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Food Network’s Ingrid Hoffmann kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month at MDC


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Food Network personality Ingrid Hoffmann helps Miami Dade College kick off Hispanic Heritage Month festivities with a free appearance from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at its Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St., Kendall.

Stop by Room R402, where the Colombian-born Hoffmann will talk about her rise in the food-media world and sign copies of her Latin D’Lite. Students from MDC’s Miami Culinary Institute will prepare recipes for the book for sampling; 305-237-7029.

Miami Spice

With less than three weeks to go until Miami Spice ends, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is promoting the dining program with free chefs’ demonstrations.

At the Whole Foods Market, 6701 Red Rd., Coral Gables, look for Cindy Hutson (Ortanique) on Thursday, Diego Texera (Casabe 305 Bistro) Tuesday and Dario Correa (Spartico) Sept. 19, all at 7 p.m.. Registration is requested 305-421-9435.

Macy’s Dadeland, 7535 N. Kendall Dr., Kendall, hosts Bret Hessler (Shula’s 347 Grill) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Macy Aventura, 19535 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, features Vinny D’Amato (Cascata Grill) at 7 p.m. Sept. 19.

Deals & doings

• Denny’s, 1727 N. University Dr., Plantation, celebrates its remodeling and reopening by giving away Grand Slam meals to the first 100 customers through the door beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday; 954-473-5458.

• Mercadito Midtown, 3252 NE First Ave., Miami, marks Mexican Independence Day Friday through Monday with chile en nogada ($21) and tamales (two for $12); 786-369-0430.

• RA Sushi, 5829 SW 73rd St., South Miami, toasts its revamped drinks menu with $6 Moshi Mojitos through Sept. 30; 305-341-0092.

Wine & dine

• db Bistro Moderne, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, hosts a wine dinner featuring Chile’s Vina Tabali at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The four-course meal, with dishes such as seafood pot pie and merquen-spiced roasted rib-eye, is $95; 305-421-8800,

•  Casa D’Angelo, 1201 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, hosts a four-course wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday featuring Italy’s Masi and Tenuta Sette Ponti. Cost is $185, with reservations required; 954-564-1234.

•  Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, 2550 NW Second Ave., Miami, hosts author Mandy Baca at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at a six-course dinner inspired by her The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine. Tickets, which include a copy of the book, are $70, with reservations required at 305-722-8959.

Boldface names

• Winemaker and radio personality Paul Castronovo ( Paul & Young Ron Show) has begun spotlighting South Florida chefs on his blog at First up: Oliver Saucy of Darryl and Oliver’s Café Maxx.

•  Dena Marino of Miami’s MC Kitchen was one of six chefs invited to share their takes on regional Italian cuisine in the Sept. 30 issue of Wine Spectator magazine. Her dish: Prosciutto Piadina, a riff on a sandwich from Emilia-Romagna.

Short orders

• Shops at Sunset Place, 5701 Sunset Dr., South Miami, hosts a Girl’s Night Out promotion from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday with free snacks and sips (of Diet Coke), style advice and a goodie bag for the first 200 women to arrive;

• The University of Miami’s Herbert Wellness Center, 1241 Dickinson Dr., Coral Gables, is offering health-oriented cooking classes on weekday evenings for $20-$25 each; 305-284-5433,

• Boston Market opened its first new restaurant in seven years this week at 1001 W. 49th St., Hialeah. Grand-opening festivities are planned for Oct. 11;

Compiled by Food Editor Kathy Martin. Send news to by noon Monday for consideration in next week’s column.

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