Author: Katy Lynch

Dinner on the Farm at Kai Kai Farm

While I enjoy being wined and dined at great restaurants, nothing can beat having dinner on the farm. The peaceful setting, the gorgeous surroundings, the fresh-from-the-farm ingredients — all bring me to a feeling of zen, a feeling that I’ll be happy to return to time and time again. Although going to the farm is not an everyday occurrence for me, local farms are making it easier for us (the general public) to visit on a regular basis. Take for example Kai Kai farm, a 40-acre farm in Indiantown. Owners Carl Frost and Diane Cordeau focus primarily on growing niche vegetables...

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Cravings: Seared Escolar from Palmeiras Beach Club

Out with the old and in with the new. That’s what’s happening at Grove Isle. This iconic landmark — known for offering pristine views of the bay and being the most well-known place in Miami to pop the question — has transformed itself from Grove Isle Hotel and Spa into Palmeiras Beach Club with Palmeiras Restaurant opening up last December. Responsible for the changes on this private island are visionaries Sami Kohen and Jacques Wulffaert, who have teamed up with Grove Isle developers. Together they’ve revamped the venue, giving it a contemporary makeover — and added in a Perrier-Jouët...

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Read Florida Food & Farm’s Winter Issue

We’re excited to announce that our Winter Issue is now available on newsstands and online. In this issue, we feature: Palmetto Creek Farms – Avon Park farmer claims the finest-tasting pork is from happy pigs. Chocolate: From Bean to Bar – Single-source cacao beans roasted in-house make a world of difference in Castronovo Chocolate products. Caviar – From Florida? Two farms prove it doesn’t take a snowy landscape to produce quality fish eggs for this gourmet delight. Recipes: Can Do – Don’t waste those extra CSA vegetables, or garden goodies, because you can’t get to them. Pickle them now, and...

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Highlights from Florida Food & Farm in 2015

Can you believe that it’s already 2016? That makes it a perfect time to drink a Bloody Mary (as Jan. 1 is National Bloody Mary Day), reflect on the past year and to put an action plan together to make 2016 ridiculously amazing. While we’ve already had that Bloody Mary (and yes, it was darn delicious), our team meeting and have a roadmap for this year set up, we take this time now to look back at Florida Food & Farm and where we’ve come since our very first issue. Let’s relive the memories together. Chef Daniel Boulud looks over beans grown by Darryl Swank at Swank Specialty Produce in Loxahatchee. He prepared the beans in a chef’s luncheon on the farm. (Fall 2014) South African native Clifford Morris is sustainably raising shrimp at Florida Organic Aquaculture he runs in Fellsmere. (Fall 2014) A state treasure, Robert Moehling runs the popular Robert is Here produce market in Florida City. (Spring 2015) Beekeepers around the state are fighting a number of battles to keep bees and, in the process, help food production. (Spring 2015) Mahi-mahi is among the more prolific fish found off Florida’s coasts; it appears on most Florida menus. (Summer 2015) Dozens of varieties of heirloom mangoes are grown in South Florida backyards and in commercial groves. (Summer 2015) Tequesta Brewing Co.’s  Chancellor Ale is a top seller wherever it’s sold. Linda...

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for last minute shoppers

While some people get their holiday shopping done early, it doesn’t quite work that way for everyone — and last minute shopping just seems to be the way to go. Instead of dealing with the holiday crowds, why not shop from the comfort of your home — and get your loved ones tickets to an upcoming culinary event taking place this winter? Here are our suggestions for you: Jan 7-17, 2016: Uncorked – Key Largo & Islamorada Food & Wine Festival Enjoy a taste of the Keys at this year’s Uncorked. This 10-day celebration will include a variety of activities for every palate...

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