Start your 2018 on the right foot—er—fork with some wonderful dining experiences available in always surprising, never dull South Florida.
Forte dei Marmi starts Michelin Mondays
The Italian restaurant Forte dei Marmi is spotlighting its well-known “two Michelin star” Chef Antonio Mellino (pictured above) with a series of prix-fixe menus on Mondays. For $60 per person (excluding tax/gratuity), you’ll eat three courses featuring Mellino’s local organic produce, farm-raised prime meats and wild-caught seafood.
150 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 786/276-3095
Guest chef series kicks off at Habitat
Pubbelly Chef Jose Mendin started something three years ago with chef friends and colleagues, when they put together the Mendin & Friends chef series, which brings top chefs here to cook from around the U.S. This year, Mendin & Friends takes place at Mendin’s new restaurant, Habitat.
The series kicks off with a two-night punch that stars three Michelin-star Italian chef Massimo Bottura. On Jan. 24, you can join Mendin and Bottura at a cocktail reception that includes drinks and bites for $50 per ticket. On Jan. 25, a 100-person dinner is featured with six courses and premium Italian wines, prepared by both Mendin and Bottura. Cost for the dinner, which starts at 7 p.m., is $650 per person, excluding tax/gratuity. Other events in the series are to be announced, but some chefs scheduled to appear are Rodolfo Guzman, Mitsuharu Tsumura and Mauro Colagreco.
1 Hotel South Beach, 2395 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/604-6700
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has spent her life working in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.