Lee Schrager

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2014

    Gabrielle Hamilton, Dana Cowin, Lee Schrager Own the Miami Book Fair International

    This year's Miami Book Fair International was a star-studded affair with over 600 authors appearing at various readings, book signings, and panels. From Bravo-lebrity Andy Cohen to vampire queen Anne Rice, there was something for every taste -- be it champagne or blood. But, the surprise breakout ... More >>

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    October 20, 2014

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tickets on Sale Today

    Let the food frenzy begin. Tickets for the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale to the general public today. The festival, which takes place on South Beach's sands and venues around the city, takes place February 19 - 22, with more than 75 different parti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    SOBEWFF Going to the Dogs: Rachael Ray to Host Canine Cocktail Party

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the annual multi-day celebrity-fueled bacchanalia that hits Miami Beach every February like a wine-soaked tidal wave has been the site to numerous parties, events, and seminars. Privy to some epic antics like Robert Irvine being shackled upside down by his ankle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2014

    Lee Schrager Makes Cocktails for Melissa and Joe Gorga on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live

    Bravo Television's Andy Cohen hosted Real Housewives of New Jersey's Melissa and Joe Gorga on last night's Watch What Happens Live for a little "Fried and True" talk about the latest RHONJ cat fight. What makes this particular chat so intriguing? Serving up cocktails at the Clubhouse bar was none o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    9. Lee Brian Schrager: Miami's Culinary Showman

    New Times' Best of Miami 2014 issue arrives June 19. To celebrate, Short Order is paying tribute to Miami's culinary all-stars. These people forged our city's food scene into what it is today -- a thriving amalgam of tastes and cultures. Through their insight and talent, they've given the city a uni ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Happy Hours, Heat, and Scotch

    If you're still a wee bit hung over from Memorial Day weekend, we've got the cure: More partying. Come on, you're not in Kansas. This is Miami and things are happening this weekend. In case you needed an excuse to get out and enjoy life, it's Friday, the Miami Heat play the Pacers, and we've compil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2014

    Lee Schrager Celebrates Fried & True Book Launch at PAMM on Tuesday

    Besides bringing the South Beach Wine & Food Festival to our Magic City, Lee Brian Schrager also will be the reason you crave fried chicken every day of your life. Fried & True: More than 50 Recipes for America's Best Fried Chicken and Sides is out and available now. So how does Lee Schrager celebr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Lee Schrager's Fried & True Is an Ode to Fried Chicken

    Unless you've been eating potato chips in your closet for the past dozen years, you know Lee Brian Schrager as the creator of and force behind the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. But you might not know that he's a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, that he's worked for such culinary ic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Paula Deen Brings the Biscuits to Fried & True

    Multiple coures of fried chicken before noon is a worthwhile event in and of itself. Throw in a surprise visit by the queen of gluttonous fried and buttery cuisine, Paula Deen, and you know some entertaining commentary is going to is going down. During Fried & True, a fried chicken seminar hosted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    SOBEWFF: YogArt's Buddha and Bellinis Starts With Anthony Bourdain Sighting, Ends with Love Party

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival wasn't all about the eats. Yesterday, we let out all our toxins at YogArt, which made a return at this year's festival after its success last year. Taking place at The Raleigh, the Buddha's and Bellinis event fuses music, food and art into one. The location was s ... More >>

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    January 2, 2014
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    October 15, 2013

    Andrew Carmellini Talks Fried Chicken and SoBeWFF

    Miami should give thanks to Andrew Carmellini for two things: the Dutch and Chicken Coupe. As the Dutch nears its two-year mark at the illustrious W South Beach, Carmellini is gearing up for an anniversary filled with fried chicken and champagne. Chicken Coupe, part of the South Beach Wine & Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    4. Lee Brian Schrager of Southern Wine & Spirits

    Lee Brian Schrager is vice president of corporate communications & national events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. That's a long title, so it's best to just remember him for what made him famous -- creator of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The event started as a one-day "Florida E ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 28, 2013
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    February 25, 2013

    SoBeWFF Southern Brunch: "Best Food of the Festival," says Schrager

    People often say Miami isn't quite part of the South. Yet Magic City chefs put out the best food at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Southern Brunch at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel late Sunday morning, even if they didn't have the longest lines. A little more than an hour into the event Em ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2013

    SoBeWFF's Burger Bash: Bobby Flay Wins, Knocks Michael Symon Off Winning Streak

    Victory is sweet for those who've patiently waited for the spotlight. Bobby Flay threw an accomplished fist in the air as Rachael Ray announced the people's choice first place winner -- his green chile burger won. The burger, which Flay made in the name of his New Jersey restaurant, Bobby's Burg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2013

    Geoffrey Zakarian Talks Star-Studded Radio Show, BBQ, and a Miami Restaurant

    Chef, restaurateur, and Food Network personality Geoffrey Zakarian is working hard -- and playing hard at this year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival.Zakarian, who makes the trip to Miami each year with his wife, Margaret, is appearing at multiple festival events, hosting a magnificent A-list i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Ten Twitter Handles to Follow During SoBeWFF

    Can't make it to this year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival? We hear ya. Tickets are kind of expensive. Fret not. Luckily, Twitter allows complete strangers to pry into the lives of those who live publicly, like Cooking Channel and Food Network idols, for instance. This year, experience SoBe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2013

    Juvia Franco-Brazilian Brunch to Kick off Lee Brian Schrager's Culinary Cinema

    With the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) right around the corner, our collective mouths are officially watering for Lee Brian Schrager's inaugural Culinary Cinema, where we'll get to indulge in three flicks hand-picked for foodie film buffs. And to make sure the audience is happy and well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2013

    Taste of Brickell Valentine: Score Cheap VIP Couple's Pass Here

    Come March, memories of the South Beach Wine & Fodd Festival (SOBEWFF) will be fading fast -- and you'll need some new bacchanalia to look forward to. Luckily, the third annual Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival is bringing eats, drinks, and entertainment to the Miami Circle on March 23 an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Lee Brian Schrager's Culinary Cinema to Debut at Miami International Film Festival

    The closer we get to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (SoBeWFF), the more you're bound to hear the name Lee Schrager. And in addition to his tireless work promoting our city's celeb-studded ode to consumption -- he's lending his talents to the 30th anniversary edition of the Miami Internationa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Food & Country Festival Bringing the Wild West to South Dade

    While techno beats and Cuban food might seem more South Florida-style than twangy tunes and barbecue -- we can all use a return to those country roots every now and then. Hence the idea behind the South Dade Food and Country Festival, bringing homegrown good times and good eats to Homestead this Sat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Lee Schrager on SoBeWFF, Mixology and Where He Eats in Miami: Hip and Hot, Part Two

    One of the hottest things right now, according to Lee Schrager, is mixology -- the skill of blending cocktails with a focus on quality ingredients and innovative flavor combinations. "There's so much emphasis on cocktails right now," he says. To reflect what he calls the "big explosion of mixology, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    More Beer, Rock Shrimp, and Chilaquiles: Final Notes on the SoBe Fest

    ​So we close the page on another South Beach Wine & Food Festival -- or, as we like to call it, the Annual Four Day Gastro-Intestinal Challenge. The following list consists of personal observations and reflections gathered over the weekend.- I've been to so many Festivals that I've gotten to k ... More >>

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    February 26, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Best Thing I Ever Ate Serves Late-Night Munchies (Photos)

    All photos by Laine DossGetting down at SoBeWFF.​It's a fact. Most nights spent dancing and partying wind down in the local diner or coffee shop. Over some soggy fries and a tepid greaseburger, you wish that there was some place open where you could get some stone crab claws ... or Peking duck ... ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Andrew Zimmern Talks Street Food and Miami Bites

    ​You probably know Andrew Zimmern as the guy who eats eyeballs and bats on the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods. You might not know that Zimmern, a trained chef and journalist with a love of street food, is an annual participant in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This year he'll host the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Heinz Unveils New Flavor, SBWFF Tix On Sale, and Tap Water Rules

    ​​​​​A look back at some food-related events that transpired over the past week:South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2012 tickets went up for sale on Monday. The three-day event runs February 23 to 26, and tickets tend to go fast. Very fast. Paula Deen's Sunday Brunch and the Anta Banderas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Top Five Food Festival Etiquette Faux Pas

    Lesley ElliottThe tents at last year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival. ​It seems premature to say that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is already a subject of talk about town, but they recently released the 2012 line-up, and we already spoke to Lee Schrager to get the inside scoop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2011

    SBWFF 2012: Antonio Banderas, Andrew Zimmern, and Plenty of Food Carts

    Lee KleinWe spoke by phone with Lee Schrager this week about upcoming new events at the 2012 South Beach Wine & Food Festival (February 23 through 26). Monday was part one; today we talk about BubbleQ losing its Bubble, the one-of-a-kind affair at 1111 Lincoln, and the grand closing party that l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    SBWFF 2012: Salsa at Sea, Geoffrey Zakarian, Brunch at the Botanical Garden

    ​I start my phone conversation with Lee Schrager by telling him about a recently unearthed 1991 issue of Food Arts magazine that featured the Miami dining scene of the time. "Did you say 1991?" he asks, as though he's heard me wrong. I add that he merited mention, and quotes about South Beach and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Gilt City Tequila Dinner at Kane Steakhouse: Meat, Booze and Lee Schrager

    All photos by Laine DossLee Schrager curated a dinner at Kane Steakhouse...sans gossip.​Gilt City chief lifestyle adviser, Lee Schrager, hosted a tequila tasting dinner at Kane Steakhouse Tuesday evening, as part of his curated dinner series for the lifestyle website. Co-hosting the dinner was Kan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    South Beach Dining 1991: A Look Back (Part One)

    Greg SchneiderLeft to right: Aran Tantana (Thai Toni); Norman Van Aken; Johnny Circharo (Johnny's); Louis Leichter (Lucky's)​"The Beach is a trendy place," says Lee Brian Schrager. "Who knows what will be in vogue next year or even next month?""It's like Cannes and Nice in the Forties," adds Tony ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Parting Impressions

    Lee Klein​Another year, another booze-and-food drenched four day bacchanal. Here are a few last thoughts:Let Them Eat Cake: Flawless. A fantastic party. Hard to imagine this not being the high point of the Festival.BubbleQ: The last dance for this particular event was well orchestrated. There was ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Dispatches From South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2011

    Photo by Jose D. DuranIce sculptors at SoBe Wine & Food Festival's Let Them Eat Cake event. ​It's over. The gluttonous celebration of food known as South Beach Wine & Food Festival is now in the books. History books? Maybe. Cookbooks? Absolutely.Yep, the festival celebrated its 10th annive ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 18, 2010
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    November 15, 2010

    Sneak Review: Lee Schrager Interview

    Lee KleinSchrager at Michael's​This week's Cafe column will contain an interview with Lee Schrager, best known locally as being the man behind the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. In the talk we discuss the upcoming SBWFF as well as the new SBWFF cookbook, which Schrager will be discussing in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Blog Watch: Fabada, Cupcakes and Flat Stanley

    ​The latest from the South Florida food blogosphere ...A cupcake order goes bad for ... And the Eggs.Redland Rambles tells us about the opening of the Pinecrest Gardens Market.The Chowfather has Sol Kitchen cater his NFL Sunday.Jeff Eats visits Buena Vista Deli. The Burger Beast reminds us th ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tickets on Sale October 25

    ​Get your wallets ready! Tickets for the 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale Monday, October 25.The festival, which takes place February 24 to 27, 2011, will be celebrating 10 years. Ten years since Lee Schrager took over the one-day wine festival that started at FIU, moved it to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    Lee Brian Schrager Talks South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2010, His New Book, and Millions of Dollars

    Jacob KatelLee Brian Schrager working at his desk at the world headquarters of Southern Wine & Spirits of America.​ Lee Brian Schrager is the South Beach Wine and Food Festival's driving force. Almost ten years into its existence he's got a book written (manuscript seen above), has expanded it ... More >>

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    October 12, 2009

    Weekend Blog Watch - Beer, Duck, Seedlings, Shots, Pigs, Chavez, and Ag

    via pondspider's flickrWho you lookin at?​ October: season of growth and change. Sure, we don't have a typical American autumn, but here it's always fall as long as the coconuts do. Let the recent heatwave suffuse your being with the chaotic energy of the city, and let our food reflect it. We're a ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Miami Babylon Details SoBe Wine & Food's Lee Schrager's Guilty Past

    ​Gerald Posner has a new book out called Miami Babylon. In it, he details Lee Schrager's having pled guilty to insurance fraud. Lee Schrager is the local, socially-networked promotions powerhouse behind the success of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.Our paper-product recently profiled Lee ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 1, 2009
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    May 11, 2009

    Weekend Blog Watch

    Jacob KatelActual kitchen picture. Read full blog to see the original imageShort Order respects our contemporaries in the blogosphere for their perspectives, photos, reviews and everything they bring to the table. Here's what's been going on.Lee Schrager goes out to eat 10 million times a week.Grape ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Petit Rouge French Bistro

    Petit Rouge is a French Bistro in North Miami headed up by Chef Neal Cooper. Lee Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival recently twittered mid meal "Enjoying my dinner in Miami at Petit Rouge. Best profiterols I've ever had....... Mmmmm good!!!"I spoke to Chef Neal by phone. Her ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 19, 2009

    Recession Be Damned!

    Eat, drink, and spend at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

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    February 21, 2008
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    February 23, 2006

    Bourgeois Binge

    The gastronomic caravan known as the South Beach Wine & Food Festival has pulled into town

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    March 20, 2003

    The No Show Chef

    What fun would a festival be if top international chefs like Gordon Ramsay behaved themselves?

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