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.
Priceless bottles of wine stolen from The French Laundry have surfaced nearly 3,000 miles away in Greensboro, N.C.
The 24th annual ZAP tasting (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) will be held in San Francisco the weekend of January 29-31.
A federal judge in California has overturned the state's ban on foie gras, which was enacted in 2012.
A number of famous restaurants closed their doors during 2014.
The craft distilling revolution has reached Northern Florida
The Buche de Noel is a traditional holiday indulgence throughout France.
The Italian house of Carpano has been producing world-class vermouth since 1786.
Celebrate the holidays with George Washington's eggnog recipe.
A brother-sister team is opening the first meatless butcher shop in the Midwest.
Purely Syrup, a new line of certified organic simple syrups, has expanded the options for both professional and home bartenders.