[ ART DECO WEEKEND ]
The fabulous Ocean Drive restaurants will be providing the food menu for the 2013 Art Deco Weekend. Stroll down Ocean Drive and sample food from South Beach’s Top Chefs. Each restaurant will provide affordable take-away food and beverages in booths along Ocean Drive in front of their perspective establishments.
• Menu: TBD
Chef’s are busy creating recipes to dazzle your taste buds! Stay tuned!
THE ORANGE BLOSSOM (Citrus sinensis) was designated as Florida's State Flower in 1909. The blossom of the orange tree is one of the most fragrant flowers in Florida, and they perfume nearly all of Central and South Florida during the Summer months.
The Orange is also recognized as Florida's state fruit, and Orange Juice the state beverage. Florida produces nearly 70 percent of CITRUS fruit grown in the United States (74 percent of Oranges, 58 percent of Tangerines, and 54 percent of Grapefruit).
PETALS TO THE METAL
After a devastating freeze (1894/95) nearly killed Florida's citrus industry, Julia Tuttle's made creative use of a healthy orange blossom to persuade Henry Morrison Flagler to extend his railroad from his home in Palm Beach to the warmth of Miami.
If not for this chance meeting, the development of Miami and its beaches could have been drmatically different. Until then, wealthy northerners were content staying at Flagler's resort hotels in St. Augustine, Ormond Beach, and Palm Beach.
Miami's Jullia Tuttle convinced Florida pioneer Henry Morrison Flagler to extend his railroad to South Florida. After Miami, Flagler reached his ultimate goal when his train made it to Key West in January 1912. The connection made Miami and Miami Beach most important links in a chain that by the 1920s involved the running of bootleg liquor out of Cuba and the Bahamas, and fueling the "Land Boom" in which Miami and Dade Country grew to be Florida's largest metropolitan area.
THE ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL
Look! Up in the sky! It's a Train, it's a Fiddle Tune, it's a Cocktail!
Out of a need to disguise the bad taste of bootleg liquor, many so-called "cocktails" were concocted in the 1920s. Many of the earliest are still popular today, including the original "ORANGE BLOSSOM," whose recipe, like so many of the others, included sweet Florida orange juice as a main ingredient.
ORANGE BLOSSOM "SPECIAL" will be the name awarded to a winning Art Deco Weekend cocktail we will select from recipes created using the original 1920s Orange Blossom and the history of Florida as inspiration, and entered into our "Orange Blossom Special" cocktail competition.
For information and details regarding our "SPECIAL" cocktail contest.
FLORIDA'S "CONTRIBUTION" TO SOCIETY
"The Real McCoy"
The term "The Real McCoy" is attributed to a prohibition-era Jacksonville boatyard owner and rum-runner named William Frederick McCoy. While the more notorius
Al Capone and the Purple Gang dominated the big-city liquor business, McCoy controlled the Atlantic Ocean, running rum between Havana, Florida, the Bahamas, and all the way up the coast to Cape Cod, Maine, and Nova Scotia, Canada.
WLRN's "Prohibition: The South Florida Connection," a documentary by local filmmaker Steve Waxman, is now available in our "DECO SHOP," and whose purchase can be applied toward a $100 Level Miami Design Preservation League Sponsorship.
LET THEM EAT "ORANGE" CAKE
A 1920s dessert menu with an orange cake on its cover speaks to the early popularity of Florida citrus in American cuisine.
In addition to being known for Prohibition, Jazz, and Risque Fashion, the 1920s, in more domestic circles, was known as the "Era of the
Florida oranges also played an important role in this more domestic side of American Society. Kitchens around the country were becoming more routinely equipped with refrigerators and electric ovens, and alongside the popularity of Lorna Doone shortbread cookies, were a variety of cakes, many with citrus fruit and juice as main ingredients.
As the Miami Design Preservation League is hoping to unveil an Art Deco "Orange Blossom Special" cocktail concocted by local mixologists, we're also looking for an Art Deco-inspired ORANGE CAKE, created by a local baker or chef.