A destination weekend event, the SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL consists of three full days of spectacular tastings, plus a star-studded dinner series and wine, culinary, and lifestyle seminars from prominent industry figures. Savor gastronomic delights from the likes of Daniel Boulud, Laurent Gras, Norman Van Aken, Marcus Samuelsson, Rocco DiSpirito, Tom Colicchio, and Willis Loughhead, as well as signature dishes by more than 100 of South Florida’s top restaurants, and those of special guest chefs from the Basque Region of Spain. Highlights of the festival include a barbecue journey with Norman Van Aken and friends, a tribute brunch (honoring Alice Waters, Joseph P. Micatrotto, and Colin Campbell), dozens of tastings, seminars and demonstrations, and the Grand Tasting.
The SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL is sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine and will take place in the heart of South Beach, Florida on Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2, 2003. All events are open to the public, and net proceeds will benefit the FIU School of Hospitality Management Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, located at FIU-Biscayne Bay (N.E. 151 St. and Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami).
NORMAN VAN AKEN & FRIENDS NEW WORLD BUBBLE Q:
Friday, February 28, 2003 – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., DELANO Hotel.
Join hosts, Hotelier Ian Schrager, and Jeffrey Chodorow, CEO of China Grill Management, along with Moët & Chandon’s Winemaker, Georges Blanck, Jerry Powers, Publisher of Ocean Drive, Julie McGowan, Publisher and Dana Cowin, Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine for an unforgettable barbecue journey with Norman Van Aken and his friends: Kenny Callaghan (Blue Smoke-New York), Dean Fearing (Mansion on Turtle Creek), Bobby Flay (Mesa Grill and Bolo-New York), Douglas Rodriguez (Chicama and Pipa-New York; Alma de Cuba-Philadelphia), and Claude Troisgros (Blue Door-Miami Beach). Special guest, Al Roker, NBC Today Show Host and author of the “Big Bad Book of Barbecue” (2002, Simon & Schuster).
WINE SPECTATOR WINE SEMINARS:
Saturday, March 1, 2003-All Day, Inter-Continental Hotel Miami (includes lunch).
Presented by Wine Spectator, the wine seminars will feature wines from Au Bon Climat, Champagne Krug, Beringer Vineyards, Dominus, Ridge, a preview of the latest wines from Arietta, Kamen, Kathryn Hall, Kongsgaard, Lancaster, North Star, Nickel & Nickel, Schrader, Soter, and Vine Cliff and the Out of Africa Luncheon sponsored by Fleur du Cap.
CHEF CHATS, DEMONSTRATIONS, CULINARY SEMINARS& GRAND TASTING:
Saturday, March 1, 2003- Seminars from 11a.m. to 6 p.m., tasting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (TRADE ONLY) Fine Living Network Grand Tasting Village at Ocean Drive & 10th Street.
Special trade and media Seminars presented by American Express Trade Program
SUB ZERO/WOLF DINNER SERIES:
Saturday, March 1, 2003-from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (multiple locations)
Join Culinary Chairmen Jonathan Eismann (Pacific Time) Elizabeth Barlow (Blue Door at Delano) and Michael Schwartz (Atlantic Restaurant at Beach House, Bal Harbour) and South Florida’s top chefs as they host prominent winemakers and some of the most renowned chefs in America
Sunday, March 2, 2003- from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Join festival hosts Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of America at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel as they honor three leaders in the wine and food industry, Alice Waters, Owner & Founder, Chez Panisse (Berkeley, CA) and the Chez Panisse Foundation, Joseph P. Micatrotto, Chairman, President and CEO of BUCA, Inc., of Buca di Beppo restaurants, and Colin Campbell, Managing Director, Sales of Möet Hennessy. Past honorees include Baroness Philippe de Rothschild and the Robert Mondavi Family.
The brunch begins with a Moët & Chandon champagne reception featuring beautifully prepared mouth-watering gourmet treasures. A culinary extravaganza follows in the hotel’s magnificent Grand Ballroom. Award-winning chefs, Marc Ehrler, Loews Miami Beach Hotel Executive Chef, Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s and Tom Colicchio, Chef/Owner of Gramercy Tavern, Craft, CraftSteak and Craftbar will prepare a feast that will illustrate their dedication to celebrating the natural flavors of great ingredients.
CHEF CHATS, DEMONSTRATIONS, CULINARY SEMINARS, GRAND TASTING & AMERICAN AIRLINES LIVE AUCTION:
Sunday, March 2, 2003- from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Grand Tasting, Culinary Seminars, & the American Airlines Live Auction will take place in the Fine Living Network Grand Tasting Village, over looking the Atlantic-framed white sand beach, at 10th Street and Ocean Drive.
The Grand Tasting will take place from 3 pm to 7 pm, but join us earlier for the Culinary Seminars, Chef Chats and Demonstrations that will be given by world-renowned chefs and industry leaders throughout the day, from 11 am to 6 pm.
Guests will register at the Captain Morgan Welcome Center where the first 3,000 guests will receive a keepsake South Beach Wine & Food Festival tasting glass to partake of wines and spirits from over 2000 American and international producers representing 16 countries. The Beringer Vineyards, owner of highly acclaimed, award-winning wine estates in California, Australia, New Zealand, Italy and Chile, will host a separate tasting area in the Grand Tasting tent–a must-stop location for serious oenophiles. Guests will sample signature dishes offered by more than 100 of South Florida’s top restaurants as well as from special guests chefs from the Basque Region of Spain.
The seminars will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature: Eric Ripert, Rocco DiSpirito, Roxanne Klein, Gordon Ramsay, Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Marcus Samuelsson, Dean Fearing, Pierre Herme, Colin Cowie, Dana Cowin and Alice Waters, The American Express Trade Program, Drew Nieporent and Dr. Arthur Agatston, and Tony Abou-Ganim among others.
The American Airlines Live Auction, will feature rare wines, private winemaker dinners prepared by celebrity chefs, wine tours, and will wrap-up this incredible Second Annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival, one of the largest of its kind in the country. The Auction will take place at 5 pm.