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Mendin & Friends to Feature Star Chef Mitshuha Ru “Micha” Tsumura

World-Renowned Peruvian Chef to Partner with Jose Mendin for Two-Night Event

Next, up for the internationally-themed Mendin & Friends season, chef/restaurateur Jose Mendin’s celebrated guest chef series welcomes world-acclaimed Peruvian Star Chef Mitsuharu “Micha” Tsumura. Tsumura is widely regarded as the mastermind who introduced Nikkei cuisine to the world. By combining Japanese techniques with Peruvian ingredients, Tsumura paved the way for one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Maido in Lima, Peru. Now, Tsumura joins Mendin for the March 2018 edition of Mendin & Friends – a two-night affair – which is being curated in conjunction with Gluttonomy and sponsored by S. Pellegrino and restaurant dinnerware, Front of the House.

On Wednesday, March 14, guests will be able to join Mendin and Tsumura at a special cocktail reception featuring a welcome drink and an array of passed hors-d’oeuvres curated by Mendin. Developed with the community in mind, this approachable reception welcomes visitors and locals alike to sit back, relax and spend time with Mendin and Tsumura in an inviting, laidback setting. Guests will be able to converse with each chef and discover more about their independent cooking styles each known for blending the cuisines of two separate cultures. Tickets are limited for this soiree and priced at $50 per person (excluding service charge and tax). The evening will begin at 8 PM and will take place at Elements, Habitat’s chic, 2nd level cocktail bar and lounge.

On Thursday, March 15, Tsumura and Mendin will go into the kitchen of Mendin’s acclaimed new restaurant Habitat at 1 Hotel South Beach, for a special collaborative dinner. The exclusive eight-course event will feature dishes by both chefs as well as combined efforts, all paired with select wines. Seating is limited and tickets are priced at $275 per person (exclusive of tax and service). A brief cocktail reception will begin at 7 PM; guests will be seated at 7:30 PM sharp.  

“One of the greatest benefits of Mendin & Friends is getting to cook with people I respect and admire and getting to spend time with them in the kitchen,” says Mendin, who launched the series in 2015 at Pubbelly Noodle Bar. “I’m a big fan of Micha and am very excited to give him a platform to showcase his cuisine in Miami.”

Tickets for both events can be purchased at The remainder of the 2018 season is in development but guests can look forward to upcoming dinners with such celebrated chefs as Mauro Colagreco, among others. Additional guest chef names, dates, and details are forthcoming.

Habitat is located at 1 Hotel South Beach, 2395 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from noon – 4 PM. Dinner served daily from 6 PM – 11:30 PM. Brunch is served on Sunday from noon – 4 PM. Reservations are recommended and are available via OpenTable. Telephone: (305) 604-6700;

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