1-5, National Wine Week
at Smith & Wollensky. Between 600
and 800 wines will be sampled for $10
at lunch. Proceeds benefit Citymeals-on-Wheels.
Smith & Wollensky, One Washington
Ave., South Pointe Park, South Beach.
1, 8, 15, 22, Wine Mondays
at Astor Place, featuring a rotating
selection of wines selected by sommelier
Drew Peterson at half price. Astor
Place, Hotel Astor, 956 Washington
Ave., Miami Beach. 305-672-7217.
4, 12:00-2:00 p.m., Le Tour
des Toques Interactive cooking demonstration
and Champagne luncheon led by two
Michelin Star guest chef Jean-Paul
Jeunet, of Restaurant Jean-Paul Jeunet,
Arbois, France. Alhambra Ballroom,
The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave.,
Coral Gables. Limited seating. RSVP 305-445-8066,
ext. 2090. (Cellar Club members $40, non-members,
4, 6:30 p.m., Pleasures
of the Palate. A special evening with
Chef Norman Van Aken featuring
a tribute to Asian flavors with signature
dishes like chilled peeky toe crab, and
sake marinated sea bass. Music by Roberto
Perera and silent and live wine auctions.
Proceeds benefit The Diabetes Research
Institute at the University of Miami.
Norman’s, 21 Almeria Ave., Coral
Gables. 800-321-3437. ($250).
4, 6-10 p.m., The Florida
Restaurant Association of Miami-Dade County
presents the second annual Taste of
Miami’s Design District and More in benefit
of The Chef & Child Foundation. Live
jazz by Mike Gerber Duo. The
Melin Building, 3930 NE 2nd Ave.,
Miami. 305-757-1504. ($35 in advance,
$40 at the door).
7, 7 p.m., Sunday Movie
Classic & Dinner, a Miami Design
Preservation League series featuring
the movie Goldfinger. Fontainebleau
Hilton Hotel, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami
Beach. Information and Reservation: 305-672-2014.
7, An American Dim Sum Brunch
inspired by executive chef David Burke,
with breakfast items, buffet and mimosas
and Bloody Marys. Smith & Wollensky,
One Washington Ave., South Pointe Park,
South Beach. 305-673-2800. ($39.95).
9, 7 p.m., Fall Delicacies
at La Palme d’Or, prepared by chef
Phillippe Ruiz with wine pairings
by sommelier Sébastien Verrier.
1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. Limited
seating. Reservations 305-445-8066, ext.
2400. (Cellar Club members $85; non-members
9, 6:30 p.m., Teaching the
Art of Fine Service, presented by
Restaurant Group Sales Association
and Hardaway’s Firehouse Four. Featured
speaker: Ysée Gaudel, vice president
of marketing for The South Florida Gourmet
and director of the South Florida Gourmet
Academy of Service for the Hospitality
Industry. Followed by complimentary refreshments.
Hardaway’s Firehouse Four, 1000
S. Miami Ave., Miami. For reservations,
call 786-942-3044 or 305-588-6150.
9, 6:30 p.m., Distinguished
Visiting Chef “Year of the Woman” Series
presents Chef Alice Weingarten.
The reception and dinner will be held
at Johnson & Wales University,
1701 NE 127th St., North Miami. RSVP 305-892-7551.
13, 7 p.m., Two Chefs Five
Year Anniversary Celebration, a six-course
gourmet journey complemented by matching
wines, and benefiting the Deering Estate
Foundation. Two Chefs Restaurant,
8287 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami. For reservations,
call 305-663-2100. ($125).
13-14, Maximum Dance Company
opens its fifth season with, The Elements,
a critically acclaimed full-length ballet.
Bailey Concert Hall, 3501 SW Davie
Rd., Broward County. Oct. 19-20 at Gusman
Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E.
Flagler St., Miami. 866-MAXDANCE. ($20-$40).
16, Le Donne nel Vino dinner,
hosted by President Giuseppina Veglierchio,
prepared by chef Kevin Garcia,
paired with Banfi wines. Lucca
Restaurant, Boca Raton Resort & Club,
501 E. Camino Real. RSVP Charlie Arturaola,
561-447-5822, ext. 3068.
16, 7 p.m., Spanish Journey
at 1200 at the Biltmore. Catalonian,
Andalusian cuisine prepared by Chef James
Porter with wine pairings by sommelier
Sébastien Verrier. 1200 Anastasia
Ave., Coral Gables. Limited seating. RSVP
305-445-8066, ext. 2400. (Cellar Club
members $65; non-members $80).
17, 6-9 p.m., Wines from
Spain. Tasting and Seminar hosted
by Wine Club of Miami, Westbird
Liquors, with Juan Ramon Pujol
of Casa Torres, and Jozef Tomicheck
of Riedel Crystal of America. Hotel
Sofitel, 5800 Blue Lagoon Dr., Miami.
16-17, The 15th annual White
Truffle Festival, with a series of
dinners and special events celebrating
the tartufo bianco.
16: Opening reception at
the Miami City Club.
17: Festival Opening Dinner,
Bice, prepared by chef Wolfgang
Birk. Miami City Club, First
Union Financial Center, downtown Miami.
Bice, Wyndham Grand Bay, 2669 S.
Bayshore Dr., Coconut Grove. For information:
305-858-9600. (Oct 16, $65;Oct. 17, $150).
18, 7 p.m., Champagne Taittinger
Black Tie Winemaker Dinner hosted by Pierre-Emmanual
Taittinger. Alhambra Ballroom,
The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave.,
Coral Gables. RSVP 305-445-8066, ext.2090.
(Cellar Club members $150, non-members,
18, The Great Godiva Affair,
in benefit of the University of Miami’s
Project: New Born. Sheraton Bal Harbour
Beach Resort, 9701 Collins Ave., Bal
Harbour. Reservations, call 305-573-7774.
Fantasy Fest, Key West’s annual
holiday celebration. The two-day Goombay
Celebration on Oct. 19-20 is at Key West’s
Bahama Village. The 10-day festival culminates
on Oct. 27 with the Fantasy Fest Parade
on Duval Street. For information, 305-296-1817.
20-21, 11 a.m.-dusk, Stone
Crab SeaFest, showcasing Miami Beach’s
finest restaurants and exotic South
Florida seafood. With music, children’s
activities, cooking exhibitions, food
and fun for the entire family. 73rd Street
and Ocean Terrace, Miami Beach. 305-672-1270.
20, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Blood’s
Hammock Groves’ annual Homegrown Harvest
Fest, with music and entertainment,
citrus recipes from local chefs, an orchid
exhibit, samples of just-picked fruit,
juice, and gourmet treats. Blood’s
Hammock Groves, 4600 Linton Blvd.,
Delray Beach. 561-498-3400. (Free).
Basque Week at Brasserie Les
Halles, to celebrate the Espelette
Pepper Festival, with Basque specialties,
regional dishes, and exhibit of paintings,
costumes and live music. 2415 Ponce de
Leon, Coral Gables. 305-461-1099.
23, 7 p.m., Samouraï Dinner
at Donna’s Bistro. Experience incredible
Chinese specialties from Chef Donna
Wynter’s last trip to Beijing with
wine pairings by sommelier Sébastien Verrier.
Donna’s Bistro, The David William Hotel,
700 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. Reservations
required. 305-445-8066, ext. 2400. (Cellar
Club members $55; non-members $75).
24, 6:30-9 p.m., Great Match:
Wine and Tapas, a series of walk-around
tastings of The Wines of Spain, designed
to demonstrate the versatility of Spanish
wines with a variety of cuisines. Wines
will be paired with an international menu
of tapas. The Biltmore Hotel, 1200
Anastasia Dr., Coral Gables. 866-468-7619.
26, 7-8:30 p.m., 7th Annual
Hotel Inter-Continental Ball in benefit
of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With
dinner by world-renowned chefs, Claude
Troisgros, Douglas Rodriguez, and Sylvain
Leroy, and Hotel Inter-Continental’s executive
chef Alexander Feher. Swing and Dine,
a black-tie event featuring swing orchestra
and live auction. Hotel Inter-Continental,
26, 7 p.m., Winemakers Dinner,
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
27-28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., MetroBoo!
at Metrozoo. 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.
27, A Night in Venice,
a fantasy gala evening benefiting Florida
citizens with disabilities. The Mar-a-Lago
Club, Palm Beach. 88-838-2253.
30, 6-10 p.m., The Florida
Restaurant Association of Broward County’s
8th Annual International Culinary Tasting
and Exposition, benefiting Chef and
Child, with food and wine stations, martini
bar and cigar room. IGFA Fishing Hall
of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulfstream Way,
Dania. 954-396-3875. ($40 with reservation;
$50 at the door).