Lobster paella on offer at The Whole Foods Grand Market Tasting Village
A culinary demonstration by Rocco DiSpirito
The smörgåsbord of culinary delights at The Whole Foods Grand Market Tasting Village made for a fitting finale to the 2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
One ticket to the Grand Market entitled guests to a goody bag and wine glass, both easily filled by a vast array of food and wine vendors. There was also a host of demonstrations from well-known culinary personalities. KitchenAid sponsored culinary demonstration stages where personalities such as Rocco DiSpirito, Bobby Deen, and Countess Luann deLesseps showed off their skills.
Beyond the stages, tables and tents peppered throughout three blocks of Ocean Drive offered small bites from local restaurants, new wines, liquors, chocolates, and even olive oil. It was a unique combination of prominent brands and new items, all preceded by the Whole Foods area, which had a large selection of food, drinks, and desserts.
Cruzan Rum kept everyone cool with frozen bars (the raspberry mojito was a hit), while Jose Cuervo gave out Margarita samples. Hipnotiq debuted its new fruity, floral Harmonie Liqueur. And Pom Wonderful was passing out pomegrante bellinis.
The Fergie-fronted Voli Vodka was showing off its flavors. L’Chaim, a kosher vodka made in Israel, was also popular around the tent, as were the Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur and Wilson Creek Peach Bellini sparkling wine.
Oenophiles had hundreds of wine options, especially in the Wines of the World tent. Noteworthy selections included Voga Sparkling, a chardonnay/pinot grigio blend; the light and refreshing Ciro Bianco; Dalilia, made from the grillo grape; and moscato from Seven Daughters.
Former Top Chef contender Michael Isabella served small bites from his Washington, DC restaurant, Graffiato. Kerrygold was also on hand to tout all of the delicious cheeses made in Ireland. However, at day’s end, the Skinny Water and Illy coffee booth had the longest lines. Miamians will be Miamians.