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October 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. 305-673-2800.

October 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.

October 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, $55.)

October 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).

October 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).

October 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. ($40).

October 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).

October 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 $105).

October 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.

October 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. ($50).

October 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).

October 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).

October 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.

October 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).

October 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. RSVP, 305-220-9081.

October 16-17, The 15th annual White Truffle Festival, with a series of dinners and special events celebrating the tartufo bianco.

Oct. 16: Opening reception at the Miami City Club.

Oct. 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).

October 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, $225.)

October 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. ($75).

October 19-27, 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.

October 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. (Free).

October 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).

October 21-28, 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.

October 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).

October 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. ($60).

October 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, 954-967-9474. ($500-$1,000).

October 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 per person).

October 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.

October 27, A Night in Venice, a fantasy gala evening benefiting Florida citizens with disabilities. The Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach. 88-838-2253.

October 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).

 

 

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