All the news you can eat…
We were contacted by the publicist for MICHELIN-starred chef Michael Psilakis and partner Donatella Arpaia regarding an invitation to attend an April13 media preview for their yet-unnamed 15th-floor restaurant at the Viceroy Miami (in developer Jorge Perez‘s IconBrickell complex downtown.) The New York Post first reported on March 11 that the dynamic duo who own Anthos and two other hot Manhattan eateries had signed with Kor Hotel Management to launch the restaurant, which we hear will focus on seafood. Here’s an excerpt from the press release.
Christy’s Restaurant in Coral Gables will host a winemakers dinner featuring the award-winning wines and olive oils of Long Meadow Ranch paired with Christy’s classic cuisine. The family-owned winery, located in the Mayacamas Mountains above Napa Valley, is one of less than 30 organically-certified vineyards in the county. Proprietor Chris Hall will be in attendance. For full menu and to reserve a spot, contact Christy’s at (305) 446-1400. Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., $65.00 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.
Lifefood Gourmet is hosting its first chocolate dance “rave” party featuring the “super QPC nutritious, amazing synergy drink” and a presentation on the sacred tradition of fermented cacao and how all chocolate is not created equal. Go home happy too with a sensuous goodie bag of three original medicinal chocolate buttercups. Saturday, April 18, 8:00 p.m. to Midnight, $25.00 advance purchase or $30 at the door. RSVP here.
Patricia Jinich who teaches regional Mexican cooking at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C. was featured Wednesday in the New York Times (see the left sidebar for links to her Passover recipes with a Mexican flair.) Jinich grew up in Mexico, one of 40,000 to 50,000 Jews, most of them descendants of Eastern European immigrants. For her Jewish-Mexican cooking class at the Institute, she got suggestions from her family, including sisters Alisa Romano (who is a pastry chef near Miami) and Sharon Drijanski (who has written vegetarian cookbooks and lives in Miami.)
The Miami New Times featured a cornucopia of “Cheap Eats” this week, and conveniently recapped them on Friday for you here.
The Heart of a Chef Festival is Sunday, April 19, benefiting and organized by the Florida Heart Research Institute at the Tree Top Ballroom at Jungle Island includes restaurant tastings, wine seminars and tastings, children’s activities, cooking demos, and a local celebrity chef cook-off. Noon to 4:00 p.m., $25 for adults and $10 for children under 12. The purchase of a ticket entitles guests to purchase entrance to Jungle Island for the discounted rate of $12 per person. Event sponsors include Nespresso, Sonic, Whole Foods Market and MIAMI Modern Luxury. A detailed schedule of events can be found here.
Executive Chef Mark Militello of 1 Bleu at The Regent Bal Harbouris offering a five course prix fixe Easter Sunday menu, featuring his award-winning cuisine, a decadent dessert table of special Easter confections, ocean front views and a string trio. Sunday, April 12, Noon to 6:00 p.m., $65.00 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Includes a glass of champagne. A children’s menu, priced at $25.00, is available for children between the ages of 3-12. Reservations are required at 305-455-5460