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Project Fire: Grillmaster and Author, Steven Raichlen talks with MIAbites

Steven Raichlen, Miami resident, chef, author and all-around barbecue and grilling genius made his way to Books & Books Coral Gables for a special talk promoting his new book Project Fire. I was able to sit down with the New York Times bestseller and talk to him about his projects, his life as a traveling grill master and everything else barbecue.

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Wine, Women and Rebekah Wineburg

Yes, her name really is Rebekah Wineburg, not Weinberg… but WINEburg and she is one of the few women winemakers in Napa Valley and the head winemaker for boutique winery, Quintessa in Rutherford, CA.

In South Florida for the monthly special Cellar 1954 Wine Dinner at Michael Mina’s StripSteak at The Fontainebleau, I caught up with Rebekah for a glass of wine (what else?) and some conversation.

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James Beard Semi Finalists Shine in South Florida

On the day before the James Beard Foundation announced its finalists for the coveted “Oscars of Culinary” James Beard Awards, four of the six South Florida semifinalists treated a small group of local journalists and food bloggers to a sample of what makes these chefs so special and recognized by this renowned culinary organization.

 

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MIAbites Celebrates Women in Miami's Culinary Scene for International Women's Day

March is International Women’s Month. It’s a perfect time to reflect on all of the wonderful strong women in our lives. While we should be celebrating women every day, March 8th is a particularly special day and has been named International Women’s Day.

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Soraya Kilgore: Taking the Pastry World by Storm

It’s safe to say everyone in Miami who loves food knows Brad Kilgore; James Beard Semifinalist, New Best Chef in America by Best Chefs America, one of Food & Wines Best New Chefs, Esquire mag feature etc.  But as the saying goes – behind every great man is an even greater woman.  Enter: Soraya Kilgore, Brad’s incredibly talented right hand in life and pastry chef extraordinaire. 

 

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Saturday Sweets: Tatiana Vernot of Bakehouse Brasserie

This week’s Saturday Sweets led us to Bakehouse Brasserie in SoFi because I needed to have a Nutella Croissant (and maybe some frosé) - I’m not the only one, right?!  Bakehouse is Miami Beach’s new hot spot for breakfast and brunch with French brasserie items like Croque Madame, Steak Frites, Crawfish Beignets and more, including some delicious pastries. 

While there, I got the chance to hang out with Pastry Chef Tatiana Vernot, who had been in since 4 am re-stocking the pastry case after a busy weekend. Although she has only been working professionally in kitchens for three years, Tatiana turns out all of the most delicious treats in Bakehouse’s pastry display.

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Saturday Sweets: Chef Maria, Pubbelly Pastry Chef Extraordinaire

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about the Pubbelly Boys and their amazing savory creations, but not everyone knows about their sweet secret weapon – Chef Maria Orantes.  Chef Maria is the Executive Pastry Chef for all of the Pubbelly restaurants, including their newest adventures downtown at PB Station and out to sea at Food Republic on Norwegian Cruise Line’s largest ship, The Escape.  

While she’s busy creating amazing recipes for the new spots, her heart still very happily belongs to her Sunday Brunch Dough Bar 305 found at the original Pubbelly Sushi location in Sunset Harbour.  Each week Chef Maria features around six different delicious donuts available just for brunch. 

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