Friday, November 6, 2015

#ThankYouMiami for Seed Food & Wine Festival


Last month we chatted with you about sustainable seafood and why we're excited to see it infiltrate the menus of some of our favorite restaurants. This week we're excited to continue the conscious consumption conversation by announcing the return of the nation's only plant-based (read, vegan) food and wine experience: Seed Food and Wine Festival. From November 18 through November 22, the festival will bring diverse programming that simultaneously showcases our beautiful city and the perks of plant-based living. Venues in both Miami Beach and Wynwood will host everything from cooking demonstrations to beer, wine, and spirit tastings to wellness and educational events. We're particularly excited for the first-ever veggie burger battle and for the celebrity chef dinners which will give local chefs a chance to showcase their culinary talent in a unique way.

If you follow us on Instagram you know that earlier this week we previewed what's in store during the festival, specifically on November 21 for the Made in Miami Farm to Table Dinner. We were psyched to discover the six-course menu will be a one-of-a-kind collaboration by our favorite Miami chefs: Brad Kilgore of Alter, Jeremy Ford of Matador Room, Todd Erickson of Haven, Darren Laszlo of Jugofresh, and Jamie De Rosa of Izzy's (one of the hottest restaurants in Miami right now). In our quest for good food around Miami, we've eaten food by all of these chefs but we've only ever experienced plant-based cooking by Chef Laszlo. We can't wait to see how the rest of the chefs use their culinary creativity to make delicious like the ones we sampled during Tuesday's special preview. Catch a peek at what we ate (on your behalf, of course) in the photos below!

For the full list of events and to purchase your tickets, head over to the Seed Food and Wine Festival website. Or, if you're feeling lucky, you can enter to win two VIP tickets to the Festival Day and Tasting Village that will take place at MANA Wynwood on November 21 via our giveaway at the bottom of this post. Bon chance, Miami! And make sure to check back in after the festival to learn more about sustainable food when we recap our experience in our next "#ThankYouMiami for our Natural Resources" feature.

Salad of Brussel Sprouts: Charred Pumpkin, Za'taar Avocado, Mamey, Flaming Walnuts
by Chef Amber Antonelli of The Naked Bite.
Image via Celeste Guerra.

Living Lasagna: Vegan Vegetable Terrine
by Chef Mark Zeitouni of The Standard.
Image via Celeste Guerra.

Black Bean Twinkie: Dark Chocolate Ganache, Strawberry Coulis, Chocolate Chia Seeds
by Chef Darren Laszlo of Jugofresh.
Image via Celeste Guerra.

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5 comments

  1. I'm excited for the Plant Based Burger Battle, it's the first time they are doing it this year and sounds like it is going to be a great and delicious event. My all-time favorite Festival Day is the absolute best. I had such a great time last year and would love to be VIP this year. I love that there is a 5K this year too prior to the main event.

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  2. Looking forward to the burger battle!

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  3. Thanks for the opportunity! If I win, I would be excited to check out the Miami Modern Dinner with Matthew Kenney & Jonny Seningen on November 20. I have not attended the Seed F&W Festival in the past, but I just passed my 1 year vegan anniversary this past September, and it would be such a treat to be able to go :)

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  4. This place is perfect for any kind of night you're looking for. In the downstairs area at these event venues, you can enjoy a lounge setting while talking over drinks with a small party. Or, if you're looking to mingle or have a bite to eat, you can head upstairs.

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