Edible Art Basel 2016

November 21, 2016
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Kevin McHugh's Swarovski-encrusted lionfish

Miami's favorite art happening, Art Basel Miami Beach, comes to town Dec. 1-4, bringing works of art to the Miami Beach Convention Center, nearby beaches, Collins Park and SoundScape Park, plus events in

Here are some highlights with an edible spin:

Lovely Lionfish

Whole Foods Markets – who introduced invasive lionfish to their seafood counters at the chain's 26 Florida stores earlier this year – will partner with artist and conservationist Kevin McHugh to convey the impact of Whole Foods Market’s Take A Bite Out Of Lionfish campaign. On Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3pm, alongside style innovator and icon Patricia Field, McHugh will show his works at Field’s debut of ArtFashion™, a curated collection of one-of-a-kind artist-created pieces at White Dot Gallery in Wynwood. McHugh’s featured installation is two distinct dioramas, each using repurposed trash and found items. These include What’s For Dinner? (Lionfish), highlighting Swarovski-encrusted lionfish. Whole Foods Market's David Ventura and Brett Nagelbush will execute a lionfish filleting demonstration and ceviche sampling. White Dot Gallery is located at 174 NW 23rd Street – 2245 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami.

Michelle Bernstein's Garden Cafe Back 

The lush, enchanting setting of the Miami Beach Botanical Garden is once again the site of chef Michelle Bernstein's outdoor garden cafe, serving sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods similar to Bernstein's Crumb on Parchment in the Design District. The Garden Cafè will be open from Monday, November 28 – Sunday, December 4. Kahwa Coffee from Tampa Bay will be back with their funky coffee truck. "We’ll have some great new dishes at the Garden Café this year, which I’m excited for everyone to try,” says Bernstein, who will also be operating Michy’s, a seated restaurant in the VIP-only Collectors Lounge in the Miami Beach Convention Center during Art Basel.

The Betsy Presents a Curated Mini-Fridge, I Poetti

Four years ago NY-based artist Eric Ginsburg had an idea to create an intimate space for art and art lovers during New York Art Week. As in past fairs, the question posed to artists who participate is always “Can you fit it into the Fridge?” Participating exhibitors range from established legends to hopeful will-be-knowns, including: William Wegman, Gene Beery, Jose Mapily, Cheryl Edwards and Jo Shea Jaroslawic. The Betsy, set to debut its Art Deco wing expansion, is also unveiling I Poetti, an installation of poetry –  etched into metal by water jets -– by 13 poets  who shaped Miami literature to include diverse, historic, and contemporary voices, such as  Langston Hughes, Donald Justice, Mohamed Ali, Campbell McGrath, Julie Marie Wade, and Hyam Plutzik, the three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the father of Betsy owner, Jonathan Plutzik. Find out more about The Betsy's cultural offerings here.

An Italian Break in Wynwood

Nothing like some grissini with prosciutto before an evening of Baseling. Made In Italy’s Miami Art Week Happy Hour features $5 spcials from 4–7pm through Sat., Dec. 3. The rustic and comfortable space features Italian wines and daily specials by chef Brian Zuccarini, and pick up fresh Italian ingredients from their market.

Pizza to Go with Art – via Uber

When you use the UberEATS app to order from Harry's Pizzeria during Miami Art Week, you can get your pizza plus a limited-edition cup designed by emerging local artist Lua Luisa Schwartz during Miami Art Week. But wait, there's more – they've also done a cool collab with Shake Shack, swapping special menu items, through Sun., Dec. 4.

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