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Beatz & Eatz benefit(Vegan Gluten Free Dinner featuring DJs and Art Auction)


Oolite Restaurant1124796
1661 Pennsylvania, Miami Beach FL, US 33139

Type of Event

  • Community Event


Mar 25
17:30 pmto21:15 pm

Cocktail party sponsored by VEEV Spirits
followed by:
3-course vegan gluten-free dinner
curated by
James Beard Foundation Best Chef Nominee
Chef Kris Wessel
Menu includes paired wine:

FIRST COURSE (Served Family Style)
Spicy, grilled, Florida grown Eggplant wrapped in toasted sesame malbar spinach, with a lemon caponata, and
Wild mushroom and no-cheese Arepa with poached leek creme, and
Best House Salad Ever!! Hearts of palm, olives, chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, Brussell leaves and a domestic hydroponic greens mix

Vegetable lasagnetta, roasted calabazza squash, boniato mash, garlic braised kale and tomato-asparagus and spinach ragout in layered Roti Sheet, or
Vegetable-quinoa burger on rice-flax seed or roti bread, avocado, greens and a lemon vinaigrette, or
Red rice and mushroom stuffed and baked Cho-Cho (chayote squash) with a black bean guajillo corn sauce

Berry Cobbler with vegan Almond Ice Cream, or
Assorted Vegan cookies

Music by:
DJ Richard “Dr. Love” Vasquez (The Choice Miami and Discobox)
DJ Gina Turner (Turn It Records/SiriusXM)
T LYFE (The Art Hub/ Art N Soul)
plus special guests

Brief and stimulating presentations by:
Bob Bernstein (Guitars Over Guns), Clayton Warwick (Cadence and Cause), Sammy Bananas (DJs for Climate Action), T LYFE (The Art Hub), Jason Beukema (Whet Foundation), Chris Love (Soup NYC), Monica Salazar (Electronic Music Alliance), EuGene Gant (Naam Yoga Miami)

The art auction, curated by art/event consultant Kat Sambor, will consist mainly of works by artists from the Florida-based Art n Soul collective, and other artists that are drawn to the themes unpinning this collaboration. The art will also be available for online bidding. To look into submitted a piece, contact /> All proceeds from the dinner and the art sales will benefit both Give a Beat and The Art Hub.
If you cannot attend the event and would like to support please go directly to the website to donate!

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About Give a Beat
Give a Beat focuses on transforming the positive energy of global dance music culture to facilitate empowering opportunities for foster children, at-risk youth, and communities impacted by incarceration. Through active collaborations with music producers, promoters, artists and socially conscious companies, we raise awareness of pressing issues and injustices at live music events and through online platforms.
About The Art Hub
The Arts Hub mission is to implement a dynamic content-rich art based program that actively engage inner city youth with various skills and creativity. Our focus is specifically in areas where no art programs are present. The programs consist of hands-on art workshops, art classes, and etiquette for young men, along with mentoring for young men, and open forums to speak about the arts and how they apply to life skills.
About Meredith Weil
Meredith is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who specializes in helping clients gain more energy, lose weight and find more balance in their lives through lifestyle modifications and plant-based nutrition. She also teaches yoga at the Green Monkey Miami Beach Treehouse. This year she is launching Bold Vegetarian, an event production company focused on vegetarian dinner parties fusing her passion for healthy food with her love of music, dance and the arts and supporting good causes through these channels.
Oolite received 3.5 stars and Restaurant of the Year 2014 from the Miami Herald and The Sun Sentinel; along with Best New Restaurant Golden Spoon 2014 from Florida Trend and Top Ten of 2014 Reviewed Restaurants by The Miami New Times for Chef Partner Kris Wessel's unique, original concept of Healthy Regional Cuisine inspired by the food culture and the bounty of product in the region of Florida, the American South, the Caribbean and South America. Created as a healthy based cuisine, the entire menu is gluten free and protein specific. Wessel was nominated for Best Chef South (2010) by the James Beard Foundation. Oolite's kitchen is diverse in technique using modern and time tested approaches to production including slow cooking, poaching, steaming, smoking, grilling, dehydrating and preserving.
About VEEV® Spirits
VEEV Spirits® LLC was founded by brothers Courtney Reum and Carter Reum in Los Angeles in 2007. What started as a two-man start-up grew into one of the best-selling independent liquor brands in the VEEV® Spirits was ranked amongst the 250 fastest growing companies and brands in the by Inc. Magazine (September 2011) and won the Technomic Fast 50 Award in 2013. VEEV® is an active member of 1% for the Planet® where 1% of topline sales are donated to environmental organizations worldwide.

About Richard "Dr. Love" Vasquez
RICHARD VASQUEZ aka. has been a deejay since Studio 54. In New York City he was featured in many legendary nightclubs, his career culminating with his own Manhattan club “The Choice.” It is remembered as a very important foundation that featured the new electronic dance music called “House”. Richardwas one of the first to feature artists like Larry Levan. Frankie Knuckles, David Morales, Louie Vega and many more, long before most people ever heard of house music. When Richard moved to Miami Beach in 1995 he found that the Miami Clubs did not offer much opportunity for the more sophisticated sounds from the New York Dance Music scene, but the hotels, restaurants and lounges were very open to it. Here he began shifting the emphasis of his music skills from clubs to situations and venues that called for a different dynamic. The vibe was about considerations to having the right volume, the right energy, and the most stimulating and varied sounds for that particular time of the day or evening. 37 years of joyfully playing music for people brought exceptional skill to the art of creating soundtracks for entertainment venues in Miami. Full bio here.

About DJ Gina Turner
Originally hailing from New York, Gina Turner grew up with the NYC House sounds of clubs like Shelter and Sound Factory. Drawing inspiration from places such as these, she moved to Boston and gained her own radio shows on 88.9 WERS and 99.9 WECB. She soon became a staple in the Boston club scene and then in 2006 moved to Los Angeles. In LA she formed the DJ duo STACCATO () and continued with radio and club, and founded an afterhours movement called MAJOR (). Gina has extended her talents across the pond and has played in such cities as Oslo, Brighton, & Paris. She has caught the attention Laidback Luke, Zoo Brazil & many other european producers, and with that comes collaborations that are legendary. Tiesto's label BLACK HOLE RECORDINGS will be releasing her track "BANG IT" with Zoo Brazil in Late October 2009. Gina's 2009 collaboration with Laidback Luke has birthed a new production duo called "Nouveau Yorican." The tracks that they have coming out can be described as latin inspired shuffle tech house. This is just the beginning for Gina, she plans to release more tracks as Staccato as well her her highly anticipated solo productions.



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