Next Tuesday, August 2, Pinch Kitchen will flipping the script. The omnivorous eatery, along with plant-based culinarian Pamela Wasabi, will host an all-vegan dinner. The event is a collaboration between Wasabi and Pinch chefs/partners John Gallo and Rene Reyes.
The eatery is known for its eclectic American fare, small plates, and seasonal ingredients, so the chefs are no strangers to vegetables.
"We believe that one of the most important things in our restaurant is variety," Reyes explains. "Plant-based foods are becoming more important than ever in our culture, and collaborating with such a talented chef like Pamela Wasabi was just the right thing to do. Her great handling of vegetables is impressive, which is the key factor that drew us to her."
Wasabi, a former fashion blogger and major influencer on Miami's vegan scene, is known for hosting plant-based cooking classes, lectures, beer dinners, and other local, upscale events. The fresh, colorful menu she's creating with Reyes and Gallo will include a mushroom ceviche, corn risotto salad, Homestead nigiri beet, acorn fillet toasted quinoa, orange cornbread custard, and seasonal fruit with frozen meringue. Though not cheap at $80, the five-course dinner will offer plenty of bite for the buck.
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"We find that the biggest challenge when cooking vegetarian is to create a wholesome, satisfactory meal without including any animal products," Reyes adds. "We hope this special menu will help our omnivorous diners get inspired by some healthy and interesting vegan creations."
In other words: Omnivores ought to enjoy the five-course experience as much as vegans.
So will the eatery make any plant-forward menu changes after the feast? "In previous occasions, we have chosen the best items from those events and added them to our regular menu, but we do like saving the element of surprise for the diners attending those dinners," Reyes says. "Hopefully, this event will help us steer even more towards having a fun variety of vegan and vegetarian options on our menu."
The dinner runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, at Pinch Kitchen, 8601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $80 each and include tax, gratuity, and fees. They're available for purchase via eventbrite.com.