Martina McBride Celebrates the Weekend at Food Network & The Cooking Channel's South Beach Wine & Food Festival

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Country icon, Martina McBride, hosted two celebrity culinary events at this weekend's Food Network & Cooking Channel SOUTH BEACH Wine & Food Festival in South Beach, Florida.

"The weather was perfect for a weekend on the beach sharing some of my favorite recipes, and experiencing such a variety of exquisite dishes from the other celebrity chefs," said McBride.

Friday night, McBride and fellow celebrity chef Elizabeth Karmel co-hosted a private dinner for VIP Guests. Karmel - best known as The Original Grill Girl - is a cookbook author, public speaker and has launched food experiences "Caroline Cue To-Go" and "Girls At The Grill".

The next day, McBride hosted her own live culinary demonstration to a packed room of food enthusiasts where she made two dishes from her recently-released second cookbook, "Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist For Real Life": Garlic Shrimp with Green Goddess Dressing, and Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad.

McBride's sophomore cookbook Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life hit shelves this past fall. The new collection includes nearly 300 pages of family recipes and new creations from her own kitchen. This follows her 2014 release, Around The Table.

"When I find a delicious recipe I can't wait to share it, just like when I find a great song," says McBride. "So I'm excited to share what I am cooking right now in my own kitchen for my family and friends. These are some of my very favorite recipes I've created since the last book, as well as son family recipes that have been handed down to me. I feel like this book has a good balance of health-conscious dishes and a few recipes for when you want to splurge, which represents the way I eat in real life," she adds.

Martina McBride is a multiple Grammy¬©-nominated country singer, whose vocals have kept her at the top of the charts garnering six #1 hits and 20 top 10 singles. Selling more than 18 million albums to date, she has earned 14 Gold, nine Platinum, three Double Platinumand two Triple Platinum certifications. In addition, she has been honored with more than 15 major music awards, including four wins from the Country Music Association and three ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS for Female Vocalist of the Year. She recently released a new Christmas album, It's The Holiday Season, that features her favorite Christmas standards, all with the backing of a symphony. Martina also HIT THE ROADfor The Joy of Christmas 2018 tour where she enlisted the talents of local orchestras to back her jazzy renditions of everyone's holiday favorites. Apart from music, Martina remains active as a lifestyle influencer. She recently released her latest cookbook, Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life and also premiered her new show, Martina's Table, on Food Network. The lifestyle program offers viewers a glimpse into how she entertains at home, sharing her recipes and cooking tips that make her the queen of the kitchen. Martina is also passionate about her charity initiative Team Music Is Love, which has been responsible for many successful fundraising and volunteer projects helping causes such as hunger relief, cancer research, combating domestic violence and helping children in need.

Pat Nunnari