Coconut Grove Arts Festival 2020

COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN FORCES TO SUPPORT THE ARTS Two legends in South Florida’s restaurant scene have joined forces to announce a new partnership that will showcase the culinary talents of three nationally known celebrity chefs at the 57th edition of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival next February. Monty Trainer, president of the…

Robbin Haas. In Memoriam

“Robbin Haas has passed away”. Those were the words that woke me yesterday. They woke me with sadness. Especially for his family. But also for the South Florida food and restaurant community that Robbin joined us in and helped propel forward ever since his arrival here. When I met Robbin we were…

Looking For the Pope

It all began with a conversation in an espresso house in New Orleans with my two great friends Charlie Trotter and Emeril Lagasse. They said, “You must go see “The Pope” with us”. I knew they didn’t mean the Holy Pontiff in Rome .. they meant Chef Frédy Girardet in Switzerland. This…

Pan Con Podcast, An Excerpt

A few weeks ago I sat down for an interview for a podcast named “Pan Con Podcast”. The person that the show stars is Chef Mike Beltran of Ariete Restaurant, (as well as a few other fine places in town). I first came to know Michael when he came to work for…

Time Out Market Miami

When the list of chefs to be featured at the new Miami Beach outpost of Time Out Market was announced, food enthusiasts knew immediately that it was going to be a hit. From my visit earlier this month, I can vouch for its success, both in popularity and in operations. With heavy-hitters…

NORMAN’S Orlando. “One Door Closes and Another Opens”.

Courtesy: Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel: Amy Drew Thompson “It was Saturday night in the ritzy enclave of Coral Gables and the board was full of tickets. Chef Norman Van Aken was expediting orders, hands flying fast, when a gentleman strolled into the madness of the kitchen and introduced himself. Van Aken didn’t know it, but…

Lost Kitchen Supper Club Event in Key West!

Lost Kitchen Spotlight Dinner: Chef Norman Van Aken Saturday, August 24 6:00pm “Meet and Greet” Reception 7:00pm Dinner Lost Kitchen Supper Club is proud to present an evening with Chef Norman Van Aken, a James Beard Award semifinalist for the “Best Chef in America.”  His namesake restaurant NORMAN’S, was nominated as a finalist…

Moving On Out Party!

As George Harrison put it so well, “All Things Must Pass”. So, after 16 award-winning years we are going to go out in style with some of our dearest and most talented friends. On Saturday, August 3rd we will gather with the following folks and a roomful of guests who will make me,…

 
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