The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
THE GOOD SEED The fledging Seed Food & Wine Festival is really taking root. Presented by Whole Foods, the multi-venue event runs through Sunday. Start tonight with its first annual Plant-Based Burger Battle at Eden Roc. Matthew Kenney (pictured), the Johnny Appleseed of raw cuisine, teams of with other forward-thinking national and local toques for a five-course repast with wine pairings at the Raleigh tomorrow night. Set aside Saturday to tour the Tasting Village, an edible bazaar to sample healthy food and beauty products, as well as craft beers, while enjoying live music, chef demos and yoga, among many activities, at MANA Wynwood. Then freshen up for the Made in Miami Farm-to-Table Dinner featuring Haven’s Todd Erickson to MIA Brewing, at Tongue & Cheek’s former space.
DIGGIN’ DIRT Don’t give up the health kick just because SFWF’s over. Keep up the good work at DIRT, a vegetable-minded eatery that opens November 23. Jonathan Seningen (Chanterelle in New York, Elizabeth’s Gone Raw in Washington D.C.) and Nicole Votano (Fooq’s, Crumb on Parchment) don’t skimp on flavor or fullness, yet diners feel light as a feather after their meals. They reinvent the breakfast sandwich with locally sourced farm eggs, avocado and kale on Zak the Baker multigrain toast or herb farro; add pepper jack cheese or their chicken apple sausage. For lunch, order butternut squash cashew cream topped with curried cauliflower and quinoa and sprinkled with pomegranate and spiced pumpkin seeds. Oatmeal comes sweet or savory with honey-roasted pineapple and toasted coconut versus black truffles, English peas and Parmesan.
KIM’S COMING Unless you’ve had your nose in a novel, you’re aware the Miami Book Fair International is on through Sunday. Among its satellite events, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth fame speaks about her memoir “Girl in a Band” at de la Cruz Collection tomorrow night. Fans who want to see the New York rock ’n’ roll legend perform can pony up for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s fundraiser on November 21. Its 365 Block Party features a performance by Body/Head, her new band with Bill Nace; a DJ set by Brooklyn’s Holy Ghost!, and an open bar and catering by Michael’s Genuine. (The Luminary Dinner portion of the evening to honor some of the city’s biggest art patrons is already sold out, but punk rockers don’t eat anyway.)
GALLIC GIFTS The turkey hasn’t even hit the table, and it’s already time to think about holiday gifts for a stress-free season. It’s pretty easy this year, too, since Parisian brands Goyard and diptyque are opening stores at Bal Harbour Shops by December. Goyard’s boutique décor is as ornate as its exquisite trunks and handbags in signature chevron and hand-painted marquage. Peruse styles like the Bourget weekender and Méditerranée Summer tote among white oak parquet floors, antique wrought-iron chandeliers and green marble tables. Despite being founded in the City of Light’s Saint-Germain arrondissement, diptyque’s original store seemed destined for the tropics with its banana leaf-patterned rugs and jungle-green accents. Follow the heavenly scent for the complete overview of body and home fragrances including a holiday collaboration with artist Julien Colombier.