Photo providedChef Jason Shipman takes over for the departing Michael Bennett.Bimini Boatyard, long a Fort Lauderdale favorite waterfront restaurant, has hired Jason Shipman to replace chef-turned-author Michael Bennett. Shipman is a Johnson and Wales grad who got his break in 2002 in the Cheesec ... More >>
Bimini Boatyard executive chef Michael Bennett has left his position at the popular Fort Lauderdale seafood restaurant to pursue several other culinary avenues of interest.Bennett, who resigned his position shortly after Thanksgiving, is consulting on two projects as well as writing part two of h ... More >>
Michael BennettBimini Boatyard's swordfish - one of 47 pounds ordered for the boat showBimini Boatyard is one of the closest restaurants to The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and every year the staff prepares for an onslaught of boaters, salespeople, and daytrippers with an appetite for ... More >>
The origin of the desserts known as Death by Chocolate has been loosely credited to Les Anges, a Santa Monica restaurant from the '80s. Food writer Marian Burros describes the dessert as something novel in 1984, when she took a 15-restaurant tour around L.A. in eight days: "'I think I have someth ... More >>
Michael BennettChef Michael Bennett writes a workbook Michael Bennett isn't content to just sit around on a rare day off from his executive chef job at Bimini Boatyard. Instead of sunning or fishing, Bennett writes. With two Caribbean-influenced cookbooks under his belt, In The Land o ... More >>
Bimini Boatyard is turning 22! Drinks are involved.On Friday, September 23rd Bimini Boatyard turns 22 and, like most 22 year-olds, it wants to celebrate at Mardi Gras!From 5 - 7 p.m., Bimini Boatyard goes cajun with $5 Hurricanes, $ Captain Morgan & Smirnoff drinks. During this special happy ... More >>
The squash shooter from 3030 OceanTerrific weather, a great turnout, and delicious eats marked last night's New Times Pairings at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Without further delay, we are pleased to announce the winners for Best Overall, Most Unique Dish, Most Decadent Dish, and B ... More >>
Chef Michael Bennett and wife serve up dishes at the Kampong in Coconut Grove Bimini Boatyard's Chef Michael Bennett has a joy for both cooking and life. In our recent interview with Chef Bennett, we learned about his passion for bringing the flavors of the Caribbean home to south Flor ... More >>
Michael BennettYesterday we featured part I of our interview with Bimini Boatyard's chef Michael Bennett. If you missed it, you can read it here. In part II, chef Bennett talks about living in the Caribbean and what it's like to serve a ton of seafood in one weekend. Clean Plate Charlie: ... More >>
Michael Bennett Chef Michael Bennett, writing his cookbook. Chef Michael Bennett is a native Floridian, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a passionate chef who truly believes in cooking creatively and making a meal memorable for his guests. Chef Bennett loves his ... More >>
The Busy BrainSeriously?!We hear that Bimini Boatyard had its best sales days ever during last week's International Boat Show.The numbers are in, and they are ridiculous.
• Determined to make its happy hour even happier, downtown Fort Lauderdale's Big City Tavern has rolled out a new martini menu and roster of half-priced appetizers. The "8 for $8" martinis are offered from 4 to 7 p.m. daily and range from a "health cocktail" with blueberry vod ... More >>
We give a lot of props to Chef Dean James Max of 3030 Ocean on this blog. The chef and restaurateur is one of South Florida's most prominent. He's a staunch defender of local foodways and recently took home the top price in the Great American Seafood Cook-off held in New Orleans. And this month, ... More >>
The annual blow-out festival celebrating the mango, including the popular Sunday Mango Brunch, is this weekend at Fairchild Gardens in Miami.Be very British and wear a raincoat - the only proper way to eat a mango - since there will be a vast variety of the tropical fruits representing those grown a ... More >>
• Only weeks after closing his Bova Ristorante when partner and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein crashed and burned, Tony Bova is back in the dining game with Vivo Partenza (1450 N. Federal Hwy., 561-750-2120) in the same Boca Raton space. The menu is a mix of traditional and more c ... More >>
Michael Bennett, currently executive chef at Bimini Boatyard -- home of the famous Bimini Bread -- will sign copies of his cookbook -- with the adventurous title In the Land of Misfits, Pirates, and Cooks -- at the Fort Lauderdale outpost of Barnes & Noble (2051 N. Federal Highway [U.S ... More >>
If you're not a subscriber to our weekly Café Bites dining newsletter for Broward and Palm Beach counties, here's a taste of what you missed this week. Click here to subscribe. Put the eclectic flavors of South Florida -- the "New American Riviera" -- on your own kitchen table with pair of new coo ... More >>
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