Equipped with cool breezes and sweeping views of Biscayne Bay, Verde at Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will offer a special, pre-fixe menu that complements a mid-career retrospective of Nari Ward, titled Sun Splashed. Executive Chef Kaytlin Brakefield translates the artist’s vision of embracing various media channels with the recurrent use of found objects to represent his native Jamaica, including the ideas of migration and movement, urban space and vernacular traditions. In her translation, Chef Kaytlin constructed a menu that incorporates a traditional Jamaican ingredient, repurposes often ‘lost’ ingredients and references installations within the exhibit. To start, guests can enjoy the calabaza and corn soup with coconut milk, spiced pumpkin seeds and squash blossom chips, served tableside. As the main entrée, guests will have the oxtail ravioli, made from pasta scraps and the traditional Jamaican ingredient, oxtail, with brown butter and sage. The meal ends on a tropical, sweet note with rum bread pudding with mango sauce, repurposing day old bread and mango found in other dishes within the kitchen.
Verde, 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL, USA, + 1 305 375 8282
Save some energy for mambo and mojitos at El Tucán in Brickell, where guests are transported back to the Golden Age of Cuban music in a modern-day cabaret. Actress and singer Cucu Diamantes will travel to Miami from Cuba for an exclusive performance —only during Art Basel weekend — with singer-musician Alain Perez. Add dancers, an 11-piece Latin orchestra, plus a glamorously adorned stage and the mood is set for an electrifying evening. No ordinary dinner and show experience, El Tucán’s Chef Jean Paul Lourdes offers guests a tasty prix-fixe menu inspired by the sights and sounds of the Caribbean and South America, with a dash of Amazonian ingredients. CEO Mathieu Massa and COO Michael Ridard, aka Mr Hospitality, are specialists in environments that provoke the senses and bring to life an engaging escape from the everyday. If after the Basel revelry there’s still space for epicurean and nightlife adventures, visit the duo’s other restaurants, Marion Miami and Bâoli Miami.
El Tucán, 1111 SW 1st Ave, Miami, FL, USA, + 1 305 535 0065