Usually, we use this space to post about the weekly goings-on in the restaurant world. But this week we won’t be posting more info about The Cypress Room, the new Michael Schwartz restaurant that is described in Miami.com as an “upscale, genuine American tavern.” We won’t be posting about Trader Joe’s coming to Pinecrest. We won’t even be posting about Chow Down Grill in South Beach closing down and reopening as the Brewhouse. Instead, we are excited to share a great food event for an even greater cause — it’s Common Threads’ annual World Festival.
Common Threads is a charity that teaches kids from low income neighborhoods about nutrition and cultural diversity through 10-week after-school cooking classes. Founded in Chicago by Top Chef Masters contestant Art Smith (who we hear is coming to the event), and brought to Miami by chef Michelle Bernstein, the program has flourished in South Florida. Actually, Miami is the epicenter of a test program that will integrate the Common Threads curriculum into the classroom so that it reaches even more students and schools in South Florida. The superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools, Albert Carvalho, is being honored at this year’s event. So it is an especially exciting time to support Common Threads in Miami. The event is October 2nd at The Moore Building in the Design District.
Now, let’s run through the chef lineup. As we already mentioned, you’ve got Art Smith flying down from Chicago. He used to be Oprah’s personal chef, before opening the popular Table 52 in Chicago. Not too shabby. Then there’s Michelle Bernstein of Michy’s (along with Jason Schaan, also of Michy’s) and Crumb on Parchment. You’ve also got Sam Gorenstein of My Ceviche, Daniel Serfer of Blue Collar, Cesar Zapata of The Federal and the brand new Acme Bakery & Coffee. There’s Gabe Fenton of Bourbon Steak, Conor Hanlon from The Dutch, Alex Rosado and Luis Pous from Little Palm Island (these guys have killed it the past two years at World Festival). That alone is worth the price of admission but then you’ve got Makoto Okuwa of Makoto, Matthieu Godard, the new chef at db Bistro Moderne, Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak, Paula DaSilva of 1500 Degrees. Okay, you’ve probably already bought your tickets by now. Let me keep going just in case. Michael Reidt from Area 31, Julie Frans from Essensia, Todd Erickson from Haven, Sean Brasel from Meat Market, Cindy Hutson from Ortanique, Jamie De Rosa (formerly of Tudor House), Mark Zeitouni of Lido at the Standard. That’s not even everyone. I’m running out of ink. There’s Rolando Cruz-Taura, head of food and beverage at The Biltmore, Aaron Taylor from STK, Jordan Hoffman from Bianco at the Delano Hotel, and more. The use of italics there is meant to emphasize how insane this lineup is. And to cleanse your palate between courses, Real Sorbet will be there.
Tickets are $150 per person and all of the funds we raise go to support Common Threads’ programming here in Miami. There will be a live auction as well. Tickets are going fast, so don’t wait until the last second. Here’s the flyer with all of the info: