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Rev Run's New Show Brings the Family Home for Sunday Suppers

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Rev Run and family friend Perry Jones prepare bison burgers.
Joseph "Rev Run" Simmons is a master of reinvention. From rap legend of Run-D.M.C., to minister, to reality show icon, Rev Run keeps finding ways to stay relevant in pop culture. His family was launched into the spotlight when Run's House premiered on MTV in 2005. The show ran for six seasons, spawning another family-based story, Rev Run's Renovation, on DIY and HGTV that brought huge ratings to the networks in 2013. Clearly, viewers enjoy watching Rev and wife Justine manage marriage, kids, and making it all work.

Keeping this gravy train rolling, Rev and Justine are starring in another show, this time using the kitchen to bring their now grown-up family back to the home. In Rev Run's Sunday Suppers, the Simmons clan comes together for family meals every Sunday. Each episode features different family members, from son Diggy and daughter Miley to Justine's parents, sister, and friends as they try to settle on traditional recipes, keep Rev healthy, and battle for who's boss of the kitchen.

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With Macarons, the Price Isn't in the Bite

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Georges Berger of Chocolate Fashion.
Unwrapping a designer box of imported macarons at Lincoln Road's Laduree is an experience in and of itself. The Paris-based pastry company recently launched a South Beach offshoot of its century-old operation.

Not to be confused with the coconut macaroons your grandmother passes out during Passover, these french cookies come in a variety of colors and flavors. With a little less than six months since its debut, the verdict is in: We love these artful and delectable sweets but can't stand the hefty price tag. How can two cookies sandwiched between a sweet filling cost almost as much as a diner burger? Short Order tracked down a local patisserie expert to deconstruct the multicolored madness.

See also: Laduree, French Pastry Shop, Now Open on Lincoln Road

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Barton G.'s New Cookbook: Bring Over-the-Top Flair to Your Food

Categories: Cookbooks, Q&A

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Most Miamians are familiar with Barton G. Weiss, the former professional ice skater, costume designer, and professional caterer who opened his first restaurant, Barton G. The Restaurant, in 2002 on South Beach. The combination of jaw-dropping visuals with fine dining blew minds and wallets wide open. It also led to more ventures: the Adrienne Arsht Center restaurant, Prelude by Barton G., and Il Sole, housed in the former Versace mansion. Now, the famed restaurateur and event concept designer is expanding his empire to the masses with the release of his first cookbook.

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

Categories: Cookbooks, Q&A

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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.

See also: Lee Schrager: South Beach food genius speaks

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

Categories: Q&A

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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.

See also: All our coverage of South Beach Wine & Food Festival

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

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Michael Symon.
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.

See also: All our coverage of South Beach Wine & Food Festival

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The Skinny on Crave Clean's Healthy Holiday Cupcakes

Categories: Holidays, Q&A

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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

Categories: Booze Hound, Q&A

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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.

See also: Taste America: Mendin, Van Aken, Rapicavoli, Susser, and Others Describe Worst Cooking Moments

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