Restaurant News: Bubbles at Bonaventure, West Palm Chef to Bocuse d'Or, MoQuila Staying Put
• You may have to be Jay-Z to afford a bottle of Cristal, but if you're one of the lucky guests at the Ireland's Steakhouse-Roederer Estate dinner at Weston's Hyatt Regency Bonaventure, you may win a bottle of the 2002 vintage of this acclaimed champagne. The Tuesday, Dec. 22, dinner will pair dishes like poached scallops with crème fraiche and caviar and filet of beef with truffle sauce with champagnes from the Roederer line. Cost of the dinner is $75 per person, about $425 less than what it would cost to buy the Cristal like a regular person.
• Former Forte d'Asprinio (now just Forte) chef de cuisine and current Roxy's consulting chef Mark Liberman has been selected one of 12 semi-finalists to represent the U.S. at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or cooking competition, set to take place in Lyon, France, at the end of January. The semi-final competition will occur on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
• If you heard the rumors that Boca's yupscale Mexican eatery, MoQuila, would be closing due to a dispute with the building's landlord, forget 'em. Word is the dispute has been settled and the restaurant isn't going anywhere, though it will be putting on a New Year's Eve block party "with DJ Needles spinning all of your favorite 70's tunes mixed to funky fresh beats."
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