Crafty Cuisine in South Florida

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Dinner with award-winning chefs: Kuro in Hollywood

Here’s a chance to sit in Kuro (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954/327-7625), a new-style Japanese restaurant, and eat wonderful food created by Kuro Chef Alex Becker (pictured), along with James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs Norman Van Aken, Allen Susser and Christopher Lee, with the evening steered by Food Network star chef Robert Irvine. It’s the Friends of James Beard Benefit dinner on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. The restaurant is part of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino lineup, and “The Chef’s Palate” evening includes a silent auction. Tickets are $250 per person through Ticketmaster.

Seafood goes with Gamay at Miami’s Mignonette

Go for the Tangy Gamay wine with the swordfish dish that includes melty duck confit, wild mushroom fricassee and marsala pan sauce. Do we have your attention? It’s the new, innovative, delicious and “funky” pairings at Mignonette (210 NE 18th St., Miami, 305/374-4635), where General Manager Matt Dinkel put together a new menu and new wine pairings. It’s always a good idea to try new things, and Chef/Owner Daniel Serfer has a neighborhood oyster bar and seafood place that deserves a reservation.

Craft beer pairs with delish dishes at BLT Prime Miami

There are five courses to the beer-food event at BLT Prime Miami (4400 NW 87th Ave., Miami, 305/591-6066) on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m., and the second course reached out and tapped me on the shoulder: foie gras, black cherry pop rocks and Marcona almond granola (pictured) paired with the MIA Caramel Chameleon, a dark and rich old ale caramelized in kettle for 18 hours. Yes, please. There are four other similarly mouthwatering courses—all for $75 per person. Chef de Cuisine Dustin Ward chose the brews made by local brewery M.I.A. Brewing, and then he created the menu to be served at BLT Prime Miami overlooking the Blue Monster golf course.