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Thursdays at 4:40 p.m.
and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to noon
Beginning October 21 and 22, 2004
TUNE IN TO
"FOOD & WINE TALK"
A NEW RADIO SHOW
On Classical 1360AM WKAT


Beginning October 21 & 22, Carole Kotkin and Simone Diament are co-hosting a new food and wine radio talk show on Classical 1360 AM WKAT that will add sizzle and excitement to the food world.

  • Carole Kotkin, is a syndicated food columnist with The Miami Herald, food editor of Wine News Magazine and manager of The Cooking School at the Ocean Reef Club. She is a cookbook author (Mmmmiami-Tempting Tropical Tastes for Home Cooks Everywhere), wrote the first Zagat Guide to Restaurants in South Florida, and was founding co-chairperson of the South Florida Chapter of The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF).
  • Simone Zarmati Diament, is publisher and editor of SouthFloridaGourmet.com and a travel, food and wine writer. She was the founder of The South Florida Gourmet, editor of the first food supplement in a major Buenos Aires daily newspaper, and editor-in-chief of New York City in The Pocket.
  • They will be joined by wine experts Michael Bittel, owner of Sunset Corners Fine Wines and Spirits in Miami and Dr. Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, partner in Chispa Restaurant in Coral Gables and president of the Baptist Hospital Medical Staff in Miami;
Every Thursday, at 4: 40 p.m. starting October 21, Food Bites will showcase chefs Allen Susser of Chef Allen's in Aventura; Robbin Haas of Chispa; Jonathan Eismann from Pacific Time, and Michelle Bernstein.

Every Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to noon, Food & Wine Talk will cover food, wine and travel in three segments to provide a listening experience at the cutting-edge of the food and wine scene with a dash of energy and innovation. The Show will feature chefs and their recipes, new products and produce, restaurant reviews, interviews with cookbook authors and wine makers, food and wine destinations, and answers to questions on everything from ingredients to techniques.

Food & Wine Talk, is produced by SouthFloridaGourmet.com and sponsored by Sweet Art by Lucila, makers of Lucila's Famous Vanilla Rum Cakes and desserts for all occasions, and Gardner's Markets, Great Food and Wine since 1912.

For those who miss Food & Wine Talk Radio Show in full or partially, starting October 22, log on www.southfloridagourmet.com for an audio of the show. Recipes of Food Bites and guest chefs will be also available on www.southfloridagourmet.com

For information, please e-mail: editor@southfloridagourmet.com or carolekotkin@compurserve.com

AZUL AND CAFÉ SAMBAL WELCOME GUEST CHEFS YVES DURON, FROM MANDARIN ORIENTAL, MACAU AND DOMINIQUE BUGNAND, MANDARIN ORIENTAL, HOTEL DU RHÔNE, GENEVA
Chef Yves Duron will be preparing Macanese-style dishes at Café Sambal with chef Paul Miller 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.



MICHELLE BERSTEIN, LONG-TIME CHEF AT AZUL, IS NO LONGER AT MANDARIN ORIENTAL MIAMI.
The celebrated Miamian who contributed to Azul's reputation nationally, and whose passion for exploring fine food coupled with good looks took her from the kitchen to the TV screen, is planning her immediate future as consultant for the Posadas Group in Mexico. In the making, a high-end resort in Cancún.


THE MENDOZA, ARGENTINE STAR CHEF FRANCIS MALLMAN's NEW RESTAURANT SLATED TO OPEN IN NOVEMBER
where La Broche used to be. One of Argentina's most innovative chefs, Mallman trained in France with renowned chefs Raymond Oliver, Alain Chapel and Roger Vergé, and went on to open a dozen restaurants around the world, including 1884 in Mendoza, Argentina, and Patagonia West in Westhampton, New York featuring classic European cooking with the South American cuisine of the Andes. The Mendoza is chef Mallman's first venture in South Florida.

BONEFISH GRILL SECOND LOCATION SLATED TO OPEN NOVEMBER 1, IN WEST MIAMI.
This is not your regular neighborhood hang out, and although cold beer is served on tap, it is not the beer-guzzling crowd that you can see at Bonefish Grill. The service is in the hand of waiters impeccably dressed in chef whites. In the brand new 5,276 square foot space, an open kitchen, hardwood floors and hand-blown glass lamps impart warmth and sophistication to the sleek dining room with a large bar area and two community tables. The owner is Diego Trotz and the concept is that of restaurateurs Tim Curci and Chris Parker who founded the first Bonefish Grill in St. Petersburg, Florida in January 2000. The menu focuses on a variety of fresh fish flown in daily - with details on the provenance - and grilled over an oak-burning grill, with sauces and sides of hearts of palm, pine nuts, artichokes, goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes, but also offers a vast selection of hand-cut beef, pork tenderloin, as well as pasta, seafood and chicken dishes including Mussels Josephine, Cajun Chicken Egg Roll and Bang Bang Shrimp. All entrées are generous and come with a house salad and a choice of rice, vegetables, pasta or potato. Bonefish Grill is open Sunday through Thursday for dinner from 4:00 - 10:00 p.m., and till 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 14220 S.W. 8th Street, West Miami 786/293-5713



COLUMBIA RESTAURANT IN TAMPA AND SEBASTIANI WINES IN CALIFORNIA CELEBRATE JOINT CENTENNIAL
as they toasted their respective family businesses' success through the past century. These days, 100-year-old businesses are rare, and companies run by the same family for ten decades are even more unique. At an event held at the 99-year old restaurant this past October 13, descendants of the 100-year-old Sebastiani wine family "passed the cork" to the descendants of the 99-year-old Gonzmart family at the Columbia Restaurant with classic Spanish tapas and recipes from Sylvia Sebastiani 's cookbook "Mangiamo Let's Eat!" paired with Sebastiani wines. Sebastiani wines are distributed throughout the US. Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Columbia, Florida's oldest restaurant, is preparing to celebrate its centennial at its four locations in South Florida: Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota and St. Augustine. Columbia Restaurant, 2117 East Seventh Avenue, Ybor City, Tampa. For information, contact: a.geml@columbiarestaurant.com or visit www.columbiarestaurant.com, and www.sebastiani.com


REAL LIFE BASIC TO CLOSE AND CHANGE FOCUS
After 6 years of success in Lincoln Road, Real.Life.Basic, the avant garde retail store for kitchen and home owned by Simone Meyer is closing. They will "transition out of retail and refocus solely on design and manufacturing," according to their cyber announcement. The store is offering a 40% markdown on everything. Real Life Basic, 643 Lincoln Road, South Beach, 305-604-1984.

















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