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A Personal Message From Our Chief Foodie Officer
Dear Savor Our City Foodies,

Every year during this beautiful season of love, I am reminded just how much I LOVE CHOCOLATE! One of my favorite go-to places in Boca Raton is GourmetPhile. They have an amazing collection of gourmet chocolates to satisfy any chocolate lover. They also happen to be on our Taste of Royal Palm Place Food Tour if you're interested in sampling them on a private tour. Let the love reign in and Happy Valentines day to you all!
Until we eat (and drink) again...I send you Delicious Wishes,

Denise Righetti
Where We Have Been & What We Tasted
Earlier this year, just in time for SuperBowl LIV longtime LA-headquartered taco bar PinkTaco (on INSTA #pinktaco) debuted their newest location and officially brought the VIP party to Miami. The party began with an exceptional South Beach-style opening at 1200 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Celebrities were everywhere and cheered as Snoop Dog arrived, and he was, of course, greeted by a raucous Miami Beach welcome. more

"Must-Go" EVENTS
Exciting Food & Drink Events You Don't Want To Miss
Saturday & Sunday, February 8th & 9th, 2020 - Delray Beach
21st Annual South Florida Garlic Fest
“Still Stinkin’ After All These Years!” The “Best Stinkin’ Party in South Florida” returns to celebrate 21 years of garlicky goodness! Join us as this Internationally Award Winning Event continues the tradition of being “The” signature food and entertainment event in South Florida.

Eat, drink & STINK with us at John Prince Park in the funkiest little city of South Florida, Lake Worth Beach! It all started out as a small festival in a city parking lot in Downtown Delray Beach just as this Village by the Sea was becoming the vibrant tourist destination it is today. Within five years the event gained attendance of 30,000+ and was booking major national music acts! Around that time, The Garlic Fest was nicknamed “The Best Stinkin’ Party in South Florida”.
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - Boca Raton
Boca Bacchanal - Bubbles & Burgers

Please join us for Bubbles & Burgers, hosted by ALINA Residences, at the Boca Beach Club. This informal get together is the kick-off for Boca Bacchanal 2020. Guests will enjoy an enticing array of diverse, specialty "burgers" and to sample a variety of Champagne, sparkling wines, and wines.

In its 18th year, the Boca Bacchanal has been the major fundraiser of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. 100 percent of the proceeds, from this wonderful weekend of food and wine events, enable us to provide innovative, diverse, and rapidly growing heritage education programs for Boca Raton area residents, students, and visitors.
Friday thru Sunday, February 7th, 8th & 9th 2020
Featuring the Marque of the Year, Duesenberg,
and their 100th Year Anniversary

The Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, World’s largest
Concours owned and produced by a Charity

Tremendous weekend of events benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County

BOCA RATON, FL (January 21, 2020) -- The 14th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance presented by Mercedes-Benz and AutoNation on February 7-9, 2020 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club announces comedian Billy Gardell, as the headline gala entertainer. This year, auto enthusiasts will celebrate with Marque of the Year, Duesenberg on their 100th Year Anniversary.
Friday thru Sunday, February 7th, 8th & 9th - Boca Raton
3rd Annual Boca Raton
Seafood & Music Festival
Friday 4pm-10pm Saturday 11am-10pm Sunday 11am-6pm
The 3rd Annual Boca Raton Seafood & Music Festival is returning to Mizner Park in Boca Raton on February 7-9, 2020. Do you want fun and relaxation? Great food and outstanding live music? Then come join us! Festivities begin Friday evening 4pm-10pm and continue Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

Enjoy delectable foods cooked fresh on site including seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. Seafood dishes are prepared using indigenous and sustainable seafood from Florida's coastal waters. Add to your main course with selections from a diverse menu of side dishes and choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, delicious fruit drinks and both sodas and water.
Admission is only $5 with children 12 and under admitted free.
Tickets are available at the gate or in advance.
23rd Annual Boca Raton GreenMarket
From 9am to 1pm at Boca Raton City Hall north parking lot, 201 W Palmetto Pk Rd you can find over 40 vendors with fresh foods and produce as well. The Boca Raton GreenMarket is a great place to bring along the family, the pups and enjoy music as you shop! It's the 23rd year for the market!!! See you there! The Boca Raton GreenMarket will be open each Saturday until May 9, 2020.
Saturday February 29th & Sunday March 1st, 2020 - Los Angeles
LA Cookie Convention

The BIGGEST Baking, Pastry & Sweets Convention on the West Coast! Meet thousands of Californians who share your brand’s love for all things sweet, salty and savory in the world of baking and sweets. Our last 4 shows have sold out. 2020’s LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is a can’t-miss event!

Click here to BUY TICKETS
Saturday February 22nd, 2020 • 3:30pm-7:00pm
New York
...Can you think of a better way to spend a chilly Saturday afternoon in February? Yeah, we didn’t think you could! So grab your BFFs (BOURBON FANATIC FRIENDs) and come on down to the 7th Annual T.J. Finley’s Winter Bourbon Festival on Saturday, February 22, 2020 and enjoy a much-needed post holiday de-stress.

The event will help raise funds for Gavin’s Got Heart, a local 501c3 charity with a mission to educate people about congenital heart defect (CHD) while offering support to families with children affected by CHD. Visit to learn more.
"Must-Try" RECIPES
Seasonal & Regional Delights To Make In Your Own Kitchen
Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tschawytscha), also known as King salmon, is considered by many to be the best-tasting of the salmon bunch. They have a high-fat content and corresponding rich flesh that ranges from white to a deep red color.
1 (1 1/2 pound) piece of salmon fillet
2 lemons, thinly sliced
1 blood orange, thinly sliced
1 tangerine, thinly sliced
4 sprigs thyme
1/4 cup parsley leaves, torn, plus additional for topping
1/4 cup fennel fronds
1 ½ cups olive oil
salt and pepper
Heat oven to 300°. Season salmon with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in a large baking dish with sliced lemons, oranges and herbs.

Drizzle everything with olive oil and bake until salmon is just turning opaque around the edges and is nearly cooked through, 25 to 35 minutes.

To serve, season with additional salt and pepper, fresh parsley and a squeeze of lemon juice.
From NYTimes
Chocolate Souffle Cakes

Being the foodies that we are, we’re pretty sure that somewhere in the equation for love, chocolate must be one of the variables! So what better way to celebrate the season of love than by whipping out a freshly baked chocolate souffle cake. Usually the mere utterance of the word soufflé can make even the best of home cooks run in the other direction, but we think this recipe will help you create the decadent flavors and rich textures worth every second you feel guilty after eating it.
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 6 Eggs
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 0.75 cup Sugar
  • 0.75 cup Flour
  • 1 pinch of Salt
  • 3 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups butter

Bring water to a boil in the bottom of a double boiler. In the top, melt the butter and chocolate together.

While the butter and chocolate are melting, separate the 6 egg yolks. Beat the whole eggs and the yolks together with a electric mixer on medium until the mixture is thick in texture and light in color.

When the chocolate mixture is fully melted, remove from heat and mix a large dollop of the egg mixture into the chocolate until very smooth. Now fold the chocolate mixture gently into the eggs.

Next add the sugars, flour, salt and vanilla extract and continue to fold gently until thoroughly mixed.

If you want to freeze the molds (this works very well), individual silicon muffin/cupcake molds will work best. If you will cook immediately, you can also use silicon six piece muffin form (like Demarle/Flexipan). Butter each form first (optional, sprinkle each form with caster sugar), put forms on a cookie tray (trust me, this is important if you're using silicon forms) and then fill each mold about 3/4 full. If you will freeze, put immediately into the freezer. Let the cakes solidify and then transfer from the cookie tray into large air tight containers.

Bake at 350F for 8 - 11 minutes. Time will depend on how big a mold is used, if you use a really big mold it could take as long as 20 mins. You can also cook directly from frozen - this will take a little longer.

What you are looking for is a nickel to quarter-sized section with the consistency of the original batter left in the middle - this will leave the middle of the cake molten but still with enough structure so it won't collapse when removed from the mold.
If using 6 - 12 piece muffin molds: Let cool completely before taking out of the molds and place on a microwave-safe plate. heat in microwave for about 20 seconds. Transfer to serving plate.

If using individual muffin molds: Let cool briefly, invert mold onto serving plate - they should just slide out, but use a thin knife if needed.

May be served with a variety of toppings: - Sprinkle with confectioners sugar- Grand Marnier sauce - Ice cream - Whipped cream - Berries
From Big Oven
The Hanky Panky Cocktail is a classic that dates back to at least the 1920s, so there have been some variations on it. The classic version is 1.5 ounces of gin, 1.5 ounces of sweet vermouth, and 2 dashes of Fernet Branca, a bitter, aromatic spirit, all stirred with ice in a mixing glass rather than shaken.
1 1/2 ounces gin
1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
2 dashes Fernet-Branca
Put some ice in a mixing glass and pour in all three ingredients. Stir to chill, and strain the mixture into a chilled glass. Twist an orange peel over the surface of the drink. Garnish with the orange twist.
From MixThatDrink
"Must-Taste" DISHES
Tasty Discoveries From All Around

Ahi Tacos

Del Frisco's Grille - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Steakhouse Salad - Ahi Tacos - Wild Mushroom Flatbread
We have chosen Del Frisco's Grill's Ahi Tacos as our "Must Taste" dish because of the abundance of fresh Ahi Tuna and the delicious combination of ingredients.

About Del Frisco's Grille
Del Frisco’s Grille elevates any night out with hand-crafted cocktails and a refreshing, modern menu that draws inspiration from bold flavors and fresh ingredients. Step in to an inviting and stylish atmosphere, built for creating an incredible experience that takes any lunch date, happy hour or night out to refreshing new heights.

For more information or to make a reservation, please click here.

Culinary Advice From Those Who Know
Executive Chef Sean Thompson brings more than 17 years of hospitality experience to Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton, FL. Thompson is a Buckhead Life Restaurant Group veteran with more than eight years working at different restaurants in the company. He joins Chops Lobster Bar from our Atlanta restaurant of the same name. Originally from Memphis, Tenn., Thompson realized that a career fueled by his passion for food was better suited for him after two years in college. Inspired and motivated by his family’s love of cooking and enjoying meals together, Thompson soon found his niche at the Art Institute of Atlanta where he earned a degree in Culinary Arts. After graduating in 2005, he worked at 5 Seasons Brewing for four years under former Buckhead Life Chef David Larkworthy, who stressed daily that “food has integrity.” Thompson carries these words of wisdom into the kitchen every single day where he strives to make others happy by creating a special dining experience for every guest. Thompson lives in Boca Raton with his two best friends, dogs Buster and Winston. He enjoys clean eating and staying active and his philosophy for both life and career is that hard work ultimately pays off.

Chops Lobster Bar, our steakhouse, is one of five restaurants in the country that serves 100% Authentic A5 Wagyu Beef from Kobe, Japan. This beef is highly prized because it is incredibly tender and has a buttery soft flavor. It's all about the intense, fat marbling in the meat, which is what gives it the rich flavor. This beef will simply melt in your mouth.

Chops Lobster Bar in Boca Raton also offers a wide selection of pristine seafood. It boasts two levels: Chops, a luxe steakhouse setting, and Lobster Bar, a chic seafood bar with mosaic tile and extensive raw bar. The hip bar features live music and an extensive, award-winning wine list.
Cultural & Historical Background Of Our Food
Throughout history, our relationship with food is influenced by changing practices and perspectives; from the invention of agriculture to the birth of refrigeration, customs and technological advances have affected what we eat and how we feel about our food.

Valentine Chocolates Are Sweet...


A heart-shaped box of chocolate is a sign of love, a symbol — and often tool — of romance, and an intrinsic part of Valentine's Day.

From at least the time of the Aztecs, chocolate has been seen as an aphrodisiac, but it hasn't always been connected to love's dedicated day of celebration. The roots of Valentine's Day likely originated in the pagan Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia where an exchanged of whippings not chocolates were part of a complicated fertility ritual that began with sacrificing a goat and dog.

From Europe's first contact with it, chocolate had a reputation for aphrodisiac powers and wherever chocolate went, its reputation as a sexual stimulant seemed to follow.

By the mid-19th century, St. Valentines Day had become the day in Britain (and the U.S.) on which people expressed their affection by exchanging lavish cards decorated with lace, ribbons, bow-and-arrow-wielding Cupids and of course those the lusty little chocolates.
It was in 1847, the British chocolate maker J.S. Fry & Sons produced the first modern-day bar, chocolate to eat rather than drink. The company combined cacao powder and sugar with cacao butter (the fat extracted from cacao beans) to form a moldable paste.
Tapping into the Victorian fondness for ornamentation, Richard Cadbury launched "Fancy Boxes" of chocolates in 1861. Inside, under a heavily decorated lid, assorted bonbons filled with marzipan, chocolate-flavored ganache and fruity crèmes nestled in lace doilies.

It didn't take long—1868 according to The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets — for Cadbury to create a Fancy Box in the shape of a heart for the romantic holiday. Once the chocolates had been eaten, the boxes were deeply prized by sentimental Victorians, who stored love letters, lockets of hair, and other treasured mementos inside.

Even though modern science has yet to find convincing evidence of chocolate's purported libido-boosting properties, chocolate never seems to lose its allure.
Reference: NPR
February 18th is National “Drink Wine” Day
Believe it or not, there was a time when wine was more widely consumed than water. During the Dark Ages, water was often unsafe to drink, so wine was drunk (pun intended) at nearly every meal as a safer alternative. Centuries later, wine is still praised for both its health benefits and the unique role it has played throughout history. For National Drink Wine Day on February 18, we get out our corkscrews and let the wine flow.
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