Feast Miami is a grassroots organization that holds organic and vegan dinners to help fund art ventures for projects in Miami-Dade and Broward.
Chef Loren Pulitzer, from Meals that Heals, and Susan Caraballo, Arts Director of the Arts Center, are the founders of this movement that originated in Brooklyn in 2009. When Feast NY closed its doors, the duo decided to bring it to Miami.
How it works is really simple: Feast (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics), inspired by the food sustainability movement, organizes a vegan & organic dinner at a leading art venue. Diners pay what they can for dinner (a minimum is requested) while local artists pitch their art project to the crowd. After the meal, diners get to vote for their favorite project. And the end of the night, the winner goes home with the proceeds from the dinner to fund their project. Pretty cool, right?
So diners are actually responsible for the growing community-driven funding for the arts at this level. Are you familiar with Kickstarter and Indiegogo? It works in a similar way, because you are funding the project by attending the dinner.
But Feast is not just about the money, it is also about creating community and connections with like-minded individuals while spreading the message of sustainability. For instance, during the events, the food served is organic and sourced from a local farm, the dinnerware is made out of bamboo and it is compostable. Any food leftovers are donated to a food bank. The two liquor sponsors, Veev and Girasole Wines, are brands that are also known for their sustainable endeavors.
FEAST Miami’s first grantee was Exile Books, a migrating pop-up bookstore dedicated to raising awareness about artist’s publications paired with public programing including lectures, performances, workshops, and events.
The finalists for FEAST Miami Dinner #2 are the following:
- Lori Nozick for Sal Non Sal Miami - An architectural sculpture, constructed entirely of salt bricks
- Justin Trieger for Buskerfest Miami 2014 - A collaborative organization dedicated to improving civic life through public street performance.
- Michelle Weinberg for Speech Patterns: Tiles with Texts for Small Public Spaces - Handmade cement tile patterns that repeat aspirational texts such as “very good”, “say it loud”, “run with it”,
- Katie Wiegman for On Board - Interactive series of dance pieces performed on the Miami Beach boardwalk
- Hattie Mae Williams for Miami Sites Project - The project’s purpose is to enhance the community’s rich artistic and cultural life by bringing awareness to its history.
You can check out the projects by clicking here.
Feast Miami Dinner #2 Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Emerson Dorsch NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127 (305) 576-1278
Tickets must be purchase in advance - click here
Hope to see you there!