In the era of Julia Child, the heart of a chef perhaps gurgled slowly, with blood as thick as heavy cream surging through pâté-clogged arteries. Modern toques have retained the flavor but lightened up the cuisine. Nowadays the Heart of a Chef is light, fun, and pumping out tips, tricks, and tidbits; this weekend it is also a two-day culinary fiesta that celebrates health as well as benefits the brilliant minds of the Florida Heart Research Institute.
Saturday is Driven to Dine, a lush event promising a lavish spread at the home of Miamis NFL legend Don Shula. If $500 tickets are beyond your means, then today is the day for you: The Heart of a Chef festival gets under way at Jungle Island. Besides the typical menagerie of squawking birds and chattering critters, therell be a Whole Foods farmers market and a heart-healthy cook-off featuring local celeb chefs. Round one pits Escopazzos Giancarla Bodoni against Casa Casuarinas Nina Compton; round two matches Top Chefs Howard Kleinberg against Hells Kitchens Ralph Pagano. Tickets include admission to Jungle Island and cost $40 for grownups, $20 for kids.
Sun., April 27, 2008