South Beach Wine & Food Festival

SOBEWFF: Chicken Coupe Celebrates Fried Chicken With Endless Champagne and American Pie

At Chicken Coupe, grilled was an unknown word among the participating chefs. Andrew Carmellini walked around speaking to chefs to ensure everything was moving along smoothly and to try the fried chicken, of course.

The sold-out event confirmed America's fascination with two things: fried chicken and champagne. Upon walking in, we overheard someone say they'd never had good fried chicken or even cared for it much. We found that same person toward the end of the event and that had changed. "I have fallen in love."

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.