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New menu at Big City Tavern, Fort Lauderdale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 22:54

After 10 years at the helm of Big City Tavern kitchen, Executive Chef Louis Bossi is now offering charcuterie on the menu including pancetta, house-made guanciale (unsmoked Italian bacon prepared with pig's cheeks), prosciutto, salami and lardo. In addition to fresh seafood, steaks, pastas, pizza and salads,  the menu also offers a variety of new homemade pasta dishes with local and seasonal ingredients and cocktails made with freshly squeezed juices.

City Tavern, 609 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301(954) 727-0307

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 January 2013 23:08
All day brunch at The Local House, South Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 22:36

The Local House restaurant in The Sense Beach House offers a daily all day brunch, from 8:30am-5pm, with endless mimosas daily and farm to table ingredients.   Brunch favorites include a bevy of eggs Benedict , Sweet Potato Pancakes; Shrimp Cornmeal Porridge with bacon bits and spicy brown sugar glaze. The Local House is located inside The Sense Beach House at 400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139.   786.230.8396

New menu, new Executive chef at City Hall The Restaurant, Downtown Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Thursday, 03 January 2013 22:31

City Hall The Restaurant has appointed Luis Lopez — formerly of Soyka restaurant and Williams Island —as their new executive chef. While keeping the menu’s  favorite selections and the Express Lunch at $11.50 per person, Chef Lopez and owner Steven Haas have introduced healthy options such as Gluten Free and Vegetarian selections.

New menu items include Traditional white & black bean hummus - with warm pita, cucumbers, carrots and a roasted red peppers spread; Grilled vegetables and mozzarella pizza with classic marinara sauce; Seared Ahi Tuna with vegetable stir fry, green tea soba noodles with fermented black bean vinaigrette and sriracha aioli; Seafood stew, with fresh fish, mussels, scallop, shrimp in seafood tomato broth served with cilantro white rice.  Chef Lopez, originally from Puerto Rico, has added his own touch to the American comfort menu by adding a 12 oz. grilled rib eye steak with parmesan French fries and truffle butter and Shrimp & grits with Tasso cream, among many others.

City Hall The Restaurant, 2004 Biscayne Blvd. (west corner of 20th and Biscayne Blvd.) Miami, FL 33137.   305 764 3130.  Self parking available directly behind City Hall the Restaurant.

The Setai Grill, NY-style steakhouse and Classic French gastronomy, re-opens on 12-12-12, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 10 December 2012 22:55


To re-open the Setai Grill with its beautiful mother-of-pearl communal table and private nooks of indoor and outdoor tables,  Executive Chef Mathias Gervais and Chef de Cuisine Thomas Griese -- who together combine work experience at seven Michelin-starred restaurants, under the tutelage of cooking greats like Joël Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Annie Feolde, Paul Bocuse, and Andre Rochat -- are offering a menu composed of rich cattle cuts, southern European plates, seasonal and local ingredients and products from the industry’s most renowned purveyors.

“The Setai Grill is a perfect marriage of Chef Gervais’ authentic French culinary training, techniques and recipes—and Chef Griese’s intricate experience with classic American cuisine,” explains Guenter Richter, vice president and managing director of The Setai, Miami Beach.   

On the meat menu Filet (12oz),  a Dry-Aged Prime New York Strip Loin (18oz), a 35-Day Dry-Aged Black Angus Prime Bone-in Rib Eye Steak (22oz), a Porter House (26oz), and the signature Setai Tomahawk Bone-In Steak (32oz).

Additional menu selections include items like Le Caviar with Florida stone crab, crème fraîche, and 1 oz. of caviar from either California, the Caspian Sea, or Russia; Foie Gras Terrine ; Côte de Boeuf with roasted potato gratin and Roquefort sauce; and Blanquette de Veau, braised veal en cocotte, mushrooms, carrots, onions, leeks and potatoes.  Items from the sea include Florida’s rock lobster served with grilled vegetables and basil nage; and monkfish with tomato confit, pinenuts, sauce vierge and roasted fingerling potatoes.

At the Setail Lounge, in addition to small plates & snacks served at the bar, there is a display of charcuteries and salumi;  seafood on ice and bone-in jamón Ibérico sliced on-demand.

The Setai Grill and The Setai Lounge are open Wednesday – Sunday for dinner; Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to midnight.   305.520.6400 or

Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 22:58
Max’s Grille reopens after extensive facelift, Boca Raton PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Sunday, 09 December 2012 23:59

 Max’s Grille in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park has reopened for dinner with a fresh new look after extensive renovations.

“We are delighted to kick off the season and enter our 22nd year in business with a sophisticated new look,” said owner Dennis Max.

The  contemporary menu with Asian and Latin influences, paired with an extensive wine list, is updated daily and seasonally but maintains its popular signature dishes, including meatloaf, radiatore pasta, steaks, grilled fish, chopped salad, and complimentary crispy breadsticks and hummus on each table.   Max’s Grille,  Mizner Park at 404 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. 561-368-0080.

SambaPop Hits Downtown Miami during Art Basel PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:13

 From Tuesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 9, Noon to midnight daily, SAMBAPOP, a SUSHISAMBA dromo six-day pop-up concept during Art Basel, offers an abbreviated menu in the space formerly occupied by Sustain.

The menu includes items like Duck Anticuchos  with peach white soy ($12), the Baura Sandwich served SAMBA-style ($16), raw fish selections - tiraditos, seviche, sushi and sashimi - as well as bento boxes, small plates and SAMBA Rolls.  Pastry Chef, Jill Montinola finishes the experience with housemade desserts of Mochi, Warm Chocolate Banana Cake and her signature Catupiry Cheesecake, all for $10.

A full service bar of sakes ($8-$24), wines ($9-$11) and beers ($8) will be available along with cocktails like the Nina Fresa®, Classic Caipirinha, Classic Mojito and Chu-Cumber ($8).

SAMBAPOP, 3252 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 (formerly Sustain). No reservations required.

Chef de Cuisine Matthew McGhee returns to Angle Restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG   
Monday, 03 December 2012 22:02

After a summer stint in NYC culling the latest culinary trends, Chef Matthew McGhee has returned  to the The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach’s sAmerican supper club restaurant, Angle.     Angle, named one of the Top 10 Restaurants by Palm Beach Illustrated, offers a new menu by Chef McGhee drawing upon traditional regional cuisine to offer innovative seafood and prime cut selections.

Chef McGhee trained at The French Culinary Institute in New York City and the Culinary Institute of America, also in New York. McGhee embarked on his career as a banquet cook at the five-diamond Hilton at Short Hills, New Jersey and from there completed an externship at the Five-Star resort, The Ritz-Carlton Naples in 2003. While Chef Matthew honed his craft as Chef Tournant at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, it was the Greenbriar Resort, where he developed skills in classic American cuisine.

Seven Hour Happy Hour on Thursdays at Cafe Prima Pasta, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 03 December 2012 21:45

There is a new Cocktail Culture Series, a seven-hour happy hour every Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight at Café Prima Pasta. Choose  from a menu of six L’Chaim martinis and six authentic Italian dishes priced at $6.69 each while enjoying pop-up, cultural experiences spanning art, cinema, fashion, music, mixology and gastronomy.

Café Prima Pasta is open Monday through Saturday for dinner from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.   414 71st Street, Miami Beach, FL 305.867.0106

New Sunday Poolside Brunch at Mandarin Oriental Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Monday, 03 December 2012 21:39

Every Sunday, beginning Sunday, December 2 from 11:30am to 3:30pm  The Mandarin Oriental, Miami serves Sunday Brunch by the new infinity-edge pool. The outdoor brunch will feature a lavish menu, Pommery champagne and live jazz. The brunch menu includes made-to-order omelet and egg station, carving station, sushi, fresh salads, exotic fresh fruit, bakery items and a selection of pastries by Pastry Chef Frederic Monnet. A fresh seafood presentation including shrimp cocktail and stone crab claws will complete the menu.   The cost of the Sunday Brunch is USD 55 per person plus tax and gratuity and includes one glass of champagne and USD 25 for children ages 6 to 12.  Children under 6 years old are complimentary.    For Sunday Brunch reservations or more information:  (305) 913 8358 or visit Mandarin Oriental, Miami is located at 500 Brickell Key Drive, Downtown Miami

BOURBON STEAK Celebrates Fifth Anniversary through December 8, Turnberry Isle, Aventura PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 03 December 2012 21:28

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Bourbon Steak is offering a five course dinner prepared by executive Chef Gabriel Fenton, paired with wines.

On the menu, some of Chef Michael Mina's signature dishes such as American Caviar Parfait, Maine Lobster Pot Pie with Truffle Cream and  Seasonal Vegetables, Miso-Glazed Sea Bass, a duo of beef with a trio of signature side dishes and dessert.

Chef  Michael Mina will be at the restaurant for the celebrations on December 6 & 7. The menu must be ordered by the entire table. Cost: $125, wine pairings $55. Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle Miami, 19999 West Country Club Drive, Aventura,  RSVP (786) 279-6521

Joey’s Italian Café in Wynwood open on Sundays all day PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 20:01


Starting Sunday, November 11, Joey’s Italian Café in Wynwood will open its door from noon until 10 p.m. for an Italian-Style Brunch with a score of affordable à la carte dishes including uova alla fiorentina, frittata con cipolle e salciccia and more.    Joey’s will also offer lunch and dinner on the recently updated patio from its vast  menu featuring Italian specialities, salads and pizzas.  Joey’s Italian Café, located at 2506 N.W. 2nd Avenue in Wynwood, serves lunch Monday –Friday, and dinner Monday – Saturday. Now open Sundays noon until 10 p.m.    Valet parking available.    (305) 438-0488 .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 20:10
The Dutch celebrates first year with special menu, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 19:41

On Wednesday, November 14 The Dutch celebrates its 1-year anniversary with a special three-course menu put together by chef/co-owner Andrew Carmellini and chef de cuisine Conor Hanlon. The prix-fixe menu, available from Sunday, November 11 through Sunday, November 18 is priced at $65 and features favorites such as the trio of little oyster sandwiches, butter lettuce salad, papparadelle, steamed red snapper and a is finished with a delicious house made seasonally-inspired pie. The Dutch, inside W South Beach Hotel & Residences, 2201 Collins Avenue,  Miami Beach, Florida, 33139 (305)

Election Day complimentary Sushi at Ra Sushi PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 23:16

On Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012, RA Sushi will be rolling out a campaign of their own:  with any tab of ten dollars or more, guests wearing their “I Voted” sticker will receive a complimentary California Roll. Popular with both parties, the California Roll features crab meat, cucumber and avocado; wrapped in nori and white rice ($6.50). Downtown at the Gardens: 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. / 561-340-2112.  The Shops at Pembroke Gardens: 201 SW 145th Terrace / 954-342-5454


Last Updated on Friday, 02 November 2012 16:13
Talavera Celebrates three years of Mexican cuisine throughout November, Coral Gables PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 22:04

Throughout November, Talavera and Executive Chef Oscar del Rivero celebrate three years of authentic Mexican cuisine with a special “Best of Talavera” tasting menu including  Queso Frito ($11) Crispy melted cheese served with salsa verde and shoestring potatoes;  Ceviche Natural ($11 / 18) with shrimp, scallops, octopus and calamari; Empapelado ($24) Fresh fish with vegetables, baked in parchment paper with a cilantro pesto; Puntas Chipotle ($24) Beef tenderloin tips in tomatillo and chipotle sauces, served with house white rice.    Talavera’s signature “Margarita Lab” happy hour, available Monday through Friday from 6 to 9 pm.   features discounted specialty cocktails including Talavera’s   margaritas, each paired with complimentary sopes appetizers. Talavera Restaurant, 2299 Ponce de Leon, 305.444.2955

Barton G. Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Barton G. The Restaurant,Miami Beach and opens Barton G. In Los Angeles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 20:42


Restaurateur/hotelier/Party Planner and caterer par excellence Barton G. Weiss will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his eponymous restaurant by unveiling his newest event space, the 120-seat UpTop at Barton G., a handsomely designed area with a terrace overlooking the garden on the second floor of Barton G. The Restaurant at 1427 West Avenue, Miami Beach. He will also announce that a new Barton G. The Restaurant is slated to open early January 2013at 861 North La Cienega Boulevard in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

The later will be the fourth themed restaurants —  Barton G. The Restaurant on South Beach’s West Avenue, Prelude by Barton G. in Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and The Dining Room at The Villa by Barton G. (the former Versace Mansion)  — all with menus by Executive Chef Jeff O’Neill  .

Chef O’Neill has worked at Le Cirque, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, Daniel Boulud’s Daniel and as Sous Chef alongside Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin, before relocating to Palm Beach to open L’Escalier at The Breakers and later for a four year run as Executive Chef at the Trump Family’s Mar-A-Lago.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 20:11
Celebrate French gastronomy with French Spice throughout November PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 20:23

Modeled on Miami Spice, French Spice offers French dining experience at prix fixe prices — lunch, $15 - $20 for 2 and 3 courses and dinner, $35 - $50 for 3 to 5 courses— at any of the many participating restaurants. French wine enthusiasts will also enjoy French wines starting at $20 per bottle and $6 per glass.

The list starts with The Armillary Grill at the InterContinental at Doral Miami with meals prepared by Chef Seydou “Frank” Kindou (2505 NW 87th Avenue  Doral, FL 33172). More information on participating restaurants and menus at

Books & Books celebrates 30 years with street party, guest chefs, drinks, live music, Saturday, November 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 17:34

 On Saturday, November 3, Books & Books founder/owner Mitchell "Mitch" Kaplan  will celebrate the independently-owned bookstore’s 30th anniversary with a day’s worth of festivities at his flagship store in Coral Gables. The party is dedicated to South Florida’s Readers & Writers, those whose support has allowed the bookstore to do business and stay open for 30 years.

The Miami culinary authors that have toured their books through Books & Books will cook up their signature dishes at the party. The participating chefs:  Allen Susser, Bernie Matz, Michelle Bernstein, Norman Van Aken, Douglas Rodriguez, Thomas Buckley, Abe Ng, Steve Haas and Cindy Hutson. The event on Saturday, November 3, is free and open to the public, as follows: 11am to 2pm. Children and Family Activities; 7:00 – 9:00pm Street Party with Food by Participating Guest Chefs, Drinks on the House and live music in addition to all-day 30% OFF sale at the Coral Gables store.

For additional information log on to .  Click to Listen to an interview with Mitch Kaplan on FOOD & WINE TALK WSFG

Books & Books Store, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, 305-442-4408. Street party directly in front of bookstore.






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Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 20:29
Fall “Seasonal Supper” Farm-To-Table Dinner at Essensia, Miami Beach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 22 October 2012 19:53

Essensia Restaurant’s Chef, Julie Frans  and the Essensia culinary team present the Fall edition of Essensia’s Seasonal Supper Series on Thursday, November 8, at 7:00 p.m.      

The 5-course farm-fresh flavored dinner paired with fine wines  selected from Essensia’s sustainable wine list begins with a Cocktail Social and passed hors d’oeuvres in the hotel’s private beach area, home to Chef’s Organic Garden. On the menu: White Bean and kale soup with butternut squash, local oyster mushroom, garden celery, and crispy serrano ham; mini jackfruit carnita served with local avocado, garden herb chimichurri, and heirloom tomato salsa fresco; Grilled Okechobee shrimp served with Mediterranean Salad with purslane, mint, and pomegranate;  Hog Fish en papillote with lemongrass, ginger, Thai basil, sweet chile, over coconut black Thai rice, and for dessert Panna Cotta with local strawberries, aged balsamic, Tellicherri pepper, served with lavender rosemary biscotti.

Seats are limited to 50 guests. $95.00 per person (not including tax or gratuity). RSVP 305.908.5490 Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel & Spa 3025 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140.

Fall Harvest Dinner at Rosa Mexicano, 10/24, Downtown Miami PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG Staff   
Sunday, 21 October 2012 22:53

On Wednesday, October 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Rosa Mexicano launches its first annual Fall Harvest Dinner. A 4-course meal (cocktails purchased separately) crafted by Culinary Advisor Jonathan Waxman, with appetizers like Fall Guacamole with toasted hazelnuts and pomegranate seeds; cocktails such as otoño rosado (pink fall) with Herradura Reposado, Pedro Ximenez Sherry; La Abejita with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, chipotle-infused local honey, crème de cacao, mezcal and fresh lemon¸ the menu continues with wild mushroom and chorizo salad with butternut squash; grilled lobster and scallop tacos with papaya and pumpkin seeds; and ancho chile pumpkin cheesecake.

Rosa Mexicano at Mary Brickell Village, 900 South Miami Ave. Tickets available for pre-purchase at for $45/person (plus tax and gratuity)

Sensational Sundays Dinner Series at Michy’s PDF Print E-mail
Written by SFG staff   
Sunday, 21 October 2012 22:35

Starting Sunday, October 21 and running each Sunday through November, the weekly dinner series, served family-style, priced at $38 per person/$22 per person for kids under 12 (excluding beverage, tax and gratuity), will feature a weekly theme or cooking style based on seasonality and chef Bernstein’s whim.  The Sunday, October 21’s dinner theme: Spain, featuring Sra. Martinez classics (i.e. crispy artichokes and shrimp tiradito).    To accompany the dinner, Martinez will hand-pick select bottles wines, offered at amazingly affordable prices -- $25-$30 per bottle, $6-$8 by the glass.  This dinner series is .

about fun and family – good food, made with love and meant to be shared and enjoyed,” says chef Bernstein who insists on the no cell phones, no emails, no TV or videogames – just great food and conversation policy. And if your  server does not see an IPod, smartphone or any other electrical device at the table during the meal, everyone in that party will receive a complimentary red velvet cupcake (a must-try, signature Michelle Bernstein dessert).

Michy’s is open for dinner Tuesday – Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.    6927 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.  (305) 759-2001

“Eat Well. Be Well” menu at Rapoport’s Restaurant Group + free fitness training, Boca Raton PDF Print E-mail
Written by Simone Zarmati Diament   
Monday, 15 October 2012 20:52


Beginning on October 17, Rapoport’s Restaurant Group will offer a new lower calorie, health conscious, “Eat Well. Be Well.” menu at three of its locations. Bogart’s Bar & Grille, Deck 84 and Henry’s will now offer five new menu items ranging from 452 to 520 calories and a description of each item’s nutritional content including fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, sugar, fiber and protein.   It will also be available at Burt and Max’s when they open in December.

Guests who order from the “Eat Well. Be Well” menu will receive a complimentary week of personal training at The Facility for Personal Training in Boca Raton.  “We wanted to create a menu that offered additional healthy options to cater to a variety of dietary needs. When deciding on what menu items to include, taste was highly important in addition to being gluten free and lower in calories,” says Burt Rapoport, President of Rapoport’s Restaurant Group.

The menu including Grilled Salmon with Ratatouille and Pistachio Basil Pesto ($24);  Citrus Marinated Mahi with Warm Quinoa Pilaf, Fresh Spinach and Piquillo Pepper Yogurt ($22);  Mojo Marinated Chicken Chop with Wild Rice Quinoa Pilaf and Orange Tarragon Braised Carrots ($18);  8 oz. Turkey Chop Steak paired with Steamed Seasonal Vegetables, Shredded Lettuce and Sliced Tomato ($12) 8 oz. and Grilled Petit Fillet accompanied by Warm Potato, Green Beans and Roasted Tomato Salad with Fresh Arugula and Red Wine Vinaigrette ($28), was created by Henry’s Executive Chef Ben Burger and developed in conjunction with The Facility for Personal Training in Boca Raton.


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