Brett Chiavari

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    September 25, 2014

    BC Cafe Celebrates National Taco Day Featuring "Taco's Greatest Hits"

    Once again, a made-up holiday steals our hearts. This time, it's National Taco Day. The taco, you'll be fascinated to know, predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico, making it a truly authentic dish. And, although the first tacos were basically corn tortillas used as a way to hold tiny fish, we'v ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    Kiss' Gene Simmons, Fall Out Boy Spotted at BC Tacos

    Brett Chiavari and the BC Tacos crew lived their own personal rock 'n' roll fantasy last week when they met some rock icons at Cruzan Amphitheater. The BC Tacos truck is a fixture at the music venue during most of its concerts. And while most celebrities usually just go to their green room before a ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014

    BC Cafe Hosting Bacon Taco Night: Bacon Shell Tacos!

    Hold on to your brains, people -- because they might just blow right out of your skull after this announcement. BC Cafe is hosting a bacon taco night with a twist...the taco shell is made of bacon! See also: BC Cafe Turns One: Brett Chiavari on the First Year

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    May 15, 2014

    BC Cafe Turns One: Brett Chiavari on The First Year

    BC Cafe, the brick and mortar version of caveman-themed BC Tacos food truck is celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday, May 17. We asked the cafe's Brett Chiavari what challenges and highlights he experienced in the past year, and how the cafe differs from his food truck experience. Here's w ... More >>

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    April 9, 2014

    Help Name BC Taco's Caveman; Vote for One of These Five Finalists by April 11

    You've seen him before on the side of the BC Tacos food truck and seen him at the BC Cafe -- but did you realize that that poor caveman never had a name? Scandalous, really, but finally BC Tacos' owner, Brett Chiavari, is prepared to give his adorable, neanderthal mascot a title -- because even a c ... More >>

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    March 13, 2014

    BC Tacos: Tacomaker to the Stars at Cadillac Championship (Photos)

    This past weekend the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Miami saw an array of stars both on and off the famous (and revamped) Blue Monster. Of course, you've got to feed those thousands of hungry A-listers, so there were tons of options: Joe's Stone Crab, Sushi Maki, and Coral Gables' ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    BC Cafe is Making Glazed-to-Order Cromagnuts - With Bacon!

    Evolution is a wonderful thing. Wolves that want to eat us turn into dogs that want to love us and we go from cavemen to humans who eat everything else. Simple isn't it? We like our foods to evolve too. Take, for example the "cronut", which is the natural evolutionary result of a flaky, buttery c ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013
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    September 9, 2013

    Phillip Phillips Eats and Tweets About BC Tacos

    When BC Tacos owner Brett Chiavari started selling tacos at Cruzan Amphitheatre for their concert series, he knew that music fans would be lining up for his tacos. But what he didn't realize was that he would become the taco supplier to the stars. That's just what happened yesterday when American I ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Clay Conley Has a Secret Love for Skittles, Starburst, and Twizzlers

    If you don't know who Clay Conley is, you're obviously not that into food. For the past two years, Conley has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation's Best Chef in the South -- this year he was the only nominee in all of Broward and Palm Beach counties. The Maine native started off his culi ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Paul Castronovo: Give Him Pasta and Wine and He's Good to Go

    If you've spent more than five minutes in South Florida, you know who Paul Castronovo is. As part of the Paul and Young Ron Show, Castronovo has woken up more South Floridians than a strong cup of Cuban coffee. The Paul and Young Ron morning radio show is much more than the usual comedic high jinks ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Rodney Mayo and Scott Frielich: South Florida's Savviest Restaurateurs

    To say the South Florida nightclub and restaurant scene would be a much more bland and boring place without Rodney Mayo and Scott Frielich would be a huge understatement. While Mayo was opening his long-established West Palm Beach nightclub and live music venue, Respectable Street, in the mid-80s, f ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    Ryan Sentz of Funky Buddha Brewery Wants More Breweries and No More Crappy Beers

    As craft beer bubbles into South Florida's mainstream Ryan Sentz and the Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery in only two short years have risen to the head of the pack. Maybe it's the Maple Bacon Porter that has craft beer enthusiasts packing their bar three deep. Maybe it's the speakeasy vibe of their B ... More >>

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    May 27, 2013

    Nanci Alexander of Sublime Would Vote Foie Gras Off the Island

    Quick! Name all the restaurants you can that donate all their profits to non-profit organizations? Sublime does just that. Sublime's owner, Nanci Alexander, is number five on our Tastemaker countdown. She founded the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida (ARFF). The creation of Sublime is an ext ... More >>

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    May 24, 2013

    Tim Petrillo of the Restaurant People Wants to See Edgier Restaurant Concepts

    When it comes to downtown Fort Lauderdale restaurants, many have come and gone. If it wasn't lack of interest, it was the recession. If that didn't kill their business, changing trends did. Point being: it's a fickle business and you have to be on top of your game to stay relevant. In terms of the ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Steve Martorano Wants More Great Italian-American Places

    A little over 20 years ago, Steve Martorano -- number seven on our Tastemaker countdown -- was on his way back up north. His dreams of opening a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale didn't work out and the cook (he doesn't like the word chef) was at the airport, waiting for a flight to Philadelphia. Then, ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Tom Moynihan of d.b.a./cafe Follows in His Father's Footsteps

    d.b.a./café breaks the notion that good food and drink must be accompanied by a fancy setting and fancy prices. Cut up wine boxes line the kickspace under the bar. More of them form a New York City skyline at the far end of the restaurant, past the multicolored string of Christmas lights. Yes, Ch ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Lindsay Autry of Sundy House is South Florida's Top Chef

    Being a finalist on season nine of Bravo's Top Chef, may have brought Tastemaker number 9, Lindsay Autry into our living rooms, but the chef had been working on her culinary career long before that. The Johnson & Wales University graduate's career started as a kid in North Carolina, trying to figur ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    David Sabin of Brickhouse PR Wants to See More Celebrity Chef-Driven Restaurants

    Not long ago the Palm Beach Wine and Food Festival was just a one-night affair taking over Palm Beach's very exclusive Worth Avenue. That is, of course, until our Tastemaker number 10, David Sabin brought it to another level. He's brought the festival from a one night event into a five day celebrati ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Jodi Swank of Swank Farms Would Vote Nutella Off the Island

    Things are growing in Loxahatchee. That's where Jodi and Darrin Swank of Swank Specialty Produce grow some of the most beautiful and desired vegetables and herbs on their hydroponic farm. Though farming isn't easy in South Florida, the work pays off. The produce from the farm, which includes 200 v ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    B.C. Tacos and Ms. Cheezious Named Finalists for LIVE! with Kelly and Michael's Truckin' Amazing Cook-Off, Voting Ends May 18

    Food trucks have come into their own these last few years. No longer are they the ignoble "roach coach" of yesteryear, but gourmet mobile dining establishments. LIVE! with Kelly and Michael is noticing that fact and they are on a nation-wide hunt to find ten food trucks worthy of national recognitio ... More >>

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    May 16, 2013

    Cleve Mash of Dirty Martini Brings a Taste of Country to Palm Beach County

    Before Cleve Mash became one of Palm Beach County's nightclub and restaurant owners, he was just an 18-year-old boy manning the door at his favorite South Florida nightclub. Sure, he wasn't old enough to be a bouncer -- but no one else knew it. Back then, he imagined opening his own club in that ver ... More >>

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    May 15, 2013

    Lauren DeShields of Market 17 Is Done With Overrated Steakhouses

    Lauren De Shields is a lifelong Florida native. She grew up in a Florida, food-centric family and even began her formal culinary education at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami. She cooked under Dean Max at 3030 Ocean for three years before heading out to California where she cooked at severa ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Tim Lipman of Coolinary Cafe: Serve Food That Is Honest, Fresh, Simple, and Refined

    Tastemaker #14, Tim Lipman, and his wife Jenny, are the cool kids behind Coolinary Cafe, Jupiter's 47-seat eatery that is so often so packed, reservations are recommended for the nightly seatings. What's most impressive, however, is that Lipman changes his specials menu twice daily. Such frequent ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Iliya Dimitrov of Valentino's Cucina Italiana Has a Secret Weakness For Ben & Jerry's

    Not to sound pretentious, but there are bartenders and then there are mixologists. Bartenders are perfectly happy pouring a beer or mixing together a vodka and soda. Mixologists, on the other hand, are like mad--drunken--scientists: mixing up concoctions that have never been seen before. Iliya Dimi ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Frank Coniglio of E.R. Bradley's Saloon: Tells Us About the Harvey Wallbanger and His Love of Horse Racing

    The Palm Beach food scene wouldn't be what it is today without the Coniglio family and its most notable family member - number 16 on our Tastemakers list - Frank Coniglio, co-owner for a string of Florida establishments that includes Palm Beach Island's Cucina dell'Arte, Nick & Johnnie's and Cha Cha ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Marc Falsetto of Rok:Brgr Hopes to See More Chefs Taking Culinary Leaps

    Tastemaker 17 is Marc Falsetto, founder and CEO of ROK:BRGR Burger Bar and Gastropub in downtown Fort Lauderdale. You've probably noticed that gastropubs serving up craft beers and hand-crafted burgers are pretty popular these days. And for good reason - craft burgers and craft beers are two of th ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Julieta Bocos of Casa Frida is South Florida's Mexican Ambassador of Food

    At Casa Frida Number 18 on our Tastemakers list, Julieta Bocos wants you to taste Mexico. Not the Mexico fast food chains try to sell, and not the Tex-Mex most Americans mistake as Mexican food. Slow-cooked moles - a Mexican sauce made with chocolate and chilis - and fall-apart pork called cochinit ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    Susan Kim of Gabose Would Vote Meatballs Off the Island

    Thanks to Susan Kim, you wouldn't be out of line if you called Lauderhill, Florida's Little Korea. Though the west Broward enclave isn't quite as dense with Korean business as Little Korea in Los Angeles, Kim and her Korean (barbecue) restaurant Gabose have paved the way for the slew of Korean eater ... More >>

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    May 3, 2013

    Eric Guerro, Mark Fee, and Jeff Evans of Angry Union Brewing: See Which One Chose Chocolate Chip Cookies Over Beer

    About two years, Mark Fee started brewing beer on his stove at home. The firefighter paramedic took up brewing as a hobby to let off steam. It didn't take long for some of his friends and fellow firefighters to join in on the brew making. It took only a few tries for the guys to figure out that th ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013

    Vaughan Lazar of Kapow! Says the Local Scene Needs More Locally Sourced Food and Zombie Killers

    The exclamation point is an official part of the name Kapow! Noodle Bar in Mizner Park. That enthusiasm is brought in no small part by the CEO and co-founder, Vaughan Lazar. Although Lazar was once known for his skills as a DJ spinning house music at club parties across South Florida, today he's be ... More >>

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    April 30, 2013

    24. Dean Max of DJM Restaurants

    New Times' Best Of Broward-Palm Beach 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up 30 of our favorite tastemakers -- restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, and other foodies who make the South Florida food scene what it is. We'll start with number 30 and lead up to South Fl ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    25. Chrissy Benoit of the Little House Boynton Beach

    New Times' Best Of Broward-Palm Beach 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up 30 of our favorite tastemakers -- restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, and other foodies who make the South Florida food scene what it is. We'll start with number 30 and lead up to South Fl ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    26. Mike Halker of Due South Brewing

    New Times' Best of Broward-Palm Beach 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up 30 of our favorite tastemakers -- restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, and other foodies who make the South Florida food scene what it is. We'll start with number 30 and lead up to South Fl ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    27. Brett Chiavari of BC Tacos

    New Times' Best Of Broward-Palm Beach 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up 30 of our favorite tastemakers -- restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, and other foodies who make the South Florida food scene what it is. We'll start with number 30 and lead up to South Fl ... More >>

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    April 23, 2013

    BC Tacos Food Truck Opens Cafe in Davie

    BC Cafe, the restaurant that shares a caveman and some great tacos with BC Tacos food truck, has opened its doors in Davie (4801 S. University Drive). With a brick and mortar restaurant comes room to grow, so the cafe expands on the BC Tacos food truck menu with salads, sliders, wraps, and burgers ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    B.C. Tacos To Expand With Davie Cafe

    Fans of B.C. Tacos' unique caveman-themed food truck can soon enjoy some good eats in a more traditional setting when B.C. Tacos Cafe opens in Davie in the spring. The restaurant doesn't have an opening date yet but expect to be able to chow down sometime in April, 2013. Located on University Drive ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    B.C. Tacos Up For Best Food Truck Taco of the Year

    It's no surprise to anyone who's tasted a taco from B.C. Tacos that the blue truck that features Fred Flintstone's relatives has got a winning recipe for tasty food.But even chef/owner Brett Chiavari was a little surprised when Mobile Cuisine named his truck one of the best ten taco truck in the cou ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Sunrise Considers Food Truck Ban: Is the Hype Justified?

    Unless you have been living under a rock, or north of West Palm Beach, you may have noticed the rise of the gourmet food truck scene in South Florida over the past two years. The popular rolling cafes are often credited with revitalizing underused land parcels and parking lots in many cities by hold ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    New Food Truck Roundups Announced for Wilton Manors and Fort Lauderdale

    Several new food truck roundups have been announced in Broward County. These new, smaller roundups may prove to be the future of food trucks, which in the past have seen mega events with more than two dozen trucks -- many serving the same types of fare.  Each mobile kitchen in these intimate ev ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    BC Tacos Is Truckin' to Broward

    ‚ÄčNeanderthal Man's idea of a food truck was probably a wandering brontosaurus. Modern Man has BC Tacos.  Brett Chiavari's BC Tacos is the latest food truck to come truckin' on the local food scene, with a planned debut on Wednesday, May 18, at a food truck rally at the Ed Morse Auto Mall in S ... More >>