SOBEWFF 2016:BIG EVENTS, A FOODIES DREAM
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Lisa Sussman :: Eye On South Florida
South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2016
SOUTH BEACH : RITZ CARLTONThis week long wine and food festival 2016 was a blending of fine wine, spirits, and the best of the best of South Florida Chefs. Creating a single dish knockout of memorable bites that represents their restaurant as well as their individual cooking style. The Festival opened with the Fort Lauderdale Food Series at Bonnet House and closed on the sand at the Ritz Carlton on Miami Beach – basically the best 96 hours of a foodies dream week! Hundreds of chefs showed their best creations as more than 80 different events popped up throughout the week. The week was peppered with Celebrity Food Network Stars who hosted events like “Seaside Eats” or “Burger Bash”. “LUCKY CHOPSTICKS”, hosted by Food Networks TV personality, writer, and who is widely regard as the most versatile and “bizarre” talents, Andrew Zimmern. This 3 hour Asian inspired event which takes you on the sand under white tents was a foodies dream. As you munch and sip special made cocktails made especially for the event. Local Celebrity Mixologist, Angela Dugan, created the featured cocktail for the event :South by Far East with Titos Handmade Vodka using her own Dugan and Dame Tonic Mix. Exciting things are happening at Kapow Noodle Bar in Boca Raton, FL. This year the restaurant was asked to present a dish at the 2016 South Beach Wine and Food Festival.
I had a chance to catch up with Chef Gittleman to discuss the dish he prepared for the event. This was the first showing at the festival for Gittleman who says he is excited to be apart of an event that is so widely respected by locals and those in the business.
The 2016 South Beach Wine and Food Festival proved that these large-scale festivals are relevant and powerful as ever. Over 80,000 tickets sold to this week long events. They bring together the local community and the world’s greatest chef’s to showcase their cooking, but also to connect to one another and their fan base. See you all next year!