March 2004 Newsletter

Spring is nearing … The official first day is Saturday March 20, 2004. It’s that beautiful occurrence of year when flowers lye dormant during the winter are growing back, new fresh vegetables are in season and people are generally re-energized. It’s a time when people want to get organized and catch up from the long winter. It’s now that you get out the palm pilot and schedule the long over due doctor and dentist appointment and at least start thinking abut spring-cleaning! Once this is all said and done, one can get into more exciting things such as coming to Chef Allen’s and trying out some of his new spring menu items.

New Exciting Events to Look Out for this Month

Friday, March 12, 2004
"Food For thought". Chef Allen invites you to join him to his Women's Luncheon series designed with today's woman in mind. Bring a friend, meet new ones, enjoy a fabulous lunch and listen to thought provoking speakers.

Special Guest Speakers: Michele Kahan-Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley and Annette Rosenfield-Adams-Financial Consultant, Smith Barney.
Your Day at Chef Allen's Includes:
11:30 AM • A networking reception
12:00 PM • A gourmet three course lunch and a glass of wine
1:00 PM • Special guests speakers

Fisher Vineyards was Here
Chef Allen's and Fisher Winery hosted a Winery dinner on March 2, 2004. The evening started out with Passed hors d'oeuvres followed by a five course gourmet dinner, each course paired with a complimenting wine. Twenty five outlandish people attended the event and had a wonderful time. Click here to view the menu. they dined from.

A little history on Fisher Winery...The winery was founded in 1973, when Fred and Juelle Fisher purchased their first 100 acres in Sonoma Mayacama Mountains and then later in 1976 another 57 acres in Napa Valley. Fisher has vineyards in two California's most prestigious wine regions: the and in short Fisher has the best of both worlds. "We are small in size but great in scope with both mountain and valley estate vineyards. Our wines reflect the great care we have given these vineyards; those who drink the wines and those who write about the wines, sing their praise, and we are grateful." Fred J. Fisher, Proprietor. To read more about Fisher winery please click here.

Friday, March 5, 2004 ÖSunday, March 2004
South Beach Food and Wine Festival
It's that time of year again South Beach Food and Festival is back!! The festival is hosted by Southern Wine and Spirits, a division of the nations largest beverage distributor and top rated school of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Florida International University. Did you attend?

Cooking Classes
Chef Allen is putting together an Interactive Cooking Class on Tuesday May 18, 2004 from 10AM - 1PM. If you want to work side by side with Chef Allen in his kitchen and learn his secret techniques then this cooking class is just for you! You’ll be learning great ways of introducing spring fruits and vegetables into your cooking. To find out more about this unique class please click here. See Below..

Residents Party Success

On February 11, 2004 Chef Allen's hosted a Residence party for the One Island Place Residence Building in Aventura. Forty-five people turned up for the cocktail, hors d'oeuvres and Rick Garcia's art exhibit. It was a fabulous, fun-filled evening. More residence parties will be coming up. Please click here to view photos from party. If you live in the Aventura or Sunny Isles neighborhood and want to vote your building in for the next complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres reception followed by a friendly Prix Fix menu. please contact Nicole at 305.935.2900 or


If you are thinking aheadÖ bear in mind that Chef Allen's is serving Passover dinner at Sundown on Monday April 5 and Tuesday April 6, 2004. If you would like to see the Passover menu please click here.

Pisces Horoscope
(February 20 - March 20 )

Domestic and family relationships are featured in March. At the full moon on March 6, as Saturn turns direct, wonderfully insightful and validating energies strengthen your most important and emotional ties. Mid month, you may find it easy to persuade others to your way of thinking. The new moon on March 20 could involve a financial boost. On March 22, a domestic situation is likely to inspire debate. Be careful about the words you choose. Don’t volunteer to do what others must do for themselves.

Passport 2 Arts

Join Chef Allen every month beginning Wednesday May 12, 2004 for an evening where culinary and visual arts are the menu. In the 7th year of the Passport series, Chef Allen will create a menu featuring food and wine inspired by the art of nationally and internationally known artists. On March 10th the featured artist will be Robin Morris.
The Evenings Events Include:
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception & Hors D'ouevres, Exhibit of Art Work Insightful Words by the Artist Inspiring Words by Chef Allen
7:00 Po Lavish Four Course Dinner influenced by Artwork Silent Auction throughout the evening Generous giveaways from the artists.

This event will be held throughout the year, other featuring artists include Romero Brit to, Dali Collection, Peter Max Collection, Michele PelusÖIf you would like more information on the Passport 2 Arts Series please contact Nicole at or 305.935.2900

Recipe of the Month

  Warm Chicken Salad with Tangerine,Tarragon & Arugula
This traditional Mediterranean preparation is very much at home in the Caribbean. Spanish for pickled, escabeche is also sometimes called escovitch (or caveached in Jamaica). Originally conceived as a cooking technique as well as a preserving method, this dish can be chilled and served the following day. Its ease of preparation and flexibility of ingredients. In this version, the tangerine adds a light citrus note that enhances the sweet and sour tones of the capers and raisins.

4 8ounce Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
4 Branches Fresh Tarragon Leaves
2 Cups Tropical Pure Premium Tangerine Orange Juice
2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Large Tangerines
2 Tablespoons Champagne Vinegar
1 Small Red Onion (peeled, thinly sliced in rings)
2 Branches Arugula (washed and dried)

To Roast the Chicken: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, season the chicken with 1 tablespoon tarragon, ¼ cup Tropicana Pure Premium Tangerine Orange Juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Warm the olive oil a large sauté pan, add the chicken breast and sauté over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Turn the chicken breast over adding 1 cup tangerine juice, simmering for 4-5 minutes until cooked through.

To Serve the Chicken: Arrange the sliced tangerines and onions on individual plates. In a small bowl whisk together the remaining tangerine juice, champagne vinegar and chicken pan juices. Toss with the arugula. Then arrange the arugula on the plates along with the warm chicken breast. Garnish each with remaining tarragon leaves.

Serves 4

A Healthier Work Day
1. Steer clear of snacks that your co-workers so nicely place on your desk and you will avoid those unwanted pounds
2. Drink an adequate amount of water 8-10 glass everyday
3. Walking during lunch is a great idea! Not only to burn calories, but you are you are distressing and refreshing
4. Eating a healthy lunch and controlled portions
5. Tension Neck Syndrome (TNS) can occur when the neck and shoulders are in a fixed position for a long amount of time. So, use a speakerphone or a shoulder cradle
6. Eyestrain can occur from the monitor. The distance to the screen from your eyes should be about arms length or simply increase the font size!
7. Make sure to take your vacation to recharge your batteries!
8. Avoid long stretches of extended days
9. Make sure to disinfectant keyboard, phone and mouse they can harbor thousands of germs. (Tip: Buy Lysol Sanitizing wipes)
10. "The most important way to stay healthy at work starts with self-awareness" says Brunilda, Nazario, MD.

Don't forget to adjust your clocks forward an hour on April 4th when Day light Savings time begins.

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