Yes, glamour-puss Beyoncé recently credited vegan food for helping her get back into red-carpet-ready form, and a slew of other celebrities have announced their vegan allegiance (Brad Pitt, Russell Brand, Jessica Chastain, and Woody Harrelson, to name a few), but the cruelty-free, earth-friendly cuisine still has a reputation that is way more sensible than sensual. The locavore movement, too, with loyalists who lobby supermarkets and stump clueless waiters about where the chickens in the cordon bleu were hatched, has more of a cerebral than sumptuous connotation.
But with an upcoming event sponsored by Miami's favorite group of delicious do-gooders, Conscious Bite Out, diners will get to witness the glamorous side of both movements. During the group's 100-Mile Dinner at the Sacred Space
, guests will have the opportunity to dip into a five-course locally sourced vegan menu that is at once decadent, ethical, and healthful. (And there will be lots of organic and sustainably produced booze, to boot.)
Chef Keith Kalmanowicz, now head chef of Love & Vegetables, a vegan dining initiative based at Earth N Us Farms
in Little Haiti, will lend his culinary and local food-sourcing skills to the event. Previously a chef at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, he launched into the vegan lifestyle over the past year, a move he credits for his significant weight loss and improved fitness and health. The goal for the by-donation events he has created this year has been to raise money to help fund the opening of a nonprofit vegan restaurant aimed at promoting healthful, plant-based, ethical eating in our city. He sees the collaboration with Conscious Bite Out as a perfect pairing because he and CBO founders Veronica Menin and Marcela Andron share similar views on conscious consumption.More »