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During South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Taste Fort Lauderdale Series This Week, Meet Robert Irvine, Cast Of 'Chopped' And More

If you spot a Food Network star hanging around your favorite Fort Lauderdale restaurant this week, don't be surprised. With South Beach Wine and Food Festival kicking off Wednesday, expect to see celebrity chefs, endless food and drink events, and more. 

The 15th annual event will run from Feb. 24 through Feb. 28,  and this year, the inaugural Taste Fort Lauderdale Series will bring "Restaurant: Impossible" host Robert Irvine, the cast of "Chopped," and other stars to Broward County for a series of eight exclusive events happening at top restaurants and resorts in the area. 

Though coveted tickets to the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series kick-off party with chef Irvine are already sold out, there's still time to purchase seats to one of several collaborative, multi-course dinners put on by teams of award-winning chefs. Tickets are available at sobefest.com.

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We will be out and about at events all week to share photos and stories of all the action, so be sure to look to FortLauderdaleDaily.com for more coverage, or follow along on Instagram @goldcoastmag

Check out the Taste Fort Lauderdale Series lineup below:

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Dinner at Casa D'Angelo Ristorante

Hosted by Debi Mazar, Gabriele Corcos and Angelo Elia

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., $250

Hosts of Cooking Channel’s "Extra Virgin" Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos are back to host an evening of Tuscan-style romance at SOBEWFF! Part of the Festival’s new Taste Fort Lauderdale Series, they will be joining chef Angelo Elia at his Fort Lauderdale culinary home Casa D’Angelo. The restaurant’s philosophy of “Tutto su gli ingredienti” (it’s all about the ingredients), combined with Mazar & Corcos’ endearing charisma, ensures that guests will be captivated by a truly Tuscan experience.


Dinner at S3 Restaurant

Hosted by Todd English and Chris Miracolo

Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m., $250

Join us in Fort Lauderdale as two progressive chefs host an evening sure to expand your culinary borders. Known for his interpretation of rustic Mediterranean cuisine, four-time James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef, restaurateur and TV personality Todd English joins equally talented Chef Chris Miracolo of S3 Restaurant for this special dinner.  Nestled practically on Fort Lauderdale beach, S3 Restaurant will provide a breathtaking setting for the evening's carefully crafted menu paired with wines from the Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida portfolio.


Auberge Beach Residences and Spa, Fort Lauderdale Napa-Style Dinner

Hosted by Robert Curry and Paul Lemieux

Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., $200

Get a sneak peek at the world-class Auberge Beach Residences & Spa coming to Fort Lauderdale in 2017 from the leader in luxury resorts and five-star hotels. Part of the festival’s new Taste Fort Lauderdale series, the event welcomes guests t0 join chefs Robert Curry and Paul Lemieux from Auberge du Soleil in Napa to taste the sophisticated cuisine indicative of Auberge Resort’s world-class dining offerings at their properties around the world. Step into a preview for Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Fort Lauderdale and experience the best of what’s to come in a setting that will make guests feels as if they are dining while floating atop the Atlantic Ocean.


New Style Remix Dinner

Hosted by Justin Warner and Alex Becker, music by Felix Da Housecat

Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., $200

Hosted by celebrity chef Justin Warner, Kuro executive chef Alex Becker and DJ Felix Da Housecat, the New Style Remix dinner fuses a live DJ mix with new-style Japanese cuisine for an exclusive dinner, a luxe and socially vibrant fine dining restaurant at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. Guests will be taken on a multi-sensory journey that pairs an eclectic music soundtrack with a multi-course dinner taking diners through the breadth of Kuro’s family-style kaiseki menu, starting with chilled dishes, traveling through tempura, robata, land and sea, and concluding with sushi and dessert. Courses will be complemented with Kuro’s taste-driven cocktails and a variety of high-end sakes.


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Seaside Eats hosted by Robert Irvine

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., $125

SOBEWFF is happy to be expanding in its 15th year to the Fort Lauderdale area! Join us to kick off our new partnership as we celebrate the inaugural Taste Fort Lauderdale Series, which will showcase the best of the Fort Lauderdale neighborhood during the 2016 Festival, with the energetic and talented Robert Irvine. Longtime festival friend, cookbook author and star of Food Network’s "Restaurant: Impossible" and upcoming "Chopped: Impossible," Irvine will be the perfect host to premiere this new Festival series. The historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will serve as the perfect place to begin the weekend, bringing some of South Florida’s best eateries to serve up their iconic bites in the ‘Venice’ of Florida.


Dinner at Valentino Cucina ​Italiana

Hosted by Marc Vetri and Giovanni Rocchio

Friday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., $250

Join us for an evening of innovative cuisine with a modern Italian twist as James Beard award-winner and Philadelphia chef Marc Vetri joins chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio at Valentino Cucina Italiana. Vetri brings a bold, contemporary sensibility to Rocchio’s classic Italian cooking at this Taste Fort Lauderdale Series dinner as the festival expands its dining scene into neighboring Fort Lauderdale.


Kuro Late Night featuring DJ Felix Da Housecat

Saturday, Feb. 27, 10 p.m., $95

After dinner, the party continues from 10 p.m. to midnight at Kuro’s bar and lounge and poolside patio with Kuro small bites, dessert and complimentary signature Kuro cocktails as DJ Felix Da Housecat spins into the evening.


Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the Cast of "Chopped"

Sunday, Feb. 28, 12 p.m., $175

The cast of "Chopped" is headlining this Taste Fort Lauderdale Series brunch overlooking the pristine beaches just outside The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale. Guests will enjoy a variety of free-flowing bloody mary offerings, encompassing both classic flavors and modern twists on this iconic brunch cocktail.  We’ve rounded up chefs from all over South Florida to serve up their distinctive dishes, with a focus on fresh and local fare, to accompany the morning’s libations. The scene for casual luxury on the Gold Coast set inside the city’s first AAA Five Diamond hotel, the newly renovated property will be the perfect spot to get down with brunch and with the cast of Food Network’s hit series "Chopped." Whether you were out late the night before or haven’t yet gone to bed, we’re certain this will be the perfect way to savor Sunday by the beach!