Which Palm Beach County food stars are headed to SoBe food fest?

Food Network star Guy Fieri revs up the crowd at the 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Fest. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for SBWFF)
Food Network’s Guy Fieri revs up the crowd at the 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Fest. (Photo: Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for SBWFF)

When this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival kicks off next week, it will count more than a dozen chefs from Palm Beach County.

Traveling to this year’s SoBe fest from the 561 are:

Chefs Lindsay Autry (The Regional), Clay Conley (Buccan, Grato), Eric Baker (Max’s Harvest), Sean Brasel (Meat Market), Angelo Elia (Casa D’Angelo, D’Angelo Pizza), Joey Giannuzzi (Farmer’s Table), Chuck Gittleman (Kapow! Noodle Bar), Rocco Mangel (Rocco’s Tacos), Daniel Naumko (Sybarite Pig), Sherry Yard (Tanzy), George Patti (MEAT Eatery), Miguel Santiago (Hilton West Palm Beach), and from Stuart, chef Eric Grutka (Ian’s Tropical Grill). Culinary captain for the Palm Beach contingent at the Grand Tasting events during the weekend is chef Michael Saperstein (Rebel House, Charm City Burgers).

Sobe's Grand Tasting Village people. (Photo: J. Gwendolynne Berry/ Palm Beach Post)
Sobe’s Grand Tasting Village-rs. ( J. Gwendolynne Berry/ Palm Beach Post)

The festival, which runs Feb. 24-28, celebrates its 15th year as it expands northward into Broward County. The fest’s Broward events, dubbed “Taste Fort Lauderdale Series,” include five culinary celeb dinners, one brunch, one late-night party and an outdoor tasting event hosted by Food Network Chef Robert Irvine.

“Although we bring chefs in from all over the globe each year, we made a mistake of not looking next door and discovering and promoting such great talent 20 minutes north of us,” says Lee Brian Schrager, festival founder and director.

He says the festival has found “a whole new audience” in Broward.

Schrager is co-author of an upcoming book that reveals many of his guilty-pleasure breakfast dishes. We chat with him and share recipes from the soon to be published book, “America’s Best Breakfasts: Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast” in Food & Dining.

South Beach Wine & Food Fest information and tickets: SoBeFest.com

Which Florida eatery made top ‘essential’ U.S. restaurant’ list?

Beef is king at Bern's Steak House House, Tampa. (Contributed)
Beef is king at Bern’s Steak House House, Tampa. (Contributed)

What’s an “essential” restaurant in Florida? According to the gastronaut site, Eater.com, it’s not some new, trendy spot.

It’s an iconic Tampa steakhouse.

The website, which surveys the nation’s dining scene, from haute to hip to humble, features Bern’s Steak House, which turns 60 this year. The venerable meat palace is one of 38 U.S. restaurants – and the only one in Florida – listed in Eater’s newly released “National 38” list of “essential” American eateries.

“It’s our guide not to what is newest or trendiest, but to what defines and anchors us,” writes Eater’s editor-in-chief, Amanda Kludt, on the “Essential Restaurants” package, released Wednesday. “The restaurants on the list are young and old, upscale and accessible, and together, they go a long way toward cohesively defining the food scene of our great nation and its multifaceted, ever-changing dining landscape.”

Bern's joins 37 other 'essential' U.S. eateries, according to Eater.com. (Contributed)
Bern’s joins 37 other ‘essential’ U.S. eateries, according to Eater.com. (Contributed)

Bern’s is listed in distinguished company, alongside Berkeley’s Café at Chez Panisse, New Orleans’ Herbsaint, New York’s Estela, Charleston’s FIG, Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, Washington D.C.’s Rose’s Luxury, Chicago’s Alinea, and L.A.’s Trois Mec.

About Bern’s, Eater notes: “Baronial chophouses are a cornerstone of America’s restaurant culture, but Bern’s, which opened in 1956, exists in its own west Florida dimension of eccentricity and excellence.”

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