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The Art of Worth Avenue Style

The revered Norton Museum of Art is the backdrop for the haute couture of Palm Beach and Worth Avenue. Photography By EDUARDO REZENDE


Best of Boca

Chefs and stylemakers, activists and entrepreneurs, crooks and swindlers: Boca had them all over the past year, as the region finally welcomed a return to its chaotic normal. By TYLER CHILDRESS, MARIE SPEED and JOHN THOMASON


Storm Warning

Their surnames live on in local infamy—Andrew, Ivan, Wilma—while others predate the naming system. But as our historian explores, monster hurricanes have threatened, battered and reshaped South Florida for more than a century. By ELIOT KLEINBERG


Sizzling Summer

It’s peak barbecue time. Let the season go up in smoke with tips, tricks and recipes from the top pitmasters in the Palm Beaches. By CHRISTIE GALEANO-DEMOTT


Florida Style & Design As distinctions between interior and exterior continue to blur, these homes, designers and products provide a handy resource for living en plein air. By CHRISTIE GALEANO-DEMOTT

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The relentless churn of Season is over, and the next one is right around the corner. Savor this precious summer slowdown while we still have one. By MARIE SPEED

141 Florida Table

See what our food critic has to say about Coco Sushi Lounge and Patio Tapas. Plus, discover new ways to dice up our favorite summer fruit, and learn about the trendiest of wines in Rosés 101. By CHRISTIE GALEANO-DEMOTT

25 The Local

Meet an inventor with a concrete solution for climate change, a scientist who digs up local history, and an artist with cinematic ambitions. Plus, summer survival strategies, a seasonal take on pizza, and much more. By TYLER CHILDRESS, MARIE SPEED and

168 Social

Signature fundraisers for HomeSafe, the Fuller Center, the Hanley Foundation and the Junior League netted hundreds of thousands of dollars for essential causes.



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176 Hometown Hero

A former New York Knicks dance captain and Radio City Rockette kicks Lynn University’s performing arts up a notch. Plus, our July/August A&E calendar spotlights Roger Waters, Boca Ballet Theatre, Fourth of July celebrations and 25+ more events. By JOHN THOMASON


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Philanthropy and civic engagement provide a generous book publisher with her own chicken soup for the soul. By MARIE SPEED


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D I S C OV E R T H E 2 20 C O L L E CT I O N , R ES I D E N C ES U N L I K E A N Y OT H E RS The 220 Collection elevates the quintessential Boca Raton lifestyle to the ultimate level of luxury in a limited number of one-of-a-kind residences and penthouses. Featuring expansive private terraces – all with summer kitchens and many with plunge pools – they provide an elegant setting for relaxing and dining in the fresh air with family and friends. A variety of panoramic views, including over the Boca Raton Resort & Club, downtown Boca Raton, and the Atlantic Ocean, are as inspiring from the terraces as they are from exquisitely designed and thoughtfully upgraded interiors wrapped in floor-to-ceiling windows.


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Launched in early 2020, Boca Goes Live is still keeping you connected to the community through conversations streamed live on Facebook with a curated roster of some of South Florida’s leading officials, entertainers and innovators. Follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss new entries, and visit live to see the full library of videos and watch them on demand.


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Think our dining guide is long? You haven’t seen anything until you’ve visited our digital version. We’ve got critic-reviewed restaurants from Jupiter to Miami on the web. Visit the Dining Guide tab to view the guide.

City Watch Boca Raton is anything but sleepy, and Randy Schultz is the go-to for all the city politics, development and business news you need to know. For updates delivered straight to your email every Tuesday and Thursday, visit the City Watch tab on our website.

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ack pain sends people to their beds, restricts the ability to work and drives some sufferers to use dangerous amounts of addictive painkillers. While you may think nothing can alleviate your pain, the experts at Marcus Neuroscience Institute, established at Boca Raton Regional Hospital — one of two Joint Commission-accredited comprehensive spine centers in Palm Beach County and one of just 101 in the nation — can help. “We offer the full spectrum of spine procedures, from the most complex spine deformity cases to the most basic,” says Frank Vrionis, M.D., neurosurgeon and director of the Institute. “And with our new, very sophisticated robotic system, we perform as many minimally invasive procedures as possible. This is particularly beneficial to our aging population, because it reduces the risk of infection and shortens hospital stays.”

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The Institute also participates in clinical trials for a variety of back problems and is leading research with engineers from Florida Atlantic University, looking at biomechanical studies to analyze how different forces affect the spine. “The Institute draws international patients seeking high-level neurosurgical treatment. There’s no need for anyone in our community to travel elsewhere to seek treatment for a back issue,” Dr. Vrionis says. “And, while there are times it is safe to wait to treat back pain, there are some causes that require immediate intervention. My advice is don’t wait to get checked out. We can make an assessment and move forward from there.” Marcus Neuroscience Institute’s spine team is led by Frank D. Vrionis, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., Institute director and chairman of the department of neurosurgery. Other team members include neurosurgeons Evan M. Packer, M.D., director of neurosurgery, Timothy Miller Jr., M.D., M.S., Brian M. Snelling, M.D., and Lloyd Zucker, M.D.

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Summertime Indulge yourself in the Big Hot Florida Slowdown; we deserve it. Written by MARIE SPEED

ummertime, when the living is easy…”It says so right there, in the famous song: Summer should be easy. It should be the time we slow down, splash around in the shallow end of just about everything, and dedicate ourselves to sheer unmitigated laziness. I know this because I am an expert at doing nothing, and I am not ashamed of this. I know no one likes to admit being a little less active than a garden vegetable in a world of Type A cyclists and Wordle players, but that is who I am this time of year, and I’m actually proud of it. Not everyone can do this. Doing nothing is a natural response when the humidity thickens and the heat rises, and the sky turns a dull milky white. You walk to the car and it’s like swimming slow-motion in Jell-o. You check the mailbox and come back with your hair sopping wet. Your dog disappears under the bed. These are the times when less is more: learning the art of watching the light change on the ceiling; scrolling through the Reels videos with sharks in them on your iPhone; taking serial naps; going through your sock drawer one more time to see if you dropped a lost earring there. There are movie trailers to watch on Netflix, and you can stretch reading the Palm Beach Post, now roughly the thickness of the White Album, to almost two hours on a Sunday. But these quiet lazy days are over almost before they begin, sad as that is. Pretty soon it’s September, and then the holiday season, the South Florida social whirl kicking in just as we were getting used to The Longest Day. In that vein, we want to point out we are debuting our Palm Beach Charity Register with our next issue (September-October), a listing of all the events/galas/fundraisers scheduled for this winter Season—the opposite of sleepytime summer. Check out for details on how to participate. In the meantime, I’ll be relishing these last days of kicking back and whiling away the hours, the high drama of the day watching afternoon storm clouds roll in. There’s something to be said for slowing down and breathing in summer; it’s a gift. And I wish that for all of you.




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Thank You Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation wants to thank and honor our extraordinary donors who have given a gift of $1 million or more to Boca Regional.† Your continued dedication has enabled our hospital to be the preeminent regional leader in healthcare delivery and the hospital of choice for patients, physicians, employees and volunteers. We are truly grateful for all that you do. † As of May 11, 2022

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Don’t-Miss Summer Events

THE PALM BEACH SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, “RICHARD II,” July 7-24, 8 p.m., Seabreeze Amphitheater, 750 S. A1A, Jupiter, This festival marks its 32nd anniversary this year, and the live Shakespearean classic is presented in partnership with Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation. Performances are free, but a $5 donation per person is suggested. Wethinks you will like this.

UNDERWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL, July 8-9, Looe Key Reef Park, Looe Key Reef Dive Center, 27340 Overseas Highway, 305/872-2215. Prepare to go down under in the Keys this summer—for six hours of music played underwater with (fancy) Lubell laboratory speakers hung beneath boats. The overall idea is to promote marine preservation, but there’s not a better quirky Keys event than this. Contact local dive shops and charter boats for transportation for swimmers, divers and snorkelers to the reef, which is a few miles offshore.

CATCH A SHOOTING STAR at the most stunning summer light show. The Perseids meteor shower starts in mid-July but peaks in mid-August, with up to 100 meteors streaking across the sky every hour at a speed of 37 miles per second. The showers are best seen in the pre-dawn hours, and no, no one cares if you are still wearing your pajamas.

Locals sound off on issues affecting our community.

What is your favorite summer survival tip? “My one tip for surviving summer, professionally speaking, is to embrace the lulls that often come with summer and find ways to work in a little more relaxation, even if it’s signing off of emails a little early, or a little longer lunch break. Season will be here before we know it.”

“I never leave the house without my Tervis tumbler filled with cold water. Tervis tumblers are insulated to keep beverages cold for hours and even more stylish if it’s my custom Witches of Delray Tervis tumbler! A Florida witch should hydrate in style!”

—Andi DeVoe, Founder, Delray Witches’ Ride

—Lindsey Roland Nieratka, Sustainability Manager, City of Boca Raton


—Larry Carrino, President, Brustman Carrino PR

“My summer survival tip is, despite the heat, making sure to still get out into nature every day by either cooling off in the ocean or visiting one of Boca’s many shady parks. My family’s current favorite Boca park for playing in the shade is J. Patrick Lynch Golden Fig Park.”


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Summer Style Watch

Celebrate a summer stay-cation with a shopping trip to One Door North, a just-opened luxury lifestyle boutique that is part of the Ray Hotel. The brand-new Delray shop (see looks below) at 253 N.E. Second Ave., is Menin’s latest venture, with beachwear, swimwear, accessories, beauty, home decor and gifts, for both men and women. Real shoes are suspended until October; wear flipflops only. Mount Gay is introduced as a valid dietary supplement.

Bad literature is permissible, particularly on the beach.

Mikoh Tansy Dress $235

Mikoh Atoll Maxi Dress $245

9seed caftan $196

Artesano Sua Small Tote $220 Tkees Emma Sandal $65 Artesano Exuma Hat $280

All outdoors work needs to be completed by 11 a.m. Water is a critical accessory at any and all times, preferably in a Yeti cup.

ROTTEN TOMATOES’ TOP 10 SUMMER MOVIES Dirty Dancing The Endless Summer Last Summer Meatballs Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation National Lampoon’s Vacation One Crazy Summer On Golden Pond Space Camp Summer of 42

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WHEN: July 7-17 WHERE: Seabreeze Amphitheater, 750 State Road A1A, Jupiter COST: Free, with suggested $5 donation CONTACT:


Never short on controversy, William Shakespeare’s first history play captures the final tempestuous years of the monarch’s reign. Richard II may have been ordained by God, but he is a victim of his own vanity— and the machinations of the noblemen eager to exploit his weaknesses. “Richard II”contains some of the Bard’s richest language, and when it is produced, it has a habit of reverberating with present conflicts.“Richard is forced to watch his world change before his eyes,”says Trent Stephens, director of this production for Shakespeare by the Sea.“The deposition scene in the play was used during the Essex Rebellion of 1601, inciting rebellion which threatened the life of Queen Elizabeth I. The play’s electricity resurfaced again two years ago at the Public Theater in New York during the Black Lives Matter protests. The play is about our need to keep power in check and to tell the past what our future is going to be.”

WHEN: July 13-31 WHERE: Actors

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It’s easy to forget that Hank Williams died at 29, because his music conveyed a veritable lifetime of emotional summits and sorrows. His fragile warble, flickering near its breaking point on “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” could have been that of an octogenarian bluesman’s front-porch swan song. Instead, it came from a young man whom some called the “Hillbilly Shakespeare,” and who all but invented country music for a generation of listeners. This absorbing bio-musical by longtime musicians and admirers Randal Myler and Mark Harelik features 27 songs by Williams and his contemporaries, and charts his journey from his Alabama upbringing through his ascent to the Grand Ole Opry and his ravaged twilight.


WHEN: July 22-24 WHERE: Hard Rock Stadium, 347 Don


Shula Drive, Miami Gardens COST: $329-$1,299 CONTACT: Returning to its original stomping grounds at Hard Rock Stadium, the country’s preeminent rap and hip-hop festival boasts a lineup featuring three of the genre’s heaviest hitters on the top line—Ye (fka Kanye West), Future and Kendrick Lamar—and is bolstered by a plethora of other notable names underneath, from 2 Chainz to Gucci Mane to Pompano Beach’s own Kodak Black. The 2022 iteration of this nearly decade-old festival is sure to satisfy the rabid fans lucky enough to snag tickets. Slightly unhinged but never boring, this year’s event will likely feature a number of surprise appearances from further titans of rap culture and will continue to set the social-media-friendly standard for hypebeasts from South Florida and around the world.

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“Battle Royale” by Wardell Milan at “Lux et Veritas”


WHEN: Now-Oct. 23 WHERE: NSU Art Museum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale COST: $8-$12, $5 for students CONTACT: 954/525-5500,

The title of this exhibition translates to“Light and Truth,”which are exactly what its 21 featured artists have brought to the discourse and appreciation of contemporary art. All are artists of color, and all attended the Yale School of Art for graduate studies between 2000 and 2010. Traditionally something of a lily-white institution, this esteemed art school has diversified in large part thanks to the efforts of artists like these, who formed affiliations, communities and friendships within its hallowed halls, while expanding its guest-artists slate and curricula to include everyone. And, of course, they made exceptional art, as these works by Mike Cloud, Mickalene Thomas, Kehinde Wiley and many more reveal.

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Holistic Health— With a Dash of Magic

Metaphysical Healing Institute of Palm Beach offers guidance for those looking to take their health into their own hands


long North Dixie Highway in Lantana, a nondescript white office building sits next to the garage of an auto and tire store—the name above the door reads: Metaphysical Healing Institute of Palm Beach (MHIPB). A fractal triangle juxtaposes the unusual name, and behind the glass double doors is a holistic world willed into existence by its founder, Nicole Zuralow. “Coming from a marketing background, it’s definitely not a name I would recommend for a business to use,” says Zuralow, who founded the institute in 2018 as a space for growth and transformation.“This place is like a toolbox; people come in here and they do the work, and we help guide them.” The work, which Zuralow has completed herself, is geared toward reaching an “undoing” process, which she describes as“being ready to go into the hard stuff and really take a look at yourself and be responsible for the things you’ve created in your life and the changes you’re willing to make.”The “tools”that the institute offers include acupuncture, massage therapy, life coaching, breathwork and more. Zuralow, 38, is a long way from her previous, hectic career in sales for the food and beverage industry. There is no hint of the fast-paced life in the deep, soothing blue of her office walls or the idyllic Japanese screen painting of a peacock on the wall. Nor in the lobby of the institute, where golden Budhha paintings and a bright, kaleidoscopic mandala adorn the walls. This is a place of peace, and she is its keeper. Zuralow has been honing her holistic craft for 14 years, from traveling India to sitting with shamans of plant medicine in South America. But despite all of the globe-trotting grandeur, Zuralow’s journey started in the quainter suburbs of Farifax, Virginia, where she had a childhood that she describes as lightly supervised and a“barefoot-in-the-creek kind of thing”and then on to a course in Buddhism at Mary Baldwin College (MBC) which she credits as planting the seed of spirituality. After studying at MBC, Zuralow moved to South Florida to finish her education in marketing and graphic design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. After graduating, she landed a cushy sales job for a vodka company and began working on the side as a transformation coach, taking courses in gratitude training and mindset management á la Tony Robbins. “I was always working on myself before I became a

Spirituality is like the sprinkles that go on top. You can have sprinkles or no sprinkles; it’s your choice.” —Nicole Zuralow

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teacher,”says Zuralow, and that her training allowed her to“see what was working in [her] life and what wasn’t, and take accountability for those things.” This meant leaving a job that was not in line with her passion.“Having the job and the salary, and the title, are all things that society teaches us that we’re supposed to do and have and that make us successful, but what I was really feeling was that I wasn’t successful at all, and I started to wonder why that was.” In 2018, her boyfriend passed away suddenly, and she describes this loss resonating as a voice screaming at “max volume”that she needed to make a change.“I needed something to occupy my mind, because otherwise I was going to spiral into a really bad depression,” says Zuralow.“Looking back on it now, I don’t even know how I did it,”she says, citing the 14-hour workdays she put in during the early days of setting up the business, a flood during the first year, and then the next disaster, COVID. But despite these setbacks, the institute was able to flourish.“We built this business really during COVID, and I think that’s important, because it’s a testament to … where people are moving toward as far as the way that they look at their health.” The MHIPB’s holistic approach to health is not new but is slowly gaining mainstream acceptance. Johns Hopkins University has developed its own alternative medicine program, which includes more spiritual health practices like Reiki healing. But spirituality, Zuralow says, is not a requirement for clients at the MHIPB. “Spirituality is like the sprinkles that go on top,” she says.“You can have sprinkles or no sprinkles; it’s your choice.” Zuralow says she focuses on meeting clients “where they’re at,”and that regardless of spiritual or religious background, all are welcome to practice at the institute. Zuralow herself is a practitioner of numerous modalities, with a shelf in her office nearly overflowing with framed certifications in techniques including Reiki, hypnotherapy and emotional freedom techniques. For Zuralow, modalities like the ones offered at the institute are what ultimately allowed her the ability to transform her own life.“I was able to heal and get past so much of that depression and darkness in a way that is still mind-blowing to me,” she says, adding that she’s found peace after discovering the tools to “transmute that energy, that darkness, into light.”



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Down to Earth Alanna Lecher is measuring rising water—and what’s next for underground Florida Written by MARIE SPEED


he doesn’t exactly see dead people, but Alanna Lecher, 34, is often up to her elbows in their lives. Lecher is an associate professor of environmental science at Lynn University—and a self-described nerd—who has been working lately with archaeologists on a shell midden to see if groundwater is rising here and, if so, how it affects our local archaeological sites. (Which, by the way, are all over the place.) A shell midden is a depository of shells and bones and other refuse discarded by indigenous early inhabitants, in this case the Jaega and Tequesta tribes, who lived here thousands of years ago until their gradual disappearance after the Spanish arrived.

—Alanna Lecher

HOW IT WORKS: “Groundwater is going to flow to the ocean. As sea level rises [through melting glaciers and warmer expanding water], that discharge to the ocean slows. ... What we found is that over time, as sea level rises, that makes the elevation between land and sea smaller because the sea is coming up. You get less groundwater discharge, and that raises the groundwater table. … [and that’s what compromises these archaeological sites].” WHAT SHE STUDIED: “We excavated and took sediment samples to measure how wet the artifacts are getting. We also pulled data from all over the state, and we looked at groundwater levels at other archaeological sites and found that those sites are in danger as well. … You learn about things like past climate based on the types of artifacts we find, what the people ate. … Was it more of a marine environment or

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was it freshwater, based on the kind of fish they ate? You can also do chemical analysis of the shell, which is something we are doing with [the Smithsonian Institution]. We can find past indicators of climate and oceanic conditions. Changes in salinity, for example.” ON ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES HERE: “There are so many archaeological sites in Palm Beach County; there are hundreds just on the barrier island [here]. If you go to one of the beach parks you’ll see slight elevation changes; a lot of times those are actually middens. … A lot of the artifacts are just fragments. … This was not an agricultural society— there was just so much food already available here through the native flora—sea grapes, coco plums, a tremendous amount of oyster and sea turtle and various types of fish. … It was an all-you-can-eat buffet of easy-to-harvest food. ... There is anecdotal evidence of the Spanish sailors’ reports of how noisy the sea turtles were at night, there were so many of them on the beach.” WOW MOMENT: “How common these sites are, how integrated they are into the world around us. They are under parking lots, next to playgrounds. It’s almost like if you spent your life colorblind and then someone pointed out the color red, and then you just saw it everywhere; that’s what it’s felt like working with an archaeologist.” WHEN HER LOVE AFFAIR WITH SCIENCE BEGAN: “I wanted to

study environmental science as long as I can remember. … For every birthday and Christmas I wanted a microscope, I wanted chemistry kits. ... I got a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry for a birthday one year; I was so thrilled.” WHY LYNN: “If you go to a [firstranked] research university like UF or FSU or USF, the faculty has to devote most of its time to its research and its graduate students. … My freshman year at USF, my environmental professor hired me as a lab technician and helped me learn what research is about ... and really guided me through applying to grad school, because I was a first-generation college student. … I wanted to pass that on. I wanted to work with undergraduates to mentor them to help them achieve their dreams, to give them research opportunities. Lynn is so very focused on the undergraduate experience. Although we do have a masters program in biology, I’m allowed to spend as much time as I want working with undergraduates to follow that path that someone helped me with.”


There are so many archaeological sites in Palm Beach County. There are hundreds on the barrier island here.”

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Want to make this summertime even more memorable? Make a watermelon pizza.



o make summer’s freshest pizza, ditch the dough and begin with a cool “crust” of juicy watermelon. Cut a 1-inch-thick disc of melon and then cut it into pizza-like, wedgeshaped slices. Then pile on the toppings. For a mouthwatering, naturally sweet pie, pile your watermelon slices with shredded coconut, chopped mint, mixed fresh berries, Greek yogurt and slivered almonds. First, spread the yogurt to cover the fruit of the melon, leaving enough room to hold the rind as you eat. Then, add this recipe’s ingredients or get creative with your own fresh-picked toppings. You can put them all on yourself, or create a topping bar for your guests to mix, match and enjoy.

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Bonnie Lautenberg’s fusions of art and cinema help us reimagine both Written by JOHN THOMASON


he series that has been consuming many of Palm Beach artist Bonnie Lautenberg’s creative impulses over the past five years started on a lark. In 2017, she began “fooling around” on Google, searching images of one of her favorite movies, 1961’s “Splendor in the Grass.” She found a film still of actors Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty and placed it atop an image of Jasper Johns’ oil painting “Map,” a blustery, drippy portrayal of a U.S. map completed the same year. “My assistant Michael thought, what is she doing?” Lautenberg recalls. “Not that I thought there was a correlation between these two; it was just one of my favorite artists, and a favorite movie.” The concept lingered, and as of this year, Lautenberg has completed more than 85 such marriages between pop cinema and fine art dating back to 1928, where an


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image of Greta Garbo and Conrad Nagel embracing in “The Mysterious Lady” abuts René Magritte’s sensual and bewitching “The Lovers.” Lautenberg titled the series “Artistica!,” and a selection of a couple dozen of her thoughtful combinations is enjoying its museum debut at the Boca Raton Museum of Art through Aug. 21. Like a DJ mashing up different pieces of audio, Lautenberg’s skill is divining intuitive—sometimes subliminal—connections between the two mediums. Sometimes the results are literal, other times abstract. A Jackson Pollock painting, in all its controlled frenzy, makes for a deft correlative to the exuberant dancing of Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron in “An American in Paris.” To pair with Lauren Bacall in “Dark Passage,” Lautenberg discovered an eerily mirrored vision by Diego Rivera (“Portrait of Linda Christian.”) “I’m still

wowed by this Lauren Bacall,” she says. “They look so similar. [In the Rivera], she’s wearing a nude bra, but I feel [Bacall is] nude too—you can almost see the nudity behind that blouse.” “Singin’ in the Rain,” featuring Kelly’s iconic, rain-swept “pole” dance, beautifully borders the bold blue ribbons of Yayoi Kusama’s stirring “The Sea.” An image of a prostrate Garbo from “Grand Hotel,” her tutu billowing around her, complements the blooming object of Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1.” The title character in “E.T.” is cleverly matched with one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s primitive street portraits, and for “Jaws,” an untitled abstraction by Willem de Kooning seems to capture the underwater chaos Spielberg never showed us. By limiting the pairings only to works completed within the same year, “Artistica!” captures a

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I feel passionate about every piece, because I put in time and effort, and I feel so excited when I find a good pairing.” —Bonnie Lautenberg

Lautenberg with her work at the Boca Raton Museum of Art


synergistic zeitgeist—conscious or unconscious—between artists and filmmakers. As for which comes first, the film or the artwork, “there’s no rhyme or reason,” she says. “Sometimes I want to use a certain movie. Sometimes I want to use a certain artist. … But it’s not just finding the film; then it’s doing your research, and finding the right connection.” “Artistica!” is a change of pace for Lautenberg, who is known primarily as a photographer. The widow of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, Bonnie became “hooked” on the medium after she had the opportunity to photograph the Oslo Accords at the White House in 1993. “I had history in my lens, and that was so powerful,” she says. Her series “How They Changed Our Lives: Senators as Working People” included portraits of all 100 senators in the 109th Congress, along with information on the bills they wrote and passed; the series opened in New Jersey and can be viewed in perpetuity on the Library of Congress’ website. Lautenberg continues to have multiple irons in the fire. Following her husband’s lead, she is involved behind the scenes in Democratic politics. She’s co-developing a Broadway musical based on the life of Andy Warhol. She’s completing a book about her husband and his legacy, which will include many of her photographs. And she’s continuing to make new cinematic and visual-art connections in “Artistica!,” a series that may well be endless. “There are many more movies I want to use, and many more artists I’d like to use. I feel passionate about every piece, because I put in time and effort, and I feel so excited when I find a good pairing.”

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Clearing the Air

Tim Sperry, founder and CEO of Carbon Limit, has found a new way to tackle climate change Written by TYLER CHILDRESS

We want to show people that you can make a lot of money doing something that is good for society.” —Tim Sperry



vention and a passion for the environment, being a tech entrepreneur wasn’t always the career he had in mind. “When I went to college, being an entrepreneur just meant you didn’t have a job,” says Sperry, and that he initially wanted to become a corporate lawyer. But the attitude towards entrepreneurship and the tools available for self-starters helped him develop his company and its technology. Sustainability is a trend in which many major industries are investing. Last year, before the COP26 climate change conference at the U.N., the Global Cement and Concrete Association committed to reducing 25 percent of its carbon footprint by 2030, and go net zero by 2050. Ever since then, Sperry’s phone has been ringing off the hook. He believes that the pandemic has played a role in expanding awareness of the threats posed by climate change.“People didn’t understand that their air was polluted inside their homes,” says Sperry.“Your home is actually more polluted than the air outside—up to five times and sometimes above and beyond that.” But the danger of pollution extends far beyond our front door, and the size of our carbon footprint has existential implications. “There are such bad projections,” says Sperry, and that we are risking sea level rise, extreme weather and global decay if we

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don’t start removing CO2 from our environment. Many are already feeling the chilling effect of these possibilities, Sperry included. “A lot of people that are coming out of college and in that getting-married stage are considering having kids based on whether the environment will support them later. That’s messed up.” For the average person, the task of reducing their carbon footprint can seem daunting, but Sperry says there are small things everyone can do to make a difference. “Be more aware of who you’re buying from,” he says, and warns that “cheap things have a very high cost.” Sperry adheres to his own principles with his company by ensuring all of his materials are sourced locally, or at least domestically, and by minimizing travel to only a necessary basis. He also hopes that his company can effect change by inspiring other entrepreneurs to dedicate their efforts toward solving our world’s greatest challenges. “We want to show people that you can make a lot of money doing something that is good for society.”



oca Raton is no stranger to innovation. It was at IBM’s campus along Yamato Road that the mega tech company launched its first personal computer. Now, local tech wizards and inventors have found a new home at FAU’s Tech Runway, where entrepreneur Tim Sperry, founder and CEO of Carbon Limit, has set up shop to tackle one of our gravest modern threats: climate change. Sperry began working out of Tech Runway last July, arriving at the facility with a shipping container full of his company’s tech in tow.“We like to say instead of doing this in a garage, we did it in a shipping container,” says Sperry, whose technology removes carbon dioxide (CO2) from the concrete-making process and leaves a finished product that absorbs and stores CO2. Concrete is estimated to be responsible for up to 8 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions. “Concrete is the second-mostused consumed material on the planet, so if you can put something in that, you have a really big opportunity to move that needle,” says Sperry, adding that with his company’s technology, a simple parking lot could remove CO2 from the environment and store it permanently while also improving the performance of the concrete. Sperry says he’s always been inventing things, from rubber band guns and slingshots as a child in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to his latest technology that captures and stores C02 in concrete. While he’s always had a knack for in-

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Finally, the world woke up, put on its shoes and walked outside again. Boca and Delray and the region were back in business, and we made it a year to celebrate. Here’s what happened, who made the news and why we think we live in the best South Florida place there is. WRITTEN BY TYLER CHILDRESS, MARIE SPEED AND JOHN THOMASON July/August 2022

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THRōW Social in Delray


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You want pastrami with that dim sum? AlleyCat Izakaya, Eric Baker’s new Asian-inspired restaurant/bar with highly innovative shareables, is a big hit this year; during season, reservations were impossible to get. Imagine Wagyu beef dumplings, beautiful fresh sushi, hot fried chicken and, given it’s Eric Baker, even a pastrami sando…


Koffee & Toast in Palmetto Place is a chic Boca take on a coffee shop, with a good breakfast menu (although it also has lunch dishes, like grilled cheese and tomato soup), but we think you go here for two words: French toast. You can get (are you ready?) Nutella-filled pound cake French toast, bananas Foster French toast and apple pie French toast. Oh, and you can get coffee, too.

THRōW Social in Delray is shaking up the notion of a night out at the bars—and knocking the lights out in Delray. This whimsical, spacious venue offers axe throwing, private VIP cabanas, Tapglo ping-pong, drag bingo, live music and more, through a vibe described as “1960s retro Palm Beach.” More than a bar, it’s an entertainment destination with gaming on the side and fun cocktails and bites.


things have gotten more serious there when it comes to dining, from the bang bang shrimp at the Bonefish Grill to Naked Taco and the Lynora’s opening. Lynora’s, a mainstay in West Palm with origins in Lake Worth in 1976, has long been known as solid home-cooked Italian—and is a great addition to the hood. Not to be outdone is Uptown’s new Lazy Dog, with its weird winter lodge vibe and the sentimental audacity to offer 10 different kinds of TV dinners (including Salis-

bury steak), frozen in retro aluminum trays, just like the old days.

MEDITERRANEAN WE ARE SOAKING UP D’Vash, an outpost for elevated Israeli cuisine, recently relocated from its previous home in Parkland. This West Boca favorite is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, with spice-filled, globe-traveling specialties like majadara, house shakshuka with lamb, and pear and gorgonzola fiocchetti.

Uptown in West Boca on Glades Road has all the starter places the kids love, like Bolay, Chick-fil-A and Olive U, but

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We are still mourning the departure of the Dubliner, a senseless death we still do not

Tap 42’s options are plentiful, appealing to casual imbibers and beer connoisseurs alike. Enjoy a beer flight with four 5-ounce pours of anything on draft, or select a handcrafted hybrid such as our favorite, the Bruised Apple, a mixture of Guinness and Bold Rock hard cider.

STILL CRAZY (GOOD) AFTER ALL THESE YEARS Darrel and Oliver’s Café Maxx in Pom-

Sushi from Max’s Grille

understand. For 15 years, the Dubliner was our port in the storm on St. Paddy’s Day, with the best shepherd’s pie ever served on the planet. Its ownership, Sub-Culture Group, is replacing it with another concept—Shaker & Pie—described as an Italian trattoria that will serve pizza. There’s a game changer.

pano has been the standard bearer for fine imaginative cuisine since the 1980s. Helmed by celebrity chef Oliver Saucy, it’s an institution now. On any given night, you might see caviar pie, chilled foie gras mousseline, duck and smoked mozzarella ravioli, and so much more. It is always top-rate and intriguing—and an experience from, well, day one.


• Luff’s Fish Market is the latest addition to Arturo Gismondi’s foodie empire, which includes Trattoria Romana, La Nouvelle Maison, Luff’s Fish House and Biergarten. This sparkly little seafood market opened last fall and features spanking fresh fish, clams, shrimp, octopus and more, and a clever cross-platform inventory of eggplant pies and clam sauces from Trattoria Romana; pâtés, ratatouille and smoked salmon from La Nouvelle Maison; pretzels from Biergarten; and fish dips, shrimp cocktails and Key lime pie from Luff’s Fish House. • This spring, Food Truck Fridays were an easy way to grab Friday lunch without breaking the bank—and with a good chance you’d see a neighbor or two. Hosted by the City of Boca Raton in various locations with different vendors, visit to find out where to go, what's cooking and if they will start up again. • Hipster bowling? Really? So who knew bowling would storm back (not even ironically) for Gen Z-ers, who are flocking to places like Strike 10 in Mizner Park and Bowlero near Boca Center to, well, go bowling (under the black lights), play arcade games, have drinks at the sports bar and more. It’s not clear when bowling went uptown— from blue-collar to cool—but that day is here. Even the shoes are cool. • Rooftop bars became a thing in Miami years ago, but Boca hasn’t caught on yet. Still, just up the road in Delray we have the very glam Rosewater Rooftop at the Ray and the Reef Bar at the Courtyard by Marriott, a more casual option with panoramic views we love. • Corvina Seafood Grill has its bona fides with Executive Chef Jeff Tunks and his stellar culinary résumé and awards. This new star in downtown dining is as glamorous as it is imaginative; people rave about the char-grilled octopus, and the Brazilian fish stew is another standout—but it’s all swoonworthy.


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Slow-roasted rack of lamb from Six Tables


Six Tables just south of Mizner Park is like a long exhale as you enter a well-spaced but intimate restaurant with only six tables, personal service and outstanding food from a prix fixe menu. You feel special, the experience is special, the scale is civilized and welcoming. Take another breath and count this place as one of Boca’s best dining ideas.


1. Warren for whiskey 2. Gazebo for Dover sole 3. First Watch for breakfast 4. Gourmet Market for French baguettes 5. V&S Deli for subs

6. Trattoria Romana for Bolognese 7. Crazy Uncle Mike’s for music 8. Tomasso’s for pizza 9. Warike for Peruvian food 10. Arturo’s for romance, piano and that famous antipasti cart

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Louie Bossi is the most happening corner in Boca, at Federal and Palmetto Park Road in the Hyatt Hotel. The large outdoor porch area is always packed, perfect for people-watching and conducive to sharing a perfect pizza—which puts even more happy in Happy Hour.

Cendyn Building at 980 North Federal in Boca, is another sleeper hit—although it’s already been on“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”Described as “Mexican-ish and Latin-focused”and started by Chefs Robby Bushman and Anthony Hoff in Parkland (home of Bocados No. 1), this place offers a buildyour-own option for tacos, burritos, rice bowls and more— and makes its own sauce and crema. About the only

things it outsources are the tortillas, which are handmade by an artisan. Who knew?


The Boca Bacchanal Vintner Dinners are always very special, rarefied private dinners, but everyone still loves Savor the Avenue every year in Delray Beach, a fiveblock-long dining table down the middle of Atlantic Avenue on a spring night full of great food, convivial people and just a little magic.

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OK, note to restaurants: Not everyone has to offer a charcuterie plate. And please do not attempt one unless you have charcuterie. Pepperoni and Swiss cubes with a green olive does not a charcuterie make.


We have a bunch of these, led by Max’s Grille, Yellowtail, Yardhouse (can

there be a bigger menu?), the Grill On Congress, Augy’s, Burton’s …


We suspect most of them may be in Delray, but we also have it on good authority that the Standard sports bar is a crowd favorite, and the Irishman next to Tom Sawyer’s is a local FAU favorite. We even suspect some people may live there; you know who you are. Call your mother.

Eric Baker is shaking things up these days in Boca, following his Mazie’s experiment in West Palm, and before that, the beloved Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach, where he first showed up on the local culinary radar. His brief time in Boca has been prolific, from his purchase of Rebel House a few years ago, then spinning off Uncle Pinkie’s Market & Deli after that, inspired by his Eastern European heritage and Long Island upbringing. This homage to Jewish classics was followed by the now-trending AlleyCat (page 54), in a class of its own in town. We’re having fun guessing what’s next…


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and advocate Angela McDonald, who rallied against the housing authority’s intention to renovate or tear down and replace Dixie Manor.



Boca is full of angels and philanthropists—too many to name— but this year we’re thinking about Ellyn Okrent of Florence Fuller Child Development Center—now known as the Fuller Center—for her work during the pandemic and the opening of the new Fuller Academy in response to this need. During COVID, many of the families of the kids attending the Fuller Center could not work from home, and the kids showed up on the Center’s doorstep. That prompted them to “look into this new little private school venture,” Okrent says. And the Fuller Academy was born. At the same time, Okrent saw a need for older kids—teenagers who were in the same boat—and rolled out a program for them. “The schools in Boca are excellent,”Okrent says.“However, they close at 2:20 p.m. They don’t provide an individualized small environment, and we are year-round, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 at night. Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner are provided, and we don’t close for holidays and Spring Break and Christmas vacation and summer.” The Fuller Academy opened this year at the Fuller Center’s West Boca campus, serving kindergarten through third grade students, and offering an after-school program through fifth grade. A teen program is also making strides.

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Jessica Gray is president of Boca Save our Beaches, an environmental group founded in 2015 in response to the proposal to build an oceanfront house at 2500 N. Ocean Blvd. in Boca, to which the city granted a variance. The owner of another vacant parcel at 2600 N. Ocean is also embroiled in controversy in seeking a variance to build a home that might damage the coastal environment. Gray has been a vocal opponent of the projects at council meetings and through blog posts and contributions to websites like Most recently, Gray was named (and ultimately deposed) by the project’s attorney, Robert Sweetapple, as a “known lobbyist” who was inappropriately appointed to the city’s Environmental Advisory Board. Stay tuned. And kudos to the Dixie Manor people


The tenants, who thought they were being ignored, started coming to council meetings, and now the Housing Authority Board has scored two new members, improving representation and communication.



Misfits Gaming CEO Ben Spoont makes his headquarters in Boca, describing the business as “sports for the digital age,”a multi-sports franchise whose digital teams play in leagues through popular video games

like“Overwatch”and “Call of Duty.”The league matches are televised online in places like YouTube and Twitch. Spoont brings a whole new dimension to Boca’s business community with Misfits—what he calls “the future of sports and media and entertainment.” In fact, the gaming industry was worth more than $90 billion in 2020. Move over, banking and real estate.


Andy Thomson is leaving the Boca City Council to run for the Florida House, and we’ll miss his thoughtful votes, the fact that, as one observer says, he“only talks when he has something meaningful to say.” A member of a city council that has historically been divided, Thomson has hovered in the middle consistently. And he’s still walking the talk, routinely spotted on his runs around Boca neighborhoods, kids in tow, collecting trash as he goes.


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Tony Pianta and Pam Casanave opened Raise the Bar menswear in Boca Center a year ago, and it’s rapidly become the new go-to place in Boca for men interested in fashion (we won’t tell). Major brands include Bugatchi, AG Denim, ETON, Saxx, Zanella, The Good Man Brand, Psycho Bunny, Fradi, Pal Zileri and Fedeli. Pianta says they embrace today’s more relaxed and casual workplace but also offer suits and tuxedos, with custom tailoring available.“We are focused on greeting every person that enters our beautiful store. We try to create a very welcoming environment with vibrant art, beautiful live orchids, subtle candles and lots of color.”And a handsome doggie mascot, who is named Dapper, of course.


Andrea Virgin, ballet dancer-turned-civil engineer-turned-fundraiser, is busy raising funds for the Boca Raton Center for Arts & Innovation, a nonprofit cultural hub and performing arts center in Mizner Park she has been shepherding through conception to reality since 2018. We hear the money is pouring in, a ground lease is imminent and what some called a pipe dream is looking very much like reality these days.

Ali Soule is turning up everywhere these days, on a major communications/PR blitz for Brightline. As vice president of community relations for Brightline, she says,“I’m passionate about making a difference—and transforming transportation in the U.S. through the launch and operations of Brightline has allowed me to do just that.”She’s been turning up as a speaker at many events, and no doubt getting Boca primed for its new station, expected to open in 2022.

David Rosenberg is not only adding more sparkle to the general Boca glitz through his genuinely fabulous Rosenberg Diamonds, but he’s helping build a stronger business community; in April, he hosted the first-ever Downtown Boca Jewish Business Connection at Rosenberg Diamond Co. The inaugural event had a capacity crowd of more than 120 guests and celebrated a $50,000 donation from Glenn and Lisa Edwards toward establishing the Irving Edwards Young Entrepreneurs Development Initiative.

Alex Price is a go-getter running what we used to call the Office Depot Foundation (nationwide), but his title is national director of community investment/ co-leader, diversity council, Office Depot. And he’s showing up on everyone’s radar these days. With a strong corporate social responsibility background at both Comcast and ADT among other positions, Price has helped Office Depot to earn awards, including Company of the Year, and has a seat on the boards of the YMCA of South County and FAU Research Park, among others.

Camilla Mychalczuk, the new director of local relations at FAU, is getting noticed out and about for her responsiveness and refreshing engagement with the larger Boca community. She says she plans to become more immersed in the community as she settles in; for the time being, she is involved in the Broward League of Cities, Palm Beach County League of Cities, Palm Beach North Chamber, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

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Van Williams may be the big man on the Palm Beach State campus now, but he is also another example of a college honcho who is stepping away from his office to engage with the larger Boca community. Appointed last year as provost and dean of student services at Palm Beach State College, his career in higher education has already spanned 26 years. In Boca, he is a member of this year’s Leadership Boca class, and a board member of Best Foot Forward and the Boca Chamber. “For me, it’s about taking the college to the community,” he says.


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Downtown Boca just keeps getting bigger, but so are its development woes. The proposed Aletto Square development that is planned for the area east of Sanborn Square and south of the Tower 155 condos is the city’s latest controversial building issue, with critics arguing that the three buildings that make up the Square are simply too large for the downtown space and that they would clash with the low-rise atmosphere of the neighborhood. One of the buildings would be an eight-story parking garage with 357 spaces, another would be 10 stories of mostly office space, and the other would be 12 stories and contain 93 apartments. Another point of contention is parking. A petition started on to stop the development of Aletto Square cites the “unconscionable traffic Aletto Square would cause in the entire downtown by doubling the traffic, the insufficient parking spaces”and“the detrimental impact on Sanborn Square and its use and enjoyment by the public.”


When it comes to road construction, timing is everything. And even if it wasn’t the city’s fault, could someone somewhere have coordinated this better? All at the same time: Camino Real at the railroad tracks, the El Rio Bridge on Palmetto Park Road, the Glades Road interchange, the Clint Moore bridge and roadwork… and there are more headaches we are probably forgetting.


Two months after the tragic spontaneous collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Miami’s Surfside neighborhood last year that left 98 dead, Boca Raton stepped up as the first city to act on tightening building inspections. While Palm Beach County


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From left, Mayor Scott Singer, Brightline President Patrick Goddard, then-U.S. Representative Ted Deutch and Discover The Palm Beaches' Jorge Pesquera at the Boca Brightline station groundbreaking.


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• Traffic • Housing crisis/affordability • Rising insurance issues • Sustainability: tree canopy, greenhouse gas emissions, rising sea level

deferred to state lawmakers to draft legislation, and cities like Delray Beach awaited county commissioners to issue ordinances, the Boca City Council wasted no time in approving an ordinance requiring reinspections of buildings that are at least 30 years old and four stories tall, with another round of inspections that must come every 10 years after. By leading the legislative charge, Boca set an example that other municipalities are slowly beginning to follow, and also ensured that none of the city’s older buildings would pose a risk to residents’ safety.


Earlier this year, Boca broke ground on its very own Brightline station. But the city’s ambitions don’t end there. Plans are underway to redevelop Northwest First Avenue into a beautified gateway that will lead passengers straight to the heart of downtown Boca. The project will make Northwest First Avenue a oneway street flanked by lush oak and palm trees leading to Palmetto Park Road, a mere crosswalk away from some of Boca’s hottest dining and shopping areas. The“new vision”for Boca’s downtown is one step closer to being realized.

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BEST THINGS TO MAKE A COMEBACK AFTER THE PANDEMIC: • The new Blue Lake Elementary is named and will open this August. • The super-luxury Alina kicks off its next phase. • The Boca Resort (now known as The Boca Raton) is open again, although construction is ongoing. • The $250 million Boca Raton Regional Hospital capital campaign is almost complete—and a spanking new building is underway. • The new Boca Raton Golf & Racquet Club opens • Our social season returns, in all its air-kissing glory. Back at last are the Mayors Ball, the (Rhinestone) Cowboy Ball, Boca Bacchanal, Festival of the Arts, and the granddaddy of them all: The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball, featuring Sting this year. • BRIC, rapidly becoming a community/cultural/tech/arts hub in Boca, unveils an ambitious plan for a live-work-play property we are loving. • Town Center launches its own “Wynwood Walls” feature in what was the Sears wing. • Indoor dining • Live sports



South Florida isn’t all charity balls and omakase nights. The darker side is always interesting, however, like the Delray Beach man arrested at Kings Point after deputies said he shot another man, then beat him with a golf club for walking his dog on a golf course. Then we have the man arrested on the Woodfield Country Club golf course after a DEA

investigation and indicted on charges for conspiracy, trafficking in drugs with a counterfeit mark, and money laundering conspiracy for producing promethazine-codeine cough syrup with labels that imitated widely distributed brands such as Atavis and Hi-Tech. Or, finally, the upscale Excell Auto Group with its luxury car inventory of Lambos

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and McLarens that disappeared overnight, with several of its automobile buyers in Boca Raton out nearly half a million dollars. Two lawsuits have been filed against the company, which has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. When Boca misbehaves, it does it in style…


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Terence Blanchard


A first-rate historical society became elevated into a first-rate visitor attraction with the opening of the Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum. Its newly constructed exhibitions on subjects like IBM, Addison Mizner and World War II in Boca Raton provide an eye-popping, Insta-worthy way to engage with the city’s vibrant and eccentric past. Meanwhile, the Boca Raton Museum of Art scored a major coup as the world-premiere site for “Machu Picchu and the Golden Empires of Peru,” a blockbuster exhibition of cultural, historical and artistic significance. Some 200 sacred antiquities beckoned from the completely transformed museum grounds. But its most un-missable aspect was the VR room, taking museumgoers on a breathtaking, guided thrill ride over Machu Picchu’s mountains, canyons and rivers.

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• Real jazz, as opposed to the Muzak-y“smooth”kind, is hard to find in the Palm Beaches. But Terence Blanchard, perhaps best known as the composer on most of Spike Lee’s movies, brought a riveting set of hard bop-style jazz to the opening night of Festival of the Arts Boca. It was manna for adventurous ears.

• At the Wall and Beyond concert at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 10 expert musicians from around the world interpreted Pink Floyd’s catalog from 1971 to 1983, complete with literal bells and whistles. Lasers pierced the haze-filled stage, curated videos enhanced the psychedelic vibe, and the surround-sound presentation featured speakers strategically placed

throughout the amphitheater, resulting in an immersive audio imaginarium. • It was more than a treat to see director Werner Herzog, one of the giants of world cinema, appear in person at FAU. Herzog spoke with his trademark renegade candidness in discussing his gonzo classic “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” following a 50th-anniversary screening of the film.

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“The Sound Inside”

10 SMALL TOWN QUALITIES WE STILL LOVE ABOUT BOCA GENEROSITY: From the Hospital Ball to Boca’s Ballroom Battle, community support exceeded expectations once again

“Overactive Letdown”

OUR FRONT DOOR IS THE BEACH: Our undeveloped coastline is still a sandy feather in our cap. TOM SAWYER’S FOR BREAKFAST: The sprawling menu is Grand Central for Benedicts, short stacks and the signature Huck Finn or Mark Twain Breakfast

“To Fall In Love”

SUGAR SAND PARK: With everything from a Science Explorium to live theatre to a nature trail, this hometown offering has it all

Breakfast of Champions at Tom Sawyer’s

THE ROCKET AT BRIC: Our public-art paean to technological prowess DOWNTOWN LIBRARY: Unplug from the noise and reconnect with a great book DINING AT ARTURO’S OR THE GAZEBO: Classic, slow-dining white-glove service never goes out of style SPANISH RIVER AND FIFTH CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: At this neighborhood just off I-95 and Spanish River, some five to six houses in a row go all out with holiday lights and décor worth a price of admission—but it’s always free


Regional theatre companies in Boca Raton bounced back from two years of almost no work to produce some of their most urgent and affecting plays to date. Theatre Lab’s “To Fall in Love,”about a separated couple’s last chance at reconnecting after a shared tragedy, was rich in many ways: in depth and nuance, in emotional peaks and valleys, in tears and occasional laughter, in exposed viscera both figurative and literal. Its follow-up production, the postpartum psychological thriller“Overactive Letdown,”was a stunning cautionary tale about the mental health challenges that can accompany one of life’s miracles. Boca Stage’s haunting “The Sound Inside,” about a literature professor’s unsettling attachment to an enigmatic student, featured an award-worthy lead performance and superlative lighting, sound and direction.

WALK OF RECOGNITION: Like our own Hollywood Walk of Fame, this Royal Palm landmark honors the best of our city with gold stars THE ROYAL POINCIANAS in bloom in Old Floresta

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STORM WARNING Hurricanes and How They Changed Florida WRITTEN BY ELIOT KLEINBERG

n 1928, a hurricane overflowed Lake Okeechobee and drowned perhaps 3,000 people. Chances are you never heard of it. At the time, Florida was a backwater of about 1.3 million people—fewer people than now are in Palm Beach County. Also, most of the storm’s victims were migrant workers who, in the Jim Crow era, were invisible. And a year after the storm, a stock market crash would send America into the Great Depression. So this momentous disaster faded from memory. But the Okeechobee hurricane, and the great storms that have pummeled the state, offer important lessons for Floridians. And we are woefully overdue. Starting with the 2006 season, hurricanes


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increasingly came closer to South Florida, and people felt their effects. Only two, Matthew in 2016 and Irma in 2017, came within 60 miles. In all that time, none made landfall. Nervous? Will a hurricane strike your home? Are the odds nine in 10, or one in 10? In a way, they are 50-50. So just as you wear seatbelts in the off chance you’ll get in a wreck, you prepare in the off chance a storm will wreck your home and maybe put you or a loved one in the hospital. Or worse. If you have forgotten what that can mean, here is a look at great storms in South Florida since 1900. And keep this in mind: Three of them struck just nine years apart (1926, 1928, 1935), and within 180 miles of each other. Did you think the gods of the tropics spread out both the timing and location of storms, in the interest of fair play? They don’t.

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In the fall of 1926, the University of Miami was preparing to open its doors. On the morning of Sept. 16, George Merrick, the man who’d built Coral Gables, dropped into the mail 2,000 letters announcing his winter season. The previous day, the Miami Herald had reported a hurricane was somewhere out in the Caribbean but was not expected to hit Florida. Late on Sept. 17, warnings were posted. By midnight, the storm was roaring through downtown Miami

with winds believed to top 150 miles an hour. Weather historians have said they believe that if a storm today followed the path of the 1926 hurricane, the damage, in dollars, would be at least three times that of 1992’s catastrophic Hurricane Andrew. At dawn, residents ran out in the calm, believing the storm had passed. But it was just the eye. The second half would be worse. Many were trapped. Just in Miami, the storm killed 113 people and, for now, the city’s dreams of glory. The Florida East

Coast Railroad offered free passage for anyone who wanted to get out. Many did. The world now knew about Florida and hurricanes, and newspapers declared Miami dead and buried. The storm also hit Moore Haven, on the southwest side of Lake Okeechobee. Some 300 are believed to have died when a flimsy six-foot dike crumbled and water poured out of the lake. Leaders started wondering if they needed a bigger, better dike. They still were discussing it two years later.

Damage to the Miami Casino in 1926

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IVAN (2004)

ERIN (1995)

DORA (1964)

DENNIS OPAL (2005) FLOSSY (1956) (1995) ELOISE (1975)

AGNES (1972) FLORENCE (1953) KATE (1985)

ALMA (1966) EARL (1998) EASY (1950)


As this simple map shows, no place on the peninsula of Florida is off limits for a hurricane. From the panhandle to the Keys, storms have rocked the state for decades.

DAVID (1979)

GLADYS (1968) ERIN (1995) JEANNE (2004)

CHARLEY (2004)

FRANCES (2004)


CLEO (1964) DONNA (1960)

KATRINA (2005)


KING (1950) ANDREW (1992)

WILMA (2005) FLOYD IRENE (1987) (1999)

GEORGES (1998)

THE OKEECHOBEE HURRICANE: SEPT. 16, 1928 The storm that sent a wall of water out of Lake Okeechobee in 1928 might well be the most under-reported disaster in U.S. history. And a field near downtown West Palm Beach might be the nation’s most disrespected historic site. Just after the storm, authorities set the official death toll at 1,836, but admitted it likely was low. The

volume of death was so staggering to the pioneer region that after a while, people had just stopped counting. In 2003, for the storm’s 75th anniversary, the National Hurricane Center set the number at 2,500; not because of any new evidence, but rather as an acknowledgement that 1,836 was wrong. Some estimates place the total at 3,000, which would rank the storm second only to the 8,000-plus believed killed in the 1900 Galveston, Texas, hurricane.

BETSY (1965) DONNA (1960)

INEZ (1966)

And for those who see history in July/August 2022 the abstract, the storm is reason a giant dome of rock and gravel surrounds one of the world’s largest inland lakes. Florida Gov. Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, for whom Broward County is named, had been elected in 1904 on a promise to drain the Everglades, exposing the world’s richest farming soil. Even then, some decried it as one of the world’s great ecological disasters. ••••

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Belle Glade after the 1928 storm


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The state invited farmers in. But the 700-plus-square-mile Lake Okeechobee is no more than 21 feet deep anywhere. It sloshes easily in storms. Farmers soon complained the lake flooded their crops. So, a 47-mile-long, 5-foot berm was constructed out of muck and clay at the lake’s south end. Surely, officials assured everyone, that would hold the giant lake.


In September 1928, a storm tore through the Caribbean. Forecasters insisted it would not hit Florida. On Saturday night, Sept. 15, they allowed as how yes, perhaps it would. Sunday started clear and sunny in West Palm Beach. By mid-morning, winds had picked up. The storm brought a huge tidal surge and winds estimated at 160 miles an hour; all gauges had been blown away early on. Coastal Palm Beach County reported damages in the millions. At the big lake, people heard radio reports from West Palm Beach that the storm was headed inland. With no roads yet built to the west or south, residents had only two escape routes: north into the teeth of the winds or east to the coast. And that presumed you had a car. That was a luxury in 1928, especially in this dirt-poor region. So many stayed. After dark, the storm arrived in the interior.“It woke up old Okechobee (sic) and the monster began to roll in his bed,’’ Zora Neale Hurston wrote in the 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Because of the storm’s clockwise spiral, winds came from the north, bringing the lake’s millions of gallons of water

to towns along the southeast shore. Most of those killed had nowhere to run when the waters surged. The countryside stank with death. The area was quarantined. Volunteers pulled victims from the muck. Black people were conscripted to clean up wreckage or collect bodies, moving as many victims as they could for burial. Others, including those of animals, were gathered into piles, covered with lime, and burned. Officials loaded 69 white victims onto a barge and sent it down the canal to West Palm Beach. Those people were buried in the city’s Woodlawn Cemetery. But 674 Black victims were placed in a mass grave in a field in a Black neighborhood of West Palm Beach. They were dumped without identification, and relatives never would know for sure if their loved ones were in there. For three-fourths of a century, no marker noted the fact that so many lay under the heavily traveled streets of a bustling city. At one point, a street was rerouted and actually went over part of the grave. Just before the 75th anniversary in 2003, the city of West Palm Beach bought the property and built a memorial at the site. And so the greatest loss of life in a Florida hurricane came not from winds knocking down buildings, or the sea surging ashore, but from freshwater flooding. In storm after storm, scientists will say, it’s not the wind. It’s the water, the water, the water.


By the mid-1930s, Florida’s brief and wild real estate boom had collapsed. The Great Depression was full on across the state and the nation. One last catastrophe would send Florida deep into it. In his long life, Henry Flagler had helped make Standard Oil and had carved South Florida out of the jungle. His wish list contained one last item: a 128-mile-long railroad from the mainland to the isolated island of Key West. It was, at the time, one of America’s largest privately financed

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engineering projects. It cost Flagler two-fifths of his total Florida investment: $20 million. That’s more than $500 million in today’s dollars. Detractors called it “Flagler’s Folly.” But after seven years of work by 3,000 to 4,000 men, on a glorious day in January 1912, a stooped Flagler made a triumphant appearance in Key West. Sixteen months later, he’d be dead at 83. His wonder would last but a few decades. In the 1930s, President Franklin Roosevelt set up Civilian Conservation Corps camps. In Florida, more than 700 World War I veterans who’d felt neglected by their nation were put to work building new bridges and causeways down the Keys, alongside the railroad, to accommodate the next big thing: the car. In early September 1935, word came that a storm was coming. With no road yet through the Keys, a rescue train was dispatched. It being Labor Day weekend, the railroad had trouble getting crews and fuel and was delayed by various mishaps. As it approached Islamorada, it overran its planned stopping point in the blinding rain and winds and had to back up. Workers got only five minutes to try to board. Then a 20-foot wave washed over them. The storm killed at least 577 people. At least 288 of the dead were those Civilian Conservation Corps highway workers. Some bodies never were found. Also dead was Mr. Flagler’s railroad, much of it washed away. Too many rail beds were too damaged to salvage. Instead, work proceeded apace to complete the Overseas Highway. Few people had the heart to rebuild the now nearly obsolete railroad, and no one ever did.

ANDREW: AUG. 24, 1992

Until the next big one comes along—and it will—all storms will be judged against this monster that slammed one of America’s largest metropolitan areas. Never before had a storm this powerful attacked so many people. Initial estimates placed gusts

at more than 175 miles an hour and sustained winds at 145 miles an hour. In 2002, on the storm’s 10th anniversary, the National Hurricane Center retroactively upped sustained winds to 165 miles an hour, and Andrew now is one of only four storms on record to have struck North America at the top-end Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. (Labor Day, 1935; Camille, 1969; Andrew, 1992; Michael, 2018.) But in South Florida, Andrew killed only 15 directly and 28 indirectly. Why so few? Because it did not bring dramatic rainfall, surface flooding or storm surge. Just a lot of wind. From which you can brace yourself. That wasn’t the case in 1928.

And while incredibly powerful, it was compact, and did its worst in a lesser-populated area south of Miami proper. And like many storms, it was inconsistent; it bent fences in the Boca Raton area, 80 miles north of its Homestead landfall, but had nearly no effects in Key Largo, only about 25 miles south. Andrew did cause $15.5 billion in damage—nearly $30 billion in today’s dollars—making it the costliest disaster in U.S. history until surpassed by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Andrew did take the wind, so to speak, out of annual predictions that seem to lead newscasts every spring. People have come to believe a




Labor Day, 1935

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prediction of an above-average year means a storm definitely will hit them, and a below-average prediction means it won’t. Again, the tropics don’t work that way. The 2020 season was the busiest on record, with a staggering 30 named storms of at least tropical storm strength. Only two officially went through South Florida, and with little effect. (Sally became a tropical storm over the western Everglades, and Tropical Storm Eta passed through the Middle Keys).


This page, clockwise from top, Hurricane Andrew; the aftermath of Andrew at Country Walk; a shredded palm tree in Punta Gorda after Hurricane Charley; the iconic photo of Gary Davis holding hs dog Boo Boo after his home at Goldcoaster Mobile Home Park was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew


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By comparison, the 1992 season was one of the quietest. It generated only six named storms, and didn’t spawn its first one until 77 days in. That was the “A” storm: Andrew. It’s a cliché, but of value: It takes only one. And people often presume an approaching storm will give them plenty of time to prepare or flee. Four days before Andrew struck, it was a “disorganized system” threatening to dissipate. On Saturday morning, it had grown

overnight into a monster. The time from issuance of hurricane warning Sunday to landfall early Monday was 21 hours. After Andrew, the state spent millions in tax money in recovery efforts. Many people left the wreckage of southern Miami-Dade County for other parts of the state and nation. Insurers went broke paying claims. Policies’ rates now are almost prohibitive—where you can get them. But Florida also realized that what had been significant about the decades before Andrew was not the storms that hit but the ones that didn’t. Between 1944 and 1950, the Florida peninsula was hit by a major storm, of Category 3 or higher, an astonishing seven times. In the next half century, it got just three. And in that half century, Florida’s population went from 2 million to 15 million. Hurricanes mostly were out of sight and out of mind. People built a lot of houses in a lot of places they shouldn’t have. Like the beach. And in low-lying swamps. And in places without adequate flood drainage. And built below standards. And maybe paid people to look the other way while they did it. Tougher building codes remain a legacy of Andrew.

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Any list of hurricanes since 1900 must include what wasn’t a single storm, but rather an unprecedented stretch of them. They just kept coming. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (1999-2007) liked to tell people he was the only sitting governor to have gone through a Category 5 storm: Andrew in 1992. It was good preparation. In a 14-month span during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, Bush would preside over an astonishing twelve Florida landfalls: four tropical storms and eight hurricanes. Four of the hurricanes—Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne—struck Florida in a stretch of just 43 days in 2004. Frances and Jeanne would strike the Treasure Coast at nearly the same spot and exactly three weeks apart. Ivan would smash the Panhandle, and tiny but vicious Charley would ravage Southwest Florida. A year later, the season would be so busy it would run out of names. Katrina would pass through Florida, doing minor damage, on its way to a historic collision with New Orleans. And the late-season Wilma would finish off the unprecedented assault. By the end of October 2005, South Floridians were past thinking about hurricanes and were into football rivalries and Halloween preparations.

Not so fast. Sometimes, the difference between a hit and a miss is just dumb luck. Wilma’s center crossed over Naples but with its worst winds offshore, so that area suffered nearly no damage, even as the system swung around and tore up the Atlantic coastline from the upper Keys to the Space Coast. With 125 mile-an-hour sustained winds at landfall, the storm raced across the state in just four and a half hours, exiting south of Jupiter. Wilma caused what was at the time the most widespread outage in Florida Power & Light Co. history, darkening 3.2 million of 4.3 million homes and businesses in 42 counties. Some people were without power for three weeks. It’s been relatively quiet since.Yikes. The saying is that people in the hurricane zone get three days warning, the tornado zone three minutes, and the earthquake zone three seconds. On top of that, while a tornado or earthquake can strike at any time, everyone in Florida pretty much knows when it’s off-season and when it’s high season. Still, scores of residents—even long-timers who should know better—let June turn into July and August with no plan for window coverings, no plan for supplies, and no plan for whether to stay or go and, if going, where. You’d think the images—some decades old and grainy, others pulled from cell phones and as recent as the past summer—would be enough to spur them to action. Before it’s too late.

Alex Norton after her childhood home was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola; boats piled up on Pine Island after Hurricane Charley


* This article is adapted from Black Cloud: The Deadly Hurricane of 1928, 2016 edition, published by Florida Historical Society Press. Additional sources were the National Hurricane Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. * Eliot Kleinberg is the author of more than a dozen books, including Black Cloud. He was a journalist for four decades until his retirement in December 2020 after 33-1/2 years at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, where he covered virtually every aspect of local news, including hurricanes. He also wrote a weekly local history column and one on Florida history that appeared in 24 newspapers statewide. He and his wife have two adult children and live in suburban Boca Raton.

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Summer Our summers may seem longer than most, but there’s still that balmy and mellow aura that the year’s official summer months bestow on South Florida. Everlasting daylight, school breaks and the scent of sizzling meat are all summertime perks. This July and August, step up your barbecue game and elevate your grilling skills with the help of local chefs who are sharing their tried-and-true tips. Written by CHRISTIE GALEANO-DEMOTT

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efore getting into cooking tips and tricks, let’s dig into some key terminology. While we may use the terms barbecuing and grilling interchangeably, they are completely different (except for the fact that both happen outdoors). The easiest way to put it: When you barbecue you’re cooking low and slow, and when you’re grilling you’re cooking high and fast. This basically means barbecue cooks at a lower temperature for a longer time, whereas grilling cooks at a higher temperature and thus much faster. “Everybody has a wardrobe. You got a hoodie, and you got a tank top. And you know depending on what the weather is which one to put on. Learn how to plan according to your schedule. If you want to make a quick lunch, do it on the grill. If it’s your day off and you have people over, fire up the smoker early in the morning and make a day of it,” explains chef Rick Mace. Barbecuing is typically done in a smoker (but can also be achieved on a grill with the lid closed) and usually with larger cuts of meat, like ribs and brisket. A grill cooks beef, hot dogs, vegetables and chicken faster because you’re exposing the food to high direct heat, while a smoker uses indirect low heat and its smoke to cook.


GRILL BRUSH & SPRAY BOTTLE Mace recommends a good grill brush to keep your grill clean and a plastic spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of cider vinegar and either water or apple juice to spritz your meat as you cook to help keep the high spots from charring. SPATULA AND TONGS The chefs recommended a flexible spatula and tongs to help turn your food deliberately and carefully.

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THERMOMETER “There’s a lot of fancy stuff out there that you really don’t need,”says Strine. But all the chefs did agree on needing an accurate thermometer. Suggested brands include Meater, Thermapen and Weber’s own Weber Connect. For those who love to entertain but don’t love to babysit the meat, Meater and Weber Connect enable hassle-free cooking via a probe that you place in the meat and an app on your phone that alerts you when the meat is done.

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There are a variety of grills and fuel sources like charcoal grills, ceramic grills and gas grills. The same thought goes for smokers, which can be charcoal smokers, wood smokers or pellet smokers. Plus, flavors can vary depending on what wood you choose—oak, hickory, maple or mesquite. To keep it interesting, smokers can also double as grills.

WEBER For efficiency and speed, this is Mace’s go-to gas grill. It’s also easy to use and maintain, he says.


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OKLAHOMA JOE Mace owns this offset smoker, which has a small firebox adjacent to it that filters heat and smoke into the larger chamber. He says it’s a great value and well made.

BLACKSTONE Both Mace and Strine recently bought a flat grill and are having fun cooking smash burgers. Plus, it’s another option for cooking outdoors without needing charcoal or wood. Just make sure you learn how to season and care for your griddle.

TRAEGER Strine says home cooks can’t go wrong with these pellet grills for their ease.

BIG GREEN EGG The Green Egg is a ceramic grill that’s also a charcoal smoker (it can also act as an oven for pizzas, for example). Frisbie likes this ceramic option for its versatility.

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on’t let Rick Mace’s humble farm upbringing fool you. The man knows fine dining. During his three years at Daniel Boulud Brasserie at the Wynn Las Vegas, he worked his way up to chef de cuisine and was part of the team that was awarded the uber-coveted Michelin Star. The fifth-generation farm and family homestead in Ohio is where Mace’s love for food was born. But it wasn’t in the kitchen. It was outside, where the young boy became immersed in gardening, fishing and hunting. It wasn’t until his father, now a retired Air Force veteran, returned from a deployment in Greece that Mace’s culinary senses started to fire. Dad had brought back Aegean recipes and ingredients (like olive oil), and watching his father cook and share these new dishes sparked the passion that still fuels him today. The values of craftsmanship and quality, which he learned from Boulud—who he says is the best boss in the world—are what he’s bringing to his newest venture, Tropical Smokehouse in West Palm Beach. Mace has partnered with Jason Lakow, a colleague he met during his seven years at Café Boulud in Palm Beach. They have dubbed it a Florida barbecue concept, where you can feel a genuine sense of place through the combination of live-fire techniques and local ingredients. Latin, Caribbean and Florida flavors all come together in this atypical barbecue spot, where you’ll still find brisket (in a Cuban coffee barbecue sauce) on the menu, but you’ll also find spicy wahoo dip, chorizo queso, a black bean and plantain rice bowl, BBQ jackfruit, hush puppies, Cajun gator sausage and mojo pulled pork.



“Florida barbecue has intricate parts that are unique and transcending. It can be so many different things, because Florida has years of fusion, and all these different things are woven into this beautiful tapestry of food and culture. To be able to have that as a backdrop of what I do is amazing.” —Rick Mace


Whether you’re a chef or home cook, there are always those who are doing it differently than you, so here are a few experts to check out for inspiration, motivation and all around drool-worthy photos. NATIONAL

Billy Durney, Hometown Barbecue, Brooklyn and Miami - @wdurney Leonard Botello, TRUTH BBQ, Houston - @leo_botello_iv Tyler Anderson, “Top Chef” contestant - @cheftyleranderson Wayne Mueller, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor, Texas @louiemuellerbbq


Jon Pump Jack, Pump Jack BBQ, West Palm Beach - @pumpjackbbq Raheem Sealey, Drinking Pig BBQ, Miami - @chefraheemstx Jeremy Bearman, Oceano Kitchen and High Dive, West Palm Beach @chefjbearman

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ames Strine has done it all. He’s mastered everything from washing dishes to haute cuisine. At 18 he set his sights on advancing his basic kitchen skills, and left Maryland in the rearview mirror for an apprenticeship at the Breakers. Then he spent nearly 12 years at Café Boulud mastering his craft. The French bistro’s wood-fire grill is how he developed his passion for cooking over a live fire. Strine’s resume is peppered with other beloved restaurants like Grato, Buccan and Sundy House, but now he’s launching his own concept. Austin Republic debuts later this year on the former Braille Club property that backs up to Phipps Park on South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach. The Tex-Mex concept will serve smoked meats like brisket and pulled pork alongside tacos with specialty house-made flour and corn tortillas. The barbecue joint will focus on casual family dining with lawn games, an indoor/outdoor bar and custom-built pits that will run 24 hours a day. Strine’s fine-dining training in gourmet kitchens helps set Austin Republic’s fare apart. While diners may not know his background, they definitely will taste the difference in the food. Where others may just throw chicken on the grill, Strine takes pride in his poultry with a three-day prepping process before it even hits the wood-fire rotisserie’s heat.



“I love barbecue, because to me it’s the purest method of cooking. It’s not a set-it-and-forget-it kind of thing; you have to pay attention through the whole process. Once you find your groove it becomes ritualistic.”

1. THE STALL When brisket gets to 170-175 degrees it stops cooking, because the meat starts to sweat from the inside out trying to cool itself down. If you’re not maintaining your fire, that stall will add 3-4 hours to your cook. So maintaining a constant fire is key. 2. THE 3, 2, 1 METHOD When cooking ribs: Smoke for three hours, wrap in foil and put back on the pit for two hours, and grill for 1 hour (this is when you glaze, add sauce and it starts to caramelize). Make sure to put moisture in the foil like beer and add brown sugar bone-side up.

—James Strine


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RECIPE TROPICAL SMOKEHOUSE COLLARD GREENS Braised greens always provide the perfect counterpoint to rich, smoky meats and can be made days ahead and easily reheated. (makes four generous servings) 2 pounds fresh, cleaned collard greens ¼ pound Benton’s Hickory Smoked Country Bacon, diced 1 large sweet onion 5 large cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (add more to your liking) 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 2-4 cups water, to cover Salt and black pepper to taste

Chef Mace’s Tip: “We add our rib drippings to the collards to give that extra boost of flavor. If you wrap any of your smoked meats while they finish cooking, be sure to add the liquid from the foil pouch to your greens, beans or other vegetables. You’ll thank me.”

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid, begin by heating to medium high heat on the stovetop. Once the pot is preheated, add the bacon and render lightly until it becomes golden brown and begins to exude its fat. Add onions and crushed red pepper to pot and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until the onions begin to caramelize. Add garlic and continue to cook until garlic has softened and smells sweet. Add remaining ingredients, using enough water to cover collards once they have wilted. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until greens are tender to the bite, around 60-90 minutes. Taste the greens and some of the broth, adding salt, pepper and vinegar to taste. Keep warm until service, or chill and reheat later.


Elevate your meal with these unique wine pairings curated especially for you by sommelier Brett Hart of Clandestine Culinary and Pedro’s Fine Wines.


Tenuta Tascante “Buonora” Etna Bianco DOC This one is a personal favorite. It’s a dry, crisp, zesty white wine from Sicily that’s made from 100-percent Carricante grapes grown in volcanic soil on the slopes of Mt. Etna. It has a stony, flinty minerality, a bracing acidity and a bright citrus zest that’s almost like squeezing a lemon over the dish. PAIR WITH: pulled pork or grilled shrimp

Anima Negra Quibia 2020 This one comes from a small 12-acre vineyard in Mallorca, so it has a Mediterranean feel to it. It has a deep lemon/lime color to it with aromas of Anjou pear, ripe peaches and orange blossom. PAIR WITH: Korean barbecue

Bodegas & Viñedos ‘Las Bairetas’ Moskatel Naranja 2020 This is an orange wine made from a varietal called Muscat of Alexandria grown in a single organically farmed vineyard in Valencia. Bright Mediterranean citrusy notes like Meyer lemon and Valencia orange combine with a layer of fresh herbs underneath like thyme and a hint of basil. PAIR WITH: Grilled branzino or jerk chicken


Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard “De Mûres” Pinot Noir 2020 It’s light and ethereal, almost like a rosé. It has a definite slightly smoky aroma on the nose followed by dark forest berries, red plums and a mouthwatering acidity and freshness. PAIR WITH: Any barbecue dish, even Wagyu

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Clos i Terrasses Clos Erasmus ‘Laurel’ Priorat DOCa 2019 A blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet from northern Spain that delivers a nose full of tart black cherries, dried hibiscus, a hint of anise and a brambly herbal garrigue. PAIR WITH: Grilled lamb or Wagyu sliders

Radio Coteau ‘Las Colinas’ Sonoma Coast Syrah 2018 Another personal favorite. Syrah is kind of a middle child that’s always being overlooked. This one is a cool climate Syrah with dusty herbaceous aromas of dried rosemary, thyme and black & white peppercorn over a savory pallet of black olives, stewed blueberries and plums. PAIR WITH: Wagyu strip or picanha


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LET’S GET SPICY PRO TIP 1: Make your own sauces, rubs and marinades. Mace’s advice: Don’t get hyper-focused on retail products, because they’re distracting. His barbecue rub only has six ingredients: salt, sugar, paprika, habanero, onion and garlic, and he puts it on everything from burgers and ribs to fries and salmon. The goal is to create seasoning that makes food taste good but lets the food taste like the food, he says. PRO TIP 2: Frisbie uses local ground coffee from Pumphouse Coffee Roasters in his brisket rub and uses granulated honey instead of brown sugar on his pastrami and ribs. He prefers rubs over brines because they evenly distribute flavor, allow the sugars to caramelize and help develop that outside crustiness (bark that keeps the protein moist). Make sure to let it sit overnight in the fridge. PRO TIP 3: If you are going to buy, these are fan favorites for their local roots and all-purpose use: Bluefront Bar-B-Q Sauce & Bad Byron’s Butt Rub.

COOKING TIPS & TRICKS FRISBIE •“I like building the fire, controlling the heat.” • Lean into live fire. Learn how to tend to it, and keep it at a constant temperature. • Experiment with different types of woods. • Cook vegetables by burying them in the coal and ash. They must have a skin to discard, but it’s a great way to cook beets, carrots, sweet potatoes or onions while the meat’s fat drips onto them. The way the sugars concentrate and caramelize inside is different than when you boil or roast them. • The key is low and slow—200 to 225 degrees is the sweet spot for smoking. The cut’s size will determine the length of time. MACE •“There are many ways to get the job done, but for myself the best barbecue is made over live fire. There’s so much to learn, but


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it’s simply done by making one mistake at a time, and you have to have the resolve that you’re going to keep going.” • Learn by doing. Start with things that are easier to cook before tackling harder cuts (e.g. chicken before brisket). Get those victories under your belt to gain momentum and enthusiasm. • Season with precision. There are many ways to apply salt to barbecue: right before the smoker, cure (apply salt the day before) or brine (make salt water and soak it). It’s important to learn what each does. Salt is what makes the meat juicy. Learn how things actually work so you can hone the craft. • Invest in better groceries. When you’re happy with what’s coming out of your smoker, buy better meat. Buy prime brisket, pasture-raised chicken and heritage pork now that you know you’re not going to ruin it.“Good groceries make good barbecues.

All natural is an empty claim, but no antibiotics or no hormones—those have higher quality of stewardship towards their animals that ultimately lead to a higher quality product,”says Mace. • You don’t cook the clock; you cook the food so it’s done when it’s done. Learn what temperature food is done at, not how long it takes. It depends on what you prefer— tender, juicy, undercooked, overcooked, fall-off-the-bone. STRINE • “Keep fire low, take your time. That’s why barbecue is what it is. Slow it down.” • Watch the temperature and watch your smoke. You don’t want to taste the smoke all day after you eat.

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FARM RAISED WHERE TO BUY GREAT PROTEINS LOCALLY: • Palm Beach Meats ( • The Meating Place ( • The Butcher & The Bar ( • Nature’s Cut Organic Beef (

“I wanted the food, the service and the story behind the food to be the feature [for the dinners].” VISUAL HONEY

merson Frisbie went from selling hot dogs in a sweltering food truck to selling exclusive cuts of pricey Wagyu. He now works at Palm Beach Meats, a local butcher shop that specializes in Japanese, Australian and domestic Wagyu beef alongside unique cuts like picanha. It’s also where he hosts his Friday night Clandestine Culinary tasting dinners. But it was a long journey to get to where he is today. Born in Connecticut and raised by two artists, Frisbie was always around creative minds. His older brother got into the hospitality industry first, and it inspired him. His first job was at a specialty food store, where he would make dough in the mornings, attend high school and then return in the afternoons to prep the foods. He continued to garner experience with a few more stints up north, but he also developed a 10-year heroin habit that he says brought him to his knees. In 2015 he’d had enough, came down to South Florida for rehab, and after treatment decided to regroup and start over here. He knocked on doors that slammed shut until that fateful hot dog food truck that then led to new opportunities, including becoming the current executive chef at Swank Specialty Produce. Curated to showcase Frisbie’s passion for seasonal ingredients and stellar presentation,“Clandestine”wine pairing dinners deliver an elevated culinary journey that will surprise, entertain and certainly satisfy. Trust Frisbie’s talent and allow him to showcase ingredients, preparations and flavor profiles that may be unfamiliar or uncommon, and you will be rewarded. Plus the wine pairings, created by sommelier Brett Hart, feature small producers and unique grape combinations that tie it all together to deliver a memorable experience.

—Emerson Frisbie


MACE Anything that’s bone-in, like fish collar, chicken, whole fish, fish cheeks or lamb. It will always have more flavor. FRISBIE Tri-tip is an underdog, but it’s extremely tender, easy to work with, and usually a good portion size. STRINE I’m fascinated with brisket.

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LIVING EN PLEIN AIR These days, outdoor living doesn’t just happen outdoors. We’re celebrating summer with hotter-than-ever rattan pieces, chic performance fabrics, versatile backyard furniture, designer tips and a luxurious coastal home.

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South Florida’s climate opens our homes to endless outdoor opportunities. These talented designers and architects know this, taking luxe outdoor living to another level. 1. This resort-style environment was inspired by Biscayne Bay and skyline views, explains Ralph Choeff of Choeff Levy Fischman Architecture + Design. The home blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor, thus satisfying the homeowner’s passion for entertaining. The ipe wood throughout gives the space a softer and more organic feel, while the mid-century modern sunken limestone living room is a fun retro feature. 2. Jackie Armour crafted this space for her

clients to entertain in style. The modern yet casual covered patio has four separate seating areas including the dining table adjacent to the outdoor kitchen. The ceiling’s dark wood paneling contrasts the all-white space, while the patterned tile behind the grill adds interest and is easy to maintain.


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4. The homeowner, who is an art collector and was looking to create a show-stopping piece of art, designed the semicircle-shaped black Pebble Tec pool. An infinity-edge water feature surrounds the unique design with the spa located in the middle. 5. In an effort to create a seamless harmony with nature, landscape architect Christopher Cawley incorporated native palms and lush tropical plantings into the modern estate’s landscape. Inspired by those surroundings, the home’s Mediterranean-style guesthouse and pool feature floating daybeds and a metal-slatted cabana made from powder-coated aluminum that resembles wood but made for our tropical climate.



3. House of One founder Brittany Farinas created a multipurpose space for her client to entertain. Inspired by the home’s natural setting, she blended the interior with the outside with natural materials, light-neutral furniture, and accents in rich navy blue. Conceptualized by DOMA Architecture, the ceiling’s wood detail adds to the room’s elegant oasis feel.

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This contemporary home is giving Boca Raton's Intracoastal Waterway a modern edge. RIGHT: Linear architecture and landscape marries this property to its site.


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Cutting Edge This Boca Raton home’s coastal setting inspires bold archtecture, an innovative landscape and dazzling spaces, indoors and out Written By CHRISTIE GALEANO-DEMOTT Photography by DANIEL NEWCOMB OF ARCHITECT PHOTOGRAPHY (


n a land where over-designed Mediterranean villas topped with barrel roof tiles reign supreme, this waterfront home’s ultra-modern design is a provocative departure. A team of experts, including Lesly Maxwell Interiors, Greg Lombardi Landscape Design and Rex Nichols Architects, masterfully conceived the 9,961-square-foot spec home, which was purchased earlier this year for $17.5 million. The seasoned professionals worked together for three years to transform the six-bedroom, eight-and-a-half-bathroom property into an enticing residence that is both sexy and livable. Honoring nature through its sublime contemporary simplicity, the home marries the outdoors with the in-

doors by incorporating it into every aspect of the home to create a luxuriously greener space. From the moment you pull in, your eyes are drawn to the driveway’s linear design and inverted counterpart on the adjacent front lawn, also useful for overflow parking. Luxury car residential parking is in high demand these days, so the goal was to create these two areas that didn’t feel like massive expanses of pavement but could be used for parking, among other things. Matt Gillen, senior associate at Greg Lombardi Landscape Design, explains he worked on a softer approach of integrating green space into every window view so that it felt more like a garden than a parking garage.

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Two water features, created by Rex Nichols, heighten the anticipation for the home’s coastal setting. Gillen describes the cascading two-story waterfall and wading pond as an amuse-bouche to the home’s expansive Intracoastal views. Moments before stepping into the home, Nichols’ custom aluminum perforated screens come into full view, a unique architectural piece that plays with the light and shadow on the façade. Inspired by the screens, the landscape team translated that design onto the turf and pavement pattern of the multiuse lawn and driveway.“It gives a better sense of depth across the space. Instead of one flat surface, it feels like a series of layers,”Gillen explains. The view-driven home’s relationship between the indoors and outdoors is emphasized through the post-tension construction and frameless La Finestra floor-to-ceiling 24-foot windows.“The use of glass in the house and that indoor-outdoor experience is so prevalent,”Maxwell says.“All bedrooms have their own

INSET: Matt Gillen and Lesly Maxwell ABOVE RIGHT: Maxwell balances the sultry space’s darker palette with emerald green chairs that pull in the backyard’s wild grass and complete the indoor-outdoor effect. ABOVE: This multipurpose sprawling space can host a casual dinner or game night. The linear recessed LED lighting scheme, which Maxwell designed in different shapes and patterns throughout the home, leads the eye outside to the backyard.


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The dining room chairs, which were designed by Maxwell and made by Grafton Furniture, are the stars here. The designer designed a table with a glass top (produced by Artistry Masters of Woodcraft) that appears to be floating, in an effort to show off the variegating chairs while minimizing obstructed water views. A large etched plaster sculpture, also designed by Maxwell, completes the space.

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A slatwall walnut dresser divides the space, while floating nightstands bookend the bed in the primary bedroom.

ABOVE: The streamlined kitchen features a Wolf integrated range and sleek cabinetry with integrated handles instead of protruding clunky hardware. LEFT: Illuminating the space, airy LED stainless steel orbs from Bethel International don’t block any sky views when seated on the Minotti sofa perched on a Creative Accents custom black wool rug.

balconies; even the bathrooms are open to views. It truly is a sunrise/sunset house.” With only two interior walls, the first floor’s layout showcases the team’s priority of bringing in those water views. The living room’s porcelain slabs, which create the fireplace wall, run from the front exterior of the house to the rear exterior. A true architectural feat, the slabs (4 feet wide, 10 feet tall and a half-inch thick) are just another detail that connects the home to the outside. Maxwell’s aim was warm and contemporary rather than cold and stark; thus she chose a natural color palette of creams and grays, oiled walnut detailing and European white oak 12-inch plank floors, which also help absorb sound in the glass home. That earthy color palette continues into the gourmet professional kitchen with grey quartzite countertops juxtaposing the Neff laminate cabinetry in metallic grey. They are framed in high-gloss wood grain laminate to define space in a home that lacks walls, while the mirrored pivoting pantry brings the views into the kitchen. Heading upstairs, Maxwell designed the primary bedroom to be the homeowner’s sanctuary. Entering the space, there’s an element of surprise as the bed isn’t initially spotted. Instead, a slatwall walnut dresser defines the space until the bed, floating in the middle of the room, emerges. From that perspective, the room feels like a luxury yacht cabin. All the furniture in the room, except for the desk chair, was custom-made by Artistry Masters of Woodcraft, and that includes the desk suspended in air and designed to intersect the blackout curtains. The television, within the wall on a linear track, can electronically center the bed upon request and just as easily disappear, allowing the Intracoastal views to take center stage again. The home’s pronounced architectural volumes influenced how Gillen and his team designed the west-facing backyard.

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Dramatic architectural volumes help define the backyard’s linear design. RIGHT: A unique feature, the metal screens add interest to the home’s exterior while inspiring the front yard’s linear design.


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ELEMENTS EVERY FLORIDA LANDSCAPE DESERVES • A place to cool off and escape the heat, like a pergola, cabana or loggia. • A water source, like a pool or fountain. • Maximized green space. Strike a balance between pavers and turf. • Natural materials that are both beautiful and durable. • Blue accents that enhance water and sky tones. • Don’t block your views, but make the landscape interesting.

“When you have a home with such amazing visual presence, the landscape needs to support that in a significant way,”he says.“(It) can’t just sit underneath it. It’s almost like a sculpture without a pedestal. The pedestal is important in holding up the structure. For us, the landscape was a way to help tie this home into the context of the Intracoastal and the neighborhood. It had to be unique but also feel like Florida.” The volumes helped define the areas on the ground, including the fireplace, pool and the turf and pavement stripes, which marry the back with the front of the house. The clean and linear backyard, designed for easy upkeep, is spacious yet feels intimate, with the distinct areas, furnished by Roberta Schilling and Seasonal Living, giving homeowners a variety of options for entertaining alongside the pool. While many Floridians love the thought of backyard fireplaces, our scorching heat dictates how often they are used, and so Gillen wanted to ensure this home’s fireplace could also be enjoyed as a sculpture that felt like it had a purpose. Directly aligning with the front door, it visually connects the interior with the outdoors, its flickering flames inviting guests through the home to the outside. The linear porcelain feature was also placed adjacent to the spa as a way to add a sense of privacy from the inside. The home’s openness and breezy Intracoastal location led Gillen to choose wild grass for the seawall that wouldn’t obstruct any views and would move with the wind instead of stagnant hedges.

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This Manalapan home lets the open air in by flawlessly linking its interiors with the outdoors. Shannon Callahan, director of design at Marc-Michaels Interior Design, shares her secrets to creating this waterfront retreat.


n order to celebrate the sprawling views, the home features floor-to-ceiling windows, and the team made certain to continue this theme with the second-floor loggia’s glass railings. From the family room, the space seems to float over the water, allowing guests to take in the unobstructed Intracoastal views. The room integrates with the indoors to create a large entertaining space when all the sliding doors are open.


Extending the use of the same or similar materials outside is the best way to link the two spaces. In this home, the team continued the interior ceiling’s white oak detailing outside—but treated it to withstand the elements. Then Callahan chose to wrap the kitchen’s hood with wood porcelain tile to coordinate.“It’s more seamless and feels more interior-looking.”The same porcelain floors also flow outside but are treated to ensure a nonslip finish.


Choose a focal piece, like the loggia’s Dana Hanging Chair from Sunset West, to add a bit more style that complements the rest of the furniture.


Clean lines—like in the dining table and quartzite waterfall island—create a calming effect that leads the eye out to the water without competing with the views.


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Mixing textures creates an interesting space that still evokes comfort. Callahan combined the smooth aluminum in the Restoration Hardware dining table and Sunset West Redondo chairs with the rope detailing in the Recaro chairs and Dockside counter stools, both from Palacek.




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RATTAN REVIVAL Rattan evokes vintage

vibes, and it’s enjoying a moment (again) with these contemporary pieces. 1. Rattan Lanterns, starting at $400, The Pots,; 2. Waverly Mirror, $1,370, Hive Collective, hivepalmbeach. com; 3. Lamp in Rattan & Bamboo, $1,537.67, 1stDibs,; 4. Rattan Lounge Chair, starting at $899, Clive Daniel Home,; 5. Morgan End Table, $1,950, Arteriors,; 6. Capistrano Hanging Chair, $1,698, Serena & Lily,

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It’s summertime and the colors are cool. Outdoor furnishings and accessories deliver big style and performance for your sun-splashed spaces.

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Verdant hues and bold, leafy patterns hit pools and patios with outdoor fabrics that are as lively as the tropics that inspired them. TOP TO BOTTOM: Kelpa from Harlequin; Mille Feuilles from Christopher Farr Cloth; Porquerolles from Casamance; Palma from Christopher Farr Cloth; Mille Feuilles from Christopher Farr Cloth; Porquerolles from Casamance; Fleming from Christopher Farr Cloth; Brisa from Christopher Farr Cloth.

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or the last 35 years, Michael Hummel has immersed himself in the latest styles and trends in tile, marble and glass. His exquisite variety of artistic and unusual offerings has earned him a prestigious standing in the industry. Just Tile & Marble offers an exclusive line of imported porcelain slabs and other beautiful natural stones, as well as unique glass and metallic tiles from around the world. “I pride myself on offering only the best to my clients. Every time we do selections for a home, whether it is a 3,000- or 30,000-square-foot project, I treat it as if it was my own, and create an environment that my clients would love to live in,” explains Michael. Just Tile & Marble specializes in the use of porcelain slabs for exterior cladding, main flooring and bathrooms.Whether you want to add a stunning kitchen backsplash or a dramatic feature wall, Just Tile & Marble offers countless styles of book-matched slabs that add a luxurious element to any project.

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Michael strives to bring only exclusive products to the forefront of the marketplace. Eighty-five percent of Just Tile & Marble imports are from Italy’s finest factories, including the premier Sicis Art Mosaic Factory in Revenna. He offers boutique quality service at wholesale prices. With unmatched diligence, Michael collaborates with his clients and their designers to achieve incredible custom spaces. Just Tile & Marble is South Florida’s premier supplier for designers, builders and developers looking for the highest quality materials.

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orn in Bolivia and raised in six countries, Camila Harasic brings her diverse cultural background as well as her architecture experience from Spain to Sklar Furnishings. “With my architectural, technical skills and spatial vision, I knew I could bring a new dimension to Sklar. The goal was to merge furniture customization with today’s technology and advanced design tools to simplify the process for our clients,” explains Harasic. Camila joined the team in November 2020 to expand Sklar’s full-service and design-forward program. “I started to collaborate with our design associates to elevate their projects. We slowly began to turn oneroom jobs into full-scale home projects. A client’s fullscale home project became a multiple homes project. It all starts with a home consultation and a floor plan. We are then able to transform the way people live with the services we offer,” says the architect. The team at Sklar offers a wide range of customizable modern and contemporary furniture, rugs, décor, lighting and interior design services—all while taking charge of the client from beginning to end. “We create their unique vision first.We detect their own needs and the needs of the space. Every home has a unique architectural bone that sets important guidelines in the development of a project. It is a very organic process,” notes Harasic.

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Sklar Furnishings is devoted to making every client’s home unique and special. “The ultimate goal is to make people happy in a space they love to live in,” says Camila. “We stay true to our mission statement: Your Space. Your Lifestyle. Your Choice.”

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Founder and principal of Randall Stofft Architects


andall Stofft grew up in one of the most architecturally inspiring cities in the world: Chicago. Absorbing the creations of renowned architects like Frank Lloyd Wright from a young age, Stofft was destined to follow a similar trajectory. He studied at the University of Arizona and worked for years at an architecture firm in Chicago, namely Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, before moving to South Florida to create his own. In 1988, Stofft founded Randall Stofft Architects in Palm Beach County, where his grandparents and father had already relocated. “The country clubs and waterfronts were all starting to grow,” he recalls of the time. A few years later, he opened a second firm in Naples and later a third in Sarasota. Across those three offices today, Stofft employs about 40 architects, project managers and technicians.

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Locally, Stofft is behind impressive builds like the Seagate Hotel and the new Oceans Delray condos. However, while Stofft’s offices are Florida-based, his lifestyle-driven designs can be found across the country in Utah, Montana, California, Maine, West Virginia, Chicago and Wisconsin, as well as down in the Bahamas. “We are very diverse stylistically, and design our projects to fit within the proper context,” Stofft says.

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ong before he found the perfect mattress for his own personal use, Martin Ghambaryan was challenged to find custom bedding for the boats and yachts he furnished for a living. “I had a back problem and was looking for a mattress that would help me as well. My business partner, Mikayel Abrahamyan, and I did research and found Verlo Mattress Company inWisconsin, fell in love with their philosophy and products, and became a franchisee,” says Ghambaryan. Impressed with the quality, price and Americanmade components, Ghambaryan and Abrahamyan set up shop in Boca Raton. On site, the mattresses are custom-made with a Lifetime Comfort Guarantee that invites customers to adjust the firmness of the mattress as their needs change. “Without the middlemen and retailers, we are able to offer a high-quality, premium mattress for an exceptionally low price and a 10- to 15-year warranty. We can even customize a special mattress shape, which may take a bit longer than our typical 7- to 10-day local delivery time,” says Abrahamyan.

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Ghambaryan explains that he always liked to create and manufacture things, and found the mattress business to be a perfect outlet for his passions. Having a 2-year old son, he says he sleeps less but awakens feeling fully energized. Abrahamyan says he, too, sleeps like a baby, on his Verlo mattress.

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he closet is one of the first rooms you visit each morning, which is why Lori Hoyt of California Closets says it’s essential for the space to elicit a sense of serenity. “You don’t want to walk into something where your clothes are falling all over, your shoes are underneath your clothes and you can barely see anything,” Hoyt says. Achieving a calming closet isn’t just for aesthetics; it can save you the headache and time it takes to get dressed in a disheveled space. The key to organization is creating designated places for everything—hampers for dirty clothes, built-in storage for jewelry and customized shelving with specific sections for short sleeves versus long sleeves. Hoyt doesn’t just know a thing or two about beautifying closets—she’s a business woman through-and-through. Since she stepped in as president 25 years ago, the company’s yearly revenue has grown from $1 million to $12 million. A true family affair, Hoyt works alongside her brother Scott Schiff and sister Patti Schiff. With a staff of about 40 designers and installers, California Closets also extends its expertise into garages, offices and pantries alike. Projects range from $2,500 to upwards of $400,000, depending on each client’s budget and vision.

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eticulously choosing from a curated selection of occasional furniture, wall décor, mirrors, art glass, sculptures and silk floral creations, designer John Eckhardt has been bejeweling homes with high-end, luxury modern, contemporary and traditional accessories from his design emporium, Creative Collection by Petal Pushers since 2004. John’s love of fauna and flora, the foundation of his award-winning style, blossomed early in his life while attending an agricultural high school and later earning a degree in horticulture.“I worked in fresh flowers for many years and then got into the silk business in South Florida. No watering required with these beauties,” he chuckles. By staying current with the market pulse and incorporating his astute design sense cultivated over the last 30 years, John is able to cater to any clients’ environment and tastes.“I try to work with what the clients have and love, and provide museum quality display placement and mixtures of elements,” he explains. ”I’m not into trendy. People tend to get caught up in that but it has a shelf life. My décor is intended to be timeless, no matter what season it is acquired.”

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From choosing an individual statement piece, to a room full of artistic touches from his 5,000 square foot Boca Raton showroom, John and his team of designers strike the perfect balance between sophisticated elegance and dramatic flair to create unique spaces that truly capture the essence of each client.

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Danielle Jolie Dale-Hancock From concert hall to courtside, this professional dancer brings her eclectic experience to Lynn University Written by JOHN THOMASON


t the height of her professional dance career, Danielle Jolie Dale-Hancock made history. By day, she was dance captain for the Radio City Rockettes, the first person of color to earn that title. By night, she was a New York Knicks Dancer—the first performer to hold both positions at the same time. “You talk about different styles,” she says. “I’d have my tights and my heels on, and my lipstick, all pretty and glamoured, and then I’d run down to the Garden, and I’d have to be hip-hop, with knee pads and Doc Martens, and there were no tights, and your hair is free and wild. Not everyone can wear that hat. You have to be diverse and flexible in your way of thinking.” Diversity and flexibility: For aspiring dancers under Dale-Hancock’s tutelage, these skills have become mantras. They have helped see her through not only 18 years with the Rockettes but a steady career on Broadway, in musicals such as “Saturday Night Fever” and “Ragtime.” She has performed at the Tonys, the Oscars and on 10 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades. Dale-Hancock was pregnant with her second child when she retired from the Rockettes, in 2011, and she moved to Boca Raton with her family a year later, citing the quieter, family-friendly lifestyle. But she still keeps a busy schedule, rising every morning at 4:30 for her stretching and jogging regimen, running her own fitness business (VIP Pilates), and, as of last fall, teaching at Lynn University as the school’s esteemed artist in residence.

What excites you about working at Lynn? The diversity of everything—not just of the students but what we’re offering the students. The fact that there is no musical theatre degree that I know where the students are being taught every style of dance— not just ballet, not just modern. There’s a ballet class, a tap class, and the next day a jazz class. And




we have a class called Various Styles. The first part of this year, we did “Chicago,”so for the full semester we were delving into [Bob] Fosse. And that’s a hard technique. And we just finished “Gigi,”so we were focusing on ballroom. As the artist in residence, what do you bring to your students? It’s about getting the

artistry out of that person … You can have a great voice, but then how do you perform that? You can be a great dancer, and have great lines, and turn turn turn, but if there’s nothing going on in your face, then no one’s watching you. That’s the artist—perfecting the tools. It’s the package that makes people come into these seats and stay. Does succeeding as a Rockette involve a different skill set than, say, dancing in a ballet or a contemporary dance company? Definitely. As a Radio City Rockette, you have to have that precision ability, meaning to match everyone—one line is 36 [people]. Whereas, if you have a ballet corps, you still have that originality to have the head turned just slightly differently. With the Rockettes, if your index finger is off one millimeter, we pull it back in. As the captain, we’re looking at the line, and we say, ‘stop, hold. Holly, put your arm a little bit higher. Stop. Erin, put your toe back in.’ In ballet, we don’t. We go with the flow. Not everyone can do that. Some people call it controlling. You’re not able to be free.

The Rockettes had a long history [until 1985] of only hiring white dancers. Were you always comfortable there? I’ve always not matched anybody in my whole life, so I never thought about it. To me, it was always just about having fun, and doing my passion, which is dance. And then when you walk into a room where everyone else has that same kind of passion, it erases everything else. In my first day of rehearsal, I was in a room with women that just wanted to dance. And that was the goal. As a Knicks Dancer, how different is that environment—and the audience—from your performances in a hushed concert hall? It’s not hushed at the Garden. They have people walking around selling beer! It’s a different mindset, but at the same time, I was a cheerleader in high school, too. It peps you up. In a theater, where it is quiet, is where your inner enthusiasm has to come through.

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“At VIP Pilates … I practice what I preach. I’m doing it with [my clients], and they’re seeing that I’m 50 years old and still kicking and dancing with 20-year-olds. … I’m doing it because I need to.”


—Danielle Jolie Dale-Hancock

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“The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop” at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $12 adults, $10 seniors; 561/392-2500, bocamuseum. org. This exhibition spotlights the largely unknown artists behind the painted backdrops of movies such as “North By Northwest” and “The Wizard of Oz,” while immersing viewers in their large-scale masterworks.

“Years of Glass” at Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; $15-$18 museum admission; 561/832-5196, This exhibit showcases four decades of glass art from the museum’s collection, from large-scale sculptures to functional objects, modernist cubes and even a starry-eyed view of the cosmos. Dale Chihuly, Olafur Eliasson and Beth Lipman are among the featured artists.

“A Remarkable Gathering: The Fisher Landau Family Collection” at Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; $15-$18 museum admission; 561/832-5196, Excerpts from this breathtaking collection of late 20th century art showcases a who’s-who of important modern artists from Europe and the Americas, from Pablo Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe to Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana to Willem de Kooning and Cy Twombly.

“The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop”


Psychic Medium Bill Philipps

“Children of the Sea”

“Years of Glass”

July 10:

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July 17:

Psychic Medium Bill Philipps at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 3 p.m.; $25; 561/8331812, At this gallery reading, psychic medium Philipps, who purports to have seen dead people since age 14, will deliver messages from past loved ones. A HuffPost contributor with a national profile, Philipps’ gentle and direct communication style has won over believers and skeptics alike.

“Rent” at Studio One Theatre at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; various show times; $27; 561/297-6124, Jonathan Larsen’s landmark 1990s musical re-imagined Puccini’s “La Bohème” as a rock opera in contemporary East Village, New York. The bohemian artists at its core strive for love amid a gentrifying, AIDS-threatened environment; hit songs include “Seasons of Love” and “One Song Glory.”

“Children of the Sea” at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; $5 with paid museum admission; 561/495-0233, In this 2019 adaptation of an award-winning manga (comics) an ostracized girl named Ruka spends her summer in the aquarium where her father works, where she discovers a pair of mysterious brothers allegedly raised by a marine mammal—and whose supernatural connection to the sea is shared by Ruka.

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“Beyond the Wall” at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; $9-15 museum admission; 561/4950233, In this dynamic survey of the work of five young American artists of Asian descent, outdoor walls are their medium of choice. Explore the eye-popping murals of Boy Kong, Elena Øhlander, Casey Kawaguchi, Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun and Juuri.

Independence Day Celebration on Delray Beach; beginning at 9 a.m.; free; 561/2437922, downtowndelraybeach. com. Start the celebration of America’s birthday with a sand sculpting contest at 9 a.m. Festivities continue throughout the day, including live entertainment, children’s activities, and food and merchandise vendors, culminating in an impressive display at 9 p.m. from Zambelli Fireworks.

Purity Ring at Revolution Live, 100 S.W. Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7 p.m.; $27-$30; 954/449-1025, Topping Billboard’s electronic chart, this Canadian duo specializes in what it calls “future pop”—a downpitched and otherworldly sonic palette enhanced by multi-instrumentalist Corin Roddick’s custom-made, light-up percussion kit. Purity Ring is supporting its third LP, 2020’s Womb.

Otis Cadillac and the El Dorados at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St.; 8 p.m.; $45-$50; 561/450-6357, Nonagenarian roots-rocker Cadillac performs classic R&B and vintage rock ‘n’ roll, emulating musical revues of the ‘50s and ‘60s with assistance from his 11-piece band, the El Dorados, and his female vocal quartet, the Sublime Seville Sisters.

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“Respect: A Musical Journey of Women” at Mizner Park Cultural Center, 201 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; various show times; $39-$49; 844/672-2849. This musical revue from the author of Respect: Women and Popular Music charts the evolution of female vocalists from 1900 to the present, charting a movement from codependence to liberation. The more than 60 song excerpts include “I Am Woman,” “Stand By Your Man” and “These Boots Are Made for Walking.”

J.C. Albert: “The Secret of Illusions” at Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m.; $19.63 and up; 954/462-0222, Miami mystifier and street magician J.C. Albert introduces attendees and audience volunteers to his elaborate, carefully choreographed, occasionally flammable illusions—which, despite the title, will probably remain trade secrets.

Incubus and Sublime with Rome at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $42 and up; 561/7958883, Incubus’ first tour in three years finds frontman Brandon Boyd and company bringing eight albums’ worth of material—and hits like “Drive” and “Wish You Were Here”—to South Florida, kicking off the alternative rockers’ joint headlining tour with Sublime with Rome right here in West Palm Beach.

Steely Dan at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $65-$255; 954/7975531, One of the foundational bands to merge jazz polyrhythms with rock melodies, Steely Dan released seven genre-defining fusion albums from 1972 to 1980. With their impeccable songcraft and eccentric lyrics, they remain an inimitable force of nature, even after the 2017 passing of co-founder Walter Becker.

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Start Me Up at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $30-$35; 561/450-6357, Led by a former actor effusively embodying Mick Jagger’s iconic vocals, elaborate costumes and strutting demeanor, this seven-piece tribute band performs the Rolling Stones’ greatest hits, from their scorching rockers to their tender ballads.

“The Sleeping Beauty” at Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School, 5100 Jog Road, Boca Raton; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $30$45; 561/995-0709, bocaballet. org. Long before it become synonymous with Disney, this Russian ballet based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale helped establish its iconic themes and characters. Boca Ballet Theatre brings the Tchaikovsky-scored ballet to life.

Buddy Guy and John Hiatt at Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m.; $39.50-$124.50; 954/4620222, Blues virtuosi from two generations co-headline this authentic exploration of the genre’s roots. Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy brings nearly 70 years of searing solos to the stage, while Hiatt, whose oeuvre spans blues, country and folk, will perform from his impressive 23-plus albums.

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An Evening with Jordan Rudess

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Lee Brice at Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; 7 p.m.; $60.50; 561/3937890, An easy charmer and talented storyteller, country singer-songwriter Brice has released 18 singles across five albums, eight of which have hit No. 1 on the Billboard country charts. This tour, dubbed “Label Me Proud,” includes opening acts Michael Ray and Jackson Dean.

Rocky LaPorte at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 7 and 9 p.m.; $26.50-$36.50; 561/483-9036, A natural comic who earns laughs on the strength of his thick Italian accent alone, LaPorte has refined his accessible style of blue-collar humor for more than 30 years, building his audience while opening for Tim Allen, Drew Carey, Louie Anderson and Garry Shandling.

Michael Winslow at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $26.50$36.50; 561/483-9036, Known as the “Man of 10,000 Voices,” comedian Winslow took his peerless ability to imitate natural and manmade sounds to seven “Police Academy” comedies, cementing his celebrity status. He’s recently enjoyed a late-career revival, reaching the semifinals of last season on “America’s Got Talent.”

Lee Brice


Michael Winslow

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“One in Two” at Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors; various show times; $35; 954/928-9800, Adopting its title from the statistic that one in two Black gay men will be diagnosed with HIV, Donja R. Love’s funny and unflinching play is set in the waiting room of an ethereal clinic. At each performance, the audience chooses which actor will play the lead character, an African-American man with HIV.

An Evening with Jordan Rudess at Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $25-$45; 954/462-0222, This progressive Dream Theater rocker from Great Neck, N.Y., is also a classical maestro of his main instrument, the keyboard. His wide-ranging solo performances encompass his eclectic taste, from piano improvisations to work by Bach, David Bowie, Yes and King Crimson.

T.J. Miller at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 7 and 9:45 p.m.; $30; 561/833-1812, Like the late, great Norm Macdonald, this deft comic actor (“Deadpool,” “Silicon Valley”) can establish an absurd premise and riff on it for 15 minutes, layering and spiking the material with inspired extensions and diversions.

“The Ed Sullivan Variety Show” at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, 3385 N.E. 188th St., Aventura; 3 and 8 p.m.; $49-$59; 954/462-0222, A throwback to the black-and-white era of TV variety show dominance, this tribute concert features performers inhabiting the costumes and vocal pipes of Buddy Holly, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley from their times on Sullivan’s influential program.

Start Me Up


Rocky LaPorte

Randy Rainbow: “The Pink Glasses Tour”

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Roger Waters: “This is Not a Drill” at FTX Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 8 p.m.; $51 and up; 786/777-1000, Pink Floyd’s provocative and theatrical impresario finally returns for his two-year COVID-delayed tour, a newly conceived “in the round” stage show full of wizardry and bombast, with hits spanning the second half of Floyd’s career and Waters’ solo material.

The Black Keys at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $55 and up; 561/795-8883, This alt-rock duo continues to redefine vintage blues, producing anthemic, sing-along roof-raisers with zero need for the hipster synthesizers and breathy vocals dominating alternative radio. Arrive early for stellar openers Band of Horses and Early James.

Santana and Earth, Wind & Fire at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $72 and up; 561/795-8883, westpalmbeachamphitheatre. com. Two giants among their respective genres co-headline this ear-expanding tour. Santana, led by its namesake guitar virtuoso, has released 17 gold, platinum or multiplatinum albums while broadening Latin rock to a crossover audience. R&B icons Earth, Wind & Fire have likewise had a seismic effect on their genre, blending soul, funk, disco and jazz into a style entirely their own.

Randy Rainbow: “The Pink Glasses Tour” at Broward Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $37-$127; 954/462-0222, The song satirist/parodist, known for his viral YouTube videos skewering conservative politicians, brings his trademark hot-pink frames to a tour of his most popular compositions and brand-new originals written with Marc Shaiman and Alan Menken, all accompanied by Broadway musicians.

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f you can’t get to Spain this summer, Patio Tapas & Beer will transport you to the Iberian Peninsula with its variety of tapas. You might have strolled by its red awning on your way to a Royal Palm Place restaurant, shop or bar, but its expansive terrace is worthy of a visit, and here’s why. Chef Bryant Fajardo, who trained under celebrated chef José Andrés, specializes in one of Spain’s most traditional and iconic cuisines, the tapas. Patio delivers classic selections like Manchego cheese and anchovies alongside premium nibbles like seared duck and foie gras. You can find tapas all around Spain; eat them as a snack before dinner or as a full meal of small, shareable plates. One style of tapas is the montadito. It consists of a petite piece of bread (usually similar to a baguette) with some sort of topping. Its name is thought to come from the word montar, or to mount, in allusion to its “mounted” toppings. What is for certain is that at Patio Tapas & Beer, montaditos

take center stage. How many you order really depends on your appetite and number of guests. You should know that an order of any montadito only includes one portion. So if you’re with friends you should order multiples. Our table of four ordered five montaditos that we halved so that we could try them all without getting too full on bread. That’s the tricky part: balancing my love for toasty-onthe-outside and warm-and-fluffyon-the-inside bread with my urge to try everything on the menu. Solid, straightforward choices include the pork belly ($4.90), tender with a crispy exterior, and the jamón ibérico y Manchego ($4.90), a thin slice of sheep’s milk cheese topped with a thinner slice of ham. The standout montaditos were the cordero estofado ($4.90), shredded lamb braised in tomato and red wine that was both savory and saucy, the duck breast ($4.90), thinly sliced, seared and nestled onto sweet fig jam and topped with truffle oil, and the piquillo relleno ($4.90), a red pepper (sans heat) stuffed with

creamy goat cheese and a Pedro Ximénez sweet sherry reduction. Another category on the menu are bocadillos, which are small sandwiches made from similar montadito bread. We opted for other breadless tapas like the tortilla ($7.90), an upgraded moist omelet of egg and potato with a slight onion crunch; zanahorias al jerez ($7.90), multicolored carrots topped with goat cheese and almonds in a Pedro Ximénez glaze that accentuated their sweetness; the typical Galician pulpo a la gallega ($17.90), tender morsels of octopus sprinkled with olive oil and paprika; and gambas al ajillo ($17.90), shrimp usually drenched in garlicky olive oil that, in this case, fell a little short on the garlic. A true tapas experience is about sharing food in a friendly, comfortable setting, and this restaurant delivers. Whether you meet friends for a Wine Down Wednesday happy hour (bottles are half off) and pair a Spanish rioja with a few montaditos or invest in the entire menu with a smorgasbord of plates, Patio Tapas & Beer is here.



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ocal hospitality veterans Tina Wang and Chef Jason Zheng continue their winning streak with their newest concept, Coco Sushi Lounge & Bar. The owners of Boca’s Yakitori Sake House, SaiKo-i Sushi Lounge & Hibachi and Koi Sushi Lounge took over the expansive space in Pineapple Grove, which once housed restaurants like Avant and SoLita. Sprinkling their culinary magic, they’ve transformed it into another sushi haven. Where others have failed, this husband-and-wife team is thriving. The venue is spacious, with several dining rooms from the covered patio to the sushi counter, if you’re in the mood for a standout omakase experience. Its roomy bar borders the patio and serves refreshing signature cocktails, beer, wine and more than 20 sakes. For an off-menu treat, ask for the house sake ($10). It’s cloudy, semisweet, silky and chilled, offering a refreshing way to kick off an evening. The Kiss My Coco cocktail ($13) evokes a Caribbean vacation with every sip of the

vanilla vodka, pineapple rum, coconut rum and coconut milk elixir that was topped with toasted coconut shavings. (Though this drink is not on it, Coco Sushi hosts two daily happy hours with plenty of discounted cocktails, beer, wine, sake and bar bites.) Take your time exploring the menu. It’s extensive. Catering to any palate, dietary restriction or craving, the menu features both traditional dishes and creative ones within each category. Soups and salads lead into sushi selections and appetizers divided into cool and hot. If you like cooked or raw rolls, you have plenty to choose from, and if you want hot entrées there’s fried rice and noodles alongside land and sea options. We started with the crispy baby bok choy ($12), flash-fried and melt-in-your-mouth airy bites that have a sweet undertone. The spicy tuna biscuit ($15) was a table favorite. Crispy rice is topped with a hearty portion of spicy tuna, paper-thin jalapeño, multicolored caviar for added texture and wasa-

bi mayo for a hint of horseradish at the finish. The chu chu lobster ($20)—Maine lobster wrapped in seared tuna and topped with mango coconut sauce—was recommended, but the flavors didn’t come together. Among the signature rolls, we chose the lobster sea bass roll ($31) and out of control roll ($16). The former is a seaweed roll topped with avocado and tender sea bass that balances out the crunch of the tempura lobster and crisp cucumber. The latter, wrapped in soy paper, was stuffed with three fish varieties, but the tuna did overpower the salmon and yellowtail. The pillowy roll was topped with avocado and a kaleidoscope of tobiko that gave it a lovely light crunch. Tinted in a red glow, the main dining room’s contemporary design is peppered with stunning spiral chandeliers, hanging sculptures resembling wooden sushi boats, and luminescent orbs reflecting in mirrored ceilings. It all sets the scene for a modern and exciting take on Japanese fare.



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Boca Landing —999 E. Camino Real. Contemporary

Abe & Louie’s —2200 Glades Road. Steakhouse. All Americans are endowed with certain inalienable rights, among them the right to a thick, juicy, perfectly cooked steak. At this posh, comfortable (and expensive) meatery, the USDA Prime steaks are indeed thick, juicy and perfectly cooked, also massively flavorful and served in enormous portions. Don’t miss the New York sirloin or prime rib, paired in classic steakhouse fashion with buttery hash browns and ubercreamy creamed spinach. Chased with an ice-cold martini or glass of red wine from the truly impressive list, it’s happiness pursued and captured. • Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner nightly. Brunch on Sat. and Sun. 561/447-0024. $$$$


AlleyCat—409 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Japanese. Chef Eric

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Baker’s Japanese izakaya, or a casual spot for drinks and bites, is serving up dishes like sushi, dumplings and fried rice that have an unexpected whimsical element. Here you’ll find king crab tacos and hot fried chicken alongside the hamachi ponzu and spicy scallop roll. And to deliver the freshest sushi in town, he has partnered with celebrated sushi chef David Bouhadana of Sushi by Bou. • Dinner Tues.-Sat. 561/717-8415. $$

Arturo’s Ristorante —6750 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Arturo’s quiet, comfortable dining room; slightly formal, rigorously professional service; and carefully crafted Italian dishes never go out of style. You’ll be tempted to make a meal of the array of delectable antipasti from the antipasti cart, but try to leave room for main courses like the veal shank served on a bed of risotto. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/997-7373. $$$

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Highway. Vietnamese. This popular restaurant offers satisfying food and reasonable prices. Plus, there’s bubble tea. Opened in 2014, it has a wide range of Vietnamese favorites, such as cha gio tom heo, fried shrimp and pork Imperial rolls, all kinds of pho, noodle bowls, chicken curry and more. • Lunch and dinner six days a week; closed Tuesdays. 561/409-4964. $$

Bluefin Sushi and Thai—861 N.W. 51st St., Suite 1. Sushi/Thai. Arrive early for a table at this Asian hot spot— it’s popular with no reservations for parties fewer than six. Don’t skip the tempura lobster bomb, big in both size and taste. The ginger snapper will impress both Instagram and your stomach. Try the chicken satay and pad Thai. Bluefin offers a variety of

American. The Waterstone Resort & Marina’s signature restaurant, Boca Landing, offers the city’s only waterside dining and shows off its prime location and views. Heavy on small plates, the menu features tuna crudo, fried calamari and a killer cheese and charcuterie board. Probably the best dish, though, is the charred filet mignon with a red wine bone marrow reduction, with wickedly luscious house-made hazelnut gelato coming in a very close second. • Dinner nightly. 561/226-3022. $$$

Burtons Grill & Bar —5580 N. Military Trail. New American. Known for its reliable food as well as its non-gluten, Paleo and “B Choosy” kids menu, the first Florida location for this restaurant is deservedly crowded, so make reservations. Don’t miss the General Tso’s cauliflower, the pan-seared salmon (Paleo), the crab cakes or the Key lime pie. Popular half-portions are available, too. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/465-2036. $

The Capital Grille —6000 Glades Road. Steaks. This is one of more than three dozen restaurants in a national chain, but the Boca Grille treats you like a regular at your neighborhood restaurant. Steaks, dry-aged if not Prime, are flavorful and cooked with precision, while starters from the pan-fried calamari to the restaurant’s signature spin on the Cobb salad (lunch only) are nicely done too. Parmesan truffle fries are crispy sticks of potato heaven; chocolate-espresso cake a study in shameless, and luscious, decadence. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/368-1077. $$$

Casa D’Angelo —171 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. Chef Rickie Piper, who has mastered the menu and cuisine of this fine-dining staple for more than a decade, knows when to say when with both plating and ingredients. His dishes, including the sides and accompaniments, are visually appetizing and aromatic. A grilled veal chop easily 3 inches thick proved tender and juicy, and the wild mushrooms served alongside in a marsala added earthiness. • Dinner nightly. 561/996-1234. $$$ Casimir French Bistro —416 Via De Palmas, Suite 81. French. Take a trip overseas without leaving the city and enjoy excellently prepared traditional French dishes, such as duck l’orange or beef bourguignon, or go with Cajun chicken and veal Milanese. The comfortable dining room is a Parisian

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experience, as is the apple tarte tatin. This is a local favorite, and may we add they have what is as close to real French bread as anyplace in Boca? • Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 561/955-6001. $$$

Chez Marie French Bistro —5030 Champion Blvd. French. Marie will greet you at the door of this nicely decorated, intimate, classic French restaurant tucked in the corner of a strip shopping area. This feels like an intimate neighborhood bistro and is a welcome discovery. From escargot encased in garlic butter, parsley and breadcrumbs to a tender duck a l’orange to an unforgettable crepe Suzette, you’ll be in Paris all evening. Voila! Also on the menu: pan-seared foie gras, tasty onion soup, coq au vin, rack of lamb, salads and more desserts. French food in an unassuming atmosphere.• Dinner Mon.-Sat. (closed on Mon. in summer) 561/997-0027. $$

Chops Lobster Bar—101 Plaza Real S., Royal Palm Place. Steak, seafood. There is nothing like a classic chophouse every now and then for a special dinner. At this upscale downtown restaurant, steaks are aged USDA Prime— tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked under a 1,700-degree broiler. There’s all manner of fish and shellfish, but you’re here for the lobster, whether giant Nova Scotian tails flash-fried and served with drawn butter or sizable Maine specimens stuffed with lobster. Let’s face it: Trendy menus come and go, but a great steakhouse is a win-win on all occasions. • Dinner nightly. 561/395-2675. $$$$ Cuban Café —3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite B-30. Cuban. One thing Boca needs more of is coffee windows—and real Cuban restaurants. Part of the charm of South Florida is its melting pot of Latin cultures, and Cuba is the granddaddy of them all. Which is undoubtedly why diners pack this traditional Cuban restaurant for lunch specials that start at $10.95, including slow-roasted pork served with white rice and black beans. Other highlights include the Cuban sandwich, the media noche and (on the dinner menu only) lechón asado. Full bar. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/750-8860. $

Dorsia—5837 N. Federal Highway. Continental. The

Everyday Favorites For an affordable bite at any time, consider these durable chains and homegrown Boca favorites—where the attire is understated and reservations are rarely necessary. Biergarten—309 Via De Palmas, #90. German/Pub. Part vaguely German beer garden, part all-American sports bar, this rustic eatery offers menus that channel both, as well as an excellent selection of two-dozen beers on tap and the same number by the bottle. The food is basic and designed to go well with suds, like the giant pretzel with a trio of dipping sauces and the popular “Biergarten burger.” • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-7462. $$

Bonefish Grill—21065 Powerline Road. Seafood. Market-fresh seafood is the cornerstone, like Chilean sea bass prepared over a wood-burning grill and served with sweet Rhea’s topping (crabmeat, sautéed spinach and a signature lime, tomato and garlic sauce.) • Dinner nightly. Lunch on Saturdays. Brunch on Sundays. 561/483-4949. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/732-1310; 9897 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/9652663; 11658 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/799-2965) $$ The Cheesecake Factory—5530 Glades Road. American. Oh, the choices! The chain has a Sunday brunch menu in addition to its main menu, which includes Chinese chicken salad and Cajun jambalaya. Don’t forget about the cheesecakes, from white chocolate and raspberry truffle offerings. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-0344. (Other Palm Beach County locations: CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/802-3838; Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-3711). $$ Nick’s New Haven-Style Pizzeria—2240 N.W. 19th St., Suite 904. Italian. Cross Naples (thin, blistered crust, judicious toppings) with Connecticut (fresh clams and no tomato sauce), and you’ve got a pretty good idea of the pies coming out of Nick Laudano’s custom-made ovens. The “white clam” pizza with garlic and bacon is killer-good; Caesar salad and tiramisu are much better than the usual pizzeria fare. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/3682900. $$ P.F. Chang’s—1400 Glades Road. Chinese. There may have been no revolution if Mao had simply eaten at the Boca outpost of P.F. Chang’s—the portions are large enough to feed the masses—and the exquisite tastes in each dish could soothe any tyrant. We particularly like the steamed fish of the day, as well as the Szechuan-style asparagus. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-3722. (Other Palm Beach County location: 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/691-1610) $$

The Sandwich Shop at Buccan—350 S. County Road, Palm Beach. Takeout stop. Like big sister Buccan Italian restaurant, the Sandwich Shop is full of flavor and builds your favorite sandwich with just a touch of delicious creativity you won’t find elsewhere. Owned by celeb chef Clay Conley and partners, the menu has hot or cold sandwiches, salads, sides and drinks (both alcoholic and non). Good-sized portions mean the Italian and prosciutto subs include leftovers if you have some willpower.• Lunch daily. 561/833-6295. $$

simple pleasures of the table—good food, personable service, comfortable ambience—are what this modestly stylish restaurant is all about. The menu has a strong Italian bent, evidenced by dishes like a trio of fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with an airy three-cheese mousse, and a cookbook-perfect rendition of veal scaloppine lavished with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and a tangy lemon-white wine sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/961-4156. $$

Shake Shack—1400 Glades Road. American. We’re not sure there is really any such thing as a bad burger joint and when you have a really good one—like Shake Shack— there’s a little piece of heaven just a short order away. Shake Shack in University Commons has great all-Angus burgers, non-GMO buns, and a frozen custard that makes grown men weep. Throw in some crinkle-cut fries and life is the way it should be. And the outdoor patio is a definite bonus in these times. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/932-0847. $

Farmer’s Table—1901 N. Military Trail. American.

Steve’s Wood Fired Pizza—9180 Glades Road. Italian. With an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients

In the pantheon of healthy dining, Farmer’s Table is a standout in Boca, one of the first restaurants to elevate natural foods to fine dining. Fresh, natural, sustainable, organic and local is the mantra at this both tasty and health-conscious offering from Mitchell Robbins and Joey Giannuzzi. Menu highlights include flatbreads, slow-braised USDA Choice short rib and the popular Ramen Bowl, with veggies, ramen noodles and shrimp. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/417-5836. $$

and rigorous preparation—the hand-rolled dough rises for three days before use—this reliable purveyor offers varieties of ‘za that are both familiar and novel, from BBQ chicken and veggie primavera to Mom’s White Roasted Garlic and the Mupsa (mushroom, pepperoni and sausage) . • Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sat., dinner Sun. 561/483-5665. $$

Frank & Dino’s —39 S.E. First Ave. Italian. Cue the music. Dim the lights. Retrieve the chilled martini glass and shaker; it’s time to dine. The Rat Pack is alive and well here in both décor and soundtrack. So, too, are traditional Italian dishes such as Dentice oreganata, capellini Pomodoro and tiramisu. But you may want to get there early for one of the longest happy hours around (11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays) for Damiano meatballs, filet mignon sliders or antipasto misto between lunch and dinner. • Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner nightly. 561/218-4636. $$$

Tap 42—5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 247. Gastropub. This hugely popular nouveau-Industrial gastropub is not for the faint of eardrums when packed, but don’t let that discourage you. The kitchen here executes the hell out of a short, simple all-day menu. Grilled salmon chopped salad with tomatillo ranch dressing is delightful, as is guacamole studded with fat chunks of bacon and charred corn. Same goes for decadent shrimp mac-n-cheese. The wicked-good chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel sauce would be the envy of any Big Easy eatery. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Brunch Sat.-Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/235-5819. $

Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen—399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. American. Natural, seasonal, sustainable. You’ll enjoy the varied menu, and won’t believe it’s made without butters or creams. Try the too-good-to-be-true buffalo-style cauliflower appetizer, the seared salmon or buffalo burger, and

have apple skillet for dessert. Healthy never tasted so good. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/826-2625. $$

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Up your chips-and-dip game with this salsa that you can also serve with grilled fish or shrimp. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 cups mango, diced small 1/2 cup red onion, diced small 1/2 cup tomato, diced small 1 jalapeño, finely diced Juice of 2 limes 2 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar Salt and pepper to taste Preparation: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Season and taste. Serve cold.


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A twist on a classic Daiquiri (not the frozen kind) with the heat and floral notes of habanero and the cooling sweetness of mango. Serves: 1 Ingredients: 2 ounces light rum 1 ounce fresh lime juice 1 ounce mango purée 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1-2 slices habanero pepper Ice Preparation: • Place all ingredients in a shaker with 1 cup of ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. • Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass and garnish with a slice of mango on a skewer.

A West Palm Beach chef explores fresh ways to integrate the summertime fruit Written by CHRISTIE GALEANO-DEMOTT


ummertime in South Florida is enriched by the fragrant scent and honeyed taste of mangoes. We’ve patiently watched countless trees all spring as they bloom and produce tiny kidney-shaped specks of green that eventually evolve into ruby red and blazing orange mangoes. Nothing beats cutting into a ripe one that’s just fallen off a tree, its juicy syrup oozing out and its flesh tender and moist. But there are a myriad of other ways to enjoy the versatile tropical fruit that’s indigenous to southern Asia. Grill them, freeze them (poolside popsicles, anyone?), juice them, blend them; the choices are endless. Chef Jorge Montes is sharing a couple of his favorite mango-inspired recipes that you can try at home this summer. As the owner of Sazoned and a local South Florida chef for 20 years, he knows mangoes and is an expert in sharing his passion for food through curated virtual cooking classes and pop-up dinners. (For more on Chef Montes, visit




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tasty chicken entrees and main-plate salads to seafood options like Asian-glazed salmon or pan-seared yellowtail snapper. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/912-9800. $$

Houston’s —1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle. Contemporary American. Convenient location, stylish ambience and impeccable service are hallmarks of this local outpost of the Hillstone restaurant chain. There are plenty of reasons why this is one of the most popular business lunch spots in all of Boca, including menu items like Cajun trout, the mammoth salad offerings and the tasty baby back ribs. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-0550. $$$

Josephine’s —5751 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Tradition trumps trendy, and comfort outweighs chic at this Boca favorite. The ambience is quiet and stately but not stuffy, and the menu is full of hearty dishes to soothe the savage appetite, like three-cheese eggplant rollatini and chicken scarpariello. • Dinner nightly. 561/988-0668. $$

Kapow! Noodle Bar—431 Plaza Real. Pan-Asian. This Asian-inspired gastropub delivers an inventive punch to the taste buds. Among the hardest hitters is its angry shrimp dumplings and the char sui pork belly bao bun. The Saigon duck pho is yet one more reason to go. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/347-7322. $$

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E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. From the four pre-menu bites to the after-dinner coffee from freshly ground beans, this is a white-tablecloth venue that delivers on its upscale promises. Try the langostino, the red snapper, the risotto, the pasta, or go for the ceviches, caviars and seafood tower. Save room for dessert and complimentary lemoncello. Make a night of it. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/338-8606. $$$

ditional French. Elegance, civility and very good food meet here for dinners that last at least two hours, and it’s worth it. Try the Dover sole (pricey, but it won’t disappoint), the escargot, coq au vin if it’s a nightly special, gazpacho, duck, veal, lobster and more. Don’t forget the rich, well-crafted desserts. Classical dining at a longtime standard; jackets recommended. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 561/395-6033. $$$

Fries to Caviar —6299 N. Federal Highway. Contemporary American. Going one better than soup to nuts defines this Boca restaurant, an easygoing, affordable bistro that really does offer fries, caviar and more. Four varieties of fish eggs are shown off nicely crowning a quartet of deviled eggs, while the thick-cut fries complement a massively flavorful, almost fork-tender hanger steak in the classic steak frites.Try the seasonal soups as well. • Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/617-5965. $$

Ke’e Grill —17940 N. Military Trail, Suite 700. Traditional American. In this busy dining scene for more than 30 years, you will find a lot of seafood (fried calamari, blue crab cakes, yellowtail snapper Francaise and lots more), a few steak, chicken, lamb and pork options, and a quality house-made apple crisp. Your traditional choices are baked, fried, breaded, grilled, broiled, sauteed. With Provencal, Francaise, maple mustard glaze, toasted macadamia nut pesto and piccata twists. A consistent crowd for a consistent menu. • Dinner nightly. 561/995-5044. $$$


La Nouvelle Maison—455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd. French. Elegant, sophisticated French cuisine, white-glove service and a trio of stylish dining rooms make Arturo Gismondi’s homage to Boca’s storied La Vieille Maison the home away from home to anyone who appreciates the finer points of elegant dining. The cuisine showcases both first-rate ingredients and precise execution, whether a generous slab of silken foie gras with plum gastrique, posh lobster salad, cookbook-perfect rendition of steak frites and an assortment of desserts that range from homey apple tart to bananas Foster with chocolate and Grand Marnier. • Dinner nightly. 561/338-3003. $$$ La Villetta—4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-edited version of a traditional Italian menu, complete with homemade pastas and other classic dishes. Try the signature whole yellowtail snapper encrusted in sea salt; it’s de-boned right at tableside. Shrimp diavolo is perfectly scrumptious. • Dinner nightly. (closed Mon. during summer). 561/362-8403. $$$ Le Rivage —450 N.E. 20th St., Suite 103. French. Don’t overlook this small, unassuming bastion of traditional French cookery. That would be a mistake, because the dishes that virtually scream “creativity” can’t compare to the quiet pleasures served here—like cool, soothing vichyssoise, delicate fillet of sole with nutty brown butter sauce or perfectly executed crème brûlee. Good food presented without artifice at a fair price never goes out of fashion. • Dinner nightly. 561/620-0033. $$

Loch Bar —346 Plaza Real. Seafood. This sister restaurant to Ouzo Bay includes fried oysters, moules frites and Maryland crab cakes. The bar offers literally hundreds of whiskeys, a

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noisy happy hour crowd and live music most nights. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/939-6600. $$

Louie Bossi’s—100 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. This jumping joint serves terrific Neapolitan pizza (thin crust), but don’t miss the other entrées. Start with a charcuterie/cheese plate and grab the amazing breadsticks. All breads and pastas are made on the premises. Other faves include the carbonara and the calamari, and save room for house-made gelato. Unusual features: Try the bocce ball court included with the retro Italian décor. • Lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch. 561/336-6699. $$$

Luff’s Fish House—390 E. Palmetto Park Road. Seafood. A renovated 1920s bungalow houses this shipshape restaurant, in addition to two large, outdoor deck and patio areas. It’s known for familiar dish names with new tweaks: smoked fish-hummus dip, falafel fish fritters, crab guacamole, mussels in coconut curry broth, plus the paella on Sundays only. Don’t leave without the enormous slice of the Key lime pie, topped with meringue on a graham cracker crust. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/609-2660. $$ Maggiano’s —21090 St. Andrews Blvd. Italian. Do as the Italians do, and order family-style: Sit back and watch the endless amounts of gorgeous foods grace your table. In this manner, you receive two appetizers, a salad, two pastas, two entrées and two desserts. The menu also includes lighter takes on staples like chicken parm, fettuccine alfredo and chicken piccata. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/361-8244. $$


Mario’s Osteria—1400 Glades Road, Suite 210.

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Italian. This popular spot is swanky, but the rustic Italian fare keeps with an osteria’s humbler pretensions. Signature dishes like the garlic rolls, lasagna and eggplant “pancakes” are on the new menu, as are butternut squash ravioli and thick, juicy rib-eye served “arrabiata” style. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/2397000. $$

Matteo’s—233 S. Federal Highway, Suite 108. Italian. Hearty Italian and Italian-American food, served in giant “family style” portions, needs no reinventing. Though there is no shortage of local restaurants cooking in that genre, it’s the details of preparation and service that make Matteo’s stand out. Baked clams are a good place to start, as is the reliable chopped salad. Linguini frutti di mare is one of the best in town. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-0773. $$ Max’s Grille —404 Plaza Real. Contemporary American. After 24 years in Mizner Park, This modern American bistro is a true local classic. The food and decor are both timeless and up to date, and the ambience is that of a smooth-running big-city bistro. Service is personable and proficient. The menu is composed of dishes you really want to eat, from the applewood bacon-wrapped meatloaf to the wickedly indulgent crème brûlèe pie. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/368-0080. $$

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Morton’s The Steakhouse—5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 219. Steakhouse. There’s seemingly no end to diners’ love of huge slabs of high-quality aged beef, nor to the carnivores who pack the clubby-swanky dining room of this meatery. While the star of the beef show is the giant bone-in filet mignon, seasonally featured is the American Wagyu New York strip. Finish off your meal with one of the decadent desserts.• Dinner nightly. 561/392-7724. $$$$

New York Prime —2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive. Steakhouse. This wildly popular Boca meatery Monday, Monday packs them in with swift, professional service, classy supper club ambience and an extensive wine list. And, of course, the beef—all USDA Prime, cooked to tender and juicy lusciousness




over ferocious heat. The bone-in rib-eye is especially succulent, but don’t neglect the New York strip or steak-house classics like oysters Rockefeller, garlicky spinach and crusty hash browns. • Dinner nightly. 561/998-3881. $$$$

Prezzo —5560 N. Military Trail. Italian. A reincarnation of a popular 1990s Boca venue, this version has updated the dining room, kept the yummy oven-baked focaccia bread slices, and added a 21st-century taste to the menu. Don’t miss the tender bone-in pork chop, thin-crust pizza and seafood specials. Vegetarian and gluten-free choices are on the menu, too. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/314-6840. $$ Rafina—6877 S.W. 18th St. Greek. If you find the ambience of most Greek restaurants to be like a frat party with flaming cheese and ouzo, this contemporary, casually elegant spot will be welcome relief. Food and decor favor refinement over rusticity, even in such hearty and ubiquitous dishes as pastitsio and spanakopita. Standout dishes include the moussaka, the creamy and mildly citrusy avgolemono soup and the precisely grilled, simply adorned (with olive oil, lemon and capers) branzino. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/409-3673. $$

Rebel House —297 E. Palmetto Park Road. American Eclectic. As wild visually as it is in the kitchen, this place rocks on all points. Start with the popcorn flavor of the day (instead of bread) and don’t miss the cauliflower Caesar salad, Uncle Pinkie’s Fried Rice, the lobster meatballs or whatever duck option is on the menu. You can’t miss with these dishes. • Dinner nightly, brunch Sat.-Sun. 561/353-5888. $$ Ristorante Sapori—301 Via de Palmas, Royal Palm Place. Italian. Sapori features fresh fish, veal and chicken dishes imbued with subtle flavors. The grilled Italian branzino, the veal chop Milanese and the zuppa di pesce served over linguine are especially tasty, and the pasta (all 17 kinds!) is available in full and half orders, with your choice of 15 zesty sauces. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/367-9779. $$ Ruth’s Chris —225 N.E. Mizner Blvd., Suite 100. Steakhouse. Not only does this steakhouse favorite emphasize its New Orleans roots, it also distinguishes itself from its competitors by just serving better food. The signature chopped salad has a list of ingredients as long as a hose but they all work together. And how can you not like a salad topped with crispy fried onion strings? Steaks are USDA Prime and immensely flavorful, like a perfectly seared New York strip. The white chocolate bread pudding is simply wicked. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-6746. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/514-3544; 661 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/863-0660.) $$$$ Seasons 52—2300 Executive Center Drive. Contemporary American. The food—seasonal ingredients, simply and healthfully prepared, accompanied by interesting wines—is firstrate, from salmon roasted on a cedar plank to desserts served in oversized shot glasses. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-9952. (Other Palm Beach County location: 11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/625-5852.) $$

SeaSpray Inlet Grill—999 E. Camino Real. American. Unobstructed views of Lake Boca Raton, soaring palm trees and coastal décor peppered with fringed umbrellas all set the mood for a relaxing experience that will make you feel as if you’re on vacation. The menu accommodates different dietary preferences with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Don’t sleep on the pear tortellini pasta starter; it’s a star item. Portions are hearty and can be easily shared. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/226-3022. $$

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Six Tables a Restaurant—112 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton. American. The dimly lit chandeliers, burgundy velvet curtains and smooth Sinatra lyrics set the mood for a memorable evening that’s dedicated to fine dining without pretention. With a seasonal menu that’s ever changing, you can rest assured that whatever husband and wife chef-proprietors Tom and Jenny Finn prepare for you, it will truly be special and made with love. • Dinner Thurs.-Sat. 561/347-6260. $$$$

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For a wine experience evoking the French Riviera, go pink Written by CHRISTIE GALEANO-DEMOTT


Francois Matton

he cool and refreshing rosé has transcended its wine persona and now evokes the stylish sophistication of the French Riviera, or the effortlessly chic way you feel sipping it poolside. Minuty is one of the original 18 estates of Provence and is the last estate in the region to handpick its harvest—to preserve the integrity of the grape. The rosé dynasty also only uses sustainable and organic farming practices for its luxurious wine. So we sat down with its co-owner, François Matton, to talk rosé sips and tips.

structure. The 281 refers to the Pantone number for a royal blue that evokes the color of the sky and the sea in the French Riviera after a seasonal mistral windstorm. Hubert de Malherbe, who famously worked on Dior’s perfume bottles, designed the vibrant blue that cascades down the bottle.

WHAT TASTING NOTES DOES A CÔTES DE PROVENCE ROSÉ EXUDE? Typically a unique pale salmon color with a strong aromatic expression. The palate of these wines has depth, with a mineral background and a gentle freshness.

WHAT ARE YOUR ROSÉ TASTING TIPS? Rosé should be nicely chilled. While it may sound controversial, it is better to put one to two ice cubes in your glass to keep the wine at a chilled temperature than risk it getting warm. That’s what we do in all the beach clubs here in Saint-Tropez.

WHAT FOODS DO YOU LOVE PAIRING YOUR WINES WITH? DO YOU HAVE A GO-TO PAIRING? Local, freshly prepared seafood, but even spicy Asian dishes or sushi are great pairings as well. We’re on the Mediterranean, and the seafood, fruits, herbs and spices we typically use in our cooking need an acidic, delicate wine to go with dishes like fish, and flatbreads, tapenade and aioli pair really beautifully. DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE GRAPE? We firmly believe that Grenache is the king varietal of rosés, so to speak. It produces wines of aromatic complexity as well as deep flavors and body without tannin or aggressiveness. WHAT MAKES YOUR LATEST ROSÉ, 281, SPECIAL? 281 is made from an exclusive clonal selection of Grenache unique to Minuty. It’s a pure expression of the Minuty Vineyard, with seamless finesse and mineral


Rosé can be made with a variety of grapes, with or without bubbles, and enjoyed out of a bottle or can. Here are a few more to sip on this summer. HAMPTON WATER — sip like a rock star with Jon Bon Jovi’s rosé Grape: Grenache Retail Price: $18.98 SIPCLEAN — switch it up and try this nonalcoholic canned wine Grape: Cabernet sauvignon Retail Price: $24 for a 4 pack

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E AT & D R I N K RESTAURANT DIRECTORY Sushi Ray —5250 Town Center Circle, Suite 111. Japanese/Sushi. Impeccably fresh and exactingly prepared sushi and other Japanese specialties are on display. The Nobu-esque miso sea bass gives a taste of this modern classic at a fraction of the price of the original, while the chef’s sushi assortment offers a generous arrangement of nigiri and maki for a reasonable $22. • Lunch Mon.–Fri., dinner nightly. 561/394-9506. $$

Tanzy—301 Plaza Real. Italian. Part of the swanky iPic Theater complex (though it does not service the theater), this handsome spot relies on quality ingredients and careful preparation instead of culinary special effects and car chases. The Parma Bar, a sort of sushi bar for meat and cheese fanatics, also does terrific quattro formaggio fiocchi and spiced pear. The scarletta pepper steak and bone-in pork chops are excellent, as are the braised Angus beef short ribs with toasted pearl barley and collard greens. For dessert, try the red velvet bread pudding and your choice of a trio of sorbets. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/922-6699. $$

Taverna Kyma—6298 N. Federal Highway. Greek/ Mediterranean. Hankering for a traditional Greek meal, and a menu that offers just about everything? This is where you want to try the meze plates (cold, hot, seafood, veggie), saganaki, grilled entrees and kebobs. From the taramosalata to the branzino and pastitsio, servings are generous and good. Don’t forget dessert. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/994-2828. $$

Trattoria Romana —499 E. Palmetto Park Road.

Come discover a hidden gem filled with traditional artisan pastries, cookies, espresso, cappuccino, gelato, panini, mini bites, pasta, wine and Italian imports.

Cosa Duci

Villagio Italian Eatery —344 Plaza Real. Italian.

wine list of some 250 plus bottles (all available by the glass) offers a multitude of choices, especially among Italian and California reds. The menu of “Italian tapas” includes roasted red peppers with Provolone, as well as ricotta gnocchi with San Marzano tomatoes. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/869-0030. $$

Warike Peruvian Bistro —2399 N. Federal Highway. Peruvian. Classic dishes, such as aji de gallina, and classic drinks—Warike Sour—make this small restaurant a place to remember. Modern, clean décor and a menu that includes well-prepared seafood, meat or vegetarian meals means it’s a busy venue, so reservations are recommended. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/465-5922. $$

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The classic Italian comfort food at this Mizner Park establishment is served with flair and great attention to detail. The reasonably priced menu—with generous portions—includes all your favorites (veal Parmesan, Caesar salad) and some outstanding seafood dishes (Maine lobster with shrimp, mussels and clams on linguine). There is a full wine list and ample people-watching given the prime outdoor seating. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/447-2257. $$




45. Contemporary American. You’ve probably licked postage stamps that are larger than Ron and Rhonda Weisheit’s tiny jewel box of a restaurant, but what it lacks in space it more than makes up for in charm, sophistication and imaginative, expertly crafted food. Virtually everything is made in-house, from the trio of breads that first grace your table to the pasta in a suave dish of tagliatelle with duck and chicken confit. Don’t miss the jerk pork belly and grilled veal strip loin. • Dinner nightly. 561/990-7969. $$$

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Twenty Twenty Grille—141 Via Naranjas, Suite


Italian. This local mainstay does Italian classics and its own lengthy list of ambitious specials with unusual skill and aplomb. The service is at a level not always seen in local restaurants. Pay attention to the daily specials, especially if they include impeccably done langostini oreganata and the restaurant’s signature jumbo shrimp saltimbocca. • Dinner nightly. 561/393-6715. $$$


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Yakitori—271 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Asian. This Japanese restaurant that has sat for nearly a decade in Royal Palm Place is still welcoming devoted diners and delivering consistent, premium dishes. Sip on one of its refreshing cocktails like the lychee martini or green tea mojito before perusing the vast menu that offers everything from sushi and sashimi to fried rice, ramen and entrées from the robata grill. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/544-0087. $$

WEST BOCA Boon’s Asian Bistro—19605 N. State Road 7. Japanese/Thai. This is one of two Boon’s (the other is in Delray Beach), and it’s where the rush to eat excellent sushi started. The fast-moving staff is choreographed to deliver dishes such as shrimp pad Thai that’s light, delicate and happily filled with shrimp. The Thai fried rice is unusually delicate too, with lots of egg, and is some of the best around. The sushi rolls are as fresh and inventive (try the Daimyo roll) as they are beautifully presented. Go early or call for a reservation. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/883-0202. $$ Chloe’s Bistro—6885 S.W. 18th St. Italian. One of the few venues that’s on the water, with food to match the view. Try the seafood linguine, the large snapper filets in Marechiara sauce, and the desserts to end on a sweet note. House-made pasta and a good wine list ensure a pleasant, satisfying meal. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/334-2088. $$


City Fish Market—7940 Glades Road. Seafood. A multimillion-dollar remodel of the old Pete’s has turned it into an elegant seafood house with a lengthy seafood-friendly wine list, impeccably fresh fish and shellfish cooked with care and little artifice. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/487-1600. $$

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Ditmas Kitchen—21077 Powerline Road. Contemporary kosher. This west Boca restaurant is named after a Brooklyn avenue in a district known for its food. Here you’ll find very good casual food, and no dairy products are used. Try the Hibachi salmon, all-kale Caesar salad, the shnitzel sandwich. • Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 561/826-8875. $$$ La Ferme —9101 Lakeridge Blvd. French/Mediterranean. Classic style and classically oriented French cuisine come together at this elegant yet comfortable restaurant in a west Boca shopping mall. Though there are a few Asian and Italian-inflected dishes on the menu, at its heart Le Ferme (“the farm”) is as French as the Eiffel Tower. Start with the foie gras terrine and proceed to lamb rack or pan-seared salmon with braised baby artichokes. C’est délicieux. • Dinner nightly. 561/654-6600. $$$

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine —6897 S.W. 18th St. Mod-

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ern American. With the unusual name comes a menu sporting lobster risotto to tuna tacos, grilled mahi and more. There are Italian, vegetarian, steak, flatbreads, salads and desserts, all pleasing to the eye and palate. Inside is a bit noisy, so try the outdoor, lakeside patio for a quieter meal. • Lunch and dinner daily, breakfast weekends. 561/571-6920. $$

Oliv Pit Athenian Grille—6006 S.W. 18th St. Modern Greek. The owners’ goal of bringing together the best of Greek cooking under one roof, much like the melting pot that is Athens, is covered here in an extensive menu. The best way to enjoy the food is to share it: the Pikilia trio with tzatziki, spicy feta and eggplant spread is a starting place. Try the mix grill platter and the hearty red Greek wine. End the night with a unique, velvety frappe cappuccino. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/409-2049. $$

Skyfin Asian Bistro —8221 Glades Road. Asian. After nearly a decade of dishing out elevated Beijing cuisine at




MR CHOW inside the posh W South Beach, chef Aden Lee left his sous chef position to venture out on his own. Here, you’ll find both playfully named sushi rolls and fresh sashimi alongside protein-rich house specials, fried rice and noodles. Don’t miss the Toro Roll and Tangerine Peel Beef. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/556-1688. $$

Tempura House—9858 Clint Moore Road, #C-112. Japanese/Asian. Dark wood, rice paper and tiles fill the space. An appetizer portion of Age Natsu, fried eggplant, is a consummate Japanese delicacy. Don’t miss the ITET roll with shrimp tempura and avocado, topped with spicy mayo, tempura flakes and eel sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/883-6088. $$

Villa Rosano —9858 Clint Moore Road. Italian. You can be forgiven for imagining yourself in some rustic Italian hill town as the smells of garlic and tomato sauce waft through the air. Start by sopping up the house olive oil with slices of crusty bread, then move on to a stellar version of clams Guazzetto and delicate fillets of sole done a la Francese. • Lunch Mon.-Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/470-0112. $$

BOYNTON BEACH Driftwood—2005 S. Federal Highway. Modern American. Take food combos that sound unusual (popcorn sauce, avocado chocolate ice cream) but that taste wonderful and you’ve got Chef Jimmy Everett’s ideas on the table. They don’t last long, because they taste terrific. Try the smoked swordfish, the lobster with pickled okra, ricotta dumplings, the burger with gouda, the grilled octopus and pastrami’d chicken breast with roasted cabbage. • Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/733-4782. $$

Josie’s Italian Ristorante—1602 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Famed chef and South Florida culinary godfather Mark Militello is back at Josie’s after a brief stint at Boca’s Prezzo, and his magic in the kitchen of this cozy, old-school Italian restaurant is duly noted. His influence is evident in the daily specials, but old favorites like beefy short rib meatballs, an upmarket version of the classic San Francisco cioppino, and Josie’s signature veal Bersaglieri (veal medallions with artichokes, olives and roasted peppers in lemon-white wine sauce) don’t fail to satisfy either. • Lunch Mon.-Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/364-9601. $$ Prime Catch—700 E. Woolbright Road. Seafood. Waterfront restaurants are few and far between in our neck of the woods, and those with good food are even more rare. Prime Catch, at the foot of the Woolbright bridge on the Intracoastal, is a best-kept secret. The simple pleasures here soar—a perfectly grilled piece of mahi or bouillabaisse overflowing with tender fish. Don’t miss one of the best Key lime pies around. • Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/737-8822. $$

Sushi Simon—1628 S. Federal Highway. Japanese. It’s been called “Nobu North” by some aficionados, and for good reason. Local sushi-philes jam the narrow dining room for such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi and uni (Thursdays), as well as more elaborate dishes like snapper Morimoto and tuna tartare. Creative, elaborate rolls are a specialty. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/731-1819. $$

DELRAY BEACH 3rd and 3rd—301 N.E. Third Ave. Gastropub. This quirky, individualistic, obscurely located little place is one of the most important restaurants in Delray. The menu changes frequently, but hope the evening’s fare includes plump scallops with caramelized mango sauce, stunning delicious roasted cauliflower with Parme-

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t’s summertime, and that means restaurant deals are hotter than ever. From Miami to Palm Beach, there are a variety of dine-out campaigns offering a meal for a steal. In July, Bon Appétit Boca invites diners out for three-course prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at a variety of local restaurants. Once August arrives, drive north for the Palm Beaches Restaurant Month, featuring more than 100 restaurants presenting prix fixe menus and other dining deals. If you head south, Miami Spice, which runs for two months through September, is where you’ll find the city’s talented chefs all excited to wow you with their culinary creations. For more information, visit:;; —Christie Galeano-DeMott

san mousse and bacon, and wicked-good espresso panna cotta on it at your visit. • Dinner Mon.-Sat. 561/303-1939. $$

50 Ocean—50 S. Ocean Blvd. Seafood. The former Upper Deck at Boston’s on the Beach is now the more upscale, seafood-oriented spot. The menu ranges from familiar to slightly more inventive, from a classic lobster bisque and crisp-tender fried clam bellies to rock shrimp pot pie and baked grouper topped with blue crab. The cinnamon-dusted beignets are puffs of amazingly delicate deep-fried air and should not under any circumstances be missed. • Lunch Mon.-Sat. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 561/278-3364. $$

800 Palm Trail Grill—800 Palm Trail. American. This contemporary space is serving up American fare and classic cocktails. The menu has a steak-and-seafood-house feel to it but without any stuffiness. Instead, you’ll find dishes that entice the palate, like the loaded baked potato eggrolls and Wagyu boneless short rib. • Dinner Tues.-Sat. Brunch Sun. 561/865-5235. $$

Amar Mediterranean Bistro—522 E. Atlantic Ave. Lebanese. From the moment you step inside, there’s a familial feeling, a hidden gem that everyone is drawn to. Amar is a quaint bistro amidst the buzzy Atlantic Avenue that serves Lebanese food. But this isn’t your typical hummus and pita joint. Here, the proprietor’s family recipes take center stage alongside Mediterranean favorites that have been elevated with slight tweaks. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5653. $$

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plates-oriented osteria disappoints, but particularly notable are the meaty fried baby artichokes stuffed with breadcrumbs and speck, delicate chicken-turkey meatballs in Parmesan-enhanced broth, and Cremona pizza with a sweet-salty-earthy-pungent mélange of pears, pancetta, Gorgonzola, sun-dried figs and mozzarella. • Lunch Tues.-Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/381-0037. $

Atlantic Grille—1000 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood/Contemporary American. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Hotel & Spa is home to a 450-gallon aquarium of tranquil moon jellyfish and a 2,500-gallon shark tank. Savor inventive cuisine that takes the contemporary to the extraordinary. Bold flavors, inspired techniques and the freshest ingredients make every meal a culinary adventure. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/665-4900. $$

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Avalon Steak and Seafood—110 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood/Steakhouse. The enticing reasons we all go to a steakhouse are present here—boozy cocktails, a diverse wine list, dry aged steaks, prime cuts, rich accompaniments, decadent sides and indulgent desserts. The menu is then enhanced with a selection of seafood like a raw bar medley of oysters, shrimp and crab alongside the customary octopus, fish, scallops and lobster. Don’t miss Avalon’s signature dish, the Angry Lobster, and for an unusual surprise check out the kimchi fried rice. • Dinner nightly. 561/593-2500. $$$$ Bamboo Fire Cafe—149 N.E. Fourth Ave. Caribbean. The Jacobs family joyously shares its Latin and Caribbean culture through food that’s bursting with bright island aromas and flavors. Tostones, plantain fries and jerk meatballs share the menu with curry pork, oxtail and conch. • Dinner Wed.-Sun. 561/749-0973. $

Beg for More Izakaya—19 S.E. Fifth Ave. Japanese Small Plates. The large sake, whisky and beer menu here pairs beautifully with the small plates full of everything except sushi. No sushi. And that’s fine. Try the takoyaki (octopus balls), the crispy salmon tacos and anything with the addictive kimchi, such as the kimchi fried rice. There are pasta, teriyaki and simmered duck with bok choy dishes—or 16 varieties of yakitori (food on skewers). You’ll be back to beg for more. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/563-8849. $$ Brulé Bistro —200 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The regular menu of this Pineapple Grove favorite always has satisfying dishes. Its specialties include crab tortellini with black truffles, chicken meatballs with coconut broth and cashews, plus signature dessert pistachio crème brùlée. Spirits and house cocktails steeped in speakeast style are paired with an ever-changing menu. Outside tables offer the best option for conversation. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-2046. $$ Burt & Max’s—9089 W. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary

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American. This bastion of contemporary comfort food in west Delray is approaching local landmark status, forging its own menu while borrowing a few dishes from Max’s Grille, like the hearty chopped salad and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Other dishes are variations on the comfort food theme, including a stellar truffle-scented wild mushroom pizza. • Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch. 561/638-6380. $$

Cabana El Rey —105 E. Atlantic Ave. Cuban tropical. Little Havana is alive and well in Delray. The menu is a palette-pleasing travelogue, including starters like mariquitas (fried banana chips) and main courses such as seafood paella (think mussels, shrimp, clams, conch, scallops and octopus). • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9090. $$

Caffe Luna Rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Italian. This multiple Delray Beach-award winning restaurant has sparkling service, comfort food taken to a higher level, and a setting just steps from the Atlantic. A success from day one, they dish up big flavors in a tiny space, so call for reservations. Try the calamari fritto misto, then the rigatoni pomodoro and leave




room for dessert. Or come back for breakfast. • Open daily from breakfast through dinner. 561/274-9404. $$

Casa L’Acqua—9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. You’ll get what you pay for here: very good Italian food in an upscale, modern, cool gray and white restaurant that is a refreshing change from busy Atlantic Avenue. The antipasti (bread, balsamic/honey dipping sauce, Parmesan chunks, bruschetta) are so good, they could be dinner. But save room for the pollo Parmigiana, the scallopine piccate al limone, the four kinds of risotto, and dessert. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/563-7492. $$$ City Oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never disappoints, such as shrimp and grits with a jumbo crab cake. This is the place to see and be seen in Delray, and the food lives up to its profile. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$ Cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steakhouse. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steak-house favorites make this sleek restaurant just different enough to be interesting. Starters such as ceviche (prepared Peruvian style) and ultrarich oysters Rockefeller are first-rate, while the wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner nightly. 561/272-9898. $$$

Dada—52 N. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. The same provocative, whimsical creativity that spawned Dada the art movement infuses Dada the restaurant, giving it a quirky charm all its own. The comfort food with a moustache menu has its quirky charms, too, like shake-n-bake pork chops with sweet-savory butterscotch onions, and a brownie-vanilla ice cream sundae with strips of five-spice powdered bacon. The wittily decorated 1920s-vintage house-turnedrestaurant is, as they say, a trip. • Dinner nightly. 561/330-3232. $$

Deck 84—840 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport’s ode to laid-back tropical dining is like a day at the beach without getting sand between your toes. Though the restaurant is casual, the kitchen takes its food seriously, whether the stellar flatbreads, the thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger or homey seasonal cobbler. And the waterfront location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/665-8484. $ Eathai—1832 S. Federal Highway. Thai. If you’re craving approachable and affordable Thai food, put Eathai at the top of your list. While you can expect to find curries, noodles, soups and fried rice on the menu, the dishes here aren’t the typical ones you’ll find around town. Indulge in the Thai Chicken French Toasted or Crispy Duck Breast with Lychee Curry Sauce or Oxtail Basil Fried Rice to savor the true talent of owner and chef Sopanut Sopochana. • Lunch and dinner daily, except Tuesday. 561/270-3156. $ El Camino —15 N.E. Second Ave. Mexican. This sexy, bustling downtown spot is from the trio behind nearby Cut 432 and Park Tavern. Fresh, quality ingredients go into everything from the tangy tomatillo salsas to the world-class fish tacos clad in delicate fried skin, set off by tart pineapple salsa. Cinnamon and sugar-dusted churros are the perfect dessert. And check out the margaritas, especially the smoky blend of mezcal and blanco tequila. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5350. $$

Elisabetta’s—32 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. An ornate Italian spot, with classically prepared dishes including spiedini shrimp, burrata de prosciutto bruschetta, costoletta di vitello (veal), a guanciale pizza, cacio e pepe pasta, malfadine Amatriciana and gemelli puttanesca. Portions are large and that, thankfully, goes for the homemade gelati, too. The best seating outdoors is the second-floor balcony overlooking Atlantic Avenue. • Lunch and dinner daily; weekend brunch. 561/650-6699. $$

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The Grove—187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The Grove, which has been tucked inside the tranquil Pineapple Grove district for nearly a decade, continues to surprise diners with its vibrant dishes. The upscale but casually comfortable nook has an international wine list that spans the globe and a seasonal menu that’s succinct and well thought out. • Dinner Tues.-Sat. 561/266-3750. $$ Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar—1841 S. Federal Highway. American. You don’t have to worry about calories (most dishes are under 500), you don’t have to worry about finding something you haven’t tried before (new items are added every three months) and freshness is the silent ingredient throughout. Try the pesto Caprese flatbread, the supergrain salad and the steak or salmon or chicken. Desserts offer big tastes in small jars. • Lunch and dinner daily; brunch on weekends. 561/266-3239. $$

Henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything—from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$

Il Girasole —2275 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. If you want Northern Italian in a low-key atmosphere, and nobody rushing you out the door, this is your spot. Start with something from the very good wine list. Try the yellowtail snapper, the penne Caprese and the capellini Gamberi, and leave room for the desserts. Reservations recommended. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3566. $$

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ugust 10 is National S’mores Day. While our summer months might be scorchers, there’s nothing better than roasting marshmallows around a campfire and the growing anticipation of crafting the best gooey s’more. An introduction to the graham cracker delight may have happened at summer camp or a friend’s sleepover, but where did it really come from? Leave it to the French to take the ancient marshmallow plant and turn it into a sweet treat by adding eggs and sugar to make a version of what we know today as marshmallows. And it’s thanks to the ingenious Girl Scouts of the USA, which first debuted the recipe, that we have our modern-day fireside snack. Purists may enjoy the original stack of chocolate and roasted marshmallow between two graham crackers, but the tasty variations you can create are endless. Try the PB&J with peanut butter slathered on one cracker and jelly on the other before the chocolate and marshmallow come together. Or you can simply change up the milk chocolate for peppermint bark or a caramel bar to add a new flavor into the mix. Whatever recipe you choose, make sure not to burn the marshmallow! —Christie Galeano-DeMott

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J&J Seafood Bar & Grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on Atlantic Avenue—owned by John Hutchinson (who is also the chef) and wife Tina—serves up everything from burgers and wraps to a menu brimming with seafood options. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. This is is a bona fide local go-to spot that never disappoints. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/272-3390. $$

Jimmy’s Bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. This small gem off noisy Atlantic Avenue is big on taste and ambience, and has been busy since 2009. You can travel the world with dumplings, conch fritters, pork schnitzel, rigatoni Bolognese, étouffée and more. Reservations are recommended at this laid-back, comfortable venue. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5774. $$

Joseph’s Wine Bar—200 N.E. Second Ave. Mediterranean-American. Joseph’s is an elegant, comfortable, intimate nook in Delray’s Pineapple Grove, and an ideal place for a lazy evening. This family affair—owner Joseph Boueri, wife Margaret in the kitchen, and son Elie and daughter Romy working the front of the house—has all tastes covered. Try the special cheese platter, the duck a l’orange or the rack of lamb. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/272-6100. $$

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La Cigale —253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. Popular venue since 2001, with Greek and Italian dishes and more. Highlights are seafood paella, roasted half duck and grilled jumbo artichoke appetizer. Lots of favorites on the menu: calf’s liver, veal osso buco, branzino, seafood crepes. Nice outdoor seating if weather permits. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

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Latitudes —2809 S. Ocean Blvd. Modern American. You should come for both the sunset and the food. This oceanfront restaurant is a gem tucked inside the Delray Sands resort. From the airy, bubbly interior to the raw bar, the décor is soothing and fun. Try the lobster and crab stuffed shrimp, the miso-glazed Skuna Bay salmon, the branzino or the veal Bolognese. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-6241. $$$


Lemongrass Bistro—420 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan-Asian.

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Casually hip ambience, friendly service, moderate prices and a blend of sushi and nouveau pan-Asian fare make this a popular destination. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-5050. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton, 561/5448181; 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/733-1344). $

Lionfish—307 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. Focusing on sustainable and locally sourced ingredients, Lionfish’s menu is diverse while its coastal décor is both stylish and comfortable. Choose from oysters, octopus, specialty sushi rolls, fresh catches and, of course, the namesake white flaky fish in a variety of preparations including whole fried and as a bright ceviche. Make sure to save room for the Key lime pie bombe dessert. • Dinner nightly, brunch weekends. 561/639-8700. $$$ Lulu’s—189 N.E. Second Ave. American. Lulu’s in Pineapple Grove offers a relaxed ambiance with unfussy, approachable food. The quaint café is open every day and serves an all-day menu including breakfast until 3 p.m. and a selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrées that are ideal for an executive lunch, lively tapas happy hour, casual dinner or late night snack (until 2 a.m.). • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/453-2628. $ The Office —201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to mussels. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$




Park Tavern—32 S.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Check out the high-top seating or bar stools during an excellent happy hour menu that includes deviled eggs, pork sliders, chicken wings and a happy crowd. Entrees are generous and well executed. Try the fish and chips, one of six burgers, fish tacos and more. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.-Sun. 561/265-5093. $$ Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar—5 S.E. Second Ave. Seafood. Gary Rack, who also has scored with his spot in Mizner Park, certainly seems to have the restaurant Midas touch, as evidenced by this updated throwback to classic fish houses. Design, ambience and service hit all the right notes. Oysters are terrific any way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$ Rose’s Daughter—169 N.E. Second Ave. Italian. While not your traditional Italian trattoria, it is a place to find new favorites and revisit old standards updated with delicious ingredients and high standards. Try the Monet-colored lobster risotto, or house-made pasta, pizza, bread and desserts. From the mushroom arancini to the tiramisu, you will be glad Owner/Chef Suzanne Perrotto is in the kitchen. Indoor and outdoor seating. • Dinner Wed.-Sun. 561/271-9423. $$ Salt7—32 S.E. Second Ave. Modern American. All the pieces needed to create a top-notch restaurant are here: talented chef, great food, excellent service. From the pea risotto to the crab cake to the signature steaks and a lot more, this is a venue worth the money. Thanks goes to Executive Chef Paul Niedermann, who won TV’s notorious “Hell’s Kitchen” show, and his talent is displayed here on the plate. • Dinner Mon.-Sat. Brunch Sunday. 561/274-7258. $$$ Sazio —131 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. This long-lived venue on crowded Atlantic Avenue is a reason to sit down and take a breath. Then take up a fork and try the linguine with white clam sauce or the ravioli Sazio or grilled skirt steak or pretty much anything on the menu. Prices are reasonable; leftovers are popular. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/272-5540. $$

Sundy House —106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. Set in a lush, tropical garden, the outside tables here are the most coveted, second only to the tastes and combinations in the shrimp and grits, or the eggs Benedict, Taru burger, Nutella French toast and prime rib roast. This is a place to sit and savor your meal and the surroundings. • Brunch Sat.-Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/272-5678. $$$ Taverna Opa—270 E. Atlantic Ave. Greek. Yes, you can order a side of belly dancing and napkin tossing with your moussaka and baklava at this chain. But the moussaka and baklava are very good; so is the rest of the food at the downtown Delray outpost. Also worth your while (and appetite) are appetizers like melitzanosalata, whipped eggplant with orange zest and roasted red pepper, and tarama, a creamy emulsion of bread, olive oil and salmon roe. Whole grilled bronzino is finished with lemon and orange juices for a citrusy flavor boost, while tongue-tying galaktoboureko goes baklava one better by adding vanilla-scented custard to golden, flaky phyllo. • Dinner nightly. 561/303-3602. $$

Terra Fiamma—9169 W. Atlantic Ave. Italian. The pleasures of simple, well-prepared Italian-American cuisine are front and center here. Enjoy the delicate, pillow-y veal meatballs in Marsala sauce; lusty chicken Allessandro with mushrooms, spinach and artichoke hearts; and a finely crafted tiramisu that’s as satisfying as it is familiar. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/495-5570. $$ Tramonti —119 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. In a world where restaurants chase trends with the relentlessness of Casanova in full Viagra heat, Tramonti stands out as a classic outpost of authentic Italian cookery. Not trendy hardly means

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stodgy, however, as evidenced by expertly crafted, robustly flavorful dishes like the signature spiedini di mozzarella Romana, spaghetti al cartoccio and braciole Napoletana. Torta della nonna is a triumph of the highly refined simplicity that lies at the heart of true Italian cuisine. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/272-1944. $$$

Veg Eats Foods—334 E. Linton Blvd. Creative Vegan. This is comfort food for everyone; the dishes will impress carnivores, too. Smell the fresh coconut vegetable curry soup, which tastes as good as it sounds. Try the grilled brawt sausage, the Ranch chixn, the banh mi and a Ruben—all from plant-based ingredients that will fool your taste buds. • Lunch daily. 561/562-6673. $ Vic & Angelo’s —290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. People watching is a staple ingredient here, a complement to the Italian fare. The wine menu is robust, mainly grounded in Italy but with choices from around the world. Larger than personal pies, thin-crust pizzas are family-friendly, while you won’t want to share the Quattro Formaggi Tortellini, fluffy purses filled with al dente pear and topped with truffle cream. For a protein, try the traditional chicken parmigiana, a hearty portion of paper-thin breaded chicken breast topped with a subtly sweet San Marzano sauce under a gooey layer of fresh mozzarella, and a substantial side of linguine pomodoro. If you have room for dessert, the classic sweets include cannoli and tiramisu. • Dinner nightly; brunch weekends. 561/278-9570. $$

Buzz Bite IV Boca Burger Battle is Back Get ready for a fiery good time. After a two-year hiatus, the ninth-annual Boca Burger Battle is back. The event takes place on Saturday, July 16 at Sanborn Square Park in downtown Boca. A talented group of chefs will be competing for the best burger bragging rights. Contenders will be fiercely battling it out and making it hard for the savvy lineup of judges to pick a winner. Aside from witnessing the friendly competition, festival guests will be able to savor unlimited samples of juicy burgers paired with a wide selection of beer, wine and spirits. This year’s craft beer sponsor is Boca Raton’s own Barrel of Monks brewery. Buy your tickets at —Christie Galeano-DeMott

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Crocodile and Palm Beach’s The Breakers—and he’s bringing that elevated experience and cuisine to Delray Beach. What sets Yellowtail apart from the plethora of other sushi joints is its fully customizable menu with its impressive variety of notso-basic proteins. Yes, there is chicken or shrimp for your pad Thai or curry, but there’s also duck, lobster, squid and scallops. You can also ramp up your maki with eel, ama ebi (prawns) and sea urchin, just to name a few. • Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/5016391. $$

LAKE WORTH BEACH Paradiso Ristorante —625 Lucerne Ave. Italian. A Tomasz Rut mural dominates the main dining room, and there is also a pasticceria and bar for gelato and espresso. Chef Angelo Romano offers a modern Italian menu. The Mediterranean salt-crusted branzino is definitely a musttry. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/547-2500. $$$

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LANTANA The Station House —233 Lantana Road. Seafood. If you’re hungry for Maine lobster, plucked live out of giant tanks and cooked to order, this modest replica of a 1920s train station is the place to go. Lobsters come in all sizes (up to 6 pounds) and are reasonably priced. • Dinner nightly. 561/547-9487. $$$

PALM BEACH Bice—313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to hold the title of favorite spot on the island. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, pounded chicken breast and roasted rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/835-1600. $$$ Buccan—350 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Casual elegance of Palm Beach meets modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley. The design offers both intimate and energetic dining areas, while the menu is by turn familiar (wood-grilled burgers) and more adventurous (truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). • Dinner nightly. 561/833-3450. $$$ Café Boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with American flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s world-class cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard, the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Dinner nightly. 561/655-6060. $$$

Café L’Europe —331 S. County Road. Current InterSweet potato gnocchi from Cafe Boulud

national. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$

Echo—230A Sunrise Ave. Asian. The cuisine reverberates with the tastes of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. The Chinese hot and sour soup is unlike any other, and the sake list is tops. This offsite property of The Breakers is managed with the same flawlessness as the resort. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/802-4222. $$$




Henry’s Palm Beach—229 Royal Poinciana Way. American Bistro. Part of The Breakers’ restaurant properties, this venue opened in 2020 and is an elegant addition to The Island. Try the pigs in a pretzel dough blanket, beer can corn, the lobster roll, butter crumb Dover sole and chicken pot pie. All comfort food with a Palm Beach twist, and it’s all delicious. • Lunch and dinner daily. 877/724-3188. $$$

HMF—1 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Beneath the staid, elegant setting of The Breakers, HMF is the Clark Kent of restaurants, dishing an extensive array of exciting, inventive, oh-so-contemporary small plates. Don’t depart without sampling the dreamy warm onion-Parmesan dip with house-made fingerling potato chips, the sexy wild boar empanaditas, chicken albondigas tacos and Korean-style short ribs. The wine list is encyclopedic. • Dinner nightly. 561/290-0104. $$

Imoto —350 S. County Road. Asian Fusion/Tapas. Clay Conley’s “little sister” (the translation of Imoto from Japanese) is next to his always-bustling Buccan. Imoto turns out Japanese-inspired small plates with big-city sophistication, like witty Peking duck tacos and decadent tuna and foie gras sliders. Sushi selection is limited but immaculately fresh. • Dinner nightly. 561/833-5522. $$ Leopard Lounge and Restaurant—The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row. American. The restaurant offers excellent food in a glamorous and intimate club-like atmosphere. In fact, it’s advisable to make early reservations if a quiet dinner is the objective; the place becomes a late-night cocktail spot after 9. The menu is equally decadent. • Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner daily. 561/659-5800. $$ Meat Market—191 Bradley Place. Steakhouse. “Meat Market” may be an inelegant name for a very elegant and inventive steakhouse but there’s no dissonance in its food, service or ambience. Multiple cuts of designer beef from multiple sources can be gilded with a surprising array of sauces, butters and upscale add-ons. Whole roasted cauliflower is an intriguing starter, while a meaty Niman Ranch short rib atop lobster risotto takes surf-n-turf to a new level. Cast your diet to the winds and order the dessert sampler. • Dinner nightly. 561/354-9800. $$$$

Renato’s—87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist— like the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and pernod broth with fennel and black olives and the wildflower-honey-glazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/655-9752. $$$

Ta-boo —2221 Worth Ave. American. This self-described “American bistro” is less typical “American” restaurant or classical French “bistro” than it is posh-casual refuge for the see-and-be-seen crowd in and around Palm Beach. The eclectic menu offers everything from roasted duck with orange blossom honey-ginger sauce to dry-aged steaks and an assortment of pizzas. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/835-3500. $$

WEST PALM BEACH Banko Cantina —114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Northern Mexican. Start with the Adelita cocktail and don’t look back. The bacon-wrapped shrimp, the Al Carbon steak tacos and the house guacamole add up to a full-flavor dinner. The west-facing rooftop bar is a nice sunset option, and

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the Pan de Elote (homemade sweet cornbread with vanilla ice cream and berries) is a delightful end to the evening. • Dinner daily. 561/355-1399. $$

Café Centro —2409 N. Dixie Highway. Modern American. A cornerstone in the Northwood neighborhood, this venue draws because of a complete package: food, drinks and great nightlife and music. Take some char-grilled oysters, add shrimp pesto capellini or a marinated pork chop with polenta, plus local singing fave Tessie Porter, and you have a fun and delicious night out. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/514-4070. $$ French Corner Bistro & Rotissorie — 4595 Okeechobee Blvd. Classic French. It’s France in a tiny venue, with big-taste dishes that include all the faves: beef bourguignon, rack of lamb, duck à l’orange, frog legs Provencale, veal kidneys, tender branzino and simple desserts to end the meal. Reservations are mandatory for dinner. • Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 561/689-1700. $$

Grato —1901 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. “Grato” is Italian for “grateful,” and there is much to be grateful for about Clay Conley’s sophisticated yet unpretentious take on Italian cookery. Anyone would be grateful to find such delicate, crispy and greaseless fritto misto as Grato’s, ditto for lusty beef tartare piled onto a quartet of crostini. Spinach gnocchi in porcini mushroom sauce are a revelation, so light and airy they make other versions taste like green library paste. Don’t miss the porchetta either, or the silken panna cotta with coffee ice cream and crunchy hazelnut tuille. • Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch. 561/404-1334. $$

Leila—120 S. Dixie Highway. Mediterranean. Flowing drapes and industrial lighting complete the exotic decor in this Middle Eastern hit. Sensational hummus is a must-try. Lamb kebab with parsley, onion and spices makes up the delicious Lebanese lamb kefta. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/659-7373. $$

Marcello’s La Sirena—6316 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. You’re in for a treat if the pasta of the day is prepared with what might be the best Bolognese sauce ever. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. (closed Memorial Day–Labor Day). 561/585-3128. $$ Pistache —1010 N. Clematis St., #115. French. Pistache doesn’t just look like a French bistro, it cooks like one. The menu includes such bistro specialties as coq au vin and steak tartare. All that, plus guests dining al fresco have views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Centennial Park. • Brunch Sat.– Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-5090. $$ Planta —700 S. Rosemary Ave. Vegan. For those who savor every juicy, tender and flavorful bite of a well-prepared burger, patronizing a vegan establishment may seem like a sacrilegious act. But what if a restaurant served up plant-based dishes that surprised your taste buds with exploding flavors? Here vegans don’t have to worry about ingredients making the cut, and non-vegans can enjoy approachable and appetizing plant-based dishes that won’t make you yearn for a steak. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/208-5222. $$ The Regional —651 Okeechobee Blvd. Southern. “Top Chef” alum and James Beard Foundation semifinalist Lindsay Autry embraces her southern roots while adding a dash of her

Mediterranean heritage (her grandmother was from Crete) onto the menu. You’ll find traditional southern ingredients and dishes like collard greens, tomato pie, okra, fried chicken and shrimp & grits alongside smoked burrata, Greek salad, octopus and bucatini. • Dinner nightly. 561/557-6460. $$$

Rhythm Café —3800 S. Dixie Highway. Casual American. Once a diner, the interior is eclectic with plenty of kitsch. The crab cakes are famous here, and the tapas are equally delightful. Homemade ice cream and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$ Rocco’s Tacos —224 Clematis St. Mexican. Big Time Restaurant Group has crafted a handsome spot that dishes Mexican favorites, as well as upscale variations on the theme and more than 425 tequilas. Tacos feature house-made tortillas and a variety of proteins. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/650-1001. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/416-2131; 110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/808-1100; 5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/623-0127) $

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HOMESAFE’S 19THANNUAL CLASSIC ROCK & ROLL PARTY WHAT: It was a rockin’ good time at HomeSafe’s 19th Classic Rock & Roll Party. More than 300 guests attended the March 26 fundraiser, with proceeds going toward furthering HomeSafe’s mission of improving the lives of infants, children, young adults and families, and advancing HomeSafe’s $15 million Healing the Hurt expansion campaign. Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain hosted the lavish party, which included cocktails, dinner and live music from ABBA and Bee Gees tribute bands. Honored at the event were Jeff and Aggie Stoops, who were presented the HomeSafe Hero award by co-chairs Steve Bernstein and Abby Bernstein-Henderson for their $5 million gift to HomeSafe last fall. Diamond Presenting Sponsors included the Stoops Family Foundation, Steven E. Bernstein Family Foundation, Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, and more.




WHERE: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino


1. Mark Larkin, Mayor Robert Weinroth, Lincoln and America Mendez 2. Steve Bernstein and Abby BernsteinHenderson 3. Jeff and Aggie Stoops 4. Kelly Smallridge and Rex Kirby 5. Bjarne and Maria Borg, Jack and Diana Weir


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FULLER CENTER’S 20TH-ANNUAL MEN WITH CARING HEARTS AWARDS CELEBRATION WHAT: It was an evening of recognition for community nonprofit volunteers at the 20th-annual Men with Caring Hearts Awards Celebration. Guests were treated to tropical cocktails and cuisine, live music and dancing during the “Havana Nights” themed affair. Gina and Todd Skelton chaired the festivities, which also included a ceremony wherein volunteers were awarded for their nonprofit service. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Gary Collins of Master Club Advisors and Florida CMAA, and the 2022 Man with a Caring Heart Award went to Michael O. Miller of FAU. SBA Communications was honored with the Community Impact Award, and the Fuller Center’s “Bernie Award” was given to Stacey Packer for her outstanding volunteer service. Sponsors included the Gary Peters Family Foundation, Eda & Cliff Viner Community Scholars Foundation and more.

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1. Sharon Ellington, Yamile and Matthew Linderman, Michael Gibson and Tim Snow


2. Carolina and Craig Doering 3. Ellyn Okrent, Gary Collins, Michael Miller, Stacey Packer 4. Gina and Todd Skelton with “Havana Nights” entertainers


5. Niki Knopf, Eda and Cliff Viner, Arlene Herson, Tom Mersch, Patricia Anastasio, Siri Terjesen 6. Yvette Drucker, Stacey Packer, Kelly Baker Ferrarese, Lori Vetto

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24TH-ANNUAL “HONOR YOUR DOCTOR” LUNCHEON WHAT: Palm Beach County health care workers were presented with awards and appreciation at the 24thannual “Honor Your Doctor” Luncheon, presented by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton. More than 250 guests attended the luncheon on March 30, National Doctors’ Day. Nominated doctors received a crystal globe on an engraved pedestal with their name, and the most nominated doctor at this year’s luncheon was Dr. Philip Oranburg, who was recognized as the 2022 “Doctor of Distinction.” Proceeds from the event benefited medical and nursing school scholarships presented by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton, and sponsors included Boca Raton Regional Hospital/Baptist Health, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU, Boca magazine and more.


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1. Jon Kaye, David Eltringham, Jon Carter, Jeff Weber, Alan Kaye 2. Carole Wilson, Janice Williams, Patricia Carpenter, Dr. Gladys Martinez 3. Dr. Randolph Scheen, Kelly Dehn, Kathy Aman, Elaine J. Wold 4. Joe Trubinsky, Holli Rockwell Trubinsky, Dr. Michael Dennis, Bonnie Kaye, Jon Kaye 5. Palm Beach County Mayor Robert Weinroth, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Dean Dr. Julie Pilitsis 6. RCDBR President Jon Carter, Co-Chair Janice Williams, 2022 Doctor of Distinction Dr. Phillip Oranburg, Helen Babione, Co-Chair Alan Kaye and Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer

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WHAT: More than 250 Hanley Foundation supporters attended a dinner hosted at the Sailfish Club to bring awareness to alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment. The dinner was chaired by Judy and Fritz Van Der Grift and Stacey Leuliette, and brought in a recordhigh $500,000 in funds that will go towards the Hanley Foundation’s essential work of combating drug and alcohol addiction. Guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres, a lavish dinner and live entertainment. Sponsors for the event included the Stoops Family Foundation, the Children’s Foundation, the Lazarus Charitable Trust and more. WHERE: Palm Beach Sailfish Club 2




1. Kent Anderson, Inger Anderson and Loy Anderson 2. Stacey Leuliette and Annabella Rockwell


3. Fritz and Judy Van der Grift 4. Joe and Kelly Rooney 5. Liza Calhoun and Turner Benoit

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RAISE THE BAR WHAT: The Junior League of Boca Raton Endowment Fund celebrated its 16th anniversary at its annual Raise the Bar fundraiser hosted at Rocco’s Tacos in Boca Center. Co-chaired by Dr. Jacqui Moroco Maloney and Mr. Jack Maloney, the event drew in more than 150 attendees who enjoyed the restaurant’s savory fare and cocktails prepared by local celebrity bartenders, including Doug Fash, Forrest Heathcott, Barbara James, Kelly Fleming and more. The festive evening raised more than $30,000 to benefit the Endowment Fund of the Junior League of Boca Raton, which supports the Vegso Community Resource Center, a vital community resource hub. WHERE: Rocco’s Tacos at the Shops at Boca Center 2

3 1. Morten Kristensen, Alyssa Ten Eyck, Jamie Sauer, Jennifer and Doug Brackett 2. Reilly Glasser and Jamie Sauer 3. Councilwoman Yvette Drucker, Alana St. John, Melanie Deyo and Stephanie Tunis 4. Forrest Heathcott and Doug Fash 5. Ashley Huxhold, Holly McNaulty and Michelle Silverstone




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Anne Vegso

This longtime Boca volunteer and philanthropist takes on the community, one problem at a time Written by MARIE SPEED


he Chicken Soup For The Soul inspirational book series published by Anne and Peter Vegso’s Health Communications Inc. put the Deerfield-based publisher on the map. But that comforting dose of love and hope also leaked into the community over the years, as the couple became well-known Boca philanthropists. Their involvement ranges from the Junior League (where they built the Vegso Community Resource Center) and Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida (where they built the Vegso Family Arena) to AVDA (where they built Casa Vegso, a 92-bed residential shelter for abused families), Festival of the Arts, Boca Raton Historical Society, Boca Raton Regional Hospital and more. Anne Vegso, who’s

because I could see the need, and I could not only help physically, but I could write a check. The two together was a great combination, and it just went from there.”

There is such a need out there, and if you are in a situation that you are lucky enough to be able to help, then that’s what you should do.”

Civic involvement: “It all started when I became a member of the Junior League in 1991. It was really my first taste of nonprofits in Palm Beach County. ... Through the Junior League, I got involved with several different organizations … It just gave me a very good view of a lot of the nonprofits and where the biggest needs were. I really liked the idea of helping women and children, which is where [my involvement with] AVDA came about more than 20 years ago. That coincided with the formation of our family foundation in 1997, and that was when I really had the ability to help,

This page is a tribute to community citizens who have demonstrated exemplary service and leadership to the city of Boca Raton and is in memory of John E. Shuff.


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Her kind of giving: “I don’t want to be the one who writes the check and it goes into a big box. I want to be the one that seeks out the need, identifies it, figures out how much it would cost to cover it and make a difference in somebody’s life. And then take care of that.” Why giving back matters: “It matters on both sides. It matters to the person you’re helping, and I think it matters to the person who’s giving, because it makes you feel so good. There is such a need out there, and if you are in a situation that you are lucky enough to be able to help, then that’s what you should do.” On bucket lists and a little travel: “I still don’t want to be far away from Boca; there are so many amazing people down here that appreciate everything you do for them. And I want to keep doing that. I want to keep making a difference in somebody’s life …”


been honored as a Junior League Woman Volunteer of the Year as well as a Bethesda Hospital “Woman of Grace,” among other local accolades, is originally from Yorkshire in the U.K. via Toronto, Canada, where she met her husband. She talked to us about her life here since 1985—when the couple moved to Boca Raton.

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