BEST OF
Easter Brunch in South Florida

One of the interesting things about the holidays is that the traditions surrounding them can be so enjoyable, and oftentimes so delicious, that even the most staunch atheist can feel hesitant to completely abandon them. Even those who still identify with a particular religion can often forgo the rituals, services, and prayers associated with certain holidays but will definitely embrace the gift exchanges, parties, and most definitely the food. I’m certain that not everyone has been making sacrifices for Lent. Many Catholics have probably forgotten that Palm Sunday was this past weekend, many more will be observing Holy Week as just another week, and there are probably quite a few who don’t plan on going to church this coming Sunday. Nevertheless, many self-identifying Christians will probably be making plans to enjoy an Easter meal this weekend. Along with the warmer weather our northern compatriots hope to experience, our recent “spring forward” to which many of us are still adjusting also marks an unofficial start to “the brunch season.” Sure, we enjoy leisurely al fresco brunches all the time in South Florida, but brunch never seems as mandatory as it does during one of the Spring’s most brunch-friendly holidays, Easter. In case you have yet to make plans for this weekend, here are a few of Joonbug’s suggestions for restaurants serving up Easter brunch in South Florida:

BEST OF
Serafina Dream South Beach

Few restaurant empires have as unique a story as that of Serafina. Two best friends, Vittorio Assaf and Fabio Granato, were stranded in Hampton Bay one day during a horrific storm and made a pact to each other if they came out of it alive: to open a restaurant serving the best pizza and pasta in the world. Nine restaurants later, including one in São Paulo, the have finally reached the Sunshine State and have continued to make South Beach one of the most delicious concentrations of authentic Italian cuisine. Occupying the space attached to the Dream South Beach Hotel that formerly housed Tudor House, Serafina’s Miami Beach location is in the heart of all the action, making it the perfect stop to savor exquisitely prepared northern Italian cuisine before enjoying an evening of SoBe’s legendary nightlife. A recent dinner at Serafina demonstrated that besides an unwavering dedication to quality, the driving force behind Serafina’s success throughout the world is a love and passion for food that can be felt and tasted everywhere at this restaurant

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
New SoBe Restaurants for December

Three new restaurants are debuting in South Beach this December, and two of them not only carry pedigrees to get excited over but are also suggesting that perhaps Miami Beach is becoming America’s newest - and most stylish - Little Italy. SoBe has been attracting models, artists, and entrepreneurs from Italy ever since their paesano, Gianni Versace, put the southernmost part of Miami Beach on the map, and the resulting migration is making South Beach a veritable mecca for Italian-from-Italy cuisine representing everywhere from Sicily and Sardinia to Piedmont and Venezia. The other restaurant, while Italian by way of its designer from Bologna, is a departure from the pizzas and pastas of the other two and promises to offer a farm-to-table concept with an international flair. Just in time for Art Basel!

CULINARY OCCASSIONS
City Harvest's Summer in the City

Last Tuesday marked the annual Summer in the City restaurant tasting and cocktail party to benefit New York organization City Harvest.

City Harvest is a food rescue organization that is devoted to collecting excess food from restaurants, grocers, farms, and many other food related industries and redistributing it to hundreds of thousands hungry New Yorkers.

Over 600 guests gathered at the Metropolitan Pavilion to sample good food and raise over $270,000, making the event a tremendous success. Rock band Savoir Adore provided the live entertainment and impressed us with their musical talent.

ETHOS
Restaurant Week Evolves: More on Delivery Week

This week you can enjoy three-course prix fix meals from some of the city’s most popular restaurants delivered right to your door. Usually reserved for in-house dining, Seamlessweb.com will offer prix fix delivery specials from Tao, Molyvos, Ethos, Serafina, Hill Country, and many others.

AMBER
New Delivery Website Launches with Discounted Prix Fixe

I've got some news for all New Yorkers toiling away on the daily grind. Deliveryweek.com is offering a deal for the weeks of Oct. 19th-31st.

A ridiculously long list of over 100 restaurants will deliver a three-course meal for lunch or dinner at $12.09 or $20.09 plus tax, respectively. To get the deal you have to order through the Delivery Week or Seamless Web websites.

They even made this helpful map for locating the participating restaurants closest to you.

A welcome change to the sometimes chaotic restaurant week affairs, I know three plates of food for lunch would look real nice cluttered on my desk right now… [GrubStreet]