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pring is on its way, and with it comes a sense of renewal. It’s the perfect time to take a fresh look at your home and make those decorating changes you’ve been thinking about. It’s also the perfect time for our “Home & Design” issue! In this day and age, so many of us take comfort in nesting, so our spaces should be as warm and inviting as possible. This issue is jam-packed with eye candy! Speaking of which, we’re proud to feature adorable HGTV star David Bromstad as this month’s cover story. Bromstad, who lives in Bal Harbour, was HGTV’s first Design Star winner, and now hosts his own popular show, Color Splash. He was gracious enough to open his home to us, and it did not disappoint. The space is colorful, vibrant and exciting – just like the designer himself. Check out his story, “Making A Scene”, on page 66. Indeed, this issue is full of design stars! Our story “House Calls” (page 72) features peeks inside two of the decorating world’s hottest personalities. To our north, artist and interior designer Jonathan Adler’s sunny Palm Beach home brims with personality, with white walls that showcase vibrant, funky sculpture, fabulous furnishings and an outdoor terrace to die for. To the south, designer and businesswoman Nisi Berryman, the Miami city editor of Metropolitan Home, has a home brimming with fantastical colors and unique furnishings. Both home tours will impress and inspire you. Also inside, we pay homage to home libraries and studies. In “Brilliantly Bookish” (page 80) some of Boca Raton’s best designers showcase their best work, with novel-filled rooms ranging


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Oprah and Britney can’t keep their weight off, how can the average person who can’t afford a private chef or personal trainer?” She advises treating food like a bank account. “If you splurge one day, cut back the next,” says Frankel, a former Boca Raton resident whose celebrity clientele includes Susan Sarandon (she likes her homebaked cookies), Dennis Leary (he lets her cook whatever she wants) and Mariska Hargitay (she and Frankel are good friends). Other tips: Take lots of bites of little things, and always leave something on your plate. When not working as a

professional chef, Frankel, the runner-up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, keeps busy with BethenneyBakes, her line of healthy baked goods; writes books (she’s got three in the works) and pens a column for Health magazine. She’s also about to launch a line of “skinny” cocktails nationwide and is in talks for more TV projects (it’s very hush-hush, she says). And, of course, there’s the Bravo show, where her razor-sharp remarks have made her a fan favorite. When asked to speculate about the show’s popularity, she surmises, “Truth is stranger than fiction.”

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Fast Talk With…

Morgan Fairchild Superstar, businesswoman and political activist Morgan Fairchild, 59, began acting at 6 after her mother enrolled her in drama lessons. She hasn’t stopped since. The ageless beauty performed in dinner theater productions before landing her first TV role in the soap opera Search for Tomorrow; she went on to star in Dallas, Flamingo Road and Falcon Crest. The busy actress most recently guest-starred on NBC’s Chuck and My Name Is Earl. Fairchild was in Palm Beach on behalf of Private Client Group At National City, where she spoke as part of its “Women in Power” series. She made time to chat with The Boca Raton Observer. How do you compare starlets today to the starlets of years ago?

Old Hollywood was about camaraderie and friendship. New Hollywood seems to be more about partying. You were involved in the recent elections – how?

I campaigned for Obama and went on an amazing six-day bus tour through Pennsylvania with Gov. Edward Rendell. We hit all the colonial towns, schools and senior citizen centers; we went to the gay bars on Saturday night and sports bars on Sunday! We ended with an outdoor rally in Philly with Joe Biden.

Defying Gravity: Ageless actress Morgan Fairchild

Tell me about “Fabulous,” your new beauty line.

It was created because high-definition cameras are so scary – they show every single pore on your face! These products make the face look smoother so it just bounces the light. My mission was also to create a high-end line, without the high-end prices.


Rough Riders

It appears an increasing number of South Floridians are drinking, driving and getting busted.

Who are your role models?

DUI convictions in 2007

My mother for being a good, kind and wise person, and ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev and martial artist Bruce Lee for their incredible focus of energy.

Palm Beach County:

You recently appeared on NBC’s Chuck and My

Name Is Earl. What was that like?

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Girls’ Other Best Friend

All In The Family: Edgar and Nina Otto with their cloned puppy, Lancelot Encore


A Dog’s Life Watching the four-legged, first-class passenger approach them at Miami International Airport on January 26th was a dream come true for Nina and Edgar Otto of Boca Raton. The world’s first single-birth, commercially cloned dog, a 10-week-old, 17-pound, yellow Labrador puppy named Lancelot Encore (“Lancey”) had flown from Seoul, Korea, to San Francisco where he spent the night in a hotel before arriving to greet his owners. “When Lancey came right over to us, we were thrilled beyond words,” elates Nina, 66, who has been “devastated” since their beloved 12-year-old Lab Sir Lancelot died of metastasized skin cancer last January. “He looked exactly like Sir Lancelot. As soon as we got home, Lancey ran right over to the bush where the dog is buried. It was like he knew.” The Ottos were one of five families to bid and win a dog-cloning auction last July hosted by BioArts International, a San Francisco-based biotech company focusing on animal, stem cell and human genomics industries. The average bid was about $144,000, but the Ottos topped that with $155,000. Wealthy philanthropists who give millions to charity, including $330,000 to the Tri-County Humane Society animal shelter in Boca Raton, Edgar, 79, is an entrepreneur and race car driver – his late father Edward founded NASCAR. So the couple could easily afford the $155,000 in hopes of cloning Sir Lancelot. “He was a special dog with human qualities and our best friend,” says Nina, who sold a couple of her favorite jewels as a symbolic gesture of her love. “He was like a person.”


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What is it about handbags that make women swoon – especially those created by celebrated purse designer Nancy Gonzalez? “Purses are so personal and at the same time a very important accessory,” says Nancy Gonzalez Gonzalez, who recently appeared at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton to promote her line, known for its timeless elegance, fine colors and precious skins. “They permit us to change and dream and feel our freedom.” Of course, that freedom will cost you: Purses run into the thousands. Her Porusus Bag, made from a rare, exotic skin, costs a staggering $30,000. No matter – Gonzalez’s highend clientele can afford to own one of her unique creations. “No skin is like the next,” she explains. “Every pattern is from nature, and you can’t control nature.” She derives inspiration from her native Colombia. “I feel happy in my country,” she says. “I’m inspired by the weather, the colors, the flowers, the birds, the people … it’s a very special place.” Gonzalez recently launched a small goods line that includes wallets, cosmetic cases, Post-it holders and more (a bit more affordable, at $90 to $700). Says Gonzalez, “They’re all the little things that are not necessary but make you smile.”


Florida has a lot of birds. Eventually, you’re going to hit one.

— Dave Donovan, president of Air Flight, a South Florida airplane charter company. Donovan was forced to make an emergency landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after a turkey vulture smashed through the windshield of his Cessna. Source: Sun Sentinel


Seeing Green

According to a survey conducted by Palm Beachbased PNC Financial Services Group, 71 percent of Floridians with at least $500,000 in investable assets have some environmentally friendly investments. Of the 207 survey participants, 60 percent claimed that 25 percent of their portfolios consisted of green investments. Further, 80 percent reported recycling at home, 60 percent worked sans paper whenever possible and 30 percent planned to buy a hybrid car. O

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Each client has a concept of what they want, and we try to offer a variety. I would say that 99.9 percent of the time we have what they’re looking for.

Reel Estate Meet Verna Shore, President of Locations Extraordinaire, a Boca Raton-based company that Mansion Maven: Verna Shore

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The entertainment industry is fascinating – what services does your company provide?

We locate glorious waterfront mansions and estates, fabulous yachts, planes, gardens and swimming pools for the fashion, film and TV industries. We also arrange mansion tours and rentals for weddings, as well as accommodations for CEOs and celebrities who don’t want to stay in a hotel. We represent 1,000 mansions in South Florida and 100 in New York. Sounds glamorous. Who’ve you worked with?

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nifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Catherine Deneuve and many more. How does someone have their home considered for a project and how much can they earn?

I invite people to send photos of their homes to our office and am always open to discussion. Because each event is customized, I can’t give a pat answer for earnings. For example, fashion rates can range anywhere from $500 to $5,000 per day. Do you look for specific qualities in a property?

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Top Hollywood director Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer needed a mansion that was comparable to Miami’s Vizcaya to shoot Bad Boys II. While there wasn’t one available, I did find the Coca-Cola mansion in Delray Beach, which was scheduled to be demolished. They rewrote the script to accommodate the mansion and ended up blowing it up. I now have another

mansion on the Hillsboro Mile available for the same scenario. This is such a niche business. How did you think to start it?

When I moved to Florida I was modeling and photographers wanted to shoot pictures at my home in Boca. Many of my girlfriends thought that was fun, and offered their homes. It just evolved. Given the economy, is the market still as brisk in South Florida?

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lthough he photographs fine objects at the White House and Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris, West Palm Beach resident Peter Harholdt’s primary passion is cool cars – both racing them and capturing them on camera.

“I love cars,” says Harholdt, also a writer and sculptor. Born in St. Paul, MN, he grew up in Virginia where he started racing go-carts at age 12. He built his first car while a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond, where he 32

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taught photography and earned an MFA in sculpture. He went on to race professionally, entering the Daytona 24-hour endurance race and winning both the 2004 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Southeast Division Championship and 2007 Florida Regional Championship and South Atlantic Road Racing Championship. He also taught at The Skip Barber Racing School and BSR, an organization that teaches anti-terrorist driver training. During this time, Harholdt also worked as a fine arts photographer. Initially, he’d hoped to be an illustrator at Washington D.C.’s National Air and Space Museum. “Instead, I

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got drafted as staff photographer at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden,” says Harholdt, who’s contributed to at least 50 art books. These days the South Florida resident is smart, talented and lucky enough to make a living traveling abroad photographing the world’s hottest wheels. He recently parlayed his passion for cars into a coffee-table book: Art of the Hot Rod published by Motorbooks, illustrates America’s top 111 hot rods (or, “rolling sculptures” as he likes to call them) and the artists behind them. “I am especially interested in the concentration of talent you find in

racecar design,” he says. He’s got six more books in the works – two about Ferraris, two about Porsches, one about Muscle cars and another about Can-Am cars. “I still race but more as a hobby,” says Harholdt, who with longtime girlfriend/art dealer Donna Tribby, raises Golden Retrievers for New Horizon Service Dogs, an organization that provides assistance canines to people with disabilities. “It’s led to teaching and educational opportunities.” Fast cars, fabulous photos and fearless dogs – life is good for Peter Harholdt. O

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illie Nelson may have experienced his celebrity heyday during the outlaw country music movement of the 1970s, but the singersongwriter, author, poet and actor remains an American icon. At age 75, Nelson continues to record and perform, and brings his act, Willie Nelson & Family, to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live on March 12th. Born Willie Hugh Nelson in Abbott, TX, he played his first note at age 6, when he received mail-order lessons as a gift from his grandparents. By age 7 he’d written his first song, and by age 9 he started a band (he played guitar; his sister played piano). Nelson maintained a passion for music, and during high school divided his free time between radio disc-jockey jobs and singing at honky-tonk bars. In 1956, Nelson moved to Vancouver, WA to begin a musical career, and wrote hits for artists including Faron Young’s Hello Walls, Billy Walker’s Funny How Time Slips Away and Patsy Cline’s Crazy. But his singing career didn’t take off until the 1970s, when he hooked up with Waylon Jennings and the outlaw country movement began. He recorded The Red-Headed Stranger album, which included the crossover hit Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, which made him a star in country and pop circles. By the early 1980s, he’d begun an acting career, starring in films such as The Electric Horseman, Honeysuckle Rose and Wag the Dog; he’s also made appearances on TV shows including Nash Bridges, Miami Vice, Monk, Bones and The Simpsons. Still, Nelson remains best-known for his music, with hits such as On The Road, To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before, a duet he performed with Julio Iglesias, and a cover of Elvis Presley’s Always On My Mind. The prolific performer continues to make music, such as Two Men with the Blues, a live collaborative album he recorded with jazz trumpeteer Wynton Marsalis last year. You don’t want to miss Nelson’s act, which starts at 8 p.m. O For more information, call 800-937-0010 or visit



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must confess to a certain attraction to conspiracy stories, whether TV’s Damages or filmdom’s The Constant Gardener. Conspiracies fire up my imagination, allowing me to injudiciously condemn people or groups with only flimsy suspicions until the real truth unfolds. The International is one of these movies. It’s not one of the greatest conspiracy pictures, but it’s taut and professional. I have read the lukewarm national reviews of this picture and I can only assume that we saw different versions of it. I found this to be a worthwhile film. The conspiracy in question is one perpetrated by a multinational bank dealing in weapons, not so much for profit but to become the lender to the nations involved. “He who controls the debt controls everything,” says a soon-to-be assassinated character, and I think of today’s financial turmoil and sadly realize the inherent truth in that pronouncement. Since this picture was made well before our current

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financial meltdown, it really speaks to the universality and timelessness of the concept. Actor Clive Owen, rapidly taking over as the new George Clooney, is an Interpol investigator of the bank in question, along with a New York district attorney, played by Naomi Watts. The action moves smartly between Berlin, Istanbul, Italy and New York. As in other films of this genre, almost every character is a possible suspect, and the writing by Eric Singer is crisp and literate. A few lulls in the action slow the enterprise down, probably due more to the contributions of editor Mathilde Bonnefoy than anything else. The cinematographer, Frank Griebe, has done a fine job of framing his locations both for scenic impressions and mood (Berlin is trapped in a seemingly perpetual rain). The score by Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek and film director Tom Tykwer is appropriately blaring and rhythmic, augmenting the pacing of the many action scenes.

I’ve grouped the above talents because they constitute a professionally incestuous amalgam of German film and music makers. All have worked together in earlier days on German and French movies (Tykwer actually was a member of a band with Heil and Klimek). It’s no doubt a good thing to feel comfortable working with people one knows and trusts; by the same token, it can lead to a certain sterility of creativity. The film illustrates both the pros and cons of such an association. The acting in The International is solid and good. Owen had been under the radar for several years, having begun his movie career in 1997. Only with the film Closer did he capture the attention and respect of the public (and Hollywood) with an attractively wry and sinister persona. His last two films (Children of Men and Shoot ’Em Up) demonstrate clearly his rise to action-superhero March 2009


media blitz 8 on screen status. Soon he’ll be seen in a similar role with Julia Roberts in Duplicity. Naomi Watts is a beauty whom I first discovered in Mulholland Drive, one of the darkest, most interesting movies in decades. Since then, she’s ascended to the A-list, her most recent films being Eastern Promises and The Painted Veil. Her versatility is exceptional, which makes her an even more valuable Hollywood commodity.

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her character is married, but still… Armin Mueller-Stahl provides his dependable, Basset Hound presence as one of the film’s villains, a far cry from the benevolent uncle in Avalon. Even with its flaws, The International is satisfying entertainment. Its release coinciding with all of the exceptional Oscar-nominated pictures may have generated some of the majority press

Actor Clive Owen is an Interpol investigator of the bank in question, along with a New York district attorney, played by Naomi Watts. The action moves smartly between Berlin, Istanbul, Italy and New York. As in other films of this genre, almost every character is a possible suspect. Given the resumes of these two stars, it’s almost inexplicable that they totally lack chemistry with one another. They could be office mates at the water cooler (which, to some degree, they are in this film). Granted,

disappointment with the movie, if only by way of comparison with the competition. Nevertheless, I would recommend seeing this picture – in a somewhat old-fashioned way, it’s quite rewarding. O

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Beautiful Hue Books That Inspire Colorful Spaces

By Shawn Gray

With nesting making a comeback, our personal spaces are more important than ever. Shouldn’t we be happy in Richard Gere and our surroundings? Colors, furnishings, fabrics and accessories all affect how we feel at home, and the decorating Diane Lane in possibilities are endless. The following books provide divine design inspiration. Nights in Rodanthe

House Beautiful – The Home Book: Creating A Beautiful Home Of Your Own By the Editors of House Beautiful This 464-page book is a combination inspirational coffee-table book and decorating bible, jam-packed with stunning photos and design tips. Inside, the editors of House Beautiful magazine explain how to determine a home’s design sensibility, as well as ways to create an optimal ambiance with color (vibrant or muted?), lighting (lamp or chandelier?), fabrics (pattern or solid?), flooring (carpet or wood?), wall coverings (paint or paper?) and more. Also included are style 38

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quizzes, paint breakdowns and guides for choosing the best accessories (the perfect vase for a modern room, for instance). Readers will appreciate page after page of glossy room images representing various design styles and genres.

Design On A Dime – Achieve High Style On A $1,000 Budget Published by HGTV While beautiful spaces are appreciated, not everyone wants to pay a fortune to achieve them. Enter the crew from Design On A Dime, the successful HGTV program that each week transforms visually challenged spaces into aesthetic masterpieces for just

$1,000 using cost-cutting DIY projects and other creative measures. This book based on the show offers color photographs of 21 makeovers featuring living rooms, bedrooms, home offices, kitchens and dining rooms, with styles ranging from retro to modern to cottage. The book also features fun weekendwarrior projects for window coverings, paint treatments, furnishings and more; standouts include hubcap light fixtures, funky pot racks and retrostyle desks. Finally, the show’s hosts offer decorating tips for remaking and restyling rooms – there’s even a room rearranging kit replete with grid, room templates and sample floor plans.

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To Your Taste: Creating Modern Rooms With A Traditional Twist By Celerie Kemble

Blend classic sensibility with a dose of irreverence and a dollop of humor to achieve a home that’s tasteful, eclectic and always evolving.

— Celerie Kemble

Homeowners boasting traditional taste with a cheeky twist will appreciate interior designer Celerie Kemble’s book, which leads readers on a journey of decorating self-discovery. Kemble’s philosophy: “Blend classic sensibility with a dose of irreverence and a dollop of humor to achieve a home that’s tasteful, eclectic and always evolving.” Her book tackles real-life design dilemmas (lack of space, for example) and provides invaluable tips (such as choosing the right furnishings). She provides a visual tour through her many signature interiors, reassuring readers all the while that a perfect blend of beauty and comfort is possible. The Florida native opens the book with a chapter about her life, and how both her childhood and the southeast’s sunny climes shaped her design sensibility.

Domino – The Book Of Decorating By Domino Editors Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro The editors of the celebrated, albeit recently defunct Domino magazine


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created this fun, fresh and informative book that doubles as a beginner’s interior design course. Inside, readers are led through the various stages of decorating, from determining one’s style, finding inspiration and assessing present decor to drawing up a floor plan, creating a budget and deciding on a design theme. The book brims with eye candy for every room of the house, all the while providing fun sidebars such as how to choose appropriate lighting, buffet tables, curtains and other accessories, and a slew of decorating tricks. There’s even a chapter for renters. This book is a musthave for any design library.

Legendary Estates Of Beverly Hills By Jeffrey Hyland Prepare to be dazzled (and envious): The size of a small suitcase (and just as heavy), this luxurious, 400-page coffeetable book showcases 50 of the most exquisite estates in Beverly Hills and neighboring Bel-Air and Holmby Hills. The book, written by Southern California real estate expert Jeffrey Hyland, features both new color photographs and historical images hearkening back to olden days. Inside, Hyland explains the history and architectural significance of each mansion – along with the often-fascinating stories of its

famous owners. From sprawling 1920s Mediterranean-style mansions to today’s celebrity architect-designed masterpieces, this book provides the ultimate sneak peek at the world’s most magnificent homes and the people who inhabit them.

Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds Of Real Design Solutions By Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Jill Slater and Janel Laban The founders of, the infectious design blog that attracts 3 million visitors a month, created this book for people with grandiose tastes and smallish spaces. The book features 40 real homes (translation: not created by interior designers), ranging from a 265square-foot apartment in New York City to a 2,200-square-foot ranchstyle home in Skokie, IL. The common thread: All residents are creative types whose homes brim with cool, arty touches (chalkboard walls, toy collections and Barbie-pink walls, for example) unique to the owners’ styles. Each home tour features pages of vibrant color photos, plus floor plans, tales of design inspiration and resource listings. Readers will enjoy this visual feast. O

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Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson

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he band Heart, known for its hard-rock classics and power ballads, comes to Pompano Beach Amphitheatre on March 29th.

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson joined the band in the early 1970s in Seattle, WA, and throughout the decade ruled radio airwaves with the bestselling album Dreamboat Annie, which included hits Crazy On You and Magic Man; the album sold more than 1 million copies. Little Queen, the band’s successful second album, was released in 1977 and included the hit Barracuda. On a roll, the band in 1978 released Dog and Butterfly, which went double-platinum. The band re-released its album Bebe le Strange in 1980 and produced two hit singles, but the sisters found their popularity waning in the mid-1980s. They later experienced a comeback, with a slew of power ballads such as What About Love? and Alone.

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The band remains on the pop culture landscape: The sisters appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show in January in honor of the talk host’s birthday, and performed with Fergie on Idol Gives Back. Controversy stirred when during last year’s National Republican Convention Barracuda was played to introduce vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin; the sisters released a press statement disassociating themselves from the party’s views. The band continues to perform, and recently was ranked number 57 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list. Check out the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. O i


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eteran standup comic and author Paula Poundstone, known for her quick wit and passion for Diet Pepsi, comes to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on March 27th. One of comedy’s most unique voices, Poundstone, 50, grew up in Sudbury, MA, and credits her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bump, as being the first person to recognize her comedic talents. Poundstone grew up obsessed with comedy, and by age 19 hopped a Greyhound bus and began appearing at open-mic nights throughout the country. In 1979 she settled in Boston and became part of the comedy scene before moving to San Francisco, and in 1990 to Los Angeles, where her career took off. Poundstone starred in several HBO comedy specials, and appeared on Saturday Night Live with Robin Williams; politically minded, she also provided witty field commentary during the presidential election on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This led to her ABC program, The Paula Poundstone Show.  By the mid-90s, Poundstone had become a household name, selling out theaters and performing arts centers, and honing her trademark audiPaula Poundstone ence interaction. The media embraced her. Wrote The Boston Globe: “You know Poundstone’s a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one – there’s a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she’s so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.” In 2006 Poundstone published her first book, There’s Nothing In This Book That I Meant To Say, which features a forward by Mary Tyler Moore. Part memoir, part monologue, the book features biographies of legendary historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc and Sitting Bull. Last year she premiered her Bravo special, Paula Poundstone: Look What the Cat Dragged In. She’s also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and as the voice of Judge Stone on ABC’s Saturday Morning Science Court. Prepare to laugh: The show starts at 7 p.m. O i 44

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Forever Young

Paul Anka Performs At Hard Rock Live

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aul Anka, the legendary singer, songwriter and actor known for songs such as Diana, Lonely Boy and Put Your Head on My Shoulder, brings his act to Hard Rock Live on March 19th. Born Paul Albert Anka in Ottawa, Ontario to Lebanese parents, the singer, songwriter and actor recorded his first single, I Confess, at age


14. By age 17 he recorded Diana, which launched him into superstardom. As a 1950s teen idol, he went on to record hits including It’s Time To Cry and My Heart Sings. Anka’s career quieted in the 1960s, but experienced a resurgence in the 1970s after he signed with Buddah Records and teamed with Odia Coates to record the smash hit,

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You’re Having My Baby. He proceeded to record two more hits with Coates (I Don’t Like to Sleep Alone; One Man Women/One Woman Man), as well as Times of Your Life, the popular jingle for Kodak that he later turned into a song. During this period, Anka also became one of the first performers to become a staple on the Las Vegas scene.

well-known hits for other artists, such as She’s A Lady for Tom Jones, My Way for Frank Sinatra and the theme song for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He’s also appeared in films, most notably The Longest Day, as well as TV shows such as The Simpsons and Dan Raven. He released his latest album, Rock Swings in 2005.

His vast musical repertoire spans the years, with songs such as Put Your Head On My Shoulder, Feelings, Puppy Love, I Miss You So, Somebody Loves You, Walk a Fine Line and more. He’s also written

At age 68, Anka’s still going strong. Check out his show, which starts at 7 p.m. O i For more information, call 800-937-0010 or visit

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was desperate or crazy. Maybe both. But after months of enduring the incessant barking of four Dobermans who lived behind me, I was willing to try almost anything. So when my neighbor insisted that mothballs would chase away the possums in my yard that were “forcing” her dogs to bark, I suppressed my skepticism and scattered the foul-smelling stuff. It didn’t work. Luckily, they eventually moved, replaced by kind souls whose dogs don’t disrupt my life. Obnoxious neighbors run the gamut: from the busybody who spies on you 24/7 to raucous partiers who finally call it a night as you’re leaving for

work. What’s a harried homeowner to do? Sometimes you can reason with the offender(s). Other times, it’s best to contact the city or county code enforcement department or your Homeowners’ Association (HOA). “People usually know whether their neighbor will be receptive but not everybody reacts the same. We are here to resolve those situations,” says Jorge Camejo, Boca Raton’s director of community development. “In most cases it is safer to contact the city to have code compliance issues dealt with.”

In Boca Raton, the code enforcement department deals with issues such as excessive noise, barking dogs and illegally parked cars. “A lot of situations can be resolved fairly quickly,” Camejo says, but dealing with barking dogs “can be fairly tedious.” Documentation and evidence is needed to show that the dog is causing a disturbance. Some residents turn to their HOA with an SOS. That’s what Cindy did when perpetual partiers next door were making her life hell. “A

group of renters moved in and had parties every night in their back yard. They were playing music, laughing, guffawing, drinking, yelling. And anyone who lives in a zero lot-line knows if people are in their back yard, it’s like they are in your back yard,” she says. She approached them, pleading for quiet. They apologized and agreed to keep the noise down, but the parties continued. “A family who lived on the other side of them and I joined forces. We called the HOA march 2009


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Obnoxious neighbors run the gamut: from the busybody who spies on you 24/7 to raucous partiers

who finally call it a night as you’re leaving for work.

the driveway at 5 a.m. for two days in a row. Are you dating someone? All the neighbors have noticed you haven’t been home.’” A sense of humor also was essential when Tammy received a “courtesy notice” from her HOA, complaining about a few weeds in her yard. Irked by the insignificant infraction, she expressed her irritation in a letter and suggested they use their time fixing the playground or citing people who don’t clean up after their dogs.

and eventually they put pressure on the owner to get the people to leave,” Cindy says, but it took months. “I think, in retrospect the best thing is to know people in the HOA, get involved before something like this happens so they know who you are. It’s a slow process … anything you can do to make yourself known might help.”

who searched her house for the suspect (he wasn’t there). “I came home and found giant, muddy boot prints throughout my house,” she recalls.

The loud parties paled in comparison, she recalls, to the subsequent murder across the street. She was out of town at the time and a neighbor caring for her dog thought he heard a noise in her house. He told police,

A Realtor (who wishes to remain anonymous) shares this advice for people who have untidy neighbors. Start a neighborhood association. Or, she suggests, if there’s a home that’s for sale, disperse a letter reminding


Cindy eventually moved – and has great neighbors now. “We also have a much bigger yard so that helps,” she quips. “And remember that saying… tall fences make good neighbors.”

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residents that it won’t help anyone if the sellers are forced to take a low price because of an undesirable neighborhood. “That way you don’t really target anyone, but you might get the message across.” There are times when the best remedy is a sense of humor – and a lot of patience. That’s the case for Leah, whose inquisitive neighbor found the most inopportune time to interrogate her. “She saw me with my mother, came running up to me and said, ‘I’ve noticed that your car hasn’t been in

“Am I to understand that there is actually someone walking up to each and every home and inspecting our gardens to ensure that there are no weeds? I know for a fact that they could not possibly be seen from the street, or even the sidewalk,” she penned. “What next – will you be asking to come in and see if my furniture has been dusted and my bathroom clean?” The weeds, she informed them, were gone. “Drop by again. I will invite you in and you can do a white-glove test on my furniture.” O *Names changed to protect the harassed

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be doing and when,” says Betsy Lichtman of Boca Raton, who started her company, Organize That!, after using her skills to help her daughter, who has ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder). “Learning to be organized helps the flow of your life, plus sets you up for having personal freedom and feeling secure.”

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eaching our kids to be organized may rank low on our parental to-do list but there’s a good case for moving it to the top. “It’s very stressful not to know where your things are, where you’re going and what you’re supposed to

Organization can be key to a child’s success in school, Lichtman adds, particularly because expectations are often so high, as are the number of extracurricular activities in which most kids are involved. Lichtman recommends starting to teach children organizational skills at

age 3 or even younger by having them do simple tasks, such as placing their dirty clothes in a hamper and putting away their toys. “It’s all about routine, routine, routine,” she explains. “Do something a thousand times and it becomes second nature.” Even before they start preschool, learning to organize helps prepare children to manage their lives – and the earlier they learn, the better, explains Tonya Paulette, a professional organizer and founder of Stellar Spaces in Boca Raton. Parents should start teaching children by having them sort colors and shapes. By kindergarten, kids should be taking some responsibility for march 2009


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Tips To Help Kids Get Organized For School Don’t judge. If you see a paper with a teacher’s marks all over it, don’t say anything. Continue organizing. Staying on target establishes trust and respect. Recognize each success, no matter how small, and build on it.

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thousand times and it becomes second nature.”

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their paperwork related to school. “Parents can help with this by setting up a system to organize it with them. The system can be as simple and inexpensive as a three-ring folder with pockets,” she says. “They should help sort through the paper


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can allow them to choose a certain CD they want to listen to while you both are sorting their things.”

Both Lichtman and Paulette are members of the National Association of Professional Organizers, which is bringing a program to public schools to help children appreciate being organized. “We’re working with second-graders initially,” Paulette explains. “We’ll do activities that show them how helpful being organized is to them and that it can be fun to do.”

Parents want to emphasize they’re helping kids learn to put “their special things in special places,” she adds, noting the whole family should get

She adds, “As adults, we have to manage a lot of daily information. It’s essential that we raise children who can manage their world.” O

resources Professional organizers often work with children; fees begin at about $50 per hour and typically require about six to 10 hours. For more information or to find one in your area, visit the National Association of Professional Organizers’ Web site at or call 856-380-6828.

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Occasion Charming Mount Dora A Haven For Design Enthusiasts

By Molly Arost Staub

The lighthouse at Grantham Point


hat constitutes a mount? In Florida, Mount Dora qualifies at 184 feet above sea level. Visitors from mountainous states may joke about nosebleeds, yet all agree that the sweet city – a 3.5-hour drive from Boca Raton – offers a vacation amid charming sights while tantalizing with decorative treasures for your home. Start with a ride through town aboard the Mount Dora Road Trolley. This reveals the small city’s high point physically, as well as its interesting architecture. You’ll ride among large Seneca and live oaks festooned with Spanish moss. Most captivating are the wooden Victorian buildings, although New England-style clapboard and Mediterranean stucco examples are interspersed. You’ll pass Lake Dora, scene of bass-fishing tournaments and nature walks.

The Donnelly House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located a short stroll from the shops and boutiques on Donnelly Street. The delicious 1893-Queen Anne Victorian specimen is now owned by the Masons and is occasionally available for tours (check ahead). Other sightseeing options include Central Florida’s Historic Railroad Adventures, a horse and carriage tour and even twowheeler Segway tours.   Stop at the tiny Mount Dora History Museum, housed in the former jail, where you’ll learn how the city was named, why the African-American school was named the Milner-Rosenwald Academy, about the citrus industry and even about supposed local resident ghosts. The city’s laid-back attitude is

evident; when two cars meet at an intersecting corner, one driver invariably motions to the other to proceed. The area is especially renowned as a haven for interior design enthusiasts. When asked about this appeal, Mayor Melissa DeMarco explains, “We have an eclectic mix of old and new, from real antiques to the ultra-modern.”

Amble along Donnelly Street’s few blocks and its side streets for shopping and you’ll find two-story, pastel-painted buildings housing accessories to spruce up your home. There are myriad shops, with the two most-serious antique dealers being Pak-Ratz, a large antiques store offering furniture, chandeliers, china and silver pieces, and

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We have an eclectic mix of old and new, from real antiques to the ultra-modern. — Mount Dora Mayor Melissa DeMarco

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resources Farnsworth House, 1029 E. Fifth Ave., 352-735-1894; Goblin Market, 330 Dora Drawdy Way, 352-735-0059; Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce, 341 N. Alexander St., 352-383-2165; The Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., 352-383-4101 or 800-556-5016; The Windsor Rose Old English Tea Room and Restaurant, 142 W. Fourth Ave., 352-735-2551; 64

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Oliver’s Twist Antiques, featuring furniture, porcelain, cut glass and art. A half-mile away stands the Village Antique Mall, hosting 60 dealers of small furniture and collectibles including Delft and Belleek porcelain, cut glass, Carnival ware and silver. But for Olympic-class antiquing, on Saturdays and Sundays head to New U.S. Highway 441, where Renninger’s Antique Center boasts an air-conditioned complex harboring 200 shops in permanent year-round booths. The mostly American furniture dates from about 1790 to 1940, including Art Deco examples. Collectibles abound.   Although the Antique Extravaganzas are held in November, January and February, every third weekend of each month there’s an Antique Fair. At this 25-year-old complex, “about a dozen dealers have been here about 15 years,” says Manager Doyle Carlton. “It’s important that all our dealers are here to answer questions, to buy and in case of returns.” There’s also a flea market on the premises.   If you feel the need for coddling after all the shopping, stop in at The Windsor Rose Old English Tea Room and Restaurant for a spot of tea and yummy scones or a full lunch or dinner. English Cornish pasty (pastry pockets filled with meat, potatoes and more) or bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes) are also offered (although lighter fare is available).   Enjoy dinner at The Lakeside Inn, built in 1883 and also listed on the National Register of Historic Places,

which exudes Victorian charm. Presidents Coolidge, Eisenhower and Reagan stayed here. Sip cocktails on the wooden porch while lazing in rocking chairs. Watch the sky turn silver and lilac as the sun dips over Lake Dora. Then dine elegantly in the Beauclaire Dining Room; the meaty Roast Duckling with Raspberry Sauce is among the best you’ll find. Another choice for arguably the finest food in town is the Goblin Market, where the atmosphere is one of sitting in a book-lined library with jazz playing in the background. Opt for the second-floor dining room and indulge in the Clams Casino and the outstanding New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Where to stay? Although motels are available, B&Bs are dotted throughout town, often in charming buildings. You’ll enjoy Farnsworth House, its main building dating from circa 1886, whose owners are from Miami. The stunning Amber unit is romantic, but also recommended for families because of its large screened porch. The communal breakfast table is a delight. The personalized attention received at B&Bs is something unavailable in chain motels. “They go out of their way to be friendly to guests. I came to stay for one night to take care of some business in town,” says guest Don Berman, a dental supplier from Cocoa Beach. “I decided to stay because it’s almost like being with family.” He’s been in the city for a month.   Whether you return with furnishings for your home, or simply feel refreshed from your vacation, your time will be well spent in Mount Dora. O

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Hunky HGTV Star David Bromstad Chats About Design, Fame And Why He Likes To Work Topless By Linda Marx


nergetic and talented David Bromstad is running around the new pad he bought in Miami Beach’s tony Bal Harbour. In town from San Francisco, where he films his popular home design show, Color Splash for HGTV, the artist, designer, color expert and wildly successful TV personality barely has a moment to adjust to the three-hour time difference before he has to jet back and begin filming season number five. His new place is across the street from the ocean, and even though he spends a great deal of time in San Francisco filming the show, Miami Beach is where he always returns. He comes back during every break, and now is in the process of creating the rooms where he’ll live with his partner. “I love Miami Beach and consider it my home,” says Bromstad, 35, who admits his partner is very patient, supportive and understanding about his hectic, jetset work schedule. “My favorite hobby is laying on the beach.”

The designer in his kitchen with his stunning Viking glass collection. He found most of the 75-piece collection, inspired by his grandmother, on eBay.

Maybe. But his true passion is design. And Bromstad, who won HGTV’s Design Star contest in 2007, which gave rise to his own show, is lucky to be able to do what he loves, be great at it and grow every day into a bigger celebrity. March 2009


“David is an artist at heart. He intuitively uses living space as an opportunity to play with color and texture.” — Bill Newgent

“After season six, my contract is up with Color Splash,” he explains. “From there, I am going to conquer the world.” Like the brilliant Brazilian landscape architect Robert Burle Marx, who thought of himself as a painter, Bromstad is first and foremost an artist. In fact, on Color Splash, he elevates room design to an art. Mesmerized viewers watch him create a canvas while decorating a room and customizing furniture. He churns out fabulous pieces and adds his able strokes above a fireplace, on a barren wall, or as a mural, creating an environment more than a room.

“David is an artist at heart,” observes Bill Newgent, a New YorkFlorida axis historic preservationist and developer. “He intuitively uses living space as an opportunity to play with color and texture.” Bromstad educates viewers on color, giving them tips on how to jazz up their homes. He’s learned throughout the years that many homeowners are color-phobes, afraid to brighten their spaces with creative mixes and matches. Instead of using orange with green, or yellow with pink, or purple with red, their favorite rooms become drab and painfully beige. After a few years, many homeowners dislike the very look they selected when they originally decorated. For example, people tend to overmatch their walls with furniture and furnishings. If they have blue walls, they think they need all blue pillows; if they have red walls, they want to buy furnishings in red. “I like to mix colors and show people where to use neutrals and where to use bolder tones,” says Bromstad, who is not adverse to reading books for inspiration. He prefers to mix colors in ways that most people would never think Bromstad inherited the kitchen when he moved in. “It’s too fabulous to change.”

The living room’s turquoise walls complement the oversized, orange couch. A white shag rug is two 8-by-10 pieces.

about simply because they’re afraid of overkill. He’s mostly inspired by shopping – seeing chairs, comforters, duvets, pillows, throw rugs and anything else he’s lucky enough to find during his whirlwind hop, skip and jump through upscale and notso-upscale San Francisco stores. Before transforming a homeowner’s room, he takes members of his TV crew – a team of 14 – and spends a few days shopping, researching, thinking, drawing, painting, custom-building pieces of furniture, and rearranging homeowners’ usable furnishings. This is how he gets a fix


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on how he’ll change it. Challenging at times, most of the rooms selected become a great deal of fun and make the team happy to be part of the crazy world of Color Splash. “David is a creative genius,” says Danielle Hirsch, the show’s design assistant and a talented painter who lives in San Francisco and was educated at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. “He has great ideas and we use them. He doesn’t hold back.” Sometimes Bromstad’s cinematic ideas-in-progress overwhelm homeowners (if they even get involved at

Photos courtesy of David Bromstad

PAINTING THE TOWN These days, Bromstad’s color wheel is rolling with new projects. In addition to Color Splash, the addictive halfhour show where he transforms homeowners’ dated rooms into veritable 3D-fantasy dreamscapes, he has begun his quest to become a brand. He just signed a contract as spokesperson for Mythic Paint, a nontoxic, zero VOC paint, applauded by the growing ecofriendly crowd. He’s also in the process of starting an extensive home-oriented product line – glassware, dinnerware, flatware, gifts, and, of course, carpets, home fashions and furniture.

that point), but once they see the finished product they’re usually elated – they jump, scream, hug him and thank him profusely. “I like to have fun and for other people to have a good time around me,” Bromstad enthuses. “I work well under stress and time constraints, and do whatever it takes to get the job done in the most effective and fun manner.” A DESIGN STAR IS BORN Born in Minneapolis, MN to Dick and Diane, Bromstad, his older brother, and two older sisters (all

creative), grew up in a secure and happy household. It was pleasant, full of fun and interesting. “I loved my childhood and was lucky that my Minneapolis school had a great art program,” he recalls. During interviews on HGTV, his parents, who moved to Orlando four years ago, have said that their son never realized how talented he was in his early years as a struggling artist. “God has truly blessed him with a special gift, not only as an artist but with a great personality,” says Diane.

After 18 years in the Minneapolis area, Bromstad followed his bliss, which was to study art and enrich his mind. In 1992, he had decided he would be an animator for Disney. While interviewing with Disney personnel, he was advised to enroll and study at the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, FL, a private, nonprofit institution with a good reputation. He took their advice, graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Illustration, and never looked back. “I found Ringling peaceful and gorgeous and the study of illustrations and animation amazing,” he says.

“I was afraid it would be boring but it was wonderful.” He went right back to Walt Disney World in Orlando working as a freelance artist on contract. He focused on major installations for Disney, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. He left Disney for a while to work as a sculptor and painter, but then returned to the company and worked in different creative and visual areas. This broadened his background to include major woodworking projects for Animal Kingdom and other amusement parks around the world. March 2009


Photo by Sy Salter for Town & Country Studio Behind Bromstad hangs an original piece of art he created with his partner. The lime-green patent-leather bench is from M.A.D.E. in Miami.


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Photos courtesy of David Bromstad

Below: A Tiki God made by Bromstad and his partner. Right: A view of the living room.Below Right: The dining room features chairs from IKEA. The buffet provides ample space for collectibles.

Fast-forward to the devastation of September 11, 2001: The travel industry died down, Disney Parks took a huge hit and Bromstad got laid off. It was then that he decided to take the plunge and move to Miami. Struggling like other artists, he was lucky enough to have a friend who was an interior designer. He asked Bromstad to contribute art to fill model homes and hotels he was working on in towns around the southeastern United States. “He was basically doing kids’ rooms in these projects and didn’t like it,” recalls Bromstad. “So I started doing the kids’ rooms for him, and I loved it. There were no boundaries when it came to kids.” His design portfolio illustrating kids’ rooms served him well. A friend made sure the professional packet was sent to HGTV. Very soon, his work piqued the interest of the network’s Design Star producers. As a highly competitive person, Bromstad was excited and knew he needed to broaden his base from the fine-arts business he had started in Miami. So he went for it, delving headfirst into preparing for the show. “I’m always interested in stretching my boundaries but I knew I wasn’t an interior designer when I was competing in the show,” he says, musing about being chosen as one of 10 contestants. Although not a designer by trade, his color savvy, artistic talent and infectious personality won over the judges, and he scored first place, giving him his first TV show. “I was shocked when I won. I expected it to be someone else!” He was told to come to San Francisco and prepare to launch Color Splash in a short amount of time. “I said, ‘Screw it,

let’s get this sh-- done,’” he recalls of the frenetic pace. Bromstad personally selected Hirsch for his design assistant. She had been on another HGTV show called, Design Remix. He liked her talent and felt they had a great chemistry. “I went through a grueling process because HGTV wanted to give David a brand-new person,” says Hirsch. “There were cool women up for it, and I was nervous. My heart was pounding because in David I had found my creative connection. We inspired each other.” Their passion for color and design is one of the reasons the show is so popular. They play off of each other and work well together. It gets stressful because so much has to transpire in such a short amount of time – sometimes in two days. And they film for three to five days in a row, an exhausting pace. “David is not a diva and never panics in these stressful situations,” says Hirsch. “He draws and thinks and creates and keeps us all calm while we do what is needed to transform a room.” Bromstad, who always has a camera (for taking lastminute photos) and a banana (because he rarely has time to sit and eat), stays calm by maintaining an active workout program that makes him sweat. Known for his love of working topless, he knows he looks buff – it’s one of the reasons he likes to show off his well-toned pecs to the TV audience. “I am the luckiest guy in the world,” he says. “Design is who I am, and design is my life. I love it!” O March 2009



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House Calls At Home With The Superstar Designers Next Door

South Florida is known for its swaying palms,

Antique Row, designers from across the globe

balmy weather, sandy beaches and a laid-

are drawn to our sunny climes. Two of design’s

back lifestyle that lends itself to a permanent

greatest admirers and achievers live just up the

vacation. But the Sunshine State has another

road: Metropolitan Home’s Miami City Editor

claim to fame, as a portal to the intoxicating

Nisi Berryman’s 1950s Miami Beach bungalow

world of interior design. Boca Raton boasts some

shows her sassy spirit, and nationally renowned

spectacular design – as do our neighbors to the

designer Jonathan Adler’s winter retreat in Palm

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Take a look inside these homes and see why

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design has a new vacation destination. By Jesse Bratter

A Marrakesh area rug of tufted New Zealand wool grounds a setting of Marco Zanuso chairs from the owners’ collection. A Baxter sofa and love-seat contrast the otherwise monochromatic white palette in the living room.

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Jonathan with Simon, his partner, at their place in Palm Beach.


Elegant With A Mid-Century Modern Aesthetic, Jonathan Adler’s Palm Beach Winter Retreat Offers A Dialogue Of His Design Philosophy Photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo


onathan Adler’s childhood home was a sign of things to come. Sophisticated Knoll furnishings against a white palette suited his father’s modernist taste, and Marimekko fabrics and “all sorts of groovy bits,” as he remembers, satiated his mother’s colorful, exuberant soul. Today, the designer’s 1,600-square-foot condominium in Palm Beach is a tribute to these kindred spirits. Designed in the 1970s by a disciple of architect Edward Durell Stone, the oceanfront winter retreat Adler shares with partner Simon Doonan is surely a fusion of his youthful upbringings. “I wanted to create a dreamy and tranquil space with pops of smile-inducing color,” Adler says. And so, a neutral shell of white walls, light stone flooring and white draperies receives layers of juicy hues throughout the apartment. “I am definitely rooted in modernism but in a Maximalist way,” he says. “I embrace bold colors, groovy graphics and modern forms, and put them all together in my mental blender.” 74

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Pedro Friedberg “Hand” chairs from the owners’ collection cradle a customdesigned sofa atop a Jonathan Adler Greek key circular area rug in the living room. BELOW: Chocolate-colored walls contrast a Woodhouse headboard that lends Palm Beach panache to the bedroom.

What came out of the blender this time is a cross between what Adler calls Palm Beach Chic and Happy Chic – a look and feel whose classical lines and lustrous surfaces reflect the designer’s mid-century aesthetic, a cinematic glamour and an elegant playfulness. “There’s a dreamy, fantastical quality to it all,” Adler says. Adler’s penchant for eccentrically elegant design can be traced to decorating maven Elsie de Wolfe and the legendary Billy Baldwin. But it’s his adoration for interior designer David Hicks that truly sets the tone for his distinctive approach. “What I particularly love about Hicks’ work is the way he mixed styles, pairing traditionalism with modernism with classicism with whatever he felt like, and he always did it with a sense of boldness and confidence,” he says. The condominium brims with examples of Adler’s keen eye and deft hand. Textiles and furnishings that he carries through his namesake company abound in every room. But it’s the porcelain pottery that is most telling; Adler has been creating the art since he was a child and turns to the work of mid-century Scandinavian designers and artists Bjorn Wiinblad and Stig Lindberg for inspiration. “I try to make pots that are unimpeachably chic and infectiously joyous, and Wiinblad and Lindberg both pulled off that combination magnificently,” he says. Now not only a potter, but a furniture designer, residential and commercial interior designer, and former judge on Bravo’s Top Design, he’s come a long way since his boyhood dreams. “When I first started my career as a potter, my dream was to never have a proper job again and to find an audience for my work,” says Adler, who boasts nine retail stores nationwide, including one on Miami’s Lincoln Road, and whose home decor is carried in more than 1,000 locations worldwide. “At the time, my idea of success would have been a life of hawking my wares at rain-soaked craft fairs if it meant I could earn a living making pots.” Instead, he feverishly trolls the shoppes of Palm Beach’s Antique Row in search of the next over-the-top and extraordinary ingredient to fuel his imagination. Editor’s Note: For more information about Jonathan Adler, call 800-963-0891 or visit

Vintage chairs covered in Alexander Girard’s fabric for Maharam pull up to an Eero Saarinen dining table.

Jonathan Adler’s “Large Man/Woman Vase” has a special place in the master bedroom.

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Color Crush Part Retro, Part Modern And Decidedly Fun, Nisi Berryman’s Miami Beach Bungalow Asserts Itself In Bold, Vibrant Fashion Photography by Ken Hayden

O The entrance door to Nisi Berryman’s 1950s bungalow home in Miami Beach is a bright fuchsia, hinting at what’s in store inside.


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ne look inside Nisi Berryman’s 1,100-squarefoot South Beach home, and her love affair with color reveals itself unabashedly. Hot pink, juicy green and orange, deep purple and neutralizing white create a jazzy backdrop for plump furnishings, sumptuous fabrics and lustrous surfaces that lend a romantic modern zeal to the stylista’s beachy abode. Ask for her inspiration and she’ll reply, “A little Dorothy Draper, a little Kelly Wearstler, a little Barnum & Bailey.”

A sofa covered in Osborne & Little’s striped fabric lends visual interest against a chartreuse wall in the living room, Berryman’s favorite space in the house. LEFT: The dining room showcases Berryman’s creations, including the chandelier and the cornice.

In an active house filled with teenagers, a circus might otherwise not have been far-fetched. But Berryman’s careful choice of color and toned-down elements keeps the design grounded in sophistication. “They are all my favorite colors,” she says. “I just had to find a way to live with them.” The dining room, for instance, originally donned a vibrant-orange hue, “but it was too loud, so I went for a deep violet/aubergine, and the walls recede now. I love it with the brown and white stripes.”

Ebonized wood flooring unites each room and provides a solid foundation for designer furnishings and secondhand treasures. Cocktail and occasional tables, and lamps from flea markets make their way through the chartreuse living room; important designers like Eero Saarinen and Michael Taylor leave their mark in various rooms; and the home’s signature fuchsia color reappears in the master bedroom, which has a bold and enchanting overtone. “It’s pretty femme, I know, but I love it,”

Berryman says. “The mirrored desk is just like one that Sarah Jessica Parker has.” The homeowner first fell in love with design when she sold antiquarian furniture reference books in New York. During the 1980s, she took a position with designer Dakota Jackson, and later moved to Miami to work for Holly Hunt. An admirer of such talents as T.H. RobsjohnGibbings, Christian Astuguevieille, Vicente Wolf and Kevin Cherry, Berryman’s involvement March 2009


An orange Velleren chair and pillows from NiBa Home add color to the media room, where a Stark Carpet area rug anchors the otherwise neutral setting.

with design has come a long way since her New York beginnings. She now serves as the Miami city editor for Metropolitan Home magazine and as a member of the advisory board of the Miami-Dade County public school, Design and Architecture Senior High. But it’s her showroom in the Miami Design District that most shows her fanciful sense of style. Her 1950s bungalow is a prelude to NiBa Home, an emporium of whimsical rugs, lighting, furniture, art and accessories brimming with sculptural shapes, unusual materials and timeless pieces. “Miami is a young city embarking on a design adventure,” she says. “Often, it’s conservative but very open to new ideas, and right now we are having a surge of amazing architecture and design right at our doorstep.” It’s the perfect place for an artistic, fun-loving, seriously design-minded aficionado to find her living and working muse. O Editor’s Note: For more information about NiBa Home, call 305-573-1939 or visit


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A James Duncan headboard pops against a hot pink wall in the master bedroom. BELOW: Chairs from a yard sale pull up to a table covered with a Williams-Sonoma tablecloth out on the garden deck.

To the right of the living room, a gilded mirror punctuates a fuchsia wall in the foyer. “I love the gold-leaf mirror on that color,� Berryman says.

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ookish A Novel Approach To Home Libraries

By Roberta Sandler

f you’re starting your own library, all that matters is that you start with what you love,” said Oprah Winfrey, a renowned bibilophile who featured her own treasured, novel-filled space on the cover of O Magazine. Once an indulgence exclusive to grand estates and mini manses, the retreat known as the home library/study has become a mainstream indulgence not limited to near-palatial-sized residences. These spaces are often integrated into floor plans of condos and smaller homes, where designers create literary cocoons for avid readers seeking special spaces to show off their collections and cozy up to a good book.

Designer Toby Zack, president of Toby Zack Designs in Fort Lauderdale, is a proponent of the classic, contemporary look in home libraries. “It’s clean, uncluttered and easy to live with,” she explains. She put that conviction to work when a couple asked her to design a large library for their Boca West home. “The wife is a voracious reader of many subjects and she never throws out a book,” says Zack. The library she designed flaunts a less-is-more attitude and an image of casual comfort. Zack transformed the homeowners’ step-down living room into a book-lover’s contemporary dream space. The room’s focal point is a 17-foot-high by 21-foot-wide, white wooden bookcase with matching sliding ladder. It’s a wall unit from end to end and ceiling to floor, with rows of bookshelves displaying treasured novels; additional halogen-lit shelves showcase the couple’s collection of African bowls. Hundreds of books confirm that here lives a true bibliophile. 80

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“The books are what bring color into the room,” says Zack. Indeed, splashes of color enliven the white walls, white cotton-and-linen-covered furniture and natural-colored wool carpet. The homeowners host family gatherings in the library, which is an invitation to nostalgia with some furniture consisting of Knoll pieces from the 1920s. In another part of town, Mike Baust, a designer at Brown’s Interior Design in Boca Raton, created an intimate haven for a local client who desired a functional combination home library/study. Knowing the client would use the room for reading, computer work and relaxing in front of the TV, Baust

designed a traditional-style space that satisfies multiple purposes. The room incorporates details such as crown molding, a coffered ceiling with recessed lighting, paneled walls and wood floors. The library’s piece de resistance is the cabinetry, which Baust designed. The select maple cabinetry integrates a desk, TV and arched, lighted display shelves above the bookshelves. On the opposite side of the room, two matching, open-shelved bookcases act as tall parentheses around a tuftedleather couch. Cabinetry is topped with three arched display shelves bridging the bookcases, creating a cozy nook for reading or TV viewing. Floor-to-ceiling draperies, an area rug and a large leather chair complete this beautiful, versatile room.

After Susan Lachance of Susan Lachance Interior Design in Boca Raton was hired to create a home library for a dress designer’s tony Palm Beach condominium, she took note of the homeowner’s personality and decided on a space that was stylish, sophisticated and opulent. “Home is a reflection of who you are,” says Lachance. “Designers put that into a visual palette. We paint a picture of who the client is. We’re the style-makers.”

cented Versace area rug and the walls’ faux-red leather patina.

In this case, the client’s own stylish inclinations were key in the library’s plan. Her book collection featuring fashion designers is featured prominently in the space; the books are tucked safely behind glass doors of a mahogany bookcase whose rich, warm tones complement a red-ac-

“I read my clients to know their essence,” says Lachance. It’s this ability that inspired her to design a library that defines femininity, romance and elegance.

To add more Old World glamour to the space, Lachance added mirrored insets to a coffered ceiling. “I wanted to give the apartment a grand feeling,” she explains. This grandness extends to the Louis XIV desk, which features gold-leaf ornamentation; incandescent, low-voltage lighting and Art Deco lamps soften the space.

Function and decor were the prime considerations for Mitch Heller, Cooking Alfresco: A chef provides an outdoor demonstration.

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a combination home library/study for a client in Mizner Country Club. Heller created a room that’s at once masculine and cozy, thanks to the faux-painted mahogany cabinetry, Saturnia marble flooring, base molding and embossed crown molding throughout; arched windows with wood plantation shutters and two reading chairs with antler-shaped framing balance out the space. “The client wanted a home library ideal for reading and writing, so Heller designed a protruding Peninsula desk that attaches to the cabinetry and features a round fluted base and egg-and-dart detail. The desk’s feminine quality ensures the client’s wife feels comfortable using the library. “My biggest challenge was integrating the display aspects of glass sculptures

into a functional library,” explains Heller. To meet this challenge, he designed a series of halogen-lit arches above the bookshelves, enabling the homeowner – who owns a blownglass company – to showcase part of his glass collection. The final accent, a painting of a Tuscan farmhouse, makes this home library an intimate Mediterranean-style retreat.

is maple with fluted columns. “It’s a timeless style,” he says.

Robert Weinstein, head of Weinstein Design Group in Boca

A diamond-tufted leather partners chair, capable of swiveling and rocking, is pulled up to a maple desk that juts out from the cabinetry. The room is accented with crown molding and wainscoting. For masculine window treatments, Weinstein used 2-inch wood blinds and placed a plasma TV on one wall.

Raton, believes that a man’s portion of a house is his library – a place to relax and read. When a client in Mizner Country Club asked Weinstein to design a home library, the designer had an inspiration. “I wanted him to feel he was master of his universe, and that the library is a refuge where he can be by himself.” Weinstein’s design pays homage to this theme. The room’s transitional-style, raised-panel cabinetry

Cabinet shelves with display lighting highlight the client’s book collections – books about the Roman Empire that denote his passion for history, and books about dentistry that reflect his ownership of a dental-supply company.

Two wood-frame pull-up chairs provide comfortable seating and highlight a textured, diamond-patterned carpet in a warm golden tone. For dramatic and functional effect, French

owner of M. Heller Custom Furniture in Boca Raton, when he designed

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doors leading into the library feature a single-pane beveled glass insert so that, even when they’re closed, light comes in.

Library by Perla Lichi Design

“The client wanted a room for his books and his life’s memories,” explains Weinstein. “The room is rich and warm. It’s a beautiful look.” The challenge for Ron Hammond, a design consultant at Robb & Stucky in Boca Raton, was to fulfill his client’s wish – a home library that looks Old World, yet warm and inviting. Located in Hillsboro Beach, the 13,000-square-foot house resembles a chateau with Tuscan flavor, so Hammond felt the library called for stately architectural details. His solution was to design stunning Brazilian-cherry wood, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry with carved moldings, arched bookshelves accented with recessed lighting, egg-and-dart detailing and fluted columns crowned with capitals. A carved marble mantle with fireplace corbels rises from the bottom of the cabinetry. A wooden-coffered ceiling and an alabaster chandelier with black shades hover above a richly detailed, French Regency-influenced desk with a leather-inlaid top in a diamond pattern. A chair upholstered in gold silk, a leather wing chair and an Italian-influenced leather desk chair provide comfortable seating. The wall opposite the fireplace features a credenza with more bookshelves, and an Oriental rug highlights a wood floor. The home’s pool terrace and stunning ocean views are visible through the library’s French doors and windows, which are shaded by fringed, silk window treatments. The house was designed for a builder with international business interests, so with exquisite effectiveness, Hammond bestowed the library with an opulence, formality and elegance befitting this European-inspired, three-story villa. When a South Florida builder approached Perla Lichi of Perla Lichi Design in Tamarac to design his three-story North Miami Beach home, her aim was to create a warm, comfortable environment through finishes and furnishings. The home’s library/study was no exception. Opting for a traditional look, Lichi designed a space that is both relaxing and inviting, from the classic brown-tufted leather on the rolling desk chair to the Tiffany lamp on the custom desk. Custom built-in cabinetry hugs the wall, houses a TV and provides ample room for storing books and displaying art, awards and collectibles. Rendered in warm cherry, the floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets and bookshelves feature camelback arches and built-in lighting. Lichi reiterated these arches throughout the house in the shape of the windows and interior architectural detailing that divides the main living areas. The beige-carpeted space opens to a view of the gracefully ascending spiral stairway, with custom wrought-iron scrollwork balustrades winding their way to the third-floor landing. Lichi placed the desk so that it faces windows extending up to the third floor. These windows offer a grand view of the city, making this library a respite for reading, meditating and enjoying all the comforts of home. O

Resources Brown’s Interior Design, 4501 North Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, 561-368-2703; M. Heller Custom Furniture, 1084 S. Rogers Circle, Boca Raton, 561-998-0038; Perla Lichi Design, 7127 N. Pine Island Road, Tamarac, 954-726-0899; Robb & Stucky Interiors, 200 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-347-1717; Susan Lachance Interior Design, 6000 Park of Commerce Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-241-3800; Toby Zack Designs, 3316 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, 954-967-8629; Weinstein Design Group, 902 Clint Moore Road, Suite 218, Boca Raton, 561-997-6770;

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The Chain Gang Editor Felicia Levine’s toy keychain collection


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Obsession Treasure Hunters Share Their Collections By Linda Haase Photography by Michael price It usually starts with something that captivates you. Buying it feels good – it makes you smile whenever you glimpse it. Then you get another one, and you feel even better. When you acquire a third, you have begun the tumble into hobbydom: You’ve become a collector. Soon, you’re clearing the shelves – or adding new ones – to make way for your pride and joy. The Boca Raton Observer’s own editor, Felicia Levine, became addicted to collecting eight years ago after spotting a miniature “Operation” keychain in a novelty store. “I loved that you could play it – it’s got all the little pieces and it lights up,” she explains. As her collection grew to 200 toy keychains, she wondered: Was there something seriously wrong with her – or were there others out there as obsessed as she? Indeed, there are. Collections range from matchbooks to stamps to automobiles and larger, bound only by eclectic tastes – and sometimes – cash flow. Here, we chat with four local collectors who shamelessly hunt for teddy bears, war mementos, rooster pitchers and cars. They have different tastes, but they’re on the same quest for “just one more” collectible.

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Auto Pilots Car collector Ivan Kron and wife Sandi

Driving Force Growing up in Manhattan, Ivan Kron didn’t own a car. “I couldn’t wait to get one,” says Kron, 59, of Boca Raton. He always wanted a 1970 Plymouth GTX, and 30 years later he finally bought one – a rare, bright-red 4-speed with white bucket seats and a black vinyl top. Today, he and wife Sandi own a 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, a 2008 Range Rover Sport, a 2009 Hummer H3, a 2002 Bentley and a 2008 Shelby GT500.


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Which car was the hardest to find? “The GTX. Finding a classic car that’s really what they (people) say they are is very difficult. What looks good doesn’t always drive well, it might not be an original … you have to be very careful.” Which is your favorite and why? “The Dodge Challenger because it looks like the one from 1970. It has all the modern features but looks like a classic.” What would be the pinnacle of your collection if you could acquire it? “A 1970 Hemi ’cuda (Barracuda). But if you find an original you might have to pay between

$300,000 to $400,000, even up to a million.” What has been the biggest challenge with this collection? “Finding places to take them where they won’t get scratched or have things taken from them. Most of them I take out and cruise, I don’t park them.” What have you learned from collecting cars that surprised you? “The camaraderie. Everybody loves cars … everyone wants to see the engines, especially the young kids. I don’t know anything about engines, I just like to drive the cars. I’m not a gear-head.”




In The Wings Linda Kates has 200 roosters in her Boca Raton home. And yes, she’s perfectly sane. The birds adorn her collection of colorful pitchers. Her fixation began when her husband, Steve, brought one home from a business trip. She liked it so much, he brought her another from his next trip. “Once you get two, you start looking. When you have three you have a collection,“ says Kates, a 66-yearold interior designer. Where do you find them? The pitchers were discovered in “all kinds of places” including Italy, Mexico, France and Greece. One, which has a  special spot on the kitchen table, is a ceramic pitcher painted by their grandchildren. Do they require any special care? “They have to be washed as you would with any display. I do it every four to six months. It takes three days. You have to get them down, wash them, put them back in order…”

What are the criteria for buying one? “It has to be one that I don’t have. If it doesn’t have an appealing look to me, I don’t get it. It has to have a uniqueness because I have quite a few.” Which is your favorite and why? “If I had to name only one, I would be hard-pressed. They are all hand-painted, they are all artistic, all beautiful.” Is your collection complete? “No. There are places for others. And it’s not an expensive hobby.” Which was the hardest to obtain? “I saw one in an Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale and I wanted to buy it and they wouldn’t sell it to me. I went back a second time and they sold it to me. “

For the Birds Linda Kates with her treasured rooster pitchers

“I don’t know anything about engines, I just like to drive the cars.” —Ivan Kron

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Good Stuffed Things are bear-y good at Ellen Saposnik’s Delray Beach home. And why not? She has about 400 teddy bears to keep her company – including the “oldfashioned” one that inspired the collection in 1984. “I select some to hug from time to time and looking at the collection always makes me smile,“ says Saposnik, 58, an assistant director at a nonprofit child-care center. Which is your favorite? “A sweet blue-and-gold Hanukkah bear I purchased with money I found in a wooden cigar box left by my mother after she died. I saw the bear in a gift store and it was costly so I did not buy it. A week later I found the money (the right amount for the bear) so I bought it as a gift from my mother.” Another special bear is one I made at Build-A-Bear Workshop, which I named “Nanny

Bear” in loving memory of my mother.” Where did you find them? “In gift shops, airport shops and tourist stores. Many are gifts from family and friends.” What is the most you have spent? “About $50.” Do they have “assigned” seats? “There is a rhyme and reason to the way they are sitting. Some are angel bears, some are for holidays, some are from different states or countries and some are similar types.” Is your collection complete? “I am content with the collection and don’t actively seek bears unless they’re pretty special. If I travel to a new place or find a bear that is so unique, I would buy it. I really have enough bears for a lifetime of loving.”

“I am content with the collection and don’t actively seek bears unless they’re pretty special.” —Ellen Saposnik

Snuggle Society Ellen Saposnik surrounded by her teddy bears


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Documenting History Martin Cohen and his WWII/Holocaust memorabilia

Memory Keeper When Martin Cohen was 13, he saw a haunting photo of a boy being deported by Nazi soldiers. He was in Brooklyn, far from the horror, but worried: “I could be that little boy,” recalls the 79-year-old Delray Beach resident. The image captivated him. When his cousins went to war, they sent him a French rifle and other items. Cohen kept collecting: He now owns thousands of WWII/ Holocaust memorabilia, including uniforms, gas masks, documents and more. What item was the hardest to acquire? “A medical tunic worn by SS medical personnel. The people who wore them certainly were not

involved in saving lives. I’m sure if that item could talk it would have horrendous stories about what went on while that person was wearing it and performing medical experiments.” What is the most money you’ve spent for an item? “Three-thousand dollars for a Waffen SS uniform. They (the Waffen) were known for their brutality and their savagery and unspeakable acts. This uniform is very valuable in terms of its historic content.” What item would make your collection complete? “I just got it – a dagger carried by pro-Hitler youth. I have a collection of military daggers and

this is one I had been looking for.” What item elicits the most memories for you and why? “The photo of (a) child” (his name was Tsvi Nussbaum, who Cohen met years later). “When I finally found him and spoke to him, it was a very emotional meeting. There were a lot of tears shed.” What message do you want your collection to convey? “The American soldiers and Holocaust victims should never be forgotten. Those people are dying and we need to preserve their memories. Artifacts like I have tell enormous stories.” O

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ienvenido Uncle Julio’s! The noted Mexican restaurant will open its first Florida venue at Boca’s Mizner Park on March 31st. “We’re pleased to introduce border-style dining to residents of Boca Raton while also supporting Boca Raton’s art community,” says Todd Conger, president and chief operating officer, who in honor of the opening will hold a charity event in conjunction with the Boca Raton Museum of Art. “We think the area is a good match for our special blend of food and fun.” The eatery’s authentic Border-style cuisine, which combines Mexican

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hrowing a dinner party can be a stressful experience necessitating myriad pre-soiree cocktails – or it can be a fun, breezy bash you’ll recall fondly for years to come.

To ease the strain of party throwing, we went to the experts. Brenda and Ricardo Turnbull, owners of A Catered Affair in Boca Raton, recommend entertaining outdoors and taking advantage of South Florida’s tropical climate. Throw a fete with lots of candles and tiki torches for ambiance, and turn to Mother Nature for decorations. “You can go into your back yard and find foliage to create your own centerpieces,” says Ricardo Turnbull, whose company for 18 years has catered events in upscale homes, chi-chi yachts, high-end department stores and more. “Take palm fronds, trim them and create little designs. Put them in vases – add food coloring and even floating cranberries.” He suggests that, rather than a sit-down meal, offer dinner-by-the-bite, which encompasses multiple vignette-themed food stations such as carving areas and potato bars to dessert tables

Party food by A Catered Affair

d’oeuvres, he recommends a selection of about eight, and estimates in the first hour each guest will eat five to eight pieces. “A standard evening event is four hours,” he explains. “The first hour is devoted to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.” Fromowitz recommends incorporating a theme into your party, and stresses that it should be evident in all aspects, from the menu and floral arrangements to china selection and linens. “Our luaus consist of a traditional Polynesian menu, as well as tables covered with tropical floral arrange-

“Rather than a sit-down meal, offer dinnerby-the-bite, which encompasses multiple vignette-themed food stations.” — Ricardo Turnbull and scampi stations. “This allows guests to sample many items and to mingle,” he explains. “It’s a more social, fun event.” The latest trend: Healthy food stations. “We’ve offered low-fat foods, fresh vegetables and fish,” he says. “Guests leave full … they don’t feel hungry.” Depending on a client’s desire and budget, Martin Fromowitz, owner of The Catering Group in Pompano Beach arranges culinary displays such as shellfish towers, vodka ice luges with caviar, grilled vegetable topiaries and hand-rolled sushi stations. If planning to serve passed hors

Table setting by The Catering Group

ments with coordinating island-motif napkins,” says Fromowitz, who’s catered events for Trump-Hollywood, Hugo Boss stores and other high-end corporations. “Instead of china, we suggest bamboo plates and utensils to fit the island theme. Even the staff is clad in Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts.” Tammie Paige of Boca Raton, a frequent client of A Catered Affair, plans her parties with themes in mind. “It makes for an exciting time and keeps your guests entertained,” she says. When throwing a farewell fete for friends moving to North Carolina, she chose a seafood theme because she thought they’d enjoy Florida lobster and other fish delicacies. Another time, Paige threw an Indian-themed party replete with an outdoor market under a loggia; food was cooked in traditional Tandoori ovens, Indian music played in the background and a sitar player entertained guests. She even incorporated a yoga class. Experts stress that before planning begins to make sure you have an appropriate and cohesive guest list. Says Fromowitz, “Even the most sophisticated and elaborate party will be boring unless you’re surrounded by great friends and family.” O March 2009




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american/STEAKHOUSES Abe & Louie’s4Glades Plaza x 2300 W. Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.0024 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. Absinthe4Shops at Boca Center x 5150 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.620.3754 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Addison Steakhouse4 The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.381.0200 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Banyan Bar & Grille at the Addison 42 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.395.9335 x Dinner nightly.

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Big City Tavern 4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.361.4551 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bogart’s Bar & Grille4 Muvico Palace 20 x 3200 Airport Rd. x 561.544.3044 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bonefish Grill4Boca Grove Shopping Center x 21065 Powerline Rd. x 561.479.0411 x Dinner daily. Brewzzi4Glades Plaza x 2222 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2739 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Brooks Restaurant4 500 South Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.427.9302 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday in season, off-season Wednesday-Sunday.

/BITES Arrive Hungry MoQuila Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar Offers Limitless Lunch


n response to a starving economy, MoQuila Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar has come up with a clever way to lure back the brown-bag crowd: Now offered are walletfriendly All-You-Can Eat lunch specials. The specials, which run Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., include $12 unlimited tacos with either corn or flour tortillas stuffed with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and cumin-lime crema and up to three fillings such as pan-seared mahi

Carmen’s4Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner Wednesday- Saturday, Brunch Sunday.

Dada452 North Swinton Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.3232 x Dinner nightly.

Chops Lobster Bar4 101 Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x 561.395.2675 x Dinner nightly.

Falcon House4 116 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.9499 x Dinner nightly.

Cugini Steakhouse and Martini Bar4270 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.6244 x Dinner nightly.

Fifth Avenue Grill4821 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0122 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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mahi, rotisserie chicken, ground beef, roasted mushrooms and spit-roasted pork. Another option is the $12 soup and salad, which includes a choice of signature MoQuila or Caesar salad and a chicken tortilla or Mexican vegetable soup. Both lunches include unlimited soda or lemonade. MoQuila Restaurant & Tequila Bar is located at 99 S.E. Mizner Boulevard in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-394-9990 or visit

Gaucho Rodizio44060 N. Federal Hwy. x Lighthouse Point x 954.784.7667 x Dinner daily. Closed Mondays. Grand Lux Café4Town Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2141 x Lunch and Dinner daily. The Grille on Congress 45101 Congress Ave. x Boca Raton

x 561.912.9800 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Henry’s4The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16850 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.638.1949 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Houston’s41900 N.W. Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.998.0550 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Familiar Favorites Regency Grill Serves Gourmet Comfort Food For The Soul

By Kenny Spahn


egency Grill opened last spring in Regency Court, and quickly became a favorite among the nearby Woodfield Country Club community. The restaurant’s popularity continues to expand as locals discover this friendly neighborhood hangout, where owners Joyce and Murray Stein schmooze with guests like old friends. Residents appreciate this casually elegant bistro for its wood floors, earth tones and comfy booths, along with a lively front bar and relaxed outdoor patio. But the real action occurs in the open kitchen, where Executive Chef Rufino Rengifo uses his Venezuelan and Italian roots to create culinary sensations. A light and airy Tomato-Basil Bisque (his soup du jour) proved a delightful beginning to the meal, bursting with the vibrant flavor of San Marzano tomatoes. We all loved the signature Eggplant Cakes, made surprisingly crispy with light panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) dusting, and presented atop a baby greens and plum tomato salad with lemon aioli. The talented Chef Rengifo takes mahi-mahi on an unexpected route, encrusted with sweet Spanish onions and baked in a beautifully caramelized balsamic glaze that brilliantly complemented the tender filet. It’s a definite winner, especially with the accompanying basmati rice, fresh asparagus and subtle tomato-chive vinaigrette. Chef Rengifo delivers gourmet comfort food to warm the soul. Take, for instance, his slow-braised Pork Osso Bucco, enhanced with a surprising smoky essence, then finished with a gutsy Barolo and veal demi-glaze, and teamed with an earthy mushroom risotto (yum), or Veal Meatloaf, treated to a savory balsamic-onion glaze and cabernet-mushroom reduction. Other entrees range from Molasses Salmon, NY Strip, and seared Big-Eye Yellowfin Tuna, to Arizona Chicken, Veal Chop Milanese and down-home Liver and Onions. Main course portions are tremendous, and quite a bargain ($22 to $34 including sides plus salad or soup); lighter options ($10-$16) will appease smaller appetites. The lunch menu features substantial sandwiches and a creative Design-Your-Own salad option. O

where Regency Grill is located in Regency Court, 3011 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner nightly. Call 561-998-3336 or visit

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The hibachi dining room

Photos by Michael Price

The Saito's roll


By Molly Arost Staub



isiting Saito’s in Palm Peach Gardens is a delight. It’s like finding a bento box – a Japanese box filled with artistically garnished goodies. Upon entering, visitors encounter a large sushi bar. They’ll also discover a sushi dining room, hibachi dining room and private dining room, all featuring walls splashed with Japanese murals.

Our meal began with samples of two special rolls. The Saito’s roll ($10.95 per 10-slice serving) was a kaleidoscope of color combining eel, shrimp, scallion, cucumber, avocado and Masago caviar. This was  capped with the crunchy texture of smashed tempura, enhanced by eel sauce. The P.G.A. roll ($11.95 for 10 slices) imparted a spicy flavor contrasting


Midtown Complex, 4675 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. Call 561202-6888 or visit


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Saito’s Satisfies Yen For Japanese Cuisine with a sweet taste. The filling consisted of crab, salmon, pineapple, Masago caviar and scallions wrapped in soy paper, then flash fried. The rolls were drizzled with eel sauce. Delicious. My dining companion, pleased with the selection, ordered four sashimi: toro or blue fin, hamachi or belly cut, uni or sea urchin and wahoo. They arrived on one plate, immaculately fresh, and garnished with pickled ginger, wasabi and sliced oranges. He particularly raved about the consistency of the uni. I chose a tempura appetizer, consisting of three shrimp and a good-sized serving of carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, onions and other veggies. All were dipped in a thin tempura batter and crisply fried but not greasy.   The soup, included in hibachi dinners, was not the usual heavy Miso soup served in other Japanese eateries. Rather, it was a lighter beef broth cooked with onions and

mushrooms. The salad featured iceberg lettuce with ginger sauce. Once the appetizers were finished, the theatrics began. Our chef entered, heating up our communal hibachi table and twirling his knives and ingredients. He began by slicing and dicing vegetables for the table’s diners: He slid cooking eggs with his spatula. He molded onion rings into a fuming steam engine. Everyone got two complimentary shrimp, plus a mound of rice and vegetables.   My dining partner chose an entree of Filet Mignon ($22.95), which, after being diced,  was tender and juicy, while I selected the chicken ($15.95). Other favorites include shrimp ($18.95) and lobster ($27.95). For dessert, Tempura Ice Cream arrived ($6.95), featuring scoops of vanilla ice cream coated in tempura batter, deep-fried and drizzled with chocolate sauce. I never had that in Japan, but I finished every drop nonetheless. O

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J. Alexander’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.347.9875 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Kathy’s Gazebo Café4 4199 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.6033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Kee Grill417940 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.995.5044 x Dinner nightly. Linda B.’s441 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.367.0200 x Dinner nightly. Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9557 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Mariposa4Neiman Marcus at Town Center x 5860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2320 x Lunch daily, Dinner Friday and Saturday. Max’s Grille4Mizner Park x 404 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.0080 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Saturday-Sunday Brunch only. The Melting Pot45455 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7472 x Dinner nightly. Miller’s Boca Ale House4 Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9142 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Morton’s, The Steakhouse4 Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.392.7724 x Dinner nightly. New York Prime42350 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3881 x Dinner nightly.


Opus 54Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.544.8000 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. The Pavilion Grille4 301 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.912.0000 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Porterhouse Bar & Grill4 7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.391.6601 x Dinner daily.

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Regency Grill4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3336 x Lunch and Dinner daily.



Ruth’s Chris Steak House4 225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.6746 x Dinner nightly. Seasons 5242300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.9952 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Six Tables4112 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6260 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Sonoma Café & Bistro4 640 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.8581 x Dinner Monday-Saturday. The Sundy House4106 S. Swinton Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.5678 x Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday. Vertical 1144114 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x 561.338.0553 x Dinner nightly. Vinny’s All Day Café4 Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9883 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Watercolors Café4Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner nightly.

asian/sushi 5 Spice Asian Street Market4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1688 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bangkok in Boca4Royal Palm Place x 500 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.394.6912 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bluefin Sushi Thai Grill4 861 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.981.8986 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. The Blue Fish4110 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.FISH (3474) x Lunch Wednesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Cay Da Vietnamese4 7400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.998.0278 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Daimatsu Sushi441 Royal Palm Place x Boca Raton x 561.361.7557 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Edo Sushi-Upscale Japanese Sushi & Pan-Asian Buffet4 Waterway Shoppes of Parkland x 7609 N. State Road 7 x 954.755.3191 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Fah Asian Bistro4Boca Valley Shopping Plaza x 7461 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.241.0400 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Fuji4Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Gary Woo Asian Bistro4 3400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. House of Siam425 N.E. Second Ave., #116 x Delray Beach x 561.330.9191 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Ichiban4Somerset Shoppes x 8841 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.2429 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Japango4Riverstone Shoppes of Parkland x 7367 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.4268 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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Kyoto Sushi Sake425 N.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.2275 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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Kyojin Buffet4Shops at Boca Grove x 21073 Powerline Rd. x 561.218.1708 x Lunch and Dinner daily. La Tre4249 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.4568 x Dinner nightly. LemonGrass Asian Bistro4 420 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5050 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4101 Plaza Real South E. Boca Raton x 561.544.8181 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Mai Hibachi44801 Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.2766 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Masamune Japanese Restaurant4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.241.8400 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Oriental Café4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.883.6088 x Lunch and Dinner daily. PEI WEI47152 Beracasa Way Delmar Village x Boca Raton x 561.322.1001 x Lunch and Dinner daily41914 N.E. Fifth Ave. x Boca Raton x 561. 226.0290 x Lunch and Dinner daily. P.F. Chang’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.3722 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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Phuket Thai Restaurant4 Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.8863 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Saba4499 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.353.4600 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse 4 8316 Jog Rd. x Boynton Beach x 561.369.1788 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.4CityPlace x 700 S. Rosemary Ave., #205 x 561.296.8881 x Lunch and Dinner daily.4Palm Beach Gardens x 4675 PGA Blvd. x 561.202.6888 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Siam Sea47860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561. 483.3440 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday. Soba Sushi4Mizner Park x 415 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.620.0606 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Stir Crazy Café4Town Center Mall x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.7500 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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Sushi Masa47140 Beracasa Way x Boca Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly. Sushi Ray4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.394.9506 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI TAI4100 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton 561.750.4448 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Sushi Zen422191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Taisho420423 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.479.0041 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Tempura House4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.883.6088 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Uncle Tai’s4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.368.8806 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Yama444 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9929 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Yokohama49168 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.1707 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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CONTINENTAL Bistro Provence42399 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.2340 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, (Lunch and Dinner Monday in season). Boheme Bistro and Grill4 1118 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.4899 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Café Joley4187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.4224 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch weekends. La Cigale4253 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0600 x Dinner nightly. Le French Bistro4 Parkland Town Center x 6676 Parkside Drive x 954.755.0708 x Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Le Pavillon414812 S.E. Military Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9882 x Dinner nightly. Le Rivage4450 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.620.0033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

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Le Vieux Paris4 170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.7910 x Dinner nightly. Olio Bistro442 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.6633 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Spontané4432 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.8848 x Lunch Tuesday-Sunday, Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. St. Tropez47000 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.8580 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. ZED 4514451 Mizner Park 201 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.393.3451 x Dinner Nightly, Lounge Nightly, Lunch Monday-Saturday, Brunch Sunday.


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Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza4 Shops at Boca Grove x 21065 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Arturo’s Ristorante4 6750 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7373 x Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner nightly. Basil Garden45837 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.2554 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.



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Bistro 524100 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.7077 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bova Cucina41901 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.392.5595 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. CafÊ Bellino4180 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.393.2844 x Dinner nightly. CaffÊ Luna Rosa4 34 S. Ocean Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9404 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. California Pizza Kitchen4 Town Center Boca Raton x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.268.2805 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Campagnolo Family-Style Italian Restaurant4Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1990 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Carrabba’s Italian Grill4 Wharfside Plaza x 6909 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8838 4335 E. Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9393 x Dinner nightly.

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Casa D’Angelo4171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.1703 x Dinner daily.


Coal Mine Pizza4Royal Palm Place x 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.826.2625 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Cucina D’Angelo4Shops at Boca Center x Boca Raton x 561.750.2344 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Cucina Mio4Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9419 x Dinner nightly. Giovanni’s Coal Fire Pizza4 Waterway Shoppes at Parkland x 7625 N. State Road 7 x 954.345.9282 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Il Girasole4Tropic Square x 1911 S. Federal Hwy. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3566 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Josephine’s45751 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.988.0668 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. La Luna Bistro4The Polo Shoppes x 5030 Champion Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.1165 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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La Villetta44351 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.8403 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

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La Viola4Royal Palm Place x 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.0304 x Dinner nightly. LILLY’S4451 East Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0208 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Louie Louie Too4201 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.3600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Maggiano’s421090 St. Andrews Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.8244 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Matteo’s Restaurant4 233 S. Federal Hwy x 561.392.0773 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Paradiso4183 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.361.3034 x Lunch and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Peace A Pizza4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.998.BEST (2378) x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Piazza de Roma415280 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.865.3366 x Dinner daily. Positano44400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2920 x Dinner nightly.


Pranzo4Mizner Park x 402 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.750.7442 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Renzo’s of Boca45999 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.3495 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Rino Vesuvio43360 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.5520 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Ristorante Bova41450 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.7407 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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Ristorante Sapori4Royal Palm Place x 99 Royal Palm Plaza x Boca Raton x 561.367.9779 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Saporissimo4366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.2333 x Dinner nightly.



Times Square Pizzeria – The Italian Grill Restaurant4 Shoppes at Village Pointe x 6006 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6757 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Tiramisu4170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.338.9692 x Lunch in season, Dinner nightly. Tramonti4119 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.1944 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Trattoria Romana4 499 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6715 x Dinner nightly. VIC AND ANGELO’S 4 290 East Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.9570 x Lunch and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Villa Rosano4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.0112 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

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Vittorio Ristorante425 S.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5525 x Dinner nightly.

LATIN/CARIBBEAN Caribbean Grill41332 N.W. Second Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0161 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Cuban Café43350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.8860 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly (closed Sunday June-November). Cabana El Rey4105 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9090 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Gol, Taste of Brazil4411 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.6565 x Dinner nightly. INCA GRILL447 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.395.3553 x Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. La Rosa Nautica4515 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.361.7205 x Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. Old Calypso4900 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.279.2300 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch weekends.

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Padrino’s4Mission Bay Plaza x 20455 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.451.1070 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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mexican Baja Café Uno488 Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x 561.394.5449 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Cantina Cabo4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.477.1899 x Lunch and Dinner daily. MoQuila Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar499 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.394.9990 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Señor Burrito4513 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

MIDDLE EASTERN Mediterranean Grill4The Reserve x 9704 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.477.6969 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Turquoise4Royal Palm Place x 507 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.9969 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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Ben’s Deli (kosher) 4 The Reserve x 9942 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.9963 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Boca Dolce Bakery & Café4 Lakeside Centre x 8202 Glades Rd. x 561.479.4011 x Breakfast and Lunch daily. Eilat Café (kosher)4Wharfside Plaza x 6853 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.368.6880 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday. Closed Friday-Sunday. Grill Time (kosher)48177 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.482.3699 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday, Lunch only Friday. Kosher Marketplace4 22191 Powerline Rd., #5A x Boca Raton x 561.391.3318 x Call for hours.

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Old School Bakery & Café4 814 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.8059 x Breakfast daily.




Toojay’s Gourmet Deli 4 Polo Shops x 5030 Champion Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.241.590342200 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.41814Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9911 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

seafood Atlantic Fish Grill4 14820 Military Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.638.8338 x Dinner nightly. Boston’s on the Beach4 40 S. Ocean Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.278.3364 x Breakfast SaturdaySunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. Busch’s Seafood4840 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.7600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. CITY FISH MARKET47940 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.487.1600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. City Oyster4213 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.0220 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. J & J Raw Bar4634 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3390 x Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday only. Jake’s Stone Crab4Royal Palm Plaza x 514 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.347.1055 x Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. Legal Sea Foods4Town Center x 6000 W. Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.2112 x Lunch and Dinner daily. McCormick & Schmick’s4 University Commons x 1400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.394.2428 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday. 32 East432 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.7868 x Dinner nightly. Truluck’s4Mizner Park x 351 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.391.0755 x Dinner nightly. The Whale Raw Bar & Fish House47619 State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.9190 x Lunch and Dinner daily. O

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Spirit Chairs Lisa Siemens and Kathy Green

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“Making our holidays something to look forward to, building wonderful family memories and passing along traditions are important to us, no matter how busy Jewish women are today,” -- Lisa Siemens, co-chair

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or women looking to explore delicious new ways to cook traditional Jewish holiday meals, the spirit of Passover will come a little early this year. Ladies of all ages are invited to “Spice It Up!” on March 24th at 7 p.m. at the Les Jardins Clubhouse in Boca Raton, as Chef Alan Bergman demonstrates creative cooking for memorable seders. “Making our holidays something to look forward to, building wonderful family memories and passing along traditions are important to us, no matter how busy Jewish women are today,” said co-chair Lisa Siemens.

“So we’ve created an evening to excite our senses and re-energize us for our Passover preparations. We’ll enjoy Kosher seder bites and leave with aromas, tastes and recipes to spice up our own Passover tables, and the couvert is only $36.” The evening is part of the Spirit & Spice series of The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Dorothy Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy and Metro Women, reaching women throughout the community with vibrant educational, social and philanthropic opportunities.

Chef Bergman, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University’s Providence Campus, returned to the school in 1999 as an instructor. His extensive experience includes tenures as an executive chef in restaurants and catering in London, Boston and Hartford. Spirit & Spice is underwritten by Wild Hare on St. Andrews and Boca Raton Community Hospital; The Boca Raton Observer is the exclusive media sponsor. O

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uring the Design Center of the Americas’ 2009 WinterMarket event, the center presented the 3rd annual “Stars of Design,” one of Florida’s most prestigious and coveted design industry awards. This year’s awards, held on January 21st, also included a special viewing of WEAVE, a collaborative exhibition with Dot Fiftyone Gallery, showcasing the works of 2009 Stars of Design recipient and artist, Andres Ferrandis. Charles S. Cohen, president and CEO of DCOTA, presented Crystal Stars awards to six of the most well-regarded designers in their fields: Andres Ferrandis (art), Kenneth J. Hirsch (architecture), Charles Allem (interior design), Troy Campbell (photography) and Paul Jacob (graphic design).

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BEAUTY Clint Moore Barber Frank Prine Salon The Kid Spa Salon Blu Spatique Skin Boutique by Caterina



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Retail Therapy Saks Fifth Avenue Event Supports Mental

Health Association Of Palm Beach County


alm Beach’s Saks Fifth Avenue recently hosted an afternoon of retail therapy, featuring a fashion presentation of the Akris Spring/Summer 2009 Collection at their Worth Avenue store. The event was held to benefit the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Palm Beach County. Saks Fifth Avenue General Manager Lori Berg introduced the new Akris collection. Also helping as host was community volunteer and MHA supporter Gail Worth. Ordained Episcopal clergywoman and member of the MHA Honor Council, Reverend Barbara Nielsen also helped host the event, which took place on the store’s second level; Nielsen provided tips on relaxation as guests enjoyed tea and finger sandwiches before viewing stunning Akris fashions.

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“The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County is extremely grateful for the beautiful fashion show by Akris and the lovely tea that Saks Fifth Avenue hosted in our honor to benefit MHA’s many programs throughout the county,” said Marjorie Silberman, MHA of Palm Beach County’s CEO. “MHA provides advocacy and education for the people in our area who need it most, so we are thrilled to have Saks Fifth Avenue as a community partner in our efforts to raise awareness about mental health issues and encourage would-be supporters.” The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, Inc., a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to promoting mental wellness for children, adults and families, and providing advocacy for those with mental disorders through education and cooperative planning. O

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Music Education For Foster Children


usic soothes the soul, and the Music Education for Foster Children’s Home Music instruction program allows foster children an opportunity that until now had been largely reserved for children fortunate enough to have the guidance and support of their own parents. Music Education for Foster Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing foster kids in Florida with the opportunity to learn, play, and appreciate music and, ultimately experience greater self-esteem, self-confidence and leadership skills. The music program is designed to take place in the foster child’s home, thus enabling thousands to obtain music lessons for the first time.

Students in top-quality music programs scored 22 percent better than students in deficient music programs, regardless of the school’s socioeconomic level or district. – The Music Educators National Conference

A majority of Fortune 500 companies have stated that, even more than reading and math, students in the United States need to learn the core skills of innovation to succeed in a competitive world economy. Music education provides skills such as imagining possibilities and developing the courage, persistence and discipline to pursue them; working as part of a team, integrating feedback and performing under pressure. The critical skills children develop when they struggle with an instrument, write a song or join a band are reported to be the same skills required to succeed in a creative economy. Many foster children come from disadvantaged backgrounds and difficult environments: Imagine what constructive musical outlets can do for these children as they try to process complex emotions, stay out of trouble and succeed in school. Before he was given a trumpet, Louis Armstrong was considered a juvenile delinquent. Music education has proven to increase concentration abilities as well as intuitive and conceptual thinking. O

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House Helpers JM Family Enterprises Dedicates Habitat For Humanity Homes


t was difficult having a family of six in a small, two-bedroom apartment. Then Aly Auguste saw a flier announcing Habitat for Humanity of Broward’s open enrollment. He applied, was accepted and three years later, his life is dramatically different. “Words can’t describe ‌ it is the most awesome feeling in the world,â€? said Auguste, who recently moved his family into a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in Oakland Park. His was one of four homes built in the past year by Habitat Broward and presenting sponsor JM Family Enterprises. The houses were dedicated on January 10th of this year. “We can say that we actually put our hands into our house, watched the dirt turn into walls and helped make it come together,â€? Auguste said. “There is so much less stress in all of our lives and we count our blessings every night.â€?

“Working with Habitat families to complete their homes is a celebration of joy and accomplishment for all of us. You see the smiles on their faces and the sense of pride they have in becoming homeowners.� — Colin Brown, JM Family, president and CEO

Using the power of sweat equity, JM Family associates – alongside the four families – built these residences from the ground up. An estimated 3,690 associate volunteer hours were spent on this year’s build, and the company has sponsored a total of 18 homes in Broward County. “Working hand in hand with our associates and our Habitat families to complete their homes is a celebration of joy and accomplishment for all of us,� said Colin Brown, JM Family president and CEO. “You see the smiles on their faces and the sense of pride they have in becoming homeowners. We encourage other organizations to partner with Habitat for Humanity. It is a great opportunity for team-building and camaraderie and, most importantly, you are making a meaningful difference in our community.� At the dedication ceremony, several people involved with the project spoke of the impact Habitat Broward has on the community. Speakers included Brown, Oakland Park Mayor Layne Dallett Walls, Habitat Broward Executive Director Jason Crush, Board Chair Kathy Craven and new homeowners.


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Animal Aid Tri-County Humane Society Holds FundRaising Event


he economy is struggling, posing a particular need to support homeless animals, according to the Tri-County Humane Society, a no-kill shelter located on Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton. Due to the large number of foreclosures, Tri-County has been taking in a record number of unwanted and abandoned animals. Simultaneously, the shelter’s donations are down by more than 70 percent. In an emergency effort to raise funds, the shelter will hold a fund-raising event on March 22nd at Boca West Country Club. All proceeds from the event will go toward food, shelter and medical care for the thousands of homeless, abused and abandoned animals rescued each year by the nokill shelter. The event is expected to be a fun gathering for animal lovers, featuring a cocktail reception with open bar, hors d’ouevres, a buffet dinner, entertainment, dancing and a live and silent auction – all with a “Dinner on the Range” theme. Honorary chair of the event is Peggy Henry of Boca Raton. “For many years, Peggy has been a proud sponsor of Tri-County and one of the shelter’s main benefactors,” said Jeannette Christos, founder and CEO of Tri-County Humane Society. “It is due to the dedication, compassion and help of generous, caring people like Peggy that we are able to continue our life-saving work.” Grand Marshalls of the event are Jay and Sharon DiPietro of Boca Raton. Grand Dog Marshalls are Tiger-Buddy and Franklin, four-legged canine kids of Jodi and Mike Levy of Boca Raton. “Now, more than ever, the shelter needs ‘angel animal guardians’ to help us through these difficult times,” Christos said. “Our capacity has been stretched to its limits, with more dogs and cats than ever being abandoned in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. We are literally fighting to keep our doors open, and we cannot do it without the help of the animal lovers in our community.” O



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Ladies Who Lunch Annual Event Raises Funds For Lymphoma Research


hose who attended the recent Third Annual Luncheon benefiting the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) helped raise close to $110,000 for critical lymphoma-focused research, according to event co-chairs Judy Bronsteen and Jane Yudell.

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For the third year in a row, the women of South Florida society gathered at the elegant St. Andrews County Club for a fashion show by Neiman Marcus, featuring spring trends and the opportunity to win amazing prizes via the “Unlock the Cure” treasure hunt. As in the past, attendees arrived from the immediate area, as well as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Canada. Judging from the soldout crowd, it’s evident that the luncheon has become one of South Florida’s must-attend events. Speakers included Errol M. Cook, chairman of LRF, Suzanne Bliss, president of LRF, and Michael Yudell, lymphoma survivor and son of Jane Yudell. Michael is the president of LRF’s Philadelphia/Delaware Valley chapter and has attended the luncheon each year to share his story of personal triumph over lymphoma. He also provided guests with updates about the progress of LRF-funded research. The Lymphoma Research Foundation is the nation’s largest voluntary health organization devoted exclusively to funding lymphoma research and providing patients and health-care professionals with critical information on the disease. LRF’s mission is to eradicate lymphoma and serve those touched by this disease. More than 85 cents of every dollar spent goes toward research and programming. As of the close of fiscal year 2007, LRF has funded more than $35 million in lymphoma-specific research. LRF also provides a comprehensive series of programs and services for patients, survivors and loved ones affected by lymphoma, including a toll-free Lymphoma Helpline and Clinical Trials Information Service, in-person patient education programs, Web casts teleconferences and support services. O

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Happy Trails Palm Trail Neighborhood Hosts 2009 Delray Beach Home Tour


nterior design fans, here’s a chance to satisfy your inner voyeur: The 2009 Delray Beach Home Tour, hosted by the Achievement Centers for Children & Families Foundation will be held in the Palm Trail neighborhood on March 4th and March 5th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Home Tour is the Achievement Center’s signature fund-raiser and attracts guests from throughout South Florida. It will feature eight spectacular homes, from contemporary styles to Amish craftsmanship. This year’s tour in Palm Trail is located between Atlantic Avenue and George Bush Boulevard, west of the Intracoastal Waterway. Eight homeowners will graciously open their doors and allow guests to peek inside.

From Left, Counterclockwise: Laurie Erickson, Lucie Carney, Kari Shipley, Laura Finn, Kathy Smith, Ann Bennett, Gay Bridges, Stephanie Seibel and Carole Everett

Tickets are $75 and include parking, trolley service between homes and a catered lunched underwritten by Kolter Communities. A raffle featuring prizes ranging from spa services to fine jewelry also will be held. Proceeds will benefit the Achievement Centers’ programs and services that serve low-income children and families. The 2009 Home Tour Chair is Kari Shipley. Committee members include Ann Bennett, Gay Bridges, Anne Bright, Lucie Carney, Gerry Ehrlich, Laurie Erickson, Carole Everett, Laura Finn, Tricia Irish, Barbara Murphy, Nancy Swaney, Kathy Smith and Mary Thistle. Title sponsor for the 2009 Home Tour is Anthony Wilson & HHC Florida. Additional sponsors include Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Northern Trust, Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley PA, The Colony Hotel & Cabana Club, Gulfstream Business Bank, Beach Property Owners Association, Inc., Carney Legal Group PA, Dr. Thomas F. Carney, Devitt, Thistle & Devitt PA, Gold Coast Federal Credit Union, Island Air Conditioning, Mouw Associates, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Carl Touhey, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Finn, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Epstein, Mr. and Mrs. Reeve Bright, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Weidenfeld, Mrs. Peg Bowen, Mrs. Phyllis Carey, Mr. and Mrs. Martin O’Boyle, and Ms. Gerry Ehrlich. The Achievement Centers for Children & Families is a nonprofit social services agency that provides services to educate, train, and support at-risk children, youth and families. O

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Tee Time Dwight Stephenson Hall Of Fame Golf Classic Date Set


ome of America ’s greatest football stars will tee off at the 2009 Dwight Stephenson Hall of Fame Golf Classic. They’ll walk the greens on April 6th at the Weston Hills Country Club after enjoying a VIP reception on April 5th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Star athletes joining Dwight Stephenson at the two-day fund-raiser include Cornelius Bennett, Bennie Blades, Kim Bokamper, Marvin Brown, Bob Brudzinski, Jeff Dellenbach, Troy Drayton, Mark Duper, Manny Fernandez, Darrell Fullington, Hugh Green, John Hannah, Jim Jensen, James Jones, Terry Kirby, Bob Kuechenberg, Larry Little, Dan Marino, Curtis McGriff, George Mira, Nat Moore, Earl Morrall, Eugene “Mercury” Morris, Don Nottingham, John Offerdahl, Joe Rose, Twan Russell, Don Shula, Dwight Stephenson, Lawrence Taylor and Lorenzo White.

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“We’re very appreciative of the tremendous support from community businesses and individuals that help make the Hall of Fame Golf classic a success each year. Since our event is managed entirely by volunteers, we are able to contribute 100 percent of the profits to charitable organizations that are so much in need of our support.” — Dwight Stephenson

Stephenson and wife, Dinah, of Delray Beach established the Dwight Stephenson Foundation to expand their community service. The foundation has created an opportunity to engage more professional athletes in philanthropy to help raise money for needy children and families. The mission of the Dwight Stephenson Foundation is to leverage the sports and business communities to raise money to help support programs for children and families in the areas of education, health and human services in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The foundation’s 2008 golf classic raised close to $100,000 and supported charities in Broward County, including the American Diabetes Foundation of Broward, the Boys & Girls Club of Broward and Palm Beach Counties, the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Broward and the Urban League of Broward. Sponsorships and golf packages are available for the 2009 event. O

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Go For Gold Office Depot Foundation Donates $5,000 To Golden Bell Education Foundation


he Office Depot Foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Bell Education Foundation. The check was given in conjunction with the grand opening of Office Depot’s global headquarters at 6600 North Military Trail in Boca Raton. Every year at the GBRCC’s September membership breakfast, the funds collected for Golden Bell are granted to local public schools. Typically, 200 members attend this breakfast to witness the schools receiving their funds. This year, the September Golden Bell breakfast will be held on September 10th.

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Most of the funds contributed to the Golden Bell Education Foundation are donated by the City of Boca Raton. The remainder of the grants comes from various Golden Bell fund-raiser events, generous corporate contributors and private donors. The Office Depot Foundation’s contribution was made in support of its “5 X 5 Program” of strategic priorities, which includes efforts to strengthen local communities and help children get ready for life and work. The foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) foundation that serves as the independent charitable giving arm of Office Depot, Inc. In keeping with its mission, “Listen Learn Care”, the foundation strives to make a positive impact on many lives in many communities around the world. The foundation supports a variety of programs that enhance the quality of life for children, strengthen communities, encourage local and global economic growth, and empower schools and civil society (nonprofit) organizations. The Golden Bell Education Foundation was formed by the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce in 1991 to support the Boca Raton Public School system. Since its inception, Golden Bell has granted more than $904,000 to local public schools.

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big mission calls for someone with an even bigger heart. 8th Annual Men with Caring Hearts Awards Luncheon Presented by Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. Friday April 24th. 11:30 am–1:30pm. Woodfield Country Club, Boca Raton.

Honoring Duane Stiller, winner of the 2009 Biggest Heart Award. Recognizing outstanding volunteers from 30 local non-profit organizations. For sponsorship or ticket information, please call 561.391.7274 ext.125, All proceeds benefit Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, serving under-privileged children in Boca Raton for 38 years. Co-Chairs: Teri Hardin and Lynn R. Hover. Planning Committee: Kathy Adkins, Ila Fox Ardleigh, Linda Behmoiras, Steve Brown, Kelli-Ann Bloechinger, Lori Cabrera, Caron Dockerty, Tom Ehrbar, Karen and Jay Foreman, Gregory Fried, James Fritz, Peggy Henry, Lauren Johnson, Elyssa Kupferberg, Neil Meany, Michele Corcione Penbe, Carrie Rubin, Marisa Silver, Ann Turnoff and Denise Zimmerman. Jewelry Sponsors: Gregory’s Fine Jewelry. Media Sponsors: The Boca Raton Observer and Sun-Sentinel










March 14 Artist Bonnie Raitt is a lady who sings the blues: Best known for songs including Something To Talk About, Nick of Time, Love Sneaking Up on You and I Can’t Make You Love Me, the best-selling singer and songwriter has received nine Grammy Awards and in 2000 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The prolific artist also is a gifted actress, a political activist and a dynamic performer. Catch her show at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre, where the doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7825; March 7, 14, 17, 19, 21, 23, 31 Panthers Hockey Game times vary. March 13 Playhouse Disney LIVE! Shows begin at 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 26-29 Disney On Ice-Worlds Of Fantasy Show times vary.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; BLADES OF GLORY: Disney On Ice-Worlds of Fantasy takes place March 26th through March 29th at the BankAtlantic Center.

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March 20-22 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game times vary.

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March 27 Monsters Vs. Aliens 3D When a woman is hit by a meteor filled with outer-space gunk, she mysteriously grows to 49-feet tall. She’s then confined with a ragtag

March 11 The Boston Pops (Au-Rene Theater) Celebrated conductor Keith Lockhart leads the legendary Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Show begins at 8 p.m. March Paula Poundstone (Amaturo Theater) Show begins at 8 p.m.

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2267 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami, 305-623-6100; March 14-18 World Baseball Classic Game times vary. March 28-29 4th Annual Jazz In The Garden Show times vary.

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03.09 The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-832-7469; March 8 An Evening With Marvin Hamlisch Show begins at 8 p.m. March 13 Kodo One Earth Tour-North America 2009 The Kodo Drummers of Japan perform. Show begins at 8 p.m. March 25 An Evening With Patti LuPone And Mandy Patinkin Show begins at 7 p.m.

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March 1-29 Dangerous Caldwell Theatre Company depicts this tale of lust and betrayal in the decadent underworld of Weimar, Germany in the 1930s. Adult content and nudity. For more information, call 561-241-7432 or visit

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March 7 The American Red Cross 26th Annual South County Gala Enjoy live music (from Bach to rock) and a lavish three-course feast at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are $250. For more information, call 561-718-5602. March 7 4th Annual Sea Turtle Day Kick off the 2009 turtle-nesting season at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center with exhibits, educational talks, food and more. Takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 561-338-1473 or visit March 12-22 Other People’s Money Presented by the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, this romantic dramedy tells the tale of a corporate raider who threatens to take over a couple’s small business while trying to woo their daughter. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-347-3948 or visit

03.09 March 13 The Vagina Monologues Presented by Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, Eve Ensler’s award-winning production takes place at the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center. Proceeds benefit Women in Distress and the V-Day Foundation. For more information, call 954-462-0222 or visit

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March 14 3rd Annual Monopoly Event & Casino Game Night Enjoy gaming, live entertainment, caricature drawings, silent and Chinese auctions and more. Proceeds to benefit Boca Helping Hands. Takes place at Boca Country Club. For more information, call 561-417-5343 or visit


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March 14 Annual Kids In Distress Monarch Gala Enjoy an evening of food, live and silent auctions, casino gaming and dancing at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Takes place at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $350 or $3,500 per table. For more information, call 954-3907654 or visit March 14 Jamaica Me Irish 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Party Head to Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach to celebrate the cultures of Ireland and Jamaica during Florida’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Takes place from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-279-0907. March 16 From Survival To Success Former TV reporter and motivational speaker Ken Okel’s program will emphasize how best to deal with life changes, and enhance self-improvement and communication skills. Takes place at the Delray Beach Public Library. For more information, call 561-266-9490 or visit March 20 Muxo Handbags Trunk Show At Alene Too Featuring a personal appearance by handbag designer Camila Alves. For more information, call 561-394-0899 or visit

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03.09 March 20 Second Annual Cattle Barons’ Ball Hosted by the South Palm Beach Unit of the American Cancer Society, the event takes place at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center. Takes place at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-394-7751. March 20-22 Palm Beach Fine Crafts Show This juried event features more than 120 artisans offering unique pieces ranging from $200 to more than $50,000. Tickets are $15; $13 for seniors; children under 12 are free. For more information, call 561366-3000 or March 22 6th Annual Jacob’s Run, Walk & Roll This family day includes a paved run and walk, barbecue lunch, raffle and silent auction to benefit spinal muscular atrophy. Takes place at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton at 9:30 a.m. Fee is $25 for adults, $10 for children (under 2 are free). For more information, call 561-6497444 or visit March 22 The Conservatory At Lynn University Presents The Piano: Poetry & Power This annual celebration of piano features performances by students and faculty. Takes place at Lynn’s AmarnickGoldstein Concert Hall in the de Hoernle International Center. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 561-237-9000 or visit

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March 22 Tri-County Humane Society’s Save Our Shelter (SOS) Fund-Raising Event Join animal lovers at the Boca West Country Club for a cocktail reception with open bar, hors d’ouevres, a buffet dinner, entertainment, dancing and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the no-kill shelter. Tickets are $160 person. For more information, call 561-482-8110. March 24 The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s March Smart Talk For Women The topic: Building Sales One Relationship At A Time. Takes place at the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s boardroom. Starts at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased online in

03.09 advance. For more information, call 561395-4433 or visit March 26 Adolph & Rose Levis JCC Annual Women’s Seder A festive night of singing, prayer, food and more. Takes place at the Congregation B’nai Israel at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50; $30 for girls 13 to 17. For more information, call 561-558-2504. March 26 Robb & Stucky’s Design Seminar Designing Out Of The Box: The Bedroom Design consultant Derick Bolinder illustrates innovative ways to outfit your bedroom. Takes place at 2 p.m. at the Palm Beach Gardens store on Design Center Drive. For more information, call 561-904-7200. March 26-29 24th Annual Palm Beach Boat Show One of the country’s top 10 boat shows, the event features more than $300 million of boats, super yachts and accessories from marine manufacturers worldwide. More than 900 boats will be on display. For more information, call 954-764-7262 or visit March 27 Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Ultimate Sports Auction This event features current and former players, coaches and executives from the Miami Heat, Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and University of Miami Hurricanes. Hosted by Emmy Awardwinning broadcaster James “JB” Brown. For more information, call 888-773-9474. March 30 Unicorn Foundation’s First Annual Golf Tournament Enjoy a buffet luncheon, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, an awards party and live and silent auctions. Proceeds to benefit the children’s charity. Entry fee is $500 per golfer. Takes place at The Falls Country Club in Lake Worth. For more information, call 561-620-9377. March 30-31 Freud’s Last Session Palm Beach Dramaworks will present readings of Mark St. Germain’s new play, including a post-show discussion with Germain. For more information, call 561-5144042 or visit O

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the Jewish Federation of south palm beach county’s major Gifts evening of valor More than 300 donors gathered at the Polo Club of Boca Raton to hear speaker Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Holocaust survivor and lifelong human rights champion. The event was chaired by Rani Garfinkle and Robin & Warren Struhl. 1/ B  elow, From Left: Rani Garfinkle, Ellen R. Sarnoff and Robin Struhl; Above, From Left: Al Gortz, Warren Struhl, Elie Wiesel, Stewart Harris, Tom Kaplan, Ken Pritzker and Norman Steinberg 2/ Elaine Stein Roberts and Bernard Roberts 3/ P  rofessor Elie Wiesel 4/ Rani Garfinkle 5/ Al Gortz, Tom Kaplan, Ken Pritzker, and Robin Struhl 6/ Elie Wiesel and Robin & Warren Struhl 7/ Elie Wiesel and Marilyn & Jack Pechter






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Nat King Cole Generation Hope’s Inaugural Black and White Gala Guests enjoyed star-studded entertainment, a silent auction, dinner and dancing at The Forge in Miami Beach to raise funds for Nat King Cole Generation Hope, a nonprofit foundation that benefits music education in South Florida schools. 1/ N  ikki Pulitzer and Michael Kagdis 2/ Al & Nancy Malnik 3/ Cool, Dre, Dennis Lambert and Eddie Montilla 4/ M  elanie Fiona and Siedah Garrett 5/ Mrs. Nat King Cole and Madelyn Savarick 6/ W  illard Shepard and Lisette Carlo





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bethenny frankel’s Naturally Thin book-signing at Alene too Fashionable women gathered at Alene Too in Boca Raton to shop, enjoy healthy treats and have books signed by Bethenny Frankel, natural food chef and star of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City. A percentage of the proceeds benefited Boca Raton Community Hospital’s Go Pink Challenge. 1/ Stacey Udine and Bethenny Frankel 2/ Amy Ross, Bethenny Frankel and Robin Rubin 3/ Linda Behmoiras, Bethenny Frankel, Debbie Weisman and Lizzy Schwartz 4/ Yvonne Boice and Bethenny Frankel 5/ Maryann Morgan Fried and Dr. Shari Topper 6/ Denise Zimmerman and Bethenny Frankel 7/ Alene Too Staff From Left: Maddy Dubin, Linda Criscuolo, Stacey Segal, Lizzy Schwartz, Bethenny Frankel, Debbie Weisman, Karen Telsey, Cathy Edelman and Maxine Schwartz



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Boca Grove Plantation

7810 Afton Villa Ct

Bronson Steven N & Kimberly A

Solomon Lawrence & Karen

Boca Isles South

20076 Ocean Key Dr

Banet Rafael M R

Thompson Robert I & Elizabeth A

Boca Marina Yacht Club

656 Boca Marina Ct

Esplyack Co LTD

Cartus Corp

Boca Pointe CC - Hamlet

7790 Tennyson Ct

Mandel Joseph & Gilda R

Reicher Julius A

Boca Raton Por La Mar

740 W Palm Ave

Plotka Robert A & Candyce

Ross David R & Valerie H




Boca Raton Racquet & Sailing

1920 SW 7th St

Seiderman Steven

Allegra Robert V & Lisa M




Boca West CC - Chapel Creek

19236 Chapel Creek Dr

Ls Residence Trust

Caparelli Marsha A




Bristol Pointe

16186 Bristol Pointe Dr

Smukler Avram & Joanne

Mineau Marc & Diane B




Le Lac

6032 Le Lac Rd

Hodari Daniel & Lisa S

Pacana Richard & Carla




Mizner Country Club

8807 Valhalla Dr

Peles Shachar & Nicole

Crha Jiri & Marcela




New Floresta

2628 NW 27th Ter

Roach Brian L & Stacie

Nordin Jason R & Janene H





1200 Parkside Ave

Gironta Antony

Vincent Daniel J & Yadira L




Polo Club - Royal Palm Cove

17157 Royal Cove Way

Hochman Barbara M

Frank Gerald & Rochelle




Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club

377 E Coconut Palm Rd

Ripps Andrew S

Smith David D




Saturnia Isles

15782 Viana Winds Pt

Bland Giancarlo & Sarah

Gold Ronald S




Saturnia Isles

9529 New Waterford Cv

Getz Jonathan E & Georgina S

Destefano Sal & Elizabeth R





6398 NW 32nd Ter

Sanchioni Richard E Jr Trust

Magen Theodore




St Andrews Country Club

17698 Foxborough Ln

Rudes Kenneth

Rosen Lee S & Julia




The Oaks at Boca Raton

17838 Monte Vista Dr

Taflevich Aleksandr & Olga

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Woodfield CC - Victoria Isles

5700 NW 42nd Ct

Scher Mark & Beth

Fineman Norman R & Elaine




Woodfield Hunt Club

3210 Saint Charles Pl

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Creative Endeavor

All Roads Lead To The Boca Museum Of Art By Patricia Eddinger Jakubek


igns of Boca Raton’s art scene began in the 1920s, when a group of ladies formed a Women’s Club and set about developing a small community library. Club members searched for books throughout town and beyond and volunteered to serve as librarians. They spent a good deal of effort preparing the space located upstairs in the Town Hall, which was then the engineer’s office and now serves as the Boca Raton Historical Society’s administrative office. The women held musicals using local talent, and the price of admission was a donated book. But with the economic bust of the 1920s, support for the library disappeared. Art continued to take a backseat by the early 1940s, when the United States declared war and throughout

Florida there was a race to build bases and train soldiers. Soon after the end of World War II and the closing of the Boca Raton Army Airfield, the Boca Raton Hotel and Club removed the furniture used by soldiers and set about getting ready to reopen for season. A number of soldiers and officers had gotten “sand in their shoes” and decided to make a home in the little town of Boca Raton. My father was one of them. As the rhythm of a new life developed and folks got to know one another, a close-knit community began to grow – and so did a renewed interest in the arts. A number of ladies formed the Women’s Christian and Civic Club to raise money for a library and an art guild. Mrs. Roberta MacSpadden (whose husband built the Boca

Raton Army Airfield in 1942) served as its first president. The ladies of Boca Raton were on a mission to revitalize the administration building of the former Palmetto Park Housing Project (which later became the Garden Apartments). In September 1947 a Category Four hurricane ripped the roof off the building and once again the library was closed. But, by the next year, a new library opened in Town Hall, and ever since we’ve had one for citizens to use and enjoy. During that year, the Art Guild and Library Board separated; the money raised was divided and a library was built at the corner of Northwest Second Avenue and Northwest First Street. It has continued to expand and will be updated in the future.

The Art Guild invested in six lots on West Palmetto Park Road, where the Art School is today. By the fall of 1962, the new studio was dedicated but soon outgrew the space. Additional space became necessary and three studio classrooms were built; another expansion took place in the late 1980s. The organization also changed its name to the Boca Raton Museum of Art. On January 24, 2001, after much fund-raising and city support, the 44,000-square-foot Boca Raton Museum of Art opened debt-free in Mizner Park. It sits on a 5.7-acre site with an outdoor amphitheater and continues to showcase a permanent collection of fine art, visiting exhibits and an annual show by the local Artists’ Guild. O

To learn more about the history of Boca Raton, visit Old Town Hall at 71 North Federal Highway, call 561-395-6766 or visit


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Boca Raton Observer Magazine MARCH 2009  

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