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Scott Conant at last year’s SOBEWFF.

Although Food Network’s and Cooking Channel’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SoBeWFF) isn’t until Feb., tickets go on sale soon (if they haven’t already by the time you read this) and are snatched up quickly. With more than 90 events taking place from Feb. 22 through 26, it is widely recognized as one of America’s most prestigious food and dining festivals.

The iconic series of Miami Beach signature events kicks off with “Italian Bites on the Beach” hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Alex Guarnaschelli, followed by one of the festival’s most coveted tickets, “Burger Bash,” hosted by Rachael Ray. The weekend will close with “Lucky Chopsticks,” an Asian night market hosted by Andrew Zimmern.

“With an array of dinners, tastings, seminars, and parties showcasing a variety of cuisines, wines and spirits from around the world, guests will find plenty of ways to satiate their taste buds at this year’s Festival,” noted festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager

This year, SoBeWFF again expands into Broward County with the “Taste Fort Lauderdale” series. Kicking off with “Seaside Eats,” hosted by Anne Burrell at Bonnet House on Feb.22, “DRINK Fort Lauderdale,” takes over FATVillage on Fri. Feb 24. Closing out the series, “Bloody Mary Brunch,” will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Other events in the Fort Lauderdale series include dinners hosted by Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Valerie Bertinelli, Daphne Oz, Tiffani Thiessen, and Geoffrey Zakarian. For tickets, call 877-762-3933 or go to SoBeFest.com.

Meet the Pizza King! Gennaro Luciano is a world-renowned pizza maker known for his signature pizza. His family’s Pizzeria Port’Alba, reportedly the first pizzeria in the world, opened in Naples, Italy in 1830. Louie Bossi’s Ristorante will host the Italian chef, one of his few American appearances, on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. During the event, Luciano will discuss the history of Antica Pizzeria Port’Alba, and showcase his pizzas. In addition to hearing him speak on his family’s history and his authentic pizza-making methods guests will have the opportunity to meet Luciano and take photos with him. The event is free of charge, but reservations are required. For more information, go to LouieBossi.com.

 

Mojo, will host a wine dinner on Friday, Oct. 28 featuring Fratelli Wines. The five-course meal will include grilled octopus, roasted duck breast, artichoke flatbread, osso bucco ravioli and chocolate hazelnut semi-freddo, each with an accompanying wine tasting. The evening begins at 6:45 and costs $80 per person, prepaid in advance. The featured wines will be available for purchase, by the bottle or case, at a reduced rate. Call 954-568-4443 for reservations. 

The 5th Annual Brazilian Festival returns on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Pompano Beach Community Park. The festival will feature more than 100 exhibitors, two stages, and a wide variety of Brazilian and international food offered by 30 food vendors. For more information, go to BrazilianFestPompano.org.


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