Top Chef Masters' Patricia Yeo Joins Khong River House

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Patricia Yeo joins Khong
Patricia Yeo has quite an extensive resume and career trajectory.

Originally the Oregon native was on a science path, studying biochemistry at Princeton University when she enrolled in a cooking class in New York. She met celebrity chef Bobby Flay while attending New York Restaurant School, and he took the fledgling chef under his wing. After working at Miracle Grill, Mesa, and Bolo, the chef opened AZ in New York City in 1999. In 2007, Yeo moved to Southeast Asia to hone her craft, working as a restaurant consultant while learning the flavors and culture of the region. Yeo returned to the states and opened Boston's Ginger Park in 2009. Yeo then moved to Om Restaurant & Lounge and Moska, both in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before heading to Chicago to take a consulting job in Chicago.

The chef and cookbook author, who competed on season four of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, has now landed in Miami Beach to helm the kitchen at Khong River House.

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Five Things You Never Knew About Food Allergies

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Food allergies seem like they're everywhere these days. Everyone you meet is lactose-intolerant, gluten-sensitive, or nut-averse. And statistically, food allergies are on the rise, particularly among children, with a whopping 15 million Americans reporting them.

So to raise awareness and funds to find a cure, the FARE Walk for Food Allergy is headed to Miami this Saturday, November 15. The 2013 walk raised $3.6 million nationwide for food allergy research, education, awareness, and advocacy, and the sponsors hope for the same success this year.

Ahead of the upcoming event, we spoke to the folks at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) about five things you probably didn't know about food allergies. Check it out after the jump.

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Epicure Gourmet Market Celebrates 70th Birthday With Specials

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Epicure Gourmet Market hasn't really changed much in 70 years.
Long before Miami Beach was teeming with neon-lit clubs and celebrity chef-driven restaurants, locals got their chicken soup and steaks from Epicure Gourmet Market.

The market initially opened in 1945 by the Thal brothers as a carriage trade prime meat butcher shop, where well-heeled Miami Beach residents purchased the best steaks and chickens. The butcher started selling prepared foods when the wife of one of the butchers made a pot of chicken soup for the employees on a particularly cold winter morning.

See also: Jason Starkman: Keeping Us Epicurious

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Blackbrick Now Offers Daily Dim Sum

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Assortment of dim sum at Blackbrick.
Richard Hales' Blackbrick has recently undergone some positive changes.

The midtown Chinese restaurant recently hired Christine Guzman as its general manager. At the age of 26, Guzman already has an impressive resumé. She previously worked at Tudor House, the Phuc Yeah pop-up, the Breakers in Palm Beach, and, most recent, Haven Gastro Lounge and Huahua's Taqueria. Richard Hales says the move will enable Blackbrick, recently named one of Bon Appétit's top 50 new restaurants, to reach the next level in food and service.

"We are always evolving at my restaurants -- never resting on our accomplishments, only getting better. We hired Christine as our general manager to keep the momentum going and make us even better."

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

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Papa John's Fritos Chili Pizza: Genius or Heinous?

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Papa John's new Frito pie: The end of the world as we know it.
Papa John's has just announced a new product that could either be the next big thing or the start of end times.

According to the Papa John's website, this limited-edition pizza is topped with beef, chili, Roma tomatoes, onions, cheddar, mozzarella, and Fritos.

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Top Chef Jeff McInnis Sues Miami Herald for Defamation

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Jeff McInnis makes chicken!
In an attempt to clear his name, Jeff McInnis, chef/partner at Root & Bone in New York City and former executive chef at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Herald, claiming the South Florida publication was "false and defamatory" in its treatment of a story published one year ago under its "Rumor Mill" column. The chef tells Short Order that the lawsuit is "the route that I was forced to take to clear my name."

According to Courthouse News, McInnis filed a federal complaint in Manhattan last Thursday against McClatchy Management Services, McClatchy Newspapers, and the Miami Herald, claiming an article published October 16, 2013, contained "some pretty horrendous allegations" against him.

See also: Jeff McInnis to Open Root & Bone in New York's Alphabet City

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Red Bull Doesn't Actually Give You Wings: Collect Ten Bucks in Class-Action Lawsuit

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That's one way to get off the ground with Red Bull.
In what could be the absolute dumbest case to enter our clogged, overworked legal system, Red Bull North America Inc. has settled two consumer class action lawsuits to the tune of $13 million dollars.

Do the two lawsuits filed with the United States District Court Southern District of New York (Benjamin Creathers vs. Red Bull North America Inc. and David Wolf and Miguel Almaraz vs. Red Bul GMBH, Red Bull North America Inc., and Red Bull Distribution Company Inc.) claim that the carbonated beverages cause you to sprout horns like a bull or maybe lead to deranged humans stampeding like angry cattle? Um, that would be silly. These lawsuits are not "frivolous" like that!

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Taperia Raca Now Closed; Owners "Received an Offer for the Location They Could Not Turn Down"

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Taperia Raca, the Spanish tapas joint launched earlier this year in MiMo by Giorgio Rapicavoli and Alex Casanova, is closed.

According to a news release, the owners received an offer on the property they couldn't refuse. The team, however, says this isn't the end of Raca and is planning to look for a new locale.

See also: Taperia Raca: Spanish Tapas on the Upper Eastside

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Starbucks Has Latin-Inspired Treats: Only in Miami

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Starbucks goes guava!
Starbucks, the world's go-to place for trendy lattes, has come up with a line of totally Miami treats unique to our hometown.

According to a Starbucks spokesperson, this new Latin-inspired sabores tradicionales line of pastries and goodies is available only in South Florida for a limited time as part of the coffee company's fall promotion.

See also: Pumpkin Back at Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts

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Pubbelly Going Vegan for One Night Only October 2

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No pig heads on this menu, unless they're made of tofu.
In a sign that the times are most definitely a' changin', the kings of pork are embracing plants. Notable Miami Beach eatery Pubbelly (whose owners were once called the Sovereigns of Swine by the New Times), is going vegan.

In partnership with Jugofresh, the team is hosting a pop-up vegan spread on October 2. For $60 a pop, attendees can dig into animal-free eats by chefs Jose Mendin and Paco.

See also: Chef Paco of Jugofresh Cooks Up Creative Vegan Eats for Conscious Bite Out Dinner

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