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Lee Brian Schrager

Lee Brian Schrager is credited with creating one of Miami’s biggest tourist attractions, the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SoBe, as it is known), which has raised more than $10 million for the Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and the Southern Wines & Spirits Beverage Management Center. Schrager’s Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival benefits the Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and is a vice president of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. For more about the festival visit

Julie Mautner was a founding editor of Food Arts. She has written for Travel+Leisure, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Wine Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller UK, and Epicurious. She divides her time between the United States and France.