This week, food enthusiasts across the country will visit Miami to take part in the 2017 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SoBeWFF), where the National Pork Board (NPB) returns as the Official Pork Sponsor and Preferred Protein of the Festival.
This year, the NPB has invited five-time James Beard Award nominee Chef José Mendín to create for the first time the only pork burger at this coming Friday’s Burger Bash. Chef Mendin’s Pork Mojo Burger features ground pork and pork shoulder with citrus aioli and pickled onions.
“I am very excited to compete in this year’s Burger Bash in partnership with the National Pork Board,” Chef Mendín said. “One of my passions is to cook with pork, and I’m looking forward to presenting the only pork burger of the competition. You don’t want to miss my Pork Mojo Burger.”
Throughout the Festival, the NPB will participate in key events bringing top influencers to showcase the ongoing marketing campaign, the Taste of Now, which highlights pork as the most flavorful and ideal protein of any occasion.
“The Festival is the perfect setting to engage with consumers who love pork and are looking for additional ways to enjoy it,” said José de Jesús, director of multicultural marketing at the NPB. “Pork means flavor and some of the best food experts will show consumers all the different ways they can cook and enjoy pork.”
The five-day festival runs from Wednesday, February 22 through Sunday, February 26, 2017, and features culinary events at a variety of venues throughout the city. The NPB will be featuring their delicious pork-inspired recipes in these three signature events:
Tequila Cazadores presents Tacos After Dark sponsored by the NPB. It will take place Thursday, February 23, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. SoBeWFF’s late-night event –and one of the hottest tickets at the festival– will be held poolside at the luxurious Loews Miami Beach Hotel. It will be hosted by popular celebrity Chef Aarón Sánchez. The NPB has partnered with Chef José Garcés, winner of Season 2 of Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef and James Beard Award recipient, to delight attendees with one of the country’s best pork tacos: Tacos de Cabeza.
Heineken Light’s Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons and hosted by Rachael Ray will take place Friday, February 24, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Taking place on the shimmering sands of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in South Beach, this event calls on chefs to battle it out for a chance at earning bragging rights for presenting the winning burger. Chef Jose Mendin will create his exclusive Pork Mojo Burger.
Goya Foods’ Swine & Wine presented by the NPB and home of the National Pork Board’s 3rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards will take place Sunday, February 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The exclusive, all-pork event features over a dozen acclaimed chefs who will compete to create the best pork dish. Taking place at The Biltmore Hotel, this will be hosted by award-winning Chef Cindy Hutson, who has also partnered with the NPB to create and feature a signature dish. The competition will be judged by NPB Ambassadors celebrity Chef Richard Ingraham, Chef José Mendín of The Pubbelly Restaurant Group, and Latin singer-songwriter, actor, and heartthrob Carlos Ponce.
For more information on the NPB, including new recipes, information on choice and lean cuts, health, and safety information, cooking tips and promotions, visit www.porkteinspira.com. To join the social conversation, like the Facebook page Pork Te Inspira, and follow its Twitter and Instagram.1