2016 Top Chef winner and South Florida’s top southern-style restauranteur to headline
VeritageMiami will celebrate its 21st anniversary with four new dates in 2017, after the original dates were postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. The four days of world-class culinary indulgence have been extended throughout the spring, beginning on January 27 with an Interactive Dinner, followed by a Craft Beer Tasting on February 9, a Fine Wine Tasting on March 15 and an Auction and Bubbly Brunch on March 26. Jeremy Ford, winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 13, will lead guests in preparing a three-course meal at the Interactive Dinner. The new Auction and Bubbly Brunch on Key Biscayne, will feature southern favorites from the menus of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and Spring Chicken – the restaurants of 50 Eggs Inc., founded by John Kunkel.
VeritageMiami is presented by City National Bank, and proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health. Purchase VeritageMiami tickets at veritagemiami.com.
- On Friday, January 27, Jeremy Ford, chef de cuisine at The Miami Beach EDITION’S Matador Room by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, will headline VeritageMiami’s Interactive Dinner at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. Labeled the ultimate good time for foodies, the event hosts 700 energetic guests who prepare a three-course meal under the direction of Chef Ford. Johnson & Wales University students will serve as sous chefs, helping guests at each table, and the dinner is accompanied by Best in Glass gold and silver medal wines, which were previously selected by some of South Florida’s top sommeliers.
- On Thursday, February 9, guests will enjoy a Craft Beer Tasting featuring more than 140 craft beers and micro-brews complimented by delicious bites from dozens of local restaurants amidst the eclectic and vibrant backdrop of Wynwoods Walls.
- On Wednesday, March 15, guests are invited to the Fine Wine Tasting, an evening of unparalleled wine and food pairings at the lush Shops at Merrick Park, with more than 65 wine producers and importers pouring 400 wines from around the globe and culinary treats from top dining spots.
- On Sunday, March 26, VeritageMiami will culminate with an Auction and Bubbly Brunch at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne. Led by the king of southern fare John Kunkel and his 50 Eggs Inc. team of James Beard-nominated and award-winning restaurants Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and Spring Chicken. The family-style brunch is paired with free-flowing bubbly, bourbon-infused cocktails and other spirited libations, all kicked off with a lively auction of one-of-a-kind experiences.
W. Allen Morris of The Allen Morris Company is once again VeritageMiami chair, along with his wife, June Morris. This year, Evan S. Benn, editor-in-chief of INDULGE magazine is helping to bring the best of South Florida’s restaurants to the Tastings, as VeritageMiami’s first Culinary Curator.
VeritageMiami events are led by a group of community volunteers, including: Melinda and Jorge Gonzalez, Sheldon Anderson, Alex Binelo and Claudia Succar Ferre, Matthew Bittel, Barry Goldmeier, Jeff Mihm, Rush Norton, Ani Nuñez, Soledad Picon, Toby Rohrer, Evelyn Torres and Joe Zubizarreta.
Joining City National Bank as sponsors are: American Airlines at the Vintner level; Bacardi, Bank of America, Carnival Foundation, Celebrity Cruises, Champagne Perrier-Jouët; Greenberg Traurig, Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, Ocean Drive Magazine, and Ryder System at the Cellar Master level; Baptist Health South Florida, Cherry Bekaert, Deloitte, Johnson & Wales University, and Sunset Corners at the Cooper level; Acqua Panna S. Pellegrino, Albatros, BB&T, Bilzin Sumberg, Carlton Fields, Covanta Dade Renewable Energy LLC, Crystal Cruises, EY, Fiduciary Trust International, Florida Blue, Global Resource Registry, Gray Robinson, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, JPMorgan Chase, JW Marriott Marquis Miami, MCM – Munilla Family Foundation, Northern Trust, Noven, The Ritz Carlton, Sabadell, Shops at Merrick Park, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Velocity and Wynwood Walls at the Sommelier level; ChatChow, Daily Business Review, Indulge Magazine, NBC 6 South Florida, Outfront Media and WLRN at the Scribes level; and Roar Media as the Digital Media Partner. Trustees include: Linda and Michael Bittel, Annelies and Jossy Da Costa Gomez, Amy and Ed Easton, Colleen and Richard Fain, Nelly and Miguel Farra, Melinda and Jorge Gonzalez, Lisa and Victor Mendelson, Carlos Migoya, Jeffrey Miller, June and Allen Morris, Susan and Robert Norton, Sonia and Nestor Plana, Oscar Suarez, Richard Yulman and Judy and John Zeder, Leslie Miller Saiontz, Daniel Lewis, Mayor Phillip Levine.