Next week, in place of our restaurant review will be an overview of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Here's a taste:
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"The most motherfucking stars of any Spanish restaurant in the U.S.," bellowed Mario Batali from the stage in describing what he thought to be an overly generous rating. The moment was only noteworthy because it occurred at last year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival dinner honoring attendees King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia of Spain. The royal couple was taken aback, the episode made its way across the nation's news wires, and the festival had found more fodder for its folklore. A bonus footnote was added with a Miami New Times video report of Paula Deen's pants "falling down to mid-thigh before she caught 'em [and] tugged 'em back up."
Tighten your belts, hold onto your hats, and grab a fork: Coming to town this Thursday through Sunday is the 2010 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine (FNSBWFFFAW, or abbreviated SBWFF), a self-described "star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world's most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs, and culinary personalities."