#Miami Gets Served! 1st Annual @TasteofTennis @WSOBE @BRYANBROS @Andrecarmellini @AYSWorld , an UnForgettable #Foodie #Tennis Experience! ~ Recap by #SobeSavvy .com

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Tennis’ winningest doubles team of all time, Bob and Mike Bryan also known as THE BRYAN BROTHERS along with ANDREW CARMELLINI hosted AYS’s 1ST ANNUAL Taste of Tennis Miami
presented by Citi® at W South Beach Hotel & Residences on Monday, March 23 at 7:30pm.

For 15 years, Taste of Tennis has kicked off the US Open Tennis Championships in New York and it
is widely considered the World’s Premier Food & Tennis Experience! The event brings together professional
athletes, top chefs and luxury brands for an unforgettable evening of gourmet food, interactive sponsor
experiences, and appearances by the world’s best tennis players. Tennis personalities and local celebrities will be paired with some of Miami’s best chefs to Serve Up a unique food tasting experience that embraces Miami Beach’s chic lifestyle synonymous with W South Beach. Guests enjoyed the music of DJ Linx poolside while sipping on signature cocktails!

One of our featured cocktails at Taste of Tennis Miami Presented by Citi was the Russian Standard Vodka Grand Slam Gimlet. To enjoy this great cocktail at home, just follow the recipe below:

1.5 ounces Russian Standard Vodka
1 ounces freshly squeezed lime
.75 ounces of Simple Syrup

Add above ingredients, shake vigorously over cracked ice. Strain into a ice filled cup and Garnish with Lime Peel

Participants included: Bob and Mike Bryan, Feliciano Lopez, Ivo Karlovic, Lucie Safarova, Ekaterina Makarova and many others.
Chefs included: Andrew Carmellini (The Dutch) as Exclusive Chef of the Citi VIP Lounge, Paula DaSilva (3030
Ocean), Dustin Ward (BLT Prime), Patricia Yeo (Khong River House), Kerry Heffernan (Wild Fish Direct),
Michele Mazza (Il Mulino NY), Timon Balloo (SugarCane Raw Bar Grill, Bocce, Sushi Samba), Gilberto Arriaza (Gilbert’s Bakery), Thomas Tennant (Ella)

For more information about the 2015 Taste of Tennis Miami presented by Citi, please visit http://www.tasteoftennismiami.com and Follow on Twitter/Instagram :

Hashtags:#TasteofTennis; #CitiMiami; #WSobe; #AYSWorld; #BryanBrothers
Instagram Handles:@TasteofTennis; @WSouthBeach; @BryanBros; @Andrecarmellini; @AYSSports
Twitter Handles:@TasteofTennis; @WSOBE; @BryanBros; @Andrecarmellini; @AYSWorld 

Enjoy my photos/slideshoe recap of this amazing event, As seen on the Scene by SobeSavvy.com !
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‘Lovely’ Leslie Heigh / Freelance Photojournalist 
The ‘Bon Vivant ‘ Blogger
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#OutandAboutAva visits @JungleIsland #SOBEWFF #FunandFit #Family #Foodie #Event ~ Recap by #SobeSavvy

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On Saturday, February 21, 2015, my family joined other kids, parents and aspiring young chefs at Jungle Island, South Florida’s favorite landmark attraction, for the eighth annual Fun and Fit as a Family sponsored by Carnival featuring Goya Kidz Kitchen. Produced by the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, this family-friendly affair brings together celebrity chefs, culinary personalities, health and fitness professionals, and more for a fun weekend in an off-the-beaten path, jungle-like setting. The $20 advanced purchase ticket price makes this extraordinary experience affordable and accessible to all.

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Each year, children get up-close-and-personal with an impressive group of chefs and culinary talent in the Goya Kidz Kitchen. The 2015 roster includes demonstrations by Todd English, Duff Goldman, Ingrid Hoffmann, Robert Irvine, Rev Run & Justine Simmons, and Andrew Zimmern.

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“This is the demo I look forward to more than any other all year long. I get to directly impact the lives of children, and engage with them one-on-one during Fun and Fit as a Family,” says Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods. “Kids don’t come with a set of instructions, and I feel obligated to help families make the cooking connection that makes for better health and better relationships.”

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Kids also experiment with all the major food groups in the Whole Foods Market Food Lab, which is being hosted this year by Reed Alexander. The famous cookbook author and former Nickelodeon star invites children six years of age and up to prepare hands-on recipes using fresh and healthy ingredients. Alexander served as commentator for the Food Lab featuring Lorenzo Boni of Barilla America; Adrianne Calvo with Panda Kitchens; Latin Chef and TV personality, Doreen Colondres with the National Pork Board; and local favorite, Dewey Losasso.

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Jungle Island’s natural environment, animal exhibits as well as physical fitness activities, provided by Florida International University, keep the entire family active at the attraction’s Garden Outpost and private beach. Thanks to sponsors including Badia Spices, Baptist Health South Florida, Barilla, Goya Foods and Carnival Cruise Lines, parents and kids get to enjoy additional activities and healthy snacks around the park.

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The purpose of Fun and Fit as a Family is to educate children and parents about healthy lifestyle options in a hands-on manner. It’s an accessible, fun-filled event that presents families with realistic tips. Vibrant activities from Carnival and interactive experiences combine with wholesome food samplings and culinary demonstrations for a truly well rounded event.

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My family believes that through daily exercise and smart food choices, we can have a fun filled, better quality of life! For more information about this event can be found at SOBEWFF’s Fun and Fit as a Family 
Next year be sure to “Walk this Way” with the entire family and celebrate healthy eating and living!
Enjoy my slideshow from the event !

Recap #SOBEWFF @Sws_Of_America #SouthernWineandSpirits #TradeDay @WineSpectator – Photos by #SobeSavvy .com!

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On Friday, February 20,  2015 , SobeSavvy.com joined Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida’s most valued customers for Wine Spectator Trade Day presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village. Insiders were offered the opportunity to learn about new trends and products in the beverage industry. This invitation-only event offered a sneak peek of the grandest of tastings set on the gleaming sands of South Beach.  Invited guests sampled rare vintages, unique spirits and select pours while networking with fellow industry leaders. 
Here are some of my fave pics of the day and photo slideshow from the Trade Day Event!
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Kicking off #SOBEWFF with @ronzonipasta Italian Al Fresco Feast @LouieBossi @debimazar @TheTuscanGun @cheflouiebossi @miamimagazine -Photos by #SobeSavvy

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On Feb. 19, Foodies kicked off SOBEWFF in unprecedented fashion with Ronzoni’s 100th Birthday Bash where guests were invited to dine alfresco like an Italian!

This carb heavy feast featuring Italian dishes was described as follows per
SobeFest.com ” When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie . . . and pasta, meatballs, arancini, charcuterie, and so much more! Hosted by Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos, the king and queen of all things Italian from Cooking Channel, this al fresco feast on the sand will showcase more than 30 chefs serving up mouth-watering fare behind the Delano Hotel.  Fall in love all over again with your favorite Italian-American dishes – whether its white sauce, red sauce, perfectly aged Parmigiano-Reggiano, broccoli rabe, or any number of specially crafted pastas.  You’ll savor your way through an abundance of both classic and modern twists while sipping on wines from Folonari Amore Italia.  Leave it to SOBEWFF to show you true amore under the stars! ”

I was able to attend courtesy of tickets provided by the Miami Beach 100 giveaway! It was uncommonly cold outside, but nothing a lot of vino and great food could not fix. Enjoy these photographs from this saucy event !

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#DespanaPoolSidePaella hosted by @ChefJoseAndres @SLSSouthBeach @MasterCard #SOBEWFF #PricelessMiami ~ Recap by #SobeSavvy .com! 

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On Thursday, February 19 at the SLS, 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, I attended an exclusive South Beach Wine and Food Festival MasterCard Event (for cardholders only) called Despana presents Paella by the Pool hosted by Jose Andres

This new event focused around Paella seemed like a natural fit for South Florida and naturally sold out! It was recommended by Ocean Drive as a can’t miss event and I was fortunate to have Won two tix by participating in a MasterCard Twitter Giveaway called #PricelessSurprises. 

Known as the eccentric king of Spanish Cuisine, James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of The Bazaar José Andrés brought the quintessential Spanish dish to South Beach at the swank SLS.  He , along with other chefs succeeded in transporting our taste buds to the streets of Sevilla and the coastline of Málaga, all while enjoying the classic rice dish that is paella. the sandy shores of South Beach, no one can deny themselves the classic rice dish that is paella. 

It was a pleasure to join them poolside at the boutique luxury SLS Hotel as they created that certain, ineffable combination of textures and flavors that add up to something both creamy and crunchy and all around delicious.

Needless to say I enjoyed Paella by the Pool and hope you enjoy these pictures from this tasty event! 
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@BreweryOmmegang #FiveCubed (5³) Presented by @HauteDining ~ Photo Recap by #SobeSavvy

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On Wednesday, February 18, Foodies and Beer Enthusiasts kicked off Miami Food Week 2015 at Five Cubed (5³), a new culinary event sponsored by Brewery Ommegang, presented and produced by Haute Dining.

The event, expected to blow the minds and tantalize the palates of attendees, featured 15 marquee chefs each creating a dish to pair with a select Brewery Ommegang beer, ultimately escalating the ecstatic flavors of each culinary creation.

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Five Cubed introduced food lovers to great beer, and beer lovers to great food, in a stimulating social setting, held on the 7th floor of 1111 Lincoln Road with a 360 degree breathtaking view of Miami Beach. Guests sampled food prepared by 15 culinary purveyors and complemented by Brewery Ommegang beer. Five Cubed is the event where premium Brewery Ommegang beer and spectacular cuisine collide.

The 200 Five Cubed VIP guests enjoyed a 5-course sit-down dinner, immediately preceding the main event, to be served at a royal table. Debuting at 6:00 p.m., dinner will be prepared by Sean Brasel, Alex Chang, Johnny Sheehan, Adrianne Calvo and Brad Kilgore, each preparing a specially selected dish to pair with a Brewery Ommegang beer.

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Starting at 8:00 p.m., the main event showcased the culinary talents of all 15 chefs with Brewery Ommegang selections at tasting stations in the sky high above Miami Beach. The evening featured the chic sounds of DJ Danny Stern. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Little Lighthouse Foundation. 

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Enjoy these photographs taken during the main event !

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