Palm Beach Outlets host ‘Chef’s Tailgate Party’ for charity

A batch of local restaurants will pop up Thursday night at the Palm Beach Outlets, when the open-air mall hosts the “Boca Raton Bowl Chef’s Tailgate Party.”

The bash, which benefits the Spirit of Giving Network charity, will feature bites from restaurants including Vic & Angelo’s, Burger Bar, Don Ramon, Longhorn Steakhouse, PGA National Resort, Bolay, Tijuana Flats and Park Avenue BBQ.

Tailgate for a cause at the Palm Beach Outlets. Frito pies may or may not be served. (Cox Newspapers)
Tailgate for a cause at the Palm Beach Outlets. Frito pies may or may not be served. (Cox Newspapers)

The football-themed party, which goes from 5:30 to 8 p.m., costs $30 in advance and at the door. (Members of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches pay $25 for advance tickets.)

Party-goers are encouraged to sport their preferred college jersey or colors.

Palm Beach Outlets: 1751 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach; event tickets here.

Video: Beef jerky heads, check out our taste-test, which was our favorite?

Jerky is hot stuff. There’s a reason low-carb and paleo dieters have flocked to dehydrated or smoked meat snacks. Jerky is lean. It packs a wallop of bold flavors. It’s chewy. Unlike other snacks, jerky is not meant to be scarfed down, but chewed and enjoyed.

In fact, the more you chew it the more flavorful it is.

Just ask jerky entrepreneur Don Jones. He and his wife, Lupe, sell 200 varieties of jerky at their newly opened Beef Jerky Outlet. The shop debuted at the Palm Beach Outlets last month, ready to ride the national jerky wave.

Exotic game jerky, including smoked elk, smoked alligator and smoked kangaroo are on display here. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)
Exotic game jerky is on display at the Beef Jerky Outlet. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

America gobbled up $2.8 billion worth of meat snacks last year, according to market researchers.

Jones’ inventory includes more than just beef jerky. There’s elk, duck, venison, buffalo, pheasant, kangaroo, antelope, boar, ostrich, duck, turkey, and alligator jerky.

And that’s just the start of it.