Lee Schrager's Fried & True Is an Ode to Fried Chicken

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Unless you've been eating potato chips in your closet for the past dozen years, you know Lee Brian Schrager as the creator of and force behind the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. But you might not know that he's a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, that he's worked for culinary icons such as Eli Zabar and Peter DeLuca, and that he's opened both a bar and a restaurant in South Beach.

Also, that he loves fried chicken -- which he calls "America's favorite guilty pleasure" -- and that he's written book celebrating 50 of nation's best recipes for deep-fried fowl and the chefs and restaurants that serve it. Fried & True will go on sale May 20, but before it does, we got on the phone with the peripatetic Schrager, whose day job is vice president of corporate communications and national events for Southern Wine & Spirits, to get a few nuggets of fried chicken wisdom.

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Andy Travaglia Spreads Autism Awareness at Lee & Marie's Cakery and Bar Crudo in SoBe

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Chef Reto Von Weissenfluh and Andy Travaglia.
Andrea "Andy" Travaglia, owner of Lee & Marie's Cakery (Best Bakery 2013) and raw food restaurant Bar Crudo, spreads autism awareness by employing autistic adults.

"I developed the Lee & Marie's Cakery Co., a real estate company (Exclusive Miami Rentals), and Bar Crudo all with the mission to hire people with [autism]. I am using these companies as prototypes to educate and influence other businesses to hire people on the autism spectrum," the transplanted New Yorker says. She also wanted to offer South Pointe residents dining options beyond the usual tourist-driven eateries of South Beach.

Her years in New York helped shape her vision for South Pointe.

"I had the idea to start the bakery when I moved into the neighborhood and realized there was not a place to have fresh-baked goods and coffee within a 12-block radius. I grew up going to a neighborhood bakery in Greenwich Village on a daily basis with my family. It was the hot spot for everyone's daily routine and an integral part of our community. South of Fifth was slowly developing into a residential neighborhood but with few cafés and restaurants to hang out in. Most of the eating establishments were tourist-driven," Travaglia says. "I thought the bakery was a perfect venue for me to introduce my dream to hire people on the autism spectrum."

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Sammy Hagar Brings Cabo Wabo Tequila to SOBEWFF

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Sammy Hagar.
For nearly four decades, Sammy Hagar has been one of rock music's most prolific artists. Whether in his solo career or as frontman of supergroup Van Halen, the "Red Rocker" is the voice behind classics such as "Right Now" and "Why Can't This Be Love?" The Grammy-winning artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee also has a more savory side.

Hagar is a successful entrepreneur who owns several restaurant chains, including Cabo Wabo Cantina, Sammy's Beach Bar and Grill, and Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar & Grill. His Cabo Wabo premium tequila has won numerous awards, and his Sammy's Beach Bar Rum is receiving praise from industry insiders. Hagar's passion for food and fine spirits began at a young age, fueled by a grandfather who was a chef who cooked for U.S. presidents. In his own words, Hagar describes his love for food and drink as a "lifestyle" and as much a part of his life as music. The rocker recently chatted with us about sex, food, booze, and rock 'n' roll.

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Chef Michael Symon on His Persona: "I Pride Myself on Being a Good Teacher"

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Michael Symon might be best known for his cohosting stint on the ABC daytime show The Chew, but the Cleveland native is also a James Beard Award winner who was named one of the ten best chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine. Symon is a South Beach Wine & Food Festival veteran. He won Burger Bash three years in a row before Bobby Flay defeated him in 2013. Symon is back this year to not only reclaim his title but also cohost The Q with a bevy of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models. Symon spoke with us about juggling multiple hats and how cooking is his greatest joy.

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The Skinny on Crave Clean's Healthy Holiday Cupcakes

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It's no secret that the holidays are an overindulgent time of year reserved for multiple servings, full-fat dishes, and heaps of butter and sugar. Christmastime brings seasonal varieties like eggnog and pumpkin pie back into the kitchen. But what if satisfying your eggnog craving didn't cost you hundreds of calories and endless days of guilt?

This year, we're looking to Crave Clean, a locally-owned bakery, for a holiday dessert option that's as delicious as it is nutritious.

Short Order spoke to founder Francesca Caltagirone about the company's cupcakes, which are packed with protein, quality carbohydrates, and natural ingredients.

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Sergey Lebedev of the Local House on Mixology, Miami, and His Favorite Drinks

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Sergey Lebedev of the Local House.
Sergey Lebedev looks like the Hollywood version of a South Beach bartender. He's handsome, dresses fashionably, and wears plenty of product in his hair.

He also makes a mean cocktail. Recently crowned the Ultimate Miami Bartender during the Ultimate Miami weekend competition, Lebedev works behind the bar at the Local House on Ocean Drive.

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Tout Sweet Patisserie's Yigit Pura on First Visit to Miami: "I'm Excited to Have the Taste of a New City"

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Yigit Pura, San Francisco sweetheart.
James Beard Foundation's Taste America national tour kicks off in Miami Friday, and with it come big names like internationally renowned culinary pioneer Norman Van Aken, favorite TV personality Ted Allen, and West Coast pastry chef Yigit Pura of Top Chef Just Desserts fame.

Raised in Turkey and now residing in San Francisco, Pura won the first season of Just Desserts in 2010. After his win, the young and beautiful pastry chef returned to the Golden City with Taste Catering and Event Planning and then opened his own bakery, Tout Sweet Patisserie, one year ago. San Francisco's sweetheart, Pura is openly gay and considered to be an activist in the LGBT community.

After celebrating the one-year anniversary of Tout Sweet last week, the San Francisco chef took some time to tell Short Order about his first trip to Miami, what sweets he'll be dishing out at Taste America, and the cookbook he'll be releasing this spring.

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Chef Dena Marino's Refrigerator: Gatorade, Snacks, and Soy Vay

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This is the third entry in a short series of posts called Inside Their Refrigerator, which takes you inside the refrigerators of Miami's top chefs.

Short Order recently spoke with chef Dena Marino of MC Kitchen. With a six-year-old son at home, she says she doesn't keep her refrigerator stocked with a ton of specialty items.

"There's definitely some great cheddar in there and some sliced prosciutto, but nothing crazy over-the-top. I don't have caviar or foie gras. We definitely have some apple sauce jars and yogurt sticks. We're a very family-oriented fridge. We have pretzel sticks, leftover pizza from MC Kitchen. There's something for everyone in there."

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- Rapicavoli's Refrigerator: Hot Chef Eats Prosciutto, Fontina, and Lemon Curd
- Chef Miguel Aguilar's Refrigerator: Hot Hot Hot

Read on to find out what else is in the Bella Chef's fridge.

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Fitness Universe: What the Hell Do These Chicks Eat?

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Life as a fitness competitor ain't easy. Ever heard of the phrase "no pain no gain"? Yeah, that. Clean eating, vigorous gym-going and tirelessly healthy lifestyle choices are not easy things to maintain.

With the Fitness Universe competition happening all weekend here in Miami, we thought we'd speak to a couple competitors on what, exactly, they're eating to maintain those bods of the Gods.

First, we spoke to Phil Elbaz -- now, Paris Ashley McBride, who boasts an amazing story. She lost a whopping 120 pounds through daily exercise and healthy eating, and now she's a regular on the competitive fitness set. Eat your heart out, Biggest Loser. Check out Paris' secrets after the jump.

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Fitness Universe: What the Hell Do These Dudes Eat?

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Bodybuilders. They're big, they're buff, they're impossibly jacked. And while most people assume these toned physiques stem from steroid use, the truth is -- a huge part of having a musclebound bod involves what you put in your piehole.

With the Fitness Universe competition coming to Miami next weekend, we decided to talk to a couple of local hopefuls about what they eat to maintain those perfect physiques. (And no, you can't eat donuts every day and still have a bod like the Rock. Sorry to disappoint.)

First up, we spoke to a dude -- Phil Elbaz, a 26-year-old athlete from Miami Beach. At 5'9" and 178 pounds, he boasts 6% body fat. Find out how he got there after the jump.

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- Seven Super Cheap, Healthy Vegan Foods
- Miami Named One of America's "Least Fit" Cities

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