Bravo's Best New Restaurant: Dolce Italian Advances

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Chef Paolo Dorigato wants Dolce to be Best New Restaurant.
Dozens of people filed into South Beach's Dolce Italian last evening for the first Best New Restaurant watch party. The reason behind all of this interest in another Bravo TV series is the fact that five Miami restaurants are in the game, vying for a feature in Bon Appétit magazine, a $100,000 spot at a Las Vegas food festival, and the title of Best New Restaurant.

The show's format is such that it features two restaurants each week in the initial phase of the competition as they are individually introduced and then compete against each other. This week, Dolce Italian squared off against Doma in Beverly Hills. The watch party drew other competing restaurants in a show of solidarity. R House's Rocco Carulli and the Federal's Ani Meinhold and Cesar Zapata were on hand to support their fellow Bravo-lebrities, as was Haven's Todd Erickson.

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Anthony Bourdain Caught Filming in Miami

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Bourdain at Dim Ssäm a Gogo.
Miami foodies, be on the lookout!

If you're dining out in the next few days and spot a thin, silver-haired gent who looks familiar, chances are it's intrepid chef/writer/television host Anthony Bourdain.

Bourdain is in Miami filming, which means we likely have a South Florida Parts Unknown episode to look forward to next season.

According to Variety, CNN recently renewed the travel/food/anthropology show for another season. The entertainment insider says the show "ranks among CNN's most-watched programs, and it has earned Primetime Emmys two years in a row for informational series."

See also: Anthony Bourdain's The Layover: He's In Miami, Bitch (Sneak Peek)

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Joan Rivers Was Funny, but She Was Serious About Feeding People

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Joan Rivers celebrating the 10,000,000th meal prepared by God's Love We Deliver.
Joan Rivers died yesterday at the age of 81. In a statement issued by her daughter, Melissa Rivers, the comedianne "passed peacefully at 1:17 p.m. surrounded by family and close friends."

The comic worked through to the end, performing onstage in New York on August 27, a day before she suffered cardiac arrest during a routine outpatient procedure. The actress was placed on life support and never regained consciousness.

Rivers will be remembered for her raunchy stand-up routines and caustic red carpet critiques, and, indeed, the woman was both funny and insulting. I saw her perform many times and in person she was filthy, crude, and sharp as a tack. Many times, I found myself laughing so hard I couldn't breathe despite being completely offended at the same time.

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Chris "Birdman" Andersen King of Hard Rock Energy Drink

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Birdman is back: Is he the new king?
It looks like Miami Heat power forward/center Chris "Birdman" Andersen has more ink to his name -- this time in the form of an endorsement deal.

Birdman has just been named the official celebrity spokesperson for Hard Rock energy Drinks, the rock 'n' roll-themed beverage with local roots. The energy drink is produced, marketed, and distributed by Enterprise Beverage Group, a majority-owned subsidiary of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

See also: Birdman Is Back: Chris Andersen Re-Signs With the Miami Heat

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Lauren Bacall's Best Food Commercials

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Lauren Bacall sure liked her coffee.
Film legend Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89.

The sultry beauty, best known for teaching Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in the Hemingway classic To Have and Have Not, captured the hearts and imagination of the world when she said "you put your lips together and blow."

The talented actress won two Tonys, an honorary Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a National Book Award for her autobiography, and many other accolades for her work in film, television, and on Broadway and was married to Bogart, Jason Robards Jr., and briefly engaged to Frank Sinatra.

In addition to her memorable roles in movies like Key Largo, Dark Passage, and How to Marry a Millionaire, Bacall's distinct smoky voice made her in high demand for commercials. Over the years, the actress hawked everything from cars to cat food to coffee...lots and lots of coffee.

Here are our five favorite of Bacall's food commercials from one of Hollywood's most iconic stars.

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Lee Schrager Makes Cocktails for Melissa and Joe Gorga on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live

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Lee Schrager was in the clubhouse.
Bravo Television's Andy Cohen hosted Real Housewives of New Jersey's Melissa and Joe Gorga on last night's Watch What Happens Live for a little "Fried and True" talk about the latest RHONJ cat fight.

What makes this particular chat so intriguing? Serving up cocktails at the Clubhouse bar was none other than Lee Brian Schrager, vice president of corporate communications and national events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc., the force behind the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and author of Fried & True.

See also: Lee Schrager's Fried & True Is an Ode to Fried Chicken

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Bonefish Grill Unveils New Menu With Mario Lopez, Real Housewives, and Spicy Tuna Bowls

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Smile, meet dimples.
The countdown is on. Though Florida's own Bonefish Grill will debut its new menu July 29, this past Saturday, Short Order was invited on a boat with a bunch of Bravo-lebrities and Mario Lopez to taste-test new menu items.

The new menu has a handful of new items sprinkled into every section, with the introduction of some new categories including bowls, deluxe sides, and dessert flatbread. Some highlights are the wild orchid Hawaiian and fresh pineapple martini, the spicy tuna bowl, the porcini mushroom ravioli, and the s'mores flatbread.

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Mike Tyson Dines at Red The Steakhouse

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Mike Tyson and Red executive Brad Friedlander.
Iron Mike Tyson hosted a dinner party at Red the Steakhouse in Miami Beach Wednesday night in celebration of tonight's boxing match at American Airlines Arena.

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Paula Deen Announces the Paula Deen Network

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Paula Deen's on an iPad y'all.
Paula Deen's gone digital, y'all.

Deen has just announced the Paula Deen Network, a completely digital "channel" that will allow fans to access Deen on their computers, iPads, and smart phones.

The network, scheduled to launch in September 2014, will feature Deen and her family cooking and kibbutzing - all on demand.

See also: Paula Deen Announces 2014 Tour

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Rev Run's New Show Brings the Family Home for Sunday Suppers

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Rev Run and family friend Perry Jones prepare bison burgers.
Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons is a master of reinvention. From rap legend of Run-D.M.C., to minister, to reality show icon, Rev Run keeps finding ways to stay relevant in pop culture. His family was launched into the spotlight when Run's House premiered on MTV in 2005. The show ran for six seasons, spawning another family-based story, Rev Run's Renovation, on DIY and HGTV that brought huge ratings to the networks in 2013. Clearly, viewers enjoy watching Rev and wife Justine manage marriage, kids, and making it all work.

Keeping this gravy train rolling, Rev and Justine are starring in another show, this time using the kitchen to bring their now grown-up family back to the home. In Rev Run's Sunday Suppers, the Simmons clan comes together for family meals every Sunday. Each episode features different family members, from son Diggy and daughter Miley to Justine's parents, sister, and friends as they try to settle on traditional recipes, keep Rev healthy, and battle for who's boss of the kitchen.

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