SoBeWFF 2013 Events Everyone's Talking About
For more on the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, check out New Times' Taste guide, hitting newsstands Thursday, February 21.
A look at the full events lineup of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival can be dizzying. There are more celebrity chefs than you can shake a ladle at and more soigné food and drink than anyone should consume in a lifetime.
Despite the gauntlet of events, there are a handful of parties that stand out. They're the ones locals and people in the know want to attend. For chefs, events such as the Q, Diamond Dishes, and Best of the Best can be a step on the road to culinary stardom.
Who knows what fortunes defeating three-time Burger Bash winner and Iron Chef Michael Symon would bring. Patience, young grasshopper, patience.
Paula Deen, mother to millions and festival royalty, says moderation is key. She has dropped more than 40 pounds since news broke of her health issues, including diabetes. Sure, the festival is a time to indulge, but carefully, she says. You want to be at the parties where you can rub shoulders with celebs and top chefs, the ones everyone comes back for year after year.
Moët Hennessy's the Q, hosted by Paula Deen and Sons, presented by Omaha Steaks, sponsored by Miami Magazine
7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, February 21
Beachside at the Delano Hotel
1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
This is a Deen family operation. Paula and her two sons, Jamie and Bobby, will host 40, yes 40, of the nation's top barbecue chefs. It'll be held right on the beach, same as its predecessor, the BubbleQ. If head-to-tail enthusiast Ben Ford's pig-face poutine with chicharrones peanut butter cups don't woo you, the soft lapping of the waves on the shore will. Barbecue's popularity around the world has created countless obsessive pit masters, each with his or her own rules and secret tricks. Barbecue is also a communal dish, something meant to be savored and shared. Sometimes the best part is seeing who ends the meal with the most sauce on their face and hands. "I love having the family over on Sunday for a grand barbecue," matriarch Paula says. These days, she says, she and the family are also cutting back on the heavy stuff. "Lots of chicken and fish... lots more veggies -- those get grilled as well." Don't fret, though. The Q will more than sate your cravings for saucy, sweet, smoky, and fried.
1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL