With a live jazz band ushering guests inside and servers presenting champagne at the door, Green House Organic toasted its grand opening as the area’s first upscale organic food restaurant. The evening, held in partnership with the Aventura Marketing Council and Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, also served to kick off the 5th annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest.
On a balmy early fall evening, the David & Dow jazz band performed for over 200 attendees who dined on hors d’oeuvres of Green House Organic’s signature dishes, the brainchild of Executive Chef Marcelo Marino. Among the partygoers were members of the Aventura Marketing Council, Greater North Miami Beach Chamber and North Dade Bar Association; as well as city officials. In attendance were Florida State Representative Joe Gibbons; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman S. Edelcup, Vice Mayor Lew Thaler, Comm. Jeanette Gatto and Police Chief Fred Maas; North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo, Councilwomen Barbara Kramer and Phyllis Smith; and Aventura Comm. Billy Joel.
During the formal ribbon cutting ceremony, Green House Organic presented a $1,000 check to Joshua’s Heart Foundation, as eleven year-old Joshua Williams accepted the check on behalf of his foundation, which he founded to stomp out hunger worldwide. The evening also included giveaways – a pair of tickets to the Jazz Fest and dinner for two at Green House Organic, and all of the evening’s guests went home with gourmet truffles.
Chef Marcelo Marino, who was an Educator and Ambassador at Le Cordon Bleu Miami, focuses on avant-garde cuisine, offering patrons an elegant dinner alternative, with no compromise on healthful eating. In designing his menu, Chef Marino adheres to a purist philosophy in which he seeks to extract the most natural flavor from ingredients using the least amount of fat. All his produce and dairy is organic and/or sustainable. In fact, Farmer Bill from The Chef’s Garden, an Ohio farm that specializes in growing micro-greens and specialty vegetables expressly for chefs nationwide, was one of the evening’s special guests. Green House Organic recently partnered with The Chef’s Garden.
Chef Marino noted, “Green House represents a novel way to introduce the community to a healthy and delicious dining experience that raises the bar on what is already out there in the natural foods arena.”
Distinctive dishes are an extension of the quality of ingredients used at Green House Organic. Snapper and tuna are never offered. Instead, uncommon entrees include rabbit, swordfish and purple truffle pizza baked in a wood-burning oven. Proteins are complemented by ancient grains like saffron rice pillows and exotic greens such as wasabi leaves, lola rosa and callaloo. All breads and cheeses are homemade and in-house cured and brined meats. Sunday brunch is served all day and designed around champagne, caviar, and quail and ostrich eggs. Finally, wine pairings are recommended for every dish.
The menu is not the only unique feature of Green House Organic; every table is equipped with its own iPad, with which guests may peruse the menu and learn about nutritional values and the sourcing of ingredients with the touch of a finger. The digital menus are presented in six languages to accommodate the international demographic of the area. To add to the high-tech ethos, large flat-screen TVs project, in real time, the chefs working in the kitchen.
Green House Organic is located at 3207 NE 163rd St. in North Miami Beach, at the crossroads of Aventura, Sunny Isles and Bal Harbour. The 8,000 square foot freestanding building features indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment on the weekends, and complimentary valet parking.
For more information, visit their website at www.greenhousemiami.com or call 305-949-6787.