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The festival, which runs Feb. 24-28, celebrates its 15th year as it expands northward into Broward County. The fest’s Broward events, dubbed “Taste Fort Lauderdale Series,” include five culinary celeb dinners, one brunch, one late-night party and an outdoor tasting event hosted by Food Network Chef Robert Irvine.
“Although we bring chefs in from all over the globe each year, we made a mistake of not looking next door and discovering and promoting such great talent 20 minutes north of us,” says Lee Brian Schrager, festival founder and director.
He says the festival has found “a whole new audience” in Broward.
Chefs Chuck Gittleman (Kapow! Noodle Bar), Chefs Lindsay Autry (The Regional), Clay Conley (Buccan, Grato), Eric Baker (Max’s Harvest), Sean Brasel(Meat Market), Angelo Elia (Casa D’Angelo, D’Angelo Pizza), Joey Giannuzzi (Farmer’s Table), Rocco Mangel (Rocco’s Tacos), Daniel Naumko (Sybarite Pig), Sherry Yard(Tanzy), George Patti (MEAT Eatery), Miguel Santiago (Hilton West Palm Beach), and from Stuart, chef Eric Grutka (Ian’s Tropical Grill). Culinary captain for the Palm Beach contingent at the Grand Tasting events during the weekend is chef Michael Saperstein (Rebel House, Charm City Burgers).