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Meet Lee Brian Schrager, the food-fest impresario with humble Broward roots

Meet Lee Brian Schrager, the food-fest impresario with humble Broward roots

How did a guy go from delivering midnight room-service meals at the Bahia Mar Hotel in Fort Lauderdale to being one of the most powerful movers and shakers in the food and beverage industry? Ambition, perseverance, luck and chutzpah.

Lee Brian Schrager started as a kid from Sunrise who swept aisles and scraped sidewalk gum at a Winn-Dixie on Oakland Park Boulevard. Now, he’s the impresario who coordinates two of the largest and most influential foodie gatherings in the world: the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, which holds its 16th edition across South Florida Feb. 22-26, and its newer fall counterpart, the New York City Wine and Food Festival.

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