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Dinner hosted by Chris Lilly, Adam Evans and Claudio Lobina sponsored by Caymus Vineyards part of the American Airlines Dinner Series

Saturday, February 25
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Important Info
Wines 21 years of age and older Smart Casual Seated Outdoors


To put it plainly, it just wouldn’t feel like SOBEWFF® without Chris Lilly. The world champion pitmaster and chef/owner of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que restaurant in Decatur, AL has participated in the Festival every single year since its inception. And if you’ve ever tried his signature spice rubs or one of his astonishingly tender roasts, you’ll know why we keep inviting him back (yes, he’s also the sweetest guy!). And speaking of nice guys – Chef Lilly has invited fellow Alabamian Adam Evans, the Executive Chef and owner of Automatic Seafood & Oysters, and Claudio Lobina, the formidable Executive Chef of The Patio at Continuum, to co-host this unmissable Festival dinner. Evans, who just picked up a well-deserved James Beard Award for Best Chef: South, is known for his expertly crafted seafood dishes, featuring fish primarily sourced from the Gulf of Mexico and oysters from waters along the Southern and Eastern coastlines. For this exclusive dinner, expect a generous helping of surf and turf as these two Alabama buddies serve up a skillfully balanced menu paired with rich, complex and boldly structured wines from the Wagners, the family that brought you Caymus from Napa. It will all add up to an unmissable evening of stargazing as one of Miami’s premier beachfront residences sets the scene for a celebration of land and sea.


Guests will be assigned seating prior to this event. We can only guarantee that tickets purchased within the same transaction will be seated together. If you would like to be seated with another guest(s) who purchased ticket(s) separately, please send your request via email to [email protected]. The Festival cannot guarantee the accommodation of specific dietary requirements (including preferences and allergies) at this event. Please contact us at [email protected] no later than two (2) weeks prior to this event to inquire if the venue and chefs can assist with your request.

All net proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who assist Festival organizers in all aspects, including Festival planning, logistics and overall execution.

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