posted Monday, March 4, 2013 by Rebecca Brooks

South Beach Food & Wine Festival...The Brookette's Take Miami

One of my favorite business trips of the year is the South Beach Food & Wine Festival. Each year I attend with amazing Brookette's and clients including Curtis Stone, Andrew Zimmern, Nadia G, Ingrid Hoffmann and Reed Alexander. The days start early with events, client meetings or even a run on the beach...then continue non-stop through the wee hours of the next morning.

Here are some highlights:

The first night may have been our favorite. We went to The Q Hosted by Paula Deen, then to The Q After Dark hosted by our client, Curtis Stone then we partied into the early morning at the William Morris Endeavor Festival party.

We kicked off the next day with Andrew Zimmern and Curtis Stone team meetings, then right to the beach for a Celeb Chef Beach Volleyball contest. The chefs gave it their all and the underdogs, The Dolphins with our very own Andrew Zimmern came out victorious...

 Burger fans went wild at the annual Burger Bash, where Andrew Z was a judge . Celebs from all over came out to compete with their best burger from Al Roker and Guy Fieri to Bobby Flay and Jeff Mauro (winner). Thankfully we employed the "take a small bite" strategy so we could enjoy a little of everything.  Then off to the SLS “chefs party” where we enjoyed MORE amazing food and worked off the calories with many hours of dancing.

 Along the way, there were tons of interviews...we were so busy that we forgot to take pics during each one:

 Both Curtis and Andrew's demos on the beach drew huge crowds, tons of cheers and lot's of laughs.

Nadia participated in Jose Andres Celebrity Chef Golf Tournament.


 Ingrid's Red Hot Nights event with Target had something for everyone from salsa to hip hop.


 The festival ended on a high in Miami's Design District with Andrew's Trucks on Midtown Tracks.