New York City Wine & Food Festival Reflects Its Host City

Categories: Travel Hog

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Photo by Laine Doss
Whole steer on a giant grill? Check! Fabulous skyline? Check!
The New York City Wine & Food Festival just wrapped up four days of parties, events, and tastings, and while there are major similarities between it and its snowbird sister, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, there are also major differences.

True, both festivals are the brainchild of Lee Brian Schrager, and there are twin events like Burger Bash and the Grand Tasting Village, but that's pretty much where the similarities end. The NYCWFF and SOBEWFF are as different as the cities they represent.

I was invited to Manhattan to attend the festival. Here are some of the highlights of the weekend.

See also: SOBEWFF Going to the Dogs: Rachael Ray to Host Canine Cocktail Party

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South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tickets on Sale Today

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Laine Doss
Meatopia: Coming to South Beach.
Let the food frenzy begin. Tickets for the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale to the general public today.

The festival, which takes place on South Beach's sands and venues around the city, takes place February 19 - 22, with more than 75 different parties, seminars, and tastings planned over the event's four days. SBWFF, which benefits the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management's Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at Florida International University, brings in some of the biggest names in the culinary world, in what may well be the largest "spring break for chefs."

See also: Lee Schrager on SOBEWFF 2015: Meatopia, Tiki Cocktails, and the Cronut King

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Seed Food & Wine Festival Day: Miami's Vegans Come of Age

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All photos by Hannah Sentenac
With Seed Food & Wine Festival's inaugural run all wrapped up, it's clear that Miami's plant-based culinary community was bigger, stronger, and way more dedicated than anyone probably imagined. Myself included.

With five full days of plant-based soirees, celebrity hosts, chef dinners, and vegan vendors, this was no ordinary veg fest. Basically, it was the South Beach Wine & Food Festival on plants -- just as delicious, just as sophisticated and way friendlier for the waistline, the planet, and our animal friends.

Thousands of people turned up for Saturday's festival day alone. Imagine, South Floridians of all ages, interests and eating habits clamoring for meatless sausage, vegan pork rinds and zucchini noodles ... I can honestly say, never thought I'd see the day.

After this weekend, Miami has undoubtedly earned herself a leadership role in the plant-based revolution.

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Coconut Grove Seafood Festival Sells Out of More Than Just Tickets

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Photos by Jose de las Casas
Yesterday, seafood aficionados flocked to Peacock Park to get their hands on stone crabs and celebrate the beginning of the season, as well as enjoy the cool breeze. The second-annual Coconut Grove Seafood Festival sold out all $15 presale and $20 at-the-gate tickets.

Short Order was invited to attend the all-day festivities, which kicked off at 11 a.m. and were supposed to continue until sunset.

See also: Joe's Stone Crab Opens Its Doors for Stone Crab Season Today


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This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Daniel Boulud, Virginia King, and Michael Pirolo

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Photo by Carla Torres
Never-ending mussels.
Plenty to do this week, so let's get to it. We'll start off by letting you know Daniel Boulud is in town, and he's cooking up all new fall dishes with locally sourced produce. And, hey, there's a dinner to try the new menu.

Then we'll keep it going by informing you of Broken Shaker veteran Virginia King's whereabouts mid-week. She'll be at Mansion concocting Ilegal cocktails -- Ilegal Mezcal, that is.

And to end your week, Michael Pirolo will be sure to fill you up at Swine on Thursday. Yes, you read right -- Swine. He's the next chef up in 50 Eggs guest chef dinner series. Maybe don't plan anything this weekend so you can recover from the week's events.

See also: First Peek at Tobacco Road's Food Truck

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Seed's Vedge Dinner: Alicia Silverstone, Salt-Roasted Beets, and Korean Eggplant Tacos

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Photo by Hannah Sentenac
This weekend, Miami's love for all things meat played second fiddle to the newest star in the culinary constellation: the mighty vegetable.

On Friday night, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, the duo behind Philadelphia's Vedge and just-opened V Street, made kitchen magic with a rainbow-hued spectrum of fresh veggies, from sashimi-thin golden beets to pleasantly bitter broccoli rabe. One-hundred-and-twenty people packed into South Beach's Tongue and Cheek eatery for a sold-out dinner extravaganza.

See also: Alicia Silverstone on Kind Living, Picky Kids, and Seed Food & Wine Festival

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Use This Code and Save $10 On New Times' Beerfest Tickets, On Sale Now

Categories: Booze Hound

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Max Reed
The 17th Annual Original New Times Beerfest is Saturday, October 25.
The 17th Annual New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, is setting up to be a truly epic local beer event, returning to Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park this year with more beer -- and more fun -- than ever before.

Beer brewers from all over the state and the country come to show local drinkers their stuff. Even local homebrewers (and maybe some aspiring professionals) can offer their beers to the suds-swilling public.

See also: Ten Best Dinners Under $15 in Miami

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Katsuya Revamps Menu: "We're Getting Fish From Japan and Locally"

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All photos by Carla Torres
Check out this beauty.
It's been two years that Katsuya has been serving up sashimi to the health-conscious crowd of South Beach. The brand, which opened in Los Angeles in 1997 and expanded outside of the Golden State just two years ago, is spreading rather quickly.

In just two years, chef Katsuya Uechi has opened outposts in Dubai, Las Vegas, and Kuwait, with the Bahamas, Qatar in the Persian Gulf, South Africa, and a downtown Miami location all planned for 2015. Uechi is a sushi master and a busy man. Somewhere in that schedule, though, he found time to drop by the Magic City to put his seal of approval on executive chef Jose Icardi's revamped menu, which Short Order got to sample.

See also: Katsuya by Starck: Chic Sushi Spot Fits SoBe Like Wasabi on Fish

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Seed Food & Wine Festival 2014: What to See and Where to Park

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Photo by Amy Neunsinger
Tomorrow marks a big day for Miami -- finally, the red headed stepchild of the culinary world comes into her own. Seed Food & Wine Festival is bringing a truckload of plant-based vendors, celebrities, experts and eats to Midtown Miami.

For once, the 305 is ahead of the game. Take that, Portland!

To prep you for this herbivorous extravaganza, we've put together a handy guide for tomorrow's festivities. Here's what to do, who to see and (most importantly) where to park.

See also: Alicia Silverstone on Kind Living, Picky Kids, and Seed Food & Wine Festival

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First Peek at Tobacco Road's Food Truck (Photos)

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Photos by Laine Doss
The curtain unveils...
The night of October 25, Tobacco Road will close its doors, ending a century-long run as Miami's most enduring bar, restaurant, and music venue.

See also: Tobacco Road Closing on October 25, Kickstarter Campaign to Relocate Iconic Bar Starts Next Week

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