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Paula’s Food Diaries Returns to Burlock Coast at Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale

Chef Paula DaSilva will showcase acclaimed dishes crafted by culinary luminaries Emeril Lagasse and Lorena Garcia.

Paula’s Food Diaries, a curated culinary series featuring spectacular dishes crafted in collaboration with some of the world’s most renowned chefs, will return to Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, throughout June and July. Chef Paula DaSilva, the hotel’s Director of Culinary and Beverage, has selected recipes for the series, which is now in its second season. Every month, the creations will be featured on the menu, allowing diners to experience the unique flavors and techniques of a diverse lineup of culinary experts. This year’s series kicks off with Chef Emeril Lagasse’s exquisite Seared Scallops, available from June 1 to June 30, followed by Chef Lorena Garcia’s vibrant Asado Negro Arepas from July 1 to July 31.

Chef Emeril Lagasse, a celebrated figure in the culinary world, will be making a return appearance on Paula’s Food Diaries. His renowned dish, Seared Scallops on Truffle White Bean Puree, will be showcased and priced at $52. This exquisite dish features perfectly seared scallops on a luxurious puree, topped with a rich wild mushroom sauce, showcasing Chef Emeril’s culinary expertise. Lagasse has an extensive career, hosting over 2,000 shows on the Food Network and working as a food correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America. He is also the bestselling author of 19 cookbooks and the chef/proprietor of nine restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Miramar Beach. Additionally, he established the Emeril Lagasse Foundation in 2002 to support children’s educational programs focused on culinary arts, nutrition, and life skills.

After Lagasse, Chef Lorena Garcia, renowned for her innovative blend of Latin flavors, will feature her Asado Negro Arepas. Priced at $25, this delightful dish features tender Wagyu short rib, braised in a flavorful marinade and accompanied by artisanal anise-and-piloncillo arepitas, zesty pico de gallo, and a sprinkle of cotija cheese and micro cilantro, encapsulating the lively essence of Latin American cuisine. Chef Lorena’s journey as a chef, entrepreneur, cookbook author, media personality, cookware designer, and restaurateur reflects her deep-rooted love for food, inspired by her upbringing in Caracas, Venezuela, melded with the global flavors and culinary expertise she acquired working in renowned restaurants worldwide. Among her notable restaurant ventures is CHICA at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Miami, and Aspen. Regarded as one of the nation’s leading celebrity chefs, Lorena is celebrated for her appearances on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and Top Chef All-Stars, NBC’s The Biggest Loser.

The series will introduce two more celebrity chefs later this year, but their identities remain secret.

“We are excited to bring back Paula’s Food Diaries, offering our guests a unique opportunity to experience the culinary excellence of top chefs from around the country,” Chef DaSilva says. “This series not only highlights incredible talent but also brings diverse and dynamic flavors to the heart of Fort Lauderdale.”

Burlock Coast in Fort Lauderdale draws inspiration from the Prohibition era, offering patrons a meticulously crafted menu. Situated by the water, this restaurant and bar focuses on fresh seafood, seasonal produce, and a creative cocktail selection with a rum-centric theme. The attached marketplace and café showcase local artisanal products such as coffee and bread. Additionally, themed dining events bring excitement to weekday evenings, and a delectable brunch is available on Saturday and SundaPaula’s

Photo Credit: Burlock Coast

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