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JAMES BEARD PRIX FIXE MENU AT MOSAICO THROUGH JUNE 3
Upon returning from a successful dinner at the prestigious James Beard Foundation in New York City, Executive Chef Jordi Vallès is offering a five-course prix fixe dinner of the same menu at $70 per person, plus a four-wine pairing at $30 per person, at Mosaico Restaurant through June 3. The menu includes Lobster Esqueixada in a Chilled Tomato Consommé with Avocado Sorbet; Fresh Green Pea Soup with Mint and Serrano Ham Essence; Steamed Black Grouper with Potato Emulsion and Suckling Pig Stew; Braised Baby Lamb Shoulder with Corn, Artichokes and Grape Ragout; Mosaico's Mojito; and Pacharan-Marinated Seasonal Fruit, Yogurt Mousse & Rosemary Ice Cream. 1000 South Miami Ave., Downtown Miami. 305-371-3430. www.mosaicorestaurant.com.

"BON VIVANT SUMMER SERIES" AT CHEF CARMEN's RESTAURANT
Once a month on Wednesdays (June 8, July 6, August 3, and August 31) at 7 p.m, Chef Carmen Gonzalez and a top female visiting chef will serve an exclusive menu paired with boutique wines ($59.00 excluding tax and gratuity) such as Rudd Sauvignon Blanc , Scott Paul Pinot Noir, Sonador Cabernet Sauvignon and finishing with Mer Soleil Dessert wine. On Wednesdays when the dinner is not scheduled (May 18, May 25, June 1, June 15, etc.), the restaurant will offer a special wine tasting from 6 - 8 p.m. Special wines from different regions (S. America, Napa, France, etc.) will be featured with unlimited pours. The cost per person is $20.00. Dinner by Reservation: 305.913.1944. Carmen The Restaurant, 700 Biltmore Way, in the David William Hotel, Coral Gables. www.carmentherestaurant.com. Price $75.00 per person

FIRST TIBETAN TEA CEREMONY AT THEINE, JUNE 11.
The Buddhist Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery participating in the Sacred Earth & Healings Arts of Tibet World Tour 2005 will be holding a Tibetan Tea Ceremony at Theine on June 11, at 4 p.m.. This fundraising tour is a promotional and educational tour to share cultural experiences, teach Buddhist ideology and the effect of spiritual empowerment. Tibetan tea and samples of typical Tibetan cuisine will be served following the ceremony. Reservations necessary, seating is limited. Théine Salon de Thé, 119 Madeira Ave.,Coral Gables, (305) 774-0228. theine@theineteasalon.com. Donation to help support the Sacred Earth & Healing Arts Tour of Tibet and the Monastery of Gaden Shartse: $ 45.00

ARS MAGIRICA ANNOUNCES RECIPE CONTEST FOR KIDS
To promote its summer camps the Coral Gables cooking school and culinary store announces A Kids Recipe Contest in which kids ages 6 to 15 can enter a favorite original recipe and win a scholarship to its summer cooking camp. In addition, the winning recipes will appear on Ars Magirica's website and will be used as part of the cooking camp curriculum. Recipes will be accepted for the following three categories: breakfast items, main dishes, and desserts, and judged for the cooking time (20 minutes or less), creativity and originality, taste and method of preparation. All entries should include a parent or guardian's name, the entrant's name, age, address, phone number, and email address if available. Entries must be received by June 3 and can be mailed, faxed, or emailed. Ars Magirica Kid's Recipe Contest, 158 Almeria Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Fax: 305.443.8378, Email: KidsCook@ArsMagirica.com

AN ETIQUETTE CLASS FOR HIGH SCHOOL & COLLEGE GRADUATES, JUNE 9 AT THE RITZ-CARLTON COCONUT GROVE
The perfect Graduation gift might just be a crash course in manners, interview skills, business etiquette, greetings and introductions, June 9 at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove. "Graduation Class: Business Etiquette and Dining Manners for the Graduate" is created and taught by etiquette expert Suzanne Willis -- a graduate of the Protocol School of Palm Beach -- to help high school and college grads upgrade their social skill and graciously navigate real-world situations. The cost of the class is $100 and includes the hands-on training, etiquette booklet, three-course gourmet meal, taxes and gratuities. For more information or reservations, please call dining reservations at The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, Miami at 305-644-4675.

DRAGON AT CHINA GRILL-SOUTH BEACH OFFERS SUSHI CLASSES
Every third Tuesday of each month through the summer Dragon at China Grill will hold Sushi Classes including a Sushi Kit (to take home), Sushi Dinner and a Sake Tasting priced at $75.00 per person plus tax and gratuity. Classes will be held on May 24, June 21st, July 19th and August 23rd at Dragon at China Grill-SoBe, 404 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. For reservations and information please call 305-534-2211 or e-mail maria.linkous@chinagrillmgt.com

SUSHISAMBA DROMO OFFERS MONTHLY SUSHI & SAKE CLASSES
The Asian- and Latin-fusion restaurant, SUSHISAMBA dromo, is offering monthly cooking and tastings classes from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m, conducted by Corporate Beverage Director, Paul Tanguay and Sushi Chef Toshio Furihata on the following dates. June 15, July 13, August 17 and September 14. The two-hour session includes a sushi sampler platter and five flights of sake, Cost: $60. SUSHISAMBA dromo, 600 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Reservations: 305-673-5337.

"BRING IN THE SEASON" MENU AT MAX'S GRILLE
Max's Grille will offer a spring/summer discounted menu for early diners Sunday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The specially-priced three course menu, ranges from $18 to $23 per person, depending on choice of entrée, and two guests dining together can add a bottle of Stone Cellars chardonnay or merlot for an additional $2 per person; or enjoy a cocktail made with house vodka, gin, rum, bourbon or tequila for $2 a drink.

Max's Grille is slated to open a new location this summer at 55 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, and another one later this year in Palm Beach Gardens at Downtown at the Gardens. Max's Grille in Boca Raton is located at 404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Telephone: 561.368.0080.

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