5. Gabriele Marewski of Paradise Farms
A sign that says, "Welcome! Please no meat or cigarettes. Enjoy and respect." welcomes you to Paradise Farms. The sign should simply read, "Paradise."
This piece of heaven on earth in Homestead started out as an abandoned five-acre avocado grove. With a lot of love and work, Gabriele Marewski turned the property into a place that specializes in micro greens, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. But it's the edible flowers that Gabriele Marewski likes most. So much so that Marewski is planning an entire festival based around the palatable posies.
The farm, designed with the principles of sacred geometry, is hand-tilled. That means that Marewski and her staff pull every weed, plant every seed, harvest every fruit by hand. That intimate knowledge of everything on her farm caught the attention of Miami's finest restaurateurs, who have become the farm's customers.
Marewski also hosts Dinner in Paradise and Brunch in Paradise events, where the best chefs in the area cook for the lucky guests who enjoy meals and entertainment in a truly magical place -- the ultimate farm to table dining experience!
The most influential person in my career has been:
My mother: she ingrained in me "Where there is a will, there is a way". She was a positive, "can do" kind of person.
When you're alone and in need of comfort (and no one is there to watch or judge) the one food or drink you turn to is:
What does Miami need more of?
Good vegetarian/vegan restaurants with local ingredients!
You get to vote one food or beverage trend off the island forever -- what is it?
Meat! It's bad for the planet and bad for our health.
You have unlimited funds to open a restaurant or bar -- what's the name and what do you serve?
FLORES! We would serve everything with beautiful, delicious edible flowers! A delight for the eyes and the palate! We'd grow 52 different varieties of edible flowers that we would pair to every dish and cocktail!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Still growing organic food! Hosting our fourth Annual Edible Flower Festival and our third Annual Mushroom Festival! Having fun with lots of projects!
Dream dinner party for six: Who (living or dead) are you inviting?
Alice Waters, Ann Wigmore, Julia Butterfly, Jane Goodall, Vandana Shiva, Gregory David Roberts.
New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up the top 30 tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session is included in each post.
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