Roots in the City takes root Wednesday

Miami’s Roots in the City Farmers Marke t opens for its second season at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the corner of Northwest Second Avenue and 10th Street. Championed by Michael’s Genuine chef-owner Michael Schwartz and billed as the only wholly local farmer-operated market in town, Roots in the City aims to boost nutrition in the inner city by doubling the value of food stamps used to purchase locally grown produce. The Booker T. Washington High School Band is scheduled to perform at Wednesday’s grand opening.

Book it

Consider his Book Fair appearance an amuse bouche: South Beach Wine & Food Festival founder-director Lee Brian Schrager launches his book with an 8 p.m. talk and signing Tuesday at the Miami Beach Books & Books followed by a 9 p.m. party two blocks down Lincoln Road at Shake Shack. Tickets, which include a copy of Schrager’s Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cookbook: Recipes and Behind-the-Scenes Stories from America’s Hottest Chefs (Clarkson Potter), are $40, and seating is limited. Reserve by e-mailing

Fair fare

Angelique Euro Café, 117 Miracle Mile, brings the Art Basel party to the Gables through Sunday as it showcases work by Venezuelan artist Valentina Ramos. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the café celebrates its one-year anniversary with live music and a Battle of the Grapes wine tasting; 305-529-9922. Meanwhile, the dinner-only Rooftop Lounge at Townhouse Hotel, 150 20th St., Miami Beach, and Vino & Olio, 139 NE 39th St., Miami, have added lunch service during the fair.

Short orders

• Aventura’s Barrio Latino has expanded south with Barrio Latino SoMi, a pan-Latin restaurant in the old Beverly Hills Café space at 1559 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables; 305-669-4447,

• Portofino Coal Fired Pizza has opened its doors at 11535 N. Kendall Dr., Miami; 305-271-9400, Sra. Martinez, 4000 NE Second Ave., Miami, is now serving an a la carte Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 305-573-5474.

• Tired of shouting across the table to be heard? Three local spots make Town & Country magazine’s December list of “The Quietest Restaurants in the World”: Grazie, OLA and Quinn’s.

Personnel Dept.

• Giovanni Arias, a Johnson & Wales graduate who has cooked at Chef Allen’s, Chispa and Capital Grille in his 18-year career, is the new executive chef at Miami Beach’s Canyon Ranch Grill.

• E. Michael Reidt, whom local diners will remember from his stint at Wish, returns to South Florida from Baltimore next week to become executive chef at Area 31 at the Epic Hotel. He succeeds John Critchley, whose new post is in Washington, D.C.

Eat their words

When Key West Literary Seminar organizers chose food writing as the theme for their 29th edition, they didn’t fool around. Among the wordsmiths booked for the event are Ruth Reichl, Calvin Trillin, Frank Bruni, Gael Greene, John T. Edge, Madhur Jaffrey, Molly O’Neill, Billy Collins and Diana Abu-Jaber. The Jan. 9-13 session is sold out, but there are still spots in some of the workshops and for the second Jan. 13-16 session;, 888-293-9291.

Victoria Pesce Elliott


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