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The 18th Annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival is Back!

My favorite time of the year is upon us. The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is back for its 18th year February 20 – 24, 2019.

The five-day festival is coming back to the Magic City of Miami with more than 100 events including events in Broward and Palm Beach.

“We are excited to unveil the 100-plus events we have planned to our passionate fans and partners, the 18th annual edition of the Festival is our most robust event line up yet.”

Festival founder and director, Lee Brian Schrager

Some of your favorite events are coming back to SoBeWFF this year. The Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents & Culinary Demonstrations takes place on Saturday, February 23 and Sunday, February 24. On Thursday, February 21, Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company hosted by Giada De Laurentiis, and Friday, February 22 at the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris. The party keeps going on Saturday, February 23 at the Beachside BBQ hosted by Guy Fieri, which will feature special musical performances from Cassadee Pope and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Closing out the weekend on Sunday, February 24 is BACARDÍ’s Beach Carnival hosted by Andrew Zimmern.

Brand-new events taking place at the 2019 Festival include:

  • Bites & Beats on the River hosted by Adam Richman
  • Wine & Cheese Happy Hour hosted by Martha Stewart
  • Taste Jamaica hosted by Cindy Hutson & Delius Shirley
  • Mangia After Dark hosted by Marc Murphy
  • Rosé Pool Party hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian
  • Sunset Stone Crab hosted by Emeril Lagasse

You can find a full list of 2019 events here. There are still great tickets available for some great events, so get them now.

Buy your tickets here.

To date, the Festival has raised more than $28 million in support of its mission to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. with the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University.

I can’t wait for this year’s festival and I hope to see you on the sands of South Beach next month.


Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern to Donate Profits TODAY

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern today announced that the company will donate all profits made today Monday, September 18th to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Rusty Bucket, in partnership with its sister company, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, will host the one-day fundraiser to support those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma with the goal of donating together more than $150,000. The funds raised will help provide food, shelter and other emergency supplies to victims of both hurricanes.

On September 18, for every $50 donation made to the American Red Cross at Rusty Bucket locations, the company will provide guests with a $10 promotional gift card valid toward any food purchases on their next visit.

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The SEED Food & Wine Festival is Back! Win VIP Tickets!

The SEED Food & Wine Festival is back.

The five-day festival will kick off on November 18 through November 22, featuring chef dinners, a grand tasting, film screenings and many other activities, all dedicated to a message of conscious consumption—and delicious cuisine.

The 2015 lineup thus far includes chefs Chad and Derek Sarno of Wicked Healthy Food; Julie Piatt, co-author of The Plantpower Way; Charles Chen of; Jay Astafa of 3 Brothers Vegan Cafe, and Jeremy Ford of Matador Room; Bad Ass Vegan John Lewis; entrepreneur Maranda Pleasant; yoga instructors Dawn B and Corbin Stacy; life coach sand author Jennifer Grace; ultra-marathoner Brendan Brazier; Sexy Fit Vegan Ella Magers; YouTube sensation Megan Elizabeth; and even more plant-based celebrities to be announced. Miami’s amazing local culinary scene will also be strongly represented. Participating chefs include Jonathan Seningen of DIRT, Brad Kilgore of Alter, Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek, Chef Paco of Jugofresh and r+d pop up, Todd Erickson of Haven, Amber Antonelli of The Naked Bite, Mark Reinfeld of Vegan Fusion, and South Florida blogger Burger Beast who will be guest-judging the country’s first-ever Veggie Burger Battle.

Lucky for you, we have a pair of VIP tickets for you to win to the Tasting Village on Saturday.

To take part in other events throughout the festival, click here for more information and tickets.

Enter to win below:

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Heat Happy Hour at Area 31

If you are attending a Miami Heat Finals game, then you have to check out the new ‘Heat Happy Hour’ at Area 31 inside the EPIC  Hotel.

Area 31 is offering a ‘Pre-Heat’ pre-fixe menu for $24 per person.

Some of the menu items include:

  • Mahi Ceviche mixed with sweet pineapple, cilantro and plantain chips
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich with chilli, jalapeño and house made slaw
  • Goat Cheese ‘Cheesecake’ topped with berries and whipped cream
  • Grilled Kale Salad with red onions, peaches and smoked lemon aioli
  • Shrimp Cocktail with cucumber salad and chipotle cocktail sauce
  • Veggie Stir Fry with boy choy, Napa cabbage and soy
  • Angus Burger
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake with bitter chocolate mousse

Area 31 is also offering some drink specials too. If your going to one of the upcoming Heat Finals game, make sure to stop by Area 31 first for your ‘Pre-Heat’ meal.

If you need more information you can all them at 305.424.5234.


Happy Tapa Hour at The Angler’s Boutique Resort

If your looking for a new place to celebrate happy hour, try “Happy Tapa Hour” at The Angler’s Boutique Resort.

From Tuesday to Friday from 5 pm till 7pm, 660 at The Angler’s features “Happy Tapa Hour.”

During “Happy Tapa Hour” you can have your choice of $5 cocktails and appetizers.

You can score some truffle fries or even some short rib empanadas plus some cocktails for $5 each during “Happy Tapa Hour.”

Do yourself a favor and go enjoy “Happy Tapa Hour.”

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Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at Rosa Mexicano

If your looking for a place to celebrate Cinco De Mayo, look no further than Rosa Mexicano in Brickell or Lincoln Road.

Since Cinco De Mayo is on a Sunday, Rosa Mexicano is hosting a Boozy Mexican Brunch with brunch dishes, Mexcal Bloody Maria and a Passion Picante Pitcher.

There will be a live DJ, mariachis, sombreros, beer and more.

Some of the brunch menu items include:

  • Fried Eggs and Carnitas Hash: Pork carnitas and ancho chile potato hash, fried eggs, habanero mustard jam
  • Cinnamon-Cascabel Chili Stuffed French Toast: Chile crusted brioche bread filled with Mascarpone, topped with caramelized plantains
  • Mexican Cobb Salad: Grilled chicken, chorizo sausage, Cabrales blue cheese, avocado, cherry tomatoes and habanero pickled onions with an avocado-dill dressing

Check out the full Cinco De Mayo brunch menu here.

We were fortune enough to go and try some of these dishes on Monday. I can tell you everything is awesome!

The Carnitas Hash is awesome. They come with corn tortillas so you can make tacos. How awesome is that.

The French Toast is beyond awesome. The Mascarpone in the middle of both toast is outstanding.

To top it off, I recommend you get a Passion Picante Pitcher to drink. The drink has 1800 silver tequila, passion fruit, fresh lime, ginger, and habanero. It’s perfect to make you think your drinking something soft, but it creeps up and hits you with the tequila and habanero.

Rosa Mexicano is definitely doing Cinco De Mayo brunch right! I know where we will be on Sunday! Join us!