south beach wine & food fest
anyone going to any of the events? planning to go to saturdays grand tasting, have loved it the past 2 years.
I went a couple of years ago and was underwhelmed by the food at the grand tasting. Has anyone ever been to the high dollar special events?
I believe they are not worth it no matter who is cooking because they are in an unfamiliar kitchen using unfamilar ovens, possibly unfamilar ingredients, and other equipment. Am I way off base here?
Let's say, Batalli was cooking in a $1000 a plate event. Would it be as good or better than his own restaurants? I would highly doubt it, but want to hear from those who have actual experience of going to the special events.
My guess is you are paying big bucks to meet & greet celebrity chefs.
My wife and I have been to the last 3 SoBe W&F Fests....and we've enjoyed most all of the events.....But we were mightily disappointed in last year's Bubble Q....They ran out of the "All You Can Enjoy" Moet Champagne just 1 hour into the event....and we were stuck eating BBQ with Evian Water....Organizers did manage to pull out a case of champagne to toast honored guests and celebs later in the evening....while we stood with glasses empty...begging like dogs.....
We spent over $2000 for tix that weekend....And I requested..in writing...a refund for Bubble Q tix....And organizers wrote back to me...stating...."that never happened and champagne flowed for all three hours".....So I guess that makes me a liar.....
We've enjoyed this event thoroughly over the years.....But we've concluded that they don't need our business....our money....or continued patronage....A shame....
I'll be at the Saturday tasting this year. Last year was my 1st time and it was amazing! They have so many different foods & wines, it would take days to taste everything. I'm also a food network addict so it was great to see Giada, Paula Deen and the other food celebs. I'm so EXCITED for Saturday!
saw craigslist has tickets for sale. i think the grand tasting is worth the price- nobody expects the food to be the best they have ever had, its the fun and excitement of the whole thing. so many stalls of food and drink, love those bars set up in the middle of the tent, great to see all the food demos- just a great experience all around! can't wait...
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