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A Food, Film & Art Ménage à Trois

The Harry’s Pizzeria and O Cinema love affair – OMG! Dinner & a Movie – that many of you have come to enjoy, has been going strong now for over a year.  And since we’re feeling French this month, we’ve added a third party to the affair! Please welcome Locust Projects to the party for their Art, Film & Food Series.

First, Thursday, November 16th at 6:30pm: Art, Film & Food

The highly anticipated documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters will have its premiere, followed by a brief discussion of Crewdson’s work by local Miami collectors. Tickets here.  Here’s the menu by Harry’s Pizzeria chef de cuisine Manny Sulbaran:
Pear & Watercress Salad
Mushroom-Spinach Cannelloni
Short Rib Cannelloni
Hedy’s Seasonal Bread Pudding

Then, Monday, Nov 19th at 7pm: OMG! Dinner & a Movie.

Step Up to the Plate, filmed in the South of France,  documents renowned chef Michel Bras through a father to son chef transition in their world of haute cuisine. Tickets here.  And another inspired menu by chef Manny Sulbaran, Viva la France!

Lyonnaise salad. Frisse, bacon bits, hard boiled egg & Dijon vinaigrette
Roasted Ratatouille. Local eggplant, tomato, zucchini, onion, red peppers & herbs
Pommes de terre rotiesNew Florida potatoes, parley & garlic  butter.
Boeuf Bourguignon. Burgundy wine, Pearl onion & mushrooms
Pain d’épices aux pommes rôties. Gingerbread with roasted apples + caramel and Hazelnut Palmiers

Lastly, a quick congratulatory note to our longtime partners at O Cinema. If you haven’t heard yet, take a moment to check out their website.  It’s got a great new look, thanks to a great new addition to their family: O Cinema Miami Shores @ MTC!  Fist bump on the expansion, Kareem and Vivian!  Love that South Florida has yet another venue to enjoy special and previously-hard-to-find films.  What would we do without you guys?  : )

Last Call: Pop Go You, Riesling & a Gallery Tomorrow Night!

Zack’s images begin to scale the walls at Harry’s.

Tickets are, gasp!, still available to tomorrow night’s Riesling Pizzeria extravaganza at Harry’s to celebrate Summer of Riesling! Here are the two different but equally as enlightening ways to experience it, especially since James Beard Award-winning wine genius Paul Grieco will be in the house.

Sipping & Showing ~ 6:00 – 7:30 p.m./$40:  Taste 40 different Rieslings (yes, wine director Eric Larkee has totally outdone himself!) potent with Mr. Grieco’s encyclopedic brainpower while you nosh on passed snacks from Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink chef de cuisine Bradley Herron  and meet artist Zack Balber responsible for our provocative Summer of Riesling pop-up gallery.  The pouring begins at 6:00 p.m. at Harry’s and ends at next door at Locust Projects, the local art space commissioning Zack’s work, for a slideshow and presentation by the artist. And of course more Rieslings!

Dinner ~ 7:30 -10:00 p.m./$129:  Enjoy passed snacks, three courses by chef de cuisine Herron, and dessert by executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith, all served family-style and each complemented by one New World, one Old World Riesling for a total of 10 wines. You’ll take home a signed, original Balber photograph from the pop-up gallery plucked from the wall!  Tax and gratuity are included.

See the menu and get your tickets HERE while they last!

The Good, The Bad & The Dubstep of Conceptual Artist Zack Balber

The work in progress.

Last week I sat down with Zack Balber, the local conceptual artist behind Harry’s Riesling Pizzeria pop-up gallery commissioned by Locust Projects, to get his perspective on the grape and how it will be portrayed through his grandfather’s 1957 Polaroid camera.  But Zack hadn’t come to talk fruit, exposure or aperture.  “I’m going to be candid,” he started, “the truth is pretty ridiculous as it is.” Which is true, and as an artist in Miami, a city that is trying to define itself in the art world, Zack knows something about what it means to seek out truth.

His 2011 solo show at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Wynwood was titled Tamim, a hebrew word that means perfection. But  a Google search of the word and his name reveals pictures of tattoo-covered, mohawk-wearing overweight men.  Not exactly the image of perfect, in Hebrew or any other language. Balber didn’t mean the title to be ironic though, he meant for his lens to shed light on what’s shunned, hidden, or outside of a culture – like tattoos in Judaism - to show how the subjects are still pure, somehow, and true to themselves.

Back to the future.

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