Win Free Tickets to New Times Pairings (And We've Chosen Our Judge!)

Congratulations to Kristi with a K for snagging the judgeship for The 4th Annual New Times Pairings. She'll be joining a panel of gastronomes to decide on the best dishes of the festival. Kristi won for this comment:

My name is Kristi and I would make a great choice for being a judge for

your event.  I can't say anything amazing like I've traveled around the

world a million times and ate (and possibly puked) alongside the worlds

greatest foodies, but that doesn't stop me from having trained for this

event all my life.   I've spent 10 years in my basement doing tongue

push-ups, and having shots of pure food flavors injected directly into

my bloodstream to be able to distinguish a good meal when I taste it.


are times when it's been so bad for me that my friends won't let me

anywhere near free samples (especially when it begins with frozen and

ends with yogurt) without first tying a rope around my waist in-order to

pull me back to the surface lest I go too deep. I'm all about taste,

presentation, texture, and after watching a Korean soap opera about a

pastry chef on top of doing a 15 minute presentation once for a job

interview solely on cakes, I'm totally down for a good story behind

certain platters (which I like to simply call a dinner and a movie).

 What can I say?  Sometimes my inner food dork gets the better of me.


got one more pair of tickets to give away to the reader who writes

the most clever comment in response to this question:

What is the difference between wet aging and dry aging?

We'll choose the winner on Wednesday for the Thursday, September 15 event at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Otherwise, you can click on Pairings to get your $45 online tickets or pay $55 at the door. 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.

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