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LA CUISINE GOURMET OPENS IN CORAL GABLES WITH FREE CULINARY PROGRAMS, CHEF DEMOS AND WINE TASTINGS
Coral Gables is going gourmet-crazy with the opening of La Cuisine Gourmet in a strikingly decorated, ultra-modern 3000 square-feet space, with a variety of food films (Babette’s Feast, Like Water for Chocolate) projected above the cooking range section onto a large silk screen, conveniently located across from a municipal parking.
The owners are partners Josu Gaubeka from Venezuela who comes with the experience of three gourmet stores of the same name in Caracas, Venezuela, and Andrew Hermann, and the San Diego- based corporation Change International. La Cuisine Gourmet is a specialty retailer of high-end kitchen appliances, utensils, cookware, silverware, china with a corner for specialty foods such as olive oils, foie gras, cured meats and olives, marmalades and a wine boutique. "We have a cooking school for classes between 25 and 35 people with free cooking demonstrations twice a week and wine appreciation classes," said Mr. Gaubeka.
Beginning on Tuesday, July 19, at 7:00 p.m., and every Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. through October 15, 2005, La Cuisine Gourmet’s full schedule of free culinary programs, chef demonstrations and wine tastings includes local, national and internationally recognized culinary stars such as chef Jordi Vallès of Mosaico Restaurant, Miami Herald columnist and cookbook author Linda Gassenheimer, Food & Wine Talk commentator and co-owner of Sunset Corner Mike Bittel, Joyce Wallace of the eponymous Catering business, and chef Carmen Gonzalez of Carmen the Restaurant, among others. For a full schedule: www.lacuisinegourmet.com, and/or www.southfloridagourmet.com/newsite/cookingclass.html Select merchandise will be promoted during events and Books & Books will be on hand to present appropriate books to support the demonstration. A discount on merchandise will be available to members of Books & Books as well. La Cuisine Gourmet is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., 50 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables. (305) 672-4709. (305) 442-9006.

PHILIPPE RUIZ NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF, GEOFFREY COUSINEAU NEW FOOD & BEVERAGE DIRECTOR AT THE BILTMORE.
Executive Chef Geoffrey Cousineau is now the new Food & Beverage Director at The Biltmore Hotel, and Chef Philippe Ruiz, whose cuisine placed the Palme D’Or restaurant at The Biltmore on the gastronomic map, is now The Biltmore’s Executive Chef. He supervises the menu at all the Hotel’s restaurants, including the poolside Cascade where he will serve sandwiches and fresh catch as well as Spanish-inspired tapas such as Grilled Spanish Chorizo with Garbanzo Puree ($6), Tortilla Española with Artichokes and Sun Dried Tomatoes ($6); salads and low-cal Spa selections such as Chilled Andalusian Gazpacho Soup with Toasted Almonds & Avocado ($7 and 177 calories) and Marinated Seafood Salad Fresh Oregano, Black Olives, Corn, Tomato & Crispy Bread ($15, 395 calories). The new a la carte Summer menu at Palme d’Or offers aimmense variety of plates listed in order of flavor and intensity ( three plates $39; four plates $52; five plates $65). The Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. www.biltmorehotel.com

OLA MIAMI CLOSES IN BISCAYNE CORRIDOR TO RELOCATE TO SOUTH BEACH
OLA Miami, Chef Douglas Rodriguez's signature Nuevo Latino restaurant has closed its doors on Biscayne Blvd and is slated to reopen its doors in late August at 455 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. OLA Steak is open in Coral Gables, Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables.

HOLSUM BREAD FACTORY CLOSES ITS DOORS
After more than 90 years in business, since 1912, Holsum Breads, which was part of Miami’s history, laid off 479 employees and closed its doors. The Medley plant was owned since1994 by Interstate Bakeries Corp.

GRAZIE RESTAURANT IS NOW IN MIAMI BEACH
After eight years in Pinecrest where it opened in 1997,Grazie restaurant has returned to South Beach. It was a come-back for the two owners Moshe Petel and Spurgeon Solomon, who had started out in Osteria del Teatro. “We did very well in Pinecrest but were looking to expand and expose Grazie to a more international clientele,” said Mr. Solomon. The 75-seat Italian restaurant opened in December 2004, with executive chef Felix Pavon at the stove. The menu – a blend of Italian fine cuisine and countryside fare – offers hot and cold antipasti ($5-$18) including a variety of fish and beef carpaccios, tuna tartare, grilled portobello and eggplant rollatini. Soups and salads ($7-$11) include classic minestrone, Grazie Cozze, a soup of black mussels flambéed with white wine, Claesar salad and Insalata di Solomon with arugula, shallots and Belgium endive, tossed with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette and goat cheese. Pastas ($15-$22), some of them home-made, range from fusilli alla Bolognese and cappellini with tomato and basil to ravioli di pesce, suffed with crabmeat and shrimp, in a pink lobster sauce. Main courses ($18-$32) offer meat, fish and chicken specialties such as pork tenderloin, chicken rollatini, and filet mignon with gorgonzola fondue, Barolo wine sauce and fettuccini Carbonara. Grazie restaurant is open for dinner Sunday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday ‘til midnight. 701 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach (305) 673-1312.

TATU COMBINES ASIAN CUISINE WITH CASINO AT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK
Asian-inspired Tatu, the latest restaurant from the CB5 Restaurant Group to open in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Paradise entertainment complex is offering a variety of cuisines including Szechwan, Cantonese and Mandarin, in addition to a complete sushi bar.
Three master chefs: Sushi master Kaoru Ishii, formerly of the famed Matsuhisa in Beverly Hills, Chef Kam Choi Chan, formerly of the Mandarin Oriental’s Café Sambal, and Executive Chef Jo Ann Plympton, each with their own distinctive cuisine prepare a variety of classic and innovative Asian-inspired dishes. Tatu also offers an extensive list of wines from around the world and an impressive selection of chilled, filtered and unfiltered sakes by the glass or bottle. A diverse cocktail menu includes such drinks as the Blushing Geisha ($12), the ever-popular Lychee-tini ($12) and the massive Scorpion Bowl for Two ($20). Desserts include Pineapple Upside Down Cake ($8), Chocolate Pagoda ($9) and Banana Macadamia Spring Rolls ($8).
The sleek, minimalistic décor with crushed quartz flooring, gold leaf inlaid walls and red, black and white touches offers diners semi-private round booths partially enclosed with metal-mesh curtains. With a nod to film aficionados, a variety of classic films are projected above the sushi bar onto a large silk screen. Tatu is open nightly Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., 5750 Seminole Way in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Reservations: (954) 583-1499.














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