4 New Cultural Happenings in Miami This Month

By Luis R. Rigual | August 19, 2020 | Lifestyle

Art, design, hospitality and calories for an auspicious start to autumn.

9781773271217FC.jpgMiami Cooks features 70 recipes from Miami eateries.

TASTE ON THE RECORD Sorry, New York. Calm down, L.A. Whatever, Chicago. In her new book out this month, Miami Cooks ($30, Figure 1 Publishing), author Sara Liss reveals what those who make this place home already know: Miami is a town with serious culinary cachet. In the tome, Liss has gathered 70 recipes (cocktails, entrees and desserts) from our most-lauded chefs and mixologists. Her personal favorite? “Oh, that’s hard to choose, but I think chef Michael Lewis’ roasted cauliflower with goat cheese and shishito-herb vinaigrette at KYU is a showstopper,” she says. “You’ll want to make an extra vat of the dressing and put it on everything.”

LyleAshtonHarisIntercessionCourtesyofheartistandDavidCastillo.jpg“Intercession #1” by Lyle Ashton Harris

ARTISTIC STROKES David Castillo is bidding farewell to Lincoln Road and saying hello to the Design District, the neighborhood to where he’s moving his 15-year-old gallery this month. The change of venue means a larger footprint, which will allow Castillo to hold concurrent exhibitions and multiple projects, including performance art. Located across from the ICA Miami, the new space will open with an inaugural show by Lyle Ashton Harris (Castillo’s 123rd collaboration with the artist) on Sept. 24. As to what we can expect? “Unique photographic works which engage with his larger photomontage practice,” says Castillo. The gallerist, who’s opened spaces in Wynwood and, most recently, Miami Beach, is rather excited about his new address. “I love the energy of the Design District and I’m a fan of always charting new territory that is not the normal pattern to follow,” he says. “I like to go where people aren’t expecting you to go.” 3930 NE Second Ave., Ste. 201, Miami, 305.573.8110, davidcastillogallery.com

Colecao2020Pg0801.jpgThe Colecao (or Geta sofa) by Patricia Anastassiadis for Artefacto

BRAZILIAN BEAT It’s no secret we’ve been spending much more time at home these days, so interior design should be as inspiring as ever. Contributing on that end is Artefacto, which recently released its newest collection with renowned designer Patricia Anastassiadis. The tastemaker describes the line as “eye-catching... with the minimalistic nature of Asian culture.” The result is a fusion of juxtaposed styles and textures—we’re talking geometric curves, clean lines, mixed materials and exotic woods, all complemented by organic textiles, linen and rattan. For proof, look no further than the Colecao (or Geta sofa in English), a minimalist bench that looks like it belongs in a museum or design fair.

THesisExterior1.jpgThe exterior of the new THesis Hotel Miami in Coral Gables

STAY THE NIGHT Opened last month, the THesis Hotel Miami is the main star of the new Paseo de la Rivera development in Coral Gables. Located across from the University of Miami, the property houses 245 rooms (rates from $169) overlooking Jaycee Park with views of Biscayne Bay, as well as a 1,150-square-foot presidential suite (rates from $519) with all the usual trappings. Sure to be popular are the hotel’s ground-floor restaurants by James Beard Award nominee Niven Patel. These include Mamey, an eatery highlighting tropical dishes, and the upcoming Orno, a New American spot where fresh and locally sourced ingredients will dominate the menu. 1350 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, 305.667.5611

Photography by: miami cooks BOOK & sara liss photos by michael pisarri; colecao (geta sofa) photo courtesy of artefacto;
“Intercession #1” artwork Courtesy of lyle ashton harris & David Castillo gallery; thesis hotel photo courtesy of the property