Monthly Archives: March 2016

Swank Table – a “Swanky” Affair Down On The Farm

Hello Foodie Friends,

For those of you who have been following me for some time, then you know I get around… to food and wine events, of course! I’m all about unique experiences, whether I am creating them, working them or attending them as a guest. For the past couple seasons I had been a part of an awesome crew of foodies who work their butts off to pull off a fantastic dining experience on a farm with local celebrity chefs, mixologists, sommeliers, craft beer companies and other local artisans all under one roof with rockin’ live entertainment. But this time, I had the great pleasure to attend the event as a guest and experience it first hand from the other side. The Swanks (Darrin & Jodi) are the gracious hosts who welcome guests onto their farm each season to share in their “bucolic farm life”  while breaking bread together under a spacious pole barn, enjoying dishes prepared by seasoned local chefs featuring local ingredients which of course include vibrant, seasonal Swank produce. Swank Table events run each Sunday from the beginning of December through April with each event benefiting a specific charity. The night I attended was dedicated to The Caridad Center. These events would not be possible without a whole slew of sponsors, so please take the time to check them out and appreciate all that they have done to help keep these incredible events going.

 

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A great time was had by all. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience one of these events, I highly recommend you do so. For more info and a schedule of the remaining events this season, visit Swank Specialty Produce.  Swank Farm is […]

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    Holy Ravioli! BRIO Tuscan Grille celebrates National Ravioli Day in a BIG way!

Holy Ravioli! BRIO Tuscan Grille celebrates National Ravioli Day in a BIG way!

Hello Foodie Friends,

Although National Ravioli Day is officially on Sunday, March 20th, BRIO Tuscan Grille South Florida locations have decided to keep the celebration going for four days with 50% off select ravioli dishes from Sunday, March 20th through Wednesday, March 23rd.

The featured ravioli dishes are:

Ravioli Di Bello, a mouthwatering Portobello ravioli with crimini mushrooms, grape tomatoes, Parmesan and thyme in a champagne brown butter sauce. BRIO is offering the lunch portion specially priced at $6.75 (normally priced at $13.50), and the dinner portion for $7.98 (normally priced at $15.95). This dish pairs nicely with a glass of Conundrum 25th Anniversary Red Blend, priced at $11.95 per glass.

Lobster & Shrimp Ravioli, normally offered only at dinner, is being featured at lunch during the celebration at the reduced price of $9.75. For dinner, the special price is $9.98 (regularly $19.95). This delicious dish is served with spicy black pepper cream, spinach and grape tomatoes. The 25th Anniversary Conundrum White Blend (Napa Valley, California), priced at $11.95 per glass, nicely balances the spicy finish of the black pepper cream sauce.

Ravioli Alla Vodka, a special feature for the day, is five-cheese ravioli with pancetta, garlic, basil and a rich tomato cream sauce for $8.95.

I was invited to come in and preview some of the ravioli being featured in this promotion in order to share this with you good people in time. Now this is not my first time doing a review of BRIO, click here if you’d like to read my previous blog on BRIO’s “Art of Grilling, summer menu.

My dining companions and I tried the Ravioli Di Bello and the Lobster and Shrimp Ravioli. They knocked it out of the park with the Ravioli Di Bello. It was delicious. I will […]

Juniper on the Water

Hello Foodie Friends,

I received an invite to check out Juniper on the Water, located in Hallandale Beach, on the Intracoastal Waterway.  This hidden gem is a great waterfront venue ideal for group events such as wedding rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, day after wedding brunch and corporate team building/client appreciation events.

About a year ago, owners Scott, Sho and Chris put their heads together and transformed an industry passion into reality. Juniper, meaning strength and “to bloom or flourish”, symbolizes the vision, heart and culinary passion combined by the owners.

Scott and Sho had been in the hospitality field for many years and learned every aspect of the restaurant business by working their way up the ranks.  It seemed a likely progression for them to take this next step in opening a restaurant of their very own.  “It really helps you learn when you start at the very bottom and learn from both the good and bad experiences,” says Scott. 

The duo quickly crafted the idea and space for Juniper on the Water, and after 18 months of renovation, the restaurant opened its doors, emitting a warm and welcoming atmosphere to all.  Juniper has a one-of-a-kind understated elegance, quite different from any other restaurant in the South Florida area.  Besides the magnificent view, its upscale, Mediterranean, American and Seafood influences add the right touch of refinement, while its beach-like feel instantly helps diners feel at ease. 

My dinner companion and I decided on a bottle of Rodney Strong Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley to take us through our appetizers and entrees. I would say that it was just about perfect, although had it been served slightly chilled, it would have been perfect, in my opinion.

Our first appetizer was the burrata cheese served with farm fresh tomatoes, micro […]

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar is one of the fabulous restaurants in the Rapoport Restaurant Group led by veteran restaurateur Burt Rapoport, who has been positively influencing the palates of South Floridians and visitors alike for over 30 years. Rapoport’s collection of restaurants currently include Bogart’s Bar & Grille on the second level of the Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton, Delray’s Deck 84 along the intracoastal in Delray Beach, Henry’s in the Shoppes at Addison Place on Jog Road in Delray, Burt & Max’s and Apeiro Kitchen in the Delray Marketplace (Apeiro also recently opened in Miami) and opening this fall, Rappys Deli in Boca Raton. Rapoport also co-owns Max’s Grille in Mizner Park in Downtown Boca.

 
                                                               Basil-tini

Apeiro Kitchen & Bar is a Contemporary Mediterranean cookery with an energetic and cheerful/friendly vibe, chic clientele and gorgeous design. Apeiro, which is Greek for “infinity”, opened its doors in January 2015 and has been receiving rave reviews ever since. The menu is inspired by the many regions that make up the Mediterranean- from Morocco to Italy and Greece to Spain and everywhere in between.

I had been to Apeiro shortly after they opened and enjoyed sampling a variety of their signature items. I recently returned to check out some of their new menu items. To get things started, I decided to try a Basil-tini cocktail. This was made with Hangar One Vodka, muddled strawberry, basil, lemon and simple syrup. They had so many cool looking cocktails on their list, I was glad that our server Jen recommended this one to […]


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