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La Savina Mediterranean Cafe & Grill to Open at Mondrian in January

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Picture this: you're taking in breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay whilst sipping on a roasted rosemary old fashioned and cutting into a char-grilled 24-ounce Neinam Ranch grass-fed ribeye that's been char-grilled to the point of perfection. Sounds nice, eh?

Keep picturing it till January when La Savina Café & Grill opens at the Mondrian, bringing a taste of the inspired cuisine of the Spanish island of Formentera and a slice of the Mediterranean to South Beach.

See also: J. Wakefield Brewing Company Brews First Official Batch

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New on the Menu at Shikany, Estiatorio Milos Marketa, and Red the Steakhouse

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Exterior Shikany
In search of new menu items at your favorite restaurants? Well search no more! Red the Steakhouse, Milos, and Shikany have added some seriously scrumptious updates to their menu. It is time to go big or go home.

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Dîner en Blanc Headed to Miami, Waitlist Opens Today

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Courtesy of Diner en Blanc
The Diner en Blanc event held outside Manhattan's Lincoln Center.
On December 9, rain or shine, Miami will become the 14th American city to host a Dîner en Blanc. Picture this: A thousand people dressed in head-to-toe white will be transported to an unknown landmark location where they will dine and drink to live music. Afterward, they'll dance and socialize till the trumpet call indicates the end of the night, when they'll clean up, pack up, and head out.

To attend the popular event, they'll have to pay $35 and bring their own gourmet food; white tables, chairs, and tablecloths; as well as china and silverware (paper plates and plastic utensils are a no-no).

See also: Brunchers Can't Bog Down Miami Chefs

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Brad Kilgore to Open Alter in Wynwood; Pop-Up at Miam Cafe Begins Tomorrow

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Photo by Giovanny Gutierrez
Bradley Kilgore popping up in Wynwood for good.
If the movie Chef taught us anything, it's that every chef yearns for the creative freedom to run a kitchen. The film also predicted the next trend in the food industry, at least in Miami: food bloggers partnering with chefs for their first solo endeavor.

Blue Collar's Danny Serfer opened Mignonette with friend and MiamiRankings.com blogger Ryan Roman, and come summer 2015, Bachour Bakery & Cafe will bring famed J&G Grill pastry chef Antonio Bachour's sweets to Brickell with the help and financial backing of blogger Javier Ramirez (AKA GourmandJ) and chef Henry Hane.

Striking a trifecta, J&G Grill chef de cuisine Brad Kilgore recently announced his departure from the Jean-Georges Bal Harbour outpost to open Alter with Ramirez and wine enthusiast Leo Monterrey. The progressive American restaurant in the heart of Wynwood is set to open in February. Its first service, however, will take place this Thursday, November 20, at Miam Café.

See also: Top Chef Nina Compton to Host Pop-Up at Cafe Mistral

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The Film Food Chains Tells the Story of Florida Workers, Makes Publix Look Terrible

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Courtesy of Food Chains
Floridians love Publix: the friendly staff, the bakery, the subs (seriously, the subs). To many of us, the grocery chain is one of the greatest things to have ever been exported from the state.

The store "Where shopping is a pleasure," however, is not such a pleasure to supply. For more than a decade, farm groups such as the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) have been staging protests against Publix, asking for just one additional penny per pound of tomatoes to help put an end to the exploitation of workers -- ironic, considering the store is hailed as being good to its employees (this year it ranked 104 on the Fortune 500 list).

Food Chains, a documentary produced by Eva Longoria, Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation and Food Inc.), Smriti Keshari, Hamilton Fish, and director Sanjay Rawal is outing Publix while illustrating the plight of farm workers across the United States.

See also: Farm Workers to Picket Publix on International Human Rights Day

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Scott Conant Dishes on the Opening of Corsair: "It's So F***ing Gorgeous"

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Photo by Carla Torres
The dashing Scott Conant.
In a walkthrough of Corsair, celebrity chef Scott Conant's second Miami endeavor set to open in mid-December at Turnberry Isle, we learned quite a few things about the Chopped judge, Scarpetta owner, and father of two girls. For instance, he likes to curse. And he's a jokester. And in high school, his nickname was "Sexy Little Pancake." Just kidding! (Told you he's a jokester.)

He is, however, so "fucking excited about the pancakes" at Corsair. "They're just sexy," he gushes. The pancakes he's referring to are more like soufflés with chamomile cream. "We're taking the simple things like pancakes and elevating them."

See also: Scott Conant to Open Corsair at Turnberry Isle in November

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London's Duck & Waffle Coming to Miami

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@meemalee via Duck & Waffle Facebook
Duck & Waffle is coming to Miami.
The last time I spoke with Richard Woods, the bar manager for Duck & Waffle in London, described some of his cocktails in a way that made me green with envy for our seaside city. Woods, by the way, has also created the cocktails for Sushi Samba and Bocce Bar, both in Miami.

Now, the London sensation, located on the 40th floor of a Central London office building, is coming to Miami as part of the Flagler on the River's phase two project, located at 40 SW North River Drive.

See also: SushiSamba's Cocktail Program Tweaked: Lighter, Fresher Flavors

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The Dutch's Conor Hanlon, Miami's Lambassador, Recipes For Barbecue Harissa Lamb and Lamb Bolognese

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Photo by Carla Torres
The Dutch
If you are looking for a lamb feast, try the Dutch's Winter Wonderlamb dinner on November 13 at 7 p.m. Priced at $45 a person, this dinner party will consist of live-action stations and will feature a menagerie of guest chefs, each debuting their signature lamb dish.

Some interesting facts about Australian lamb: Not only is it very mild and juicy it packs as much as three times more iron than pork or chicken and six times more than fish. It's also raised ethically on pastureland.

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STK to Reopen at 1 Hotel & Homes December 12

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STK sliders are back!
Come December 12, STK will reclaim its proper place on South Beach inside the newly renovated 1 Hotel & Homes (formerly the Perry and the Gansevoort South Beach).

The chic steak house was originally supposed to stay open during the transformation into an eco-friendly lodge, but it shuttered for a "disco nap" when the bright idea of moving the restaurant/lounge to the opposite end of the hotel arose.

1 Hotel & Homes will also be home to Tom Colicchio's new restaurant, which will presumably inhabit the former STK space.

See also: STK Closes: Scheduled to Reopen in Fall 2013

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Tamarina Opening on Tuesday in Former Lippi Space

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Come Tuesday, the Brickell space where Lippi formerly operated under star chef Philippe Ruiz, will re-open its doors. The owners are the same, but the new restaurant will be called Tamarina. Owners Tunu and Yona Puri have teamed up with restaurateur Arjun Waney for a coastal Italian restaurant concept that will seat up to 200 persons.

Open for lunch and dinner, Tamarina will include an al fresco Champagne bar and terrace for sipping on bubbly while enjoying a nice crudo or something similar.

See also: Tamarina to Replace Lippi in Brickell

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