The OBIEs: A Great Night for a Great Cause

Obies 2016

This past Friday, hundreds of hungry attendees wined and dined for a great cause at the Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence Awards (OBIEs). Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed unlimited samplings from over 30 restaurants as well as an open bar inside the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. CBS 4’s Lisa Petrillo hosted the night’s festivities, which also featured appearances by celebrity chefs Rocco DiSpirito and Michael Schwartz.

Proof Pizza & Pasta, Harry’s Pizzeria, Ms. Cheezious, M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, Lulu’s Nitrogen Ice Cream, 3030 Ocean, I Heart Mac & Cheese and Pinch Kitchen were among the restaurants in attendance. All of the eateries competed for The People’s Choice Award, which ultimately went to The Salty Donut. Celebrity guest judges — including yours truly — helped decide the Best Restaurants in Miami-Dade (Harry’s Pizzeria) and Broward (M.E.A.T.), Best Dessert (Chocolate Fashion) and the overall Flavor of South Florida winner (Harry’s Pizzeria).

Proceeds from the event will benefit Make-a-Wish Southern Florida, Special Olympics Florida and the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy. Check out our photo gallery below to relive the party. We’ll see you next year.