Lauren DeShields

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2014

    Ten Best Happy Hours in Fort Lauderdale

    There's a reason it's called happy hour. Sure, you could hit the gym, run some errands, or hey, even make yourself a nice home-cooked meal, but let's be honest, you don't actually want to do any of that. Everyone knows, post-work drinks are the best way to wind down from the workday. The only pro ... More >>

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    January 15, 2014

    "Buy Local Broward" Begins Three Month Celebration To Promote Local Food Sales

    South Florida is fortunate to have a number of farmers' markets, many long-established with a continually growing number of new farms and markets opening in the past several years. What you'll find on any given day depends on the season and the clientele the market attracts. Looking for organic prod ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013
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    October 4, 2013

    Ten Best Chefs in Broward County

    Broward County is known for many things: beautiful beaches, spring break, giant yachts, the largest per-capita gay community in the country, an inability to vote properly, the most hated woman on the internet in Taylor Chapman -- well, a couple of months ago, at least -- the nice Prancercise lady, a ... 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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 22, 2013

    Las Olas Wine and Food Festival: Great Pours, Good Times

    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 >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Tortuga Music Festival and Marine Conservation: Where to Find Sustainable Seafood in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

    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. Aside ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Best Chefs America Names South Florida's Finest

    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, but the recently published book is both beautiful and useful. The book lists nearly 4,700 of the best chefs ... More >>

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    March 8, 2013

    Today is International Women's Day: South Florida's Best Female Chefs

    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 >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Five Ways to Score South Florida-Grown Produce

    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 >>

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    January 3, 2013

    Food Trends for 2013: Technology at the Table, Sour Foods, and Lots of Veggies

    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 >>

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    November 28, 2012

    Chef Dean James Max of 3030 Ocean: A Q&A About PB Food & Wine Fest and Women in the Kitchen ("I Try Not to Let Them Escape")

    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 >>

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    November 12, 2012

    The First Annual Flavors of Fort Lauderdale (Photos)

    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 >>

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    November 7, 2012

    WIN Free Tickets to Flavors of Fort Lauderdale

    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 >>

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    June 20, 2012

    Market 17 to Hold Scotch Dinner Tonight

    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 >>

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    June 15, 2012

    South Florida's Best Restaurant When Someone Else is Paying

    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 >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Market 17 a Finalist in The Nature Conservancy's Contest for Best Green Restaurant

    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 >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Market 17 Unleashes Smaller Menu for Smaller Wallets

    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 >>

  • Dining

    April 5, 2012
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    February 2, 2012
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    February 2, 2012

    Broward Chefs at South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2012

    ​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 >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Where Are the Women in the Kitchen?

    ​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 >>

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    January 27, 2012

    Skipping Dinner Is a Becoming a Trend

    ​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 >>

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    January 9, 2012

    Market 17 Hires Lauren DeShields as Executive Chef

    ​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 >>