Dinner In Paradise: Paradise Farms 2015

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There is still time to grab a seat at the table at Paradise Farms, Dinner in Paradise.  With nine dates beginning January 11 thru April 26 and featuring some of Miami’s most creative and innovative chefs this marks the 10th season of the organic farms tour and dinner series. Tickets are on sale at paradisefarms.net or by calling 305.248.4181.

Paradise Farms, an organic boutique operation founded by Gabriele Marewski in 1999 in Homestead, Fla., focuses on Miami’s emerging chef scene as the theme for its 10th annual year of hosting multicourse, farm-to-table repasts in an open-air gazebo surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. Following a reception, guests are treated to a farm tour before sitting down to dinner with wine pairings selected by wine director, Shari Gherman.

To kick off the season on Sunday, January 11, The Federal’s Cesar Zapata, HaVen’s Todd Erickson and Eating House’s Giorgio Rapicavoli team up for a mouthwatering evening that showcases their progressive take on cuisine that’s reshaping the city’s palate.

Read MIAbites recap of that special evening here. " Under the Stars with The Stars of Miami"

The balance of the season is as follows:

Sunday, January 25, 2015: Partners Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Broken Shaker and their newly opened 27 Restaurant & Bar; Kris Wessel of Oolite, who hosted Anthony Bourdain for the TV host’s upcoming travel show about Miami, and Diego Oka of La Mar, a Peruvian import by one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs Gaston Acurio.

Sunday, February 8, 2015: Features Adrianne Calvo, the Cuban proprietor of Chef Adrianne’s who just released her third cookbook, William Crandall, the chef de cuisine for Azul at Mandarin Oriental Miami, and Andrew Gilbert, The Seven Dials’ British chef owner who puts a modern, organic twist on classic English fare.

Sunday, March 1, 2015: Marewski, who has been a vegetarian since her teens, is especially proud to feature a plant-based dinner bringing together Keith Kalmanowicz of Love & Vegetables, who has a large local following for his cooking classes and events,  Billy Devlin, the chef de cuisine for Basil Park, and chef Enrique Ruiz of Temple Kitchen, a vegan restaurant and juice bar that was a hit during the inaugural Seed Food & Wine Festival in Miami in October. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015: Flower fans will be excited to attend the farm’s annual Edible Flower Festival on March 14. Richard Sandoval Restaurants’ appropriately named executive chef Jose Luis Flores makes a special visit to Miami again to cook with the hospitality group’s Toro Toro executive chef Eric Do. Their dishes incorporate the farm’s more than 50 types of edible flowers such as calendula, borage and nasturtium. Please note that this dinner occurs on Saturday, rather than the usual Sunday event.           

Sunday March 29, 2015: On Palm Sunday, March 29th’s meal pairs Aaron Brooks, the executive chef behind Four Seasons Miami’s Edge Steak & Bar; Mike Pirolo, from mainstay Macchialina Taverna Rustica, and Gabriela Machado, the highly artistic founder of Copperbox Culinary Atelier restaurant and owner of Contrabando Catering Company.

Sunday April 12, 2015: Sean Brasel of Meat Market, which expanded to Palm Beach earlier this year, and Timon Balloo of the always packed Sugarcane and Bocce Bar return to cook with newcomer Dena Marino of popular Design District eatery, MC Kitchen.

Sunday April 19, 2015: Danny Grant, of 50 Eggs (Yardbird, Khong River House, Swine); Jacob Anaya, executive chef for popular casual eatery and craft beer and wine bar OTC, and Najat Kaanache, a Spaniard who worked at El Bulli, Alinea and Per Se before launching her Piripi Miami in Coral Gables any day now.

Sunday April 26, 2015: Finishing out the season, Jodrick Ujaque of Homestead-based Chefs on the Run joins Richard Torres of Bread + Butter, for an updated approach to Cuban comfort food that expanded with Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co. in Little Havana, and Nicolas Cabrera of Coya Restaurant & Bar, a British import featuring Peruvian cuisine from the owner of Zuma.

Paradise Farms long-term sponsors include Whole Foods, Schnebly Redland's Winery, Strategic Importers, Lucini Italia, Brustman Carrino Public Relations, as well as DIP co-founder Michael Schwartz.  

All dinners begin at 6 pm with a reception followed by farm tour at 6:30 and dinner at 7 pm and are priced at $165.50 + tax per person.

 For tickets please go to paradisefarms.net or call 305.248.4181.  

( Information provided by Paradise Farms, Brustman Carrino PR with photo credit to Kelly Samardak )

Paradise Farms 

19801 Southwest 320th Street, Homestead, FL 33030

305 248 4181