UnderGROUND Miami Tomorrow: Miami Chefs Cook Invasive Species

Invasive species are destroying our wildlife and local habitats. The biggest reason these transported critters do such damage is that they have no natural predators in our environment, but is that really the case? We can't discount the predator of all predators: Humans! It's time to eat the enemy.

This Tuesday, April 30, Miami's most environmentally conscious will chow down on unwanted critters from out of town. Exotic species on the menu will include lionfish, python, wild boar, and snakehead.

The second annual UnderGROUND Miami event will feature some of Miami's hottest chefs cooking some of our most tenacious invasive species. Best known for its Ladies of Manure calendar, the Fertile Earth Foundation will showcase more of its unique ideas on environmental sustainability during the clever fundraiser.

An exotic-bites buffet will feature eco-conscious creations -- including local, organic vegetarian options -- by some of Miami's most talented culinarians. The executive chefs waging an edible war for our environment will be Julie Frans of Essensia Restaurant at the Palms Hotel, Kris Wessel of Chopped champion and executive chef of Florida Cookery, Todd Erickson of Haven South Beach, and Amber Antonelli of the Naked Bite.

In addition to the evening's food and drink, highlights will include a "Cow Chip Tossing Contest" among Miami Beach mayoral candidates, and a "Manure Couture" art installation by Luis Valenzuela, and a silent auction.

Tickets for the general reception cost $75 each and include entrance to the event, the exotic-bites buffet, and an hour of open bar beginning at 7 p.m. courtesy of Veev Açaí Spirits. If bringing out your inner predator requires more liquid courage, purchase tickets to the VIP reception for $125 each.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the VIP reception will include a private edible garden tour and open bar until the end of the event at 10 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit Fertile Earth's website.

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