At Essensia, we are conscientious and specific about the ingredients we use. We source ingredients from local farms and specialty purveyors to ensure that our guests can enjoy the best products we can offer. Our Miami farm-to-table restaurant chooses products that are locally grown, organic when available, always natural, and sustainably produced. Our finished product speaks for itself; when food is grown with respect, picked at its peak, served close to its source, and prepared with care, the finished plate is a culinary experience that nourishes and satisfies on many levels.
Essensia Chef’s Organic Garden
Essensia Restaurant works with a local, organic gardening firm to build a vegetable garden for the restaurant in our very own backyard! We are growing many of our specialty ingredients that we utilize in the food and drinks, including tomatoes, lemongrass, lemon balm, Thai basil, Cuban oregano, garden greens, edible flowers, and much more. Essensia is proud to be one of the leading restaurants in the farm-to-table mission in Miami Beach, and one of the first hotels to have our own restaurant garden.
Rock Gardens mission is to provide fresh culinary herbs, lettuces and specialty produce with an emphasis on year-round quality and availability. We will achieve our mission by providing safe food and excellence in product quality, service levels, product information and customer relationships.
Paradise Farms Organic incorporates Biodynamic principles, which, among other things, encourages an intimate relationship with the land based on the energies of the earth, sun, moon and cosmos. The farm design supports its intention to work with nature’s energy. This idea produces a higher vibrating food enriching its flavor. Paradise Farms is certified organic by Quality Certification Services from Gainesville. Their ingredients are simple: natural organic matter, love and care. Everything at the farm is done by hand and with extraordinary care. The farm offers monthly brunches, farm tours, and chef’s dinners.
Teena’s Pride provides heirloom tomatoes of the highest possible quality, as well as peppers, eggplants, greens, herbs, and other interesting produce, giving our Chefs at Essensia a colorful array of beautiful organic ingredients to work with in creating our dishes. The farm is located within 35 miles of Essensia, and our produce is picked the day it is delivered. This ensures not only the best tasting product, but ingredients that are packed with nutrients and nourishment. Teena’s Pride offers locals a CSA, or community supported agriculture program, so that Miami residents can enjoy this incredible produce each week at home.
Key West Pink Shrimp
Wild Caught Key West Pink shrimp living in the clean coral sand off the west coast of Florida , contributing to the pink shell color as well as the sweet taste.
Florida Fresh Herbs, Inc.
Florida Fresh Herbs,takes great pride in their unique method of growing arugula. Plants thrive in nutrient-rich water instead of dirt, which eliminates the need to repeatedly wash the leaves to remove grit. Hydroponic arugula also offers much greater flavor and will stay fresh for up to 7 days from harvest. Speaking of harvesting, every single leaf is hand cut by a person (No machines!) to ensure uniform leaf size and quality. By growing in state-of-the-art greenhouses, their arugula is protected from the insects and adverse weather conditions that destroy the quality of regular field-grown arugula.