Last week I went to the first of many monthly pop up dinners at Bianca at Delano in Miami Beach called Let’s Eat. Every first Monday of the month, the next one being March 2nd, Bianca finds its inner Soul as chef Amaris Jones prepares a five-course menu that pays homage to her R&B Philadelphian background.
Lifestyle maven and chef Amaris Jones has spent her lifetime honing in on the perfect iteration of the modern Soul Food concept. Thirty something years later, she credits her Father's Church on Philly's famed South Street and her family gatherings, as the birthplace for her love of this cuisine and lifestyle.
What is so awesome about what Amaris does is that she takes traditional fried chicken, mac & cheese, and sweet potato and turns them into a dishes that will keep you coming back for more. On the pop up menu you are able to try her Bird N Bubbles, a southern fried free-range chicken basket with a sweet potato biscuit and champagne split and the Naw’ Leans, which is wild local shrimp with a Cajun crème sauce over white cheddar grits. Both dishes are completely out of this world, but if you have to choose one go for the fried chicken.
You will also need to pair your main dish with at least one side. If I were you I would order both the mac & cheese and sweet mash with candied pecans. I have had many mac & cheese dishes in my life, but this one is top on my list. The parmesan cheese crust on top of the dish is so perfectly crunchy you won’t be able to stop eating it.
Last but not least, you have to try Amaris’ banana pudding brûlée. Whenever I see that banana is an ingredient in a dessert I immediately get excited, but I wasn't prepared for the happiness I felt eating this bread pudding. There were both chunks of bread pudding along with pieces of banana, and the custard was perfectly creamy and smooth. WARNING: You will feel inclined to eat the entire thing, and will need someone to roll you out of Bianca.
Keep in mind that guests will also be treated to the sounds of veteran Miami DJ, Mr. Brown as well as a live performance by EYME XY.
**For Reservations please call 305.674.5752 or visit BiancaMiami.com.