Campari: "The Year of the Negroni"

Campari to Declare 2011
"The Year of the Negroni"
at Manhattan Cocktail Classic's Kick-Off Gala Event on May 13th.

Famed Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim to Stir Up Negronis, Authentically Made with Campari, for Thousands of Glamorous Imbibers from the Big Apple and Beyond.

Campari, the legendary one-of-a-kind red spirit, today announced that it is naming 2011 as "The Year of the Negroni" in homage to this timeless tipple at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic's Gala event on May 13. Authentically made with Campari, the Negroni ranks with the Martini and the Manhattan in the libation pantheon. Indeed, the drink has aristocratic roots and was created by an actual Count Camillo Negroni, who asked that Gin be added to strengthen his usual Americano, a time-honored drink made with Campari and sweet vermouth. Since that day, the Negroni has become Italy's signature cocktail that is emblematic of urbane sophistication.

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic is a five-day celebration of everything cocktail-related. It will get off to a flying start on May 13 with its legendary Gala event held within the marble walls of the esteemed New York Public Library. The Gala attracts thousands of stylish cocktail mavens from Gotham and beyond.

Tony Abou-Ganim ("The Modern Mixologist"), one of the world's top bartenders, will stir up definitive renditions of the true, original Negroni--equal parts Campari, Gin and sweet vermouth. When not mixing drinks and organizing cocktail programs, Tony travels the world teaching professional barmanship, spirits knowledge and cocktail history. He is an accomplished author and winner of Iron Chef America's "Battle Mango" against Chef Mario Batali.

The New York Public Library, Main Floor
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street

Friday, May 13, 2011
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m


SOBEWFF Grand Tasting

It's the weekend and your on your way to the beach. YES THE BEACH! You get there and there's sand between your toes, a copius amount of drinks within reach and bite after bite of deliscious morsels of food from various restaurants. You guessed it... it's the South Beach Food & Wine Festival Grand Tasting!

In epic display under a giant tent where you party in true SOBE style. Celebrating it's 10 Year Anniversary the festival proved its only getting better! The massive tent was bigger than ever with indoor and outdoor space that created a party like no other. People danced and drank and ate and danced some more! Oh yeah and let's not forget all the culinary celebrity chefs from the Food Network displaying their skils and entertaining fans at the cooking demonstrations.

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SOBE Food & Wine Fetsival is a spectacle like no other and must be seen to be believed. So do yourself a favor New Yorkers and get over there next year. After all, New York is freezing in February. Couldn't you use some Fun in the Sun?

Happy Anniversary Lee Schrager!


SOBEWFF: Thrillist BBQ & The Blues

Thrillist did it again! But this time by hosting BBQ and The Blues at the 2011 South Beach Food and Wine Festival. Cool grown-ups were in attendance sporting their sandy feet as accessories in the The Oasis at The Raleigh Hotel.

BBQ-lovers gathered to celebrate the two main staples of any man’s diet: delicious smoked meaty goodness and Blues music so good it did not make you blue. The sold-out event was hosted by celebrity chef Tyler Florence and The Royal chef John DeLucie and featured performances by Diablo Dimes. Guests enjoyed drinks from Zacapa Rum and custom-crafted BBQ-inspired dishes from some of Thrillist’s favorite South Florida chefs including:

Tyler Florence – Host (Wayfare Tavern, San Fransico, CA)
Served Santa Maria Tri-Tip with buttermilk toast, bread and butter pickles, piperade, black eyed peas & chickweed.

The Royal Executive Chef and Proprietor John DeLucie
served Braised Beef Short Ribs


Red Light Owner and Chef Kris Wessel
Served Smoked & BBQ Brisket Sandwiches with creole dipping sauce

4 Rivers Smokehouse Pit Master and Owner John Rivers
served Texas Brisket Shooters with bacon-wrapped smoked jalapenos
 and Banana Dream Pudding Shots

SUGARCANE raw bar grill Executive Chef Timon Balloo
Served Smoked Beef Short Ribs with local vegetable slaw and a cornbread rolls.
Oh yeah... Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue Proprietors and Chef Kevin Kehoe and Hans Seitz served Brisket Sliders with coleslaw and collard greens but we ate the picture too!

There really is nothing like BBQ, Blues and Beach, but with Thrillist involved it takes on a whole new element of fabulous! Sign up for Thrillist here: http://www.thrillist.com/
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All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University (FIU) School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center located on FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus.

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SoBe Wine & Food Festival 2011

It's a known fact that New Yorkers gravitate to Miami Beach every Winter in true snow bird fashion. But never so much as during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival where gourmands unite! So if you proudly call yourself a foodie, watch the Food Network and love South Beach, then you're probably already planning on treating your palate at the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival February 24-27. The Beach will convert into a chef mecca and foodie haven with events of delectable degustations, celebrity Chefs cooking demonstrations, and hundreds of bottles of wine breathing and champagne corks popping for their 10th Anniversary! Most events are sold out, and some are just about to; so hurry, make your itinerary of events, buy your tickets then enjoy the lovely food chaos that will ensue while you go into senses overload and make those same sounds you make while watching the Food Network, mmm... ah! wha? uh!

There are many delicious
events still available and there seems to be something for every price point, so check it out. Also, don't forget to buy the SoBe Festival Cookbook and get it signed by all your favorite celebrity chefs and SoBe Wine & Food Festival Director Lee Schrager!