If you’re the type of person whose eyes light up at the sight or sound of the word “Michelin,” then next week is made for you, and it’s all happening in Miami! United Way Miami’s annual Wine & Food Festival, April 17th-20th, is celebrating its 18th year by undergoing a very upscale, very haute cuisine makeover that is sure to draw in South Florida’s serious gourmands. Eschewing its old moniker, the festival is now going by the name VERITAGEMIAMI, and to show the South Florida food scene that it means business, they are having none other than the legendary Michelin-starred Chef Daniel Boulud to headline the four day event.
The food and wine festival kicks off on Wednesday, April 17th, with a beer tasting at the iconic Wynwood Walls in Miami’s edgy arts district, followed by a walk around wine tasting at the Village of Merrick Park.
On Friday, April 19th, Chef Boulud will be hosting a three-course interactive dinner at the JW Marriott Marquis, home to the Miami outpost of his db Bistro Moderne restaurant. Be prepared to receive instruction in preparing your haute cuisine dinner by a master as Chef Boulud instructs over 600 guests in the basics of classical French cuisine. To have the opportunity to receive instruction from this chef is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for any foodie.
Chef Boulud isn’t the only personality bearing Michelin stars at this year’s VERITAGEMIAMI. Representing the other great European culinary traditions is Chef Davide Brovelli of Il Sole di Ranco in northern Italy. Rounding out this year’s festival, Chef Brovelli will be serving a dinner inspired by the cuisine of his homeland inside a restored 1940s Hangar in the Opa Locka Airport.
As it has for the past eighteen years, this year’s proceeds from the food festival will go directly towards funding United Way Miami’s ongoing efforts in assisting the local community with education, financial stability, and health. Since its inception eighteen years ago, United Way Miami’s annual food festival has raised over $12 million for those causes.
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the festival website.