Kris Wessel

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    November 13, 2014

    Jeremiah Bullfrog's P.I.G. 5 This Sunday: Limitless Pork From Miami's Best Chefs

    Pork is good. If you're nodding your head right now and beginning to salivate at the mere thought or the tender and succulent meat, then you'll want to make your way to Brisky Gallery in Wynwood this Sunday for a different kind of artistic exhibition -- one that puts pig on a pedestal. P.I.G. (Por ... More >>

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    August 14, 2014
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    August 12, 2014

    At Oolite, Kris Wessel Takes Florida's Culinary Influences on a Healthful, Delectable Jaunt

    A half-dozen fat, sweet barbecued shrimp arrive bathed in a fragrant, rust-colored sauce. One bite reveals that their tingling spice is cut by the rich smack of butter as well as lemon and floral rosemary. The plump crustaceans are perfectly cooked, with crisp exteriors and tender, briny interiors ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Oolite's Backyard Mango Cocktail and Wessel's BBQ Shrimp: The Perfect Summer Meal

    Let's just start by stating the obvious: It's hot and steamy in Miami this time of year. Too hot for tucking into a steakhouse meal of beefy pleasures with buttery sides. This is the time for dining on something lighter. The conundrum is, of course, to find something that's still big on flavor. Even ... More >>

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    July 16, 2014

    Kris Wessel to Open New Bar A.I.R. (Artist in Residence)

    Kris Wessel is known in Miami for his über-local cuisine made personal by his family's long relationship with Miami and its terra. In fact, Wessel's new restaurant, Oolite, is named after the very foundation our city is built upon. But, though born in Miami, Wessel was raised in New Orleans, a c ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Kris Wessel's Oolite Opens in South Beach (Photos)

    Kris Wessel's new South Beach restaurant, Oolite, is open and we stopped in for a peek and a cocktail. Large signs outside the restaurant, located in the former Cooper Avenue space just off Lincoln Road, give a June 19 opening date, but the bar is open now at 6 p.m. (Earlier if there's a World Cup ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014

    Kris Wessel to Open Oolite Restaurant & Bar at Former Cooper Avenue

    Kris Wessel is going big this spring with the announcement of Oolite Restaurant & Bar. The restaurant, to be located in the former Cooper Avenue space just off Lincoln Road at 1661 Pennsylvania Ave., is scheduled to open May 30. The restaurant's name is derived from the limestone and coral rock fou ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    The Fare Field: Kris Wessel Cooks Caribbean Roasted Guinea Hen

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but if you're so over the whole turkey-ocalypse, there are always other options. Caribbean roasted guinea hen, anyone? Miami's farm-based cooking show, the Fare Field, is featuring a Thanksgiving-appropriate menu in this week's online episode -- including t ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Kris Wessel Leaves Florida Cookery, Forms Consume Restaurant Group

    Just a year after opening, Kris Wessel has cut ties with Florida Cookery, the restaurant based on old-Florida recipes. Wessel, who named the restaurant after his grandmother's cookbook, leaves the restaurant, located inside the James Royal Palm Hotel in South Beach, to pursue other career avenues. ... More >>

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    September 11, 2013

    The Hidden Kitchen Sunday Suppa: Comfort Food and Vodka in a Surprise Location

    The e-mailed instructions were slightly mysterious. "Please arrive during the reception hour, as we will sit for supper promptly at 5 p.m. Please find your way to the single door, also located on the north side of the building. There will be a member of our team dressed in black waiting to escort yo ... 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 25, 2013

    Best Chefs in America: A Peer Review For Chefs Names Miami's Finest Toques

    There's nothing new about peer reviews. Many professions, most notably attorneys, scientists and physicians, frequently evaluate their peers in an effort to maintain a standard level of competence and acknowledge outstanding members of their field. With the publication of Best Chefs America, add che ... More >>

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    February 28, 2013
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    February 25, 2013

    SoBeWFF Southern Brunch: "Best Food of the Festival," says Schrager

    People often say Miami isn't quite part of the South. Yet Magic City chefs put out the best food at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Southern Brunch at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel late Sunday morning, even if they didn't have the longest lines. A little more than an hour into the event Em ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    FoodGossip305 & NotChowfather: Miami Twitterverse's Mean Girls

    Did you notice the Mean Girls-style action going on on Twitter this weekend? Chances are you did. But if you didn't, Miami's food industry gained two new handles to look after: @FoodGossip305 and @NotChowFather. Leading the anonymous secret spiller pack in late December was @MiamiFoodGossip. Shor ... More >>

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    December 19, 2012

    Top Restaurant Closings of 2012 in Miami

    In 2012, many notable eateries closed up shop. In some cases, we shed a tear as we watched them go. In others, well, our bets had been placed for quite a while. (Sustain Restaurant & Bar was just a few sad, happy hours away from my late-April wager.) This past year, most losses were felt in the Des ... More >>

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    November 15, 2012

    A Caribbean Thanksgiving: Kris Wessel Shares His Recipe for Pigeon Pea Rice

    It's a muggy, hot afternoon in mid-November and Santo Domingo's congested streets are packed with whizzing motorcyclists and banged-up taxis. Sidewalks are lined with vendors selling dried-up holiday pine trees. Across the bustling Caribbean city, eateries offer a variety of catered Thanksgiving din ... More >>

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    November 7, 2012

    Kris Wessel on Why Red Light Little River Closed

    Red Light Little River is closed. Read Also: Kris Wessel: Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm is PersonalThe restaurant seemed more like dining at the small house party of a friend who cared more about things like making beautiful food than location, location, location. Miami's Restaur ... 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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    October 2, 2012

    Jeff McInnis on South Beach's Farm-To-Table Renaissance and What's Ahead for Yardbird, Part Two

    Jeff McInnis incorporates his eclectic kitchen background into Yardbird's menu. "I use Caribbean influences in dishes from time to time depending on what's in season," he explains. And there is always a hint of French fare. After all, he says, "Classic French is the foundation of almost all American ... More >>

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    September 21, 2012

    Kris Wessel: Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel Is Personal

    What does a chef do before opening a new restaurant in a luxury South Beach hotel?If you guessed taking his daughters on an extended road trip, you might have gotten the same email we did from Kris Wessel. If you speak with Wessel for more than 30 seconds, you'll learn that everything he does -- fro ... 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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    June 20, 2012

    Kris Wessel On His New Joint, Florida Cookery -- And On Sunshine State Cooking In General

    When I spoke with Kris Wessel by phone yesterday, he was in the Atlanta airport eating a Crystal Burger while waiting for his delayed flight to board. I was curious about his new upcoming restaurant, Florida Cookery, at the revamped James Royal Palm Hotel (originally built in 1939, the hotel is ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    Miami's Top Three Dining Streets

    The question was posed to me in an email from some food television media type for an unspecified project:What is the best restaurant street in Miami? Think in terms of diversity or history or kitchen talent -- whatever quality makes it interesting and worth eating one's way from one end of the stree ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Top Five Restaurants For Outdoor Dining: Beyond Best of Miami 2011

    Sitting outdoors at Red Light won't cost you a fortune.​Last year, we bestowed our Best Restaurant for Outdoor Dining to Cecconi's Miami Beach for its lovely garden patio with retractable roof. And, of course, we like the food there too, a factor too often overlooked in "Best Outdoor Dining" compi ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    Ricochet Lounge Opens Tonight with Treats for the Senses

    Courtesy of Red Light​Alan Roth and Tommy Pooch are no strangers to what's hip and hot, bringing sexy back to Miami's nighttime revelers since the early '90s. Their new midtown lounge, Ricochet, is due to open tonight, and it will bring a new nightlife experience to the area.The bar lounge has an ... More >>

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    October 10, 2011

    Need A Job? Ricochet Lounge Opening in Midtown, Now Hiring

    ​Attention: job seekers There's a new nightlife venue opening in Midtown. It's called Ricochet Bar and Lounge, and it's now hiring bartenders, servers, waitresses and busboys. Unemployed people and other interested parties should email We called Alan Roth from TAI Entertainment t ... More >>

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    August 15, 2011

    Vending Machines Replacing Lunch Ladies in Miami-Dade Schools

    ​The machines are taking over the cafeteria. Starting this fall, some Miami-Dade students will be getting their school lunch from a vending machine and not Berta, the hairnet-clad lunch lady. Rest assured though, Junior won't be eating just corn chips and soda pop. The high tech machines serve hea ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    A Miami Chef Timeline (1986-2008)

    Chef Allen helped launch the modern Miami dining scene in 1986The closing of Chef Allen's last week represented the end of an important chapter in Miami restaurant history. There was a time in the mid-'90s when the main restaurant debate at gatherings focused on whether Allen Susser, ... More >>

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    February 26, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: More and More at Best of the Best

    Chocolates from Andrew Shotts of Garrison Confections in Providence, Rhode Island​What's your idea of the good life? Is it a sprawling private event held in something called "the Sparkle Ballroom" in a glamorous over-the-top Miami Beach resort? Is it top-rated bottles of rare, aged grapes all sile ... More >>

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    January 20, 2011
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    August 23, 2010

    Chef Michelle Bernstein Schools the Lunch Ladies of North Miami Senior High

    John ZurChef Michelle Bernstein showing.​On Friday, local chefs Michelle Bernstein, Kris Wessel, and Ken Lyon simultaneously ran workshops in three high schools to introduce their partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Short Order followed Bernstein to North Miami Senior High, where sh ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Handicapping the James Beard Awards

    Consider it March Madness for gastronomic geeks: This Monday, March 22 the esteemed semifinalist nominees for the James Beard Awards 2010 will be whittled down to the even more esteemed finalists. In the combined spirit of great cooking and great bookies, we are offering the betting odds for who wil ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 4, 2010
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    February 3, 2010

    Red Light Is Super Bowl Central for New Orleans Fans

    Chef Kris Wessel already has a lot of friends and family in town from his hometown, New Orleans, for the Super Bowl. And more fans will start trickling in on Thursday, he told us. To rise to the occasion, he's bringing New Orleans to Miami at Red Light.Photo via Red Light's Facebook page​Festiviti ... More >>

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    January 15, 2010

    Red Light Shines For Haiti

    Photo by Lee KleinRed Light has ribs and a big heart​This weekend, Kris Wessel will be serving a Haitian-inspired menu at his Red Light Little River restaurant in MiMo. Chou chou blanc and calaloo are just a couple of the regional specialties being cooked up. But more heartwarming than these heart ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    Slow Food Miami Conference in People and Pictures

    Jackie SayetTHIapet!​Last night in an Upper East Side event space called the Coverings Showroom, Slow Food Miami's membership met for its annual conference.  With a musical booth buffet, orchestrated by Chef Kris Wessel of nearby Red Light Little River, the evening was less structured meeting ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Slow Food Conference Miami 2009​ What do you call a cow on a unicycle, a pig stuck in rush hour, or a potato calling an insurance company? Slow food.Others seem to think the term refers to an internationally renowned "member supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life." ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Red Light Gets Happy

    Lee KleinRibs recently relished at Red Light.​Starting this week, and continuing until whenever, Red Light Little River will be offering happy hour deals as such:Times: High Tide (5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) and Low Tide (10 p.m. to midnight).Deal: $5 will bring any, but not all, of the following: BBQ ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008

    Miami's Dining Scene Goes Big League

    In 2008, our city's gastronomic curve trended sharply upward.

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    August 7, 2008

    Kris Wessel's Red Light Shines

    New restaurant means great food at peerless prices.

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    February 19, 2004

    One Name, Many Tastes

    Elia makes "Mediterranean" cuisine make sense

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    December 11, 2003

    Side Dish

    See how well you know our culinary scene

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    October 30, 2003

    Season Opener Part II: The Comeback Kids

    Get ready, this season is dishing up a lot of new restaurants

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    April 4, 2002

    Bits and Bites

    Morsels from cafélandia

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    July 5, 2001

    A Rumi Rumination

    Rumors of its debut have been greatly exaggerated

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    May 17, 2001
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    August 3, 2000
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    July 13, 2000

    Side Dish

    Generation Chef speaks up

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    June 29, 2000


    New Generation Chefs?

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