Top Ten Influential Figures in Miami Dining

Joel and Leticia Pollock brought great coffee to Miami.
Joel and Leticia Pollock brought great coffee to Miami.
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This isn't a popularity contest.

This is about influence.

These people have shaped our city's dining scene. They operate fabled restaurants, mentor budding chefs, grow organic vegetables, and roast the best damn coffee in town. What follows is a list of the top ten influential figures in Miami dining -- the enterprising folks who have made the Magic City into what it is today.

Robert Moehling, repping jackfruit and mamey for over fifty years.
Robert Moehling, repping jackfruit and mamey for over fifty years.
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10. Robert Moehling, founder Robert Is Here

Robert Moehling sold his first vegetable when he was 6 years old. Fifty years later, he runs a huge fruit stand named Robert Is Here -- a wacky place equipped with a petting zoo, papaya farm, and milkshake counter. Miamians often forget that Moehling also boasts a lucrative online store. He sells varieties of Florida avocados, mangoes, and citrus nationwide. For that, and making some of the best tropical fruit milkshakes, Robert Moehling is one of the most influential dudes in town.

For giving us pretty flowers.
For giving us pretty flowers.
Gabriele Marewski

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9. Gabriele Marewski, founder Paradise Farms

This five-acre organic farm supplies Miami's best restaurants with edible flowers, baby greens, fruits, and oyster mushrooms. Marewski also hosts dinners, brunches, workshops, and tours. (She even runs a charming bed and breakfast.) She finds time to weed, plant, and harvest her produce entirely by hand. Paradise Farms wasn't the first chef-friendly farm in Miami-Dade. But it's been the best at engaging and developing the city's dining culture.

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