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KAREN MACNEIL'S WINE, FOOD & FRIENDS WINS EMMY AWARD
On June 18th Karen MacNeil, the author of the best selling The Wine Bible won her first Emmy at the 2005 Washington area Emmy Awards ceremony as host of the Series Wine, Food & Friends, which airs on PBS throughout the country.

FRANCY DESKIN OF MARK'S LAS OLAS WINS JEAN-LOUIS PALLADIN AWARD.
The sous chef at Mark's Las Olas, Francy Deskin, 32, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, who has worked at Chef Mark Militello's side for the past nine years, is the recipient of the prestigious Jean-Louis Palladin Award, a coveted $5,000 trade internship designed to allow talented food professionals the opportunity to spend 10 days to six weeks visiting food at its source. Honoring the legacy of Jean Louis Palladin, a teacher as well as a revolutionary chef, the Foundation's prize can be used to spend time exploriong from a lamb farm in Pennsylvania to traveling to France to study wine. "The possibilities are thrilling - I might spend some time on a pig farm in Mississippi or in California exploring cheese and the Slow Food

IL MULINO NEW YORK SLATED TO OPEN AT ACQUALINA, IN SUNNY ISLES
Acqualina, the luxury Rosewood Resort slated to open in Sunny Isles on November 1, 2005, announced today that Il Mulino New York, an Italian restaurant oowned by brothers Gino and Fernando Masci, will be opening on the property., founders of Il Mulino New York. With 97 luxury rooms and suites, a beach club, a posh 25,000-square-foot spa, an extensive stretch of white sand beach and three outdoor pools, Acqualina is Rosewood Hotels & Resorts' first venture in the Florida market. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas; The Carlyle in New York; Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, Mexico; Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan; and world-class Caribbean properties in Virgin Gorda, St. John and Antigua. www.rosewoodhotels.com.

BISCAYNE WINE MERCHANTS BISTRO CLOSES. LABORATORY NIGHT SURVIVES.
Biscayne Wine Merchants Bistro & Market, the 22-year-old neighborhood restaurant and wine store owned by Jan Boxer Sitko and Esther Flores and home of the mythical monthly Monday Laboratory Night, closed its doors. "The landlord sold our building and we can no longer stay, " explained Sitko and Flores. But Jan Boxer Sitko and Esther Flores have not given up the Laboratory nights, during which every person or couple brings a bottle of wine, masked by a paper bag or other wrapper, which they think would be interesting to share with the group, and have moved to The Ark in Davie. "We were treated to our own spacious private dining room, with the capacity to accommodate more revelers than ever before. The large round tables facilitated our customary sharing of wines and general, yet reserved, rowdiness," reported Alan Kratish. The self-designated spokesperson of Lab Nights informed us that The Ark's buffet offered specialties for all tastes, including hot soups, an extensive salad bar, unlimited peel-and-eat shrimp, crab legs, poached dill salmon, crunchy and moist roasted chicken, flavorful prime rib au jus, and a varied assortment of homemade entrees and side dishes. An elaborate dessert buffet includes an ice cream bar, bread pudding, assorted pies, cakes, cookies and fresh fruit. All for $25.00 per person price-fixe, tax and tips included. The next lab night is Monday June 27, 8 p.m.. The Ark, 6255 Stirling Road, Davie, (954) 584-3075, or RSVP by e-mail: GrapeWiz@aol.com

TOCORORO GALERIA-CAFÉ OPENS IN NORTH MIAMI BEACH
There’s a lot on the menu at the newly opened Tocororo Galeria-Café. with owners Olga Deulofeu -- a Cuban- born artist, writer and poet, and Jules Mendel – also an artist, cooking up more than Gnochi Verde with Pesto and steaming cappuccino. This contemporary coffeehouse percolates to a Latin beat and aspires to be a catalyst for impromptu gatherings and social interaction for the surrounding community. “Coming to Tocororo is an experience for all the senses,” says co-owner Jules Mendel, also an artist: “Great coffee, good food, lively conversation and outstanding art. We conceived this as a place for everyone in the neighborhood to gather, socialize and enjoy.” Tocororo is modeled on the avant garde coffeehouses of the 1960s, with a Latino, tropical Miami twist. The specialty sandwiches are all named for provinces in Cuba – Matanzas, Oriente, Las Villas—and then there are the tropical fruits and pastries, hearty Latin soups and salads as well as a long list of organic teas and gourmet coffee selections. “We are also enthusiastic about promoting other artists and plan to showcase established and emerging musicians, poets and other artists in scheduled appearances and impromptu Open Mike nights, ” announced Ms. Deulofeu. Tocororo is open for lunch and dinner 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday, and till 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; Tocororo Café is closed Mondays. 1133 71st Street in Miami Beach. 305-865-0421.

WINE ADVENTURE THE FIRST WINE MAGAZINE FOR WOMEN TO LAUNCH IN JULY
Wine Adventure, the first wine magazine targeted to women (53% of U.S. buyers of wines over $15, according to a 2005 Wine Market Council survey), premieres in July, and will be published bimonthly. "Most women who drink wine don't care about rating systems or collections - they simply want to enjoy wine and its related lifestyle," says Michele Ostrove, editor-in-chief of Wine Adventure. "But, until now, no magazine has addressed that segment. Wine Adventure is about expanding your wine horizons, and having fun as you learn." Wine Adventure features articles on wine tasting destinations, food and wine pairings, lifestyle enhancements, experts' picks, personality interviews, wine and cooking schools, wine gizmos and gadgets, and more.
Subscribers will get six issues for $30.00. For subscription information, visit www.wamagazine.com

CRÊPES & CO.'S SPECIAL 4TH OF JULY WEEK PRIX FIXE LUNCH AND DINNER SPECIAL
From Friday July 1st to Saturday July 9th, Chef Andreina Protti and restaurateur Domenico Albano will celebrate the 4th of July with a three-course prix-fixe lunch, with complimentary coffee, where crêpes, salads, sandwiches and desserts take center stage at a special price: $12.97. To complement these, recommended wines are available by the glass, and bottle. A 4th of July Week-long dinner special – July 1st to July 9th – offers one glass or one bottle of any wine and the next on the house, and includes entrées such as filet mignon with black olives tapenade, eggplant crepe and roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions drizzled with rosemary-infused olive oil; and seafood marinara over crepe tagliatelle (both $16.05); and for dessert cream cheese bavaroise with mixed berries soup and bitter chocolate sauce ($6.95). Crepes & Co. is open for lunch, Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and dinner Wednesday through Saturday 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., 276 Alhambra circle, Coral Gables, 305-446-4545.














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