With so many chefs, food TV personalities and celebrities in town, Day 2 of South Beach Wine & Food Fest was a busy one at the GBK Gifting Suite, where everyone from Martha Stewart, Rick Bayless, Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern made their way through. We were lucky enough to catch all the action as celebs were gifted everything from the new Coravin wine pouring system to trips to Mexico at Palace Resorts and even some spicy SAAS hot sauces.
On the topic of hot sauces, the queen of domesticity Martha Stewart told us she loves to use hot sauces, and when prompted on her favorite Latin food, she didn't take a second to think before responding, "Feijoada", the traditional Brazilian stew of beans, beef and pork!
As the heat and humidity of the day burned off, two of the night's biggest events began, Medianoches & Mixology, a celebration of Latin food, spirits and art in Miami's super cool Wynwood district (Seriously, if you haven't visited, make sure to put it on your list.) and Burger Bash, the gluttonous competition between burger aficionados all over the country.
At Medianoches & Mixology, guests nibbled on Cuban sandwiches and sipped Botran rum while viewing the walls of the trendy Wynwood District. On the beach, Burger Bash was just as full of flavor and Latin influences, including El Rey de las Fritas' Cuban style burger made with herbs and spices; Pincho Factory's Toston Burger was comprised of chuck, brisket and short rib topped with Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, cilantro mayo and wedged between two fried plantains.
Red Robin's unique take on a bacon burger was definitely a highlight. It was super sweet - an interesting taste for a normally savory food - thanks to the brown sugar bacon, grilled red onions, sharp cheddar, shredded lettuce and honey BBQ sauce.
Our favorites of the night? Fat Sal's 'The Big Sal', with two 1/4 lb burgers, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, a secret sauce and a cilantro-jalapeño slaw. The Ritz Carlton's Chorizo Burger did not disappoint either, made of chorizo patty, chihuahua cheese, smoked paprika aioli and watercress. Delicioso and gut busting all at the same time!
SOBEWFF night two ended at Patong Road, a hideaway bar upstairs from yummy local Asian eatery Khong River House, where popular NYC bar The Dead Rabbit took over the cocktail program for the night with their award winning libations, which included the delicious Whist (Cruzan Single Barrel rum, Basil Hayden bourbon, wormwood-infused Martini Rosso, dry curacao, orange & aromatic bitters) as well as the Spirit of '49 (Jasmine tea-infused Patron Reposado tequila, port, creme de peche, lemon sherbert, lemon juice, aromatic bitters and Champagne.