Hello, December! Where did 2009 go? My, each passing year seems to go by faster. Before we bid farewell to 2009 and the Christmas whirlwind begins, let us enjoy some local food happenings.
This Friday, December 4, join Neomi’s chefs Kurtis Jantz and Chad Galiano for a seven-course meal at a Midtown penthouse in the middle of the Art Basel satellite fairs. For those of you into art, local artist Stephen Gamson will be there to talk art and dine with you. Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog will be serving brunch at that same penthouse on Sunday, December 6 along with artist Claudio Picasso. More information at penthouse2.com.
Also on Friday, December 4 Coral Gables will launch Giralda Under the Stars. Slated to be a monthly event the first Friday of every month through May, the city will close off a block of Giralda and restaurants will set up tables outside their establishments for al fresco dining (something we don’t have enough of in the Gables). Follow your dinner with some free entertainment at Art in the Park (on Ponce Circle) featuring local bands Palo and Locos por Juana.
On Sunday, December 6, the Pinecrest Farmers Market will open at its new location in Pinecrest Gardens. If you can’t make it this weekend, plan to visit on December 13 to join Slow Food Miami for breakfast at the market.
If you like wine and Michelle Bernstein, sign up for Drinking Out of the Box at Michy’s on December 12 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Limited to 20 people, this wine tasting promises to be different. You’ll be pairing wines to artists, historical figures and the likes. $50 per person; call 305.759.2001 for reservations.
The Dinner in Paradise series kicks off on December 13. For those of you not familiar with this event, it is a series of dinners featuring local chefs at Paradise Farms in Homestead. Cost is $165.50 per person and I hear it’s well worth the price of admission. This is, after all, the only time the farm is open to the public.
And last but not least, the Cobayas are ready to experiment once again. Underground dining part three will take place on December 17. All we know is the date and the cost: $75 per person, excluding tax. For reservation info, visit the Cobaya Miami blog.
As a side note, I’ve put these and other events in a calendar. You can access it through the sidebar, which also lists upcoming events. This is something that I had wanted to do for some time and just now got to it. Bear with me as I work out the look and feel and the kinks, but if you find any issues with it, please let me know.