Photographs by Bob Quesada of The 13th Annual Rotary Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest

The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation recently completed its XIII Annual Wine and Food fund raiser on Friday, January 26th. The event sold out quickly and turned into another resounding success with the help and support from the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne, The Nobis Foundation, The ARC of South Florida, our long standing partner Manos del Sur and community members at large.

Thirteen participating restaurants from our community prepared food delicacies to match the wines. Twenty four wineries competed for the recognition of Best in Show White and Red.

According to five independent judges, the winning white wine was B de Chanzy, a Rose from Provence, France, a delightful blend of Grenache and Syrah.

The winning red wine was a Merlot from Deerfield Ranch in Sonoma Valley, CA.

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Photographs of South of Spice by Bob Quesada

This past Tuesday, hundreds of Foodies stormed the Southern tip of South Beach looking to experience the ultimate gastronomic crawl…and my oh my!!!… did they ever!!!

La crème de la crème of the world-class restaurants in the South of Fifth neighborhood rolled out their red carpets and proceeded to showcase their greatest hits to welcome the participants of South of Spice.

Only in its second year, South of Spice is quickly becoming the “must do” event for all foodies in the South Florida area. Its popularity can be attributed to three factors: affordability, quality and execution. Where else can you experience eight Top-Tier restaurants for $45.00?

Now, this is not a one meal, one dish type of set-up. We are talking about an unending parade of samples of the best each restaurant has to offer. You can eat as much as you want. Each restaurant also included complimentary beverages to accompany the samples. We are talking from a wonderful Sterling Vineyards Merlot at Red, The Steakhouse to Caipirinhas at Fogo de Chão.

As if the price and the quality weren’t enough, there are motor coaches, provided by miRide, on constant rotation to effortlessly chauffeur you from doorstep to doorstep. You don’t have to walk if you don’t want to but after several waves of delicious samples, a little walking helps.

Another good thing about the event is that South of Spice benefits the CI Foundation and their community initiative Eat Smart, which finds a balance between battling childhood hunger and providing healthy meals to promote youth nutrition.

The participating restaurants were: Red, the Steakhouse; Cibo Wine Bar; Il Mulino; Fogo de Chão; Izzy’s Oyster Bar; The Local House; Radio Bar and Craft Social Club .

We couldn’t visit all of them this time around but we can’t wait for next year!

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Photographs from the South Beach Wine and Food Festival by Mr Q 305

This weekend, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival iconic tents on the beach stretched between 10th & 13th Streets off Ocean Drive to house the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents & KitchenAid® Culinary Demonstrations, which continued to capitalize on the revamped setting and programming structure successfully introduced during last year’s Festival.  This gourmet sampling featured the finest pours from the Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida portfolio, and a tri-county array of restaurants, led by Culinary Captains representing neighborhoods across South Florida.

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Photographs and Video from the Seed Food and Wine Festival Tasting Village by Mr Q 305

Video and images of The Seed Food and Wine Festival Tasting Village.Held in MANA Wynwood and showcasing whole and organic foods, the Seed Food and Wine Festival Tasting Village in Miami welcomed thousands of Foodies who were able to enjoy free samplings at the ultimate day of plant-based health, wellness conscious and sustainable living.

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There was something for everybody: A beer garden, live music, Chef Demonstrations, Miami Book Fair Speaker Stage, yoga lounge, fitness zone, crafts, apparel, edible garden demonstrations, organic cruelty free beauty bar, over 80 restaurants, bakeries, brands, wines, spirits, juices sampling and delicious plant based treats.This video includes sound bites with:Alison Burgos – Co-Founder of the Seed Food and Wine FestivalVeronica Menin – Love Life Wellness CenterLori Zito – President Choices Organic CaféCarla Lee – CEO Carla Lee’s Nut BurgersWillliam Ltaif – SmartbitestogoValentina Poulos – Parlour Vegan BakeryRyan Bauhaus – Atlas Meat Free DelicatessenThe Tasting Village was presented by: Whole Foods Market – www.wholefoods.com , Miami International Book Fair – www.miamibookfair.com and Driscoll’s Berries – www.driscolls.com

Photographs of South Beach Seafood Festival by Mr Q 305

Miami’s globally-recognized annual Stone Crab season kicked off at the 3rd annual South Beach Seafood Festival. Thousands flocked to 7th & Ocean Drive to experience the seasonal selections of Miami’s top chefs and restaurants during the all-day festival. The South Beach Seafood Festival also featured live music, culinary and mixology demonstrations, a kid’s zone, health village, and VIP hospitality benefits. There was fun for all ages with countless interactive zones, retail villages, and a sports bar showing the day’s college football match-ups right on the sand.

A portion of proceeds from the South Beach Seafood Festival benefit the Community Initiatives Foundation, who’s program EAT SMART fulfills the perfect balance between youth nutrition and childhood development by providing healthy weekend meals and frequent outdoor activity to children in Miami Beach.

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Photographs of Sobe SeaFood Fest Chef Showdown by Mr Q 305

Hundreds of Foodies gathered in South Beach to experience one of the most important events of the 2015 gastronomic season: The South Beach Seafood Festival Chef Showdown Competition.

Twelve top chefs representing some of the best-known restaurants in the world went plate to plate at the Goya Foods Culinary Pavilion competing in six categories. The evening was presented by Land Rover of North and South Dade with Warren Henry Auto.

These are the winners:

Battle Tuna Winner: Chef Xavier of Drunken Dragon
Battle Shrimp Winner: Chef Dustin of Mondrian South Beach
Battle Octopus Winner: Chef Brad of Alter
Battle Surf n’ Turf Winner: Returning Champ Chef Peter with Red, the Steakhouse (South Beach)
Battle Taco: Chef Bernie of Bodega South Beach
Battle Lobser: Chef Andre and Chef Tyler of Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant

In reality the true winners were us foodies who got to sample some of the best cuisine anywhere.

The Hess Collection, Premier Beverage Company, Bacardi, Heineken, and Strongbow kept us well hydrated and refreshed all night!

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