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19TH ANNUAL SOS TASTE OF THE NATION MIAMI
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Forty Chefs prepare Culinary bash @ The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
to End Childhood Hunger

On Wednesday July 19, At 6 p.m., SOS Taste of the Nation, chaired by chef Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s in Aventura, will kick-off its annual event with: a VIP Mumm Champagne reception, 6 p.m. with a vodka slide, live music and hors d’oeuvres by chefs Mark Militello of Mark’s South Beach; James Wierzelewski of Vix at Hotel Victor; Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink; and Jean Paul Desmaison of La Cofradia. (Listen to an interview with Chef Allen Susser online on FOOD & WINE TALK WDNA 88.9FM http://southfloridagourmet.com/newsite/talkradio.html).
General event: 7 p.m. The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne’s Grand Ballroom. With a world of flavors from over 40 chef stations, wines and spirited drinks, dance to a live band, and a silent and live auction.
-- Jenn-Air “For the Love of Cooking” contest pits Jason Schneider of Bizcaya at The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove, Miami against Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
The cost to attend the gala is $75 per person for general admission and $150 for VIP admission All proceeds from the culinary benefit will be contributed to Share Our Strength, one of the nation’s leading organizations working to end childhood hunger in America.
For more information about SOS Taste of the Nation or to purchase tickets, call 1-877-26-TASTE or visit www.miamitaste.com.

HBO SOPRANO STAR LORRAINE BRACCO LAUNCHES OWN LABELS OF ITALIAN WINES

Actress Lorraine Bracco, star of the HBO drama The Sopranos and films such as Goodfellas, Medicine Man and Someone to Watch Over Me, has handpicked eight notable Italian wines, from Pinot Grigio to Amarone, for release under the Bracco Wines label. www.BraccoWines.com

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI NEW WINE APPRECIATION PROGRAM
To meet the growing demands of a wine-loving society, UM is launching a new wine appreciation program designed for wine aficionados and business professionals who wish to acquired knowledge of good wines as part of their social responsibilities.
Eight 2-hour cClasses will be held at the UM Faculty Club every other Wednesday, from August 30 to December 6, 2006, from 7 to 9 p.m.. The fee of $1,945 includes tuition, instructional material, and, of course, wine. The class is limited to a maximum of 24 students. To register: 305-284-5800 or opa@miami.edu For more information: www.edmiami.com/vino

CURAÇAO CHEF HANS VAN TRIEST WINS GOLD MEDAL AT TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN IN MIAMI

This year’s Taste of the Caribbean Gold Medal winner is the Curacao Floris Suite Hotel’s culinary team: Executive Chef Hans van Triest and Chef de Partie Loucine Pastoor-Brooks who won the competition with the highest score ever out of the 120 best chefs in the Caribbean. Before joining the Curacao Floris Suite Hotel in December 2005, Chef Hans van Triest had worked in numerous Michelin star restaurants in the Netherlands including Auberge de Swaen (2*), de Bokkedoorns (2*), and de Engel (1*) as well as in Curacao’s top restaurants, from 1995 to 2000, such as L'Orangerie, Curnonsky, and Zeelandia.
Tune in to an interview with Executive Chef Hans van Triest on FOOD & WINE TALK WDNA 88.9FM, Monday August 28, at 11:06 a.m.

NEW 26-PART TV SERIES, CHEF’S STORY, TO INTERVIEW CULINARY LEGENDS
CHEF’S STORY, a new 26-part series of interviews with today’s most renowned chefs, hosted by Dorothy Hamilton, founder and CEO of The French Culinary Institute and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The James Beard Foundation, has commenced production in New York before student audiences at The French Culinary Institute. The series is scheduled to debut on public television stations in Spring 2007. Following a format inspired by Inside the Actor’s Studio, each half-hour program focuses on a master chef whose life, work, and evolution as a food legend is thoroughly explored.
The cooking luminaries featured are (in alphabetical order) José Andrés , Dan Barber, Lidia Bastianich , Rick Bayless , David Bouley, Daniel Boulud , Anthony Bourdain , Tom Colicchio, Cat Cora , Robert Del Grande, Todd English, Dean Fearing, Bobby Flay, Suzanne Goin, Thomas Keller, Patrick O'Connell, Charlie Palmer, Jacques Pépin , Michel Richard , Alain Sailhac , Arun Sampanthavivat, Marcus Samuelsson , André Soltner , Jacques Torres , Charlie Trotter , Norman Van Aken, and Jean Georges Vongerichte

TIM ANDRIOLA DISTINGUISHED VISITING CHEF @ JOHNSON & WALES UNIVERSITY
Tim Andriola, chef/co-owner of Timo Restaurant in Sunny Isles Beach will be honored as a DVC Distinguished Visiting Chef at a four-course dinner paired with wines on July 20th at Johnson & Wales University, that he will prepare together with students at J&W.; The dinner is open to the public and costs $85 per person, including wines. Johnson & Wales University, 1701 NE 127th Ave., North Miami. Reservations: 305-892-7556


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