From May 3 through June 13, 2010, customers who visit Arby’s restaurants may donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami to help the organization match a child with an adult mentor. Customers who donate will receive a coupon redeemable for $1 off a Roast Beef Combo or Beef ‘N Cheddar Combo on their next purchase. The donated money will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.  Last year, Arby’s raised over $2.2 million nationwide through its pin-up campaign.

To learn more about the not for profit Arby’s Foundation:  To learn how you can change how children grow up in America go to .

Every Saturday  there’s an Urban Market along the Riverwalk at Esplanade Park, 400 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features fruits and vegetables, baked items, seafood, cheeses, pottery and visitors can find organic produce, pastries, fruit smoothies, specialty coffees, granola, jams, jellies, oils and spices, olive mixes, pastas, sauces, mozzarella, breads, doughnuts, muffins, ceviche, guacamole, teas, organic healing herbs, kettle corn, homemade lemonade, soaps, orchids and more.   Admission to the market is free and it’s open to the public. Parking is $1 an hour in the garage at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

 Forget tempura cheesecake and green tea ice cream, in-house pastry chef Keith Freiman’s dessert menu now includes chocolate layer cake with strawberry compote, red velvet cake with berry sauce and fresh strawberries, molten chocolate cake with ice cream and chocolate sauce, warm apple crumb tart with caramel ice cream and caramel sauce, vanilla crème brûlée, with almond biscotti, peanut butter pie with candied peanuts and caramel and chocolate sauces, key lime pie with fresh raspberries, and coconut panna cotta napoleon with berry sauce and fresh raspberries. Philippe Chow,  Collins Avenue and 23rd St. , Miami Beach,  (305) 674-0250,

From May 1 to July 31, Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina Restaurant,  is offering a 3-course menu, changing daily, prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients, for $49.
Chef’s Market Menu offers appetizer, entrée and dessert prepared with the day’s catch, or the day’s fresh meat, seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as spices and herbs picked from the Chef’s Garden on the same morning, in addition to popular selection such as sashimi, glazed short ribs, grilled lamb loin and chocolate panna cotta. Complimentary valet parking with dinner. Reservations: 786-279-6600,

The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce, Southeast offers a journey through Italy with the 4th annual Italian Cooking Show, a 4-series interactive cooking class that will take place once a month, at   MiaCucina in Coral Gables on the following dates: May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19 and with the Grand Finale on September 16.
With Italy’s regional cuisines as the focus, each event will pit two top chefs from renowned local Italian restaurants against each other in a culinary battle before an attentive audience eager to learn the various cooking methods used in preparing some of Italy’s most distinctive dishes.
Paring wines will also be served to complement the savory and enticing food prepared, making it possible to the audience to relish this entire experience to its full extent.
With a maximum audience of 45 people, each class will run from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. A reception will immediately follow the cooking demonstration until 9:30 pm allowing guests to sample various wines, drinks, and bites from each of the participating sponsors.  

First event 5/20.TIRAMESU representing the regional cuisine of VENETO Vs. Sardina restaurant representing SARDINIA, Mia Cucina, 105 Miracle Mile – Coral Gables

Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa has launched a sustainable seafood program spearheaded by Executive Chef Bob Axenfeld and Chef de Cuisine Jeremy Miller. The chefs will serve fish exclusively from environmentally responsible fishing and fish farming practices such as wild American cobia, wild Pacific halibut and Canadian arctic char at the AAA Four-Diamond Ireland’s Steakhouse, Banyan Restaurant and in-room dining. Hyatt Regency Bonaventure Conference Center and Spa, 250 Racquet Club Road, Weston.

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On Wednesday, May 5th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM Sushi Maki puts an Asian spin on the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration with the happy hour party  Sushi de Mayo  with $5 Signature Sake Cocktails, Beer and Bites  and select specialty sushi rolls and menu items.  

Sushi Maki's new Happy Hour will continue every Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM throughout the month of May at : Sushi Maki in Brickell, 1000 South Miami Ave. (305) 415-9779;  Coral Gables,  2334 Ponce de León Blvd.,  Coral Gables, (305) 443-1884; South Miami,  5812 Sunset Drive,  Miami,  (305) 667-7677;  Palmetto Bay,  14491 S. Dixie Highway—Kings Bay Shopping Center   Miami,    (305) 232-6636

Bring your best friend and/or licensed dog on a leash for a wine tasting of Gold Medal wines with appetizers from top restaurants, live performances and  Enter Your Dog in a Contest for Biggest Dog * Baddest Dog, Prettiest Dog * Best Dressed * Smallest Dog, etc …. Winning Owners will receive  dining gift card packages and Purchase tickets now at  and be entered to win a Magnum of Brutocao '07 Pinot Noir,  A Gold Medal Winner at the  American Fine Wine Competition. Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza (Federal Hwy, South of Palmetto Park Rd) Tickets $45  For more information and to purchase tickets,  call 561-955-8553 or visit


chef ron dupratDuring May 4-7, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.,  four Whole Foods Market stores in Florida – Coral Gables, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Wellington – are hosting a culinary tour with Top Chef Season 6 contestant and Florida resident Ron Duprat,  a native of Haiti and the executive chef at the Hollywood Beach Marriott in an effort to raise funds for Food For The Poor, a Miami based organization, providing relief efforts in Haiti. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Food for the Poor. 

·          Tuesday, May 4 – Coral Gables, 6701 Red Road, Natalie White 305-421-9421

 ·          Wednesday, May 5 – Boca Raton,1400 Glades Road, Kristin Bagonis 561-447-0000

·          Thursday, May 6 – Palm Beach Gardens,11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive, Brenna Bertram 561-691-8550

 ·          Friday, May 7 – Wellington, 2635 State Road 7, Laura Belinsky 561-904-4000

 For additional information, visit  and .



With the 136th  running of  the Kentucky Derby scheduled for Saturday, May 1st (5-7 p.m. EDT on NBC) Legal Sea Foods will be toasting the legendary race by featuring  Mint Juleps - The Mint Julep is a classic cocktail prepared with a muddle of mint paired with simple syrup; Maker’s Mark Bourbon and crushed ice -offered at $ 9.25 from  Wednesday, April 28th until Wednesday, May 5th.

Legal Sea Foods is located at 6000 Glades Road at Town Center in Boca Raton.  561-447-2112

On April 29, Eos and The Restaurant at The Raleigh  will donate 25% of their revenues to  CARE Resources, a locally based non-profit HIV/AIDS service organization as part of an international fundraiser called Dining Out for Life. Diners who make an extra donation of $20 will receive a 20% Off Tuesday card, which will allow patrons to received a 20% discount from their food bill every Tuesday until April 26, 2011.  Eos Restaurant, Viceroy Hotel Downtown Miami, he Restaurant, The Raleigh Miami Beach  


Seven  at the Raleigh offers $7 Martinis, Cocktails, Small Bites, Valter Parking and more,  from 4 to 8 p.m. seven days a week.  The Raleigh,1775 Colling Ave, Miami Beach 305-612-1173

Owners/chefs husband and wife Juan and Vani  Maza of 72nd Bar + Grill are offering a line up of promotion for the entire week: $3 Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to close – where guests can sip from a selection of three $3 signature cocktails – mojitos, margaritas and martinis – and munch on a selection of three $3 bar snacks including sliders with caramelized onions and melty cheddar cheese, crispy calamari with Thai cilantro sauce, and shooters of their famed Peruvian ceviche, Thursday Special Ladies Night from 6:30 p.m. to close with free well drinks and $5 premium drinks for everyone,  Late Night Happy Hour & More after dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 p.m. to close with  $3 well drinks and live music from Audio Rustica, a funky progressive jazz band, starting at 11:30 p.m.  72nd Bar + Grill,   5861 Sunset Drive,  South Miami.  (786) 369-1671  

Every Tuesday night, from 6:30-8:30 p.m  SoLita  “South of Little ItalyLas Olas  offers “All That Jazz & Wines of The World” to patrons of the restaurant’s Ultra Lounge and Bar with complimentary signature hors d’oeuvres to the sounds of popular saxophone player and jazz vocalist Will Bridges. SoLita Las Olas, 1032 East Las Olas (previously Mark’s on Las Olas), Ft. Lauderdale. 954-357-2616.   

Mandarin Oriental, Miami is celebrating its 10th anniversary by awarding its fans and followers with opulent gifts through the  “10 Days of MO” contest  from May 10 through May 21.  Members of the hotel’s communities on Facebook and Twitter sites will receive a daily challenge question. Participants are encouraged to watch for the daily question at 10 a.m. and must enter their submissions immediately as the first correct answer will be awarded an exciting anniversary prize.

The gifts include the Mandarin Oriental Miami’s luxurious accommodations, spa treatments at its five-star spa, dinner at award-winning Azul and exclusive items from the Shanghai Tang boutique. On the 10th day of the contest, participants have the chance of winning a grand finale prize showcasing a selection of the finest experiences the luxury city resort offers.

Answers to the trivia questions can be found at Participants are eligible to win only one prize for the duration of the contest and may submit only one entry per day.


Les Dames d’Escoffier are hosting their lavish al fresco yearly brunch Tropical Brunch in the Redlands at Schnebly’s Winery on Sunday, April 25, from 11am - 2pm (or, they said “ until we finish the wine.”). Located in Florida’s Redland, a farmland area rich in organic and other types of fruit orchards and vegetable farms, Schnebly’s winery is a bucolic Napa Valley-like state-of-the-art winery for tropical fruit wines, with waterfalls and shaded picnic areas, a setting ideal for the display of exquisite foods prepared with local products by Les Dames d’Escoffier.

There will be live music and wines as well as a spectacular silent auction all in benefit of student scholarships for women seeking careers in the food, beverage and hospitality. The Miami chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier supports and fosters nutrition and cooking education for area youth and farm labor force, underwrites organic vegetable gardens for schools, and also funds annual culinary and agriculture scholarships for exceptional young South Florida women. Schnebly Redland’s Winery, 30205 SW 217 Ave., Homestead, FL

To buy tickets Adults, $35, Children (6 to 12 years old) , $15: Paypal payment at  or contact  Dames  Lucila Jimenez, 786.412.2583  or Anne Marie Porturas, 305.749.6542, , or send a Check made payable to "LDEI" and mailed by April 20th to: LDEI c/o Ariana Kumpis, 9500 SW 97 Street, Miami, FL 33176.

Fairchild is offering free admission to all visitors on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. In addition to  walking and tram tours of the garden throughout the day,   a good opportunity for a family picnic amidst the monumental sculptures of Yayoi Kusama, Mark di Suvero, Cameron Gainer and Dale Chihuly, there will be a 50% discount at the Shop on all sustainable and recycled products  and  Fairchild will be giving away free native plants every hour on the hour when you correctly answer their  Eco-Quiz.   

Every day from 11am – 5 am, Vinyl  & Kai serves  its new breakfast menu including three egg omelets, breakfast burrito, smoked salmon bagel, steak and eggs, French toast, vanilla pancakes and more. Vinyl & Kai, 1131 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, 305.531.2640,

 The Upper Florida Keys will showcase their "conch" spirit during the second annual Key Largo Conch Republic Days set for Friday, April 23, through Sunday, May 2. Overflowing with frivolity, fun, feasts and feats, the festival is to include an unusual attempt to land the region in the "Guiness Book of World Records" for "extreme underwater ironing."

Kicking off the celebration is a planned raising of the flag -- symbolizing both Key Largo as the Northernmost Territories of the Florida Keys and the separation of the entire Keys chain as the "Conch Republic" that seceded from the United States to protest a 1982 Border Patrol blockade. A re-enactment of that proclamation of secession is planned.

The festival's day and evening events are to be staged at area restaurants, businesses and entertainment venues. Specials on conch dishes at participating Key Largo restaurants are to be featured throughout the event.  Other highlights include a Conch and Key Lime Cookoff where amateurs and pros can vie for culinary awards, a concha-licious progressive wine dinner, Jimmy Buffett impersonator contest and King and Queen Conch contest.

Interested divers who want to "board" the world record attempt for the most people ironing underwater at the same time are invited to "take a dive" Saturday, May 1. More than 86 divers are needed to break the current world record, held by a group of British scuba divers.

Prospective participants can contact Captain Slate's Atlantis Dive Center at 305-451-3020, Amy Slate's Amoray Dive Center at 305-451-3595, Keys Diver at 305-451-1177 or visit Cost is $85 per diver, including tank and weights. Divers are advised to bring their own ironing board and iron.

The celebration concludes Sunday, May 2, with a ceremonial -- and symbolic -- "destruction of the bridge," in this case, the area's Jewfish Creek Bridge, along with dancing, music, food and drink specials.

For more information, call 305-395-3736 or for a complete lineup of events, visit .

For information on area accommodations, contact the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce at 800-822-1088 or 305-451-4747, or explore the official site of the Florida Keys & Key West at


 Every  Saturday and Sunday from 11am -4pm, in  addition to $20 Bottomless Bloody Marys,  Blue Door at The Delano offers an à la carte brunch menu of lobster beignets with saffron aioli, mushroom white pizza & truffled scrambled eggs, baked pancetta eggs in white polenta and chocolate belgian waffles with strawberries, bananas and whipped cream, as well as classics such as cubed french toast made with brioche loaf dipped in vanilla & orange custard, stuffed with mascarpone cheese and topped with berries & vanilla bean chantilly cream, to blue crab cakes & eggs . Cocktails list includes champagne cocktails, lemonades and chilled coffees prepared by Delano's mixologists.

 Blue Door at the Delano,  1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Valet parking: $8 for Brunch guests,  Reservations:  (305) 674-6400.

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