Edgar Leal

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2009

    Five Best Restaurants To Close in 2009

    lee kleinNo more pâté at Pied​Au Pied de Cochon: "Just what we needed", we crowed back in July -- a dazzling 1940s-style 24/7 indoor/outdoor South Beach bistro serving country French fare in a fun setting. And boy those mustard-coated, bread crumbed pig trotters were tasty, as were the lamb chop ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Edgar Leal Will Show You How to Cook

    There are cooking instructors and then there are cooking instructors. Executive Chef Edgar Leal of Cacao Restaurant, 2009 James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef in the South falls into the latter group. This coming Saturday, March 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Leal will demonstrate ... More >>

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    March 12, 2009

    A Cacao Concerto

    On Saturday, March 21, Cacao Restaurant in Coral Gables will hold a symphonic celebration following the Miami Symphony Orchestra's performance at Guzman Concert Hall earlier that evening. Guests will have a chance to mingle with world-renowned Miami Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Ma ... More >>

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    February 22, 2009

    Why Was Batali Even Up There?

    We're referring to Mario Batali being "up there" on stage at the SBWFF's Wines and Food of Spain dinner. You've probably heard that he dropped a couple of F-bombs in front of the royal company. And speaking of F-bombs: What the fuck was he even doing on that platform welcoming the King and Queen of ... More >>

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    February 16, 2009

    James Beard Nominations Confirm Our Secret Crushes

    The James Beard Foundation has announced its nominees for the best chefs around the country, and two of our hunky, homegrown hubbas are among this year's picks: Chef Dean James Max (pictured left) of 3030 Ocean, in Fort Lauderdale; and Chef Zach Bell of Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach. It seems as th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Chocolate-Dipped Fairchild

    This Thursday evening, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will be hosting the Third Annual International Chocolate Festival Kickoff Party. No, I didn't know about the first two either, but this year's one-hour shindig (6 to 7 p.m.) features hors d'oeuvres from exceptional chef Edgar Leal of Cacao Res ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 11, 2008

    King of Cacao

    Sure, this Venezuelan chocolate makes Willy seem a wonk. But the food is dandy too.

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    December 11, 2003

    Side Dish

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    September 25, 2003
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    March 6, 2003

    Like Cuisine For Chocolate

    A Venezuelan cook makes the sweet stuff stick to your dinner

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    January 9, 2003

    Nuevo Bistros and Restaurants

    Lots new and improved in the Miami dining scene