The 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 21 – 25, 2018.  One of America’s most prestigious gourmet gatherings, the Festival has raised more than $26 million to date for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU).  This year’s edition will feature more than 90 events, including signature fan-favorite soirées, an array of new parties and intimate dining experiences, expanded CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, and much more. Illy Coffee will once again be on-hand to give festival goers a much needed delicious caffeine fix throughout the weekend.

The 17th annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series gets a fresh new format this year, with a star-studded line-up of more than a dozen chefs cooking at this walk-around affair in honor of restaurateur, author and beloved Food Network personality Bobby Flay and Treasury Wine Estates managing director and chief executive officer Michael Clarke.  Top-rated radio host Elvis Duran will serve as the emcee during this not-to-be-missed evening taking place at Loews Miami Beach Hotel on Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Also new this year, the celebration will continue at Sweet Moves: Late-Night Desserts & Dancing hosted by Bobby & Sophie Flay with beats by lifestyle guru and popular DJ Hannah Bronfman

Iconic Miami Beach events continue to evolve and tantalize the taste buds of passionate fans from around the world, kicking off with Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Giada De Laurentiis.  The beloved Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons gets a new twist this year, with resident Food Network Rockstar Guy Fieri serving as its host.  Additionally, the music revolution that began last year at the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations expands with the David Grutman Experience spanning both Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25.  The BACARDÍ Beach Party also returns with late-night beats and eats under the Festival’s sparkling white tents on the sand, and the new Beachside BBQ hosted by Michael Symon closes out the weekend on Miami Beach.

 

The third annual CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series returns with an all-star schedule of events in Broward County, including:

 

  • Signature Wine Seminars presented by Bank of America, a BBQ Dinner hosted by Chris Lilly and Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Chef Jorge Ramosand Clambake hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos; all taking place at the brand-new Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.
  • The introduction of the Festival’s fan-favorite Lucky Chopsticks hosted by Andrew Zimmern and a Rooftop Rosé Happy Hour hosted by television star, jewelry and shoe designer, True Roots cookbook author and all-around lifestyle guru Kristin Cavallari – who is also a new part-time fixture on the South Florida scene thanks to the addition of husband Jay Cutler to the city’s beloved Miami Dolphins – at the W Fort Lauderdale.
  • Plus, a selection of intimate dinner experiences with renowned chefs and a Grand Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian to top-off the series.

 

A variety of late-night parties accent the line-up, including returning fan-favorites like Tacos After Dark hosted by Rick Bayless and King’s Hawaiian presents the Taste of Aloha and Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown hosted by Anne Burrell, and new experiences like Midnight Munchies hosted by Jean-Georges Vongerichten on the Art Deco oasis Española Way featuring special guest DJ Action Bronson round out the midnight owl offerings.

 

EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE.  For tickets visit sobewff.org or by calling 877.762.3933 (phone sales open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST). 

 

Don’t Miss: Super Bowl LII Sunday Watching Venues

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On January - 31 - 2018ADD COMMENTS

 

With Super Bowl LII Sunday around the corner, here are a few places to catch the game offering game-day specials. Make sure you huddle with family and friends to watch the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots battle for the NFL Championship Title.

 

 

 

At Casa Faena, enjoy specially priced Game Day dishes like delicious sliders, Wagyu beef empanadas, $1 wings and loaded nachos, along with $5 Maestro Dobel Blanco Tequila cocktails and buckets of refreshing Peroni beer as you watch NFL’s elite battle it out on an epic 70” big-screen television.  Reservations encouraged. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner menus also available. For booking and more information, call +1 305 604 8485 or emailcasareception@faena.com.

 

 

 

Nautilus South Beach hosts a Backyard BBQ featuring the big game at no charge on big screen TVs, serving BBQ staples of ribs, wings, nachos, and burgers, specialty cocktails and bottle service. Those seeking to host their own private watch party can take advantage of the poolside cabanas with TV offering access to the salt-water pool. Cabana prices vary on party size/location. For a rate, please call 305.503.5700. 

Impress your guests with the ultimate football feast from Smokey Bones this Super Bowl Sunday. Be the party’s MVPwith the BBQ To-Go Party Pack which offers an array of savory wings, ribs, and more for under $100! Guests can get fired up for the big game and place their orders online here: https://smokeybones.alohaorderonline.com/

 

Bokamper’s – with televisions covering every wall – is the perfect place to enjoy the fun!

In addition to the action on TV, Bokamper’s will offer an Open Bar (premium house liquor included) and a big game buffet, plus prizes and giveaways for guests.

Looking to watch the game at home? Order Bokamper’s Tailgating Platter to-go or on UberEats. The platter includes 5 lbs. of award-winning smokehouse ribs, 5 lbs. of boneless wings and 5 lbs. of macaroni & cheese (feeds 6–8, $149). All to go orders will receive double MVP points (excludes delivery from third party services such as Uber Eats, Bite Squad, Naples Express Meals).

 

Super Bowl Sunday, is also known as Championship eating day — and apparently fans are not moving far from their TV screens. Jersey Mike’s Subs expects a 15 percent increase in online orders for the big match up. And here’s a winning deal. On Thursday, February 1, Jersey Mike’s is sending email club members an offer for $5 off a catering box order. It’s not too late to sign up!

For more information, visit www.jerseymikes.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jerseymikes) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/jerseymikes)

 

Nikki Beach will be pre-gaming for Super Bowl with their “Amazing Sundays” Brunch featuring a Pre-Game Tailgate with Pats and Eagles themed Color Wars, Football Trivia and Blue and Green goodies for guests from 11am to 4pm. Brunch is $49.95. Nikki Beach is located at 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Later in the evening starting at 7pm, Nikki Beach will kick off Sunday Night Flights – $25 champagne flights featuring 4 different sips for “Football Widows” and bubbly lovers alike. This week, Nikki Beach Sunday Night Flights will feature Veuve Cliqout, Veuve Cliqout Rich, Moet & Chandon, and Moet Ice. This program will continue every Sunday night starting at 7pm. For more information, visit www.nikkibeach.com or www.nikkibeachhotels.com.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nikkibeach

 

By: Maryanne Salvat

Maryannesalvat@aol.com

33rd Annual 99.9 KISS Country Chili Cookoff 

The 33rd Annual 99.9 KISS Country Chili Cookoff takes place on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at C.B. Smith Park in Pembrokes Pines.Acts include Darius Rucker, Old Dominion, Big & Rich, Maren Morris, Midland, and Brandon Lay.  Visit WKIS.com for details and ticket information.

 

Veuve Clicquot Carnaval Returns to Miami

The 4th annual Veuve Clicquot Carnaval returns to Miami’s Museum Park on Saturday, March 10, and tickets will be on sale beginning Thursday, January 18 at VCCarnaval.com! Veuve Clicquot once again transports the excitement of Carnaval to Miami at the beautiful Museum Park overlooking Biscayne Bay. The unique daytime fête will welcome guests to participate in the electrifying spirit of the international celebration with traditional entertainment, featuring samba dancers, drummers, live music, and more. In the past the event has been attended by the likes of Adriana Lima, Ciara, Gabrielle Union, Karolina Kurkova, Tyson Beckford, Chanel Iman, Olivia Culpo, Solange Knowles, Nina Agdal, Emily Ratajkowski, Eiza Gonzalez, Prince Royce, Diego Boneta and more. Veuve Clicquot expects another star-studded turn out this year! General Admission tickets are available for $45 and include entry to the event, access to all entertainment, including a parade featuring three unique Carnaval celebratory interpretations with classic Batucada dancers, drummers, Capoeiras, and samba dancers in exuberant feathered costumes. 

 

New to the event this year, Veuve Clicquot is introducing the Rosé Garden, an elevated consumer experience. This ticket retails for $350 and includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé, gourmet lunchbox by Starr Catering, dedicated event entry, and access to exclusive lounge seating with premium views of the day’s vibrant entertainment.

 

MISO Presents Ocean Drive in Vienna

After the success achieved in past seasons, The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO), under the baton of Maestro Eduardo Marturet, in a never-ending commitment with the cultural development of our community, will be returning this January with its first concert of the year, “Ocean Drive in Vienna”. A mesmerizing merge of choreography, polkas, and overtures with Viennese melodies will delight the audience at the Adrienne Arsht Center – Knight Concert Hall in Miami (www.arsthcenter.org).

“Ocean Drive in Vienna”, sponsored by Mercantil Bank, will take our breaths away with the most cheerful waltzes and dances, along with divine surprises from Maestro Eduardo Marturet. Music by Johann Strauss, Von Suppe, Paul Nero, Victor Espinola, and arrangements by Tarcisio Barreto among others. 

We will have the honor of witnessing the special performance of acclaimed Paraguayan harpist Victor Espinola, who has shared stages with work-renowned artist Yanni, and currently holds the harp soloist residency at Walt Disney World in Orlando. 

Once again Venezuelan ensemble 7/4 will bring their South Beach twist while blending sounds with The MISO, giving the night an unexpected turn in a magical Viennese setting. These and more surprises will create a night to remember at “Ocean Drive in Vienna”.

 

Date: January 21st, 2018

Venue: Adrienne Arsht Center – Knight Concert Hall. 

Time: 6:00 p.m.  

Tickets: www.arsthcenter.org or Call MISO Office (305) 275- 5666

Bokamper’s Celebrates National Hot Sauce Day

Calling all hot sauce addicts! Get ready to try Bokamper’s signature ‘Killer B’ wings with an extra kick, because Bokamper’s is partnering with Tabañero hot sauce to pick up customer’s dining tabs for National Hot Sauce Day on Monday, January 22, 2018.

Guests at select Bokamper’s restaurants can simply tag their restaurant location on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #PickUpMyTab for the chance to have a Tabañero representative pick up their entire dining check and receive free hot sauce!

One lucky winner will also walk away with a year’s supply of Tabañero hot sauce.

Participating Bokamper’s locations include:
Bokamper’s Fort Lauderdale: NE 32nd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Bokamper’s Miramar: 15500 SW 29th Street, Miramar, FL 33027
Bokamper’s Plantation: 1280 S Pine Road, Plantation, FL 33324

For more information visit http://www.bokampers.com/

 

 

 

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, Market America | SHOP.COM sponsored a truly unique event as part of Art Basel Miami Beach, which was held Dec. 7-10.  JR and Loren Ridinger have always been big believers in helping others achieve their dreams.  This year, Market America | SHOP.COM invested in the dreams of a very talented new-to-the-scene artist! The National YoungArts Foundation has started the Daniel Arsham Fellowship, which includes a $25,000 award and year-long mentorship program with Arsham, an acclaimed artist. Market America | SHOP.COM sponsored the unrestricted $25,000 grant, which for its first year went to YoungArts alum and up-and-coming artist SHENEQUA. The program is currently funded for three years. Market America | SHOP.COM will also donate an additional $75,000 to support ongoing programming for YoungArts alumni. Read the rest here »

 

Michael Kors, Sachin & Babi, Coach 1941, Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs. Photos: Imaxtree

By: Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

As Hurricane Irma raged through and ransacked South Florida, grounding several fashion editors, Fashion Week swept through New York City with a storm of shows and presentations that had insiders and influencers traveling from Bedford to Bushwick and beyond. From September 7-13th 2017, designers showcased on the street and in gardens and garages this year with packed shows that proved that Fashion Week in New York remains as relevant as its counterparts abroad.  Read the rest here »

Fresa y Chocolate Salon Coral Gables

Fresa y Chocolate Salon has set up shop in a centrally located area of Coral Gables. For a professional manicure and pedicure (regular or gel) at low prices (regular mani pedis are just $20; gel mani/regular pedi costs $34 )make an appointment at Fresa y Chocolate. A number of other salon services are available as well! The staff is friendly and professional, the place is spotless and there’s always a little chocolate treat and some coffee to go with your service. For more information, visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Fresa-y-Chocolate-Nails-Coral-Gables-120316495235011/

Fresa y Chocolate Coral Gables, 1874 SW 57th Ave, Miami, FL 33155; Phone: (305)456-0383

 

 

YoungArts Backyard Ball

On Saturday, January 13, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) will bring together the nation’s most promising artists, industry leaders, alumni and celebrities for the organization’s largest annual fundraiser and the kick off to the Backyard Ball performance and gala. The celebratory evening will be the culmination of National YoungArts Week, YoungArts’ signature program beginning January 7 for 166 Finalists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts selected from approximately 8,000 applicants. The event will honor Academy Award winner and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney (1999 YoungArts Winner in Theater and YoungArts master teacher) as the 2018 Arison Alumni Award recipient for his contributions and commitment to the arts. The Backyard Ball is presented by Max Mara, an Italian luxury brand aligned in YoungArts’ mission to support young artists in their educational and professional development. This is the fourth consecutive year that Max Mara has joined YoungArts in the celebration of burgeoning talent. Max Mara will also showcase new designs during the cocktail reception, and honor 2017 Max Mara Young Visionary Award recipient Torrance Hall (2017 Winner in Photography). New and unique this year is the format of the production. The entire show will take place on one stage with TV personality and local celebrity Louis Aguirre leading as Master of Ceremonies.

National YoungArts Foundation 2100 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, Florida 33137

SUPPORT AND TICKETS: The Backyard Ball performance and gala is supported by Presenting Partner Max Mara, EventStar Structure, Bacardi, Miami Herald and MIAMI Magazine. Tickets to the Backyard Ball start at $1,500 and tables are available starting at $15,000. Tickets can be purchased here or by contacting Lauren Nesslein at gala@youngarts.org / 305.377.1140 ext. 1808.

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