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SOUTH FLORIDA FOODIE CAROLE KOTKIN FEATURED IN SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE

A cookbook author (Miami Ė Tempting Tropical Tastes for Home Cooks Everywhere Ė a book she co-write with Miami Herald Food Editor Kathy Martin), a writer for several print media, including a bi-weekly cooking technique column in The Miami Herald, director of the cooking school at the exclusive Ocean Reef club in Key Largo, and co-host of FOOD & WINE TALK on WDNA 88.9FM (a weekly radio show with Simone Diament), food maven Carole Kotkin was featured in a two-page story this monthís Southern Living Magazine as the quintessential South Florida Foodie

CHANGES OF STAFF AT NORMANíS, CORAL GABLES
After eight years at NORMAN'S, chef/owner Norman Van Akenís flagship restaurant in Coral Gables, Marketing Manager and Van Akenís assistant Anna E. Pedron Brana has resigned her post, together with her husband Executive Chef Jeffrey Brana. They are, they said, focusing on a new venture, soon to be announced.

NOW TASTE THIS!ô APRIL IS NATIONAL POETRY MONTH
Now Taste This! This month is Poetry Month, and once again poets are pairing with some of Miamiís restaurants to create a poem inspired by a dish designed by the restaurantís chef. In celebration Now Taste This!ô announces a stellar line up of 20 poets and restaurants including Ricardo Pau-Llosa/Ortanique on the Mile, Michael Hettich/Pacific Time, Diana Abu-Jaber/Chef Allenís and Emma Trelles/Escopazzo Restaurant. Throughout the month of April customers who order the Now Taste This!ô prix fixe dinner receive a poem signed by both poet and chef along with the meal. And 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami-Dade College. For a complete list of events, participating restaurants and poets, please visit www.nowtastethis.com or call 305-672-4709. You can listen to poets Diana Abujaber and Jen Karetnick on http://southfloridagourmet.com/newsite/talkradio.html

FUN SERIES OF WINE COURSES @ D'VINO - WINE, BITES & BOUTIQUE
Miami Wine group moderator Leo Bueno separates fact from wine fiction, lore and snobbery in a series of three consecutive fun and informative wine tasting classes starting Tuesday, April 11, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
April 11 - tasting Whites - discussing geography, grapes, winemaking, packaging, glasses
April 18 - Reds - labels, corkscrews, serving, decanting, accessories, storing
April 25 - Sparkling, Dessert, Fortified - aging, restaurants, buying, food-pairing. The classes will be held at DíVino, 3143 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, (Across the street from the Courthouse). Cost: $75.00 tax deductible. Proceeds go to Hope For Vision. Pre-register by mailing a check payable to DíVino. For additional information please call D'Vino at 305-443-8466.

THE WINE CLUB OFFERS RIBERA DEL DUERO TASTING AT VINISIMO
On Wednesday April 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. wine educator Rocio Escudero will teach a class and tasting on Wines from Ribera Del Duero, Spain. After the tasting there will be tapas, music, and special discounts on wines. Vinisimo, 3000 Coral Way, Miami. (Entrance to the parking is in the middle of the building). RSVP clubdevinos@bellsouth.net or (786) 286-9458. Cost: $ 10.00

LA COFRADIA HOSTS NOW TASTE THIS!ô TERTULIA APRIL 24, 2006
La Cofradia Restaurant (2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd, entrance on Andalusia, Coral Gables) will host a Now Taste This!ô Tertulia on April 24, at 7:00 p.m. There will be readings by poets Mia Leonin, Emma Trelles and Richard Blanco. Carlos Ochoa will play a fusion of electronic ambient music on Andean woodwinds and percussion. This prix fixe menu will be available throughout the month of April 2006 in celebration of National Poetry Month. The 3-course prix fixe menu is priced at $50 per person (tax and gratuity are additional) and includes two glasses of wine. La Cofradia Restaurant, 2525 Ponce de Leon Blvd, entrance on Andalusia, Coral Gables. (305) 914-1300

NOBU TO OPEN AT INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG IN FALL 2006
InterContinental Hong Kong has officially signed an agreement with Japanese chef/restaurateur Nobuyuki Matsuhisa to open a NOBU restaurant, designed by the New York-based Rockwell Group, at the hotel. Scheduled to open in November 2006, NOBU will replace the hotelís seafood restaurant, YŁ, which opened in 1993. When NOBU at InterContinental Hong Kong opens in November, it will be the first NOBU restaurant in Asia outside of Japan and the sixth to open internationally. Nobu has 16 restaurants in 12 cities around the world.


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