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“THIRSTY THURSDAYS” AT JAGUAR CEVICHE SPOON BAR & LATAM GRILL, COCONUT GROVE
Beginning July 7, and every Thursday , from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. "Thirsty Thursdays: Fresh Ceviches & Chilled Wines” will be held at Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & LatAm Grill, Coconut Grove, co-hosted by Lalo Durazo, owner of Jaguar, and wine educator Barry Alberts of Berries to Wine,Inc... Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & LatAm Grill, the lively Coconut Grove Restaurant with its menu of fine foods with Latin American flavors at neighborhood prices will offer a delicious sampling of Sushi Latin American style: a selection of six freshly-made ceviches (from classic ceviche Peruano to ceviche verde) paired with the wine selections of the evening. Thursday, July 7, 2005, ceviches will be paired with chilled White Wines of Argentina. Upcoming Tastings: July 14, 2005- Wines of Argentina (part 2); July 21, 2005- Wines of Chile. The cost: $15, no reservations required. A special discount will be applied to diners who’ve stayed at the tasting. Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & LatAm Grill. 3067 Grand Avenue, (Next to Cocowalk), Coconut Grove. 305 444-0216. www.jaguarspot.com
JULY SUMMER SPECIALS AT CREPES & CO, CORAL GABLES
Throughout July, in addition to their regular menu, Crepes & Co. is offering a Summer Special prix fixe lunch: soup, a choice of sandwich or crepes, dessert and expreso coffee ($12.97). Dinner specials include Caprese salad ($7.95) and onion soup ($4.95) for starters, followed by filet mignon with black olive tapenade, crespelle of eggplant caviar and caramelized onions ($16) or seafood tagliolini with shrimp, bay scallops, mussels and calamari in a roasted tomato and herb sauce. Desserts($6.95): dulce de leche and burnt-sugar crepes with vanilla ice cream); or lemon cream and raspberries crepes with warm white chocolate and ice cream. Crepes & Co. is opened for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and dinner Wednesday through Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m. 276 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables. 305-446-4545.
SUMMER SPECIALS AT PALM RESTAURANT
The Palm Restaurant is offering 4 or 4 lb Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster and a choice of a 16 oz filet mignon or an 18 oz New York Strip served with two salads and two side dishes, coffee or tea at $110. The Palm, 9650 East Bay Harbor Drive, Bay Harbour Islands, FL 33154 • 305.868.7256; 4425 Ponce de Leon, Coral Gables, 786-552-7256
FLAVORS OF AN EMPIRE, THE ART OF PERUVIAN CUISINE: JULY 28 TO AUGUST 31, SONESTA HOTELS IN COCONUT GROVE AND SUNNY ISLES
This summer, starting July 28 through August 31, 2005, Sonesta Hotels of Florida in cooperation with the Sonesta Hotels Posadas de Inca of Peru, the Consulate General of Peru in Miami and Club de peruanos present "Flavors of an Empire." The culinary festival will feature menus of traditional and contemporary Peruvian specialties prepared by Chef Kurtis Jantz of Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, Chef Christopher Cramer and guest chef Rafael Piqueras-Bertie one Peru's star chefs and the Executive Chef of the Sonesta Hotels of Peru- Posadas del Inca. "Chef Piqueras is currently traveling around the world showcasing Peruvian food on behalf of the Peruvian government. He is currently in China with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo," said George Cozonis, General Manager of Sonesta Coconut Grove. In 2003, Chef Piqueras, who worked at "El Bulli " under the famed Ferran Adria, was named one of the Top Twelve Best Chefs of the World representing Latin America in the International Gastronomy Summit in Madrid. www.flavorsofanempire.com
"The cuisine of Perú is one of the most sophisticated of South American cuisines with its fusion of Spanish, native Indian, African, French, and Asian influences," said Chef Cramer who worked with Chef Piqueras-Bertie in Lima. The month-long menu will offer items such as Martini de ceviche ($10), a Seafood ceviche topped with yellow-pepper froth; Tiradito de lenguado Nikkei ($9) Thinly-sliced flounder in Peruvian-Japanese marinade, served with sweet potato, deep-fried cancha or Peruvian corn & yucca chips; Aji De Gallina ($17), a traditional Peruvian comfort food with shredded chicken in creamy yellow-pepper sauce, garnished with fresh cheese, olives, peanuts and hard-cooked egg; Lomo Saltado ($21), the most traditional of Peruvian dishes: a stir-fry of beef with tomatoes and onions, seasoned with soy sauce and flambéed with Pisco with a side of fried potato sticks and white rice. For desserts( $7): Suspiro a la limeña de lúcuma y chocolate bitter and Huevo Chimbo, a Pisco doused version of Baba au Rhum.
The Peruvian menus will be featured at: Panorama Restaurant, at the Sonesta Hotel & Suites Coconut Grove, 2889 McFarlane Road in the heart of Coconut Grove. . Reservations: 305-447-8256. Full menu is available for lunch and dinner. Neomi's Grill, at Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, 18001 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles. Reservations: 305-692-5600.