Top Chef Elizabeth Falkner's Pop-Up at Miami Culinary Institute: Win Her Book

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All photos by Laine Doss
Top Chef Elizabeth Falkner is completely a hands-on chef. At her first pop-up dinner and cooking demonstration at the Miami Culinary Institute last evening, Falkner encouraged questions and interaction while she showed a group of about 50 guests, most of them fans, how to make gnocchi, pesto sauce, and arancini. Afterward, the personable chef mingled, signed copies of her new book, and posed for pictures.

A multi-course dinner was served family-style, with Falkner herself helping pass the gnocchi and focaccia. "Did you get some meatballs?" she asked our end of the table, clearly worried that we didn't get enough to eat.

We assured her that we had, in fact, gotten the meatballs, as she raced to get a heaping plate of couscous for the table.

The chef is in town on her way to Brooklyn, where she is opening her new restaurant, Krescendo, featuring dishes inspired by her time in southern Italy. The pop-up features items both from the new restaurant and dishes that she prepared in the earlier cooking demo.

Falkner returns to the Miami Culinary Institute tonight and tomorrow and a limited number of tickets are still available for the events.

Dinner with wine pairings and cocktails costs $90 (including taxes and gratuity), available through LivingSocial. Each intimate dinner starts at 8:30 p.m., with cocktails at 7:30 p.m. The VIP cooking demonstration starts at 6:30 p.m. and includes a copy of Falkner's book, Cooking Off The Clock. The VIP event is $130 (including taxes and gratuity) and includes dinner at the pop-up.

In the meantime, Short Order wants to give away an autographed copy of the chef's new book (which hasn't even been released in stores yet). Just become a fan of Short Order on Facebook and post your favorite Italian dish. Are you a pasta person? Do you want to make some gnocchi at home? We'll choose one random person and announce the winner Monday morning.

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LaineDoss
LaineDoss

Andy Villabona - it looks like you didn't get the Facebook message - you won the book. Please email laine.doss@miaminewtimes.com so I can get it to you.

Heather Purtle
Heather Purtle

I LOVE all Italian dishes, but one of my favorites is chicken stuffed manicotti with a pesto sauce!

Kim Beall Kortenbach
Kim Beall Kortenbach

My favorite italian dish, tough choice but for today I'd say Osso Bucco, yum!

Katherine Miller
Katherine Miller

I would love to win a copy of Chef Falkner's book. Pick me, pick me! Lol!

Andy Villabona
Andy Villabona

I'm a little confused, I posted the comment on the new times article, should I just copy and paste it here? Lol either way, fav Italian dish is Potato Gnocchi with lemon cream sauce.

avill009
avill009

So did I win, Laine? if so, Thanks!

Favorite Italian Dish is Gnocchi w/ Parmesan-Lemon Cream Sauce.

-Andy Villabona

 

Kim Beall Kortenbach
Kim Beall Kortenbach

Was looking forward to meeting Elizabeth tonight, but now concerned with possible severe weather issues here in Miami and the preparation we must take etc. Is the dinner tonight going to be canceled to help encourage south floridians to prepare for possible hurricane?

Jan Wheeler Lachowycz
Jan Wheeler Lachowycz

My favorite Italian meal to make is lasagna! And I make a mean one if I do say so myself!!

Laine Doss
Laine Doss

I agree Andy Villabona post a comment to win a signed copy of chef Falkner's book.

Andy Villabona
Andy Villabona

Four hours since this was posted an no one has commented?!?! I'll take the book!!! She's by far one of the "top chefs" in the nation. I'd love a copy if it's still available!!

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