Just behind the hotel’s Tiki Bar lies Essensia’s Organic Chefs Garden. Just one of several green initiatives, the garden consists of 6 individual beds, totaling 750 square feet of organic growing space. Personally overseen by Chef Frans, herbs and seasonal produce are picked fresh daily and used in many of our scrumptious recipes at our Miami restaurant – from our tomato salad with homegrown basil, ceviche with backyard cilantro to brussels sprouts with sage and shiitakes, just to name a few.
Our Signature Chef, Julie Frans, has worked 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.
Wednesdays from November to May, Chef Julie invites hotel guests and local visitors to attend complimentary weekly tours and tastings which include indentifying the organic produce, herbs and greens in the garden as well as the preparation of tasting bites, some Prosecco, Signature cocktail or drink, and a lot of talk about healthy, local and sustainable eating! Join us for educational, yummy Wednesday afternoons from 5.00pm!