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CLOSED: JOHNNY V RESTAURANT AT HOTEL ASTOR, SOUTH BEACH
Johnny Vinczencz, the chef-partner at Johnny V Restaurant, has closed the one-year old restaurant at the Astor Hotel, 956 Washington Avenue, South Beach. His other restaurant, Johnny V Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale, remains open daily for lunch and dinner.
JONATHAN WRIGHT NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF AT THE SETAI HOTEL MIAMI BEACH
The new Executive Chef at the Setai is Jonathan Wright who brings twenty years of media attention and international culinary experience in star-studded hotels such as the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, Raffles Hotel in Singapore and Sir Terrance Conran's Great Eastern Hotel in London. Chef Wright's prior employment includes Raymond Blanc's two-star Michelin restaurant Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxforshire, England. At The Setai, Chef Wright will oversee all of the Setai’s culinary operations including The Restaurant, The Grill, The Pool & Beach Bar, The Bar & Courtyard and In-Room dining.
AMAZONIA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE OPENS IN PALM BEACH GARDENS
Amazonia Churrascaria, a Brazilian Rodizio - sister of the successful Aruba-based establishment of the same name – in a 180-seat cutting edge setting, brings the concept of $ 43 per person, price-fixed, “unlimited dining” with a vast array of spit-roasted meats carved tableside by Gaucho servers. “At Amazonia we have so many choices of spit-roasted meats, a huge salad bar and such a delicious selection of traditional Brazilian side dishes that our guests can dine with us many times and enjoy variety at each meal,” says Operating Partner Mark Orttel. Amazonia is open for dinner Monday through Thursday, 4:00– 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.. and Sunday, Noon to 10:00 p.m... The restaurant will be serving lunch daily during the season (October – May) starting at Noon. 113 Legacy Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens. 561-649-9400. www.amazoniabraziliansteakhouse.com.
BRAZILIAN RODIZIO-STYLE GRIMPA STEAKHOUSE OPENS IN MARY BRICKELL VILLAGE
After a successful opening in Curtitiba City, Brazil, Grimpa Steakhouse is opening its first United States location in Miami in Mary Brickell Village. The two-story, 300-seat upscale Brazilian restaurant sports an elegant interior with high ceilings, glass staircases, stylish chandeliers, fine-dining service, a swanky bar/lounge area and a well-stocked crystal wine cellar. The fare: a variety of grilled hand carved meats -- prime rib, rib eye, prime sirloin, top sirloin, veal, flank steak, beef ribs, pork sausage, pork ribs, lamb shank, and lamb chops -- served “rodizio” style ($39.50) by roaming carvers with large sword-like skewers and served with side dishes at the table; a hot buffet, and a salad bar.. There is a vast array of desserts ($6.00 - $10.00), and menu options including rodizio for children ages 6 to 12 ($17.50), the gourmet salad bar ($17.50), and Grimpa’s executive lunch ($24.50 - $29.50) offered Monday through Friday. “We chose Miami as our second location because of this city’s multi-cultural mix,” said general manager Jose Rubio.
Grimpa is open for lunch Monday through Friday: noon - 3:00 p.m.; Saturday: noon. - 4:00 p.m.; and dinner Monday through Thursday: 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 6:00 p.m. till midnight; and Sunday, lunch and dinner from Noon to 10:00 p.m. The bar is open daily from 12 p.m.. until closing. 901 South Miami Avenue in Mary Brickell Village (305) 416-9355. valet parking. www.grimpa.com
THE CAFÉ AT BOOKS & BOOKS REOPENS IN CORAL GABLES
Chef Bernie Matz is bringing the South Florida Cuisine menu he is actually serving at The Café at Books & Books on Lincoln Road, South Beach to the Coral Gables location. The menu is basically the same from the black bean hummus to the cream cheese-coconut flan, with some new items like Tuna tiradito topped with watercress salad, capers, and olives; Shrimp, brie and caramelized onion quesadilla served with avocado salsa; and Bernie’s Starter Plate for 2 with black bean hummus, avocado salsa, corn salad, and fish ceviche. Old favorites on The Café menu: Curry chicken salad; tuna melt and grilled sandwiches. Dinner can be paired with any one of the nightly author events, or with a reading group meeting. The Café at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. 305-448-9599. email@example.com
TIME'S UP FOR PACIFIC TIME
Pacific Time, Lincoln Road's longest-running high-end eatery, closed abruptly Monday after dinner service. Chef-owner Jonathan Eismann had struggled to keep serving his signature steamed halibut with fresh coriander and lemongrass, miso-rubbed chicken salad and warm bittersweet chocolate bomb but realized he simply could not make the operation work financially.
''Sometimes you just run out of steam,'' said Eismann, 46. ``I've had a 14-year run here. It's a very emotional thing.'' His many longtime employees were shocked by the news, as were customers. Pacific Time's closing comes just weeks after neighbor Cafeteria shut down and colleague Norman van Aken turned off the stoves in his Coral Gables eatery.
Since opening in July 1993, Pacific Time has garnered top mentions in Bon Appetit, Gourmet and Food & Wine and consistently placed in The Zagat Survey's list of America's Top Restaurants. Eismann was nominated this year for Best Chef in the South by The James Beard Foundation. Plans for a Design District restaurant are in the works. From: http://www.miamiherald.com/358/story/145093.html
15TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MANGO FESTIVAL AT FAIRCHILD
It’s that time of year again; mango trees are heavy with fruit, ready for a hopefully great harvest, and the 15th Annual Mango Festival is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, 2007, at Fairchild Botanic Garden. The festivities include:
Sunday, July 15, Mango Brunch, 11:00 a.m., at the Garden House, with mango-inspired cuisine prepared by celebrity chefs. Reservations are required. For more information and to make reservations: Please call Tricia Frank at 305-663-8091 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets: Members $75; Non-members $100
Sunday, July 15, Mango Auction, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., at the Garden House. Dr. Richard J. Campbell, Senior Curator of Tropical Fruit, will host this year's Caribbean Mango Auction. Join Dr. Campbell, the Fairchild Tropical Fruit Program staff and auctioneer Jimmy Howell, for a journey through the world of mangos. Offer your bid for the world's finest cultivars - each one has a story to tell and desire to fulfill. Enjoy the excitement of the only mango auction in the world, and take home your own mango assortment of one-of-a-kind heirloom cultivars grown by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Free with admission to Fairchild. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, 305.667.1651 For complete Mango Festival Information visit www.fairchildgarden.org
WHOLE FOODS MARKET COMPLETES EXPANSION IN BOCA RATON LOCATION
The natural and organic foods supermarket, Whole Foods Market, has announced the completion of its expanded Boca Raton store in the making it the largest Whole Foods Market in Florida. The new 51,000-square foot location features a flower and herb stand, a water fountain, and shaded benches and tables (produced from reclaimed wood). A pizza hearth and barbecue smoker are an addition to the ready-to-eat, fresh-cut fruit stand, and the revamped produce section includes a large selection of locally grown products. New features include a wine cellar with hard-to-find, limited-availability and under $10 wines; a gelato bar; and a new health and wellness Whole Lifestyle Center at the front of the store. Whole Foods Market, University Commons Shopping Center, 1400 Glades Road - Boca Raton, 561-447-0000
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