If you haven't purchased your tickets for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, we suggest breaking out the credit card because many of the more famous events, like Burger Bash, are sold out.
Luckily, the four-day long festival is filled with seminars, dinners, and parties -- ensuring there's an event to delight every oenophile, foodie, and party animal out there.
Big names like Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, and Nobu Matsuhisa are flying in, but we're thrilled by the number of local chefs highlighted at this year's event. We already know that Miami is a world-class culinary destination -- but these seminars and parties highlight our city to the rest of the world and we think that's just fine.
Here's a list of six events that spotlight our home-town chefs. As of now, tickets are still available for all of them (and they make great Valentine's Day gifts).
Saturday, February 23, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Miami's resident queen of the kitchen, Michelle Bernstein, is joined by a "team" of heavy hitters in the culinary world -- all of them fantastic. All of them female. This League of their Own-themed event has Bernstein sharing culinary duties with Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat), April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig), Naomi Pomeroy (BEAST), and Jeni Britton Bauer
(Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams). Food Network's Anne Burrell will serve as guest General Manager of this dream team.
Julie Loria, author of the cookbook, Diamond Dishes, and wife of Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, will host a cocktail reception before the event and net proceeds from ticket sales will support the efforts of the Mayor's Fund for NYC Hurricane Relief and the hunger relief efforts of the Food Bank For New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Baking Out Loud hosted by Hedy Goldsmith and Josh Wesson
Sunday, February 24, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Shelborne South Beach
Everyone's favorite pastry chef and author will celebrate her book, Baking Out Loud, with a decadent hour of stories and goodies. Josh Wesson will pair Goldsmith's candied bacon, tangerine pot de creme, homemade Snickers bars, and chocolate cake with dessert wines and some surprising spirits for a truly sweet afternoon.
Dome Caviar & Cocktails hosted by Marsha Orosco and Tony Abou-Ganim
Sunday, February 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Shelborne South Beach
Can you think of an hour better spent than drinking some of the finest cocktails ever made while eating caviar? Neither can we, which is why we're stoked for this event which pairs Coral Gables' Dome restaurant with mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim. Latin-themed cocktails will be paired with sustainably harvested caviar.
Taste of Thai featuring Khong River House and Josh Wesson
Sunday, February 24, 3:00pm-4:00pm
Shelborne South Beach
Khong River House has only been open a short time, but the restaurant, which features cuisine inspired by both Chef Bee's homeland of Thailand and other countries along the Mekong River, has already generated quite a buzz.. Chef Bee has a story about the origins of each of his dishes, and he'll share these tales while you dine on his food. Josh Wesson will pair the dishes with complimenting wines.
Sunday, February 24, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Midtown, 3101 NE 1st Avenue, Miami
Nearly two dozen food trucks including CubanCube, Slow Food Truck, GastroPod, and Ms. Cheezious (last year's winner)
will pair their offerings with specialty cocktails and fine wines. Travel Channel host and food truck owner Andrew Zimmern will be on hand with his own truck, AZ Canteen.
Guy Fieri's Reggae Jam with Ziggy Marley Live presented by Ziggy Marley Organics featuring Cuisine of the Sun by Ortanique and Friends, The Official Festival Closing Party
Sunday, February 24, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
The festival closes out with a Caribbean-themed evening. Reggae royalty Ziggy Marley will perform in concert, while Guy Fieri will do something amazing, we're sure (in past years he's made pizza and drinks for the entire crowd).
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Chef Cindy Hutson, along with her partner Delius Shirley, from Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables, will showcase cuisine featuring items from Marley's own organic food line. Guest chefs, Ana Kaye Tomlinson from Miss T's Kitchen and Gari Ferguson from G's Que arrive straight from Jamaica to cook their specialty dishes.