Paul Castronovo to Host the OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida

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Foodie (and radio host) Paul Castronovo with chef Allen Susser.
Big 105'9's resident foodie, Paul Castronovo is set to host this year's OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida tonight, May 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center.

Joining Castronovo are a team of celebrity chefs and some of South Florida's best restaurants -- all serving up bites to benefit Make A Wish, Special Olympics, and the Orange Bowl Youth Leadership Academy.

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BC Cafe Turns One: Brett Chiavari on the First Year

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BC Cafe's Brett Chiavari and Travie McCoy
BC Cafe, the brick and mortar version of caveman-themed BC Tacos food truck is celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday, May 17.

We asked the cafe's Brett Chiavari what challenges and highlights he experienced in the past year, and how the cafe differs from his food truck experience. Here's what he said.

See also: Tastemaker #27. Brett Chiavari of BC Tacos

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Guy Harvey Conservation Village at Tortuga Music Festival Showcases Sustainable Seafood

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Chef Andres Avayu believes in sustainable seafood.

Sure the Tortuga Music Festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park is one fine two-day party featuring Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, and Dierks Bentley performing, but the festival also has a mission attached to it.

See also: Make Your Own Free Custom Tic Tac Packs at Tortuga Music Festival

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Make Your Own Free Custom Tic Tac Packs at Tortuga Music Festival

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It's like minty nirvana.
Are you the kind of person who likes variety? Did you ever buy a few packs of mints and mix them up into one bowl (you scoundrel)?

If you're that kind of "daring" person who can't choose between spearmint or peppermint because you want them both, check at the Tic Tac "My Pack Tour" station this weekend at the Tortuga Music Festival at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park.

See also: Tortuga Music 2014 Festival Lineup Announced!

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Grill Grrrl to Host Women's Grilling Clinic May 31

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The grill is no longer a man's domain...
If you've ever watched any sort of TV sitcom or sat through a bunch of commercials during a football game, you'll see that grilling is a man's domain.

Well, at least that's what the honchos at advertising agencies and scriptwriters would lead ladies to believe. That, friends, is a bunch of horse pucky. (It's a thing.)

The truth is that grilling is something that both sexes should enjoy. After all, it's all about cooking outdoors -- and women have been playing with fire as long as men have.

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Blackfish Producer to be Honored by PETA at Sublime; B-52's Fred Schneider Will Premiere Rock Lobster Video

Manny Oteyza, the producer of Blackfish, will receive an award from PETA this Sunday at an invitation-only reception hosted by The B-52s' Fred Schneider.

Schneider has also produced a video exposing cruelty to lobsters. This all-new "Rock Lobster" video, in which he declares crustaceans sea life, not seafood, will make its South Florida debut at the event.

The ceremony, held at animal-friendly Sublime Restaurant & Bar, will honor Oteyza with the Nanci Alexander Award for his animal activism achievements.

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Whole Foods Market Hosts Free Cheese Tastings Tonight

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There's only one thing better than cheese and that's free cheese. That's why Cheese Nights at Whole Foods is turning us on so much.

This totally free event is happening tonight at Whole Foods Market in Fort Lauderdale and if you're a cheese lover you've got to come out and get your cheese on.

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PDQ's National Children's Book Day Drive: Donate a Book, Get a Free Meal

Exchange a book for this.
Obviously, if you're checking out Clean Plate Charlie, you're into two things: good food and a good read. So are the people at PDQ, the fast casual restaurants that stand for "people dedicated to quality".

The Tampa-based chain that specializes in fresh hand-battered chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, and fresh salads, is hosting a book drive in honor of National Children's Book Day.

See also: New Fast Food Concept PDQ Now Open in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale

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Parmageddon Returns: Whole Foods Market Attempts to Break Cheesy World Record

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Crack that cheese! Now we just need a steaming bowl of pasta!
If you've ever perused the Guinness Book of World Records, you'll see a lot of insane world records -- like the one for the most parmesan cheese wheels cracked simultaneously. The record was set by Whole Foods market on March 9, 2013, when a total of 426 cheese wheels were cracked at 28 different WFM markets worldwide at exactly 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The event was called Parmageddon, a fitting name to the cheesy stunt.

If for some reason you missed the fun, it's all going down tomorrow when Whole Foods attempts to break its own record at the Parmigiano Reggiano Crack Heard 'Round the World.

At exactly 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, you can witness a world record being broken (hopefully) as you watch cheesemongers in your local Whole Foods crack an 85-pound wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano. They're going for the record, which means that at least 427 giant wheels of cheese will have to get cracked for the goal!

That's not all. There are lots of cheese freebies and fun in store, along with lots of photo ops. Here's a list of participating locations in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

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Oscar Mayer Wienermobile in Delray Beach This Weekend: Meat the Hotdoggers

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The Wienermobile. Seen around town.
In this age of politically-correct food and organic farm-to-fork dining, we'll share our guilty pleasure.

The hot dog.

Sorry, Farmer Joe. Your beautiful produce is great, and we love a good heirloom tomato, but every now and again, we get a hankering for a hot dog, resting in a white bread roll, slathered with plenty of yellow mustard. That's called comfort food at its best. Which is why the thought of having our picture taken with the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile gives us a frisson of pleasure.

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