DAILY BITES
Chef Paula da Silva Offers New Seasonal Dishes at 1500º

Chef Paula da Silva of 1500º in the Eden Roc has been one South Florida chef who has been on the forefront of the farm-to-table concept since the restaurant opened a few years ago. Bringing diners the freshest and most local products available, Chef Paula also has a way of blending these ingredients in ways that can sometimes surprise and at other times conjure memories of enjoying grandma’s (or abuela’s) comfort food. There always seems to be an innovative twist to everything she puts on the menu, and this innovation has garnered the attention of Esquire magazine in 2011, which named 1500º one of the best new restaurants in America that year. Ever since then, we have been enjoying some of her menu staples like a perfectly roasted half chicken, meltingly tender pork belly tacos, and perhaps one of the silkiest octopus tentacles to be had in Miami. Last month, Chef Paula introduced some new seasonal items to the menu that continue to demonstrate her ability to expertly source and prepare local produce, as well as showing off some new techniques and new ingredients.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
J is for Jason Derulo

R&B and pop sensation Jason Derulo will be performing at Eden Roc in Miami this New Year's Eve.

If there’s one party we’ve got our eye on it’s the Eden Roc NYE 2011 bash, Singer/songrwriter Jason Derulo is on the agenda to serenade guests poolside while bringing in the New Year. He is a new star on the rise and this promises to be one of hottest New Year's events.

DJ OTTO VON SCHIRACH
Fashion Rocks

ROCK Fashion Week, hosted last week by Elle Magazine and held at the Eden Roc on Miami Beach fused the music and fashion worlds into a four-day event that had every fashionista, designer and model in South Florida in attendance.

I was lucky enough to catch Thursday night's events, starting with Lorie Lester's Spring/Summer 2010 line of feminine and sexy creations. The designer juxtaposed ensembles of hot pinks and bright yellow florals for her day-to-evening ruffled minis, with the sophisticated and form-fitting leopards and blacks of some of her other pieces.