Do you want to learn how to cook like an Iron Chef? Or make sure your family doesn’t Chop you from the kitchen? Come to Miami February 22nd through the 25th to learn from some of the world’s most renowned chefs and Food Network stars. These chefs will together at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami to show participants how to cook like they do. With thousands of wines, craft beers, and cocktails for attendees to taste, the chefs will provide elegant farm-to-table food as a perfect pairing.
Chefs and Events at the Miami's South Beach Wine and Food Festival
Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos
On Thursday, February 22nd, there are three major dinner events going on at the same time, so be sure to weigh your options! The first event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival is a clambake hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos that begins at 7:00 p.m. They will be serving seemingly endless wine and cocktails before dinner for guests to relax and enjoy the luxury of the new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach. They will be pairing the wines and spirits with popular seafood from more than a dozen of South Florida’s most popular seafood spots including Ramos’ dishes from the Conrad, where the event is being held. So say "BAM!" and bring it up a notch at this beach side Clambake with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse!
Giada De Laurentiis
Also on the 22nd, you can make Italian Bites with America’s beloved queen of Italian cuisine Giada De Laurentiis. In the heart of Miami Beach at Lincoln Road Mall, she will serve up cocktails and bubbly alongside her famous Italian fare at 7:00 p.m. Celebrating the release of her latest cookbook, Giada’s Italy, De Laurentiis will be taking the attendees on a journey through the dishes that have inspired her family traditions, giving them an intimate look at some of her favorites that they'll only experience at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Buon appetito!
As a third option on that Thursday, you can also join Chopped judge and Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli for an international-style dinner at the Ritz Carlton on Bal Harbor. Bal Harbor is the neighborhood on the northernmost point of Miami Beach, and the Ritz Carlton provides views that overlook Haulover Park + Marina, an ideal place for watching sunsets. Guarnaschelli will also be joined by Matt Jennings, a chef known for his efforts in sustainability with popular farm-to-table restaurants in Boston. See if the most critical judge from Chopped and Chopped Junior can impress you at this anticipated event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival starting at 7:00 p.m.!
Guy Fieri and Anne Burrell
On Friday, February 23rd, enjoy the company of both Guy Fieri and Anne Burrell, two of the Food Network’s most rebellious chefs. Guy Fieri will be hosting the Heineken Light Burger Bash at 7:30 p.m. and serving up juicy mouth-watering burgers worthy of the hunch! Enjoy this party in style at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach. After tasting different burgers, you'll be asked to vote on which burger tasted the best! The chef that receives the most votes will be honored with the Heineken Light People’s Choice Award. If Anne Burrell’s Taste of Aloha and Tiki Cocktail Showdown is the main event, the Heineken Burger Bash was one heck of a pregame! At rockstar celebrity chef Anne Burrell’s event, you'll enjoy an evening of Polynesian fare with Hawaiian appetizers and Tiki-inspired cocktails. This event is being held at the Surfcomber Boutique Hotel and begins at 10:00 p.m. If you join Anne, you’re likely to hear her tell you that it “made her a happy girl!”
If you wake up early in the morning on Saturday, February 24th, be sure to attend Boot Camp and Bites with Robert Irvine! There's no motivation like Robert Irvine screaming at you after partying all night with Anne Burrell. Irvine will be promoting his healthy living cookbook, Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life that was published in 2015 and remains relevant because of Irving’s health-conscious approach to cooking.
After a long day of tastings and demonstrations on Saturday, be sure to stop by the tribute dinner, the biggest event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, honoring Bobby Flay and Michael Clark. Flay is one of the original superstars of the Food Network with 15 shows on their channel during his career. One of his most notable honors was being one of the original six Iron Chefs in 2000. He is the first Food Network personality to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and will be honored during this exquisite dinner party. Michael Clark is the managing director and chief executive officer of Treasury Wine Estates and has led the company to have a global operation and influence. The dinner itself will be cooked by Food Network chefs including Giada De Laurentiis, Alex Guarnaschelli, Masaharu Morimoto, and Michael Symon.
After the tribute dinner, Bobby Flay and his daughter, Sophie, will invite guests to a dessert and dance party also in the Loews Hotel on Miami Beach starting at 10:30 p.m. DJ Hannah Bronfman will play fun songs that all ages will enjoy. Guests can sample desserts from a dozen of the best dessert destinations in South Florida that will be represented the event. This will be an evening of galavanting alongside some of the most prominent chefs, both in the world and on the Food Network. Don’t miss out!
Scott Conant and Amanda Freitag
If you’re not a fan of Bobby Flay (but, come on, who doesn’t like Bobby Flay?), then check out Scott Conant and Amanda Freitag’s dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. It will be held at Scarpetta at Fontainebleau in Miami Beach and will serve up a seafood-focused culinary mash-up of Conant’s signature Italian flavors. Decide whether these judges from the Food Network’s hit show, Chopped, deserve their seats at the chopping block during this elegant evening of fine dining at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
Geoffrey Zakarian and Aarón Sánchez
Start your Sunday and the final day of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival off right with a Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and Aarón Sánchez. Just a quick 45-minute drive up the coast to the Point Royale at the Point Royal, Zakarian’s own restaurant on Hollywood Beach, you will see Zakarian joined by Aarón Sánchez, an award-winning chef and restaurateur. They will be serving guests a roasted suckling pig, an extensive raw bar, and the best bloody marys from all over the region. Enjoy your Sunday Funday at this beachside brunch with tunes as jazzy as Zakarian himself playing in the background.
Bring your Food Network fans of any age to Duff Goldman’s ice cream social at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday to sample some sweet, icy treats from all over South Florida. Hear from Goldman which ice cream is the ace of the midday social at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival!
Around dusk, join Michael Symon for a beachside BBQ and infectious laughs on Sunday night to wind-down from the eventful weekend. He will be at the Ritz-Carlton on South Beach demonstrating his knowledge of BBQ to finish of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. In anticipation of his soon-to-be-released cookbook, Playing with Fire, he has brought together 30 of the nation's grill masters to provide guests with slow-cooked, mouth-watering samples of beef, pork, chicken, and more to end your weekend of culinary fun!
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