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Miami Crowd’s Guide to South Beach Wine & Food Festival

February 22, 2017

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The foodie event of the year in South Florida is the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. What once began on Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus, is now a full blown out series of events through South Florida. Now in its 16th year, the festival continues to raise money for FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. The festival holds 90 events. Here are our top picks:

$95 – Salty, Sweet & Savory Treats: A Late-Night Party presented by Thrillist
A late night party featuring Bar Lab. This party will satisfy your sweet tooth with savory bites from the Salty Donut and Sarsaparilla Club.

$350 – Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best
A ballroom presentation with 60 of the nation’s top chefs showcasing gourmet samplings and pairing them with over 100 wines, rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s scale.

$250 – Heineken Light Burger Bash
This year’s Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray joins forces with Heineken Light to bring you carefully curated offerings from chefs across America while you sip on Heineken Light beer and wine selections.

$20 – Badia Spices’ Fun and Fit as a Family
Saturday and Sunday, head over to Jungle Island with the family to learn tips from chefs and Food Network personalities on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

$95 – Nutrish®’s Yappie Hour
Nutrish® will treat canines to snacks while pet owners sip on libations at The Standard Hotel.

$100 – BACARDÍ On The Beach with Beats by Rev Run & DJ Ruckus
A night filled with beats by Rev Run and DJ Ruckus with bites and cocktails from Bacardi.

$100 – 3-5pm on Ocean Drive at Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village
Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid Culinary Demonstrations. This year, the tasting tents will incorporate The Grutman Experience which will include food from his favorite South Florida neighborhoods, high energy beats by INGROSSO and cocktails by N1CE Cocktails.

$125 – Blend by Chateau Ste. Michelle
A wine seminar presented by Bank of America where you will learn about the vineyards and blend three different grape varieties-Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, sourced from highly-acclaimed Chateau Ste. Michelle estate vineyards.

You can look through the rest of the events available here.

(Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)

 (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SOBEWFF®)

(photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SOBEWFF®)

(Photos by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images; Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SOBEWFF®)

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OTL opens at the Miami Design District

February 4, 2017

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The newest neighbor to move to the Miami Design District is OTL aka “Out To Lunch.” The neighborhood, known for its fashion, design, architecture and dining spaces is a perfect match for OTL’s minimalist and contemporary space. The mid-century look paired with industrial metal accents comes from the Deft Union design team. It’s the same people behind Sweet Liberty’s design on Miami Beach.

The owners: Craig Robbins and Dave Grutman. Craig Robbins, an entrepreneur and real estate developer, has worked on revitalizing areas of Miami and Miami Beach. While club promoter turned business owner, Dave Grutman is known for Miami’s iconic spots such as LIV and Story nightclubs and restaurant Komodo in Brickell.

The OTL breakfast and lunch spot, brings a laid-back feel with straightforward menu items that include sandwiches, salads and coffee options. What next? OTL plans to use their second story for extracurricular activities and if we’ve seen anything from Dave… we know there is always something up his sleeve.

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