Sam Gorenstein

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    November 11, 2014

    Watch Party For Sam Gorenstein on Kitchen Inferno at My Ceviche This Wednesday

    Food Network's newest culinary competition show, Kitchen Inferno, pits non-celebrity chefs against celebrity chefs in four cooking rounds -- with a game show twist. After each round, the competing chef will have the chance to walk away with the money he or she has earned -- or let it ride with a pos ... More >>

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    July 25, 2014

    My Ceviche Opens Today in South Miami

    My Ceviche opens its third location today. The restaurant, which features freshly made ceviche from wild-caught seafood in a casual setting by an award-winning chef, comes to South Miami, with dine-in, take-out, and catering services.The 1,600 square foot location, decorated in friendly citrus colo ... More >>

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    April 2, 2014

    My Ceviche Celebrates Birthday: Free Food Today

    It's hard to believe, but it's been two years since My Ceviche opened on South Beach, giving us affordable, chef-driven seafood. My Ceviche's Brickell location, turned one this past March. It seems in the blink of an eye, our ceviche and burrito babies have grown up. How do you celebrate a ceviche ... More >>

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    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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    October 31, 2013
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    October 30, 2013

    My Ceviche to Open in South Miami

    What started as a tiny seafood shack has now become a full-fledged fish empire. My Ceviche, the fast-casual brand owned by Sam Gorenstein and Roger Duarte, is opening a third location. The restaurant will be located in South Miami -- at 5900 SW 73 street. See also: Sam Gorenstein's Leap of Faith H ... More >>

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    October 28, 2013

    Sam Gorenstein's Five Favorite Restaurants in Miami

    Sam Gorenstein sticks to what he knows. At My Ceviche, he serves pristine local fish in burritos, tacos, and even quinoa bowls. When he goes out to eat, the Colombian-born chef doesn't venture too far from his roots. He clings to seafood and Latin American eats. Here, in his own words, are his fav ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Sam Gorenstein's Leap of Faith Has Paid Off at My Ceviche

    Sam Gorenstein began with breakfast. As a kid in Barranquilla, Colombia, the chef and owner of My Ceviche would step into the kitchen every weekend morning and cook omelets and frittatas for his entire family. "From the moment I was tall enough to reach the knobs on the stove, I started playing arou ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Love & Vegetables To Host Vegan Dinner With Sam Gorenstein of My Ceviche

    Love & Vegetables' vegan dinners are back for the upcoming season. But changes abound for the pay-what-you-can café hosted by chefs Keith Kalmanowicz and Avril Johnnidis. On September 23, the duo will welcome a special co-host: Sam Gorenstein, the chef and owner of My Ceviche. Gorenstein, formerly ... More >>

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    June 28, 2013

    For Ceviche Day: Make Sam Gorenstein's Key Lime Ceviche

    What's so perfect about national ceviche day being held on June 28 is the fact that ceviche is the perfect dish for sultry summer days in Miami. Seafood and vegetables are kissed by citrus to make a cool and refreshing meal. My Ceviche chef/partner Sam Gorenstein knows a thing or two about ceviche. ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    1. Jose Mendin of Pubbelly Group

    When it came time to decide who would be on our list of Tastemakers, there was no shortage of opinions around these parts. Battles were waged, sides were taken, and there was blood on the floor. Given all that, it might surprise you to know when it came to ranking our Top 10: Jose Mendin was undispu ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    2. Hedy Goldsmith of the Genuine Hospitality Group

    Hedy Goldsmith screwed Kellogg's. How did she do it? It started when your average, hungover Miamian sought the comforting Sunday morning breeze and sunshine on the patio of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. Amongst the fried, eggy and meaty brunch treats visitors saw homemade Pop-Tarts filled with je ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    4. Lee Brian Schrager of Southern Wine & Spirits

    Lee Brian Schrager is vice president of corporate communications & national events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. That's a long title, so it's best to just remember him for what made him famous -- creator of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The event started as a one-day "Florida E ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    10. Andres Tovar of Con Sabor a México Carnitas Estilo Michoacán

    You could totally go for a taco right now. But not the ordinary kind. You crave tacos campechanos -- rich pork shoulder tacos, sprinkled with crisp bits of chicharrón. Want salsita? Pick between green (tomatillos, cilantro, onions, and garlic) or red (chile de árbol, guajillo peppers, tomatoes, an ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    11. Paula DaSilva of 1500° at Eden Roc

    Paula DaSilva is one tough cookie. Working in kitchens since age 10, chef de cuisine at 21, Hell's Kitchen finalist at 28 and executive chef of a critically acclaimed restaurant by 31, this lady doesn't just take the heat: she brings it. As executive chef of 1500° at Eden Roc Renaissance in Miami ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    20. Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House

    Giorgio Rapicavoli was the first Miami winner of Food Network's Chopped. He used the momentum of his win to open a pop-up restaurant on Ponce named Eating House. The concept was so successful that Rapicavoli ended up taking over the space and turning Eating House into a permanent fixture. Recently n ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    25. Keith Kalmanowicz of Earth N' Us Farm

    New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up the top 30 tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session is included in ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    26. Todd Erickson of Haven Gastro-Lounge

    New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up the top 30 Tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session is included in ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    27. Sam Gorenstein of My Ceviche

    New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up our top 30 tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session will be includ ... More >>

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    March 29, 2013

    My Ceviche Brickell Opens Today: Sam Gorenstein Reveals What's New (Photos)

    Certain things make ceviche taste better: the crunch of spiced popcorn, the piquant flavors of chili peppers, the burst of citrus from a squeeze of orange or lime. But the menu at the new My Ceviche has something else -- something beyond the red onions, herbs, and aji. At the S. Miami Ave. location ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    My Ceviche Brickell Opens March 29

    Brickell residents can look forward to reasonably-priced fresh seafood when My Ceviche opens its doors this Friday, March 29.The original 240-square-foot location opened a year ago and quickly became a hit with locals and tourists alike despite the small size and limited seating area. After all, who ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    My Ceviche to Open Second Location in Brickell

    When My Ceviche opened in SoFi, there was much to love about the tiny shop that featured fresh-from-the-sea ceviche and stone crab. Except, of course, if you wanted to sit down and dine at a leisurely pace. The little shop had very few seating options. You could eat at the youth hostel next door, ta ... More >>

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    January 10, 2013

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2013: The Five Best Events Under $100

    The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is only a month away and tickets are already selling out. We know..we know. SoBe Fest is all lovely and all..and you'd love to hang out with Anthony Bourdain and Rachael Ray, but you don't have the money to invest in both Burger Bash and a car payment. We hear ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Seven Best New Restaurants of 2012 In Miami

    If you were to look back at the restaurants openings of 2012 in Miami, you might notice a bit of a trend. Our epicurean vista has evolved and diversified. We are now home to more mid-priced, chef-driven eateries: Surfside gained a deli; South Beach has a ceviche joint run by a James Beard nominee; ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Obnoxious Tourists Here: Brickell Oktoberfest, My Ceviche and Promotions Galore

    Around October and through around April, those lovable tourists start flooding the streets of Miami wearing sun visors and holding flimsy Kodaks. Locals find themselves dodging groups of people speaking strange languages just to get to their favorite spots for a bite to eat. Thankfully, those same e ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    My Ceviche's Sam Gorenstein On Fish Pricing

    Groupers have giant heads, which combined with neatly pressed white napkins and tasteful interiors, explain why a good piece of fish comes at a high price. Great seafood in South Florida is as ubiquitous as bad driving, and some of the best can be had at prices as low as few bucks. Keeping it cheap ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    How To Make Ceviche Like My Ceviche's Sam Gorenstein (Video)

    At it's best, ceviche is just fresh, raw, fish, citric juice, and vegetables, herbs, and spices mixed together and topped with something crunchy.It's served throughout Latin America and right here in Miami too.But this city is just as likely to serve you frozen Vietnamese swai fish in your ceviche a ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012
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    June 27, 2012

    My Ceviche: Sam Gorenstein's Fishy Business Is a Welcome Addition

    After quite a bit of deliberation at the teeny counter of My Ceviche, I decided to order ceviche. It might seem the obvious choice, but it's not necessarily an easy one to make when seafood tacos are also on the menu. Seafood tacos are on my shortlist of both must-order and must-avoid dishes, depend ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Today: BLT Steak Launches Raw Bar Addition

    After less than a month under its new executive chef, New York import Matthew Oetting, BLT Steak will launch a new raw bar at the Betsy Hotel today. It's an edgy addition to the modern American steakhouse.BLT Steak has been through some tough relationships in its recent past. Sam Gorenstein left his ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Today: My Ceviche Celebrates Locals, End of Season With $3 Stone Crab Claws

    My Ceviche is South Beach's answer to the pretentious, over-priced corporate establishments on Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue. Co-owners Roger Duarte and James-Beard-nominated executive chef Sam Gorenstein are one reason, and Tuesday they plan on celebrating another."Locals are what drive this estab ... More >>

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    May 7, 2012

    Ganem Replaces Gorenstein at The Raleigh

    In chef-swapping news, Daniel Ganem,who headed up the kitchen at Kane Steakhouse (which shuttered last October), has taken the chef de cuisine position left open by Sam Gorenstein at The Raleigh. Gorenstein, who exited to focus solely on his new venture, My Ceviche, brought Ganem on board. He has be ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Sam Gorenstein's Tips on Fresh Fish, Part Two: Learn to Fillet with Finesse

    Filleting fish has become borderline passé among home cooks. The practice is commonly viewed as a forgotten technique that is reserved solely for restaurant kitchens, guided by master chefs and expert fishmongers.But there is definitely a general curiosity about the subject. During the time that I ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Sam Gorenstein's Tips on Fresh Fish, Part One: Shop for Guts, Slime, and Bloodlines

    Photo Courtesy of My CevicheThe phrase "catch of the day" might evoke thoughts of family-run fishing boats, quaint coastal towns and early morning markets. Add a couple of seagulls, a few fishmongers wearing yellow rubber overalls and you have quite the romanticized vision of fresh fish.Unfortunatel ... More >>

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    April 11, 2012

    My Ceviche: Sam Gorenstein Is Taking Orders

    Here's an actual conversation overheard at My Ceviche last evening:Sam Gorenstein: Hi. Welcome to My Ceviche.Young couple: [Perusing the menu board] Hi!Gorenstein: Is this your first time here?Man in couple: Yes. I know someone who works at the Raleigh, and she said that Sam Gorenstein ope ... 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 16, 2011

    Gorenstein Set To Open My Ceviche "Very Soon" (And Ignite Stone Crab War?)

    Gorenstein will soon be looking at lots of fish.​The rumor mill was spinning yesterday that Sam Gorenstein, Beard-nominated chef formerly of BLT Steak, was set to open his new venture called My Ceviche at 235 Washington Avenue in South Beach. Miami's Restaurant Power Rankings reported this back in ... More >>

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    November 2, 2011

    Mario Tolentino Takes Over BLT Steak, Says He Moved South For the Sunshine

    Evan SungMario Tolentino picks up where Sam Gorenstein left off at BLT Steak at The Betsy. ​We all know that Sam Gorenstein recently left his position at BLT Steak at The Betsy Hotel, to join forces with Michael Schwartz at The Raleigh, but the question remained until recently: who would take over ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Sam Gorenstein Leaving BLT Steak To Join Forces With Michael Schwartz

    Is there more to this story than meats the eye?​Is there a chef-leaving-South-Beach-steakhouse epidemic going on or what? First Ralph Pagano announced that he was leaving STK Miami, then days later we learn that Daniel Ganem is on his way from Kane Steakhouse, and now Sam Gorenstein has informed S ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Portale, McInnis, Gorenstein, and More: Is The Classical Chef Dead?

    C. Stiles Jeff McInnis​It was while watching the PBS show Point of View about the Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France pastry competition (Kings of Pastry) -- in which classically-trained pastry chefs undergo intense training and pressure to vie for the honor of being one of France's finest ... More >>

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    March 25, 2011

    Sony Ericsson Open: $1,200 for First-Class Chow

    Sony Ericcson Open But where are the peanuts and Cracker Jacks?​At most sporting events you can satisfy your hunger with a few hot dogs, some peanuts and a beer.But tennis is not like most sporting events. First of all, the spectators dress and resemble the players so much that sometimes it ... 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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    March 22, 2010

    Michael Schwartz, Zach Bell in James Beard Final Nominees List

    Photo via​Chefs Michael Schwartz of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and Zach Bell of Café Boulud in Palm Beach were the only Florida chefs to move onto the James Beard Awards nominees short list.While 11 chefs from Florida -- four from South Florida -- were named among the semif ... 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 >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Interview with Sam Gorenstein of BLT Steak at the Betsy Hotel, Part One

    BLT Steak's Sam Gorenstein​It's no surprise that Sam Gorenstein was nominated for a James Beard award. Not only is the young chef a budding talent on Miami's food scene, but his selection was accidentally leaked two weeks prior to the announcement. Nevertheless, the Colombian-born toque is produci ... More >>

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    February 18, 2010

    Sam Gorenstein, Hedy Goldsmith and Eos James Beard 2010 Award Semifinalists

    Photo by Jacob KatelBLT Steak's Sam Gorenstein is a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year.​In anticipation of the nominees set to be announced March 22 in New Orleans, the James Beard Foundation has revealed the 2010 semifinalists for its Restaurant and Chef Awards -- and Miami is definite ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Side of Bone Marrow With Your BLT Steak

    Jacob KatelBone marrow.​As a countdown to New Times' "Best of Miami" 2010, Short Order is serving up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. Send your nominations to

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    September 17, 2009

    Maggie Jimenéz from ¡Qué Sabor! and Sam Gorenstein from BLT Steak Visit Halperns' Meat Processing Plant

    Jacob KatelMaggie Jimenez enjoys being outside after almost three hours in a meat freezer.​ Maggie Jimenéz is a rising culinary star with a popular lifestyle cooking show, ¡Qué Sabor!, an endorsement deal with Oscar Mayer, freelance writing gigs, and a cookbook in the works. She is a former ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    God Bless BLT Steak and Its Four Course Fourth of July Feast

    Brustman Carrino PR This baby's on the menu and on the June 2009 cover of Food & Wine(To the tune of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America")God Bless BLT Steak,Inside The Betsy Hotel.Paying homage, to its patriot.A menu to delight one and all.Four special courses, it's a prix fixe, "Ocean Dr ... More >>

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