Food Festivals

Pairings 2012: Who Won Tickets So Far?

Surely, you all know by now that New Times' annual food and wine event, Pairings, is coming right up Thursday, September 13. Cruise through the Broward County Convention Center and try food samples from all the best local restaurants, paired with a vintage specially selected by boutique wine shop Wine Watch.

We're giving away tickets here on Clean Plate Charlie between now and the event. This week, we asked readers to send in brown bag doodles to enter our contest.

And the winner of a pair of VIP tickets is... Michelle Ruda. Michelle's entry was literally the last one we received right under the wire. But her work blew the rest of the competition away.

But we also had another entry that tugged at our heartstrings.

Natalia Almengor's daughter drew colored her own lunch bag. It's a picture of her mom, Natalia, drinking on the beach. We decided this deserved a pair of general admission passes. Of course, Pairings is a strictly 21 and over event so we hope Natalia gets her daughter something nice for snagging her the tickets.

Congratulations, Michelle and Natalia! Thanks for playing and thanks to all the other readers who sent in their entries. We have more tickets to give away next week, so check back for your next opportunity.

Visit the official Pairings page for more information. General admission is $50 online (until noon September 13) or $60 at the door. A VIP pass is $90 online or $100 at the door gets you in an hour early, a larger wine glass for gratuitous sampling, and admission to the VIP lounge where you'll find comfortable seating and some specially selected food and wine pairings.





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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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