This Thursday, West Palm’s Downtown Development Authority hosts the 4th annual Pairings Wine and Food event. It’s a fun night of strolling around downtown and getting samples of foods that represent the restaurants, as well as tours of shops and other businesses that will have discounts, sales and special offers for Pairing participants.
A number of restaurants and food spots will be serving tastes off their menus in sample sizes, paired with wines, beers, or cocktails.
Guacamole from Rocco’s Tacos will be sampled.
A sampling of what’s in store:
- A Moscow mule and chicken meatballs from Hullabaloo
- A pomegranate mojito and chicken skewer from Leila
- A negroni, and a traditional Italian cocktail with Mamma’s Meatballs from Lynora’s Osteria
- Choice of wine with a mini beef, chicken or shepherd’s pie from O’Shea’s Irish Pub
- Margarita and guacamole from Rocco’s Tacops
- Mini cupcakes and coffee from Cafe Sweets Bakery
Several more restaurants will participate.
Other businesses, including Ultima Fitness Downtown, Run & Roll, Palm Beach Dramaworks and Palm Beach Segway Tours are offering discounts at their stores, and most will be open during the event.
Ticket prices cover admission, all samples and discounts.
For more information, visit the Downtown West Palm Beach website.
If you go:
Pairings West Palm Beach
- Downtown West Palm Beach
- 5:30-9 p.m., Thursday, May 28
- Tickets $25 online and $30 at the gate
- Information and tickets at downtownwpb.com/events/pairings/
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Spicy Citrus and Smoked Salmon Salad /courtesy photo
What a perfect summer recipe! Spicy Citrus and Smoked Salmon Salad is perfect for a light dinner – or if made in mini-taco shells, would make great appetizers for a pool party.
Like any good dish, it’s all about balance of texture, color, and flavor. The kick comes from the Citrus Habanero olive oil, while the salt from the smoked salmon works to balance the sweet mango. Cabbage lends it a crunch, and avocados add a little creaminess.
The tropical salad can be made ahead since shredded cabbage holds up well – just add the avocados at the last minute if you do so to keep them fresh.
Spicy Citrus and Smoked Salmon Salad
1 10-ounce package shredded green cabbage (or a variety you prefer)
6 green onions, diced
1 mango, cubed
8 ounces smoked salmon, broken up or cut into small pieces – see note
1 to 2 avocados, sliced
3 tablespoons Citrus Habanero olive oil – see note
2 tablespoons Mango White Riserva balsamic vinegar – see note
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
*Note: Any smoked fish would work; smoked wahoo would be a good choice if available. Flavored oil and vinegars are available at The Olive Tap.
Use the filling for a fresh take on tacos. Make a mini version as appetizers.
Place shredded cabbage in a large bowl. Top with green onions, mango, and smoked salmon.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together Citrus Habanero olive oil, Mango Balsamic vinegar, and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour vinaigrette over cabbage mixture, and toss gently to combine.
Top with avocado slices before serving.
For tacos: Use regular sized or mini corn or flour tortillas, or lettuce wraps for shells; stuff with smoked salmon filling and drizzle with creme fraiche mixed with lemon juice.
Recipe is an Olive Tap original recipe by Melanie, Long Grove, Calif.
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I’ve been away from this blog a while – too long for fans.
I have a great excuse that I’m quite proud of: it’s Florida Food & Farm, a new magazine that I edit. The first issue debuted in late January in 15 counties in and around South Florida.
It’s a magazine and directory focused on the local food movement. With articles on innovative farmers, ranchers, aquaculture entrepreneurs and artisans producing local food, as well as a directory of all of those plus markets and restaurants where consumers can get their share of Florida-grown food, it has quickly become a resource for all who’ve found it.
CEO Daphne Weaver, herself a farm owner, had a vision for connecting local farms to all consumers, and getting fresher foods to those who need them. She found a magazine in Arkansas that served as a model, Arkansas Food & Farm. It became our template, and staffers there helped produce our inaugural issue.
Since it hit stands, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response from all corners. The farmers are excited to find markets for their produce and meats; chefs are happy to know of new resources for buying local food, and the everyday cook and food lover has learned just what specialties Florida farms produce.
Just getting started
With the first issue, as in any start-up, we merely scratched the surface of all the sources we want to feature and connections we want to make.
But already readers have sent notes and emails thrilled to have the magazine available to guide them to U-pick farms, or fresh farm eggs, or grass-fed beef. Others have located farmers markets, or restaurants like those in the Fontainebleu in Miami Beach with fresh fish tanks in the basement they didn’t know existed.
Farmers are happy to share their knowledge; we’ve tapped a great resource for all growers – even backyard gardeners wanting to grow a tub of tomatoes. Culinary students at Johnson & Wales in Miami have exotic fruits growing right outside their labs. We are learning of groups passionate about the new urban farming going mainstream in every city, with community gardens, edible landscapes, and innovative ways to get fresh food to those living in food “deserts.”
The Fontainebleu’s fresh fish tanks with chef Thomas Connell. /courtesy photo
It’s all a noble pursuit – but can’t happen without support. We are grateful that the Dept. of Agriculture’s Fresh From Florida campaign to showcase Florida-grown foods is among our supporters, and artisans like Old School Bakery in Delray and farming friends at Kai-Kai Farm in Indiantown and Got Sprouts? in Riviera Beach took a chance on our unknown first issue.
Of course, a magazine’s audience is its foundation. The reception has been beyond our expectations. Though we’ve been asked to move throughout the state – baby steps! We are a very small staff wanting to grow slowly and sturdily.
Meanwhile, I hope you’ll look for our magazine and read about forager Rod Smith, Localecopia, chefs Tim Andriola and Daniel Boulud, a shrimp farm in Fellsmere, farm dinners, and much more. Visit our web page, floridafoodandfarm.com, where you can find the virtual copy and search the directory.
Pick up your free Florida Food & Farm at Whole Foods Markets, select Publix Markets, Tunie’s, at farm-to-table events, Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, area green markets, or at our offices on Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth.
Above all, learn where your food comes from – and support those who make it possible to buy local.
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