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Trisha Yearwood brings out the Southern twang in Miami Beach with ballads, booze and brunch


Country singer-turned-Food Network show host Trisha Yearwood took a brief break from her world tour with husband Garth Brooks, flying in for the morning from Massachusetts to host a sprawling Southern Kitchen brunch in a ballroom overlooking the beach at the Loews Hotel. She charmed the crowd with selfies and hit songs, including "Walkaway Joe," "Wrong Side of Memphis" and "PrizeFighter:"

​Trisha Yearwood in song Sunday morning. 

Our Grade: A (Well worth the $$).

What worked: Along with Yearwood's station offering ham and pimiento cheese drop biscuit sandwiches, buttermilk strawberry skillet cake, cheesy grit cake with brisket, hash browns with cheesy eggs and avocado, and bourbon-infused punch, the spread featured 10 other stations with brilliant brunch fare from Austin, Atlanta, Nashville, Syracuse, Indianapolis, Chicago and Miami. Black-and-white-checkered tablecloths, orange and yellow daisies, and Bulleit Kentucky bourbon whiskey drinks kept everybody in good spirits.
A plate of Yearwood's hash browns with cheesy eggs and avocado, and a ham and pimiento cheese drop biscuit sandwich, next to her cheesy grit cake with brisket.


What didn't work: Pretty perfect, although a cooking demo or food-centric moment would have added to the experience. 

Best thing we ate: Biscuit French Toast with lemon curd and mascarpone, served with blueberry compote and house syrup from Karl Worley's Biscuit Love Brunch in Nashville.

​Chef Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie restaurant in Austin grates cured egg yolk on edible flowers as garnish for country ham and eggs with red-eye gravy, Pencil Cob grits and pickled mustard.

Quote of the morning: "i keep trying to get the other chefs to sing…just sayin.' " -- Trisha Yearwood
Trisha's Porch Punch with Bulleit Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, iced tea, lemon juice, mint simple syrup and lemon garnish.


Craziest thing we saw: A lady in red heels expertly balancing in her hands 4 small plates of Florida orange spicy glaze fried chicken, country ham and eggs with red-eye gravy, smoked pork hash and blue crab benedict with her Bloody Mary. 
 
BY JODI MAILANDER FARRELL | jmailander@gmail.com

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