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FIU Embrace Dinner presented by Mollydooker Wines hosted by Andrew Zimmern and Richard Sandoval
part of the American Airlines Dinner Series

Thursday, February 23
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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


Emmy and four-time James Beard Award-winning chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is back where he belongs – at the Festival, of course! – for an extraordinarily special evening curated in partnership with the FIU Embrace Center for Advancing Inclusive Communities, whose mission is to empower each differently abled person to live at their fullest potential. This first-of-its-kind dinner, the proceeds of which will fund a scholarship program that assists differently abled students on the university’s hospitality track in identifying and securing jobs in the local hospitality industry, will also provide them with valuable real-world experience as volunteers of the event. And what better place to do that than at Toro Toro, the excellent chophouse inside the InterContinental Miami that celebrates Miami’s vibrant and diverse Latin community. To commemorate the occasion, Richard Sandoval, the restaurant’s longtime Executive Chef, will join forces with Zimmern to craft a boldly flavored multi-course menu paired with Mollydooker Wines, internationally acclaimed and award winning wines produced in McLaren Vale South Australia, that does full justice to the dinner’s inclusive spirit and the Center’s innovative approach to programming, community engagement, and professional skills development. Continuing SOBEWFF®’s ongoing commitment to embracing diversity in all its forms, this inspired and inspiring dinner pushes the boundaries of the Festival’s mission – to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE – in new and necessary ways.

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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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