Last week, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival brought in chefs from around the country — and the world. Among them was Uri Jeremias, the internationally acclaimed Israeli chef known for his fish and seafood restaurant, Uri Buri, in Acre, Israel.
As part of the SOBEWFF official event lineup, Chef Jeremias hosted a Mediterranean dinner with another international superstar chef — Aret Sahakyan — and Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House’s Sergio Segala. Earlier that same week, Chef Jeremias and two local chefs treated diners to an intimate meal at Café Roval. We were fortunate enough to be a part of that dinner, which featured dishes by Daniel Ganem (Quality Meats; Zuuk) and Café Roval’s own Peter Fred.
Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a variety of seafood dishes from the trio. For starters, we dined on a Striped Bass Crudo in orange sauce with Thai chili, before proceeding to devour Local Hog Snapper. Although we loved the fish, our favorite dish of the evening was a side. You could seriously give us a bowl of the Israeli Coucous, and we’d be satisfied — it was that good. The meal closed with a Rosewater Malabi, which we had never heard of. It’s basically pudding, but a whole lot better.
The delicious food was only one of the night’s highlights. The other highlight? The people. Guests included Israeli Consulate members as well as representatives from Turkish Airlines and the Ministry of Tourism (plus a few foodie friends). If you haven’t been to Café Roval, it’s a perfect setting for good conversation, and there was plenty of that during dinner. It’s like you’re in someone’s house — someone’s very nice and gigantic house.
Below, you’ll find photos from that memorable night. A big thanks to Sara Liss of Saffron Supper Club for inviting us to take part in the meal. To learn more about the local supper club, check out their Facebook page.