Want to see all of NYC’s most celebrated chefs in one place? Head to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival next February!
I just returned from three days of perfect weather, excessive alcohol consumption, and an obnoxious amount of exceptional cuisine…. Needless to say, it was an incredible weekend in Miami. Celebrating its 15th year, #SOBEWFF is notorious for attracting the culinary elite. Strategically timed to entice New Yorker’s away at the height of their winter blues, the five-day festival is filled with demonstrations, seminars, tastings, dinners, and epic parties with personal access to bold personalities far beyond competitive symposiums.
The newly opened, Nautilus, of Sixty Hotels, reassuming its original name, welcomed me to the #fwfesties with spacious charm and boutique luxury. (I am counting the days until my return in April when Star Chefs hosts it’s next Rising Stars Gala in Miami.) Much of the opening team from China Grill Management was onsite for the popular weekend, making me feel completely at home, and putting me right to work!
It was a privilege to partner with January’s cover feature, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, to open The Driftwood Room, as well as curate supplies for all the food and beverage outlets throughout the hotel. If you didn’t have a chance to read her TFS interview, my favorite part was when she acknowledges how F&B has such an influential part in your stay at a hotel.
Charming breakfast was served on vintage Homer Laughlin dinnerware that Chef Alex resurrected from the archives. On current Homer Laughlin patterns, lunch was bright and whimsical. Dinner was rich on elegant Churchill China with rustic accessory pieces. A synchronicity without repetition or fabrication that only a master could curate. Corby Hall Bolero flatware was a constant thread throughout the property, along with Nude Stemware from Hospitality Glass Brands and Libbey Retro specialty pieces. The entire tabletop was a beautiful mix of the appealingly antiquated and highly designed, speaking to the truly magnificent hypocrisy of Miami.
Chef Alex isn’t the only New Yorker making beautiful waves on Florida’s shores. Snowbirds have become younger and younger, migrating down the east coast and demanding the highest level in culinary. Over the past few years, we have seen more and more of our local chefs flock to the South to take advantage of the gastronomic surf, and soak up some rays. Eater Miami is now consumed with influential concepts from the Big Apple (Talde, Quality Meats, Lure Fishbar, Lucali) in addition to reveling industry legends like Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Tom Colicchio’s new presence.
We’re even seeing NY chefs in other major Floridian destinations. Last year we were thrilled to design and supply the entire E&S package for Chef Marc Murphy, taking Tampa by storm at Grey Salt in the Hard Rock. Our Miramar Florida office is busier than ever as South Florida culinary continues to expand past Brickell to the Design District and Wynwood. There has never been a hotter time to head South! Come see for yourself on April 13th!
Morgan Tucker is Director of Business Development at M. Tucker, a division of Singer Equipment Company. Ms. Tucker works with a wide diversity of acclaimed restaurateurs, celebrated chefs, and industry leaders across the U.S. Her website littlemtucker.com is an exceptional resource for equipment and supplies solutions. Morgan is based in NYC and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.