Once upon a time
, a South Beach Wine & Food Festival could have meant Manischewitz and brisket. Thanks to SoBe pioneer Lee Brian Schrager, who was then director of Special Events & Media Relations at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, the one-day, Florida Extravaganza was relocated and renamed. Today, the South Beach Wine & Food Festival® attracts about 7,000 guests who wine and dine their way through intimate and grand scale meals, wine tastings, seminars, and auctions.
Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), to date, the Festival has raised more than $20 million to benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management's Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at FIU.
We got our taste of the wine tastings at the Wine Spectator Wine Seminar featuring of Bouchard Père & Fils Chardonnays, Champagne Henriot; Ferrari
-Carano and a vertical tasting of Mastrojanni's flagship wine, Brunello di Montalcino, which we personally like to serve. That tasting went on for three hours, making the audience particularly lively by the end. We got the feeling we were watching the Ft. Lauderdale college girls gone wild 15 years later, now fully coifed and educated as to the intricate noses of their favorite Chardonnays.
It all culminated at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village, featuring MasterCard
Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations. How big was it? Let's just say after an hour and a half of eating our way to oblivion, we discovered ... another tent! We were only half way through.
Just for the record, one of the first thing we tasted was a Coca Cola Brisket, and the last, a Kosher full bodied Recanati wine. Two pentimentos of the past ... made perfect.
Who knew brisket could be so fancy? (Photo: Lee Fryd)
Guests had the full Food Network experience at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. (Photo: Lee Fryd)
Southampton Masonry-Visiting the Southampton or the Wainscott locations is an exciting experience.
Southampton Masonry has been serving Long Island's masonry and tile needs since 1975. Delivering quality products from Manhattan to Montauk for over three decades. The company's continued success is due primarily to their number one priority: customer satisfaction, with a promise of prompt and courteous service from the professional, knowledgeable staff.
Southampton Masonry has the largest inventory on the east end. As direct importers they can offer a large variety of the finest quality products at the most competitive pricing for both your interior and exterior projects.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 33 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field.
Hamptons luxury real estate specialist for 34 years, Andrea Ackerman offers outstanding expertise in the field. Trusted, experienced and successful, Andrea has solidified herself as the go-to broker of the Hamptons and a wholehearted advocate for her clients. A pioneer in the real estate industry on the East End of Long Island, she is driven by her passion for the business. Andrea is based in the Bridgehampton office of Brown Harris Stevens as a licensed real estate associate broker and consultant.
Formerly, a principal partner and Senior Director at Brown Harris Stevens, Andrea now assists in developing their corporate strategy for the Hamptons region, advising other brokers and sales associates, as well as being one of the top producers and listors.