South Beach Wine & Food Festival

SoBeWFF Culinary Captains Dish Why Their Neighborhoods Are Best

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival arrives February 19 through 22 with more than 75 events, tastings, parties, seminars, and dinners. The bash, which benefits Florida International University's dining and tourism programs, brings thousands of fans and celebrity chefs to Miami.

The Grand Tasting Village is the festival's culinary wonderland. To celebrate its 14-year run, as well as Miami's ever-growing restaurant scene, organizer Lee Brian Schrager has called upon the city's top toques to help the hordes navigate the shaded white sands. "We've invited fellow chefs from restaurants as far north as Palm Beach and far south as the Keys," Schrager says. "Each one will be the leader of their pack."

Not quite sure which neighborhood to check out first? To help you make the best choices, New Times asked the head honchos from each district what they plan to make and why their hood is best.

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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 and today is involved with a tech startup. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.