Fusion Foods and Organics…
Some of the most well-known fusion cuisine combines European and Asian foods. These cultures have wildly divergent culinary traditions, and combining the centuries of cooking tradition of both continents can sometimes result in astonishing dishes. Vietnamese spring rolls might be found on the menu of a French restaurant, while a wasabi reduction sauce might be used on a pork Pot roast.
Florida is a diverse place. The cuisine that has become indigenous to South Florida is as different from the rest of American cuisine as is the diversity of Florida’s ancestry.
South Florida’s cuisine is a new American regional cuisine that has been developed with the help of South Florida’s five differing culinary histories. Our cookery methods have been fused along with culinary ideologies.
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Additional, our local residents have played a major part in this cuisine’s development. Native Americans, people from the Old South, Latinos, Caribbean peoples and Asians have all played a part in this formulation. We have merged the cultural cookery heritages of all these peoples to create a cuisine as unique as the places it comes from.
The fusion of these food preparation styles has amplified menu creativity. Entire plate presentations typically highlight a locally procured “Superstar” food item. Some “exotica” examples could be: mamay, papaya, lichee, longan, starfruit, atemoya, red bananas, canistel, jackfruit, sapodilla, name, boniato, yucca, malanga, calabaza, mango, plantain, chayote, passionfruit or loquat. On the other spectrum, Chefs from Florida have been experimenting with getting back to the basics. Basics meaning, use locally grown foods and foods grown without harmful chemicals and growth hormones.
Organic or Hydroponic, what is the difference?
Both Organic and Hydroponic growing methods…
use no toxic pesticides, insecticides or herbicides
use growing methods that have little or no environmental impact
use no hormones or antibiotics
In addition, vertical hydroponic growing system…
• uses sterile growing medium instead of soil
• eliminates unwanted micro-organisms that can be present in soil
• uses growing mediums that can be re-used and recycled
• is suitable for farming on land that cannot sustain traditional dirt farming
• uses balanced plant food that is dissolved directly into water so the plant receives perfect nutrition at all times
• delivers the desired amount of food directly to the plant’s roots
• does not use animal manure fertilizer that can potentially contain bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella
• employs regular testing of the nutrient content in the water to ensure all elements are present in their desired concentrations
Chef know where to Go…
Homestead-a rural oasis just to the south of Miami, Florida
Paradise Farms Organic is a beautiful five-acre organic farm located in tropical south Florida. Working in harmony with nature to grow baby greens; micro-greens, herbs, edible flowers, fruits and vegetables available for South Florida chefs. Each year they host Dinners in Paradise, a charity dinner featuring Miami’s top Organic and locally harvested food using chefs that prepare a fresh farm to table five course meal.
DINNERS IN PARADISE
An event that has become synonymous with south Florida’s ascending culinary scene. Inaugurated December 2005, Dinner in Paradise, a monthly series of charity-driven multi-course dinners served al fresco, at Paradise Farms. A Product driven event that celebrates community, it provides one of those “only in south Florida” experiences. Set outdoors amid Paradise Farms’ lush five acres of fresh high quality micro and baby greens, avocados, heirloom tomatoes, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and other tropical fruit, the event offers locals and tourists a unique dining experience.
In Other Areas of Florida ~ Tampa Bay…
Chefs in the know search out small urban, community farms for the best local food sources. One urban farm in the center of the Tampa Bay region is a small patch of land just off a major artery into the city.
Sweetwater Organic Community Farm was established in 1995 as a nonprofit community-supported urban organic farm and environmental education center in Tampa, Florida. They are located on 6 acres of suburban property along the Sweetwater Creek, in Tampa’s Town ‘n’ Country neighborhood, in-between the city of Oldsmar and Tampa.
At Sweetwater, Chefs as well as Tampa Citizenry come together to grow and enjoy fresh organic food, acquired with sustainable growing attributes, to support local agriculture, enjoy nature, make new friends and be a part of a Foodie community.
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