South Beach Wine & Food Festival: A unique wine, spirits and culinary celebration Presented by Food & Wine Magazine. The winter’s hottest destination is South Beach, a luxurious playground for the rich and famous. Join in the celebration of exquisite indulgences offered by the country’s most renowned chefs, local culinary masters, and some of the world’s most accomplished vintners. The third annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival is the ultimate culinary weekend event offering three full days of tastings, a celebrity chef dinner series, and seminars from leading industry figures.
FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2004
American Express Celebrities, Chefs & Winemakers Golf Tournament presented by the Florida Restaurant Association
Friday, March 5, 2004 – Registration at 7:30 a.m., tee-off at 8:30 a.m.
Biltmore Hotel Country Club, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables ($500 to $2,000)
Scott Conant, Todd English, Robbin Haas, François Payard, Jonathan Waxman and others top chefs, along with top vintners join members of the Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and Miami Heat teams as they take to the historic Biltmore Hotel’s par-71 championship golf course. Hosts executive chef Cindy Hutson and Delius Shirley, co-owners of Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables, along with co-sponsor Florida Restaurant Association, invite you to tee-off in style on what promises to be a glorious day of sport and gastronomy.
Bobby Flay & Friends Moët & Chandon BubbleQ
Friday, March 5, 2004 – 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Delano, 1685 Collins Avenue, South Beach
Chef Bobby Flay (Bolo, Mesa Grill, New York) will fire up the barbecue. Joining him are Dean Fearing (Mansion on Turtle Creek, Dallas), Aaron Sanchez (Paladar, New York), Jack McDavid (Jack’s Firehouse & Down Home Diner, Philadelphia), Jonathan Waxman (Washinton Park, New York) Jonathan Eismann (Pacific Time, Miami) and Claude Troisgros (Blue Door at Delano, Miami). Join hosts Georges Blanck, chief winemaker and eonologist at Moët & Chandon, Ian Schrager of Ian Schrager Hotels, Jeffrey and Linda Chodorow of China Grill Management, publisher Jerry Powers of Ocean Drive, and publisher Julie McGowan and editor-in-chief Dana Cowin of Food & Wine for this unforgettable barbecue journey. Special performance by Willie Nelson!
Cîroc Vodka Late Night Party
The Sagamore Hotel will host a gathering lasting into the wee hours and overflowing with Cîroc Vodka. Enjoyed by wine lovers the world over, Cîroc is the only vodka produced from grapes. Join in a poolside stomping of the fruit!
SATURDAY, MARCH 6, 2004
Wine Spectator Wine Seminars
Saturday, March 6, 2004 – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Hotel Inter-Continental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
Executive editor Tom Matthews will introduce the first session, and vintners and principals from a variety of hand-picked houses-among them Dom Perignon, Etude and Beringer Blass Wine Estates as well as boutique establishments-will pour their finest wares as they share their expert knowledge.
Wine & Food Pairing Seminar
Saturday, March 6, 2004 – 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Hotel Inter-Continental, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
Celebrated wine authority and master sommelier Andrea Immer is joined by chef Allen Susser (Chef Allen’s, Aventura), the acclaimed father of New World cuisine, as the expert twosome gives the lowdown on pairing wines with the hot and spicy foods of South Florida. Susser’s own delicacies will provide the exciting foundation against which a variety of wines will be taste tested.
Interactive Cooking Lunch
Saturday, March 6, 2004 – noon to 2:30 p.m.
The Biltmore Hotel Country Club, Coral Gables
Hosted by The Cellar Club at The Biltmore Hotel, this intimate, hands-on afternoon is headed by the culinary “dream team” of Todd English (Olives, Figs, Kingfish Hall, Boston) and Francois Payard (Payard Patisserie & Bistro, New York). This unbeatable duo will have attendees rolling up their sleeves to produce a meal that rivals those served in the finest world-class restaurants.
Culinary Demonstrations, Lifestyle Seminars, Cocktail Clinic and Grand Tasting
Saturday, March 6, 2004 – from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Grand Tasting from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
OleoMed Grand Tasting Village at Ocean Drive & 12th Street
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival this year presents its signature event on successive afternoons. Myriad activities will compete for attention in the OleoMed Grand Tasting Village. Appearing over the weekend in the KitchenAid Demonstration Tent will be Food Network chefs Emeril Lagasse, Alton Brown, Tyler Florence and Rachael Ray, to name just a few of the scheduled all-stars, while at every turn the tastes of the good life will flow freely. Between samples of haute cuisine, top-shelf wines and spirits—including sips from featured winery Beringer Blass Wine Estates—in the Target Grand Tasting Tent, visit with TV hosts Andrea Immer in the Fine Living Network Pavilion or check out all manner of kitchen gadgets, the newest cookbooks, Festival merchandise and more. Alternatively, sharpen your skills with an informative cocktail clinic or relax in the Bailey’s Courtyard.
Saturday’s Grand Tasting brings together representatives of some 150 of the world’s finest wines, spirits and bottled waters as they offer generous sips of their precious wares while Barilla, the Italian food company, brings the best of Italian gastronomy all the way from Parma, Italy, as they prepare authentic dishes from various regions throughout Italy.
KitchenAid Dinner Series presented by Bank of America
Saturday, March 6, 2004 – 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., various locations
Your wish is our command at these five dinners to remember, each crafted by celebrity chefs and accompanied by appropriately luxurious wines. The feasting takes place at some of South Florida’s most elegant and well-known dining establishments. Whichever feast you choose, the evening will begin with a welcome reception from Belvedere Vodka, producers of premium Polish vodka, who will unveil their new Cytrus and Pamarancza in signature cocktails created by master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.
Bentley Beach Hotel and Cigar Aficionado Afterparty
Saturday, March 6, 2004
The Bentley Beach Hotel
Enjoy a fitting ending to a great evening out when you make your way to the rooftop garden at The Bentley Beach Hotel, 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. Gaze upward upon the stars and downward upon the brilliant lights of the city as The Bentley, Cigar Aficionado magazine, Trinidad Cigars and the Fine Living Network together host the perfect nightcap to your earlier gastronomic festivities. On the menu: The last handmade tequila, El Tesoro de Don Felipe — the world’s best tasting Tequila.
SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004
Wine Spectator Wine Seminars
Sunday, March 7, 2004 – 10:30 a.m. to noon
In a reprise of Saturday’s session, celebrated wine authority and master sommelier Andrea Immer is joined by chef Cindy Hutson (Ortanique on the Mile, Coral Gables) as they investigate a potentially winning combination: the zesty, fiery foods of South Florida and the wines that flawlessly complement their flavors. Hutson’s own creations will provide a delectable base against which a variety of wines will be taste tested.
Sunday, March 7, 2004 – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
Festival hosts Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida pop the corks to honor leaders in the food and wine industry. Award-winning Todd English (Olives, Figs, Kingfish Hall, Boston) will serve up a bountiful, mouth-watering family-style spread-accented by Gaja Wines, some of the most delicious and sought-after in the world – immediately following a casual welcome reception presented by Festival sponsor Barilla. The eminently entertaining stage screen actress and health book author Marilu Henner will serve as master of ceremonies.
Culinary Demonstrations, Lifestyle Seminars, Cocktail Clinic
Sunday, March 7, 2004 – from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Grand Tasting from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Join host chefs/restaurateurs Robin Haas (Chispa, Coral Gables) and Carmen Gonzalez (Carmen The Restaurant, Coral Gables) along with more than 125 of South Florida’s greatest restaurants and more than 150 world-class wineries and spirits producers for Sunday’s Grand Tasting. In a proper finale, the American Airlines Grand Live Auction will capture imaginations and generate spirited bidding with lots featuring wine-country trips, rare vintages, jewelry and more.