12 Can’t Miss Food-Filled Art Basel Events In Miami This December

Miami Art Week is nearly here. What started as Art Basel, a yearly art fair that makes its way to Miami every December, Miami Art Week has grown exponentially and is now made up of dozens of art fairs, gallery pop-ups, and artist-inspired events and activations that take over nearly every corner of the Magic City. This year the festivities have been pushed back a week and will be taking place from December 7 to 10th.

While true art lovers will fill shows like Scope, Red Dot, Spectrum, and actual Art Basel, there are a ton (and we’re talking a ton) of events for those who want in on the action, but like to make sure there are plenty of bites and beverages along the way.

If you’re in it for the food and fun, here are 12 can’t miss Miami Art Week events happening this December.

Shake Shack x Maty’s Collaboration

Shake Shack is joining forces with acclaimed recipients of 2023 FOOD & WINE Best New Chef, Valerie and Nando Chang of Maty’s and Itamae and artist Eric Junker for their first-ever Miami Art Week culinary collaboration taking place on December 5 and 6.

The partnership features a unique menu blending Shake Shack’s flavors with Maty’s Nikkei-Peruvian style, including items like Maty’s Shack and Huancaína Cheese Fries. Guests can also engage in an immersive art installation by Eric Junker, leaving their mark on life-size murals inspired by the collaboration.

This collaboration is the culmination of Shake Shack and Junker’s joint venture, showcased in the redesign of Shake Shack’s canned wines with Eric’s distinctive artwork, currently rolling out nationwide. Tickets are priced at $40 per person and include the full collaboration food menu, a Shack canned wine, access to the art experience, and an exclusive piece of artwork by Eric Junker himself.

As a part of Shake Shack’s larger mission to stand for Something Good®, a percentage of ticket proceeds will support Food Rescue South Florida in its efforts to combat hunger and support local food banks. To purchase tickets, visit

Mandarin Oriental x Art Angels Gallery

Mandarin Oriental Miami will be partnering with Art Angels gallery and Miami-based artist Christopher “Flore” Florentino, an artist of the new school, as the hotel transforms into an exhibition of his vibrant “Urban Cubism” paintings. Flore’s work — including pieces created exclusively for the hotel and La Mar by Gastón Acurio — will be highlighted throughout the property alongside immersive culinary experiences.

MO Bar + Lounge’s team and Flore have conceptualized four signature cocktails inspired by his modernist style, including his piece “Best in Show” which was created specifically for the hotel and will be prominently featured on the main wall by the bar.

At La Mar by Gastón Acurio, several artworks including Flore’s masterpiece titled “Love, Light and Peace” and the “Radiant Child” will be on display; plus, a painting created exclusively for the restaurant called “Sentimental Value.” In true synchronicity of the decorative and culinary arts, executive chef Diego Oka will create three unique dishes inspired by Flore’s works. Additionally, the artist has agreed to do a limited print release of one of his paintings to be exclusively sold through La Mar.

Sweet Liberty Drinks and Supply Co. x Atwater Cocktail Club

This Miami Art Week, two iconic bars recently recognized among North America’s 50 Best Bars of 2023 will be teaming up for an epic pop-up. Sweet Liberty, Miami’s cherished hotspot that proudly secured the #34 spot on this year’s list, and Montreal’s Atwater Cocktail Club, which ranked #32 on the same list will join forces for an exclusive one-night pop-up at Sweet Liberty on Wednesday, December 6th.

This exclusive takeover promises an evening filled with meticulously crafted cocktails that will transport patrons’ taste buds from the vibrant cocktail scene of Montreal to the sun-kissed beaches of Miami. The event, co-hosted by Kate Boushel, Director of Beverage and Education at Atwater Cocktail Club, and Naren Young, Beverage Director of Sweet Liberty, will feature a specially curated selection of cocktails blending the unique styles of both establishments. Guests can also expect live art exhibitions by Roberto Porres, co-founder of Atwater Cocktail Club and a talented artist, who will create a series of one-of-a-kind artworks available for purchase during the event.

Sushi | Bar Miami Beach x Sara Schroeder

Sushi | Bar Miami Beach will feature a special collaboration with Miami-based abstract painter and mixed media artist Sara Schroeder. From December 4 through December 10, guests who dine at Sushi | Bar can indulge in a limited-time creative interpretation of one of Sushi | Bar’s existing dessert offerings, representing a deconstructed amalgamation of both the artist’s style and the restaurant’s culinary ethos.

The collaborative dessert is inspired by Schroeder’s artwork titled “Pulp and Panel Poesie no. 84” and is made up of a kaleidoscope of equally tempting and colorful ingredients including Aubi & Ramsa Signature Sushi | Bar Ice Cream, dulce de leche sponge cake, dulce de leche cracker, strawberry coulis, toasted coconut, coconut meringue, matcha mushroom salt, Meyer lemon emulsion, edible flowers, and fresh strawberries.

Additionally, guests will receive a limited edition print of “Pulp and Panel Poesie no. 84” numbered and signed by Schroeder as part of the special welcome note signed by the Sushi | Bar team.

Art After Dark at COTE Miami

From Thursday, December 7 to Sunday, December 17, several private collectors will showcase their world-class pieces at COTE Miami. Guests will have the opportunity to view private art (these pieces are not typically available to the public) and can learn about the collectors and their vision and personal stories while indulging in a specially curated Art After Dark Feast offering available from December 7 – December 10. This year’s theme, “Relationships,” offers works curated by COTE owner Simon Kim, Rosa Sue Kim, and Ji Park of Artline. COTE Miami aims to take a deeper look at what brings us together by embracing a more inclusive and diverse world through art and food.

Capital One x Snow Beach Frozen Treats

Capital One and The Cultivist are proud to present Snow Beach Frozen Treats by the internationally acclaimed visual artist, Alex Israel. Alex Israel’s Snow Beach Frozen Treats is a pop-up frozen yogurt shop, inspired by his childhood in Los Angeles with a nod to nostalgia.

Combining various flavors, textures and colors, attendees will be transported to a retro-inspired microcosm of 80’s splendor. The installation will be accompanied by two unique dining experiences curated by renowned chefs and Capital One Dining partners, Dominique Crenn and José Andrés with inspiration pulled from Israel’s installation. The immersive experiences integrate the culinary and visual arts in a truly unique way that both cardholders and the general public will have a chance to experience.

Chase Sapphire Lounge Takeover at Loews Miami Beach

Chase Sapphire will be taking over Loews Miami Beach Hotel on December 8 and 9 with a lounge just for card members. This lounge will feature a curated artwork display collection, artist talks and interactive art installations.

Enjoy bites from local Miami Restaurant Group, Grass Fed Culture, as well as an exciting daytime menu from Los Felix with Mexican forward small plates, transitioning to a Krüs Kitchen night-time menu with pastas and seafood bites. Additionally, this year Chase Sapphire will be introducing Chill EEEEEATS with Chillhouse and PEEL SOFT SERVE within the Chase Sapphire Reserve lounge. Chillhouse is a new-age approach to wellness offering 20-minute express manicures, 5-minute “oil treatment” hand massages, and more.

R House does Miami Art Week

During Miami Art Week, guests can enjoy special themed Drag shows and entertainment like Friday’s “Yas Queen,” an after-dark Drag Performance. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Of course there are additional shows all weekend long.

Throughout this art-filled week international multidisciplinary artist and muralist, Antonyo Marest, will be creating his newest mural on R House’s exterior walls. Famed for his signature Art Deco style flamingos and palms, Marest can be seen painting live on the outside walls of R House on NW 2nd Avenue and NW 28th Street from Friday November 24th thru Friday December 1st.

On Saturday, December 9 during brunch, there will be a special HBOMax drag makeover event for its LGBTQIA+ platform Human By Orientation. This fun pop-up will see special invitee influencers made over in full drag by R House’s iconic queen Athena Dion, and RuPaul’s Drag Race and HBO Max We’re Here star Latrice Royale. Make-over participants will then perform their drag debut during R House’s drag brunch show, alongside performances by Latrice herself.

Boia De x Glass 2Grass: Glass & Gourmet

On Friday, December 8, 2023, Glass & Gourmet, a blend of art and culinary flair from Glass2Grass art gallery will take place at Boia De. Stunning glass art from renowned artists Ksukebey, Sibbelley, Kengtaro and others will be on display in an evening that promises to be a fusion of incredible glass art and great food.

There will be a VIP preview and plated dinner from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by a general admission party with buffet and open bar from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be musical performances, and a special exotic fruit dish from Miami Fruit. Those purchasing tickets will be given early access to Glass2Grass’s Art Week programming. VIP tickets priced at $350 will include an exclusive borosilicate glass cup from Ksukebey, valued at $200 as well as $100 credit from Glass2Grass. For reservations and more information, visit www.glass2grass.com.

Queen Miami Beach Unveils a Realm of Artistic Mastery and Gastronomic Decadence

This Miami Art Week, starting Friday, December 8th, Queen will be partnering with Dot Fiftyone Gallery to showcase exquisite artwork and sculptures created by various emerging and established artists. On Saturday, Dec 9, guests are invited to step into a realm where art and gastronomy come together as Queen unveils “Ab Ovo” by visionary Italian artist Camila Ancilotto. Represented by Naif Gallery, Camilla Ancilotto is a classically trained painter and sculptor from Rome, who utilizes oil painting techniques from the historic masters of the Italian Renaissance. Promising an intimate and enchanting evening for guests, during this exceptional collaboration Camila will engage in a live sculpture painting, seamlessly blending the magic of her craft with the timeless elegance of the Paris Theater.

Additionally, 20% of proceeds from all art sales will support Lotus House Miami, directly benefiting the organization’s impactful community efforts. As the country’s largest shelter of its kind, Lotus House offers shelter, resources, and comprehensive services, sheltering over 1,550 women, youth, and children annually. Two seatings will be available – one from 6pm-9pm & 9pm-close. To book reservation call (786) 373-2930 or visit queenmiamibeach.com

Miss Crispy Rice Miami Art Week Dinner

This Miami Art Week, Miss Crispy Rice will be continuing their monthly chef collaboration series, featuring COYO Taco’s Corporate Chef Oscar Vides on Saturday, December 9th. Miss Crispy Rice at Oasis will be hosting a special Art Basel edition ‘Mediterranean inspired Omakase and a Show’ priced at $115 per person. Upon entry, all guests will receive a ticket to Everyday People Show hosted by Gitoo, Shernita, Shawtyme, Hooliboy, Tight, Esi, Maine & Giselle with music by DJ Momma and Friends.

Chef Vides will work with the Miss Crispy Rice team to prepare a 15-course omakase featuring some Mediterranean flare. Menu highlights include a Veal Milanese Sando, nigiri prepared with saffron infused rice, Uni Panna Cotta with stone fruit mostarda, specialty hand rolls, crispy rice and more.

Seats are limited for this one-night-only experience and reservations are required. There will be three seatings held at 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., and 10 p.m. For booking, visit TOCK.

Giselle Miami Presents Dinner, Drinks, and Live Art by Bisco Smith

Perched atop E11EVEN Miami ultraclub, Giselle will play host to a variety of events over the weekend, beginning Thursday December 7, with a live art performance from famed graffiti artist Bisco Smith, whose work is showcased in an interior mural as part of the venue’s design. Throughout the evening, a silent auction will take place where proceeds will benefit Project Art Box, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the art education gap in underprivileged schools. Live beats by DJ Louis Dee will set the scene for a lively dinner party atmosphere filled with electronic sounds and the restaurant’s menu that merges Asian, Mediterranean, and French-inspired cuisine. To book reservations visit gisellemiami.com.

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