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"FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FAT," BOOK SIGNING BY AUTHOR AND CLICQUOT CEO MIREILLE GUILIANO
On Thursday, February 3, 2005, Mireille Guiliano, President and CEO of Champagne Clicquot, will present her latest book: "French Women Don't Get Fat, The Secret of Eating for Pleasure" (Alfred A. Knopf publisher) at a Champagne Veuve Clicquot Reception and Dinner at Carmen The Restaurant, hosted by Chef Carmen Gonzalez. Stylish, convincing, wise, and funny, with simple and delicious recipes, the ultimate non-diet book unlocks the simple secrets of this "French paradox" -- how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy: indulgence without bulge, satisfying yen without yo-yo on three meals a day, including your fix of chocolate and your favorite pastries. Emphasizing the virtues of freshness, variety, balance, and always pleasure, Mireille shows how virtually anyone can learn to eat, drink, and move like a French woman. 6 p.m. Champagne Reception ($100) ; 7 p.m. dinner ($250 includes reception and dinner), in benefit of Feeding The Mind Foundation. Carmen the Restaurant, 700 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. For tickets and information call Women's Fund of Miami-Dade: 305-284-0118.
COLUMBIA RESTAURANT OPENS CENTENNIAL MUSEUM IN HISTORIC YBOR CITY
The Columbia Centennial Museum hosted its inaugural event Friday, December 17… 100 years after the Columbia Saloon opened its doors across the street, and one year after Wright Brothers took their first flight…December 17, 1903.
The Columbia Saloon in Ybor City started as a packaged goods store and bar attracting cigar workers who stopped by after work for a drink and a bite to eat. Operating primarily as a saloon with food, the Columbia hit hard times during Prohibition (1920 - 1933). Soon after the Columbia became a popular society hang out when it opened the first air-conditioned dining room in Tampa. By mid-1950's, the Siboney Room opened with a bang, featuring third-generation owner (granddaughter of founder) Adela Gonzmart and her husband, Cesar, both of whom were masterful musicians and performers.
Sons Casey and Richard Gonzmart now run the company and have completed a $7.5 million dollar renovation of the entire 1,700-seat, 15 dining room restaurant, with a state-of-the-art kitchen, while maintaining the old-world charm and tradition of Spain. Richard's daughters, 5th generations Lauren and Andrea work in management at the corporate office, and Casey's daughter, Jessica works in the retail store at the Ybor location.
The Columbia Centennial Museum will feature the history of the Columbia Restaurant as told through the stories and artifacts of the era. The Columbia Centennial Museum is open daily from 10 am - 6 pm. Admission is $4.95, but guests eating lunch or dinner at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City will receive a voucher for free admission.
2117 East 7th Avenue, Ybor City, Tampa, Florida. (813) 248-4961
CHEF KEVIN MCCARTHY (ARMADILLO CAFÉ) IS BACK IN BUSINESS
Lovers of Southwestern cuisine, rejoice! After closing Armadillo Café in Davie last summer, chef Kevin McCarthy who had made a name for himself and for chef Eve Montella for over 15 years is back at the Grapevine, 256 South University Dr., Plantation. (954) 475-1357.