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Dec 12, 2007 06:18 AM

2008 South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Anyone making plans to go? Comments on prior events? Several events are already sold out.

I seem to usually be out of town for this. Last year we managed to go to take our kids to the Giada De Laurentis "Kidz Kitchen" during which she spent an hour not quite finishing a single dish.

The grand tastings and buffet style dinners seem like they would be madhouses.

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  1. We are going to the Bubble Q and the Sat Grand Tasting. We really enjoy those events.
    There is lots of talk on these threads.

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    1. re: Suzie

      Not sure how I missed that. Apologies to all for duplicative post!

      1. re: Frodnesor

        I remember the first year when the Grand Tasting was $50 and nothing was sold out.

        1. re: lax2mia

          I remember when this was a very small event held on the schools campus (I think), lol. Norman Van Aken was the big chef there to do book signings, lol.

    2. My wife and I have been the past three years and overall we've had a very, very good time. Last year's BubbleQ was a MAJOR disappointment in that they ran out of the Moet champagne less than one hour into the event! And at that price, that's simply inexcusable. Organizers insisted that didn't happen - well it didn't happen for them. Later in the evening, a few bottles magically appeared, they met in the center of the tents and did a champagne toast to the chefs while we all stood there with nothing to drink but bottled water. That was a complete sham.

      The Grand Tastings are quality events. Everyone goes nuts at first. But we always waited for an hour or so and then began making the lines when things settled down and everything was fine. The food was great, there was plenty to drink and a good time had by all. Patience in the early going is key but I think the Grand Tasting is worth the money and it's fun. People watching is also pretty darned good!


      My wife and her friend are going this year. I've opted out but may go again last year. They did a special wine tasting and class last year that my wife attended and it was very informative and worth the price.

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      1. re: LargeLife

        I remember the Bubble Q running out of Champagne about 9pm. I specifically remember looking at my watch. Yes, it was too soon but I do not go there for the Champagne ( you can have that any ole day of the week). The food is the attraction for me. I enjoy it. But it was a much better time then the year before when it got rained out almost as soon as it started, lol.

        1. re: Suzie

          I remember my wife going to the BubbleQ the year before and it rained. She was one unhappy camper!! But that's Muddah Naytchuh for ya! I'm glad I'm not the only one who knows they (in fact) did run out of champagne last year. They did and event organizers denied, denied, denied. I'm the opposite of you - I cook on a professional BBQ team that competes so I'm not going for the BBQ. I like the bubbly and the event runs for three (or more hours) and there's supposed to be enough to last the three or more hours - that's all.

          My wife owns a successful catering company. Sometimes her customers tell her only 100 people are invited. But 120 always show up. She's only responsible for the 100 but if you run out of food, all people will remember is that the caterer ran out of food - not that the host underestimated the attendance. So, she always prepares more. Hopefully the folks that run the SoBe Wine & Food Festival will plan better this year - that's all. We still like the event and it's always made for a great weekend for us.


      2. The one event I am trying to make it to is the Sat night best of the best at the AAA. It just looks great, the top restaurants and the top vineyards there. As a law student that is a hefty price for two, but think we are going to figure it out.

        1. Oh man- Looks like the Batali dinner is already sold out.

          The Tribute Dinner Honoring Jean-Georges Vongerichten sounds good
          Dinner prepared by friends of Jean Georges Vongerichten:
          1. Wiley Dufresne (WD-50, New York)
          2. Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu, Worldwide)
          3. Gordon Maybury (Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Miami Beach)
          4. Michel Richard (Citronelle & Central, Washington, DC)
          5. Guy Savoy (Restaurant Guy Savoy, Paris and Las Vegas)
          6. Claudia Fleming (North Fork Table and Inn, Southold)
          7. Jacques Torres (Jacques Torres Chocolate, New York, NY)

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            1. re: Frodnesor

              the website still shows ticket for it.

                1. re: Frodnesor

                  Thats the site it checked. It still showed tickets when I looked a couple of hours ago. It must have just sold out.

                  1. re: Frodnesor

                    Wow, I didn't realize they were charging $500.00. I thought I saw tickets somewhere the other day. Not sure where though. Maybe an email? Anyway, the Batali dinner is the one I really wanted to attend.

            2. I just got an email that a limited number of additional tickets will be released at 9am tomorrow on the website for some previously sold-out events including Grand Tasting Village and BubbleQ.


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                1. re: Frodnesor

                  I was hoping for Burger Bash tickets to be released but it doesn't look like it. : (

                  1. re: Frodnesor

                    Alright! Another opportunity to purchase $200 tickets in order to eat off of plastic plates while standing up with over 1,000 of your closest friends!

                    1. re: lax2mia

                      Was the tasting village always limited to Miami restaurants or did the event at the AAA take most of the upper echelon restaurants out of the tasting village?

                      1. re: mikek

                        I went in 2004 and 2005, and the Tasting Village was pretty much limited to restaurants from Miami and vicinity. They had celebrity chefs from elsewhere, but their offerings were limited to special events.