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...
Perrier-Jouët, of course, was a big draw as well.
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.
Bubble lovers waiting in very long line to exchange valuable tickets for wristbands.
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.
A guest poses with the only female winner in Iron Chef history, Cat Cora.
...while even bigger ones floated overhead.
NBCMiami didn't get a chance to try all the Q in BubbleQ, but did get a load of these lamb shanks.
Turns out they were the best thing we tasted of very good things all night, thanks to local chef Jonathan Eismann. MMMMM.
PR guru Tara Solomon poses with The Forge owner Shareef Malnick outside the restaurant's booth.
Students from Florida International University's hospitality program got a crash course in ticketing, event coordination, and even food prep.
...and managed to have a good time toiling the night away by a heat lamp.
Even at the BubbleQ, there are last-minute adjustments.
Chef Douglas Rodriguez of Miami's De Rodriguez Ocean carves up some 'cue behind his outpost in the tent.
People really, really, really love free Champagne.
Sweet Street Desserts were on hand with treats on ice -- one for each hand, apparently.
A roving human cupcake holder helped everyone help themselves.
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.
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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