24th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction

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Hello Foodie Friends,

On Friday, October 6, 2017, more than 500 guests filled Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. to attend the Ann Storch Center’s 24th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction to dine on the delicious culinary delights of 26 of South Florida’s most innovative and celebrated chefs; The participating restaurants included: Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Aruba Beach Café, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bob Roth’s New River Groves & Terry’s World Famous Pies, Bravo Peruvian Cuisine, Brimstone Woodfire Grill, Casa D’Angelo Ristorante, Coastal, Crave Rum, Hard Rock Cafe, Hickory Sticks BBQ, Honeybaked Ham, I Heart Mac N Cheese, Jason’s Deli, JOJI Yogurt, Mimi’s Ravioli, Native Brewing Company, Riverside Market South, Roho Kitchen, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Catering, Sweet & Savory Catering, Tarpon River Café & Absolute Catering, Tijuana Taxi Co., Tin Fish, Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House, and Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille.

This year’s event was a resounding success, earning more than $230,000. The event would not have been possible if it were not for the generosity of the many wonderful sponsors who supported the event. Guests also enjoyed a silent auction reception and photo booth throughout the night. For more info about this event and a complete list of sponsors, click here.

Until we eat & drink again (while giving back to our communities)…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

PDF Foods Gourmet Tasting

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Hello Foodie Friends,

I attended an industry event just before Thanksgiving and boy did I have a lot to be thankful for. First of all, I was introduced to several new gourmet products that I had never heard of and now don’t know how I could live without. The first one is the Only Original Alfredo Sauce. I met Russell, the owner of the company (formerly of Alfredo of Rome restaurant in NYC) who was there serving up tastings of his incredible sauce.

Check out this home video and see how easy peezy it was to make a super decadent dinner in no time at all!

These vegetarian burgers from Now Burger were AMAZING!!! They looked and tasted just as good (dare I say possibly even better?) than the real meat kind. Three thumbs up!
Garnishes Bursting Pearls was another awesome product line I got to try. These “caviar” pearls had me thinking I was eating the real deal. I love the mouthfeel and the fun flavors they have.
MUD Raw Vegan Desserts was in the house sampling their three varieties of “ice cream”. My fave was the chocolate.
Smilin’ Islands Foods Dips & Sauces – recipe created by the Marley family matriarch and passed down to future generations. Assorted hot sauces and not-your-average ketchups.
LeonGolden Pure Edible Moroccan Argan Oil – You may have heard of Moroccan Argan Oil before and the wonderful things it does to your hair, but did you know there is an edible (culinary) version made as well? This naturally nutty flavored edible oil is delicious drizzled over your favorite dishes or used in sauteeing or baking. I used it before grilling my peppers and the skins peeled right off afterward (totally impressed), unlike the results I got when I used olive oil. I also used the Argan oil when roasting my butternut squash for Thanksgiving and it imparted a lovely taste while they cooked to a nice caramelization.

For more info on these products, visit www.pdffoods.com

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

Taste of the Island, Wilton Manors

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Hey there Foodie Friends!

The 12th annual Taste of the Island Wilton Manors took place this past Monday, November 13 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.! For a very affordable $35, ticket holders had the opportunity to sample some of the best food and beverage options in South Florida from the more than 20 local restaurants and bars in the greater Wilton Manors and surrounding areas. This year’s event at Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve (1937 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305) featured local favorites such as Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, Blue Martini, Funky Buddha BreweryTrader Joe’s,  LLCCroissan’Time, Jupiter Donuts, Bravo! Gourmet Sandwich & Peruvian Cuisine and Spatch Peri-Peri Grilled Chicken!

The 12th Annual Taste of the Island is made possible by the tremendous support of the Wilton Manors Community Affairs Advisory Board, Waste Management, Sterling Accounting, and the City of Wilton Manors, among others and benefits Kiwanis Int’l, Wilton Manors Historical Society, the City of Wilton Manors and the Wilton Manors Development Alliance.

This was the first time I attended this event and the first time I had been to the Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve. I highly recommend a visit (to both), if you haven’t been.

Here were some of our favorite bites of the evening:

Ethos Greek Bistro: the tzatziki and the meatballs were my favorite bite of the night.
Tee-Jay: The Thai Beef was well balanced and packed lots of yummy Thai flavors.
Croissan’Time: The lines were long to get to these baked goods, and they were worth the wait!
Bravo! Gourmet Sandwich & Peruvian Cuisine : The ceviche was oh-so-good. In my top three for sure!
Blue Martini : serving up tasty martinis. So delicious I had to go back for more than one!
Jupiter Donuts : A nice display with assorted donuts; very fresh and tasty.
Chima Steak House: Steak cooked to everybody’s liking (smart)!
Fitlife Foods : Chicken Pesto Tortellini
Fitlife Foods : Miso marinated salmon with quinoa

Got a busy, sometimes hectic schedule like me? Find yourself eating at odd hours and often times ingesting less than good-for-you meals? Of course there are lots of meal option plans available on the market today. And now, here’s one more for you to consider. The pesto tortellini drew me in and after one taste of the miso glazed salmon, I had to learn more about the creator of this delicious food. The company is called Fitlife Foods. They are not a restaurant, which initially threw me, being at a Food Festival surrounded by restaurants, caterers & private chefs. The company prepares made-from-scratch meals that are deliciously prepared with local and organic ingredients whenever possible. They have locations throughout FL, including Tampa, St. Pete, Sarasota, Orlando, Winter Park, and in South FL – Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale and Boca. You can stop in and pick up a meal to go or have it delivered to you. Love it? $ave money when you become a member. To learn more about Fitlife Foods visit their website.

Trader Joe’s : Pulled pork in bbq sauce
Trader Joe’s : BBQ pulled pork sliders

Well, there you have it. A great evening for a worthy cause was had in a lovely outdoor venue. I for one, can’ wait to visit all the new places I discovered at this year’s Taste of the Island.

Until we eat again…

  I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

 

 

Tavern on the Glades – Whole Foods Market Boca Raton

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Hello Foodie Friends,

I am sorry for the big gap in between posts. I have been busy growing my company. Lots of exciting things will soon be revealed. A brand new website is just one of the things you can expect to see before the end of the year, woo hoo!

For any of you who have ever been on one of our culinary tours, you probably received a goodie bag provided by one of our sponsors, Whole Foods Market, which we fill with info and offers from each of the places we took you to during the tour, plus a sample from another sponsor, Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle.

Today’s blog post will be short and sweet. I wanted to let those of you in or near the Boca Raton Whole Foods Market location know that you should make a point to stop into their new Tavern on the Glades. This full service sit-down eatery located inside the store celebrates flavor and features all-day breakfast, pub burgers, amazing salads, sandwiches and more. At the Tavern, guests can choose from 16 craft beers on tap, Sommelier selected wines and non-alcoholic beverages.

TAVERN HOURS ARE 8AM TO 9PM, DAILY

Whole Foods Market is located at 1400 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431  561.447.0000

Check out their menu!

 

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise