Chef Adrianne Calvo: "I've Never Been One to Follow Trends"

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Farm-to-table wasn't a trend seven years ago. Neither was eating grass-fed beef or locally sourced ingredients. Americans were way more naïve then when it came to food, and while we still have much distance to go, many improvements have been made. "I was 22 and people thought I was young and had no idea what I was doing. 'This poor girl,' they would say."

A year after Adrianne's opened, the economy crashed. Yet Calvo kept her cool and her prices high. "Guests thought it was an outrage that I was charging $38 for a steak." But that grass-fed piece of meat was coming from a ranch in California. "They just weren't ready then."

Fast-forward to today. The chef has her third cookbook coming out next month and is cooking up a storm at her tucked away treasure in a Hammocks strip mall every single night. Her menu is a culmination of all the greatest hits of the past seven years and, as she creates new things daily, some stick. So the menu continues to change."Everything on the menu now was once a special and got a hundred percent positive response."

And don't even think about asking servers for a recommendation because they're not allowed to answer that question. "Our mantra is to ask diners what they're in the mood for, and guide them that way but never to recommend one thing because everything on the menu is what everyone has loved."

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.