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August CoverComfort in Food
By Simone Zarmati Diament
Reported by Sofia Santana
On the brink of Fall, traditionally the beginning of the season in South Florida ­ a time when new restaurants open, when established restaurants spruce up their menu, and invitations to splashy parties are crisscrossing town ­ expectations have been sapped by reality.
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All In The Family
For almost a century, Gardner’s has been associated with quality and service. Today, the third Gardner generation continues to nurture and anticipate the needs of their clientele.

hen Gardner’s Market opened its first store in 1912, the fledgling city of Miami contained just over 5,500 residents. Tourism was catching on, thanks to Flagler’s railroad. The city’s first skyscraper, the new five-story Burdine’s department store, opened. Twelfth Street, now Flagler Street, was the address for the city’s leading businesses.
Chef Of The Month

Pascal OudinMaking It Happen
At the new multi-media entertainment Billboardlive, Ephraim Kadish, executive vice-president of food and beverage, has created a food concept for the eyes, the palate and the pocketbook, that stands out amid the lights, the banks of sound and recording equipment, and the many bars.

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Eating Out
Dinner with a view

Coconut Grove
Breaking The Mold


2833 Bird Road, Coconut Grove

Although a hotel restaurant, Bice stands on its own, with a separate entrance leading straight to the jazzy bar ­ one of the nicest in town, with sushi happy hours and martini nights. The handsome room, with subdued lights and rare wood floors, looks warm and friendly whether packed or empty, as soft music from the piano player in the bar wafts through the door throughout the evening.

South Beach
A Fresh Approach
801 Collins Ave., in The Hotel, Miami Beach.
Darrel & Oliver's Bistro
What does a restaurant do when it loses its notable chef? If you’re Wish, the delectable dinner spot at the Goldman Properties-owned The Hotel, you perform a nationwide search for a high-caliber chef with culinary insights.


La Loire Part I:
Where The Two Frances Meet

In the Eastern Loire Valley, the serene river winds through fertile, flat countryside, where quaint villages and princely châteaux bear witness to the richness of wines, history and literature.

Autumn is the ideal time to visit the Loire region. The châteaux, quaint villages, and the miraculous quiet of the Sologne, will still be there ­ minus busloads of tourists ­ as the leaves turn, the grapes are harvested, and cèpes and game are featured fare. Now is the time to stop by an orchard to pick ripe apples and pears.

What's Cooking

Chef Allen SusserMichel Chiche, pastry chef extraordinary, is no longer at The Biltmore Hotel. He is planning an exhibition of his oil paintings on October 17, 2001, 7 p.m., with a sample of his exquisite desserts. Don Quixote Restaurant, 3148 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove. 305-443-6657.


Too Many Labels Spoil The WIne

To bring clarity (and quality) into the maze of Bourgogne’s multitudinous appellations, Antonin Rodet’s Betrand Devillard strives to produce the best.

Change often comes slowly to winemakers in France; perhaps even more so within Burgundy. For hundreds of years, the wines of this region have been identified by their appellation, or place of origin. Hundreds of small vignerons who own but a few rows of vines in Burgundy are rightfully proud of their terroir, and insist on identifying it on the labels, thus presenting no help to even the savviest consumer trying to wade through one of the most difficult (and rewarding) wine-producing areas in the world.

The Wine Maven

Rudi Sodamin's Royal International Cookbook

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Dining in the largest yachting playground in the world


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Special Events
Winemakers Dinner
October 26, 7 p.m.

A six-course meal with a sushi reception, and Stimson Lane wines hosted by winemaker Drew Connor. Japengo Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Hyatt Regency, 400 SE 2nd Ave., Miami. 305-358-1234. ($110 per person).

MetroBoo! at Metrozoo
October 27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bring the kids to the wildest Halloween party in town. Safe trick-or-treating, costume contests and delicious treats for kids ages 12 and under. Free to members; $8 adults, $4 children ages 3-12, under 3 free. 305-255-5551.

A Night in Venice
October 27

A fantasy gala evening benefiting Florida citizens with disabilities. The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach. 88-838-2253.

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17th Annual White Party at Vizcaya
November 25

A fundraiser benefiting CARE Resource, an AIDS/HIV prevention agency. With the participation of over 30 restaurants. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, 3251 South Miami Ave., Miami.

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