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MIAMI BOOK FAIR INTERNATIONAL November 13 to 20, 2005 -- FROM EMPANADAS TO GOULASH: THE KITCHEN HEAT IS ON :
TV celebrities and award-winning food critics and chefs will cook up a literary storm at the 22nd Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), scheduled to take place from November 13th through the 20th, at its usual location at the Miami Dade Collegeís Wolfson Campus, at 300 NE 2nd Avenue in downtown Miami.
Straight from his continued success as the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's food-and-wine connoisseur, Ted Allen, will sum up how to put together the meal you really want to cook and eat, without fuss, in his quick-reference cookbook The Food You Want to Eat. Adding Latin flavor to the mix, NuoRican chef Daisy Martinez, the host of PBSís acclaimed new Latin cooking show, "Daisy Cooks," will demystify staples of Latin cooking as she discusses her new book Daisy Cooks! : Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World.
Former Miami Beach writer turned world-wandering columnist Elliott Hester regales us with comic tales of his round-the-world trip in Adventures of a Continental Drifter, a chock-full account of the authorís culinary misadventures while trolling the world. Yet another humorous take on food, this time closer to home, is offered up by irreverent "Fat Guy" Steven Shaw, author of Turning the Tables, in which the James Beard Award-winning food critic gives us an unprecedented look at every aspect of the world of restaurants.
South Florida award-winning cookbook author and Cordon Bleu chef Linda Gassenheimer will offer practical and time-saving tips on an easy way to shop and cook for diabetics, as she discusses her latest book, Mix'n Match Meals in Minutes for People with Diabetes. On a more literary and exotic vein, Arab-American PEN award-winning novelist Diana Abu Jaber will wax poetic about food and cooking in her moveable feast of a memoir The Language of Baklava.

Miami Book Fair International, now in its 22nd year, is a literary festival that promotes reading and encourages writing. The popular Street Fair on the weekend of November 18-20 offers outdoor exhibits by nearly 250 national and international booksellers and publishers, International Pavilions featuring the literature, fine arts, folklore, and culinary traditions of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, Peru, an Antiquarian Annex, Childrenís Alley, and much more. Admission fee $5.00 Access to the Fair grounds on Friday is free.
For more information on this event contact: Miami Book Fair International at (305) 237-3258 or visit www.miamibookfair.com

FRENCH MASTER CHEF GEORGES BLANC UPGRADES CARNIVAL CRUISE FOOD
Georges Blanc - one of France's most recognized master chefs who has maintained the coveted three stars from Michelin for the past 25 years - and Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise operator, today announced that the renowned chef/restaurateur will create a series of one-of-a-kind dishes to be served aboard the line's ships. "Georges Blanc Signature Selections" include a wide variety of gourmet appetizers, entrees and desserts to be served in Carnival's main dining rooms and Lido restaurants fleetwide, as well as its reservations-only supper clubs featured on select vessels. Blanc and his staff are also providing training to Carnival chefs both at his restaurants in Vonnas, France, and aboard the line's ships. "Georges Blanc is one of the world's most innovative and celebrated chefs and Carnival is extremely honored and pleased," said Carnival President and CEO Bob Dickinson. Chef Blanc was happy for ďthe unique opportunity to bring the cuisine my family has developed over four generations to an entirely new audience in North America,Ē he claimed.

SWEET DECO-DENCE CELEBRATES 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOUTH BEACH WINE& FOOD FESTIVAL
On Saturday, February 25, 2006 (Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 10p.m. to midnight, price $100 the South Beach Wine & Food Festival will celebrate five sweet years as the nationís largest and most lavish wine and food event with Sweet Deco-Dence, a heavenly extravaganza of desserts led by pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith(Nemo, Prime 112, Shoji Sushi, Miami) who will be joined by the Festivalís cast of celebrity chefs, culinary personalities, wine-makers and oenophiles.
The following day, Sunday, February 26, Maida Heatter will be honored at the festivalís Tribute Brunch at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Sweet Deco-Dence, is the official birthday celebration of the 2006 South Beach Wine & Food Festival set to take place February 24-26, 2006. Hosted by Southern Wine &Spirits; of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the festival benefits the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center both located at FIU. For a complete listing of events and for ore information: www.sobewineandfoodfest.com or call (877) 762-3933. Tickets go on sale October 20, 2005.

SUNDAY JAZZ AND MONDAY MOJITOS AT ORTANIQUE, CORAL GABLES
Ortanique on the Mile celebrates the new season every Sunday and Monday night from 5:30-9:30 pm. with a Sunday Night Jazz Quartet and 1/2 Calorie Bacardi Martinis, and Monday night mojito madness with 1/2 price Ortanique Mojitos, awarded Best Mojito by Bon Appetit Magazine. Ortanique on the Mile is located at 278 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, and is open for lunch and dinner; for reservations and information please call 305-446-7710
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