SOBEWFF 2018: Clambake at Conrad for CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series

The 17th Annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Returned to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. this past February 21 – 25, 2018.

This year, I checked out the third annual CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series of the SOBEWFF events which included an all-star schedule of events in Broward County, including a Clambake hosted by Emeril Lagasse and Jorge Ramos at the brand-new Conrad Hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach. Here are some of our favorite bites of the night:


Tostada de Mariscos from El Vez soon to open at W Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach


Clam Roll and New England Clam Chowder from American Social Las Olas


Chef Paula DaSilva of Burlock Coast Ritz Carltons’ take on a Clam Chowder with collards, charred lemon and butter broth.


Tropical Ceviche from Padrinos Cuban Cusines’ new Fort Lauderdale Location


Shrimp and caviar from the now closed Hot and Soul of Oakland Park

Pork Belly & Clams from Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille of Las Olas


Cavatelli and Clams from 3030 Ocean of Marriott Harbor Beach Hotel Fort Lauderdale


Pork & Clams from Jorge Ramos of the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel


Seafood crudo from Terra Mare by chef @jsvensson71

Fluffernutter Sundae by @duffgoldman 

Fun treats by @chef_jorge_ramos of @conradftlbeach – dulce key lime bacon donut, foie cheesecake pop, push pops!


The Savvy Strawberry and The SoFla Sage

The clambake event premiered for the first time this year during SOBEWFF. I was actually really impressed with this is event. I didn’t know what to expect.. when I heard about it, I thought, would it be all clams? The clam was certainly incorporated in dishes to go with the theme but it wasn’t overbearing and there was a wonderful variety of seafood as well. Plus, a lot of stellar desserts and wine.

So, if you’re a #seafoodie like me, you should definitely check out this event next year!

About the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival

EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management who also assist Festival organizers with sponsorship fulfillment, restaurant and exhibitor recruitment, logistics, and inventory as well as working alongside some of the world’s greatest celebrity chefs and winemakers. To date, the Festival has raised more than $26 million for the School. In September 2017, BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the United States for the fifth year in a row.

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival is produced by Florida International University and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, with the support of the Miami Beach Visitors & Convention Authority and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information about the Festival, visit

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary experience at theSOBEWFF clambake event. All opinions are my own.

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