The Best Unofficial Events of SOBEWFF 2017

Pawn Broker rooftop bar at The Langford hotel

No need to be under the umbrella of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival to find great dining events in South Florida this week.

Here are some of our favorite non-SOBEWFF events this week:


With the South Beach Wine & Food Festival taking place at the end of February, it’s an exciting time for Pao’s monthly culinary series Chef Collective. This month, Faena has chosen prominent Miami-based Chef Michael Pirolo to collaborate on a menu with Pao restaurant’s Executive Chef Paul Qui.

Time: 8 p.m.

Where: 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

RSVP: 786-655-5600

Cost: $115/person. Tickets here

Faena’s Los Fuegos


Join South America’s most celebrated chef, Francis Mallmann, for an intimate evening reception and dining experience under the stars on presented by Terrazas de Los Andes. This exclusive event begins with a special welcome reception at Faena Hotel Miami Beach’s idyllic Tree of Life, where guests will enjoy curated wine selections and small bites with renowned Chef Francis Mallmann followed by a family-style dinner at Los Fuegos joined by Terrazas de Los Andes Brand Ambassador, Dino Altomare.

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: 3201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Tickets: 786-655-5600

Cost: $195/person. Tickets here

Made in Dade Chef’s Cookout
Out-of-towners get ready, Miami’s very own chefs are ready to throw down. Michael Beltran (Ariete), Rene Reyes (Pinch Kitchen), John Gallo (Pinch Kitchen) Niven Patel (Ghee Indian Kitchen) and Cesar Zapata (Phuc Yea), PHUC YEA are hosting a fun and casual crawfish boil. Be ready for with craft cocktails, a shucks and suds station with Blue Island Oysters and a other amazing eats like Carmel Pork Spare Ribs and Caja China. This is an event if you are 305 till you die.

Time: 7 p.m.-midnight

Where: Phuc Yea, 7100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Cost: $35-$50.

Pubbelly Childhood SOBEWFF Memories Dinner
In collaboration with Miami Ink’s clothing line, Ruthless & Toothless, Chef Jose Mendin will be serving up a collection of original dishes inspired by his childhood memories, alongside friends Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, both James Beard Award winners and owners of Toro, a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant located in Boston’s South End. Additionally, there will be an exclusive appearance by Darren Brass, of the celebrated reality show, Miami Ink.

Time: 8 p.m.

Where: Pubbelly, 1418 20th St., Miami Beach, 305-532-7555

Cost: $85 per person

Pawn Broker rooftop bar at The Langford hotel

SOBEWFF After Party at Pawn Broker

Will Rivas, Beverage Director of The Pubbelly Group, will be hosting nationally-renowned bartender, Yael Vengroff of LA’s The Spare Room, for an after-party sponsored by Avion Tequila. The evening will feature music and a unique collaboration bringing the best from the West Coast to the Sunshine State.

Time: 11 p.m.-2 a.m.

Where: Pawn Broker, 121 SE 1st St. 305-420-2200

No tickets necessary.


Eats, Rhymes, and Life event Hosted at Alter and Sponsored by Breakthru Beverage and East Hotel.

This two-part event features a 7 to 9:30 p.m. Interactive 5 Course Dinner with Beverage and Music Pairings from Chefs Brad Kilgore and Brandon Brumback Co-Hosted by Jarobi White of Tribe Called Quest at Alter (223 NW 23rd ST.) Then, from 10 to 11:30 p.m., Musical Performance by Jarobi White from A Tribe Called Quest and Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Passed Bites from Chef Jarobi White during the performance and Cocktails, Drinks, and Wine available. At 12:30 a.m. — an After Party on the 40th Floor of East Hotel, DJ set by Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Cocktails and Wines Offered from Breakthru Beverage.

Time: 7 p.m.

Where: Alter, 223 NW 23rd ST, Wynwood. 305-573-5996.

Cost: $250 per person

Jarobi White, left, performed with Q-TIp and A Tribe Called Quest during the Feb. 12 Grammys. He will soon be performing in the kitchen, cooking alongside Alter chef Brad Kilgore.Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS

Late Night Ramen at Pubbelly Sushi SOBEWFF
If you’re still hungry after all those SOBEWFF events head to Pubbelly Sushi to satisfy your midnight cravings and indulge in late-night ramen made by noodle expert Richie Nakano, formerly of Hapa Ramen in San Francisco and Pubbelly’s king of swine Jose Mendin. Plus, enjoy the sounds of DJ Terry Cloth who will be mixing beats all night long.

Time: 12-3 a.m. Pubbelly Sushi, 1421 20th St., Miami Beach. 305-532-7555

No tickets necessary.

Ping Pong, Pizzas & Peroni
Last year’s ‘Ping Pong, Pizzas & Peroni’ hosted by Jean-Georges and Jeremy Ford was one of the best off-festival events but was invite-only. This year the chefs are bringing their pizza and ping pong battle back and opening up a limited number of tickets to the public. The ticket price includes food & drink including Peroni beer.

Time: 10pm-midnight
Where: Market at Edition, 2901 Collins Ave,  Miami Beach
Cost: $40pp. Tickets here.


Oh Baby I Like It Raw
The fun starts at 10 pm and the two guest chefs on deck will be Boston favorites, Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer of The Little Donkey. The Bostonians, Jamie B. and Ken, will be putting their spin on Scallop Crudo and Tuna Tataki. Jamie plans to keep it tropical with his Florida Citrus and White Soy Ponzu inspired dressed oyster. $25 will get you a selection of raw dishes, two (2) signature cocktails from Izzy’s and bottomless Rosé. Guest DJ YSL will be spinning her beats throughout the night

Time: 10pm.

Where: Izzy’s Fish & Oyster, 423 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. 305.397.8843

Cost: $25

Uri Buri Fish Restaurant Dinner @ 27 Downstairs
Famous for his legendary restaurant “Uri Buri” in the Mediterranean port city of Acre, Israeli, chef Uri Jeremias will cook out of 27’s kitchen for one night only. Expect staples like Grilled Octopus with Zucchini, Vegetable Salad, and Shrimp with Artichoke & Mediterranean “Spicy Fish.”
Time: 6:30PM – Close.
Where: 27 Restaurant, 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach.
No tickets necessary. 

SUNDAY, February 26

UNI BBQ with Punch Fountains by Sam Anderson of Mission Chinese
On Sunday, Chef Ken Oringer & Tony Messina from UNI Restaurant in Boston will serve oysters and daily catch in the BBQ’s weekly BBQ, alongside signature “fountain cocktails” by Mission Chinese’s Beverage Director, Sam Anderson.
Time: 2PM – 7PM, Open Bar 2PM -3PM.
Where: Broken Shaker. 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach.
(305) 531-2727. No tickets necessary.