As crazy as Miami is during Art Basel, this years SOBEWFF may top it and so we have nicknamed it ATE Basel.
Day Three was packed with so many events, Tribute Dinner, Meatopia, Chicken Coupe, that here are just a few highlights MIAbites attended:
Bank of America Seminars- These hour long sit down Lifestyle seminars are among the most educational and informative events in SOBEWFF. Featuring wine, cocktail and food experts, these food pairings are more intimate and interactive than some of the big events. MIAbites was lucky to attend two of the six offered seminars.
A Taste of India- hosted by Chef Asha Gomez and wine expert, Josh Wesson- A unique pairing featuring the spices of Southern India. Tastings included Roasted Eggplant with Buttermilk dressing and Pork Vindaloo with brown sugar. The Spiced Carrot cake was especially delicious with cardamon, clove, and tellicherry black pepper topping. Wine pairings were mostly on the bubbly side to compliment the spices and the carrot cake was enhanced with an exceptional Sandeman Armada Oloroso Cream Port.
Tacos and Beer- Hosted by two of Miami's favorites, Chef Todd Erickson of HaVen and HuaHua's Taqueria, and Evan Benn, food editor from The Miami Herald, this craft beer pairing was a first for SOBEWFF in recognition of the growing craft beer movement in Miami. The four beers ranged from a light lager from Florida Beer Company, a Pilsner from Miami's Concrete Beach Brewery, to a wheat IPA from Lagunitas Brewing, Petaluma, CA and Brooklyn Breweries Brown Ale. Todd's four tacos provided a unique taste into just how talented he is topping tortillas. Offered were a Ceviche of cobia, shrimp,, red onion and aji amarillo, Braised Korean beef, asian pear and kimchi, Braised pork shoulder, tomatillo salsa, cilantro, lime and cotija, and a Roasted squash, grilled chorizo, caramelized onion and goat cheese.
Death By Chocolate- Hosted by Cronut creator, Dominique Ansel, this event held poolside at The National Hotel was a feast for the eyes. Truly ATE Basel, the array of gorgeous and artistic dessert creations was staggering. Represented were Dominique Ansel's Chocolate Oysters, Pastry chef Jerome Maure of db Bistro Moderne chocolate ganache torte with mango macaron, and a "going away party" of a bittersweet chocolate and peanut butter treat from talented local pastry chef, Hedy Goldsmith .
Medianoches and Mixology- Hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Miami's Burger Beast at Wynwood Walls, this was a pre-gaming party for those heading onto to late night clubbing and parties. The most authentically Miami of the events, the walk around featured live music, Azucar homemade ice cream and multiple Medianoches from Pubbelly, Finka Table and Tap, Tongue and Cheek, and the longest line for El Mago de al Fritas, Frita Cubano. Cocktails included a variety of Olmeca Altos tequila margaritas and Amstel beer.