A not-to-be-missed new event this year was the new Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament presented by Benchmark Hospitality International hosted by José Andrés; which took place at the Champion Raymond Floyd-designed golf course at Turnberry Isle Resort for an 18-hole culinary, wine and spirits adventure. Foursomes were paired with celebrity chefs, winemakers and/or spirit producers, including Ming Tsai, Alex Guarnaschelli, Todd English, Tim Love and Linton Hopkins, among others, making this unique event a hole-in-one!
A Red Hot Night: presented by Target: hosted by Ingrid Hoffman was a new, Latin-themed event celebrating the art of perfect pairings. Party-goers enjoyed an evening of traditional Latin delicacies prepared by well-known chefs and delicious paired beverages, while dancing the night away to Salsa music and mingling with talent from Univison's hit show, Mira Quien Baila.
This year's Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America honored Nobu Matsuhisa and Christophe Navarre with Mistress of Ceremonies, Martha Stewart. A six-course dinner in celebration of critically-acclaimed chef Nobu and Chief Executive Officer of Moët Hennessy, Christophe Navarre was prepared by some of the world's most renowned chefs including Daniel Boulud, Yoshihiro Murata, Yuji Wakiya, Roy Yamaguchi, Frederic Delaire and Johnny Iuzzini.
Southern Kitchen Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel featured the Grammy-Award Winning country sensation and hit Food Network personality's favorite southern brunch recipes. Yearwood made her first Festival appearance and delighted both country music fans and foodies alike with her mouthwatering dishes and surprise musical performance.
Back for its second year at the Festival, diet pepsi presents Trucks on Midtown's Tracks sponsored by Eventstar Structures hosted by Andrew Zimmern celebrated Miami's ever-growing street food scene. The food truck rally in Midtown included more than 20 food trucks, and Zimmern's own newly debuted AZ Canteen. For the second consecutive year, Ms. Cheezious took the People's Choice Award for its smoked pulled pork sandwich with fried pickles and cheddar served on Texas toast.
Guy Fieri's Reggae Jam with Ziggy Marley Live presented by Ziggy Marley Organics featuring Cuisine of the Sun by Ortanique and Friends, the Official Festival Closing Party ended the 2013 Festival with a bang. Fieri took to the stage and got the party started; followed by a performance by Ziggy Marley. Guests enjoyed delicious fare by Ortanique and Friends and others, while sipping on island-inspired libations, making the evening a jamming good time!
Mark your calendars: Dates for the Festival's 13th year are set for Thursday, February 20 through Sunday, February 23, 2014. Fans can follow Festival Founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Lee_Schrager or at the Festival's official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SOBEWFF.
About the Food Network 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 and 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.
The Food Network 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.
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