Here's What's Popping Up Around Miami for Art Basel 2015

Here's What's Popping Up Around Miami for Art Basel 2015

Miami Art Week needs no introduction. From December 1 through 6, nearly every hotel, restaurant, public space, and hole-in-the-wall will transform into a gallery or on-the-spot installation.

But those who know Miami Art Week know it goes far beyond getting a glimpse into the ever-growing contemporary art world. From live music and performances to lavish parties and gatherings, the other places and happenings are just as important. Recharge at pop-ups, including a prix-fixe sit-down and chef Michelle Bernstein's famous fried chicken.

For five nights only, the restaurant will partner with restaurant reservation service Table8 to host a series of exclusive, ticketed dinners, featuring a special tasting menu crafted by chef and owner Brad Kilgore. The restaurant will transform into a tasting-menu dining experience, serving new dishes specially designed for Art Basel, alongside the regular ones. 

The menu will include variations of local tomatoes, such as smoked, cured, raw, dehydrated, powdered, and gelée, served with horseradish; soft egg with sea scallop espuma, chive, truffle pearls, and Gruyère; carnaroli risotto with escargots, parsley butter, chicken skin, and Boursin; and a chocolate and mint dessert made with dark Araguani chocolate mousse, black mint ice cream, hibiscus, and chartreuse.

The Miami Art Week dining event, from December 1 through 5, will feature two seatings per night, at 7  and 9:30. Guests can choose a five-or seven-course menu for $80 or $110. Advance ticket purchase is required via Table8.

Sunset Ice Cream at Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences (3401 NE First Ave., Miami)
Midtown fairgoers will be able to have their art and eat it too when Spencer Finch takes his ice-cream truck cross-country for its Art Basel debut. Finch uses a solar-powered truck to distill the colors of the sunset into tasty soft-serve ice-cream cones dubbed “edible monochromes.” The truck will be parked next to the sales center for Hyde Midtown Suites & Residences. Visitors will be able to enjoy these sun-colored treats free of charge during Art Basel. Catch the truck December 1 from 5 to 10 p.m. and December 2 through 5 from 1 to 8 p.m.

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Courtesy of Basel House

Smashed Canvas 

Nestled amid the megamurals of Wynwood is a quaint space filled with craft beer, cocktails, and small bites. Smashed Canvas, the Basel-only pop-up, will be there for food and drinks, entertainment, and surprises. Throughout Basel, more than 20 of the world’s best muralists will paint an entire block between NW Second and Third avenues and 28th and 29th streets. Smashed Canvas can be found on 29th Street, where guests can savor myriad bites, exclusive craft beers, and handmade cocktails. It’ll be a place to begin or end the day’s Basel shenanigans too. Whether you stop by early or late, the folks at Smashed Canvas will make sure you enjoy #BaselSmashed to full effect. Visit smashedcanvas.com.

The Basel House & the Bushwick Collective Block Party
Visit the four-day arts and entertainment fair for eats, drinks, and lots of graffiti. The Bushwick Collective has enlisted some of the most talented and recognizable street artists from around the world to transform the former RC Cola Plant in Wynwood. Throughout the fair, artists will paint live on canvases, brick walls, cars, and just about anything else they can get their hands on. There will be live entertainment, including Fat Joe, DJs spinning hip-hop beats, and breakdancing and skateboarding exhibitions too. Gourmet bites from local food trucks — including HipPops, Top Fries, Pizza Zilla, Sweet Daddy's, and Woody's Burgers — as well as beer, wine, and cocktails, will be available for purchase. 

The event is free and open to the public noon till late Thursday, December 3, through Sunday, December 6, at the Mana Urban Arts Project. Visit baselhouse.com.

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Courtesy of Ladurée

Ladurée at Chrome Hearts
Luxury French macaron shop Ladurée is popping up at the Chrome Hearts store in Miami's Design District (4025 NE Second Ave.). Maison Ladurée will open a ground-floor café featuring a menu of dishes exclusively for the space. It offers both sweet and savory choices, including salads, club sandwiches, ice cream, milkshakes, teas, jams, and macarons. Café hours are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Courtesy of Michy's Pop-Up

Michy's Pop-Up and Garden Café at Miami Beach Botanical Garden
For the third year in a row, Michy's pop-up sets up shop at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. It will feature a fresh daily menu, including a selection of tapas, Island Creek oysters, Peruvian-style ceviche, braised short rib, Michy's specialty fried chicken, and deep-fried apple pie. Reservations are required for dinner, but the tapas and cocktail menus are available for walk-ins throughout the evening based on availability. Visit the pop-up Wednesday, December 2, through Saturday, December 5, from 6 to 11 p.m. For reservations, call 305-728-3049 or visit michyspopup.com.

The Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein has a different vibe, with a diverse menu comprising locally sourced organic ingredients. Offerings include creative salads, sandwiches, and daily grilled dishes. Gourmet coffee and fresh-baked pastries are also available. The café offers sit-down and grab-and-go service, and no reservations are required. It's open for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m Monday, November 30;  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 2, through Saturday, December 12; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 13. 

Katsuya by Starck
Katsuya, located in SoBe’s SLS Hotel South Beach, is launching a limited-time, lunch-only offer for Art Basel. December 3 through 6, the eatery, which typically offers only dinner, will roll out a specially designed lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu will feature a bevy of Katsuya favorites, including yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño, whitefish sashimi with crispy onion, and a selection of robata items and sushi. Visit sbe.com/katsuya.

Dominique Ansel at The Setai
Chef Dominique Ansel is heading down to Miami and teaming up with The Setai to launch a surprise pop-up soft serve window during Basel from December 2 from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and December 3 until sold out. Two flavors will be offered at the inaugural pop-up: caramel stout soft serve, with chocolate caviar and sea salt brownie; and burrata soft serve with balsamic caramel and confit strawberry and microbasil. Both are creamy and made with fresh milk, opposed to a mix or a powder, and high quality ingredients. Each flavor is served in a homemade, hand-rolled honey tuile cone.

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Courtesy of the Salty Donut

The Salty Donut
The Salty Donut, an artisanal donut shoppe and coffee bar, is officially opening its pop up on December 3, the first day of Art Basel. Located at 29 NW 24th St. in Wynwood, the pop-up will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

Icebox Grab and Go 
Find Icebox Cafe at the Miami Beach Convention Center with its 'Grab & Go Pop-Up Cooler' offering light meals or snacks. Expect menu favorites including Thai pulled chicken salad; Mediterranean cous cous salad; open-faced salmon sandwich; curry chicken wrap; and a mezzo sampler. Those craving a sweet treat and quick “pick me up” can indulge in cookies, brownies, and espresso coffees – in all variations – to help get through the enormity of Basel inside. 

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Courtesy of Drunken Dragon

Drunken Dragon and New York Based Eatery Sweet Chick Life
Sweet Chick Life’s chef Randy Rappel and Drunken Dragon’s chef Xavier Torres are joining forces this week. The NYC restaurant will bring it’s American comfort food flair and merge it with Torres' authentic Asian cuisine. The chef collaboration menu will only be available during this week. Family-style dishes include simmering Bulgogi with fresh sesame leaf wraps; whole fish Branzino wok stir-fry style with red Thai chile sanbal; spicy Dok Boki; Peking Bao; Lobster Roll; D&D Kurobuta Dog; and Krispy Bok Choy. Drunken Dragon is also launching its bourbonless cocktail at the bar and "Market Gallery" right next door. The restaurant is open daily from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Cantina La Veinte 
Chef Santiago Gomez has prepared a three-course, prix-fixe menu available through December 6. With each dish named after an artist, start with Rufino Tamayo, a grilled watermelon and calamari salad; then Frida Kahlo, which is roasted porkbelly in macadamia mole; and to finish, Leonora Carrington, a chocolate ganache with hibiscus foam. Available for lunch and dinner, the meal costs $55 per person.  

Brazilian Fire 
Brazilian Fire is bringing traditional Brazilian churrascaria to the inaugural Basel Wine & Food Festival on December 5. Brazilian Fire will serve authentic Brazilian picanhas (top sirloin), linguiça (Brazilian sausage), and chicken, all cooked over natural wood charcoal. Other traditional Brazilian foods, desserts, and drinks will also be available for purchase.

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