Thursday, December 28, 2006
Style File: Dinner in Paradise
If you are tired of take-out, and eating out at restaurants is played out, there's nothing like dining under the stars to brighten up a meal. In tonight's Style File, 7's Belkys Nerey sits down for Dinner in Paradise.
WSVN -- Move over Green Acres, Paradise Farms in Homestead is the place to be.
Sara Liss: "I love it. I love being out on the farms."
Theo: "What I like about it is that there is no concrete here. You know, natural, and I really like that."
Once a month you can escape the bright lights of the city for a farm dinner lit by the stars.
Don't think cows and chickens -- this is home-grown glam, hosted by Chef Michael Schwartz.
Chef Michael Schwartz: "We wanted to do something that was casual but very elegant. And if you look around, there's a certain amount of elegance to the way that we set this up."
Diners are first greeted with wine and appetizers then a farm tour by the owner, Gabriele Marewski.
Gabrielle Marewski: "People who come to the farm and do the farm tour, they completely get it, about what it means to be eating locally."
Once the sun sets, sit down for a six-course meal made with, what else, food fresh from the organic farm.
Theo Susser: "The first course looked like a tuna tartar, but it was made out of pears, it was really good."
Chef Michael Schwartz: "I think the combination of it tasting good, being good for you and being good to the Earth is important for us. And that's the message that we want to send."
The chef line-up will make you starry-eyed, with 18 of South Florida's most talented chefs.
All the meals are created at this make-shift kitchen and the chefs have found cooking on a farm has its advantages.
Chef Marc Ehrler: "If you need something, you want to re-season something, you can just look around you, grab something."
Dinner in Paradise lasts through April and costs $150 a person, but even at a farm you'll still need reservations.
Sara Liss: "It's definitely worth the drive. I think if you want to experience something new and interesting in dining in Miami, you should definitely check this out."
And who would want to miss this? The sun setting on one side, a full moon rises on the other.
Ah, I'll take this anytime.
Belkys Nerey: "Dinner in Paradise was started last year to raise money for farmers hit hard by hurricanes. This year, it's benefiting earth learning and Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School."
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1980 SW 320 Street
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