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Chef Jean-George’s Vongerichtens Ping Pong, Pizzas & Peroni

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On February - 19 - 2019
Everyone’s favorite (unofficial) festival event is back – Chef Jean-George’s Vongerichtens Ping Pong, Pizzas & Peroni. Hosted by Chef Jean-Georges, the 4th annual Ping Pong, Pizzas & Peroni late-night event will take place on Friday, February 22 from 10PM to midnight at Jean-Georges’ Market at The Miami Beach EDITION. 

Guests will be able to join Chef Jean-Georges for his favorite past time and enjoy a vast Italian spread of Market’s favorites dishes including a raw bar, sweet treats and of course pizza to be washed down with Peroni beer. You might even get a chance to take on the master himself or your favorite celebrity chef in a round of ping pong. Past attendees have included Guy Fieri, Marc Murphy, Amanda Freitag, Jose Andres and Marcus Samuelsson. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here

It’s the most wonderful time of the year….well for wine and food lovers it is! The 18th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 20 – 24, 2019.  Widely known as one of America’s favorite gourmet gatherings on the beach, the Festival has once again added an all-star line-up of musical acts to join its fan-favorite roster of renowned chefs, culinary and lifestyle personalities, winemakers, and spirits producers.

On Saturday, February 23, GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Cassadee Pope and popular band Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real will take center stage at the Festival’s signature Beachside BBQ presented by The National Pork Board hosted by Guy Fieri.  In addition to sipping on libations and savoring carnivorous creations from more than 30 of the nation’s top grill maestros and pitmasters, Pope, the first female winner of NBC’s The Voice, and Nelson, co-producer of the music for the film A Star is Born, will treat attendees to a live performance of their pop and country-rock hits. 

Wildly popular musician and mogul DJ IRIE, who is recognized for his continuous support of a variety of local and national non-profit organizations, will provide the high-energy beats at two Festival events.  These include:

GRAMMY® Award-winner and 90’s icon Rev Run will bring the beats to a returning Festival favoriteMidnight Eats: An Española Way Block Party hosted by Bar Lab, Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos.  Taking place on Saturday, February 23, this late-night soiree will take over the charming, pedestrian-friendly corridor known as Española Way in the historic Art Deco part of South Beach.  Featuring midnight bites from the restaurants that call the coveted respite home and specially crafted cocktails from the masterminds at Bar Lab, this party has all of the ingredients to create a great night out on the town. 

On Sunday, February 24, the Festival signature daytime tasting on the beach will include two featured musical experiences throughout the event.  The Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & Publix Culinary Demonstrations sponsored by Sub-Zero Group Southeast will delight attendees by adding music from Nu Deco Ensemble, an eclectic chamber orchestra designed for the 21st Century based out of Coral Gables, FL, to the event.  As attendees sip on wines and libations from more than 80 suppliers from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits portfolio and nosh on tastings from more than 55 restaurants, they will also enjoy the return of the featured David Grutman Experience throughout the day.  Curated by the nightlife and hospitality leader himself, this 360-experience will include interactive activations and high-energy beats.  The David Grutman Experience will be hosted by Ludacris with top DJ’s on-site, including a set by wildly popular artist and producer Cedric Gervais as part of the experience.

While at the tents guests should plan to visit the “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, the Original” booth, which aims to promote the added value of the product, in terms of authenticity, safety, traceability, and labelling. The goal is to teach how to identify the Original Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, by recognizing the PGI logo.  Earlier in the week, this wonderful produce will be featured at Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach, hosted by Giada De Laurentiis where it will be reinterpreted by local chefs.  It will also be highlighted at the Wine Spectator Trade Day on Friday, February 24.


EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE.  All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.  Tickets to these events and more are available online at or by calling 877.762.3933 (Phone sales are open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST).  To date, SOBEWFF® has raised more than $28 million to support the education of the future leaders of the hospitality industry.     


illy Returns to South Beach Wine and Food Festival!

illy at Best of the Best

At Best of the Best, illy has partnered with Miami based restaurant, LA ESTANCIA ARGENTINA to serve their delectable cookies with Dulce De Leche paired with illy espresso. This small dessert paired with illy espresso is the perfect finale to end the Best of the Best,  the last bite and sip of the evening to balance out a night filled with heavy wine and rich, savory foods.

illy at the SOBEWFF Grand Tasting Village

Immersive music experience at the Grand Tasting Village. illy is bringing relaxation to busy festival-goers with a SUNFONY sound seat experience that carries the user like a wave, offering an innovative sensory listening experience throughout the body.


Veritage Miami Craft Beer Tasting

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 28 - 2019

Veritage Miami Craft Beer Tasting

Head to the Wynwood Walls this Thursday, February 7, for Veritage Miami’s Craft Beer Tasting, featuring top-notch local, regional and national craft breweries complemented by delicious bites from dozens of South Florida restaurants.

 Nearly 50 breweries will be showcasing their beers for you to sample and there will be plenty of food and camaraderie to share. The fun kicks off at 7 pm, and there’s an afterparty at Brick. Tickets cost $65 per person.

Pegasus Returns to Gulfstream Park 

North America’s Richest Thoroughbred Race returns to Gulfstream Park with the $16 million purse 2019 Pegasus World Cup Championship Series on January 26th. A highlight of race day offerings will be Groot Hospitality’s exclusive Swan & Bar Bevy pop up in the newly renovated Flamingo Room at Gulfstream Park featuring a lavish food and beverage celebration with all the hotspot’s favorite dishes. 

For those looking for a party, The Stronach Group will team up with Groot Hospitality’s LIV for the second year to offer the highly anticipated return of the trackside club known as the Pegasus LIV Stretch Village (formerly the Pegasus LIV Boardwalk). This area will feature race day entertainment, celebrities, VIP hospitality, eclectic programming and post-race A-list performances by award-winning rapper Snoop Dogg and Mark Ronson, the award-winning DJ & Producer who most recently won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song..  The Pegasus LIV Stretch Village will showcase a restaurant row offering bites by Komodo, Swan, Bar Bevy and other local eateries. Tickets to Pegasus LIV Stretch Village are priced at $75 and can be purchased here:


Kiss Country Chili Cook-off

Our favorite Country Music radio station, 99.9 Kiss Country hosts our favorite Country Music festival this Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Head to the 34th Annual 99.9 KISS Country Chili Cook-off at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines for an awesome concert series and sample some of the top chili recipes in town. The concerts start at around 10 a.m. 

Acts include Brooks & Dunn, Luke Combs, Rodney Atkins, Locash, Tyler Rich, and Runaway June. 
There will be food and drinks for sale. No cans, coolers, bottles, video cameras, flags/flagpoles, weapons, umbrellas, backpacks, or pets allowed.
Visit for details and ticket information.

Design on a Dime

Housing Works’ Design on a Dime will return to Miami for a star-studded benefit February 1st through 3rd. Design on a Dime brings together the world’s most celebrated interior designers, influential tastemakers and celebrities to raise funds for Housing Works’ national campaign to end the AIDS epidemic.

For the fourth year in a row, participating designers will create one-of-a-kind room vignettes with new furniture, art and home décor merchandise, which is donated directly from top brands and then sold for up to 80% off retail. All event proceeds fund Housing Works’ “AIDS-FREE USA 2025” campaign.

Hosted by Founding Chair James Huniford, the three-day interior design benefit and sale will include: “Chairman’s Dinner” on Friday, February 1st, at 8 p.m., at the Moore Building’s private rooftop garden; Opening Night Reception “VIP Preview” on Saturday, February 2nd, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; “General Admission and Sale” on Saturday, February 2nd, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., where ticket holders can shop the home décor and art curated by participating designers; and the “Public Sale” on Sunday, February 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


For tickets to Design on a Dime, please visit


YoungArts Backyard Ball

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On January - 8 - 2019

National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) brings together the most accomplished artists, industry leaders and notable alumni for the organization’s largest annual fundraiser—the Backyard Ball performance and gala on Saturday, January 12.

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Festival of Chefs

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On November - 12 - 2018

Celebrate the 30th Annual Easterseals South Florida Festival of Chefs this Wednesday, November 14th at Jungle Island at 6:30 p.m. featuring food tastings from the top chefs and restaurants in town.

The annual event pays tribute to South Florida’s culinary scene with an evening of featured signature dishes, wine & spirit tastings, silent auction and entertainment, all to benefit the Easterseals South Florida Culinary Arts High School, a vocational training program for students with autism and other disabilities.  At Festival of Chefs, Easterseals culinary students showcase their abilities with a signature dish and hospitality. Food tastings will be accompanied by a variety of wines and spirits.

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