Inspecting organic mushrooms at The Brick Miami. / Photos courtesy of The Brick

The Brick Miami restaurant recently broke ground on a schoolyard garden at Leewood K-8 Center. The event kicked off the restaurant’s Leewood School Garden Project and curriculum.

In coordination with Slow Food Miami, Corey Bousquet, owner of The Brick, “adopted” the Leewood K-8 Center and aims to reconnect the students with their food by teaching them how to plant, grow, cook and enjoy real food through the school garden project. Produce from the garden will eventually be included in some of the dishes prepared at the restaurant.


Construction begins on the schoolyard garden.

The Official Planting Day with students is set for Tuesday, Oct. 9. There will be a “school garden curriculum” for selected grades, visits to the school from chefs at The Brick, and a recipe competition.

“Being a part of our community and having a direct impact is very important to me,” says Bousquet. “And what better way is there for us at The Brick Miami than to bring the farm-to-table experience into a school, teaching our youth — through their own school garden — the importance of the environment, vegetation and fresh food?”

Bousquet will take on the construction of the school garden himself, with help from some of The Brick staff. “Slow Food Miami offered to build the garden. But I wanted to be as hands-on as possible. I take pride in knowing that we will build it from the ground up,” Bousquet explains.

The Brick is in the Downtown Dadeland area of Kendall.

For more information about Slow Food Miami, visit slowfoodmiami.org.