Feast of the Sea wants to spoil you with tasty seafood this weekend!

Indulging in the best seafood Palm Beach County has to offer doesn’t mean breaking the bank on an impulsive dining experience or special occasion.

Enjoy tasty crustaceans, live music and culinary demonstrations on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the 3rd annual Feast of the Sea Seafood Festival at Meyer Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. General admission is free from 11 a.m. to 4 pm. and you’ll pay under $8-$12 a dish. Get more info on other feast festivities here.

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Photo Cred: Feast of the Sea on Facebook/Chasin’ a Dream Photography

This year will be the first time award-winning chefs from restaurants such as Table 427Ristorante Santucci and Sandpiper’s Cove compete in hourly competitions called “knife fights.” Sounds intense, right?

While you’ll have a great time tasting bites of food and cheering on talented chefs for free, there’s a chance for you to join in on the exclusive part of the festival if you’re interested.

Starting at 6 p.m., the daytime feast turns into a private, grand tasting where the culinary marksmen from around town step it up a notch and create sparks in front of the crowd. Tickets will run you between $100 and $175. Get them here.

And there’s not a bad spot on the waterfront because this showdown will be projected on a large LED wall. After four rounds, the last chef standing will be crowned the “2016 Maestro del Mar” and be gifted with a $5000 check. Again, intense.

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Photo Cred: Feast of the Sea on Facebook/Chasin’ a Dream Photography

 


The Deets:

What: #FOTS16

When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Where: Meyer Amphitheater

Cost: Free to attend, $45 to taste and $100+ for a seat at the night show. 

Best food festival in town returns to The Gardens Mall!

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A braised lamb neck with rosti potato, mango raita and Swank greens served at The Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival Southern Comfort lunch at Swank Farms. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post)

As the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival celebrates its 10th year, the festival’s popular grand tasting event will return to The Gardens Mall in December, organizer David Sabin told The Palm Beach Post.

Last year, the four-day festival relocated its grand tasting event to The Gardens Mall from the smaller, more narrow 150 Worth

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Chefs Elizabeth Falkner and Robert Irvine share a laugh during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. (Contributed by LILA PHOTO)

shopping plaza in Palm Beach. It was a nod to a growing market of younger, suburban foodies from a festival that last year drew a decidedly younger crowd. The event sold out, as did the rest of the festival’s events last year.

“In addition to our returning star chefs, we are in the process of talking to others. We’re still working on those details,” Sabin said.

Read more about returning star chefs and other details: Food festival returns to Gardens Mall, plans event for West Palm

 

Which Oscar-nominated celebrity is vacationing, dining in Palm Beach?

Sylvester Stallone, left, and Michael B. Jordan in "Creed." (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Entertainment and MGM)
Sylvester Stallone, left, and Michael B. Jordan in “Creed.” (Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Entertainment and MGM)

Cue the theme from Rocky.

Sylvester Stallone, along with his wife and three daughters, was spotted supping at Meat Market Palm Beach on Monday night.

Two days ago, Stallone posted a short video to his Instagram account, @officialslystallone, with him and one of his daughters joking about their trip south for the winter:

Stallone: “So, where you going?

Daughter: “Palm Beach.”

Stallone: “Why, did you run out of palms?”

Meat Market, which made the Palm Beach Post’s list of Best 20 Restaurants Right Now, has drawn its share of celebrities lately, with vegetarian-animal rights advocate Bob Barker spotted in the bar (no meat eating for him) and NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, too.

Stallone was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for reprising his Rocky Balboa role in Creed. After his unexpected loss, we’re glad to see Stallone’s back on his feet and on the town.

He’s no stranger to Palm Beach County: His father, Frank Stallone, Sr., lived in Wellington until his death there in 2011 at age 91.

Related: Which celebrity stopped by Havana Restaurant in West Palm Beach

Related: Five stars who dined out recently in Palm Beach County

 

Honda Classic 2016: Top restaurants in Palm Beach Gardens

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Chicken satay prepared at Talay Thai in Palm Beach Gardens. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)
A golf fan can work up quite an appetite watching the action on the greens at Honda Classic, the challenging first stop on the PGA Tour’s Florida swing. And the PGA National Resort and Spa, home of the Classic, is not a bad place for a hungry fan.
Not only does the resort offer a solid trio of dining and sipping options, it sits at the western edge of an entire boulevard of eating and drinking possibilities.
Here are some of our favorite restaurants along PGA Boulevard:

 

 

Who won the chef battle at Palm Beach Food & Wine fest finale?

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Some of South Florida’s best restaurants put forth stellar dishes at the Grand Tasting of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. Coolinary Cafe’s bacon rillete and Meat Market’s prime rib bite were among the favorites at the Biergarten section of the festival, held at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. (Carlos Frías/The Palm Beach Post)

 

Better for the 2015 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival to go out in a blaze of glorious grilling.

The four-day festival capped its final event, the Grand Tasting at The Gardens Mall — outgrowing  the island for the first time in its 9-year history — with an ultimate chefs battle.

Chefs from Cafe Boulud, EmKo Palm Beach and Buccan tested their skills with Creekstone Farms organic Angus beef and Duroc pork in 30 minutes. And they knew they were cooking for discerning palates, with judges that included celebrity chefs Marc Murphy and Robert Irvine.

In the end, EmKo’s Nick Martinkovic won the crown and $10,000 for his charity, No Kid Hungry, with his grilled skirt steak, pork jowel, broccoli stem and cured egg yolk. He edged out Café Boulud’s Jimmy Strine and Buccan’s Taylor Balderson.

WIN ALL-ACCESS PASSES FOR NEXT YEAR! Follow our coverage of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. 

Four-chef Buccan collaboration kicks off Palm Beach food festival

Chefs Gavin Kaysen, George Mendes and Hugh Acheson joined Clay Conley at Buccan for the opening meal at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. (Carlos Frías/The Palm Beach Post)
Chefs Gavin Kaysen, George Mendes and Hugh Acheson joined Clay Conley at Buccan for the opening meal at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. (Carlos Frías/The Palm Beach Post)

Four key ingredients made for a spectacular opening night to the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: the chefs.

Buccan, the home turf of the county’s own two-time James Beard Award nominee Clay Conley, hosted a family-style meal with star power: Southern food savant and James Beard cookbook award winner Hugh Acheson, Gavin Kaysen (two-time James Beard finalist) and Michelin-star-rated George Mendes.

Conley slow roasted wagyu short ribs for 24 hours and served it with mushroom and a spicy gochujang sauce in a lettuce wrap. (Carlos Frías/The Palm Beach Post)
Conley slow roasted wagyu short ribs for 24 hours and served it with mushroom and a spicy gochujang sauce in a lettuce wrap. (Carlos Frías/The Palm Beach Post)

WIN ALL-ACCESS PASSES! Follow our coverage of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

Each cooked two dishes — actually stood in Conley’s kitchen and prepared the meals — for 140 guests smart enough to snap up the tickets to this event. That intimacy is what sets this festival apart from the South Beach Wine and Food Festival which draws thousands.

“Some of the festivals are so huge, they’re over the top,” said Acheson, a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef. “Here, you can really spend time with people.”

Top food trucks and rallies in Palm Beach County

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The Best French Fries Food truck attracted a large crowd at a Food Truck Rally in Manalapan.
(Photo by Libby Volgyes/Special to the Palm Beach Post)

There are lots of food truck rallies happening throughout Palm Beach County. The ‘restaurant on wheels’ phenomenon has arrived and it is growing! Here we name some of the best and most popular trucks, rallies in our area:

Food Truck Invasion of Palm Beach County

Palm Beach’s Cafe Boulud to feature an Oktoberfest beer garden

The Brazilian Court's courtyard becomes the setting for an early Oktoberfest biergarten with local breweries at Cafe Boulud. (Contributed)
The Brazilian Court’s courtyard becomes the setting for an early Oktoberfest biergarten with local breweries at Cafe Boulud. (Contributed)

 

Why wait for October when you can celebrate Septemberfest?

Palm Beach’s Cafe Boulud is getting a head start on Oktoberfest by partnering with several local breweries for a spectacularly paired biergarten on Sept. 25.

It’s a juxtaposition worth drinking to: Internationally renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s epitome of white-linen, fine dining on Palm Beach island hosting a beer garden with some of the best craft breweries in Florida, including three from Palm Beach County.

Executive chef Rick Mace will set up four dining stations around the courtyard of the historic home of Cafe Boulud, The Brazilian Court, where Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing, Tequesta Beer Co., Twisted Trunk Brewing, and Barrel of Monk’s Brewing will be serving a variety of their beers.

Mace’s offerings will include the following: a station dedicated to river oysters, clams, mussels, and marinated squid; a sausage station with Thai links, chorizo and boudin noir; one dedicated to three kinds of sliders; and a dessert station with French tarts and American pies.

Among the beers are several hard-to-find offerings, including Cigar City’s pumpkin beer, Good Gourd, which they produce just once a year, Barrel of Monks’ Three Fates Belgian tripel and Tequesta’s Der Chanellor pilsner.

Tickets to the event are limited and cost $75 a person, $65 for groups of four or more. They can be purchased by calling 561-655-6060.

Craft beer: Boynton’s Due South bottling exclusive brew on Saturday

Best Local Beer of the Week: barrel-aged Mariana Trench imperial stout by Due South

Due South will released it's bourbon-barrel-aged version of its Mariana Trench imperial stout on Saturday. (Photo contributed)
Due South will released its bourbon-barrel-aged version of its Mariana Trench imperial stout Saturday. (Photo contributed)

What it is

Take Due South  Brewing Co.’s most complex beer, Mariana Trench — deep and dark in color like the eponymous Atlantic Ocean trench — which they make only once a year and which won a gold medal at the Best Florida Beer Championship; and now age it for almost a year in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. That’s how you make a beer that puts you — and keeps you — on the map locally, regionally and nationally. (It’s no surprise there’s an appetite for Due South’s brews in beer-crazy Philadelphia.) It’s a high-alcohol beer (about 10 percent alcohol by volume) brewed with cocoa and vanilla to give it intense and complex flavors, aged in one of 17 premium barrels that some adventurous Due South employee trucked down in an old pickup from Kentucky. This is Due South’s third year brewing and aging this beer, and they will continue to age nine barrels’ worth for future experimentation.

Where to get it

Due South will bottle only 1,300 22-ounce bottles of barrel-aged Mariana Trench, which it will sell exclusively at its brewery Saturday at noon. And when they’re gone, they’re gone — until next year’s batch. There will be a limit of four bottles per person. The beer will go on sale at exactly noon, though a line will be forming, guaranteed, hours before. For those who would rather not wait in line, the beer will also be on tap at the brewery and later at select bars in South Florida in limited quantities. Two of those are The Brass Tap in Boynton Beach and Tap 42 in Boca Raton.

Due South Brewing, 2900 High Ridge Rd. #3 Boynton Beach, 561-463-2337