Pig Is In: Michael Beltran, Local Chef, Starts Apparel Line Geared Towards Kitchen Life
|Michael Beltran via Instagram|
|Even Norman Van Aken likes to fly.|
The "P.I.G." in P.I.G. Inc., his clothing line, stands for Pure Industry Genius -- which, by Beltran's account, explains what life is all about: Making the impossible possible, or, making pigs fly.
The Cuban-American chef, who is currently working at Tuyo under his famous mentor, says the idea sprouted from a little inspirational family history and his love for art.
Almost half a century ago, Beltran's grandmother and her family arrived in Miami with less than $100 to their name. She sewed and sold jeans to keep the family from poverty and starvation. After a successful start getting her jeans in locals stores and boutiques, she became the owner of her own clothing factory.
"Her life inspired me to build P.I.G. Inc.," says Beltran.
Particularly with Art Basel around the corner, it's not uncommon to see the worlds of food and art mesh together. However Beltran's timing with us was purely coincidence.
"I am a huge love of art, particularly music, fashion, and of course food," he says. "Art provokes emotion and feeling, and as an artist and a chef, I hope my customers feel the emotion that goes into creating each piece of art."
|Chef Elizabeth Falkner gets her P.I.G. on, too.|
Beltran finally says, "Food is a form of art. It flows from the soul out onto the plate, much as an artist with his paint brush onto a canvas. So our mission is to bridge the gap between art and food by combining both."
For more info on P.I.G. Inc., visit their website at pig-inc.net.
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