While some people are all right ordering the same dish over and over again, if you're reading this food blog, there's a chance you're the type of person who wants to sample bits and pieces from all across the menu.
As much as you'd like to order a little of everything every time you go out to eat, doing so adds up on the wallet eventually.
Food festivals were invented to solve this very (first-world) problem.
Last night was the apex of the Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest 2013, the Grand Tasting. Taking place at 150 Worth, over 30 restaurants represented with delicious and decadent dishes ripe for the picking.
Hopefully, you got to try it for yourself -- if not, we're sorry. Luckily for you, we're here to tell you what the five best dishes of the night were and where you can get them now.
Check out our picks for the five best dishes of the Grand Tasting.
Visiting from South Beach, this Southeast Asian-inspired spot brought some spice to the festival. The Burmese noodle wraps with roasted dried red chili, peanuts, palm sugar, lemon juice, cilantro, culantro, sweet black soy sauce, and sriracha were encased by a soft stemaed Burmese-style noodle noodle for a dish that brought the typical sweet, spicy, acidic, and savory flavor profiles typical of cuisine from that region.
Khong River House is located at 1661 Meridian Ave. in Miami Beach. Call 305-763-8147, or visit khongriver.com.
Former executive chef of Cafe Boulud Zach Bell -- presently at Addison Reserve Country Club -- presented a crispy duck with spiced turnip puree, red cabbage, and huckleberries. While you're probably not going to be able to visit his restaurant -- you need to be a member -- Bell frequently participates in culinary events around the area.
Addison Reserve Country Club is located at 7201 Addison Reserve Blvd. in Delray Beach. Call 561-637-4004, or visit addisonreserve.cc.
Overseen by executive chef for the Four Seasons Palm Beach Darryl Moiles and opening later this month, Jove is a modern take on Italian cuisine. While the restaurant offered two great dishes, a tomato and mozzarella salad with a prosciutto broth being one, the seafood brodetto was one of the highlights of the tasting.
The Four Seasons Resort is located at 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. in Palm Beach. Call 561-540-3238, or visit fourseasons.com/palmbeach.
2. Sugar Monkey
Owned by Jennifer Reed, a former pastry chef for Cafe Boulud, this West Palm Beach bakery specializes in New American baked goods inspired by classic French technique. Reed's Parisian macarons (not pictured) made of pistachio and fresh raspberry filling stole the show for dessert.
The Sugar Monkey is located at 5640 Corporate Way in West Palm Beach. Call 561-689-7844, or visit thesugarmonkey.com.
1. Eating House
Visiting all the way from Coral Gables, chef/partner Giorgio Rapicavoli served up a braised short rib with plantain puree and sour orange; the dish was bright and decadent at the same time -- definitely worth the drive to Miami.
Eating House is located at 804 Ponce De Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables. Call 305-448-6524, or visit eatinghousemiami.com.
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