Ah, yes, that great tradition of BBQ and champagne. Having grown up in the south, this pairing was no stranger to me – NOT! But for some reason everything works with champagne (at least after 3 glasses).

This event (a $300 ticket) is always mentioned among the favorite of South Beach Wine & Food goers, and I can see why. Held outside, on the beach, in great weather, it was a who’s who of chefs. Hosted by Giada De Laurentiis, there was Tyler Florence, Cat Cora, and Bobby Flay, sporting a sweet white jacket (more on that later). And a nice group of celebs including Al Roker from the Today Show, Ted Allen from Top Chef (and the “cooking guy” from the Queer Eye show), and singer John Legend.

There was plenty of BBQ, but for our tastes, please pass the bubbly!

- Fred Gonzalez