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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
As the sun set on Fort Lauderdale, the wine poured freely as thousands of people enjoyed food and drink al fresco at Friday evening's Las Olas Wine and Food Festival.
More than three dozen of South Florida's finest restaurants were represented at the fete that benefits the American Lung Association ... More >>
Starting tomorrow Tortuga Music Festival will be taking over Fort Lauderdale. Artists ranging from Grace Potter, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, and G. Love and Special Sauce to Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Avett Brothers, and Kenny Chesney will be playing right smack dab on the beach.
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In an age when most people read electronically, Best Chefs America is a bit of a throwback. For now, it's available only in a hardbound edition ($75, available online at bestchefsamerica.com), but the recently published book is both beautiful and useful. The book lists nearly 4,700 of the best chefs ... More >>
Just like many other career paths the culinary industry tends to be a male dominated field. For years, women wanting to make it big had to fight their way to the top. Lately, it seems to be getting better. It's become more and more common to see women running the show in their own kitchens and ... More >>
For more on South Florida's food scene, check out New Times' Taste guide, hitting newsstands Thursday, February 21.
The idea of eating locally grown produce is all well and good, but when it boils down to a busy day, a rumbling stomach, and an empty fridge, it can be tough to make educated, respons ... More >>
It's that time of year again -- a chance to see what's in store food-wise, as dozens of publications, companies and agencies pin down celebrity chefs, food product developers, specialty purveyors -- even the U.S. culinary ambassador -- to get their opinion on what they think will be the hot new ... More >>
In south Florida, there are few names that have made a long-lasting impact on the culinary industry. Chef Dean James Max is one. His name comes up not just for his talent in terms of churning out beautifully prepared sustainable seafood dishes, but for his impact on the next generation of south Flor ... More >>
If you missed last weekend's Flavors of Fort Lauderdale, you missed out on heaps of delicious food and drinks. With cooking demonstrations, tons of food, and multiple options for inebriation, the festival was a definite success. Headed by Chef Allen Susser, with a focus on sustainable seafood, the f ... More >>
With a past that includes topless donut shops and kitschy theme restaurants, Fort Lauderdale has not historically been known as a culinary hotbed. That, however, has been changing for quite a while. With an onslaught of new culinary events, Fort Lauderdale is working to heighten its image in the foo ... More >>
Scotch is one of those spirits that elicits strong reactions; may it be a strong buzz from consuming copious amounts or a flat out look of disgust. However, even scotch admirers know very little about the gentlemen's drink. Market 17 is attempting to turn that sense of bewilderment around with their ... More >>
The New Times' annual Best Of issue debuted this week and Clean Plate Charlie will continue to examine the best of the best in Broward and Palm Beach counties throughout the year. This week's list looks at some of the best places to steer the evening should someone else offer to pick up the check. T ... More >>
Market 17 is one of three restaurants in the running for the Nature Conservancy's People's Choice 2012 Nature's Plate Award for Miami's best green restaurant. The other two contestants -- The Dome and Ortanique on the Mile -- are located in Coral Gables. Finalists were chosen from among names submit ... More >>
Market 17, the farm-to-table restaurant located on 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale, released a new summer menu concept this past weekend. The goal is to make the Market 17 dining experience more accessible for locals over the summer months.Executive Chef Lauren DeShields says: "We're looking to do sm ... More >>
South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2012 is a few weeks away: the Nascar of foodie weekends. Though hot tickets are sold out, there's a slew of events with tickets available. Perhaps a local chef's attendance might convince you to splurge. Have a weigh-in on South Beach Wine and Food weekend? Shar ... More >>
Back in 2008, I started spending almost as much time in restaurant kitchens as in restaurant dining rooms. What struck me was how few women work the hot line. The reasons are apparent: The hours are insane. The pay is middling. The work is grueling. Cooking in a competitive, cutthroat environment ... More >>
As tiresome as the prevalence of small plates may be, it seems they're in response to a downsizing trend. In the past year, more people are cutting back on going out to dinner or are cutting out dinner entirely, reports Small Business Trendcast.Restaurant News reports that 40 percent of consumers ... More >>
Lauren DeShields has been hired as executive chef of Market 17 to replace Daniel Ramos who left in early August. She takes the helm this week at the Fort Lauderdale restaurant that is among the most stringent practitioners of the farm to table mantra of any in the area. Most recently, 27-year-old ... More >>