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SoBe Wine and Food and WMC

Where the filmheads have Cannes and Sundance, foodies have the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

And this year it's at the exact same time as Winter Music Conference.
We'll eat ourselves silly.
Then we'll dance all night to the best music in the world.
In Miami.

Every foodie in the world will be clamouring to learn something new, check out what's doing and taste the creations of the chefs in attendance, which this year include: Emeril Lagasse, Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay, Eric Ripert, Alton Brown, Rachael Ray, Tyler Florence, and Ming Tsai.

The big event is Sunday's Grand Tasting and the champagne- happy Bubble Q. Other hip highlights include Saturday's Interactive lunch and the Wine seminars also begin on Saturday.

This year the classic but usually sedate conference is all firey as the gossips all remarked on the absence of chef Rocco DiSpirito's participation. Industry insiders claim that he and the owner of his spot Rocco's on 22nd Street, Jeffrey Chodorow got into a tussle and Jeffrey won, punting the publicity- happy Rocco off the conference. While we can neither confirm nor deny, we're looking forward to seeing the ever- fabulous Chodorow, who will be honoured at this year's conference.

Even better, while SoBe Wine and Food goes from March 5 to 7, WMC continues on afterwards. See the right column for a list of parties at WMC that we're liking...

We'll be getting a tan during Winter, waddling in aquamarine waters, and eating the best nibbles in the world.....


Parties to check out during the Winter Music Conference

Sat March 6th
10pm to 5am Ferry Corsten, BadBoyBill, Diesel Boy, DJ Rap
@ Opium Garden (136 Collins Ave.)
Sponsored by PlayStation 2
info and tix at Spundae.com

Sun March 7th
9pm to 5am Mazi from Chicago, Asad Rizvi from the U.K. and others
@ Upper Lounge (150 N Ocean Dr.)
Presented by Gourmet Recordings and Relode Chicago and Glaceau Vitamin Water

Mon March 8th
1pm to 7pm The Rest, Relax, Recover BBQ
Nordic Trax, Flat & Round, & Flygaric
@ Fairwinds Hotel Cafe (1000 Collins Ave.)
$15 all you can eat/drink
beer, BBQ, Sangria and Sponsored by Smirnoff

Tues March 9th
Miguel Migs, Mark Farina, Kaskade, Marques Wyatt
@ Opium Garden (136 Collins Ave.)
Sponsored by Om Records and OP
tix at groovetickets.com


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