The Best Food Events At Art Basel Miami 2013

Art Basel is a weeklong soirée of art exhibits, parties and people-watching, but let's not forget the food! Miami restaurants and visiting chefs are creating their own artistic takes on their classic works of cuisine. From pop-up eateries to themed brunches and cocktail specials, here are some of the hottest food-related events happening this week:

Miami's very own James Beard Award-winning chef, Michelle Bernstein, has launched two full dining concepts for Art Basel — Michy's Miami Beach Pop Up and the Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein. Michy's pop-up will seat 100 guests per night, and will offer a four-course experiential menu, inspired by her notable local establishment, Michy's Miami. Garden Café, like her café Crumb on Parchment in the Design District, will feature comfort food favorites including sandwiches, soups, and baked goods. Tickets for Michy's pop up are $135 per person (not including tax and tip) for 6:30 p.m. and  9:30 p.m. seatings, and are available for purchase at this website. No reservations are needed for Garden Café, which is open today through Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Both pop ups are located in the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 200 Convention Center Drive.

The Broken Shaker at the Freehand Miami hotel is hosting its "Sunday Broken BBQ (Art Basel Edition)" this Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. Enjoy barbecue, Broken Shaker punches and live music by Haitian Hillbilly and The Gold Dust Lounge. The brunch is open to the public, and is located at 2727 Indian Creek Drive in Miami Beach.

The Miami midtown location of BARU Urbano, which opened earlier this month, is extending its happy hour this week. Guests can enjoy 50 percent off drinks from noon until 8 p.m.

 Baru is located at 3252 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 124.

Tongue & Cheek in Miami Beach's South of Fifth neighborhood will be hosting an "Art Basel Brunch Bash" on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring an à la carte menu with bottomless drinks. Graffiti writer and fine artist, Claudio Picasso, will also be on hand to display and sell his Art Basel collection pieces, along with artists like Skott "Rage" Johnson, Trek 6, Atomik and Monz. The event is open to the public, and is located at 431 Washington Avenue.

Also in the South of Fifth neighborhood, the luxury lounge, The Flat, will be hosting "Ivan Roque Lost in Cinema" on Friday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The Miami artist's 16-piece series, based on characters "Lost" and "Found," will pay tribute to 20th century actors and cult movie classics. Guests can enjoy The Flat's unique, homemade cocktails and also mix and mingle with guests like Marc Bell, partner of Lavo and Catch in New York City. RSVP by email to

Lorenzo Miami, which opened two weeks ago, will offer the Deco Daiquiri, created specially for Art Basel. The cocktail is hand-shaken and served with Cana Brava Rum, house-made grenadine and lime juice ($14). Lorenzo is located at 18th and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach.

The Cheeses of France Marketing Council is hosting "Eat Art," two pop-up events from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. Enjoy complimentary French cheese from six companies, and three artists showcasing their edible works of art from the "Eat Art" movement — artists who use food as their medium. The event will take place in a tent located on NE 1st Ave between NE 31st and NE 32nd Streets in Wynwood. The event is free and open to the public.

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach is hosting a "Day & Night" party brunch this Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hotel's beach front DiLido Beach Club, in celebration of Art Basel. Guests can enjoy a special brunch menu available all day, and music by DJ Dani. RSVP by email to The Ritz is located at 1 Lincoln Road. 

"Tapas Spanish Design for Food," Spain's new international traveling exhibition, is making its first stop in Miami, and will showcase more than 200 exhibits and installations by Spanish chefs, designers, architects, wineries and restaurants, spanning the last 25 years of avant-garde experimental blending of design and food. The exhibit is on view through Sunday, Dec. 15 at the Moore Building in Miami's Design District, 4040 N.E. 2nd Avenue.