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Ghetto to Go

"We're paying for their exorbitant rent!" my uncle Al bellows whenever I take him to dine in a pricey South Beach restaurant. Obnoxious, yes, but he's got a point. The Ghetto Gourmet is a counterpoint. The Oakland-based group is, in essence, an underground supper club, meaning they find hip spaces -- warehouses, lofts, galleries, and private homes -- and stage community dinners featuring local ingredients and chefs. For one night only. Then they are gone. This actually makes them more guerrilla gourmets than ghetto ones. Though I suppose they don't want people to think they're cooking up anything in the monkey family.

Ghetto Gourmet started three years ago. Their stated mission: "culinary renegades taking great food out of stuffy restaurants and into the most relaxed settings."They recently began to take their restaurant-without-walls tour on the road. Specifically they will be putting on dinners in Miami Beach this coming Thursday and Friday evenings, one in a "super cool deco condo", the other in a "cool bungalow near the beach", or so promises Kenny Lowe, a collaborator for the group.

The events will feature chef Tim Smith Trojian, and Aaron May, a former Miami native and now executive chef of Sol y Sombra in Scottsdale, Arizona. "We are lining up some entertainment," adds Kenny, "and there are still a few seats available". Dinner runs from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Per person price (it's byob) is $50.00. The menu and address will be emailed to confirmed guests just a few days before the dinners. For more details go to

Or visit the links for the events themselves:

Thursday, Feb 15th

Friday, Feb 16th

Lee Klein

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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