SBWFF 2011: Best Thing I Ever Ate at the Beach Was Feh

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KC wasn't really shaking any booty, but he had a few girls on stage doing the job.
​It's no secret that different types of crowds are attracted to particular events offered during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Those who love schwag and want to drink their ticket price in alcohol attend the Grand Tasting Village. Parents and those whose enjoyment of the festival depends only on gathering celebrity chef autographs flock to Fun & Fit. Serious foodies can be found at the seminars and Best of the Best. Sophisticated partiers insist on attending BubbleQ. Who does that leave out? Newbies, the younger set, and those who couldn't afford $250 or more for a ticket.

They could be found at last night's Best Thing I Ever Ate at the Beach, swaying to the sounds of KC and the Sunshine Band while shooting matzo ball soup and gnawing on Joelle's blue balls. (The gals at the Joelle's Desserts booth referred to their little spheres dipped in blue and brown coating "cake pops," but us marketing-minded folk will prevail.)

Highlights included Epicure's brisket sandwiches, the aforementioned matzo ball shots, and black-and-white cookies wrapped up for later enjoyment, stone crab claws from George Stone Crab, mahi tacos from Montaco Truck, Duff Goldman's bacon and corn chowder, and non-stop freebies from Godiva. Disappointments were had at the Pommery booth, where we were told the Champagne supply ran out after one hour.

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Our breath stunk for hours after these, but the flavors were spot-on.
And Prime 112 also let us down. They presented a respectable peanut butter s'more topped with roasted marshmallow, but the crowd was left wondering, "Where's the beef?"

They found it at Nathan's, where bacon-wrapped cheese dogs were being handed out. But, seriously--that's the best thing Sunny Anderson has ever eaten?

Kudos to Daniel Boulud for socializing with the minions. His db bistro moderne was chosen by Hedy Goldsmith as her "Best Thing." Chef Jerrod Verbiak sliced away at croque monsieur done not one, not two, but three ways.

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Event host Duff Goldman seemed to be enjoying the evening, even though he was regularly stalked by fans.

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And we enjoyed chatting with Big 105.9 host Paul Castronovo and his spunky wife, Gina, who represented our two northern counties nicely with their eponymous Italian wine and pasta from Boca's Casa D'Angelo.

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Ypfr321
Ypfr321

Took my hubby for his 31st Bday! We were very excited and the food was awesome! My only negative experience aside from the POP running out very very very soon, was that we went one by one to each station expecting to meet the celebrity chefs and guest only to realize that after we passed Bethany's station at around 45 minutes after the event started, every other celebrity guest was basically fleeting or really hard to find. The evening was amazing none the less and we had an amazing time!

Patty
Patty

Lots of great photo. Loved the stone crab claws from George Stone Crab.

Amy
Amy

I agree. Joelle's Desserts are fantastic. I love to send the blondies as gifts.

Paul
Paul

Gina is Spunky! Hooray!

Foodjunkie
Foodjunkie

I was there last night......plenty of good food, but Joelle's Desserts stood out as The Best Thing I've Ever Had in my entire life.

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