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This weekend, some of the food world's most successful and spirited chefs will make a splash at Food Network's South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Tampa Tribune food writer Jeff Houck will be on-hand, roughing it in the sugar white sands of South Beach, at this annual orgy for the senses.
For those going to the festival, here are some suggestions for tantalizing temptations you can enjoy away from the Guy Fieri groupies. For those not attending the festival, here are some suggestions to save for your next trip to the southeastern coast.
Welcome to Miami, bienvenido a Miami.
Five Things To Put In Your Mouth In Miami: Jeff Houck
"The important thing is the rhythm. Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry Martini you always shake to waltz time." - William Powell as Nick Charles in 'The Thin Man'
There are few Hollywood romances greater than the one between Nick and Nora Charles and their cocktail bar. 'The Thin Man,' the film in which the fictional lovers were featured, was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1935. While it achieved none of them, the characters' deep devotion to elegant tippling won a place in cocktail fetishists' hearts for the rest of eternity.
As part of their 31 Days of Oscar celebration, the experts at Turner Classic Movies have pored over award-winning films to find the ones that best celebrated the art of imbibing - and shared recipes for classic cocktails so you can get a little Oscar buzz of your own at home.
TCM's Favorite Film Cocktails
Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
Oscar-night party? Need to bring a bottle of something? Of course you do! For those who want to get into the theme of the evening, here are nine possibilities based on - actually, let’s say very loosely based on - this year’s Best Picture nominees. Bring the one that fits your pick, and pour it for everyone when you win.
Ah yes, Jean Dujardin - won best actor for his role in this film at the Cannes Film Festival, didn’t he? Well, whether or not he or the film triumphs in L.A., a crisp Provençal rosé from just outside Cannes ought to summon memories of that initial victory. Some producers to seek out (the 2010 vintage is still drinking fine): La Bargemone, Château d’Esclans, Château Riotor, Commanderie de Peyrassol and Domaine Houchart.
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