GBK and Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE Hosted a Star-Studded Celebrity Thank You Lounge - February 21st and 22nd

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Dozens of celebrity guests and internationally-recognized chefs attended the Lounge, including Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, Anne Burrell, Bobby Deen, Rocco DiSpirito, Sammy Hagar, Andrew Zimmern, Ben Ford, Anthony Bourdain and more.

Anne Burrell and Emeril Lagasse Attend the GBK and Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE

GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, partnered with the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE to host this special Thank You Lounge, an event that gave the royal treatment to true tastemakers and culinary innovators. The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. Hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), the Festival benefits Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center.

Luxury sponsors that participated in the Thank You Lounge include: Waterford Crystal, the world’s foremost authority on crystal stemware, barware and the art of celebration, who was onsite gifting their Waterford Illuminology collection of crystal candleholders filled with scented candles; SAAS Hot Sauce, a new savory, authentic, all purpose and spicy sauce; Boots No7, a leading health and beauty brand in Great Britain, who gifted an array of cosmetics and skincare products from their line of products; Zoe’s Chocolate Co., gifting an assortment of their award winning Mediterranean and Caramel Collections; Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co., gifting cutting board oil that is derived from the highest quality ingredients; Dylan’s Candy Bar; Rhineland Cutlery, high quality, engraved knives; Jac Henri, gifted small, top quality leather wallets; Chateau d'Esclans gifted and poured Whispering Angel rosé; FIJI Water gifted and poured in the suite; Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino of Hollywood, FL donated custom electric guitars; and Castello provided a selection of fine cheeses.

Additional luxury sponsors on site showcasing their trend-setting and functional products: Coravin, gifting their Coravin 1000 System which allows you to access and enjoy your fine wine by the glass whenever you like, without pulling the cork; Cloud 9 Bakery, gifting a box filled with an abundance of their signature sweets; Palace Resorts, gifting a three night stay for two at the brand’s signature property – Moon Palace Gold & Spa Resort; Taste of Nature, gifting their 3-pack sampler gift featuring healthy, wholesome, snack bars with nothing artificial; chocolate gourmet brownie gift boxes from Barry’s Gourmet Brownies; Sagaform Inc, gifting a season baking dish with retro pattern produced in stoneware and travel mugs in double walled porcelain with silicone lid; and a full color coffee table book by Artist Nelson De La Nuez (Known as The King of Pop Art).

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GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK, please go to

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