South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2015: Events are Selling Out Fast!

Culinary Students from FIU’s Chaplin mSchool of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementSumptuous Cuisine at Best of the Best SOBE 2012Celebrity Chefs at SOBE 2012

English: Food Network star Guy Fieri introduce...

English: Food Network star Guy Fieri introduces the teams for the Iron Chef BBQ Competition at the Tiki Bar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Calling all foodies and wine enthusiasts. It’s time to uncork and decant your favorite wine and hide your scale so you can indulge in four days of sumptuous cuisine at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2015!

Here’s a link to all of the events: http://www.sobefest.com/events.php?cat_id=All

Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is pleased to announce its upcoming program of events.

WHEN:  The 14th annual Festival, taking place February 19-22, 2015, consists of more than 75 events during the four-day, star-studded gourmet gathering, featuring new parties and talent alongside a noticeable refresh of the Festival’s most signature tastings.  As it has since its inception, the Festival benefits the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management’s Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at Florida International University.

“This is surely a year that our loyal fans will do a double-take at the program and new attendees will find plenty of events to choose from,” predicts Festival Founder & Director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.  “We have made significant changes to upgrade the experience at our signature Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village and are taking our beloved event, The Q, to the next level by partnering with Meatopia.”

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, February 19 with Ronzoni Pasta’s 100th Anniversary Seaside Spaghetti Soirée sponsored by MIAMI magazine hosted by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, a celebration of pasta and all forms of Italian-American cuisine under the Festival’s signature white tents in the sand behind South Beach’s iconic Delano.  These same sparkling white sands will be the foundation for the brand new version of the Festival’s treasured celebration of all things grilled, braised and barbecued as Meatopia: The Q Revolution presented by Creekstone Farms hosted by Guy Fieri curated by Josh Ozersky on Saturday, February 21.

The Festival is taking significant strides in 2015 to upgrade its landmark Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations.  While enjoying samplings from a seemingly endless variety of restaurants and wine and spirits brands from the Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida portfolio, attendees will notice key advancements to the beachside venue which spans from 10th Street to 13th Street off Ocean Drive.  Changes include more seating and shaded areas, live music and DJs, select ‘park and ride’ offerings (at no additional cost), and the introduction of chef Culinary Captains who will represent cohorts of chefs from various neighborhoods throughout South Florida.

New events taking place throughout the 2015 Festival include:

  • Poolside Paella Party hosted by José Andrés
  • Tacos After Dark hosted by Aarón Sánchez
  • Empanada & Wine Happy Hour
  • A rooftop ice cream and chocolate party with Candace Nelson of the Beverly Hills based Sprinkles Cupcakes, who is known for catching the taste buds of celebrities like Oprah Winfrey
  • Tribute to the resurgence of tiki culture mixology during a late-night, poolside bartender competition hosted by Emeril Lagasse
  • A late-night spiced up soirée centered around Caribbean-jerk hosted by cookbook author, chef and restaurateur Bobby Flay
  • Dessert done South Beach-style by modern day Willy Wonka and Cronut™ inventor Dominique Ansel
  • Plus an unprecedented series of intimate and unique dinner experiences featuring world-renowned culinary talent!

Fan favorite events such as the Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray, Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best sponsored by Bank of America & Merrill Lynch, Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Kidz Kitchen, YogArt presents Buddhas and Bellinis, Bank of America Lifestyle Seminars, Wine Spectator Wine Seminars, Goya Foods’ Swine & Wine hosted by Marc Forgione, and more will return, sure to satiate every type of budget and palate.

Loews Miami Beach, the Festival’s host hotel, will again host the annual Tribute Dinner sponsored by Bank of America; part of The New York Times Dinner Series. The 2015 Festival will honor Chef Juan Mari Arzak, the acclaimed pioneer of Basque cuisine, and Ted Baseler, president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

Stay up-to-date with the excitement by following the Festival at www.Facebook.com/SOBEWFF or follow Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager at www.twitter.com/Lee_Schrager.

About the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE

All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world’s greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers.  To date, the Festival has raised more than $20 million for the School.  In October 2013, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is produced by Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Festival, visit www.sobefest.com or call 877-762-3933. For more information about Florida International University visit www.fiu.edu, for the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management visit www.hospitality.fiu.edu and for more information about Southern Wine & Spirits visit www.southernwine.com.

 

Here’s a list of the hotels:

 

Albion Hotel

1650 James Ave
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Deluxe Petite Room $239.00
Deluxe King $287.00
Deluxe Queen/Queen $299.00

Dream Hotel

1111 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Deluxe Rooms $249.00 – $339.00

Catalina

1732 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Living Large Room $295.00

Delano

1685 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Deluxe $529.00
Alcove $649.00
Ocean Front KG $709

Fontainebleau

4441 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL 33140

Oceanview $499.00
Deluxe Balcony $529.00
Sorrento One Bedroom Suite $899.00

Gale Hotel

1690 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL 33140

Signature Rooms $329.00
Kaskades Suites $525.00  Double/Double $365.00

James Hotel

1545 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL 33139

Run of House $439.00
Deluxe Double $599.00
2 Bedroom Apartment $859.00

Kimpton Surfcomber

1717 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Run of House $389.00

Loews Miami Beach Hotel

1601 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Run of House $479.00
Luxury $499.00

The National Hotel

1677 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Art Deco Room $379.00
Ocean View Room $429.00
Pool Side King of Queen $579.00

The Ritz-Carlton South Beach

One Lincoln Road
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Interior Room Views $559.00
Partial Ocean View Rooms $669.00
Lanai Pool View Rooms with Balcony $669.00

Thompson Hotel

4041 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Deluxe $359.00

Riviera South Beach

2000 Liberty Avenue
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Balcony Room $325.00

Shore Club

1901 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Run of House King $349.00
Double Double $399.00

W South Beach

2201 Collins Ave
Miami Beach FL, 33139

Wonderful King $589.00
Oasis Suite $809.00

Reservations: In order to receive these special festival rates please contact Carol Press at 786.206.2717 (Please do not call hotels directly).

Guidelines: All rooms and rates available on a first come, first serve basis. Rates do not include taxes, gratuity, parking, porterage, or incidentals. 3-night minimum on some reservations. Rates based on single or double occupancy. A valid credit card number and expiration date must be provided for every booking.

 

TICKETS: www.sobefest.com

Raise Your Glass to the Philanthropic Celebrity Chefs and Sponsors at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival for generating over $17 million for FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism management. The Food Network, Southern Wine & Spirtis of Florida and FOOD & WINE Magazine presented a series of culinary events led by world-renown chefs and world-class spirits and wine companies at the annual Foodie Event of the Year.

Florida International University - School of H...

Florida International University – School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Center in Tianjin, China (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Celebrity Chefs at SOBE 2012

Wine and Swine Event at SOBE 2012

Hundreds of food and wine festivals are held in the U.S. each year. Some  are decades-old events and others are new kids on the block.

A typical food and wine festival  feature tastings, pairings, demonstrations and “dine-arounds” held at local restaurants. Some even have cookbook signings by celebrity chefs.

These events are generally about philanthrophy. In South Beach, sponsors collaborated with Celebrity Chefs, culinary students and over 11,000 team members raise money for culinary students. The South Beach Food and Wine Festival 2013 was one of the best food and wine festivals in the country!

Celebrity Chefs at SOBE 2012

The 14th edition of the annual fund-raiser for Florida International University‘s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management worked to generate over $17 milllion since the inception of the Festival eleven years ago. Nearly 1000 students volunteered thousands of hours preparing for this incredible 4-day wine, spirits and culinary extravaganza. The students are preparing to walk in the footsteps of the Celebrity Chefs to become future leaders in these exciting industries.

Emeril Lagasse at SOBE 2012

There were dozens of exciting events including: late-night parties, special dinners, signature food and wine tastings and culinary demonstrations led by Rock Star celebrity chefs. For the full list of events visit www.sobefest.com so you can save the date for next year’s extravaganza!

Bobby Deen at SOBE 2012

Nadia G at SOBE 2012

Rachel Ray at SOBE 2012

 

Wine Auction at Best of the Best Sobe 2012

Best of the Best at the Fontainebleau Miami 2012

 

SOBE Bites 2012

Tasty bites at SOBE 2012

I was sipping plenty of wine from around the world and tasting the unbridled flavors of signature bites from famous restaurants around the country.

Sumptuous Cuisine at Best of the Best SOBE 2012

Grand Tasting Village Entrance at SOBE 2012

Over $17 million has been generated in the past to fund state-of-the-art facilities including: the Southern Wine and Spirits Beverage Management Center, the Hilton Training Kitchen, a teaching restaurant, dining room and wine cellar and the Angostura Culinary Lecture/Demonstration Classroom. For more information on this extraordinary program visit  www.hospitality.fiu.edu

Follow my blog to learn about Wine and Food Festivals that are held all over the country.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Gina and Pat Neely at SOBE 2012

SOBE 2012

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