Award winning chef Hedy Goldsmith assembled her latin twist on the moonpie at the Goya booth at this weekend's South Beach Wine & Food Festival. (Photo/Betty Cortina)

Award winning chef Hedy Goldsmith assembled her latin twist on the moonpie at the Goya booth at this weekend’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival. (Photo/Betty Cortina)

Latin food gets dressed up at SOBE Wine & Food Festival

The was pernil and there was pisco. There were smooth tequila shots and tacos made of just about anything that could be slid into a tortilla. Gazpacho was everywhere and so was Goya, as in the maker of beans. Latin flavor typically runs deep at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, but this year even the most humble of Hispanic dishes and ingredients seemed to be getting upscale makeovers at the hands of some of America’s best chefs. Take the cafe con leche chocolate chip brownie sliders with malta jam and coconut cream filling (yes, you read right!) by award-winning pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith (pictured above) using Goya ingredients. One of the most buzzed about offerings at the festival, she couldn’t turn them out fast enough for the hungry crowd that reached for them the second they were assembled. What follows are more highlights from this weekend’s feast.

(Photo/Betty Cortina)

(Photo/Betty Cortina)

Lechón with salsita and maduros? You may be used to seeing it all spread out on nice big plate, but at the SOBE Festival this Caribbean standard was artfully assembled by the cooks at local Cuban eatery Havana Harry’s.

(Photo/Betty Cortina)

(Photo/Betty Cortina)

Heirloom tomatoes and seared tuna may not be particularly Latin, but on a bed of refreshing gazpacho it takes on new meaning.

(Photo/Betty Cortina)

(Photo/Betty Cortina)

Not your average taco, this one made with short ribs and coleslaw was topped with a slice of jalapeño for perfect heat.

(Photo/Betty Cortina)

(Photo/Betty Cortina)

Not only could attendees eat to their heart’s content, they could take some of the deliciousness home with custom-made spice blends whipped up on the spot by Badia, the long-time Latin spice company.

(Photo/Betty Cortina

(Photo/Betty Cortina

The great Spanish-born Chef Jose Andres (at left) was on hand to do a live demo–mostly en Español– proving to the audience that he is as hilarious as he is brilliant.

SOBE 2013

Would a trip to South Beach be complete without a mojito? There were plenty on hand at the festival.

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