Mark Spivak has been the Food and Wine Editor of Palm Beach Illustrated, educating our readers on the finer points of wine and spirits as well as reviewing the top culinary spots of South Florida since 2001. Visiting wine regions, distilleries and culinary meccas around the globe, Mark’s voice, an authoritative pen of the epicurean scene, can also be read on his blog Global Gourmet, where he writes about his experiences and insights, exclusively on palmbeachillustrated.com.
Mark is also the author of The Affordable Wine Guide to California and the Pacific Northwest (also available as an e-book), and his newest tome, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History [Lyons Press], which hit bookstands November 2012.
Iconic Spirits is a must read for any and all interested in the world of the high-proofed. The book chronicles twelve unique spirits and categories that helped forge the cocktail culture of today, telling the untold stories and the hidden tales of each, followed with cocktail recipes, many of which are classics and genre originators.
Benoit Violier, regarded by many experts as the world's best chef, killed himself last week.
Oregon's Rogue Ales & Spirits ha branched out from brewing into the world or hand-crafted spirits.
The North Korean government is bragging about Koryo, made from red ginseng and scorched rice, which supposedly makes the drinker immune to hangovers.
Per Se, one of Manhattan's finest and most expensive restaurants, has been downgraded in a scathing review in The New York Times.
The latest trend in the restaurant world is relieving diners from the necessity of leaving a tip, but the situation is more complex than it appears.
The latest release from Papa's Pilar was aged in a solera of Port and Bourbon barrels, then finished in Sherry casks.
Questions have been raised about the authenticity of the "bean to bar" chocolate made by Rick and Michael Mast.
Located at 6 East 32nd. St., right off Fifth Avenue, IchiUmi is one of the finest Japanese buffest in the city---or anywhere.
Celebrate the holidays with George Washington's eggnog recipe.
Founded in 1881 and abandoned during Prohibition, the Cedar Knoll Winery has come back to life as Palmaz Vineyards.