Exploring Miami's Food and Wine Scene with Lee Brian Schrager

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Lee Brian Schrager

In this episode of the Miami Guide podcast, we sit down with the renowned food and wine expert Lee Brian Schrager.

Lee is the founder and director of both the Food Network South Beach and New York City Wine and Food Festivals, and has spent his career promoting culinary excellence and supporting local chefs and restaurants.

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Join us as we delve into Miami’s vibrant food and wine scene with Lee, getting insider tips on this years festival in the city. This is an interview you won’t want to miss!

South Beach Wine and Food Festival runs from February 23 – through Sunday, February 26, and will once again host the top celebrity chefs and culinary personalities—from Rachel Ray to Geoffrey Zakarian and Guy Fieri, on the sands of South Beach for Miami’s biggest and most famous annual food festival.

Visit for tickets and more information about SOBEWFF.

The inaugural Nassau Paradise Island Wine & Food Festival is the five-day festival hosted at the resort showcasing world-renowned top chefs, master sommeliers, mixologists, and notable TV personalities including: Tony Abou-Ganim, Duff Goldman, Alex Guarnaschelli, JJ Johnson, Aarón Sánchez, José Andrés, Alon Shaya, Michael White and Andrew Zimmern, along with celebrity and musical guests like Grammy award-winning artist Wyclef Jean and DJ Kim Lee, all set to the backdrop of Atlantis’ renowned paradise location, with five miles of white sand beaches, crystal blue waters. 
The festival will highlight the Bahamas as a growing culinary and entertainment hub while generating awareness for the nonprofit  Atlantis Blue Project Foundation, with the mission to protect and preserve marine wildlife and its endangered habitats throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean seas.

Interview Notes:

  • Lee talks about what we can expect this year at Sobewff
  • Some of the new events to check out this year
  • Lee shares his favorite part of the festival
  • How SOBEWFF has changed over the past 20 years
  • How important the different Miami neighborhoods are for SobeWFF
  • He talks about what’s next for him and his work with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival
  • What continues to motivate and inspire him to organize these events
  • What people should remember most about the Festival

Quotes from the interview:
When you create something, you want to see it grow and that it grows into something greater and more impactful is an incredibly fulfilling experience.”

“Keeping it fresh and exciting motivates me”

“Our goal has always been to be diverse and inclusive long before it became a buzz word”

Who is Lee Brian Schrager
Lee Brian Schrager is the Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.  He is widely recognized for his creation of both the Food Network South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals and released the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cookbook (Clarkson Potter) in November 2010.  His second cookbook, Fried & True (Clarkson Potter), in May.  He serves as the Chief Lifestyle Advisor for Gilt City and is a current member of the Board of Trustees for the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Board of Directors for the Food Bank For New York City.

I loved this conversation with Lee, and I know you’re going to love hearing his wisdom! If you loved this episode, please share it on Instagram along with your biggest takeaways. And make sure to tag SOBEWFF, @sobewffest and @themiamiguide. We’d love to hear what you got from the episode!

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Podcast show notes available here:


  • What can visitors expect this year at SOBEWFF?

  • What excites you about the 2023 Festival?

  • What is your favorite part of the festival?

  • How has SOBEWFF changed over the past 20 years?

  • What continues to motivate and inspire you to organize these events?

  • What’s one thing people should remember about the Festival?


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