Earth Day is Sunday: Area 31 Dedicates A Menu to Locally-Sourced Ingredients

Salad of salt roasted beets and heirloom tomatoes with green goddess Paradise Farms flower vinaigrette
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Earth Day is this coming Sunday, but today chefs at the seafood restaurant

Area 31 at the Epic Hotel

funnel their inner chi to a dedicated, limited-time only Earth Day menu with local ingredients.


menu was designed by chef Michael Reidt and and the idea behind it is

to reduce overall energy consumption in the food supply.

For an appetizer, there will be a salad of salt roasted beets and

heirloom tomatoes with green goddess Paradise Farms flower vinaigrette

dressing ($12), and an appetizer of cobia crudo (raw kingfish) with lime

gelee, mango, radish with pickled ramp vinaigrette ($13).


consist of hog snapper with red cabbage sauerkraut, honey-glazed turnips

and charred cippolini onions ($27); and slow-roasted pork shoulder with

romesco, pickled mustard seed, shaved celery and piave ($26).

Dessert will be a sage funnel cake with mulberry jam and jalapeno sherbet.

The ingredients were harvested from two local farms. The honey was harvested from Bee Heaven Farms - Pikarco in Homestead and the vegetables and spices here harvested from Paradise Farms organic farm, also in Homestead.  


fruits, vegetables and animal products are a nice touch, but what about

flowers as an ingredient? Those used to flavor the vinaigrette

dressing were harvested from Paradise Farms. There are several varieties

of flowers grown by Gabriele Marewski on her Paradise Farm acres.

There are too many to list but they can be eaten by themselves or be used to flavor food.

example there is the abundantly grown nasturtium flower. When you put

this bright orange flower in the mouth, you experience a pleasant and

mild peppery flavor. The leaves and flowers are edible. Mix them with

salt and you get salt and pepper, or make a pesto or hors d'oeuvres.

David Minsky
Nasturtium flowers


flower that is grown on the farm is the double clitoria. The deep

purple-colored flower is edible, but has many other known uses., such as

using the root extract to cure whooping cough, and extracts from some

varieties to cure goiter.

David Minsky
Double Clitoria Flower


fact most, if not all, edibles grown on Paradise Farms have dual

functions: to feed us and to heal us. This is the essence of food.

Slow-roasted pork shoulder, romesco, shaved celery, piave, pickled mustard seed.


menu from Area 31 is for one week only. You have a whole

week to decide to check it out. But as you sit down to eat your Earth Day

meal, think to yourself this question: "Does what I eat heal me?"

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