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STARTING IN AUGUST MIAMISPICE RESTAURANT MONTH EXTENDS TO SEPTEMBER.
In its third consecutive year, the fine dining program MiamiSpice offers specially-priced lunches at $20.04 and dinners for $30.04, excluding tax and gratuities, at more than 50 top restaurants in town. In addition to donating part of the proceeds to Taste of the Nation, American Express will donate $0.10 of each American Express Card purchase at participating restaurants to United Way. Miami Spice Restaurant Months will give diners a chance to sample chic culinary hotspots such as: Azul, Baleen, Blue Door, The Capital Grille, Chef Allen's, China Grill, Dragon, The Forge, 1200 at the Biltmore, Norman's, Ortanique-on-the-Mile, Pacific Time, Tuscan Steak, Abbey Dining Room, BleauView at Fontainebleau Hotel, Carmen the Restaurant, Christy's, Escopazzo, Metro Kitchen + Bar, Novecento, The Prime Grill, Shula's Steak House at the Alexander Hotel, SushiSamba Dromo, Acqua at the Four Seasons, Dilido Beach Club and Americana at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Bernie's Steak House, The Biscayne Bistro, Café Seventy One, Chispa, Duo Restaurant, Emeril's, Grass, Isabela's at JW Marriott, Mundo, North 110, Ola Miami, Perricone's, and Tamara at The National Hotel, Tangerine, Touch Restaurant & Lounge, Preston's, Mosaico, Ivy Restaurant & Lounge, Bice Ristorante in Coconut Grove, 1220 at the Tides Hotel, as well as dozens of other restaurants throughout the county. For an updated list on participating restaurants and their menu, go to: www.miamirestaurantmonth.com

July 30-August 8, Key West Food & Wine Festival,
A SUMMER WEEK FULL OF EXPLORATION OF FOOD AND WINE
West between Friday, July 30, and Sunday August 8. Thirty six events combine sheer fun with cocktails and sunset dinners, wine dinners, lobster dinners, cooking classes. On August 1, 4:30 to 7 p.m., the 10th Annual Master Chef's Classic - one of the Keys' favorite gourmet events in benefit of the Monroe Association for Retarded Citizens - includes tasting the cuisine of ten of the Keys' finest restaurants and chefs such as Alice Weingarten of Alice's Key West; Executive Chef Matthew Cox and Sophia. Square One Restaurant; Chef Michael Mosi of Antonia's Restaurant, and Chef Gail Brockway of Old Town Mexican Café. The Master Chefs Classic will be held at Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa, One Duval St., Tickets $40 per person in advance or $45 at the door; select wines from Penfolds for an additional $15. For reservations and information, call 305-294-9526, ext. 24. This year's 36 events are listed at http://www.kwrba.com

"SUMMER SURVIVAL" WITH COOKING CLASSES & LUNCHEON SERIES AT CAFÉ BOULUD
Beginning Saturday, August 7th and continuing each Saturday in August, Café Boulud's Chef Zach Bell, Pastry Chef Rémy Fünfrock, Wine and Beverage Manager Levi Dalton and General Manager Matthew Dahlberg will host a Cooking Class and Luncheon Series including a behind the scenes tour of the multi-million dollar, state of the art kitchen and 600-bottle wine cellar at Café Boulud, cooking demonstrations, tastings and a 3-course private luncheon with summer wine pairings. Students will take a gift bag with recipe cards, stainless steel kitchen tools from the new Daniel Boulud Kitchen collection and Frederick Fekkai Salon and Spa product samples and 20% discount cards. For Schedule see Calendar/Cooking Classes. Price per person per class is $100 or $350 for all four classes. To reserve : 561-655-6060. Café Boulud, The Brazilian Court, Palm Beach. (561)-655-7740.

FREE ADMISSION TO FAIRCHILD TROPICAL GARDEN IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
Just in time for summer's last hurrah, Fairchild is offering free admission on Sundays during the months of August and September. Visitors will have an opportunity to walk Fairchild's grounds, have a family picnic or simply sit on a bench and enjoy 83 acres of lush tropical paradise, as well as enjoy The Shop at Fairchild's Summer Sale from August 6-15, with mark downs from 25%-50% off selected items original prices. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables.

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