This year’s 2016 Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence (The OBIEs) Awards: A Taste of South Florida presented by Florida Blue featured a night of extraordinary food, entertainment and giving as the Orange Bowl Committee celebrated those who share the organization’s values in giving back to the South Florida community. James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur, Michael Schwartz (Harry’s Pizzeria), headlined as the Celebrity Chef for this year’s event. The evening was hosted by Lisa Petrillo, the award-winning Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter for WFOR, CBS4 in Miami. Healthy lifestyle crusader, author and James Beard Award-winning chef, Rocco DiSpirito, made celebrity chef guest appearance with a cooking demonstration at the event.
More than 30 of the top South Florida restaurants and chefs had the opportunity to provide tastings and optional pairings. Participating restaurants include Harry’s Pizzeria, YOLO, S3, Boatyard, Rusty Pelican, 3030 Ocean, Casa D’Angelo, Pinch, Proof Pizza & Pasta, The Feisty Bull, Ms. Cheezious, SuViche Las Olas, Morton’s Steakhouse, I Heart Mac & Cheese, The Matador Room by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, The Salty Donut, LuLu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream, Coffee Hub and many more! A panel of judges comprised of South Florida’s top foodies and culinary celebs voted to determine a Miami-Dade County restaurant winner, a Broward County restaurant winner, a dessert winner and an overall “Flavor of South Florida” winner. In addition, each event attendee also had a chance to cast their vote to award the People’s Choice Award winner!
The fine-dining restaurant located in the Marriott Hotel on Harbor beach is open only during dinner hours but does not fail to deliver a combination truly refined cooking and elegant food preparation and design during that time. South Florida native and 3030 Ocean‘s Sous Chef, Adrienne Grenier, was a competitor on Food Network’s Chopped, and in January of 2011 she triumphed on the fast-paced culinary show. Grenier received the grand prize of $10,000 during an episode where she beat competitors in creating the best-tasting, most inventive dish from a hodgepodge of ingredients starring frozen French fries. In 2013, the now-seasoned chef conceptualizes and executes an ever-changing menu of organic produce and locally-sourced dishes from both land and sea.
Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream takes great pride in their work – and by work they mean creating some of the most outstandingly rich and creamy ice cream you’ve ever tasted. The team works lovingly craft each ice cream from scratch, using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and finish them off with a splash of liquid nitrogen. Lulu’s has more to offer than an innovative and delicious way to make ice cream. They strive to give customers a positive experience with each and every visit, and bring a lasting positive impact to the South Florida community. They do this my supporting local businesses for ingredients and assuring that all Lulu’s employees/family are trained in personal finance as well as social entrepreneurship. “Our employees help us achieve our dreams, we want to help them pursue their own.” Ultimately, they believe the Lulu’s family can make the South Florida community just that much more of a sweeter place to live.