Verde’s Summer Guest Chef Series Ends on a High Note


All summer long, Verde invited guest chefs to collaborate on family-style feasts inside the Perez Art Museum Miami eatery. The star-studded lineup for the monthly meal included local favorites like Edge Steak and Bar’s Aaron Brooks and Macchialina’s Michael Pirolo. To close out the series, Verde’s own Kaytlin Dangaran and former Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink Chef de Cuisine Niven Patel treated diners to an unforgettable three-course culinary experience.

We here at Miami Food Pug have been eagerly counting down the days until Chef Patel opens his latest project, Ghee Indian Kitchen, in Downtown Dadeland. And if this meal was any indication of what to expect, the neighborhood is really stepping up its restaurant game.

Before the meal, guests congregated on the PAMM terrace for drinks and small bites. The signature cocktail — an Earl-grey infused Collins — was a light, refreshing way to kick off what would be a very filling evening. Once ticketholders were ushered into Verde, the dinner commenced with a three-part first course paired with wine: cobia, roasted corn samosa and grilled ribs.

To say the meal was already worth its $85 price tag would be an understatement. Our table enjoyed all the dishes, but those grilled ribs are what dreams are made of. The carrie mango marmalade, savoy cabbage and black mustard gave the ribs a tasty twist that perked up palates and made us want another order ASAP. Although this might sound like hyperbole, we assure you it’s not.

The second course was just as extensive as the first: Tandoori spiced duck confit, vadouvan roasted lamb leg and eggplant curry took up most of the table space, and what little space was left was taken up by more wine (always welcome) and naan. This is how Miami Food Pug feels about naan:

Verde - Guest Chef Series - Niven Patel - Cracked Semolina and Mango Kufi

It was hard not to eat everything on the table/share with others, but somehow we managed. Again, all three dishes were outstanding and there was more than enough for everyone. Thankfully, the meal ended on a lighter note with a mango kulfi and cracked wheat combo. Unlike the other items we devoured throughout the evening, these were individual portions aka more dessert for us.

We’re bummed that the guest chef series has ended, but what a way to go out. If Verde hosts more collaborative dinners like this, count us in — and we better see you there.

Photos taken by Amber Love Bond of Brickell Living. Verde is located in the Pérez Art Museum Miami at 1103 Biscayne Blvd in Downtown. For hours of operation and other information, visit their official website or call 305-375-8282.