The South Beach Wine & Food Festival wrapped up its four-day domination of Miami Beach on Sunday.
The 14th-annual event, which raises funds for Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management's Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, sees the best, brightest, and most famous chefs come to South Florida in what has been labeled by Emeril Lagasse as "Spring Break for chefs."
Though cold weather was a deterrent for some beach time, chefs made do, dining at local restaurants and enjoying a break in scenery. Although the event attracted national names like Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, and Geoffrey Zakarian, many local chefs participated in the various dinners and parties, with a particular spotlight on Broward restaurants.
American Social, with locations in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, won the New Times' Best Bites on the Beach award for its chicken and waffles, fried strips of pickle-brined white meat chicken breast served with a rosemary, oregano, and thyme waffle and topped with a dollop of bourbon cream sauce, warm spices, wild cherries, and maple syrup. This is the second consecutive win for American Social, Last year, the popular restaurant's foie gras French toast won the hearts and votes of Grand Tasting Village attendees.