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.
The Martinelli family has been making wine in Sonoma County since 1887.
Although it opened in 2009, the Fremont Diner recalls a bygone era in Sonoma County.
Next year, three guys in their thirties will be taking over one of the country's iconic restaurant spaces.
An epidemic of avian flu has reduced the nation's egg supply and driven up prices.
Russ and Daughters has been selling smoked fish on New York's Lower East Side since 1914, and opened a cafe last year.
Angelo's has been serving superlative Northern and Southern dishes since 1902, along with caring service.
Although Emilia-Romagna is sometimes referred to as the breadbasket of Italy, the real staff of life is piadina.
In the eastern part of Emilia-Romagna, Lambrusco is replaced by stunning Sangiovese that rivals the best Tuscany has to offer.
Bob Cabral, former winemaker at Williams Selyem, is turning out impressive single-vineyard wines at Sonoma's Three Sticks.
The Last Drop has released 592 bottles of their newest expression, a 48 Year-Old blended Scotch at $4,000 per bottle.