Can't "Uncork New York", but this weekend, South Florida can enjoy wonderful wines and fabulous foods at this years South Beach WINE & FOOD Festival. Sponsored by the Food Network, this is a national, star-studded, four-day event... showcasing the talents of the world's most renowned wine & spirit producers, chefs and culinary personalities...

Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village
The event starts this evening with a (sold out) Help for Haiti Prelude Diner presented by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand and Buckhead Beef of Florida, hosted by Michael Symon and Peter Vauthy ... From start to finish, this weekend event plans to carry away people with fun, food, and COCKTAILS!!

Semi-Homemade Stylist & Food Expert

Speaking of which... Sandra Lee, the ever oh-so-coordinated tablescaper (see more here), editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine and internationally-acclaimed home and food expert, will be one of the many event personalities presenting this year. "IT'S COCKTAIL TIME!" fashionista event will be held at the late Gianni Versace's home: "the house that fashion built- Casa Casuarina" (now locally known as The Villa of Barton G). The event will be Saturday, February 27, from 5pm - 7pm.

The Villa, By Barton G. was born as Casa Casuarina in 1930, built by architect, philanthropist, author and political reformer Alden Freeman as an homage to the oldest existing house in the western hemisphere, the "Alcazar de Colon" in Santo Domingo

The Casa became a private club in September 2000. Events impresario/restaurateur Barton G. Weiss took over the mansion in December 2009, imprinting his own signature style on the storied house at 1116 Ocean Drive, reopened as The Villa by Barton G.

Also on Sunday, another event presenter will be Floridas fave, Miami Beach local and host of Simply Delicioso, Ingrid Hoffmann. Having been raised in Colombia and the Caribbean, Ingrid’s dishes are influenced by the flavors of the 22 countries that make up Latin America (very popular down here is South Florida's diversified culture).

Ingrid Hoffmann serving up a RUMTASTIC creation
Ingrid will be teaming up with Sandra in the 'new to this year' Cocktail Clinic Tent.  Together with master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim, along with, Katie Lee, and Robert Irvine, Sandra and Ingrid will explore a variety of concoctions – both shaken and stirred. Ingrid's specialty is sure to be 'RUMTASTIC'!

Along with the cocktails & wine tastings, you can expect to pair
and devour delicious tastings... and enJOY many seminars, sponsored by just some of these local establishments...

Also, if you bloggers are going, don't forget to
check out fellow blogger, Gary Vaynerchuk:
entrepreneur, wine guru, and host of Wine Library TV...
who is also the New York Times Best Selling author of CRUSH IT! 

Gary Vaynerchuk

For more information about the four-day festival of events,
go HERE. Bon Appetit and CHEERS!

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