About a year ago, the Miami Herald named business reporter Evan Benn its new food editor. He was appointed because Miami's paper of record noticed the importance of South Florida's booming culinary industry.
That's an industry Benn is well connected with, and during this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, he's putting in the spotlight the people who make South Florida matter to the larger world of good cuisine.
The wine-soaked, bacon-infused, foie-gras-stuffed long weekend that was the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival wrapped up yesterday. There were celebrity chef appearances, parties, tastings, chef demos, and wine pairing sessions, among other things.
Chefs and food personalities flock to Miami this week to take part in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which starts this Thursday. We asked some of the out-of-town chefs which Miami restaurants they want to check out while they are here:
If you don't know who Gaston Acurio is, chances are you will soon. The Peruvian chef, who is arguably the face of Peruvian cuisine both in his home country and around the world, visits Miami this weekend for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Thursday is the first day of the 2013 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. In our interactive timeline (below), we take a look back at the indulgent and now-famous South Beach Wine & Food Festival last year, in 2005 and back in 2001, when it was still known as the "Florida Extravaganza."
How have ticket prices, visiting chefs, food trends and popular events changed (or not changed) over the years?
02/14/13 - 1:30- Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview the legendary Martha Stewart . . . she’s in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, with her latest book, MEATLESS. And more.