South Beach Wine & Food Festival: Amaris Jones of South Street at the Chicken Coupe Event
No bird is safe on Saturday, February 23rd, when the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival debuts a new event, Chicken Coupe. Hosted by chef Andrew Carmellini at the W South Beach—where he runs the Miami outpost of his New York destination restaurant The Dutch—the event showcases the delectable combination of champagne and fried chicken (thus the title pun). Alongside such chefs as Hugh Atcheson of Atlanta’s Empire State South, Jeff McInnis of South Beach’s Yardbird, and Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of L.A.’s Animal will be new Miami culinary sensation Amaris Jones, whose restaurant, South Street, opened a mere four months ago and is already an eat-and-be-seen Design District hotspot.
Philadelphia native Jones teamed up with noted restaurateur Amir Ben-Zion to bring to life her North-meets-South brand of deliciousness—or, as she calls it, “organic neo-soul food.” Locals regularly dive into favorites such as the deviled eggs, shrimp and white-corn cheddar grits and grilled green tomatoes, but at the end of the evening, everyone really comes for the chicken. “I put a spin on my mother’s recipe,” Jones says, “with a special array of spices and herbs.”
The evening’s featured drink ideally complements the dish, she says: “Bubbles in champagne are known to cut through rich and fatty foods, which makes fried chicken an awesome pairing.” A selection of South Street’s signature soulful sides—from buttery mashed potatoes and candied yams to collard greens with smoked turkey—completes the experience.
And though Chicken Coupe attendees will be treated to sounds from DJ Blaze Carreras—not to mention a take-home champagne coupe glass from Riedel—Jones’ South Street soundtrack is almost as celebrated as her cuisine: “The best music to dine highlights the authenticity of the food. If I am eating at an Italian eatery I expect and want to hear some Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. At South Street you hear the best of soul, from Curtis Mayfield, the O’Jays and Teddy Pendergrass to Frankie Beverly and Maze, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.”
For tickets or more information visit www.sobefest.com.
Visit South Street by Amaris Jones at 4000 Northeast 2nd Avenue. Miami 33137. (305) 573-5474. www.southstreetmiami.com
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