South Beach Heats Up for Food Network’s SOBE Wine & Food Festival

April 2, 2013

Each year, thousands of individuals head south to Miami for Food Network’s annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine.  Whether experiencing one of the countless seminars and tastings or joining one of several private dinners or beachfront blowouts, the event, now in its 12th year, kept foodies of varying caliber eating and drinking alongside some of the industry’s greatest names for four solid days.

The action kicked in to gear on Thursday, February 21 as Paula Deen and sons hosted Moet Hennessy’s The Q, an event that featured:

  • 1.5 tons of Omaha Steaks beef products
  • 1,200 lbs of Kingsford charcoal
  • 475 lbs of lamb ribs
  • 570 lbs of pork bellies
  • 325 lbs of pork cheeks
  • 100 lbs of beef hearts
  • 1,200 lbs of short ribs
  • 8,000 pieces of chicken
  • 2 pig heads
  • 20 gallons of duck fat 
  • 144 quarts of heavy cream
  • And 35 culinary masters turning out some truly amazing barbecue and grilling dishes for the thousands of guests. 


Judges at SOBE festival

Among some of the highlights of the evening’s eating adventure were Kingsford’s own Chris Lilly cooking up barbecue short ribs with iron skillet mac and cheese, Robert Irvine with braised pork cheeks on brioche with fried pickles, Art Smith with charcoal-grilled skirt steak with green sauce and horseradish potato salad and Tim Love’s smoked black buck antelope crepinette with oak lentils and pickled leeks.

Paula Deen with Omaha Steaks winner

Paula Deen announces the winner of Kingsford Charcoal’s King of Q (Jonathan Waxman) and the Omaha Steaks Award for Culinary Excellence (Todd English) alongside judge Todd Simon of Omaha Steaks and Jamie Dean.

Later in the evening Paula Deen took the stage to announce the winners of two special 2013 awards – The Omaha Steaks Award for Culinary Excellence and Kingsford Charcoal’s King of Q.  Judged by Pat & Gina Neely, Rocco Dispirito and Todd Simon, the Omaha Steaks awards went to Todd English for his steamed bun of hoisin glazed short ribs and roasted 5 spice tenderloin while judges Marc Murphy and Aaron Sanchez named Jonathan Waxman as Kingsford’s King of Q for his Whole Roasted New York Strip Steak, tomato, arugula and salsa picante.

SOBE Wine and Food Bobby Flay

 Me and Bobby Flay! 

From there the weekend only got better with over 62,000 burger portions being cooked up by the likes of Bobby Flay, Michael Simon, Guy Fieri, and 19 other notables chefs at the Amstel Light Burger Bash, a tribute dinner honoring Nobu Matsuhisa and Chrisophe Navarre, the Let’s Get Spiked celebrity volleyball tournament, Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best and countless other VIP events.

Let's Get Spiked volleyball team

The Let’s Get Spiked celebrity volleyball tournament  

Rachel Ray and man at SOBE festival

Rachel Ray 

Hungry for more of the SOBE Wine and Food Festival action?  Stay tuned to for some exclusive interviews with many of the weekend’s biggest names!


-       Clint Cantwell, Editor


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