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    November 7, 2014

    MC Kitchen Hosts Rare Cigar and Beer Dinner with Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione: Cost $175

    MC Kitchen is hosting a rare Dogfish Head beer dinner next Thursday with brewery founder and president Sam Calagione. The event is a unique beer fete. Why? Because not only will there be extremely limited suds, but Calagione just doesn't do beer dinners that often. In fact, hardly ever, says MC Ki ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Cavatelli Craze Hits Countless Miami Restaurants

    Like all food trends, pasta preferences come and go, and right now cavatelli is everywhere. The pasta shape with the visible open seam --like a thin long hot dog bun-- that is almost grub-like is popping up all over Miami and in various sauces, cheeses and colors.. Three years ago we taught you ho ... More >>

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    September 16, 2014

    Fit to Fight: Chefs Look Back at the Shed Pounds

    In the beginning of the summer, a dozen Miami chefs entered the Fit to Fight challenge. The challenge, created by Top Chef alum Mike Isabella, started in Washington D.C., where the toque enlisted his Beltway peers to work out and raise over $30,000 for cancer support and research. The challenge was ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    The Good of Miami Spice 2014, Part One

    Another steamy summer, another Miami Spice. The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is back with the oft-beloved, sometimes maligned dining deals that help fill restaurants during the slow summer months and give less well-to-do diners a way to eat in the city's most lavish spots at a fraction ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

    Last year Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Mike Isabella participated in a challenge to save lives and shed pounds in Washington, D.C. dubbed Fit for Hope. The fundraiser pitted 12 chefs against each other over the course of 12 weeks and raised over $30,000 that went towards the American Cancer ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Taste of the Nation: South Florida's Best Chefs Serve Up a Great Evening

    Taste of the Nation South Florida, the fundraising gala that benefits Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign, took over the Loews Miami Beach Hotel last night. Just about every chef worth his or her salt was at the event -- either serving their best bites or mingling as a guest. The event feat ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Miami Heat's Shane Battier Pizza at MC Kitchen Tonight

    The NBA playoffs are in full swing, and that means fans are looking for places to grab a bite and watch the game. There are many sports bars and restaurants offering wing and beer specials while the game is on, but how many restaurants actually invite you to eat like Heat players, who face the Charl ... More >>

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    April 21, 2014

    MC Kitchen Is Miami's Power Lunch Hub

    Mad Men has returned for the first part of its last season, and if you've been watching, you know that a great amount of wheeling and dealing takes place in restaurants. That's not just fiction. Many business transactions take place in the restaurants of major cities, with the idea being that peopl ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Cochon 555: Jose Mendin Wins Big With A Lot of Pig (Photos)

    Last night, Cochon 555 made its return to Miami at the Four Seasons and it was epic. Five chefs competed, showcasing five heritage breed pigs, The bourbon and beer flowed, a butchering pop-up emerged in the center and in total 1,200 pounds of pork were devoured. The winner of the night was Pubbell ... More >>

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    February 7, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Jazz, Pigs, and Bunnie Cakes

    Here we go again. While the rest of the country continues surviving through this new Ice Age, we're making plans to go paddleboarding and golfing. Why the weather's so warm, we might as well be in Sochi (where there are palm trees at the winter Olympics, y'all). We say it's time to channel your cha ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014
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    January 13, 2014

    Cochon 555: Whole Hog Experience Returns to Miami

    Miami pork lovers, mark Sunday, February 9, on your calendars, because that's the day Cochon 555 returns to Miami. The Four Seasons Miami hosts the annual pig-fest, where five of Miami's best chefs will each prepare up to six pork-centric dishes. From 4 to 8 p.m., guests can watch live butchering d ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 19, 2013

    Miami's Food Emperors

    In 2013, locals took hold of Miami dining.

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    December 17, 2013

    In 2013, Miami's Food Scene Finally Blossomed

    The time has come: Miami is finally a fine-food town. The signs are everywhere. The 305 is home to coffee roasters, supper clubs, a ramen house, and a northern Thai restaurant. Sourdough bread is a thing. The word "local" is sprinkled on menus like pepper on steak. The city's beverage scene, once r ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013
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    November 11, 2013

    Antonio Bachour Lists His Five Favorite Restaurants in Miami

    Antonio Bachour is one of the best pastry chefs in Miami. At the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, he creates stunning desserts layered with tropical fruits, sorbets, crémeux, and mousse. Here, in his own words, are his favorite restaurants in town.

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    November 7, 2013

    MC Kitchen to Pop Up at Saturday's Heat Game for $60K Season-Ticket-Holders

    The Miami Heat does everything better -- from bromances to championships to hipster gear. So it's no surprise that the same standards apply to the team's arena food. This weekend, one of Miami's top chefs will dole out gourmet eats to top-dollar ticket-holders at American Airlines Arena. No hot dogs ... More >>

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    October 22, 2013

    What the Heck Is a 63-Degree Egg?

    You might have seen the 63-degree egg. It pops up on several menus around town -- at OTC, MC Kitchen, Eating House, among others. But what the hell is it exactly? "It's an egg that's cooked in its shell in a water bath," explains Jacob Anaya, the executive chef of OTC in Brickell. "The water is k ... More >>

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    October 8, 2013

    WTF? Esquire Says "Glitz Often Trumps Taste" in Miami Restaurants

    Esquire sure doesn't know how to give a compliment. The magazine just released its picks for the 20 best new restaurants in the nation, and one of Miami's own has made the list. MC Kitchen, the Design District restaurant helmed by chef Dena Marino and Brandy Coletta, received acclaim for its impecc ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Dena Marino on Home Economics, MC Kitchen, and Her Advice For Aspiring Chefs

    For Dena Marino, everything changed after her first home economics class. It was in that unlikely place -- in a football-crazed high school in a middling city near the Jersey shore -- that the petite blonde had an epiphany. She wanted to become a chef. It didn't come as a total surprise. Growing up ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Dena Marino's Five Favorite Restaurants

    Where the Chefs Eat is a series in which we ask Miami chefs to list their favorite local restaurants. In this installment, we spoke to Dena Marino -- chef of MC Kitchen in the Design District -- about her preferred Magic City spots. Dena Marino likes fancy eats. Which makes sense considering the ch ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013

    James Beard Foundation's Taste America: Tickets On Sale Now

    It might seem like there's a music festival in South Florida every other weekend, and that's probably true, but we foodies want to have our fun too. Filling the void between our own Iron Fork August 1 and South Beach Wine and Food Festival in February, is the James Beard Foundation's Taste America, ... More >>

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    July 4, 2013

    Chef Dena Marino's Refrigerator: Gatorade, Snacks, and Soy Vay

    This is the third entry in a short series of posts called Inside Their Refrigerator, which takes you inside the refrigerators of Miami's top chefs. Short Order recently spoke with chef Dena Marino of MC Kitchen. With a six-year-old son at home, she says she doesn't keep her refrigerator stocked wit ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Top Chefs Name Favorite Beers: Flying Dog in Heat Wheat Among Them

    The restaurant industry basically runs on booze and cigarettes, so it's no surprise that most chefs have more than a little knowledge when it comes to libations. Pair a trained palate with a taste for craft brews -- and you've got yourself some serious experts on all things beer. So in honor of Ame ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Dena Marino's Mercato Disappoints

    The employee at Dena Marino's Mercato was busy. He played on his iPhone, filled out his W-4 form, and stared diligently into open space. He did not want to be interrupted. So I left the Design District breakfast and lunch spot with a few unanswered questions. See also: - Dena Marino Launches Mercat ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Miami's Top Ten Chefs

    Chefs love talking about one another. They discuss talent. They obsess over who cooks better, who lacks integrity, who sold out, who travels looking for recipes to replicate. They talk about hype. They chat about expectations. They know what their colleagues are cooking. They have opinions about eve ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    With Oak Tavern, David Bracha Takes Root in the Design District

    Oak Tavern's wooden tables are worn -- their faded chocolate surfaces fashioned out of reclaimed lumber, their corners burnt with the logo of a majestic oak. Outside, a courtyard envelops the eponymous tree. Inside, red brick walls guard a precarious past. In less than a decade, the Design District ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Dena Marino Launches Mercato: Casual Breakfast and Lunch in the Design District

    Michelle Bernstein must be feeling the heat. Last year, just a few months after the James Beard Award-winning chef closed her acclaimed restaurant Sra. Martinez, Dena Marino made her debut in the Design District with MC Kitchen, a fine-dining establishment serving craft beers and delectable Ita ... More >>

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    March 7, 2013

    Ten Best Miami Brunches

    The debate over whether the best meal of the day is lunch or breakfast has been going on for millennia. Intense battles have broken out over the issue. But one day, a peaceful being came up with a compromise for the rivaling sides. The settlement was "brunch," a perfect middleman between the morning ... More >>

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    February 25, 2013

    SoBeWFF Swine & Wine: Pork and Booze, Come Rain or Shine (Photos)

    On Sunday evening in the courtyard of the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, there were more than 19 stations serving caja china roast pork, mojitos, and wine. A live band took the stage, and songs such as Rosario's "Meneito" filled the air. As the night wore on, a light drizzle fell upon SoBeWFF's Sw ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013
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    February 14, 2013

    Miami's Sweetest Couples: Marinos to Bernsteins to Martinezes... Or Something Like That

    A few weeks back, Short Order asked readers to vote for Miami's sweetest restaurant couple.We were looking for a couple that worked together in the same restaurant -- sharing the heat and the workload to make beautiful food together.We tabulated our Facebook votes, and Miami's sweetest couple is Den ... More >>

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    February 13, 2013

    MC Kitchen: Chef Dena Marino Is the Design District's New Queen

    On a cool Saturday evening, Dena Marino, a petite toque with a dimpled smile and starched chef's coat, overlooks the humming dining room at MC Kitchen. She stands in the open kitchen, surrounded by its massive white marble counter. At the restaurant's entrance, a party of ten lingers over glasses of ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Nominate Miami's Sweetest Culinary Couple, Win a Gift Card

    Throughout history there have been famous couples that have worked together. in just about every industry.Some duos that come to mind are Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Bonnie and Clyde; John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Hillary and Bill Clinton; Masters and Johnson; Irene and Frederic Joliot-Curie; Car ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    MC Kitchen Brunch: Breakfast Pizza and Tommy Pickles

    No, Tommy Pickles is not some extra that gets whacked in a Sopranos episode. Tommy Pickles is one of MC Kitchen's beer cocktails ($12), served at brunch (and thankfully any time you're jonesing for it).On Saturday afternoon, I decided to try out MC Kitchen's new brunch, served weekends from 11:30 a. ... More >>

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    January 25, 2013

    MC Kitchen, PB Steak, Khong River House: New Hotspots Introduce Brunch

    Miami's on one heck of a brunch kick, and why not? It's arguably the most exciting meal of the week, usually enjoyed with a group of friends or loved ones, and likely involves drinking alcoholic beverages long before the sun sets.Three of Miami's newest hot spots have introduced brunch -- each with ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Happy Repeal Prohibition Day: Miami's Chefs Tell Us Their Favorite Drinks

    If you think government is meddling in your affairs now (we're talking to you, Fox News), you should have been around in the early 20th Century, when Christian organizations and the federal government decided that most of our country's ills -- such as poverty, mental illness, crime, and bad behavior ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    November 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    November in Miami saw many anticipated restaurants opening, and a few closings that had most people surprised, indeed.  Some welcome additions to our local food scene include Dena Marino's MC Kitchen, Myron Mixon's Pride and Joy, and David Bracha's Oak Tavern.Read also:- Florida Cookery: Every ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    MC Kitchen to Open Next Week: What Dena Marino is Most Excited About

    Dena Marino and partner Brandy Coletta have been working on MC Kitchen for about six months now. The Design District restaurant in the former Fratelli Lyon space, featuring modern Italian cuisine, has been completely reworked from the ground up, as evidenced by the restaurant's "demolition" photo ga ... More >>

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    November 1, 2012

    October 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Open your windows, turn off your air conditioner and enjoy this glorious weather! It's fall in Miami and as the temperature cools off, the restaurant scene heats up!Already we're seeing restaurants come onto the scene in anticipation of the arrival of snowbirds flying south for the winter, tourists ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    September 2012 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    September is a transitional month for Miami. It's the time when tropical storms and hurricanes tend to be their most active (though we had one scare it luckily turned out to be a non-event), snow birds are still up north, and many folks (especially those in the biz) take a break or a quickie vacatio ... More >>

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    September 19, 2012

    Chefs For Obama: Miami's Best Chefs Cook For Fundraiser

    Last evening's Chefs for Obama was a veritable who's who of the Miami culinary scene in Miami. Hosted by chef Michael Schwartz (Michael's Genuine Food & Drink) and congresswoman and Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the event, held at the Moore Building, was one of a ... More >>

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    July 31, 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings, July 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings June, 2012The big news in July regrettably revolved around closings: Sra. Martinez said adios in the Design District, David's Cafe II shut down its Lincoln Road branch, and Jamie DeRosa and Geoffrey Zakarian are now both gone from Tudor House, which sort of e ... More >>

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    June 29, 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings, June 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings May, 2012And so it came to pass that in the month of June, in the year of 2012, The Bazaar by José Andrés finally opened in the SLS Hotel South Beach. And with it, the also-heralded (if less so) Katsuya by Starck.After numerous permit delays, Macchialina Ta ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    MC Kitchen, Dena Marino's Modern Italian, To Replace Fratelli Lyon Soon

    Okay, "soon" may be an overstatement, but MC Kitchen is "hopefully opening in early August," in the former Fratelli Lyon space, says executive chef Dena Marino. This leaves us happily anticipating the modern Italian cuisine of Marino and partner, Brandy Coletta, Their design takeover will replace th ... More >>

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    May 1, 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings, April 2012

    The return of Kevin Cory's incredible Naoe and the debut of Josh's Delicatessen & Appetizing were the most notable local openings in April. China Grill's shuttering in South Beach was the big closure (although it will reopen in Brickell). Other than that, our list of exciting establishments ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Miami Restaurant Openings & Closings, February 2012

    ​February was not the most active month for our restaurant scene. We welcomed a few notable newcomers such as Juvia, Cafe 46, and the popup Eating House, and said farewell to just a few places that really were on nobody's radar anyway -- that's probably why they closed.The real excitement is to be ... More >>

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    December 17, 2010

    What Richard Hales, Kris Wessel, Dena Marino, and Chef Jeremiah Want for Christmas

    Lotus Head via Wikimedia Commons​Here at Short Order, we've spent the last week expounding upon our Christmas wishes, but what about local chefs? Here's what four told us was on their Christmas wish list. Surprisingly -- or maybe not -- most of them have little to do with food. "A line cook who la ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Kurtis Jantz's Pumpkin Cake with Foie Gras Buttercream

    Chef Kurtis Jantz​As the executive chef at the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, Kurtis Jantz oversees the entire food and beverage operation for the resort. This is one busy man, and most of his Thanksgivings are spent working."My tradition is definitely working it," Jantz told us. ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010

    Dena Marino's Thanksgiving Turkey with Crispy Prosciutto and Roasted Garlic

    Chef Dena Marino​Chef Dena Marino moved to Miami from Colorado last summer to head the kitchen at DeVito South Beach. The job was short lived but Marino loved Miami so much she stayed. She's now working on another Miami project about which she can't reveal much because details aren't final yet. An ... More >>

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