Friday, May 21, 2010
Style File: Miami River Wall
Looking for a unique spot to host an intimate dinner party or a cooking class? How about a spot where the centerpiece is a one-of-a-kind wall loaded with hundreds of plants. 7's Belkys Nerey sits down for dinner at the Miami River Wall in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- Welcome to the jungle. If you think your plant-filled yard looks good the Miami River Wall will blow you away.
Peter Kastan: "I built this big wall as a visual pleasure. It's almost like a giant modern painting that changes all the time."
Plant enthusiast Peter Kastan was asked by a friend to do something unique with this empty loft space on the Miami River. So he designed this huge, hydroponics plant wall.
Peter: "Hydroponics just means plants that only get all their nutrients and support from water. There's no soil, there's no rock, it's just the roots themselves and water runs by and gives them all the nutrients."
You don't have to be a botanist to appreciate the beauty of this living wall. The vertical gardens are filled with more than a 100 different species of plants.
The owners want others to enjoy the plant wall so they're letting people rent the space to throw intimate get-togethers. Some local chefs have been using it for cooking classes and personal dinner parties.
Ineke Both-Chef: "We loved it so much. It gave us the idea to host a party for our friends."
There's a long, wood communal dining table and a full kitchen equipped with an herb wall for the chef.
Eleanor Hoh: "You can smell it because it's so fresh and you can just pluck it off the wall."
Once the cooking is done you just sit back and relax with your friends
Gaja Pellegrini: "It's a great ambiance, it's green, it's relaxing. You're just sitting and dining right underneath it."
And if you need to get some fresh air, the Miami River is right in the backyard otherwise, just enjoy the garden party.
Belkys Nerey: "The space can be used for chefs who want to host cooking classes or for private parties."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Miami River Wall
129 NW South River Dr
Miami, FL 33128