Giorgio Rapicavoli to Appear on Chopped Champions Tonight

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Remember two years ago when chef Giorgio Rapicavoli competed on Chopped and became the first Miami chef to win? The $10,000 gave Rapicavoli the chance to pop up Eating House, which has become a staple of Miami's dining and brunch scene.

Well, tonight the chef is making his way back to the show that kicked things off -- sort of. Tune in to the Food Network at 10 p.m. for the first Chopped Ultimate Champions tournament.

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Coca-Cola Life: Stevia-Sweetened Coke Available at the Fresh Market

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Coca-Cola Life is available!
Coca-Cola Life is here, Miami!

For the first time, the stevia-sweetened soda is available in South Florida, as of yesterday, August 25.

The soda, sweetened with a blend of sugar and naturally sourced stevia leaf extract, caused a sensation in 2013 when it was launched in Argentina and Chile.

Now the soda, packaged in a distinctive green can, is available exclusively at 65 select Fresh Market stores in the Southeast United States through mid-October. Miami is one of the lucky markets.

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Is Burger King Moving to Canada?

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Burger King, the Miami-based fast-food behemoth, is strongly considering purchasing the Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in a deal that would essentially merge the two food-service companies.

The deal is sometimes called a corporate inversion, which is "used by companies that receive a significant portion of their income from foreign sources, since that income is taxed both abroad and in the country of incorporation. Companies undertaking this strategy are likely to select a country that has lower tax rates and less stringent corporate governance requirements," according to Investopedia.

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Slow Food Miami Accepting Nominations for Snail of Approval Awards

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Michael Schwartz won the first Snail of Approval in Miami.
Just a few short years ago, Miami's food scene wasn't exactly known as a thriving mecca of locavore cuisine.

Even with its proximity to oceans teeming with fish and farms that raised everything from tropical fruit to cattle, South Florida establishments ordered more from Sysco than farmer Joe.

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Blackbrick Named One of Bon Appetit's Top 50 New Restaurants

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Blackbrick is one of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2014.
Bon Appetit has just released its list of the Top 50 New Restaurants of 2014 and one Miami establishment made the list of 50 nominees.

Blackbrick, Richard Hales Midtown Chinese restaurant was the only South Florida restaurant to make the list, compiled by Andrew Knowlton. According to Bon Appetit's website, although the restaurants range in cuisine, style, and size they all have one thing in common -- "flat-out ambitious deliciousness."

The restaurant was named New Times' Best Chinese Restaurant for 2014.

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Eat This, Drink That, Go! Hits TV; Local Chefs Guest-Star Every Week

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Reality cooking shows are all the rage, but how about that old-school, vintage way of getting your interactive news? We're talking about radio. For three years, Jimmy Cefalo and Brenda Bassett have hosted the popular radio show Eat This, Drink That, Go!

Cefalo is a wine connoisseur, broadcaster, and former Miami Dolphins receiver who shares his passion for food and marketing conglomerate Cefalo's International with Bassett. Together, the two have been spreading their knowledge of local eats and drinks as well as tidbits on travels every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. on 610 WIOD AM. And Mondays, you can catch a recap of all the action in a 30-minute TV version of Eat This, Drink That on the Beach Channel or AT&T U-Verse Channel 19.

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Study Finds Miami Food Trucks Cleaner Than Restaurants

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Question: Which is a safer bet to eat -- a food truck taco or a burger at your local gastropub? If you're one of the people who think a brick-and-mortar restaurant would be cleaner and under more scrutiny by the state, think again.

Florida Watchdog.org has cited a recent study conducted by the Institute for Justice in Arlington, Virginia, that concludes food trucks are just as clean as restaurants. In the report "Street Eats, Safe Eats," the civil liberties law firm reviewed more than 260,000 food-safety inspection reports of both food trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants in seven cities, including Miami.

According to the Institute for Justice (IJ), "in every city examined -- Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. -- food trucks and carts did as well as or better than restaurants."

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O Cinema and Seed Food & Wine Fest Present Fed Up Premiere Friday

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America's food system sucks and people are totally over it. In fact, they're Fed Up, an attitude epitomized by the new documentary of the same name.

The heralded documentary premieres at O Cinema Miami Shores this Friday, presented by Seed Food & Wine Festival, and will feature a post-flick Skype Q&A with director Stephanie Soechtig.

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25 Reasons Why It Sucks to Work in Food Service

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Go to college, they said. It will open doors, they said. But after stepping across the stage with that liberal arts degree in hand, you soon find yourself walking into food service serfdom because you have virtually no choice and need to pay the bills. You're serving food and drinks to people who more than likely have better careers than you.

Food service jobs are among the most abundant and easiest to get because they usually require no skills whatsoever except to follow orders. Unfortunately, the industry offers some of the worst jobs in a supposed civilized society. Yesterday, protests were staged around the world, including in Miami, over low wages in the industry.

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MC Kitchen Is Miami's Power Lunch Hub

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Dena Marino is Miami's power lunch queen.
Mad Men has returned for the first part of its last season, and if you've been watching, you know that a great amount of wheeling and dealing takes place in restaurants.

That's not just fiction. Many business transactions take place in the restaurants of major cities, with the idea being that people are more apt to relax over some bourbon and a meal. Although the three-martini lunch has gone the way of the carrier pigeon (a shame, really), the power lunch is alive and well -- and thriving in Miami.

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