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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VIP Tickets - $200 (SOLD OUT)

General Admission - $85




Over the years, the Orange Bowl Committee has given millions of dollars back to the South Florida Community through its economic impact, support of events, organizations and causes, as well as its support of intercollegiate athletics and higher education. This event is one of many ways we are able to continue to give back and support the South Florida Community.

Last year 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.

This year, the 2015 OBIES benefitting Make A Wish, Special Olympics and Orange Bowl Leadership Academy will take place on Friday, May 29 at the Broward County Convention Center. The OBIES will feature a night of extraordinary food, entertainment and giving as we celebrate those individuals who share Orange Bowl’s values in giving back to the South Florida community.  Top South Florida restaurants and chefs will have an opportunity to provide tastings and optional pairings.  A panel of judges comprised of South Florida’s top foodies and culinary celebs will vote 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 will also have a chance to cast their vote to award the People’s Choice Award winner! 

2015 Participating Restaurants and Vendors

We are excited to announce that former Top Chef Alum Fabio Viviani of Siena Tavern, and announced that he is the 2015 OBIES Celerity Chef!  Additionally, Former Miami Dolphin, Jimmy Cefalo and Brenda Bassett, both stars of Eat This Drink That Go! Presented by Whole Foods Market, are this year’s event emcees.

Sienna Tavern's Fabio Viviani is the
2015 OBIES Celebrity Chef!

This year's OBIES emcees, Jimmy Cefalo
and Brenda Bassett.


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)


Benefiting Non-Profit Organizations

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