MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Orange Bowl Committee, over the years, has given millions back to the South Florida community.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Storms Weaken, But Periods Of Rain To Continue
The Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence Awards, the OBIES, for the second year in a row, is an experience which centers on food—all in the name of giving back to the community.
The event began at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Broward County Convention Center.
The 2015 OBIES, CBS4 is a sponsor for this year’s event, among other things raises scholarship funds and honors individuals whose community service makes South Florida a better place.READ MORE: Coast Guard Offloads Over 7,500 Pounds Of Cocaine Worth $143.5 Million At Port Everglades
Top local restaurants and chefs provided tastings for a panel of judges, comprised of South Florida’s top foodies and culinary celebs, who vote to determine a Miami-Dade County restaurant winner, a restaurant winner in Broward, a dessert winner and an overall “Flavor of South Florida” winner.
In addition, event attendees were able to vote for the People’s Choice award.
Last year’s winners were; for Overall “Flavor of South Florida” Winner was Sienna Tavern Miami. The Best Miami-Dade Restaurant winner was J&G Grill, the Best Broward Restaurant was S3 and the People’s Choice Award winner was Sienna Tavern Miami.
Fabio Viviani, from last year’s winner Sienna Tavern, is the 2015 OBIES celebrity chef.MORE NEWS: Grandmother Fatally Shot By Publix Gunman Timothy Wall 'May Have Helped Prevent An Even Worse Tragedy'
For more information on the event, and to see a list of the participating restaurants, click here.