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Feasts for Chinese New Year, local chefs Conley, Autry, Zak the Baker in hunt for James Beard Awards

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. Today is Chinese New Year, the year of the dog. It is hard to get into a celebratory mood after the week South Florida has endured. May all those who have been impacted by the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High find strength and healing in family, friends, faith and perhaps a comforting meal.

(Banquets and feasts for year of the dog.)

Chinese New Year: Local Chinese restaurants will mark the new year with special menus and celebrations. Among them: Gold Marquess Fine Chinese Cuisine, 8525 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, 954-367-7730, and King Palace, 330 NE 167th St., North Miami Beach, 305-949-2339. Dim sum specialists include Pine Court Chinese Bistro, 10101 Sunset Strip, Sunrise, 954-748-5958, and Tropical Chinese Restaurant, 7991 SW 40th Street, Miami, 305-262-7576. For roasted meats as you'd find in New York's Chinatown, complete with ducks hanging in the front window, there is Hong Kong City BBQ, 5301 N. State Road 7, Tamarac, 954-777-3832. For seafood, there is Dragon City, 6708 Stirling Rd., Hollywood, 954-894-8393. For dumplings, there is Dumpling King, 237 NE 167th St, North Miami Beach, 305-654-4008. And for those who want white linen and refined service, there's Rainbow Palace, 2787 East Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-565-5652.

(Clay Conley among James Beard Award semifinalists.)

James Beard Award semifinalists announced: The James Beard Foundation unveiled its list of top chefs and restaurants in the running for its annual honors, and Miami-Dade and Palm Beach restaurants got some nods (sorry Broward, no soup for you.) Among the contenders: Zak Stern, aka Zak the Baker, (Outstanding baker); Janine Booth of Stiltsville Fish Bar in Miami Beach (Rising star chef); Palme D'Or at the Biltmore in Coral Gables (Outstanding service); and the Forge, Miami Beach (Outstanding wine program. Best regional chef in the South semifinalists include Clay Conley of Buccan in Palm Beach, Lindsay Autry of Regional Kitchen in West Palm Beach, Brad Kilgore of Alter in Miami, and Niven Patel of Ghee Indian Kitchen in Miami. Finalists will be announced March 14 and winners revealed May 7 at a gala in Chicago.

South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2018: Fort Lauderdale portion features Emeril's clambake and Zimmern's chopsticks

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival again roams north with a record 11 Broward events in its Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, including a clambake hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Lucky Chopsticks, an Asian street-food event hosted by Andrew Zimmern. More than 90 ticketed events with hundreds of chefs will take place Feb. 21-25, most in Miami Beach. A preview of the 2018 festival. [More]

Mangos on Las Olas reopens this week with parties aplenty

The revamped Mangos Las Olas reopened this week after a year of renovations, with a VIP party and ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 12 followed by a public grand-opening party Feb. 18. The restaurant will feature an American and Italian fusion menu and a more chic, modernist interior [More]

Lenore Nolan-Ryan serving brunch at her Fort Lauderdale cooking school

Lenore Nolan-Ryan World Class Catering and Cooking School in Fort Lauderdale is offering Bubbles and Brunch on Sundays. [More]

Azabu Miami Beach is about more than sushi

Azabu Miami Beach, an expansion of the original New York restaurant, has opened at the Marriott Stanton South Beach. [More]

Lunch returns to Roots Italian Kitchen in Boca Raton

Roots Italian Kitchen in Boca Raton reintroduces lunch service with a new menu and hours. [More]

Lona Mexican restaurant opens at Westin Fort Lauderdale

Lona Mexican restaurant at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is helmed by chef Pablo Salas. [More]

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