Chef Seth Kirschbaum of Sublime and Darbster Raising Funds For New Vegan Restaurant

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It appears 2014 will be a healthy year for South Florida. New juice bars, raw food finds, locally-sourced dishes, and vegetarian-themed concepts abound -- and it's only getting better.

Adding to the momentum, South Florida vegan chef Seth Kirschbaum -- former executive chef for both Sublime and Darbster -- has announced plans to open his own vegan concept later this year. The local chef is looking to offer Boynton Beach its first 100 percent vegan, organic and cruelty-free restaurant. After years of dreaming, planning and prepping, he's dubbed his concept Sage Wine Bar, and launched a Kickstarter last week to propel the project into action.

What is Sage? "Sage is about giving back, sustainability, supporting local farmers and small business," Kirschbaum told Clean Plate Charlie. "It's sharing our vision for total health and well-being."

See Also: Ten Best Juice Bars in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

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A New Way To Brew Coffee: South Florida-Based Immerset Launches Kickstarter

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The Immerset brewing method combines French press and pour over brewing methods in one easy-to-use product.
There's a new Kickstarter in town, and coffee lovers, you'll want to listen up. A South Florida-based entrepreneur has developed a new way to brew java using several methods in-one to create what he terms the "perfect cup of coffee."

A sort of serial inventor, West Palm Beach's Chic Kelty told Clean Plate Charlie he's designed and created dozens of coffee-related products during the course of his career, including one for a company known as Tambaroo making the "French Kiss," a silicone filter for use with a standard French press that helps make brewing more functional, less messy -- and better tasting. The need for a product like the French Kiss got Kelty thinking: what if I made a product that would deliver the best of each brewing method in one? What he created is a new brewing method known as Immerset.

See also: The Quest for the Perfect Iced Coffee in South Florida

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Jiva Coffee Cubes: Company Makes Instant Colombian Coffee, Launches Kickstarter Campaign

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Jiva Cubes are all-natural, organic instant Columbian coffee.

What do you start your day with? If you're like half the US population -- about 150 million Americans -- it's the first thing you reach for every morning. 

No, it's not the alarm clock, or your toothbrush. And it's not breakfast. It's the coffee pot. Because, let's face it, that first cup of Joe is quite possibly the only thing that gets you out the door each day. Without it, most of us would be a groggy, grumpy mess. 

But what about when you're not in the comfort of your own home to brew some fresh, nowhere near your morning latte pit stop, and miles from the closest Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts? It's times like these when getting your daily caffeine fix isn't always easy -- or tasty. 

Luckily, Miami's Jiva Coffee Cubes can fix that. The all-natural, 100 percent Columbian instant coffee start-up is currently being funded on Kickstarter, which means it may not be long before you see these portable, cube-shaped coffee blocks available at your local grocer or coffee shop. 

All you need is a cup, some water -- hot or cold will do -- and a strong desire to ingest pure caffeine and sugar as quickly as possible...

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Hell's Kitchen Contestant Robyn Almodovar Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Mass-Produce Her Goods

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Kickstart South Florida is a new feature highlighting local food-related crowd-funded projects on Kickstarter.

You may have met Robyn Almovodar on the streets of Miami, serving food from her food truck dubbed The Palate Party Fresh Mobile Cafe, where she serves up her famous soft-shell crab sandwiches, or meatball sliders smothered in a secret Sunday gravy.

Or perhaps you've seen her taking the heat during the 10th season of Fox's Hell's Kitchen, where she competed with her signature dish of seared striped sea bass.

Now, the Hollywood, Florida resident is starting up a new project -- one that will bring her cooking straight to your kitchen -- with an idea known as Incredible Creations that she launched on Kickstarter earlier this month.

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- Michael Diaz's PepperJelly Cuban-Style Sriracha
- All-Natural Microwave Quinn Popcorn
- Hell's Kitchen Cheftestant Robyn Almovodar

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Kick Start South Florida: Miami's Michael Diaz and his PepperJelly Sriracha

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All photos by Masha Diaz.

Kick Start South Florida is a new feature highlighting local foodies and food-related projects on Kickstarter from Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade. Clean Plate Charlie will profile them here to support and promote food-related crowd-funded projects in South Florida. Spread the word. Share the love.

The best recipes are usually family recipes, "secret" ingredient combinations passed down generation from generation. They're masterpieces made by relatives that measure according to dashes and pinches rather than easy-to-record tablespoons and teaspoons.

These recipes are easy to love -- but not always easy to replicate. That's especially true for Michael Diaz, who says his grandfather made one simply amazing hot sauce. It didn't matter that Diaz's grandfather was Cuban, either. According to the Miami resident, the Latin-inspired flavors in his sriracha-style hot sauce made it one of the best you'll ever taste.

Sriracha is a type of hot sauce made of chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar and salt. It's thought to be named after the coastal city of Si Racha in Thailand, where it was first made as a dipping sauce to accompany the area's plentiful seafood dishes. Although sriracha is thought of as hot sauce, traditional Thai sriracha is tangier, sweeter and thinner than those you'll find here.

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