If you happened to be jogging through Brickell Avenue last night, you might have encountered something strange: a food truck stationed outside the Four Seasons and a pop-up bar a few feet away serving coffee cocktails and flutes of prosecco.
It was a preview party to celebrate the five additional days the Four Seasons food truck would make rounds in the Magic City. Inside, Edge Steak & Bar executive chef Aaron Brooks slung Aussie cubanos and Miami burgers for passersby and Brickell's young professionals who came out to support the roving truck.
Brooks looked at home, having fun and socializing with anyone who approached the truck's window. The Four Seasons truck is concluding its East Coast taste tour in Miami after having fed Boston, Philly, New York, Baltimore, D.C, Atlanta, Orlando, and West Palm Beach. Chefs from each city created menu items to be taken to the streets that would give the community a feel of what their restaurant is all about. Writings on the roof from its previous stops give the truck a Chef-esque feel.
The truck will make its way to Alhambra Circle today for lunch and the Palmetto Bay Village Center for dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tomorrow, it will tackle Wynwood Art Walk. "I'm ready for Art Walk. We'll be serving some of our signature menu items and new Miami and Latin-inspired dishes, including my personal favorite, the Aussie cubano."
The Aussie Cubano is not your typical Cuban sandwich. Instead of the usual pork ham, Brooks is using Australian lamb ham from his native land, as well as slices of pork for carnitas. The whole concoction is brought together by oozing aged cheddar and slathered beer mustard. Let's hope this delectable treat gets added to the menu at Edge.
Chickpea croquettes were delicious and addictive.
What's a food truck without a burger? Appropriately titled the Miami burger, Brooks' creation has all the makings of a great American sandwich: Chorizo, sweet onions, Manchego, and tamarind barbecue sauce share bun space.
Asked which local food truck is his favorite, Brooks said, "Although he's not in a truck anymore, Gastropod by my good mate Jeremiah Bullfrog was always a winner. He does have some things in the works, so stay tuned. I'm also a sucker for a killer grilled cheese. The folks who run Ms. Cheezious know how to do it right!"
To catch the Four Seasons Food Truck, follow the tour on Twitter and Instagram @FSMiami and @EDGEMiami. Just ask the team for its location. For an interactive tour map and other delicious details, visit Four Seasons magazine.
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A closing party will be held outside the Four Seasons Tuesday, November 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. and in a similar fashion as last night's celebration -- with a DJ spinning beats, a pop-up bar serving drinks, and Aaron Brooks slinging Aussie cubanos.
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