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miam extMiam (French for “yum”) Cafe & Boutique has opened its doors in an intriguing zebra-patterned building in the heart of Wynwood.    For owner/ operator Alexis Jacot, a graduate from the École Hotelière of Lausanne in Switzerland who trained at the prestigious French catering company Lenôtre in Paris, this is a second career. The call for fine cuisine and gourmet products came when still employed by Procter and Gamble in his native Switzerland.

He followed the loves of his life – his wife and food – to Miami and was instantly seduced by Wynwood where he opened a neighborhood café “to serve great breakfasts, lunch, specialty coffees, late bites and everything in-between,” he said, “using only fresh ingredients, supporting local farms, local artisans and the best he can lay his hands on.”

One of his best moves what to hire Chef Gail Goetsch, formerly of Yard Bird and Essensia.

The chef and pastry chef uses fresh, organic and creative ingredients for a menu that offers a daily variety of sandwiches prepared, quiches, salads, soups, cheese plates, and a smattering of scrumptious desserts.

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Miam’s motto: the food is uncompromised, simple, and natural; the bread: Zak the Baker’s; the produce: from produce from Paradise Farms and Kennesaw juice; the coffee: Eternity Coffee, for which Mr. Jacot hired skilled baristas to provide a little art to America’s new favorite pastime: grabbing a coffee with friends, staring at the custom wall mural by neighbor business M+V Art or painter Jorge Miguel Rodriguez and people watching.

The clean and Wi-Fi wired space at Miam Cafe is developing into a retail boutique with artisan gourmet items such as local honeys, gourmet cooking oils, beer, wine and plates from Art that Feeds- a collaborative organization that uses proceeds to provide at-risk youth with sit-down, nutritious meals.

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Miam Café is open Monday through Friday from 9am-10pm, Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and later for special events in the neighborhood such as Art Walk. Closed on Sunday.   2750 North West 3rd Ave. #21 Miami, FL, 33127 in the iconic Wynwood zebra building. www.miamcafe.com