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Foodie Feast in Fort Lauderdale

A rebranded epicurean extravaganza promises a week of kitchen demonstrations and gourmet bites from some of Broward County’s most inspired chefs. That’s just part of the allure at the Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival, which is slated for Jan. 9-15 at various locations. Co-founders Kate Reed and Phillip Marro have expanded the offerings at the former Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival, creating a full schedule of cooking classes to complement the popular Grand Tasting event.
Among the highlights:

• Tuesday, Jan. 10Chris Miracolo, corporate executive chef of The Restaurant People, pulls back the curtain on your favorite homestyle dishes at Southern Cooking 101. Expect insights into fried green tomatoes, low country shrimp and grits, fruit cobbler and more. (Location: TRP Taste)

• Wednesday, Jan. 11Sabrina Courtemanche, executive pastry chef at Riverside Hotel and winner of Sugar Rush Christmas on Netflix, shares some of her sweetest secrets during Cake Decorating—In a Galaxy Far, Far Away. Attendees will create their own four-layer cake with buttercream icing and sculpted fondant details.

• Thursday, Jan. 12: The slice is right during this ingredient-by-ingredient class with Tom Magaddino at his home base, Pizzeria Magaddino, that culminates in a Neapolitan-style pie. As a bonus, The Art of Pizza demonstration includes a cold beer selection from Gulf Stream Brewing Company.

In addition, chef Jorge Montes—the native of Peru who stages live-stream cooking classes, pop-up events and private cooking parties through Sazoned.com—will host kitchen demonstrations throughout the week, including sessions on empanadas (Jan. 9) and tapas (Jan. 11).

The foodie fun continues on Saturday, Jan. 14, with The Grand Tasting at Las Olas Oceanside Park (noon to 4 p.m.). The event (ages 21 and over only) includes unlimited bites and beverage tastings, a demonstration from Jason Smith (familiar to fans of the Food Network for victories on several competition shows), and live music from local standout Alexander Starr.

Proceeds from Visit Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival benefit Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Visit VLFoodWine.comfor the complete rundown of programming and to purchase tickets for any of the events.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.