Just like the other big cultural festival in Miami, Art Basel, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival consists of a variety of different events simultaneously occurring over a period of several days. The main event every year at SOBEWFF occurs at the Grand Tasting Village right on the sands of Miami Beach with the rolling surf and hot bodies working on their tans only steps away. Hosted this year by Whole Foods Market, the Grand Tasting Village was a sensory overload for any lover of food, wine, and spirits. Besides sampling food from over 35 local restaurants, there were also representatives from vacation destinations, new food and cooking products to try out, cocktails made with some well-known and not-so-well-known liquors, and lot’s of wine. In between getting tipsy and nibbling on tasty morsels, attendees were able to watch cooking demonstrations from some of the most popular TV cooking personalities like Anne Burrell, Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, and many others. Occurring over a two day period, here are some highlights from the first day of the Grand Tasting Village on Saturday, February 23rd.
If you have any doubts regarding Miami’s importance as a food city, pay a visit during the month of February to understand just how huge the 305 is to the culinary world. For the past eleven years, Miami has played host to Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which is one of the country’s most important gastronomic events of the year. Next year, from February 21st through the 24th, locals and visitors will be able to attend tastings, lectures, demonstrations, special dinners, and unforgettable parties featuring such personalities as Duff Goldman, Ming Tsai, Emeril Lagasse, Todd English, Anthony Bourdain, John Besh, and many others.
Greece gets a lot of credit for creating democracy, philosophy, and modern medicine; but their foremost achievement is their culinary delicacies. Greeks, among the more negative things in the news lately, are accredited for their longevity and healthy lifestyles (minus their predisposition to chain smoke). The secret to this is simple, delicious, good for you dishes full of fresh ingredients and always plenty of olive oil. Here's a simple recipe to have your own Greek feast at home.
Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce is a traditional staple in all Greek restaurants and goes great on everything from fish to pita chips.
Hey foodies, it's back! The annual Food Network Wine & Food Festival hits NYC Thursday, September 29th-Oct 2, and we couldn't be more excited. This year's line up includes a whole slew of seminars, meet and greets, special speakers, celebrity personalities and our personal favorite -tastings! The massive, star-studded agenda features some amazing events including:
- Cake Decorating with Duff Goldman and Charm City Cakes
- Patron Tequila's The Art of the Taco presented by Creekstone Farms hosted by Bobby Flay
- TimesTalks with Guy Fieri
- Cocktails and Caviar at Dream Downtown hosted by Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
- Rock & Roll with Morimoto and Friends - A Sushi and Karaoke Soiree
- Whole Foods Market presents New Culinary Discoveries with David Bouley
The cooking competition/foodie TV career enhancer is going south this winter and is changing things up a bit. In the past, news of the show's debut is followed by a list of the 16 chefs planning on competing for the title. This year, however, the TV station has revealed 29 "hopefuls" that wil be narrowed down some time in the future. In addition to the bulked-up participant list, fans can expect to see the regular parade of celebrity guest appearances including Pee Wee Herman, Patti LaBelle, Charize Theron, Cat Cora, John Besh and Tim Love. Of course, the always-hungry judges, Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons will have final say on deliciousness but will this year be joined by perennial nice guy, Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson.
This Saturday in the Hamptons, the James Beard Foundation is hosting their Annual Chefs & Champagne Event, honoring Emeril Lagasse. Lagasse will be joined by other beloved chefs like Marcus Samuelsson and Wolfgang Ban among many others.
Hosted at the Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack, the event promises to have unlimited champage, beer, and wines from the area. They will also be announced the Christian Wolffer Scholarship for Wine and Food Studies.
Calories aside, who can say no to the smooth and refreshing temptation of beer? Hmmm, beer such a great companion with friends or after a long day and now-lucky you- in your favorite foods. So in honor of National Beer Day today, prepare yourself, as I knock you off your barstool with some of the greatest recipes, all of course including our dear friend, beer. And no, everything is not fried, although the majority is, but with flavors this good it would be sin not to try. So drink up to the best feast you will ever cook and invite your friends to a getty where beer is not only the life of the party it’s also the main course.
The glamorous crew of the Fontainebleau brings us another star-studded weekend as it hosts The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival during the last weekend of February. In anticipation for spring functions and late-summer nights out, world-renowned chefs and wine experts nestle into the grand hotel for a weekend of culture, education and delicious parties and courses.