YOLO Wins Uncorked With "Forever-Braised" Short Ribs

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Hard Rock Cafe won Most Unique Bite with a pulled pork bahn mi.
Las Olas staple YOLO clinched the top award from JA World Uncorked last night by serving a "forever-braised" short rib over a potato risotto with crispy shallots.

A majority of the Clean Plate Charlie panel of judges picked YOLO to win the Best Plate award at the second-annual Uncorked event. Here's the full breakdown of the winners:

Best Plate
Chef Peter Boulukos spooned up the short ribs himself, plopping a square of the melt-away meat onto the potatoes. The meat was nearly as soft as the gravy that surrounded it, and below, the potatoes were cooked al dente in an au gratin sauce. Crispy shallots over the top gave a nice crunch contrast.

Best Presentation
L'Hermitage Catering
Many of the 27 participants offered just one dish, but not so at the L'Hermitage display, which featured four fairly stunning-looking items. Chef Marci Boland offered curry chicken salad in curry cones, fig and goat cheese lollipops, pan-Asian crab salad in edible spoons, and sun-dried tomato and feta sigaras.

Georgie's Alibi is a regular burger contest winner, but there was stiff competition at Uncorked.
Best Uncorked Burger
Charm City Burgers

This might have been the toughest category in the Uncorked awards, considering that most of the five burgers were fantastic (special props to Georgie's Alibi, which finished second here). But it's easy to understand why Charm City won with a burger covered in candied bacon, smoked mushrooms, and a garlic/blue-cheese spread.

Most Unique Bite
Hard Rock Cafe
Hard Rock took all the things that are great about a bahn mi sandwich -- French bread, fresh herbs, Asian sauces -- and combined it with tender pulled pork. This wasn't a bahn mi that you'd find on a Vietnamese street corner but more like one you might find in the Deep South, making for one creative bite.

Best Sweet Treat
Susie's Scrumptious Sweets

Most famous for its wedding cakes, Susie's showed off a fairly amazing display of desserts: cakes of rum canolli and dulce du leche; cake pops of red velvet, coconut, and German chocolate; caramelized popcorn; cheesecake lollipops of Key lime and chocolate; chocolate-covered strawberries; and cookies including Jamaican crunchies, Chinese five spice, and sesame butter.

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Location Info

YOLO Restaurant and O Lounge

333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL

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YOLO, no doubt about it, the flavor was amazing, i actually thought Chef Allen's burger was the best, a hint of Maytag, with a truffel potatoe chip...it was moist and delicious, all in all it was a glorious event!!!

Renee K. Quinn
Renee K. Quinn

Thank you for joining us on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 as we “unlocked the door” to Junior Achievement's speakeasy-themed second annual JA World Uncorked!  It was an amazing culinary experience: we sipped, supped and danced the night away!  Thanks to everyone who had a part in making  this successful and supported Junior Achievement. Event Chair, Kit Schulman and Culinary Chair Renee Quinn

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daily reader

The competition was close with so many delicious plates. The Code "O" Truffles were awesome as were the pettite four made with garam marsala (the accompanying white chocolate truffle was also great). Olive Oregano Catering also had some delicious items (spicy tuna ceviche and bourbon bread pudding). Overall it was a great event supporting a great cause. Thank you!

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