Food is also art, and nowhere is that statement trending more than during Miami Art Week. Throughout the city, patrons came to eat and explore the region’s food scene, which was recognized this year for the first time by the Michelin guide.
Aerobanquets RMX By Mattia Casalegno at Superblue Miami, a gallery that focuses on immersive large-scale artwork, gave a number of guests a taste of what it’s like to dine in an environment of mixed reality.
With a menu from celebrity New York chef Chintan Pandya (Semma, Dhamaka and Adda), the experience produced by Flavor Five Studio invited groups of up to 16 guests to step into the dining room of the future and wear headsets Meta Quest 2 VR, embarking on a culinary journey narrated by food writer Gail Simmons. Dishes such as a “mousse of roasted hopes”, “a pearl that tastes like the first time you bit your lip” and a pie that evokes the “whistle the wind makes through a lock by a cold autumn afternoon” were savored in tandem with their visual and immersive interpretation.
For the first time, Moët Hennessy is transforming a mansion into a house and exhibiting its rarest pieces. Hennessy Rare Editions has activated the MH Private Miami Mansion, a place dedicated to private clients and VIPs, immersing them in the hidden world of exceptional cognac creations. The five über-pieces of Hennessy’s rare edition universe were presented together. Place Vendôme jeweler Lorenz Bäumer hosted a tasting experience, which included a preview of the Hennessy Paradis x NBA Lorenz Bäumer collaboration, celebrating the NBA’s 75th anniversary. Paradis was presented in a basket-shaped carafe in faceted Baccarat crystal and hand-painted gold inlay. Produced in only 75 copies, the Paradis x NBA piece comes in a cubic case crafted in orange leather embellished with golden markings retracing the lines of the basketball. When opened, it doubles as a trophy case.
On the beach, Dom Pérignon has teamed up with celebrity-favorite Turkish resort Maçakizi Bodrum for a MedMiami party on the beach under the stars. Designer Julia Toledano, actress Nadia Fairfax, model Jay Lyon and impresario Guy Laliberté were present. The 2010, 2012 and Rosé 2008 vintages accompanied the menu with Golden Volzhenka Caviar and fresh seafood.
Visitors to Art Week needed to look no further than Art Basel’s exclusive Collector’s Lounge – which included a pop-up Casa Dragones tasting room artfully created by Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao – to see how well minds and design go together. In the Casa Dragones canteen, a chandelier made from recycled Casa Dragones bottles draped over a raised platform and a large round bar in pink terrazzo dotted with marble and blue glass, while the mosaic walls of mirrors from Art Deco styling reflected the soft “adobe” pink hue of the ottoman style seating.
During Casa Dragones’ annual three-day pop-up, notable artists are guest bartenders and present a cocktail they created in the space. This year, Sean Kelly Gallery stars Awol Erizku, Hugo McCloud and Janaina Tschäpe made appearances alongside sponsor Bertha Gonzalez Nieves, founder of Bob Pittman-backed tequila brand Casa Dragones. multiannual of Art Basel. The pours focused on their new expression Casa Dragones Mizunara, a 100% Blue Agave Reposado tequila, the first tequila resting exclusively in rare oak native to Japan and traditionally used for aging Japanese whiskeys.
LOUIS XIII has shared its latest creation The Drop with its Miami audience, teaming up with Patron of the New for a backyard lounge bar. The Drop is a set of five 10 milliliter bottles of the precious cognac, each labeled with its own essence – Loud, Glow, Bold, Smooth and Bright.
Eva Longoria’s Casa del Sol tequila brand held a multi-day cocktail party aboard a yacht in front of Fontainebleau – as is common with most Art Week boat parties, the ship never left the dock. Vogue 100, Cult Gaia and Rebecca Minkoff, among other brands, have all co-sponsored parties on the yacht, where guests sipped the star’s tequila and posed with the Miami Beach scene in the background.
Dominican rum Brugal has unveiled a limited edition collection of eight bottles from 1888 custom-designed by Alexander Mijares, whose work appears in several celebrity art collections, including that of Justin Bieber. Seven bottles are available for purchase and one has been sold at auction.
Resy and American Express have done well with events for the region’s top chefs, including those soon to open restaurants in Miami. Chef Massimo Bottura headlined the first party for the four-day pop-up in the Miami Design District. The event space was decorated with a custom art installation, titled Garden of Reflections, which was comprised of 17 mirrored columnar structures by Coachella Valley artist Phillip K. Smith III.
Bottura, the mastermind behind Beverly Hills’ Gucci Osteria, will bring a branch of Torno Subito from Dubai to Miami in 2023. It was an all-star night with art dealer Jeffrey Deitch, Sotheby’s vice president of Charlotte Van Dercook and Phaidon CEO Keith Fox. all present. The chef – who is known for his dedication to philanthropy and inspired dish names such as The Crunchy Part of the Lasagna and Oops… I Dropped the Lemon Tart – prepared a five-course meal for 120 guests, which turned out sold out in 30 seconds. Chefs Missy Robbins and Mashama Bailey also hosted events.
“Art has always been my passion, as well as music, poetry, fast cars and motorcycles, and of course food,” said Bottura, chef patron of Osteria Francescana and founder of the Food association. for Soul. “It’s the best job I do, because I share joy and happiness with people. They come and they recharge my battery. Food for Soul, founded in 2015, now has 14 soup kitchens around the world. Last year, it served 2.55 million meals by recovering 950 tons of food waste.
For his crispy part of the lasagna, the chef turned the spaghetti into lasagna. “Our goal in cooking is to convey emotion,” he explained. “And there’s no more emotional state for me than remembering when my grandma would bring a big plate of lasagna for Sunday lunch, and me, my brother, and we would fight over the crispy part. That evening, you’re all going to have your own crispy slice.
The Michelin-starred Korean Steakhouse COTE paired its owner Simon Kim, who recently won the Ernst & Young award for 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year in New York, with his sister Rosa Suehyn (aka Sue) Kim of Artline for a dining experience featuring renowned private collections with works by Do Ho Suh, Yoshitomo Nara, Fernando Botero, Auguste Rodin and Robert Rauschenberg. Tennis stars Venus Williams and Reilly Opelka made the scene.
KLAW, which is reportedly being considered for a spot at Las Vegas’ upcoming Fontainebleau Resort, opened in Miami earlier this year. During Art Week, he had the chance to show off his Martin Brudnizki-designed dining room and panoramic rooftops to the international art crowd. Located in the 96-year-old Woman’s Club building, one of the first buildings in Florida to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the restaurant is known for its king crab, which comes straight from Norway’s Barents Sea.
Miami hotspot Mila has unveiled Mila Lounge and Omakase and its new members-only MM club, all with a Mediterranean flair. Door policies aren’t for the faint of heart – even with dinner reservations it’s survival of the fittest to get in, unless of course you’re Jennifer Lopez, J Balvin, Jared Leto or Drake, who have all frequented this place. (Reservation confirmation emails even ask that diners not wear perfume or cologne.) A-listers are said to have their own secret entrance. Mila Omakase offers 10 seats and dozens of dishes throughout the 2.5-hour dining experience. Dishes reflect Japan’s 52 micro-seasons with specialties such as sea urchin from Hokkaido, sustainable bluefin tuna from Baja and Wagyu Olive from Sanuki from Kagawa Prefecture in Japan. MM members use their own Christofle baguettes, stored in wall niches.
Guests at Meta House – a first IRL look at the new Soho Pool House adjacent to Miami’s Arts District – got a chance to sample the new spot’s bar schedule. This outpost joins the city’s Soho Beach House. A mixed reality playground, the three-day experience hosted Doja Cat, TOKiMONSTA, GloRilla and Coco and Breezy and many more, with a full roster of talent. Meta House elements included murals and interactive AR structures by mixed reality artists COVL, Morel and Nina Chanel, as well as VR construction workshops led by YONK and an inflatable sculpture garden by Milkman.
At the Mandarin Oriental Miami, Art Week revelers gathered by the bay with a brunch of Gastón Acurio’s La Mar – an elaborate Novo-Andean Asian-Peruvian fusion of seafood and meats and the Chaufa Aeropuerto, a signature fried rice dish served sizzling and at the table. The hotel also hosted “A Taste of Art” with artist John Collingwood, a beverage consultant who created a set of 17 paintings. Using ratio algorithms, Collingwood paints cocktails in geometric shapes and forms, including four paintings inspired by his love of classic gin cocktails: the Dry Martini; Negroni ; Clover club; and French 75.
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