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  • Blogs

    September 8, 2014

    Lee Schrager on SOBEWFF 2015: Meatopia, Tiki Cocktails, and the Cronut King

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns to the sands of South Beach February 19 through 22, 2015, and this time, expect to choose from more then 75 dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties over the four-day span. The official SOBEWFF website goes live today, featuring the entire celebrity-fil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    SOBEWFF: The Top Ten Unforgettable Moments From the Festival

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is over for another year and, celebrity chefs from the Northeast are flying home for another Polar Vortex even as the giant party tents are being broken down. All that's left of the weekend is a slight hangover, a few goodie bags, and memories. Here are our top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Trisha Yearwood Cooks and Sings at Southern Kitchen Brunch (Video)

    Lee Brian Schrager, the founder and organizer of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival declared on stage the Southern Kitchen Brunch is one of his most beloved events. "I don't know if it's because it's so pretty, because some of the best food of the weekend is here, or because it has one of my favor ... More >>

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    February 22, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Symon Wins Burger Bash, but We Vote for the Frita

    Michael Symon won the Amstel Light People's Choice Award at the Amstel Light Burger Bash last night for his "The Fat Doug Burger" -- a beef patty topped with pastrami, Havarti cheese, cole slaw and mustard. It was the high point of an evening filled with flesh, as thousands jammed an ocean-side ten ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    SOBEWFF: The Q Kicks Off the Festival With Meaty Dishes, Dishing Chefs, and a Flavor Tie

    Last evening, this year's edition of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival kicked off with the first big party, the Q. On the surface, the Q seemed like the familiar event that put the festival on the map -- a fete filled with barbecue provided by some of the best chefs in the country, accompanied ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Jeni Britton Bauer Gives Us the Scoop on Tonight's Ice Cream and Dessert Party

    The 100-year celebration of Igor Stravinsky's trailblazing symphony, The Rite Of Spring doesn't exactly bring to mind ice cream. That is unless your name is Jeni Britton Bauer. For the award-winning cookbook author and owner of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, the anniversary inspired a new Absinthe flav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    Follow Your Favorite SOBEWFF Personalities on Twitter, Instagram

    With the SoBeWFF just days away, celebrity chefs are leaving their hometowns to flood our sunny city with big personalities and debaucherous dalliances. This is their version of spring break, after all -- so anything can happen. This tendency towards troublemaking means you'd be wise to follow your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    SOBEWFF Kicks Off Today: Here Are Cheap and Free Events Around It

    The South Beach Wine and Food Festival kicks off its four-day bacchanal today, February 20. The festival includes all manner of parties, dinners, and seminars -- many commanding a pretty penny. But there are still plenty of opportunities to mingle with your favorite celebrity chefs without breakin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Cocktails, Chrissy Teigen, and Michael Symon at The Q (Recipes)

    Moët Hennessy's The Q at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival promises to kick off this year's festivities with style. Tonight, from 7 to 10 p.m., not only will attendees be able to sample the best barbecue and sides from 40 of the nation's top chefs, but they'll be able to wash it down with cockt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    SOBEWFF: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models Take on Celebrity Chefs at Beach Volleyball Tournament

    Grab your sunscreen and your cameras and make plans to head out to the beach this Thursday for a once-in-a-lifetime sighting: A bevy of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models taking on a group of celebrity chefs in what we've coined, "The SOBEWFF Cheesecake vs. Beefcake Beach Volleyball Bonanza." Tomo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Chef Michael Symon on His Persona: "I Pride Myself on Being a Good Teacher"

    Michael Symon might be best known for his cohosting stint on the ABC daytime show The Chew, but the Cleveland native is also a James Beard Award winner who was named one of the ten best chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine. Symon is a South Beach Wine & Food Festival veteran. He won Burger Bash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    From Burger Bash to the Q, the High-Profile Events at SOBEWFF

    In its 13th year, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is bigger than ever. Even the most fit fan will likely get exhausted just reading the roster of 70 seminars, parties, and dinners -- up from last year's 50 or so offerings. How does one choose from the extended list of parties hosted by luminar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    SOBEWFF Burger Bash 2014: Here's What You'll be Eating

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival's sold out Burger Bash might just be the hottest ticket in town. After all, who wouldn't clamor for the opportunity to sample 31 burgers from some of the best chefs in the country? The conundrum each year, however, is strategy. Most people tackle the "Bash" rand ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2014

    Lee Schrager on SOBEWFF's Must-See Events

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival will enter its 13th year when it kicks off this Thursday, February 20. Termed "spring break for chefs" by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, the event attracts culinary A-listers and some 60,000 fans to Miami Beach for a weekend of parties, dinners, and drinking in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    SOBEWFF Tickets Now on Sale: What's Available, What's Already Sold Out

    The city's annual hedonism heyday (well, one of many) is just a few short months away. We're referring, of course, to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. From February 20th through 23rd, 2014, this annual event will invade our sunny shores with more food, drink, and celebrity chef debauchery th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival MasterCard Presale Starts Today: Five Tickets You Must Get Now

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival's MasterCard presale starts today, Monday, October 7 and runs through October 20. This is the absolute best way to snag tickets to the hot events that sell out way, way, before the actual festival, which is actually 135 days from now. To purchase tickets, have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    Lee Brian Schrager on the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Bar Mitzvah

    The South Beach Wine & Food Festival turns 13 in 2014, and Lee Brian Schrager, creator of the festival and vice president of corporate communications and national events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc., knew exactly how he wanted to celebrate: a good old-fashioned bar mitzvah. "I wanted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    SOBEWFF 2014: Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models on the Menu

    The 13th annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival, presented by Food Network, has announced part of its lineup for the 2014 event, which takes place on Miami Beach and all around town February 20 to 23. The event draws nearly every major celebrity chef in America to our city for a little fun and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    Fieri, Zimmern, Deen, Zakarian Do the Harlem Shake (Video)

    This year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival seemed tame in comparison to some other years. We didn't witness any snockered chefs, fistfights, or Paula Deen riding anyone like a pony. Even Anthony Bourdain played nice at the Grand Tasting Village (possibly because he was in the presenc ... 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 22, 2013

    SoBeWFF 2013 Events Everyone's Talking About

    For more on the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, check out New Times' Taste guide, hitting newsstands Thursday, February 21. A look at the full events lineup of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival can be dizzying. There are more celebrity chefs than you can shake a ladle at and more ... 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 20, 2013

    SoBeWFF: Michael Symon Wants To Win Burger Bash For a Fourth Time

    Last year, celebrity chef Michael Symon shocked the throngs of meat lovers at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Burger Bash by winning the coveted People's Choice award three years in a row. Symon's "Porky Burger", a pigfest made from pork and bacon, crowned with a hunk of pulled pork, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Lee Brian Schrager's Favorite SoBeWFF 2013 Events

    For more on the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, check out New Times' Taste guide, hitting newsstands Thursday, February 21. Unlike the Wizard of Oz, people who know the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival pay attention to the man behind the curtain -- Lee Brian Schrager. The fou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Kardashian, Armstrong and More: Five Celebrities We Want to See Open a Miami Restaurant

    With the South Beach Wine & Food Festival a mere stone's throw away, we can't help but think of all the traffic, money, and celebrities the bash will bring. Sure, South Beach will be a pain in the ass to get around for those four days, but take into account all the tourism money and publicity this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    SoBe Wine & Food Fest Opens Ticket Presale Today for MasterCard Holders; Six Events to Buy Before They Sell Out

    Here's a reason to get excited! The South Beach Wine & Food Festival ticket presale starts today. The presale, which is exclusively for MasterCard holders, gives SBWFF and FIU-benefitting lovers a whole two weeks to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public October 22. Festival ... More >>

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    July 25, 2012

    ABC's The Chew Highlights Little Havana Today

    We haven't really mentioned The Chew lately -- mainly because the daytime talker for foodies hasn't mentioned Miami lately. Call it childish, but why should we give a shout out to a show that shows no love for the 305 ... until now.Apparently The Chew crew's ears were burning because today's show fe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Ten Strangest Things at the South Beach Wine and Food Fest

    ​The South Beach Wine & Food Festival wrapped up yesterday after a four-day whirlwind of dinners, brunches, parties, cocktails, and events.Each year we're delighted by the food, impressed by the cocktails, and amazed by the sheer number of celebrities that come to Miami to party and mingle.Dur ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Celebs Party at Satellite Events, Restaurants

    ​The hottest ticket in town this weekend may not have been in the Grand Tasting Village or some of the official parties. It seems that the celebs in town for the event were dining and drinking at various small gatherings and uber-private receptions at different venues scattered around Miami and Mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Why We Heart Symon's BBQ & The Blues

    Lesley ElliottDiablo Dimes & The Bloodhounds​The grub and the booze lasted all night long, and that's why we loved Thrillist's BBQ & The Blues last night. There was no line to get in, simply present your ticket and boom, welcome to the party (Burger Bash snaked around for what seemed li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Best Tips Ever For the Grand Tasting Village Experience

    ​The South Beach Wine & Food Festival opens today. One of the nation's premiere food events, it will draw around 70,000 people this year. The Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village, held Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ocean Drive and 13th Street, is one of the most popular eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Paula Deen's Southern Charm and Other Big Names at the Festival

    ​Famous for cooking rich Southern cuisine, Paula Deen received mixed press after announcing she had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. "I've never recommended that people go into their kitchen and prepare these fattening meals every day," she said. "But I'm feeling a little vulnerable." Truth is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Where the Celebs Hang Out in Miami

    ​The South Beach Wine and Food Festival starts this Thursday, February 23, with satellite parties starting as early as tomorrow. Hotels, restaurants, and shops are gearing up for the invasion of foodies, celebrities and beautiful people who arrive as early as today.Since Miami has a thriving resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    SoBeWFF Burger Bash 2012 Menu Revealed

    ​Hot damn! Something we've all been waiting for! Unless of course, you're no body (or Michael Symon). The sixth annual Burger Bash raised the curtains on its much anticipated 2012 menu at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.The meat 'n' bun monstrosities include Hot Chocolate's Signature Burg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Priciest SoBeWFF Tickets and Cheaper Alternatives

    ​Now that Super Bowl is over, we can concentrate on the next big event -- the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which opens February 23. Like the big game, the SoBeWFF offers lots of opportunities to max out your credit card on parking, food, and booze. Tickets are expensive for the vario ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2012

    SoBeWFF Trade Seminars: Celebrity Chefs Offer Insight for Insiders

    Food NetworkBobby Flay moderates a panel discussion on winning a televised cooking competition.​While thousands of people will be flocking to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival's Grand Tasting Village for some wine and a glimpse at a celebrity chef, those same chefs will be sneaking across the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cheap Seats: Tickets Under $100

    ​Although the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is still a month away, the time to get those tickets is now. Indeed, some of the more popular events are sold out. You've already missed the meaty Burger Bash, BBQ & The Blues hosted by Food Network's "Iron Chef" Michael Symon, and Paula Deen' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Don't Hate the Holidays: Celeb Chef Recipes For Rosh Hashanah

    ​Sephardic cuisine has Middle Eastern roots, so there's lots of spice and flavor in these holiday foods (often influenced by Jewish roots everywhere from Turkey to Spain and, naturally, Israel). A Sephardic spread actually tastes amazing, but if you are a Euro-jew, it's a completely different stor ... 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 >>

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    June 9, 2011
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    April 15, 2011

    Mystery Solved (Sort Of), Cinco Coming, and The Chew on TV

    We found out the mystery café that had it's soft opening earlier this week will be called Crumb on Parchment. Michelle Bernstein's momma is making the baked goods. Stay tuned for an interview with her soon.Coral Gables is getting a new eatery: Cinco. Cinco is due--wait for it--on May 5 (uh, yeah, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Makoto Talks About His Bal Harbour Restaurant Opening This Sunday

    Chef Makoto Okuwa​This coming Sunday, March 27, marks the opening of Makoto at the Bal Harbour Shops. "Makoto Okuwa worked for us at Morimoto in Philadelphia and New York," explains Stephen Starr (who is known locally for Steak 954 in Fort Lauderdale, but whose restaurant group includes a host of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Bubbles, BBQ and Big Shots at BubbleQ

    All photos by Laine Doss BubbleQ's host, Bobby Flay​The BubbleQ is one of The South Beach Wine and Food Festival's premiere events. It's the one that people talk about - and who wouldn't? To be honest, any event that offers free-flowing Perrier-Jouet and meat cooked by celebrity chefs shou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Michael Symon Wins Burger Bash Again, Celebrity-Sightings Abound

    He hit the B Spot again.View more photos from the Amstel Light Burger Bash at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach here.​"Last year it was pastrami. This year it's salami. It's meat on meat, baby!" is what Michael Symon had to say last night as he accepted his second consecutive People's Choice Award at l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: The Unofficial Short Order Burger Bash Awards

    Photo by Riki AltmanNo we're not all professionally trained in the culinary arts like those who handed out the official honors last night, but we know our way around food and the celebrities who hawk it. Therefore we deem ourselves qualified to bestow upon last night's Burger Bash entrants the follo ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Dufresne, Conant, Burrell and Others Spotted at Star-Studded Scarpetta Soiree

    Photo by Riki AltmanMelissa D'Arabian, Scott Conant, Anne Burrell, Sunny Anderson, and Maile Carpenter, editor in chief of Food Network Magazine.​The 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival didn't officially start until this morning, but Food Network magazine snuck in a star-studded soiree last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2011 Burger Bash Preview

    Symon will be back with another boast-worthy burger​Ready to get your burger on, babies? For this year's Burger Bash, winners from the last four years have returned to grill the others into submission.Starting soon, we'll be sharing some of the winning recipes so you can begin training at home. Bu ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 18, 2010
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    February 16, 2010

    Looking to Attend the SoBe Wine & Food Fest? You Still Can

    ​Food Network personalities, high-profile chefs, and food fans from all over the world will descend over Miami next week for the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival from February 25 to 28. You locals should consider yourself lucky: In years past, you'd be hard pressed to find a ticket to any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Looking to Attend the SoBe Wine & Food Fest? You Still Can

    ​Food Network personalities, high-profile chefs, and food fans from all over the world will descend over Miami next week for the 2010 South Beach Wine & Food Festival from February 25 to 28. You locals should consider yourself lucky: In years past, you'd be hard pressed to find a ticket to any ... More >>

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