We are always down to stand up for thought leaders in our food community that are a force and inspiration for positive change. So when the most outspoken and food-justice-passionate Brit we know came calling asking for a dinner party on the fly, we answered!
Jamie Oliver has stamped May 19 as Food Revolution Day, his first-ever worldwide call-to-action to inspire, educate, and empower people everywhere to raise awareness on preventing diet-related diseases, and to arm people with the knowledge and tools to make healthier food choices. This global effort is focused on getting food education back in schools while promoting the importance of eating fresh, local and sustainable food — a cause close to our hearts here at home with our work in Miami-Dade County Public Schools through its Chefs Partnership.
When Jamie’s foundation reached out last week and asked Michael to help get Miami on-board to participate by hosting one of 20 Food Revolution Dinners across the country, we of course said yes!
View the menu and purchase a ticket to our dinner on Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. here through Grubwithus, a social dining experience that brings new people together over delicious food. $43 gets you a seat at a table for 10, stimulating conversation with like-minded friends you haven’t met yet, and four genuinely delicious courses. Before attending, don’t forget to visit foodrevolutionday.com to find and create your own local food events. Already, more than 800 groups from 45 countries have signed up to take action. One hundred percent of Food Revolution Day net funds raised will go to support food education projects for both children and adults through the Jamie Oliver Foundation in the U.S., UK and Australia.
Thanks Jamie. We think you're great, too.
UPDATE: Visit our Flickr for photos of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Brunch at Sea with Jonathan Waxman and Burger Bash with Rachael Ray. And a special thank you to Sarah de Heer for jumping onto the line to pierce hundreds of cornichons at Burger Bash, and her most excellent AOL Slashfood story documenting it all behind-the-scenes. Her photo gallery is here on Facebook.
What a week it has been! Besides our events, the last of which is Brunch at Sea today (follow my tweets with #brunchatsea,) the energy has been awesome in the restaurant. Those of you who have come by know that Michael has spent as much time in the kitchen as he has on the beach. I loved overhearing Giada de Laurentiis remark to Michael “so you’re the one I keep hearing we have to visit!” as she signed next to him in the Books & Books tent at the Grand Tasting Village yesterday morning. She’ll join us for brunch (at the restaurant) today.
We feel very lucky to be a restaurant where visiting chefs want to dine when they need a little R&R from the madness — from Jamie Oliver to our good buddies Jonathan Waxman and Joey Campanaro, who have been so very helpful with working our events. In fact it’s this all-hands-on-deck spirit of the festival that we love most, bringing out the best in the industry, everyone jumping into the fray to help plate, prep, you name it. You truly get to see exactly why these chefs and the teams of people supporting them are so successful at what they do. Thank you to everyone, especially the brilliant front and back of house teams at MGFD who rocked the 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival inside and out. Stay tuned for our photos, which I should hopefully be able to get up on Flickr and update with a link here tomorrow.
With Love and Respect,