Slow Food Miami's Ark of Taste: Michael Schwartz Takes on the Everglades Tomato

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Michael Schwartz (holding glass) and crew prepared dishes on stage.
In Miami, much like the rest of this country, most people have no clue where their food comes from. Slow Food, an international non-for-profit organization that combats the standardization of taste and culture brought on by the popularization of fast food, is looking to change that.

"Any time you can get involved with an organization whose sole purpose is to support locally-sourced ingredients and the farmers that produce them, it benefits everyone involved," says James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz.

Last night, he appeared for the fifth consecutive year at Ark of Taste in support of Slow Food Miami at the Kampong Garden.

Schwartz brought along his crew from the Cypress Room, a sophisticated eatery in the Design District. Along with chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia and executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith, Schwartz showcased the tiny Everglades tomato in a four course meal.

See also: The River Seafood & Oyster Bar's Brunch: We Get a First Bite

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Heineken Dinner at Dolce Italian With Artist Alexander Mijares

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Artist Alexander Mijares during the presentation of the Suckling Pig entree
Some of the things we most look forward to during Art Basel are the unlikely collaborations. Take for instance the "Design Dialogue" series that included a conversation moderated by Hans Ulrich earlier this week with architect Jacques Herzog and rapper turned self-proclaimed icon, Kanye West. That's something you don't see every day, and Thursday's Heineken-sponsored dinner at The Gale showcased another such partnership.

Highlighting the relationship between a modern artist and the culinary arts, the Dutch brewing company and SAVEUR magazine invited an intimate group of guests to enjoy a five-course meal prepared by Dolce Italian's Executive Chef, Paolo Dorigato, and inspired by pieces from Alexander Mijares' newest collection. The Miami-born talent is best known for his colorful, Latin-infused work and has garnered an international following in the short time he has been painting.

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Kitchen Kreative: Giorgio Rapicavoli Wins (Photos)

All photos by Carla Torres
Oh my, what a pretty flower.
At the inaugural Kitchen Kreative last night, guests indulged in ten courses and ten cocktails.

Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar and Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House took over the kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach. They kicked off the new, local cooking competition.

See also: Kitchen Kreative Pits Calvo and Rapicavoli Tomorrow

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Joey's Cantina For Sale Tonight: Wine Specials and Four-Course Dinner (Photos)

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Veal should never be taken for granted
Sometimes in life we often take greatness for granted. Just because something or someone has been around for a while, we get complacent and do not feel the need to visit them or show just how special they are to us. That we need them.Joey's hasn't forgotten to show love to the Wynwood community.

In honor of the changing of seasons and to show gratitude, it is having a "Cantina Sale" today and tomorrow. Think garage sale only the garage is really the wine vault, and the sale is a four-course dinner.

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- Joey's Restaurant Is a Wynwood Winner
- Behind the Line at Joey's Wynwood (Photos)

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Wynwood Kitchen & Bar Launched "A Feast for the Eyes" Last Night

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Chef Miguel Aguilar of Wynwood Kitchen & Bar.
Last night was the official launch of "A Feast for the Eyes" at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar and we were invited to check it out. In what Chef Miguel Aguilar hopes will become a monthly series, the restaurant exhibits the work of an artist and offers a four-course prix fixe menu that celebrates the artist's nationality and personal palate.

The artist of the evening was Miami-based Santiago Rubino, renowned as a street and graffiti artist as well as for his contribution to the Wynwood Walls. His work was on display as diners nommed on Argentinian-inspired dishes, in honor of Rubino's heritage.

The prix fixe menu consisted of smoked tuna empanadas, an avocado and romaine salad, Chilean sea bass with boniato puree, and chocolate alfajores. The four courses run $50 per person and a $20 wine pairing is available. The wines served last night were Alta Vista Torrontes (2012), Alto De Platas (2012), Terrazas Malbec (2010), and Raza Late Harvest Torrontes (2011), but diners also have the option of choosing from the wine menu.

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Hennessy Celebrates Latin Music, Culture With Help From Artist Miguel Paredes and Chef Douglas Rodriguez

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Before Miami native Chef Douglas Rodriguez became the "Godfather of nuevo Latino cuisine," he was a young chef working on Lincoln Road looking for a dedicated sous chef. Luckily, an aspiring artist named Miguel Paredes happened to know a thing or two about cooking. The two not only worked together, but grew alongside each other. Now, nearly 30 years later and after climbing to the top of their respective professions, Paredes and Rodriguez teamed up again to help Hennessy celebrate Latin music and culture Thursday night following the Latin Billboard Awards.

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The Federal's Crawdaddy Tuesday: Locals Come Out En Masse (Photos)

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Last night, it seemed as if The Federal, that trendy Biscayne strip-mall eatery, was feeding an actual army. Crawdaddy Tuesday may just be the worst thing that's ever happened to crawfish.

The specials, crawfish 'n' grits ($12), crawfish fritters ($8), and the traditional crawfish boil ($20 per pound), were flying out of the kitchen and both the inside and outside dining areas were at full capacity. The promotion ran from 6 to 10 p.m., but the crawfish boil sold out by 8 p.m.

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- The Federal Presents Crawdaddy Tuesday and Chicken Fry Wednesday

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Calle Ocho 2013, Dish-by-Dish (Pictures)

For the past 35 years, loyal denizens have gathered every March to party in the street and support the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. The popularity of the massive Carnaval Miami has afforded the Kiwanis Club the ability to help improve the lives of underserved kids. Though the attractions range from an arts village to stages featuring some of the biggest names in music, there is one thing nearly every attendee partakes in -- the food.

Short Order traveled the entire length of the massive 19-block festival, stopping to chronicle the tastiest treats we could find. Right off the bat, the highlight of our day came at "Cuzn Tim's" food truck with his unbelievable fried lobster tail (below). Doused in garlic and cooked until just the right amount of tender, the tail is to be eaten slowly so as to savor the delectable flavor. Tim's, which can be found at all the popular food truck rallies in South Florida, also featured delicious wings, fish, crabs and shrimp. Tim and crew cater special events and can be reached at 954-485-0637.

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- Photos: The Food of Calle Ocho 2013
- Photos: The Fashion of Calle Ocho 2013
- The Music of Calle Ocho 2013

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Halloween on Lincoln Road: Ghoulish Scenes From a Restaurant

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All photos by Laine Doss
Thousands of superheros, vampires, zombies, and sexy pirates walked Lincoln Road last night for Miami's biggest Halloween celebration. Restaurants were decked out in black streamers and spider webs, with some putting skeletons in charge of the hostess stands. Not an empty table could be found, as devils, wenches, and SWAT team members hunkered down for the night at their prized restaurant spots to watch the parade.

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- Photos: Halloween 2012 at Lincoln Road

At the Cafe at Books & Books, a table of about a dozen assorted characters played "Halloween Olympics," using a numerical system to grade the costumes as they passed. The best costume of the night according to the judges? Ursula the Sea Witch, complete with a giant tentacle skirt that could engulf her prey.
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Carnival Draws Thousands To Sun Life Stadium (Photos)

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All photos by Kareem Shaker
For Dr. Raja Narine, Miami Broward One Carnival and its scantily-clad outfits are a guilty pleasure. "My patients would be shocked," said Narine, a native of Trinidad and Tobago. "It feels good to let loose and celebrate our culture."

Narine and thousands of other native Caribbeans -- as well as lovers of the region, and a good party -- gathered around 18-wheelers packed with speakers Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. About every nation that celebrates the massive worldwide event was represented Sunday. Belize, Jamaica and the Virgin Islands (among many others) all celebrate Carnival at different times of the year, but Sunday it didn't matter when your native country celebrated. Islanders of all types donned fascinating costumes and extremely revealing outfits, gathering around nearly 30 "Custome Mas Bands" parade floats.

Folks had spent between $200-$1000 on costumes with large head dresses and elaborate sequins cost.

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