Food Festivals

South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Closing Party: Guy Fieri Makes Pizza, Booze for Everyone

There are a lot of celebrity hosts at the various South Beach Food and Wine Festival events. By what we can tell, hosting duties at these events pretty much mean showing up and schmoozing with friends and fans. Some hosts are seen more than others. Duff Goldmann, for example, was at his post at The Best Thing I Ever Ate for most of the party, serving corn chowder and taking photos with adoring fans (tough job). Other celeb hosts who we won't name (Rachael Ray at Burger Bash, Martha Stewart at Let Them Eat Cake) just did a cursory walk-through of the event and made an announcement at some point in the evening. Apparently no one gave Guy Fieri the memo that he really didn't have to work that hard as a host, because Fieri actually fed the thousand or so partygoers... literally!

Guy making the pizza. Over... and over... and over... and over... again.

​Sensing that the masses were hungry despite STK, Sushi Samba, food truck Cheezeme, Misha's cupcakes, NoLa restaurant Cafe Adelaide, and Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies serving vittles, Fieri then proceeded to take over Mugnaini Italian Pizza Ovens' operation and make pizzas for the crowd. Now we're not saying he made one photo-op pizza; we're saying he made dozens of pizzas. Flipping the dough, ladling the sauce, sprinkling the cheese. This is one celeb who really worked off his comped hotel room tab.

 
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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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