“We are looking forward to celebrating 10 years of NYCWFF this October, and are thankful to all of the talent, partners and fans who have helped us reach this milestone,” said Festival founder and director Lee Brian Schrager, who also serves as senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and communications for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “Our line-up of events is an exciting mix of new events and signature favorites, including more options for the whole family to enjoy.”
The complete line-up for this year’s Festival will be unveiled later this month online at nycwff.org, but several new events will complement the return of fan-favorite tastings, intimate dinners, seminars, and late-night parties. Debut events include a collaboration with the popular Brooklyn market Smorgasburg, for their simultaneous 10th anniversary, presented by Thrillist to kick-off the Festival on Thursday, October 12, taking place on the rooftop of Pier 92 overlooking the Hudson River. Plus, Femme Fatale with Speed Rack hosted by Anne Burrell, Pie vs. Cake hosted by Duff Goldman, Israeli Brunch hosted by Michael Solomonov, Late Night Sandwich Eggs-travaganza, Chinese Tuxedo Brunch, Dale Talde Brunch with Eggslut, Rooftop Rosé at The Top of The Standard hosted by Katie Lee and Elvis Duran, and more.
Signature, fan-favorite events returning for this year’s celebration include:
Aperitivo! hosted by Scott Conant
Blue Moon Burger Bash presented by Pat LaFrieda Meats hosted by Rachael Ray, featuring 10 years of award-winning chefs that have taken home top honors.
Best of Brooklyn presented by Munchies hosted by Action Bronson
Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian
Pigs and Pints presented by InsideHook hosted by Robert Irvine
Street Eats hosted by Ghetto Gastro
Variety presents Broadway Tastes
Oyster Bash presented by Modelo hosted by Adam Richman
The Festival’s popular intimate Bank of America Dinner Series presented by Wall Street Journal will return with a star-studded roster of acclaimed chefs and personalities. The line-up includes Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Puck, Alain Ducasse and Laëtitia Rouabah, Dominique Crenn and Alex Guarnaschelli, Gabrielle Hamilton and Nancy Silverton, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Masa Takayama, Whoopi Goldberg at Sylvia’s, Francis Mallmann in collaboration with Faena Rose, and more.
In addition, NYCWFF has an array of offerings to attract passionate fans of all ages – including the return of the Culinary Demonstrations Only Pass for anyone under 21 years of age at the Festival’s signature Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Samsung®Culinary Demonstrations presented by Mastercard®, which takes place on Pier 94 on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15; as well as a ticket option for those under 21 at its closing Pier 92 rooftop tasting Coca-Cola Backyard BBQ hosted by Andrew Zimmern and Pat LaFrieda on Sunday, October 15. Two brand new family-friendly events will also be introduced on Saturday, October 14:
Italian Harvest Party hosted by Giada De Laurentiis and her daughter Jade
Sundae Funday hosted by Mario Batali and Ayesha Curry
Tickets for NYCWFF’s 10th anniversary will go on Monday, June 26, 2017 online at nycwff.org or by calling (800) 764-8773.
Between NYCWFF and its sister Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), which takes place each February in Miami, Florida, more than $36 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival. Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.
Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his food-blogging wife Audrey Dunham are hitting the highway on a culinary road trip of a lifetime, discovering the most delicious and unbelievable dishes across the country on the new series “Incredible Edible America with the Dunhams,” premiering on Monday, June 5 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. The husband and wife duo have decided to take advantage of Jeff’s touring schedule, and when the comic is not on stage, will be turning their time on the road into an unforgettable food adventure, as they discover some of America’s most mouthwatering meals and meet the mastermind chefs that create them.
“Jeff Dunham’s signature sharp wit combined with Audrey Dunham’s culinary knowledge adds even more flavor to the series, making them the perfect pair to take viewers on this uniquely entertaining food tour as they uncover the most incredible and undeniably delicious dishes,” said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.
“For almost a decade now, Audrey and I have been on the road together, and in every city we visited for one of my shows, we would try to find a well-known and locally loved restaurant that had something on the menu which was incredibly memorable for whatever reason,” stated Jeff Dunham. “Well now we get to share that fun, and give viewers a taste of some outrageous and crazily great fare from our tried and trusted favorite spots on the road, along with some delicious stuff that folks won’t BELIEVE!”
Throughout each of the six half-hour episodes, the couple takes viewers on a culinary adventure visiting restaurants and sweet shops in Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Along the way they are joined by some of Jeff’s most-loved characters while enjoying some over-the-top edible creations. Whether it is a yard-long sandwich stuffed with everything you can imagine including cheeseburger patties, Philly cheese steak, mozzarella sticks and more (yes, all in one sandwich), or deep-fried tater tots smothered with just about everything in the kitchen, or homemade soft serve ice cream on top of a sugar-coated doughnut cone, the Dunhams learn how local chefs are pushing the limits of culinary creativity to make the most taste bud-tantalizing food.
Fans can follow the Dunhams’ culinary journey and find out where you can taste their fascinating food finds at FoodNetwork.com/IncredibleEdibleAmerica. Online fans can share their favorite restaurant recommendations using #IncredibleEdibleAmerica.
Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is one of the world’s most inventive entertainers. After graduating from Baylor University, he moved to Los Angeles and soon became a sensation on the national comedy club circuit, as well as a frequent guest comic on “The Tonight Show.” Throughout the years, Dunham has had several record-breaking, self-produced specials on Comedy Central. In 2010, his limited series “The Jeff Dunham” Showpremiered on the network and later that year he published an autobiography entitled “All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed and Me,” which became a New York Times Best Seller. Dunham has also made many cameo appearances across television and film, from the Emmy Award-winning comedy series “30 Rock,” to “Dinner for Schmucks,” starring Steve Carrell and Paul Rudd. Most recently, Jeff starred in a primetime NBC comedy special “Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood,” chronicling two sold-out nights at Los Angeles’ historic Dolby Theatre. He continues to sell out venues for his “Perfectly Unbalanced” tour, and has earned a spot in the Guinness World Records for “Most Tickets Sold for a Stand-up Comedy Tour.”
Audrey Dunham is a genuine food lover with a background in nutrition, who spreads the word about cooking delicious food for family and friends in her lifestyle blog, AudreyDunham.com. She loves cooking with fresh and colorful seasonal ingredients, while making sure dessert always has a spot at the kitchen table. Wife to one of the most successful standup comedians of all time, Jeff Dunham, Audrey finds joy in putting cheer into food by whipping up simple yet delicious meals, plus indulgent treats for her toddler twin boys and her three stepdaughters. Audrey’s passion is in sharing manageable lifestyle tips and tasty recipes that anyone can feel good about making for the ones they love.
The following is a press release from Scripps Networks:
Scripps Networks Interactive, the leading global developer of engaging lifestyle content, announced today the launch of Food Network in Italy. The leading global culinary lifestyle channel will launch on May 8 on free-to-air LCN 33. Food Network is the first dedicated multi-platform food entertainment channel to launch in Italy.
“The launch of Food Network in Italy, a key growth market for Scripps Networks Interactive, represents a significant milestone in the global expansion of this brand,” said Phillip Luff, managing director of UK & EMEA for Scripps Networks Interactive. “Italy offers a rich and dynamic culture, where food is in people’s DNA, and Food Network’s unique and entertaining programming will engage the many millions of Italians who celebrate food.”
Food Network is a unique lifestyle channel that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The channel strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise.
Food Network will offer a mix of local original productions and flagship international shows across genres including culinary entertainment, competitions series and in the kitchen cooking techniques. In addition to original local commissions, which will be produced in Italian, all programming will be dubbed in Italian.
To accompany the on-air offering, Food Network will launch a localized website featuring tested recipe collections, tips and food hacks, in addition to a social media presence on Facebook and Instagram to showcase exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes content.
Scripps Networks has appointed Viacom International Media Networks Pubblicita’ & Brand Solutions to represent Food Network’s advertising sales efforts for both linear and digital properties.
Scripps Networks Interactive first entered the Italian market with the launch of Fine Living on DTT in 2014. Fine Living focuses on lifestyle programming that offers an inspiring mix of modern living, style and design entertainment from around the world, seen through a local lens. In 2016, the channel has witnessed its greatest performance growth with a 33 percent ratings increase and 36 percent increase in total TV share.
Food Network launched in 1993 in the United States and is today a top 10 cable network. Food Network is now available in more than 160 million households across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.
The following is a press release from Scripps Networks:
With year-to-date ratings gains, Food Network and Cooking Channel up the ante in 2017 and together will introduce nearly 50 new series and specials along with 40 returning favorites, as presented during Scripps Networks Interactive’s upfront tour. Additionally, FoodNetwork.com and CookingChannelTV.com continue to lead the way as the ultimate resource for all things culinary and entertaining, engaging fans across every major social media platform, broadcasting live from a breadth of locations and events, and offering special access audiences can’t seem to get enough of.
“With Food Network reigning as the #1 most distributed cable network, Cooking Channel notching 11 straight months of growth as well as our digital platforms engaging with 330 million visitors monthly, our core strategy remains hyper-focused on delivering the quality content audiences seek out,” said Kathleen Finch, Chief Programming, Content and Brand Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive. “Entertaining and informative stories, beloved and trusted experts and personalities, plus fresh new faces, all contribute and reinforce the leadership position these brands have long been known for.”
Food Network’s2017 slate includes the much-anticipated Iron Chef Gauntlet, hosted by the inimitable Alton Brown and with the fiercest of opponents, Iron Chefs Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon. Guy Fieri’s upcoming docu-series Guy’s Big Project (wt) slated for Q4, will offer fans and foodies alike a shot to have their dream show made into reality. Additional NEW projects include – a delicious adventure with digital star Hannah Hart in Hungry Hart (wt), Help My Yelp hosted by Monti Carlo as well as a road trip full of humor and delicious food in Incredible Edible America (wt).
Cooking Channel dishes out the all-new culinary competition Farmer’s Market Flip hosted by Jeff Mahin, an exploration of delicious and colossal fare in Monster Food as well as Late Night Eats, an excursion of sweet and savory snacks and liquid libations being served up after dark across the country.
FOOD NETWORK EVENT PROGRAMMING Iron Chef Gauntlet Series Premieres Sunday, April 16 at 9pm ET/PT Alton Brown hosts this daunting competition featuring seven daring, up-and-coming chefs vying for the chance to outcook their fellow finalists and run the gauntlet against the fiercest of competitors, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and Michael Symon, for the ultimate title of Iron Chef.
Leading into Iron Chef Gauntlet at 8pm ET/PT, the one hour special, The Legend of Iron Chef will take a look at the history of the storied franchise and some of the big moments leading up to the new series launch. Plus, at 10pm ET/PT, Iron Chef Eats, an on-air companion, features stars from the world of Iron Chef who share where they chow down on their days off from the kitchen. From the best pizza to great burgers and fried chicken galore, Iron Chef Eats will be a celebration of all the delicious and phenomenal foods that the best in the business crave. Online, fans can check out exclusive digital series, Iron Chef Mode, for culinary inspiration, along with tips and tricks that home cooks can use in their own kitchens.
Food Network Star Season Premieres in June
The anticipated return of Food Network Star showcases an all-new roster of talented hopefuls competing for the ultimate prize, to become the next Food Network star. Culinary superstars Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay are back to host with a star-studded cast of guests joining the action in and out of the studio throughout the season.
Adding to the suspense, Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen returns in May, as seven former Food Network Star finalists return to the kitchen to vie for a coveted spot in the new season of the hit series. Hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, these contestants are looking for a shot at redemption and the chance to be back in the spotlight. Plus, don’t miss digital companion series, Food Network Star: Star Salvation, premiering in June, in which one ousted finalist will rejoin the Food Network Star competition on-air, but only if he or she can survive and win a six-week journey on this special digital series hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro.
Guy’s Big Project (wt) Series Premieres in Q4
Guy Fieri is hitting the road and inviting fans to follow along as he sets out to find his next big project for the network in Guy’s Big Project (wt). Guy has traveled near and far to the very best diners, drive-ins and dives, meeting the dynamic folks dishing out extraordinary meals in a variety of flavors. Now Guy is looking for the next great culinary road show and host, giving one lucky winner the opportunity to have their dream become a reality. The new docu-series will capture the entire journey as Guy produces and directs the action, narrowing down the playing field of aspiring food experts looking to host and shape their very own food-focused travel show – he’ll test their mettle, culinary know-how and overall ability from location to location until the ultimate victor is left standing with a brand new show. Don’t miss every twist and turn of this exciting journey! The series will be accompanied by a rich complement of digital content online and across social platforms enhancing and extending the on-air viewing experience.
Additional Food Network programming highlights: Help My Yelp Series Premieres Monday, April 10 at 10pm ET/PT
The customer is always right, especially in today’s fast-paced restaurant business where online reviews can make or break a business with a click of the mouse. But what if those reviewers are the same people who can help save a business and its reputation? Chef and restaurant consultant Monti Carlo is on a mission to help struggling restaurants fix their food and service issues by enlisting elite Yelp reviewers. After they help to identify problems typical customers have, she executes solutions that will put these restaurants in distress on the path to five-star success.
Ginormous Food Season Premieres Friday, April 28 at 8pm ET/PT
Food fanatic Josh Denny is on a quest to find the biggest and tastiest foods in America. From a five-foot pizza to an eight-pound barbecue sandwich to a burrito too big to wrap his arms around, Josh meets the passionate people who come up with these insane dishes, finds out what makes them so enormous and delicious, and sinks his teeth into these culinary monsters.
Kids BBQ Championship Season Premieres Monday, May 1
Move over mom and dad, the barbecue now belongs to a new generation of creative and innovative grillers, and they’re all under 13 years old! Each week, four different kids will enter the BBQ ranch and after two grueling rounds of competition, hosts Eddie Jackson and Damaris Phillips will crown a champion of barbecue and award a $10,000 cash prize.
Incredible Edible America (wt) Series Premieres in June
Comedian Jeff Dunham and his wife Audrey are going on a food tour of the United States seeking America’s most unbelievable incredible eats. Having traveled the country for many years discovering new and fantastic culinary creations each time, Jeff and Audrey love to explore what Americans have learned to do with food. Now, they are getting to the bottom of why each chef or restaurateur does what he or she does. It’s not only about super fun and irresistible eats, but also about the masterminds behind the ridiculously inventive food Jeff and Audrey experience.
Hungry Hart (wt) Series Premieres in August
YouTube sensation Hannah Hart has spent the last five years sharing her passion for food – and love for puns – with millions. Now she’s setting out to travel this great land of ours to discover America’s love affair with the regional favorites that consume them, from sea to shining sea. She’ll learn the many ways that Portland loves its lobster, Sante Fe cherishes its chiles, and Asheville takes its dishes – Southern-fried, thank you very much. This hungry Hart is on the look-out for the country’s most incredible foods, and the awesome people who make them. Kid Chef Nation (wt) Series Premieres in Q3
Meet America’s most extraordinarily-talented and food-obsessed kid chefs. These young chefs spend every waking moment perfecting their skills and their passion, in hopes of taking home the top prize as they compete in festivals across the nation. Now, a lucky group of young BBQ masters have a once in a lifetime opportunity to show their stuff at the first-ever Kids Grilling Invitational at the World Food Championships.
Ms. Polly’s Cakes Series Premieres in Q3
Ms. Polly is the resident cake master of Savannah and its unofficial mayor! She’s been baking for more than 18 years, and her patrons travel far and wide for her custom cakes. Helping her run the bakery’s two locations are her four kids, who she calls “the Giants.” Together, they create amazing cakes and keep Savannah’s sweet tooth satisfied!
Texas Cake House Season Premieres in Q3
Follow along as married couple, Natalie and Dave Sideserf, owners of Sideserf Cake Studio, create remarkable, hyper-realistic cakes for their Austin, Texas clientele. With a fine arts background, Natalie has made a name for herself with her award-winning, intricate, extraordinarily detailed and textured cake sculptures that push the boundaries of cake design. With business booming, her husband has quit his day job in software development to help manage the operation that specializes in outside-the-box cake designs. This young couple is going all in to create incredible works of edible art, and viewers will get an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at their magical creations and what it takes to run a top-tier business with a spouse.
Also coming later this year, Guy’s Family Road Trip (wt) featuring Guy Fieri and his family heading out in a monster RV in search of great food, big adventure, iconic locations and crazy characters. Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror, takes the competition out of the kitchen and all the way out into the pumpkin patch for the spookiest hayride and scariest competition yet with host Harley Morenstein and judges, renowned pastry chef Zac Young and special effects make-up artist Bianca Appice. Chopped: Alton’s Challenge (wt) has Alton Brown taking over the Chopped Kitchen and the baskets! In this epic, five-part tournament, the food science mastermind will put 16 bold chefs to the test, with puzzling challenges that tap into the science of cooking and the physics of food!
Plus, don’t miss NEW episodes of fan-favorites including Bakers vs. Fakers, Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Chopped Junior, Cooks vs. Cons, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,The Great Food Truck Race, Guy’s Grocery Games and Worst Cooks in America as well as more seasonal Baking Championships. There will also be plenty of new ‘In The Kitchen’ instructional programming with premiere episodes of Ayesha’s Home Kitchen, Barefoot Contessa, Giada in Italy, The Kitchen, Kitchen Sink, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Valerie’s Home Cooking.
COOKING CHANNEL PROGRAMMING HIGHLIGHTS Farmers’ Market Flip Series Premieres Thursday, April 20th at 10pm ET / 7pm PT Jeff Mahin hosts this action-packed cooking competition that puts two teams of chefs’ culinary skills to the ultimate test, as they face off to see who can produce the most crowd-pleasing dishes over one lightning-fast day! First, it’s the Flavor of the Market challenge – the teams must create a dish that highlights a vendor’s star ingredient. Then, the teams get only 20 minutes to race through the farmers’ market to buy ultra-fresh ingredients. They’ll set up shop in the Farmers’ Market Flip pop-up kitchen, where they’ll have one hour to prepare gourmet delights that will be sampled and judged by hungry customers at the market. When time’s up, the team that wins over the most palates will take the prize – and earn some serious culinary cred!
Monster Food Series Premieres in Q3
New series Monster Food explores how the world’s most colossal, jaw-dropping dishes are cooked up, revealing the mind-blowing logistics of how they are created. From flipping quarter-ton hamburgers to dunking tire-sized donuts, find out the extraordinary culinary secrets behind the world’s biggest mega meals. Go behind the scenes at the restaurants that serve up these titanic treats and meet the characters who put these gigantic dishes on their menus and the diners who share their passion for eating these extraordinary creations.
Late Night Eats Series Premieres in Q3 Late Night Eats visits amazing chefs across America who are ruling the late night food scene. From dishes that only appear on menus after dark, to destinations that cater to the late night crowd, our host, Jordan Andino, will uncover the delicious secrets, savory snacks, and liquid libations that will make anyone want to stay out just a little bit later.
Also returning with NEW seasons this year on Cooking Channel, Cheap Eats with host Ali Khan featuring the best bargain bites, Food: Fact or Fiction? with host Michael McKean exploring popular food myths, delicious new recipes and exciting new guests in Patti LaBelle’s Place, and invites to dine with the stars from both Tiffani Thiessen and Tia Mowry. More excitement awaits on the midways and fairgrounds as host Noah Cappe seeks out delectableCarnival Eatsand suit up for sun, sand and Beach Bites with Katie Lee. Also on the menu, a chance to get back to the basics and fire up the grill as Roger Mooking returns with a new season of Man Fire Food and pitmaster Shannon Ambrosio hits the road for a new season of Big Bad BBQ Brawl.
2017 Scripps Lifestyle Studios featured content: FoodNetwork.com Busy Moms’ Kitchen (wt)
Welcome to the Busy Moms’ Kitchen, where chaos is calmed and plans and last-minute meals meet. Hosts like Bev Weidner of Bev Can Cook and other moms from the front lines of cooking for families share time-saving hacks and easy tasty meals that’ll keep mom happy and the kids smiling.
Food Network Finds (wt)
Fans with a youthful approach to food want to know what’s cool and what’s hot. This editor-curated experience of recipes, tips, hacks, and newsletter will include video from fresh faces, influencers and content creators who stretch Food Network into timely topics and trends. Think ‘what to cook’ meets ‘where to go’: If you’re on the road our restaurant guide is brimming with the sites and bites to visit as tasted by our Food Network talent, our editors and now, you! On our social platforms, you’ll find a new social extension, #FNFinds: We’re on the hunt for the most-exciting culinary creations at restaurants, bakeries and other food destinations. From new food inventions to age-old classics, we secure our fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look into how things are made and where they should go next around the country and — soon — around the globe.
Global Flavors (wt)
Spin the globe and find a new way to eat. Based on research showing that our younger fans prefer internationally inspired comfort food to traditional American fare, we’re creating a world of flavor on FoodNetwork.com and its social platforms. Look for videos with Son of a Southern Chef Lazarus Lynch, sharing his spin on comfort combined with international flare. Plus, find shortcut and authentic recipes from dozens of countries, the best places to get favorites like dumplings, arepas, dosas and lumpia, and lots of how-to videos.
How to Win Summer
Our hit digital series is back with fresh, cool ways to up your party game. In How to Win Summer, make breezy weekdays and fun-filled weekends the best yet with easy-to-do, over-the-top party ideas and hacks, like a big-batch shrimp boil in a cooler, pull-apart rainbow fish cupcakes and a boozy watermelon keg.
Get an extra taste of the culinary creativity seen on your favorite Food Network shows as we have fun with the challenges in our kitchen. From a ginormous breakfast sandwich using an emu egg to a tie-dye cheesecake, we bring fun food creations to our audience inspired by our shows.
Kids Can Make
There’s never too many cooks in the kitchen when kids get together with Mom or Dad and try their hand at building a junior-focused repertoire. This social forward video series will showcase the best recipes for every age and skill level, resulting in delicious, fun, shareable foods the whole family will love.
The Musts of Every Season (wt)
FoodNetwork.com and its social platforms are THE go-to for top-notch, no-fuss eats all year. From January’s fresh start to the big game and comfort food in winter, to light, lively ideas for Easter and Mother’s Day in Spring, our how-to videos, tips and tricks carry you through and to every week’s best picks for what you want to eat right then. Summer brings grilling and barbecue, with cocktails, mocktails, parties and picnics to bring joy to bright times. Back to school, Halloween and tailgating—plus all the apple recipes and busy-fall-weekend solvers you can imagine—fill the table for fall. We round out the year with every home cook’s handbook for the holidays: tried, true, trusted traditions and on-trend ingredients, twists and sweet spins from Thanksgiving to holiday cocktail parties and cookie swaps to New Year’s toasts. All year long, we celebrate great taste, irresistible recipes and foods that make every delicious moment matter.
Sweet Side of Life (wt)
Join YouTube star Raiza Costa, aka Dulce Delight, as she gives her sweet take on homemade sprinkles and DIY ice cream cones and join in the fun by making her inspired treats like Chocolate Tart from Another Planet and Apple Rose Tartlets.
CookingChannelTV.com Cooking It Old School
Discover treasured family recipes and stories in this video series starring “mature” home chefs cooking authentic meals with skills from the old country and timeless wit as a sous chef.
Is cereal soup? Are green beans finger food? Is spaghetti a salad? Not every foodie needs to have food-snob seriousness. Watch our whimsical animated debates voiced by The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman, and get in on the most fun food fight in town.
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The 16th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) took place in Miami from February 22 to 26, 2017. Here is a rundown of the event’s highlights, according to a SOBEWFF press release:
February 23: Australian pop/rock group Little River Band performed at an event that was presented by Magic City Casino at Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach, sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company, and hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Alex Guarnaschelli.
February 24: Jr’s Gourmet Burgers in Miami Springs took home the ultimate crown as winner of the Heineken Light People’s Choice Award at the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons hosted by Rachael Ray. Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach won the judges over as winner of Red Robin’s Best of the Bash Contest, and David Bromstad, Ayesha Curry, Emilio Estefan, Jill Martin, Rev Run and Adam Richman chose Little Jack’s Tavern from Charleston, S.C. as winner of the Schweid & Sons Very Best Burger Award. That same night, Miami hotspot Beaker & Gray took People’s Choice top honors at The Art of Tiki: A Cocktail Showdown hosted by Robert Irvine.
February 25: Internationally-acclaimed chef, restaurateur and recognized humanitarian José Andrés and Louis Roederer group owners Jean-Claude Rouzaud and Frédéric Rouzaud were honored at the Festival’s annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series on at Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Tanqueray brand ambassador Snoop Dogg played DJ after his KitchenAid Culinary Demonstration with Guy Fieri for a short spin to close out the day at the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village featuring Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents. The party continued that night in the festival’s signature white tent in the sand beachside at Delano during Bacardi on the Beach. Rev Run and DJ Ruckus entertained guests who feasted on food and drinks from about 20 of South Florida’s favorite spots. Bacardi on the Beach with Rev Run and DJ Ruckus kept attendees dancing late into the evening while they sipped on signature libations and late-night bites from 20 of South Florida’s favorite spots.
February 26: New for 2017, the festival partnered with nightlife visionary David Grutman to present an experience at the Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village. Grutman transformed the courtyard into a custom all-day experience that included a performance from electronic-dance artist Ingrosso in the afternoon. Menin Hospitality teamed up with the festival to bring live entertainment at Lucky Chopsticks: An Asian Night Market, hosted by Andrew Zimmern. The event featured more than 30 chefs, as well as interactive games from Ricky’s.
More than 65,000 people attended the event, according to SOBEWFF.
April 16, 2017 UPDATE:
The following is an excerpt from a SOBEWFF pres release:
The 16th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®), raising more than $2 million for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University (FIU). Attendees enjoyed more than 90 events taking place throughout two counties with the continued growth of the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series, featuring more than 400 chefs, winemakers, spirits producers, and culinary personalities who joined them to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. during the five-day Festival. To date, the Festival has raised more than $26 million for the School.