By David Minsky
By Jen Mangham
By Bill Wisser
By Laine Doss
By Bill Wisser
By Dana De Greff
By Laine Doss
By Zachary Fagenson
Farm-raised rabbit cooked three different ways was a stacked, pushed-together dish -- the Wonderbra of wabbit. The top level was a grilled loin of the lean white meat that, while refreshingly juicy, was too charred. Beneath were tastier nuggets, braised pieces of darker meat that tasted a bit like a roast turkey drumstick, while the bottom tier featured a mix of chopped zucchini, garlic puree, and shredded meat from the "rack," which was marred only by a few stray matchstick bones.
Dessert took so long that we watched a couple at a nearby table consume their entire meal. Despite their smart looks, the Blue Door's servers were slow and unsophisticated, with a three-course meal taking up that many hours. Fortunately, a warmed brioche was worth the wait. Doused with a fruity syrup and topped with plums, sour cherries, and cranberries, the eggy bread pudding was a delight. Of course, the patrons waiting three deep at the bar probably wished we had skipped the sweets course. But I'd no sooner do that than I would miss the dreamily intense Blue Door at the Delano. No matter how many models walk by.
Ever wonder who that Tom Austin guy is? Wanna see him do what he does best -- i.e., swelter? Watch him catch fire as one of the celebrity judges at Hot Pursuit '95, the third annual Greater Miami Chili Cook-Off, to be held this Sunday, November 12, at South Beach's Raleigh Hotel, 1775 Collins Ave. This year more than 25 restaurants and markets -- including Norman's, Lure, Nemo, Max's South Beach, Boulevard, and Embers -- will prepare their versions of the dish for guests and judges, including Metro Commissioner Katy Sorenson, Miami Beach Mayor Sy Gelber, South Florida Magazine publisher Nancy Moore, and Miami Herald columnists Dave Barry, Tara Solomon, Jane Wooldridge, and food critic Linda Gassenheimer. Tickets cost $35 for the main event, which begins at 4:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. To spice up your life, call the Chili Hotline: 441-6677.
If down-home chili-tasting isn't quite the gastronomic safari you had in mind, don your diamonds for the 1995 Annual Tartufi Tasting. In its ninth year, the festival features the precious white truffle, which goes for $900 to $1200 per pound. Approximately five pounds will be shaved over dishes prepared by esteemed area chefs, all for the bargain price of $60 per ticket. The ritualistic sampling of the "White Diamonds of Piedmont" takes place at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 15, in the Country Club Ballroom at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables. The event includes a wine-tasting that features award-winning vintages from northern Italy. Call 665-2838 for tickets and reservations.