Monday, April 8, 2013

Flavors Of Wellington, 2013: Florida Ingredient Touches

Wellington, Fla.--The 10th Annual Flavors Of Wellington showcased western community restaurants. Organized by the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, this wine and food event was held at The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center on April 5th. It attracted a whole table of food critic judges and a sea of foodies.

10th Annual Flavors of Wellington, Wellington, Fla.
Nestled between booths of restaurants, caterers, gourmet markets, and country clubs there were some standouts companies that sourced seasonal Florida-grown ingredients for their dishes.

Universal Living Sprouts booth, 10th Annual Flavors
of Wellington, Wellington, Fla.
Universal Living Sprouts, Inc., came served a freshly sprouted certified organic green salad. They grew their ingredients in West Palm Beach, Florida, just minutes from the event.
Sprouted salad from Universal Living Sprouts Inc.,
10th Annual Flavors of Wellington, Wellington, Fla.
They gave guests a choice of sprouted Aduzi beans, Mung beans, Garbonzo beans, lentils, or Fenugreek. They also had a selection of three dressings, I chose a creamy dill.
White Horse Catering booth, 10th Annual Flavors
of Wellington, Wellington, Fla.
Next was White Horse Catering LLC. The Executive chef said he really liked supporting local farmers.

He buys vegetables from Bedner's Farm (Boynton, Fla.) during the season and tomatoes from Teena's Pride CSA Farm (Homestead, Fla.) during the summer.

White Horse Tavern Catering Asian Duck dish,
10th Annual Flavors of Wellington, Wellington, Fla
He served an Asian duck breast over a sweet potato hash accompanied by blood orange sauced carrot ribbons, and shelled edamame beans. It was topped with fried noodles. I liked the dish but my noodles had not been fried long enough and were very hard.
Johnson's Custom Cakes and More's First Prize
winner dessert, 10th Annual Flavors of Wellington,
Wellington, Fla.
Johnson's Custom Cakes and More's owner Jennifer Johnson said her company uses Florida sugar, honey, strawberries, and key limes in their products. She won first place in the dessert category for her white sour cream almond cake topped with passion fruit mousse, and chocolate genache. It was served with a side of brandied tropical fruit salsa, and almond brittle.

Napolitano Cucina's Florida beet plate, 10th
Annual Flavors of Wellington, Wellington, Fla.
And finally, Napolitano Cucina restaurant had a Florida-grown roasted yellow beet slice topped with goat cheese, walnut, and balsamic brown butter. Unfortunately, the staff were not able to tell me which farm they sourced the beets from.

If you want to support restaurants, in the western Palm Beach County communities, that support Florida farmers, then contact these places and eat their food.

To find out more about the Wellington Chamber of Commerce you can go to

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