The new convention center Hilton hotel across from CityPlace had its grand opening party Thursday night and Instagrammers couldn’t get enough of the scene, especially this monster grill that is part of the new restaurant, Manor.
The Instagram account of the web site eatpalmbeach put up a pic of the grill and declared “This grill is bananas.” Star chefs around town, including Lindsey Autry, chimed in to agree.
Deen lost 40 pounds and kept it off, appeared on Dancing With the Stars last fall, and signed a deal last year for “Paula Deen Cuts the Fat,” with a new publisher, Hachette Book Group early last year. Her 14 cookbooks have sold more than 11 million copies and helped keep her relevant despite a lawsuit — since dismissed, with prejudice — that alleged she made racists comments to her restaurant employees.
Deen will sign her new book Saturday at Baer’s (999 N. Federal Hwy, Boca Raton) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday she will be at Baer’s in North Palm Beach (910 North US Highway 1, North Palm Beach) from noon to 2 p.m. and at Barnes and Noble (11380 Legacy Avenue/PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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.
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.
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.”
One of Palm Beach’s biggest names in food is getting into a knife fight — and you can watch.
Sean Brasel, chef-owner of the Meat Market restaurants in Palm Beach and South Beach, is competing on the Esquire Network television cooking show, “Knife Fight.” The episode will air Nov. 17 at 9 p.m., and the Palm Beach restaurant will host a watch party, with free bar bites and happy hour specials.
Brasel’s Meat Market immediately became one of the best restaurants in Palm Beach County when it opened earlier this year, earning food editor Liz Balmaseda’s top marks for food and service.
“The steaks are stellar, the service sensational, the ambiance downright sexy,” she wrote.
This is the second cooking show Brasel has been involved in. He is a past contestant on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” Season 12.
IF YOU GO
What: Meat Market Palm Beach will host a watch party with free bar bites and happy hour specials as chef-owner Sean Brasel competes in the Esquire Network television show “Knife Fight.”
When: The one-hour show airs Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Where: Meat Market Palm Beach, 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach
On the popular show, contestants are read a quote from the week’s headlines and are asked to identify what the quote is about. On last weekend’s show, broadcast from Des Moines, Iowa, newsman Bill Curtis read this quote: “‘Oh my God. Everything is bad for us.'” Then host Peter Sagal asked a panelist, “That was a chef in Florida reacting to news that ‘what’ might cause cancer?”
The actual quote in food editor Liz Balmaseda’s story came from Boca Raton’s MEAT Eatery & Taproom chef/co-owner George Patti, who said, “Oh my God. Everything causes cancer.”
Hey, it’s OK, NPR. We’ll just call it paraphrasing.
Big news for the local dining scene: Star chef Lindsay Autry will take her culinary talents to CityPlace.
The Bravo TV “Top Chef” finalist has partnered with restaurateur Thierry Beaud (Pistache, PB Catch, Paneterie) to bring a refreshed “American kitchen table” concept to the massive space most recently occupied by Pampas Grille.
The upcoming eatery, The Regional Kitchen & Public House, is expected to open in early 2016.
“We want to focus on real, conscious and approachable food, showcasing the beautiful product that we have locally and regionally – which is how we came up with the name, really,” says Autry.