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Our Team

The Taste of Redland team collectively combines years of experience in growing, packing & distributing produce nationwide, marketing and special events.

Taste of Redland

Louie Carricarte, owner of Unity Groves and Grove Services, is a Miami native who grew up spending time in Redland and developed an early love of the land and agriculture. After studying Insurance and Risk Management at Florida State University and working for his family’s insurance company for 6 years between San Juan, Puerto Rico and other territories, Louie returned home to form Unity Groves Corp in 2004 and soon transitioned full time into agriculture. Louie is dedicated to supporting Redland-Raised produce rather than focusing on imports and what’s not grown in the USA.

Michael Huter is the founder of Taste of Redland and owner of Takoda Farmstead. Originally he moved to South Florida nearly 25 years ago and made his home in Redland in 2013. In 2017 he began farming a 7-acre lychee grove and in 2018 partnered with TILT Farms, which features a 3-acre avocado and lychee grove. He has 30 years of experience as an art publisher, award-winning documentary filmmaker, business consultant and auction specialist. After spending the past four years in Redland, Mike has never been more excited to be involved in producing a variety of programs and events with the hopes of instilling a sense of pride in what this thriving region has to offer.

Ilana Vardy is a partner in TILT Farms, a new venture for this contemporary art world professional whose 25-year career has revolved around directing art fairs, marketing and consulting on a variety of projects. She was drawn to Redland by the grandeur of the second largest Banyan tree in the US, located on TILT Farms, and by the incredible diversity of fruits and vegetables grown throughout the region.

Taste of Redland Special Events

Suzanne Pallot, principal of Source Miami, has over twenty-five years in the forefront of the industry, with a deep knowledge of South Florida venues and vendors, and extensive contacts in all key related fields, including media, professional sports, corporate and society. She will be spearheading special events for Taste of Redland. Suzanne immediately fell in love with Redland and is very excited to introduce South Florida to the region by focusing initially on the Dinner Series that will launch in the fall of 2018.

Steve Haas is currently Director of Operations of Centerplate for the Miami Beach Convention Center and was former Chairman of the Board of the Greater Miami Convention and Tourism Bureau. He is well known in Miami’s culinary world, having been general manager of The Forge in Miami Beach for 11 years, the owner of the restaurant City Hall, and as the architect of the legendary Miami Spice program. He will co-produce the Dinner Series with Suzanne and Louis for Taste of Redland. Steve is particularly excited about introducing the taste of fresh fruits and vegetables grown locally to the culinary community and South Florida consumers.

Louis Canales, an associate at Source Miami, is internationally recognized as the mastermind behind the South Beach renaissance. The man who has been declared by the international press as the 'Unofficial Mayor of South Beach,’ ‘King of the Night,’ and ‘The Pied Piper of SoBe’ has, since 1986, successfully launched and marketed over one hundred businesses in Miami and Miami Beach including boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs, and hotels. Louis will co-produce the Dinner Series and special events for Taste of Redland. As a pioneer in South Florida, Louis feels that Redland is one of the most important parts of Miami Dade County today.

Advisors

David Vardy, restaurant consultant to Taste of Redland, is an accomplished chef and restaurateur for more than 20 years in Berkeley, California. His in-depth experience with developing cuisine using local produce and reaching new markets provides invaluable insights to the Taste of Redland model.

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