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Coby Bell is known for his successful TV career as Officer Ty Davis Jr. on Third Watch; as Glen in Half & Half; as Jason Pitts in The Game and now he stars as Intelligence Agent Jesse Porter in Burn Notice. Bell is a busy man, also a producer and a musician and songwriter with a reggae band, he is married and the proud father of two sets of twins.
Burn Notice is filmed in Miami so Bell has had the occasion to scout out his in-places here in the Miami area. Interviewed by MIAMI Magazine he was quick to cite The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar as one of his favorite restaurants.
Lee Schrager is the Rock Star of the food and wine experience. He is the mastermind behind the Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival and it’s sister in New York. Shrager has been quoted as saying that he never wanted to become a chef but what drives him is seeing the whole thing come together. A true food lover, in all of it’s dimension, he knows what is the best in Miami. Schrager, the Chief Lifestyle Advisor for Gilt City, a fabulous company that offers exquisite high end experiences at wonderful prices, asked him to curate a very special package at the Forge Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami: An enomatic wine experience for two. Enomatic wine bars offer a new era of wine tasting as they are a state of the art preservation and serving system allowing
you to sample many different wines during the course of the evening.
Once you have been escorted to your reserved seats, you will be given a demonstration of the enomatic wine wall by the sommelier. You only have to choose if you would prefer red or white. You will be entitled to four 3 ounce glasses, of wines that have been specially selected by Lee Schrager for Gilt City. Gilt City’s website refers to this experience as akin to the childhood experience of candy bins in a sublime candy store for adults. The art of wine tasting is all that more pleasurable when complemented with the right foods. Chef Dewey Losasso has prepared a tasting plate especially for your evening with four of Lee Schrager’s favorite hors d’oeuvres.
Then you will have a private tour of the Forge’s excellent wine cellar by the Forge’s Sommelier. All of this delight for $ 75. This package is offered as of Monday May 30th; after purchasing please call 305. 538. 8533 to make your reservations, mention the Gilt City Package and enjoy.
By Fred Gonzalez & Sara Frederick of Miami.com
This wasn’t your parents Bubble Q. Nor your grandparents. The 2010 edition of champagne meets barbecue on the sands of Miami Beach behind the Delano had much different vibe than in years past. Gone was the feeling of exclusivity with a smaller crowd mixing with chefs, tv personalities and celebs.
Instead it was an all out dance party, with much louder and intense music from a DJ and live brass accompaniment that had the masses grooving and shaking to a mix of disco and latin sounds.
The party vibe was so intoxicating that midway through the event, an only-in-Miami thing: People were standing outside the tent hoping to crash the party. More than one person stopped people who left early and asked for the all-powerful green bracelet that would get them entry to the BubbleQ.
Aside from the celeb chefs, the Bubble Q was lacking in star power. Sure we spotted local jazz singer Nicole Henry and former NBA player Jerry Stackhouse, but there was no John Legend or Al Roker this year.
And décor was seemed less, too. In the past you’d see drapes and a massive number of Styrofoam letter Qs. This year it was replaced by sad orchids in vases, although the flower is part of champagne sponsor Perrier-Jouet’s logo. The biggest difference, however, was the most impressive. From the center of the tent hung an aerial gymnast by her ankles, dressed in a lime green body suit, surrounded by hanging bottles of P-J champagne. She would grab a bottle, pop the cork, and then pour to the glasses of the people standing below her. As can be imagined, it was a crowd favorite. Oh yeah, the barbecue.
Either the chilly air made people eat faster in an attempt to stay warm, or budgets aren’t what they used to be as no less than four booths were out of food by 9:30 p.m., including chef Todd English’s New England scallops and the Tony Neely/Neely Bar-B-Q booth from Memphis, Tenn., ran out of ribs by 8:40 p.m., only an hour and 10 minutes into the three-and-a-half hour event, but were spotted grooving to the sounds at around 9 p.m.. Their booth continued serving their heavy-on-the-mayo potato salad to festival goers.
Among our food favorites – the steak slices from Kris Wessel at Red Light Little River and Dewey LoSasso at The Forge on Miami Beach and the tequila milkshakes from Norman Van Aiken of Norman’s 180 in Coral Springs.
Of the 32 food stations, 12 featured South Florida chefs and restaurants, and many brought their A-game. In the back of the tent was the best desert station in recent memory at a Bubble Q.
Sweet Street had various types of mousse desserts served in shot glasses and sitting atop blocks of ice crafted with their logo. And they never ran out because they made 6,000 treats in advance.
However, there wasn’t any signage to tell you what each was, so staffers from the booth were mingling with the crowd to help people identify the creations. Favorites included death by chocolate, which was topped with a chocolate waffle cone. By the end of the night folks were snatching up bottles of champagne and serving it themselves, disassembling flower arrangements and taking them home. As one person mentioned, things were getting a tad sloppy. Better not let the parents hear that.
BubbleQ Is Hot Ticket At SOBE Wine & Food Festival
Festival Runs Feb. 25th – 28th
Many High-Profile Events Are Sold Out
There’s an epicurean extravaganza taking place on Miami Beach. It’s the 10th annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival which kicked off Thursday night with the “Burger Bash” hosted by Rachael Ray. It continues Friday night with another hot event, “The Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ”, featuring chef, restaurateur and TV personality Emeril Lagasse.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. on the soft white sand of the Delano Hotel. General admission tickets are $350 and some are still available. The $450 VIP reception is sold out.
This marquee event features non-stop temptations; serving station after serving station of juicy grilled meats and succulent seared seafood, fire-roasted vegetables, and all manner of spicy, creamy, crunchy side dishes and daring, decadent desserts. Don’t forget about the endlessly flowing Perrier-Jouët Champagne.
The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is a star-studded four-day event that showcases the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirit producers, chefs and culinary personalities.
The event began as a one-day festival called the Florida Extravaganza in 1997 at FIU. It was founded as a fundraiser for Florida International University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and has grown tremendously over the years. It is now one of the largest and most well-known festivals of its kind in the country.
In addition to Thursday nights Burger Bash, and Friday night’s Bubble-Q, other high-profile events include Paula Deen’s $125 Kiss My Grits Jazz Sunday Brunch at the Loews Hotel on South Beach, and Guy Fieri’s Moon Over Miami Closing Party at Ganesvoort South Beach on Sunday.
There’s also Saturday and Sunday’s $212.50 Grand Tasting at Lummus Park.
Another fun event for the entire family is the Fun and Fit As A Family featuring the Kidz Kitchen which takes place at Jungle Island. The two-day long mini-festival teaches kids and their parents how to make healthy food choices and features a variety of cooking demonstrations for children by various Food Network personalities such as Rachael Ray, Paula Deen, and Daisy Martinez on Saturday and Rocco DiSpirito, Michelle Bernstein, and Guy Fieri on Sunday.
The Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival will run through Sunday, Feb. 28th.