OBIEs Update: Top Chefs/Restuarants added


Miami Lakes, FL( – The Orange Bowl Committee is proud to announce the addition of chef Michael Schwartz’s of Harry’s Pizzeria, chef Howie Kleinberg of Bulldog Barbeque & Burgers, chef Danny Grant’s 1826 Restaurant and the pastries of Hedy Goldsmith to the Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence (OBIE) Awards: A Taste of South Florida Presented By Florida Blue and Supported By Publix Super Markets. The event will take placeon May 30at the Broward County Convention Center located at 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL. The OBIEs will feature a night of extraordinary food, entertainment and giving as we celebrate those who share Orange Bowl’s values in giving back to the South Florida community.

Michael Schwartz, chef/owner of The Genuine Hospitality Group, is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef: South.

Howie Kleinberg of Bulldog Barbecue and Burgers has a signature style of barbecue that has earned the restaurant the title of Top Ten New Barbecue Restaurant in the Nationby Bon Appétit Magazine.

Danny Grant of 1826 Restaurant and Lounge is the 2012 recipient of the Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and the youngest chef to earn two Michelin Stars in both 2011 and 2012 at his Chicago restaurant RIA.

Hedy Goldsmith of The Genuine Hospitality Group is one of the country’s most recognizable pastry chefs and a two-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef.

This year the OBIEs will be a culinary experience headlined by a group of celebrity chefs and outstanding restaurants. A number of South Florida’s top restaurants will be offering tastings and competing to capture the title of best chef/restaurant as chosen by the patrons. The evening will be hosted by South Florida radio legend Paul Castronovo from the Paul & Young Ron Morning Show on Big 105.9. Musical entertainment will be provided by Miami’s own DJ Cruz.

Headlining the group of celebrity chefs and restaurants committed to the event is Norman Van Aken of NORMAN’s at The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. Other celebrity chefs include Ralph Pagano of Naked Taco and Alba Seaside Italian, and a regular contributor to Castronovo’s radio program and Paula DaSilva of 3030 Ocean at the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. Both Pagano and DaSilva appeared on FOX’s popular show, “Hell’s Kitchen,” with DaSilva earning runner-up honors on season five. Other featured restaurants include YOLO, S3, Barton G Restaurant, and Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza.

Over the years, the Orange Bowl has been able to give millions of dollars back to the South Florida community through support of intercollegiate athletics, education, events, organizations and causes, in addition to the tremendous economic impact it provides. At this year’s event, more than $100,000 will be invested into South Florida youth and sports. The Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and Special Olympics Florida will both receive $25,000. Several high school senior student athletes will receive scholarships and additional proceeds will go toward the Orange Bowl Leadership and Character Academy, which is scheduled to launch a pilot program in the fall.

The Orange Bowl will also recognize two individuals for the impact they have made in the community and to youth sports, with the Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Impact Award and the Orange Bowl Jr. Courage Award.

Much of the success and longevity of the OBIEs can be attributed to Florida Blue, the title sponsor.“Florida Blue and the Orange Bowl Committee share a long-standing partnership and a deep commitment to serving the community,” says the company’s Market President Penny Shaffer. “The OBIE awards are about celebrating the achievements of some incredible South Florida students and Florida Blue is proud to have supported the OBIEs for more than a decade”.

Joining Florida Blue to celebrate scholastic achievement and outstanding community service is supporting sponsor Publix Super Markets. Additional event sponsors include AutoNation, Deloitte, FedEx Express, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Stella Artois, Sun Life Stadium / Miami Dolphins and TD Bank.

For a list of all participating chefs and restaurants, or to purchase VIP or general admission tickets, please visit or call 305-341-4701


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