Jan 16, 2024 - News

Lee Brian Schrager's favorite Miami restaurants

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Lee Brian Schrager. Photo: Courtesy of SOBEWFF

Lee Brian Schrager trained as a chef at New York's Culinary Institute of America, but really made his mark as an event planner.

  • He was hired by beverage distributor Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits in 2000 to improve a fundraising event for the hospitality school at Florida International University.
  • He renamed it, lured top chefs and attracted the Food Network as a partner. Now, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival entertains tens of thousands of visitors each year.
  • He remains the chief communications officer and SVP of social responsibility for Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits.

What's happening: Axios caught up with Schrager, who lives with his partner Ricardo in French Country Village, an enclave of historic houses in Coral Gables.

  • When he's not entertaining on his newly renovated patio and cooking on his Marra Forni pizza oven imported from Italy, he's out and about in the Magic City.
  • He told us how he'd spend an ideal day — which might include hanging out with Ricardo and "my best friend Ana Navarro."

Breakfast: Brunch at Bachour Bakery or Madruga.

  • "At Bachour, I always order the Spanish scramble, and at Madruga, I'll get the breakfast sandwich, which is so delicious. In either case, I'll always order a fresh orange juice and a decaf latte."

Morning activity: "If I want to treat myself, I'll pop into Well Groomed Gentleman in the Gables for a hot lather shave, which is the ultimate luxury. I'll usually pick up some dog treats for my two dogs and buy a crêpe on the way out."

Afternoon: Pickleball!

Dinner: Schrager said he's always trying new restaurants. He likes to eat locally around Coral Gables, Coconut Grove or South Miami.

Evening activity: "Walking my two dogs, Stanley and Charlie, after dinner and listening to Audible."


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