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JAZZ SINGER AND SAXOPHONIST GEORGE BUTTS AT LAPIDUS LOUNGE, RITZ CARLTON SOUTH BEACH
Six nights a week George Butts performs vocals and saxophone in the style of Al Green, Barry White, George Benson, and other jazz artists, in Lapidus Lounge, adjacent to the Americana Restaurant and to the DiLido Beach Club at the Ritz Carlton South Beach. Butts performs Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Valet parking is complimentary when visiting the restaurants or lounges. Lapidus Lounge, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. 786-276-4000.

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 College’s 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 PBS’s 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 author’s 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, Children’s 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

JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY HAS STUDENTS BUILDING GINGERBREAD HOUSES

High school students will build gingerbread houses for the chance to earn up to $20,000 in house scholarships to Johnson & Wales University when it hosts the 7th Annual National High School Culinary Challenge – Junior Division. In addition to a contest judged by local and national experts, related events include the construction of a life-sized gingerbread house at the Village at Merrick Park and the installation of a gingerbread village featuring gingerbread houses built by the 10 finalists from Connecticut, Florida (Reynaldo Perez, a sophomore at Hialeah High School), Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan and North Carolina. Construction of life-sized gingerbread house,16 feet long by 11 feet high, will take place Wednesday, November 9 and Thursday, November 10, from 8 a.m. – noon; 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., the Installation of the gingerbread village will take place Monday, November 14 at 10 a.m. at Village at Merrick Park, third floor (near Neiman Marcus) 358 Avenue San Lorenzo, Coral Gables, and will be on display at the mall through the end of December. For more information call Jordan Fickess, Johnson & Wales University: 305.892.7551.

CIOPPINO AT THE RITZ-CARLTON, KEY BISCAYNE NAMED "ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST NEW RESTAURANTS" BY ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

Cioppino, the Tuscan-style restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, is the only Miami restaurant named to the November 2005 Esquire magazine "best new restaurants" list. Esquire selects only 20 new restaurants across the country to receive the accolade. "It's a great honor to be one of the twenty restaurants selected out of the hundreds that open every year," said Marco Selva, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. Cioppino opened in March 2005 with Chef de Cuisine Carlos Sernaglia. The Italian menu lists regional dishes from the coastal villages on the Tyrrhenian Sea to the famed Tuscan countryside, such as fettucine ai funghi selvaticci, a wild mushroom fettucine with fontina fondant; linguine alla busara, a shrimp linguine with fresh tomatoes and rucula; and ossobuco, a veal shank with saffron risotto. The 126-seat indoors and 60-seat outdoor Cioppino offers an ocean-view terrace as well live entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday brunch. Cioppino at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne is open seven days for breakfast (7-10:30 a.m.), lunch (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.), and dinner (6-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and till 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday). Reservations: (305) 365-4286.

NUCCIO NOBEL NOW PARTNER AT THE ART CAFÉ SOUTH BEACH
Nuccio Nobel, for a long time involved in the wine industry is now a Managing Partner of The Art Café. The restaurant, formerly Anastasia Art Café, is now under the baton of Dorian Romano. Chef Anthony Manzolillo, formerly of Ibiza Café before a stint at TheBiltmore, has created an Italian oriented menu with pastas, meat and fish dishes, including a weekly Pasta Feast event based on his Italian Grandmother's recipes (an array of pasta dishes, a salad and a glass of wine for $ 23.99). The programming features musical events such as Joe Donato's Phat Jazz Tuesdays, singer Kimona's Fridays, and others, including Friday and Saturday Happy Hour from 6 to 9pm with two for one for all domestic and well cocktails, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The Art Café is open nightly for dinner from 6 p.m. till closing. 427 Jefferson Avenue, corner with 5th Street in South Beach. For reservations call 305 531-0770.
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