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CORAL GABLES WINE WALK SERIES
Wednesday, January 25, starting at 7 pm., the first Coral Gables Wine Walk 2006 will take participants on a tasting tour at four Coral Gables wine bars, each no more than one block apart, This weeks tour incudes: City Cellar - 45 Miracle Mile (786-497-5450) New in Coral Gables, City Cellar offers an impressive selection of wines and a full service restaurant. Our host will be sommelier Mark Banow; La Cofradia - 2525 Ponce (305-914-1300) a new addition to the Gables, where sommelier Michael Shikany will introduce their fine selection of wines and their upscale Peruvian-Mediterreanean cuisine; next door Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar - 2525 Ponce (305-569-7995) with an outstanding selection of one hundred wines by the glass curated by sommelier Paul DeMeza; and Cava Wines - 224 Valencia (305-443-3434) cozy gourmet shop and well-stocked wine bar withinternational wine expert Walter Garofalo. The cost: $20 per person. The event is limited to 40 persons. RSVP 305-443-7973.

DINNER IN PARADISE, ORGANIC DINNER SERIES, TO DEBUT JANUARY 15
The first Dinner in Paradise, a celebration of the organic and locally grown bounty of South Florida with products from Gabriela Marewski’s Paradise Farms in Homestead, will be held on Sunday, January 15 and will feature a five-course extravaganza incorporating organic produce, herbs and spices, wild game and seafood grown at Paradise Farms as well as other organic farms in South Florida. The menus on Sunday, January 15 is created by Chef Michael Schwartz of afterglow and Chef Sandee Birdsong of Tantra. Four additional dinners will take place in subsequent months featuring chefs Michael Bloise from Wish, Frank Randazzo and Andrea Curto-Randazzo from Talula, Giancarla Bodoni from Escopazzo, Maria Frumkin from Duo, Sergio Sigala from Casa Tua, Kira Volz from Creek 28, Mark Ehrler and Rob Boone from Loews Hotel and Thomas Azar from Emeril’s Miami Beach. A farm tour will begin at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The per-guest cost for Dinner in Paradise is $150. Transportation will depart and return to Miami Beach for guests who prefer not to drive. The food will be paired with organic wines. Proceeds from Dinner in Paradise will be donated to selected small farms in Louisiana that were greatly impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The Florida Organic Growers Association is identifying these farms. To reserve space please call Michael Schwartz at: 305-205-8839

MIAMI HERALD COLUMNIST NANCY ANCRUM LAUNCHES ‘CURATED DINING’ SERIES
“Modern American’’ cuisine interpreted and discussed by executive chef Larry LaValley, Mark’s South Beach, 1120 Collins Ave., (inside the Hotel Nash), South Beach. on Saturday, January 21, 11:30 a.m., marks the first of a series of lunches exploring the best ethnic and American regional cuisines in South Florida – and beyond with sumptuous three-course meals at cutting-edge restaurants. The guides are: Nancy Ancrum, Miami Herald “Cultural Kitchen’’ columnist and founder of Curated Dining, and Robbie Bell, founder of Ladies Who Lunch for No Reason At All. According to Ms. Ancum, the idea is to have fun, meet other men and women eager to discover the cultural traditions, ingredients and cooking techniques that make each cuisine deliciously distinct, while learning how food defines – and binds – us together. Cost: $60 (includes three-course lunch, soft beverage, tax, gratuities) Reservations and pre-payment required before January 18. Mail check payable to: Curated Dining, PO Box 370822, Miami, FL 33137 . For more information contact Nancy Ancrum at nancy@curateddining.com or 305 753-6658

THE SOUTH FLORIDA FARMERS MARKET KICKS OFF ITS 10TH YEAR
Every Sunday from 8 am to 1 pm thru April 9th, The South Florida Farmers Market is back with fresh fruit and vegetables and weekly cooking demonstrations by local chefs at 11 a.m. Parking lot of Gardner's Market in Pinecrest - 8287 SW 124th Street. For information call 305-255-2468, or click on www.gardnersmarkets.com

THE CORAL GABLES FARMERS MARKLET KICKS OFF 15TH SEASON
The Coral Gables Farmers Market kick off its 15th season. It will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through March 25, with gardening workshops at 9 a.m., cooking demonstrations at 10 a.m. and children’s activit6ies. 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. For information call 305-460-5311


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