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Preview: 2014 South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Miami is about to get a little more flavor as they get ready to welcome the annual Food Network's South Beach Wine and Food Festival, presented by Food & Wine, happening February 20 through 23. The fest brings together top chefs, restaurateurs, cookbook authors, sommeliers, and industry leaders for one star studded, can't-have-one-more-bite weekend. 

With four long (and delicious) days ahead of us, we'll be running from signature white tent to hotel rooftop (it is our job, after all), taking notes at seminars, trying our hand at the cooking demos, interviewing as many chefs as we can... and indulging in a few late night bites; all in an effort to bring you the best of the festival. So here's what we're looking forward to.  

And for the most up-to-the second delicious coverage, stay tuned to our Out in the World blog and Facebook and Twitter pages. If you see our editors Marie Elena Martinez (@mariesworlds), Dan Koday (@dankoday), or Amanda Cargill (@AmandaSi) at the festival, say hi!

Thursday, February 20

Modern Mexican with a Spanish Twist hosted by Bruno Oteiza, Richard Sandoval, and Berth Gonzalez Nieves

Travel from Spain to Mexico without ever leaving the dinner table with this five course meal hosted by Bruno Oteiza, Richard Sandoval, and pastry chef sister team Alisa Romano and Pati Jinich, all paired with Casa Dragones tequila. Start with Basque-style cuisine featuring Mexican ingredients and techniques from Oteiza, then move on to Spanish and Central America with dishes from Sandoval, finally stopping for Central American focused desserts from Romano and Jinich. And save room for the drinks! Bertha González Nieves, CEO and co-founder of Casa Dragones, will lead guests on a taste test of 100 percent blue agave joven tequilameant to be savored, not gulped. 

East Meats West Dinner hosted by Michael Mina and Marc Forgione

Join two Michelin star rated chefs, Michael Mina and Marc Forgione, for a dinner at Bourbon Steak at Turnberry Isle Miami. The duo will be dishing up a cross-country dinner with luxury wines from San Francisco, with Far Niente pouring varietals of its Napa-produced Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Dolce.

Next up, Friday.... 

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