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Past Meets Present event invites guests to dine like family during SOBEWFF

Gabe Orta of Bar Lab and chef Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill cooked and mixed cocktails that paid homage to some of Miami's many cultures. It was part of Saturday's seminar series at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

Our grade: A. 

What worked: The hosts truly made guests feel at home, encouraging sharing from table to table and bringing out seconds. They transformed the seminar setting to an intimate table among friends. 

What didn't work: While the arepa with chorizo and pineapple relish was delicious, I wish it had been hot. 

Best thing we ate: Curried cauliflower with golden raisins, potato, chickpeas and local coriander. 

Quote of the night: "Is it OK to bathe in it?" A guest asked about the Sofrito Margarita. 

Craziest thing we saw: Miami meets sushi: Florida citrus and white soy splashed local fish with hijiki and sesame salad. 

By Alex Beck | acb10d@gmail.com

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