As Homestead's oasis of rainbow-hued produce and pastoral charm, Paradise Farms more than lives up to its moniker. For more than a decade, the certified-organic outpost has been growing and selling a bounty of fruits and vegetables, from microgreens to oyster mushrooms.
So who better to host a plant-based edition of Dinner in Paradise? This Sunday, March 1, notable local chefs will whip up vegan eats at the Homestead oasis.
"We've done an all-vegan dinner in the past -- the Standard was our leader -- and had requests for another one," says Gabriele Marewski of Paradise Farms. "So many health-conscious food lovers are interested in how vegan can be gourmet, flavorful, and filling."
The evening will kick off with a reception at 5 p.m., continue with a farm tour (led by Marewski) at 5:30, and culminate with a five-course meal and specialty wine pairing beginning at 6.
The chefs preparing the dinner include Keith Kalmanowicz of Love & Vegetables, Sasha Ullman of 27 Restaurant & Bar, Michelle Negron of Timo Restaurant & Bar, and Billy Devlin of Basil Park. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Lotus House, a shelter and organization that works to help homeless women and children.
"The chefs were chosen as part of our 'New Generation' of chefs theme this season, and these chefs in particular as they have a vegan following. I'm really excited to showcase this new talent."
Thus far this year, the Dinner in Paradise series has featured chefs such as Cesar Zapata of the Federal, Todd Erickson of Haven, Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House, and Kris Wessel of Oolite.
Tickets cost $177.35 per person (tax included), and are available online. The evening begins at 5 p.m. at 19801 SW 320th St., Homestead.
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