Get an Early Taste of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

02/18/2015 at 01:38 PM ET

Chef Amanda Freitag
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If you can’t make it down to the Sunshine State for the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival (Feb 19-22), don’t fret — we’ve got the perfect recipe to transport you there (well, minus the warm weather).

Chef Amanda Freitag shared her “jazzed up” recipe for salisbury steak and portobello mushrooms, which she’ll be serving at the festival’s Meatopia: The Q Revolution on Saturday. For the event, the Chopped judge will be joining chefs like Guy Fieri to cook every part of a variety of animals over open wood fires.

“It’s such a nostalgic dish for me,” Freitag tells PEOPLE. “I’m lucky that what I do lets me revisit and add. Ultimately, it’s food — why not have some fun with it.”

Let out your inner meat-lover and recreate the revamped dish for dinner tonight.

Salisbury Steak with Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Makes 4 servings

4 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 shallot, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 celery stalk, diced
½ large Portobello mushroom or 1 small Portobello, diced
¼ cup flour
4 cups chicken stock
1 ½ lb. ground beef
1 tsp. dry mustard powder
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
¼ cup Spanish onion, diced
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 Portobello mushrooms
1 tbsp. extra- virgin olive oil

1. For the mushroom gravy, place a 2 qt. sauce pot over medium heat and add the butter to melt. When the butter is bubbly add the shallots, garlic, celery, diced mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.

2. Add in the flour and cook for an additional 2 minutes on low heat. Stir in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes. Blend smooth with a hand blender and set aside.

3. Preheat a grill or grill pan to high heat.

4. In a bowl mix beef, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, onions and salt and pepper to taste. Form into 4 patties and flatten slightly.

5. Remove stem from Portobello mushrooms and season with salt, pepper and olive oil.

6. Put the steak patties on the grill and sear to create grill marks. Turn the patties over and cook on the other side. Cook the patties to medium-rare or your desired degree of doneness. Grill the Portobello mushrooms on the same grill in the same manner, making sure you create grill marks. Serve with mushroom gravy.

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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