Sara Liss is a Miami-based freelance journalist, who has pretty much done it all. She has worked as a journalist in the Middle East, reporting for the Associated Press Jerusalem Bureau and Time Out Istanbul, she was the co-founder and editor for UrbanDaddy Miami, and she regularly contributes articles related to the Miami dining and design scenes to local and national publications. She has been published in Miami Modern Luxury, 944 Magazine, The Miami Herald, miami.com, Florida Travel + Life, Home Magazine, and About Travel, among others. She’s also the co-founder of the Saffron Supper Club, a roving pop-up dinner club exploring the food and culture of the Middle East.
Francisco Anton, Chef/Owner, Cardón y el Tirano
A native of Isla Margarita, Venezuela, Chef Francisco Anton moved to the U.S. when he was 16 years old. After growing up between Louisiana and earning a business degree in Orlando, he decided to follow his passion for cooking and went to live and work in NYC. After stints in Brooklyn and Manhattan, he came into his own under Maximo Tejada who taught him how to merge his flare for Latin cuisine with French technique. After a few years, Chef Anton moved to Miami and, before opening Cardón y el Tirano, worked alongside Michael Shikany at SHIKANY and was also heavily recruited to work with Alex Chang at the Vagabond. Instead of continuing on a path of working for others, however, Chef Anton decided to follow his dreams and open his own restaurant, offering a contemporary take on more traditional menus from all over Latin America.
Daniel Choiseul Paguaga, Co-Founder & Head Roaster, Relentless Roasters
In today’s Behind the Bar, we’re once ahead back behind the coffee bar. We are serious coffee people and love that Miami’s coffee culture continues to grow and thrive beyond the ever-surging prices at Starbucks. Daniel Choiseul Paguaga, co-founder and head roaster at Relentless Roasters is helping to lead that charge and we recently caught up with him for a quick chat about his thoughts on all things coffee, Miami, and coffee in Miami.
Brian Nasajon, Executive Chef/Owner, Beaker & Gray
A Miami native, Brian Nasajon was born into a family where a love of food and an appreciation of culinary arts were household values. Exposed to global flavors as a young boy, Chef Nasajon’s favorite memories include observing his grandfather’s every move as he expertly grilled asado – a staple of any Uruguayan household.
Santiago Gomez de la Fuente, Executive Chef, Cantina La Veinte
Cantina La Veinte’s Executive Chef, Santiago Gomez de la Fuente, is a talented young toque who offers a playful, yet sophisticated approach to traditional Mexican cuisine. His dishes reflect his passion for taking the rich offerings of Mexico’s agriculture and transforming them into contemporary masterpieces.
On this edition of #FoodieFriends we’re indulging in the world of Hedonist/Shedonist. We recently met up for a Miami Spice dinner at Toscana Divino with Ari Kane, who co-founded the fun-loving blog with Daniella Veras. While they’ve recently grown their team to include stories from like-minded collaborators, on this night it was all about Ari.
Cristian Cuevas, Executive Chef, BTW
As executive chef at BTW (Burger Taco Whiskey), Cristian Cuevas has infused his culinary background and extensive experience as a member of the 50 Eggs family into the menu of classic street food at the South Beach destination. Cristian started out with 50 Eggs as a line cook and then sous chef at Yardbird before helping open Khong River House as chef de cuisine. Prior to taking the helm at BTW, Cristian also served as the chef de cuisine at Swine Southern Table & Bar.
Michael Shikany, CEO, SHIKANY Hospitality
If you’ve missed Chef Michael Shikany as much as we have since his eponymous SHIKANY abruptly closed earlier this year, don’t fret because Miami’s maven of modernist cuisine is coming back soon, in a big way. Although he’s keeping his lips sealed regarding the opening of his next restaurant venture – Algorithm – he’s dropping hints on Instagram and picking up steam on the Miami scene yet again, beginning with next month’s FLIPANY Chefs Up Front event at the Biltmore.
Ryan Martin, Chef/Owner, 180 Degrees @ the DRB
Chef Ryan Martin, a native of Longmeadow, MA, began his love with food and cooking at age 13. He attended George Washington University in Washington, DC before moving to Manhattan where he received his formal culinary training at the former French Culinary Institute, which is now known as the International Culinary Center.