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Burgers, Gloria Estefan, and Pickleball: Highlights from SOBEWFF ‘24

Burgers, Gloria Estefan, and Pickleball: Highlights from SOBEWFF ‘24


The twenty third South Seashore Meals & Wine Competition (SOBEWFF) in Miami is formally within the books — and what a scrumptious pageant it was.

The 2024 set up of the four-day pageant gave us a Tribute Dinner honoring Italian grasp chef Massimo Bottura, a slew of collaborative and intimate dinners bringing collectively the likes of Jeremy Ford and John Fraser, and, sure, Man Fieri sloshing round Santo Tequila at seemingly each flip and occasion he graced.

Amid greater than 100 occasions crunched into 4 days (February 22-25), listed below are 4 highlights from SOBEWFF ’24.

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The Very Finest Burger Award, which is an award determined upon by judges, went to Cowy Burger, situated as a pop-up each Friday at Jail Friends Brewing in Doral and at J. Wakefield Beer each Saturday in Wynwood.

Cowy Burger photograph

A Very Miami Burger Bash

As with the majority of the Miami Seashore Signature Occasions held on the sand beneath large white tents this 12 months – Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; Tacos & Tequila; and the Block Occasion being amongst them – the Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray on Thursday night was completely packed.

Maybe an excessive amount of so, as traces bordering uncomfortably lengthy stretched throughout your entire tent for the likes of morsels from treasured smashed burger pop-up Ted’s Burgers and rising Wynwood hotspot Skinny Louie (each listed in New Instances‘ listing of greatest smash burgers in Miami), and Motek Cafe (New Instances‘ greatest kosher restaurant of 2023), all Miami staples. Through the peak of the $275-a-ticket occasion, wait instances neared 25 to half-hour lengthy to snag a morsel, however there was loads of Stella Artois to maintain of us in line occupied.

A star-studded panel of judges, together with supermodel Kate Upton, rap icon Rev. Run, and It’s All the time Sunny in Philadelphia stars Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, picked native pop-up Cowy Burger for the Very Finest Burger Award, whereas South Florida-based Pincho took dwelling the coveted Individuals’s Alternative Award for a record-breaking third time for its “Jalapeño Delight” burger.

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Philadelphia icon Pat’s King of Steaks made an look at SOBEWFF’s Steak and Whiskey occasion on Friday, February 23, 2024.

Photograph by Jesse Scott

The Design District Turns into the Steak District

4 memorable occasions comprised the Miami Design District Occasion Collection held in Jungle Plaza, bringing out the likes of Dario Cecchini for A Style of Italy and Kardea Brown internet hosting a fried hen and Champagne shindig.

A spotlight was the Steak and Whiskey occasion on Friday, hosted by The Chew’s Michael Symon. The chef mingled with followers, took photographs, and, to kick off the night, hilariously pointed as much as the sky and mentioned, “There goes Man Fieri, heading dwelling…it’s previous his bedtime.” (Man Fieri caught across the complete weekend, together with his Santo Tequila, for the file.)

The morsels provided on the occasion spanned slow-cooked barbecue with truffle mac & cheese to fall-off-the-bone steak served over poblano-loaded mashed potatoes. Fort Lauderdale-based Steak 954, Quinto Miami, and Farmhouse Barbecue had been among the distributors serving up the products.

Notably – for an occasion billed as having “greater than 20 of the nation’s best cooks” – solely two restaurant members had been from outdoors of South Florida, Newport Mansions and Pat’s King of Steaks. The Cheez-Whiz-loaded cheesesteaks from Pat’s simply made up for the final lack of geographic range, nevertheless.

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New Instances author Jesse Scott joins the opposite pickleball rivals in the course of the SOBEWFF pickleball occasion.

Jesse Scott photograph

A Acquainted New Instances Author Achieves SOBEWFF Pickleball Glory

For a second 12 months, Hunter Fieri and Tara Bernstein hosted the Superstar Chef Pickleball Event at Miami Seashore Golf Membership. The sector included 21 groups comprised of nationwide and native meals personalities, with the likes of Marcus Samuelsson, Jet Tila, Diego Oka, and Bryan and Michael Voltaggio collaborating.

Jeff Mauro emceed the Saturday morning sporting occasion alongside hosts Fieri and Bernstein; Tila and accomplice Brian Lando; Samuelsson and Oka; and a beloved New Instances meals author, Jesse Scott, and his spouse, Lisa, making the ultimate 4.

The longtime New Instances author and his spouse took dwelling the gold over Tila and Landow within the last match with a rating of 11-6. This marks the second 12 months that Miami media professionals and personalities have stepped up within the pickleball event. George Arango, often known as Mr. Eats 305, gained the entire shebang final 12 months.

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DJ Cassidy takes the stage on the SOBEWFF Grand Tasting Village, minutes earlier than Gloria and Emilio Estefan joined him.

Photograph by Jesse Scott

Gloria Estefan, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross Rock the Grand Tasting Village

All the time essentially the most sprawling spectacle of your entire SOBEWFF lineup, the Grand Tasting Village rocked on a number of fronts in ’24. Honorable mentions exit to the onstage leisure experiences that had been curated by Solely in Dade on Saturday, February 24, and David Grutman on Sunday, February 25, which had been each the locations to be.

Saturday gave Miami attendees a shock musical look on the Solely in Dade stage by none apart from Gloria and Emilio Estefan who joined DJ Cassidy for a “Conga” sing-along of the hit music. Then, on Sunday, Rick Ross popped in to rock alongside his buddy DJ Khaled as a part of the David Grutman Expertise.

And, in fact, there have been countless bites and booze choices on the Grand Tasting Village, spanning Peruvian ceviche shooters from Ceviches by Divino to margarita-loaded mini Patrón bottles from Patrón. The Patrón line was lengthy and robust, as had been the drinks.

Nonetheless, essentially the most particular facet of attending SOBEWFF is understanding all proceeds go in direction of a great trigger, benefitting the Florida Worldwide College Chaplin College of Hospitality Tourism & Administration. It’s occasions like SOBEWFF that hold our culinary scene sturdy, and we will all really feel good understanding this occasion solely evokes and fuels the subsequent technology of big-time occasion makers in our yard.   



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