, capers, chives, jalapeños and whipped cream cheese splashed with fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Entrees range from 8-ounce angus beef Filet Mignon ($36)  with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus and 14-ounce Mandarin Skirt Steak ($26)   with sautéed spinach and goat cheese polenta; to one and a half pounds Maine Lobster ($36),  steamed, baked or grilled with potato rosti and grilled asparagus and Grilled Scottish Salmon Steak($19) with Florida mango Dijon mustard beurre blanc over truffle risotto and tomato concassé.   Sides list Goat Cheese Polenta ($7), Truffle Garlic French Fries ($7) and Sautéed Broccolini ($6). Desserts like  Hot Chocolate Soufflé ($9) with vanilla bean ice cream, Cointreau Crème Brûlée ($11) and Caramel Apple Cobbler ($7)  are all home made.

Flame is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30p.m. to midnight and Friday through Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 1a.m. Complimentary valet is available and the restaurant hosts a daily happy hour from 5:30p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring 20 percent off the entire dinner menu and two-for-one cocktails, beer and wine.    447 Española Way in Miami Beach 305-397-8950.

The Chef’s Palette, the student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in now offering lunch and dinner prepared by students in their final quarters in the culinary programs under the watchful eye of the chef faculty.

The menu changes every 11 weeks reflecting the season and offering a thematic focus of classical European cuisine with a south Florida flair.  
The Chef’s Palette is open on Thursday and Friday from 12:30 to 3 pm for lunch, and from 6:00 to 8:30 pm for dinner. Prices are $14.99 and $17.99 respectively plus applicable taxes for a three-course prix fixe meal. Reservations are encouraged. For more information and reservations, call 954.760.7957 or email
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is located at 1799 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL. For information, visit, call 800.275.7603, or email

Pancheros Mexican Grill will celebrate its 20th anniversary on August 28,   by offering their burritos creations — fresh-pressed tortillas filled with fresh ingredients —for $1 between 4:00pm and 6:00pm..   Other menu options include hand crafted quesadillas, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads with marinated grilled meats and vegetables.

“With this anniversary we are looking toward the future with brand new locations and another twenty amazing years of flavorful, fresh food and great service,” said Rodney Anderson, founder and President of Pancheros Mexican Grill. The Miami location is at 13340 SW 120th Street, Miami, FL 33186 To find other locations and for more information :

Throughout the month of August, all day Monday through Friday, all hand-crafted classic & signature cocktails and after dinner drinks are  $8.37 (a nod to their first location at 837 Second Ave in NYC and their 837 Club loyalty program) at The Palm in Miami - 9650 East Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor Islands.

Every Sunday & Monday now through September 30th get 50% off from The Palm’s entire award-winning wine list with the purchase of an entrée. ( )-

The Palm in Miami - 9650 East Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbor Islands.

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Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi at The Catalina Hotel & Beach Club on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, is taking Miami Spice to the next level with a daring and risqué concept; Naked Sushi. The order comes over an attractive male or female brought to the table, horizontally, as an artistic human platter of sushi and sashimi for up to 10 people for an all-inclusive cost of $500 per human platter. Polite conversation during the meal is available for the same price.  

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This is of course in addition to the Miami Spice lunch and dinner menus.

Reservations for Naked Sushi at Kung Fu Kitchen & Sushi can be made by calling 305.600.9572 or by emailing  Walk-ins are also welcome. 1732 Collins Ave. | South Beach, FL 33139| T: 305-674-1160 | F: 305-674-7522

From August 1 through August 31, every day until 6 p.m., Seasons 52 offers your choice of flatbread with three choices of wines, for $15. Seasons 52 | 321 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134  305.442.8552
Chef Anthony Cafiero, former chef of Tabla Mediterranean Bistro in Portland, OR, creates a forest on the plate out of beans, sous vide lamb loin and a mushroom foam. Delicious! Whether he's in South Beach, Aspen, New York, LA or New Orleans, Billy Harris hangs with the best chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs in America.

The Dome Restaurant & Caviar Bar and Lounge  is offering a new vegetarian and vegan menu as well as attractive gluten-free options prepared by chef Marsha Orosco.  The Dome is open for lunch, Tuesday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m. and for dinner Tuesday through Saturdah from 5 p.m. through 11 p.m. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays.  271 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.

For additional information call 305-648-4999 or log on to

Sundy House’s three-course summer prix- fixe “3 for $33” menu features ingredients that are grown on property in Sundy House’s Taru Gardens.  

The new menu is the creation of new executive chef Denise Girard, who recently joined Sundy House from The Raw Kitchen in West Palm Beach and previously served as the Chef de Cuisine at The Office in Delray Beach.  Denise received intensive culinary cross training in Switzerland, in the kitchen of Chef

Another new comer at Sundy is General Manager Bruce Siegel. He joined Sundy House after serving as General Manager of the Mayfair in Coconut Grove and as Regional Director of Operations for the Obadan Hotels including the Brazilian Court and Omphoy, both in Palm Beach.

Sundy House is located at 106 South Swinton, Delray Beach, FL 33444.  Dinner is served nightly from 6 to 11 p.m.   For reservations, call 561-272-5678.

From Sunday through Thursday, 4:00pm to 9:00pm, through November 30th Ovenella’s owner Fernando d’Avila and  Executive Chef Mennan Tekeli are offering a selection of 16 entrées, ranging from $17 to $26 per plate, including a complimentary fresh salad and homemade dessert (a $15 value) from a vast menu of antipasti and seafood to pizza, pasta, steaks and other Mediterranean and traditional Italian dishes.

Ovenella is open Monday through Friday, from 11:30am to 10:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 5:00pm to 10:30pm., 499 South Federal Highway, Boca Raton, Florida. (561) 672-7553

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RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is extending its summer entrée and cocktail pairing. Watermelon Kiwi Shrimp and Melon-Kiwi-Tini is now available for $18 at RA Sushi in South Miami through July 31, 2012. RA Sushi in South Miami is located at 5829 SW 73rd St. in Miami, FL 33143 and is open from 11 a.m. until midnight. For more information, visit

dsc09970Every Tuesday starting July 10, Café Prima Pasta is “Green With Envy,” that is focuses on veggies with a vegetarian tasting menu rotating weekly and including a complimentary peach puree Bellini for the ladies, signature cocktail made with fresh squeezed juice or glass of wine for $38.95.

Appetizers range from Vegetarian Spring Rolls,  arugula, radicchio, black olives and capers sprinkled with parmesan cheese, hand rolled into thin slices of zucchini, served with a truffle oil and balsamic reduction and oven roasted potatoes; Caprese Salad; Stuffed Peppers, oven roasted green and yellow bell peppers stuffed with aged goat cheese with Italian herbs and spices; and Zucchini Fritti, julienne slices of fresh zucchini lightly fried in extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with zesty lemon and coarse sea salt.

Main courses  include fresh Fiocchi Rapera, pasta purses stuffed with Fontina cheese and Asian pear in a light truffle sauce; gluten-free Fettuccini Mama  served with baby spinach, cherry and sundried tomatoes, pine nuts, garlic and pesto; Ravioli Porcini; Eggplant Rollatini stuffed with ricotta, homemade marinara sauce and artisanal cheeses served with a mixed green salad; Porcini Risotto with hearty porcini mushrooms and Mascarpone cheese; and  Grilled Summer Vegetable Platter, grilled asparagus, tomatoes, eggplant, squash and zucchini sprinkled with herbs and spices and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Café Prima Pasta is open Monday through Saturday for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Daily Happy Hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with all menu items and cocktails at 50 percent off. Café Prima Pasta, 4141 71st St. Miami Beach, FL 305-867-0106


While the dinner menu can be pricey – ranging about $100 per person, the  prix-fixe 3-course lunch is offered. at $20.12. Every day from noon until 2:30p.m you can choose from a variety of appetizers like Greek Meze Platter,  fresh diver scallop skewer and  Greek tomato salad, followed by main courses ranging from Lavraki or grilled Mediterranean bass and Honjake Salmon with steamed vegetables to Organic Chicken Breast Skewers and tuna burgers. And for dessert, there’s Walnut Cake with Mastic ice cream, Yogurt Martini and Key Lime Parfait. For an additional charge of $10 to $15, guest can select Grilled Octopus, Maryland Blue Crab Cake, Colorado USA Prime Lamb Chops and Nova Scotia Lobster Pasta. Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis,730 First Street, Miami Beach, 305.604.6800

Starting Wednesday, July 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. SAIA in Fort Lauderdale, is launching a new daily Social Hour with a specially priced happy hour menu featuring signature small bites, sushi rolls prepared by Chef Subin like  Duo Tataki, big eye tuna, Florida wahoo, micro wasabi, Thai chili in citrus ponzu ($8); Crispy Shrimp Lollipops, kataifi, red tobiko, spicy mango sauce ($7); Fire Dragon Half Roll, shrimp tempura, avocado, snow crab, spicy tune & masago topping ($10) and the SAIA Sampler, a tray of tuna, salmon, and shrimp sushi with an escolar tempura half roll ($15). SAIA also offers a selection of innovative cocktails for only $7, $5 house wines, champagne and sake, $4 well cocktails and domestic beers for $3 and $4. SAIA Oceanfront Sushi & Asian Gril, l999 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954.302.5252

It’s that time of year and once again Miami restaurants are gearing up to the famed Miami Spice Restaurant Program during which the Greater Miami restaurants offer discounted three-course lunch and dinner menus.  Except that all restaurants are not equal and this time it will run for two months,  from August 1 through September 30, and in two groups:

·         Luxury restaurants will offer three course prix-fixe lunches at $23 per person, dinners at $39.

·         Fine dining restaurants will feature menus at $19 for lunch, $33 for dinner.

All Miami Spice menus include an appetizer, entrée and dessert as part of the fixed price, which excludes tax and gratuities.

For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, menus, and scheduled events, visit:  Restaurateurs who wish to be considered for Miami Spice should email for information.

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