HOSTING A BARBEQUE MARVEL FOR THE SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL®
Chris Lilly and Adam Evans joined Chef Claudio Lobina at the iconic Miami Beach residences for a Southern-style showcase of wonderous selections from the grill
Continuum, South Florida’s premier resort-style oceanfront condominium residences, participated in its fourth year for the 22nd Annual Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) on Saturday, February 25th, hosted by two of today’s most celebrated barbeque and seafood personalities.
The Patio restaurant at the Continuum in Miami Beach presented an exquisite evening of Southern-style culinary excellence, hosted by Barbeque World Champion, Chris Lilly and fellow Alabamian–the 2022 James Beard Award-winner, Adam Evans, who joined forces with The Patio’s Chef Claudio Lobina, as part of the American Airlines Dinner Series sponsored by Caymus Vineyards. Continuum residents and guests enjoyed a decadent four-course dinner menu featuring pasta, seafood and smoked barbeque wonders fresh off the grill.
Guests were welcomed to The Patio restaurant with a live country music performance by Jay Valor and his band, as attendees mingled at the pre-dinner cocktail reception, featuring an extravagant selection of oysters, courtesy of Murder Point Oysters, accompanied by wine by Mer Soleil. After guests were shown to their seats and initial plates from the menu were served, a welcome speech was given by Mohammed Qureshi from FIU’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, before an introduction was made for speeches by the hosting chefs Chris Lilly and Adam Evans. Charlie Wagner of Wagner Family of Wine also gave an introduction to the portfolio of wines served with each course.
“Our fourth year of participation during this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival proved to be one of our most memorable to-date,” says Rishi Idnani, Managing Director of the Continuum. “This unique collaboration between Chris Lilly, Adam Evans and our very own Chef Claudio Lobina, gave our residents and attendees a world-class experience in Southern-style barbeque. The giant rig containing two oversized grills was driven by Chris Lilly from Alabama to Miami Beach especially for the event, and was an impressive fixture for everyone’s amazement on the night. On behalf of the entire Continuum management team, I would like to thank the festival’s organizing committee, together with the sponsors and our patrons for helping to make this fourth year a resounding success.”
Guests enjoyed an exclusive menu comprising of outdoor grilled and Mediterranean delicacies that included Smoked Gulf Fish Nori Taco, Chargrilled Cauliflower Po’boy Slider, Filet Mignon Beef Tartare on Waffle Parmigiano, Lobster Catalana, Spinach Ricotta Raviolone, Smoked Beef Brisket Wrapped Scallops, Barbecue Beef Short Rib and Grilled Gulf Shrimp, and Bourbon Cream Peanut Butter Pie for dessert. Each course was paired with a selection of international wines courtesy of Wagner Family of Wine, Caymus Vineyards and selections from the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits portfolio.
Continuum is South Florida’s premier resort-style oceanfront condominium residencies, located on the southern-most tip of Miami Beach. Developed by The Continuum Company, LLC, the property includes two towers – the South Tower, which opened in 2000, comprising of 42 floors, and the North Tower, which opened in 2007, comprising of 37 floors. With 26 different residential condominium floor-plans and 5 different townhouse floor-plans offered, amenities at Continuum include two lagoon pools, private patio restaurant, sporting club and spa with state-of-the-art gym and lap pool, Tennis Pavilion with 3 clay courts, indoor parking garage with 24-hour gated security, multiple meeting rooms and a full-time concierge. Continuum provides direct access to the beach and is situated on 12 acres of perfectly manicured oceanfront property, with unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Continuum represents the largest parcel of beachfront property available in the South of Fifth neighborhood of Miami Beach. For further information, visit www.ContinuumSB.com.
About the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One
EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. 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, SOBEWFF® has raised more than $34 million for the School. In November 2021, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the ninth year in a row.
The South Beach Wine & Food Festival® is produced by Florida International University and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, 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 sobewff.org or call 866.271.8540. For more information about Florida International University visit fiu.edu, for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management visit hospitality.fiu.edu and for more information about Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits visit southernglazers.com.
Event photography: Courtesy World Red Eye