Miami Gardens Wine & Food Experience A Success

Zina Jackson owner of A to Zina Cakes and Pastries (middle) poses with volunteer students from Johnson & Wales University.

It was a glamorous night in Miami Gardens in the city’s inaugural Wine and Food Experience.

Actor Omari Hardwick, famed for star roles in Starz’s “Power” and BET’s “Being Mary Jane” heads to Miami Gardens, served as a special guest and celebrity judge.

Hardwick’s touch of Hollywood flair was just part of the glamorous attractions planned for the first ever festival. A riot of gourmet flavors, the event featured a master chef show down among several celebrated South Florida chefs, with a hefty dose of Caribbean flavor. The featured culinary talents included Jamaican celebrity chef Troy Tingling, Jamaican pastry master Myriam Charles, executive chef Boy Ali, and TV’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” competitor, Haitian-American Alain Lemaire.

But not all the heat was in the kitchen. A variable line-up of hot jazz performed, including stars Marie Antoinette, James Dawkins, Melton Mustafa and the Jai Rose Band. The inaugural event also included delightful complimentary tastings of signature dishes from the competitors, as well as samplings of renowned wine and spirits, a bartender showdown and live music.

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