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A Stunning Look At Miami’s Most Artistic Foods At This Year’s Art Basel

Art Basel, one of the world’s largest international art shows, will have its elaborate galleries and works on display in Miami Beach from December 6th-9th. Being in Miami, there’s also plenty of food equally as eye-catching as the festival’s spread.

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The actual venue, the Miami Beach Convention Center and Botanical Garden, will play host to several vendors showing off intricate, tantalizing creations. In addition, you have the entire city to take in, and the chefs and restaurateurs here are just as creative as any Art Basel display.

Here’s a look at the some of the places to stop by and grab some grub while gazing and finding the meaning behind the festival’s premium art collections.

The Jim and Neesie


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This Miami hotspot’s dinner menu is unique in that it features cuisines from all around the world. That means you could be feasting on an artisanal charcuterie board as a starter and snapping photos of an intricate hamachi crudo a few minutes later.

Boulud Sud Miami


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The best of all corners of the Mediterranean is plated perfectly on Daniel Boulud’s dishes from this concept. You can dive into Turkish flatbreads, Lebanese manakeesh, pumpkin agnolotti, and chicken tagine, all of which could be stunning works of art themselves.

AZABU Miami Beach


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At AZABU, the artisty is all the work of the sushi chefs. The Michelin-starred restaurant is renowned for their omakase menus, but also features robata, or various grilled items, and other snacks like Nagoya-style wings and lobster tempura.

Planta South Beach


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The wizardry of chef David Grutman here is on full display, as the dishes here, including ceviche, meat lover’s pizza, and sushi, are all 100% plant-based, sending your tastebuds and mind for a real loop.

Donna Mare Trattoria


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Donna Mare may be new, but it’s Italian classics are rooted deep in family tradition. Chef-partner Manuel Mattei relies on locally sourced seafood to bring his authentic Italian dishes to life here.

Casa Tua Cucina


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You don’t just get to eat art at Casa Tua, you get to watch it come to life. It’s home to an 18,000 square-foot open kitchen where everything from carpaccios to pastas are crafted and topped with generous garnishes of shaved black truffle.



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All of Kaido’s dishes are designed to go with their extensive drinks menu, but each plate is just as creative in its own right. Featured here are items like uni fondue, lionfish sashimi, and A5 Wagyu katsu sandwiches.

Dal Plin Italian Eatery


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A single browse through Dal Plin’s Instagram is all you need to see just how much attention to detail they put into plating and crafting each dish on the menu. Being in a high-end festival like Art Basel should get you in the mood for their extremely photogenic white truffle pasta.



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Upland brings a heavy Californian influence to the Miami food scene, and their wood-fired pizzas are designed for capturing with your eyes, cameras, and taste buds. The coal-roasted meats, including short rib and salmon, are also worth stopping in to try.

Swan and Bar Bevy


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Swan’s menu is a celebration of food from around the world with influences from local Miami fare. It’s also one of the few places on the planet that can transform a Caesar salad into a stunning sculpture.


Crudos Fusion Art


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Crudos’ menu is as much of a show as Art Basel itself. Disappearing mounds of cotton candy and delicately constructed ramen burgers are just some of the Instagram-worthy highlights the restaurant has to offer.

Culture News

A MONTH-LONG International Food Festival Is Coming to Los Angeles


Food festivals are definitely my favorite kind of event to attend. Usually spanning the course of a weekend, these smorgasbords of cultural food and epic tasting experiences are the perfect way to learn and discover as much as possible about food around the world.

The Los Angeles Times has decided to put that entire experience into a global, cultural food experience that celebrates LA — and lasts an entire MONTH.

The festival, called Food Bowl, will focus on a night market with over 50 vendors in the middle of May. Around that will be tasting experiences, special programs, and tons of events on everything related to food, from cultural experiences and the night market to discussions on sustainability, food waste, and food security.

Tons of top-notch chefs, headlined by Chef’s Table’s Massimo Bottura, will also be flying in throughout the month to put on specific programs.

The full schedule of events won’t be announced until April 1st, since the LA Times is in the process of recruiting restaurants and chefs to join this incredible festival. Anyone interested in hosting an event at their restaurant, participating in the Night Market, or submitting a charity to give to can do so via information on The deadline for hosting events is March 1st, so chefs, make sure to get on that ASAP.

If Food Bowl is successful, the LA Times hopes to keep hosting it on an annual basis to continue to celebrate the diversity, international culture, and amazing food of Los Angeles.


The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is Coming Back


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Brace yourselves, Disney foodies. The annual food and wine extravaganza you’ve been waiting for is returning to SoCal.

Disneyland Resort announced through the Disney Parks blog that the official return of the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival will begin March 10, and occur every day until April 16th inside of Disney’s California Adventure theme park in Anaheim, California.

This is the second straight year of the Food and Wine Festival, which returned last year after postponing to allow for the construction of Cars Land, according to NBC Los Angeles. Unlike last year, where the event only occurred on weekends, the festival will take place every day this year, and expand to include even more of the features from last year’s festival.

The California-inspired food festival involves tons of “Festival Marketplaces” to purchase food and souvenirs, along with tons of California items being added into existing restaurants within California Adventure. A selection of California wines, spirits, and local dishes will be featured throughout the park, which will make it an incredible celebration of California’s rich and diverse bounty of food.

Some of the foods to expect at this event based on years past include flights of local California wine, Asian fusion and poke, San Francisco sourdough, and lots of other signature California items.

On top of that, the festival will feature tons of ticketed events, which includes culinary demonstrations, seminars on all different kinds of alcohol, premium dining occasions, and even appearances by celebrity chefs. Fan favorites like Duff Goldman, Guy Fieri, and Robert Irvine will be providing chef demonstrations during the festival.

Tickets to these special events go on sale February 1st, and tend to run out quickly. This is definitely a must-attend event for any foodie in California, and is the tastiest thing Disneyland does all year.