Lee is a good friend and the most powerful man in food right now. He has taken his creativity, penchant for knowing everyone and created the best food festivals in the country including SOBE and NYCWFF. His favorite food is fried chicken and here are his favorite places to get it. As you can see Hill Country Chicken is his top pick in NYC and it’s not just because he knew that it was going to be listed on my site—he tells everyone so! Check out the fried chicken here:

  • NYC: Hill Country Chicken ( Elizabeth Karmel)
  • Miami: Michy’s (Michelle Bernstein)
  • Chicago: Table Fifty-Two (Art Smith)
  • Las Vegas: Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill (Bromberg Brothers.)
  • San Francisco: Wayfare Tavern (Tyler Florence)
  • Los Angeles: Eva Restaurant (Mark Gold)

lee karmel_deen_schragerLee Brian Schrager, one of the nation’s preeminent event planners and media relations experts, serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. He joined the company in 2000 and oversees projects in all 33 states in which it does business. Schrager is known for his creation of both the Food Network South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival® celebrated its 10th year this past February, which Schrager commemorated with the release of his first book, Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, $35/hardcover).

Central to Schrager’s business philosophy is the notion of giving back to the community, and appropriately both Festivals are registered non-profit organizations. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival® benefits the Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center located on campus. Proceeds from the New York City Wine & Food Festival benefit the hunger relief organizations Share Our Strength® and Food Bank For New York City.

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Schrager studied at the Culinary Institute of America and at the School of Hospitality Management at Florida International University. He is a regular contributor for Ocean Drive magazine and serves as the Chief Lifestyle Advisor for Gilt City.

Meet Lee Brian Schrager

Lee Brian Schrager, one of the nation’s preeminent event planners and media relations experts, serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communications & National Events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. He joined the company in 2000 and oversees projects in all 33 states in which it does business. Schrager is known for his creation of both the Food Network South Beach and New York City Wine & Food Festivals. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival® celebrated its 10th year this past February, which Schrager commemorated with the release of his first book, Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, $35/hardcover).

Central to Schrager’s business philosophy is the notion of giving back to the community, and appropriately both Festivals are registered non-profit organizations. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival® benefits the Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center located on campus. Proceeds from the New York City Wine & Food Festival benefit the hunger relief organizations Share Our Strength® and Food Bank For New York City.

Schrager studied at the Culinary Institute of America and at the School of Hospitality Management at Florida International University. He is a regular contributor for Ocean Drive magazine and serves as the Chief Lifestyle Advisor for Gilt City.

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