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    November 21, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Books by Cooks, Beer, and Pubbelly Love

    If you're looking for a nice, peaceful weekend to catch up on chores before the family comes down from the Northeast to thaw out and eat turkey, forget it! There are simply too many tempting options not to get out and enjoy Miami. Plus, there's something for everyone -- like a gigantic book fair f ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    Fabio Viviani on Fabio's American Home Kitchen: "I Love America, Guys"

    Fabio Viviani, the Italian-born chef who won America's heart on Top Chef, is taking Miami by storm. First, the talented toque opened Siena Tavern in South Beach. The restaurant, a sister of the original Siena Tavern in Chicago, serves Viviani's takes on classic Italian cuisine, with many dishes ori ... More >>

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    November 5, 2014

    Siena Tavern Opens November 10: Numbered Bar Lab Cocktails, Exclusive Wynwood Brew

    Siena Tavern opens to the public on November 10 at 6 p.m. and the hotly anticipated restaurant by former Top Chef contestant Fabio Viviani is gaining buzz before the first diner chows down on the social media-savvy (and savory) meatball. But what's behind the restaurant that's taken over the expans ... More >>

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    November 3, 2014

    October 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    October in Miami is still considered a transitional month. Although the weather is getting better, many restaurants are still working on their progress, hosting family & friends dinners and putting the finishing touches on their menus in anticipation for a late fall opening in time for Art Basel and ... More >>

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    October 22, 2014

    Week-Long Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival Starts Today

    The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival returns for its second year with a host of dinners and events. Starting today October 22, South Beach will get fishy with dinners, a wine-and-dine around, and a chef showdown before the grand event festival happens on Saturday, October 25, at Lummus Park ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Fabio Viviani's Siena Tavern Opening in November

    One of the most anticipated restaurants scheduled to open in Miami this fall is Siena Tavern. The restaurant, which hails from Chicago, will open in the old China Grill space, a massive 10,000-square-foot space. Viviani, who garnered fame from his two seasons on Bravo's Top Chef franchise and whose ... More >>

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    October 1, 2014

    September 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

    September 2014 in Miami will be remembered for two things -- endless days of torrential rain and the opening of Iron Chef Morimoto's restaurant at the Shelborne Wyndham South Beach. Of course, the "official" opening isn't until today, but if you've been on social media, you've seen practically every ... More >>

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    September 25, 2014

    Jen Karetnick, Lee Schrager, Fabio Viviani Represent at Book Fair 2014

    The Miami Book Fair International is a big deal. Not just for book nerds and wannabe authors, but for foodies, too, since the lineup of chefs, food writers and edible events gets more impressive every year. The roster for November's fair, announced on Friday night, includes a whole host of Miami's ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Uvaggio and Touche: Top Chef Alums in Miami Have a Spotty Record

    Bravo's hit reality cooking show, Top Chef, which debuted in 2006, changed the way we look at chefs and the people who prepare high-end dishes. Its judges have included culinary luminaries like Anthony Bourdain and Food & Wine magazine editor Dana Cowin. And it has thrust more chefs before a nationa ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    August 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

    August may be traditionally a slow month for Miami's restaurant industry, but you could hardly tell from the extensive list of openings. Notable openings include Mignonette, the intimate oyster bar by chef Danny Serfer (Blue Collar) and blogger Ryan Roman; and Cantina la Veinte, the first foray int ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    July 2014 Miami Restaurant Openings and Closings

    July was a surprisingly strong month for openings, with well over a dozen new spots for Miamians to try smack dab in the middle of what used to be "off season." Notable restaurants include Finka Table & Tap, a gastropub by the owners of CubanCube food truck; Centolire, the New York Italian trattoria ... More >>

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    July 30, 2014

    Iron Fork 2014: Ten Dishes You Need to Try (And Last Chance for Discount Tickets)

    New Times' Iron Fork Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority is tomorrow and the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami will be abuzz with hundreds of people enjoying food and drink by Miami's best restaurants. If you've already got your tickets, we'll see you there. If ... More >>

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    July 10, 2014

    11 Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

    It happens every year. The minute your hangover subsides from New Year's eve, it's already July. With half of the year gone, we decided to look forward to some of the restaurants that are coming up -- mostly in the fall. We're not listing restaurants that don't have a 2014 opening date, which is wh ... More >>

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    July 1, 2014

    June 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Talk about one hot month. As spring turned into one wet summer, Miami restaurants decided to open like flowers in a garden! Most anticipated were the openings of L'Echon Brasserie, featuring French fare by the Pubbelly boys and Oolite, Kris Wessel's new restaurant just off Lincoln Road. June als ... 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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    June 4, 2014

    Fabio Viviani Moving to Miami in Anticipation of Siena Tavern's Opening

    Fabio Viviani might have caught the public's eye during season five of Bravo's Top Chef, but he's been in the restaurant industry since he was a teen. The Florence native began cooking in family kitchens as a child before landing his first job at the age of 14 at Trattoria Il Pallaio. Now the handso ... More >>

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    June 2, 2014

    May 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    The restaurant scene, much like the weather, warmed up in Miami with several interesting additions to the community and two welcome re-openings. Even in Miami, it's rare for a celebrity to announce a restaurant's opening, but that's just what happened this month. NFL legend (and restaurant partner ... More >>

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    May 1, 2014

    April 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    April showers not only bring May flowers -- they bring a host of new restaurants to Miami. This month's highlights were AQ by Acqualina, where chef Dewey LoSasso is making his new restaurant in the five-diamond resort local-friendly and Shikany, the long-awaited restaurant that offers degustation me ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    March 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Spring is in the air, bringing new beginnings and lots of restaurant openings. From small burger and beer joints to lavish multilevel dining experiences, it seems there's a new restaurant for just about everyone's taste and budget. Notable openings include 1826 Restaurant & Lounge, Danny Grant's m ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Chef's Roll, LinkedIn for the Culinary Crowd, Draws in Miami's Kitchen Talent

    There's no denying that the culinary world is its own wild, woolly trip down the rabbit hole. The kitchens of the world are a far cry from the corporate boardrooms, particularly when it comes to career paths. Ever read Kitchen Confidential? Yeahhhhhhhh, that. So it makes major sense that chefs shou ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Have Bollito Misto at Salumeria 104 on Tuesdays

    Miami winter is almost over, and we've barely experienced what it feels like to be cold. Does that mean we shouldn't get the pleasure of having winter food? Salumeria 104 doesn't think so. Chef Angelo Masarin likes simple and traditional Italian flavors. For him, no food is simpler than animal parts ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    February 2014 Openings and Closings

    February was a huge month for the Miami food scene. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival brought a slew of celebrity chefs -- all wanting to be enchanted by our city's restaurants and bars. And if the likes of Geoffrey Zakarian, Martha Stewart, and Rachael Ray were feeling peckish, they had a host o ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

    Fabio Viviani Dishes About Siena Tavern Miami

    Top Chef alum and Italian heartthrob Fabio Viviani is closer than ever to opening Siena Tavern in Miami. The restaurant, a partnership between Viviani and DineAmic Group of Chicago, are bringing the successful Siena Tavern to the former China Grill space on 5th and Washington. Though Viviani hail ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    January 2014 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    The first month of the new year included the opening of many anticipated restaurants including Cavalli Restaurant and Lounge, the chic Italian bistro by famed designer Roberto Cavalli, and Batch Gastropub, which features upscale takes on pub grub, like chili-glazed chicken wings with blue cheese esp ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    Scarpetta's Nina Compton Advances to Top Chef Finals

    The last few moments of last night's Top Chef was tense, to say the least. Two cheftestants stood before the judges table, holding hands. One would end their journey, with the other advancing to the Top Chef finale and one step close to winning the title and $125,000 cash. Nina Compton and Shirley ... More >>

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    January 1, 2014

    December 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Goodbye 2013, hello 2014. If you're reading this, you've made it through yet another New Year's eve and are probably enjoying a nice cleansing juice after a five mile run (let's see how long this healthy resolution will last). In this past year, we've said hello to some great new restaurants like ... More >>

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    December 31, 2013

    Ten Miami Restaurants We're Looking Forward to in 2014

    A fresh, new year is upon us. Time to make resolutions and plans. It's also a good time to anticipate new restaurants about to open in Miami. And there are a bunch of them. From food trucks continuing to go brick-and-mortar like Latin Burger & Taco, to celebrity chefs staking their claim under our s ... More >>

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    December 2, 2013

    November 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Even as 2013 winds down, Miami heats up with Art Basel taking over both the beach and the mainland as thousands of people swarm to our city for parties, food, and drinks -- all in the name of art. With that, many restaurants are planning pop-ups, while others plan to open their doors this week. A ... More >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    November 5, 2013

    Charlie Trotter Dead at 54

    ABC's Chicago affiliate has reported that Charlie Trotter has died today at the age of 54. Though details of his death have not yet been released, ABC's Eyewitness News 7 has reported that "Trotter was found unconscious in his Lincoln Park home and transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital on T ... More >>

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    November 1, 2013

    October 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    Here we go... The official end of hurricane season, the start of cooler weather, and an influx of restaurants opening in Miami. With tourist season and Art Basel coming down the pipeline sooner than we realize, restaurants are clamoring to finish that paint job, install those burners, and open the ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Top Chef Season 11 Premieres Tonight: Miami Represents

    Season 11 of Top Chef, the Bravo cooking competition that paved the way for the cooking-show craze, premieres tonight. This time, the cheftestants compete in New Orleans, where regulars Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons are joined by Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. Though some critic ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    September 2013 Restaurant Openings and Closings

    September marks the beginning of the busy fall season. All over Miami, life renews as shops, restaurants, and hotels spiffy up for the winter season. Retooled menus, chef changes, and reworked decor are all par for the course -- as are the openings of a plethora of new and interesting restaurants. ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Fabio Viviani Dishes About His Miami Restaurant (Video)

    The word's been out for a few months that Top Chef alum and major heartthrob Fabio Viviani is bringing his Italian comfort food to Miami. Siena Tavern is set to open on South Beach this year, with a menu that melds Italian favorites like lasagna and gnocci from Viviani's family recipes with dishes ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Fabio Viviani's Siena Tavern Expanding to Miami Beach

    When Top Chef hottie Fabio Viviani was in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, he mentioned that he was opening a restaurant in Miami. Now, Chicago Business is reporting that Viviani and partners DineAmic Group of Chicago are bringing Siena Tavern to South Beach, with plans to open as ear ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    Jeff McInnis Departs Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

    Jeff McInnis has left Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Both McInnis and 50 Eggs owner John Kunkel have confirmed to Short Order the departure of the chef/partner. See also: Khong's Chef Bee Headed To Oishi Thai

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    September 13, 2012

    Top Chef Cruise Adds Fabio Viviani, Hubert Keller Dance Party

    Once again the good people at Bravo have found a way to delight us and scare the pants off of us at the same time. The cable network that has given us all those Real Housewives, Rachel Zoe, and Padma Lakshmi know how to put on a good train wreck. So now it's time for the most awesome shipwreck of al ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    More Beer, Rock Shrimp, and Chilaquiles: Final Notes on the SoBe Fest

    ​So we close the page on another South Beach Wine & Food Festival -- or, as we like to call it, the Annual Four Day Gastro-Intestinal Challenge. The following list consists of personal observations and reflections gathered over the weekend.- I've been to so many Festivals that I've gotten to k ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Top Chef Fabio Viviani Shows Us How To Make Pasta (Video)

    ​Top Chef heartthrob Fabio Viviani doesn't know why anyone on the planet would possibly buy pasta.In a recent cooking demo at Casa Tua, sponsored by Bertolli Olive Oil, the sexy Italian chef asked a group of mostly female food writers and bloggers who makes their own pasta from scratch. When not a ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011
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    August 9, 2011

    Top Chef's Fabio Viviani Serves Prosecco and Popcorn in Coral Gables

    Laine DossFabio Viviani is hosting a popcorn and movie night in Coral Gables.​Fabio Viviani -- Top Chef season five contestant, fan favorite, and owner of Café Firenze in California -- is coming to Miami to host Santa Margherita's Prosecco and Popcorn night at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Ga ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Top Chef's Fabio Viviani Invites Me To Eat His Pork

    Laine Doss Fabio loves his pork.​Last month, I wrote about how Top Chef's Fabio Viviani wanted me during a phone interview. What started out as a typical phoner with a celebrity chef turned into a session that made the angels weep and the earth move. Our romance was made in foodie heaven. W ... More >>

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    February 27, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Grand Tasting Village Was a Satisfying Feeding Frenzy

    Bill? Is that you? ​With the white sand, clear skies, and heat, SBWFF's Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village would have resembled the Sahara if it were not for the sparkling backdrop of the Atlantic.After receiving a Waterford glass, but no neck lanyard cup-holder to keep our eager paws free ( ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    In Bed With Fabio Viviani of Top Chef

    Will you be my valentine, Fabio?A really fun part of my job as New Times blogger is interviewing chefs and personalities in the food business. I've found that most people in this industry are witty and charming, so I was looking forward to my phone call with Top Chef All-Stars contestant and R ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Top Chef All-Stars Premieres Tonight

    Matthias Clamer/Bravo ​Top Chef Season Eight premieres tonight with a cast of all-stars (contestants from previous seasons who didn't take the title) and it sounds like we may be in for a treat. It really won't take much for this season to outshine Top Chef: Washington, D.C. -- likely the worst s ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Top Chef Upsets The Amazing Race to Win the Emmy

    Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio won the Emmy last night. ​Last night, Top Chef pulled off a major upset in the Outstanding Reality Competition Program category at the 62nd annual Emmy Awards. For seven years, since the category was introduced, The Amazing Race has swept the competition. ... More >>

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    April 6, 2010

    Food News Roundup: Whitney Port, Horse Meat, South Beach, and Reality TV

    Miami-Dade County employees raise more than $300,000 for charity, part of which will go to Food for the Poor. [SFLCN]"Whitney Port and Roxy Olin snacking outdoors on 'yogen fruz' en route to the airport after debuting her new collection, Whitney Eve, in Miami." [FOXnews]Politicians introduce legisla ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    SBWFF 2010: Sunday Afternoon at the Grand Tasting Village; Bourdain, Ripert Face-Off

    We spent Sunday afternoon at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village, walking around the massive tents around 13th and Ocean tasting mostly liquor. It's no secret that this event has become less about the bites and more about the booze -- well, and the celebrity ... More >>