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, 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:
“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.
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.
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.
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 Rhonda also owned and operated Pralines Bakeshop and Catering for 8 years in downtown Newburyport, MA. It was awarded the Best of Boston Award and was also featured in the Food Network’s program “Cupcake Wars”.
Ron and Rhonda are known throughout the community for having amazing customer service as well as preparing all of the menu items from scratch. To dine at Twenty Twenty Grille is to experience sheer excellence in culinary art and hospitality. Guests are invited to enjoy the finest and most unique modern cuisine under the romantic stars at this boutique garden restaurant.
Twenty Twenty Grille is also a stop on Savor Our City’s tours from time to time and we couldn’t be happier to introduce our guests to this wonderful little gem. I recently stopped in for a bite to eat after attending a fundraising event which was taking place nearby in the plaza. I must preface that this is the type of place to come enjoy a leisurely meal. It is an experience and if you are in a rush, you might want to think about coming another time to really appreciate it to its fullest.
My evening began with an Amuse Busche of sticky Asian pork belly with elephant garlic. This little bite is supposed to whet your appetite and leave you wanting more and that is exactly what it did! My server Thomas recommended a glass of their Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc ($11) from New Zealand for the pairing, which was spot on.
Next up was the micro greens salad ($14) which comprised of six different microgreens from a local farm in Boynton Beach, along with fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes and a house made sesame lime vinaigrette.
Twenty Twenty Grille is famous for their unique made in house butters which change nightly. On this particular evening, I was presented a chocolate dipped cherry butter served with fresh warm bread.
I had been craving foie gras and when I saw it on the menu, I just had to splurge. A beautiful plate of pan-roasted foie gras wrapped in prosciutto was set atop Fuji apples and nestled between lemon basil and Concord grape sauces; the pairing for this course was an Antigua CA muscat dessert wine ($25). Divine. Truly an exceptional dish. The combination of flavors dance on your taste buds. The saltiness of the prosciutto plays nicely with the richness of the foie gras and the sauces and the sweetness of the wine tied it all together. The portions are not meant to be large, so you will want to savor each bite.
Intermezzo – Chef Ron likes to invite his patrons to try and guess what ingredients are used in his nightly palate cleansing sorbet. On this particular night, I was both pleased and disappointed that I only got one of the four ingredients right. I guessed: ginger, green tea, garlic and turmeric. The actual ingredients were: kale, pear, turmeric and star fruit. Well, it was great tasting and fun to test my palate. Maybe I’ll get more on my next visit.
Under the “others” section, I decided to try the Rosemary Gnocchi – there were nine of them in the dish for $8. This could have been featured as a main dish. They were so delicious; I am pretty sure these are the best tasting gnocchi I have ever had! (And I have had some pretty good ones in my day)…
The sweet ending: I decided to try the guava skicky pudding cake ($10) which came with a Grand Marnier caramel sauce, fresh whipped cream and berries. It was a perfectly balanced dish in taste and textures and a great way to end the tasting.
In case you were wondering about the meaning of the name of the restaurant…Twenty Twenty represents the number of seats at the restaurant; 20 inside and 20 outside.
Twenty Twenty Grille is open every evening from 5 – 10pm. Reservations are suggested.