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Seminole Hard Rock Wine and Food Festival, in Pictures

Thousands of people flocked to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's inaugural Wine and Food Festival yesterday. As the sun broke free from late-morning clouds, guests ate from more than 20 restaurants, sampled more than 300 wines and spirits, and watched interactive cooking demonstrations.

Clean Plate Charlie was there to catch the fun, from the Martorano meatball toss to Harley-Davidson test rides.

Hard Rock's executive chef, Jason Gronlund, takes center stage to demonstrate his cooking skills.

The Famosa Beer girls were muy caliente!

The guys from Cafe Martorano take time out from serving meatballs to flex their muscles.

This is soooo going on our Christmas gift list.

Mad Housewife Wine sampled their new sweet varieties -- complete with a mad housewife.

The chefs at Council Oak served delicious steak and soup, inspired by fall flavors.

Tequila Ranch served fresh tacos al carbon.

Some people were surprised to find Entourage's Avion tequila was real. Malibu rum was a crowd favorite.

Steve Martorano autographed his book, Yo Cuz!, for charity.

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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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