SoBeWFF Swine & Wine: Pork and Booze, Come Rain or Shine (Photos)
Bradley Herron of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink offered tacos with roast pork, smoked chili paste, and charred pickled onion and radish
All photos by Emily Codik
On Sunday evening in the courtyard of the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, there were more than 19 stations serving caja china roast pork, mojitos, and wine. A live band took the stage, and songs such as Rosario's "Meneito" filled the air. As the night wore on, a light drizzle fell upon SoBeWFF's Swine & Wine, hosted by James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein and sponsored by Goya Foods. But few attendants noticed the weather. There was too much pork and too much booze to be had.
So, if you missed this fiesta, here are some highlights.
Doug Rodriguez's smoked pan con lechón with clam dipping broth
Michelle Bernstein's whole lechón asado with Vietnamese noodle salad
Two local chefs love pairing pork with broth. Both Doug Rodriguez and Michelle Bernstein opted for liquid accompaniments to their pork-centric creations. Rodriguez provided attendees with a clam dipping broth alongside his smoked pan con lechón. Bernstein served her pulled lechón asado with Vietnamese noodle salad and a teeny cup holding pork dashi.
Pig head número uno
Pig head número dos
Pig heads are always a nice touch and, no, this was not the ideal event for vegetarians. I overhead this while in line at Harold Moore's booth: "Is this dish vegetarian?" Above the table, the sign read, "Cuban porchetta with mixed beans and rice." The answer, clearly, was no.
This event wouldn't have been complete without copious pig heads. These are just two of 'em.
Bradley Herron serving up whole roasted pork
Chef Michy shreds her lechón by hand
Miami chefs handle whole lechón with finesse. Michelle Bernstein and Bradley Herron were just two of many chefs who roasted their lechón whole. So they spent much of the night pulling the flesh from the animal. And they looked good while doing it.
Ingrid Hoffmann's tequila-chipotle pulled pork buns
Ingrid Hoffmann next to her lechón
Ingrid Hoffmann is so simpatica. At Swine & Wine, few chefs worked it like Hoffmann. The host of Simply Delicioso was handing out kisses, hugs, and handshakes all night. Unlike other chefs who just handed out their food, Hoffmann explained her dish in depth to many attendants.
Dena Marino's pork rillette cannoli
Dena Marino's cannolis are not sweet. Apparently, at the beginning of the evening, attendees shied away from Dena Marino's cannolis. Maybe it was the cherry gravy or the look of powdered sugar. But booth staffers had to coax people in by explaining the cannolis were savory, not sweet.
Jorge Padrón's lechón asado with Cuban-style risotto
Jose Mendin's pork belly
More photos of pork, because that's what this event was all about. At the end of the night, the winner of the evening was Bongos Cuban Café. But the event should be praised for its array of options. At Swine & Wine, there was Cuban-style lechón with black beans and white rice, roast pork with an Asian flair, and even Pubbelly's pork belly with butterscotch miso. Some offerings were more traditional; others were more creative. Regardless, it's likely that attendees of Swine & Wine won't be eating pork again anytime soon.
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