by Michelle Dempsey
There are those of us who are still relishing in the delight of having attended one of the most delicious and vibrant food and wine festivals of 2016, and those of us are left wishing we bought our tickets fast enough.
If you’re the latter, pay attention.
“It’s like the world’s greatest cocktail hour, but better,” we overheard one guest say. And that is exactly how to describe what went down on the evening of December 14th. Set in an oversized, seaside banquet hall, the fourth annual WIZO Kosher Food and Wine Festival disrupted the gastronomy world, complete with a wine selection that would bring Napa Valley to its knees. At Hallandale Beach’s renowned Diplomat Hotel and Beach Resort, WIZO Florida did what they do best as they brought together hundreds of hungry attendees for the 2016 edition of the sold-out event. Guests strolled through the lavish room in awe, clutching a wine glass and tray – ready to feast and imbibe. Tens of south Florida’s most renowned kosher food restaurants showed up to delight, presenting culinary options that wowed even the pickiest of foodies. Down the very center of the room was the evening’s star standout – a display of wine from over 30 kosher wineries, and the sommeliers who were eager to pour. Set to the creative and energy-fueled beats of DJ Kaisa Kerwin, owner and founder of The Fit Shop, hundreds of revelers stayed energized by the vibrating energy and plush ambiance.
In a few words, the 2016 Kosher Food and Wine Festival was decadence meets elegance, and all for a good cause. All proceeds of the sold out event will benefit WIZO, helping improve the lives of more than 250,000 children and youth in the state of Israel. Maybe that was the reason for the smile on everyone’s faces as they reconnected with old friends, shared laughs with new ones, and refilled their wine glasses to wash down the deliciousness that surrounded them. Whatever it was, we already can’t wait for next year, and we highly suggest you buy your tickets in advance – as this event is sure to sell out again. “I’ll need to buy a bigger dress for next year,” a woman joked with me as she went for seconds (or maybe thirds) at one of the evening’s many kosher sushi displays. And as we’re sitting here thinking of all we indulged in last night, we think she makes a very valid point.
by Michelle Dempsey
On Wednesday, December 14, Kosher Food & Wine Miami (KFWM) returns and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.
Set at a new location this year, inside the beautiful Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, KFWM will attract hundreds of kosher food and wine lovers from around the tri-county area.
KFWM will feature an extensive variety of kosher wines from more than 30 wineries paired with decadent savory and sweet bites from some of the area’s best kosher restaurants and caterers.
As guests stroll through the expansive ballroom, they will be completely immersed in a food and wine experience unlike any other. Wineries from around the world will be at hand to pour guests their tasty wines and share their wine knowledge with everyone. Top kosher restaurants and caterers will offer guests an assortment of their most famous and most delicious dishes from light and fluffy Zak the Baker bread to mouth-watering Miami Beach Chocolates and everything in between.
The event, now in its fourth year, is a kosher foodies dream come true, but it also serves a much greater purpose. All proceeds from KFWM will go to benefit WIZO, the Women’s International Zionist Organization. WIZO was founded in 1920 to support the needs of women and children in Israel. It now boasts 250,000 members and continues to be the main agent for change and improvement for Israel’s women and children. Proud sponsors of this almost-sold-out event include Duty Free America, Atlantic Broadband Cable, and Wells Fargo Bank among others. Grab your wine glass and tasting plate and get ready for an unforgettably delicious evening! The event begins at 7PM. Tickets are $150 for general admission or $200 for VIP access to the show a full hour before everyone else. Purchase your ticket today by visiting the Kosher Food & Wine Miami site.