SOBE Wine & Food Festival VIP Style


It’s that time of the year again, the The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is this week and East of Collins is here to help you navigate through the most exclusive events. This year SOBEWFF celebrates 15 years, taking place from February 24 – 28, 2016 and will once again feature internationally renowned talent and leaders of the hospitality industry at uniquely crafted events throughout the East of Collins community and Miami. There are literally dozens of events to choose from, but below we have listed the most exclusive, unique, and grand events for you to choose from.


Thursday, February 25 – Saturday, February 27, Times Vary
Director’s Weekend Pass
If you’re interested in attending this year’s top events it would be advantageous to get a Director’s Pass, which includes access to the Grand Tasting Village, Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best, and other top events.

Friday, Febrarury 26, 7:30 – 10:30 PM
Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best
Don’t miss the top event of the 2016 SOBEWFF, join up 60 of the nation’s top chefs showcasing their most gourmet samplings, paired with over 100 wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s scale at the Fontainebleau. Hear from some of the world’s greatest proprietors and winemakers as they pour their top varietals.

Saturday, February 27, 6:15 – 10 PM
MasterCard Preview Meatopia
Don’t miss the second annual incarnation of Meatopia, bringing together more than 25 of the country’s greatest chefs celebrating of all things meat beachside at the Delano. MasterCard Preview: A limited number of lucky guests will have the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets with their MasterCard and get a special 45-minute preview.


Friday, February 26, 7 – 10 PM
Dinner hosted by chef Joël Robuchon

Take an Uber LUX SUV out of the East of Collins community to Miami’s trendiest new neighborhood where one of the most highly decorated chefs in the world will be prepare an elevated dinner experience. Chef Robuchon is bringing his signature L’Atelier, Le Bar, La Boutique and La Terrace concepts to the elegant backdrop of the Design District.

Saturday, February 27, 7 – 11 PM
Tribute Dinner
Head over to the Lowes Miami Beach Hotel and pay tribute to chef, restaurateur and author Jonathan Waxman, and present the Southern Wine & Spirits Lifetime Achievement Award to Constellation Brands’ Chairman of the Board Richard Sands and President and CEO Rob Sands. An elite group of chefs will prepare the evening’s cuisine, including: Bobby Flay, Tyler Florence, Marc Forgione, Aarón Sánchez, Marcus Samuelsson, and Nancy Silverton.


All the late night events are sold out, but if you frequent the East of Collins nightlife you may be able to get in to one of these exclusive events. Cigars & Spirits on Friday night presented by Cigar Aficionado with Whisky Advocate will be at one of East of Collins’ favorite nightlife spots The Betsy Hotel.


Stay in some of East of Collins’ most luxurious hotels during the festival and enjoy special festival rates. To find a list of hotels and rates, click here.

Enjoy Valentine’s Day, East of Collins Style


There is a plethora of ways to celebrate your love with dear ones this weekend. Here are a few recommendations from our experts in the East of Collins community.

Romantic High-end Dining

  • Start your day with a skip in your step by delighting in a “Jazzy Brunch” at Jaya, reminiscing with your spouse, while listening to a live band.
  • Delight yourselves to a formal Cantonese lunch or dinner at the Hakkasan, located at the famous Fontainebleau, where you or your partner may indulge in their mouthwatering Dim Sum, while the other orders from their specialty à la carte items.
  • Entice your lover with a rendezvous at the world-renowned restaurant by award-winning Chef José Andrés, The Bazaar where you can tantalize not only your taste buds, but all of your senses at the SLS South Beach.
  • Only fresh, local seasons and ingredients are found in the kitchen of Essensia Restaurant & Lounge for the foodies of Collins Avenue! Sit outside by the water as the sun sets and the moon rises over the Atlantic, or indoors in the venue’s jubilant ambiance, and enjoy a 6-course specialty dinner with champagne aperitif at the The Palms Hotel & Spa.

Intimate Lounges

  • At Nikki Beach, you’ll find one of the chicest hot spots for you and yours to escape. The Pearl Lounge is the place to enjoy a variety of champagnes and let go of the work week with your one and only, or spend the day snuggling with your Valentine in one of the outdoor bungalows.
  • The Miami Beach Edition offers both a Lobby Bar to sip specialty mojitos and champagne cocktails by their unique punch fountain, as well as Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s exclusive Matador Room for gourmet Spanish, Caribbean and South American flavors & cocktails to enjoy that much needed alone time before heading out to the beach.

Spa Retreats

  • Whether it’s for private couple’s massages, a “Spread the Love” group package to share with friends, or just to treat yourself, the Ritz Carlton of South Beach celebrates this month with options for all curated by Cupid himself.
  • At The Betsy Hotel, you’ll find the only outdoor spa in Miami Beach, shaded by retractable sails and private cabanas, perfect for a couple’s pampering date. You can choose between their tranquil rooftop oasis or the privacy of your own guest room to experience their unique spa treatments and massage therapies derived from food- and plant-based ingredients.

Poolside Snuggling

  • Head down south to Delano Bech Club to enjoy the privacy of a personal cabana after a dip in the pool with your other half or show some PDO at their iconic chair & table in the pool itself!
  • Dream, dance, and drink together at the Tropicale on the poolside of the Miami Beach Edition with an ocean view, island tunes and entertainment such as their outdoor movie theater, bocce pitch and Ping-Pong table.

The Full Valentine’s Day Package or Staycation

  • Carillon Hotel encourages all to have a “Lovely Weekend” with nightly romantic flicks, couple’s ballroom dancing, “lover’s beach day,” a spa package, dinner at Thyme, & a trunk show. Plus, all this and much more is offered throughout their special “Sensuality Month.”
  • Acqualina Resort is overflowing with activities to engage in quality time with your valentine, from exhilarating art festivals & the annual boat show to relaxing at their one-of-a-kind, grand spa, all thanks to their February specials, including “Valentine’s Weekend at Acqualina.”
  • St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort offers more than an array of amenities along with their “Seduction” and “Taste of Luxuryromance packages., including floral adornments, bubbly champagne, and other amenities to spoil yourselves with.

The Ultimate in Luxury on the Water


The 75th Annual Miami Boat Show has relocated off of Miami Beach to Miami Marine Stadium on Key Biscayne, with events taking place from February 11th – 15th. However, there are still plenty of things to do and see in Miami Beach and the East of Collins Community, where the Boat Show presence will remain strong along Collins Avenue.

Miami Beach hotels are once again fully occupied with boat show patrons, and East of Collins’ fine dining restaurants and lounges remain a popular choice for out-of-town boat show enthusiasts who have been patronizing and enjoying the Collins Avenue ambiance for over 20 years.

Yachts Miami Beach has once again transformed Collins Avenue into a multi-million dollar presentation of yachts and superyachts across the waterways from 41 – 54th Streets. This 28th Annual in-water-only display (formerly known as the Yacht and Brokerage Show) covers a mile long strip along the Indian Creek waterway featuring the most extraordinary and ultra luxurious custom yachts from the world’s foremost boat builders. New for 2016, venture over to Island Gardens Deep Harbour on Watson Island to preview superyachts with deep drafts up to 500 feet. VIP Packages are available, complete with valet services, exclusive tender service, and VIP lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach with dedicated concierge.

The Fontainebleu Hotel, located directly across from the Yachts Miami Beach Show features an exciting array of world-class restaurants including Scarpetta, a true boat show favorite. The Soho Beach House, Nobu, and world famous Shula’s Steakhouse have been attracting boat show regulars for years and provide the exclusivity and culture boat show visitors are accustomed to. Further south on Collins Avenue in South Beach, Niki Beach is hosting the Love Boat, a Valentine’s Day and Boat Show celebration.

If you’re staying in the East of Collins Community take advantage of the free shuttle and water taxi services to the Key, or call on VIP Miami Limo for exclusive services. Collins Avenue and Miami Beach will face a different Boat Show experience this year, but the positive social and economic impact it has always experienced from this event will remain as strong as ever!