August 31st, 2010

Dinners in Paradise: The New Season


I was down in Homestead again today visiting Gabriele Marewski at Paradise Farms. This was my first time visiting Gabriele’s organic farm and, wow, it is beautiful. She designed it with the help of architect Robert Barnes and artist Richard Medlock based on feng shui and sacred geometry principles. Taking a stroll in those peaceful surroundings made me think that I really need to get myself to a Dinner in Paradise this season.

The series of dinners, started by Gabriele and chef Michael Schwartz, invites local chefs to create a six-course dinner showcasing the farm’s organic ingredients. (Blind Tastes has a good recap of a recent Dinner in Paradise). Many of the same chefs that have cooked in past seasons are returning, including Schwartz, John Critchley, Michelle Bernstein and Sean Brasel. New chefs include Timon Balloo of Sugarcane and Alex Pinero, formerly of Fratelli Lyon and now of Sustain — a sustainable restaurant expected to open this fall in Midtown.

The price for each dinner is $165.50, including taxes and fees, and consists of six courses paired with wines. Proceeds fund ready-to-grow beds the farm will donate to Urban Oasis Project, which is installing these gardens in homeless shelters and Liberty City. Tickets can be purchased through the Paradise Farms website. Here’s the  2010-2011 schedule.

December 12, 2010

River Oyster Bar – David Bracha

Sugarcane – Timon Balloo

Loews Hotel Miami Beach – Fredrick Delaire & Jason Prevatt

January 9, 2011


January 23, 2011

American Noodle Bar – Michael Bloise

D. Rodriquez Cuba – Douglas Rodriquez

February 12, 2011

Eden Roc – Thorsten Leighty & Paula DeSilva

Eos at The Viceroy – Michael Pislakis & Christopher Curtis

March 13, 2011

Meat Market – Sean Brasel

Biltmore – Roly Cruz-Taura

Area 31 at The Epic Hotel – John Critchley

March 27, 2010

Michael’s Genuine – Michael Schwartz

Essencia at The Palms Hotel & Spa – Frank Jennetti

Solea at The W – Marc Vidal

April 10, 2011

Lido Restaurant at The Standard – Mark Zeitouni

Sra Martinez – Michelle Bernstein

Escopazzo – Giancarla Bodoni

April 17, 2011

Creek 28 – Kira Volz

Sustain – Alex Pinero

Casa Tua – Sergio Sigala

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2 Responses to “Dinners in Paradise: The New Season”

  1. Gorgeous picture, Pao!

  2. Thanks, Jackie! I’m getting better with D’s monster camera. :)

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