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TABLE 8 MAKES ITS EAST COAST DEBUT AT THE REGENT SOUTH BEACH
The Los Angeles-based upscale restaurant Table 8 in has just signed an exclusive deal with The Regent South Beach luxury condominium hotel to create and manage the signature restaurant for the condo hotel, and the room service and entertaining, poolside dining and beach service through Table 8 Catering. "Table 8 provides an outstanding dining experience in Los Angeles and we are certain that the new South Florida location will be second-to-none," said Gene Grabarnick, co-developer of The Regent South Beach with Ron Molko. Table 8 team with Chris Heyman, Josh Woodward, and Chef Govind Armstrong - hailed by Food & Wine and Bon Appétit magazines as one of the top chefs in America - plan to open the 8,000 square feet restaurant on Ocean Drive in spring 2005. The hotel, with oceans views, full-service spa, roof-top gardens fitted with Roman tubs and wet bars and other luxury amenities broke ground in December 2003, is slated for opening in spring 2005, and is already sold out.



YVES DURON, MANDARIN ORIENTAL EXECUTIVE CHEF IN MACAU, TO COOK AT AZUL AND CAFÉ SAMBAL.
Chef Yves Duron will be preparing Macanese-style dishes at Café Sambal for lunch and at Azul Restaurant for dinner during his visit to Miami, October 19 to October 22, as part of a cultural odyssey that has taken him to all the Mandarin Oriental properties around the world. Executive chef of all the Macau Mandarin Oriental dining facilities since 1996, Chef Duron has mastered the intricacies of Chinese cuisine with Portuguese influences. His menu will include beef carvalho, or seared beef tenderloin and cured ham layers topped wit a quail egg and served with a port wine sauce and garlic emulsion; salada de atum, seared pacific tuna with black eyes beans salad tossed in a honeyed wasabi sour cream; flamed chouriço; salmon with white garlic curry; steamed cod fish "chinese style;" and traditional Macanese cream and biscuit crumble. Azul and Café Sambal, Miami Mandarin Oriental. 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, (305) 913 8288.


VIA QUADRONNO, AN ITALIAN PANINOTECA OPENS IN VILLAGE OF MERRICK PARK.
Touted "a bit of Milan on Madison Avenue in New York City,"by The New York Times, Via Quadronno is bringing its tartines and panini, espressos, fondues, White truffles, and its twenty-four flavors of authentically homemade gelato to the Miami-area. After its first success in Milan, followed by similar successes in New York City (Upper East Side, 25 East 73rd Street), two in Tokyo and one in Hong Kong, the 3,000 square foot upscale eatery in Coral Gables is the fifth location world wide and the second in the US. The founder and co-owner Paolo Della Puppa, said the 3,000 square-feet, 90-seat sleek Coral Gables location with the polished, granite espresso/wine bar will bring the Italian atmosphere of the paninotecas in Italy to Miami. The Chef is Gerardo Iacenda from Turin, Italy; the sous chef is Claudio Parisse, formerly of the Pelican in South Beach, and the pastry chef is Guglielmo Mogni, from Milan, Italy. Managers Franco Della Puppa and Lorenzo Antonelli are both Via Quadronno veterans. The menu, offers breakfast ($3 -$5); Salads ($12 - $18); sandwiches ( $6.50 -$ 32.50) from one- ingredient paninis to tartines like Tartufata with porcinis and truffles in olive oil, and overstuffed sandwiches served in the Milanese tradition with up to six fresh ingredients, all served on freshly baked Francesino loaves. Entrées ( $18 - $78), mostly northern Italian specialties, also feature favorites like lasagna Bolognese, risotto with cremini mushrooms and other traditional Italian dishes, as well as fondue dishes like Via Quadronno's Fonduta alta Savoia, a fontina cheese fondue for two with white truffles. For desserts ($4 - $12), Pastry chef Guglielmo Mogni, offers the critically acclaimed Tiramisu San Dona, a deconstructed tiramisu, with homemade ladyfingers, mascarpone, and espresso, and a vast selection of cool, classic desserts, sorbets, and gelatos. Via Quadronno is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and till midnight on Friday and Saturday. Opens at 7 a.m. on Satur days and Sundays.
Via Quadronno, 320 San Lorenzo Avenue, Village of Merrick Park, Coral Gables. 305-476-1160. www.viaquadronno.com

MARKY'S CAVIAR CONTINUES IMPORT OF CAVIAR FROM THE CASPIAN SEA,
in compliance with all laws and regulations. CITES, The Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species, stated in statement issued September 3, 2004 that it has not "banned" caviar or "punished" producers; contrary to an earlier report (September 1) by The New York Times stating that The Convention on International Trade In Endangered Species (CITES) "has halted exports of caviar until countries where it is produced comply with an agreement to protect sturgeon." "Marky's Caviar continues to import caviar from the Caspian and Black Seas in compliance with all international laws and regulations. According to CITES, more than five tons of beluga caviar from the Danube River and the Black Sea region will be available for export this season alone," said Mark Zaslavsky, president of Marky's Caviar, a gourmet foods importer and distributor that was founded in 1985 in Miami, Florida, who specializes in French foie gras and Black Sea and Caspian caviar, in addition to over 600 varities of goods for around the world. Marky's Caviar, 687 NE 79th Street, Miami. (305) 758-9288



ANASTASIA ART CAFÉ FUSES ART, FASHION AND STYLE WITH FOOD.
Slated to open November 2004, Anastasia Art Café, is a new project including an enoteca or wine library, a restaurant, an art gallery and a show space that bespectacled artist/model/diva Anastasia and her partner Dorian Romano are planning to open in the heart South Beach. The high-end restaurant will serve fine Northern Italian cuisine "from recipes adapted from the great kitchens of Europe or invented by the Diva herself, starting with appetizers like: Artist's pallette: a colorful medley of seafood representing a graduation of tastes beginning with caviar and ending with house ceviche; Pensimonio: a hearty variety of fresh raw vegetables with secret Italian dip," according to the listing posted in the website: www.anastasiaartcafe.com . Risotto Anastasia is the house specialty with champagne and 24 karat gold; Everglade Risotto is made with spinach and alligator meat, while Risotto di Botticelli is cooked with seabass and ginger, and Michelangelos's includes filet mignon and radicchio (to make you high like the Cappella Sistina). The vast menu continues with suggestive pasta dishes such as Viagra di poveri, linguini with hot peppers; or including monikers of famous painters like orechiette di Van Gogh; tagliatelle Veronese. For main courses there is Barolo filet mignon with grilled polenta and radicchio; grilled tuna, grilled salmon and lamb chops. And for dessert, what else but Surreal chocolate orgasm; Exotica erotica and the ubiquitous Tiramisu. Anastasia Art Café will be open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. 427 Jefferson Ave., South Beach. 305/531 0770

















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