Pairings 2011: Ticket Winners, Judges Announced

You've got one more day to buy tickets for New Times' fourth annual Pairings event at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Click on the Pairings website to buy tickets online for $45 today, or pay $55 at the door tomorrow. Deep-pocketed readers can

shell out $80 for VIP tickets that allow you in early, before the

general admission crowds.

Diners can sample eats from 3030 Ocean, ROK:BRGRYolo, Steak 954, and Bimini Boatyard, among other restaurants.

Congratulations to our final ticket winner-

Malaquite --  for his pithy response to difference between wet and dry aging:

"Assisted living facility in Seattle versus retirement community in Phoenix."

(Malaquite, please touch base with your email addy and phone number so we can give you the tickets!!!)

New this year: awards! A panel of judges at tomorrow's event will decide on the best overall bite, the

most unique, the most decadent dish, and best sweets. Who decides? Joining

me in the judging tomorrow:

  • Chef John Kane is the program chair at The International

    Culinary School at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He has 25 years

    of experience in restaurants and hospitality.

  • Eric Barton is the Editor in Chief for New Times and a foodie extraordinaire.

  • James Carras is the principal of Carras Community

    Development based in Fort Lauderdale. The gourmand has chaired a slew of

    events over the past ten years, including Fort Lauderdale Greek

    Festival and Flavors of Greece. He's also the site advisor to New Times

    Original BeerFest.

  • Kristi Williams is a life-long Broward County resident who won the judgeship with this entry. She is currently getting her Masters in Speech Pathology.
  • Laine Doss is a food writer for both Clean Plate Charlie -- the food blog of New Times Broward - Palm Beach, and Short Order, the food blog for the Miami New Times.

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