1 The Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa on Collins Avenue in South Beach. It is the nation’s first luxury wellness hotel and residential community. The complex houses a 70,000-square-foot Wellness Spa, the largest in Florida.
2 This beautiful and modern facility is housed in the newly restored Carillon Hotel, a 1950s landmark of Miami style. After falling into disrepair, the Carillon was amazingly redesigned by the renowned David Rockwell.
3 Established in 1979, Canyon Ranch was founded by Mel Zuckerman who turned his own health around at the age of 50 and felt it was his duty to create a place where others could do the same.
4 Canyon Ranch also has resorts in Tucson, Arizona, and in Lenox, Massachusetts. The spa offers many luxurious treatments, including various facials, massages, and body scrubs. I graciously enjoyed being pampered during my stay.
5 Canyon Ranch emphasizes health and wellness on every level and they have a staff of physicians, exercise physiologists, and other health specialists. Many rooms have floor to ceiling windows to enjoy the view.
6 The high tech fitness equipment monitors and records your personal performance every time you use it. There are also large dance and yoga studios.
7 The early morning stretch class was an especially great way to start a busy day!
8 There are many types of group classes to choose from and personal fitness sessions, if you so wish.
9 The hotel features three restaurants, all serving healthy gourmet cuisine. The menus include nutritional information for all items and nutrition experts are staffed for additional information.
10 All of the rooms in the hotel are suites, featuring tranquil decor and ocean views. It's little wonder that Canyon Ranch is one of the most respected and admired destination resort spas in the world.
11 Later that evening - Arriving at the historic Fontainebleau Hotel, which opened in 1954 and was designed by Morris Lapidus. This 1504-room is also located on Collins Avenue and fronts the Atlantic Ocean.
12 Here I am in the Chateau Lobby. The Fontainebleau has a rich film, television, and music history.
13 My makeup artist, Daisy Schwartzberg, looked tres chic
14 As did my friend and publicist, Susan Magrino
15 Posing with Susan, who is also the publicist for the Fontainebleau.
16 The very colorful lobby bar
17 Upon entering the Best of the Best, you picked up a complimentary Riedel glass for wine tasting.
18 Only proprietors and wine-makers from a winery were asked to pour their varietals at this event, and they were thrilled to take time to speak to attendees about their individual grape squeezing processes.
19 Vougeot Clos du Prieure Monopole - For the first 680 years of this vineyard’s history, it was tended by the monks of Cîteaux, who planted the Clos de Vougeot and the majority of the neighbouring plots at the start of the 12th century.
20 Corton-Charlemagne Corton-Charlemagne is a great white Burgundy wine from the hilltop region of Montrachet and Meursault in France.
22 As we began wandering around the event, we came upon Chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Steak, located in the Fountainebleau.
23 Chef Portale served Short Rib of Beef with Carrot Saffron Purée, Vegetable Slaw, Horseradish, and Smoked Salt.
24 And also Grilled Mayan Prawns with Spiced Mango, Pineapple, Avocado, and Jalapeño Lime Emulsion
25 This is Chef Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, a casual Spanish gastropub in New York City.
26 He made Ensalada de Sepia y Guisantes, a Salad of Marinated Sepia, Spring Peas, Apple and Aged Balsamic Vinegar.
27 He garnished his salads with gorgeous edible flowers. His new book is called Seamus Mullen's Hero Food - How Cooking With Delicious Things Can Make us Feel Better.
28 Chef Tim Cushman of O-Ya in Boston, MA, photographed with wife, Nancy
29 Tim Cushman served Hamachi Sashimi with Santa Barbara Sea Urchin and Ceviche Dressing.
31 Many, many people attended.
32 Chef Viet Pham of Forage in Salt Lake City, UT made Smoked Potato Cream, Toasted Grains, and Wild Steelhead Roe.
33 Chef Jian Heng Loo of Hakkasan at Fountenbleau in MIami Beach made these beautiful Steamed Pumpkin Dumplings with Zucchini, Carrot and Lotus Root.
34 The dumplings were served with Char Sui Puff with BBQ Pork, Sesame, Onion, and Oyster Sauce.
35 Chef Makoto Okuwa of Makoto at the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami, served Short Robata with Truffle Miso.
36 A photo with Chef Chris Miracolo of Max's Harvest in Delray Beach, FL
37 Chef Miracolo prepared Braised Rabbit Loin with Local Ricotta Gnocchi, Salsify, Chanterelles, Fennel, Leek, and Poached Garlic Emulsion.
38 This is Chef Luis Pous of The DIning Room at LIttle Palm Island Resort & Spa in Little Torch Key, Florida.
39 Chef Luis Pous prepared Prime Vaca Frita with Black Bean Risotto and Avocado Ceviche.
40 Chef Dan Silverman of The Standard Grill in New York City has previously won Food & Wine Magazine's 'Best New Chef' award.
41 Posing with Dan Silverman
42 He made a Yellowtail Hamachi Crudo with Castelvetrano Olives, Celery, and Golden Raisins.
43 Chef Charles Phan of The Slanted Door in San Francisco made Lemongrass Beef Roll with Thai Basil and Roasted Peanuts
44 Chef Hugh Acheson shmoozing
45 Music for the evening was provided by the Jacob Jeffries Band.
46 I said hello to Chef Jean-Luc Grabowski of Restaurant des Pêcheurs at Le Sereno in St. Barths.
47 Chef Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen, New York served Roasted rib eye, mashed potatoes, and hot sauce butter. It was available in whole rib or small, manageable slices.
49 Posing with Chef Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen in New York
50 And a photo with Mel Dick, senior vice president of Southern Wine and Spirits of America and President of the company's Wine Division
51 With Mel Dick's wife, Bobbi