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2017 Junior League Boca Raton Flavors Event

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.

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, […]

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Twenty Twenty Grille

Hello Foodie Friends,

Twenty Twenty Grille, located in Royal Palm Place in the heart of downtown Boca Raton, FL, has a menu that goes far beyond contemporary American cuisine. It represents a Culinary Fusion of International classics and modern food art.

World-Famous, Internationally Acclaimed Chef Ron Weisheit uses Organic Farm-raised produce, line-caught seafood, South Florida seasonal produce and sustainable grass fed meats to artfully transform his dishes into delicious masterpieces of modern day art cuisine.

Chef Ron has been in the culinary field for over 25 years. He was a top graduate of San Francisco Culinary Academy and was awarded 3 gold medals at te Culinary Olympics in Germany. He has recently been nominated for a James Beard award.

 

Rhonda Weisheit, Ron’s wife and business partner graduated at the top of her class in Portland at the Maine Culinary School and was the Executive pastry chef for a number of years. Together, they’ve developed menu items that span from international classics to more extraordinary and adventurous.

The unique concept of Twenty Twenty Grille is that this dynamic duo are not only satisfying their guests with Food Art, but also educating them on the origins of their dishes and how they were inspired. It is an exceptional blend of tasting and learning experience.

“It has always been a dream to open our own fine dining restaurant in South Florida and share our passion for healthy and creative cuisine”, says Rhonda. Both Ron and Rhonda are talented and creative chefs and very passionate about what they do. Every dish they offer has its own unique melody and together it creates a marvelous symphony of taste.

Before fulfilling their dream of opening up a fine dining establishment here in sunny South Florida, Ron and […]

The World’s First Banini Was Created…

Dear Foodie Friends,

A Banini, you ask? Certainly.  The magnificent union of a bagel and a hot fresh pressed panini. It’s not only brilliant, but it’s delicious! I was invited for a tasting of a variety of banini, amongst other delicious items at the Brooklyn Water Bagel Company, the brand behind this creation, at their Fifth Avenue Shops location on Federal Highway in Boca Raton.

The Aha Moment

The aha moment struck one fateful Thanksgiving dinner when Steve Fassberg realized the recipe for success had been there all along. The seeds for Brooklyn Water Bagel and replicating that New York bagel were actually planted early on in his childhood. For Fassberg, creating the ideal bagel began the moment it clicked: “It’s all about the water.”

Precious Cargo

At the age of 13, Brooklyn-born Steve Fassberg trekked from Massapequa, New York to Miami, Florida, hauling bags full of NY bagels in the plane’s overhead compartment. He was bringing the Big Apple staples to his grandparents, whom upon seeing Fassberg exclaimed not “hello,” but “did you bring the bagels?!” Fassberg’s grandparents hadn’t eaten a good one since leaving New York and it was because the quality of water in Florida, they reasoned, didn’t match that of the New York water they had been accustomed to. New York water and its properties created that perfectly crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside combination.

The Beginning

The bagel visionary, a larger than life personality, cut his teeth in the world of entrepreneurship earlier than most. During the day, he poured his hours into banking and working with mortgage financing. At night he moonlighted as a restaurateur. By the age of only 21, he had saved up $80,000, just enough to open his very first […]

Taste Atlantic Avenue

Savor Our City covered some great Delray mainstays on its Taste of Atlantic Avenue tour on Nov. 26.

City Oyster

You would think that a restaurant with “Oyster” in its name would only have a decent seafood selection, but the breakfast panini we sampled proved that brunch is also one of this eatery’s prime games. The pesto and mozzarella beautifully complemented the egg and pieces of bacon.

The Bloody Mary was scary good – the kind of good that happens when you can barely taste the alcohol in the drink. City Oyster knows how to blend great drinks with delectable entrées.

The Office

At The Office, we tried the Prime CEO Burger with parmesan truffle fries. The bacon and arugula on the burger brought out the tenderness of the patty, and the fries had all the greasy, truffle-y goodness you could want.

The best way to make vegetables delicious is, of course, by adding meat, and the Brussel’s sprouts with bacon turned out to be a great side.

Delray Beach GreenMarket

Gratitude Garden Farm, located in Loxahatchee, showed our group the benefits of eating microgreens such as sunflower seed sprouts and pea sprouts. These delicious plants would go well in a salad or just as a snack.

The siblings behind Frik & Frak Artisanal Sauces offered delicious batches of their homemade tomato sauces, including Holla Vodka and Cognac. The GreenMarket truly showcases the best of what Palm Beach County local cuisine has to offer. Check it out every Saturday through May 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Old School Square Park.

The Old Arcade

Known as The Arcade Tap Room in 1908, The Old Arcade started out as a secret watering hole for patrons during the Prohibition era. Hidden in and only […]

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    Pig-sty BBQ in Boynton Beach brings melt-in-your-mouth BBQ to South Florida at an affordable price

Pig-sty BBQ in Boynton Beach brings melt-in-your-mouth BBQ to South Florida at an affordable price

Hello Foodie Friends,
Today I am here to tell you about an awesome new BBQ restaurant called Pig-sty BBQ, which recently opened after a complete overhaul of the current space on Boynton Beach Blvd, just west of 95, by my friends Elliot Harris and award-winning Pitmaster Chef Bryan Tyrell.
Elliot and Chef Bryan teamed up to open this their first/flagship Pig-sty BBQ in Boynton Beach, FL with plans to open two additional locations in South Florida by the end of the 2017.  They are passionate about South Florida development, and their vision is to grow alongside the community. “We built Pigsty to bring affordable quality food to the people of South Florida in a fun environment. Bring the kids, bring friends, have a beer and enjoy true classic BBQ prepared by our rock star BBQ chef,” stated Harris.

Pigsty BBQ is also a feast for the eyes. Aaron Moreno, of Palm Beach Driftwood, transformed the interior using 100 percent reclaimed wood to capture the true feel of a Southern BBQ joint. Harris, an accomplished artist, lined the wall with some of his favorite movie quotes and original pieces of art from his collection. The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the food melts in your mouth. Live bands perform every Thursday through Saturday with a top-notch state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. Pigsty BBQ is open seven days per week for lunch and dinner. The menu will expand to breakfast in early 2017.

Parents are raving about the options for children. Harris, being a father of three, knows that eating out with small children can be a challenge. It is for this reason that he created the kid’s corner. It offers a virtual gaming system where kids can choose […]

BRIO’s Bringing It This Holiday Season

Jingle All the Way to BRIO Tuscan Grille this Holiday Season my Foodie Friends! BRIO Palm Beach County Locations Present Delicious Holiday Features, Gift Card Deals and Unlimited Cheer

The holidays are just around the corner and BRIO Tuscan Grille will be celebrating in a big way! From seasonal entrées and desserts to gift card incentives, there is something for everyone. BRIO is the perfect gathering spot for friends and family throughout the holiday season.

Oh what fun it will be to eat, drink and be merry at BRIO Tuscan Grille this holiday season! Following jubilant Tuscan tradition, BRIO locations in Palm Beach County will revel in the holiday spirit, welcoming guests to gather ‘round the table to indulge in special seasonal fare. In addition, BRIO is happy to “give the gift of BRIO” to its guests, with bonus gifts for guests who buy $100 in holiday gift cards.

BRIO Palm Beach County locations are at The Shops at Boca Center in Boca Raton, CityPlace in West Palm Beach, and The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens.

The restaurant just rolled out a few new delicious and indulgent holiday favorites, including a mouthwatering Broiled Main Lobster Tail with Creole Shrimp Pasta, a Surf & Turf of Beef Medallions with jumbo shrimp & Romano crusted eggplant served with white cheddar polenta and for dessert, a Chocolate Layer Cake with Candy Cane Gelato.

BRIO will also offer a two-course prix fixe menu for New Year’s Eve, starting at $29.95.

Seasonal Entrées & Desserts 

“Indulgent cuisine is one of the most exciting parts of Tuscan holiday tradition, and we at BRIO are pleased to present these seasonal dishes infused with delicious flavors,” said BRIO Culinary Director & Chef Alison Peters.

Broiled Maine Lobster Tail & […]

GourmetPhile

-phile:  a suffix, denoting fondness for a specified thing; one that loves, admires, or is attracted to a specified thing.
Hello Foodie Friends,

Today I am here to share with you my latest Boca Food Find and that is GourmetPhile. As the definition above connotes, I am a GourmetPhile, a lover and admirer with a deep fondness  & passion for food, particularly of the gourmet variety and GourmetPhile, the newest gourmet specialty market to open in Royal Palm Place in Downtown Boca, which satisfies my foodie cravings in every way.

I have been waiting for this store to open for a very long time and was thrilled to be asked to work with them to assemble some of the area’s social media influencers and Concierge for some special tasting events.

Their Story  GourmetPhile is the love child of Blair and Zhanna Leavell. Zhanna was formerly a university professor of mathematics in St Petersburg, Russia, and Blair owned a software consulting firm. It must have been love at first sight for the two, who were introduced by one of Blair’s employees, as they were married just a few months after meeting.  Zhanna, having difficulty finding work in her own field teaching mathematics here in the US, worked as a distributor of gourmet food items across Florida. Zhanna and Blair ended up becoming quite involved with gourmet food, attending fancy food shows around the country, etc. and decided they wanted to do something fun and entrepreneurial together that reflected their expanding interest in fine food. A little over a year ago they formed GourmetPhile and broke ground on this beautifully appointed new store.

Their Vision  to be a one stop shop for everything amazingly delicious from all over the world that you can’t find at […]

Beach Park Cafe

Hello Foodie Friends,

When’s the last time you took a trip to Lithuania? Well if you’re like me, never. Fortunately, I have discovered a cute little Cafe that just opened up in East Boca, just steps away from the beach and now you can taste a little of Lithuania (and European fare) without having to take a transatlantic flight.

Beach Park Cafe is owned by Lithuanian husband and wife, Vaidas and Luiza who had previously been in the wholesale distribution business overseas for 20 years. With the help of their daughter Egle who handles the company’s social media marketing as well working there at the Cafe a couple days a week to relieve her parents, along with Chef Anthony who was brought in to help out in the small open kitchen, the team work together efficiently to bring the customers in and convert them into loyal repeat customers, one bite at a time, and it’s working!

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to bring a friend with me to try the place out for lunch. It was just before noon when we arrived and the place was quiet, a couple other tables inside and one or two more outside. We immediately met the owners, Vaidas and Luiza and they showed us to a table. We discussed some tasting options and off went Vaidas to the kitchen while Luiza stayed behind and talked with us openly about their journey that brought them to owning this cute little Cafe in Boca Raton, FL.

We started off with teas (iced for my companion) and hot for myself, although they are known for their great coffees…

While we were waiting for our first tasting course to come out, we were delivered samples of […]

Historical Walking Tour: Why Ancient Egypt was Ahead of its Time

Hello Foodie Friends,

Ancient Egypt contributed so much to aid the way we live today. Thanks to their innovations, we now go by 365 day-per-year calendar, work to mathematical numbers, as well as adopt basic construction concepts that the world still relies on today, such as utilizing levers and ramps.

However, aside from the well-publicized inventions that Ancient Egypt contributed to the world, they also made significant findings in culinary arts. They didn’t just cook their food using an open fire. Ancient Egyptians baked and made liquor way ahead of any other cultures.

Egyptian bakers made bread from wheat and barley. Unlike other societies that cooked bread using pots and stone, Ancient Egyptians used closed ovens to let the bread rise and cook. In addition, they used honey, fruits such as dates, as well as butter in order to give their bread texture and better flavor. They also used sesame seeds to garnish to their bread. With their ways with bread, perhaps it’s safe to say that the Ancient Egyptians were the first bakers who made artisanal pastries.

In addition to good baking, Egyptians also grew grain for the purpose of producing beer. When they drank, they didn’t just pour them into cups. They made beer jars that were for strictly made for drinking. The existence of these beer jars is evident on the graves of the departed. Ancient Egyptians placed beer beside graves for their loved ones to take to the after life.

Ancient Egyptians are still honored today because they have made so many contributions to modern society. No one really knew how they were able to start conceptualizing something as forward thinking as the pyramids using archaic and basic tools.

In addition, who told Cleopatra, the most […]

Bistro Ten Zero One

Hello Foodie Friends,

I am here to dispel the myth that hotel restaurants are sub par to stand alone restaurants or really just somewhere tourists go to out of sheer convenience. Many of these restaurants fly under the local foodie radar, and I will be the first to admit, that that was the case with me. But thanks to a recent invite to sample the new menu at Bistro Ten Zero One, under the direction of Executive Chef Christian Quiñones, I have a new respect for hotel restaurants…especially this one. Before our tasting journey began, we had the opportunity to walk the grounds with the Director of Food & Beverage, Jimmy Alexiou. The outdoor space was very zen-like and they were in the process of expanding their garden. The herbs grown there are used to accent their cocktails and dishes.

 

Our first course was a tasting of the Bistro’s most popular appetizers served with a glass of La Marca Prosecco:
PULLED PORK TACOS / pineapple-papaya compote, spicy mayo
BEEF SLIDERS / bourbon glaze, pancetta, bibb lettuce
AHI TUNA POKE / avocado, edamame, soy truffle dressing

 
LOCAL ORGANIC HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD / feta, garden mint, basil powder, red sorrel, white balsamic vinaigrette
The tomatoes were from Farmhouse Tomatoes in Loxahatchee and the red sorrel came from their garden.
 
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PAN SEARED SCALLOPS / green pea-asparagus risotto with a homemade basil oil.

 The wines were a perfect complement to the dishes.

   CHOCOLATE MOLTEN CAKE / vanilla bean ice cream with candied walnuts, fresh seasonal berries with red sorrel

Bistro Ten Zero One is located inside the Marriott West Palm Beach, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd.  bistro1001.com
For more information or to make a reservation, visit OpenTable.com or call (561) 833-1234.

In addition, here’s some more information on what’s happening at Bistro:

Oktoberfest at Bistro Ten Zero One
Bistro will […]

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