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Tickets Available For Paradise Farms 2015 Dinner in Paradise Series

Join the organic farm in celebrating its 10th season!

Stumped for the perfect present this holiday season? Even the most finicky of foodies will be ecstatic to receive a seat at the table during Dinner in Paradise’s 2015 series with a nearly all-new lineup of culinary talent. Tickets go on sale just in time for last-minute gifts at paradisefarms.net or by calling 305.248.4181.

Paradise Farms, an organic boutique operation founded by Gabriele Marewski in 1999 in Homestead, Fla., focuses on Miami’s emerging chef scene as the theme for its 10th annual year of hosting multicourse, farm-to-table repasts in an open-air gazebo surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. Following a reception, guests are treated to a farm tour before sitting down to dinner with wine pairings selected by wine director, Shari Gherman.

January 2015

To kick off the season on January 11, The Federal’s Cesar Zapata, Haven’s Todd Erickson and Eating House’s Giorgio Rapicavoli team up for a mouthwatering evening that showcases their progressive take on cuisine that’s reshaping the city’s palate. Zapata stars in “Best New Restaurant,” a cable television show contest hosted and judged by kitchen veteran Tom Colicchio that premieres on Bravo on January 21. Rapicavoli is a frequent winner on Food Network’s “Chopped,” while Todd Erickson took home the top prize for Miami New Times’ Iron Fork Competition in 2014.

The January 25 dinner partners Gabriel Orta and Elad Zvi of Broken Shaker and their newly opened 27 Restaurant & Bar; Kris Wessel of Oolite, who hosted Anthony Bourdain for the TV host’s upcoming travel show about Miami, and Diego Oka of La Mar, a Peruvian import by one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs Gaston Acurio.

February 2015

Adrianne Calvo, the Cuban proprietor of Chef Adrianne’s who appears regularly on television and just released her third cookbook, William Crandall, the Midwestern chef de cuisine for Azul at Mandarin Oriental Miami, a long-time participant in Dinner in Paradise that always draws crowds, and Andrew Gilbert, The Seven Dials’ British chef owner who puts a modern, organic twist on classic English fare, show off their techniques on February 1.

March 2015

Marewski, who has been a vegetarian since her teens, is especially proud to feature a plant-based dinner on March 1. It brings together Keith Kalmanowicz of Love & Vegetables, who has a large local following through his dishes that elevate the category to a gourmet level; Billy Devlin, the chef de cuisine for Basil Park, which has received rave reviews by food critics for its delicious, healthy menus, and chef Enrique Ruiz of Temple Kitchen, a vegan restaurant and juice bar that was a hit during the inaugural Seed Food & Wine Festival in Miami in October.

Flower fans will be excited to attend the farm’s annual Edible Flower Festival on March 14. Richard Sandoval Restaurants’ appropriately named executive chef Jose Luis Flores makes a special visit to Miami again to cook with the hospitality group’s Toro Toro executive chef Eric Do. Their dishes incorporate the farm’s more than 50 types of edible flowers such as calendula, borage and nasturtium. Please note that this dinner occurs on Saturday, rather than the usual Sunday event.

Falling on Palm Sunday, March 29’s meal pairs Aaron Brooks, the Australian executive chef behind Four Seasons Miami’s modern surf and turf concept Edge Steak & Bar; Mike Pirolo, who garnered a rare, four-star review from The Miami Herald while at Scarpetta before opening his locals’ mainstay Macchialina Taverna Rustica, and Gabriela Machado, the highly artistic founder of Copperbox Culinary Atelier restaurant and owner of Contrabando Catering Company.

April 2015

April is shaping up to be a terrific time to visit the farm, too, with three incredible dinners. On the 12, Sean Brasel of Meat Market, which expanded to Palm Beach earlier this year, and Timon Balloo of the always packed Sugarcane and Bocce Bar return to cook with newcomer Dena Marino of MC Kitchen, who honed her craft in kitchens from Napa to Aspen, and has challenged Masaharu Morimoto on “Iron Chef America.” The 19th combines Danny Grant, a Best New Chef for Food & Wine who joined 50 Eggs (Yardbird, Khong River House, Swine) after wowing diners with his fine dining concept 1826 Restaurant & Lounge; Jacob Anaya, executive chef for popular casual eatery and craft beer and wine bar OTC, and Najat Kaanache, a Spaniard who worked at El Bulli, Alinea and Per Se before launching her Piripi Miami in Coral Gables any day now. Finishing out the season on the 26th, Jodrick Ujaque of Homestead-based Chefs on the Run doesn’t have to venture far to join Richard Torres of Bread + Butter, an updated approach to Cuban comfort food that expanded with Little Bread Cuban Sandwich Co. in Little Havana, and Nicolas Cabrera of Coya Restaurant & Bar, a British import featuring Peruvian cuisine from the owner of Zuma.

Community Support

“Paradise Farms is offering our community a wonderful opportunity this holiday season to support women and families in need, and they are helping Lotus House build community support and raise public awareness, as dinner guests come together to enjoy a meal in their beautiful gardens,” said Constance Collins, Lotus House Director. “This incredible support will help fund life-saving shelter, sanctuary and holistic supports at the Lotus House so that the special women, youth and children we serve can heal, reclaim their lives, and bloom into who they are truly meant to be.”


Paradise Farms would like to thank the event’s generous, long-term sponsors including Whole Foods, Schnebly Redland’s Winery, Strategic Importers, Lucini Italia, Brustman Carrino Public Relations, as well as DIP co-founder Michael Schwartz.

Reservations and Gift Certificates

Please go to our website www.paradisefarms.net to make reservations.

For gift certificates, please call Paradise Farms office: 305-248-4181.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Dinner in Paradise, January 26, 2014. Photo by Kelly Samardak, Shortstackphoto.com

Dinner in Paradise, January 26, 2014. Photo by Kelly Samardak, Shortstackphoto.com

Announcing the 2015 Dinner in Paradise season line up! The New Generation of Chefs in Miami!

This season’s line up was inspired by Gabe Orta (Broken Shaker) who posted on Facebook: “Happy to see so many friends and colleagues opening great restaurants and bars all over town. Exciting to see a new generation of Miami hospitality finally here #letsdothis.”

It is very exciting for Dinner in Paradise to be a venue to give this new generation of chefs greater exposure. Who are these chefs and what are they up to? Let’s find out where their creative expression takes you! You will want to experience the entire season. It’s not just dinner, it’s an experience!

January 11th
* Cesar Zapata: The Federal
* Todd Erickson: Haven South Beach
* Giorgio Rapicavoli: Eating House Miami

January 25th
* Gabriel Orta & Elad Zvi: 27 Restaurant & Bar
* Kris Wessel: Oolite Restaurant & Bar
* Diego Oka: La Mar at Mandarin Oriental

February 1st
* Adrianne Calvo: Chef Adrianne’s
* William Crandall: Azul/Mandarin
* Andrew Gilbert: The Seven Dials

March 1st  Plant Based
* Keith Kalmanowicz: Love & Vegetables
* Enrique Ruiz: Temple Kitchen
* Billy Devlin: Basil Park

March 14th  Edible Flower Festival (Saturday)
* Eric Do & Chef Jose Luis Flores: Toro Toro
* Todd Phillips: mixologist

March 29th
* Aaron Brooks: Edge Steak & Bar
* Mike Pirolo: Macchialina Taverna Rustica
* Gabriela Machado: Contrabando

April 12th
* Sean Brasel: Meat Market
* Timon Balloo: Bocce Bar/Sugarcane
* Dena Marino: MC Kitchen

April 19th
* Najat Kaanache: Piripi Miami
* Danny Grant: 1826 Restaurant & Lounge
* Jacob Anaya: OTC

April 26th.
* Jodrick Ujaque: Chefs on the Run
* Richard Torres: Bread & Butter
* Nicolas Cabrera: Coya Restaurant & Bar

Please arrive at 5 p.m. for a cocktail reception,  followed by a farm tour, dinner and bonfire. (Arrival time changes to 6pm on March 14th).

For reservations, visit paradisefarms.net. Each dinner is $165.50 per person + tax. Reservations are required. Buy a table of 10 and get one seat free. Buy a season of 9 and get one free. GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE.

Paradise Farms would like to thank the event’s generous, long-term sponsors including Whole Foods,  Strategic Importers, Schnebly Redland’s Winery, Lucini Italia and  Brustman Carrino Public Relations, as well as DIP co-founder Michael Schwartz.

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This Sunday, December 8th, the Dinner in Paradise series presents the best chefs from the Florida Keys collaborating on a seafood menu. Enjoy five courses paired with fine wine under the stars, set in the lush grounds of an organic farm.

Creativity by:
Ocean Reef: Philippe Reynaud
Pierre’s: Jouvens Jean, Joe Wiktorek 
Cheeca Lodge: Richard Smith
Taster’s Grill: George Patti  

5:00 pm cocktail reception
5:30 pm farm tour
6:00 pm dinner

Each dinner is $165.50 per person + tax and processing. Gift certificates are available.

Reservations are required and can be made online here.

All reservations must be made by Friday at noon, so the staff can harvest accordingly. For more information, contact the farm at 305-248-4181 or info@paradisefarms.net .

Proceeds from the dinners will benefit,  Learning in Paradise, the outreach program that hosts educational field trips to the farm.

Paradise Farms would like to thank the event’s generous, long-term sponsors including Whole Foods, Schnebly Redland’s Winery, Lucini Italia, Brustman Carrino Public Relations,  Strategic Importers and Hani’s Mediterranean Organics as well as DIP co-founder Michael Schwartz.

Paradise Farms Organic
19801 S.W. 320th St.
Homestead, Florida 33030

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Paradise Farms OrganicThe farm to table tradition continues! Dinner in Paradise at Paradise Farms Organic features the finest chefs in Miami preparing a delicious five course meal made with local organic products and paired with fine wines. The magic and charm of the lush edible landscape coupled with the finest chefs in Miami creates a uniquely intimate dining experience under the stars.

November 17, 2013

Tongue & Cheek: Jamie DeRosa
HaVen: Todd Erickson
Market 17: Lauren DeShields

December 8, 2013

Ocean Reef: Philippe Reynaud
Taster’s Grill: George Patti
Cheeca Lodge: Richard Smith
Pierre’s: Jouvens Jean, Joe Wiktorek

January 12, 2014

Area 31 at Epic: Wolfgang Birk
Bar Lorenzo at The Redbury: Tony Mantuano, James Versfelt
The Forge: Dewey LoSasso

January 26, 2014

The Federal: Cesar Zapata
Buccan / Imoto: Clay Conley
Kris Wessel

February 8, 2014
Valentine’s Day (Saturday)

Johnson & Wales

March 15, 2014
Edible Flower Festival (Saturday)

Richard Sandoval Restaurants: Chef Jose Luis Flores
Intercontinental: Alex Feher
Toro Toro: Eric Do

March 23, 2014
Palm Sunday

Essensia at The Palms Hotel & Spa: Julie Frans
Eating House: Giorgio Rapicavoli
Azul at Mandarin Oriental: Chef TBA

April 6, 2014

Sugarcane / Bocce Bar: Timon Baloo
Oak Tavern: David Bracha
EDGE Steak and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel: Aaron Brooks

April 13, 2014

Meat Market: Sean Brasel
Lido Restaurant at The Standard: Mark Zeitouni
Pubbelly: Jose Mendin

April  27, 2014

Cecconi’s: Sergio Sigala
Salumeria 104: Angelo Masarin
Bread & Butter: Alberto Cabrera

Each year, Paradise Farms Organic donates proceeds to a local charity or organization philosophically in line with their vision of sustainable, healing, and healthy organic food. This year “Learning in Paradise,” the farm’s outreach program to host children’s educational field trips to the farm, is sponsored.

5:00 pm for cocktail reception
5:30 pm farm tour
6:00 pm dinner
(In March, times move back one hour.)

Each dinner is $165.50 per person + tax and processing. Gift certificates are available.

*Reservations are required.* RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY FRIDAY AT NOON SO THAT THE FARM STAFF MAY HARVEST ACCORDINGLY. For more information and to make reservations, please visit the farm’s web site.

Paradise Farms would like to thank the event’s generous, long-term sponsors including Whole Foods, Schnebly Redland’s Winery, Lucini Italia, Brustman Carrino Public Relations,  Strategic Importers and Hani’s Mediterranean Organics as well as DIP co-founder Michael Schwartz.

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paradise-signThe first Dinner in Paradise event on Sunday, December 9th, will be a special treat as the chefs have gone all out to present a menu almost entirely from the farm.

This year’s opening dinner introduces Philippe Reynaud and Jason Stocks from Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla. A native of Cannes, France, Reynaud oversees 12 restaurants, as well as catering and culinary events, at the world-class, all-inclusive residential community. A big proponent of local and natural ingredients, he believes customers want to know where their food comes from more than ever these days.

Perennial and popular favorites Frederic Delaire and Jason Prevatt from Loews Miami Beach hotel return with yet more creative approaches to local ingredients, keeping diners coming back year after year.

Together these teams will be producing a tantalizing five-course menu that features produce harvested fresh from Paradise Farms, as well as seafood and grains provided by sponsor Whole Foods.  Sommelier Shari Gherman offers a select array of red and white wine pairings for each dish.

Guests arrive at 5 pm to enjoy a cocktail reception in the cotton candy tree grove before taking a farm tour that ends in an open-air gazebo strewn with linen clad tables and edible centerpieces.

Dinner is served at 6 pm, at communal tables of 10, so strangers are often making plans by the end of the night and the party continues with a bonfire and stargazing.

Tickets are $165 per person plus tax and processing fees. Reservations are required. All reservations must be made by Friday noon, so that the farm crew can harvest accordingly. For more information and to make reservations, please visit Paradise Farms Organic web site.

Proceeds from this dinner benefit Miami’s Project HEAT’s Healthy Eating for Active Teens.

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