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Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale Series Returns As Part Of The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival February 21-25featuring Emeril Lagasse, Andrew Zimmern, Kristin Cavallari, Chris Lilly, Geoffrey Zakarian And More

January 5, 2018 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns for its 17th year in 2018, along with the Third Annual CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series of events, taking place February 21-25. The five-day CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series will feature an all-star line-up of chefs, celebrities and new events.

Kicking off the savory series on Wednesday, February 21, world barbeque champion Chris Lilly and Jorge Ramos – chef at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach – will host a family-style BBQ dinner at the newly opened Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The new luxury oceanfront resort will continue the series with Chef Jorge Ramos and iconic chef Emeril Lagasse as they host the ultimate Clambake – boasting specially-prepared dishes from more than a dozen of South Florida’s most popular seafood spots and unique desserts from popular Food Network personality and Charm City Cakes founder Duff Goldman – on Thursday, February 22.

On Friday, February 23, James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya and Colombian-American television personality Ingrid Hoffmann will join forces for the Women of Syria Dinner, a heritage food experience unlike any other at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.  This family-style dinner will be prepared by women representing two organizations dedicated to supporting Syrian refugees – the Denver-based Comal Heritage Food Incubator and Miami-based Zaytouna and Syrian Supper Club.   

New this year, the W Fort Lauderdale will be the site for a Rooftop Rosé Happy Hour hosted by television star and lifestyle guru Kristin Cavallari on Saturday, February 24. The property will also hold a returning fan-favorite festival event – Lucky Chopsticks hosted by Andrew Zimmern – which is coming to Broward County for the first time on Friday, February 23.

“We are looking forward to hosting another successful Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, as part of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival this year,” said Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “As this series has grown over the last three years in Greater Fort Lauderdale with new events and celebrity chefs, so has the destination’s food scene flourished to take its rightful place on a bigger culinary stage. We can’t wait for all foodies to experience what we have cooked up for them in 2018.” 

Please find below the complete lineup of delectable dinners and special culinary events with local and celebrity chefs showcased at the 2018 CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series.

Wednesday, February 21

·        BBQ Dinner hosted by Chris Lilly and Jorge Ramos at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 22

·        Clambake hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

·        Dinner hosted by Dario Cecchini and Angelo Elia at Casa D’Angelo Ristorante from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

·        Dinner hosted by Michael Schulson and Chris Cosentino at Monkitail Sushi Room in The Diplomat Beach Resort from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday, February 23

·        Women of Syria Dinner hosted by Alon Shaya and Ingrid Hoffman in the Porter Ballroom at the Broward Center for Performing Arts from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

·        Lucky Chopsticks hosted by Andrew Zimmern at the Courtyard in the W Fort Lauderdale from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 24

·        The Champagne of Victors: G.H. Mumm and a History of Innovation Wine Seminar presented by Bank of America at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

·        An Insider’s Tour of Six Pascal Jolivet Sancerres: Exploring Various Soil Types that Define Difference and Similarities Wine Seminar presented by Bank of America at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

·        Rooftop Rosé Happy Hour hosted by Kristin Cavallari at the W Fort Lauderdale Bungalow from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

·        The Ritz-Carlton Dinner: A Culinary Adventure at Burlock Coast at the Ritz-Carlton from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 25

·        Grand Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and Aarón Sánchez at Point Royal inside The Diplomat Beach Resort from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

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