When chefs team up, food lovers win.
These chef collaborations are usually small affairs, with limited seating and sizable price tags. But the chance to dine where two or more chefs put their talents and perspectives together makes them unique experiences.
Here are the most interesting upcoming dining events.
Miami’s vegan food festival
Meatless is more than just for Mondays. The Seed Food & Wine Festival is a four-day event, where top chefs from Miami and around the country show what’s possible without animal products — in food and cocktails. Seed kicks off with a burger battle, where chefs from Planta, Plant Miami, Meta Burger (Denver), Shouk (Washington, DC) and others put their talents to the test. The weekend brings a taco tailgate, a farm-to-table dinner with South Florida James Beard award winner Allen Susser.
A five-course dinner Saturday at the lovely Sacred Space in Edgewater features talented chefs such as Ariete’s Michael Beltan, Plant Miami’s Horacio Rivadero and Pastry Chef Yara Mage of Joel Robuchon’s Le Jardinier.
Details: Nov. 7-10. Tickets and schedules available at SeedFoodAndWine.com.
Thomas Keller disciple meets Coconut Grove standout
The chef de cuisine at Thomas Keller’s The Surf Club, Manuel Echeverri, will leave the Surfside confines for one night to cook alongside the chef/owner of Coconut Grove’s Ariete, Michael Beltran. The six-course tasting menu includes a wine pairing and an hour-long cocktail hour beforehand.
Details: Nov. 13, 6 p.m. Reservations are available by calling 305.640.5862.
The Den Collaboration Dinner
The Den at Azabu Miami Beach hosts a collaboration dinner with Chef Juan Manuel Barrientos of El Cielo (Medellin, Bogota, Miami and Washington D.C.). He will be joining Azabu Miami Beach’s Chef Yasu Tanaka for a special one-night only eight course tasting menu curated by the two chefs.
Details: Seatings at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 18 for $220 person (tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are now open and can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luckyrice Asian festival returns
The popular annual festival returns to Miami for its 10th year, with a one-night walk-around tasting made by some of Miami’s top restaurants, including Beaker & Gray, Blackbrick Chinese, Shimuja and La Mar.
Details: Nov. 21, 7-10 p.m. Drinks and food are included in the $125 a person price. Tickets are available at this link.
Tacos between friends
Coyo Taco will invite some of Miami’s top chefs to collaborate on tacos with founding chef Scott Linquist. A different chef will devise a new taco every month starting in November with “Top Chef” winner Jeremy Ford. Subsequent chefs will include Brad Kilgore (Alter, Ember, Kaido), Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine, Tigertail and Mary) and José Mendín (Pubbelly Sushi). Ford’s lobster taco, features celeriac aioli, endive and black truffle.
Details: Four locations including the new Coral Gables spot, 120 Giralda Ave.
Weekend barbecue during football season
Johnnie’s Pit Beef & BBQ is making some of the county’s best barbecue in a weekend pop up at Taurus Whiskey Bar in Coconut Grove. Chef Phil Bryant and his partner Veronica Valdiva, both formerly of Coral Gables’ The Local and Swine, bring brisket, roast beef sandwiches and ribs to the menu. During football season, their Sunday-only endeavor expands to include college football Saturdays.
Details: Every Saturday and Sunday, starting at noon until the food runs out
Address: 3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove.