Art Basel week is officially here, and Miami is once again vibrating with immense creative energy as the the world’s most cutting edge artists gather in the 305 for perhaps the most important cultural event of the season. Officially, the Art Basel art fair is confined to the Miami Beach Convention Center and takes place from December 6th through the 9th. However, since its inception eleven years ago, Art Basel has come to mean not only the official art fair but also an ever increasing roster of satellite shows, parties, and other events that have all of Miami saturated in art during an entire week. While the official Art Basel show in Miami Beach is definitely worth checking out, many would agree that perhaps the most interesting fairs are occurring just over the bridge in Midtown, the Design District, and Wynwood, just to name a few. I know from experience that taking in so much art all at once can definitely work up an appetite...especially if you love to eat. Fortunately, there is no shortage of great restaurants only minutes away from all the best fairs, and some of them, like the newly opened Bloom in Wynwood, are offering a variety of specials and special guest DJs just for all the hungry art aficionados
From now until Sunday, December 9th, Bloom will be offering fairgoers a specially formulated Art Basel lunch menu that includes a well-priced selection of Chef Ricardo Sauri and Chef Sergio R. Rivera Alamo’s eclectic cuisine that includes influences from such culinary traditions as those from Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Peru. Served all week from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM, the menu includes a combination plate consisting of a choice of Galby-Style Short Ribs, Oxtail, Pork Belly, Chicken Coban Adobo, Viet Salmon or Jalea, accompanied by a Bloom Salad Roll and choice of Curry or Veggie Fried Rice. A tried and true combination of soup and salad offers an exotic twist with a cup of the chef’s daily soup paired with a butter lettuce salad with miso dressing, shredded parsnip, choclo, Asian pear and Katsuo Furikake. Additionally, diners can enjoy one of three gourmet Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches with such fillings as duck and foie gras or pork belly dressed in ají mirasol sauce.
In addition to the Art Basel lunch menu, Bloom is also offering a winter happy hour from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM featuring specialty cocktails made with Botran rum, such as the Mandarine Honeysuckle made with Mandarine Napoleon, honey syrup, lime juice, and whiskey barrel aged bitters. An eclectic selection of snacks will also be on offer showcasing the same multicultural influences found throughout the rest of their menu, including the addictive Korean street food tteokbokki, chewy rice cakes in an incendiary sauce with flecks of spam. All of Bloom’s happy hour cocktails and snacks, as well as well drinks and a selection of beer and wine, are all only $4 each during their winter happy hour, which will surely make Bloom the place to be after hitting the art fairs.
As if the great lunch and happy hour specials were not enough, Bloom will be showcasing different musical talent every night of Art Basel Week. The lineup is as follows:
Tuesday, December 4th: Adam David Band, 8 to 11 PM
Wednesday, December 5: Tommy Quartet, 8 to 11 PM
Thursday, December 6: Megan Talay, 8 to 12 AM
Friday, December 7: Jordan Brown, 8 to 12 AM
Saturday, December 8: Hypnophonic, 8 to 12 AM
Sunday, December 9: DJ to be announced, Daytime
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Miami FL 33127