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MANNI OLIVE OIL AND NEW MIAMI SPICE MENU AT ACQUA, FOUR SEASONS HOTEL
In addition to pampering diners with new prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus every two weeks through September, during Miami Spice Restaurant Months 2005, Chef Marco Bax at Acqua at Four Seasons is now serving Manni, a luxury olive oil from Tuscany used by the top chefs in the world, including Thomas Keller (The French Laundry; Per Se); Heston Blumenthal (The Fat Duck, UK); Maison Troisgros (Roanne, France) and Tetsuya’s (Sidney, Australia). According to The NYTimes Florenc Fabricant, “Manni extra virgin olive oil… a Tuscan oil so rich a dab will do you... is the cult oil of the moment…” Starting Monday August 15th, the Miami Spice lunch menu offers chilled avocado soup and rock shrimp or summer tomato salad with bagel crisps; coconut-crusted sole with fingerling potatoes, chayote squash and warm pineapple chutney or gargarnelli pasta with fennel sausage and fire-roasted peppers; and a dessert trio of tiramisu, tropical fruit panna cotta, chocolate napoleon. Dinner lists beef carpaccio, penne pasta or salad for starters; and entrees of seared seabass or braised ossobucco with saffron risotto and a desserts trio of chocolate napoleon, pistachio croccantino, tropical fruit panna cotta. Acqua at Four Seasons, 7th floor lobby of the hotel, 1435 Brickell Ave., Downtown Miami For reservations please call (305) 381-3190
MOSAICO WINS 2005 WINE SPECTATOR AWARD
The August issue of Wine Spectator featuring the Award Winning Wine Lists of 2005 (Emeril’s, Norman’s, Duo, Graziano’s, The Forge, Smith & Woillensky and lÉscalier among others) includes Mosaico Restaurant. The contemporary Spanish cuisine restaurant owned by Larry Harris and under the direction of Executive Chef Jordi Vallès has received an Award of Excellence for the style and price range of their well-chosen wine selection. The restaurant features an extensive collection of more than 150 wines. Mosaico restaurant is open Monday through Thursday for dinner from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays until 11:00 p.m. Mosaico is closed on Sundays. 100 South Miami Avenue, Miami, (305) 371-3473
NORTH 110 NOW OFFERS A PRIX FIXE SUNDAY BRUNCH AND SUMMER SUPPER
Chef Dewey LoSasso is now extending the hours of operation at North 110 to Sunday. A Sunday prix fixe Brunch, a three-course extravaganza includes complimentary mimosa, salmon croquettes, potato pancakes with smoked salmon and basil crème fraiche or fat free vanilla yogurt; Mediterranean eggs Benedict, radiccio and endive salad, herb-seared mahi mahi with soba noddle salad; grilled shrimp waffle; grilled skirt steak over chive scrambled eggs, French toast, pan-seared sea scallops, and a lavish dessert buffet. A three-course Summer Supper Menu will be offered every evening from 5:30 to 7 p.m., for $25. North One 10 Restaurant, 11052 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Reservations: 305-893-4211. $25.00 per person.
JAMES BEARD PREVIEW MENU at CARMEN THE RESTAURANT AUGUST 31, 2005
Miamians unable to travel to New York for the James Beard dinner prepared by Chef Carmen Gonzales will be able to taste a sneak preview on Wednesday, August 31. cocktail at 7 p.m., dinner at 8 p.m. After passed Hors d’ Oeuvres of Bacalaitos, Pork Bites Wrapped with Sweet Plantain and Chorizo and Crispy Chicharrones, all doused with passion fruit Martinis, Rum and Coca Cola floats and Mojitos; there will be a five-course degustation menu with Kobe Beef Ropa Vieja, Sweet Corn and Vine Ripe Tomatoes with Boniato Mash prepared as the fourth plate, all .paired with wines and champagne. Carmen The Restaurant, David Williams Hotel, 700 Biltmore Way. Coral Gables. Reservations required - 305.913.1944. $75 per person
FOR THE SAKE OF SAKÉ AT DORAKU SOUTH BEACH, AUGUST 25, 2005
This an opportunity to taste different styles of sake, the versatile Japanese wine rice, abnd pair them with executive chef Hiro Terada’s food under the guidance of sake expert and Doraku Corporate sommelier on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. Doraku, 1104 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Reservations: (305) 695-8383. $40 per person
MIAMI SPICE CAMPO VIEJO WINE TASTINGS
Miami Spice restaurants are offering complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and free Campo Viejo wines tastings throughout August and September.
FORT LAUDERDALE SAVOR SEPTEMBER RESTAURANT MONTH
There's a lot to savor in Greater Fort Lauderdale. The third annual SAVOR Greater Fort Lauderdale September Restaurant Month, presents special three-course menus for lunch and dinner priced from $10.05 -$30.05. Restaurants include: 15th Street Fisheries, 3030 Ocean, Bin 595, Bistro Mezzaluna, Black Orchid Cafe, Bravo Ristorante, Boulevard Cafe, Cafe Del Mar, Carltons Restaurant, Chez Andree, Conca D'Oro, Eduardo de San Angel, Frankie's Pier 5, Giorgios Grill, Indigo at the Riverside Hotel, Johnny V, KM at the Grapevine, La Barraca, Las Palmas, Latitudes, Le Bistro, Louie Louie, Mama Mia, Mancini's Ristorante, Mangos, Mark's Las Olas, Marola's Restaurant, Marola's Trattoria, Michael's Kitchen, Nikki Marina, Primavera Restaurant, Rino's Ristorante, Rino's Tuscan Grill, Shirttail Charlies, Spazio, Sushi Room: A Sake Lounge, Tara Steak and Lobster House, Taverna Opa, Thai Pepper, Trina Restaurant, Tropical Acres and Window's at Irelands. The kick off weekend starting Friday August 26, includes a bevy of dinners, wine tastings, cooking classes, raffles and auctions (http://www.southfloridagourmet.com/newsite/hotevents.html) For more information on SAVOR Greater Fort Lauderdale September Restaurant Month visit online at www.savorfl.com or call (954) 921-6176.