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.

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

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

This local brewery just opened a sleek new restaurant inside

Beer pairings are offered with every dish at the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha. (Contributed photo)
Beer pairings are offered with every dish at the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha. (Contributed photo)

Dinner is served.

Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park debuts its in-house, fast-casual restaurant, the Craft Food Counter & Kitchen, beginning today. The brewery, founded in Boca Raton in 2012, is the only brewery in South Florida to offer a full-service restaurant.

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There's a gastropub feel to the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery. (Contributed)
There’s a gastropub feel to the new Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery. (Contributed)

The brewery that uses culinary flavors in their beer — Hello, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and Blueberry Cobbler Ale — naturally has returned the favor to the food. Beer and spent grains used in brewing is used in nearly every dish, from the beer-buttered challah grilled cheese to beer-braised pork shoulder sandwiches. All of the dishes offer a suggested beer pairing. Click here for  sample of the menu: Craft food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha.

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What: The Craft Food Counter & Kitchen at Funky Buddha Brewery opens today.

Where: 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park.

Hours: Noon to Midnight every day.

More info: 954-440-0046, http://www.funkybuddhabrewery.com

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This Florida bar is among the world’s 50 best bars

Broken Shaker co-owner Elad Zvi mixes a cocktail in Miami Beach. The Broken Shaker was named the best hotel bar (Patrick Farrell/ The Miami Herald)
Broken Shaker co-owner Elad Zvi mixes a cocktail in Miami Beach. The Broken Shaker was named among the 50 best bars in the world. (Patrick Farrell/ The Miami Herald)

It’s not everywhere you can get a drink at one of the best bars in the world — while sitting in your bathing suit at the hotel pool.

But that’s exactly the case at the Broken Shaker in Miami Beach, which was recently named among the World’s 50 Best Bars, in a “Drinks International” poll of more than 400 voters worldwide. The Broken Shaker was ranked No. 14 on a list that includes bar from London to Singapore.

It’s yet another honor for a tiny bar wedged inside the Freehand Miami hostel, which opens up to a pool courtyard filled nightly with revelers, no matter the weather. In the heat, it’s bathing suits optional.

Earlier this summer, the Broken Shaker — which has been nominated for a James Beard Award, the highest honor in dining and spirits — won the title of Best American Hotel Bar at the international Spirited Awards in New Orleans.

 

Diner en Blanc: Why you may not get into exclusive secret dinner event

Diner en Blanc began in Paris as a picnic among friends. (Contributed by Diner en Blanc International)
Diner en Blanc began in Paris as a picnic among friends. (Contributed by Diner en Blanc International)

Don’t buy those fancy, white duds just yet. Your invite to Diner en Blanc may never come.

The massive outdoor dinner, to be held Nov. 10 at an undisclosed public space in West Palm Beach, can accept 1200 guests. So far, there are 3000 on the waiting list.

Designer Nora David, one of the event’s three local organizers, explains the complex, three-phase invitation process in MyPalmBeachPost.com.

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Beer from this local brewery will soon be available throughout South Florida

The Copperpoint Brewing Company logo is prominently displayed on the brick wall in the Copperpoint craft beer brewery in Boynton Beach. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)
Boynton Beach’s Copperpoint Brewing will begin distributing its beers locally, beginning in Palm Beach County. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

 

Make some room on the local tap list.

Palm Beach County’s newest craft beer brand, the five-month-old Copperpoint Brewing in Boynton Beach, will be available on draft outside the brewery for the first time this month. A dozen local bars and restaurants, to begin with, will carry beer by the brewer who won one of Florida’s first gold medals from the highly regarded Great American Beer Festival.

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Local Funky Buddha Brewery to collaborate on beer for national distribution

Funky Buddha Brewery co-owner KC Sentz, left, is in North Carolina with his brother, partner and brewmaster Ryan Sentz to collaborate on a beer with Sierra Nevada Brewing that will be distributed nationally. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Funky Buddha Brewery co-owner KC Sentz, left, is in North Carolina with his brother, partner and brewmaster Ryan Sentz to collaborate on a beer with Sierra Nevada Brewing that will be distributed nationally. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Ryan Sentz (Libby Volgyes/The Palm Beach Post)
Ryan Sentz (Libby Volgyes/The Palm Beach Post)

Funky Buddha Brewery, founded in Boca Raton and based in Oakland Park, was  asked by one of the country’s largest brewers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., to collaborate on a special six-pack that will be distributed across the country next year.

For this Beer Camp Across America 2016, Sierra Nevada asked six breweries to each choose four other breweries to join them in Asheville, N.C., to create six different beers in collaboration with Sierra, the United States’ seventh largest brewer. Thirty breweries, plus Sierra, will be involved.

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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