Across Miami, the mango-ocalypse is in full swing. Poor, innocent fruits are being crushed under cars, picked up by dogs, baked into oblivion on sizzling pavement. It's an overpopulation explosion for our city's ubiquitous tropical fruit, and we all need to do our part in the relief effort.
So snag some mangoes from your local sidewalk and whip up a mango pound cake.The recipe is courtesy of Andrea and Frank Randazzo of Creative Tastes Catering & Event Production, who'll be serving up mangoriffic eats at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's annual Mango Brunch (in conjunction with the famous International Mango Festival) in a couple weeks.
"When mango season hits, depending on where you live and who your friends and neighbors are, you can find yourself inundated with mangoes. So you have no choice but to be creative," said Andrea Randazzo. "It also helps that mangoes are so versatile -- lending themselves to both sweet and savory dishes. Then when all else fails, make sangria!"
Mango Pound Cake
At the annual Mango Brunch (part of Fairchild's famous Mango Festival) the duo will serve their take on biscuits & gravy: mango buttermilk biscuits with chile shrimp gravy and crispy chorizo topped with mango-citrus marmalade.
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The brunch is on Sunday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fairchild's Garden House. Tickets run $100 for members, $125 for non-members and can be purchased online. The general festival runs Saturday, July 12, and Sunday, July 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild. Admission is free for Fairchild members, $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65+ and $12 for kids 6-17. Eco discounts are offered for anyone who walks, rides their bike, or takes public transportation. Call 305-667-1651 or visit fairchildgarden.org.
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