Slow Food Navajo-Churro Lamb Dinner

"Baaa...the chef will prepare me four ways."
"Baaa...the chef will prepare me four ways."
"Baaa...the chef will prepare me four ways."

The Slow Food event of the season is coming up at the Miami Standard Hotel's Lido restaurant on October 22nd, when Lido chef Mark Zeitouni wows locavores with a menu focused on Navajo Churro lamb courtesy of the Navajo Churro Sheep Association.

The Navajo Churro is the oldest domesticated farm animal in the U.S. -- the breed was nearly extinct by the 1970s, with numbers down to a mere 600. Since then, farmers dedicated to saving the breed have been raising these beautiful, scrappy little sheep for their wool and meat, which has been described as mild, wild, and aromatic.

Zeitouni's menu, based in the Mediterranean, looks scrumptious; it includes a Mezze platter, Quinoa Pilaf with Dried Apricot, Cherries and Fresh Parsley, Short Grain Brown Rice with Roasted pepper and almond Nuts, Garbanzo Bean Stew, Turkish Lamb Curry, Fennel Dusted Roasted Lamb Loin, and other slow-food themed dishes and desserts. The reception starts at 6:30 with an invitation for a pre-dinner sunset swim and spa from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. You can purchase tickets here or contact Slow Food Miami at

-- Gail Shepherd

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