SoBe Wine & Food Festival

Saturday Night Dinners are Sure to Please

Feast your eyes on this! There’s still time to take part in some of the ultimate luxury dining experiences that are part of this year’s Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This annual bacchanalia of the wine and food industry returns for its ninth year, with more than 40 events and everyone from Rachael Ray, Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud and Anthony Bourdain to Gary Vaynerchuck, Kevin Zraly, and Tony Abou-Ganim taking part in the fun. The Festival takes place February 25 – 28, but foodies and wine lovers will delight on Saturday, February 27th when three unique dining opportunities will show you the true meaning of being wined and dined.

Haute Holistic Dinner with Michael Psilakis, Dr. Etti Ben-Zyon & Terry Zarikian at EOS at the Viceroy

Tonight, in Miami, the secret to good living will be revealed, on your plate! Avant garde Greek chef Michael Psilakis, renowned holistic nutritionist Dr. Etti Ben-Zion, and food expert Terry Zarikian will introduce you to a way of eating so old that it’s new again. Do your body a favor when you relish an organic, sustainable, and thoroughly satisfying meal that has so much going for it you won’t miss what’s not there (including sugar, gluten, and lactose). Light your inner fire as you start down the path to renewed vitality and overall well-being that can translate into new-found youthfulness and energy.

Barilla Interactive Dinner hosted by Lidia Bastianich & Joe Bastianich at the Biltmore, Coral Gables

Making your own dinner can be fun – let the first lady of Italian cooking Lidia Bastianich show you how! For good measure, she’s bringing along one of the country’s most influential restaurateurs – her son Joe Bastianich – who knows his way around good food and exceptional wine. Each guest will receive a complimentary copy of Lidia Bastianich’s latest book Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy.

A Dinner to Remember hosted by Clay Conley with visiting Chef Michael Lomonaco and Kevin Zraly at Azul at the Mandarin Oriental

Windows on the World operated as a restaurant and bar on the top floors of the World Trade Center North Tower from 1972 until the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Known for its breath-taking views of the Manhattan skyline and exquisite cuisine, Kevin Zraly was wine director from 1976-2001, and Michael Lomonaco was executive chef from 1997-2001. Through a re-creation of the originality and exacting standards once exhibited at Windows on the World, the men will bring to life a bygone moment in time, one in which coming together over a special meal in a special setting held value and meaning. Host Clay Conley will see to the details of the evening, which will take place in the opulent dining room of the beautiful Azul, of which he is executive chef.

And there’s more – because these dinners are part of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, all proceeds go to the Florida International University (FIU) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

Tickets to these events, and others, are still available at or by calling 877-762-3933.

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