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SI models hit the beach for Wine & Food fest

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Sports Illustrated’s finest made their way from New York City to the beaches of Miami Wednesday to celebrate the magazine’s monumental 50th anniversary issue with an appearance at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Q Thursday night. This year’s swimsuit issue cover girls — Chrissy Teigen, Lily Aldridge and Nina Agdal — gathered at the Fontainebleau Hotel for the magazine's party at Arkadia. On Thursday, the models battled celeb chefs including host Spike Mendelsohn, Michael Symon, Marc Murphy and Pat LaFrieda in a volleyball tournament to which Teigen's hubby John Legend showed along with Jamie Foxx and Seattle Seahawks’ player Richard Sherman.

On Tuesday night The Food Network's Anne Burrell stopped into CATCH Miami at The James Royal Palm to say hello to executive chef (and season 3 Top Chef winner) Hung Huynh. Chopped judge Aaron Sanchez and the aforementioned Michael Symon were seen at the Local House. Sanchez stopped in Wednesday for Bloody Marys at the inside bar, and on Thursday Symon had lunch on the terrace with four friends.

Model and actress Rachel Barnes is best known for her appearance in Justin Bieber's Girlfriend video, but on Saturday, she was at the helm of Bâoli's Love Boat fête, dressed as a scantily clad sailor girl.

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes had dinner Sunday with a group described as “Nene's sycophants,” at Seasalt & Pepper. Charlie Crist had lunch Wednesday at Joe's Stone Crab.

Argentine pianist Raul Di Blasio, aka El Piano de America, followed a Sunday night sold out concert at the Miami Dade County Auditorium with dinner at Caffe Abbracci. Zuma regular Lenny Kravitz was spotted there Monday with a friend enjoying his favorite rubabu cocktail. Mexican actor Diego Luna was seen “deep in conversation” with friends there on Thursday.

Chris “Birdman” Andersen is having an autograph session and meet-and-greet and with fans at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Celebrity Sports at the Town Center at Boca Raton. Tickets cost $39, and he will sign any item. Tickets are available at the store, by phone at 561-208-6557, or via email at

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