You know you're in Wynwood when you can get free tacos on a Tuesday, witness dozens of food trucks gather on a Saturday, and see bikers unite to form what looks like a scene out of Hell's Angels on a Thursday.
We love Wynwood because of places like Wood, Shots, Panther Coffee, and Gramps that all have a sense of community and have cultivated niche followings. But none of these would have come about had it not been for the pioneers like Joey's and Wynwood Kitchen & Bar.
With a gorgeous location and Wynwood Walls as its backdrop, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar boasts global Latin cuisine and dynamic art. Now the two fuse together as executive chef Miguel Aguilar collaborates with graffiti artist Santiago Rubino -- who painted one of the mural's on the Wynwood Walls above -- on a chef/artist dinner series kicking off this upcoming Wednesday, May 29. The series will continue on a monthly or bi-monthly basis with a different artist each time. There will be customized menus that reflect both chef and artists' creative personalities on a plate.
In its inaugural dinner, Miami-based Santiago Rubino and Venezuelan chef Aguilar will present their collaborative rendition of art on a plate. Reflecting the artist's favorite dishes and diet, the menu was conceptualized with nothing but fresh ingredients in mind.
Rubino is inspired by nature and history, which has influenced him to eat plant-based food and seafood like our ancestors. Aguilar says he noticed that Miami is very health conscious when it comes to food after moving here from Philly, where his most used ingredients were cheese, steak, and bread.
Shocker: "Miami gives me more flexibility to use my Latin background," says Aguilar. "I definitely keep healthy in mind though." The collaborative menu between Argentinian born Santiago Rubino and Aguilar surely reflects that. The four-course meal includes the following: smoked tuna empanadas with capers, tomatoes, and escabeche; avocado romaine salad with toasted almonds, yellow tomatoes, and balsamic sesame dressing ; grilled Chilean seabass with boniato puree and chimichurri; and chocolate alfajores as the sweet on top.
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Guests will be able to walk away with a commemorative menu designed by Rubino and Aguilar. Either way, food and art come together in this feast for the eyes that combines 305's Latin flavors with Wynwood's graffiti and street art scene. Reservations are required for this one, with two seating times offered - one at 7:30 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. The four-course meal is priced at $50 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, with a wine package available for just $20 per person.
Familiar with Rubino's work? A variety will be available for purchase at the GoShop -- just steps away from Wynwood Kitchen & Bar -- throughout the evening. Not familiar? You will be after dinner.
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