South Beach Seafood Festival       |       October 19-22, 2022       |       Miami Beach, Florida

South Beach Seafood Festival: In The Kitchen with Papa’s Raw Bar and Take A Bite Out of Boca

Enjoy This In The Kitchen Guest Article By Take A Bite Out of Boca, Who Got Ready For The South Beach Seafood Festival With Executive Chef Chad Wyrosdick Of Papa’s Raw Bar.

Hey, guys! It’s me, Shaina from Take A Bite Out of Boca with an inside scoop on how Papa’s Raw Bar is prepping for the South Beach Seafood Festival!

Is it really that time of year again? #SobeSeafood Fest might be my favorite South Florida food and wine event.

Where else can you spend the day on the beach, sipping refreshing complimentary drinks and tasting a huge variety of the best seafood in town?

Uh, the answer is nowhere.

This year, the main event happens on Saturday, October 20th and it will be here before you know it. Act fast and get tickets now – you can save 20% when you use my promo code: BITE.

Papa’s Raw Bar

So let’s get back to Papa’s Raw Bar! There you’ll find a little taste of Key West right in Lighthouse Point. Chef Chad and the Papa’s team is excited to head back to South Beach for its second year participating.

Chef Chad loves visiting Miami to try new restaurants and meet new people. Papa’s is the only participating restaurant that isn’t located in Miami, so it’s a unique experience for him and his staff. As he said with a grin on his face, “It’s a different animal down there…”

In 2017, Chef Chad competed in Friday’s VIP night of competition (the Chef Showdown).

He said, “It felt like going from the Little Leagues all the way to the Majors. It was challenging and fun, but [I felt like there was] pressure to focus on the competition,” so he’s looking forward to focusing on FUN this year!

South Beach Seafood Festival: VIP Perks with Papa’s

This year, Chef Chad is using his prep time to amp up his Saturday festival dishes and learn new skills! Papa’s Raw Bar can be found exclusively in the Goya Foods VIP Hospitality Village. They’ll be providing complimentary sampling all day long.

So, what can you expect to enjoy on October 20th care of Papa’s Raw Bar?

They will be serving Tuna Yukke Tacos, a spicy twist on traditional tuna tacos! Anyone who’s tasted Chef’s food knows these will be the best tuna taco at the seafood festival.

Remember: You can only find this taco in the VIP area! Get your VIP ticket before they sell out! Use my promo code BITE to save 20% on tickets!

Can’t wait until October 20th to get your hands on them? Make Papa’s signature Tuna Yukke Taco right at home. Here’s how:

Tuna Yukke Taco Recipe

To make the Yukke sauce, combine the following ingredients with your desired amount of tuna, finely chopped or ground:

  • 1 cup of kimchee base
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 finely chopped scallions

Chef Chad makes his Tuna Yukke Taco shells using fried rangoon skins and then fills them generously with the tuna yukke.

Top it all off with seaweed salad, fresh masago, eel sauce and Papa’s own signature seafood sauce, which is available for purchase at the restaurant for $8/pint.

I had so much fun going behind the scenes with Chef Chad to get a sneak peek at what he’s bringing to the table at this year’s South Beach Seafood Festival. But I couldn’t leave yet…not without devouring at least one of their sushi rolls.

If you’re into the riceless roll thing, Papa’s gives you plenty of options.

The best (and probably the prettiest) being Zannie’ Hibiscus Roll — avocado, masago, seaweed salad, wahoo, tuna and salmon, drizzled with eel sauce, spicy wasabi mayo and crunchy flakes, rolled in soy paper.

If your mouth isn’t watering, we can’t be friends.

We also can’t be friends if you don’t join me on Saturday, October 20th for the 2018 South Beach Seafood Festival.

Looking forward to another incredible year of sun, sand, sips and seafood,

Take A Bite Out of Boca

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