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UnderGROUND Miami

UnderGROUND MiamiSaturday, June 23, 8-11pm – Villa 221, 221 N.E. 17th Street, Miami

Fertile Earth Foundation, a non-profit organization that creates and implements environmentally focused projects that enrich local communities, hosted the “UnderGROUND Miami”, at Villa 221 on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012. “If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em.” was the theme for the Fertile Earth Foundation’s fundraising event, where top Miami chefs cooked up some of South Florida’s most invasive land and sea species from pythons to lionfish. “UnderGROUND Miami” kicked off with a cocktail reception courtesy of VeeV Acai Spirit & Naked Grape Wine and silent auction that then lead up to the cook off where guests watched as three of Miami’s top chefs battle it out to win the title of “MIAMI’S BEST INVASIVORE CHEF!” The main ingredients were exotic invasive species found in South Florida such as lionfish, wild boar, and python. To accompany these tasty invaders, the chefs used local, organic ingredients from South Florida farms, including Fertile Earth’s very own farm in Homestead. This year’s top chefs include:
- Chef Bradley Herron, chef de cuisine of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
- Chef Timon Balloo, executive chef of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill
- Chef Todd Erickson, executive chef of Haven South Beach
Guests were sampling a total of nine dishess, and enjoying exotic delights that are both sustainable and beneficial for the local environment. A panel of judges and the audience voted for their favorite chef. All this was accompanied by an interactive art show sponsored by the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs. To ensure the event has minimal organic waste, leftovers were donated to the Homestead Soup Kitchen and animals through Fertile Earth’s own food donation program.