The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival – SOBEWFF is one of the events that is most looked forward to by both locals and visitors. Now in its 16th year, the festival has also established itself as a favorite among the highly regarded chefs and other industry professionals who lead demonstrations and seminars. The festival has raised more than $24 million for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. The festivities include demonstrations, tastings, parties, seminars, tribute meals with famed chefs and more.
This year, luminaries such as Emeril Lagasse, Alex Guarnaschelli, Andrew Zimmern, and Geoffrey Zakarian will be some of the Food Network celebrities hosting events. The festival’s dinner series also highlights collaborations among Miami’s best chefs and international culinary greats. On Friday, February 23, multiple-James Beard Award nominee Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and James Beard-winning Toplobampo), and Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Noodle Bar) will co-host a dinner, and on Saturday, February 24, Florida’s only James Beard “Who’s Who” inductee, Norman Van Aken, will join Esquire’s 2013 chef of the year, Michael Chiarello, and James Beard winner Jose Garces for a Spanish-themed dinner. Miami chefs participating in the festival include Brad Kilgore (Alter) and Diego Oka (La Mar by Gaston Acurio), as well as two local James Beard Award winners â€” Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink) and Michelle Bernstein. #SOBEWFF @SOBEWFF