This month brings a serious new foodie event to South Florida’s calendar, along with the return of other events you won’t want to miss — for music, food, culture, art, and garden lovers.
How does a Master Chef Dinner with Michael Schwartz, the best farm produce from Swank Farms, all in a lovely farm setting sound? It’s yet another wonderful event from renowned culinary society, Les Dames d’Escoffier’s South Florida chapter. Think five course dinner with five different wine pairings at at Swank Farm Specialty Produce, 14311 North Road in Loxahatchee, near Palm Beach on January 13.
At Swank Special Produce, a fresh, Farm-toTable dinner is guaranteed. On their farm, husband and wife team Jodi and Darrin Swank grow fresh produce from arugula, radishes, eggplant, squash, zucchini, baby carrots, beats, shelling peas to all sorts of tomatoes, basil, garlic chives, cilantro, dill, fennel, lemon verbena, mint, watercress and more.
Proceeds go to Les Dames d’Escoffier South Florida’s Scholarship Fund for underprivileged women who want to go into the culinary industry.
The ticket price for the Master Chef Dinner is $160, plus a $4.20 booking fee per person if booked online. Tickets to the Master Chef Dinner may be purchased on the Swank Speciaty Produce website. FOR more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
January 8 to 14, Miami will welcome 166 of the most talented young artists from around the country for a week of masterclasses, collaboration, performances, exhibitions and life-changing experiences for National YoungArts Week. Each evening, audiences can experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in voice, jazz, theater, dance and classical music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a visual arts, photography and design exhibition. General admission is $15; students $5. For tickets, click here.
Musimelange was started by French violinist Ann Chicheportiche who wanted to recreate the tradition of the Belle Epoque where public figures, artists, writers and musicians were introduced to their friends in hopes of inspiring ideas and creativity. Musimelange combines chamber music, gastronomy and a wine tasting in what they call three Acts, all in the living room of an art gallery in the M building in Wynwood. Each month the musical group changes as does the restaurant providing the food. The first of the season is January 22 at 7:30 p.m. What they call Act I is a wine reception by Barton & Guestier in the garden, followed by light bites by Chef Vincent Catala of Ever Cool Miami, then the concert (Act 2) and dessert (Act 3).
The concert this month is by Violinist Anne Chicheportiche and cellist Ashley Garritson partner with bravado Russian-American pianist Konstantin Soukhovetski for a melange of masterworks, including Gabriel Fauré’s beautiful Violin & Piano Sonata #1 in A, Op. 13 – Mark Summer’s Juli-O – Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B major Op. 8, and a medley of surprise transcriptions for solo piano by Konstantin, of famous Madonna!
The cost is $55 when buying in advance and $65 at the door. A series of four concerts is $190. For more information and reservations, click here:
One of the lushest times of the year at The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is also the time of the annual Taste of the Garden Event, this year on January 25 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Here’s your chance to enjoy a magical evening at the Garden together a sampling of the best dishes of Miami’s premier restaurants, cocktails, wine and brews . If that isn’t enough, there’s entertainment and a silent auction (snag deals from some of Miami’s top restaurants). And it’s all for a good cause, the Garden. Price for members is $85 per person, general public $95; and $125 when paying at the entrance. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.mbgarden.org or call The Botanical Garden at 305-673-7256.
Not one but two art fairs are happening in Palm Beach this month. First up is the Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary Art Fair, presented by Art Miami and sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach from January 11-15 . Featured will be Blue Chip, Modern and Contemporary, and Post-War works from 64 top international galleries . These galleries will come from as far as Japan, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Portugal, and Venezuela. Participating galleries have previously been featured in numerous prominent international fairs including TEFAF in Maastricht and New York, The Armory Show, Masterpiece London, Art Miami, Expo Chicago, and many others.Location: West Palm Beach City’s Tent Site (825 S Dixie Hwy & Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach) located directly behind the new Restoration Hardware. For more information, click here.
Next up is Art Palm Beach, January 18-21 at the Palm Beach Convention Center. This year expect 65 international galleries, art installations, lectures, artists receptions and five days of locally hosted community wide art events. Hours are 12 to 7 p.m. There’s also a collectors preview on the 17th from 6 to 10 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here.