MIAMI, FL April 1, 2017 – The Café at Books & Books on campus at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to present CHEF ALLEN’S HOOK, CATCH & COOK:AN EVENING OF SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD as part of its 2017 Seasonal & Sustainable Original Dinner Series. James Beard award-winning Chef Allen Susser of the Café at Books & Books and Guest Chefs Cindy Hutson (Ortanique on the Mile & Zest), Tim Andriola (Timo’s Restaurant) and John Iatrellis (Lure Fish Bar) will partner on the 2017 edition, which is always a hot ticket. Previous editions have featured guest chefs Brad Kilgore (Brava), Timon Balloo (SugarCane), Sam Gournstein (My Ceviche), Danny Serfer (Blue Collar/Mignonette) and Jamie DeRosa (Izzy’s Fish and Oyster).
Diners are in for a night of delicious seafood and environmental education as the Chefs collaborate on five unique courses featuring sustainably caught local seafood. Allen, a long-time member of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Blue Ribbon Task Force, will go on a fishing expedition the day before with Captain Mike Puller to “catch and hook” the seafood that will be “cooked” during this special night. The evening’s menu will be determined by the actual catch. Guest Fisherman Evan Benn, the editor-in-chief of INDULGE magazine, will set sail for the Florida Keys aboard the captain’s charter boat “Lisa L” on the day before the dinner. Together, they will sustainably and responsibly catch all of the fresh seafood that will then be prepared and presented by Susser and the guest chefs during the delectable five-course dinner.
The festivities get underway at 7 p.m. with handmade cocktails and champagne. Dinner will be served at the Cafe's communal table and all five courses will be paired with delicious wines. Chef Allen and Captain Mike will educate attendees between courses. Their goal is to illuminate South Florida foodies about ocean conservation through scrumptious dining. Chef Allen is passionate about the subject and has been a longtime advocate of sustainability and wants to educate other chefs about sustainable seafood.
Chef Allen Susser is a winner of the prestigious James Beard Award. He is the executive director of TheCafé atBooks & Books in Coral Gables, Miami Beach and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. These are full-service café-restaurants, located on-site at three of Mitchell Kaplan’s locally-based, independently-owned neighborhood bookshops. Under his direction, the Café at Books & Books, a Slow Food Snail of Approval recipient, serves locally caught and sustainable produced fruits, vegetables, fish and seafood products. “Good food begins with unpolluted air, land, and water, environmentally sustainable farming and fishing, and humane animal husbandry,” states Susser. “Food choices that emphasize delicious, locally-grown, seasonally fresh, and whole or minimally processed ingredients are good for us, for our community, and for the planet.”
Chef Allen’s personal culinary viewpoint has been established since 1986 when he opened Chef Allen’s, a groundbreaking Miami restaurant. The New York Times called Allen the “Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking.” Food & Wine magazine named Chef Allen "One of the Best 10 Chefs in America". In 2000, Allen launched Chef Allen's Consulting a boutique restaurant and hospitality consulting firm - providing strategic initiative, culinary resources, and innovative direction for the industry. He is currently pioneering chocolate in St Lucia, West Indies. His Emerald Estate Vintage Chocolate is authentically handcrafting small batches of cacao beans on the volcanic hillsides by the edge of the rain forest.
Tickets to CHEF ALLEN’S HOOK, CATCH & COOK 2017 are $82 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Katherine Wakefield at (786) 405-1745 or Katherine@bookandbooks.com to reserve your spot. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Captain Mike’s non-profit foundation, The Fishing Experience.
The Café at Books & Books at The Adrienne Arsht Center is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, inside the Carnival Tower. Municipal metered parking available in Lot C; entrance is on NE 2 Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets.