South Beach Seafood Festival Announces Restaurant Lineup, Fights Childhood Hunger

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The second annual Hess Select festival will take place in Miami Beach Oct. 25, with an impressive array of participating eateries, and has announces a new social cause that will benefit from proceeds from the event. Tickets are on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets.

"With the amazing food, the region's favorite bands and musicians, the little chefs in the Goya Kids Zone and the Eat Smart initiative, a great cause for kids, this event is a "must do" for a great day of family fun!"

A lineup of premier local eateries and the return of a popular pop-up restaurant has been announced for the Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival, a celebration of South Florida's best seafood and entertainment, Saturday, Oct. 25, from 1-9 p.m. at Lummus Park. For the first time, the festival will supporting a new program launched by The Community Initiatives Foundation to battle childhood hunger and childhood obesity in disadvantaged youth throughout South Florida called EAT SMART. Tickets for the popular Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival are on sale now for $25 for general admission, $50 for a Seafood Lovers Pass, and $150 for a Premier All Access Pass at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/693382, or by calling Brown Paper Tickets' 24/7 event concierges at 1-800-838-3006.

"There is not a healthier or more fun way for the entire family to enjoy the best that South Florida has to offer in terms of food and fun than the Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival," said Valerie Roy, of the festival's organizing team. "With the amazing food, the region's favorite bands and musicians, the little chefs in the Goya Kids Zone and the Eat Smart initiative, a great cause for kids, this event is a "must do" for a great day of family fun!"

This year’s restaurant participants include:

  •         the return pop-up beach restaurant "Mini's Cafe"
  •     A Fish Called Avalon
  •     Café Avanti
  •     CIBO
  •     City Hall the Restaurant
  •     CJ’s Crab Shack
  •     Joe’s Stone Crabs    
  •     Naked Taco
  •     Park Central
  •     Poseidon Greek Restaurant & Outdoor Lounge
  •     Red Steakhouse
  •     Tarpon Bend
  •     Smith & Wollensky
  •     Whole Foods

In 2013, over 6,500 seafood-lovers supported the event. New satellite events for 2014 include a VIP Kickoff Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crabs Oct. 22, a Seafood Shuffle down Ocean Drive Oct. 23, and the “Chef Showdown” at the Seafood & Sneakers Ball hosted in the Goya Culinary Pavilion Oct. 24.

The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival guarantees to be a true Miami-style event as guests can expect entertainment by some of the most popular live bands to include Spam All-Stars, cooking and mixology demonstrations sponsored by Badia Spices, retail activations, multiple full bars that will feature a variety of wines from entitlement partner, HESS SELECT, cocktails by local mixologists featuring: Bacardi, Stoli, Tequila Herradura, and Gold Coast Beverages beer, to include Blue Moon Brew Pub, Peroni, Crispin Cider, and Coors Light Sports Bar playing college football all day long. Confirmed sponsors to date also include: Premier Beverage, GOYA, featuring a new on-site Goya Culinary Pavilion for Premier All Access Pass holders, Warren Henry Automotive Group, Range Rover, Equinox, Coca-Cola, Badia Spices, Doctors Hospital, Walgreens, Arquitectonica, Flowers Baking Co., Metro Signs, Le Cordon Bleu, 50 State Security, US Army, and SFM Services Inc.

For more information, follow the Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival on Facebook, on Instagram @SobeSeafoodFest, on Twittet @SobeSeafoodFest, and don't forget to use HASHTAG: #SobeSeafood.

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About: Community Initiatives Foundation & EAT SMART PROGRAM                            
The 2014 festival will benefit Community Initiatives Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, with a mission to spread the word on philanthropy, as well as support programs, community initiatives and individuals in need. The Community Initiatives Foundation is utilizing the Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival as a platform to launch their new program, EAT SMART. The mission of EAT SMART is battle both childhood hunger and childhood obesity in disadvantaged youth throughout South Florida. In doing so, each Friday during the school year EAT SMART volunteers and partners will provide healthy food packages for selected youth on the Statewide Free Meal Plan to “bridge the gap” over the weekend. In addition, quarterly seminars focused on nutritional awareness from our participating chefs and a summer series of youth fitness clinics hosted by NFL Players native to South Florida, the goal of EAT SMART is to create the perfect balance between both childhood hunger and obesity. Find out more at http://www.cifoundation.org.

HESS SELECT SOUTH BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL WEEK EVENT SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, October 22: Kickoff Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab
The Kickoff Dinner at Joe’s Stone Crab will be limited to 50 guests and exclusively hosted for the weekend major sponsors as well as the most VIP seafoodies out there as this event will kick off the weekend with a 4-course meal filled with pounds of Fresh Joe’s Stone Crabs with the season just beginning the week before. Each course will be enhanced by a Master Sommelier experience featuring wines from the Hess Collection and delicious beers from Tenth & Blake Brewery along with a special educational experience from the Joe’s Team. There are only 1 or 2 seats left for this exclusive dinner in Jesse’s Private Room. Tickets are $500 pp.

Thursday, October 23: Seafood Shuffle
The Seafood Shuffle event will host approx. 150-200 guests as they kick off Thursday Night at Equinox on 5th and Collins Ave, receive samples and enjoy chef demos from City Hall the Restaurants, before they pick up their tickets and make their way leisurely to different restaurants participating in the Shuffle down Ocean Drive, Collins Ave, and Washington Ave. Each restaurant will provide each guest with a complimentary glass of Hess Select wine or cocktail, sponsored by Bacardi, Stoli, and Herradura and $5 bite menus are available for purchase for your enjoyment. Hop on a freebee or walk around and make your way to visit over 10 restaurants around South Beach. Participating restaurants include Siena Tavern, Red the Steakhouse, CJs, Park Central Café, A Fish Called Avalon, Clevelander, Pepe Nero, Poseidon, and Naked Taco. Tickets for the event are $50 per person and include giveaways along with the 10 complimentary cocktails or glasses of Hess Select Wine. Event goers, be sure to #SeafoodShuffle!

Friday, October 24: Chef Showdown @ Seafood & Sneakers Ball
While the main Saturday Festival is the talk of the town, the Chef Showdown at the Seafood & Sneakers Ball will offer the most exclusive ticket in town, Friday, October 24, 2014. This event will serve as the sizzling appetizer before the main festival and feature Miami’s finest culinary master chefs showcasing amazing seafood dishes along with some fun and fashion as we create a complete “Made in Miami” experience! Get your stomach’s ready and your best kicks (sneakers) on and join in for the “gala” evening of fun.

Miami is all about style and the Seafood & Sneakers Ball, sponsored by Range Rover and Bacardi, is here to show how Miamians do things just a little bit differently. Taking place at 9th & Ocean Drive in the GOYA Culinary Pavilion at the event site, Chef Showdown @ the Seafood & Sneakers Ball will feature Miami’s finest, participating in cook-offs on the 305-KITCHEN.com demo stages throughout the venue, hosted by Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano. Attendees will participate in the public vote by visiting the Chef’s restaurant tasting stations around the event space, sample their signature dishes showcased on the demo stages, and vote on who is the best in each showdown category. The “Cutting Board” experts will lend their expertise to assist in choosing the final winners at the end of the evening. Participating restaurants for the Chef Showdown include: Lure Fish bar, Siena Tavern, Red the Steakhouse, Florida Cookery, Oceanaire, Dolce Italian, City Hall, Café Avanti, CIBO, De Rodriguez, Naked Taco, Park Central, and Poseidon. All sustainable seafood for the event will be provided by hosting sponsor, Whole Foods.

While the Seafood & Sneakers Ball focuses on highlighting our seafood masters in South Florida, this event will also feature a major fashion element as we enhance the evening’s “Made in Miami” experience with a “Made In Miami Fashion Show” taking place during the Sneakers Ball. Hosted by fashion blogger Kelly Saks, the fashion show will feature the latest styles by some of Miami’s best local designers to include: The Edition Boutique, Pretty Beachy Swimwear, accessories by TAudry Jewelry, The Fashion Poet, and Lyfe Brand Apparel. Tickets for this event are $150 per person and include all Chef Showdown samples, full raw bar tastings, access to all event open bars featuring the Hess Select Collection, signature cocktails featuring Bacardi brands, and delicious beers from Blue Moon and Peroni. This event will also be hosted with a private Media Lounge, sponsored by South Florida Executive Magazine. 40 media representatives will be selected to join in the fun and get exclusive access to the event as well as the restaurants participating in the showdown. Help us decide who makes the best Lobster Roll on the beach or who has the best take on what an outstanding Surf ‘N Turf should be? With your help, we will know who will win this year’s #ChefShowdown.

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