Yes, it's only September, but to get into the best events at Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, you've got to start planning now -- and organizers have just released the official slate of delicious parties and tastings.
Though SBWFF won't take over Miami Beach until February 21 to 24, a MasterCard presale begins Oct. 8 and all tickets for the popular event go on sale Oct. 22. That gives foodies about a month to create the ultimate to-do list for the dozens of delicious events hosted by celebrity foodies, top chefs, culinary experts and the best brands in food and beverage.
Whether you'd like to party with Curtis Stone, attend a burger cook off hosted by Rachael Ray or unleash your inner carnivore with Michael Symon, the upcoming festival is filled great choices -- including a brand new chicken-and-champers 'do with Andrew Carmellini. Check out the slate below!
Moët Hennessy's The Q, Hosted by Paula Deen and Sons
When: Feb. 21, 2013 from 7 to 11 p.m. Price: $300 Where: <a href="http://www.delano-hotel.com/en-us/#/home/" target="_hplink">Delano (beachside)</a> Everyone's favorite Georgia peach is joined by her sons, Jamie and Bobby, to host an event with 40 of the country's top barbecue chefs to grill up meats from Omaha Steaks, delectable side dishes, and drinks from 10 Cane Rum, Belvedere Pure Vodka, Hennessy VS Cognac, and Grand Marnier Liquor. VIP tickets are $400 and gives guests a chance to watch the Deens try the barbecue and give their two cents at 6:15 p.m.
Moët Hennessy's The Q After Dark with Chef Curtis Stone
When: Feb. 21, 2013 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Price: $100 <em>(ticketholders to "The Q" enter free)</em> Where: <a href="http://www.delano-hotel.com/en-us/#/home/" target="_hplink">Delano (beachside)</a> After munching on grub with Paula Deen, move on to the bar with Chef Curtis Stone to sip on flutes of Moët & Chandon Champagne, as well as cocktails made with Belvedere Vodka, Hennessy Cognac, Grand Marnier and 10 Cane rum. Also, Stone will be serving up Aussie-style food straight off the barbie.
"Jiro Dreams of Sushi" Screening and Q&A hosted by Anthony Bourdain
When: Feb. 22, 2013 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Price: $125 Where: <a href="https://www.wolfsonian.org/" target="_hplink">Wolfsonian Museum</a> Catch the screening of <a href="http://www.magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi/" target="_hplink"> "Jiro Dreams of Sushi,"</a> telling the store of the 85-year-old sushi master who operates a 10-seat sushi restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. Bourdain will lead a discussion session, while Katsuya Uechi prepares sushi and sake.
'Nigellisima' dinner hosted by Nigella Lawson with Andrew Carmellini
When: Feb. 22, 2013 from 7 to 11 p.m. Price: $250 Where: <a href="http://www.wsouthbeach.com/" target="_hplink">Al Fresco deck at W South Beach</a> Celebrating the launch of London Chef Nigella Lawson's cook book "Nigellisima," she will prepare some of her best Italian recipes she gathered while living in Florence as a chambermaid. She will also be joined by New York City Chef Andrew Carmelini, who recently opened The Dutch in Miami.
Chefs on a Key, hosted by John Besh, Marcus Samuelsson and Aarón Sanchez
When: Feb. 22, 2013 from 7 to 11 p.m. Price: $200 Where: <a href="http://www.mandarinoriental.com/miami/" target="_hplink">Mandarin Oriental (beachside)</a> James Beard award-winning Chefs John Besh, Marcus Samuelsson and Aarón Sanchez will mingle with guests as they prepare dishes and drinks on the beach.
Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachael Ray and presented by Pat La Frieda Meats and Diet Pepsi
When: Feb. 22, 2013 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Price: $225 Where: <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/SouthBeach/Default.htm" target="_hplink">The Ritz-Carlton</a> Walk the beach to sample burger creations by Burger Bash chefs while sipping on Amstel Light lager. Vote for your favorite creation, giving the chef the title of People's Choice. VIP is $325, including a 45-minute preview of the burgers.
Garden to Glass, hosted by Emeril Lagasse featuring Bar Lab Cocktails and My Ceviche
When: Feb. 22, 2013 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Price: $95 Where: <a href="http://mbgarden.org/" target="_hplink">Miami Beach Botanical Garden</a> Emeril Lagasse will lead an expedition of guests through the gardens to find fruits, vegetables and other plants to use for cocktails made by bartenders from Bar Lab. Pair that with dishes from My Ceviche, and it's a night of fresh food and drink.
Brunch with Bobby Flay
When: Feb. 23, 2013 from noon to 3 p.m. Price: $175 Where: <a href="http://www.raleighhotel.com/" target="_hplink">Raleigh Hotel</a> Inspired by the chef's television show "Brunch @ Bobby's," Flay and his chefs from around the country will prepare a brunch that will take guests on a trip across the taste bud spectrum.
Barilla Interactive Lunch hosted by Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos
When: Feb. 23, 2013 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Price: $150 Where: <a href="http://www.biltmorehotel.com/" target="_hplink">Biltmore</a> The couple from "Extra Virgin" brings together Debi Mazar's sassy Queens attitude with the traditional Tuscan foodie Gabriele Corcos in an afternoon of cooking Italian food. They will be joined by Barilla Chef Lorenzo Boni and The Biltmore Hotel's Chef Arnaud Berthelier.
Carnivorous Dinner hosted by Michael Symon
When: Feb. 23, 2013 from 7 to 11 p.m. Price: $250 Where: <a href="http://www.redthesteakhouse.com/index.php/miami/" target="_hplink">Red, The Steakhouse</a> Sit down and prepare for dishes of juicy steaks served with glasses of red wine as Chef Michael Symon introduces some of his favorite recipes and his love for protein.
Barilla Interactive Dinner hosted by Robert Irvine
When: Feb. 23, 2013 from 7 to 11 p.m. Price: $225 Where: <a href="http://www.biltmorehotel.com/" target="_hplink">Biltmore</a> The British sailor turned chef will be guiding guests through a cooking class. Get cooking tips from Irvine on your way to preparing an amazing meal, all while sipping on wine.
Tribute dinner honoring Nobu Matsuhisa and Christophe Navarre with Mistress of Ceremonies, Martha Stewart
When: Feb. 23, 2013 from 7 to 11 p.m. Price: $500 Where: <a href="https://www.loewshotels.com/Miami-Beach-Hotel" target="_hplink">Loews</a> Martha Stewart hosts a special dinner to honor the talents and accomplishments of Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa, who is known for fusing Japaneses and South American ingredients, and Christophe Navarre, the chief executive officer of Moët Hennessy. Guests will eat a dinner prepared and overseen by the world's best chefs, including Daniel Boulud, Thomas Buckley, Frederic Delaire, Ricky Estrellado, Matt Hoyle, Johnny Iuzzini, Yoshihiro Murata, Yuji Wakiya and Roy Yamaguchi.
Chicken Coupe, Hosted By Andrew Carmellini
When: Feb. 23, 2013 from 7 to 10 p.m. Price: $250 Where: Ballroom at W South Beach Lest you assume the name means you'll be herded into a tent to pluck corn from sands of South Beach, let a little schooling reassure you: "coupe" is the technical term for a goblet-shaped Champagne glass! This new party will combine the two best things, bird and bubbly, with a slew of top chefs manning the fryers.
Thrillist BBQ & the Blues, hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian
When: Feb. 23, 2013 from 7 to 10 p.m. Price: $115 Where: <a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miasr-eden-roc-renaissance-miami-beach/" target="_hplink">Eden Roc</a> Top Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is joined by Miami's best chefs to lead guests through a meal of barbecue prepared in all styles, cocktails, and music by Diablo Dimes & The Bloodhounds.
Southern Kitchen Brunch hosted by Trisha Yearwood
When: Feb. 24, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Price: $150 Where: <a href="https://www.loewshotels.com/Miami-Beach-Hotel" target="_hplink">Loews</a> Three-rime GRAMMY winner Trisha Yearwood, now the host of her television show, "Southern Kitchen," is bringing together her favorite chefs for a lunch comprised of her favorite recipes. SoBe FWW staff hint at the appearance of some of her well-loved family members (*EH HEM* Garth Brooks).
Swine & Wine hosted by Michelle Bernstein presented by Pat La Frieda Meats
When: Feb. 24, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. Price: $150 Where: <a href="http://www.biltmorehotel.com/" target="_hplink">Biltmore</a> Michelle Bernstein will lead the way as Miami's best chefs gather to implement their own pig roasting techniques for guests to enjoy, alongside side dishes and desserts from the Biltmore Hotel.
Trucks presented by Diet Pepsi, hosted by Andrew Zimmern
When: Feb. 24, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Price: $95 Where: Midtown, 3101 NE First Ave. The food trucks are coming to Wynwood, and "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern will host this celebration of one of Miami's favorite new food staples.
Guy Fieri's Roadshow & Reggae, featuring Ziggy Marley
When: Feb. 24, 2013 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Price: $95 Where: <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/SouthBeach/Default.htm" target="_hplink">The Ritz-Carlton</a> To say good bye to another SoBe Food & Wine Festival, Guy Fieri hosts a concert on the beach by Ziggy Marley. Guests will munch on Jamaican food prepared by Chef Cindy Hutson and her husband Chef Delius Shirley of Ortanique. Also, Marley's organic food line will celebrate its American launch.
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