2015 Good Food Awards Include Florida Finalists

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Panther Coffee
Miami-based Panther Coffee is a finalist for the 2015 Good Food Awards.
These days, it's no secret that more and more Americans are in search of healthy, local, and responsibly sourced and produced foods. Luckily, we also have a growing movement of people who want to create those foods.

To honor those working to create a better food supply chain, the Good Food Awards -- a project created by the California-based nonprofit Seedling Projects -- was organized to grant awards to outstanding American food producers and the farmers who provide their ingredients.

In its fifth year, the Good Food Awards will be naming its selections for winners in 11 categories, including beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, pickles, preserves, spirits, oil and our newest category, honey. Awards are given to producers and their food communities from each of five regions of the country, and of the 206 finalists for 2015 hailing from 46 states, several are from right here in Florida.

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Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: New Times' "Original" Beerfest, Zombie Crawl, and More

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West Palm Beach Zombie Crawl 2013
Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate -- or better yet, a drink or three.

Whether you're looking to participate in a zombie bar crawl, cocktail tasting, or attend the fifth-anual Latin American Food Festival, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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Starbucks Releasing New Holiday Drink, the Chestnut Praline Latte

Categories: Coffee Talk

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For anyone who thinks pumpkin spice lattes jumped the shark this year, there's about to be a brand new novelty in town. Starbucks is releasing its first new holiday beverage in five years -- the Chestnut Praline Latte. Sounds fancy, right?

Best of all, this new drink can be made vegan! Add soy milk, skip the whipped cream, and it's a cruelty-free Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Festivus) treat.

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New Times' Beerfest 2014: The Full List of Beers

Categories: Beerfest

That's good beer!
Time to plan your strategy, beer lovers!

New TImes' Original Beerfest turns Fort Lauderdale's Esplanade Park into a fantasy of brews this Saturday, October 25, and we figured we'd whet your appetite with a complete list of the beers being served.

We suggest using this as a checklist, of sorts. Or rating chart. Or a way to take tasting notes on the beers you loved so know what to order next time you're at the brewpub.

A few notes:

Beers in the Brewmaster/VIP section are only available from 6 to 7 p.m., when Brewmaster/VIP ticketholders have free reign for their extra hour of sampling. Also, the beers are listed in alphabetical order, so don't think we're secretly ranking them or anything. Any brewery is subject to change their beer selection, and certain, rare beers might be limited in availability. In other words, the earlier you arrive at Beerfest, the more fun you'll have!

Also, be sure to try Mack House's Moustache Rye'd, brewed especially for Beerfest!

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Mack House Brews New Times Beer; Get Your Taste Only at Beerfest This Saturday

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Doug Fairall

Rye whiskey is a glorious thing. It's a spicy liquor produced with at least 51 percent of the mash containing rye (with the rest corn or malted barley). Imbibed neat, it has a drier character than bourbon and mimics the Scottish Islay whisky. Add some honey and the flavor is rounded out with a bit of sweetness. Make that whiskey a beer, though, and you've just made quite a tasty concoction.

For this year's Beerfest, the New Times teamed up with Davie's premiere brewing experience, the Mack House, to put together a unique beer that would be available only at Beerfest. That beer is the Moustache Rye'd, a honey rye brown ale made with pounds of locally harvested honey from Natural Chai Farms in Davie.

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Ten Best Pizza Restaurants in Palm Beach County

Nicole Danna
The Margherita at Mastino's Italian Kitchen in Delray Beach.
Looking for good pizza is never an easy task.

With so many styles to choose from and personal preferences to consider, it's hard to find a favorite that meets all the basic requirements: perfect crust, just the right amount of cheese, a tasty sauce, and all the right toppings.

More than any other food, pizza is perhaps the most subjective of fare. Some like it thin, others thick; then there's the crispy and burnt crowd; and still more prefer it thin and greasy, with long tethers of cheese running from mouth to slice.

In Palm Beach County, a handful of late-night spots off the downtown strips in cities like West Palm Beach and Lake Worth serve up standard slices; in Delray Beach and Boca Raton, specialty coal- and wood-fired restaurants dish out their version of the perfect pizza. A few follow the old-world techniques, delivering Neapolitan-style pies using imported flour and artisan ovens.

So what makes the Top Ten cut? No matter what style, shape, or size -- a good slice of pizza is still a good slice of pizza, no matter which way you, um, slice it. Here, our picks for the best pizzas in Palm Beach County.

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NOLA Brewing Launches in Florida Next Month

Categories: Beer Beer Beer

Photo by David Minsky
NOLA Brewing hits the South Florida market next month.
NOLA Brewing Company is coming to Florida, according Brown Distributing, which signed a distribution agreement with the New Orleans-based brewery to push its beer across the entire state.

Brown will be in charge of distributing NOLA Brewing beyond the Florida panhandle, from Tallahassee to Key West, the West Palm Beach distribution company said in a press release yesterday.

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Order Your Thanksgiving Turkey at Boynton Beach's Heritage Hen Farm

Categories: Holidays

Crazy Hart Ranch
Crazy Hart Ranch sells pasture-raised Narragansett birds.
November isn't here yet, but that doesn't mean you can't start preparing for the country's most fabulous annual feast a little early.

Each Thanksgiving, the routine goes something like this: a few days before the big day you head to the nearest grocery store to stock up on things like stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, and pumpkin pie. If you planned ahead, maybe you already ordered the turkey. If you're feeling fancy, you might have even sprung for a free-range, organic bird.

But if a frozen bird is all that's on the menu, think again. Rather than subject your family to yet another dry and tasteless turkey, try cooking a pasture-raised heritage bird, instead.

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Six Vegan-Friendly Pumpkin Treats

Categories: Vegan

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With pumpkinpalooza in full swing (have you seen the shelves at Trader Joe's? HOLY GREAT PUMPKIN!), now's the time for putting maximum amounts of pumpkin in our pieholes.

Vegans, of course, have a more limited menu of options in this (and every) department. Pumpkin spice lattes are out -- so is pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin Pop Tarts. Bummer.

Luckily, there are some delicious pumpkin treats that are free of animal products -- you've just gotta know where to look. Check out five after the jump.

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Beerfest Is Saturday: Two Dozen Beers to Watch Out For (and Last Chance for Discount Tickets)

Categories: Beerfest

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Max Reed
Drink beer. Wear hats.
The 17th-annual New Times' Original Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, happens this Saturday, and it's going to be epic, people.

If you love beer, there's absolutely no better way to spend your day than sampling more than 100 different beers waterside at Fort Lauderdale's beautiful Esplanade Park.

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