Food Network star Guy Fieri visits MEAT Eatery’s sister location

Chef George Patti sears MEAT logo into a bun. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)
Chef George Patti sears the MEAT logo into a bun. (Damon Higgins/ The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE: MEAT Eatery co-owner George Patti has clarified that Fieri visited the burger joint’s Islamorada location, not Boca Raton, as he suggested in an interview. The updated version is below:

Food Network’s Guy Fieri drove his red 1968 Camaro convertible to Islamorada to visit MEAT Eatery & Taproom, which has a sister eatery in Boca Raton.

Fieri’s December visit to MEAT airs at 10 p.m. tonight on his Food Network series “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” A viewing party is planned at MEAT’s Boca Raton location.

MEAT Eatery is hosting a "Triple D" viewing party tonight at the Boca burger joint. (Contributed)
MEAT Eatery is hosting a “Triple D” viewing party tonight at the Boca burger joint. (Contributed)

MEAT’s chef and co-owner George Patti tells us he griddled up one of his famous Juicy Lucy burgers for Fieri, plus a heap of other bites.

“We did smoked wings, chipotle-honey barbecue sauce, house-made pork rinds — we went through the whole pork rind process for him. We did house-made Worcestershire and chimichurri aioli,” says Patti.

The jovial, camera-ready chef took his share of ribbing from Fieri.

“He was funny. He kept breaking my chops about my hair. He kept calling me ‘Ironman.’ I said, ‘You’re making fun of my hair?'” says the chef.

Fieri’s Camaro did its best to further the eatery’s dive vibe on Overseas Highway and Mile Marker 88.

“It leaked oil all over my parking lot,” says Patti. “Some of his guys were underneath it, trying to stick towels to stop the leak.”

Two Palm Beach County establishments have been featured on Fieri’s show: Flakowitz of Boynton Bakery and Deli in Boynton Beach, and Havana Hideout in Lake Worth.

MEAT Eatery & Taproom: 980 N Federal Highway (Cendyn Spaces building), Boca Raton; 561-419-2600

 

 

 

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