West Palm Beach GreenMarket Throws Down with Local Chefs

Official GreenMarket Chef, John Carlino, Challenges Local Chefs to Some Friendly Competition

The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is getting ready for a throw-down this season with some well-known local chefs.  The market will be holding a friendly competitive cooking demonstration on the third Saturday of each month throughout the season with the first “throw-down” happening on opening day this Saturday, October 20 at 10:00 a.m.

The City of West Palm Beach is pleased to announce Chef John Carlino as the official West Palm Beach GreenMarket Chef.  West Palm Beach’s Chef Carlino was formerly with the Florida Culinary Institute and now runs White Toque, Inc., his own food consulting and service training company.  Carlino and another local chef will be challenged each month to create a unique and tasty signature dish in thirty minutes based on a list of fresh ingredients that can be purchased from West Palm Beach GreenMarket vendors; the first month’s competition will include seafood, cheese, herbs, pasta and produce.  Then, eleven GreenMarket patrons will be pulled from the crowd to sample both dishes and vote on their favorite.  Carlino will challenge his good friend Chef David Pantone, Dean of Culinary Education at the Florida Culinary Institute, at the first throw-down on opening day at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket this Saturday, October 20.

The fate of Chef Carlino’s “Green Spatula” will be in the hands of the lucky eleven GreenMarket patrons who will sample and vote at the first throw-down.  Will Chef Carlino be able to keep the coveted Green Spatula or will he have to give it up to his guest chef that month?  West Palm Beach GreenMarket patrons can come participate in the fun all season long on the third Saturday each month in the center of the market where Narcissus Avenue meets 2nd Street.  Once judging is finished, all GreenMarket guests will be able to sample these tasty throw-down dishes and Chef Carlino will give away ingredient cards so that patrons can find all of the items necessary to make the dishes at home.

Due to a friendly competitive streak, Chef Carlino came up with the GreenMarket Chef Throw-down idea to bring some good-natured fun to the chefs that were coming out to do cooking demonstrations each month.  As a GreenMarket customer and vendor himself (Carlino sells Cider Donuts that melt in your mouth and are made from all natural ingredients with zero trans-fats), Carlino wanted to present the products and the vendors at the GreenMarket rather than the restaurants where the chefs work.  “Besides showcasing the talent of our wonderful local chefs, I wanted to present GreenMarket customers with the wide variety of items they could purchase at the market,” said Carlino.  “I also wanted to introduce new items to the shopping lists of the GreenMarket customers by showing them how to use and cook with unique vendor items,” Carlino explained.  

“We are very excited and honored to have Chef Carlino as our official West Palm Beach GreenMarket Chef,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach.  “Chef Carlino has been a friend of the GreenMarket for many years and we are especially happy to have him become more involved in promoting the products and vendors at the market this season,” Pinak continued.

The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is the area’s original and most popular green market.  This traditional European-style farmers market has become a Saturday morning staple that welcomes city residents and visitors alike.  Vendors bring an abundant selection of locally grown and “just harvested” produce, plants and specialty items to downtown West Palm Beach.  Each Saturday over 60 vendors offer a variety of farm fresh fruits and vegetables, tropical and native plants, fresh-cut flowers, artisan foods, and much more.  Guests can also sit and enjoy their made-to-order breakfast or lunch at the GreenMarket Café.  The West Palm Beach GreenMarket operates from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and is located along 2nd Street and Narcissus Avenue just outside of City Hall in Downtown West Palm Beach.  The GreenMarket is marking its thirteenth season with exciting new features including live music each week in the Café area, a Chef Throw-Down series on the third Saturday of each month, GreenMarket coupons of the month, a new photo gallery on the GreenMarket website, and special events for patrons every month.  The West Palm Beach GreenMarket will also go even “greener” this season with a new recycling program for customers at the market.  The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is dog-friendly with thirty pup zones in each block and offers free parking in the Banyan Street Garage until 2:00 pm.  

The West Palm Beach GreenMarket is produced by the City of West Palm Beach, Mayor’s Office – Division of Community Events and is sponsored by The Palm Beach Post, The Palm Beach Daily News, WIRK 107.9 fm and Sunny 104.3 fm.  For more information about the West Palm Beach GreenMarket or other City-produced events, please call 561-822-1515 or visit www.wpb.org/greenmarket.