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SOUTH BEACH WINE& FOOD FESTIVAL TRIBUTE DINNER TO FERRAN ADRIÀ
Tickets go on sale October 20, 2005 for Decoding Ferran Adrià:The Tribute Dinner(price: $600 per person). A select group will be able to share the table with the celebrated chef owner of El Bullì in Catalonia and enfant terrible of Spanish cuisine Ferran Adrià on Saturday, February 25, 7p.m. to 11p.m., at a dinner in his honor, orchestrated and prepared by some of his colleagues and friends at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach
Emceed by Anthony Bourdain and spearheaded by Adrià's good friend José Andrés, the Tribure Dinner will feature the creations of some of the world's top chefs in a salute to the master of modern cuisine.
The evening will begin with a Champagne Gosset reception hosted by Emeril Lagasse (Emeril's, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, Orlando, Atlanta) and NormanVan Aken (Norman's, Coral Gables, Orlando, Los Angeles) followed by a seven-course dinner prepared by chefs José Andrés (Jaleo, Café Atlantico,Zaytinya, Washington D.C.); Thomas Keller (Per Se, New York; French Laundry, Yountville);Gray Kunz (Café Gray, New York); Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu, worldwide; Matsuhisa, Aspen, Beverly Hills); Jean-GeorgesVongerichten (Jean-Georges Management LLC); MarcEhrler (Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach), and Pierre Hermé (Pâtisserie Pierre Hermé, Paris).
Decoding Ferran Adrià:The Tribute Dinner is the centerpiece of the 2006 South Beach Wine &Food; Festival set to take place February 24-26, 2006, hosted by Southern Wine& Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU). For a complete listing of events and for more information,please visit the festival website www.sobewineandfoodfest.com or call (877) 762-3933.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AT MOSAICO AND SALERO, DOWNTOWN MIAMI
Through October 15, 2005, Mosaico and Salero Restaurants celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with prix-fixe dinners showcasing the culinary evolution of Spain. Salero is offering five tapas and a glass of Sangria for $19.95 and Mosaico is offering a five-course dinner menu prepared by chef Jordi Vallès, starting from a medieval recipe of Migas con Chorizo a la Castellana and Roasted Turbot with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms and Artichoke Crisp to 21st century contemporary Spanish cuisine from Catalonia - Sautéed Venison, with Potato - Eucalyptus Ravioli and Raspberry Essence priced at $60 per person (plus tax and tips). Mosaico and Salero: 1000 South Miami Avenue, Miami). Reservations: (305) 371-3473.

PASCAL'S ON PONCE TO HOST TRIBUTE DINNER TO JULIA CHILD

On Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at 7:30 p.m., Pascal's on Ponce which celebrated its fifth anniversary, , is hosting in conjunction with Books & Books of Coral Gables a special dinner and book signing for Julie Powell's novel, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen - How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, & Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living (Little, Brown & Company, $23.95). The three-course dinner incorporating Chef Pascal Oudin's own recipes -- Soufflé Au Fromage Renverse; Canard Rôti a L'Orange; Fondant Au Chocolat and Petit Fours-- and techniques with those of Julia Child's includes wine pairing and a copy of the novel to be signed on-site by the author. Pascal's on Ponce, 2611 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables, 305-444-2024.. For tickets please call Cristina Nosti at Books & Books in Coral Gables at (305) 444-9044. $95 per person plus tax and gratuity.

FARE TO REMEMBER HIRES CHEF HENDRICK CORNELISEEN
Chef Hendrick Cornelissen, executive chef at the St Michel in Coral Gables from 2001 until August of 2005, is now chef at Fare to Remember Creative Catering, a mid size off premise catering company in Coral Gables, founded in 1999 by Sarah Davidoff. 1557 Sunset Drive, Coral Gables. 305 662 8664.

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