Orange Bowl Impact & Excellence Awards

Presented by Florida Blue


Friday, May 29, 2015

VIP Ticket Holders | 6:30 p.m.

General Admission | 7:30 p.m.

Broward County Convention Center

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The 2014 Event

The 2014 OBIES presented by Florida Blue featured a night of extraordinary food, entertainment and giving as we celebrated those who share Orange Bowl’s values in giving back to the South Florida community. 

James Beard Award winner, Chef Norman van Aken of NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, headlined a group of celebrity chefs including Fabio Viviani (Siena Tavern Miami), Ralph Pagano (Naked Taco), Paula DaSilva (3030 Ocean), and Howie Kleinberg (Bulldog Barbecue & Burger). Both Viviani and Kleinberg competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef”, while Da Silva and Pago are both veterans of television’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” Among other top restaurants offering tastings and competing to capture the title of best chef/restaurant as chosen by the patrons including Michael Schwartz’s Harry’s Pizzeria (including cookies by Hedy Goldsmith), eating house / TAPERIA RACA, J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour, Barton G. The Restaurant, Steak 954, S3, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Pincho Factory, YOLO, Shula’s Steak House, and Miami Smokers just to name a few.

The evening was hosted by Paul Castronovo from the Paul & Young Ron Morning Show on Big 105.9 and musical entertainment was provided by Miami’s own DJ Cruz. Attendees were entered to win an array of raffle items and enjoyed complimentary selections from the bar.

Click here to see photos from the 2014 OBIES



2014 Winners

Overall “Flavor of South Florida” Winner
Siena Tavern Miami

Dishes: Gnocchi with Truffle Cream, fried sage, and crispy pancetta; Bay Scallop Crudo with granny smith apple, toasted coriander, lime, basil, chili sea salt

Best Miami-Dade Restaurant
J&G Grill -  St. Regis Bal Harbour

Dish: Tuna Crudo with Avocado Mousse

Best Broward Restaurant

Dish: Short rib with calabaza puree, red wine glaze, and horseradish baynuls vinaigrette

People’s Choice Award
Siena Tavern Miami

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 and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida surprised seven year-old “Wish Kid” Joey M. by bringing him on stage to cook his favorite dish, Macaroni and Cheese, with Chef Viviani. A very special wish was revealed as Joey was then told that his wish to go to Disney World for the first time with his family had been granted.

The Orange Bowl also recognized two individuals for the contributions they have made in the community and youth sports with the Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Impact Award and the Orange Bowl Jr. Courage Award.

Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Community Service Award
Lauryn Williams is the only woman and the fifth person to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, having won Gold and Silver in Track & Field (Summer ’04 and ’12) and Silver in Bobsledding (Winter ’14). In the community, she was U.S. Track & Field’s (USATF) 2006 Visa Humanitarian of the Year, having done everything from volunteering with deaf students, to establishing a scholarship fund, to having been involved with USATF’s "Be A Champion" youth outreach program promoting the benefits of physical activity.

Orange Bowl Jr. Courage Award
Kathryn Serra is a nine year-old that earned a spot as the right tackle on the 90 pound Biscayne Key Rats of the Miami Xtreme Football League, a member of the Orange Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority. She’s the first and only girl playing for the Key Rats. She is serving as a role model for girls by fearlessly excelling at a physical sport typically dominated by males.

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

Arleeya Alexander (William H. Turner Technical Arts High School/Basketball at Miami Norland Senior High School)
Tyson Grace (Dillard Senior High School/Basketball & Baseball)
Michael Hammond (Coral Gables Senior High School/Golf)
Sacha Jadotte (Royal Palm Beach Community High School/Football, Weightlifting & Wrestling)
Morgan Lauer (Seminole Ridge Community High School/Flag Football & Volleyball)
Guimarsha Louis (Miramar High School/ Soccer & Softball)


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