Ever retrieved a vegetable dumpling from a leathery glory hole in the shape of a vulva? No? The guests of last night's PAIRINGS fundraiser at LegalArt did.
They also bid on paintings of buttocks and Tiffany's jewelry, all while sipping Peronis and munching on succulent spare ribs or arepas with goat cheese.
The event was an effort by LegalArt, the non-profit that sources legal aid for artists, to raise money for its own mission as well as another non-organization dedicated to improving food quality for low-income children. The goal: to create the interaction of art and food -- and of course, raise some cash. But it also raised our spirits with its quirky takes on cultured cuisine.
See all the delicious madness for yourself after the jump.
Of all the works by LegalArt's resident artists,
Amy von Harrington's "glory hole" boards made from scraps of luxury
leather were the most visible and interactive. One of them required guests to put their hands through a slit in
pink-and-beige colored leather to get their grub, without ever seeing their
"Part of it is about not knowing what's there," said von Harrington. "The anonymity is exciting."
chef behind the curtain was Josh Vargas of Chow Down Grill in
Miami Beach, offering duck pao and vegetable dumplings. Next to Chow
Down's naughty nook was the Chef Jeremiah of Gastropod, New Times' Best food truck
in 2010, serving arepas and mini pork sandwiches. In the back of the
room, Mad Man Jack's fed saucy spare ribs, chicken and pork sandwiches
to a long line throughout the night.
height of the event, artists Liz Ferrer, Pioneer Winter, von Harrington,
and others suddenly twirled into the crowded room holding a medley of
fruits, dancing to a sunny flute-like melody. The dancers dowsed
themselves in fruit juice and sauces until, in her frenzy, Ferrer hurled
a watermelon at the floor and dropped to her knees beside it to stuff
the broken pieces into her mouth.
ended around 9:30 p.m., with the remaining guests walking on sticky
floors in the afterglow of food's marriage to performance art.Follow Cultist on Facebook and Twitter @CultistMiami.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.