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Heritage Fuego Returns to Miami for 13th Year, Winner to Compete in First SOBEWFF Grand Finale Event

Dine on heritage meats and ethically sourced fare during this open-air event at the Biltmore Hotel.
Heritage Fuego returns on November 12 at the Biltmore.
Heritage Fuego returns on November 12 at the Biltmore. Agency 21 Consulting photo

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The open-air culinary event showcasing South Florida chefs, heritage-bed meats, and live-fire cooking returns to Miami this fall, delivering an all-star lineup that features some of the Magic City's most celebrated chefs.

Tickets to Heritage Fuego are on sale now. This year, the event celebrates its 13th year on Sunday, November 12, at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

Over the years, the food-focused event has drawn crowds that enjoy strolling the outdoor, walkable event as they watch chefs prepare dishes onsite — using live-fire techniques — right before their eyes. The three-hour daytime feast offers an endless array of sustainably sourced food from the region's top family farms and local purveyors, with thoughtful bites prepared by the area's most acclaimed kitchens, paired with a wide array of beverage partners.

Produced by Agency 21 Consulting (A21), a culinary experiential marketing agency based in Miami, Heritage Fuego is a sister event born from Cochon 555. The nationwide food and wine tour stops in multiple cities, including Atlanta, Nashville, Napa, and Los Angeles, focusing on whole-animal, heritage breed livestock, and heirloom produce.

The idea: offer people an up-close and personal look at how to prepare responsibly raised heritage breed meats and ethically sourced food while sipping on a curated array of wine and spirits, local craft beers, and cocktails.

"Our goal is to shed light on eating in a more sustainable, responsible way delivered by a fun food and drink event format," A21 director of marketing Lauren Melamed tells New Times. "The great thing about this event is that there is really something for everyone."

Throughout the 14-city tour, Heritage Fuego will see as many as 10,000 guests while spotlighting 250-plus chefs, 150-plus family farms, and numerous culinary schools. This year, the heritage and heirloom foods list is bigger than ever, covering everything from dry-aged beef, pork, lamb, goat, and rabbit to duck, fish, chicken, artisan cheeses, oysters, and vegetables.
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The Heritage Fuego Miami chef crowned "Heritage Hero" will compete in the 2024 South Beach Wine & Food Festival's all-new "Heritage Fire Grand Finale" event.
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The 2023 chef lineup features a roster of some of Miami's top toques with confirmed participating chefs Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap, Andrew Gonzalez of Rolled and Night Owl Cookies, Adam Darnell and Steve Santana of Off Site, Greg Tetzner of Old Greg's Pizza, Giorgio Rapicavoli of Luca Osteria and Eating House, Rick Mace of Tropical Smokehouse, Carlos Garcia of Leku, Sue Torres and Leanne Kelleher of Tides, Jeff Bud of Apocalypse BBQ, Josh Elliot of QP Tapas, Yoel Sanchez of Bricked Burgers, Louie Estrada of My Cuban Spot, Alex Kuk and Diego Ng of Temple Street Eatery, Nicholas Murray of Beaker & Gray, Fernando Desa of Goya Foods, Aaron Brooks of Edge Brasserie & Cocktail Bar, and Darien Borges and Ismael Llano of Pin Pan Pollo.

During the event, guests can crown their favorite chef the 2023 "Heritage Hero" while voting for the best "bite" of the day. The winning Heritage Hero will be invited to cook during the upcoming South Beach Wine & Food Festival to participate in the first "Heritage Fire Grand Finale" event set to take place on Sunday, February 25, 2024. The event will feature winners from all 2023 Heritage Fuego tour stops.

Tickets to Heritage Fuego in Miami are on sale now, priced at $125 per person. Entry to the three-hour event includes unlimited food and drink samples.

Guests can also celebrate early with the VIP experience for $175 per person. The experience includes 45-minute early access, allowing attendees to meet the chefs, winemakers, and farmers who make it all happen. Guests will enjoy select special dishes to entice VIP palates, while professional bartenders and sommeliers bring their best game forward with specialty cocktails and reserve wines.

"We take great joy in honoring our local heritage as we bring Heritage Fuego back to our beloved hometown of Miami," notes Brett Friedman, CEO and partner for Agency 21. "Returning to Miami marks a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our tour during the last leg of its journey."

Heritage Fuego. 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; heritagefiretour.com/miami. Tickets cost $125 to $175.
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