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FOUR SEASONS PALM BEACH CHEF HUBERT DES MARAIS TO COOK AT ACQUA, FOUR SEASONS MIAMI
From Wednesday, May 4 to Sunday, May 8, Hubert Des Marais, executive chef of the AAA Five Diamond-rated The Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach creates a tasting menu from his award-winning cuisine paired with wines at Acqua, Four Seasons Miami. Chef Des Marais' cuisine showcases the regional ingredients of Southern Florida and is inspired by the traditions and flavors of the Deep South, Caribbean, and South and Central America. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Des Marais was named one of "America's Ten Best New Chefs" by Food & Wine magazine and is frequently seen on PBS' "Great Chefs of the Southeast." Acqua, The Four Seasons Hotel Miami, 1435 Brickell Avenue, Downtown Miami. Reservations: 305-381-3190.

"PALATE TO PALETTE" ART-INSPIRED MENUS BY CHEF ALLEN SUSSER
Wednesday May 5, 6 p.m. is the opening night of the Palate to Palette dinner series during which Chef/owner Allen Susser will prepare 4-course dinners inspired by the art of each of the featured artists, and paired with wines. This year's artists include: Cristina Chacon on May 5, 2005- Romero Britto on June 7, 2005 and William Braemer on July 5, 2005. The four-course menu inspired by Cristina Chacon includes: Watermelon and Lobster Salad, Lucky Duck Confit, Wood Grilled Rack of Lamb, Tropical Mamey Tartlet. Each course will carefully be paired to St. Michelle reserve wine. CHEF ALLEN'S. 19088 N.E. 29th Avenue, Aventura. Reservations 305.935.2900 x 12 and speak with Nicole Eldridge or on line www. . Price $75.00 per person

FISPAL - THE FIRST LATIN FOOD FAIR IN THE USA
Brazil-based FISPAL which organizes Latin America's largest food industry expo, is taking a version of its show to Miami for the first time this year from Wednesday, May 4 to Friday, May 6. The forum and expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center, targets the U.S. Hispanic market and nations around the Gulf of Mexico. Over 15 local chefs and their counterparts from Latin American will offer food demonstrations throughout the duration of the fair. The event is aimed at supermarkets, distributors and other industry buyers, with a majority of the food companies expected from Brazil, as well as the consumer. 1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. For information call 305-779-3045, or check www.fispal.com/fispallatino/eng

THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, SOUTH BEACH GETS MOBIL GUIDE FOUR STARS
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach was awarded four stars by Mobil Travel Guide. It is the only spa on South Beach, and one 47 spas in the U.S., to be named 2005 America�s Best Hotel and Resort Spa. �The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach underwent rigorous inspections similar to those the Mobil Travel Guide has applied for more than 40 years to lodging and dining establishments� said Ryan Crabbe, executive spa director. The 16,000 square-foot Spa, which features the French La Maison de Beaut� Carita, has fourteen treatment rooms --including two couple�s suites with whirlpools -- as well as a full-service salon, an expansive fitness center with cardiovascular and weight training equipment, and beachside exercise, yoga, boating and windsurfing classes. The Spa is open to both resort guests and the public daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, onbe Lincoln Road, 786-276-4000.

CINCO DE MAYO MIAMI STYLE AT THE RIVER RESTAURANT
The River's Chef /Owner David Bracha will celebrate Cinco de Mayo from Thursday, May 5 through Saturday May 8 with a kick - off Dinner of oyster stew, tequila marinated wahoo escabeche, foie gras and duck taquitos, ancho chile-crusted scallops and pork carnitas, matched with Wine, and Premium Tequila. The River, 650 South Miami Avenue, Downtown Miami, 305-530-1915. $40 per person(plus tax & gratuity)

CINCO DE MAYO AT TEQUILA RANCH, SEMINOLE PARADISE
Tequila Ranch, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, will be caliente on Thursday, May 5, Cinco de Mayo starting at 11 a.m. "We plan to throw the biggest party in town," says Arturo Gomez, COO of the entertainment development firm Rockit Ranch Productions in charge of the festivities. Mexican-born chef Ernesto Zendejas' � la carte Mexican menu runs the gamut of Mexican foods from fajitas to tacos, as well as traditional dishes, such as snapper with black olives and octopus & cactus leaf salad . With live Mariachis, flamenco dancers, stunt girls demonstrating their bull riding skills, and prize giveaways including a trip for two to Mexico, high energy music will keep people drinking cerveza and a slew of tequila specials at the bar, along with a bevy of wandering shot girls, throughout the night. Tequila Ranch, 5760 Seminole Way, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood. (954) 556-7430.

SUMMER NIGHTS PRIX FIXE MENU AT SIX 2 SIX IN SOUTH BEACH

Six 2 Six, on Lincoln Road, Miami Beach has a head-start on summer with a three-course prix fixe menu for only $17.00, excluding tax and gratuities. "We are a restaurant owned and operated by Miami Beach locals," says owner Stephen Wheelock. "We enjoy seeing the familiar faces and want to give something back to our best clientele." Chef David Fuentes and pastry chef Giovanni Ramirez offer a choice of their fresh house salad or crispy calamari, chicken Six 2 Six (spinach, red pepper and cream cheese stuffed chicken), penne Bolognese, roasted chicken pasta or grilled fish of the day, and dessert such as white chocolate tiramisu. The prix-fixe menu will run Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., from Monday, May 9, 2005 through Friday, September 30, 2005. Six 2 Six, 626 Lincoln Road, South Beach. (305) 673-1858

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