July 2006 Newsletter

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Taste of the Nation Miami 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive
6 p.m. VIP Champagne Reception
7 p.m. Grand Opening

Chef Allen Susser invites you to an extraordinary evening of culinary delight as more than 35 of South Florida's finest chefs come together to help end childhood hunger. Enjoy gourmet food, hundreds of wines, and a live and silent auction featuring many unique items. For more information go to www.miamitaste.com.

Taste of the Nation Miami
Online Auction Open!

Live Auction Event on July 19, 2006!

The online portion of the Taste of the Nation Miami auction is now open. The auction will run from June 19, 2006 to July 16, 2006, with the live event taking place on July 19, 2006 at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. Proceeds go to Share Our Strength, one of the nation's leading organizations working to end childhood hunger in America. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin!
Click here to go to the auction!.

Mango Recipe Contest
Chef Allen's Mad, Mad, Mad, World of Mangos Recipe Contest - Mangos Rule!

For millions of people around the world, the mango is a comfort food, one of those comestibles that nourishes body and soul. Mangos are magnificent for cooking. The fruit can absorb spice, heat and fire with no loss of character; yet can be icy and refreshing in a sorbet. Cooks should use the mangos characteristics to enhance dishes and strive for a balance of contrasting sweet and tart flavors. Star anise, coriander seed, clove, vanilla, turmeric, and cardamom all marry well with mango. Spicing the mango can be as simple as a salsa with garlic, cumin, chilies and cilantro.

The Contest Rules are easy:
Simply email your favorite mango recipe

> Send Your Recipe Here <

Last Day for entry: August 31st, 2006

Winners will be notified by email

Dinner for two at Chef Allen's restaurant
A signed copy of “The Great Mango Book”
A signed copy of “The Great Citrus Poster”
A gift certificate for your choice of 3 Chef Allen's sauces including his Mango Ketchup, Key Lime Mojo, Passion Fruit Mojo, Papaya Pineapple BBQ sauce, Tamarind Chili Spicy Grill Sauce Or Orange Chipotle Blasting Sauce.

Send Your Recipe

(No purchase necessary to enter or win)

14th Annual International Mango Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables

Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9 - 9:30 - 4:30

This year, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Fourteenth Annual International Mango Festival celebrates the mangos of old Cuba with a selection of cultivars sure to bring back memories of eating delicious mangos on the beaches of Cuba. As part of the Curator’s Choice Mangos, there will be an abundance of trees for purchase including the Cuban ‘Toledo’, ‘Prieto’ and ‘San Felipe’.

Fairchildís Mango Brunch
Sunday, July 9 at 11:00a.m. in the Garden House.
Fairchild Members $75, Non-members $100

Kids Cooking Class with Deanna Susser
Saturday, July 8 at 12:15 in the Kids Tent


Tropical Cooking with Chef Allen Susser
Saturday, July 15th - 10am to Noon

Make your reservations early for a "A Spoonful of Paradise".
Chef Allen's cross- cultural tropical cuisine showcases our Tropical fruits. His cooking influences derived from the Caribbean, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and the tropical Mediterranean, are all ideal for fusion in a sweet, spicy and aromatic harmony. This cooking demonstration will be fun, fresh and flavorful with a diverse spice box full of exotic flavors.

Fee: $30.

Fruit & Spice Park
24801 S.W. 187th Avenue
Homestead, Florida 33031

The Chef Allen Top Ten List
The 10 best reasons to
make a reservation in July:

10. Ouzo and Garlicky Guava Shrimp
9. White Beans with Clams and Chorizo
8. Zucchini Blossom and Goat Cheese Fitters
7. Crab and Potato Tain with Green Olive Tepenade
6. Watermelon and Lobster Salad, Tostones, Cocount Vinaigrette
5. Heirloom Tomatoes and Jack Fruit with Mint, and Feta
4. Wood Grilled Lobster with Honey, Star Anise and Garlic
3. Tamarind Chili BBQ Lamb Chops with Tropical Fruit Chutney
2. Chermoula Grilled Scallops with Coco Beach Rock Shrimp Risotto
and the # 1 reason to dine at Chef Allenís this July is the -
Potato Chip Crusted Soft Shell Crabs with Dragon Fruit Salsa!

Recipe of the Month
Jerk Calamari, Mango and Watercress Salad

Ingredients to Serve 4

2 Cups Calamari rings
1 Recipe Fresh Jerk marinate
4 Tablespoons Olive oil
1 Tablespoon Dark rum
1 Cup Julienne mango
1 Cup Julienne jicama
1 Cup Julienne sweet red peppers
2 Cups Cleaned Watercress leaves
3 Tablespoons Freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 Tablespoons Yogurt
º Teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes
10 Large Fresh mint leaves

To prepare the Calamari: In a small stainless steel bowl mix the calamari with jerk marinate. Warm a sautÈ pan with half of the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the calamari and sautÈ for 2-3 minutes. Slowly add the rum and simmer for another minute. Remove the calamari from the pan, keeping warm and reserve the cooking juices.

To prepare the Salad: In a large bowl, toss together the mango, jicama, peppers and watercress. In another small bowl, whisk together the pan juices with the remaining salt, olive oil, lemon juice, yogurt and crushed red pepper flakes. Pour this dressing over the salad and toss.

To Serve: In a large white oval platter, arrange the salad and spoon the warm jerked calamari on top. Garnish with freshly torn mint leaves.

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