A Jackfruit a Day ...

In a perfect world, big, ugly chain restaurants wouldn’t be raking in money hand over fist. In a perfect world, the American diet wouldn’t regularly include heaping portions of deep-fried bullshit counterbalanced by so-called healthful salads drenched in dressing that’s the caloric equivalent of a Snickers milkshake. In a perfect world, all of our food would be prepared so as to maintain the maximum nutritional value, would be made from the finest locally produced natural ingredients, and would taste better and be more satisfying than even the most decadently delicious three-patty grease ball. Obviously we live in a far-from-perfect world. But you can pretend you’re in the culinary Garden of Eden this Sunday at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. At the Slow Food Miami Exotic Fruit Brunch, members of the Magic City’s yummiest culinary organization invite you to taste their vision.

The shebang kicks off at 10 a.m. with a tour of the Whitman Fruit Pavilion. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., it’s all about the eats. In the visitor center’s ballroom, students from Le Cordon Bleu Miami will serve the finest tropical bounty. Just a few of the offerings: baked banana French toast, mango “a rios” with Bee Heaven’s organic eggs, and jackfruit-coconut cake with cardamom rum anglaise. Tickets cost $60 per person, $110 per couple. To RSVP (which you should), contact Donna Reno at www.slowfoodmiami.com/rsvp.html. Visit www.fairchildgarden.org.
Sun., Sept. 21, 2008
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