Faena Celebrates SOBE WFF
The nation’s top celebrity chefs are sharpening their knives and heading to Miami’s 18th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival ®. Over 90 culinary events will be sating foodies across the city from February 20 through February 24.
Witness the artistry of South America’s Master of Fire, Chef Francis Mallmann, as he prepares a decadent asado dinner on Thursday, February 21 at Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s idyllic pool and gardens.
World renowned for his passionate spirit, rustic ingredients and open-flame culinary techniques, Chef Mallmann will delight guests with a buffet of slow-cooked specialties like hanging bone-in rib-eye, fresh whole salmon and organic chicken, as well as vegetables ‘rescoldo,’ Mallmann’s famous Domino Potatoes, and a sweet ‘panqueque’ de dulce de leche for dessert. The incandescent chef behind Faena’s Los Fuegos restaurant will transform these ordinary ingredients into extraordinary dishes over his signature 6-foot wire dome, using fire and traditional Patagonian methods until they’re smoky, succulent and tender.
On Friday, February 22, chef Sebastian Benitez will join a cohort of 60 critically-acclaimed chefs to represent Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s Los Fuegos restaurant at Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best event held at Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. During the grand walk-around affair, diners will be able to sample top-notch cuisine paired with notable wines including Los Fuegos’ classic asado dishes conceived by star chef Francis Mallmann perfectly paired with Faena private-label
Malbec. The menu includes Argentine Torta Wine and dine your heart’s companion with signature menus crafted just for the day at Los Fuegos and Pao, two wholly unique destinations for the romantic holiday.
At Los Fuegos, the gilded gleam of the Art Deco bar is enhanced by the softly glowing chandelier and mirrored walls that reflect the intimate jewel box of the dining room. Entice your palate with Francis Mallmann fare featuring a deft play of cool (raw seafood on copper) and hot (flame-licked tenderloin, scallops, and branzino). The decadent dessert tower is more than the sum of its parts, where the sultry contrast of sweet hazelnut tiramisu and a spicy chocolate macaron echo the dulcet notes of your romance. A life-size unicorn and abundant greenery fritas and sweetbreads, as well as classic crispy countryside bread and slow-cooked New York strip steak smothered in chimichurri. Worldclass vinos are being poured by renowned winemakers, who will be sharing with guests how their wines make it from the vineyards to their discerning palates. The annual Wine Wall raffle is also back this year, giving oenophiles a chance to take the best-of-the-best wines home with them.
February 20 – 24 – South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Various Venues
February 21 – Francis Mallmann x Los Fuegos Fire Dome Asado from 7:30 pm
For tickets and more information on SOBEWFF®, visit www.sobewff.org.
For tickets and more information on Francis Mallmann’s event at Faena, visit www.faena.com/miami-beach/ or call +1 786 655 5600.
A LITTLE ROCK, A LITTLE ROLL
Pao by Paul Qui will be cooking up a high note during the Rock’n Roll Asian Night Market hosted by famed culinary personality, Adam Richman (photo), from Man Finds Food on the Travel Channel.
The epic late-night party will play out at Auberge Beach Residences’ chic dining outpost, Dune, on February 22 as part of the CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale series. Get your chopsticks ready for a menu of Asian-inspired street food from imaginative sushi
rolls and steamed dumplings to delicious dim sum. Pao will be serving up mouthwatering smoked short rib nigiri slathered with fish caramel and a hint of fresh wasabi, while on-site mixologists will be spinning creative cocktails with unexpected ingredients. After some liquid courage you might find yourself putting your karaoke skills to the test among a boisterous crowd of bon vivants. Now that’s a recipe for a fun Friday night!
For tickets and more information, visit www.sobewff.org.
THE QUEEN OF ITALIAN CUISINE
On Saturday, February 23, Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis is bringing her larger-than-life personality and culinary prowess to Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos restaurant at Faena Miami Beach.
During an evening of tropical elegance at Faena’s famous asado temple, Emmy Award-winning De Laurentiis will curate a stellar menu featuring some of her most coveted recipes accented by top Napa Valley cabernets and chardonnays from the Far Niente Family of Wineries. A petite powerhouse and fan-favorite at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival®, the Rome-born and California-raised De Laurentiis studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and worked as a professional chef at several Los Angeles restaurants, including the Wolfgang Puck-owned Spago, before skyrocketing to fame on Food Network’s daytime cooking show, Everyday Italian.
Today, she’s the beloved host of Food Network’s Giada at Home, a New York Times’ bestselling author, and the restaurateur behind Giada Vegas at The Cromwell and GDL Italian by Giada at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Faena is thrilled to host De Laurentiis as she awes epicures with her celebrated culinary prowess.
February 23 – Dinner curated by Giada Di Laurentis at Los Fuegos
For tickets and more information, visit www.sobewff.org