Chefs Preparing for Culinary Event


Culinary Events

Throughout the year, Essensia and its culinary team participate at an array of events and dinners that underline this South Beach, Miami restaurant’s mission of providing natural, wholesome, seasonal and fresh gourmet cuisine. Upcoming culinary event participation is as follows:

Snail Social Happy Hour/October 2013

Monday, October 28th will kick-off a brand new “Snail Social” event series! Snail Socials invite the community and local food pioneers to come together in a fun, casual way to mingle and discuss the latest in local food culture, while also experiencing the delicious food & drink of those chefs and producers in Miami who are leading the charge. Snail Socials will occur at a different Snail of Approval restaurant throughout the season, beginning with Essensia at The Palms Hotel & Spa on Miami Beach on the 28th.

Annual Taste of the Garden January/February 2013

Over 350 people will attend the beauty beneath the stars as they explore the newly-renovated Botanical Gardens to sample delicious food and drink, liquor, wine, beer, and champagne from over 20 restaurants and renowned chefs.

Swank Farms Hot Pink Lunch February 2013

Swank Farms Hot Pink Lunch Benefiting: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Dinner in Paradise March 2013

Dinner in Paradise at Paradise Farms features the finest chefs in Miami preparing a delicious five course meal made with local organic products and paired with fine wines.

Snail of Approval Tasting Party March 2013

Honoring Miami’s Farm-to-Table best with event ambassador Chef Michael Schwartz presented by Cooking Light Magazine at the James Royal Palm Hotel at 7:00 p.m. For tickets visit

2ND ANNUAL UNDERGROUND MIAMI Fertile Earth Foundation (FEF) April 2013

Fertile Earth Foundation (FEF), a local environmental non-profit organization, best known for its composting and waste reduction initiatives, will host their 2nd Annual “Underground Miami” fundraising event along with The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.  WHEN: Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM, WHERE: The Palms Hotel and Spa at 3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140, – Valet parking available.6:00 PM – Guests begin to arrive.

Brunch in Paradise May 2013

“Brunch in Paradise” at Paradise Farms is an ideal outing for the entire family! Spend the afternoon in Paradise and explore our lush, tropical farm at your leisure.

Taste of the Nation July 2013

Taste of the Nation South Florida will take place on Thursday, July 25th at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.  Taste of the Nation South Florida will feature 50 of South Florida’s hottest restaurants, wine tasting, specialty cocktails, a silent and live auction and live entertainment all at the Loews Miami Beach. 100% of the ticket proceeds fund Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger and the No Kid Hungry Campaign working to bring summer meals, breakfast and after-school programs and discounted lunches to qualified children attending schools in South Florida. To learn more about Share Our Strength and Taste of the Nation South Florida visit or

Miami Spice August/September 2013

Miami Spice is a mouth-watering restaurant promotion showcasing the very best of Miami cuisine. During August and September, Miami’s top restaurants offer three-course meals (Lunches $19 or $23, Dinners $33 or $39) featuring signature dishes created by world-renowned chefs.

Common Threads October 2013

The mission is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking.

Key to the Cure – TBA

Signature Chef’s – TBA

Community Events

One of the hotel’s 10 values is Health Consciousness, which is promoted through the natural gourmet food concept at Essensia and all the hotel’s culinary outlets. But this integral value is not only expressed within the hotel – it is also taken into the community through an array of charities and projects that have the goal to change the way children eat and to help reverse the trend of child obesity in the US. Some of the projects and charities we are involved in are:

Miami World Festival

World Festival events are held annually in each program city. At each world festival, Common Threads brings together some of the most influential chefs, diverse professionals, philanthropists, and foodies for a fundraising gala to help sustain and grow the after-school programs.

Miami-Dade Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition

Together with the Let’s Move Initiative by Michelle Obama have created a Chef Partnership Program, where local celebrity Chefs Michelle Bernstein, Kris Wessel, Ken Lyon and the hotels’ very own Executive Chef Julie Frans have partnered with schools that are in the same neighborhood as their respective restaurants. Engaging students and staff in culinary arts skills and expanding nutritional knowledge are important steps to improving eating habits and increasing meal participation through a fresh approach to school food service. The Chefs work with the food service staff at their schools on a monthly basis creating wholesome and healthy dishes for the students. The dishes they create will find their way into the cafeterias of all Miami-Dade public schools further down the line.

The Palms Hotel & Spa has partnered with North Beach Elementary and is proud to be working together with all their cafeteria staff to make school lunches more appetizing, healthy, nutritious and tasty.

Common Threads

Common Threads is a charity that teaches low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals. Their philosophy believes that through hands-on cooking classes childhood obesity can be prevented and the trend of generations of non-cookers reversed, while celebrating cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common. Their mission is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. The hotel’s Executive Chef, Julie Frans, teaches some of these classes and the hotel supports the charity with fundraisers and donations.