In its first incarnation, the Miami Gardens Food and Wine Experience was held on the rooftop at city hall. Power’s Omari Hardwick held court in a curtained booth. Restaurants and wine distributors shared flavors and libations. It was a fine night. Until the rains came.
Then it went to Calder Casino for its second go around – indoors. All went well.
This weekend, Miami Gardens is taking the food fest on the road, to showcase the many new culinary establishments that have popped up in the city.
It started out as a three-day dine-around for the Labor Day weekend but plans got washed out by Hurricane Dorian, whose track was hard to ascertain, as it spent more than 48 hours in the islands of the Bahamas.
Organizer Starex Smith, known as the Hungry Black Man, said because of the change, they lost chefs, locations and even food.
“There were schedule conflicts; things were challenging so we condensed it to one day,” Smith said.
One major casualty of the experience is the loss of rap artist Trina, who was to join her longtime friend and mentor Trick Daddy on the dine-around. The new date proved a schedule conflict for Trina, organizers said.
The food fest, now known as the Lit and Lavish Foodie Bus Tour with Chef Carla Hall & Trick Daddy, is set for Saturday, Nov. 9.
Diners will be taken by bus to different locations to try the fare of local and regional chefs. The pickup location is secret; buy a ticket to find out more details, organizers say.
Once you get on the bus, expect to meet and try the food of chefs Danny Dominguez of Yarumba in Miami; DeBronya “Chef Dee” Hodges, DJ Khaled’s former private chef; Lordell “Chef Lo” Taylor; Jenn Ross of Dajean Eats in Eatonville; and baker Sharonda Deveaux, who Smith said is “bringing the sweets.”
The ride starts at 4 and ends at midnight.