Hello Foodie Friends,

I apologize for the delay in bringing you my recap of Flavors 2017 as I have been so extremely busy this season. Nonetheless, I couldn’t be more excited to share this info with you and hope that if you did not attend this year’s event, that you will be inspired to book your tickets early for next year’s.

The Junior League of Boca Raton held their annual culinary event, Flavors, on February 2nd, 2017. Located at The Addison, a spectacular venue in downtown Boca Raton, the evening included a delicious array of wines, spirits, an open bar, and savory samplings from local restaurants.

As an invited member of the press, I had the opportunity to go in and sample the amazing array of flavors personally. I have been to a few of their events in the past and I must say that this was the best one yet, in terms of venue and quantity and quality of participating vendors. Congrats to everyone involved in creating such a fabulous event, spectacularly chaired by Meg Fielder and Emily Ghijselinck. This year’s Flavors event raised $29,600, and had a sold out crowd of 600 people. Funds raised through Flavors directly support the Junior League of Boca Raton’s mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community.  The dedication of the Flavors committee as well as the many Junior League of Boca Raton volunteers made this event a huge success.

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Patrick Duffy, of The Addison, was the Executive Chef of the evening. The Junior League of Boca Raton was proud to have the following restaurants participate this year: The Addison, Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza, Allstar Gourmet Cupcakes,  Atlantic Avenue Beverage, Bacon Box, Barrel of Monks Brewery, Buddha Sky Bar, Bolay, Café Med, Chops Boca, Corner Bakery, GourmetPhile Specialty Market, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, Islamorada Beer Co., Jardin, JOYA Sangria, Kapow!, M.E.A.T, MIA Beer Company, Rebel House, Roots Italian Kitchen, Shake Shack, Tucker Dukes, and Vic & Angelo’s. Here are some of the highlights from our experience:

The first nibble of the night for me and what a way to begin. Addison’s Chef Patrick Duffy presented an outstanding dish of Hibiscus Pork Belly, Beluga Lentils & Creamy Polenta

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, located on S. Federal Hwy & Linton Blvd in Delray, this sampling knocked my socks off. The Super Grain Salad and Tuna Poke were truly amazing.

Kapow

The Tuna Poke Tacos were crazy delicious as well served by one of my fave spots in Mizner Park, Kapow!

 

Vic & Angelo's meatball

These hearty meatballs presented by Vic & Angelo’s in Delray stand up to the challenge of being one of the best meatballs in South Florida.

New on the scene in Boca is Bolay, who presented a lovely tasting of Caribbean Steak & Black Rice Bowl with Pesto. Other Bolay locations can be found in Wellington, Northlake and Pembroke Pines.

GourmetPhile Penne with Parmesan & truffle cream sauce

I apologize for the cruddy lighting. GourmetPhile (newly opened in Royal Palm Place in Downtown Boca) did a fantastic job with their tastings. Pictured here, Penne with Parmesan in a truffle cream sauce. They also put out a lovely spread of assorted cheeses, charcuterie and salmon w/creme fraiche. 

Bacon Boxes

Bacon Boxes presented an assortment of baconlicious items. Yumm! What’s not to love about Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies and Brownies? Bacon Granola?!? Check out their website for unique gift ideas such as Bacon Roses & Bouquets.

“On behalf of Meg and myself, I would like to thank everyone who helped make this the greatest Flavors event to date!  Thanks to our sponsors who helped underwrite the event as well as all the fabulous Chefs and vendors whose participation made it an unforgettable evening!  And of course, everyone in between, we couldn’t have done this without all your help, support and encouragement,” said Emily Ghijselinck, co-chair of Flavors.

Downtown Photo

 

About the Junior League of Boca Raton

Throughout the year, JLBR members will contribute more than 35,000 volunteer hours and donate more than $250,000 to support our mission of training volunteers, developing the potential of women and improving the South Florida community. To learn more about the JLBR, please contact the JLBR office at 561-620-2553 or visit www.JLBR.org. Connect with us on facebook.com/JuniorLeagueBocaRaton, or twitter.com/JLBocaRaton.

Mission Statement

The Junior League of Boca Raton (JLBR) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLBR’s community initiatives focus on issues that have been identified as being of greatest concern within the community: Hunger, Child Welfare and Non-Profit Support. JLBR’s purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

Well that is it for now. Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise