February 24, 2012

Versailles Restaurant And Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli Come Together For A Delicious Evening Of Late Night Bites And Sweets

The world’s most famous Cuban restaurant is Chef Guarnaschelli’s top “pick” for the 2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE event on Saturday Feb. 25

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Miami Beach, Fla. (Feb. 24, 2012) — Versailles Restaurant is pleased to announce it will be participating, for the first time in ,“Food Network & Cooking Channel present The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Late Night Bites & Sweets sponsored by Godiva Chocolatier,” on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event is part of the 2012 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE (SOBEWFF).

Food Network & Cooking Channel present The Best Thing I Ever Ate Late: Night Bites & Sweets sponsored by Godiva Chocolatier, is an event described as a “party showcasing favorite finger foods & desserts to be enjoyed long after the spirits start flowing.” Attendees will be treated to Versailles’ famous, medianoche sandwich (a sweet Cuban roll with slices of sweet ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese, mustard and pickles); and pastelitos de guayaba (guava pastries).

Food Network chefs in attendance have already pre-selected his or her favorite late-night “picks” to be featured at “Late Night Bites and Sweets,” much like they do on the popular Food Network primetime series, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” Food Network Chef and Host Alexandra Guarnaschelli chose Versailles’ medianoche and pastelitos de guayaba as her “picks” for the event.

Previously, another acclaimed Food Network Chef and Host, Aaron Sánchez, chose Versailles’ pastelitos de guayaba as his favorite ‘pick’ for the “Best Thing I Ever Ate- ‘With Fruits’” episode that aired during Season 3 of the popular show.

“It is an honor for us that Chef Guarnaschelli chose Versailles as her ‘pick’ for this event, and we are proud to be a first-time participant of the Festival. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Miami’s booming culinary culture,” said Nicole Valls, Director of Public Relations at Versailles. “This event is a great opportunity to showcase our world-famous medianoche sandwich, and treat first-time guests to the best late night bites available in Miami.

Chef Guarnaschelli is currently in charge of the kitchen of The Darby, which opened in New York City in September 2010. She has previously appeared on Food Network as both a challenger and a judge on the hit series “Iron Chef America” and as the host of “The Cooking Loft.” She is now a recurring judge on the popular primetime series, “Chopped” and “Chopped: Champions.”

All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. More information about the Festival is available at

About Versailles

A Miami tradition for over 35 years, Versailles is 100% Cuban – owned by the Valls family. The venue provides an excellent casual family style restaurant in the heart of Little Havana – right on Calle Ocho. It features a great assortment of Cuban traditional specialties such as Ropa Vieja, the Cuban sandwich, Chicken with Yellow Rice, house-made Fried Plantains, Churrasco, Picadillo, etc. And let’s not forget the famous cafecito!

The establishment has become a landmark over the years, and it has come to be a typical hangout for some really colorful characters. Its patrons are oftentimes loud and full of excitement. Versailles is a great place to take your out-of-town friends for a complete immersion in the Cuban culture.  The building itself is adorned with ornate etched glass and statues. It also features a bakery, takeout window and a banquet/party hall.

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