Put on your stretchy pants, South Florida.
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival announced the lineup for February’s annual star-studded bacchanalia, and the more-than 90 events range from the trendy to the sublime, as usual. Tickets for the Feb. 22-26 events won’t go on sale until midnight Oct. 24 at SoBeFest.com, but the festival posted the details of the events, priced between $90-$500 a ticket, as an appetizer.
The premiere event is lavish $500-a-head dinner honoring chef José Andrés, who has twice been named among Time’s most influential people and who will open a second restaurant in Brickell after the success of The Bazaar at the SLS South Beach. It will be hosted by traveling gourmand Anthony Bourdain.
“It was time we thought about honoring his culinary genius,” said festival founder Lee Brian Schrager.
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There are, however, plenty of other options for the rest of us, spread out between Miami Beach, Miami and, for the second year in a row, Fort Lauderdale, which includes dinners hosted by celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris, Valerie Bertinelli and Tiffani Thiessen and chefs such as Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Anne Burrell.
Chef Alon Shaya, whose namesake restaurant in New Orleans is the reigning James Beard Best New Restaurant, will host “Burnt Ends,” a kosher barbecue dinner at Miami’s Chabad downtown Jewish Center. Local baker Zak Stern of kosher Zak the Baker will join the Glatt Kosher event.
Another new event is “Noodling Around,” a late-night party (something SOBEWFF does best) at Dale Talde’s eponymous Miami Beach restaurant, where hip hop and Pan-Asian cuisine sets the tone.
Also, the kings of Miami cocktails, the Bar Lab crew (The Broken Shaker, 27 Restaurant) host another of the less-expensive late-night events with sweets from The Salty Donut and savory bites from Sarsaparilla Club.
The celebrity trio of Bobby Flay, Katie Lee and Alex Guarnaschelli will combine for an American clambake at SoHo Beach House. And adventurous diners will no doubt want to look into bizarre foods lover Andrew Zimmern’s event, an “Asian market,” where dim sum, sushi and dumplings take center stage.
Of course, the popular Burger Bash, Grand Tasting and Best of the Best return, as well as intimate dinners pairing local star chefs (Bradley Kilgore, Michelle Bernstein, Michael Schwartz, “Chef Bee” Piyarat Potha Arreeratn, Cindy Hutson) alongside visiting stars.
For the full schedule, visit SoBeFest.com or call 877-762-3933.