Whole Foods Market  is launching a nationwide effort to trigger awareness and action to remedy the problems facing the U.S. food system. And to celebrate Earth Day, Whole Foods Market will host more than 150 screenings in 20 major markets across the U.S. during April followed by discussions on how today’s food choices have an effect on the environment, health and the future of food. Films that will be shown locally include King Corn/Big River, Fast Food Nation, The Garden and Food, Inc.

 Whole Foods Market in Aventura will air the movies on  Sat. April 17 ( 2:30pm – King Corn/Big River;   4:30pm – Fast Food Nation ) and Sun. April 18 (12pm – The Garden; 2pm – Food, Inc.) at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th Street, Ft. Lauderdale.  Admission is $7 per film and the net proceeds will be donated to Slow Food Glades to Coast, a local non-profit organization that is committed to local sustainability, better eating for children and organics.

 Les Vins Georges Duboeuf has selected Daniel Burstein, 31,  of Jacksonville, Florida, as the grand prize winner of "Is Fashion your Bag"™, a national competition to design a wine tote.

Mr. Burstein's design (featured on the left) was selected by a panel of judges including Julie Brosterman, founder and ceo of Women & Wine®, Kimberly Fasting-Berg, associate publisher of marketing of Marie Claire and Georges Duboeuf, founder and owner of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais, France. The grand prize is three-night/four day stay for four people at Paris Las Vegas and a $2000 shopping spree.

For the list of finalists and to view their designs visit http://womenwine.com  or www.marieclairepromotions.com  (live April 9th through May 5th).

Food Network and Galavision/Univision Celebrity Cook  Ingrid Hoffman to judge chefs' battle at a Florida Heart event for the entire family
At the Miami Science Museum Miami Science Museum
3280 South Miami Avenue, Miami  www.miamisci.org  
Bring your family and friends and plan to spend a delightful afternoon of food and fun at Heart of a Chef on Sunday April 11, from 4-7pm.

A unique, fun and heart-healthy event for children of all ages and their parents with tastings from more  than 10 local restaurants, stroll through the Whole Foods Market Farmer's Market,  hands-on Sushi 101 class with Sushi Maki chefs, cup cake decorating with Sweet Art by Lucila, chef hats decorating and more activities for children; Wine with the Wildlife seminars (adults only); Battle of Chefs; Laser show in the Planetarium; energy dance floor; scavenger hunt; a Broadway-like production…

There will be a vegetable and fruit carving contest between all junior high schools in Miami-Dade and a cook-off from the top two high schools… and watch as local chefs battle in a mystery cook off judged by Food Network and Galavision/Univision Celebrity Cook Ingrid Hoffmann.

Tickets include visit to the Museum of Science: $25 online or in advance, $30 at the door; children 18 - 4 years: $10 online; $12 at the door; free for children 3 and under. To purchase tickets online: https://www.heartofachef.org/hoacf.html. To buy in advance Contact Staci at (305)586-7025 or staci@floridaheart.org


The Wine Academy of Spain offers a comprehensive two-day Spanish Wine Education Certification Program presented by Pancho Campo, the first Master of Wine of Spain, for wine professionals, educators, critics, writers, journalists, distributors, importers, sommeliers, wine buyers and enthusiasts who are interested in getting to know Spanish wines in-depth.  The intensive course includes more than 60 wines and covers Spain's main D.O.s, wine laws, wine styles, grape varieties, etc. The course ends with an exam (theory and blind tasting of 6 wines).

The dates: May 7 – 8: Miami, Fla.(Four Points Sheraton) and May 10 – 11: Orlando, Fla. (Lakeside Restaurant)  Course fee:  $465. To register and for additional  information visit:  www.spainwines.es or contact  The Wine Academy of Spain, Tel. +34 680 707 032 info@thewineacademy.es



Sunday April 11,  from 5:00 PM to 8 PM (VIP Preview Party on the Point begins at 4:00 PM). The 16th annual Bali Ha’i Party at the Kampong, an AIWF (The South Florida Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food) event.

A cornucopia of food and wine in a movie setting with the participation of 30 of South Florida’s top chefs and  a selection of more than 80 wines, beers and libations, including Sake.


Main event tickets are 125.00 per person and VIP tickets (which include main event entrance) are 200.00 per person. For ticket information: www.balihaiparty.com or call 305-442-7169

The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens, 4013 South Douglas Road, Coconut Grove, www.balihaiparty.com


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Matthew Lee, Austin, Texas
Ahmed Abdullatif, Kingdom of Bahrain
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Chef Scott Conant: Scarpetta


Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect, The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor


Elizabeth Minchilli, author of  Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City.  


James Beard Award-winning wine journalist Lyn Farmer on: Garnacha from Carinena; the next great wine


Cindy Hutson,chef/owner, Ortanique and Zest, author of From the Tip of My Tongue


Lidia Batianich, celebrity chef, TV host, author and restaurateur 






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