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ChefGeorge Patti

Chef George Patti’s experience includes Chef de Cuisine at Louis’ in Charleston, SC under James Beard Award winning Chef Louis Osteen, Sous Chef at Sfuzzi Italian Restaurant, Executive Chef for Odyssey Cruises and at Ten Penh both in Washington, DC. and is a Johnson & Whales graduate. Chef George Patti is currently Chef/co-owner of M.E.A.T. Eatery And Taproom and designing Union 27, a Farm to Table concept, in Boca and was the Chef and Co-owner of the top rated Upper Florida Keys restaurant, Tasters Grille. These restaurants have been featured in USA Today Travel 10 Best.com, WLRN National Public Radio, Travel + Leisure, Tasting Table, Social Florida Guide and Florida Travel and Life as well as being listed in most South Florida daily periodicals like the Palm Beach Post and Miami Herald. Chef Patti has also been written up in Bon Appetite as Executive Chef and partner at Sweet Sop Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. In 2003 he was given glowing reviews in the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald, and televised on the national TV show, Finer Living, preparing his signature dish, pan-seared scallops with sweet potato rum sauce and roasted scotch bonnet. He has been featured on Diners, Drive Ins & Dives. MEAT Eatery And Taproom’s most prestigious recognitions was being named the #5 Burger restaurant in the US by Trip Advisor in 2014, Best Burger in Florida by Thrillist 2015, Best Burger in Florida by Chowhound 2016/2017 and Top 101 Burgers in America by the Daily Meal 2015-2018. His restaurants have over 40 awards in Florida.

Chef George Patti


 

SommelierThomas Smith

Sommelier Thomas Smith studied wine under Sally Mohr, the second woman to pass the esteemed Court of the Master Sommeliers’ Master Sommelier program. Tom passed the Court of the Master Sommeliers’ Certificate program in 1997 and was the Sommelier/Wine buyer for Trios Wine Bar & Grille and its sister establishment Trios Enoteca simultaneously. He achieved the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 1996 through 1999 and winning local awards for the wine program while training five members of his staff to pass the Court of the Master Sommeliers’ Certificate Sommelier Program. Tom left Trios in 1998 to open his own restaurant Limbo Restaurant and Lounge – a critically acclaimed restaurant in the Boulder/Denver region of Colorado. In 2003, Tom moved to the Florida Keys to become the sommelier and co-GM at Marker 88 Restaurant in Islamorada where he developed the largest wine program in the Florida Keys, again winning the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2004 through 2007. In 2007 he left Marker 88 to start the Upper Keys Tasters Guild, a non-profit organization promoting and educating in food and wine, which quickly became the 5th largest Tasters’ Guild in the nation. He has designed wine programs for over half a dozen Florida Keys restaurants and has done server wine training in over a dozen of them. In 2009 he teamed with Chef George Patti to create the concept of Tasters Grille & Market to provide gastropub style food, craft beers and hand-picked wines for the locals, locally winning Best New Restaurant in 2009. In 2012 Tom was named one of the Top 5 Sommeliers in South Florida by CBS Miami. Chef Patti and Tom have gone on to create the acclaimed M.E.A.T. Eatery And Taproom. He is currently designing wine training for Restaurant Connect.

Sommelier Thomas Smith