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Wearin' o' the Green Salad: St. Paddy's Celebration at Swank Farms

If your version of a great Sunday afternoon is more about eating green than drinking green (as in food coloring in your beer), then we suggest heading out to Swank Farms on Saint Patrick's Day to celebrate the Wearin' o' the Green... Salad.

This adults-only lunch features some of South Florida's best chefs each pitching in to prepare Irish-themed courses paired with fine wines.

The event, which benefits the Red Cross, will be held at Swank Farms on Sunday, March 17, from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $150 each and available by wait list only by calling 561-202-5648.

Participating chefs include Jim Leiken, chef de cuisine at Cafe Boulud;

Michael Wurster, executive chef at Malcolm's at the

Omphoy Resort & Spa; Arnaud Chavigny, executive pastry chef at Cafe

Boulud; Clay Conley, chef/owner at Buccan & Imoto; and Lindsay

Autry, resident chef at Swank Table and executive chef at Sundy House.

Wines will be curated by Stephanie Miskew, a local wine educator and


The event will start with a welcome tour of the farm and butler

passed hors d'oeuvres prepares by each chef. The luncheon then continues

under a long tent with rows of communal seating, with each chef

preparing two dishes, served family-style, featuring Swank produce and

local and sustainable proteins.

Jodi Swank of Swank Specialty Produce said that the menu will

focus on both traditional and reimagined Irish food. "Two of our chefs,

Clay Conley and Michael Wurster, have Irish grandparents, so they are

playing with boxty, corned beef and cabbage, and other great Irish

touchstone dishes. Judith Olney, our creative director, is including

many Irish traditions in the event, and we have a wonderful singer,

Hilary O'Leary, as a musical guest."

Swank told Clean Plate Charlie that this is their second-annual

event to honor the Red Cross. "They give so much at times of trouble

that it is a pleasure to give back to them a bit."

Swank also

added that in the spirit of giving, guests will receive some

special gifts. "Our prizes this year will include restaurant gift

certificates, food items, and books for those who have the luck of the

Irish and find some hidden presents in our traditional Colcannon potato


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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