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Taste of the Nation Returns May 12
Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry will hold its South Florida fundraiser at Soho Studios (2136 NW 1st Ave., Miami). Enjoy food and drinks from more than 50 chefs and bartenders. The cost is $125 for general admission (7 p.m.-10 p.m.) and $200 for VIP plus after-party admission (6 p.m.-12 a.m.). For more information, visit the official website
Cindy Hutson is a name synonymous with Miami flavors. Her restaurant on Miracle Mile, the aptly named Ortanique On the Mile, has been serving Caribbean-meets-Floridian fare (dubbed "Cuisine of the Sun") for more than 16 years. And now, she's bringing her notorious coffee and cocoa encrusted wild salmon and jerk chicken pasta to downtown with the opening of Zest. Located in the Southeast Financial Center in the heart of downtown, Zest is open for lunch and dinner daily, with an adjoining Zest Mrkt dishing out breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Think grab-n-go gourmet delights such as a shawarma of the week. As for Zest, the menu features Ortanique On the Mile favorites and new creations such as root beer braised heritage pork belly, crispy buttermilk oysters and grits, curried octopus, and lobster rundown doused in a scotch bonnet pepper coconut sauce. Zest, Southeast Financial Center, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131, 305-374-9378.
French chef Laurent Tourondel has unexpectedly shuttered his Ocean Drive mainstay BLT Steak, which opened in 2009, to make way for a fresh concept: LT Steak & Seafood. Like BLT Steak, LT Steak & Seafood will showcase seafood as well as steaks, and will continue an "extensive" selection of raw fish and sushi. So what has changed? New dishes such as crunchy curried crab and grilled red snapper are on the menu, and there will be ample and more inventive takes on sushi and ceviche. The restaurant has also undergone a makeover to match the property's larger expansion that will include two other restaurant concepts by Tourondel scheduled to open in Fall 2016. LT Steak & Seafood is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. BLT Steak, The Betsy Hotel, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, FL 33139, 305-673-0044.