MKT Recap: Cooking Demo with Chef Richard Ingraham

On Saturday, February 10th, renowned celebrity chef and author, Chef Richard Ingraham, joined forces with MKTplace at Goombay Plaza for a community cooking demonstration like no other. The Miami native, known for being Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union Wade’s private chef, showcased his skills to local Grove vendors, honoring the spirit of Bahamian flavor that characterizes the neighborhood.

Using locally sourced produce and ingredients, Chef Ingraham whipped up grilled chicken and strawberry stuffed avocados for a live audience. He described the step-by-step tutorial using personal cooking techniques and unique tricks behind the kitchen. The interactive experience was projected on multiple screens for viewers, and Chef Ingraham engaged with locals and foodies alike in an open format dialogue.

After the live demonstration, Chef Ingraham shared some details from his latest book, Eating Well to Win: Inspired Living Through Inspired Cooking, and signed a few copies for audience members and local aspiring chefs. Chef Ingraham and the Chef RLI team stuck around into the afternoon, meeting with Grove vendors, sharing culinary stories, and helping serve classic Caribbean dishes to the marketgoers. Thank you to Chef Ingraham and members of Chef RLI for inspiring our guests and coming together for cooking and community.

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Photos by Christina Arza

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MKT Recap: February 3rd Goombay Plaza Block Party by MIAMI REALTORS

On Saturday, February 3rd, Coconut Grovites and guests gathered for a Caribbean-inspired block party at Goombay Plaza, the community-driven food market and public space spearheaded by the University of Miami School of Architecture and supported by The Knight Foundation. Presented by MIAMI REALTORS®, the festive gathering brought together local Coconut Grove vendors, community organizations, and neighbors hungry for delicious eats and ready for fun times.

Local vendors served up classic dishes like BBQ ribs and chicken, conch salad, conch fritters,  garlic crab salad and fish fry. As the Caribbean flavors filled the air, MKTplace welcomed two new vendors to its foodie offerings: Ms. Cheezious, the local grilled cheese food truck, and Lo’s Doughs, frying made-to-order doughnuts. For refreshing sips, Shore to Door Fish Market provided Bahamian beers and wine at its pop-up bar.

Live music by a local band, led by musician Alexander Star, and board games, like Jenga, added flair to the community party. As the grand finale, Commissioner Ken Russell made an appearance to announce the MKTplace at Goombay Plaza community mural. Funded by The University of Miami School of Architecture and MIAMI REALTORS®, the mural was conceptualized by local artist Wendell McShine and supported by The Home Team, The START Program, and The Barnyard – Coconut Grove Cares.

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MKT Recap: January 13th Culinary Pop-Up Market

On Saturday, January 13th, the MKTplace team hosted a community pop-up market at Goombay Plaza. The neighborhood gathered to taste the flavors of sunny Coconut Grove, as good vibes filled the marketplace concept.
Throughout the market, guests enjoyed food for purchase, homemade by a variety of local Coconut Grove culinary vendors. Offerings included community favorites like BBQ ribs and chicken, conch fritters, conch salad, garlic crab, and Caribbean-inspired sweets.
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MKT Recap: December 23rd Culinary Pop-Up Market

On Saturday, December 23rd, the MKTplace team hosted a community pop-up market at Goombay Plaza. The neighborhood gathered for good eats and a festive atmosphere. As everyone tasted community flavors, MKTplace mural artist Wendell McShine debuted a new rendition to the mural at Goombay Plaza. With help from the University of Miami and The Home Team, Wendell painted the first strokes on the main Goombay wall.
Throughout the market, guests enjoyed food for purchase, homemade by a variety of local Coconut Grove culinary vendors. Offerings included community favorites like BBQ ribs and chicken, conch fritters, conch salad, garlic crab, and Caribbean-inspired sweets.
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MKT Recap: December 16th Culinary Pop-Up Market

On Saturday, December 16th, the MKTplace team hosted a community pop-up market at Goombay Plaza. Kicking off at 12pm, guests enjoyed complimentary samples, courtesy of local Coconut Grove culinary vendors, along with food for purchase. Offerings included neighborhood favorites like BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, conch fritters, conch salad, fried tilapia, garlic crab, and Caribbean-inspired sweets. For a refreshing beverage, guests visited our corner bar concept, selling Bahamian beer, wine and other refreshments.
In addition to the variety of food at the gathering, live music by a local Caribbean-Reggae band filled the public space. With local cuisine, musical vibes and community camaraderie, the culinary pop-up market at Goombay made for a magical evening.
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MKT Recap: December 9th Culinary Pop-Up Market

On Saturday, December 9th, the MKTplace team hosted a community pop-up market at Goombay Plaza. The neighborhood gathered together to eat, mix and mingle on the brisk, yet cozy, December evening.
Throughout the market, guests enjoyed complimentary samples, courtesy of local Coconut Grove culinary vendors, along with food for purchase. Offerings included neighborhood favorites like BBQ ribs, freshly squeezed tropical juices, conch fritters, conch salad, and Caribbean-inspired sweets.
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MKT Recap: November 25th Culinary Pop-Up Market

On Saturday, November 25th, the MKTplace team hosted a community pop-up market at Goombay Plaza. Starting at 3pm, guests enjoyed complimentary samples, courtesy of local Coconut Grove culinary vendors, along with food for purchase. Offerings included neighborhood favorites like freshly squeezed tropical juices, conch fritters, conch salad, garlic crab salad, smoked meats, and Caribbean-inspired sweets. The market also debuted a community bar concept, selling Bahamian beer, wine and other refreshments.
In addition to the variety of food at the gathering, live music by a local Caribbean-Reggae band filled the public space. With local cuisine, musical vibes and community camaraderie, the culinary pop-up market at Goombay made for a magical evening.
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