[Text and Photos by Casey Kelbaugh]
On a warm, sultry evening in Wynwood, a diverse group of Miamians gathered in the palm tree garden behind Gramps Bar for the final event Mash event of 2013 and the launch of Slideluck Miami. It was a sizzling sexpot of an event.
Brooklyn Pilsner poured like manna from heaven. Kids frolicked freely in the sand. Once in a while, people spoke in English. Many of the graffiti artists that made Wynwood Wynwood were in the house.
The potluck got real when the Design District’s hottest new restaurant, The District, donated a $250 for the best dish. After great deliberation, the grand prize was split in two and awarded to Leo Valencia for his Ceviche Cups and Alice Pedroletti for her Naked Frittata. The slideshow featured 26 local artists and four wild cards from around the globe.
The cream on top was when Slideluck Miami Director, Ruben Millares, got up on stage with his band Chicken Liquor and rocked the damn house. Before long, another member of the team, Antonia Wright, got up on stage to thrash about and bang on a tambourine.
It was at that point, that I said to the elderly person next to me: I’M IN MIAMI, BITCH!