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CHEF CLAY CONLEY OF AZUL, MANDARIN ORIENTAL MIAMI TO COOK AT JAMES BEARD HOUSE

Chef Clay Conley of the restaurant Azul at the Mandarin Oriental Miami will cook at the world-renowned James Beard House in New York on Thursday, September 7, 2006. Joining Chef Conley will be Azul sommelier Richard Hales and Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Lassaque. From September 28 through October 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Miami residents will have the opportunity to enjoy the five-course menu specially created for this occasion at Azul: Hawaiian Tuna Tartar, Corn Silk, Arepa, Heirloom Tomatoes, Fire Roasted Chilies; “Pici Nero”, Spicy Italian Sausage, Turks & Caicos Conch, Basil; Miso Marinated Hamachi Belly, Sake Butter Sauce, Lobster Dumplings, Fried Rice, Dashi; Moroccan Inspired Colorado Lamb; and for dessert: Crunchy Praline Croquant, ‘Sao Tome Chocolate Cream and Caramelized Spice Ice-Cream. Each of the courses will be paired with a specially selected wine for $150 and $95 without the wine pairings. For reservations, call (305) 913 8358. Azul is located at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, 500 Brickell Key Drive. Lunch is served from noon to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday and dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Open Sundays for dinner from January through May. Reservations are suggested at (305) 913 8358.

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.

RIOJA CITY OF WINE CULTURAL CENTER OPENS SEPTEMBER 1ST
Rioja producer Marqués de Riscal is to open its City of Wine cultural centre on the 1st September. The 150-acres complex is part of a ten year plan and an investment of some US$ 77 million in the winery and its facilities, and will include the 43 room Hotel Marqués De Riscal. The hotel, with a glass elevator to the wine cellars, is designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, his second creation in Spain after driving Bilbao's urban revival with the Guggenheim Museum. A Michelin starred chef will also host cooking and wine and food matching courses. http://www.slashfood.com/2006/08/09/rioja-city-of-wine-to-open-1st-september


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