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.

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Chipotle closes in Massachusetts: Would you still eat there?

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Chipotle. (Contributed photo)

UPDATE: March 9, 2016. 

A Chipotle in Massachusetts has shut down because an employee has been diagnosed with the norovirus.

Here’s what we wrote during Chipotle’s recent string of health issues:

The Palm Beach Post spoke to Chipotle devotees who say the hundreds of cases of food-born illnesses at the restaurants last year won’t keep them from giving the chain their business.

What about you? Will you still eat at Chipotle?

West Palm Beach Hilton’s wild opening party: See this ‘bananas’ grill!

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The Manor’s Ribeye. (Libbyvision.com)

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.

Apparently, this grill has a name: Christine (we presume after the Stephen King novel/movie.)

It was quite a scene:

DJ Adam Lipson even had a vegan DJ booth:

Which celebrity was spotted at this popular Cuban restaurant in West Palm?

photo martha stewart at Havana in west palm beach
(Photo: Havana Restaurant Facebook page)

Martha Stewart is making her way through Palm Beach County this week! The author and Emmy-winning television show host was spotted at the GreenMarket on West Palm Beach’s waterfront this past weekend.

And according to Havana Restaurant’s facebook page, Stewart stopped into the popular Cuban eatery to get her Cuban food fix. Her order? Cuban sandwiches, empanadas and Cuban coffees to go.

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Chef Paula Deen to sign books in Palm Beach County this weekend

Chef Paula Deen will be signing her new book Saturday and Sunday in Palm Beach County. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
Chef Paula Deen will be signing her new book Saturday and Sunday in Palm Beach County. (Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)

Paula Deen is in town to steadily repair her image.

Three years since alleged racist comments cost her a food empire that spanned books and television shows, she is on tour with a new cookbook, “Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up,” which she will be signing Saturday and Sunday in Palm Beach County.

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.


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

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.

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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)

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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.”

This Palm Beach chef is getting into a knife fight — on television

KNIFE FIGHT sEAN BRASELOne 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.


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

More info: MeatMarketPalmBeach.com, 561-354-9800

‘Palm Beach Post’ food story quoted on NPR radio quiz show


The good news: NPR’s radio quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” quoted a recent Palm Beach Post food story on local chefs’ reactions to the World Health Organization study on the carcinogenic dangers of processed meats, such as bacon and hot dogs.

The bad news: Wait wait…they got the quote wrong.

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.

Read Liz’s full story on the bacon backlash here.

George Patti, at Boca's MEAT Eatery.
George Patti, at Boca’s MEAT Eatery.


Coming to CityPlace: Chef Lindsay Autry to helm big, new eatery

Southern-meets-world chef Lindsay Autry at work. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)
Southern-meets-world: Chef Lindsay Autry. (Thomas Cordy/ The Palm Beach Post)

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.Dish1231Beaurd

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.

Read all about planned restaurant at MyPalmBeachPost.com.

TWITTER: @LizBalmaseda