On November 29, Slow Food Miami will host the annual Ark of Taste Benefit Dinner at the historic Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. With bespoke cocktails by Grey Goose Vodka and a menu prepared by Chefs Michael Schwartz and Bradley Herron, the fundraiser will benefit both the Slow Food Miami Edible School Garden Program and the Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.
Taking place overlooking the lush grounds at the Kampong historic home and garden, the event will include a specially prepared menu celebrating the endangered and divine native ingredients of South Florida: the Sea Grape and Royal Red Shrimp, according to the press release.
Grey Goose Vodka cocktails will accompany hors d’ouevres, which will be followed by a multi-course dinner prepared by Miami’s Farm-to-Table pioneer Chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink and his Chef de Cuisine Bradley Herron. Celebrity Miami Chef and recent cookbook author (Baking Out Loud) Hedy Goldsmith, also of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, will be preparing the desserts.
The menu includes:
Welcome Reception 6:30 – 8:00 pm
“Veronique” Signature Grey Goose Vodka Cocktail
Shrimp toast banh mi
Oyster’s sea grape mignonette
Royal Red Shrimp cocktail with heirloom tomato
Pork croquettes sea grape mustard
Sea grape gazpacho
Rosé of Pinot Noir, Peter Jakob-Kühn, Stock & Stein, Germany 2011
8:00 pm seated dinner begins:
Royal Red Shrimp
fermented chilis, avocado,
green zebra tomatoes, mizuna, sea grapes
Grüner Veltliner, Kirchmayer, Kamptal, Austria 2011
Pan Roasted Golden Tilefish
Braised fennel, royal reds, preserved lemon, capers, parsley
Chenin Blanc, Domaine Laffourcade, Savennières, Loire Valley, France 2009
with sea grapes, saffron, mint, couscous, yogurt
Pinot Noir, Anne Amie, Cuvée A, Oregon 2010
Served Family Style
Sea grape + Dried Fruit Schiacciata
Tangerine, Anise + Rosemary
with candied citrus drizzled with local honey and Lucini olive oil
Boards of Bittersweet Chocolate
Sea Grape Gelees
Panforte / Torrone
Spiced Candied Pecans
Muscat, Viña Tabali, Late Harvest, Chile 2010
“Cherry Almond Froth”
Signature Night Cap by Grey Goose Vodka
Tickets are $250 per person and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is located at 4013 South Douglas Road in Coconut Grove.