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Paradise Farms Announces 2015 Dinner in Paradise Lineup

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Kris Wessel and Oolite get in on the Dinner in Paradise action.
Looking for an attention-grabbing gift for the holidays? Paradise Farms, the organic farm that has biodynamic principles and a feng shui layout, has announced the lineup for its 2015 Dinner in Paradise series, and practically every noteworthy chef is participating.

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Diner en Blanc Miami: Gabrielle Union, Loads of Moët, and Dancing the Night Away

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Photo by Jose de las Casas
Missing Dwayne Wade
Last night, over 1,000 people partook in Miami's inaugural Diner en Blanc. The sold-out event is the first of its kind for the Magic City but 50th worldwide. Paris has been hosting its annual soiree since 1988, which means we're about three decades late on the picnicking bandwagon. Oh well, better late than never, right?

And after witnessing Gabrielle Union getting down in a conga line and endless amounts of Moët being poured, we're pretty confident that Diner en Blanc will be coming back to our lovely city. So if you didn't get to attend last night's festivities you might want to check out our photos, and then sign up for the 2015 waiting list, which is already open.

See also: Dner en Blanc Headed to Miami, Waitlist Opens Today

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A Lesson in the Art of Martini Making by London Bartender Jack Hubbard

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Photo by Carla Torres
Martinis by moi
It wouldn't have been a successful Basel without a cocktail lesson in a bungalow penthouse at Miami's newest and hippest lodge, the Miami Beach Edition. While Ian Schrager is most known for his role as co-owner and co-founder of the iconic Studio 54, he's also responsible for pioneering the boutique and luxury hotel category. And the Edition marks his first return to the Magic City since his work at the Delano.

A smooth opening during the city's busiest week is no easy feat, but the Edition's went off smooth and without a glitch. One of the many events lined up was a martini making class hosted by leading London bartender and Absolut Elyx global brand ambassador Jack Hubbard, who was joined by local spirit aficionado Giovanny Gutierrez from Chat Chow TV. Gutierrez was coined with the task of bringing in a group of friends to spread the martini knowledge, and we were able to join in on the educational fun.

See also: Proper Sausages Offering Nationwide Delivery

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Vice's Morgans X Munchies Brings Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta's to South Beach

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All photos by Carla Torres
On Tuesday, Vice hosted the second edition of Morgans x Munchies -- a special collaboration between Morgans Hotel Group and the media network -- as part of Art Basel festivities. "The idea is to bring chefs to foreign cities and have them cook a meal there," said Vice publisher John Martin. The chef in question was past Vice employee Carlo Mirarchi, the toque behind the hip and acclaimed pizza joint in Brooklyn, Roberta's.

In 2011, Mirarchi received a nod from Food & Wine when he was named best new chef. This year, his intimate 12-seater Blanca (just next door to Roberta's) upgraded to two Michelin stars. An unstoppable force in the culinary world, it was a treat having the self-taught chef whip up a four-course meal in our backyard. We also picked his brain on his go-to Miami spots.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014: 15 Can't-Miss Food Events

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Nina Compton's Breaking Bread Pop-Up Is Caribbean Cool

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All photos by Laine Doss
Conch and abalone croquette with pickled mango gribiche: first course at Nina Compton's pop-up.
Ever since her appearance on Top Chef, Nina Compton's life has changed. The former Scarpetta chef de cuisine has been traveling around the world for the past six months. Compton has hosted a Top Chef Alaskan cruise and has visited England, Canada, and St. Lucia, to name a few. But, with all the adventures, the Bravo television "fan favorite" missed two things: Miami and cooking.

Compton explained that last evening's pop-up came as sort of a work of serendipity. As she and her husband were strolling in SoFi, they passed the intimate Cafe Mistral and thought it would be a great venue for a pop-up dinner. It obviously took little convincing for the talented toque to take over the space for an evening.

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

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Cindy Hutson on What to Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

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Courtesy of Cindy Hutson
While you're probably still full from last night's turkey feast, chances are you're already thinking about what make-shift lunch you can throw together from the remnants of white meat, cranberries, and sweet potatoes in your fridge. Turkey sandwiches are so obvious and predictable -- unless you're making Monica's "moistmaker" from Friends. Because you have no idea how to do that, how about whipping up a Monte Cristo instead?

In anticipation of Cindy Hutson's first Thanksgiving leftovers cooking class, the Ortanique on the Mile chef and owner gave us the lowdown on how to turn scraps into a gourmet meal and why a turkey Monte Cristo is the ultimate way to put your residual bird to good use.

See also: Black Friday Brunches and Cocktails in Miami

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Rusty Pelican and Whiskey Joe's Need Extras for Videos: Free Food and Drinks

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Courtesy of Rusty Pelican
Eat and drink for free. Star in a video.
If you've ever wanted to break into show business, this is your lucky day.

The Rusty Pelican and Whiskey Joe's are filming some updated videos for their websites, and they're looking for people to portray happy diners. In exchange for your time, you'll be wined and dined.

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

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Courtesy of Nina Compton
Nina Compton: Bad ass chef!
Since winning the fan favorite title on Top Chef, Nina Compton's been on the move.

The talented toque, who resigned her position as chef de cuisine of Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in June, has been traveling, racking up experiences, and, hopefully, recipes. Stops on the Compton world tour have included Alaska, New York, Italy, England, Boston, and Toronto, to name a few.

The good news is that chef Compton is back in Miami and hosting a pop-up dinner.

See also: Nina Compton on Life After Top Chef

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LuckyRice: Asian-Inspired Food and Cocktails in Paradise

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All photos by Laine Doss
Five-spiced pork belly by Phuc Yea.
The Raleigh Hotel's gorgeous poolside oasis was the setting for the LuckyRice festival, where neatly two dozen of Miami's best chefs gathered to serve Asian fare while the city's finest bartenders mixed cocktails with Bombay Sapphire East gin.

The result? A sophisticated soiree filled with upscale and delicious food and drink, great music, and a few surprises.

See also: P.I.G. 5: Pork Rangoon, Foie Gras-Stuffed Baby Pig, and Pumpkin-Spiced Pork Rinds

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