Tongue & Cheek’s series of special guest chef dinners, “KITCHEN COLLAB,” will wrap up its 2013 edition on Wednesday, November 20 with executive chef and owner Jamie DeRosa pairing up with one of South Florida’s most celebrated local talents, Chef Paula DaSilva, who recently returned to 3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale. Following the success of the previous collabs with acclaimed chefs Lindsay Autry and Clay Conley, DeRosa and DaSilva will team up to create an intimate, multi-course dinner that incorporates each other’s cooking styles resulting in an unforgettable culinary experience.
Priced at $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) diners will be welcomed by complimentary cocktails and an array of hors d’oeuvres. Afterwards, they will enjoy an amazing five course dinner created by the talented duo and will receive a special “swag bag” to take home at the end of the night. A beverage pairing is also available for an additional $25 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Start time: 7 p.m. Seating is limited and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, please call: (305) 704-2900. As the New Year approaches, make sure to stay tuned for upcoming collaborations with some special twists.
Paula DaSilva (34) has called America home for more than 25 years and has been in love with the restaurant industry since she was a kid. From her early days in Massachusetts, peeling garlic and cleaning vegetables in her family’s Brazilian restaurant, DaSilva was hooked on cooking. After moving to South Florida, her parents opened two restaurants, for which DaSilva assisted in all aspects of operations, though her favorite moments were spent in the kitchen. Following high school, Paula attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, earning an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. While fine-tuning her culinary skills, Paula continued to wow industry professionals and foodies nation-wide when she appeared on season five of the popular FOX reality cooking show Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay. There, she was regularly spared Ramsay’s wrath by virtue of her talent, dedication, passion and lack of drama or attitude, which ultimately led to her near win. Soon after the show ended, she was named “Best Celebrity Chef” in the Broward/Palm Beach New Times 2009 Best Of issue. Later that year, DaSilva was honored as one of Broward County’s “40 Under 40” by Gold Coast magazine. In 2010, DaSilva was named executive chef of 1500° at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, which received rave reviews and popular acclaim for its chic farm-to-table concept, gorgeous location and soulful, seasonal, rustic cookery. In 2011, 1500° was the only Florida restaurant featured in food critic John Mariani’s annual Esquire magazine feature, “The Best New Restaurants in America” and earned a reputation as one of the region’s must-try dining destinations. A culinary powerhouse, the chef demonstrates a dedication that hits all the right notes with diners and critics alike.
T&C “KITCHEN COLLAB” – NOVEMBER
Tongue & Cheek is located at 431 Washington Avenue. Dinner is served nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and Monday; ‘til 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and
Friday and Saturday ‘til midnight. Brunch is served Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The snack bar opens at 5 p.m. every day, with Happy Hour specials on handcrafted cocktails, beer and wines by the glass nightly from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, please call (305) 704-2900 or visit www.tandcmiami.com.