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Dinner hosted by Alon Shaya, Michael White and Michael Costa part of The New York Times Dinner Series

Friday, February 23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
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What's Included

All food and drink is included at this event.

Dress Code: Smart Casual

A polished yet relaxed look. Opt for slacks, button-down tops and dresses. Low heels or dressy flats optional.




21 years of age and older


If we had to use one word to describe this divine dinner, it would be “VIP.” Zaytinya at the Ritz-Carlton in South Beach is new. It’s owned by the chef of chefs – Jose Andres. SoBe outpost is his latest Zaytina. More VIP-ness coming at you – as in the three star chefs hosting this event. Alon Shaya is Chef-Partner of Pomegranate Hospitality, which includes Saba in New Orleans, Safta in Denver, and both Miss River and Chandelier Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans. Born in Israel, raised in Philadelphia, and a proud New Orleanian, Alon has a deep love and appreciation for food and the singular way restaurants anchor their communities.

James Beard Award winning chef and restaurateur Michael White’s resume is top shelf. White’s journey of chef gigs has included Head Chef and Owner of the Altamarea Group (Marea, Ai Fiori, Vaucluse and others), reopening Times Square Lambs Club, overseeing the kitchen in Miami at Lido Restaurant and Champagne Bar at the Surf Club in the Four Seasons, executive chef at The Standard in Los Angeles and – he’s currently working on opening a new restaurant at 520 Madison Avenue in NYC.

And not to forget, Michael Costa is the concept chef at Zaytinya, working alongside chef José Andrés. They offer an innovative mezze menu inspired by Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisines, served up in a sleek and modern setting. Michael's culinary journey started in Dallas, TX, where he enrolled in culinary school at El Centro College and worked his way through the ranks, making his mark in Washington, DC, and ultimately joining the culinary excellence program at Zaytinya in Miami Beach. These three chefs and this location are A-list. Not sure what more anyone could want. Except tickets to this highly coveted experience.

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Guests will be assigned seating prior to this event. We can only guarantee that tickets purchased within the same transaction will be seated together. If you would like to be seated with another guest(s) who purchased ticket(s) separately, please send your request via email to [email protected]. The Festival cannot guarantee the accommodation of specific dietary requirements (including preferences and allergies) at this event. Please contact us at [email protected] no later than two (2) weeks prior to this event to inquire if the venue and chefs can assist with your request.

100% of net proceeds from the Festival benefit students of the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University who assist Festival organizers in all aspects, including Festival planning, logistics and overall execution.

All guests must adhere to the Festival bag policy.

To request materials in accessible format, register a service animal and or secure an accommodation, please contact FIU’s Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Accessibility (OCRCA) at 305.348.2785 or [email protected] at least two weeks in advance of the event or at the earliest possible opportunity.

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