SBWFF 2011: Closing Party With Guy Fieri at Gansevoort

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John Zur
Guy Fieri
Scents of barbecue and cigar smoke collided on the sand behind the Gansevoort hotel during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Closing Party with Guy Fieri. Guests were first given a bag containing a pair of flimsy flip-flops and complimentary drink tickets to STK. Soon thereafter, fruity drinks, with barely a taste of liquor, came in souvenir glasses from Zignum Mezcal.

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John Zur
Guy Fieri, the rock star
The beginning was casual yet had a vibrant energy centered on the red glow of the stage, which anticipated the rock-star presence of host Guy Fieri. Though his entrance was subtle, as he created an infused tequila onstage, rock anthems pounded and cameras flashed. Fieri addressed the crowd every now and then, until he offered the finished product to a host of cheers and raised cell-phone cameras.

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John Zur
The food stations ranged from solid efforts (Francesca's Pizza) to underachieving (Sushi Samba's wimpy chicken yakitori impersonation). Welcome foodie darling Misha's Cupcakes had a tiered display of it colorful but not supersweet creations. STK's "Llil' BRGR" was a Japanese Wagyu with "special sauce" (spicy mayo, and more of it than necessary) on a bun. The burger was of the take-it-or-leave-it variety.

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John Zur
STK's "Lil' BRGR"
Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies, by chef John Nigro, were generously portioned sandwiches with onions, marinara sauce, mushrooms, cherry peppers, and mozzarella cheese. A pleasant surprise came from chef Christopher Lusk of Adelaide, New Orleans, who offered Louisiana shrimp on grits, which consisted of dried, crusted shrimp with grilled oregano red grits and absinthe-basil beurre vert.

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John Zur
Sonny's Famous Steak Hogie
The Ciao Bella ice-cream stand, Café Bustelo coffee cart, and Perrier water tent were welcome sights. Half of the seating area's mostly white vinyl beds and flame-print pillows could have been replaced by tables and chairs. The lines weren't exasperatingly long, but there were waits nonetheless. Trash cans were hidden -- sometimes too well. And though there wasn't as much or as distinct a food selection as had been hoped for, who doesn't like leaving with an armful of giveaways?

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John Zur
Misha's Cupcakes
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John Zur
Sushisamba's chicken on a skewer
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John Zur
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John Zur
Cafe Bustelo
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The Perry South Beach - CLOSED

2377 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL

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Tanya Gemarin
Tanya Gemarin

The Gansevoort Miami Beach is one of the best swimming pool and luxury hotel in miami. This place is so clean and spacious room hotel, In your room its facing the crystal ocean and white sand. I can spend a time for vacation here again...

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