UnderGROUND Miami

| June 6, 2012 | Calendar

“If you can’t beat ’em, eat ’em.” That’s is the theme for the Fertile Earth Foundation’s fundraising event, “UnderGROUND Miami”, where top Miami chefs will cook up some of South Florida’s most invasive land and sea species from pythons to lionfish. Fertile Earth Foundation, a non-profit organization that creates and implements environmentally focused projects that enrich local communities, is hosting the event at Villa 221 on Saturday, June 23rd.

“UnderGROUND Miami” will be a multifaceted event kicking off with a cocktail reception courtesy of VeeV Acai Spirit & Naked Grape Wine and silent auction that will then lead up to the cook off where guests will watch as three of Miami’s top chefs battle it out to win the title of “MIAMI’S BEST INVASIVORE CHEF!” The main ingredients are exotic invasive species found in South Florida such as lionfish, wild boar, and python. To accompany these tasty invaders, the chefs will be using 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


VIP guests will be more than just tasters, sampling a total of nine tapas-style plates. For the evening they will become “invasivores”, enjoying exotic delights that are both sustainable and beneficial for the local environment. A panel of judges and the audience will then vote for their favorite chef. All this will be accompanied by an interactive art show sponsored by the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs.

Lastly, to ensure the event has minimal organic waste, leftovers will be donated to the Homestead Soup Kitchen and animals through Fertile Earth’s own food donation program. Additionally, kitchen scraps will be composted, thus making this event not just “farm to table,” but also “table to farm.”


Tickets are $125 per person for VIP, and $15 for general admission if purchased before June 1st; $150 and $20 afterwards. General admission enjoys the art, auction, and party plus one hour open bar. VIP tickets include all of the above, two hour open bar plus a chance to try all 9 exotic tapas.Tickets will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets and learn more about Fertile Earth Foundation, visit www.fertileearth.org or contact info@fertileearth.org. 100 percent of all proceeds benefit the Fertile Earth Foundation and will fund various projects.



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