Ralph Pagano

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Top Chef Fabio Viviani Wins Best Overall at the OBIES: A Taste of South Florida (Photos)

    When it comes to food-filled events, South Florida certainly has no lack. From the massive star-filled South Beach Wine and Food Festival to the more intimate celeb-chef centric Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival in December to smaller, local culinary get-togethers, we've got foodie events of all sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: OBIEs, Beer-iversaries, and More

    Are you ready for barbecue? What about some beer? Even if you don't care about any of the myriad celebratory offerings this weekend, you're going to have to eat something. We perused the highs and lows of the Broward-Palm Beach area and cooked up this tasty menu of awesome destinations. Whether you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Paul Castronovo to Host the OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida

    Big 105'9's resident foodie, Paul Castronovo is set to host this year's OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida tonight, May 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center. Joining Castronovo are a team of celebrity chefs and some of South Florida's best restaurants -- all serving up bites to ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2014

    Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos Is a Thing!

    Just in time for Cinco de Mayo comes the biggest internet sensation since Grumpy Cat and the Prancersize lady. That's right folks, it's Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos! This new video by Hello Denizen was just released, yet it's already managed to rack up nearly 2.5 million views. Why?

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2013

    Last Night's Innovative Kitchen Collaboration With Jamie DeRosa and Paula DaSilva (Photos)

    We write about culinary events all the time. Whether it's an individual dinner, a food festival, or a group of chefs preparing a meal, each one tends to focus on each chef showing off his or her individual style. While we're all about sampling different styles of food in one fell swoop, these sort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Fort Lauderdale Art Institute Students, Ralph Pagano Star in New Cooking Show

    All Mixed Up, a new half-hour cooking competition, is premiering on Lifetime Television on September 7 at 7:30 a.m. What makes this show stand out in a sea of culinary-based reality shows? Both host and contestants are from South Florida.This three-part series' contestants are all current students a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Taste of Fort Lauderdale: Tickets on Sale Now for Grand Tasting

    Tickets are now available for the inaugural Flavors of Fort Lauderdale grand tasting event on Sunday, November 11.The grand tasting is part of the four-day Flavors of Fort Lauderdale festival, which will feature a series of dinners in addition to Sunday's large-scale fete. Sunday's grand tasting wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Ron Kerr and Bite Gastrotruck to Work Both Sides of the Border

    Ralph Pagano leaves Gulfstream Park for Alba.To many people in either Broward or Miami-Dade, crossing the invisible border that divides the two counties is a rare occurrence. Maybe it's because each county is a self-contained place to work, live, and play, or maybe it's the distinct vibe that define ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2012

    Ralph Pagano Leaves Gulfstream Park For Alba

    Chef Pagano races over to Gulfstream Park.Less than a year into what seemed to be his dream job, Ralph Pagano has left Gulfstream Park, where he served as vice president of hospitality and executive chef of both the racetrack's Ten Palms restaurant and all concession operations since October, 2011.L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Privet: A Sexy Russian Ultra Lounge Opening in Gulfstream Park

    Privet means "hi" in Russian and the new ultra lounge opening on the second floor of Gulfstream Park's main building named after the greeting promises to bring Russian decadence and lots of vodka to the racetrack and entertainment complex.Privet is decorated in (what else) shades of red and features ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Paul & Young Ron's Celebrity Cook-Off

    ​Big 105.9's morning show hosts Paul & Young Ron held their annual celebrity cook-off yesterday at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. The competition, which was broadcast on the radio and streamed live had Paul Castronovo and Ron Brewer pairing off against each other in a 30 minute battle to cook th ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 23, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    Chef Ralph Pagano Races Over to Gulfstream Park

    Ralph Pagano moves to Gulfstream Park​Former Hell's Kitchen contestant survivor Ralph Pagano has been named executive chef for Gulfstream Park's Ten Palms restaurant, as well as the racetrack's concession operations.Pagano hinted to his departure from STK Miami on his Facebook page, with the note, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Hate It or Love It? A Tale of One Dish​While tallying results of this year's ballot winners for New Times Pairings, we stumbled upon the most compelling item:short rib buns from STK Miami. Turns out, it was the most divisive dish. Two judges loved the sandwich, awarding it a

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2010

    10 in '10: The Top Food News Stories of 2010​Video that gave new meaning to the term "food porn," trucks that gave a new dimension to take-out meals and new restaurants from celebrity chefs were all among the food and restaurant stories that tickled our taste buds (or other organs) in 2010. This list of the top 10 local food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Ralph Pagano Heading Back to TV With New Show, RST RV

    ​Ralph Pagano, the Hell's Kitchen alum and erstwhile executive chef of the restaurant formerly known as Customs House, is headed back to television. It turns out his split with the Boca Restaurant (detailed last week on Clean Plate Charlie) was mutual. While Customs House will now be known as Chri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Ralph Pagano Gone From Customs House, Restaurant Changes Name

    Ralph Pagano.​When the brand new Customs House restaurant and gastropub opened earlier this year in Boca Raton, Hell's Kitchen alum Ralph Pagano was at the stove. But that arrangement didn't last long. An employee at the restaurant confirmed this morning that Pagano is no longer working there. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2010

    Doggie Bag: This Week in Charlie

    John Linn"Grown-up" tater tots from The Office in Delray Beach are topped with bacon crumbles and creme fraiche. Read our first impressions of the joint here.​This week on the blog:We show you how to recreate La Cigale's char-grilled artichokes.Patty Canedo gets physical with a box of lobsters in ... More >>