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‘Top Chef’ menu at Scarpetta, beer dinner at OTC


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Scarpetta chef de cuisine Nina Compton, who lost the nail-biting finale on Season 11 of Bravo’ Top Chef but took home fan-favorite honors, has created a Top Chef Tasting Menu for Miami diners.

The six-course meal sounds mouthwatering: marinated wahoo with tonnato sauce and salsa verde, spiced roasted lamb belly with tomato mostarda and Brussels sprouts, orecchiette with roasted baby goat and concentrated tomatoes, trout with crosnes (Chinese artichokes) and cauliflower emulsion, dry-aged rib-eye with charred leeks and foie gras and chocolate zeppole with Nutella center, passion fruit anglaise and toasted coconut.

Cost is $125 plus tax and tip, with a two-diner minimum. Scarpetta is at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 877-326-7412.

Beer dinner

OTC, 1250 S. Miami Ave., Miami, teams up with Wynwood Brewing Co. for a beer dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday. Chef Jacob Anaya’s menu includes passed appetizers, a pair of entrees (a citrus, cucumber and Greek yogurt combo plus squid ink Spanish rice) and a “pimped-out” ice cream sundae. The brews are La Rubia blonde ale, BTM Wheat beer, Citra Magic City and Pop’s Porter. Cost is $65 plus tax and tip, with seating for 50; 305-374-4612.

Wine time

Diego Meraviglia, education director for the North American Sommelier Association, will lead a four-day Italian wine immersion course for enthusiasts and professionals March 30-April 2 at The Big Fish Restaurant, 620 NE 78th St., Miami. The cost, which includes course materials, tastings and a May 4 certification exam, is $650. Advance registration is required at 305-244-8272 or

Deals & doings

• Bianca at Delano, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, has revised its Sunday brunch service, creating a buffet that includes crab claws, baby back ribs, grilled oysters and a free glass of sangria. It’s available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $75 plus tax and tip; 305-674-5752.

• Macaroni Grill, with four South Florida locations, has a new $15 tasting menu of old favorites including Veal Morgano, Tortellaci Alla Vodka, Farfalle Al Sugo Bianco and Chicken Portabella. The chain is also offering a selection of $20 by-the-bottle wines;

• Quiznos, the Denver-based chain known for its toasted sub sandwiches, has a new line of six Toasty Pastas with prices beginning at $4.99;

Eat well, do good

• Les Dames D’Escoffier Miami, a nonprofit group of women food professionals, presents its annual Tropical Brunch in the Garden from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach. In addition to a lavish spread, the event will feature gourmet shops and cooking demonstrations. Proceeds benefit Les Dames’ education initiatives and culinary garden. Tickets are $55, $20 for children in advance, $65/$30 at the door, with tots younger than 4 admitted free;, 877-467-7725.

• Twenty chefs including Timon Ballo (Bocce Bar), Gabriela Machado (Copperbox) and Cesar Zapata (The Fed) will each cook for tables of 12 at the Diabetes Research Institute’s Out of the Kitchen fundraiser March 13 at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. Tickets are $250; 954-964-4040.

Send news to dining editor Valerie Schimel at by noon Monday for consideration in next week’s column.

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