Delight friends and family this season by giving the gift of tickets to SOBEWFF®

To date, SOBEWFF® has raised more than $28 million for the Chaplin School. 

Chef Jonathon Sawyer, left, oversees food prep by Jose Alvarado, a senior majoring in food and beverage management at the Chaplin School.


Satisfy the taste buds of friends and family this holiday season and give the gift of tickets to the 18th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®).

America’s favorite gourmet gathering on the beach returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. Feb. 20 – 24, 2019.  Benefiting the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, tickets are on sale now for more than 100 events that will make the perfect stocking stuffer for the passionate gourmand in your life.  FIU faculty, staff and alumni can save 20 percent on tickets for the following events:

Faculty and staff, use promo code FIUSTAFF19.

Alumni, use promo code FIUALUMNI19.

*FIU savings cannot be combined with Mastercard offers at these events.

This year, SOBEWFF® also is offering is the option to pay tickets in monthly installments, so you can pay for your tickets over time. Just select the “monthly installment payment plan” option at checkout after selecting which events you’d like to attend.


For the social justice advocate:   

Recent Nobel Peace Prize nominee José Andrés will host an evening celebration Taste of Puerto Rico on Thursday, Feb. 21.  The ThinkFoodGroup owner, James Beard Award-winning chef, 2017 SOBEWFF® Tribute Dinner honoree, and author of We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time (HarperCollins, September 2018) will sweep guests away with his unwavering energy and host a dozen chefs, including a few straight from Puerto Rico, for an evening of savoring authentic cuisine, accented by plenty of wines and libations. 

For the trailblazer with taste:   

The Festival’s annual Tribute Dinner presented by Bank of America part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series at Loews Miami Beach will honor two pioneers of the food and beverage industry on Saturday, Feb. 23.  The acclaimed chef and restaurateur Nancy Silverton and Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery chief executive officer Rhonda Carano will be honored with revered author, editor and former restaurant critic Ruth Reichl serving as the evening’s master of ceremonies.  Also on Saturday, Feb. 23, South Florida sensation Paula DaSilva has rounded up five of her female friends for A Siren’s Soirée at Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale.  This dinner, designed to burst with both flavor and inspiration, is a featured part of the Festival’s CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series presented by Capital One.   

For the carnivore:   

Aspiring grill maestros won’t want to miss these two opportunities to catch the country’s greatest chefs in action.  On Friday, Feb. 22, a record-breaking 40 chefs will battle it out for burger supremacy at the Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons® hosted by David Burtka & Neil Patrick Harris.  While guests cast their vote for the Heineken Light People’s Choice Award, judges Al Roker, Rev Run, Samantha Schnur (aka @thenaughtyfork), and Roxanne Vargas will decide who will receive this year’s Schweid & Sons The Very Best Burger Award.  The next evening, fan-favorite chef, restaurateur and Emmy Award-winning Food Network personality Guy Fieri will host more than 35 top pit masters at the Beachside BBQ presented by The National Pork Board.  This meat-filled soirée will be capped off by performances from Cassadee Pope and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

For the whole family:   

Passionate fans of all ages can indulge in the return of two popular Festival events – Fun and Fit as a Family featuring Goya Foods Kidz Kitchen on Saturday, Feb. 23 and Sunday, Feb. 24, and the Family Ice Cream Social hosted by Buddy Valastro on Sunday, Feb. 24.  Additionally, the whole family plus Fido can spend the afternoon at Nulo Pet Food’s Yappie Hour hosted by Katie Lee on Saturday, February 23. 

For the imbiber:   

Spirited beverage enthusiasts can start the party on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Mixing It Up on the Miami River: Best Bars, Bites & Beats hosted by Adam Richman, and continue the streak on Friday, February 22 at the Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown hosted by Ted Allen.  Opportunities to enjoy wine and spirits focused experiences on Saturday, Feb. 23 include the Cocktail-Creating Master ClassRosé Pool Party hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunset Spritz Party hosted by Valerie Bertinelli part of the CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series presented by Capital One.  Plus, don’t miss the array of seminars offered all weekend long to enhance one’s beverage knowledge. 

For the deal hunter:   

The Festival offers a variety of events priced at $100 and under, but the brand new addition to this year’s selection includes Mangia! A Taste of Italy After Dark hosted by Marc Murphy on Friday, Feb. 22.  Murphy, the highly energetic and charismatic chef and judge from the hit primetime series Chopped on Food Network, will host this late-night soirée in the newly opened Casa Tua Cucina, featuring bites from all 10 of their carefully-curated dining stations and plenty of wines and spirits to keep the party going.                    

 A complete line up of 2019 events can be found online at, and by following along with the hashtag #SOBEWFF on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.  Tickets for the 2019 Festival are available now online at or by calling 877.762.3933 (Phone sales are open Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST).

To date, SOBEWFF® has raised more than $28 million for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at FIU.   

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