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Grassfed Culture Hospitality to Launch Newest Restaurant Concept in Coconut Grove

When Los Félix launches in Coconut Grove next month, it will not only be one of Miami’s newest restaurants, but the eatery will also rely on traditional food sourcing to cultivate its menu. Los Felix will use conventional Mexican cooking methods to craft traditional Mexican fare using heirloom corn and Milpa farming techniques.

“Milpa farming is one of the few sociocultural connections we still have to the ancient indigenous farmers that came before us,” says Chef Sebastián Vargas, who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants, including Osteria Francescana, Eleven Madison Park and Fäviken Magasinet. “The making of Milpa is awakening to the sacred connection between self and land, between community and the interconnected realms of existence. It is reverent hands in soil and looking skyward for guidance. It is honest earthwork and a cosmic portal to our infinite nature through the honoring of corn, chiles, cacao and squash. Milpa is living wisdom.”

The traditional neighborhood Mexican-style eatery concept is being led by restaurateurs Josh Hackler, Pili Restrepo and Chef Vargas (pictured), who created Grassfed Culture Hospitality in 2020 to enrich the communities they serve. The previously launched Krüs Kitchen, an artisanal food and wine market, in November of 2020. The new concept at 3413 Main Highway in Miami focuses on creating warm hospitality for patrons with a passion for gastronomy.

With corn as the foundation for Los Felix’s menu, the restaurant plans to blend traditional Mexican culture with a unique flavor to produce a modern Mexican-styled eatery with ancestral roots. Menu items will include homemade Mexican tacos and quesadillas, hand-crafted on the restaurant’s molino – a traditional Mexican tortilla mill – tamales, aguas frescas and a mix of seasonal dishes paired with natural wines and craft beers. A weekly Vinyl DJ music program in addition to an analog sound system every Friday and Saturday and a late-night menu will help give the crowd a contemporary ambiance mixed with well-tested cultural practices.

“We are modern Mexican cuisine rooted in indigenous heritage. With the name Los Félix, we nod to the grandmothers who carried the fire of ancestral wisdom, the mothers who preserved ceremony, and the female trailblazers who embodied the fierce and the tender, by way of iconic muse Maria Felix,” Restrepo says, the creative director of Grassfed Culture Hospitality.

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Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.