Chefs’ kitchen collaboration
Delicate foie gras, braised lamb chops without the mucho macho carnivore overdrive. Lady fingers? Five of the area’s top female chefs are building a menu in a coordinated effort to fight world hunger. Tonight’s Share Our Strength dinner will be prepared by cutting-edge and compassionate gals who have a flair for flavor. Whipping up the feast: Carmen Gonzalez of Carmen the Restaurant, Michelle Bernstein of Azul, Cindy Hutson of Ortanique on the Mile, Andrea Curto-Randazzo of Talula, and Jennifer Brown, pastry chef at Chef Allen’s. Proving they can set their egos aside (unlike many of their colleagues), the women chefs will work as a team for a good cause. The dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. at Carmen the Restaurant, 700 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables. Tickets cost $250. Call 305-633-9861.
That instant headache you get the moment a drop of champagne — cheap or expensive — passes your lips. That’s the “pain” in champagne. But you drink it nonetheless, charmed by its tiny bubbles, its intriguing flavor, its festive air, its utter Frenchness. Well, to prevent your head from exploding, you might consider swallowing a handful of aspirin before attending the FluteFest Champagne Festival taking place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Flute (500 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach). Representatives from various French champagne houses will be on hand to chat with you as you sip 20 top brands, and plenty of hors d’oeuvres will be passed so you won’t drink on an empty stomach. Cheers! Admission is $75. Call 305-674-8680.