SOBEWFF 2017 Kicks Off With Seaside Eats Hosted By Chef Anne Burrell, And That's Just The Beginning

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SOBEWFF 2017 Kicks Off With Seaside Eats Hosted By Chef Anne Burrell, And That's Just The Beginning

SOBEWFF 2017 Kicks Off With Seaside Eats Hosted By Chef Anne Burrell, And That's Just The Beginning

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival is officially underway. 

The 16th annual foodie extravaganza kicked off with Seaside Eats at the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Celebrity chef Anne Burrell—who has actually been in South Florida since last weekend—was the host for the evening, which marked the first of seven Taste Fort Lauderdale series events that will be held around Broward County over the course of the five-day festival. 

More than a dozen local restaurants—such as 3030 Ocean, Steak 954, Boatyard, Lobster Bar, Hot & Soul and Tsukuro—served up delicious bites including sea bass, smoked marlin, char-grilled octopus and braised short ribs. 

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Confession: We actually started our SOBEWFF experience a little early by attending a special dinner by chef Uri Jeremias at Cafe Roval in Miami. We dined on decadent bites like hog snapper with yogurt sauce; mixed seafood couscous; and shrimp, mascarpone and caviar atop persimmon. The owner of the popular Uri Buri restaurant in Israel, Jeremias will be working alongside chef Aret Sahakyan (from the Macakizi resort in Turkey) and Sergio Sigala (from Cecconi’s at the SoHo Beach House) Thursday for an intimate Mediterranean-inspired dinner that’s part of the festival’s official lineup.

For a peek at some of our favorite moments from Seaside Eats and the Uri Buri dinner, check out the snapshots below. Be sure to follow @GoldCoastMag on Twitter and Instagram, as we continue to bring you snapshots from some of SOBEWFF's best events all weekend long. 

(Lead image of chef Anne Burrell by Seth Browarnik/WorldRedEye.com)