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FOOD PAIRS WITH ART @ ART MIAMI, JANUARY 6 TO 9, 2006
From January 6 to 9, 2006, Art Miami celebrates its 16th anniversary with exhibitions from over 130 galleries from 26 countries showing the best of renowned artists as well as new trends, new artists, new paintings, sculptures, photographs and works in glass, among other media. To match, restaurants will offer special prix fixe menus. Among the participating restaurants, the most recently opened are Contemporary American cuisine o-R-o (300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach); Vida! Bistro and Wine Bar (1915 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables); Ginger Grove (3000 Florida Avenue, Coconut Grove), and Mediterranean and Peruvian fusion cuisine La Cofradia (2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables). For information: www.art-miami.com

WHITE TRUFFLES FROM ALBA AT ACQUA FOUR SEASONS HOTEL

Acqua restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Miami has just received a large shipping of white truffles from Alba, the center of the white truffle commerce in the Southern part of the Piedmont, Italy. Starting on Thursday, November 10, the white truffles will be available at $20 per 5 to 8 gram shaving. Guests may choose to have truffle shaved on any dish. According to Chef Marco Bax, adding the delicacy to the prix-fixe menu he created around the prized truffle with the penetrating fragrance, is a great value. The prix-fixe piccolo menu ($38, $55.00 with suggested wine pairings) which offers regional Italian cuisine in three courses includes for Primo: a choice of Pepper crusted seared carpaccio with marinated eggplant paired with Sangiovese, Peppoli Chianti Classico Antinori - Chianti, 2002, or home made tagliolini with wild mushrooms and thyme. For secondo, there’s a choice of : Roasted Dover sole with marjoram, artichokes, mashed potatoes and champagne sauce paired with Pinot Noir, Bernardus - Monterey County, 2003, or Rosemary and lemon oven roasted breast of chicken with red onion fondue. For Dolci: Chef's dessert trio. Acqua, is open for breakfast (6:30-11:00 a.m.), lunch (11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.), dinner (6-10:30 p.m.), and Sunday brunch. Acqua, on the 7th floor lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel, 1435 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami. For reservations or to receive a copy of the menu of the week, call 305-381-5590.

TALULA RESTAURANT NOW OPEN FOR JAZZY “SUNSET STRIP” SUNDAY BRUNCH
Husband and wife acclaimed culinary team Frank Randazzo and Andrea Curto-Randazzo are launching Talula “Sunset Strip” Sunday brunch ($30 per person excluding tax, gratuity and beverages) with classic movies on the restaurant’s flat-screen TV and classical jazz. “Think Ella Fitzgerald and a lot of Sinatra,” says Andrea Curto-Randazzo. Served buffet-style, brunch will feature classic brunch dishes such as eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, French toast, omelets made-to-order, an array of frittatas, and a variety of cold salads – including pasta, Soba noodle and Asian chicken. A special “savory station” will feature a charcuterie display, baked black grouper, chicken Milanese, grilled Atlantic salmon and top round roast beef with horseradish cream. Sweets lovers will be tempted by a sinful dessert station, A special cocktail menu, featuring playfully named libations such as Sweet Charity (a strawberry mint julip) and Ricky Ricardo (mango mojito), Talula, 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, will serve brunch every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Reservations suggested. (305) 672-0778. www.talulaonline.com

PRIX FIXE LUNCH AND DINNER SPECIALS at MARK’S SOUTH BEACH
Mark Militello’s American contemporary cuisine is now available at prix fixe dinners (3-course dinner, $45 per person) Sunday through Thursday, and lunches ($25 per person), daily. On the menu, Executive chef Larry LaValley’s specialties includes Sweet potato gnocchi in sage brown butter, Reggiano parmesan, crisp pancetta and hazelnuts, or Grilled shrimp “panzanella,” tomato, cucumber, celery, red onions and chiffonade of basil as first course; for Main course a choice of Black grouper with baby artichoke-potato hash, blue crab remoulade, Porcini fettuccine with wild mushrooms, spinach and oven-dried tomatoes or Beef tenderloin, wild mushrooms, green and white asparagus, roasted garlic mashed potatoes with truffle jus; and a choice of desserts. Mark’s South Beach is open for lunch daily from noon to 3:00 p.m.; and dinner daily from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday brunch, noon to 3:00 p.m. Hotel Nash, 1120 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. (305) 604-9050.

BAREFOOT AT OASIS’ AT THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL IN ITS SECOND SEASON
Beginning Friday, November 11 and open every Friday night through May 2006, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Barefoot at Oasis, Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s Friday Night Beach Soiree returns for its second season as one of the hottest Friday night bash. Music by DJ Mark Levanthal, exotic beds with colorful cushions and canopies with rich Thai materials and fabrics, cocktails like Sunset Martini and Mandarin Bliss at the water’s edge, and a display of culinary fireworks by the hotel’s chefs are some of the features of the popular hangout. Barefoot at Oasis is located at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive. No cover charge. The attire is from Beach to Boardroom. For more information, please call (305) 913-8358.


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