Don’t miss the best party of the year, Art + Soul, celebrating the PAMM Fund for African American Art on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The event features three unique experiences, including a cocktail reception and seated dinner under the stars with a menu prepared by Chef Amaris Jones. From Rick Ross to Derek Jeter to Timbaland, the celebrity chef has crafted unforgettable culinary creations that’ll make any mouth water.
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Jones chatted with us before the big night about her influences and what she’s cooking up for Art + Soul.
Tell us a little bit about your culinary background.
I have spent my life honing the perfect iteration of the modern soul food concept. Through years in industries where hospitality could get you everywhere, I stuck to my roots with traditional fried chicken, mac and cheese, and sweet potato pie favorites, and incorporated them into my African diaspora-inspired menu at my first outpost, which kept celebrities, athletes, VIPs, and locals coming back for more.
My cuisine has been favored from the likes of Rick Ross to Martha Stewart to Lebron James. I’ve participated in SOBE Wine and Food Festival, worked with Reebok to create healthy meal plans, was selected by the Hollings Center to participate in the Food for Diplomacy program, and was selected three years in a row by BET networks as a featured chef for the Leading Women Defined Conference and BET Hip-hop Awards.
Throughout my career, I have landed catering gigs with the NFL, The NBA, American Express, Chase Bank, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Art Basel. My cuisine has been featured in media outlets such as Complex Media, W magazine, Fuse Network, GQ magazine, The Fader, First We Feast, BET, Miami Magazine, CBS, Haute Living, Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Huffington Post, FOXNews, FOX Sports, and many more.
Between my talents of fusing my family recipes, my ability to throw a party, and always being the consummate hostess, you can find me curating guest chef dinners and catering events throughout South Florida and around the globe.
You’ve participated in this event for several years now. What does the PAMM Fund for African American Art mean to you?
I always want to do my part to support local organizations—like I’ve done with Common Threads, Honey Child, Dress for Success, and No Kid Hungry—and I am always delighted to contribute my part in support of African American art. There is still a lot of work to do with regard to the visibility of African American art in American museums. It is refreshing to know that the PAMM Fund for African American Art is striving to increase acquisitions and shifting the status quo.
What can guests expect for the Art + Soul menu?
I always like to focus on bold and bright flavors of the African Diaspora—food that tantalizes all of our senses.
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