Tiger Woods to Open Sports and Dining Club in Jupiter

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Tiger Woods is the latest celebrity to get into the restaurant business.

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Latin House Grill Needs Some Polish

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Owner and Chef Michell "Chef M" Sanchez.
When the economy tanked in late 2008, Cuban-born Michell Sanchez ended up like many others -- down on his luck. After his business buying and selling gold crumbled, he went from a life of luxury and globetrotting to nothing.

"I lost everything: my car, my condo," recalls Sanchez, who looks a little like a Latin Guy Fieri. "I moved into an efficiency apartment next door to my mom. It was a perfect storm. I knew I had to do something, but the last thing I wanted to do was cook. It was embarrassing. I didn't want to go from making a lot of money to flipping tacos."
Then he met his future wife, Bella, a Mexican beauty enthralled by the spices and cuisine of her homeland. Inspired by both Bella and his mother, Teresa, who had worked as a bakery manager at Miami's fabled Versailles Cuban Restaurant, Sanchez began sketching out a plan for a food truck.

In 2010, the trio bought a used truck from Orlando and rolled out Latin House Grill alongside just a handful of mobile kitchens. The truck was one of the first to hit the streets of South Florida. It set up shop at the corner of Bird Road and SW 83rd Street, selling burgers and tacos. Bella took orders at the window, while Teresa helped work the flat-top and fryer. Even his 84-year-old grandmother got involved, sitting outside the truck to pose as a hungry patron.

They made $27 on their first day of business.


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Shmaltz Brewing Releases Its First Official Hanukkah Beer

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Fry up the latkes and pass the sufganiyot. Shmaltz Brewing Company, makers of HE'BREW beer, finally did something it probably should have done a long time ago: brew its first Hanukkah beer.

Called Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass the Beer, it's a dark ale brewed with eight malts, eight hops, and comes to about eight percent alcohol-by-volume. The number eight is significant because it signifies the 8-day festival of light that is the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, celebrating the reclamation of the Holy Temple several millennia ago. The beer's label keeps with company tradition and gives a more complete story by listing facts and figures to how the number eight relates to the beer.

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Savor Tonight Is Hosting Ultimate Chefs Dinner: One Meal, Eight Top Chefs

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Service is important. Atmosphere is great. But a great meal really comes down to the skill of the chef. The best waitstaff ever and the swankiest decor cannot make up for subpar fare.

South Florida has no dearth of distinguished chefs. The question is not whether you can get a great meal; it's which restaurant to pick.

In a couple of weeks, Savor Tonight and Bistro Ten Zero One are making it easier to choose a dinner location. They're hosting the Ultimate Chefs Dinner, with one menu prepared by eight of the region's best chefs, including Dean Max and Lindsay Autry.

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New Times Is Looking for Freelance Journalists

Categories: Help Wanted

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New Times Broward-Palm Beach is looking for freelance journalists to write for our news blog, the Daily Pulp. Ideal candidates will have experience in journalism and be based in Broward or Palm Beach counties. Applicants should have solid news judgment and knowledge of current events. They should be able to discover relevant local stories, report hard news, and meet deadlines.

Interested candidates, please send a résumé and three clips to:

ryan.pfeffer@browardpalmbeach.com

No phone calls, please.

Rocco Mangel Brings "Tacos & Tatas" Fundraiser Back to Rocco's Tacos This October

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Rocco's Tacos owner Rocco Mangel will be pouring shots at each of his locations to help raise money for breast cancer awareness.
These days, everyone knows Rocco Mangel -- owner of the eponymous Rocco's Tacos Tequila Bar chain -- for wearing his tequila-pouring shoes. If you catch him on the bar at any one of his restaurant locations, you know the shots will be flowing free that night.

But not many people know it's also how Mangel decided to start his now-annual "Tacos & Tatas," a fundraising campaign begun in 2011 to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

"When I first started pouring tequila shots, I was in my West Palm Beach restaurant, and people would always try to tip me while I was up there [on the bar]," said Mangel. "So it got me thinking: This would be a great way to raise money."

See Also: South Florida Food And Drink Events This Week

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Dine Out Lauderdale Kicks Off Wednesday; Three Restaurants to Try

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Dine Out Lauderdale starts this Wednesday.
Everyone likes to get in on a good deal, whether it's an end-of-season sale, half-off steal, BOGO bash -- or even a discounted meal. It just sounds (and tastes) better when you know you're saving some cash.

Starting Wednesday, October 1, and running through November 7, the 8th annual Dine Out Lauderdale is back to help you save money while dining out around town. The five-week celebration gives patrons a chance to experience some phenomenal deals from Broward County's top restaurants and chefs as select Fort Lauderdale restaurants offer specially crafted, multicourse menus for $35 per person.

To help you conserve time and funds, here's a list of this year's three must-try places while Dine Out is in full force.

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South Florida Food and Drink Events This Week: Bachelor Auction, Dine Out Lauderdale, Wine Tasting, and More

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This Tuesday kicks off Rocco's Tacos "Tacos and Tatas" month-long fundraising event.
Around and around we go; today is the start to yet another lovely workweek. Hopefully, you have a bit of a spring in your step from some indulgent weekend activities. If not, don't fret; there are still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.

Whether you're looking to sample some wine, bid on a hot bachelor, or grab some deals during the first week of Dine Out Lauderdale, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.

See Also: Stox Bar in Fort Lauderdale, Where Cocktail Prices Fluctuate

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Native Brewing Company to Open in South Florida

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Adam Fine, right, pouring samples at a local beer festival.

The Native Brewing Company has been a long time stalwart of the craft beer scene in South Florida, even with the provenance of being a contract brewer. Beer geeks may know of the Danish twins who produce contract beer under the labels of Mikkeller and Evil Twin, so it should come that the term is not necessarily a bad moniker. But that distinction for Native Brewing Company will soon turn to that of joining the 'rest of 'em' by opening their own permanent facility in South Florida very soon.

See also: Hop Week Takes Over Tequesta Brewing Company, Expansion Announced


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Paneterie French Bakery and Café Now Open in Downtown West Palm Beach

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Paneterie opened its doors Wednesday, September 3 in downtown West Palm Beach.
Is there anything more indulgent than a warm, flaky, fresh-from-the-oven croissant for breakfast? I can taste it now: all that buttery goodness just begging for a slathering of butter and strawberry jam.

Yep, you can tell where my mind is at this morning.

Lucky for all of us, TITOU Hospitality -- the team behind Pistache French Bistro, PB Catch Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar and Patrick Lézé Palm Beach -- has opened the doors to its new French bakery in downtown West Palm Beach. That means there will be plenty of croissants to go around.

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