SOBEWFF Goes Local

By Mitchell Nover, Melanie Galarce, Santi Cardona, Monique Gonzalez, and Mahogani Jones

Despite the fact that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival has been held in Miami for 16 years now, it hasn’t always represented the local chefs, restaurants, and flavors that our city has to offer. In recent years, however, we’ve noticed a shift towards the highlighting of more of the best and brightest of the South Florida foodie community. Never has that been more evident than this year’s Festival. Instead of events being all about Food Network stars, most events are now fronted by our local culinarians with the celebrity chefs playing the role of supporting players. And, you know what? It’s a beautiful thing.

Add to that the expansion to more neighborhoods and communities off of South Beach and the growing number of “unofficial” ancillary events, and it seems that SOBEWFF has officially gone local. With so much ground to cover this year, here at MMTM Headquarters we also felt the need to activate part of our own local team of foodies to help us cover multiple aspects of the weekend’s activities. The below is a team-effort recap of our 2017 SOBEWFF experiences. We hope you enjoy our take on the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival!

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Foodie Friday

Cheers, foodies! Here we are again to greet a much-awaited Friday, and what’s even more exciting is that it’s not just another #TGIF moment, but rather the official weekend of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The entire MMTM staff has assignments ready to go and we’ll have coverage for you of all the foodie happenings taking place this weekend. We hope you’ve also planned to check out one of the foodie events taking place around South Florida, but in the rare case that you haven’t, you can live vicariously through our social channels! While you get SOBEWFF prepped here are some fun links from around the web to kick things off. Enjoy!

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Chef’s Corner – Roberto Dubois

Chef Roberto Dubois —
Executive Chef,
Vagabond Kitchen and Bar

Chef Roberto Dubois became passionate about food by learning to cook from his grandmothers and working as a teenager in his father’s restaurant. He learned the art of butchering and the finer aspects of organic gardening, which led him to later open his own restaurant. He enrolled in culinary school in El Salvador where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class. After graduating, Chef Dubois traveled around the world learning different types of cuisines, continuing to gain experience through stints at restaurants like Juvia, Makoto, Juniper on the Water, Klima, and Azul at the Mandarin Oriental. Since June 2016, Chef Dubois has brought his talent to Vagabond Kitchen and Bar, where he focuses on giving guests quality food with the freshest ingredients and aims to enhance the MiMo district with amazing food, drinks and ambiance.

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

February is our kind of month. By now, we’ve all moved past our “New Year, New You” resolutions (better luck next year!) and are back to full-blown gluttony. Here in Miami, February is especially gluttonous. After the traditional Super Bowl gorgefest and Valentine’s Day decadence, we’ve only got a couple of short weeks before the South Beach Wine & Food Festival rolls into town. And, in between all of that, we’ve got a whole bunch of new restaurants, menu offerings, and special events to indulge in. As per usual, we’ve rounded them up for you below. Enjoy!

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MMTM’s Best of 2016!

We’re officially in to Week 2 of 2017, but we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to 2016 just yet and are taking one final chance to reminisce about our “Year in Food” in 2016. In looking back at some of our best bites (and sips) across Miami this past year we’re adding in a few more opinions this time around, with some favorites from our new contributing writers as well. 2016 was a great year of growth for us here at MMTM Headquarters and we couldn’t have done it without them. We’re excited to let you get to know them even better in the year to come. And, of course, we couldn’t do any of this without you… Thanks, as always, for following along on our foodie adventures.

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Guys, it’s November! We can hardly believe that we’re fully in the throes of #HalloThanksMas, but such is life. This is a pretty intense month for us at MMTM Headquarters with Mel furiously prepping for The Latin GRAMMYs show in Las Vegas on November 17th and Mitch recovering from his brother’s wedding last weekend and heading out on the road for a few work trips as well. While we may not be around much, there’s actually so much taking place that we’ve separated out a special Thanksgiving round-up that we’ll have for you next Wednesday. In the meantime, here’s our round-up some of the best foodie events taking place this month. Enjoy!

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SOBEWFF 2016: A Learning Experience

In MMTM’s three years of blog-istence, we’ve had three very different experiences as it relates to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. It’s one of the most exciting times of year in Miami (for us foodies, anyway) and we love that we’ve been able to have had such different takes on it so far. Our first year was all about seeing our favorite Food Network Stars and making the most of discounted tickets and free events. Year two was more about highlighting the local chefs and restaurants we’d come to love and getting into as many events as possible. And this year, our third time around, was about seeing a different side of SOBEWFF, not biting off more than we could chew, and maybe, just maybe, learn a thing or two.

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Foodie Friday

The mecca of all foodie festivities in Miami has arrived. The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is officially in town. That means that all foodies are jumping off the walls with a slew of agenda items to cross off before the weekend wraps up. From private parties, to chef roundtables to the more important events like endless amounts of wine and food tasting, this is the weekend where we unapologetically gain 5 lbs in 3 days. Inspired by what’s to come, we’ve rounded up a few SOBEWFF links and others that are just as enticing from around the web. Also, be on the lookout for a full review of the activities we’ll be attending this weekend to give you ideas for next year (it’s never too early to plan a food itinerary.) Enjoy our Foodie Friday link pack!

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Happy Friday, foodies! Over the past two years, we’ve been bringing you some of the best food-related links the worldwide web has to offer in our weekly Foodie Friday posts. But what about the news, events, and offers that hit closer to home? Well, this year, we’re implementing a local edition of Foodie Friday on the first Friday of each month, serving up the dish on Miami’s dining scene. Enjoy!

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Mitch and Mel Take #SOBEWFF

Forgive us for waiting until Wednesday to post our recap, but it took a few days to digest all that took place during this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival – literally and figuratively!

SOBEWFF weekend can be a foodie’s dream, but it is also a tough nut to crack. Strategy is key; make use of your personal connections, find free events, take advantage of online discounts and deals, and pick one or two big ticket items to splurge on. #somuchtoeatsolittletime

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