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January 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Food, Wine & Music in Three Movements


January 30, 2019
6:30 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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 The Café at Books & Books and UM’s Frost School of Music present…

Food, Wine & Music in Three Movements

Join us for this very special edition of Chef Allen’s farm-to-table dinner, paired with delicious wines and followed by an intimate performance by the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. We will explore the following questions: Can wine change the way we hear music? Can music enhance our wines?

We will match the flavors and textures of fine wines with the tones and rhythms of beautifully performed live, classical music featuring:
Frost professor and violist, Jodi Levitz
The Frost Stamps String Quartet, class of 2022



Wednesday, January 30, 6:30pm | Books & Books, Coral Gables

Tickets: $75

(Includes dinner, wine pairing, musical performance & gratuity)

1st Movement:

A Farm-to-Table meal prepared by Chef Allen with special wines chosen for each dish.

The Menu:

Avocado & Kolhrabi Salad:

Arugula, Pink Grapefruit and Guava Vinaigrette

Zaatar Roasted Cauliflower:

Calabaza, Cashew Farro, Tuscan Kale & White Bean Ragout

Indoor Presentation – wine / music

Following the Musical Presentation our “Chocolate Bar” dessert

2nd Movement:

A chamber concert by renowned Violist Jodi Levitz and the Stamps Distinguished Scholars String Quartet featuring the pairing of music and wine designed truly heighten the senses.

Jodi Levitz, Professor of Viola at the Frost School of Music and Artistic Coordinator of Stamps Ensembles at the University of Miami, boasts an international reputation as a consummate artist and a passionate advocate of exploring new musical possibilities for the viola. She brings that energy and experience to the classroom, having spent twelve years as principal viola and soloist with the critically acclaimed Italian chamber group I Solisti Veneti, a position she attained while still a student at The Juilliard School of Music.

Professor Levitz’s career has been built on stellar accomplishments. She has performed as soloist throughout Europe, South America, North America and Asia, and has recorded her music for such distinguished record labels as Concerto, Dynamic, Naxos and Erato. A highly regarded educator and pedagogue, she was on the faculties of the Ars Musica Academy at Imola and Progetto Orchestra, and she presently serves as co-artistic director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. As Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, she served as both Chair of Strings and Chair of Chamber Music. An avid chamber musician and violist of the Ives Quartet from 2007-2015, she has collaborated with Menahem Pressler, Peter Frankl, Gil Kalish, Robert Mann, Norman Fisher, Joel Krosnick, Geoff Nuttall, amongst many others.

A 2011 recipient of the Sarlo Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, Professor Levitz has helped her students achieve a number of notable accomplishments. As a result of her guidance and encouragement, her students have claimed first prize awards from the Walter W. Naumburg and Fischoff chamber music competitions, while others have been recruited for positions in major orchestras and teaching institutions both here and abroad. In addition, her influence has motivated many of her students to become music activists throughout the world.

Professor Levitz herself was awarded first prize in the D’Angelo and Hudson Valley competitions, among many others. She entered The Juilliard School Pre-College Division at age 12, and holds a BM. and MM. from Juilliard. In addition to her principal teachers, Margaret Pardee, Paul Doctor, William Lincer and Dorothy DeLay, she studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard Quartet, Felix Galimir, and Josef Gingold.. Personal Website: https://www.jodilevitz.com/

Stamps String Quartet Class of 2022

Stamps Distinguished Ensemble Scholars, String Quartet Class of 2022: Lydia Newton (Moss Point, M.S.) and Soohyun Chae (Seoul, South Korea) violins; Wynne Owre (Miami, FL.) viola; Ruth Stokes (Centerville, M.N) violoncello. These four exceptional instrumentalists were chosen on the basis of their leadership potential, academic merit, outstanding talent and exceptional character. The Stamps Distinguished Ensembles Scholars program at the Frost School of Music is funded through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Music Scholarship Fund at the University of Miami. Frost Stamps Scholars represent the best and brightest future music leaders and are selected to perform in Stamps Distinguished Ensembles that in addition to the Stamps String Quartet, comprise of the Stamps Jazz Quintet, the Stamps Woodwind Quintet and the Stamps Brass Quintet . The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation is funded by the generosity of Penny and Roe Stamps. 

3rd Movement:

Chef Allen’s Chocolate Bar Dessert


Guided Remarks by

Dr. Steve Stein

 Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Miami

Steve Stein is Professor Emeritus of History and at the University of Miami. The author of six books on 20th century Peruvian history, he is presently engaged in a multi-faceted project on the history of the Argentine wine industry. His edited volume on Argentine wine is the first comprehensive treatment of the industry from its 19th century origins to the present. Dr. Stein has been regularly teaching wine classes for over a decade at a variety of venues including the University of Miami. He was on the Executive Board of the Miami International Wine Fair and was a member of the Tasting Board of the South Florida Wine Challenge.



Opening Remarks by

Patricia San Pedro

Executive Director of Marketing & Communications, Frost School of Music

Patricia San Pedro currently serves on the FROST School’s Executive committee and oversees all the school’s local, national and international marketing, communications, events and corporate relations.

Ms. San Pedro is a four-time Emmy award winner, veteran music promoter, TV producer, author, and media executive Patricia San Pedro has a unique and varied multimedia background, bringing decades of local, national, and international communications experience to Frost.




Chef Allen Susser 

Culinary Director, The Café at Books & Books

Allen Susser is a winner of the prestigious James Beard Award. He currently directs and oversees The Café at Books & Books with locations in Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Coconut Grove.

Chef Allen’s cuisine is fresh and flavorful, like a tropical vacation on a plate. He has a passionate commitment to local fresh ingredients. His personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 upon opening Chef Allen’s as chef/owner of his groundbreaking Miami restaurant. Susser is currently the spokesman for the National Mango Board and is a Culinary Ambassador for the Monterey Bay Aquarium for its sustainable seafood watch. Allen was recognized as Chef of the Year for Share Our Strength and later was honored nationally as Humanitarian of the Year by Share Our Strength for his commitment to End Childhood Hunger. He is currently active on the Board of Feeding South Florida. Susser is an advisory member of the James Beard Foundation. He is the original author of New World Cuisine and Cookery (Doubleday, 1995), The Great Citrus Book (Ten Speed Press, 1997) and The Great Mango Book, (Ten Speed Press, 2001). All available at Books & Books!


For Books & Books Customers:

If you like what you hear this evening, the Frost School of Music invites you to enjoy the Frost Music Live Signature Series!

A year round season of concerts with an extraordinary line-up including the Signature Series, an unparalleled offering of 24 concerts with top GRAMMY®, Emmy®, and Tony® award-winning and nominated guest artists, collaborating with the highly acclaimed Frost School of Music faculty artists and students.

With the purchase of your ticket for this event, you will receive a complimentary ticket at Books & Books, to an intimate concert on February 13th at the Frost School of Music with Jodi Levitz. For the full concert description or to purchase additional tickets, please visit frostmusiclive.com. You can purchase discounted tickets to any Frost Music Live concert using the code BOOK5 at check out for a $5 off discount.