Fairchild's Annual Mango Brunch is a tasty tribute to the most delicious of tropical fruits and is held in conjunction with the Mango Festival. Join some of South Florida's greatest chefs as they prepare their best mango dishes for you.
The Mango Brunch is not only a delicious fête, it is also an important fundraiser for the Garden to support the work of the Tropical Fruit Program, which continues the pioneering work of Dr. David Fairchild, founder of the Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction Division of the United States Department of Agriculture. We are committed to his far-reaching goals for the collection, conservation, curation and distribution of superior tropical fruit from the Americas and Asia.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chef Allen Susser
Chef Allen Susser is a James Beard Award winning Chef. The New York Times called Allen the “Ponce De Leon of New Florida cooking”. Food & Wine magazine named Chef Allen "One of the Best 10 Chefs in America". His landmark restaurant changed the way people ate in Miami forever. Susser’s latest cookbook is Green Fig & Lionfish, Sustainable Caribbean Cooking. He currently leads Chef Allen's Consulting, a boutique sustainable hospitality consulting firm.
Chef Kris Wessel
Kris Wessel grew up in the food centric city of New Orleans, bold flavors are in Wessel’s DNA. Throughout his teens Wessel cooked in tourist-driven French-style restaurants and has a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Restaurant Management FIU. Professionally Wessel took off, at what was then the No.1 restaurant in Florida- Mark’s Place under the tutelage of founding Mango Gang member, Mark Militello. Over the course of three years, he trained -up from Sous Chef to Executive Chef, before stepping out to make a culinary footprint of his own. He has now opened Wessel's Tropical BarBQ including grass fed beef, heritage pork, local fish, organic chicken local fruits and vegetables.
Chef Maury Crespo
Maury Crespo is the chef and founder of Casa Lago Tasting Room, a private events company and online blog. Maury, along with his partner Alicia Crespo, love connecting with their readers by sharing life stories tied with their interests in food on the blog. Living in Miami, Florida, Maury and Alicia often share glimpses into their latest projects, including balcony gardening, travel excursions and eating tours. He has been a professional private chef for 10 years with a strong love of Mediterranean, Spanish, and Cuban cuisines.
Delicious Catering Service Event & Design
Delicious Catering Services was founded in 2004 by Chef Christopher A. Bulgarin. In understanding every aspect of catering and event services, including site selection, entertainment planning, and vendor & event management, they leverage their strong affiliations in the industry. Today, they continue their tradition of providing clients with the finest in off-premise catering, combining the highest quality food with innovative presentations, imaginative event concepts, and professional services.
Sarah Davidoff is a Miami Native. She is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and FIU’s Hospitality Management Program. In 2000 after several years of working for local catering companies she opened Fare to Remember Catering. Hendrik Cornelissen is a graduate of the California Culinary Institute. After cooking all over Northern California he settled in Miami where he was executive chef at the Hotel St. Michael in Coral Gables. He joined Fare to Remember as Executive chef in 2005.