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OCTOBER 15TH MARKS THE OPENING OF STONE CRAB SEASON!
It also marks the 92nd season of Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant and the Take Away store adjacent to the fabled restaurant, which is now open for lunch and dinner, 7 days. Joe's Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave., South Beach. Restaurant: 305-673-0365; Take Away: 305-673-4611.
Some facts about stone crabs:
-Stone crabs are cooked when caught to extend their shelf life. They retain all the juice in their shell as long as it has not been cracked. The crabs should be eaten immediately after being opened, otherwise the meat will lose its juice and become dry.
-Stone Crabs are very sweet, so try to pair them with something acidic, creamy, or slightly spicy. Previously frozen crabs are easy to detect. The meat will be stuck to the shell from the freezing and thawing process.
-Stone crabs need very little fuss. Keep your dishes simple as not to distract from the focus on the delicacy of this treat.
-Stone crabs are very expensive much like caviar, foie gras, truffles, etc. You should enjoy them as a taster and savor the moment. Remember Gluttony kills the flavor! Enjoy.
MICHAEL CHIARELLO, HOST OF EASY ENTERTAINING ON FOOD NETWORK AT BURDINES-MACY'S THE KITCHEN IN AVENTURA. On Tuesday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m., Michael Chiarello, the Host of Easy Entertaining on Food Network, NapaStyle on Fine Living, and three PBS television series entitled Michael Chiarello's Napa, debuts the new NapaStyle Shop with cooking demonstrations. Aventura's Men & Home Store. Aventura Mall, 19535 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. 305-577-2296 ($100 for VIP Reception, $50 General Admission).
NOVECENTO RESTAURANT DANCES THE TANGO ON TUESDAYS.
Every Tuesday night is Tango Night at Novecento Restaurant with a prix-fixe Argentine, Mediterranean and Pan Latin dinner priced at $30.04, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Stay to dance the tango after your meal with live musicians and professional dancers beginning at 7:30 p.m. . Novecento Restaurant, 1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach. 305-531-0900.
'BAREFOOT AT OASIS' - FRIDAY NIGHT BAYSIDE PARTY AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MIAMI.
Beginning Friday, November 5, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Oasis, the Mandarin Oriental, Miami's new beach club with beds strewn with white cushions and canopied with rich Thai materials set against a background of lush palm trees and exotic plants overlooking Biscayne Bay, will stage the city's hottest Friday night bash, with music by DJ Snezana, sunset cocktails at the water's edge and a delectable menu of Chinese Dim Sum and other Asian specialties prepared by the hotel's chefs. Oasis is located at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive. valet parking is $5 per vehicle. (305) 913-8358.
Wednesday, November 17, from 7 to 9pm, following a VIP cocktail hour at 6pm and a career seminar at 4pm: StarChefs.com gala walk around tasting event 2004 to honor 13 "Rising Star" chefs in the Miami area, with champagne, chefs tasting dishes paired with wines; and live music. The chefs honored are: Jordi Vall�s, Mosaico; Sergio Sigala, Casa Tua; Tim Andriola, Timo ; Frank Randazzo and Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Talula; Jeffrey Brana , Norman's; Carmen Gonzalez, Carmen the Restaurant; Marc Ehrler, Loews Miami Beach Hotel; Edgar Leal and Mariana Montero De Castro, Cacao; Pastry Chef Joseluis Flores, OLA; Pastry Chef Maximo Santiago, Mundo; Bar Chef Chad Weller, Rumi. Tickets: $150 VIP - $100 in advance/at the door $125. Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., South Beach. For information: Joy Johnson. www.starchefs.com/risingstars