Last Saturday, I had the chance to attend pastry chef Will Goldfarb’s Room 4 Dessert pop-up. I’ll confess I knew little about Goldfarb before I bought my last-minute ticket to the dessert tasting but I’m so glad I was able to go.
Goldfarb’s culinary trajectory started in France and he followed with stints at restaurants like El Bulli, Papillon and Morimoto. He later opened his own dessert bar in New York called Room 4 Dessert (now closed) and now has a line of pastry products called WillPowder.
I arrived for the 10 p.m. seating and had a cocktail while I waited for the 8 p.m. seating to wrap up. The event was held at the Miami Art Space, a really cool venue near the Design District. When we went into the “dining room,” we were greeted with an amuse bouche prepared by chef Jeremiah Bullfrog (gastropod Miami) and we followed with two other savory dishes: “spaghetti & meatballs” prepared by chefs Kurtis Jantz and Chad Galiano (Trump International Resort) and a tongue terrine by chef Alberto Cabrera (The Local Craft – opening soon). Then it was time for six dessert courses by the host of the evening.
The dessert preparations were interesting and fun, not like anything you can get on a regular basis in Miami. And they were mostly light so that one could actually eat all six without feeling entirely weighed down. (I was, however, incredibly awake when I got home past 1 a.m. — sugar rush?) It was a unique experience that left me craving more.
Here are some photos.