Pairings Fundraiser: Art and Food Come Together

Art and food came together last evening for a fundraiser to benefit both Common Threads and LegalArt.

The event, held at the LegalArt building in downtown Miami, featured food by Chow Down Grill, GastroPod, and newcomer Mad Man Jack's Barbecue combined with mostly interactive art installations -- some requiring participation before you could get to your food.

The event was the first time the two organizations teamed up for a duel event, but the symmetry worked.

"Art is food, so the chefs and artists really found it easy to work together," noted Common Threads development manager Courtenay Strickland.

As a DJ played tunes, a video piece by artist Patricia Hernandez played, featuring kids in the Common Threads program.

Our favorite moment was the leather mouth created by artist Amy von

Harrington at the Chow Down table. Want one of those delicious roast

duck bao's for offer by Josh Marcus? You've first got place your hand

inside the mouth where chef-owner Josh Marcus was waiting on the other

side to provide a little mystery before rewarding you with a tasty


GastroPod's Jeremiah Bullfrog served curried pork sliders

and arepitas with goat cheese and stupid slaw. (Though there were no

giant interactive mouths to place our paws into.)

GastroPod's arepitas with goat cheese and stupid slaw were edible art.

Mad Man Jack's

staff provided over sized plates filled with mesquite smoked pickled BBQ

chicken and roast pork sliders, along with double cut St. Louis style

spare rib sandwiches.

The staff of Mad Man Jack's dishing out the goodies.

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