Cindy Hutson Celebrates 15 Years of Ortanique: "It Takes People, Skills, and Fresh Ideas"

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It's a big month for Cindy Hutson and partner Delius Shirley. The duo and life partners are celebrating a 15-year run in the restaurant industry with their Miracle Mile darling Ortanique on the Mile. Hutson also will bring her Caribbean flair to downtown with the opening of Zest and Zest Mrkt come fall.

But all this could not be possible without the loyal clientele of Ortanique, so to celebrate and thank locals for continuous years of support, Hutson and Shirley are hosting a charity wine dinner in union with Darioush Winery this Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

We caught up with Hutson on what challenges the last 15 years brought and what's next for Ortanique.

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Molly Wizenberg on Her New Memoir: "Food Gives Rhythm to Our Lives"

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London author and restaurateur Molly Wizenberg.
Molly Wizenberg's food blog Orangette has been called the best food blog by the London Times. Her first memoir, A Homemade Life (2010), chronicled her food memories, dealing with her father's death, and meeting her husband-to-be, Brandon. Delancey (2014) is Wizenberg's second memoir, and it focuses on their decision to open a pizza restaurant in Seattle with recipes thrown into the mix. Short Order sat down with the New York Times bestselling author to discuss the new book, the restaurant, and tear-worthy pasta.

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Arepada: Pubbelly Pop-Up With La Latina Celebrates Arepas Wednesday

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Coming together in the name of arepas.
Ah, an arepa, that glorious golden cornflour puck stuffed with goodness. For one night only, you can get some Jose Mendin in the middle. The Pubbelly chef and partner is staging a pop-up with La Latina late Wednesday night from 9 p.m till 2 a.m. at Pubbelly.

We have already raved about La Latina's vegan plantain and black bean arepa, and don't get us started on the empanadas de pabellón. The Pubbelly boys have already successfully tackled steak, sushi, and most recently French food at their series of restaurants, so arepas are a welcome departure into simple and delicious street food. But don't worry -- these gold disks are getting the Mendin touch.

We asked Mendin some burning questions about this upcoming griddle-hot night and how he plans to pack it with surprising flavors.

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Latin House: Chefs Talk Sangria Don Chu and New Pines Location

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The "Goddess of Sangria," Maria Rita Rivera.
If you've ventured to Latin House Burger & Taco Bar, we hope you've ordered the sangria. Since January 2013, Latin House has been the proud sole purveyor of Sangria Don Chu, a tasty libation made weekly by Maria Rita Rivera. Originally a "stalker" of chef Michell Sanchez's Latin House food truck (that's what Sanchez lovingly calls the most loyal fans), Rivera befriended Chef M and he became a great ally for her now-growing sangria business.

Short Order sat down with Rivera over a glass (or two) of sangria to talk about her boozy biz and plans for the future. And Chef M stopped by to reveal news about a second Latin House Burger & Taco Bar, set to open soon in Pembroke Pines.

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Broken Shaker's James Seyba Talks Black Watermelons and Buns in the Oven

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Seyba brings home the bacon.
Prior to joining the Broken Shaker last November, James Seyba got his tutelage under Michael Schwartz while working as a sous-chef at Michael's Genuine before moving to New Orleans as chef de partie at Asian bistro Lucky Rooster. Seyba has shaken up (pun intended) the menu twice since settling in at the Freehand Miami.

Seyba and his sous-chef, Anthony Ciancio (also from Michael's Genuine), are working on keeping the Shaker's garden well stocked so that by the time harvesting season peaks, their produce is ready and in full swing. We stopped in to try his summer fare and chat about the the Shaker's indoor restaurant, new kitchen, and rooftop garden.

See also: Broken Shaker's New Chef, James Seyba, Creates Menu Designed to Pair with Cocktails

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Iron Fork 2014: Aaron Brooks and Todd Erickson Talk Strategy

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Save it for the stage, will ya!
On Thursday, July 31, chef Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) will face off against chef Todd Erickson (Huahua's Taqueria and Haven) at New Times' Iron Fork/Miami Spice kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

It all goes down at the Hyatt Regency Miami, where the two toques will battle in front of thousands of fans, with three distinguished judges watching every move they make. Timon Balloo (Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill), Jamie DeRosa (Tongue & Cheek), and Adrianne Calvo (Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar) will be the official taste-testers for the event, with chef Allen Susser getting the contestants motivated with his MC stylings.

See also: Iron Fork 2014: Aaron Brooks vs. Todd Erickson

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Frenchie's Shannon Castrec: "I'm Not a Chef Who Needs to Scream"

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Shannon Castrec of Frenchie's Diner
Shannon Castrec is the proverbial man behind the curtain at the Coral Gables French-themed eatery Frenchie's Diner. Opened in 2013, this local hot spot has garnered significant praise around town for its homey take on classic French fare. Together with her husband, Gabriel, Shannon performs the herculean task of running an upscale restaurant while raising a bustling family of three young children.

If you're as curious as we were about how she does it all while still serving bubbling cauldrons of French onion soup without a hair in sight, check out our Bastille Day sitdown with this no-nonsense chef de cuisine.

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Ralph Pagano's Ferris Pops-Up This Saturday: We Get a Kitchen Preview

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Chef Ralph Pagano displays his meat.
Chef Ralph Pagano's Ferris pop-up at the Sole on the Ocean in Sunny Isles launches this Saturday evening complete with a drum circle, fire dancers, a DJ, and a belly dancer.

Before that show, there's work to be done in the kitchen. Grape leaves must cook overnight, pita must be baked, and giant skewers of lamb and chicken must be fired on the grill. Chef Pagano, who says this is his most personal endeavor yet, has prepared a menu that explores the Lebanese half of his family tree.

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Jeff McInnis Opens Root & Bone in New York City

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Root & Bone. Jeff McInnis takes the South to South Manhattan.
Miami lost not one but two great chefs when the James Beard finalist and Janine Booth teamed up to open Root & Bone in the Big Apple.

Instead of reflecting on things that could have been if the talented duo had decided to open a place in, say, MiMo or Wynwood, let's look on the positive side: Now you have a reason to visit your relatives up North.

They say Miami is the sixth borough anyway, so consider Root & Bone, which opens today, a great restaurant that's a bit of a schlep. Located in Manhattan's Alphabet City at 200 E. Third St., the eatery lends a bit of Southern charm to New York.

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The Dutch Celebrates Three-Year BBQ Summer Series, Invites Chefs to Cook a Feast in Backyard

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Korean BBQ at The Dutch
BBQ Wednesday's are coming back for the third year in a row to The Dutch and there are some new surprises on the grill. The series, dubbed Bourbon, Beer and Cue, is heating things up by moving the feast outdoors to the W's charming Grove courtyard.

Chef de Cuisine Conor Hanlon has also decided to have some fun and invite other chefs to participate. Every Wednesday for the entire month of July, a top Miami toque will cook alongside Hanlon in the collaborative series. The lineup includes Tongue & Cheek's Jamie DeRosa; J&G Grill's Brad Kilgore; sous chef of The Dutch Levi Raines (for the special Korean BBQ edition); Broken Shaker's James Seyba and Edge Steak & Bar executive chef Aaron Brooks closing out the series with GastroPod's Jeremiah Bullfrog and Hanlon, preparing a surprise feast in their individual Caja chinas. And you thought Miami summer couldn't get any hotter.

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