BubbleQ’s Last Stand

The infamous BubbleQ, a party celebrating Champagne and grilled meat that helped put the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on the map, ended a 10-year run on the Beach Friday night. Festival organizers wanted the event to go out on top, and will replace it with a new as-yet-unnamed theme next year.

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Meanwhile, another one was into big bubbles...
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Perrier-Jouët, of course, was a big draw as well.
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Guests enjoy the 10th -- and final -- Perrier-Jouët BubbleQ presented by Allen Brothers on the beach behind the Delano Hotel. The party, a celebration of all things Champagne and meat, was hosted by Chef Bobby Flay. Though a wild success that helped put the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on the map, organizers want the bash to go out on top and will come up with a new theme for 2012.
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Bubble lovers waiting in very long line to exchange valuable tickets for wristbands.
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Inside, the chefs were a-grillin'. Tasting stations set up around the tent gave foodies a chance to sample small bites from big names in barbecue.
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A guest poses with the only female winner in Iron Chef history, Cat Cora.
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...while even bigger ones floated overhead.
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NBCMiami didn't get a chance to try all the Q in BubbleQ, but did get a load of these lamb shanks.
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Turns out they were the best thing we tasted of very good things all night, thanks to local chef Jonathan Eismann. MMMMM.
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PR guru Tara Solomon poses with The Forge owner Shareef Malnick outside the restaurant's booth.
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Students from Florida International University's hospitality program got a crash course in ticketing, event coordination, and even food prep.
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...and managed to have a good time toiling the night away by a heat lamp.
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Even at the BubbleQ, there are last-minute adjustments.
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Chef Douglas Rodriguez of Miami's De Rodriguez Ocean carves up some 'cue behind his outpost in the tent.
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People really, really, really love free Champagne.
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Sweet Street Desserts were on hand with treats on ice -- one for each hand, apparently.
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A roving human cupcake holder helped everyone help themselves.
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Celeste Fierro and Chef Ralph Pagano of STK take a quick break. The steakhouse at the Gansevoort Hotel was on hand with little nibbles to compliment the bubbly.
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There wasn't much room for a dance floor, but a DJ kept things moving between live musical performances. The song that got the biggest response? "Livin' On a Prayer."
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