HOT EVENTS:    February 14, Valentine’s Day… February 20 – 23, The Food Network’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival; March 7, Feast with the Beasts at Miami Zoo;  March 30,  10th Annual  Deering Seafood Festival…   more in Calendar / Hot Events…

 

THIS WEEK ON FOOD & WINE TALK:   Chef Ivan Orkin, author of Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo’s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint; Chef Susan Feniger, Chef, star of Too Hot Tamales on her new restaurant Mud Hen Tavern in Hollywood, CA;  

WHAT’S NEW

Chef Dewey LoSasso is now Executive chef at Acqualina. The Forge has appointed Christopher Lee as new executive chef, Miami Beach…

The Unnamed Mexican Joint by Chef Ralph Pagano opens at Tudor House in South Beach…

Food, Art, Music at new R House, Wynwood Arts District…

The Grill at Bal Harbour to being construction at Bal Harbour Shops…

Italian designer roberto Cavalli opens Cavalli in South Beach…

Stephen Starr ((Makoto, Steak 954) opens Verde at the new Perez Art Museum Miami…

BUZZ

Steve Shlemon,  named President and CEO of Benihana Inc…

New Executive Chef Curt Hicken, new menu at American Social, Fort Lauderdale…

Miami Dace College MCI chef Sandra Canella-Rawls to compete for ACF Pastry Chef of the Year Award…

Pinkberry launches South Beach location with complimentary frozen yogurt…

FOOD & WINE NEWS   

China, the largest consumer of red wine in the world, poised to become a wine-producing superpower…

Learn the art of carving a Jamón Serrano like a Master at Carmen & Lola, Miami…   …

EATING OUT   

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at the Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach…Caviar 101 at Marky’s Caviar; Butcher Block Grill, Boca Raton; Lippi Restaurant, Brickell…

CELLAR

Brancott Estate launches Flight Song,  Low Cal Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, from Marlborough, New Zealand…

Spin the  Bottle wines, kitschy label but good pour at $12…

2012 Doña Paula Estate Black Edition Red Wine, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina. Well-structured, elegant Bordeaux blend belies its price…

Terroir revisited:  Microbes may have a bigger role in how wines taste…

Glenfiddich, the Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Reserve

Rodney Strong, Brothers Ridge, Superb Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma…

 

Fiesta de la Vendimia – Harvest Fest, Mendoza, Argentina, March 2 – 11, 2014

Carole Kotkin, at Ocean Reef’s Cooking School, Key Largo, where Chefs Eat, Play, and Cook…

Peru: A land of wonders: Parts I; II and III – a dinner to remember,

Chef Heston Blumenthal to launch restaurant at Terminal 2,  Heathrow Airport, London…

BEST BUYS   

Séka Hills Extra Virgin  Olive Oil  from CA; The Livre Blanc by 3-Michelin Stars Anne-Sophie Pic  The Vinturi Spirit Aerator: a must… Edge of Belgravia takes knives to the next level; The VitaClay Multicooker: a modern organic cooker… U.S.-Grown Texmati® and Jasmati® Rice, wholesome grains for great recipes;

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