This year we've been on a YOLO kick, meaning we prioritize anything and everything that makes us happy...like eating seafood. It's the reason why if you follow us on Instagram you've noticed a surge in the amount of seafood, particularly crab and lobster, that we're consuming. It's also the reason why we're amping harder than ever for the arrival of seafood, seafood, and more seafood outside our doorstep (no, literally, it will be two blocks away) for the South Beach Seafood Festival. P.S. We're giving away two tickets to the festival. Don't forget to enter at the bottom of this post!
The South Beach Seafood Festival is a building tradition here in South Beach to celebrate the start of Stone Crab season. Every year on October 24, Miami gathers in Lummus Park to eat, drink, and be merry in the name of our ocean's finest bounty. The event is so popular that in the past year the festival has expanded to include additional events and culinary demonstrations leading up to the big day. Earlier this week we had the opportunity to preview one of these events—the Chef Showdown—during which 12 local chefs from our favorite restaurants will compete for our votes in six epic battles:
- Battle Lobster: Chef Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco v. Chef Andre Bienvenu of Joe's Stone Crab
- Battle Tuna: Chef Kareem Anguin of Oceanaire v. Chef Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon
- Battle Octopus: Chef Demetrios Pyliotis of Poseidon v. Chef Brad Kilgore of Alter
- Battle Surf n' Turf: Chef Peter Vauthy of Red, The Steakhouse v. Chef Eduardo Perez of Smith & Wollensky
- Battle Taco: Chef Bernie Matz of Bodega v. Chef Scott Linquist of Coyo
- Battle Shrimp: Chef Massimo Giannattasio of Cibo v. Chef Dustin Atoigue of Mondrian South Beach
During the event, on October 23, the competing chefs will host stations so you can sample their food and cast your vote for your favorite restaurant in each category, while you catch them on stage battling it out for champion status. While all six battles are well matched, we are most excited to watch Battle Lobster, Battle Tuna, and Battle Taco (because we're Mexican so...). We're also excited to check out Whole Foods Market's Sustainable Seafood showcase, eat food from other local participating restaurants like Midtown Oyster Bar and SOHO Bay, and participate in the raffles and auctions. Check out the Chef Showdown website full event information and buy your tickets ASAP. They sell out like hotcakes!
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Which Chef Showdown battle are you most excited to watch? Which of the chefs are you most excited to support? Have you visited any of the participating restaurants? Which? Have you attended the South Beach Seafood Festival before? What did you think? What are you most looking forward to doing or trying at this year's festival? Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami!