MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Eat it raw. That’s what celebrity chef Matthew Kenney wants his customers to do at his new Miami restaurant Plant Food + Wine, a restaurant focusing on raw foods.
The restaurant was developed in partnership with party planner Karla Dascal, founder of The Sacred Space located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District.
It’s a cutting edge concept. Everything is plant based, or vegan and raw.
Chef du Cuisine Horatio Rivadero trained under Chef Matthew Kenney who has another eatery under the same name in Venice, California.
“Should we carnivores be afraid?” asked CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo.
“No way,” replied Chef Horatio. “First of all, this restaurant is made thinking of everyone. Actually 60-70-percent of our customers are not vegans so they are enthusiastic, they come and try our food and are blown away.”
The mission of Plant Food + Wine is to offer health and wellness through delicious food in a luxurious environment.
“Sometimes we think vegan raw is a simple salad and cucumber and that’s it. It’s a lot more. It can take a few days to do make a recipe. We try to develop recipes that will be memorable for you and your guests, explained Chef Horatio.
So what’s on the menu? There is plenty including a beautiful zucchini lasagna.
It begins with sliced zucchini and then Chef adds macadamia, ricotta, sun-dried tomato marinara, tomatoes and herb oil.
He stacks and stacks all the vegetables on top of each other and the result, Lisa Petrillo says, is amazing!
“Carnivores don’t be afraid, you’re going to love this,” exclaimed Lisa after she tried a delicious bite.
Next on the menu are Kimchee Dumplings. They start with dehydrated cilantro and coconut milk squares as the base. Chef fills the dumplings with fermented red cabbage mixed with cashew nuts, ginger, and chili to make the paste.
“It is an explosion of flavors in your mouth you would not know this is not a regular dumpling except it has incredible flavor,” described Lisa.
Finally, Lisa tried the Ceviche Tacos, where coconut meat is seasoned to make you think you’re eating fish.
“It’s amazing. You would never know there isn’t fish inside. It tastes like a fish taco, and then it has everything in it like a ceviche taco,” said Lisa.
Plant Food + Wine is open 7 days week for lunch and dinner.
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