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South Beach Wine and Food festival on StarChefs

Friday, February 25, 2005
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Sunday, February 27, 2005

South Beach - Miami,
various locations

Tickets for festival events can be purchased online at:

Or by calling toll free
877-762-3933 or

Net proceeds benefit the FIU School of Hospitality & Tourism Management Teaching Restaurant and its Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.


Fourth Annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival
February 25 - 27, 2005

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is the ultimate culinary weekend event, offering a full schedule of food and wine tastings, a celebrity chef dinner series, and seminars from leading industry figures. This year’s festival promises to be the best yet, with a stellar roster of the country’s most renowned chefs, including a number of our very own Star Chefs and Rising Stars!

This year, StarChefs is pleased to host StarChefs Studio – A Kitchen Without Boundaries during the American Express Trade Day on Friday, February 25. StarChefs Studio provides the most innovative chefs with a collaborative environment to pass their knowledge on to the star chefs of tomorrow.

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Schedule of Events


2005 Celebrity Chefs Golf Invitational
Registration 7am,Tee-off 8:30am
at The Biltmore Hotel (Foursomes: $2000, Individuals: $500)

Join Bradley Ogden, chef and co-owner of the Lark Creek Restaurant Group, and Gordon Mott, managing editor of Cigar Aficionado magazine for a glorious day on the greens at the Biltmore Hotel’s historic par-71 championship course.

The outing will feature food and drinks, among them Grolsch beer and San Pellegrino water, along the way and culminate in a gourmet Italian luncheon sponsored by Italian food company Barilla. With top culinary masters, several respected vintners and members of the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and Miami Heat sports teams on hand to add a unique dimension of excitement to the ensuing play, the jaunt combines all the ingredients for a perfect experience.

American Express Trade Day
Target Grand Tasting Tent
10th – 13th Street, Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Featuring StarChefs Studio and the Wine Spectator Trade Tasting. Open to industry members only. Limited tickets are available. Click here to apply for your free industry-only trade day ticket.

Exclusively for members of the trade and in appreciation of the loyal customers of Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida, this afternoon offers an excellent opportunity to sample some of the world’s best wines, spirits, waters and coffee as well as sample products from more than 50 Festival exhibitors in a relaxed, casual atmosphere.

Star Chefs Studio Seminars:

"How to Make it" Career Seminar:
Rising star chefs will appear with their celebrity chef mentors. The protégés will discuss lessons learned from their mentors, while the celebrity chefs will explain why the protégés stood out in their kitchens. This seminar gives chefs, cooks, and culinary students the opportunity to learn how to advance their careers and to discuss the difficulties and rewards of the industry. Panelists include: Norman Van Aken and Jeffrey Brana of Norman's - Coral Gables; Douglas Rodriguez and Jose Garces of Alma de Cuba - Philadelphia; and Daniel Boulud and Zach Bell of Cafe Boulud - Palm Beach.

Meet the Masters:
Successes in the restaurant industry are few and far between, but there are a handful of chefs and restaurateurs who have established profitable business empires. They have expanded upon the traditional restaurant business plan and have developed multiple operations, cookbooks, and other consumer products, all bearing a celebrity chef or restaurant brand name. During this interactive discussion between leading restaurateurs, participants will learn about the process of building and marketing a winning brand. Panelists include Danny Meyer of Union Square Hospitality Group, Drew Nieporent of Myriad Restaurant Group, and Jeffrey Chodorow of China Grill Management.

Master Sommelier Blind Tasting
At Parrot Jungle Island
($100 per person)

Come hear what professionals look for and learn how to identify different varietals and styles of wine. Master sommeliers Larry O’Brien of Paterno Wines, Virginia Philip of The Breakers, Palm Beach, and Eric Hemer of Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida will headline this event, which will be moderated by Rick Garced, president of the United States Sommelier Association.

The Best of the Best California Reserve Wine Tasting
Fleur de Lis, Fontainebleau Hilton
4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
($275 per person)

Join host Mark Militello, James Beard Award winner, at this first-time event that brings together the crème of the crème of the wine and culinary worlds. Twenty-five California wineries each bring out a pair of their finest reserves, served up in keepsake Reidel glassware, while a dozen of today’s hottest culinary masters provide generous sample portions of some of their most exquisite signature dishes.

Participating chefs:

Participating wineries:
    • Au Bon Climat
    • Cloud View Vineyards
    • Hanzell Vineyards
    • La Jota Vineyards
    • Lancaster Vineyards
    • Ridge Vineyards
    • Scott Paul Wines
    • Andrew Geoffrey
    • Beaulieu Vineyards
    • Caymus Vineyards
    • Chateau Montelena
    • Chiarello Family Vintners
    • Daedelus
    • Far Niente Winery
    • Joseph Phelps Vineyards
    • Landmark Vineyards
    • Origin Napa
    • Quintessa
    • Qupe
    • Roessler
    • Scherrer
    • Schrader Cellars
    • Tandem Winery
    • Vine Cliff Cellars
    • Trinchero Winery

Moët and Chandon BubbleQ
Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
($275 per person)

Drawing upon the casual-chic ambiance of famed South Beach, the BubbleQ takes advantage of a playful setting—sand, surf and stars—to showcase some seriously extraordinary cuisine and one of the world’s most sublime champagnes - Moët and Chandon .

Dean Fearing, known as the Father of Southwestern Cuisine and driving force behind the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas , leads a crew of grilling experts that includes some of the most celebrated chefs in the country.

The festival will present the American Visionary Award to South Florida’s own Norman Van Aken, a nationally renowned chef and restaurateur (Mundo, Coral Gables, and Norman’s, Coral Gables, Los Angeles, Orlando) and the much-lauded Father of New World Cuisine, while everyone’s favorite foodie, NBC Today Show host and cookbook author Al Roker, shares his own barbecue know-how with guests.

Participating Chefs:

NAVAN After Party
Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
(BubbleQ, Best of the Best Guests, and VIPs only)

Following the BubbleQ, the NAVAN After Party—a hot, invitation-only event to which all BubbleQ and Best of the Best guests are welcome—keeps the pleasure going at The Sagamore, Miami Beach’s veritable fine-art inn with a not-to-be-missed collection of museum-quality works on display.

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Wienies for Winies Seminar with Danny Meyer and Terry Miller
Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
($75 per person)

Sausage paired with wine? You bet. Noted New York restaurateur Danny Meyer (Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Tabla, Blue Smoke) and Fort Collins, Colo., sausage meister Terry Miller explore this unique combination in what can only be described as “palate aerobics.”

Wine Spectator Wine Seminars
Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
($300 per person)

Seven wine seminars with a luncheon featuring the wines of Casa Lapostolle. Each seminar is part of the Wine spectator series - tickets cannot be purchased for individual seminars.

Grand Tasting Village
1pm - 5pm
Target Grand Tasting Tent
10th – 13th Street, Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

($100 per person)

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival presents its signature event on successive afternoons. Sharing recipes and techniques in the three KitchenAid Demonstration Tents will be chefs and culinary personalities Emeril Lagasse, Tyler Florence, Rachael Ray, Mario Batali, Ming Tsai, Nobu Matsuhisa, Dean Fearing and Todd English, to name just a few of the scheduled all-stars, while at every turn the tastes of the good life will flow freely.

Celebrated chef Jonathan Eismann (Pacific Time, Miami Beach) on each day hosts more than 75 of South Florida's finest restaurants, all serving up generous tastings of their hot cuisine, while some 150 participating wineries and spirit producers, among them featured supplier Schieffelin & Co, pour generous samples inside the two Target Grand Tasting Tents.

In between indulgences, enjoy a crash course in cocktail-mixing from the experts in the Fine Living Cocktail Clinic, have a cookbook or two autographed by the author while enjoying a cup of authentic Italian coffee in the illy Café courtyard, relax your body and mind at the Festival's Evian Oasis while you discover the natural source of youth. Visit the Burdines-Macy's outlet for the latest in kitchen gadgets and check out the official Festival merchandise for sale.

Grand Tasting Village Weekend Pass
Saturday from 11-6pm and Sunday from 11-6pm

If one day is good, two days are better! Take advantage of great savings and plenty of sophisticated good fun with the Grand Tasting Village Weekend Pass. This special-admission ticket gets you into both days of the Grand Tasting: a combined 14 hours of non-stop chef demos, wine and food sampling, and book signings, plus the Sunday afternoon American Airlines Live Auction. A great entertainment value that lets you enjoy it all!

Interactive Cooking Lunch
Noon -2pm
Biltmore Hotel Country Club
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

($150 per person)

Learn to cook while rubbing elbows with a pair of kitchen greats. Hosted by the Cellar Club at the Biltmore Hotel, this hands-on afternoon is headed by the Food Network's Giada De Laurentiis and Tyler Florence.

"Make it a Blockbuster Night"
Wine and Food Pairings Seminar
Saturday from 1-2pm
Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
($75 per person)

Wine authority Joshua Wesson of Best Cellars shares the lowdown on serving the appropriate wine with those sinful munchies in which we all occasionally indulge. Whether you’re snacking on nachos with all the fixings from your local Tex-Mex takeout, ordering in a late-night pizza or feasting on a basket of chicken wings at your local hot spot, there is a wine to wash it all down with.

Bank of America Dinner Series
Saturday at 7:30pm
at featured locations:

(Sold out)
Chefs: Francis Mallmann, Michael Chiarello
Winery: Beaulieu Vineyards

Azul at Mandarin Oriental

($300 per person)
Chefs: Tom Parlo, Masaharu Morimoto & Charles Phan
Winery: Champagne Pommery

Biltmore Hotel Country Club
($300 per person)
Chefs: Douglas Rodriquez, Philippe Ruiz, Aaron Sanchez, Douglas Rodriquez, Jose Flores, Jose Garces, Richard Sandoval
Winery: Marques de Riscal
Spirits: Johnny Walker Black

Blue Door at the Delano
($300 per person)
Chefs: Daniel Boulud, Claude Troisgros, Michel Roux and Zachariah Bell
Winery: Laurent-Perrier

The East Room at the Forge:
Mystery of the Meatball

($300 per person)
Chefs: Andrew Swersky, Michael d’Andrea, Mark Randazzo, Steve Martorano
Winery: Rocca delle Macie

Loews Miami Beach
($300 per person)
Chefs: Emeril Lagasse, Marc Ehrler and guests
Winery: Au Bon Climat

Nikki Beach: South Beach Clam Bake
($300 per person)
Chefs: Jason McClain and Todd English
Winery: Trinchero

($400 per person)
Chefs: Norman Van Aken, Charlie Trotter, Tetsuya Wakuda, Claudia Fleming
Winery: Joseph Phelps

Pacific Time
($300 per person)
Chefs: Jonathan Eismann and Ming Tsai
Winery: Chateau Lagrange and Chateua d'Issan

(Sold out)
Chefs: Shaun Hergatt and Nobu Matsuhisa, Yuji Wakiya
Winery: Dom Perignon

(Sold out)
Chefs: Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Frank Randazzo and guest chef David Burke
Winery: Wente Vineyards

Vix at Victor Hotel
($300 per person)
Chefs: James Wierzelewski and Marcus Samuelsson
Winery: Niebaum-Coppola

Saturday at 10pm Ciroc After Party
For Dinner Series ticketholders only
The National Hotel
, 1677 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

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Wienies for Winies Seminar
with Danny Meyer and Terry Miller
Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
($75 per person)

Tribute Brunch with Awards Ceremony
Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Avenue
($150 per person)

Festival hosts Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida will honor leaders in the food and wine industry. Gordon Elliott, host of programs on the Fine Living Network and the Food Network, will serve as master of ceremonies as he presides over a casually elegant, Tuscan-inspired midday feast prepared by chef Carey Savona of Lucca at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.

FIU's School of Hospitality & Tourism Management will present the Michael E. Hurst Distinguished Hospitality Leaders Award to Richard J. Schnieders, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer SYSCO Corporation.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Francis Ford Coppola, the Oscar-winning producer, director and writer who today is making a name for himself in winemaking with the Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery in Napa Valley.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild Seminar
InterContinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
($150 per person)

The greatest wines of Bordeaux go on display in all their glory as Chateau Mouton Rothschild presents this stimulating educational session, complete with vertical tasting of some of their most highly regarded vintages, traversing a period of 14 years and two centuries! This collection will demonstrate the differences from vintage to vintage, and the ability of nature and time to help create great wines. Join Tom Matthews of Wine Spectator as he welcomes Olivier Lebret , president of Baron Philippe de Rothschild USA, who will lead this tasting of exceptional offerings from Chateau Mouton Rothschild.

"Make it a Blockbuster Night" Wine and Food Pairings Seminar
hosted by Joshua Wesson
Intercontinental Hotel, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami
($75 per person)

Belvedere Bartenders Bash
The Shore Club, 1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
($50 per person)

A fitting ending to a fabulous weekend, this poolside “last hurrah” pits a dozen highly skilled bartenders against one another as they compete to create the perfect Belvedere Vodka cocktail. Las Vegas master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim and a bevy of celebrity judges pick the best, while everyone else in attendance makes the tasting rounds and enjoys the gourmet passed hors d’oeuvres.

*All guest chefs and seminar times are subject to change.

Related Links:
  • StarChefs Studio at SOBE
  • Miami Rising Stars
  • Forum: South Beach Wine & Food Festival

  • ...Published: December 2004