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The data analysis team at Ecommerce Intelligence has looked at how much money is going to be wasted on uneaten food this Thanksgiving.

They were able to work out how much families are set to lose by taking into account that the average cost of a Thanksgiving dinner is $53.31 and that people waste 31.9% of food. In Florida, it is estimated that $326,645,463 will be lost to wasted food. For more information go to

I don’t know about your family, but when I was growing up, there was no such thing as wasted food. My mother would take those leftovers and convert them into an endless series of dinners. I don’t think my mother shopped for groceries between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we just ate leftovers. It got to be such a joke in my family that we revised a classic holiday song to describe it. I’ll spare you the 11 days leading up to it and just give you the grand finale dinner.

On the twelfth day after Christmas, my mother served to me

Twelve ham egg foo yung

Eleven green bean souffle

Ten spinach smoothies

Nine turkey salads

Eight kinds of tacos

Seven yam casseroles

Six turkey subs

Five Jell-O molds

Four ham croquettes

Three corn cakes

Two potato latkes

And a plate of turkey tetrazzini.

Elizabetta’s has added a new menu item at its Palm Beach and Delray locations. The flavorful dish is a 14-ounce Kurobuta pork “Porterhouse steak.” It’s topped with roasted peppers, cooked “Brooklyn style”, marinated in vinegar. For pork lovers this cut of Kurobuta is pure Nirvana!

Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns this February. It’s a star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. The festival takes place Feb. 23 – 26, 2023, and this year the event will truly live up to its name with all events except one, “Family Fun Day” at Gulfstream Park, taking place in the Miami area. In the past many events were held in Fort Lauderdale. All net proceeds from the festival benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Tickets for the 2023 Festival are on sale now at

Congratulations to the Following Miami spots which recently were awarded Michelin stars. Miami has the distinction of being the only Florida city boasting a Michelin two-star, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. The following restaurants earned one star: Ariete,  Boia De, Cote Miami, The Den at Sushi Azabu Miami, Elcielo Miami, Hidden, Le Jardinier Miami, Los Félix, Stubborn Seed, and The Surf Club Restaurant. The following were dubbed Bib Gourmands, sort of an honorable mention; Bachour, Chug’s Diner, DOYA, El Turco, Ghee Indian Kitchen, Hometown Barbecue Miami, Itamae, Krüs Kitchen, La Natural, Lucali, Lung Yai Thai Tapas, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Michael’s Genuine, Phuc Yea, Red Rooster Overtown, Sanguich De Miami, Tinta y Café, Zak The Baker, and Zitz Sum.

Rick Karlin is SFGN's food editor. Visit to read his previous reviews. Have a culinary tip to share? Email Rick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..