Yesterday, as the rain finally brought cooler weather to South Florida, my husband and I headed to the DCOTA (Design Center of The Americas) for the Art of Entertaining. A debut lifestyle event sponsored by Florida International Magazine. South Beach Florist Pistils & Petals, Jo Malone Fragrance Bar and rare showroom openings were available for some good shopping. But the real highlight of the event were the cooking demonstrations, wine tips and delicious treats by South Florida shining Chefs.
My favorites included Chef Tim Andriola of Timo in Sunny Isles Beach. He demonstrated an extraordinary handmade truffled ricotta ravolini with chanterelle mushrooms in a marsala sauce. For true italian flavor, he suggested cooking the boiled pasta together with the sauce. Chef Sam Gorenstein of BLT Steak, located at the newly renovated Betsey Hotel in South Beach provided samplings of their famous and deliciously oversized gruyere popovers. While a basic recipe, for extra height and loft, his secret is to pre heat the popover pan first at 350 and make sure the milk is warm. And Chef Didier Lailheugue of Paris' legendary Au Pied de Cochon now located too on Washington Avenue in South Beach tempted us with tuna tartar, a trio of French cheeses & house wines
The DCOTA is celebrating it's twenty first year in South Florida. It is the largest design destination for the trade in the world with over 150 showrooms specializing in kitchen, bath, fine furniture, decorative fabrics, accessories, lighting & materials etc. Please feel free to contact me for more information or to schedule your own shopping tour or service.