Around the country and around the globe, sharing good food with friends is one of life's simplest and most satisfying pleasures, which is why fresh, made-from-scratch, award-winning cuisine is central to Celebrity Cruises' modern luxury vacation experience. When friends not only share a meal, but share in the preparation, the results are even more exceptional.
Such will be the case at midnight this Friday, July 13, 2012, at Miami Beach hotspot Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, when Celebrity Cruises' director of culinary operations, James Beard Award-nominated Chef John Suley, joins longtime close friend and fellow James Beard nominee Chef Jeffrey McInnis as part of the highly acclaimed restaurant's Midnight Chef's Table Series.
The ongoing dinner series, which offers foodies the opportunity to dine family-style with notable and up-and-coming chefs, is presented in an intimate setting in front of Yardbird's open kitchen. Suley will create a menu reflective of his modern, upscale, creative approach to simple, stunning presentation, evident in Celebrity's luxurious culinary offerings.
The menu will also reflect Suley's friendship with McInnis and their history of cooking together, both professionally and personally. The two will host the dinner together in a casual, relaxed style typical of the Midnight Chef's Table and Yardbird's friendly ambience, giving diners a glimpse into what makes them successful as chefs as well as an opportunity to hear about their history together.
"Jeff was the first person I met when I moved to Miami in 2006, and now he's one of my best friends," Suley says. "We've seen a lot of growth in each other's careers in the past few years.
“Jeff has a great ability to adapt to any environment, and he cooks food that is tasty, clean, and simple, while bringing a great energy to create an upbeat vibe–you can see it every day at Yardbird. We've worked together formally and informally, but we have the most fun when we hang together and cook, whether it's at each other's houses, on his boat, or doing nothing at all! "
"John and I have cooked a lot of great food together over the years," McInnis says. "July 13th will not just be a reunion of two great friends, but also a reunion of great food and I'm very much looking forward to it!"