El Coto de Rioja Paella Parade celebration for MIFF’s Spanish Films by Betty Alvarez

In celebration of the Spanish films for this year’s Miami International Film Festival, distinguished guests gathered on a paella parade called “El Coto de Rioja” This tasting event took place under the stars at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens following the premiere of Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s Amador. Local celebrity chefs and restaurants united themselves for this 1st annual celebration. This paella tasting showcased their paella-making skills in the spirit of friendly competition. Contenders vied for titles in categories ranging from Prettiest, Most Creative, and Best Use of Ingredients to a Paella Pleaser.

A portion of the ticket proceeds went to MIFF education outreach. Invited guests mingled with lovers of Spanish Cinema and experienced the bold flavors of Spain’s signature dish, Paella alongside its signature wine from Spain’s Rioja wine leader.

Participating Restaurants included Casa Juancho, Happy Wine, Por Fin, Xixon and many more.

Photographs by Betty Alvarez copyright 2011

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