Miami Art Week is officially upon us once again. The week long extravaganza started as a celebration of all things art, but through the years it has expanded into all facets of South Florida including food.
With a bevy of pop-ups, collaboration dinners, and culinary activations happening throughout the Magic City this week, here are the five best bets.
Amara at Paraiso Pop-Up Dinners
Get the first look at Michael Schwartz’s upcoming restaurant, Amara at Paraiso, during its four-day pop-up dinner series. Located inside the actual waterfront restaurant, guests will get a complete Amara experience, including snacks and cocktails, followed by a four-course dinner served family style, with three wine offerings and select beer and beverage options.
Details: Wednesday, December 6 to Saturday, December 9 with seatings available on the half hour from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Purchase here. Amara at Paraiso, 3101 NE 7th Avenue, Miami.
Atoboy Pop-Up at Palmar
New York favorite Atoboy is coming to Miami to do a two-night, pop-up dinner at the newly opened Palmar. The banchan-inspired casual Korean restaurant is making a seven-course meal inside the Wynwood eatery, served with plenty of wine, sake, and beer.
Details: Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10. Tickets $125. Purchase here. Palmar, 180 NW 29th Street, Miami.
New York Take Over at The Freehand Hotel
Freehand Miami will host a “New York Takeover” giving guests a first look at the upcoming Freehand New York, opening in Gramercy Park in mid-January 2018. As part of the “Takeover” 27 Restaurant will feature a menu by chef Matt Griffin who will head up Simon & The Whale, Freehand New York’s standalone restaurant, will be making dishes like lamb carpaccio with kalamata olives, currants capra sarda and rosemary and a puntarelle tonnato with soy egg, parmesan, and pumpernickel croutons. In addition to the Simon & The Whale special menu, drinks from the upcoming Broken Shaker New York will also be available at the bar.
Details: Friday, December 8 from 6:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. To make a reservation call 305-531-2727. 27 Restaurant, 2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach.
FOOD MEETS ART at the SLS South Beach Hotel by José Andrés
Mega-chef José Andrés is taking a break from helping feed Puerto Rico to well, fundraise, to help feed the people of Puerto Rico. During his Art Week dinner with American Express Global Dining Collection, guests can take in a live art installation by Puerto Rican artists, Omar Obdulio and Carlos Mercado over a progressive dinner with cocktails and music. With a theme of rebirth, event proceeds will be donated to World Central Kitchen’s mission in Puerto Rico, which became the island’s primary food source in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Details: Friday, December 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets $125. Purchase here. SLS South Beach, 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach.
Live Art Installation at Veza Sur
Veza Sur Brewing Co. will be hosting a live painting installation with local artist, Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez of Rodri Designs, who is known for his varying art mediums — such as street, pop and abstract art. Rodriguez will be hand painting 50 limited edition VEZA SUR Brewing Co. beer bottles, and selling them to locals, art aficionados and visitors passing by Wynwood.
Details: Saturday, December 9. Free entry. Veza Sur Brewing Co. 55 NW 25th Street, Wynwood.