South Florida is no stranger to food and wine festivals -- during season we seem to host one every weekend.
Although we're more than happy to attend any event that involves gorging ourselves for hours on end, one such fest is bigger and more celeb-filled than all the rest.
A couple of weeks ago, the South Beach Food and Wine Festival brought together some of best-known celebrities, most highly respected chefs, and local restaurants for a jam-packed weekend of food and drink activities.
To celebrate the honor, the spot is now offering a deal on its voter-chosen dish.
Out of 40 South Florida restaurants, American Social's French toast topped with seared foie gras was picked as the favorite from more than 6,000 attendees.
Executive chef Curt Hicken devised the menu item. It's composed of homemade miniature orange and ginger battered French toast pieces topped with seared foie gras, Maury Island blackberry jam, drizzled with bourbon maple syrup, and finished with powdered sugar and lightly sweetened Mascarpone cheese.
"With his [Hickens] expansive knowledge of ingredients and food pairings coupled with his international culinary experience, he put something out there that knocked peoples socks off," says American Social co-owner Paul Greenberg.
To commemorate, the spot is offering samples of the dish for $10 ($6 less than the usual price) from March 10 through March 31 when guests mention "Best Bites."
Greenberg and the rest of the crew are obviously ecstatic about the recognition at such a huge festival.
"It is amazing," says Greenberg. "Like being on cloud nine. To be part of such an extraordinary, nationally recognized event and win makes all the hard work, late nights and hours we put in worth it."
The dish is available for lunch and dinner, daily.
American Social is located at 721 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-764-7005, or visit americansocialbar.com.
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