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PREVIEW — South Beach Wine & Food Fest Celebrates 15 Years with Star Chefs!


PREVIEW — South Beach Wine & Food Fest Celebrates 15 Years with Star Chefs!

Rachael Ray and Al Roker

SOBEWFF Burger Bash 2015 host Rachael Ray with best burger contestant Al Roker (Mike Jachles photo)

SOUTH BEACH — The best in the business show up once again for the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

And while there are a deluge of highly sought after chefs in attendance this year, a few of the many A-List celebrity chefs who are showcasing their talents and hosting various events include Bobby Flay, Todd English, Guy Fieri, Amanda Freita, Robert Irvine, Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray.

Events range anywhere from $20 to $1500 and typically sell out quickly.

This year, the festival will be paying tribute to Chef Jonathan Waxman at Loews Miami Beach Hotel, the host hotel since the festival’s inception 15 years ago.

For $500, you will enjoy a dinner prepared by a variety of chefs including Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Marc Forgione and Nancy Silverton to name a few.

Taking the stage for the evening will be the “Potash Twins”, a jazz band that is hand-picked by the man of the evening, Jonathan Waxman.

Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri at the Burger Bash: Get a load of my fried burger! (Mike Jachles photo)

For $1500, you will enjoy a dinner hosted by Joel Robuchon, considered one of the most highly decorated chefs in the world. Chef Robuchon will be serving up signature culinary concepts in the Miami Design District for those present at this event.

The events got started in Ft. Lauderdale this year with reality star and celebrity chef, Chef Robert Irvine of Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible hosting the Seaside Eats, part of the Taste Fort Lauderdale series.

The setting for Chef Irvine’s event was the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens where guests sampled a taste of some of the best South Florida restaurants and got charmed by Irvine during a downpour.

Robert Irvine and Roxanne Vargas

Food Network star Robert Irvine goofs around with pregnant NBC 6 reporter Roxanne Vargas (Mike Jackles photo)

Meanwhile, pet lovers rejoice: SOBEWFF is about your BFF, too!

Four-legged companion are in for a treat with an event designed with canines in mind.

The second annual “Yappie Hour” hosted by none other than Food Network star Rachael Ray will surely make your pooch beg for more. Ray will showcase her pet food brand, Nutrish for your friend, while you enjoy adult human goodies.

These culinary artists aren’t the only celebrities you may be able to catch at the 15th annual SOBEWFF.

Television and big screen stars will also be in attendance. You might be able to spot Neil Patrick Harris, star of How I Met Your Mother, rap icon Rev Run and Gregg Allman of the legendary Allman Brothers Band while savoring the food of the gods.

That is, if you’re lucky enough to get a ticket!

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