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LEGAL SEA FOODS TO AID TSUNAMI VICTIMS
Starting Monday, January 17th, and continuing for four weeks , Legal Sea Foods will donate $1 for every dessert sold in the company's restaurants nationwide. President and CEO Roger Berkowitz hopes to raise over $50,000 to be donated to UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund). "Every penny raised by our employees will help to make a difference in the lives of children in South Asia," said Mr. Berkowitz, who is also a board member of the New England Chapter of UNICEF. "For example, 24 cents can support one person with an emergency health kit for three months; just 79 cents can provide a single dose of measles vaccine." Proceeds will benefit children in the countries specifically affected by the earthquake and tsunami of December 26th, 2004. There are Legal Sea Foods located along the East Coast from Boston, MA to Boca Raton, FL. Legal. South Florida's Legal Sea Foods restaurants are located at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, Town Center in Boca Raton and at Sawgrass Mills in Broward County. http://www.legalseafoods.com
ELY MADALA OF CAFÉ ABBRACCI NOW AT TARA STEAK & LOBSTER HOUSE
After honing her skills for 15 years at the popular Café Abbracci, Ely Madala is now Tara Steak & Lobster House's Front of House Manager. Ms. Madala brings the vast experience she accumulated as part of Nino Pernetti's management team to the Coconut Grove steakhouse-- the first location that father-daughter team Tara and Richie Trevethan opened in South Florida after more than five years of resounding success in Marco Island on Florida's West Coast. Tara Steak & Lobster House, located at 2889 McFarlane Rd., adjacent to the lobby of The Sonesta Hotel in Coconut Grove. 305-444-6244 www.TaraSteakandLobsterHouse.com
"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.
THE BILTMORE CELLAR CLUB CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF WINE AND FOOD
The Biltmore Cellar Club will celebrate their 10th Anniversary on Thursday, February 10th, with a 10th Anniversary Celebration and Valentine "Best of the Best" Champagne Dinner hosted by FIU professor and host Chip Cassidy, plus "The Kitchen Divas": Chefs Carmen Gonzalez, Jody Adams, Melissa Kelly, Emily Luchetti,and Nancy Silverton. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Alhambra Ballroom of The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables. Reservations: 305-913-3203. $150 for Cellar Club members / $225 for non-members.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
On Thursday, February 10, 2005, the Chinese New Year comes to Mandarin Oriental, Miami to sumptuously usher in the Year of the Rooster. According to the Chinese calendar, the zodiac sign of the rooster represents a hard-working person who is not afraid to speak what is on their mind. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a Champagne reception in the hotel's Lobby Lounge: a lion dance performance said to bring good luck to the people they visit, lively Oriental-style music and Asian artistry. Following the reception, guests can choose to dine at Azul or Café Sambal and enjoy festive set menus brimming with Chinese delicacies. All guests will receive a 'red packet' filled with wishes of good health and good fortune. The cost for the Chinese New Year event including champagne reception and complimentary valet parking is $80 for a three-course set menu at Café Sambal; $150 for a five-course set menu at Azul. For information or reservations: (305) 913-8358.
AZUL'S 'WINE LOVER'S' PACKAGE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY
Monday, February 14th through Friday, February 18, 6:30 p.m., the Azul "Wine Lover's Affair" package provides romance, culinary delights and an opportunity for couples of all ages to sample, taste and sip the finest wines. Azul's sommelier Richard Hales will greet guests with a glass of their favorite champagne, guide them through a private tour of the Azul 700 selections wine cellar. Following the tour, guests will indulge in a private wine tasting of the most seductive wines, learn about wine pairings and then personally select wines to be paired with their four-course tasting menu prepared by chef Clay Conley. $440 per couple plus tax and gratuity. Too much sipping? Room packages are also available at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive. For reservations, call (305) 913-8358.
2005 LUXURY PACKAGES at MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI
Mandarin Oriental, Miami is offering an array of exciting luxury packages for 2005.
For girlfriends seeking quality time together Ladies Spa & Shop "ladies only" package combines luxurious accommodation for two nights, a power breakfast at the waterfront restaurant Café Sambal, pampering spa rituals with a full day of rejuvenating spa treatments including soothing underwater massage in a private multi-jet bath and manicure and pedicure. Benefits also include a Neiman Marcus gift in-room, a $50 Neiman Marcus gift card per room and complimentary delivery of shopping bags directly to the hotel room. End the glorious weekend at M-Bar with martini cocktails. Rates start at $1799 (Sun-Thurs) and $1999 (Fri-Sat) for winter, $1599 (Sun-Thurs) and $1799 (Fri-Sat) for spring/fall and $1449 (Sun-Thurs) and $1649 (Fri-Sat) in summer.
Spa Ancient Ayurvedic Ritual: The two-day Ayurvedic program includes accommodations for two nights, Welcome Foot Ritual, Facial Cleanse, Full Body Exfoliation, choice of Ayurvedic Holistic Body Massage, Optimal Release or Balinese Synchronized Massage, choice of Scalp Massage or Shirodhara, choice of Luxury Aromatherapy Facial or Oshadi Herbal Wrap, Ayurvedic Yoga and American breakfast daily. Rates start at $1799 for winter, $1599 for spring/fall and $1499 for summer. Single occupancy rates are also available. There is a $120 supplement for Balinese Synchronized Massage.
Fantastic Weekend: Upon check-in, guests receive keys to a sporty Porsche Boxster Convertible or classic Harley Davidson motorcycle to explore Miami in style. The offer is for a minimum two-night stay including Saturday night, American breakfast daily and complimentary valet parking. Rates start at $675 for winter, $575 for spring/fall and $499 for summer.
Mini MO For families. Two nights, American breakfast daily for up to two adults per room, free crib or rollaway bed, kid's welcome amenity, a family picnic on the private beach with beach butler, entrance to two of Miami's top attractions, special kid's bathroom amenities and bathrobes, complimentary DVD player and disc upon request and complimentary valet parking. Rates start at $1099 for winter, $899 for spring/fall and $799 for summer. For reservations, (305) 913-8288, (866) 888-6780