SOURCE: Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival

February 23, 2011 08:15 ET

2011 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by Food & Wine Extends Through March 7th With Its Online Auction

Presented by The Brandman Agency, the Online Auction Benefits Florida International University

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - February 23, 2011) - The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine starts this week in sunny Miami, but all Festival guests and passionate fans across America will have a chance to take part in the Festival's online auction presented by The Brandman Agency through Monday, March 7, 2011. Known for its array of exquisite packages, the Festival's online auction raises upwards of $300,000 each year to benefit the Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

"The Brandman Agency is delighted and honored to once again support the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Partnering with the country's preeminent culinary festival is a natural choice for the agency as we represent some of the world's most well known luxury hotel and hospitality brands. It aligns perfectly with our mission to actively support hospitality based endeavors," said Melanie Brandman, founder and CEO.

Each year, in a collaborative effort spearheaded by The Brandman Agency, the Festival works with its participating chefs, sponsors, partners, and other organizations to make the best travel packages, one-of-a-kind experiences, rare wines, and unique culinary events available to wine and food enthusiasts in any location. Included in the hundreds of exclusive packages available this year are: The Ultimate Miami Heat Experience, a Private Cooking Class with Celebrity Chef Ingrid Hoffmann, an Almaviva 6 liter bottle Wine of Chile (2005), a private tour and tasting of Chateau Margaux, and much more!

The auction is currently open and attendees at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village on Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27, 2011 will have the opportunity to place bids on-site during the evening, and even fans who are not able to attend the Festival this year can bid online at www.sobeauction.cmarket.com through 5:00 PM (EST) on Monday, March 7, 2011. 

All proceeds from the Festival and its online auction benefit the Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center. The complete program for this year, tickets and more information is available online at www.sobewineandfoodfest.com or by calling the box office at 877.762.3933. Get daily updates on the Festival all year long by following Festival Founder and Executive Director Lee Brian Schrager on Twitter -- www.twitter.com/Lee_Schrager

About the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine
All proceeds of the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world's greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers. 

The Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine is produced by Florida International University and Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Festival, visit www.sobewineandfoodfest.com or call 877-762-3933. For more information about Florida International University visit www.fiu.edu, for the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management visit www.hospitality.fiu.edu and for more information about Southern Wine & Spirits visit www.southernwine.com.

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