I recently accepted an offer to judge a burger competition, as I do from time to time. Recently, our food critic Melissa McCart asked me a question about the deep, dark secret I usually keep from Clean Plate Charlie readers, "you're a vegetarian. How are you going to judge burgers?"Allow me to ... More >>
Scott Rothstein claimed during his deposition that TD Bank played a "critical" role in furthering his billion-dollar Ponzi scheme, according to transcripts.When asked just how important the bank was to furthering his scheme, Rothstein said that on a scale of one to ten, "They were a ten."Rothstein c ... More >>
Talia's Tuscan Table owner, Chef Andy Bennardo, behind the bar at Baba's Shrimp ShackHow does Guy Fieri choose the restaurants he features on his Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives?If it's anything like his upcoming prospect, Boca Raton restaurant Talia's Tuscan Table, it's got a ... More >>
Sun-SentinelA man and his timepieces.Ever since Scott Rothstein's billion-dollar Ponzi empire crumbled in late 2009, there's been a load of loot from his extravagant lifestyle sitting around. In a 2008 story, New Times visited his law offices and described his material wealth, including a bevy of ... More >>
Pete Evans - set to invade America Pete Evans is a major celebrity chef in Australia, but if you don't know his name yet don't worry...you will because Pete is poised to take over the U.S. His first American book, My Grill, has just been released (at over 200 pages, this is the ultima ... More >>
Jade Mountain Chef Allen Susser at Jade Mountain resortYesterday, we presented part one of our interview with Chef Allen Susser. If you missed it, you can read it here. We now continue with part two. Clean Plate Charlie: You recently closed Chef Allen's after 25 years in business. What ar ... More >>
The Wek is buying up Fort Lauderdale Beach. Who is The Wek? WekerleIt's Canadian trader Michael Wekerle, who owns a winter home in Fort Lauderdale. He's a veritable legend on Canadian trading floors, a true financial animal. You can read all about him here. Then you have Swedish he ... More >>
We've heard all about how the Centurion and Platinum hedge funds in New York sank hundreds of millions of dollars into Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme. Fort Lauderdale attorney Bill Scherer is suing them, claiming they were privy to the fraud and now must cough up ... More >>
Chef Victoria Allman does most of her cooking while traveling around the world on a yacht. Her first book, Sea Fare, was full of travel stories and recipes, which is what her new book, SEAsoned, is about as well.Actually, this is what it's about:"Add two inexperienced crewmembers, an anorexic div ... More >>
flickr: tkw954Hello South Floridians! What happened to our 80 degree weather? Now we frostbitten Floridians, bundled up in winter coats, need a few warm places to gather so that we don't end freezing booties off. New Times knows that all you subtropical inhabitants need to stay warm, so we' ... More >>
ZaZa'sWhere can you stop for lunch that's fast and fresh, with a made-to-order assembly line of local bought ingredients? It's not Chipotle, Moe's or Qdoba. And it's certainly not Subway.
Samba Room, which for ten years brought Latin fusion to Las Olas Boulevard, closed its doors on Friday. The closure follows last week's news that E-Brands, the parent company behind Samba Room as well as Timpano's Italian Chophouse & Martini Bar (also on Las Olas), filed for Chapter 11 bankru ... More >>
Chef Kenny Gilbert, star of Bravo's Top Chef and new executive chef at PGA National Resort and Spa.Watch any of this season's episodes of Top Chef and it's clear that the level of competition has been raised higher than ever. There have been furious quickfires with crab parts exploding across the ... More >>
Surely there's news in South Florida besides the Heat winning The Decision? Let's take a look.Narcy Novack, the widow of hotel heir Ben Novack Jr., has been arrested and charged with arranging his murder last July 12 in a Rye Brook, N.Y. hotel room. She allegedly gave one of the killers her husba ... More >>
Scott Rothstein will spend 50 years in prison, a federal judge decided this morning. The sentence ends a seven-month saga since Rothstein's empire crumbled. Once one of South Florida's most politically connected lawyers, he swindled more than a billion dollars in perhaps the biggest fraud case in ... More >>
Here's what's happening in South Florida this Monday morning:Make room for another lucrative South Florida industry overrun with fraudsters: the time-share telemarketing business. For all their character flaws, these guys are creative about giving gifts to their girlfriends, like the dude who tri ... More >>
The headlines this morning in Broward and Palm Beach:Following his guilty plea to fraud charges in connection with a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme, Fort Lauderdale lawyer Scott Rothstein received a sentencing date of May 6. He's hoping for leniency based on his having returned from Morocco and helpin ... More >>
Flickr: The White HouseObama speaking at the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach last October.That's what former Rothstein business partner Roger Stone is reporting on his blog this morning. He says that former Heat center Alonzo Mourning played matchmaker in an encounter that took place in Miami Beach ... More >>
If you've been following the Scott Rothstein case at all, this forthcoming guilty plea had all the suspense of a Harlem Globetrotters game. Yes, the guy who voluntarily flew back from Morocco, who was quite obviously speaking to federal prosecutors about what evidence he could offer in exchange for ... More >>
If you don't bother to pick up a paper over the long, luxurious holiday, here's what you missed in the local news:Let's try to sum up the weekend's offerings on Daily Pulp, which remains ground for all things Rothstein. The Ponzi schemer is said to have treated his law firm as his personal harem. ... More >>
Flickr: rubber rat productionsIt's a good thing Scott Rothstein isn't a more diabolical criminal mastermind. On Tuesday, I pulled county documents that show how he transferred several Fort Lauderdale properties -- whose total value came to about $13 million -- into the hands of individual private ... More >>
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