Thursday, December 7, 2023

Food, wine and canines

Gear up for an extravaganza: South Beach Wine & Food Festival

It’s hard to believe, but the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is celebrating its 15th year already (Feb. 24-28), and the lineup is chock-full of names.

From the Food Network: Ted Allen, Anne Burrell, Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Masaharu Morimoto and Rachael Ray, to name a few.

From the Cooking Channel: Gabriele Corcos, Hedy Goldsmith, Emeril Lagasse. Lots of South Florida chefs: Michelle Bernstein, David Blonsky, Daniel Boulud, Jeremiah Bullfrog, and dozens more. In wine: the Antinori family, Stag’s Leap, Opus One, Copper Cane and more.

Tickets go on sale with special deals for MasterCard holders from Oct. 5-18, and then to the general public on Oct. 19. They range from $20 for a kids’ session to $1,500 for a dinner with celebrity chefs. You can go to tastings, dinners and demos for food, wine or both. Events take place all around South Florida—this year there’s a Taste Fort Lauderdale Series.

Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University, the festival benefits FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. More than $22 million has been raised to date for the school.

Going to the dogs: Bachelor Auction, Cocktails for Canines

The Third Annual Bachelor Auction and Cocktails for Canines starts at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at SALT7 (32 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/274-7258.) This fun event raises money for the Boca Raton TriCounty Humane Society and Discrimination Free Zone. Along with bidding on good-looking guys, there will be a silent auction. Tickets are $20 at the door with a complimentary cocktail and appetizers.

A new place to nosh: Eat Market, Delray Beach

Speaking of Salt7, there will be a soft opening on Oct. 1 of the new Eat Market next door. It’s a fresh market and deli, to add another eating option to the area. The big grand opening is Oct. 29 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with samplings of menu items and wines from around the world. RSVP to the grand openinghere.

The hours of operation will be Sunday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.

About the Author

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.

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