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Las Olas Wine and Food Festival: Great Pours, Good Times

As the sun set on Fort Lauderdale, the wine poured freely as thousands of people enjoyed food and drink al fresco at Friday evening's Las Olas Wine and Food Festival.

More than three dozen of South Florida's finest restaurants were represented at the fete that benefits the American Lung Association, and more than two dozen vintners, spirits companies, and brewers were on hand to pour freely while music played and guests enjoyed the warm evening.

Though all bites were impressive, Clean Plate Charlie judges agreed on some all-around winners.

Shooters Waterfront Cafe's undersea fantasy won the best display; Craverum rum cakes were by far the most decadent (and boozy) dessert on Las Olas Boulevard.

Mancini Modern Italian won our hearts (and the best service title) for its custom-made mozzarella cheese made on the spot and served with a smile. Finally, the best taste award goes to 3030 for its delicious wahoo dish.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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