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Table Talk: The Latest Food Happenings in South Florida

Check out the buzz from the local restaurant and spirits scene.

Food Network’s 23rd Annual SOBEWFF Will Transform Miami into a Culinary Wonderland Feb. 22-25

For four days, the always-anticipated, internationally renowned South Beach Wine & Food Festival turns Miami into a culinary playground with more than 100 events taking place on South Beach at pop-up locations, restaurants, and venues across Miami. In its 23rd year, the 2024 festival, Feb. 22-25, has a fully loaded schedule featuring more than 500 chefs and some of Food Network’s biggest superstars.

At the heart of the festival are two open-air tasting tents – the North Venue and Grand Tasting Village – situated on South Beach’s sublime stretch of sand. In these central tents, festivalgoers will find the event’s headline events like the “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives LIVE” with Guy Fieri, the “Burger Bash” with Rachael Ray, “Tacos & Tequila” tasting with Aarón Sánchez and “The Block Party” with Andrew Zimmern and Melba Wilson.

Beyond these, a wide-ranging series of one-night-only VIP dinners, seated brunches, tasting menus, high-energy cooking competitions and live entertainment events take place. This year’s most prestigious dinner, the Tribute Dinner, part of the New York Times Dinner Series, will pay homage to two luminaries, Massimo Bottura and Luca Garavoglia.

In 2022 BizBash named the Festival the #1 Food & Restaurant Industry event in the nation for the tenth year in a row. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the students of the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. To date, SOBEWFF® has raised more than $37 million for the School.

A full schedule of events and a wide variety of ticket options are available online at sobewff.org.

Charm City Burger Co. Will Move to Boca Raton & Open a New Sandwich Venture in Deerfield Beach

For 15 years, Charm City Burger Co. has been known as a mecca for burger lovers. The beloved hole-in-the-wall joint on Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach has made the cut on far-reaching “Best” and “Top” lists, including TripAdvisor, Burger Beast, Food Network, and USA Today. The media spotlight has drawn both tourists and locals alike to feast on the restaurant’s charmed burgers. Now, for the first time, Charm City will shift its focus from beefy wonders to a new delight: sandwiches. The company has announced that after it moves its burger operation to a new location in Boca Raton in early 2024, its current location will become Charm City Sandwich Co.

The Deerfield Beach location has already started selling a rotating menu of its new sandwiches including a chicken parm sub; a “Plain Jane” crispy chicken with muenster, available “regular,” “Fuego” or “loaded”; a hand-shaved Philly cheesesteak, available two ways, classic, or spicy with red hot chili pepper relish aioli; and a chopped Wagyu cheeseburger sub with caramelized onions, hot pepper relish, house-made white cheese “wiz” and roasted garlic aioli on a toasted sesame seed roll.

 “We’re excited to be opening in Boca Raton but Deerfield Beach is home and always will be,” says co-owner and co-founder Chef Michael Saperstein. “We are confident our fans will embrace Charm City Sandwich Co. with the same vigor and passion that has made us such a fixture in the neighborhood.”

Charm City Burger Co. is located at 1136 East Hillsboro Boulevard in Deerfield Beach. To stay in the know on Charm City’s move-in-progress, follow @charcityburgerco.

Homemade, Fast-Casual Pasta Restaurant from Venice Opens Multiple Locations in the Tri-County Area

Imagine homemade, freshly pressed pasta made daily, topped with your favorite sauce and finished with meatballs, cheese or herbs, served in a charming paper carton (reminiscent of the classic Chinese takeout bucket), perfect for taking hot Italian food on the go. This is DalMoros’ specialty. Founded in Venice, Italy, the fast-casual, fresh-pasta concept is reportedly the first of its kind. In May 2021, the company crossed the pond to open their first U.S. location. Now, Florida will be home to five locations, including three in the tri-county area — in Delray Beach, West Palm Beach, and Hollywood. 

Noodle types include rigatoni, fettuccine, fusilli, bigoli and gluten-free. There are 10 sauce types available, including Bolognese, Amatriciana, Boscaiola, Pesto and Carbonara. Indulge yourself by finishing the meal with some of DalMoros’ homemade tiramisu.

DalMoros’ Delray Beach location (439 E. Atlantic Ave) opened in October 2023. The West Palm Beach location (400 Clematis Street Suite D) will be open by Feb. 1. The Hollywood location at Block 40 Food Hall (1818 Hollywood Boulevard) is projected to open by the end of March. 

For more information or to place an order online, visit dalmoros.us.

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