‘ARK OF TASTE’ Benefit Dinner with Chef Michael Schwartz
Slow Food Miami announces ‘Ark of Taste’ benefit dinner featuring James Beard Award Winning Chef Michael Schwartz of the Cypress Room on Tuesday, January 28th at The Kampong of the National Botanical Garden located at 4013 South Douglas Road in Coconut Grove. Tickets for the exclusive event will cost $250 per person will proceeds benefiting Slow Food miami, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting good, clean and fair food for all with an emphasis of educating and encouraging local community efforts from the ground up.
Cypress Room, Eater Miami
Those attending the event at The Kampong will be welcomed by a fascinating array of tropical fruit cultivars and flowering trees. The magical, candle-lit evening unfolds at 6:30 p.m. under the stars and overlooking the same lush grounds Dr. David Fairchild and his famous visitors once enjoyed with a spirited cocktail hour featuring specialty libations courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka and passed hors d’oeuvres prepared by The Cypress Room. A seated four-course dinner paired with wine follows highlighting South Florida’s Everglades tomato, grown and harvested by local family farmer Michael Borek of Teena’s Pride CSA. Local boutique distributor, Stellar Wines will be generously donating all the wines for the evening and will be hand selected by Eric Larkee of The Genuine Hospitality Group.
“I’m thrilled to be part of the Ark program for the fifth time, and thought what a great opportunity it would be for our special new restaurant to participate” shared Schwartz. “Deciding to do the event in January was key so we could embrace our main growing season down here, especially since Borek’s tomatoes are at their peak. They have always been a staple on our restaurant menus at Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Harry’s Pizzeria. As a chef it’s fun to have a new heirloom variety to work with, just when you think you’ve seen every tomato possible!”