Miami has become a culinary force to be reckoned with. Not only do we have an ever expanding roster of fantastic chefs, unforgettable restaurants, and unique dives, but now we are starting to take food, as a whole, a lot more seriously. You know when attitudes towards food begin to change towards the better when major food-related organizations like Slow Food International take root in a city, like they did in Miami. This Monday, December 10th, you can see firsthand just how serious the 305 is becoming about food when the new Slow Food Miami Fountain is unveiled at the Miami Culinary Institute Gardens. In addition to the unveiling, Miamians (and our seasonal visitors, too) can enjoy a multicourse meal by James Beard award-winning chef, Susan Spicer, who is one of the authorities on New Orleans cuisine. All of this coincides with Terra Madre Day, an annual celebration of sustainable, good, clean, and fair food that is celebrated by 150 Slow Food Countries throughout the world.
Like Miami, New Orleans is a port city that has seen many cultures come together over hundreds of years to form a unique identity. New Orleans Creole cuisine is now famous throughout the world, and Susan Spicer’s invitation to celebrate Terra Madre Day and the unveiling of the Slow Food Miami Fountain can almost be seen as a demonstration of the potential that Miami cuisine - a concept that is all-too-new to many - can attain when our creative and culinary traditions combine. The evening will begin with a VIP cooking class with Chef Spicer, which ends with each participant receiving a signed copy of her cookbook, Crescent City Cooking. For over thirty years, chef Spicer has been behind such memorable meals at Big Easy icons like Louis XVI, Savoir Faire, Bistro at Maison de Ville, Bayona, Herbsaint, and Mondo. In 2010, she was inducted into the James Beard “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America” and has been declared by the New York Times as “one of the cooking liminaries of New Orleans, and of the Nation as well.”
After the cooking class, attendees can then savor a six course meal that includes such tantalizing dishes as a crispy smoked quail salad with bourbon molasses vinaigrette, or BBQ shrimp with stoneground grits and smothered greens. A dessert of chocolate hazelnut phyllo turnovers with dreamsicle ice cream promises to end the meal on a sweet note. Cocktails will be provided by Grey Goose Vodka, and the meal will be paired with wines provided by Vinecraft, known for sourcing unique, rare, or old vintages from small producers around the world.
Proceeds from the event, which is also hosted by one of our celebrated pioneers of New Florida Cuisine, Chef Norman Van Aken, will benefit Slow Food Miami’s Edible School Garden, as well as The Miami Culinary Institute of Miami Dade College. Slow Food Miami has already started 120 Edible Gardens throughout the greater Miami area, providing future generations with the knowledge that fresh food is good food. The Miami Culinary Institute, since its inception, has been dedicated to training excellent culinary professional not only in preparing food, but also in sustainable and practices with an awareness of food being something inherently tied to the health of our planet and its people.
Terra Madre Day Celebration will take place at the Miami Culinary Institute located at 415 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami, FL 33132.
The cooking class begins at 6:30 PM, followed by a multicourse dinner at 7:00 PM
Tickets are $140 for the cooking class and dinner event, and only $80 for just the dinner.
To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/297659