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Call­ing all gour­mands! The South Beach Wine & Food Fes­ti­val is back for its 16th year—with a spread like never be­fore.

CALL­ING ALL GOUR­MANDS!

THE SOUTH BEACH WINE &

FOOD FEST IS BACK FOR ITS

16TH YEAR—WITH A SPREAD

LIKE NEVER BE­FORE.

The Magic City’s fine din­ing scene is sec­ond to none, but once a year a who’s who of the culi­nary world jets to Mi­ami to cook up some­thing re­ally spe­cial. “It’s every­thing we have hoped to grow into,” says Lee Brian Schrager, founder of the South Beach Wine & Food Fes­ti­val, a non­stop, four-day, cheflebri­ty­filled ex­trav­a­ganza. Hosted by South­ern Glazer’s Wine & Spir­its and Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity and ben­e­fit­ing FIU’S Chap­lin School of Hospi­tal­ity & Tourism Man­age­ment, the fes­ti­val has not only raised more than $24 mil­lion to date; it has also set a new gas­tro­nomic stan­dard for Mi­ami. Here, Schrager offers us a slice of the culi­nary ac­tion.

How are you cel­e­brat­ing the fes­ti­val’s 16th an­niver­sary? This year our fo­cus was on se­cur­ing the great­est lineup of chefs we’ve ever had [and] hon­or­ing José An­drés, with An­thony Bour­dain as em­cee and the ex­tra­or­di­nary wine fam­ily from Maisons Mar­ques & Do­maines, at the trib­ute din­ner. Mas­simo Bot­tura—the num­berone-rated chef in the world—is do­ing a din­ner at the Faena. Jean-ge­orges [Von­gerichten] and Nobu are host­ing brunches. Martha [Ste­wart] is do­ing a truf­fle din­ner. Michael Solomonov is [fi­nally] get­ting his own event. Oh, and there’s a kosher bar­be­cue with Alon Shaya. We’re re­ally cov­er­ing it all.

Scenes from last year’s SOBEWFF (CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT): Take­out from Lucky Chop­sticks: An Asian Night Mar­ket; Goya Foods’ Grand Tast­ing Vil­lage; The Art of Tiki: A Cock­tail Show­down; Chrissy Teigen hosts Fire­man Derek’s Mid­night Break­fast.

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