Miami (Wednesday, October 26, 2022) – Today, Resy and American Express announced plans to celebrate the intersection of food, art, and culture during art week in Miami with a four-day pop-up in the Design District headlined by Michelin and James Beard Award-winning chefs and renowned artist Phillip K. Smith III, plus special events at some of the most popular restaurants in Miami.
“Miami is one of Resy’s fastest-growing markets and such an exciting restaurant city,” said Alex Lee, CEO of Resy and VP of American Express Dining. “During Art Basel week, when we see reservation demand in Miami spike, we’ll supercharge what Resy is known for: guiding you to and helping you get into the best restaurants.”
The Design District pop-up will feature restaurants and chefs in Resy’s Global Dining Access* program. There will be intimate dinners cooked by Massimo Bottura (Tues., Nov. 29), Missy Robbins (Thurs., Dec. 1), and Mashama Bailey (Fri., Dec. 2) and a gallery day (Wed., Nov. 30) with food and drinks by Michael Solomonov. The pop-up will also feature the return of American Express presents SAVOR & SOUL™, a unique dining experience celebrating Black chefs and culture with a menu curated by Mashama Bailey. In addition, Resy will host special events at popular Miami restaurants COTE Miami, Joe’s Stone Crab, and Mandolin Aegean Bistro for Global Dining Access Members.
Global Dining Access by Resy is a dining program that provides eligible American Express® Card Members elevated access to 500+ top restaurants in the United States and around the world. Benefits include the ability to book exclusive reservation slots, Priority Notify at all Resy restaurants, and invitations to exclusive events.
“Art has always been my passion, together with music, poetry, fast cars and motorcycles, and of course food” says Massimo Bottura, Chef Patron of Osteria Francescana and Founder of Food for Soul. “When we are able to put together all these things and create an amazing event I am always on. It is the only way you can transmit emotions. I can’t wait to come in Miami again. It’s all about emotions.”
“Food, culture and art are so intricately linked and I am thrilled to be partnering with American Express and Resy to bring this exciting experience to guests in Miami,” said Chef Michael Solomonov, Chef and Owner of Zahav and five-time James Beard Foundation award-winner.
“Miami is such a lively and vibrant city, rich in Caribbean culture,” said Mashama Bailey, Chef, and Co-Owner of The Grey. “We are excited to showcase dishes rooted in these cultures and cook for people who love art and beauty, and who have a discerning eye and palate – it is always a welcomed challenge.”
“I am excited to be a part of an event that brings the world of food and art together,” said Missy Robbins, Chef, and Owner of Lilia, Misi, and MISIPASTA. “It is a great opportunity to showcase our form of expression outside of the four walls of our restaurants and to introduce our food and hospitality to international and local guests.”
Southern California desert-based artist Phillip K. Smith III was commissioned to create a site-specific art installation for the Resy and American Express gallery in the Design District. The piece, Garden of Reflections, is a series of reflective columnar sculptures that react to the immediate surroundings: the sun, clouds, treetops, and architecture during the day, and the action of the dining experience at night. Smith last showed at Art Basel Miami 2017 with 120 Degree Arc East Southeast, a 500-foot-long reflective installation located on the beach in the Faena Arts District.
“Art Basel brings a lot of weight, of course,” says Phillip K. Smith III, “I was intrigued by the challenge of providing artwork for a space that will operate as a gallery by day and a restaurant by night. And so, I’ve created Garden of Reflections, an artwork that will reflect and collage the movement and action of the space across its varied surfaces while changing perceptually from day to night.”
The partnership between Smith, Resy, and American Express was facilitated by UAP connects artists to opportunities in the public/private realm, and supports their design and fabrication needs. With projects from Desert X AlUla 2022 to Bharti Kher’s Ancestor, currently, on display with the Public Art Fund in New York City, UAP works across curation to installation to bring the most unique creations to life.
Schedule of Events for Resy and American Express’ Design District Pop-Up
Location: 151 NE 41st Street, 3rd Floor, Miami, FL
Global Dining Access by Resy Dinner Series
· Tuesday, Nov. 29 | 6:00 p.m.: Dinner with Massimo Bottura (Chef Patron of Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy) and Phillip K. Smith III’s Garden of Reflections
· Thursday, Dec. 1 | 5:30 p.m and 9:00 p.m.: Dinner with Missy Robbins (Chef and Owner of Lilia, Misi and MISIPASTA in Brooklyn, NY) and Phillip K. Smith III’s Garden of Reflections
Reservations are available beginning Wednesday, November 9th at 10 a.m. EST exclusively to American Express Card Members enrolled in Global Dining Access by Resy, see terms. Experience costs $350 per person and includes food (multi-course menu), alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Gallery Day viewing of Phillip K. Smith III’s Garden of Reflections featuring food from Michael Solomonov
· Wednesday, Nov. 30 | 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Viewing of Phillip K. Smith III’s Garden of Reflections with food and drinks by Michael Solomonov (Chef and Owner of Zahav, Abe Fisher, Merkaz, Dizengoff, Goldie, Laser Wolf, Federal Donuts and K’Far in Philadelphia, PA and Laser Wolf in Brooklyn, NY). Reservations are available to all Resy users beginning November 9th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Entry, food and drinks are complimentary.
· Friday, Dec. 2: Brunch with Mashama Bailey (Chef and Co-Owner of The Grey in Savannah, GA and Diner Bar in Austin, TX) featuring a discussion on the current state of Black art and artists along with a viewing of Phillip K. Smith III’s Garden of Reflections. Attendance by invitation only, see terms1.
Additional Restaurant Events for Global Dining Access Members:
Thursday, Dec. 1 – Friday, Dec. 9: For eight nights, Global Dining Access members can book tables at Michelin-starred KOREAN STEAKHOUSE™ COTE Miami and view world-class art from private collections. Pieces not typically shown in public will be on display at COTE in partnership with Artline, a public art project consulting firm based in New York City. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the collectors and their vision and personal stories while indulging in a specially curated menu.
Location: COTE Miami, 3900 NE 2nd Avenue Miami, FL
Wednesday, Nov. 30: An exclusive dinner event for Global Dining Access members at South Beach mainstay Joe’s Stone Crab. Guests will enjoy a four-course menu featuring Joe’s Stone Crab classics such as chopped salad, large stone crab claws, jumbo lump crab cakes, fried chicken, hashed brown potatoes, grilled tomatoes and of course, their famous Joe’s Key Lime Pie. Prix fixe menu is $220 per person inclusive of tax and service.
Location: Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL
Sunday, Dec. 4: An exclusive dinner service for Global Dining Access members at Mandolin Aegean Bistro, the beloved Design District restaurant in a restored 1940s bungalow. Guests can order Mandolin signature dishes like cheese sakanaki, ali nazik, spanakopita, köfte, and manti.
Location: Mandolin Aegean Bistro, 4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL
Reservations for these experiences are available beginning Wednesday, November 11th at 11 a.m. EST exclusively to American Express Card Members enrolled in Global Dining Access by Resy. Global Dining Access members can book via Resy. An eligible American Express® Card must be on file to book. Terms apply.