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SoBe fest sees an all star lineup with Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and Dan Marino

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A few fest niblets:

Chris Bosh (along with teammate Shane Battier) will take a break from the court and head to the KitchenAid Culinary Demonstration Saturday in South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s first-ever Kitchen Heat throw down. Chef Dena Marino and Battier will take on Chef Terrance Williams and Bosh all in the name of charity as the audience will have a chance to bid on unique Heat packages after the relay to benefit Chris Bosh’s Team Tomorrow Inc. and The Battier Take Charge Foundation. Judges include Dan Marino and Channel 7’s Louis Aguirre. For ticket info, go to

Food Network chef Geoffrey Zakarian is taping his Sirius Radio show Food Talk produced by Key Group Worldwide live from 3-5 p.m. Friday poolside at The James Royal Palm Hotel, 1545 Collins Ave. Among the guests: Martha Stewart, Katie Lee, Andrew Zimmern (who is here taping Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods America in the Keys), Chopped judge Marc Murphy, Daniel Boulud and Danny Meyer. The public is welcome to attend the taping by a first-come, first-served basis.

NYC restaurateur Marc Forgione and winner of Food Network’s Next Iron Chef (Season 3), is looking forward to hosting a Barilla interactive dinner Saturday night for obvious reasons. “SoBe Fest is always a cool time to get out of the cold,” he told Speaking of food, glorious, food, what’s the next trend, anyway? “Taquitos, Laotian food, drinking more Bloodies and steakhouses,” predicted Forgione, who will be preparing some interesting combinations for his so-called Eats Meats West meal, which is, naturally, sold out. “We're having fun with the title,” he explained. “We’re taking Wagyu and treating it the same way as gravlax. And we're also doing a cool surf and turf with tete de cochon and Petrossian caviar.”

Hollywood lite

If you don’t have food on the brain, join UM alum, actor-producer-screenwriter Doug Weiser ( Midnight Crossing) for a screening of his coming-of-age movie, Chapman, at the Cosford Cinema, 1111 Memorial Dr., Coral Gables campus, 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Chapman won the award for best feature and for best cinematography at the 2013 Newport International Film Festival in Wales. The evening includes a reception and Q&A. Seating is limited; RSVP at More info: 305-284-4370.

Star power

HBO has picked up to series Ballers, the half-hour dramedy starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, The show, about current and former football players was written by Stephen Levinson ( Entourage), who serves as executive producer along with Johnson, Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg, who will direct the pilot. Johnson’s ex wife, Dany Garcia, is co-executive producer.

Working it out

DavidBartonGym, the 42,000 square foot celebrity magnet that opened originally at the Delano in 2008, is closing its current location at the former Gansevoort South at 2323 Collins May 10. The gym, we’re told, is on the hunt for a new Miami home.

Female power

A few Florida females have made it onto AskMen’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2014 list: Boca Raton singer Ariana Grande is at 73 and Telemundo telenovela star turned movie actress Genesis Rodriguez is at 81. The No. 1 slot went to Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke. The entire list can be seen at

Lesley Abravanel

Valerie Nahmad Schimel contributed to this report.

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