Smorgasburg Miami and Humans of the Kitchen Celebrate Anthony Bourdain Day June 25

On June 8, 2018, the world lost one of its greatest foodies: Anthony Bourdain, who died by suicide in a French hotel room.

The following year, two distinguished chefs, Éric Ripert and José Andrés, declared June 25 Anthony Bourdain Day to celebrate their friend and honor his memory on his birthday.

This year, Miami will use the holiday to commemorate the late chef, author, and culinary travel documentary maker with a food-centric day at Smorgasburg, the new open-air food market in Wynwood.

While it won’t be the first such event in recent years, it will be one of the largest to date, and it’s all thanks to Miami-based Humans of the Kitchen, which has partnered with Smorgasburg Miami.

Smorgasburg Miami founder Gaston Becherano Cohen says: New times the event was hosted by Humans of the Kitchen photographers Carlos “Beto” Ortiz and Julian Buitrago, who have helped organize similar events in recent years to support local hospitality workers.

“One of the reasons I started eating is because I read Bourdain’s book Kitchen confidential and felt inspired,” Cohen says. “On a personal level, running my cafe in New York City, I felt a strain on my own mental health. I think it’s a topic we need to talk about, and I couldn’t be happier that Carlos came to me with the idea.”

Ortiz, who has been a photographer for Humans of the Kitchen for the past four years, says much of his own work is inspired by Bourdain.

“He would focus more on the small restaurant, the family businesses and the people in the kitchen who sat behind the scenes and shared their stories. I’ve been a chef for five years, so I know the stories that come out of the kitchen,” Ortiz said. . “I started this project to keep his legacy alive and to share the stories of Miami’s chefs who deserved to be told. And I couldn’t think of a better place to do that than in Smorgasburg. They bring all these up- and up-and-coming suppliers, and creating a great space for them to shine.”

Fans of Miami-based Humans of the Kitchen may be familiar with Ortiz and his fellow team of photojournalists for their Instagram posts detailing the men and women who make up the city’s restaurant industry workforce. Since 2019, Humans of the Kitchen members have been sharing the journey, passion and struggles of new, emerging or established back-of-house employees, from dishwashers and prep cooks to executive and pastry chefs, through photos and short stories.

click to enlarge The chefs at Smorgasburg Miami prepare special dishes in honor of Anthony Bourdain Day.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE KITCHEN PEOPLE

The chefs at Smorgasburg Miami prepare special dishes in honor of Anthony Bourdain Day.

Photo courtesy of Humans of the Kitchen

On June 25, Smorgasburg Miami vendors, from open to closed, will showcase specialty dishes that showcase Bourdain’s favorite dishes alongside their own.

Vendor specials for Anthony Bourdain Day include pork belly skewers of Chug’s Wagyu Coney burger; arepa con lechón from Maiz Project; Los Dos Amigos The tacos birria tacos; Yakitori Boyz 305’s chicken yakitori; Fusion Fuego’s roast pork empanada tostada; Sando Miami’s French Onion Soup; Ban ‘Me’s Bao bun with pork belly; D’Abruzzo Mia’s Pork Belly Skewers; Arancinus’ pork belly arancino; Argentinian chicken and beef empanadas from Pink Love Donuts; Trap Kitchen’s al pastor mac ‘n’ cheese; and Raclette Street’s pastrami and raclette sandwich.

Cohen says 100 percent of merchandise sales during the day of the event — plus an additional monetary donation pending decision — will go to Restaurant After Hours, a charity that supports the mental health of hospitality workers. Sellers of Smorgasburg also have the option to donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to the nonprofit.

In addition, representatives from Humans of the Kitchen will host a booth at the event in an effort to advocate for free mental health care for restaurant workers.

Smorgasburg Miami features more than 60 chefs and pop-ups from Miami and beyond, as well as a dedicated section of retail vendors. The market also features live music by a record DJ and a full bar powered by the Michelin-starred Los Felix restaurant, which serves natural wine, specialty cocktails and craft beer.

“Smorgasburg and Its Vendors is the perfect venue for this Bourdain-themed event, with so many vendors that really fit the type of food and culture he was covering,” says Cohen. “This is a topic and a cause that needs to be continuously supported, and I’m excited that Smorgasburg can be a part of the effort this year.”

Bourdain Day in Smorgasburg Miami. noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at 2600 NW Second Ave., Miami; smorgasburgmiami.com.

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