Summer is here, and that means grilling season. And what summer picnic, poolside party or background barbecue would be complete without some sort of grilled vegetable?
Packed with natural sugars, veggies like zucchini, asparagus, peppers, mushrooms, eggplant, and onion get incredibly sweet and smo ... More >>
With no Art Basel or Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival to dominate the headlines, it can seem like quiet times 'round these parts. But fear not. If you've got a desire to get out of the house this weekend and enjoy some food and drinks on the town, Clean Plate Charlie has found a few activities to k ... More >>
There's an ongoing debate about the merits -- or lack thereof -- of the barbecue scene in South Florida. For every diehard devotee of some Broward or Palm Beach County joint, it seems you'll find an equally passionate 'cue fan who claims the goods are few and far between in our region. Carol Vu, a f ... More >>
"We sell more octopus than anyone I know of in Florida," claims Ernie Patti, owner of Ernie's Italian Chophouse in Lighthouse Point. Although the veracity of that statement cannot be determined at this time, Clean Plate Charlie recently spoke with Patti and Ernie's Italian Chophouse execut ... More >>
Everything's bigger in Texas, and if you're looking to go big for your Father's Day barbecue next Sunday, Jeremy "Jay" Armstead of Texas Hold 'Em has a few secrets for a Texas-style celebration for Dad.According to Armstead, "Texas-style barbecue is all about long periods of smoke with a slow-cookin ... More >>
Palm Beach's own Top Chef contestant Lindsay Autry has been getting around a lot, lately. Fresh from her recent Sunday Supper/Monday Leftovers pop-up with chef Roy Villacrucis, Autry flew to New York City for an appearance on the Today show.
Chef Autry, who resides in West Palm Beach, presented an ... More >>
The second annual Seminole Hard Rock Rock 'n' Roll Beer-B-Que, presented by New Times, gets grilling on Saturday, June 30 and if you like to have your meat smoked you're not going to want to miss out on this event.From 4 - 8 p.m., over 40 of south Florida's best barbeque restaurants will compete by ... More >>
A reader recently called Clean Plate Charlie's attention to the barbecue served at The Hog Restaurant in Pompano Beach, a relatively new, independent joint that's been open for about six months. Since it's all about style when it comes to barbecue, we'll cut to the chase: Restaurant manager Alessand ... More >>
photo courtesy of Mark Woodbury, Woodbury and Associates.Mark Woodbury smokes a Bacon Explosion at Culinary Concepts, the local Big Green Egg dealer in Pompano Beach. "Grill Girl" Robyn Lindars is a local grilling and BBQ fanatic and blogs about her adventures at grillgrrrl.com.Those of us addict ... More >>
"It was a brave man who first ate an oyster." Jonathan Swift said that, but he could have just as easily been talking about the artichoke, a member of the thistle family with spiky little thorns that looks like the Jolly Green Giant's fist. You gotta give credit for at least a little braver ... More >>
Photos by Bradford Schmidt"What are you doing?" My wife, Joanna, had returned unexpectedly from some errands was staring at me from the doorway."What? The house is always filled with kids. I had some time alone -- what do you think I'm going to do? You, uh, want to help me out a little?" I asked ... More >>
Photo from Flickr user Cap'n SurlyThe decade brought us many great meat products, like the Bacon Explosion.Growing up, I was always a fan of those ubiquitous "best of the year" stories that news outlets put together every December, so I thought it fitting that I give a little something back this ... More >>
This week on the program:What's up there, Cupcake? A pretty good, cheap Riesling, that's what.A nomadic, artisan barbecue cart out of Lake Worth is pulling pork at bar near you.Bad customers are just as awful as bad servers. Don't be a bad customer.Downtown's newest barbecue joint is pumping up t ... More >>
Photo by flickr user Jackie Baisa"What the hell are you doing?" he asks me.
"Getting ready to cook these steaks," I tell him.
"Dude - there's a grill right outside the door, and you're heating up a pan? Are you on crack?"
Men are supposed to intuitively know how to cook steaks. It's in o ... More >>
The Meatist's post this morning on which supermarket bacon is the best made me excited all over again for my favorite new holiday: Bacon Day. That's right, September 5 this year will be to bacon what Labor Day is to really cheap beer and barbecue, a day to revel in the wonders of cured pork belly ... More >>
915 in Key West is home to some amazing Fries with aioli.The Food Network has a new show called The Best Thing I Ever Ate (9 and 9:30 p.m. tonight), and it features the usual roster of the network's chefs and celebrity foodies running down the best things they've stuffed in their constantly yapping ... More >>