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Eating Art Basel: Six food events

Staff writer

Forget the art at Art Basel. Judging by the number of food events and restaurant openings, the next few days could just as easily be named Edible Basel.

Verde: Opening Wednesday at the new Perez Art Museum Miami is Verde, the latest South Florida venture for Philadelphia-based restaurateur Stephen Starr, who operates Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale and Makoto at Bal Harbour Shops. Open for lunch daily and dinner Thursdays, the menu includes ceviche, house-made burrata, flatbreads and several seafood entrees. Stephen Starr Event’s will offer catering services. The interior of the 104-seat restaurant was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, which also built the waterfront museum. The restaurant is located at 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Call 786-345-5645.

Eat Art: The Cheeses of France Marketing Council is hosting two free pop-up events with all kinds of free French cheese. It’s being held inside a special tent on Northeast First Avenue (Midtown Boulevard) between Northeast 31st and Northeast 32nd streets from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Six cheese companies will offer 15 kinds of cheese. Members of the Eat Art movement — artists who use food as their medium — will be on hand to showcase their cheese-related edible art.

Michelle Bernstein: Miami’s favorite chef takes her show on the road to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden at 200 Convention Center Drive. She’ll serve the same kind of sandwiches and salads she features at her Crumb on Parchment from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Bernstein will serve a $135 per person four-course experimental menu. With seating for 100, it will be an intimate dinner in a subtropical setting. Dinner reservations are required. Call 305-759-2001 or visit

Hotel Astor: While the 42-room hotel built in 1936 undergoes a restoration, its owners are building interest with a month-long pop-up called Drinking Room. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House in Coral Gables created a small-plates menu that pairs perfectly with cocktails such as Tenth & Washington. Singapore-based chef Janice Wong has created edible art installations made of marshmallow and chocolate for Art Basel. Drinking Room, located at 956 Washington Ave., in Miami Beach, is open 2 p.m. until close Thursday through Sunday. For reservations, call 305-531-8081.

Cocktails: My favorite Basel cocktail is the Tony G (bourbon, spiced lemonade, Drambuie and rosemary) being served at Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, 2550 NW Second Ave., in Miami (305-673-0044). Named after Tony Goldman, the late real estate developer and art collector who left behind Wynwood Walls, the murals next to the restaurant that currently feature the work of female artists. Drinkers will also appreciate the Starry Night (blueberry-infused tequila, lemon, mint, Mexican-spiced syrup and pomegranate) at Mercadito Midtown, 3252 NE First Ave., in Miami (786-369-0430).

Tongue and Cheek: Jamie DeRosa, chef at Tongue and Cheek (431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-704-2900), collaborates with a different chef every month for a special dinner. During Basel, he’s collaborating with graffiti writer and fine artist Claudio Picasso, for a special Art Basel Brunch Bash, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Picasso will be selling and signing his Art Basel collection pieces. So will artists Skott Rage Johnson, Trek 6, Atomik and Monz. DeRosa will host Art Basel Hangover Happy Hour from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, with a pop-up store by foodie design brand Flavour Gallery. They’ll launch a collection of clothing called A Taste of South Florida, featuring collaborations with chefs DeRosa, Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill and, soon, Lindsay Autry of Sundy House in Delray Beach.

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