Palm Beach Beekeepers Association Hosting Statewide Conference This Week

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While most of the news regarding bees has been dire for the past several years, Palm Beach County has reason to get excited about honeybees this week.

Busy beekeepers from across the state are gathering together to buzz all about (all right, we're done with the jokes) the ins and outs of starting and maintaining hives.

See Also: New Study Claims Bee Research Could Benefit Florida's Economy

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Wow! Cacao! From Bean to Bar Educational Talk and Tasting

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Wow! Cacao!
Chances are when you are hardcore jonesing for the sweet combo of theobromine phenethylamine and caffeine that chocolate provides, you haven't really thought about
all that went into getting it from little cacao beans to neatly packaged chocolate bar
at the checkout.

Was it ethically sourced? Grown away from harmful pesticides? Made without the help of child laborers? Free of deforesting culprit Palm Oil? (So many things to consider when you just want something to get over the 3 p.m. slump, huh?)

If you want to learn all that is involved in getting from bean to bar, the food-loving folks over at Thousand Pound Egg are here to help. Join them this Friday during "Wow! Cacao! From Bean to Bar educational talk." The talk and tasting will be led by cacao specialist and farmer Jorge Hernandez of Bonao Cacao.

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Kill The Lights: Raise a Glass to Help Sea Turtles

Kill the lights...raise a glass.
It's that time of year again when lights go dim along South Florida's fabulous coastline in order to help sea turtle hatchlings find their way to the ocean safely. Bright lights can disorient the babies and encourage them to migrate inland instead of toward the sea.

To encourage beachside residents and businesses to help protect nesting sea turtles, The Naked Turtle rum and Sea Turtle Conservancy is hosting a series of events Saturday, May 10 to raise the awareness of the importance of turtle-friendly lighting.

See also: Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Birthday Beers, Mother's Day, and More

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"Food Babe" Slams Pizza Chains for Using MSG, Approves Pizza Fusion as Safe Choice

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The "Food Babe" is a food blogger, Vani Hari.
There are lots of things that are sexy about food. And right now, the sexiest thing to happen to food since chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne is Vani Hari, a North Carolina-based food blogger who has been blowing up the spot on some of the country's biggest food companies with her writings as the "Food Babe."

Hari, an amateur investigative reporter, began her blog dubbed "Food Babe" in April of 2011 with a mission to educate the American public about harmful or disturbing ingredients lurking in everyday food items.

Her goal: to help people make the "right purchasing decisions at the grocery store, how to live an organic lifestyle, and how to travel healthfully around the world."

Today, Hari has an estimated 3 million followers and has researched major food and beverage companies, including Whole Foods, Lean Cuisine, McDonalds, General Mills, Coca-Cola and Chipotle. She was featured on Good Morning America and Doctor Oz for her push to get Kraft to remove petroleum-based dye from its food and, while consulting with Chik-Fil-A, pushed the chicken-peddling chain to promise it will be 100 percent antibiotic-free within the next five years.

See also: Five Places to Eat Healthy in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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We Ate Reindeer Over the Holidays: Why You Should Too

Sara Ventiera
We know a lot of chefs over here at Clean Plate Charlie.

So when we get a crazy idea in our heads, we know who to contact.

Just before Christmas, we decided we wanted to get some ideas on how to eat Santa's favored mode of transportation for the holiday. And yes, we're fully aware that our sense of humor is slightly morbid.

To help us drum up some ideas, we reached out to The Dubliner's executive chef, Greg Schiff, who is quite the wild game enthusiast, to walk us through different ways of preparing reindeer.

Little did we know at the time that he would take that idea and run with it; after hanging up the phone with us, Schiff ordered up some reindeer sausage and stew meat to whip up in the restaurant.

Obviously, we had to get in on that; we dined on reindeer right around Christmas. As disturbing as it may sound -- sorry, Rudolph -- it's actually a more environmentally friendly, healthy, and humane animal protein to eat than anything you'll find in your corner grocery store.

See Also: Reindeer Meat for Christmas: Four Ways to Eat It

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Flagler Garden Broke Ground Sunday; Set to Grow Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale's Flagler Garden officially broke ground Sunday with a celebratory ceremony drawing a packed crowd. Construction is set to begin in October, and the project is slated for completion through phase two with a 60-day turnaround, says Rebecca Bradley.

Phase one and two will include constructing the 80 raised bed plots, a contemporary-inspired entry portal, irrigation systems, customized storage containers, deck space, and an educational facility.

"We developed a beautiful, contemporary design for the gateway fence and entry portal with the goal to create a special experience as people enter the garden," says Bradley of the proposed statement piece, which is intended to be visible to nearby traffic along busy Third Avenue. She's cofounder of urban design and landscape architecture firm Cadence.

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Flagler Garden Groundbreaking Party Sunday in Fort Lauderdale

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If you've driven around downtown Fort Lauderdale recently, you might think massive building construction projects were erected overnight. With the city's urbanscape growing like a concrete mushroom, questions arise. What will Fort Lauderdale do without any green spaces?

Thankfully, there's an answer. Resident Chad Scott and his crew of garden enthusiasts have been working hard the past two years to launch Flagler Garden, located at 425 NE Third Ave., in the heart of artsy FAT Village.

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Tortuga Music Festival and Marine Conservation: Where to Find Sustainable Seafood in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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Starting tomorrow Tortuga Music Festival  will be taking over Fort Lauderdale. Artists ranging from Grace Potter, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, and G. Love and Special Sauce to Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Avett Brothers, and Kenny Chesney will be playing right smack dab on the beach.

Aside from the obvious music aspect, the festival, hosted by Rock the Oceans, an oceanic conservation organization, is intended to raise awareness about issues affecting, you got it, the oceans.

Undoubtedly, overfishing would fall into that category.

With that, we decided to put together a list of place to find sustainable seafood in South Florida.

See Also:
- Target, Walmart Offer Sustainable Seafood
- Tortuga Music Festival This Weekend: Best Places to Hang Out in Fort Lauderdale
- Frankenfish Rejected From National Retailers: Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and More

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Learn to Grow With Farmer Jay at Whole Foods Plantation

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Farmer Jay wants to help you grow your garden.
Farmer Jay is a public relations dream for the local locavore movement -- a smart, personable farmer who's passionate about sharing tips on healthy eating.

You would think that between running Farmer Jay Organics and writing for New Times, the man would just want to curl up with a good book or a beer and relax.

But in his spare time, Jason "Farmer Jay" McCobb is teaching a series of growing classes at Whole Foods in Plantation.

The three classes, in honor of Earth Month, all concentrate on different aspects of growing a home garden.

Take all three and you'll have the best-tasting garden in your neighborhood.

Read Also: Hot Farmer Alert: Meet Farmer Jay

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Catch a Lionfish, Get a Shirt in New Contest

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Lionfish -- beautiful but invasive.
Lionfish are beautiful. They're also taking over Florida waters. These nonnative, invasive fish are aggressive and prey on native saltwater species. They also compete for food with some of our local food species, like grouper and snapper.

Luckily, lionfish are also very tasty, though parts of the fish contain toxins.

Clean Plate Charlie recommends taking your catch to a restaurant or fish monger who will clean and prepare your lionfish properly.

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