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THREE MICHELIN STARS FOR FOUR RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK CITY

Four restaurants - Alain Ducasse at the Essex House, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin and Per Se - received the top ranking, three stars. Michelin rated 507 New York restaurants in all five boroughs for the 2006 New York guide, which will go on sale for $16.95. Eric Ripert, the chef and an owner of Le Bernardin, said he was beside himself when he learned of his ranking. "I didn't expect to become emotional," he said. Thomas Keller, the chef of Per Se and the only American-born chef to receive three stars in the New York guide, called his ranking "mind boggling." Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who said he was very nervous before the results were released, said that he too was emotional about his three stars. "I apprenticed only in three-star restaurants when I was in France, and this means a lot to me," he said. With three stars for his New York restaurant, Alain Ducasse, who also has three-star restaurants in Paris and Monte Carlo, is the first chef ever to have three restaurants with the top rating. (See Food & Wine)

GARDNER'S MARKETS RELOCATES HEADQUARTER TO NEW PALMETTO BAY LOCATION
The venerable Gardner's Market, a specialty grocery store established in 1912, has opened new headquarters in a 10,000 square feet location in the Palmetto Bay Village in Palmetto Bay. The commissary, bakery and corporate offices will now operate under one roof with a cafe open for breakfast and lunch for the entire building. This is the fifth location for Gardner’s Market who has stores in Key Largo's Ocean Reef Club ,Pinecrest, South Miami and Coconut Grove. "Having Gardner's new kitchen in Palmetto Bay makes all the sense in the world to the community and the company," said Moe Adams, vice-president and fourth generation Gardner. "With state of the art equipment and a team focused on health and safety regulations, the new location allows us to prepare all of our fresh food and baked goods in one spot and ship them the same day." ,Gardner's Markets also provides delivery as well as on-line ordering www.gardnersmarkets.com. Gardners Headquarters, 18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 362 Palmetto Bay, 305-271-0760.

PANERA BREAD BAKERY OPENS LOCATIONS IN MIAMI

Panera Bread, currently operating more than 800 franchises bakery-cafes in 35 states, under the Panera Bread and Saint Louis Bread Co. names, is entering the Miami market with two bakery-cafes: the recently opened Panera Bread in Pinecrest , and the second on 125th and Biscayne Blvd. slated to open in mid-December, with two more locations to follow in 2006. In a joint-venture partnership Patricia Marques, who worked for 10 years with Starbucks as a business consultant and an international developer, oversees all Panera Bread operations in the Miami area. Panera, known for its artisan breads -- from country bread, focaccia, ciabatta and baguette to whole grain, sourdough, tomato basil and other specialty breads; sandwiches such as pepperblue steak on toasted ciabatta ($5.99), Tuscan chicken on rosemary and onion focaccia ($6.29) and even peanut butter and jelly on French with chips and mild ($3.39) , hot panini ($5.99); pastries, sweets and an array of hot and cold beverages in addition to salads ($3 to $6.19) like and hearty soups ($4.49) including soup in a sourdough bread bowl served on real china, in a cozy ambiance with overstuffed chairs, has introduced a new line of whole grain breads and a whole grain bagel as well as all-natural, antibiotic-free chicken in its more than 800 bakery-cafes across the country conversation areas and offers wireless internet as well as take-out and catering. Panera Bread bakery-café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9p.m., till 10 on Fridays and Saturdays and on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., 13617 South Dixie Highway, Pinecrest. 305-969-7018 www.panerabread.com

JEAN-CLAUDE LANCHAIS NAMED EXECUTIVE CHEF AT DORAL GOLF RESORT & SPA
Doral Golf Resort & Spa, A Marriott Resort, appointed Jean-Claude Lanchais as Executive Chef of the resort. Chef Lanchais will oversee all culinary preparation and be responsible for all menus at Doral’s five restaurants: Windows on the Green, The Atrium, Terrazza Restaurant & Café, Champions Sports Bar & Grill and Bungalou’s Bar & Grill.. Lanchais, the recipient of the Ace Award Chef of The Year for Renaissance Hotels Worldwide, comes to Doral from The Renaissance Westchester Hotel, in White Plains, NY, where he served as Executive Chef from 1996-2004. Lanchais served as the Executive Chef at the Jamaican Grande Renaissance Resort, was Executive Chef at the Pacific Island Club in Tamuning, Guam, and held several executive cooking positions including Executive Sous Chef, Specialty Chef, Sous Chef and Chef de Cuisine at a host of hotels and resorts worldwide. "We are proud to have an Executive Chef with Jean-Claude Lanchais’ credentials join our team, he brings a wealth of worldwide culinary expertise to Doral," said Frank Garahan, General Manager, Doral Golf Resort & Spa. 4400 N.W. 87th Ave., Miami. Tel: (305) 592-2000

MICHEL CHICHE OPENS LE BOUDOIR RESTAURANT PATISSERIE SALON DE THE IN CORAL GABLES
Michel Chiche, the patissier extraordinaire who made his mark at The Biltmore and The Loews Hotels, opened Le Boudoir, a restaurant, patisserie and salon de thé with Internet service in Coral Gables, where he also offers catering and other services. Open for breakfast and lunch, Le Boudoir offers an array of salads ($6.50 to $13.50) listing salade de chèvre chaud; salade Niçoise and Greek salad among others. Sandwiches ($5 to $6.50) include the hot melted cheese Croque Monsieur as well as Club, and Smoked Salmon. Tartines $10. from artichokes and tapenade to prosciutto, tomatoe, mozzarella and basil; lunch special: soup and sandwich $7.50. Breakfast ($6.95 to $10 as well as à la carte) is served starting 7:30 a.m. with croissants, tartines and juice. Le Boudoir, 169 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. 305-442-0801. www.leboudoir.us


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