Kitchen Kreative: Giorgio Rapicavoli Wins (Photos)
At the inaugural Kitchen Kreative last night, guests indulged in ten courses and ten cocktails.
All photos by Carla Torres Oh my, what a pretty flower.
Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar and Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House took over the kitchen at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach. They kicked off the new, local cooking competition.
Organized by Productiva and benefiting Slow Food Miami, Kitchen Kreative's goal is to create a unique tasting experience.
"Chef's come here and do something totally different than anything they've ever done in their restaurant," says Oscar Ortega, managing partner of Productiva and the event's organizer. "The food, the people, the drinks -- it's only going to happen that way one night."
At the event, chefs work alongside mixologists. Rapicavoli worked with the Broken Shaker's Eddie Fuentes and Adrianne Calvo worked with the Ritz-Carlton's Ramsey Pimentel.
After every course, guests were encouraged to pick their favorites and share their choices via Twitter.
For her first dish, Calvo served a beautiful duck leg with Diplomatico rum barbecue sauce and whipped Caribbean plantain soup. The accompanying cocktail featured Diplomatico Blanco, pineapple juice, lavender syrup, and bitters.
In his first dish, Rapicavoli played up his love for tartares. He proffered an interesting beet tartare infused with rum, citrus, herbs, and Lucini olive oil. It was paired with a 'Daniel San' -- Diplomatico Blanco, yuzu, and white ginger ale.
Beets going back to their roots
Adrianne won the first round.