February 24, 2013

El Ñosh | SoBe • Launch Party @ South Beach Marriott ~ArtBasil.org ~Steady70 2013 SOBE Food and Wine

El Ñosh | SoBe • Launch Party

Star power Chefs Eric Greenspan and Roberto Trevino Mash it up at the South Beach Marriott at
El Ñosh | SoBe • Launch Party , opening night of the 12th Annual South Beach Food & Wine Festival.
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By Cristiane Roget (eat@artbasil.org) 310-220-9118

Miami Beach, FL –

2/24,’13 Raising the bar on singular events, the Marriott South Beach hosted El

Ñosh | SoBe • Launch Party coinciding with the opening night of the 12th Annual South Beach Food and Wine Festival. The landmark four night event unfolded Thursday, February 21 on the windswept wooden Ocean Terrace with 400 blue chip guests in attendance. El Ñosh | SoBe recalled a time when Sinatra and Sammy haunted the original Art Deco gem that is now the reincarnated Marriott, a luxurious, beach front property on the serene side of 5th Street gateway.

T.V. personality and lauded Los Angeles restauranteur Eric Greenspan and Celeb Chef, Roberto Trevino, a San Francisco native and viejo San Juan transplant mashed it up with an imaginative fusion of traditional Jewish and Latin dishes. Sourcing ingredients who’s origins share a common Mediterranean root (that later diverged after the Inquisition) the menu evoked sighs of bliss with Arroz con Pollo Knishes,Yucca Latkes with crème agria and home-style mango jam or Pastrami & Dill Pickle Croquetas with a smear of savory, old-world horseradish mustard.
The premiere libations flowed freely with mixologists from Don Q, Miami Club Rum, Kim Crawford select wines, Corona Light with snappy lime, Zigum Mezcal, l’Chaim Kosher Vodka and The Vini , exceptional wine by the glass, creating novel twists on signature cocktails including celery sodas, aphrodisiac mojitos, and egg creams with an infusion of coconut and aged Don Q premiere Puerto Rican Rum.  More sighs of bliss were heard with the arrival of Hayley St Pierre-Ms. Intl World Super Model, Erica Causcut, Teen Latina Int’l United States, Anna Marie Murillo and Lorena Arbelaez-Ms. Latina Int'l Florida from Colombia. Ms. Ester Dollar, Ms. Latina Int'l 2012 of Cuban and Jewish descent and the reigning Ms. Portada and Dominique Martin modeled couture evening gowns by Charlyn Castro Rojas-Couture Designer and the current Ms. Latin International 2013 of Puerto Rico and doyenne Angela J. Posillico.
 Latin singing sensation Carlos Faroy and Willie Panama , direct from a international tour of ‘Miami Rocks the Troops’, Copacabana’s Elizabeth S. Kobel, impresario’s Gerry Kelly, Rhythm Foundation’s James Quinlan, Denise Righetti at  BocaFoodFinds  and Steve Levine of Steady 70/ Global Getty Photographer were onboard. Anne Burrell, the Face of the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, Chef Todd Webster, Elin Trousdale of Le Bistro and survivor of Gordon Ramsey’s ‘Kitchen Nightmares’ joined Executive Chef and cutlery wizard Michael C. Giletto to pay homage to Greenspan and Trevino. El Ñosh | SoBe • Launch Party was on the national news radar with Al Roker’s NBC’s The Today Show on-air mention and VIPictures photographer Andrew Kutno’s personal invitation to Diane Sawyer.

Decked out diners dined al fresco on the vast elevated deck, a bridal’s setting bordering a horizon of sea and stars. VIP guests and cosmo foodies also included Steve Rossi, Esq. representing the epicurean society founded in the Middle Ages, La Confrere, La Chaine des Rotisseurs, photographer and author, Elger ‘Men Who Cook’ Aragundi, a protégée of Nicole Shelly Models.

Heads turned with the arrival of Daniel Hartwell , Bostonian Loco Bazooka concert producer, author and coach who melds music with wellness, while “aligning the soul with rhythm and good living” and laser genius Mobius8 fresh off a tour with C-Low Green. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZJvI5nVGoQ. And the night rocked on.

 As Chef Trevino purrs away in Puerto Rico with the opening of his 5th Kitchen, (BudaTai, Bar Gitano and Casa Lola will be a hard act to follow) and at the helm of Cook Shop, Inc. with Miguel Balbi and Eric Greenspan’s ever growing list of kudo’s including Conde Nast Traveler and Gourmet Magazine as he helms 5 distinct Los Angeles eateries a.k.a. ‘celeb destinations’ including the Foundry on Melrose that was nominated by James Beard as one of the ‘Best New Restaurant’s in America’ is it any wonder future El Ñosh gatherings are being planned to coincide with the Aspen, Los Angeles and New York Food & Wine Festivals? For updates visit artbasil.org/news

Innovations on the daring duo’s El Ñosh | menus will continue to break new ground in paying homage to the two distinct, but compatible, culinary traditions; one Latin Caribbean the other Jewish Ashkenazi. El Ñosh | SoBe • Launch Party brought together culinary wizards long separated from their fans by a kitchen door and centuries of decorum to advance the Art Basil credo that, ‘fine food shared is food paired with memories savored’.