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The Surface x EMP Experience

The two-day culinary event hosted with Eleven Madison Park, and celebrating Surface’s December Art Issue, kicked off Miami Art Week.

The two-day culinary event hosted with Eleven Madison Park, and celebrating Surface’s December Art Issue, kicked off Miami Art Week.

On Monday, Dec. 4, and Tuesday, Dec. 5, Surface hosted the Surface x EMP Experience alongside chef Daniel Humm and his team from Eleven Madison Park, at a Marcio Kogan–designed private home in Miami Beach. The two-day, invite-only event served as a reimagination of the three Michelin–starred restaurant for a special edition pop-up, and welcomed nearly 400 guests in the art and design community, who gathered in celebration of Humm’s cover feature in the December Art Issue. The experience consisted of casual afternoons in the waterfront outdoor space and sunken living room, followed by intimate cocktail hours and seated dinners for VIPs.

Chef Daniel Humm meticulously prepares to serve the Caviar Benedict with Potato and Leek for the first course of dinner.

The daytime gatherings—hosted by Sarah Arison, Zoe Buckman, and Sabrina Buell—offered signature EMP cocktails, chardonnay and red blends from Blindfold and Prisoner wines, and a rosé bar pouring Chateau d’Esclans’s finest. For bites, guests enjoyed classic summertime favorites with an elevated, Eleven Madison Park twist, including the Humm Dog, Dry-Aged Beef Burger, Veggie Burger, and French Fries served with a lemon herb and pommery mayonnaise. The official vehicle of the Surface x EMP Experience was Porsche Cars North America, Inc.; on display on the property were Porsche’s GT3 Cup Art Car, painted by Miami street artist Jona Cerwinske, and the all-new Panamera Sports Turismo. Two additional Porsche models, the Cayenne S e-Hybrid, and the Panamera Turbo, chauffeured VIPs to and from the events.

Each night, the home’s second floor terrace, which overlooks Miami Beach’s Indian Creek, was transformed into an exclusive dining space for 50 notables of the art, design, architecture, and real estate industries. The two dinners were hosted by Barry Brodsky, Ximena Caminos, Simon Castets, Stephanie Goto, Raymond Jungles, Bettina Korek, and Kristin and Matthew Whitman Lazenby, alongside chef Humm and Surface editor-in-chief Spencer Bailey. The four-course meal of Eleven Madison Park favorites included Caviar Benedict with Potato and Leek, Pickled Kohlrabi with Asian Pear and Hazelnut, and Beef Roasted with Parsnips and Mushrooms, followed by Milk and Honey for dessert. Throughout the two-day experience, Sonos speakers were integrated throughout the home and played a custom playlist created by the Surface and Eleven Madison Park teams, providing an upbeat and energetic atmosphere for daytime, and transitioning to a relaxed and elevated sound experience for nighttime.

Notable guests over the course of both days included Lindsey Adelman, Anda Andrei, Laura Baldassari, Alberto Biagetti, Bec Brittain, Simon Chaput, Alexandra Champalimaud, Sara and Ugo Colombo, Rafael de Cárdenas, Casey Fremont, Alexander Gorlin, Freja Harrell, Misha Kahn, Karen Kice, Winy Maas, Jason and Michelle Rubell, Antonio Sersale, and Hank Willis Thomas.

In a toast given during Monday evening’s dinner, Surface Media CEO Marc Lotenberg said, “We are so blessed to have the opportunity to work with people like chef Humm—he is a truly special individual and we’re so honored to be here with him and his team.” Chef Humm spoke to this feeling of gratitude as well, adding, “I love Surface—I’ve read the magazine for years, and have always said that one day I will be on that cover. I also knew I wanted to be the best chef in the world—I told myself that every day since I first came to New York. I really believe that if you manifest something, with enough experience, eventually it will come true.”

The luxury residence, 4567 Pine Tree Drive—recently completed by Barry Brodsky’s Brodson Construction, and designed by renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan—was opened to outside guests for the first time this week. With dock access to Indian Creek, the house has a series of broad, rectangular spaces that open to merge indoor and outdoor living areas and shape views of the water. The home is set in an all-encompassing jungle-like landscape created by award-winning (and aptly named) designer Raymond Jungles, and complements the prim geometry of the house with a variety of local plantings.

Special thanks to Porsche, Sonos, Chateau d’Esclans, and Prisoner Wine Co. for partnering with us on the events.

Read the December cover feature on chef Humm here to find out how contemporary art transformed the world’s best chef.

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Zoe Buckman cheers with her friends on Tuesday afternoon's event.
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The landscape design at the private residence by Raymond Jungles.
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The "Russian Maid" speciality cocktail crafted by the EMP team.
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(From left) Alia Al Senussi, Spencer Bailey, and Sara Arison.
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The all-new Panamera Sports Turismo from Porsche, on display on-site at the events.
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(From left) Simon Chaput, Jennifer Marlowe, Spencer Bailey, Gaspar Saldanha, and Daniel Campana.
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Guests enjoy the waterfront space at the private residence during the afternoon events.
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Chateau d'Esclans' Whispering Angel rosé being poured for guests at the dedicated rosé bar.
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(Center) Misha Kahn with guests.
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Details within the master bedroom, featuring Sonos speakers playing the custom Surface and EMP playlist.
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(From left) Spencer Bailey, Alex Gilbert, Mark Rosen, and Bec Brittain.
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The EMP team prepares the Pickled Kohlrabi with Asian Pear and Hazelnut for the dinner's second course.
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(From right) Zoe Buckman, Spencer Bailey, Casey Fremont, and a guest.
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(From left) Christy Martin, Sara Columbo, and Michelle Rubell attend the VIP cocktail hour before dinner.
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Spencer Bailey (center) and Stephanie Goto (right from center) chat with guests dinner the VIP cocktail hour on Tuesday evening.
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(From left) Daphna Nazarian, Dora Nazarian, and Eden Lotenberg attend the VIP cocktail hour.
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Cocktail guests gather for a toast from Spencer Bailey and chef Daniel Humm.
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Gina Jungles and Mario Cader-Frech.
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Prisoner red blend on display before being offered to dinner guests.
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Chateau d'Esclans' Garrus rosé was offered to cocktail guests for a tasting before dinner.
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Guests enjoy the four-course dinner prepared by the Eleven Madison Park team.
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(From left) Barry Brodsky, Marc Lotenberg, and Daniel Humm say a few words before dessert is served.
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The view of Miami Beach from the second floor terrance during dinner.
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(Photos & Video: World Red Eye for Surface Media)

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