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South Beach Wine & Food Festival Announces All-Star Talent Line-Up

13th Street & Ocean Drive
Miami Beach FL, 33139
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Widely recognized as one of America’s favorite epicurean celebrations, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 22nd – 26th, 2017. 

Benefiting the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, tickets are on sale now for more than 90 events. The line up for the 16th annual Festival includes an array of unique dinner experiences, signature tastings, late night parties, seminars, the return of the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series, and more taking place at locations throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Continuing the long standing tradition of bringing the most revered names in culinary to South Beach, the Festival is honored to feature an intimate dinner hosted by Massimo Bottura at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach on Friday, February 24th. Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, located in Modena, Italy was named the No. 1 restaurant in the world on the prestigious list of The World's 50 Best Restaurants presented by Acqua Panna and S. Pellegrino earlier this year.

For the first time, the Festival has partnered with hospitality and nightlife impresario David Grutman to present The David Grutman Experience at its signature Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations on Sunday, February 26th. Recognized worldwide for his hotspots LIV, Story and Komodo, Grutman is bringing his signature over-the-top curated experiences straight to the sands of Miami Beach for the first time.

Offering one of a kind culinary experiences featuring the world’s best chefs, the Festival has once again carefully curated an array of more than 20 dinners. Highlights for 2017 include:

-An all-truffle experience
-Vegan dinner
-Kosher BBQ
-Celebration of Spain
-Journey through North Carolina cuisine
-Taste of South America
-Mediterranean mezze
-Caribbean classics and much more...

Some of the new events and returning favorites continue to add to the excitement of the Festival weekend, including the following options under $100:

-Craft-y Happy Hour
-Brickell City Centre After Dark hosted by Michael & Liz Symon 
-Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night Party featuring Bar Lab
-The Salty Donut & Sarsaparilla Club
-DRINK Fort Lauderdale: Cocktail Time Machine Experience
-The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown hosted by Robert Irvin 
-Buddhas and Bellinis
-Nutrish’s Yappie Hour hosted by Rachael Ray
-Food Fight hosted by Guy Fieri 
-Badia Spices’ Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Foods Kidz Kitchen.

The Festival’s signature Miami Beach events anchoring the weekend also get fresh twists this year, starting with a live musical performance by Little River Band, who hold 10 top 20 songs on U.S. Billboard charts, at Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company and hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli on Thursday, February 23rd. 

The decade long, fan favorite event Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray also returns on Friday, February 24th, where more than 30 chefs will compete for top burger-maestro honors. 

SOBEWFF channels the late night vibes that South Beach is known for on Saturday, February 25th at the brand new BACARDÍ Beach Party, featuring an array of cocktails, beats and beach bites to keep fans dancing long into the night. 

After its successful launch at last year’s Festival, the weekend will again close out with Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market hosted by Andrew Zimmern.

Additionally, the Festival’s beloved white tents nestled in the sand between 10th and 13th Streets and Ocean Drive will continue to host the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village featuring Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations during the weekend.

A variety of dinners, brunches, lunches, and parties will take place throughout the weekend, featuring renowned chefs, culinary personalities, winemakers, and spirits producers. Events like Buddhas and Bellinis, Decadent Dessert Party hosted by Duff Goldman, Croquetas & Champagne hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Goya Foods Swine & Wine hosted by Cindy Hutson, and for all ages, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kidz Kitchen.


Grab a sweet and savory deal this Valentine’s Day with the Fifty Shades of Food promotion for the 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This special, limited time promotion allows you and yours access to set your taste buds aflame compliments of more than 50 chefs.
Starting at 9:00 A.M. Monday, February 6th, Festival fans who use code VDAY17 when purchasing two (2) or more tickets to Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Valerie Bertinelli & Alex Guarnaschelli will also receive two (2) tickets to BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus.  

The deal doesn’t end there, as  each couple will also receive a complimentary copy of Fifty Shades of Chicken: A Parody in a Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, November 2012).  The Fifty Shades of Food promotion runs through midnight on February 14th.  

Tickets for the 2017 Festival are available now online at sobewff.org or by calling (877)-762-3933 (Phone sales are open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST). 

To date, SOBEWFF has raised more than $24 million for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at FIU.

Between SOBEWFF and its sister NYCWFF, which takes place each October in New York City, more than $32 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

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New Year's Eve in Oceanfront Style at McCoy's

1200 N Ocean Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
(954) 782-0100


Local Florida residents and out of town guests alike are invited to ring in 2017 in oceanfront style at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa.

McCoy’s Oceanfront, the resort’s beachfront restaurant whose namesake pays homage to the Prohibition era William “Bill” McCoy, will host a New Year’s Eve Celebration complete with delectable dining, live entertainment, party favors and more.

Kicking off at 9 p.m., McCoy’s will be serving up a five course prix-fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Eric Kaszubinski. Priced at $135 per person, reservations also include a split of Champagne per couple, chocolate truffles, party favors, live entertainment and a Champagne toast at midnight.

The meal will begin with an amuse of Citrus Whipped Goat Cheese, Marcona Almond and Grilled Bread. Appetizer choices will include Charred Octopus with Fingerling Potato, Fennel and Smoked Paprika Lemon Oil; Fried Green Tomatoes and Sautéed Oysters with Bourbon Bacon Jam; or Charcuterie and Farm House Cheeses. 

A salad course will include a choice of Roasted Beets, Butternut Squash, Arugula, Feta, Pepitas and Maple Dijon Vinaigrette; Grilled Gem Lettuce with Fried Artichokes, Sweet Tomatoes, Poached Farm Egg and Caper Vinaigrette; or Baby Iceberg with Crisp Pork Belly, Pickled Shallots, Chipotle Green Goddess and Cornbread Crisps.

For the main course, diners will have a choice of:

-Grilled Veal Chop with Wild Mushroom and Crab Ragout, Candied Corn Risotto and Braised Winter Greens.

-Florida Black Grouper with Saffron Rice Cakes, Snap Peas, Rock Shrimp and Sofrito.

-Grilled Quail and Pan Roasted Duck Sausage with Braised Savoy, Grain Mustard Spätzle and an Apple Fig Compote.

-10 Ounce Grilled Bone-In Filet with Pickled Cipollini, Duck Fat Fingerling Fries, Bone Marrow Butter and a Red Wine Reduction.

-Farro Mushroom Risotto with Tuscan Kale, English Peas and a Butternut Squash Puree.

Dessert selections will include McCoy’s Rum Cake with Pickled Mango, Chantilly Cream and Salted Caramel; Chocolate Trio of Warm Chocolate Cake, Coffee Pot De Crème and Coco Nibs; or Key Lim Cheese Cake with Pineapple Compote, Strawberry Gastrique and Toasted Coconut.

Reservations can be made by calling 954-782-0100.

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Clearwater Beach Uncorked 2016

301 S. Gulfview Blvd.
(On The Beach) 
Clearwater FL. 33767
Clearwater Beach Uncorked 2016 is almost here. If you have been missing out on this wonderful event, make plans to attend this year, as this is hands down one of the best food and wine fests in Florida.
 
Clearwater Beach Uncorked is a two day food, wine and craft beer festival that draws thousands of attendees to Florida's award winning Clearwater Beach. Located 23 miles West of Tampa, foodies, wine enthusiasts and craft beer aficionados can wiggle their toes in the sugar white sand, while enjoying all that the 30,000 square foot Grand Tasting Tent has to offer. Clearwater Beach Uncorked has been dubbed the hippest, most exciting two-day food, wine, and craft beer festival on Florida’s West Coast. The event welcomes thousands of attendees each February to Florida’s award winning Clearwater Beach.
 
The 30,000 sq. ft. Grand Tasting Tent will feature a vast array of mouthwatering taste experiences for discerning palettes. A percentage of ticket sales will benefit the University of South Florida Sarasota Manatee School of Hospitality and Technology.
 
Fabulous food from the area’s noteworthy restaurants, wines from across the globe, and national and regionally produced artisan craft beers help to create a weekend long epicurean experience. Wine specialists, brew masters and chefs from across the Bay area will add an exciting dimension of gastronomic intrigue.

VIP ticket holders will have access to the all-new exclusive VIP tent which features a variety of reserve wines, bubbly and tasty bites, in addition to entry into the Grand Tasting Tent. This year, VIPs are invited to attend the first-ever VIP Beach Brunch, which includes mimosas, muffins, and more!
Here are just a few of some of the Chef Biographies of the chefs attending this years event and doing live demonstrations both days:
 
Jim Hendry-Publix Aprons Cooking School

Before joining the Aprons program in 2002, James spent a number of years honing his culinary skills at some of southwest Florida’s most acclaimed restaurants. As the resident chef of Aprons Sarasota location, he has had the pleasure of working with some of the world’s finest chefs and winemakers and continues to pass along his own passion for food to all of his students, both young and old.
 
Anthony LogerfoPublix Aprons Cooking School 
Anthony LoGerfo joined Aprons Cooking School in October 2010. Coming from an Italian background, food and family have always been a big part of his life. In 1991, Anthony graduated from the French Culinary studying under the world-renowned Master Chef, Jaques Pepin, where he learned the most important lessons about traditional French cuisine. After three short years with Publix, Anthony has been promoted to Resident Chef. Still sharing his passion for food, culinary knowledge, and expertise so that you too can learn to have fun in the kitchen.
 
Emily EllynFood Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen Winner

Emily Ellyn is best known as the Retro Rad Chef from Food Network; appearing on Food Network Star,Cupcake Wars and most recently as the winner of Cutthroat Kitchen.She’s also a culinary educator and food writer, who writes for edible and BAR magazines and lectures at the University of Central Florida. When she’s not busy writing or finishing her PhD. in Food Service Education, you’ll find Emily in her trademark cat-eyed glasses, cooking up fun at food and spirits events around the world.
 
Joseph DiPaoloDuncan Hines

Chef DiPaolo and his team, have full research and development responsibility for some of America’s most loved grocery brands including Duncan Hines cake mixes and frostings, Comstock-Wilderness fruit and pie fillings,Vlasic pickles and Mrs. Butterworth’s and Log Cabin syrups. Chef DiPaolo holds a Baking and Pastry Degree from the Culinary Institute of America and is a member of the Retail Bakers Association.



Ticket Pricing & Inclusions – Tickets are priced at $65 per person, per day for general admission and $95 per person, per day for VIP.
 
New VIP Experiences – Guests who purchase a VIP ticket will enjoy a new VIP Beach Brunch taking place from noon to 1 p.m. each day before the main event opens its doors. Brunch includes muffins, munchies, mimosas and more. A VIP ticket also includes access to a VIP tent on the beach throughout the day, with an exclusive set-up of reserve wines, bubbles and light bites.

Grand Tasting – From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day on February 6 and 7, attendees will have the chance to wiggle their toes in the sugar white sand while sipping and savoring items from the area’s most delectable restaurants, boutique hot spots and world-class hotels. The Grand Tasting will take place in a newly expanded 30,000 square foot tent, setting the stage for an unforgettable gastronomic event.

BREW-B-QUE – Food Network Chef Emily Ellyn will tease the taste buds with a special Brew-B-Que cooking presentation on the Publix Aprons Cooking Stage. Attendees will explore the culinary diversity of cooking with craft beer during this unique event. Savory will meet sweet as Chef Emily pairs pork, Three Daughters Beach Blonde Ale and savory spices for an extraordinary Brew-B-Que experience.

Enhanced Line-up of Interactive Experiences – Marking its anniversary, the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked will feature an even greater line-up of food and drinks, courtesy of new sponsors and vendors. Guests will meet and learn from leading wine specialists, brew masters and accomplished chefs from across the Bay area, including Chef Richard Preston from the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, Chef Robert from Shephard’s Beach Resort and Chef Justin Winkler from Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key.

Six Live Cooking Demonstrations – Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked, six live on-stage cooking demonstrations will take place with renowned chefs from across the country. Chefs featured in the fifth anniversary event program include Jim Hendry, Anthony Logerfo and Brian Mullins (Publix Aprons Cooking School); Joseph DiPaolo (Duncan Hines) and Emily Ellyn.
 
Backed by a distinguished roster of presenting sponsors, Clearwater Beach Uncorked attributes much of its success to its presenting partners, including Bright House, Publix Super Markets, City of Clearwater, and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa. Clearwater Beach Uncorked is also supported by Transamerica, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit Florida and Great Florida Events.
 
A portion of the proceeds of the 2016 Clearwater Beach Uncorked will benefit University of South Florida’s Sarasota Manatee School of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership. Funds will be used to develop academic programs, scholarships, research grants and campus infrastructure. Clearwater Beach Uncorked has also partnered with the University to implement an educational component incorporating the festival into the fall curriculum. Students are currently competing to develop unique marketing initiatives where the winners’ ideas will be implemented at this coming year’s event.
For more information about Clearwater Beach Uncorked, or to Purchase Tickets visit:

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Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

unnamed.jpg1200 North Ocean Boulevard
Pompano Beach FL 33062
954-782-0100
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When deciding where to stay for a fun getaway, there are certainly lots of good hotels and condos available along the shores of South Florida, which I personally believe have some of the best beaches in the world. But, why settle for good when you can have great?

The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa is really a bit of a hidden gem, and is actually more of a boutique style resort that caters to leisure and business travelers alike. While no two Marriott properties are the same, this location really delivers the best of the resort lifestyle with the simple pleasures of Florida beach living.

During my stay here, I really kept asking myself if I was at a hotel in Florida, or had I been mysteriously transported to a resort in the Caribbean? The resort is set on the oceanfront in Pompano Beach, a city that is ripe for discovery and one that has recently been named one of the top 10 “up-and-coming” U.S. destinations by TripAdvisor. So if you want to venture outside of your little slice of paradise, there is more than enough to keep you occupied. If you need something for your business, you can utilize a grand total of nearly 4,000 square feet of meeting space for a customized event that will have guests talking for years.

Guests of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach can enjoy fresh local fare and speakeasy style drinks at McCoy’s Oceanfront where you can enjoy a classic cocktail menu that features fresh pressed juices and dark spirits paired with seasonal seafood in a casual setting. If you want to be pampered, you can treat yourself to a well deserved massage, facial, manicure/pedicure, body scrub or waxing as you hear the therapeutic waves crash outside of SiSpa. Of course there is the poolside relaxation with two pools and a hot tub and beach access with water sports.

What's really impressive is the fact that private balconies with views of the Atlantic Ocean are afforded to all of its generously appointed 194 guest rooms and 25 suites. This was my view.

Speaking of those guest rooms and suites, after you're done indulging in stunning ocean views from your private balcony, you can get a peaceful night's sleep on pillow top mattresses, in a very spacious room. After your beauty rest you can wake up to a Florida sunrise and start the day with a newspaper delivered to your room upon request.

If you want to keep in shape and keep up that beach body, Marriott Pompano Beach has you covered there as well. Not only do they have the latest in top of the line cardiovascular equipment, with free weights, treadmills, elliptical machines and bikes, but the fitness center also includes a stunning view of the ocean skyline.

All work and no play makes for a dull day, so you must go outside and play. There are two very nice swimming pools and a fantastic hot tub on the property with plenty of lounge chairs and towels for all. If the beach is calling your name, you can enjoy private access to a gorgeous beach with Jet skis’ available, Surfing and Volleyball, or you can just relax and chill in a private cabana.

Night time is the perfect time to hang out with family and friends, and Marriott Pompano Beach has plenty of things to keep the conversation going all night long. The fire pit was a hot spot, literally and figuratively during my stay and many people seemed to enjoy drinks from McCoy’s and conversation by the fire with a cool ocean breeze at night. The pools and hot tub are also open at night.

If you are planning on making a charming holiday escape with the comforts of home, look no further than Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort as they have a special “Home Away From Home for the Holidays” package available now.

Available for stays from November 1, 2015 through January 2, 2016, the Home Away From Home for the Holidays package includes overnight accommodations (based on a two-night minimum stay), daily buffet breakfast at McCoy’s Oceanfront, a special delivery of a gingerbread house kit for in-room family fun, Kids Club access for one-half day for up to two children, a 15 percent discount on all treatments at SiSpa, and a Shopper’s Savings Book courtesy of The Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. Rates start at just $199 per night. For reservations call 954-782-0100 or visit www.pompanomarriott.com.

I was really impressed with this Marriott property and was sad to leave. Everything here from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave is first rate, and they have done a wonderful job of transporting guests to a unique slice of paradise. In case you don't take my word for it, the resort just received the 2015 Orbitz Worldwide “Best in Stay Elite Award” fronting the area’s finest beach and providing its guests with the simple pleasures of Florida beach living.

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