South Beach Wine & Food Festival

SBWFF 2011: Bubbles, BBQ and Big Shots at BubbleQ

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-Jouët and meat cooked by celebrity chefs should be worshiped like a minor demi-god.

Without a doubt, BubbleQ made a grand attempt to woo the ladies at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Under a central giant chandelier, a circular bar filled with young male eye candy in black shirts and neon green ties poured endless amounts of bubbly. The decor could best be described as "South Beach Chic", with white couches and tables accented by giant champagne flutes and glass bubbles.

Celebrity chefs served up savory meat dishes, and Godiva and Sweet Street were on hand to provide parfaits, cupcakes and chocolate. Some of the chefs serving up dishes included Bobby Flay, Cat Cora, Michael Symon. Jonathan Waxman, Todd English, Rick Bayless and Al Roker (yes, of television weatherman fame). Giada De Laurentiis and Guy Fieri were enjoying the evening's festivities and the queen herself, Martha Stewart dropped in to say hello before heading over to the Let Them Eat Cake Event she was co-hosting with Emeril Lagasse.

Cute guys in ties kept the corks popping and the bubbly flowing.

Frontera Grill's Rick Bayless on duty.

Al Roker traded his trenchcoat for a chef's jacket to make some BBQ chicken.

Martha Stewart pals around with Miami's own Douglas Rodriguez.

The ladies were standing in line to get a hug from Todd English.

​Wild man Guy Fieri enjoys BubbleQ.

Behold, the human cupcake holder.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss