Dominique Ansel's Chocolate Oyster: Trick or Treat?

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Not your typical oyster
The 14th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival might be over, but we're still recovering from Death by Chocolate, the late-night cocoa soiree hosted by none other than donut creator Dominique Ansel.

While many of the guests at Death by Chocolate were secretly hoping that Ansel saying his doughnut-hybrid was no more than a cruel joke, it wasn't. In a prior Interview, Ansel told New Times, "Every time I do an event, I try to create something completely new." Inspired by the beach and Miami's sultry weather (with the exception of festival weekend), Ansel went with a chocolate oyster.

See also: Dominique Ansel Goes Beyond Cronuts at SoBeWFF

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Spike Mendelsohn to Open on Collins, Dale Talde to the Thompson

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Dale Talde opening a restaurant at Thompson Miami Beach.
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is not only a great place to eat and drink your way through thousands of dishes and vintages, but it's also the best time to catch up with chefs.

Without the assistance of PR machines and lubricated by a few drinks, restaurateurs and toques are more apt to talk about new restaurant plans and potential moves. Here's the latest intel on restaurants to look out for and potential chef moves.

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SoBeWFF 2015 Recap: The Best and the Worst

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Rachael Ray and Parker Lasch at Yappie Hour.
As the sun sets on the 2015 edition of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, it's time to take stock of the weekend.

The festival saw an improved Grand Tasting Village that had better flow in the massive tasting tents. There was also a roster of new parties that included Meatopia, the Italian Al Fresco Feast, and the Art of Tiki.

The weekend was packed with dozens of well-organized dinners and fetes, but some suffered serious glitches.

New Times' food writing staff has compiled a list of the best and the worst at the festival.

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SoBeWFF 2015 Best of the Munchies: Zimmern Sings, Zak the Baker, and Mojo Donuts

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Zimmern and Lucky.
To close out the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, you need something epic and maybe even a little bizarre. That is why you call Mr. Andrew Zimmern, who can serve up a delicious dose of the munchies.

Perhaps over the course of the weekend, you've had expensive dinners, fancy food and pristine wine -- now it is time to let your hair down, get sand between your toes and indulge in the munchies with a cold one.

Last night, there were the best in barbecue, burgers, donuts, snacks, and sweets from around the country along with many Miami favorites. The evening also kicked off the The Munchies: People's Choice Awards where you can vote for your favorites until March 31.

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SoBeWFF 2015 Farm to Table Brunch: Geoffrey Zakarian's Elegant Sunday Affair

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Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian gets a little Sunday reading in at the Farm to Table Brunch.
The weekend's chill weather turned into a radiant day for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Farm to Table Brunch at The Palms hotel in Miami Beach.

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101 Gay Weddings at SoBeWFF: A Celebration of Love (With Chippendales)

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Patisserie Ver Beach's chef Mark Edmonds and Christian Garcia at 101 Gay Weddings.
Saturday's 101 Gay Weddings, a satellite South Beach Wine & Food Festival event held at the James Royal Palm Hotel, was the most unique, heartfelt, and vibrant party this past weekend.

Hosted by Art Smith, a celebrity chef and founder of the nonprofit charity Common Threads, the event didn't attract the 101 couples it had hoped for, but for the dozens of couples who did tie the knot, the afternoon was filled with love, tears, and more than a little laughter.

The mass ceremony was officiated by none other than Guy Fieri, who left his trademark bowling shirt at home in favor of a tailored suit and electric purple shirt.

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SoBeWFF 2015 Southern Kitchen Brunch: Trisha Yearwood, Art Smith, and Fried Chicken

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Fried chicken and waffles
If you survived Saturday night's Meatopia or your killer hangover, the Southern Kitchen Brunch this past Sunday was there to cradle and comfort you with soulful food and sweet tunes.

Forget having a New York Times bestselling cookbook, multiple Grammys, and an Emmy for Trisha's Southern Kitchen. Having Garth Brooks for a husband is pretty grand. Trisha Yearwood has it all. She flew in at 5 a.m. yesterday from a show in Detroit to host this brunch that festivalgoers so desperately needed.

It was a welcome respite from the rock 'n' roll, food 'n' drink lifestyle we have lived over the past few days. Some of the nation's best Southern chefs prepared fried chicken, waffles, and grits for the soul.

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SoBeWFF 2015: Sunday's New Times' Best Bite on the Beach Winner Is Chefs on the Run

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Mixing it up at the Grand Tasting Village
Sunday was the final day of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Grand Tasting Village. From noon until 5 p.m., foodies and oenophiles stormed the beach to partake in fine food and drink.

Sunday's session also saw Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell, the Deen family, and Robert Irvine take the stage to cook, drink, and entertain the crowds.

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Yappie Hour Turns SoBeWFF Into Animal House

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Parker Lasch-Goll with Rachael Ray
The Standard Spa's waterfront deck went to the dogs yesterday afternoon -- literally -- at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's first ever dog-centric event.

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SoBeWFF 2015 Meatopia: A Psychedelic Trip of Carnivorism

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Beef rib slathered in anchovy butter courtesy of Richard Turner, of London's Hawksmoor.
The crowds and lines of Burger Bash were mostly absent Saturday night as the sands of South Beach were dominated by the ceaseless devouring of the animal kingdom.

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