The Annual Ark of Taste Benefit Dinner with Michael Schwartz


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


Roasted Squab
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

Housemade Ricotta
with candied citrus drizzled with local honey and Lucini olive oil

Boards of Bittersweet Chocolate

Citrus Mostarda

Sea Grape Gelees

Panforte / Torrone

Assorted Biscotti

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.

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