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CHEF MICHELLE BERNSTEIN CHEF CONSULTANT FOR CHINA GRILL MANAGEMENT
Chef Michelle Bernstein, former chef of Azul at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami and currently the chef at her namesake restaurant MB at the Fiesta Americana Hotel in Cancun and Michy's, a neighborhood restaurant on Biscayne Blvd., Miami, will team up with Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management as the chef consultant for two new national restaurant openings - Social Miami at the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach and Social Hollywood at the Hollywood Athletic Club in Los Angeles. Bernstein will collaborate with local executive chefs, Joe Ojeda (formerly of Asia de Cuba at Mondrian) for Social Hollywood, and Sean Mohamed (formerly of Blue Door at Delano) for Social Miami at The Sagamore to create a Moroccan-accented menu -- "Pure, clean flavors inflected with traditional Mediterranean accents," says Bernstein -- for Social Hollywood and a global "small plates" menu for Social Miami. Social Miami is slated to open at the end of November 2005 and will feature a video art collection. Social Hollywood will incorporate theatrical elements such as "old Hollywood-style" tableside presentations and is slated to open in January 2006.

ARIANE DAGUIN AQUIRES SOLE OWNERSHIP OF D'ARTAGNAN
Ariane Daguin, co-founder of D'Artagnan, a purveyor of organic poultry and game, smoked and cured meats, wild mushrooms, truffles and foie gras, has bought out her partner of twenty years, George Faison, under the terms of their partnership agreement. "George and I founded D'Artagnan on a shared vision and not much money," said Daguin announcing the restructuring. "It has been twenty exciting years and it is hard to imagine D'Artagnan without George, but I, and every one here, wish him all the best." Ariane, daughter of a French chef famous for his foie gras preparations, and George, a native of Texas and a passionate hunter recognized the potential of American foie gras and game and founded D'Artagnan in 1985. At the time, both were working for a New York pâté company. From a two-person operation, D'Artagnan has grown to a $40 million a year business, recognized by chefs throughout the U.S. In addition to pioneering fresh foie gras and game, D'Artagnan was the first to market organic poultry - they were selling organic chicken for years before the USDA allowed the word "organic" on the label - and they continue in their efforts toward sustainable and humane farming.

MARTHA STEWART LAUNCHES HOME ENTERTAINMENT SERIES ON DVD
In time for the Holiday Season, on October 11, Warner Home Video kicks off Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia's new theme-based first four DVDs with comprehensive "how-to" content for the holidays with interactive special features including home, cooking and entertaining, gardening, crafts, keeping, holidays, weddings and kids. Special features will be interactive, and will include printable recipes, holiday planners, craft templates, tips, techniques and more. Martha's Classic Thanksgiving, Martha's Homemade Holidays, and Martha's Favorite Family Dinners will retail for $19.98 (SRP) each and Martha's Holidays 2005 will retail for $39.98 (SRP).



TIBETAN MONK BOOK SIGNING AT THEINE TEA SALON IN CORAL GABLES
On Friday, October 7, 2005 from 7-9 p.m. The Venerable Palden Gyatso will talk about his life experience growing up in Tibet and his imprisonment by the Chinese, give a lecture titled Keeping a Soft Heart in Hard Times with words of peace, forgiveness, and tolerance and sign copies of his book "The Autobiography of a Tibetan Monk" at Theine Tea Salon, 119 Madeira Avenue, Coral Gables. Reservations are a must. 305.774.0228
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