Be a Judge at Uncorked! The New Times' Sponsored Food and Drink Event

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We need your help and your appetite. New Times is looking for a judge for the second annual Junior Achievement World Uncorked!, a swanky event on January 21 at Broward College from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Details after the jump.

What It Is: A food, wine, spirits, craft beer, and dessert tasting. This year's speakeasy theme showcases cocktails at a bathtub gin bar from Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida. Chefs from Yolo, Timpano Italian Chop House, Morton's, The Capital Grille, and Elevation Burger among others will offer bites. And Burger Beast will host a burger battle between Rok:Brgr, Elevation Burger, Charm City Burgers, Burger Bar by Chef Allen, and Quickie's. Publix's Apron Cooking School and Brown Distributing will whip up food and beer pairings. There's also a baking competition for culinary students from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale who compete for a scholarship.

What We Need: Our judge will score a pair of VIP tickets. The task is to judge the food based on taste, presentation, and creativity. The results will be published the following day on our food blog, Clean Plate Charlie. You'll also receive an invitation to our post event Champagne, Cocktails and Caviar.

To win the judging slot, in the comments, seduce us with a description of your favorite dessert and where we can taste it for ourselves. We'll pick a winner next Wednesday. Please be sure to leave your email in the comments so we have a way to contact you to let you know you've won.

If you'd like to attend, tickets are $150 and can be picked up at will call. Proceeds go toward scholarships for Junior Achievement.


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Just checking
Just checking

Hi Melissa, just want to make sure. When asked to post email in the comments is it correct that we only need to include it as part of our name for the post and not make it visible publicly in the comment? Making email addresses publicly visible and posted on message boards is a quick way top become spammers delight. Thank you.

daily reader
daily reader

My absolute favorite dessert is my mom's cuban style creamy delicious flan, not enough space to describe how spectacular it is. My second favorite was the chocolate souffle at Chef Allen's, which has been closed for some time, almost tied for first (don't tell my mom). So my new favorite local dessert that is publicly available is bread pudding. The krispy kreme bread pudding from the Sugar Rush food truck is an amazing treat. It is a tiny bit chewy while partially dissolving in your mouth at the same time. The krispy kreme taste along with caramel flavor really come through. The serving is small enough that your done eating eating it before the sweetness becomes over powering. Though I think the bread pudding at La Brochette in Cooper City is the winner. It is a bread pudding made with croissants and white chocolate served with a couple of black berries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The bread pudding is moist and the croissant and white chocolate flavor is slight and delicious. The ice cream just starts to melt as you begin to eat it, and your mouth starts to water on queue. I have a huge sweet tooth so a little bit more sweet sauce would have made this desert out of this world. It is served at a nice hot temperature in a good sized ramakin, a portion big enough to share, or you can sacrifice and eat the whole thing, I did.

daily reader
daily reader

My absolute favorite dessert is my mom's cuban style creamy delicious flan, not enough space to describe how spectacular it is. My second favorite was the chocolate souffle at Chef Allen's, which has been closed for some time, almost tied for first (don't tell my mom). So my new favorite local dessert that is publicly available is bread pudding. The krispy kreme bread pudding from the Sugar Rush food truck is an amazing treat. It is a tiny bit chewy while partially dissolving in your mouth at the same time. The krispy kreme taste along with caramel flavor really come through. The serving is small enough that your done eating eating it before the sweetness becomes over powering. Though I think the bread pudding at La Brochette in Cooper City is the winner. It is a bread pudding made with croissants and white chocolate served with a couple of black berries and a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The bread pudding is moist and the croissant and white chocolate flavor is slight and delicious. The ice cream just starts to melt as you begin to eat it, and your mouth starts to water on queue. I have a huge sweet tooth so a little bit more sweet sauce would have made this desert out of this world. It is served at a nice hot temperature in a good sized ramakin, a portion big enough to share, or you can sacrifice and eat the whole thing, I did.

Fyredancer
Fyredancer

There is nothing more alluring than the saffron creme brulee at The Local in Coral Gables.  I literally dream of the sweet earthy custard and regularly make the drive all the way from Fort Lauderdale.  The saffron brings a pungent quality which balancing the vanilla tucked beneath the lightly burnt, crunchy top of carmelized sugar.

Atroop2959
Atroop2959

Thanks to our Hispanic relatives and friends who’ve insistedthat Las Vegas Cuban Cuisine (7015 West Broward Blvd, Plantation, 954-584-4400)is the most authentic and best Cuban restaurant around, we’ve recentlydiscovered the joy that truly good Cuban food can bring. But as much as I’vecome to love all their offerings it’s their rum cake which I never fail toorder – at least, on the nights that they offer it. A thick wedge of yellowcake, more than big enough for two, chocolate topped and rum soaked to perfectmoistness, it’s just sweet enough to delight and suffused with just enough of aheady, boozey aroma to tempt one to think of topping it off with a café cubano anda good Cuban cigar. Not quite dining at the Castropol overlooking the Malecon perhaps,but damned good enough.    Atroop2959@gmail.com

Mantonello
Mantonello

I follow Charlie because he always tells us what is new and exciting in South Florida. Well--I stumbled upon a destination-trip-worthy dessert hidden in a nowhere strip mall in Boca Raton before Charlie did and it is unlike anything I have ever had!  The "Apple Strudel" at Josef's Table is a deconstructed version of the dish that you simply won't find anywhere else.  Delicate flaky-crisp cinnamon dusted phyllo dough layered with fresh-sautéed apples filling and cream. Paired with a two ounce pour of the sommelier’s pick Gewürztraminer?  Crazy good!

Go for this desert. Stay for the dinner. 5030 Champion Blvd. @ the Polo Shops near Clint Moore and Military.

WHAAAT? A google search for the address tells me that Charlie told us about this place last September?  DAMNYOUTOFOODIEHELL (aka somewhere near Vero beach) CLEAN PLATE CHARLIE! 

mantonello@amilink.com

Heidi
Heidi

As all great things come to an end, the restaurant where I tasted my favorite dessert is no longer open; however, my taste buds will remember my first taste of chocolate covered bacon with homemade banana ice cream at Twist in Hyde Park, NY with awe. Although, I was reluctant to try bacon dipped in chocolate,  it was truly sinful. It was a play on salty and sweet that teases your senses. As a finale you are cooled off by the fresh taste of banana ice cream, which was not too creamy with added banana chunks for texture. I don't recall what the name of the dessert was but I would like to don it as the Pig in a Blanket Banana Split. I look forward to the event and an opportunity to judge. My email is heidi@heidisiefkas.com You can also view my travel blog at www.mstravelingpants.travel

blow your mind like woah
blow your mind like woah

Imagine, your sitting down and a hearty slice of what appears to be a yellow cake covered with a chocolate topping is placed in front of you. You take your fork and cut a small piece, bringing it to your mouth, unsure of what it will be like. The moment mouth meets piece of cake, planets explode, stars and glitter are all around you, you decide, this is what a mouth orgasm is really like. This piece of cake is what Zeus himself must taste like. The flavors, rum- chocolate- moist yellow cake, you can't get enough, you go face to plate, and are oblivious to all around you, slowly eating and teasing yourself, you yearn for more...then, it's gone, you've eaten it all. You look around and then decide you just don't care and you like the plate for the last remains, and ask, "Hey is there any more?"

This delicious Bacardi Rum Cake is unfortunately only found in the kitchen of my aunt. My I garentee, it is the most mind blowing cake you'll ever have. Even the vegan version is just as delicable. 

Cook, Mix, Mingle
Cook, Mix, Mingle

My favorite dessert is actually just an Apple Crisp from Rhythm cafe located in West Palm Beach (Dixie Highway).  It was simple, no fuss and delicious.  My little slice of heaven was served up simply in a ramekin, the bottom lined with tasty caramelized applies topped with the "crisp". Served up with a side of cinnamon ice cream, I scarfed it down while my friends watched in amazement, slightly embarassed & probably thinking "she did it again".

Michele
Michele

Currently my favorite dessert is from Max's Harvest in Delray Beach. It is a delectable dessert worthy of heaven. A creme brulee pumpkin pie concoction stacked high in a pastry shell. Rich pumpkin pie at the bottom, creme brulee perfectly flambe at the top, a perfectly tart cranberry sauce smeared across the plate adds a sweet element. This has been the best dessert I've had, especially knowing this is a farm to fork restaurant all the ingredients are regionally local and fresh. Mishfly@aol.com

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

Krispy Kreme bread pudding sounds pretty decadent. Sounds like I have a couple versions to try. Thank you! The tickets are yours.

MelissaMcCart
MelissaMcCart

But you've told us that Josef's Table is now open. Thank you!

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