A special toast to Mother Earth is due. This Monday, April 22, will mark the 49th anniversary of the environmental movement that put recycling, carpooling, clean energy, and issues with air and water on our radar and got the human race thinking more seriously about preserving our planet for future generations.
For this year's celebration, local restaurants are joining the cause by offering delicious, sustainable specials that will draw foodies' attention to the systemic problems that have yet to be solved. So honor the planet by enjoying a special meal or drink sourced from its bounty. Here's a roundup of where to dine on Earth Day.
Habitat2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
For Earth Day, the culinary team at Habitat at the 1 Hotel South Beach is hosting a special three-course supper to educate guests about the concept that what's good for the planet is good for the plate. For $125, diners will learn about being mindful of the way their ingredients are raised, farmed, and sourced. The menu will include lionfish and feral boar, which are local invasive species and are dangerous to other beneficial organisms; flavors with nutritional content maximized with vitamin-fortifying cooking methods; and sustainably crafted spirits such as a Gem & Bolt mezcal and a Yaguara cachaça. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to No Kid Hungry and Kristi House. Monday, April 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at exploretock.com.
La Centrale601 S. Miami Ave., Miami
The Italian food hall La Centrale at Brickell City Centre is celebrating Earth Day all week via specials and exclusive offers. For every salad purchased at its Insalate and Stagionale stations this Monday, April 22, through Sunday, April 28, the food hall will plant a tree with the National Forest Foundations. La Centrale will also host free organic and biodynamic winetastings, distribute complimentary pasta straws, and offer guests the opportunity to make their own juice blends using a bicycled-power juicer.
1 Hotel South Beach
2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
The 1 Hotel South Beach has partnered with Absolut Elyx and the nonprofit Water for People for a monthlong initiative. For every guest who posts a photo holding the Green Goodness cocktail with the tags #RaiseItForward, @waterforpeople, @absolutelyx, and @1hotels on Instagram, Absolut Elyx will donate a week’s supply of drinking water to the charity. The Green Goddess cocktail costs $16 and is available at the hotel's signature restaurant, Habitat; the lobby bar, Drift; and the eatery
Soul Tavern1801 West Ave., Miami Beach
In Miami Beach, vegetarian gastropub Soul Tavern is offering a special prix fixe for Earth Day that includes a Nourish Earth elixir, edamame hummus, a miso and caramelized onion Earth pizza, and a Soul salad made with baby arugula, kale, avocado, red bell peppers, back beans, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds ($36). The eatery will also serve its Nourish Earth elixir for half off all week ($3.50, regularly $7).
Tropicale2901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Head to the Edition Hotel on Earth Day for casual alfresco dining at the poolside restaurant Tropicale, which will serve a selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Paired with ocean views and island tunes, the fresh and light meal includes items such as green chickpea hummus, olive oil, pita, and crudité ($16); guacamole with pistachio and warm crunchy tortillas ($14); a salad with roasted delicata squash, escarole, Pink Lady apples, and pumpkinseed yogurt dressing ($15); and seasonal Tropicale ice-cream sandwiches ($8).
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Verde1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Verde, the waterfront restaurant and bar at Pérez Art Museum Miami, will offer 50 percent off bottomless mimosas and sangria pitchers on Earth Day for its Industry Monday brunch, with will include dishes inspired by visionary Beatriz González’s new exhibit. Offerings include coffee-rubbed ahi tuna ($15),
1-800-Lucky143 NW 23rd St., Miami
Wynwood's food hall has partnered with Simple Vodka, a Miami-based company that helps cure hunger. For every bottle of Simple Vodka sold, 20 meals are offered to those in need in the United States. The two have recently joined forces with Dwyane Wade Sr.'s charity, ProPops USA, and created a cotton candy-themed cocktail, the Wade Different. For each drink sold, $1 will go to ProPops and help fight hunger. The aqua-blue drink is made with Simple Vodka, almond syrup, blue curaçao, and pineapple juice ($12) and comes with a hot-pink sugar rim.