The Buena Vista neighborhood's highly anticipated new restaurant, The District, will open this weekend. The brainchild of Managing Partner Alexander Ringleb, behind renowned restaurants such as Casa Tua and DeVito’s in Miami, and Balthazar and Pastis in New York and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills.
The District will combine stylish decor with an exciting Pan-American dinner menu, courtesy of Partner and Executive Chef Horacio Rivadero, voted Food and Wine Magazine’s 2012 Best New Chef for the Gulf Region.
According to Ringleb, “The District Miami will be more than just a new restaurant in the ever-changing Miami culinary scene. I wanted to create the perfect combination of a warm and inviting atmosphere with enticing cuisine. With its Pan- American fusion, The District Miami will embody what Miami is today, a true blend of cultures.” For The District Miami’s menu, Chef Rivadero, an alum for 4 diamond award winning chef, Douglas Rodriguez, has combined Pan-American flavors with fresh, local ingredients, to "embody the true essence of a blend of cultures.“
Here's what else Chef Rivadero had to share about himself, his experience and the wonderful offerings at The District.
Tell me a bit about your Latin Roots.
I was born in Cordoba, located in the countryside of Argentina. I spent my childhood years, six months at a time in the city and six months in the country. My passion for the kitchen was born, as with many Latin families, when my family and I prepared meals and bonded in our home kitchens. I remember helping my Mom and aunts and cooking together. Those were my favorite memories and throughout my culinary career that is what I wanted to bring to light in my dishes.
How have your ethnic background and past culinary experiences influenced the menu at The District?
Being born in Argentina, having lived in Miami for many years now and currently opening The District Miami in the historical Buena Vista neighborhood, these cultural experiences, merged with my Hispanic roots, have deeply influenced our menu.
Describe the menu at The District.
Our menu is “A Cultural Taste of the Americas.”
What is Pan-American cuisine?
Pan-American cuisine is a fusion of the dishes from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. At The District Miami we have combined fresh and local ingredients, which are highlighted and merged in each dish creating a true contemporary Pan-American journey.
What are some of your favorite menu items on The District Menu?
Some of my most favorite dishes include: Afro-Cuban: Slow roasted marble pork shoulder, braised collard greens, white bean puree, creole salad “Vuelve a la Vida” Ceviche: Octopus, clams, crab, Heirloom tomatoes, lime juice, red onions, celery, cilantro plantain chips; The Boxer: Grilled cast iron Pork belly, creamy farro, white beech mushrooms, tarragon puree, frisée radish salad;
Beets & Beets: Oven roasted golden and red beets, watercress, Marcona almonds, pickled raspberries, goat cheese mousse; Lobster MalangaTaco: Aji Amarillo escabeche, pickled cabbage, crispy shallots
Will the dishes change seasonally? If so, what do you see as the mainstays?
Some of the dishes will change while some of the ingredients will change seasonally, on others.
Our mainstays on the menu include: Filet Mignon -12 oz. bone in Chateaux, truffle honey yuca mash, grilled baby broccolini, black trumpet chimichurri; our signature ceviches of Cobia, Corvina, Mixto and of course Vuelve a la Vida. The Florida Gulf Swordfish: sweet soy-glazed Brussels sprouts, caramelized plantains, Serrano ham, clam mojo and the Joyce Farms Poulet Rouge, served with fingerling potatoes, okra, baby turnips, aji de gallina will also be regulars on the menu.
Do you offer anything on the “lighter side”?
Absolutely! All of our ceviches are gluten free and extremely low in fat and calories. Ceviches are one of the healthiest options especially in Florida.
What's for dessert?
Don't Miss the Black Magic: Semi-sweet chocolate mousse, homemade marshmallows, chocolate ganache, sweet potato vanilla bean drizzle, pistachio cookie or the
4-Leches Parfait: Macadamia nuts, vanilla caramelized pineapples, and Italian merengue.
The District Miami is hosting a grand opening party on Friday October 4 and will be open daily starting Monday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m. The District is located at 190 NE 46th Street. For additional information, visit: www.thedistrictmiami.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 305.573.4199, by email to email@example.com.
Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday’s until midnight. Dishes range from $6 to $52. A Bar Bite Menu will be offered daily with especially priced beer and wine specials. Valet and street parking will be available. Sunday Brunch to be announced at a later date.