Next month’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival will be more about after hours than in the past.
For the first time, the mid-February staple features an event to which foodies can bring their finicky four-legged friends.
They’re calling it “Yappie Hour,” and it’s taking place Feb. 21 at The Standard.
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The SBWFF publicity machine say it’ll be hosted by Rachael Ray, who has her own brand of pet food. Those who buy the $95 tickets get to bring their canines to the cocktail party.
Ray’s special dog snacks will be served on the floor.
“There’ll be plenty to eat and drink for humans, too,” said festival PR Kristine McGlinchey. “It is a cocktail party.”
As it has been in the past, the SBWFF will be the place to be for two-legged celebs of all ilk.
Just about everybody who’s been on the Food Network will show up in South Beach, including Emeryl Lagasse, Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell, Giada DeLaurentiis, crowd favorite Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine and Aarón Sánchez.
Sánchez, by the way, will be a part of the beefed-up late-night lineup of parties at the festival. His shindig, at 10 p.m. Feb. 19, is “Tacos After Dark.”
Lagasse, too, has been tapped to do something on the late side. He’ll host an event dubbed “Art of Tiki,” or the art of designing cocktails.
And Entourage actress Debi Mazar, co-host of Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel, is hosting this year’s Italian feast with husband Gabriele Corcos.
Unlike many other athletes who hit the jackpot, Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is keeping it real.
With the $325million the 25-year-old will start getting when he reports to camp next month, you’d think that Stanton would have already bought himself some real estate goodies.
In a town where LeBron James’ house is still for sale for $17million, Stanton is still living at his Aventura condo, a $550,000 crib on the 18th floor of the waterfront Hidden Bay complex, according to records.
Big screen legend Burt Reynolds has finally found a buyer for his Palm Beach area mansion — eight years after it was first listed.
Barry University trustee Charles Modica has a $3.6million contract to buy The Bandit’s crib.
Sad thing is: Not only is Reynolds losing his home of 34 years, he won’t see any of the cash. Once he reimburses his mortgage holders, Reynolds will still have to pay an extra $165,000 to clear the foreclosure action on the home.
Reynolds’ listing agent and lawyer aren’t commenting. But papers filed in the court that oversees the foreclosure action spell it all out.
Reynolds had until March 19 to obtain the approval of the banks for what amount to a short sale. Then, Modica has until mid-May to come up with the dough. He already has $300,000 in escrow to show he's serious.
Reynolds first put the property up for sale for $15million in 2006, according to records. The price went down to $12.9million in March 2007, $10.5million 10 months later, then $9.5million, $8.9million in 2010 and eventually $4.9million in 2012.
Must have been because of the FSU logo on the bottom of the pool that Reynolds, a former Seminole football player, had custom installed.