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The OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida presented by Florida Blue

Thank you to all who came to savor the flavors of South Florida at the OBIEs food & wine event, which featured unlimited samplings from over 30 of South Florida's top restaurants and food purveyors!

Chefs and restaurants from all over the South Florida area served up their best bites for a chance to be named Flavor of South Florida.

Over the years, the Orange Bowl has been able to invest millions of dollars toward South Florida youth and sports through support of intercollegiate athletics, education, events, organizations and causes, in addition to the tremendous economic impact it provides. At this year’s event, approximately $100,000 will be given back to the South Florida community. Proceeds from The OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida presented by Florida Blue will go toward Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Special Olympics Florida and the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy.

2016 OBIEs Celebrity Chef

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Chef Michael Schwartz!

2016 OBIEs Host

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CBS4's Lisa Petrillo!

Celebrity Chef Guest Appearance by

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Chef Rocco DiSpirito!

2016 OBIEs Winners

Overall "Flavor of South Florida"
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Harry's Pizzeria
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Best Broward Restaurant
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M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom
Housemade chorizo sausage patties
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and chimichurri aioli

 

Best Miami-Dade Restaurant
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Harry's Pizzeria
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People's Choice
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The Salty Donut
Maple bacon, brown butter + salt,
traditional buttermilk glazed,
GF chocolate cake donuts

 

Best Dessert
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Chocolate Fashion
Petit fours, macaroon and pate de fruit

 

2016 Restaurants & Vendors

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The Cause

Over the years, the Orange Bowl has been able to invest millions of dollars in the South Florida youth and sports through support of intercollegiate athletics, education, events, organizations and causes, in addition to the tremendous economic impact it provides. At this year’s event, approximately $100,000 was given back to the South Florida community.

Proceeds for the OBIEs go toward the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Special Olympics Florida and the Orange Bowl the Leadership and Academy, which launched a pilot program in the Fall of 2014.

The Orange Bowl Committee and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida surprised 12-year-old “Wish Kid” Brooke by bringing her on stage to cook her favorite dish – Chicken Alfredo – with chef Rocco DiSpirito. She was then told that her wish to go on a Disney Cruise with her family has been granted.

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The Orange Bowl also honored an individual for his dedication to the South Florida community. Penny Shaffer was recognized for the significant impact she has made in the community with the Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Community Service Excellence Award. As Market President for Florida Blue, where she is responsible for business operations in the South Florida area, Shaffer has always been passionate about her community and making a difference. She is a widely respected civic leader active in a variety of non-profit and civic organizations, including the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, where she currently serves as chair, and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, where she’s a former chair. Shaffer is also a board member of United Way and a longtime volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Take Stock in Children. She’s never one to shy away from a challenge and that includes her battle over the last 18 months with breast cancer. Shaffer has handled her diagnosis and treatment with the strength, courage and leadership that has always defined her.

Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Community Service Award
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Beneficiaries also included six high school senior student athletes from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties who will receive scholarships toward their college education.

Student Athlete Scholarships
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Royer Baez– Homestead Sr. High School (cross country, track & field, basketball)

Amber Kelly– Coconut Creek High School (softball, cross country)

Anthony Kaminsky – Alonzo and Tracy Morning High School (swimming, water polo)

Gerard Laurent – Coral Springs High School (track & field, cross country)

Desiree Maxwell – Hollywood Hills High School (soccer, cross country)

Deborah Vainstein – Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High School (swimming, water polo, softball)

 

History of the OBIEs

2014 was the first for the OBIEs as a wine & food culinary experience and it was a tremendous success! The 2014 Celebrity Chef Norman Van Aken headlined a group that included Michael Schwartz’s Harry’s Pizzeria and pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith, Fabio Viviani, Ralph Pagano, Paula DaSilva, Howie Kleinberg, YOLO, S3, Steak 954, and more! Last year’s lineup included two (2) James Beard Foundation Winners, two (2) additional James Beard Foundation Nominated chefs, two (2) Hell's Kitchen Contestants and two (2) Top Chef Contestants.

The 2015 OBIEs benefitting Make A Wish, Special Olympics and Orange Bowl Leadership Academy took place on Friday, May 29 at the Broward County Convention Center. The OBIEs featured a night of extraordinary food, entertainment and giving as we celebrated those individuals who share Orange Bowl’s values in giving back to the South Florida community.  More than 25 of the top South Florida restaurants and chefs had the opportunity to provide tastings and optional pairings.  A panel of judges comprised of South Florida’s top foodies and culinary celebs voted to determine a Miami-Dade County restaurant winner, a Broward County restaurant winner, a dessert winner and an overall “Flavor of South Florida” winner. In addition, each event attendee also had a chance to cast their vote to award the People’s Choice Award winner! 

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