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January 20, 2015 08:15 ET

Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented by FOOD & WINE Partners With Chef Art Smith to Celebrate #101GayWeddings at The James Royal Palm

Added Social Media Campaign Will Allow for 100 Guests to Take Part in the Celebration

MIAMI BEACH, FL--(Marketwired - January 20, 2015) - The 14th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE is pleased to partner with Chef Art Smith as he hosts #101GayWeddings at The James Royal Palm on Saturday, February 21, 2015. A longtime friend of the Festival, Smith's social media driven campaign to celebrate the legal passing of marriage equality in the State of Florida with a free wedding for 101 couples in the beautiful James Breezeway is the perfect addition to the star-studded weekend. 

Starting Tuesday, January 20th, the Festival, alongside Smith and The James Royal Palm, will issue a social media driven campaign to release 50 passes to the public to attend the wedding reception with a guest. Winners have the ability to make an optional direct donation to the LGBTQA Club at Florida International University (FIU).

"A close friend of the Festival's for many years, Art has been a driving force behind marriage equality efforts nationwide," said Festival founder and Director Lee Brian Schrager. "We are excited to be a part of this historic occasion with him, and wish all of the new couples exchanging vows in Florida a happy marriage filled with lots of wine, food, and laughter."

WHO/WHAT:Chef Art Smith will host #101GayWeddings, which will include a one-of-a-kind wedding cake from celebrity chef and Festival veteran Duff Goldman and a special toast courtesy of Moët Ice Imperial, during the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival weekend.
  
 Following the wedding, newlyweds and winners of the social media driven campaign will enjoy a cocktail reception featuring bites from a handful of South Florida chefs and dance party featuring DJ Chi Chi Larue. FIU's LGBTQA Club will be on-site to raise additional funds for the organization.
  
WHEN:Saturday, February 21, 2015
Cocktail Reception begins at 3:00 PM
  
WHERE:The James Royal Palm
1545 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

About the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE

All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & 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. To date, the Festival has raised more than $20 million for the School. In September 2014, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the second consecutive year. 

The Food Network & Cooking Channel 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.sobefest.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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