Had A Blast at #BurgerBash! Thanks @BurgerBeast #SOBEWFF #SobeWff2015 @AmstelLight

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A Burger (also called a beef burger, hamburger sandwich, burger or hamburg) is a sandwich consisting of one or more cooked patties of ground meat, usually beef, placed inside a sliced bun.

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Bash- a gathering of people who have been invited by a host for the purposes of socializing,conversation, recreation, or as part of a festivalor other commemoration of a special occasion. A party will typically feature food and beverages, and often music and dancing or other forms of entertainment.

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Put these two together and you have the 9th annual Amstel Light Burger Bash hosted by Rachel Ray. It was held in a signature white tent behind The Ritz-Carlton in Miami Beach this past Friday evening.

Anyone who is familiar with the Sobewff knows that THIS is THE most coveted ticket of maybe the entire festival. It usually sells out in less than 48 hrs of being on sale. I was able to attend, thanks to the encouragement of my wife who is the founder and editor of SobeSavvy.com. The social butterfly herself took me to lunch at Beer and Burger Restaurant and told me to enter the Burgerbash Amstel Light photo contest on IG given by Burger Beast. I entered. Guess what? I WON ! See winning picture here titled “Spin the Bottle” :

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Off I went to the Burger Bash. What a spectacle. Every imaginable variation of a burger was represented by dozens of restaurants nationwide. Even Al Roker was there in the flesh manning the grill!  Burgers were paired with Amstel Light and Menage A Trois wines …it was a night to remember! The cover band was great. They helped all of us dance some of those burgers off.

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Special shout out to the ladies at Hard Rock Miami. Heyden and Elise both had a infectious spririt that exemplified the entire event.

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Lure Fish Bar won the Judges’ trophy. Celebrity judge Chrissy Teigen really enjoyed the vibe. Lure won with a burger with sweet rich bacon-onion jam.
Pincho Factory won the People’s Choice award.  With it’s Croquetesa burger. A triple meat patty blend, with Swiss cheese .

No one left hungry. Everyone left smiling. Epic success!

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Photo Credit: Barry Heigh

@TheBetsyHotel presents #SOBEWFF VIP Happy Hour w/ @Lee_Schrager & #Sobewff2015 Cigars & Spirits @CigarAficMAG #theBetsyHotel~Recap by #SobeSavvy.com

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The rooftop of The Betsy Hotel is a great place to enjoy the magnificent views of South Beach and served as a magnificent backdrop for two of the SOBEWFF events attended by Barry Heigh of SobeSavvy.com

On February 19, 2015, invited guests and media joined Founder and Director of SOBEWFF Lee Brian Schrager at the Director’s VIP Welcome Happy Hour during the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE.  This kick off event included hors d’oeuvres by BLT Steak at The Betsy, Rose wine and cocktails provided by Botran Rum. 
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On February 20, 2015 , Barry returned to The Betsy Hotel for a sophisticated evening with Cigar Aficionado and Whisky Advocate.  Tickets to this event called Cigars & Spirits was won by me via Yelp Miami Contest but awarded to him for the Ultimate Guys Night Out ! Guests lounged on the rooftop and sipped exclusive, rich and lustrous bourbons, whiskies, scotches, and tequilas from the Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida portfolio.  Attendees also got to experience the aroma and flavor of some of the finest selections of premium cigars while also learning from the specialists on hand about what makes each spirit distinctive and flavorful and each cigar exceptional and superior. Appetizers and desserts were served (by BLT Steak at The Betsy). 
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Photo Credit:  Barry Heigh

#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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#SobeSavvy at #SobeWFF ! My Eat, Drink, Play Recap of #SobeWFF14

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Eat. Drink. Play. Repeat!
That was my approach to the 13th Annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine. Held in Miami, some have called this festival a “Spring Break for Foodies “. From February 20-23, 2014, wine, spirits and culinary enthusiasts had the opportunity to attend this gourmet gathering at over 70 Festival events!
There is something to please everyone’s tastebuds at the 2014 Festival and I was able to enjoy three of the weekend’s festivities.

On Friday, Feb 21, I tasted some of the country’s top burgers at Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Pat Lafrieda Meats and hosted by Rachel Ray. Top Burger Maestros brought their talents to South Beach underneath a white tent behind The Ritz -Carlton, South Beach hotel. Their best burger recipes and unique side dishes were perfectly accented by refreshing Amstel Light Lager beer and wine samplings. This year’s coveted Amstel Light People’s Choice Award went to Shake Shack! Needless to say, I had a blast at the Burger Bash. Here are a few pics:
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My family and I joined host Robert Irvine on Sat morning Feb 22 for a fun-filled day of food, fitness and learning at Fun and Fit as a Family sponsored by Carnival at Jungle Island. This was a family-friendly event at the Festival that allowed parents and kids to learn the basics of a healthy lifestyle with Food Network personalities and renowned chefs. Kids explored the food garden, played sports on the beach and got their hands messy in the interactive kitchen while visiting with the animals of Jungle Island.

They had an assortment of snacks intertwined with the educational lessons. Kids were eating and learning at the same time. What a great combination. My 2 year old had a chance to bag up her own custom cut pasta by Barilla, try granola with yogurt and enjoy fresh cut fruit sponsored by Del Monte. All of that food energy was needed as we meandered about the park to see parrots, giant tortoises and lions. My daughter and all of the other kids in attendance confirmed the event as a rousing success. Enjoy these pics :

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On Saturday evening Feb 22, I attended Thrillist’s BBQ & The Blues event at The Eden Roc Hotel. It was a celebration of meaty and musical goodness hosted by Bobby Deen. Ticket holders indulged in succulent BBQ-inspired dishes cooked up by some of Miami’s top culinary masterminds, complemented by tasty libations and a live blues band.

They offered everything from Korean barbecue beef bun served with lotus root chips and a cucumber gooseberry slaw, pulled oxtail sandwich with macaroni and pimento cheese to North Carolina-style pulled beef with a German potato salad specked with turkey bacon. Great food. Great Event. If only you could smell these pics :

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Hope you enjoyed my recap! For more information, see www.SobeFest.com.

‘Lovely’ Leslie Heigh
Freelance Photojournalist /The ‘Bon Vivant’ Blogger
SobeSavvy.com
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