Start your diets, save your dimes: South Beach Wine and Food Festival unveils 2015 lineup

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival returns for its 14th year with four food-and-booze-packed days, Feb. 19-22.

The sobefest.com website goes live on Monday with a full lineup of more than 50 events coming to the 2015 edition.

We scoured the list to come up with these 10 standout dinners, tastings, interactive cooking demos and more that are worth penciling in on your calendar for when tickets go on sale next month:

Thursday, Feb. 19


Israeli Dinner:

Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov and four of Israel’s top chefs will collaborate on this multicourse Middle Eastern meal at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach. $250.


Scarpetta Dinner:

Big-city food powerhouses Scott Conant (New York), Stephanie Izard (Chicago) and Jamie Bissonnette (Boston) should make Miami diners very happy when they cook together at Conant’s Scarpetta outpost at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach. $250.

Friday, Feb. 20



Miami’s premier underground, fine-dining eating group will let festival-goers in on the delicious secret at this dinner hosted by food personality Andrew Zimmern and chefs Chris Cosentino, Michael Schwartz, Makoto Okuwa and Nicolay Adinaguev. At the Perez Art Museum Miami. $300.


Nashville Dinner:

Between Hattie B’s hot chicken, Jonathan Waxman’s fried chicken, Tandy Wilson’s roasted chicken and Pat Martin’s barbecue chicken, all the elements of a special Southern meal are in place. And whatever Nashville-by-way-of-Peru creation host chef Diego Oka of La Mar comes up with is sure to fit right in. At the Mandarin Oriental Miami. $225.


Best of the Best:

True to its name, the Wine Spectator Best of the Best perennially is a top event of the festival. If there’s one big tasting not to miss, this is it. At the Fontainebleau. $350.

Saturday, Feb. 21

• Barilla Interactive Lunch: Michael Pirolo of Macchialina is one of Miami’s brightest kitchen stars, but also a modest one. It should be fun to see his personality shine as he leads a ballroom full of people cooking their own Italian lunches. At the Biltmore. $125.


Masaharu Morimoto and Anita Lo:

It hasn’t opened yet, but when it does, Morimoto’s long-awaited restaurant at the renovated Shelborne Wyndham Grand in Miami Beach should be a big deal. Also a big deal: This dinner at the new spot hosted by Morimoto and his pal, former

Top Chef Masters

contestant Anita Lo. At the Shelborne. $250.


Vegan Dinner:

There is zero chance you’ll think plant-based food is boring after eating at the hands of chefs Matthew Kenney, Elise Kornack and Tal Ronnen. They’re hosting the dinner at the site of Kenney’s forthcoming White Lotus restaurant and cooking school. At Sacred Space Miami. $250.


Caribbean Jerk:

After taking last year off the festival to open his critically acclaimed Gato in New York, celeb chef Bobby Flay returns to host this spiced-up, late-night event featuring Caribbean-style proteins. At the Raleigh. $150.

Sunday, Feb. 22


Farm-to-Table Brunch:

Festival veteran and


judge Geoffrey Zakarian will help pick greens from chef Julie Frans’ beachfront garden for this wind-down brunch. At Essensia at the Palms. $150.