• Tribute Dinner

    honoring Jonathan Waxman, Rob Sands and Richard Sands with Master of Ceremonies Tom Colicchio presented by Bank of America
    Part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series

  • Tribute Dinner

    honoring Jonathan Waxman, Rob Sands and Richard Sands with Master of Ceremonies Tom Colicchio presented by Bank of America
    Part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series

  • Tribute Dinner

    honoring Jonathan Waxman, Rob Sands and Richard Sands with Master of Ceremonies Tom Colicchio presented by Bank of America
    Part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series

  • Tribute Dinner

    honoring Jonathan Waxman, Rob Sands and Richard Sands with Master of Ceremonies Tom Colicchio presented by Bank of America
    Part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series

  • Tribute Dinner

    honoring Jonathan Waxman, Rob Sands and Richard Sands with Master of Ceremonies Tom Colicchio presented by Bank of America
    Part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series

  • Tribute Dinner

    honoring Jonathan Waxman, Rob Sands and Richard Sands with Master of Ceremonies Tom Colicchio presented by Bank of America
    Part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series

Tribute Dinner

honoring Jonathan Waxman, Rob Sands and Richard Sands with Master of Ceremonies Tom Colicchio presented by Bank of America
Part of The NYT Cooking Dinner Series

The Festival is pleased to pay tribute to chef, restaurateur and author Jonathan Waxman, and present the Southern Wine & Spirits Lifetime Achievement Award to Constellation Brands’ Chairman of the Board Richard Sands and President and CEO Rob Sands. Our 15th anniversary Tribute Dinner will take place at the Festival’s host hotel Loews Miami Beach, as it has since SOBEWFF®’s inception in 2002. Master of Ceremonies Tom Colicchio will oversee the evening as guests honor the contributions of this extraordinary group of gentlemen. The swanky and cool jazz band Potash Twins -- hand selected by Jonathan Waxman himself -- will be the live entertainment for this evening's impeccable dinner. 

An acclaimed league of chefs will prepare the evening’s cuisine to pay tribute to our honorees, including:

  • Frederic Delaire, Loews Miami Beach
  • Bobby Flay
  • Tyler Florence
  • Marc Forgione
  • Aarón Sánchez
  • Marcus Samuelsson
  • Nancy Silverton

Long before Waxman was making diner’s taste buds sing, he studied political science and honed his trombone-playing skills while at the University of California Berkeley. While selling Ferraris in Berkeley, Waxman’s employer introduced him to Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco, where he studied French cuisine with Mary Risley. This led to his enrollment in the La Varenne School in Paris, where he mastered classic French cooking technique and received the Grand Diplôme. Today Waxman is chef and owner of Barbuto in Manhattan's West Village, Adele’s in Nashville, and Montecito in Toronto’s entertainment district with director Ivan Reitman. He recently opened Bajo Sexto, a taqueria in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. In 2015 Jonathan will launch a reinvention of his classic Jams in 1 Hotels Central Park, a new brand from Starwood Capital Group. His first cookbook, A Great American Cook, was published in 2007 and Italian, My Way was released in April 2011. He participated in two seasons of Top Chef Masters on Bravo, where he was dubbed the 'Obi Wan Kenobi' of celebrity chefs.

Richard Sands serves as the Chairman of the Board, and Rob Sands as the President and CEO, of Constellation Brands; the largest multi-category supplier of beverage alcohol to distributors and retailers and importer of the Modelo family of brands in the U.S. Richard led the acquisition of numerous wine companies during the 1990s and 2000s including Robert Mondavi, Simi, Clos du Bois and Franciscan Estates. He also led the procurement of key spirits brands SVEDKA Vodka, Paul Masson Grande Amber Brandy and Black Velvet Canadian Whisky. In 2013, under Rob’s leadership, Constellation acquired the remaining portion of the Crown Imports beer joint venture along with a state-of-the-art brewery in Mexico and perpetual rights to produce the Grupo Modelo brands in the U.S. Together they have led the company’s gross sales to reach close to $6 billion, solidifying their position as the leading multi-category supplier of beverage alcohol to distributors and retailers in North America.

Guests will be assigned seating prior to this event. We can only guarantee guests who purchased tickets together will be seated together. If you would like to be seated with another guest(s), please send your request via email to tickets@sobefest.com.

Sponsors

  • Badoit
  • Bank of America
  • Bell & Evans
  • Chef Works
  • Constellation Brands
  • evian
  • Florida International University
  • illy caffe
  • IMPULSE!
  • Jerens Tropicals
  • Loews Miami Beach Hotel
  • Metro Signs
  • NYT Cooking - event only
  • Riedel Crystal
  • Robert Mondavi
  • Ruffino
  • Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida
  • SVEDKA
  • The New York Times
  • The Potash Twins
  • Urbani Truffles
  • Wine Spectator