Clay Conley

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    August 8, 2014

    Azul's William Crandall Fuses French, Asian Influences With German Heritage on New Menu

    The upscale restaurant inside Brickell Key's Mandarin Oriental, has been helmed by many top toques. Michelle Bernstein, Clay Conley, Joel Huff and Jacob Anaya have all led the kitchen of Azul at some point since its inception. A sudden closure last year during the hotel's renovation period had many ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Gabriele Marewski Is Selling Paradise Farms

    If you've got the bucks, you could buy a piece of paradise -- Paradise Farms, that is. Homestead's organic oasis is up for sale. During a Dinner in Paradise event last night, owner Gabriele Marewski announced she's selling the property and moving to Asheville, North Carolina. So before this farme ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Outstanding in the Field Returns to Paradise Farms Next Week

    The farm-to-table movement hasn't lost steam, and that might be owed in part to Outstanding in the Field (OITF), an organization that turns the concept on its head with a table-to-farm approach. Touring the country by hosting dinners on different farms, OITF calls itself "a roving culinary adventur ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Jamie DeRosa and Paula DaSilva to Cook Together at Kitchen Collab This Wednesday

    Don't you just love it when chefs team up and host collaborative dinners? That's the premise behind Tongue & Cheek's Kitchen Collab series. Past events have showcased Clay Conley and Lindsay Autry, who joined Tongue & Cheek's Jamie DeRosa in cooking multi-course meals. This Wednesday marks the end ... More >>

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    October 14, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Week: Job Fairs, Kitchen Collab, and Tequila

    Alright, kiddies. There are two types of people in this world. The type with zero responsibilities today who are sleeping in until noon, and have a boss or a job with great respect for Christopher Columbus. In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue... And then there is the type ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Azul Temporarily Closes; Chef Jacob Anaya Joins OTC

    Azul, the upscale restaurant that launched the careers of some of the best names in south Florida dining like Michelle Bernstein and Clay Conley, has closed temporarily during the Mandarin Oriental Miami's renovation. Cafe Sambal, located underneath Azul, has also closed. According to the hotel's P ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    James Beard Announces 2013 Semifinalists: Miami Gets Several Nods

    The James Beard Foundation has just announced its semifinalists in the restaurant and chef categories for 2013, and South Florida has seven reasons to be very proud.This is actually the beginning of the long road to winning a coveted James Beard Award. The semifinalist list will be whittled down Mar ... More >>

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    December 15, 2012

    Monday's "Dinner with Friends" Will Be Last Of 2012

    Dinner with Friends at Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill is an event that every foodie must experience at least once. Fortunately, this coming Monday, December 17, Sugarcane will once again delight a small group of diners to a gastronomic gala. Unfortunately, it will be the last DwF of the year.We attended a ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Sugarcane's "Dinner With Friends" Series: Tickets Still Available

    Sugarcane continues executive chef Timon Balloo's "Dinner With Friends" series on Monday, and we've just received word that a limited amount of tickets are still available. He's sharing the stove with Cesar Zapata, executive chef of The Federal, Food, Drink & Provisions, named our Best Neighborh ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Azul: Huff Out, New Menu Items In

    Rumors have been swirling regarding the future of Azul at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel after it was made known that executive chef Joel Huff left, almost exactly a year after he started his duties at the posh and gorgeous restaurant.Eater Miami reported that a source revealed a celebrity chef was che ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012
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    January 19, 2012

    Azul at the Mandarin Oriental Leaves Us Feeling Blue

    ​At Azul, guests arrive to the sound of water trickling rain-like alongside a marble-and-tile-clad open kitchen. This peaceful, feng shui welcome has been in place since the restaurant premiered at Miami's Mandarin Oriental Hotel in December 2000, and so has the interior: a softly lit dining area ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Pied a Terre's Andrew Balick Talks About His Menu and Creativity

    Paula Niño​Tucked away in the historic Cadet Hotel is Pied a Terre, a charming 30-seat restaurant that quietly opened in March as part of a series of improvements to the hotel, which takes its name from the Air Force cadets that were briefly stationed there in the 1940s. Heading its kitchen is An ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Introducing Azul's New Chef, Joel Huff

    Joel Huff caught Azul's wave.When Clay Conley left Azul at the Mandarin Oriental to open Buccan in Palm Beach, a collective gasp could be heard 'round Miami. Who would replace him? The chef de cuisine gig was plum, but stepping into a kitchen beset with so much expectation would be a daunting task.E ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Festival of Chefs Takes Over Nikki Beach November 10

    Culinary arts students with Chef Michael Gilligan (right) and artist MANO.​If you're not a subscriber to our weekly Café Bites dining newsletter, here's a taste of what you're missing. Click here to subscribe.Who needs a Festival of Lights when you can have a Festival of Chefs? Disney's smarmy li ... More >>

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    October 13, 2010

    Wine Over Miami, Where Wine Doth Taken Over

    ​Forget about that full-body cleanse. It seems as though wine has just taken over the city this week. Miami plays host to a number of wino-centric events open to both trade and consumers. If you love Spanish wines, jump on the wine train Wednesday, October 13 at the Great Match at the Biltmore Hot ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Douglas Rodriguez, Jonathan Eismann, Andrea Randazzo to Compete in Ceviche Throwdown for Gulf Fishermen

    Courtesy of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill and South Florida Foodies​Miami's First Annual Ceviche Throwdown is Sunday, October 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. Participating chefs include Timon Balloo (Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill), Clay Conley (formerly of Azul), Jonathan Eismann (Fin), Douglas Rodriguez (Ocean/De Rodri ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Clay Conley to Leave Azul

    Conley looks happy to leave Azul.​EaterMiami reports Clay Conley will leave the Mandarin Oriental Hotel's Azul at the end of September. Conley replaced Michelle Bernstein as the hotel restaurant's executive chef five and a half years ago. Conley will open a restaurant in Palm Beach. Azul ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010
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    March 12, 2010

    Chefs with a Purpose Haiti at Hotel InterContinental in Pictures

    Paula Niño​Some 12 chefs came together last night at the InterContinental Miami to raise funds for International Firefighters Assistance in Chefs with a Purpose: Haiti, hosted by Channel 4 and the InterContinental. While some of the toques advertised, like Tim Andriola and Cindy Hutson, were not ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Whole Foods Hosts a Flood of South Florida Chefs for Demos Across the State

    Via wikimedia commonsCooking demos to flood Whole Foods Florida.​Have you ever messed up cooking ramen noodles? If you answered yes, like we did, you could probably use some professional help of the cooking variety.Give thanks for South Florida's bounty of highly touted, greatly revered, very expe ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Interview: Sean Brasel Gets The 10

    Sean Brasel​Sean Brasel is the chef/co-owner of Miami Beach's sultry steakhouse known appropriately as Meat Market. The restaurant sits in the space formerly occupied by Jonathan Eismann's Pacific Time [You know it's now in the Design District, right? Yeah. Thought so.] and, seemingly, being there ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Newcomers and Some Oldies Shine at Iron Fork 2009: Critchley Victorious, Whisk and Others Raise the Bar

    Jackie Sayet​The Presidente flowed as Chef John Critchley laid the culinary smackdown on Giancarla Bodoni for the 2009 Iron Fork title. Critchley is on a winning streak, with his seafood-celebrating Area 31 having been recently named one of Esquire magazine's best new restaurants this year.Our foc ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009
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    September 14, 2009

    Chefs Club Miami & Whole Foods Market: An Unholy Alliance

    ​"Begun in 2006 as a series of intimate, word-of-mouth chef gatherings at restaurants all across South Florida, Chefs Club Miami -- now boasting a membership of more than 30 of the town's culinary innovators and restaurant industry honchos -- is proud to announce its recent partnership with Whole ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Bali Hai Preview with Chefs Oscar del Rivero and Sean Brasel

    This Sunday, April 5, will mark the 15th annual Bali Ha'i event, an outdoor soiree of culinary delights from restaurants around Miami to celebrate the Kampong. On Thursday, I set out to get advance tastes of one fish dish and one meat dish, from two talented and charming chefs, Oscar del Rivero of ... More >>

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    February 19, 2009

    Behind The Scenes For SoBe Food Fest Prep

    It is early Wednesday morning, and I am standing in a kitchen area in the Miami-Beach Convention Center, watching some 50 FIU students getting to work on food prep for Friday nights' Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ event at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. I am not the only one looking on -- FIU ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    Sunday In Paradise

    The latest monthly installment of Dinner in Paradise takes place this Sunday, February 8th. Set outdoors amidst the picturesque rural setting of Gabrielle Marewski's Paradise Farms in Homestead, an organic, multi-course meal is prepared by a varying set of three top local chefs -- and this upcoming ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Cindy Hutson, Waxy O'Connor, and Sierra Nevada

    Waxy O'Connor's South Beach, hitherto a humble pub, is getting all classy on us. This coming Wednesday, January 21st, marks the restaurant's first foray into celebrity chef beer dinners. Cindy Hutson, chef/owner of Coral Gable's beloved Ortanique on the Mile, will be cooking up a four-course dinner ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Clay Conley Shoots Down A Rumor And Serves Up A Recipe

    In yesterday's Short Order I suggested that a major unnamed chef would be shortly leaving a major unnamed restaurant. I was alluding to Clay Conley of Azul, in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. When I contacted the chef to see if the rumor was true, he started off by stating "I'm not leaving." This seeme ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Enter Kitchen Stadium

    Miami New Times hosts a cooking competition of its own.

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    September 23, 2008

    Azul: The Magazine

    I enjoy a magazine as much as the next person, so it was with more than a modicum of interest that I pulled the glossy 49-page publication from my mailbox: Azul: The Magazine For Living The Good Life. At first I thought it might just be a coincidence that the name was the same as that of the restaur ... More >>

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    August 13, 2008

    New Times Iron Fork at the Miami Science Museum

    Amazing what you'll find out reading Miami New Times. Apparently we're putting on a terribly cool culinary event on September 10th: Iron Fork, in which "Top Chefs Battle Head to Head for the Prestigious Golden Fork Award." Who knew? Celeb judges include Susser, Dean James Max, Clay Conley, Zach Bel ... More >>

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    December 5, 2007
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    November 12, 2007
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    November 12, 2007

    Reds, Whites, and Green

    A trio of uniquely themed wine dinners are taking place in area restaurants this coming week. On Tuesday night, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar hosts Red Rapture: The All-Red 90 Wine Dinner. The event highlights five red wines from around the globe that have been ra ... More >>

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    August 22, 2007
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    February 8, 2007

    Heaven Is in Homestead

    You’ll want to say amen after this meal

  • News

    March 2, 2006

    Crazy Delicious

    The festival disappoints slightly, MIAMIntelligence tanks, Aquabooty continues to rock

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    October 6, 2005
  • Dining

    March 24, 2005