Chinese New Year - Year of the Monkey Celebration

On Tuesday February 16, we celebrated the year of the Fire Monkey during our monthly CounterCulture Club Nights ringing in the Chinese New Year. 

Guests experienced Asian contemporary art, design and music presentations from ART Lexïng, Gauchet Fine Art, our newest concept retailer and design agency OKKIO MIAMI, pop-ups by IMPERIO jp Ltd. and Martha Solorzano, along with presentations from the Miami-Chinese community, includiing Elliot Lee of America Da Tang Group, Wok Star Blogger Eleanor Hoh and Feng Shui expert Sylvia Lu. 

Guests also munched on DELICOUS samplings and curated cocktails by Richard Haley of Blackbrick Chinese, while mingling to beats by Alan Andai of AAMusicians.com. 

The highlight of the night was the lion dancing team thanks to the parnerships of Anna Maria Troisis, of Downtown Doral, Lisa hernandez, from Paramount Miami World Center in Downtown and John Parsiani from Aria on the Bay. 

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CounterCulture Club Nights is Ironside’s 1x monthly program celebrating themes of cultural, cross-cultural and geographic exchanges, arts, design, performance and cinema. The always fun and breezy night also includes craft cocktails, food and music, along with a chance to browse our shops, community exhibitors and galleries. Come on over and get to know the #Cool of the Upper Eastside. 

Photography by Patty Nash Photography

 



Mickey Demos Boxing 1 Year Anniversary

Miami has always been known for its health conscious, fitness oriented locals. With new workout crazes and ‘progressive’ teaching styles popping up every other week, it’s refreshing to be able to turn to a classic; and a local one at that! Mickey Demos Boxing Studio has been providing fitness classes to Miami locals, designed by Demos Jr. himself, a University of Miami Boxing Coach and founder of the Mickey Demos Fitness Method. This is Miami’s ultimate no frills approach to staying fit, and it’s proud to call Miami Ironside its new home.

Relocating their studio to Ironside last year has proved to be yet another successful turning point for the boxing legend. After years of acclaimed recognition, Demos re-opened its doors in Miami’s new, up and coming Upper East Side neighborhood. And on March 5th 2016 Mickey Demo’s will be celebrating its official One Year Anniversary at Miami Ironsides Bocce Piazza. Come join us for a night full of celebration! Meet the staff and gym members that have made Demo’s into the institution it is today.



Edible Gardens

At Ironside, come discover our newest edition to the main piazza: Edible Gardens. Over the last few months, we've built a thoughtfully urban gardening center to grow fresh edible food and once ready for harvest, will be used in our restaurants. We are exceptionally lucky to also have a botanist from the Fair Child Tropical Gardens manning our fresh collection of vegetables, herbs and fruits. 

Our inventory of plants include: 

Tomatoes: Costoluto Genovese, Cherry, Black cherry, Everglades, Yellow pear, Blueberry, Green zebra, Chadwick, Sun gold, Cherokee purple, Keywalo, Amber, Bradywire, Neptune. Beefsteak

Peppers: Shishto, Biscayne. Pepperincino, Habenero, Early jalapeño, Bhut jolokia, Scotch bonnet, Fish verigated hot pepper, Red/orange lunch box, Cayenne, Bell pepper 

Eggplants: Black beauty, Listada de gandia, White beauty, Calliope, Rosita 

Greens: Arugula, Mizuna mustard, Scarlet mustard, Curled mustard, Red Russian kale, Dino kale, Scarlet kale, Kale curly, Swiss chard, Napa cabbage, Green sorrel, Green oak leaf, Red butter lettuce, Red leaf lettuce, Green butter, Micro greens

Herbs: Oregano, Orange mint, Chocolate mint, Spearmint, Peppermint, Nasturtium- variegated, kaleidoscope mix, empress of India, Lemon grass, Dill, Opal basil, Sweet basil, Thai basil, Sage, Rosemary, Creeping rosemary, Parsley, Cuban oregano 

Butterfly plants / other edibles: Passion fruit, Sweet almond, Scorpion tail, Jasmine varieties, Milkweed, Gaillardia blanket flower, Butterfly plant cleradendrum, Bleeding heart cleradendrum, Gotu kola, Strawberry, Special fl pineapple, Cranberry hibiscus, Aloe 

Trees: Fiddle wood, Verigated pink lemon, Calamondin, Honey dew tangelo, Silver buttonwood 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM DESIGN ESCAPE 2015

Design Escape resumed at Miami Ironside to coincide with contemporary art and design festivities of Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami/, December 3-6, 2015. The tastemaker event showcased new, bespoke art and design exhibitions, outdoor installations, and salon talks, culminating in the popular Campus Collective Party. 

This year, the event featured a Salon Talk by Impressões of A Change moderated by My Art Guide, along with speakers and designers from LAUFEN. Following the event, resumed our popular Campus Collective where guests could visit the newest exhibition in Laufens' concept showroom before sauntering to the open showroom events, including Oscar Ono Paris, Simple Steps, Gauchet Fine Art, Antico Stone & Tile, Porta Ramono, The Find, and many more. Batuke Samba Funk kept the Brazilian beats going while guests visited the pop-up Art Basel exhibit INTERSECTIONS: Trans-Cultural Expressions presented by the Swerdlow Art Group that featured works by Carlos Salas, Philippe Dodard, Maximo Caminero, Greg Robin and Sergio Payares that explores the dialogue between artists and the contemporary world in which we live. 


University of Miami School of Architecture

Second year Architecture students from University of Miami School of Architecture gave presentations on new emerging neighborhoods and project sites, including a look at the future of Miami Ironside. Projects were presented to the University's Industrial Advisory Board, and well as Miami Ironside's Founder Ofer Mizrahi. Student teams were required to present schematic designs, engineering aspects, 3D Drawings, and proposed infrastructure. 

Worth Magazine #CuratorMiami

Worth Magazine held their annual #CuratorMiami Art Basel party at Miami Ironside on December 5. Transforming our Main Event Space into a chic soho lounge, guests arrived to an intimate setting with ambient latin music and brand activations by McLaren Automotive, New Beauty Product Bar, a Macallan Scotch Whiskey bar, artwork by Mister E, along with other brand partners who celebrated the night. 

Let Ironside be the setting for your next guest experience.



Miami Heritage Month

Miami Ironside will offer tours during the month of December to celebrate Miami Heritage Month, an annual event celebrating the diverse communities and neighborhoods of Greater Miami. 

Ironside being one the first industrial neighborhoods in Miami proper- visitors can learned why we are are called Ironside, our decade journey from derelict industrial warehouses to a thriving creative business district complete with restaurants and cafes and even our very own Bocce Ball court, nodding to our methods of sustainable, energy efficient design and infrastructure.

We’ll also fill visitors in on future expansion projects with celebrated designer and architect Ron Arad, our famous Berlin Wall statues that you can see from Google Earth, along with a peek inside some of the art galleries and designer studios that make up the wonderful Ironside community.

Visitors are encourage to stay for lunch at our top zagat-rated eateries, Ironside Pizza and Limited Edition Cafe.

#CUBANOW AT ART LEXING

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Last night Art Lexing hosted an engaging conversation with guest speaker Ricardo Herrero, Executive Director of #CubaNow. The talk lead the audience through how with the rise of social media how a simple #Hashtag changed US-Cuba Relations FOREVER!" 

 

 

The talk coincided with the exhibition by New York-based artist Quentin Shih (Xiaofan Shi) entitled Dreaming In Cuban. The exhibition title is lifted from a 1993 novel by author Cristina García, recounting the experiences of three generations of restless, clairvoyant del Pino women navigating their passionate spirits in a rapidly changing physical and political landscape. 

Fox TV Series Rosewood

Morris Chestnut is private pathologist Beaumont Rosewood in the new Fox series 'Rosewood. Photo: Jeff Daly, Fox

Morris Chestnut is private pathologist Beaumont Rosewood in the new Fox series 'Rosewood. Photo: Jeff Daly, Fox

Last week FOX premiered their new TV series Rosewood, starring Hollywood actor Morris Chestnut. If you saw anything remotely familiar to Ironside - that's because we were one of the filming location sused to film their new hit series. Watch the trailer on YouTube.

MOCA Design Camp Field Trip to IRONSIDE

We want to be 12 again! Our Design showrooms opened up their doors to a special group of tweens from the Art & Design Camp at MOCA North Miami Museum. Their bright little minds were treated to a super fun day learning about design, architecture, material processes and more - the day ended with a Pizza Party at Ironside Pizza. #OneCommunityOneGoal 

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Ironside Pizza on CBS Miami

A little taste of Italy and fame as CBS Miami Lisa Petrillo get's the inside scoop on all that is amazing at Ironside Pizza.

The full coverage report:

Ironside Pizza Offers Vibrant Setting With Authentic Italian Fare

June 18, 2015 6:45 AM

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A little slice of Italy is drawing in the crowds in the courtyard of a hipster area called Ironside, which is just west and south of 79th Street in Miami.

In the middle of a hodgepodge of art galleries, warehouse space and residences is Ironside Pizza  . The same group that owns Toscana Divino, in Mary Brickell Village, heads the charming restaurant.

“It’s a fantastic place. There are about 40 tenants. It’s mostly galleries, furniture stores and architecture. It’s a very vibrant setting,” said co-owner Tommaso Morelato.

The restaurant is the ultimate combination of a vibrant setting with truly authentic Italian food.

“Ironside wants to be a classic Italian pizzeria, Neapolitan style. It’s very simple, very cozy and a place where you can hang out with family  and friends inside and out,” Tommaso said.

The secret, he says, to his perfect pizza is in the dough—it’s kneaded by hand and placed in a wood-burning oven for 60-90 seconds. Gluten-free pizzas are also an option.

“The dough rests 24 hours.  It’s the classic Neapolitan recipe. It’s strictly cooked in the firewood oven which makes flavor completely different,” Tommaso explained.

But Ironside Pizza isn’t only about pizza, the salads are fresh  and beautiful as well as the many other options on the menu, with very reasonable pricing.

“The soul of the place is the firewood oven. We can do parmiagana, meatballs, veggie lasagna but everything’s  cooked in that oven,” he said.

First CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo tried the Braseola, which is cured Italian beef salad made with arugula, cherry tomatoes and  fresh parmesan.

“There’s a nuttiness to the arugula and then a nice salt flavor to the meat–and the lemon on top is delicious. This is a light and perfect summer salad,” Petrillo said.

Next up for tasting is the “Involtini,” also known as pizza bites.

They can be vegetarian or not. Petrillo’s little mini pockets filled with fresh ricotta, salami and parmacotto, cheese and topped with truffle oil.

“With the ricotta cheese inside and crunch on the outside then the truffle oil on top makes it decadent. I could pop these in my mouth all day long,” Petrillo said,

Finally, Ironside’s signature pizza: Pizza Regina, or The Queen’s Pizza.

It’s made with fresh sliced Italian prosciutto, arugula and parmesan cheese.

“They are super light, super thin, airy, crunchy and really authentic Italian,” Petrillo said

In Situ by by French photographer Pierre-Elie de Pibrac Opens at Art Lexing

Last month ART LEXÏNG unveiled the solo exhibition, In Situ, by French photographer Pierre-Elie de Pibrac. The exhibition opened with a special reception on Saturday, March 14 featuring a performance by Colette Trujillo from the New World School of the Art's Dance Program and violinist Ben Carson. The exhibition also features a unique lighting and mirror installation by Nick Alain. The show runs through May 8, 2015. 

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Hosts a Panel and Tour - Art, Culture & the Creative Economy

Panelist (L-R), Moderator Doug Bartel (GMCC Creative Industries Chair), Peiter A. Bockweg (Miami Omni and Midtown Community Redevelopment), Sam Robin (Robicara Design), Rob Lloyd (Arquitectonica), MIS founder Ofer Mizrahi

Panelist (L-R), Moderator Doug Bartel (GMCC Creative Industries Chair), Peiter A. Bockweg (Miami Omni and Midtown Community Redevelopment), Sam Robin (Robicara Design), Rob Lloyd (Arquitectonica), MIS founder Ofer Mizrahi

Miami Ironside together with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce held an exciting panel discussion last night on the past, present and future of the Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy here in Miami, FL. An engaged crowd of over 80 attendees listened enthusiastically to the conversation as well as witnessed the future developments of the campus, IRONSIDE NORTH, an expansion project with Ron Arad Architects. The panel was followed by a campus tour and reception hosted by Ironside Pizza and Wynwood Brewing. 

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