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Fourteen-time vintner dinner host Joyce DeVita makes it look effortless, but each event involves months of preparation. She pops the cork on the exhaustive process that has made her a Bacchanal superstar


Women62 of Style

Interview Florida paranormal historian Mark Muncy walks in the shadows of ghosts, myths and legends. Just in time for Halloween, he illuminates the Sunshine State’s darker corners.

Photographed by JASON NUTTLE and AARON BRISTOL; styled by LORI PIERINO


How54to Host a Vintner Dinner


Three local women—each known for their own sense of style—play dress up for a preview of fall/winter social season.




Booming in-migration, inflation and antidevelopment sentiment have made the local housing market short in supply, high in demand and, for the average homebuyer, impossible to afford.



Editor’s Letter

115 Florida Table See

about 144 Hometown Hero Meet the cereal entrepreneurs fighting food 115

The Local Meet the space-age businesswoman making interstellar travel a reality, the founder of Delray’s newest party spot, and the president of the reinvented Palm Beach Kennel Club. Plus, we scare up a few of our favorite local haunts, preview fall style trends and more.


ON COVER: Our "party girls" Christine DiRocco, Olivia Hollaus and Andrea Virgin talk about style this season (page 62)




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In an uncertain future for movie theaters, Fort Lauderdale’s longtime film festival director soldiers on for another dynamic program of local and world premieres. Plus, our A&E calendar spotlights fashion at the Norton, rap royalty at the West Palm Beach amphitheatre, and much more.

107 Backstage Pass

By THOMASON what our food critic has to say


As Boca Raton prepares for another whirl wind season of grand galas and black ties, the editor mourns a society journalist who was always her favorite belle at the ball.


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24 • • • • September/October 2022 FROM THE EDITOR Seasons

As this year’s social season is about to begin, we recall ones from the past, and our favorite belle of the ball

Written by MARIE SPEED t’s only been a year or so since parties and galas and fundraisers have been back in business after the pandemic, but you’d never know we missed a beat, based on the invitations that come our way during season. Our charity register in this issue lists some of the don’t-miss events on theForhorizon.aslong as I’ve lived here—and I can count it in decades now—Boca’s “social season” has always been robust, with galas every weekend, ladies’ luncheons that last half a day, receptions after work, after parties, before parties, save-the-date parties. Back then, we had society editors at all the newspapers, chronicling the guests, the donors, the dresses, money raised, the good causes. That’s how I first met Joyce Shelfo, who was society editor for the now-defunct Boca News. Joyce was not your typical society editor; she was a big woman from Brooklyn, for start ers, with a Sicilian heritage (she held elegant grudges), a demand for unbending loyalty from her friends and a very wicked sense of humor. Mix all that in with a ‘60s flower child vibe and a fierce intelligence, and you got Joyce. Joyce was a brilliant editor, attending a million parties, getting details right, ensuring everyone got an equitable share of coverage whether some people wanted more or not. Joyce was fair, she was firm and, most of all, she was there for her job. And her friends.

Throughout the years, Joyce became a dear friend, and I counted on her wit as well as her opinions. And how she made me laugh. As the weather cools and our social season heats up, I can’t help wishing she would show up at the first party I attend, at whatever table I am seated, holding that glass high in the air and saying,“Who’s better than us?”

We lost Joyce this summer, some years after she retired from Lynn University, where she was after the Boca News. We talked about those old days in the weeks before she died, and we told stories about Boca and about memories we shared. Things that had happened, eccentric Boca char acters, those early days during season when we were both getting to know this new place we lived.

I’d answer her this time. “You are, Joyce.” Joyce Shelfo and Smiley (Tootsie not shown), Thanksgiving, 2019

I remember sitting with her at one of the balls, and her raising her glass to us, and in that husky Brooklyn accent, proposing her trademark toast: “Who’s better than us?”

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“The social season in Boca is something I so look forward to, reuniting with all the won derful people in this community who bond together to assist our many worthy charities with their kindness and generosity.”

SEPTEMBER 22, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery in the territories held by the Confederacy, effective January 1, 1863.


SEPTEMBER 8, 1974: President Gerald Ford gives an unconditional pardon to former president Richard M. Nixon for his role in the infamous Watergate fiasco.

—Jon A. Kaye, Chief Operations Officer/Chief Market ing Strategist, Kaye Communications, Inc.

OCTOBER 1, 1908: Henry Ford’s Model T goes on sale.


—Emily McMullin, Owner, Camp Bow Wow

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OCTOBER 13, 1884: Greenwich is established as the universal time from which standard times around the world are calculated.

OCTOBER 3, 1863: President Abraham Lincoln declares the last Thursday in November Thanks giving.

OCTOBER 29, 1929: The stock market crashes, ushering in the Great Depression, which lasts until WWII begins.

Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday are the legendary gunslingers.

What’s the best thing about Boca’s upcoming winter social season?

—Ingrid A. Fulmer, Senior Leasing Advisor, Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT

OCTOBER 1, 1949: The People’s Republic of China is founded under Mao Zedong.


OCTOBER 26, 1881: This is the day of the famous shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Ariz., between the Clanton and Earp families.

OCTOBER 14, 1947: Air Force Captain Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier for the first time.

SEPTEMBER 16, 1620: The Mayflower sails from England to the New World, landing in Provincetown, Mass., on Nov. 21. The Pil grims disembarked at Plymouth on Dec. 26.

Locals sound off on issues affecting our community. “Cooler nights, eating al fresco and spending time with friends….Can’t get here soon enough!”

“Coming together once again to celebrate all that is special in our tropical paradise, from creatively themed galas that support community missions and holiday-timed festivities to lots of new fun dining spots to discover with friends and family.”

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: Members of the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda hijack four airliners as part of a series of coordinated attacks against targets in the United States. The Twin Towers in New York City are hit by one plane each; American Airlines Flight 77 is crashed into the Penta gon; the fourth, thought to be targeting the White House, goes off course when passengers overtake the hijackers, and crashes into a Pennsylvania field.

• At the FAU University Theatre, people have heard voices, with no one there, doors closing for no reason at night, and other •shenanigans.Theca.1926

• A little benign girl ghost named Mary who looks to be 13 or 14 has been seen “roaming” the Boca Cemetery mausoleum, where people have also heard a man screaming, usually during bad storms. A caretaker reported “when [he] gets close to the source of the scream, it stops. When he leaves the area, it starts again.”

Boca Raton Historical Society has also had its share of strange noises, objects disappearing, and the sound of an old-fashioned telephone ringing.

• At the Andrews home in Boynton Beach (the oldest in the city), an apparition has been spotted several times, and furniture has moved on its own; the ghost of murdered Bertha Starkey haunts the Blue Anchor Pub in Delray.

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• There is reportedly a woman buried at South Inlet Park, although a body has never been found. But people report seeing orbs there.


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WHEN: Oct. 21-23 WHERE: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami COST: TBA CONTACT: 305/949-6722, An unimpeachable source material, a sweeping and iconic score, and innovative choreography from a modernist master: Miami City Ballet’s adventuresome season premiere has all the ingredi ents for a sterling night of performing arts. The composer is Sergei Prokofiev, who infused every moment with the convulsive drama and sprightly pageantry it deserves. The choreographer is South Afri ca’s late John Cranko, who imbued the story with intimate rendezvous and spectacular set pieces alike, among them a harvest festival that turns contentious as the show’s warring factions deploy produce as weapons, and a pas de deux with its title characters dancing in the moonlight. Much of the ballet’s power, of course, goes all the way back to Shakespeare, whose timeless and transcendent tragedy continues to expand and rend hearts.

WHEN: Oct. 15-Jan. 15

Anyone who believes the era of outsized, anthemic rock personalities like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan has waned has not heard the music of the War on Drugs. The expansive, Philadelphia-based septet led by the poetically inclined singer-song writer Adam Granduciel specializes in indie rock rooted in classic-rock progenitors, alternately channeling both of the afore mentioned giants in their primacy. Whether through the immersive bath of synthesiz ers or the infectious churn of psychedelic guitars, the War on Drugs’ heartland rock has grown in intricacy and elegance across its five studio albums, leading up to 2017’s Grammy-winning A Deeper Understanding and 2021’s magisterial I Don’t Live Here Anymore, which took three years to write and record.


WHEN: Oct. 14-30 WHERE: Broward Center for the Per forming Arts COST: $52-$70

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“Romeo and Juliet” Joseph Stella



It’s easy to lose yourself in the singular visions of artist Joseph Stella, whether the painting depicts a garden paradise or an industrial urban landmark. While he is best known for the latter— such as his dazzling Futurist representations of the Brooklyn Bridge and Coney Island—this survey explores his earthier con tributions. Fusing natural settings with a spiritually transcendent surrealism, Stella’s bold interpretations of flora and fauna were places where the quotidian and the magical shared bucolic real estate. Stella died in 1946, but his legacy, as this touring exhibition indicates, is ripe for rediscovery.


Palm Beach Kennel Club rebrands itself post-greyhound racing

Track Changes

34 • • • • September/October 2022 THE LOCAL SUBSECTIONTHE LOCAL BEHIND THE BIZ The mustard-yellow sign advertising Palm Beach Kennel Club at the corner of Belvedere and Congress in West Palm Beach still features a greyhound in mid-sprint. On a walkway leading to the building, names of champion greyhounds are emblazoned onto stars, as on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Izza Champ, He’s My Man, Ozzie the Man. Inside the building and its executive offices, symbols of the muscular hound are everywhere—on paintings, sculptures, clocks. They are everywhere, that is, except the track itself. Grey hounds have not raced at Palm Beach Kennel Club since Dec. 31, 2020, owing to the passage of Amendment 13, in 2018, which banned dog racing in Florida. But the legacy of the institution is inescapable, and to tour Palm Beach Kennel Club today is to find a once-towering institution both honoring its history and forging a new future. Part of the latter approach has meant trun cating its branding to “PBKC.” “Without stealing too much from Kentucky Fried Chicken, it’s kind of what they did,” says Patrick J. Rooney Jr., president of PBKC. “They go by KFC, but I don’t think they’ve gotten completely rid of Kentucky Fried Chicken. We’re doing the same“Mything.approach to rebranding as PBKC is that it still has reso nance with the folks here who know who we are, but it doesn’t give the false advertising that we’re still doing dog racing. I’ve had a couple family members say ‘we want it to still be Palm Beach Kennel Club,’ but … it’s like saying you’re the Palm Beach Ice Cream Factory, but you don’t have ice cream.” In its heyday, Rooney says, PBKC was the “No. 1 tourist attraction in the county for a long time.” It opened in February 1932, attracting 4,000 seasonal residents to its first day of “Wewagering.were only open for 38 days, and they bet over a million dollars,” Rooney says. “There was no airport here. This would be like going out into the farm lands in the Glades. For folks to come from Palm Beach, it was definitely a different era. In the ‘40s, air conditioning came in, and you started to get more of theOverglamour.”thenext 88 years, some 50 million visitors entered the building’s turnstiles, wagering billions of dollars. Celebrity gam blers included Ed Sullivan, Joe DiMaggio and Leonard Nimoy. Until relatively recently, Rooney says, visitors were required to wear a jacket and tie. But interest in greyhound racing had been declining well before the passage of Amend ment 13. Rooney credits the in troduction of the Florida Lottery, in 1986, and the 1988 passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which opened competi tive gaming avenues on Native American reservations. The growing animal-rights move ment also affected attendance. “You weren’t going to fight the image that it’s a cruel sport, and there’s injuries, and abuse,” Rooney says. “You’re going to get bad apples, in any industry, who didn’t do things the right way. But that’s something I prided ourselves on here. We never had any instances of dogs running on Belvedere or getting loose or getting hurt that weren’t immediately addressed by our management here.” By the ‘90s, PBKC had begun to expand and rethink its busi ness model. In 1997 it opened its Poker Room, which, with its 64 tables, has become its prime draw. PBKC hosts tournaments and televised World Series of Poker events, and still allows simulcast wagering on horse rac ing and the few dog tracks still in operation (starting in 2023, only West Virginia will host grey hound racing). It is leading an effort for legalized sports betting. Necessity being the mother of invention, PBKC has instituted new revenue and entertainment streams since 2021. National comedians, including marquee names like Andrew Dice Clay and Jim Breuer, have toured the Paddock, its chef-driven restaurant. PBKC has welcomed food trucks, barbecues, cornhole tournaments and Mutt Derbies (where, for a $20 entry fee, fam ilies can “race” their family pet) on its track. It has hosted sportscard conventions inside, and its greyhound kennels have been converted into Camp Rusty, a 24-hour doggy daycare service. Not all of the club’s die-hards have accepted the new reality, Rooney says. “People are like, ‘when are you going to get dogs back?’ They don’t understand why it’s not allowed anymore. You almost can’t convince them it’s“Thingsover. change. We’re trying to change with them.”


We were only open for 38 days, and they bet over a million dollars... there was no air port ...This would be like going out into the farmlands in the Glades... In the ‘40s, air condition ing came in, and and you started to get more of the glamour.“ Patrick Rooney


Patrick Rooney

Written by JOH THOMASON How does a high school teachermathbecome the CEO of a multimil lion-dollar dining and entertainment empire? Ginger Flesher-Son nier will be the first to tell you that da’schain,successfulroomatedalreadyhospitalityselfdream”years—noting,retirement2012,intransformationthiswasn’tthecards.When,inshetookanearlyfromteach“neverinamillioninanydidsheseeherrunninganelevatedcompany.By2022,shehaddesigned,operandsoldanescapebusiness,builtupaaxe-throwingandopenedFlorifirstTHR

ōW Social in downtown Delray Beach. The restaurant-loungeindoor-outdooris dot ted with diversions, from axe throwing to stateof-the-art dartboards to board games, glow-inthe-dark table tennis and cornhole ramps that went to Thiscollege.past January she cut the ribbon on THRōW’s grand opening with a hatchet while flanked by ballerinas in light-up flamingo costumes. It was whimsy with an edge—a defin ing paradox of Flesh er-Sonnier’s branding and, thus far, the zenith of her eight-year focus on “experiential enter tainment.”Whileshe has always harbored an entrepre neurial spirit—“As a kid I would rake paths through leaves in the yard and then charge kids a nickel to drive through it on a bike”—it was a visit to an escape room in the Czech Republic in 2014 that sparked her interest. The escape-room wave hadn’t yet crested in ma jor U.S. cities, but rooms like the one she played in Prague were turning up as No. 1 attractions on TripAdvisor all throughout Europe.

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Upping Her Game

A math teacher turned entrepreneur has struck the right entertainment equation

“I thought, this is the culmination of all my decorating skills, all my puzzle skills,” Flesh er-Sonnier says.“I had been a math teacher for years and a Math League coach for the schools I had been at. It was part of my nature to incorpo rate puzzles while trying to create an experience.” So she set out to open her own room in Washington, D.C.“What I noticed was that the lobbies [in typical escape rooms] were bare and sparse, and the rooms were shabby, with used furniture or IKEA furniture. I thought, if I had a real design that fit the theme, it would be so much nicer. … Almost immediately, I had one room open, and there were so many people contacting us to book parties and events, we were sending them to the Starbucks on the corner because we didn’t have a [waiting] locations18wouldFleshier-Sonnierroom.”goontodesignescaperoomsinthreeintheD.C.metroarea,withelaborate,carefullydetailedthemeslikeahauntedhouse,“Backtothe‘80s”and“Titanic,”whichrequiredplayersto,amongotherchallenges,learnMorsecodeonanantiqueradioandescapethevesselbeforeitsinks.Shesoldtheventuretoanescape-roomconglomeratein2021,havingshiftedherfocustoKickAxeThrowing;onceagainforecastingatrend,shehadlaunchedthreeaxe-throwingvenues,includingthefirstinNewYorkCity.SheopenedthefirstTHR

ōW Social in February 2020 in Washington, D.C., in the upstairs loft of a Kick cines,maskswentnewdecidemoment,there],again,”easiersphere.York-Pennsylvania-D.C.ofthanconditionsfoundinmovedFleshier-SonnierAxe.toSouthFloridaspring2020andsoonthebusinessmoresuitabletherestrictionsherfamiliarNew“Itwassomuchtogetgoingshesays.“[Upitfeltlikeatanytheycouldonsomethingtoimposeonyou.Itfrommaskstonotomaskstovacineverycity,back and forth, and having to fire people if they didn’t get the vaccine. … We hadn’t thought about opening down here; we were like, why not?” The math teacher in Flesher-Sonnier ran the numbers and made it work. Because of its lu crative gaming aspect— and other innovations, like its covered outdoor VIP cabanas and live music seven days a week—THRōW, she says, operates at a 30 to 35 percent profit margin compared to 10 percent for most restaurants. She appears to enjoy a charmed life with her husband Darren, a retired Green Beret, in a waterfront property in Lighthouse Point that was a former Designer Showcase for Ronald McDonald House. (Her one daughter Allison, 31, lives in Brooklyn.) But her ease of living is the result of her ongoing innovation, of scouting Canada and Europe for the next big thing in“eat ertainment,”of building out the sort of places she would like to frequent. She’s eying locations for future THRōW Socials in Fort Lauderdale and Miami. She is also considering an indoor adult mini-golf concept snaking through a bar and lounge. If her pre vious track record is any indication, it’ll be another hospitality hole-in-one.

“This is culminationthe of all my decorating skills, all my puzzle skills...” —Ginger Flesher-Sonnier

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Boca Love

38 • • • • September/October 2022 ScholarshipFund $ 3.3 million How much the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball raised this year (featuring Sting) 50+ How many years the Junior League has been in Boca Raton $541 thousand Gifts made in 2021 to the Unicorn Children’s Foundation $ 1.03 million Private donations made to Caridad Center in 2021 727 How many women belong to Impact 100 Palm Beach County $135 thousand How much the Mayor’s Ball netted in 2021


It’s the social season when charities take center stage—and no one gives more than Boca people hilanthropy is a way of life in Boca Raton, and the social season is the capstone for giving all year long to the nonprofits that are headquartered here. There is no clear number on how many charities there are in and near Boca Raton, but there are at least 67, and likely well more than that. According to, we know Boca ranks 49th of 1,036 cities in charities and nonprofits per capita, and 28th of 1,036 cities in charities and nonprofits per square mile. But it’s our giving that knows no bounds, as a few of these numbers can attest.

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The New School


Cesar Santalo brings Bauhaus to Boca as Lynn University’s new dean of the College of Communication and Design

Santalo says that collaborations with businesses and other colleges at Lynn have been a driving force for change. A large-scale example of this can be found in the virtual studio, where BrandStar donated a 29foot LED Volume Wall, a video production tool which students have used to create stunning virtual set piec es for everything from newscasts to TV ads. While the ability to create a realistic virtual stadium of roaring fans around you is an impressive feat, Santalo says that the real magic of the Volume Wall is less tangible.

Santalo’s approach to innovation is reminiscent of Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook mantra of “move fast and break things.” By breaking from conventionality, he has been able to develop what some writers have coined the “Boca Bauhaus” in honor of the revolution ary artistic movement started by Walter Gropius in post-WWI Germany. High praise indeed, but Santalo credits this evolution of the College into a marvel of technological art to more than just his vision.

While time certainly moves faster in the digital age, Lynn University is keeping up with the pace. For Santalo, his college’s place in the tech revolution is dreamlike: “It’s unbelievable. I have to pinch myself sometimes, and I go, ‘this can’t be real.’” Whenever you can bring fun and playfulness into any organization, that organization is inevitably going to have more innovation, because people are not as scared to take risks...that’s the aspect this is bringing.”

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o find the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of Communication and Design at Lynn University requires a trip through time up the spiral staircase of the university’s library. One ascends from the bottom two floors with their desk top computers and rows of books—to arrive at the third floor, where the future of media is being forged. When Cesar Santalo assumed the position of dean at the College of Communication and Design at Lynn last year, he didn’t do so to maintain the status quo. “I wanted to be the change-maker, I wanted to start from scratch, and they gave me that opportunity,” says Santalo.“My job is to bring as much innovation that people aren’t even thinking about.” But Santalo doesn’t just talk about innovation; he decorates the walls with it. Vertical screens displaying non-fungible token (NFT) artwork adorn the lounge area of the College, featuring digital creations from stu dents, faculty and the collection of University of Hava na Art History Professor and NFT curator Gladys Gar rote. On one screen, a re-creation of a classic Batman comic book cover shifts to a multi-colored geometric drawing of Boca Raton Innovation Campus designer Marcel Breuer. Another screen plays a short video of a Lynn student playing basketball. The blockchain tech nology underpinning this eclectic collection of NFTs allows artists to authenticate and monetize their work in a way that was previously impossible. Think of the blockchain as a sort of digital ledger, where information about a digital creation (NFT) is stored in perpetuity to verify ownership and authenticity. And because the art exists in a digital space, adding a piece to the collection is as simple as sending an email. “Before, you used to have to go see the Mona Lisa in order to see the Mona Lisa, but NFTs take away that notion that you have to go to a certain location to see the original,” says Santalo. Under Santalo, the university is creating its own NFT Museum to share the creations of digital artists.“All you need is a cell phone, and you’re part of the NFT Museum discus sion,” says Santalo.


“Whenever you can bring fun and playfulness into any type of organization, that organization is inevi tably going to have more innovation, because people are not as scared to take risks ... that’s the aspect this is bringing.”Santalo’semphasis on fun and playfulness can be seen in every room of the College. What was once a copy room was made into a LEGO room for a course on directing creative projects and using design think ing.“When you walk into our college and you see a bunch of grownups doing LEGOs, that brings on a sense of playfulness and creativity that has to be in every nook and cranny of this college,” says Santalo. His spirited infusions to academia have had an effect. Student registrations have increased by roughly 20 percent over the past year, and one of the biggest incoming majors is film.

— Cesar Santalo

Cesar Santalo in front of the LED volume wall

42 • • • • September/October 2022 THE LOCAL SPACEWOMAN

Space Perspective Co-founder and CEO Jane Poynter is on a mission to show the world from a stratospheric view

The Final Frontier

Written by TYLER CHILDRESS When the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong walked across its surface and uttered his famous line (you know the one), Americans witnessed the dawn of a new era of possibilities. The glass ceiling of the night sky had at last been broken by mankind’s ingenuity and ability to manifest the seemingly impossible. Now, more than 50 years later, Space Perspective Cofounder and CEO Jane Poynter is on a mission to take us on another small step from our home planet. During her childhood spent on Britain’s Isle of Wight, a tour of space was just something that Poy nter would find while sneakily reading Isaac Asimov late at night under her covers with a flashlight.“It didn’t occur to me at the time that I could actually be involved in space flight,” says Poynter, whose com pany will be launching up to eight travelers nearly 20 miles above the Earth’s surface from Kennedy Space Center in 2024—at $125,000 a seat—to see our plan et from “the space perspective.” Space tourism may sound like an industry pulled straight out of science fiction, but the same can be said for Poynter’s entire career. In 1991, she was part of the Biosphere 2 mission, the first attempt at a human-made biosphere that was used as a laboratory for understanding how our planet’s ecosystems work, as well as a prototype space base. For two years she lived in the steel and glass of the closed ecosystem, relying moment-to-moment on oxygen provided by the enclosure’s plant life. Poynter says that the experi ence was akin to what astronauts feel when looking at Earth from space. “They [astronauts] connect with this incredible idea that here’s this planet, our spaceship Earth, that we’re all crew members on,” says Poynter, and that “instead of seeing our world from the outside in, we saw this little tiny world from the inside out.” She recalls feel ing that living in Biosphere 2 would be the closest she would get to visiting Mars. Then, in 1993, she got one step closer to Mars when she co-founded Paragon Space Development, the When astronauts go to space and see our beautiful planet from that vantage point... they speak about it almost like oftheirreallychange,consciousnessalikeitchangesperceptionourworld.”

—Jane Poynter

Opposite, the Spaceshipcapsule;Neptuneright,JanePoynter

“When astronauts go to space and see our beauti ful planet from that vantage point…they speak about it as almost like a consciousness change, like it really changes their perception of our world,” says Poynter.

The tour itself lasts about six hours, with guests boarding a capsule that is gently lifted at 12 mph via a balloon filled with lighter-than-air gas, with no g-force and no spacesuits required. As the capsule ascends, the “astronauts” will be able to enjoy a full bar and Wi-Fi in the “space lounge,” and a 360-degree panoramic view from the largest windows ever flown to space. When the capsule reaches its full altitude, the thin blue line of the atmosphere, our bright swirl ing Milky Way galaxy, and the enormity of our sun against the backdrop of black space will be in view.

company that would go on to drop former Google exec Alan Eustace nearly 136,000 feet from above the planet’s surface. Eustace free-fell for almost five min utes, broke the sound barrier, and still holds the record for the highest skydive. Today, Paragon has technology on every human-piloted spacecraft in America.

Poynter says that the cutting edge of innovation is “the river she swims in,”but that human space flight in particular has an“outsized ability to inspire.”And when tourists board the Spaceship Neptune capsule in 2024, they’re in for more than just a breathtaking view.

Those onboard will be able to marvel at the magnificence of our world and the vast, glittering starscape that surrounds it for two hours, and then the descent will begin. A small amount of gas will be released from the balloon, and the capsule will slowly lower back to Earth, where it will land safely in the ocean and be lifted onto a boat for everyone to disembark.Poynterbelieves that travel ers today are looking for more in their travel experiences, yearning for adventure that is “with purpose” or “transfor mational,” which she hopes will be what those who take a Space Perspective tour will feel. While the price point may be high now, Poynter says that as demand increases, a trip to space will become more affordable for all. “It’s very difficult for us to imagine now, at the very beginning of this, how it’s going to change all our lives, but it will.”

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“Ghost tours were at that point still a fledgling industry,” he recalls.“Where I came from, up in the hills, we told the stories behind the fire. We didn’t walk around and tell people these things. So it was a big culture shock.”

This paranormal traveler and historian is keeping Florida weird


y the time Mark Muncy moved to Tampa Bay from West Virginia with his family at age 13, he had already cultivated an abiding interest in the paranormal. He had corresponded with the famous ghost hunter Hans Holzer (an Austrian parapsy chologist who wrote more than 120 books on the supernatural dating to 1963) and visited the haunted-object collection of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, later the subjects of “The Conjuring” movie series. In 1984, his first year in Florida, he attended a ghost tour in St. Augustine.


Mark Muncy

After college, Muncy took a part-time gig as a scare-actor for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights, where his lingering Appalachian accent led him to be cast as a “Deliverance”-style hillbilly monster. (“I was typecast, but it’s OK,” he says.) In 1998, Muncy started his own haunted house, transforming his back yard into an unsettling “Blair Watch Project” tableau. This attraction would sprout into Hellview Cemetery, one of the preeminent haunted houses in the Gulf Coast for nearly 19 years, attracting some 10,000 people every weekend, with all proceeds supporting local charities. All of which is preamble to Muncy’s present career as a historian specializing in the dark side of the Sunshine State. Having gathered countless Florida myths and legends while designing his elaborate haunts for Hellview, Muncy published many of them, with his wife and illustrator Kari Schultz, in Eerie Florida in 2016 (published by the History Press). It has been followed by Creepy Florida and Freaky Florida—collections of the state’s spookiest tales, from the Flesh-Eating Cloud of Daytona’s Tomoka Park to the Corpse Bride of Key West. Muncy’s father, the pragmatist of the family, found his son’s passions strange, and he didn’t live to see Mark’s success as an author and lecturer on the paranormal.

A lot of people on TikTok or YouTube are just reading from Wikipedia or from some haunted book they’ve got, and have never been in the state where this thing happened. You get a different feel when you’re there, boots on the ground. We are not paranormal investigators or bigfoot hunters or UFO hunters. But we go with these teams to these locations, and see what they do. And I’m getting their stories, and we’re getting their experiences with them. It does translate differently. We were in Spring Hill Cemetery in Brooksville. And we were there with a photography team filming a documentary. I was telling them about the ghosts of the children that play in this gravesite, and a guy that was hanged over there. As we’re packing up, the cameramen were joking,“I wish something would have happened.” I’m like,“well, not every day is Halloween. If we catch something on camera, we’re millionaires.” As we’re packing up, suddenly we hear children’s laughter behind us. They’re all freaking out, trying to get the cameras out; I’m like,“by the time you get them out, it’s done.”

Isn’t that always the case? The UFO flies directly over you right before you have the camera pointed upward. 100 percent; I’ve seen it way too many times.

BOCA Kari and Mark Muncy in search of the Skunk Ape Books Muncyby


“Right when this [hobby] was starting to become a thing was when he passed away,” Muncy says.“He probably is proudest of me now from beyond because [my books are] in Cracker Barrel.” Why is it important to visit all of these haunted or freaky locations that you write about?

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It makes it easier to debunk, yes. I’m a big fan of the Amazing Randi, a magician who famously kept a $1 million check for anyone who could prove anything metaphysical, and he never cashed it. But, of course, there’s that need that we want it to be real. When [paranormal investigators] pull out the little box that scans radio channels to talk to the dead, you’re getting random radio channels; that’s not talking to the dead. When you’ve got a random word generator that the ghosts are manipulating, no—you’ve got a random word generator. So those things … No. But, I do feel people see stuff. People experience stuff. People have crazy interac tions. So yes, I am a believer. But I also am a solid skeptic. So I think that puts me in a unique position. What’s the strangest or most surreal place you’ve found yourself when traveling for these books?

I’ve got to say the place that was the scariest in Florida was the Dozier School for Boys [a former reform school that, during its 111 years, gained a reputation for hideous child abuse and even murder of children—Ed.] up in the Panhandle, near Mari anna. We went up there for a ghost story, because everybody talks about the kids and ghosts and all that, and you read the atrocities that allegedly happened there—a hundred years of state-sponsored child abuse. And you get up there, and you’re not talking about ghosts.You’re talking about the tragedy, and you just feel it. It just oozes palpable evil. Every hair on your body is like, no, this is bad. In general, are you sensitive to such energies?

Why not follow them? Look at the letters of people who are like,“oops, I screwed up, I’m sorry.”There are things like plane crashes and car crashes and financial ruin and divorces. Something happened to these people, and they trace it all to their meeting Robert the Doll. So yeah, there’s something there.

You just get a feeling in some of these places. You go visit Robert the Doll down in Key West; you just walk in a room with him and you feel it. I think it’s some thing primeval; the tiger is watching me, so I better be careful. I get it walking in the woods at night. Everybody describes that feeling of being watched. It’s variations on that; I don’t think I’m empathic, but I get an odd feeling. You’ve got to respect these places, because even if it just seems like superstition or nonsense, what if it isn’t? Yeah, don’t poke the bear. We always say that. Robert the Doll has his list of rules. [Visitors are urged to introduce themselves to Robert, ask his permission before snapping any photographs, and thank him before departing.—Ed.]

Knowing how to create certain haunted illusions for so many years for your backyard attraction, does it make you more skeptical when you hear about some of these myths across the state?

Above, the church and the school at the Dozier School for Boys; left, Robert the Doll

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When we got there to take pictures, again, every fiber of my being is like, nope. Get out of here. Run. My lovely wife took a bunch of pictures, and I basically had a panic attack. I could not move. I was so terrified. I still can’t explain that one to this day. It was broad daylight and a busy street. It’s not the most scared I’ve ever been, but it was up there.

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I had something very unusual happen, and it was at the Belleview Biltmore Hotel up in Clearwater. They were going to tear it down … When we went there, they had everybody dressed in ‘30s regalia. It was like a Gats by-type party. And they had all these bellhops dressed up and running around. Secretly we were going to go up to the third floor to see if the bellhop ghost was there, who died up there and who everybody sees. I was there with a [ghost-hunting] team. I think it was Spirits of Tampa Bay. We were like, oh, they’re all dressed up, this is going to screw things up. But hey, let’s go up to the third floor as soon as we can, we’ll set up the camera, and we’ll see what we can find. We went up to the third floor and we get out of the elevator, and there goes the bellhop coming down the hall. We’re all like, that’s great, they’ve got a guy dressed up like him up there, that’s perfect. We’re all just applauding. He walks by, and we’re all like, great job, man. And then our colleague goes,“who were you all talking to?” She didn’t see him. I said,“the bellhop.”And he’s gone. They have cameras, equipment, and none of it was turned on yet. But I’m going, it’s still a guy in a suit, because that was solid, that was flesh. I go back down stairs. I go,“who was the guy on the third floor?”They said,“nobody. What are you talking about?”

So, did I see a ghost? We saw something unusual that I can’t explain. Are there times you’ve been personally frightened when visiting these haunted places? A few. There was a place in Tampa where I got a bad vibe. We were visiting a trestle bridge that supposedly had a monster attached to it. It goes over the Hillsbor ough River. A bunch of kids have died there; they’ve been hit by trains or jumped into the water and killed themselves. It’s not very high; why are they killing themselves off this bridge, when there are plenty of other bridges in Tampa Bay?

It seems like there’s more paranormal action north of the Palm Beach County line, and in more rural places than in cities. Any particular reason? They’re all over the place. Every town has its stories. I think it’s just a matter of the more rural, the less you’re

ridiculed about it. In Miami, you’ve got the Biltmore Hotel; Fatty Walsh’s ghost is there, and scared a presi dent! When your Secret Service notes that the president [Bill Clinton] was watching a football game and had to change rooms because of a strange occurrence, and that’s the only note you got, you know something happened. And that’s right in Coral Gables, a big city. But is it talked about? No, because nobody wants to think they’re crazy. But you go a little further out, it’s a little more accept ed. You feel like, I’m not the only one, and people are talking about it more. You look at Florida from the night sky, from space, and you see those lights on the beaches. There is no dark beach anywhere. Then you’ve got big bright spots in there, which is all the big cities—Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa, even Gainesville, Pensacola. Then you go a little further inland, and it gets a little darker. And that’s all the suburbs. Then it gets a little darker, and that’s the little towns. And then you get the darkness: the green swamp, the Everglades, the Ocala National Forest, the Withlacoochee Forest, these deep dark nothings with just pinpricks of light. And that’s where the bulk of these things happen. That’s because when it’s reported, there’s no one to just deny it and wash it away. Is there something about the way this state was colonized that accounts for such a rich paranormal history here?

I do feel people see stuff. People experience stuff. People have crazy interactions. So, yes, I am a believer. But I am also a solid skeptic. So I think that puts me in a unique position.”

WEB EXTRA: Visit OCTOBER-2022SEPTEMBER-COM/BOCAMAG. to hear Muncy share FloridafavoritehisSouthlegend.

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I think the conquistadors definitely didn’t help matters. When the conquistadors showed up at Key West, it was called the Isle of Bones because they saw all the bodies buried there from the warring tribes. So why does Key West have so many ghosts? Well, it’s been there for thousands of years. St. Augustine is the oldest city in America, so of course it’s going to have a lot of ghost stories and a lot of history. I still think Amelia Island is the forgotten gem up on the Georgia border, because that island was run by pirates for years. I think Amelia Island has just as many ghosts as St. Augustine, and it’s got the oldest European cemetery in ThenAmerica.we had the Seminole Wars with the settle ments, and massacre after massacre, and terrible things on all sides. It’s Florida; we were passed around by every European country that didn’t want anything to do with us. It’s hot, things sting you, and giant green things want to eat you in the swamps, and everybody keeps shooting arrows at you. “Just take it, we don’t want it!”

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The sea-inspired colors and patterns of the table decor reflect the seafood-based menu.




Hosts Joni Goldberg Joyce and Thom DeVita

Written MARIE

How To Host a Vintner Dinner

ttending a vintner dinner at the annual Boca Bacchanal is in the Top Five social events of every Boca season—and on the bucket list for most foodies. The vintner dinners are open to a limited number of people and held at private homes and upscale venues throughout Boca Raton, pairing selected area chefs (and some from across the country) with celebrated vintners for a multi-course fine dining experience. The carefully curated dinners are intimate and elegant but fanciful and warm as well, informed by a shared communal appreciation of good food and wine—in the comfort of a private estate or venue dressed to the nines.

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We talked to a longtime vintner dinner hostess of some local renown—Joyce DeVita—about what it takes to host a vintner dinner (she’s done it 14 times!) and have fun in theDeVita’sprocess.latest dinner was at this year’s Bacchanal and featured Chef Jeff Tunks of Corvina Seafood Grill and Chef Chris Clime of Passion Fish, Reston, Virginia; the wine was from Christophe Bristiel Château La Nerthe, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France. Joyce and her husband, Thom, cohosted the event—which was held outside—at their home with Joni and Al Goldberg.

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One local hostess extraordinaire offers her take on hosting the quintessential vintner dinner

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Clockwise, The long “King Arthur”style table just before guests arrive; serving Champagne before being seated; the elaborate floral piece designed by Thom DeVita; and Chef Jeff Tunks gearing up for an early course.


The basic estimate includes a critical compo nent—a caterer/party planner—to execute and manage the event, an element the DeVitas do not need, given Joyce’s catering background. In addition to planning and executing the dinner themselves, she says they also forgo hiring a florist, as Thom is a gifted floral designer. For all hosts, there are also helpful liaisons with the Boca Raton Historical Society to assist the hosts with any questions they might have.

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The Basics DeVita says the first thing to know when host ing a vintner dinner is the cost, which the host covers completely. She pegs it at about $15,000 minimum, although admits that some hosts have spent up to $50,000 on a dinner for things like glass dance floors over the pool, tents, pianos, bands and décor.

DeVita, who has had her own catering business, is a longtime volunteer with the Boca Raton Historical Society, which holds the Bacchanal annually. She was president for three years and now oversees special events on the executive board. She’s also been active in the Junior League (she was named Woman Volunteer of the Year in 2017) as well as KIND (now Spirit of Giving), the Children’s Place at HomeSafe, the American Cancer Society and more. “At the beginning of the Boca Bacchanal I wasn’t involved at all, probably for the first five years. When I did finally get on the board of trustees—it may have been in 2008 when Thom turned 50—Betsy Fletcher and Skipp Jackman and Thom and I hosted our first vintner dinner. Since then we’ve been hosting every year; we co-host now with Joni and Al Goldberg, who are always 100-percent on board to DeVitacollaborate.”sayssheand Thom love to entertain. “We have a nice home and a beautiful yard, and it’s just perfection,” she says.“And I’m a big planner. Plus I’ve chaired Boca Bacchanal so many different times, and I’ve been in volved in so many aspects of it, it’s not foreign to me. We look forward to it; it’s a very nice time of the year for us.”

DeVita says it’s critical that hosts actual ly have the space for the party—indoors or outdoors—with a Plan B for an outdoor venue should it rain. And no one has to be Martha Stewart. She says most nice houses have nice

“The wine is provided by our sponsor, and it’s usually a very exclusive wine—we get a chef to pair with a vintner, and this is what comes to the vintner dinner’s host home, and they are responsible for the cost of the event... They can write it off as a donation ...”

Clockwise, Al Goldberg samples a deviled egg with Maine lobster salad; a silver service and light baked sweets at the after-party; the day boat scallop and roasted yellow beet salad; guest Moira Brous tries a mini ahi tuna taquito; Corvina’s chocolate/caramel popcorn party favors; tray of bloody Caesar oyster shooters


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September/October 2022 • • • • 59 kitchens, but stove pedigrees are not a deciding factor. Some people elect to have “pop-up” kitchens installed in the garage or under a tent for this event, rather than use their own kitchens.Finally—and this should be obvious—she says that hosts need to be there—as in town— before committing to host a dinner.

Dinners are typically several courses paired with fine wines. They are often themed, and the table décor as well as the venue is usually dramatic. There is usually music, and many dinners are held al fresco, in romantic patios andDeVita’scourtyards.own dinners have gained a follow ing over the years.

• Décor is a stunning table setting and florals that are also appropriate for the dining table and conversation.

• The host introduces guests to each other and encourages mingling at the Champagne reception. Make sure everyone is comfortable and has their drink of choice. It is your home; act like it!

Joyce’s Five Great Tips For A Successful Vintner Dinner

• A gracious, friendly and upbeat host creates a fun and energetic environment. Designate a greeter at the door when guests arrive.


• In terms of ambience: not-too-bright lighting (most important), an easy flow of guests’ move ment through the house, and music (a must).

• Coordinate with the chef about the menu courses and wine pairings to ensure all nec essary and appropriate plates, silverware and wine glasses will be provided.

“I don’t think my dinner is more special than any other dinner. But what has happened in the years past is that I have more of a following; people return. … We kind of have a regular en tourage, which we really never had in the past. Our dinner is not huge; it’s only 36 people. We keep it at 36 so that if we do need to go inside our house, [we can easily accommodate] that number.“It’sdefinitely fun, happy—we’re not boring. It’s not a casual evening, but we’re easy and we have music. We laugh a lot.”

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4 - 6 WEEKS PRIOR: (Hopefully) the wines will have been selected by the visiting vintner, and the chef will have had an opportunity to taste the wines and create a five-course complementary menu. Once the menu is created, either you or your caterer/party planner would contact the chef and discuss each course and de termine what plates and silverware are needed for each course. At this point either the caterer or, in our case, Thom and I, contact a party rental service to design a décor that is complementary to the chef’s restaurant and the chef’s menu: decorative linens, corresponding chairs, chargers, plates for each course, silverware for each course, water goblets and wine glasses. (We use a variety of style in dishes, color, shape and material.)

1 - 2 WEEKS PRIOR: Prepare our kitchen for the chef by removing any decorative items on most of the countertops. We have a six-burner Wolfe with a double oven and an enormous marble island perfect for expediting five courses for 36 guests.

The living room bar is preset with silver service for coffee, tea and Joyce’s sweet bites or sometimes a birthday cake. The bar is ready for a featured digestif or after-dinner drink. All ready for the after-party. Edible homemade favors are placed in the foyer.

DAY OF VINTNER DINNER: In the morning my helpers and I set the long 48-foot King Arthur-style table. All glasses according to service and all silverware are placed on the table. It makes a very luxurious presentation. Then we pray it won’t rain.

5-6 P.M.: Showtime! Guests arrive at 7 p.m. Clockwise, dinner guests in the DeVitas’ romantic poolside setting; fresh Chesapeake jumbo lump crap cake; sax player Dave Kupsick; the menu for the evening; from left, Chef Chris Clime of Passion Fish, Reston, Va., Yimi Lopez and Chef Jeff Tunks of Boca’s Corvina Grill

WEB EXTRA: AND MORE! For a behind-the-scenes look at Joyce’s personal timeline and instructions for the night of her Vintner Dinner, please visit BOCAMAG.COM/ SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER-2022.

Joyce’s Timeline for Planning a Vintner Dinner

TWO DAYS PRIOR: Rentals are delivered, and tables are set up. Thom purchases flowers from various sources according to the theme he plans to execute.


2 - 3 MONTHS PRIOR: The chef and vintner pairings, along with the host of that Vintner Dinner, will be announced. Then the waiting game begins.

1 WEEK PRIOR: Chef visits, and I share with him the timeline for the Vintner Dinner and logistics for the evening, and show him the general lay of the land as well as my platters for the hors d’oeuvres. I print the menu and the place cards, then arrange seating per requests by guests and who’s who— i.e. vintner, hosts and BFFs.

6 - 9 MONTHS PRIOR TO VINTNER DINNER: As soon as a date is set for the 2023 Boca Bacchanal, I will engage the service, the valet and the saxophonist.


Note: special order only. Comes in a variety of prints and solid colors

CHRISTINE DIROCCO, Director of Public Relations, The Boca Raton

Portrait photography by JASON NUTTLE

As the social season unfolds this fall, we wanted to highlight three local women, all known for their distinctive flair, wearing fashion they chose to showcase an occasion—the ladies’ luncheon, the cocktail party and the gala. Here are their takes on festive fashion, 2022-2023.

Women of Style

Shot on location at The Addison, Boca Raton Hair and Makeup by Luxe Makeup and Beauty Lounge, Boca Raton; Makeup: Lisa Raye, @makeupbylisaraye; Hair: Chari Viana, @styledbychari

Fuchsia and pink Beach;Raynor,fromdress,jacquardprintgeometricItaliansilkcoat$3,550NinaDelray

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Cavalier Rescue of Florida, Gay Polo, Boys’ & Girls’ Club, Human Rights Council, Darbster Foundation, Historical Society of Palm Beach County. [On behalf of The Boca Raton]: Gumbo Limbo Coastal Stewards, Boca Raton Center for Arts & Innovation

September/October 2022 • • • • 63 GIANVITOWHOLADIESLUNCHROSSIsandal, $1,495, CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN bag, $1,990, both from Neiman Marcus, Boca; pearl clutch, $298, bangle, $118, two-strand pearl and silver bead necklace, $50 each, all from Barbara Katz; Olivia earrings, $199, Bearabella ring, $199, both from Anna Zuckerman BRISTOLAARON

HOW SHE DESCRIBES HER STYLE: Eclectic or Daring Alexander McQueen dress, $3,670 from Neiman Marcus, Boca Raton

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: The Center for Arts & Innovation, Boca Ballet Theatre, Cornell University Alumni Club of Boca Raton & Fort Lauderdale, George Snow Schol arship Fund Ballroom Battle 2022 Dancer, Habitat for Humanity

ANDREA VIRGIN, President & Chairman of the Board, The Center for Arts & Innovation, Inc.

WHAT SHE LOOKS FOR IN A COCKTAIL DRESS: I love to look unexpect ed and different, and cocktail parties are a great opportunity to mix it up. Whether it’s an unusual fabric, an un expected shape, untraditional jewelry, or a mix of casual and formal looks (like a T-shirt with a fabulous suit), a cocktail party presents an opportunity to experiment with your look!

September/October 2022 • • • • 65 GIVENCHYWHOLADIESSIPsandal, $975, VALENTINO bag, $3,900, both from Neiman Marcus, Boca; DAVID JEFFERY beaded clutch, $338, cuff, $588, both from Barbara Katz; Olivia bracelet, $395, Olivia paperclip necklace, $299, both from Anna Zuckerman BRISTOLAARON

OLIVIA HOLLAUS, Founder & Creative Director, Protect My Shoes COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Boca Raton Historical Society & the Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum, Festival of the Arts BOCA, Alzheimer’s Community Care, American Cancer Society WHAT SHE LOOKS FOR IN A GALA DRESS: I look for elegance with an element of surprise. It’s all in the details, such as color, embellish ment, ruffles and bows. It’s always such a treat to get dressed up, so I love a dress that stands out without being overkill. HOW SHE DESCRIBES HER STYLE: Cultured Turquoise bonded jersey, one-shoulder gown with cascading flowers, $1,790; turquoise and blue crystal chandelier earrings, $550, all from Nina DelrayRaynor,Beach

September/October 2022 • • • • 67 ENTRANCEMAKEWHOLADIESAN Tiara, $1,995, Diana necklace, $895, both from Anna Zuckerman; LOUBOUTINCHRISTIAN pump, $1,395, JUDITH COUTURELEIBER taco clutch, $4,295, RENE CAOVILLA sandal, $1,490, all from Neiman Marcus, Boca BRISTOLAARON


Why?According to Weiss, it was because the Florida Real Estate Com mission projected that prices would rise another 10 percent. In an “unhinged” market, that’s all it took.

Factors long before the pandemic havecontributed to the Boca-Delrayaffordable housing shortage


Twelve months ago, Boca Raton magazine published an assess ment of the pandemic market that had gone from gloom—when so much shut down in March 2020—to boom. At deadline for this article, the boom was continuing, though headwinds were rising. In May, the median home price in Palm Beach County was $615,000. The average price, which is closer to reality for Boca Raton and Delray Beach, had topped seven figures. Again.

lmost everyone in Boca Raton and Delray Beach has a story about the pandemic-era South Florida real estate market that a Palm Beach Post reporter this summer called “unhinged.” Here’s one: Last October, a house on the El Rio canal in southeast Boca Raton sold for $2.2 million. That was $600,000 more than any other sale in that upper-middle-class neighborhood. Here’s another: Todd Weiss is an agent with Exit Realty Mizner in Boca Raton. He was working with a client on a condominium listed at $299,000. One morning, Weiss called the seller’s agent for an update. Overnight, the price had gone up $40,000.


Troy McLellan is executive director of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Com merce. More local companies, McLellan says, are recruiting employees with the promise of working remotely and not having to move. “I’m hearing more from employers,” he says, about the lack of affordable housing.KenJohnson is a widely respected real estate economist at Florida Atlantic University. In late April, he compared condi tions now to the market before the 2008 Great Recession and the real estate crash. Though it may seem hard to believe, Johnson says the hous ing market was “more over priced” in 2007. It was over valued by 79 percent. Many people were buying houses to flip, not to live in. In the cur rent market of people moving to South Florida full-time or part-time, Johnson says, home prices were a comparatively low 27 percent overvalued as of earlyButsummer.thatrush has closed off the housing market to many


The pandemic real estate boom has created an affordable housing crisis. The causes had been building for years: too little inventory, too little land, re strictive development approval processes, public opposition to development. As with so much else, however, the pandemic brought everything to a head.

In May, the median home price in Palm February, the median Weiss Kelly Smallridge

Troy McLellan

Kelly Smallridge is executive director of the Business Devel opment Board of Palm Beach County. In that role, she recruits companies to this area. Boca Raton has especially benefited from those new jobs. In June, Smallridge partic ipated in a panel discussion at the county’s convention center. Smallridge said lack of affordable housing is causing some businesses to reconsid er a move. Not all her target companies pay the same high salaries as financial service firms that have come to the county in large numbers. One executive, Smallridge said, considered building an apartment for em ployees. The cost was too high.

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It had been like that for almost two years. Much of it was luck. No hurricanes had hit. Buyers had ignored warnings about rising seas. Mortgage rates had been low. Technology had enabled distant buyers to take virtual tours. In May, however, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates. The Fed did so again in June. Economists predict more increases as long as inflation remains so far above the Fed’s target of 2 percent. Mortgage rates that had averaged roughly 3 percent for most of 2021 were almost 6 percent in June. Though home sales na tionally were down year over year in late spring along with homebuilder confidence, South Florida experts remain uncer tain about whether this market will reflect those trends. Some analysts said conditions were shifting back toward a balanced market. As Weiss points out, however, some people consider real estate to be a good invest ment for inflationary times. Everyone agrees, though, that these have been crazy times. Weiss says homes were selling for “10 percent over asking price and in cash. That was the norm.”He had a bidding war for a $9,000 monthly apartment rental. For all the benefit to sellers and Realtors, however, those countless individual anecdotes of windfalls have disrupted the local market in damaging ways—perhaps for a long time. Many first-time and less-af fluent homebuyers have no chance against out-of-staters who consider inflated prices here bargains compared to New York or Chicago. Weiss had a client who was divorced and just need ed something small. He could find the man nothing even as far away as Lake Worth Beach. So after two-plus feverish sales years, other numbers are becoming more important. In February, the median monthly rent in Boca Raton was $2,813. In Delray Beach, it was $2,548. Economists calculate that people should pay no more than 30 percent of their income toward housing. At that rate, renters in Boca would need to earn about $113,000 a year to afford an apartment. In Delray Beach, they would need to make about $102,000. The average wage in South Florida is about $52,000.

Beach County was


monthly rent in Boca Raton was $ 2 813

No state law limits how much landlords can raise prices. In March, Laura Stayshich saw her rent in Boca Raton double.“Landlords,”she says,“don’t seem to care that it’s another human being they are dealing with.” If affordability is a common problem with houses and apartments, common factors explain the problem. As planners and Realtors point out, prices and rents are rising because of Economics 101—supply and de mand. There’s very little for sale.

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It’s happening with apart ments, not just homes. New owners want to maximize their investment. So rents go up, sometimes after improvements and sometimes just because landlords can do it in this market. Neither Boca Raton nor Delray Beach caps annual rent increases.

Ideally, experts say, there should be a five-month supply of homes on the market. In South Florida, that’s been run ning closer to one month. Given the region’s population growth, that can seem counter intuitive. But in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, anti-development sentiment has been part of local politics for decades. Boca Raton took the drastic step in the 1970s of capping de velopment at 40,000 units and overall population at 100,000. Though successive court rulings eventually found the cap unconstitutional, the effect was almost the same. Four-plus decades after the city gave up the legal fight, Boca Raton has roughly 100,000 people. Similarly, Delray Beach officials still tout their “village by the sea,” even though the city’s population has grown by roughly 50 percent since 1990, to roughly 67,000. As in Boca Raton, one political faction embraces development as good for the city while another bemoans it. There also have been exam ples of prejudice against apart ments as opposed to homes. In 2012, the hot issue was the Archstone project on East Palmetto Park Road. Residents


Ken Johnson people and thus pushed rents, which rose very little during the first year of the pandemic, to what Johnson calls “all-time highs. That’s the big separation” from 2008. South Florida rents are up nearly 60 percent in the last year. If out-of-state buyers with cash pushed up home prices, similar sources of new money have contributed to drive up rents.“Temporary COVID relo cations,” Johnson says, brought people with “good incomes and savings who wanted to rent until they learned the market. The restrictions where they had lived looked draconian com pared to AnotherFlorida.”keyfactor in the pandemic market is invest ment money. The real estate firm Redfin calculated that 27 percent of South Florida home sales between October and December of last year were to investors. Weiss says it’s hap pening “all over Boca.” Large investors, which can be large corporations or wealthy individuals, also can outbid locals. Atlanta and Nashville are the most popular investor markets, according to Redfin, but South Florida also ranks high. Investors tend to prefer the same mid-priced homes that have become more out of reach during the boom. A Red fin economist said,“The local homebuyer is really in a pinch.” The nonprofit news site Truthout reported that “Large corporations have a huge ad vantage in the market, as they have the ability to buy homes before they’re even listed for public view, to use algorithms to determine what homes would be a good investment, and to buy homes with cash. Real es tate firms also get lower interest rates than regular homebuyers.”

The planning and zoning board, often divided between agreed. So did the city commis sion, unanimously. Last April, there also was no controversy when a developer proposed converting the closed Sherwood Park golf course to single-fam ily homes. Even the neighbors approved.InBoca Raton, the debate over Archstone began a period of strong community opposi tion to development as the city emerged from the Great Reces sion. The BocaWatch website, now shut down, stoked that opposition.Residents questioned wheth er people actually were living in the new downtown rental projects. They were. Residents claimed that new development caused school overcrowding. In families buying homes from empty-nesters.In2015,thecity council approved Penn-Florida’s plan for University Village, an 80-acre mixed-use project north of Florida Atlantic University on the largest open site remaining in Boca Raton. Scott Singer, then would

Renters in Boca

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of the Golden Triangle neigh borhood just north of the site opposedThen-MayorArchstone.Susan Whelchel blamed some of that sentiment on the belief that rentals would lower property values. The city council approved Archstone, now called Palmetto Prome nade, and home values in the Golden Triangle have continued to Inrise.2019, the Delray Beach City Commission approved a plan for the former Office Depot headquarters site on Congress Avenue. Redevelop ment of the corridor had been a city priority. The consortium that bought the 42-acre site wanted to market what could be roughly 1,000 apartments to young families. Yet Mayor Shelly Petrolia, who has criticized what she considers overdevelopment, voted no. That attitude seemed to have shifted in January of last year. Menin Development pitched a project to convert retail space on Linton Boule vard to a mixed-use project that would add 300 apartments. Menin’s representative, former Commissioner Jordana Jarjura, said Delray Beach’s biggest need is “more housing.”

Delray Mayor Shelly Petrolia Jordana Jarjura

The Legislature has [ affordable housing ] have created 177,000

taken $ 2.3 billion from that fund. Advocates believe that money could affordable housing units.

Boca Mayor Scott Singer

$ 113 thousand a year to afford an apartment.

Solving the crisis will take much more activism by gov ernment at all levels. It could mean limits on rent increases or other forms of tenant protec tion that West Palm Beach and Miami-Dade County have enacted. It could mean incen tivizing property owners to convert less-used office space to housing. It could mean allowing more great.homeincomeresponderstheexecutives.housingupper-middle-classtheLegalofficialsaboutreceivedsaidBocatherefromDelrayBut“micro-apartments.”manyBocaRatonandBeachresidentsbenefitrisinghomevalues.Willbepublicpressure?ARatonspokeswomaninMaythatthecityhadveryfewcomplaintsrisingrents,allofwhichhadreferredtotheAidSociety.SouthFloridahasshownthatregioncanbuildplentyofandaboveandcandrawwell-paidWehavenotshownsameabilitytohelpfirstandthoseatlowerlevels.Ifyou’resittingontonsofequity,thingsmightlookButwhenyouwanttosellandstayinthearea,wheredoyougoinan“unhinged”market?Howwillweattractyoungpeopleiftheycan’taffordaplacetolive,evenwitharoommate?Howdowekeepserviceworkers?Foryears,Johnsonsaid,BocaRatonandDelrayBeachtriedtokeepthecostoflivinglowevenasgrowthsurged.Fewpeoplethoughtabouttheconsequences.Now,hesays,“We’repayingthebills.”

September/October 2022 • • • • 73 on the council and now mayor, read a 10-minute statement criticizing the project, which he said would create a“sovereign nation”in the middle of Boca Raton. According to the prelimi nary site plan, University Village would have 800 Anti-developmentapartments.sentiment in the last decade also killed a proposal by landowners for redevelopment of the Midtown neighborhood that would have added housing where rules didn’t allow it. Crocker Partners, then the main landowner in Midtown, now is pitching a plan that would add housing to the Boca Raton Innovation Campus. Councilwoman Andrea O’Rourke, one of the strongest Midtown critics, says Crocker is doing a better job with the former IBM headquarters. As noted, though, the crisis isn’t just too little housing; it’s too little affordable housing. Successive county commissions have helped to create that crisis. In projects of 10 or more homes, builders were sup posed to provide an affordable housing component. But rules allowed developers to opt out by paying a fee for each affordable housing unit. Many did so because profit from higher prices more than offset the buyout fees. Commissioners have placed on the November ballot a $200 million affordable housing referendum. The Legislature also deserves blame.In1992, Tallahassee passed the Sadowski Affordable Housing Act. Developers pay a fee on every unit, with the revenue going into a fund to help first-time homebuyers. Yet since 1999, when Repub licans took power, the Legis lature has taken $2.3 billion from that fund to pay for other projects and balance the budget. Advocates believe that money could have created 177,000 affordable housing units. Given all those underly ing conditions, the pandemic migration turned housing costs from a problem into a crisis. So where does South Florida go from here? Johnson is optimis tic and pessimistic. The region, Johnson says, “is already into the change,” meaning inbound corporate migration. That could turn South Florida into a region with many more high-paying jobs. It also will produce “a prolonged period of unaffordable housing.” Many builders, Johnson recalls, went under during the Great Recession. Like so many parts of the supply chain, the building industry is wary of scaling up without more certainty that the pandemic is mostly past. That will keep inventory low.

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A. Depending upon the type of tumor, the most standard surgical care is a craniotomy. However, for glioblastomas we often use 5-ALA, which helps find tumor cells that lie outside the margins of the tumor. The malignant glioma cells turn fluorescent for excellent visualization during surgery.

Q. What treatments do you perform for brain tumors?

Utilizing computerized guidance and minimally invasive techniques, the doctors actively train in the newest techniques that improve the patient experience and outcomes. The practice features services such as PRP, stem cell therapy, traction, bracing, pain management, HIFU and surgery.

Q. How do you treat patients with essential tremor or Parkinson’s?

A. The many benefits include no surgical incisions, resulting in reduced risk of infection and quicker recovery time. It’s an outpatient procedure with most patients going home the same day, and there is an immediate and significant reduction in hand tremors with minimum side effects. This truly is a game changer for many who have suffered way too long.

4675 Linton Blvd., Suite 102 Delray Beach 3365 Burns Road, Suite 202 Palm Beach Gardens (561) brainandspinemds.com501-7445


Q. As spine surgeons, what do you treat?

A. We are the first practice in the region to use the newest, groundbreaking technology for treating patients with Parkinson’s or essential tremor (ET) using an MR-guided focused ultrasound by INSIGHTEC™. This technology uses sound wave energy to treat brain tissue as the source of the tremor, and no surgical incision or anesthesia is necessary.

A. We treat multiple injuries and disorders that can develop in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid-back) and lumbar (low back) spine. We see age-related degeneration, spinal arthritis, herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spinal instabilities and slippages, fractures, osteoporosis and malignant spine fractures, traumatic spine fractures, spinal cancer, traumatic injuries related to accidents, falls, and overuse/repetitive use movements, infections and congenital defects.

T he Brain and Spine Institute of South Florida is the largest multi-specialty neurosurgery group in Palm Beach County, treating a wide array of disorders of the brain and spine, and other aspects of the nervous system. The physician team consists of board-certified neurosurgeons with subspecialty fellowship training, providing conservative care and surgical management for brain- and spine-related conditions.





Q. What are the other benefits of this technology?

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1601 Clint Moore Road, Suite 125 Boca Raton (561) 395-5733


A. Yes, Orthopaedic Surgery Associates has therapy services at all three of their locations.

Q. What are the newest procedures patients are seeking?

All physicians are Board Certified and Fellowship trained with specialties including hand, knee, hip, spine and sports medicine. Services include comprehensive evaluation and testing procedures; total knee, hip and shoulder joint replacement, spinal surgery including Kyphoplasty, arthroscopic knee surgery; repair and reconstruction for torn knee ligaments and cartilage; hand and wrist surgery; and a full scope of physical and occupational rehabilitation and pain management ancillary services.


A. With a combined expert physician staff of two orthopaedic sports surgeons, two total joint reconstruction surgeons, two hand surgeons, a pain management physician, a spine surgeon, a podiatrist and full onsite x-ray and rehabilitation services, patients can see their desired specialist within a few miles of each other at all OSA’s Boca Raton or Boynton Beach offices.

2828 South Seacrest Blvd., Suites 104 & 204 Boynton Beach (561) 734-5080 9868 State Road 7, Suite 225 Boynton Ortho-surgeon.comBeach


F or nearly 40 years, the world-class trained team of physicians at Orthopaedic Surgery Associates have been providing head-to-toe orthopaedic care for teens to seniors, athletes to weekend warriors, patients who have experienced failed surgeries elsewhere and those seeking the latest techniques in minimally invasive procedures.

A. The minimally invasive spinal procedure, Kyphoplasty, is used to treat back pain from compression fractures, osteoporosis or trauma. It is done under local anesthesia in the office, using the precision C-arm computer navigation device, and allows patients to get back to their active lives within days.


Q. Are all services available at its locations?

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Q. Do they offer physical therapy at all of their locations?





A. “We use different medically safe sedation options to be able to safely treat patients with complex medical problems or those requiring deeper relaxation for their treatment. We also work with special needs patients, dentistry-phobic patients and those requiring extensive treatment in order to ensure the best possible experience with us.” — Eitan Gross, DMD

Q. What kind of services do you offer?

A. “We utilize today’s most sophisticated dental technologies. This includes LANAP dental lasers, in-house cone beam and intraoral scanners, Yomi® Robotic Implant surgery and sedation options. We are committed to integrity and share collective wisdom and resources.” – Frederic J. Norkin, DMD


A. “We manage periodontal (gum) disease, correct esthetic gum problems and replace failing or missing teeth, focused on regenerative procedures. Everything we do is centered on patient experience and we focus on minimally-invasive techniques, optimizing healing and reducing recovery time.” – Samuel Zfaz, DDS


A. “We believe that people should have fixed teeth for life. Our doctors control or reverse problems that can lead to tooth loosening or loss, and permanently replace teeth, transforming smiles and changing lives.” – Liliana Aranguren, DDS, MDSc


Q. How do you implement the latest technology in your practice?

A. “Radiant smiles reflect confidence and health, and our mission is to preserve and restore smiles. Each doctor is Board-Certified in Periodontics and Dental Implant Surgery (except Dr. Gross, who is Board-Certified in Dental Anesthesiology) and we keep current on the latest procedures and technologies.” – Jeffrey Ganeles, DMD, FACD

Q. What is your philosophy when it comes to patient care?

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Q. How do you manage patient comfort and safety through sedation?

Q. What are the strengths of your practice?

S outh Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is one of the country’s most highly respected periodontal practices, with a team of BoardCertified doctors offering the highest standard of care and advanced treatment. Patients can call directly to see a doctor without needing a referral.



Pincus Meadows Road, Suite 3130 Boca Raton (561) pincusplasticsurgery.com492-7173


A ward-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Pincus is experienced in all types of cosmetic procedures,and a seasoned expert in breast and body procedures including breast augmentation and revision, breast reduction, tummy tuck, liposuction, Brazilian butt lift and facial surgery. Dr. Pincus brings innovation and tradition to his practice alongside compassionate patient care. From a thriving New York practice to Boca Raton, at Pincus Plastic Surgery (PPS), he brings his expertise honed from 18 years of training in Miami, Boston and Paris to provide patients with extraordinary cosmetic and aesthetic procedures.

I do not believe in a mold or ideal of the human shape. My objective is to empower patients by helping them achieve their individual concept of beauty and confidence. At Pincus Plastic Surgery, each procedure is always catered to the patient’s desired aesthetic.

Where I make the most impact on quality of life for men is after a gynecomastia. So many of my patients have told me they are more confident and are no longer limited in their activities, especially in Florida, where the gym, pool and beach are often a part of everyday life.

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A. The fact that I am the only surgeon under the umbrella of Pincus Plastic Surgery. That I see all of my operative patients, from consultation to pre-operative to post-operative and follow-up appointments, is key to my craft and success, and is not widely seen in the plastic surgery industry anymore.

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Q. What kind of results do you seek for your A.patients?

Q. What makes your practice unique?

Q. What procedures are popular with your male A.patients?

Q. How do you treat a painful compression fracture?



Q. Do you perform minimally invasive spinal surgery?

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A. As the author of the book teaching surgeons how to perform a Kyphoplasty, I can gently do the procedure in about 10 minutes. After numbing the area, a small needle is placed into the broken bone under x-ray guidance. I then inject a small amount of bone “glue” to stabilize the broken bone. This permanent fix serves to relieve broken bone pain and prevent further collapse of the bone so patients don’t become deformed and hunched over. Skilled in the most advanced surgical techniques and emerging technologies, Dr. Robert Norton specializes in all aspects of comprehensive spinal care. His expertise and excellent surgical outcomes have earned him the nickname “Miracle Worker.” His prestigious academic training combined with a passion for teaching and research allows him to take an individualized approach to every patient. His high-quality care is backed by research and evidence-based medicine, with proven and expected results. Dr. Norton has authored multiple publications on a variety of topics related to spine surgery in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. He has also received several research grants and has presented his research at both national and international conferences.

670 Glades Road, Suite 200, Boca Raton 7200 W. Camino Real, Suite. 104, Boca Raton 5210 Linton Blvd., Suite 304, Delray Beach 11135 South Jog Road, Suite 5, Boynton Beach 1414 S.E. 3rd Ave., Fort



A. Yes, it is my true passion and the future of spine surgery. With this new technology I am able to perform minimally invasive spinal decompression or fusion in an outpatient surgical facility and have patients walk out an hour later in amazement at how functional and pain-free they are. Disc degeneration, herniations of the neck and back, or spondylolisthesis can all be fixed with just a small one-inch incision. Patients recover at home and are often walking several miles just a week post-op!




ROBERT S. BADER, MD Dermatology

A. Unlike ablative lasers that burn holes into the skin and take time to heal, this laser heats columns of skin to reduce wrinkles, improve stretch marks, and/or improve scars with virtually no downtime. It is fairly comfortable and many patients do not even need to pre-medicate or use topical anesthesia.

Q. Some say that Mohs’ Surgery leaves a big scar. Is that true?


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Q. What is the popular non-ablative laser resurfacing treatment you perform?

A. The truSculpt iD procedure utilizes electricity to generate heat that destroys fat cells and tightens the skin. Six palm-sized areas can be treated in a 15-minute session anywhere on the body: abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, back, and the arms are the most popular sites treated.

A. Mohs’ micrographic surgery is a method of tumor removal, which removes the least amount of non-cancerous skin. The reconstruction after is largely responsible for how the area will look after the surgery. In some cases, leaving a wound to heal by itself can have a great outcome.

R.S.B. E. Hillsboro Suite 204 Beach (954) Drbader.com421-3200

Robert Bader’s dermatology practice, R.S.B. Dermatology, in Deerfield Beach offers comprehensive skin, hair, and nail treatments that include Mohs’ micrographic surgery, reconstructive surgery and dermatologic plastic surgery. Dr. Bader takes great pride in his versatile Ivy League training, board-certified expertise, and the personal connection he forges with his patients.

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Dr. Bader graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences with Distinction, completed an Internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, served as Chief Resident in Dermatology at Hahnemann University, and completed a fellowship in Mohs’ and Dermatologic Plastic Surgery at Affiliated Dermatology, a program affiliated with Columbia University.



Q. What is truSculpt iD?



West Boca Diagnostic Imaging Center 7070 W. Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton (561) westbocamedctr.com417-7920


Our comprehensive center is staffed by on-site fellowship-trained radiologists who have the additional training in breast disease and imaging techniques used for all levels of testing, from routine to high-risk screenings and diagnostic tests. With every visit, we conduct a thorough risk assessment study to evaluate the likelihood of the patient developing breast cancer.

Q. How is that assessment done?

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Q. What sets your center apart from other diagnostic

A. We use advanced computer models that will tell a patient’s percentage chance of getting breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s a fairly narrow range. The average risk person is only 15%; high risk is 20%. So within that 5% range you can just be either average or considered high risk and then meet different screening criteria.

Q. When should women seek your services?

A. Cancer screening usually starts off with a mammogram at age 40. Patients that are high risk should start earlier; 10 years earlier than the youngest family member that had breast cancer. We may start screening even earlier if the patient has known family members with gene mutations. In this case, screening may start as early as 25 years old, and genetic counseling is also recommended. A s the lead interpreting physician at the Breast Center at West Boca Diagnostic Imaging Center, Dr. Marc Kalis offers patients a full complement of screening and diagnostic tools related to breast care and breast imaging. A graduate of Georgetown University Medical School, Kalis completed a five-year radiology residency and fellowship training. He chose this specialty for the ability to combine his breadth of knowledge to diagnose all of the various breast diseases, perform procedures and provide personalized patient care.

Q. What is TED, the latest hair growth treatment you offer?

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A. TransEpidermal Delivery, or TED, is a breakthrough noninvasive procedure to quickly and easily treat shedding and hair loss. TED uses low-frequency ultrasonic sound waves and air pressure to drive topical hair growth treatments deep into the scalp without the need for anesthesia, needles, blood draw, trauma, recovery or downtime. A series of three 20-minute treatments should be repeated one month apart.

A. When performed by a skilled, artistic transplant surgeon, innovations in microsurgery techniques provide a 100% natural look. Advanced, minimally invasive hair transplant procedures using Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) meticulously move as little as one hair follicle at a time. This fine control of individual hair position and direction eliminates “plugs” or “rows” as well as the telltale linear scars left by the old “strip harvest” methods.

Q. Are hair transplants painful?


Dr. Alan Bauman has transformed the appearance of more than 33,000 men and women and performed more than 10,000 hair transplants. Along with pioneering numerous technologies in the field of hair restoration, he performs minimally invasive FUE Follicular Unit Extraction, VIP|FUE™ No-Shave Hair Transplant, Low-Level Laser Therapy, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma, PDOgro™, Eyelash Transplants and others. He is one of approximately only 200 physicians worldwide to achieve the certification from the esteemed American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery (ABHRS).

Founder, CEO & Medical Director, Bauman Medical Group

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A. No, local anesthesia and medication for relaxation allow patients to sit, watch movies, listen to music or even comfortably nap during their procedure. FUE allows for faster, easier recovery with very little downtime. Most patients can resume regular activities within just a few days following a hair transplant.


Q. How do you perform hair transplants that don’t look “pluggy?”

1450 S. Dixie Raton (561)




Q. How do you approach treatment for your patients?

A. As a plastic surgeon, I specialize in surgical rejuvenation of the face. Some patients, however, are not eligible for surgery. With that in mind, I offer a variety of non-surgical options like injectables, dermal fillers, neuromodulators, laser treatments and more. Even for nonsurgical treatments, I apply the same care and artistry to make the outcomes as natural and pleasing as possible.


A. The aging process takes a toll, not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. I want my patients to feel good about themselves again, and my goal isn’t to make them look different, but help them look fresher, healthier, and more vibrant. I strive to help each individual find the right procedure to recapture a radiant self-image that reinforces their confidence and self-esteem.

Q. What services do you offer?

Q. What is your philosophy when it comes to patient care?


D r. Vivian Hernandez is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is known for creating natural, aesthetically pleasing results for her patients. With more than two decades of experience and trained by some of the world’s leading surgeons, Dr. Hernandez provides individualized treatment plans combining proven methods with the latest techniques. Throughout her career, Dr. Hernandez has been widely recognized for her attention to every detail of patient care, and she is committed to personally help patients fulfill their goals. She has received numerous accolades for her work, and her rise to one of the top facelift surgeons in South Florida is a testament to her artistry and skill.


A. Each patient is unique to me, and I strive to care for them in the same way I would want to be treated. Therefore, evaluation is very personalized to each patient’s needs, and I spend a great deal of time getting to know my patients on a very personal level to understand what will make them happy. From that point on, I am there as their doctor every step of the way.

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Plastic Surgery of the Face 4799 N. Federal Highway, Suite 4 Boca Raton (561) DrHernandez.com750-8600


fter completing his undergraduate training at Boston University, Dr. Stein earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, graduating with honors. He then did his orthopedic surgery residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and a sports fellowship at University of Pennsylvania. He practiced orthopedic surgery and sports medicine for 20 years as a professor at NYU and has recently relocated to Florida. At his new Boca Raton practice, he specializes in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and knee, shoulder and ankle surgery.

Q. How does your prestigious NYU training benefit your new practice?


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A. Training and working at one of the premier hospitals in the country in New York City has provided an excellent foundation for the care I provide. I can now take a focused approach as a solo practitioner as patients will have personalized care and short wait times.

Q. Do patients need to have surgery for a torn rotator cuff or biceps tendon?

A. It depends on the patient’s activities, level of function and pain after the injury, as well as their expectations. The least invasive way to treat these injuries is my first choice, which often involves injections and physical therapy. If surgery is required, I use the latest techniques for repair or reconstruction.

Q. How has the advancement of technology and new innovations changed your practice?

A. I am involved in several activities to meet the demands of the quickly changing surgical field. I participate in assisting to develop and modify existing surgical implants to repair shoulder and knee ligament and tendon injuries and I am also involved in national surgical training of residents on the latest techniques in the operating room.

D r. Rafael C. Cabrera is board-certified in general surgery and plastic surgery. He has been practicing plastic and reconstructive surgery in Boca Raton for over two decades and is on staff exclusively at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Dr. Cabrera received his BA with Distinction from Cornell University in 1985 before graduating from New York University School of Medicine in 1989. He completed his Surgery Residency and Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the New York University Medical Center Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and the prestigious Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Dr. Cabrera also completed the Research Fellowship in Scarless Wound Healing at New York University Medical Center.


Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton 951 N.W. 13th St., Suite 4-A Boca Raton (561) Pssbocaraton.com393-6400

Q. How do you achieve natural looking results?

A. No chipmunk-cheeks or duck-lips allowed! Using the correct technique ensures natural-looking results. A multitude of tools are used to regain a more youthful appearance. Over-lasering the face or over-filling the cheeks and lips to hide every last wrinkle is not flattering. Ultimately, patients rely on my expertise, esthetic judgement, trust and integrity.

A. A good facelift means you look beautifully natural without anyone knowing you’ve had work done. Tightening the muscle layer and ligaments are often necessary to get a more youthful contour. Adding volume with natural tissue, like your own fat and stem cells, will augment and rejuvenate your face by replacing facial deflation associated with aging.

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Q. What procedures are popular for men?

A. Since men now work longer, retire harder, and can maintain muscle mass by exercising, it is important to have their face match their body. Droopy eyes and a sagging neck is a stark contrast from their otherwise sharp, on-the-ball appearance and physique. An eye and neck lift can greatly improve their appearance.

Q. What defines a good facelift?


Q. What makes FAU Medicine unique?

Q. What is the FAU Medicine facility like?

A. We offer on-site diagnostic services with full laboratory for our patients. Services include adult preventive care, routine check-ups, management of acute and chronic health problems, general medicine, endocrine disorders including diabetes, disease prevention and treatment and geriatric consultations. In addition, our Marcus Institute of Integrative Health provides complete health and wellness under one roof, combining evidence-based, patient-centered approaches.

A. Our state-of-the-art facility continues to expand, offering patients both primary and integrative healthcare. In addition to a conventional clinic setting, the Marcus Institute houses a demonstration kitchen, community activity space, and holistic care exam suites to treat the whole person.

Dr. Julián Abruña is a primary care physician at FAU Medicine in Boca Raton. He completed his medical education at the UAG School of Medicine in Guadalajara, Mexico and his internal medicine residency at FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine. Dr. Abruña is the first graduate of an FAU residency program to join the FAU Medicine practice. His goal is to give back to the school that trained him and to the community in which he trained. Dr. Abruña is fluent in English and Spanish and enjoys conversing with his patients in both languages.

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Q. What type of care can patients expect in your A.practice?

In addition to the practice of general medicine, I am passionate about new therapeutics for disease prevention and treatment, such as endocrine disorders like diabetes and weight management. I join a physician team dedicated to improving patient’s overall wellbeing and longevity and encourage patients to take part in the decision-making process.

Q. Do you offer alternatives to invasive knee and shoulder surgery?

A. Yes. Many of my patients have already experienced failed surgery elsewhere and are often reluctant to undergo a corrective revision procedure, but these are some of my best outcomes: taking people who are at their worst and giving them their life and active lifestyle back.

A. Most knee and shoulder pain can be resolved with nonoperative treatment and guidance. For patients that do need surgery, our newer techniques such as computer navigation allow faster recovery with minimally invasive surgery. The same personalized and innovative treatments that we use on our professional athletes I also recommend for the rest of my patients.

Dr. Charlton Stucken is a double board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine surgery. Dr. Stucken trained with world-renowned surgeons in prestigious programs in Boston and Philadelphia and has provided care to high school, collegiate and professional athletes. Most of his procedures are performed arthroscopically, allowing faster recovery with minimal downtime. He performs more than 400 cases yearly, evenly split between knee and shoulder surgeries, and is the Chief of Staff at Bethesda Hospital.


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yan Alman practically grew up in a dental office—not as a result of too many cavities, but because his dad has been in the profession for 39 years. Traveling with him on a dental mission trip to Ecuador as an undergraduate student at University of Florida gave Dr. Ryan Alman the chance to work hands-on with underserved patients, solidifying his desire to pursue dentistry full time. “I realized this was something I truly enjoyed, and went on to pursue my dental training at University of Pennsylvania. Dentistry has been in my family for generations, and I’m excited to have recently become a partner of Alman & Katz Dentistry,” says Dr. Alman.

Q. What defines the Alman & Katz practice?

My Ivy League dental training and postgraduate advanced dental education with the Pankey Institute bring an added level of expertise to the practice of well- respected experts, who embrace my enthusiasm and skill set. My contributions will include very transformative cases and the newest technology, tools and gadgets for the best outcomes.




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A. As an active member of the Age Management Medical Group (AMMG), and primary wellness and nutrition consultant at ESM-Medica, I join a growing number of physicians committed to prevention and elimination of degenerative diseases and conditions associated with aging.

My practice focuses on discovering the underlying causes of disease and engaging the patient and the practitioner together in a partnership to improve the patient’s health and longevity. These include HRT for men and women, sexual medicine, nutrition, supplements, weight loss, exercise, stress reduction, sleep and DNA screening.

Dr. Evelyn S. Marienberg is a multiple award-winning, board-certified radiation oncologist, with decades of extensive expertise in hospital-based and freestanding clinics, including academic and research institutions. After obtaining a B.A. at Connecticut College and an MFA at UCLA, she received her M.D. at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, (SUNY) followed by a postdoctoral internship in internal medicine at Danbury Hospital (Affiliate, Yale School of Medicine), and in radiation oncology at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, where she also served as chief resident. After a lifetime of work, treating every type of cancer, Dr. Marienberg is now dedicated to preventing cancer, as well as improving the health and quality of life for people of all ages.

Q. How does DNA screening inform patients about their health?

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CCPHP Concierge Physician and fourth-generation doctor, board-certified Dr. Brian Moraes practices a blend of standard medicine, holistic medicine, research and wellness which includes nutrition, weight loss, mental health, stress reduction, hormone balance, advanced lab testing and genetics. With a personalized, people-oriented approach to patient care at Hybrid Medical Solution, Dr. Moraes also offers therapies that include hormone pellets, peptides, body fat analysis, nutritional supplements, gut health, mental health, nutritional and exercise advice, preventive cardiology and clinical trials. Dr. Moraes offers convenient concierge amenities and personalized, preventive care with a priority placed on the patient’s health, well-being and quality of life.

A. The lab tests that we order are more detailed than what most of our patients have ever had performed before. We routinely monitor parameters of health such as IGF-I, LP(a), HRV, body fat percentage, basal metabolic rate, visceral fat levels, muscle mass, free T3, and female testosterone levels, just to name a few.

Q. Why did you decide to transition to the concierge A.model?

The concierge model finally allows me to practice medicine the way I believe medicine should be practiced, with each patient encounter lasting at least 30-60 minutes. Because every person has different expectations for their health, the more time we spend talking to our patients, the more we learn about what their goals and desires truly are.

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Gregory Von Hausch

“As submissions.receivepopular,gottenwe’vemorewemore … The amount of films we watch can range into the ofoverthousandsthecoursetheyear.”

Fort Lauderdale’s film honcho readies another festival of local premieres

It used to be an inside joke: FLIFF, an acronym for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festi val, also stood for Florida’s Longest International Film Festival. The event just kept going, for up to four weeks of one premiere after another. “The longest it ran was 38 days; my staff wanted to kill me,” recalls Gregory Von Hausch, the festival’s president since 1989.“Last year we were at 18 days. … Fighting against streaming, we didn’t want to cre ate an animal that was so expensive, whose margins were so thin. … I’m thrilled with it.” This year’s 37th-annual festival runs Nov. 4-13, a cool 10 days, right in line with the length of industry leaders Cannes and Sundance. Quality is expected to compensate for sheer quantity, though FLIFF will still debut about 200 features, documentaries and shorts. In addition to the festival, Von Hausch programs yearround Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood, capturing much of the arthouse market in Broward County.


Do you have a memorable story from a previous FLIFF? [In 1995] Michael Caine and Roger Moore came to FLIFF together. They were best friends. One night, I had arranged a meet-and-greet at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Michael was with us for about a week, and I took him as many places as I could; Roger had to come later, in a different car. Michael and I are in a limousine going up to the Colony. We get there, and we go into this ballroom situation, and immediately, fans are coming after him, literally pushing him up against a wall. I’m on the outside of this embryo, trying to be the sperm and force my way into it, and he’s getting all these women with cocktails in their hands, firing questions to him, and reaching out and touching him. He looks at me, and I’m literally pulling him to this door. He just had to escape. And as soon as we got outside the door and we’re leaving those people trailing after us, there were a bunch of tabloid reporters asking him questions about his restaurant, and how he treats his employees. And literally, he got so red, I thought he was going to hit this guy. The limousine was there, we get into it, and he started cursing like a sailor, and calling up the other limo [with Roger Moore] and telling them to turn around and go away. A lot has been written about the demise of movie theaters, especially since COVID, with more titles than ever opening direct to streaming. Should we be writing the obituary for cinemas? I’m deeply concerned about it. We have to make so much money, and the audiences still aren’t coming back. I’ve been trying hard to break into the 18-to34-year-old group. There’s a lot of com petition for them out there. I know how easy and comfortable it is to watch things at home. During the pandemic, we became TV junkies. We don’t have a huge TV—it’s 48 inches—but it’s perfect for us.


What do you look for screeningwhenfilms for consideration for FLIFF? I consider my audi ence first. There may be films I like, but if they’re not going to like them, there’s no sense of me going after them. I find things that are very eclectic. There are certain genres that I steer clear of. I know my audience doesn’t like gratuitous violence, [which I share]. My au dience gravitates toward foreign film. I go to those more than Ameri can independents. How varied is the quality control on the submissions you receive? The quality control is a little up and down, and the number of films we watch can range into the thousands over the course of the year. When I was younger, I felt like I had a fiduciary responsibility to these filmmakers to watch ev ery second, but you rap idly realize that some of the stuff that comes to you has no merit, and no redeeming value. You’re doing disservice to the other legitimate ones behind you; you don’t want your pro grammer looking at you with bleary eyes. How do you keep the festival en ergy alive through out the year at your theaters? We still do a lot of events. We had a pale ontologist for “Jurassic World costumes.had“DowntonsuitstheMinion“Minions”Dominion.”hadathere.Wehadushersinflightfor“TopGun.”ForAbbey,”wetheushersinperiod

IF YOU GO WHAT: Fort Lau derdale Interna tional Film Festival WHERE: Savor Cin ema and Cinema Paradiso WHEN: Nov. 4-13 CONTACT: Visit in October for complete festi val schedule


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Now-Oct. 23: “Lux et Veritas” at NSU Art Mu seum, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; $8-$12; 954/5255500, All 21 contributors to this group exhi bition are artists of color, and all attended the Yale School of Art, which has diversified in large part thanks to artists like these, who formed affiliations, commu nities and friendships within its hallowed halls, while expanding its guest-artists slate and curric ula to include everyone.

Sept. 16: Daughtry at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $35-$349; 561/832-7469, Earning notoriety as a finalist in the fifth season of “Ameri can Idol,” post-grunge rocker Chris Daughtry has established one of modern rock’s most popular acts, with his name sake band selling more than 9 million albums on the strength of chart-topping, emotionally charged singles like “It’s Not Over,” “Home” and “Over You.” Sept. 17-Oct. 9: “Red Riding Hood” at The atre Lab at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 2 and 6 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; $25 adults, free for children under 18; 561/297-6124, fauevents. com. The Southeastern premiere of this family-friendly play by Allison Gregory turns the tradi tional fairy tale on its head. In it, the title character interrupts renowned thespian Wolfgang while he performs his one-man play; she must outwit the actor while inhabiting multiple roles in his show. Sept. 20: Nas & Wu-Tang Clan at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.;,$30-$418;westpalmThebehindtwoofthealbumsof1990srap— Illmatic and Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) —join forces on this unprecedented “NY State of Mind” tour, performing contem porary favorites and legacy hits in what promises to be hip-hop heads’ premier fall concert. Nas

Sept. 3-Jan. 22:

“Beyond the Wall” Reginald Cunningham: “Black Pearls”

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Reginald Cunningham: “Black Pearls” at Boca Raton Mu seum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton; $10-$12 museum admission;,Washington,photographerandCunninghamtraveledPearlCity,BocaRaton’sfirstdistrict,tohonorthemaresidentsofthishiscommunity.“BlackPearls”thesecontributions,10to20large-scaleandcollectedoralinaudioform.

“Beyond the Wall” at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Del ray Beach; $9-15 museum ad mission; 561/495-0233, morika 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, Ca sey Kawaguchi, Hiromi Mizugai Moneyhun and Juuri.

Crash My Party scored Album of the Decade from the Academy of Country Music— leads this twang-y, rural triple bill with formidable openers Green and Tenpenny.

Sept. 10: Nestor Torres at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; andbiewithrangemasteryhasLatinorg.561/450-6457,$45-$50;artsgarage.AGrammynomineeandGrammywinner,Torresbroughthismellifluousofthejazzflutetoaofgenres,collaboratingartistsasdiverseasHerHancock,GloriaEstefanDaveMatthews.

Sept. 21: KISS at iTHINK Finan cial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $26 and up; 561/795-8883, com.palmbeachamphitheatre.westTwice-postponeddue to COVID, the swan-song “End of the Road” tour from the leg endary theatrical hard rockers finally commences, with a send-off full of pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, a light show and nearly 50 years of roof-rat tling music. Sept. 22: Green Day at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $85-$395; 954/7975531, Fresh off their just-completed, Billboard-nominated “Hella Mega Tour,” the indefatigable alternative rock stalwarts, who helped popularize punk for generations of listeners, bring nearly four decades of witty, youthful, paranoid and politically charged bangers to the intimate confines of Hard Rock Live. Sept. 23: Beatlemaniax at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $36.50-$46.50; 561/4839036, neversongwriterstheyears”earlyBeatles’,changesandrareinstruments,tributeactspecializesawideselectionofthediscography,fromhitsfromthe“touringtolaterfavoritesfrom“studioyears”thatthethemselvesperformedlive. Sept. 30: Luke Bryan, Riley Green and Mitchell Tenpenny at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; releasepreeminentBryan,,$42-$504;westpalmoneofcountrymusic’sartists—his2013

Sept. 8-10: Tony Hinchcliffe at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rose mary Ave., West Palm Beach; various show times; $25-$35 with a two-drink minimum; 561/833-1812, palmbea The comedy innovator behind the 2016 Netflix special “One Shot”— so named because the entire special was filmed in a single camera take—Hinchcliffe is a millennial throwback to the classic insult comic. He has written for the Comedy Cen tral Roasts of James Franco, Justin Bieber and Rob Lowe.


Sept. 11: Built to Spill at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale; 7:30 p.m.; $30; 954/564-1074, cultureroom. net. One of the most import ant indie-rock bands of the modern era, Built to Spill per forms both hooky, pop-driven earworms and elaborate, jammy instrumental excur sions. The group supports its 10th album, the psych-popleaning When the Wind Forgets Your Name.

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Sept. 16: Dave Damiani’s Pop-up Speakeasy at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $46.50$76.50;,Pianist and producer Damiani presents this Rat Pack-style throwback concert featuring “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Murphy Jr. and “AGT” selection Sal Valentinetti performing favorites from the 1950s to the 2000s.

Tammy Pescatelli

Oct. 7-8: Tammy Pescatelli at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 7 and 9 p.m.; $36.50-$46.50; butno-nonsense,tomid-2000s,“,DynamitecomicPescatellitwiceinthefinalsofComicStanding”intheandhascontinuedenjoyafertilecareerwithheroccasionallyblue,alwaysaccessiblehumor.

Oct. 13: “Milk and Honey” at the Wick Theatre, 7901 N. Federal High way, Boca Raton; various show times; tickets TBA; 561/9952333, The first storyline musical from com poser and lyricist Jerry Herman (“Hello, Dolly!,” “Mame”), “Milk and Honey” follows a busload of American widows on an eventful trip to Israel as they look for love against the backdrop of the country’s struggle to establish itself as an independent nation.

Oct. 14-15: Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project at Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Ra ton; 6 and 9 p.m.; $55 to $65; 561/395-2929, funkybiscuit. com. Cobham, a legendary jazz fusion drummer famous for his work with Miles Davis and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, will continue to showcase his evolv ing mastery of the percussion instrument, with keyboardirst Scott Tibbs, bassist Tim Land ers, guitarist Mark Whitfield and horn player Paul Hanson.

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Oct. 14-30: “4000 Miles” at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; various show times; tickets TBA; 561/5144042, palmbeachdramaworks. org. Playwright Amy Herzog delved deeply into her own fam ily history to craft the characters for this 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, about a 21-year-old athlete who suffers a loss while on a cross-country bike trip, and finds a respite in the West Village apartment of his blunt 91-year-old grandmother Vera, an avowed Communist.

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Oct. 6: Acoustic Alchemy at Boca Black Box, 8221 Glades Road, Suite 10, Boca Raton; 8 p.m.; $46.50$61.50; 561/483-9036, bocab This thrice-Gram my-nominated English smooth jazz septet has explored myriad other genres in its 35 years of musical refinement, including Latin, world music and new age, but always with intricate acous tic guitars at the forefront.


Oct. 1: Alice in Chains & Breaking Benjamin at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 5:30 p.m.; $35-$385; open(“Glycerine,”Englishsideonjaminstandard-bearers“Rooster”)Alicecom.westpalmbeachamphitheatre.561/795-8883,NinetiesgrungeroyaltyinChains(“ManintheBox,join2000salt-metalBreakingBen(“Breath,IWillNotBow”)thistourthroughtheheavierofmodernrockhistory.alt-rockstaplesBush“EverythingZen”)theshow.

Benise Zac Brown Band,$40-$565;westpalmIt’satumultuoustwoyearstheAmericancountryBrown,whocontractCOVIDtwiceandhadtoorpostponetwoyearsconcerts.HeiscallingthishisComebackTour,aeclecticbillthatyoungmulti-instruCarolineJonesandtheRobertBand.

Oct. 8: Zac Brown Band at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.;

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Oct. 8: Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 8 p.m.; $166.50 and up; 954/797-5531, myhrl. com. Two of the ‘90s and ‘00s rock world’s most distinctive and recognizable voices, Billy Corgan and Perry Farrell, lead their iconic bands on this co-headlining “Spirits on Fire” tour. Expect a grandly the atrical vision across hits like “Today,” “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” “Jane Says” and “Been Caught Stealing.”

Oct. 8-Feb. 3: “A Personal View on High Fashion & Street Style: Pho tography from the Nicola Erni Collection, 1930s to Now” at Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; $15-$18 museum admission; 561/832-5196, Making its muse um debut, this collection from devoted enthusiast Nicola Erni includes more than 300 works documenting the intersection of fashion and street photog raphy, by artists such as Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Richard Avedon and more.

Oct. 27: Jimmy Dore at Palm Beach Improv, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $35 with a two-drink minimum; 561/833-1812, palmbeach This comedian and political commentator’s YouTube show has attracted more than a million sub scribers on the strength of its host’s scabrous person ality and populist niche as a self-described progressive who is critical of many in the Democratic Party.

Oct. 15: Steve Vai: “Inviolate” at the Parker, 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 8 p.m.; $40.50-$207.50; 954/4620222, careerwhileImageentformedGrammySinceZappa’stranscriptionist,’sonlytojoinbandtwoyearslater.then,thethree-timewinnerhasperwithsucheclectictalasOzzyOsbourne,PublicLtd.andMaryJ.Bligeforginganimpressiveasabandleader.

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Oct. 25-Nov. 13: “Jersey Boys” at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; various show times; tickets TBA; 561/5752223, One of the foundational produc tions in the era of the jukebox musical, this four-time Tony winner charts the historic rise of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons through two decades of the vocal group’s indelible hits, including “Sherry” and “Walk Like a Man.”

Oct. 22: “Sex n’ the City” at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; 7:30 p.m.; $48.15-$59.92; 954/3445990, With plenty of affectionate humor to be mined for the source material’s most dedicated fans, this self-described “su per unauthorized” musical parody of the HBO series finds Carrie, Miranda, Char lotte and Samantha back to navigating love and sex in 1990s New York.

Oct. 9: Benise: “Spanish Nights” at Coral Springs Center for the Arts, 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs; 7 p.m.; $33.17-$104.33; 954/3445990, The Spanish guitar virtuoso and a full cast of musicians and dancers return to South Flori da for a globetrotting evening of classic-rock favorites re-interpreted in the styles of Spanish flamenco, Cuban salsa, Parisian waltzes and African drumming.

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EAT & DRINK EMBER GRILL REVIEW › 116 DVASH REVIEW › 118 DISCOVERIES › 122 TABLE TALK › 126 Wagyu EmbercarpacciobeeffromGrill

We started with the Duck Pan cakes ($42) and the Flaming Crab Dip ($26). While a $42 appetizer may seem steep, it’s a generous portion that’s shareable or could even double as an entrée. I was intrigued to find Peking duck on the menu and wasn’t disappoint ed. It comes with a stack of airy, crepe-like pancakes, hoisin sauce and sliced scallions. You can tell the kitchen takes pride and patience to prepare this classic dish that comes out crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The crab dip adds excitement to the evening when it’s lit on fire tableside. I’ve had plenty of crab dips that were more cheese and mayo than crab, but this one was crab-centric, and we slathered it on fluffy naan bread. For entrées, the Maine Lobster & Sweet Corn Ravioli ($28) is an Em ber Grill staple. The decadent dish is made with corn pudding stuffed into house-made pasta and topped with a saucy, citrusy beurre blanc. I rarely order chicken out, but our waitress sold us on the Josper Oven Roasted Chicken ($34), touting that its preparation in the wood-burning oven imported from Spain would not disappoint. The chicken did come out crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, but it wasn’t necessarily a stand out. However, the aji verde that complemented it was something I’d happily pour over many other dishes. Also, don’t skip the Loaded Potato Pave ($12) that combines the best of a baked potato and scal loped potatoes into one side dish of paper-thin slices baked and topped with béchamel and bacon. To end the evening, flash back to yesteryear with an iconic baked Alaska that blazes on your table and smells of marshmallows. Make sure to get all the flavors in one bite—the white chocolate and strawberry ice cream, cake and gooey warm meringue.

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his month Ember Grill is celebrating its one-year an niversary. The Ray Hotel’s modern bistro opened with grand fanfare—a beacon of growth for a quaint seaside town evolving into a cool, bohemian destination. Helming the kitchen is Joe Zanelli, who has worked with renowned chefs like Michael Mina, Wolfgang Puck and Laurent Tourondel. He has nearly three de cades of experience, and relocated from Las Vegas to Delray to launch both Ember Grill and Rosewater Rooftop, the hotel’s second dining concept. Like many others, he faced staffing challenges when the restaurant first opened, garnering harsh comments from patrons that he frankly didn’t deserve. His food at Ember Grill is varied to appeal to a variety of palates and has a few delightful twists. Pick your favorite spirit and you’ll find an interesting cocktail on the menu. I sipped on the Gar den of Eden ($14), a gin-forward drink well balanced with basil, mint syrup and lime juice that was tart and refreshing. (The cocktail menu does change, as one of my favorite cocktails was no longer on the menu when I dined, but I’m sure the bartender would have been gracious enough to re-create it had I asked.)

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DVASH 8208 Glades Road, Boca Raton; 561/826-7784

The cocktail menu is a list of typical drinks like mojitos, Palomas and Old Fashioneds, but I was surprised to discover that these are cocktails from a can. Intrigued, I ordered the Espresso Martini ($12). While it wasn’t a standout, it could pass for a crafty cocktail with a smooth balance of coffee and sweetness. My only wish is that it would have come in an actual martiniThreeglass.starters—Roasted Tur meric Cauliflower ($22), Shrimp Cargot ($24) and Truffle Fig & Goat Cheese Flatbread ($18)—all hit the table, and I didn’t know where to start. The cauliflower dish is a massive full head that’s been roasted with turmeric, but it’s the ultra-creamy beet tahina (or tahini) sauce, almond slices and golden raisins that elevated the dish. It was a lovely balance of sweetness, crunch and richness. The flatbread, while not neces sarily flat but more of a ciabatta thickness, was gooey and drizzled with syrupy sweet honey. The star of the show was the shrimp take on escargot, which bubbled with Swiss cheese and was cooked in a shallot white wine cream in which we enthusiastically dunked the garlicWhileciabatta.I’dhappily have a tapas dinner here solely on appetiz ers and hummus (there are five different types!), I did try a couple entrées, including the Mahi Mahi Shawarma ($37) and House Shak shuka with Lamb ($25). The gen erous portion of grilled fish was moist and tender and came with a choice of rice, quinoa or fries. The shakshuka, a classic Middle East ern dish, is the perfect rainy-day comfort food, with its savory lamb topped with sauteed tomatoes, onions, feta and a poached egg. It’s served with warm pita for dipping and hummus—because you can never get enough.

owadays, thanks to social media, we can easily find well-executed, exhilarat ing dishes that aren’t necessarily prepared by a renowned chef in a massive metropolis. Smaller businesses can reach a wide audience with just a few clicks— word-of-mouth recommendations at a higher and faster level. I love supporting small family-owned restaurants and had seen several posts about a Mediterranean restaurant in West Boca tucked away in a Publix strip mall. So I ventured out to dine at DVASH. Hebrew for “honey,” DVASH incorporates this ingredient into its dishes, honeycomb hexagonal décor and even its to-go bag with its “Honey I’m Home” tagline. The menu is a collection of Mediterra nean fusion dishes, but owner and self-taught chef Cohen also cu rates daily specials (so make sure to wait for them before making final meal decisions) and caters to an array of diets, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

The Cohen family, which previously owned Falafel Bistro & Wine Bar in Coral Springs for 15 years, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of DVASH this month. I’m just happy that chef Cohen is continuing to feed us his exciting seasonal dishes closer to home.

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Lobster mac and cheese from the Capital Grille BRISTOLAARON

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.

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 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. $$$

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. $

Palm Beach County BOCA RATON

The Capital Grille —6000 Glades Road. Steaks. This is one of more than three dozen restaurants in a nation al 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-espres so cake a study in shameless, and luscious, decadence.

• Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/368-1077. $$$

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. $$$$ AlleyCat—409 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Japanese. Chef Eric Baker’s Japanese izakaya, or a casual spot for drinks and bites, is serving up dishes like sushi, dumplings and fried rice that have an unexpected whimsical element. Here you’ll find king crab tacos and hot fried chicken alongside the hamachi ponzu and spicy scallop roll. And to deliver the freshest sushi in town, he has partnered with celebrated sushi chef David Bouhadana of Sushi by Bou. • Dinner Tues.-Sat. 561/717-8415. $$ 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. $$$

Chez Marie French Bistro —5030 Champion Blvd. French. Marie will greet you at the door of this nicely dec orated, 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 gar lic butter, parsley and breadcrumbs to a tender duck a l’orange to an unforgettable crepe Suzette, you’ll be in Paris all evening.

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Basilic Vietnamese Grill —200 S. Federal 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. $$ Bluefin Sushi and Thai—861 N.W. 51st St., Suite 1. Sushi/Thai. Arrive early for a table at this Asian hot spot—it’s popular with no reservations for parties fewer than six. Don’t skip the tempura lobster bomb, big in both size and taste. The ginger snapper will impress both Instagram and your stomach. Try the chicken satay and pad Thai. Bluefin offers a variety of dishes from multiple cultures, all well done. • Dinner daily. Lunch Mon.-Fri. 561/981-8986. $$

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. $$

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.

Everyday Favorites

• Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-3722. (Other Palm Beach County location: 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/691-1610) $$

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. $

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

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. $$

The Grille On Congress —5101 Congress Ave. American. Dishes at this longtime favorite range from 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. $$

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). $$

Il Mulino New York Boca Raton —451 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

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

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Houston’s —1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle. Con temporary 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. $$$

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. $$$$ Cuban Café —3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suite B-30. Cuban. One thing Boca needs more of is coffee windows—and real Cuban restaurants. Part of the charm of South Florida is its melting pot of Latin cultures, and Cuba is the granddaddy of them all. Which is undoubtedly why diners pack this traditional Cuban restaurant for lunch specials that start at $10.95, including slow-roasted pork served with white rice and black beans. Other highlights include the Cuban sandwich, the media noche and (on the dinner menu only) lechón asado. Full bar. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/750-8860. $ Dorsia—5837 N. Federal Highway. Continental. The simple pleasures of the table—good food, personable service, comfortable ambience—are what this modestly stylish restaurant is all about. The menu has a strong Italian bent, evidenced by dishes like a trio of fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with an airy three-cheese mousse, and a cookbook-perfect rendition of veal scaloppine lavished with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and a tangy lemon-white wine sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/961-4156. $$ Farmer’s Table —1901 N. Military Trail. American. 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 man tra 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.

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. $$ Bonefish Grill—9598 Glades Road. Seafood. Market-fresh seafood is the cornerstone, like Chilean sea bass prepared over a wood-burning grill and served with sweet Rhea’s topping (crabmeat, sautéed spinach and a signature lime, tomato and garlic sauce.) • Dinner nightly. Lunch on Saturdays. Brunch on Sundays. 561/483-4949. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/732-1310; 9897 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/9652663; 11658 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/799-2965) $$

For an affordable bite at any time, consider these durable chains and home grown Boca favorites—where the attire is understated and reservations are rarely necessary.

It’s Season!Truffle

WHERE TO SHOP: delivers them straight to your door. You can also purchase them at Elia’s Bakery Bar in Fort Lauderdale. COOKING TIP: Never cook them; only shave them on top of pasta, meat, fish or even eggs. Also, if you’re enjoying them over pasta, hold the Parmesan.

Written by CHRISTIE GALEANO-DEMOTT We sat down with truffle expert and chef Angelo Elia to chat about all things truf fles. While members of the fungi kingdom, truffles are a sought-after, opulent ingredient due to their scarcity. Unlike mushrooms that can sprout above ground and be farmed, truffles only grow in the wild—and underground— attached to certain tree roots and thus basically invisible to the untrainedHistorically,eye.female pigs were used to sniff out their scent, which is similar to the mating pheromones of males. But when farmers, who bank on making most of their annual income in one three-to-four-month season, had enough of the pigs actu ally eating the truffles after finding them, the protocol shifted to truffle-hunting dogs. (In Italy, truffle hogs are now illegal.) The famous white truffles from Alba in northern Italy are foraged from September to December. Black truffles can be found in areas including France, Tuscany and the Pacific Northwest. So what makes truffles so special? Elia says it’s the unbeliev ably fresh flavor. He describes it as tasting the earth with hints of its signature aroma. In honor of the beloved and rare culinary diamonds, Elia has been hosting winter season truffle dinners at his Casa D’Angelo restaurants in Boca and Fort Lauderdale for six years. The five-course “Taste of Alba” evenings sell out quickly and feature Italian wine pairings. And if you want to get your truffle fix out of season, head over to Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas in Delray for his wild mush room four-cheese pizza that’s drizzled with truffle oil.

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BEST WINE PAIRING: Barolo. WHITE OR BLACK TRUFFLE? White, because the first time you smell it, you’ll never forget it. The black truffles are great, but they don’t even come close to the white.

FAVORITE TRUFFLE DISH: Simple tagliolini or fettuccini tossed in sweet butter and topped with shaved truffle.

Chef Angelo Elia working truffle into some of his signature pastas

AVERAGE COST: Depends on the season, but average white truffles run $3,000-$4,500 per pound, and black truffles run $500-$1,000 per pound.

A top South Florida chef dishes on this pricey and aromatic delight

September/October 2022 • • 123 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. $$$ Fries to Caviar —6299 N. Federal Highway. Con temporary American. Going one better than soup to nuts defines this Boca restaurant, an easygoing, affordable bistro that really does offer fries, caviar and more. Four varieties of fish eggs are shown off nicely crowning a quartet of deviled eggs, while the thick-cut fries complement a massively flavorful, almost fork-tender hanger steak in the classic steak frites.Try the seasonal soups as well. • Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/617-5965. $$ 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. $$ Kapow! Noodle Bar —431 Plaza Real. Pan-Asian This Asian-inspired gastropub delivers an inventive punch to the taste buds. Among the hardest hitters is its angry shrimp dumplings and the char sui pork belly bao bun. The Saigon duck pho is yet one more reason to go. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/347-7322. $$ Kathy’s Gazebo Café—4199 N. Federal Highway. Tra 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. $$$ Ke’e Grill —17940 N. Military Trail, Suite 700. Tradition al American. In this busy dining scene for more than 30 years, you will find a lot of seafood (fried calamari, blue crab cakes, yellowtail snapper Francaise and lots more), a few steak, chicken, lamb and pork options, and a quality house-made apple crisp. Your traditional choices are baked, fried, breaded, grilled, broiled, sauteed. With Provencal, Francaise, maple mustard glaze, toasted macadamia nut pesto and piccata twists. A consistent crowd for a consistent menu. • Dinner nightly. 561/995-5044. $$$ 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 rendi tion 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. $$$ La Villetta —4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-edited version of a traditional Italian menu, complete with homemade pastas and other classic dishes. Try the signature whole yellowtail snapper encrusted in sea salt; it’s de-boned right at tableside. Shrimp diavolo is perfectly scrumptious. • Dinner nightly. (closed Mon. during summer). 561/362-8403. $$$

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


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 vir tually 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. $$

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. 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 “arra biata” style. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/239-7000. $$ Matteo’s —233 S. Federal Highway, Suite 108. Italian. Hearty Italian and Italian-American food, served in giant “family style” portions, needs no reinventing. Though there is no shortage of local restaurants cooking in that genre, it’s the details of preparation and service that make Matteo’s stand out. Baked clams are a good place to start, as is the reliable chopped salad. Linguini frutti di mare is one of the best in town. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-0773. $$ Max’s Grille —404 Plaza Real. Contemporary Amer ican. After 24 years in Mizner Park, This modern American bistro is a true local classic. The food and decor are both time less and up to date, and the ambience is that of a smooth-run ning 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. $$ Morton’s The Steakhouse —5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 219. Steakhouse. There’s seemingly no end to diners’ love of huge slabs of high-quality aged beef, nor to the car nivores who pack the clubby-swanky dining room of this meatery. While the star of the beef show is the giant bone-in filet mignon, seasonally featured is the American Wagyu New York strip. Finish off your meal with one of the decadent desserts.• Dinner nightly. 561/392-7724. $$$$ New York Prime —2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive. Steakhouse. This wildly popular Boca meatery Monday, Mon day packs them in with swift, professional service, classy supper club ambience and an extensive wine list. And, of course, the beef—all USDA Prime, cooked to tender and juicy lusciousness over ferocious heat. The bone-in rib-eye is especially succulent, but don’t neglect the New York strip or steak-house classics like oysters Rockefeller, garlicky spinach and crusty hash browns. • Dinner nightly. 561/998-3881. $$$$ Patio Tapas & Beer —205 S.E. First Ave. Spanish. Be transported to the Iberian Peninsula with a variety of tapas.

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 pas titsio 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) branzi no. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/409-3673. $$ Rebel House —297 E. Palmetto Park Road. American Eclectic. As wild visually as it is in the kitchen, this place rocks on all points. Start with the popcorn flavor of the day (instead of bread) and don’t miss the cauliflower Caesar salad, Uncle Pinkie’s Fried Rice, the lobster meatballs or whatever duck option is on the menu. You can’t miss with these dishes. • Dinner night ly, brunch Sat.-Sun. 561/353-5888. $$ 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. $$ Ruth’s Chris —225 N.E. Mizner Blvd., Suite 100. Steakhouse . Not only does this steakhouse favorite emphasize its New Orleans roots, it also distinguishes itself from its competitors by just serving better food. The signature chopped salad has a list of ingredients as long as a hose but they all work together. And how can you not like a salad topped with crispy fried onion strings? Steaks are USDA Prime and immensely flavorful, like a perfectly seared New York strip. The white chocolate bread pudding is simply wicked. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-6746. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/514-3544; 661 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/863-0660.) $$$$ Seasons 52 —2300 Executive Center Drive. Contempo rary American. The food—seasonal ingredients, simply and healthfully prepared, accompanied by interesting wines—is firstrate, from salmon roasted on a cedar plank to desserts served in oversized shot glasses. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-9952. (Other Palm Beach County location: 11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/625-5852.) $$

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. $$

The laundry list of potent potables at New York Prime ranges from $11 bourbons and whiskeys to the decadent $325 Hen nessy Ellipse cognac. 2022

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Chef Bryant Fajardo, who trained under celebrated chef José Andrés, specializes in one of Spain’s most traditional and iconic cuisines and delivers both classic selections like Manchego cheese and anchovies alongside premium nibbles like seared duck and foie gras. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/419-7239. $ 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. Veg etarian and gluten-free choices are on the menu, too. • Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/314-6840. $$

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. $$$$ BRISTOLAARON

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Sushi Ray —5250 Town Center Circle, Suite 111. Japa nese/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 of fers 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. $$

—Christie Galeano-DeMott

Flavor Palm Beach, Delray RestaurantMonth Palm Beach diners can rejoice as the summer slowdown evolves into a delectable restaurant season with the return of Flavor Palm Beach in September. Flavor was founded in 2007 but welcomes a new owner this year. Local resident Kerri Paizzi comes from a restaurant and marketing background and is looking to grow the “original restau rant program in Palm Beach” by catering to individual restaurants and creating opportunities for them to build and retain clientele. The restaurant industry is where her heart is, she explains, and she’s here to help it succeed. Paizzi’s aim of 100 participating restaurants would double last year’s total, with each concept offering three-course prix-fixe menus. New this year, guests can look forward to a selec tion of restaurants that will be curating wine-pairing dinners and a user-friendly mobile app to easily find a participating restaurant based on your location. September also marks the return of Downtown Delray Beach Restaurant Month. From Sept. 1 onward, more than 50 restaurants are expected to participate, offering multicourse, prix fixe lunches and dinners, happy hour and brunch specials, and unique culinary experienc es—all for us hardy year-rounders willing to brave the heat for a seat at the table.,

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“As a restaurant group, we decided to ele vate the dining experience,” says Rack.“We’re going to create something down here that’s never been done before.”

For Rack, he’s excited Zavala shares his exper tise with his staff.“We’re all here for one purpose, and that is giving a tremendous product to our dining guests and elevating who we are,”Rack says.“It’s nice having [Zavala] back with me.

From left, Rack and Zavala


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Famed restaurateur Gary Rack & Food Network Star Demetrio Zavala pool their talents

“My grind is a little bit different than most people. I know what it is to not have,” he says.

“I’m a chef because it’s my way of touching people through food and making a difference in their lives,” he explains.“Chefs cook with their hearts. You’re giving somebody your all on a plate, and you want them to love it as much as you love it.”

Together as a team, we’re going to knock it out of the park.”

He’s taking his humble past and merging it with what he’s learned working alongside esteemed chefs like Eric Ripert and Daniel Boulud and at legendary restaurants like Elev en Madison Park to create a food philosophy that’s focused on appreciating ingredients and zero waste (utilizing every usable part of an ingredient). He’s all about maximizing what you have, even making pasta out of corn husk, which most people toss, and cooking with un expected ingredients like tomato leaves, which he says have more flavor and nutrients than the tomatoes themselves. And both Zavala and Rack are looking to develop relationships with local farms and cattle ranchers to rope them into their local, sustainable concepts.

Written by CHRISTIE GALEANO-DEMOTT Two culinary masterminds are re uniting, and we’re lucky to be the beneficiaries of their talents. Lo cal restaurateur Gary Rack (of Racks and Farmhouse Kitchen fame) is teaming up with Chef Demetrio Zavala, four-time “Chopped” Champion and “Chopped” Grand Champi on, to bring us a special dining experience rooted in clean, simple ingredients that are integrated into thoughtful, well-executed dishes.Butthis isn’t the first time these two gentle men have worked together. Seventeen years ago they partnered to create Rack’s first orig inal concept, Coal Mine Pizza in Royal Palm Place. They cemented a lifelong friendship that has continued all these years. The duo talks up to 10 times a day, and Zavala even adoringly calls Rack’s wife “mom.”After a year of reunion discussions, the two decided now is the time to redevelop the Farmhouse brand and open new locations throughout Broward and Palm Beach within the next two to three years, with Zavala as the culinary director of the company and chef-partner of the yet-to-open locations.

It’s rejuvenated me to want to go ahead and really develop and grow the brand even more.

Zavala, who was born on a military base in Colorado, grew up in Delray Beach with his Cuban grandmother. He describes his up bringing as poor—sometimes living without lights, food and water.

Last December, Zavala’s passion for cook ing came to a startling halt. His intestines and appendix suddenly burst, causing him to go septic, and during emergency surgery he had to be resuscitated. After awakening from the harrowing experience, the first thing he thought of was “will I be able to cook again? Being a chef isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle,” he says.

Now fully recovered, Zavala is looking to wow diners with his minimalistic yet delicious food.“We want to not only educate people about food, but we want you to feel healthy and happy when you leave our location.”

Trattoria Romana —499 E. Palmetto Park Road. 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 Map

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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.

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FemAle Brew Fest

Th is beer festival on Saturday, September 17, founded by local entrepreneur Frances Anto nio-Martineau, celebrates women in the brewing industry and invites everyone to savor their beer. The talented group of women also includes local female chefs, musicians and business owners who will showcase their craft at the festival as well. Hosted by the Kimpton Goodland Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, the festival will offer several activations including an off-flavor course about beer flaws and how to avoid them and a beer + yoga class for those wanting to flow into their day. Guests can look forward to sampling beer from about 30 brands including Islamorada Beer Company and Tarpon River Brewing. The hotel is offering a Beercation package that starts at $279 theearly$ comfemalebrewfest.

• Lunch Mon.-Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/994-2828. $$

• Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/465-5922. $$ Yakitori —271 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Asian. This Japanese restaurant that has sat for nearly a decade in Royal Palm Place is still welcoming devoted diners and delivering consistent, premium dishes. Sip on one of its refreshing cocktails like the lychee martini or green tea mojito before perusing the vast menu that offers everything from sushi and sashimi to fried rice, ramen and entrées from the robata grill. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/544-0087. $$

f you can’t make it to Germany this September for its an nual Oktoberfest celebration, don’t fret, as there are several venues in town that will make you feel like you’ve crossed the Atlantic. While it may sound confusing, Munich’s famous Oktoberfest actually runs from Sept. 17-Oct. 3 this year. It was first celebrated in October but was moved into September to take advantage of warmer weather and longer days. However, thanks to our warm, sunny days, South Florida’s Oktoberfest festivities run into October, so make sure to check each ven ue’s event calendar.

Vino —114 N.E. Second St. Wine Bar/Italian. An impressive 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.

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. $$


—Christie Galeano-DeMott

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Villagio Italian Eatery —344 Plaza Real. Italian The classic Italian comfort food at this Mizner Park establish ment 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. $$

Oli’s Fashion Cuisine —6897 S.W. 18th St. Mod 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. $$ Oliv Pit Athenian Grille —6006 S.W. 18th St. Mod ern Greek. The owners’ goal of bringing together the best of Greek cooking under one roof, much like the melting pot that is Athens, is covered here in an extensive menu. The best way to enjoy the food is to share it: the Pikilia trio with tzatziki, spicy feta and eggplant spread is a starting place. Try the mix grill platter and the hearty red Greek wine. End the night with a unique, velvety frappe cappuccino. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/409-2049. $$

900 W. State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale; 954/463-6747;

• 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 restau rant 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 recom mended.

Oktoberfest Celebrations

While the club hosts several events throughout the year, Okto berfest is its crown jewel. With a blend of tal ented musicians, traditional food and flavors, attendees in classic German attire and, of course, a wide selection of German beers, this celebration will transport you to Bavaria. 5111 Lantana Road, Lake Worth Beach; 561/9676464;

attention to the daily specials, especially if they include impec cably done langostini oreganata and the restaurant’s signature jumbo shrimp saltimbocca. • Dinner nightly. 561/393-6715. $$$



Twenty Twenty Grille —141 Via Naranjas, Suite 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. $$$

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. $$

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. $$

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. $$ Ditmas Kitchen —21077 Powerline Road. Con temporary kosher. This west Boca restaurant is named after a Brooklyn avenue in a district known for its food. Here you’ll find very good casual food, and no dairy products are used. Try the Hibachi salmon, all-kale Caesar salad, the shnitzel sandwich. • Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 561/826-8875. $$$

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BIERGARTEN In the heart of Boca, this German-inspired beer and brats house is serving up more than 20 draft beers and 50 bottled beers. Start with a giant pretzel and work your way to one of the signature sausages.

309 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton; 561/395-7462;

This iconic Fort Lauderdale German restaurant pulls out all the stops, with live music and German specialties like wiener schnitzel, potato pancakes, sauerkraut and bratwurst. It also serves a rotating list of imported German draft beers.

Driftwood —2005 S. Federal Highway. Modern Amer ican. 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.

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

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

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.

• Lunch Tues.-Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/381-0037. $ Atlantic Grille—1000 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood/Contem porary American. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Ho

• Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/733-4782. $$


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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.


• Dinner nightly. 561/865-5653. $$ Angelo Elia Pizza • Bar • Tapas — 16950 Jog Road. Italian. Nothing on the menu of Angelo Elia’s modern, small 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 Mon.-Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/470-0112. $$

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 sop ping 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.

$$ Burt & Max’s —9089 W. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. This bastion of contemporary comfort food in west Del ray 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.

tel & 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. 561/274-9090. $$ Caffe Luna Rosa —34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Italian. This multiple Delray Beach-award winning restaurant has sparkling service, comfort food taken to a higher level, and a setting just steps from the Atlantic. A success from day one, they dish up big flavors in a tiny space, so call for reservations. Try the calamari fritto misto, then the rigatoni pomodoro and leave room for dessert. Or come back for breakfast. • Open daily from breakfast through dinner. 561/274-9404. $$

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 Amatrici ana 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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This past summer, El Camino opened a second location at the Square in West Palm Beach, offering quality Mexican and exclu sive mural art to Central Palm Beach diners. 2022

• 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. $$

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lopine piccate al limone, the four kinds of risotto, and dessert.

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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 ap propriately tender and tasty. • Dinner nightly. 561/272-9898. $$$

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

Casa L’Acqua —9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. You’ll get what you pay for here: very good Italian food in an upscale, mod ern, 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 scal


Coco Sushi Lounge & Bar —25 N.E. Second Ave. Asian. Local hospitality veterans Tina Wang and chef Jason Zheng continue to grow their restaurant empire with this concept. The extensive menu caters to any palate, dietary restriction or craving and features both traditional and creative dishes. Soups and salads lead into sushi selections and appetizers divided into cool and hot. Cooked and raw rolls are followed by rice, noodle, land and sea en trée options. • Dinner Mon.-Sat. Sunday brunch. 561/908-2557. $$

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 ap proachable 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. $$

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 beau tifully 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 tortelli ni 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.

• Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/665-4900. $$ Avalon Steak and Seafood—110 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood/Steakhouse. The enticing reasons we all go to a steakhouse are present here—boozy cocktails, a diverse wine list, dry aged steaks, prime cuts, rich accompaniments, decadent sides and indulgent desserts. The menu is then enhanced with a selection of seafood like a raw bar medley of oysters, shrimp and crab alongside the customary octopus, fish, scallops and lobster. Don’t miss Avalon’s signature dish, the Angry Lobster, and for an unusual surprise check out the kimchi fried rice. • Dinner nightly. 561/593-2500. $$$$ Bamboo Fire Cafe—149 N.E. Fourth Ave. Caribbean.

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 on ions, 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. $$

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J&J Seafood Bar & Grill —634 E. Atlantic Ave. . 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.

Joseph’s Wine Bar —200 N.E. Second Ave. Mediter ranean-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. $$ La Cigale —253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. Popular venue since 2001, with Greek and Italian dishes and more. High lights are seafood paella, roasted half duck and grilled jumbo artichoke appetizer. Lots of favorites on the menu: calf’s liver, veal osso buco, branzino, seafood crepes. Nice outdoor seating if weather permits. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$ 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 Sku na Bay salmon, the branzino or the veal Bolognese. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-6241. $$$

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 Bolog nese, étouffée and more. Reservations are recommended at this laid-back, comfortable venue. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5774. $$

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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. $$

Park Tavern’s “Between Brunch” menu offers specials from 3 to 4 p.m. on week ends, including Buffalo fried chicken and blue deviledcheeseeggs.


—187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary . 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 comfort able 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. $$

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. $$$ Lulu’s—189 N.E. Second Ave. American. Lulu’s in Pineapple Grove offers a relaxed ambiance with unfussy, approachable food. The quaint café is open every day and serves an all-day menu including breakfast until 3 p.m. and a selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrées that are ideal for an executive lunch, lively tapas happy hour, casual dinner or late night snack (until 2 a.m.). • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/453-2628. $ The Office —201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary Amer ican. Your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to mussels. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$ 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. $$ Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar —5 S.E. Sec ond Ave. Seafood. Gary Rack, who also has scored with his spot in Mizner Park, certainly seems to have the restaurant Midas touch, as evidenced by this updated throwback to classic fish houses. Design, ambience and service hit all the right notes. Oysters are terrific any way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$ 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. $$ Salt7—32 S.E. Second Ave. Modern American. All the pieces needed to create a top-notch restaurant are here: talented chef, great food, excellent service. From the pea risotto to the crab cake to the signature steaks and a lot more, this is a venue worth the money. Thanks goes to Executive Chef Paul Niedermann, who won TV’s notorious “Hell’s Kitchen” show, and his talent is displayed here on the plate. • Dinner Mon.-Sat. Brunch Sunday. 561/274-7258. $$$

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

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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.

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar —1841 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 ev ery 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. $$ —16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpreten tious restaurant in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything—from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$ —2275 S. Federal Highway. Northern . 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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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. $$$ LANTANA The Station House —233 Lantana Road. Seafood. If you’re hungry for Maine lobster, plucked live out of giant tanks and cooked to order, this modest replica of a 1920s train station is the place to go. Lobsters come in all sizes (up to 6 pounds) and are reasonably priced. • Dinner nightly. 561/5479487. $$$

• Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/272-1944. $$$

$ 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. $$

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 combina tions 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. $$$

Yellowtail —7959 W. Atlantic Ave. Asian. Chef and partner Andrew Marc Rothschild has cooked in notable international kitchens including France’s Michelin-starred Au 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. $$

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 stodgy, however, as evidenced by expertly crafted, robustly flavorful dishes like the signature spiedini di mozzarella Roma na, 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.

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.



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Buccan —350 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Casual elegance of Palm Beach meets modern culinary sensibil ities 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 Inter 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 sophisti cated 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 Japa nese-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. $$

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 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. $$ Café Centro —2409 N. Dixie Highway. Modern Ameri can. A cornerstone in the Northwood neighborhood, this venue draws because of a complete package: food, drinks and great nightlife and music. Take some char-grilled oysters, add shrimp pesto capellini or a marinated pork chop with polenta, plus local singing fave Tessie Porter, and you have a fun and delicious night out. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/514-4070. $$ 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. $$ Grato —1901 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. “Grato” is Italian for “grateful,” and there is much to be grateful for about Clay Conley’s sophisticated yet unpretentious take on Italian cookery. Anyone would be grateful to find such delicate, crispy and greaseless fritto misto as Grato’s, ditto for lusty beef tartare piled onto a quartet of crostini. Spinach gnocchi in porcini mushroom sauce are a revelation, so light and airy they make other versions taste like green library paste. Don’t miss the porchetta either, or the silken panna cotta with coffee ice cream and crunchy hazelnut tuille. • Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch. 561/404-1334. $$

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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. $$ Meat Market—191 Bradley Place. Steakhouse. “Meat Market” may be an inelegant name for a very elegant and inven tive steakhouse but there’s no dissonance in its food, service or ambience. Multiple cuts of designer beef from multiple sources can be gilded with a surprising array of sauces, butters and up scale add-ons. Whole roasted cauliflower is an intriguing starter, while a meaty Niman Ranch short rib atop lobster risotto takes surf-n-turf to a new level. Cast your diet to the winds and order the dessert sampler. • Dinner nightly. 561/354-9800. $$$$ Renato’s —87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist— like the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and pernod broth with fennel and black olives and the wildflower-honey-glazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/655-9752. $$$ 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. $$


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. $$$

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Leila—120 S. Dixie Highway. Mediterranean. Flowing drapes and industrial lighting complete the exotic decor in this Middle East ern 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. $$$ Rhythm Café —3800 S. Dixie Highway. Casual Amer ican. Once a diner, the interior is eclectic with plenty of kitsch. The crab cakes are famous here, and the tapas are equally de lightful. Homemade ice cream and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$

Tropical Smokehouse —3815 S. Dixie Highway. Barbecue. When you take the distinct tastes of Florida/Caribbe an/Cuban dishes and pair them with barbecue, you end up with a place you visit a lot. Local celeb chef Rick Mace smokes the meats himself, and his recipes include all kinds of citrus in tasty spots (sour orange wings, pineapple carrot cake); you’ll discover new favorite flavors. Don’t miss the BBQ pulled pork, brisket and ribs. Try the hot and sweet hushpuppies or the homemade chorizo queso in this very casual spot that we can happily say is also unique—there’s nothing else like it. • Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/323-2573. $$ WEB EXTRA: check out our complete tri-county dining guide only at BOCAMAG.COM

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) $ Table 26°—1700 S. Dixie Highway. Contemporary Ameri can. Take a quarter-cup of Palm Beach, a tablespoon of Nantucket, a pinch of modern American cookery and a couple gallons of the owners’ savoir faire, and you have Eddie Schmidt’s and Ozzie Medeiros’s spot. The menu roams the culinary globe for modest contemporary tweaks on classically oriented dishes. Try the fried calamari “Pad Thai.” • Dinner nightly. 561/855-2660. $$$

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SOCIAL 140 • • • • September/October 2022 1. Tracey Paige, Stef Marder, Pamela Higer-Polani, Herb Magley and Kim 2.ChampionMartaBatmasian and Angela Fisher 3. Pamela Higer-Polani, State Rep. Mike Caruso, State Senators Lori Berman and Tina Polsky 4. Danielle Rosse and Ed Lynch 5. Andrea Virgin 6. Ed Lynch and Tracy Caruso 7. Dr. David Watson 352



8TH BOWL LUNCHEON More than 800 guests showed their support in raising awareness for Parkinson’s, dementia and other neurocognitive diseases at the eighth-annual Brain Bowl Luncheon on April 1. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. David Watson, discussed recent developments in Alzheimer’s and dementia research, and Herb Magley, a national spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association, shared a poignant account of his wife’s battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s. The Luncheon’s fundraising portion featured a fashion show of local celebrities such as Siggy Flicker, Randi Winter, Greg Fried and more. Kim Champion, the founder/ president of Champion Home Health Care, served as honorary chair for the event, which also showcased the hottest spring fashion trends for men and women from local clothing stores En Vogue and Raise the Bar.



WHERE: Saint Andrew’s School 2 Top left: Reverend Faye Somers, Anita Bogart Orr, Stacey Shapiro, Rosario HoyosOrphanos, Lisa Charles and Linda Rana. Front left: Cymonie Rowe Hinkel and Stephen Hinkel, Gwyn Coogan and Ethan Shapiro Brian Schmier and Jamie Whelchel, Marius and Kimberly Ged, Jared and Tracy Smith, Robert and Lori Mary Shuff, Reverend George Andrews II, Kathy Assaf, Susan and Peter Brockway Paige Kornblue, Felicia Smith and Kelly Fleming Troy and Christina Wheat, Nancy and Paul Zarcadoolas, Kristin and Glen Calder


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WHAT: The Saint Andrew’s community of parents, alumni, faculty, staff and local benefactors gathered to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary with an ornate gala and auction. Guests arrived in their finest cocktail attire for an opulent reception followed by dinner and an auction under the stars. The event was chaired by Renée and Kenny Blatt, and Stefanie and Jason Rosenzweig, with proceeds from the auction supporting the school’s mission of sustaining excellence in education and nurturing each student in mind, body and spirit.




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Empty Bowls is a national event hosted on a local scale in the beautiful city of Delray Beach where attendees enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread. The theme is to "EAT SIMPPLY SO CAN SIMPLY EAT." Local community leaders, restaurants, and volunteers donate their time and soups to create a miraculous event for all. Please come join us for this very special event and help make a difference in the lives of so many. Delray Lutheran Church & N. Swinton Delray Beach, FL 33444


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All proceeds benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank to fight hunger here in the community Dodge & Billy Himmelrich Co-Chairs Kaufman & John Brewer Honorary Chairs

Featuring James Austin Johnson featured player SNL Save the Date Friday, February 10, 2023 for more information go to laugh/ HELPING ISRAEL FUND CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT TO SUPPORT THE IDF Monday December 5, 2022 Boca Rio Golf Club For sponsorships and registration information, please go to or call (561) 869-4606. Saturday, December 10, 2022 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. $30 per ticket Tickets:


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When Boca magazine began publishing 42 years ago, its social season was already vibrant— back then, two of the biggest fundraisers were the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Ball and The Historical Society gala—but more benefits and parties were being added to the calendar every year. The city quickly became known for its philanthropy and its giving has transformed the nonprofit world in our area. Today, in 2022-23, there are more special events and charities and worthy causes than ever before. And we wanted to salute that—with our first-ever Charity Register. This special pull-out section showcases the many breakfasts, luncheons, dinners and galas that raise money for so many admirable organizations. Seventy-five of them are featured in our new Register, an ambitious guide to South Florida's nonprofits and fundraising events. You may pull it out and keep it for future reference, or retain it in the September/October issue of Boca magazine—just in time for the season of giving. We hope this special guide will help in your plans to support local organizations that provide services for those in need, while at the same time enjoying the exciting social life of an exciting town—Boca Raton.

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Chairs: Donna & Ray Herz; Nina & Martin Rosenzweig; May & Todd Rosenzweig; Remy & Steven Rosenzweig Major Sponsors: Observer, Zo Diamonds, Sandelman Foundation, WLRN-FM, Hotwire Communications Ticket Price: $200 per person

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Event: Jeans, Jewels & the J Date: February 4, 2023

Contact: Lauren Koblick

Chairperson(s): Kari Shipley and Noreen Payne Major Sponsors: Seagate Hotel & Spa, Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa, and Delray Buick GMC

Chairperson(s): Stuart Ganslaw and Lou Shook Major Sponsors: Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Sandler Family Foundation and $475 per individual golfer; $2,000 per foursome Lauren Koblick

Established in 1983, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a broad range of enriching programs and services for individuals of all ages and abilities to meet the diverse needs of its members, the Jewish community, and the community at Mainlarge.Fundraising

Event: Golf Classic Date: October 27, 2022

Established in 1983, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a broad range of enriching programs and services for individuals of all ages and abilities to meet the diverse needs of its members, the Jewish community, and the community at Mainlarge.Fundraising

Location: The Polo Club of Boca Raton Description of Event: The event begins with a cocktail reception followed by a brief program, dinner, and dancing; Jeans, Jewels & the J celebrates the organization, its supporters, and honorees. Proceeds support scholarship and financial aid program, which enables hundreds of children to participate in preschool, special needs, and summer camp programs that they would otherwise be unable to attend.

Participation benefits children and families in nurturing healthy development, improving school readiness, combating food insecurity, preventing summer reading loss, and providing a safe environment for all.

Main Fundraising Event: 20th Annual Delray Beach Home Tour Date: March 15, 2023

Location: Delray Beach Description of Event: The Delray Beach Tour guests enjoy a leisurely day of exploring exquisite and unique residences, a catered luncheon, silent auction, and trolley service between homes.

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Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a light lunch and warmup. Shotgun Scramble starts at 12:30 p.m.; event concludes with cocktails, dinner, and awards ceremony.


Location: Addison Reserve Country Club Description of Event: The Golf Classic features 18 holes of golf and a reception; first-place foursome will be presented with the Mel Gutmann Award and Boca Raton Regional Hospital will be honored for its generous support of the Levis JCC.

Achievement Centers for Children & Families is a community-based organization dedicated to serving children and families for 53 years. Programs meet academic, social, emotional, and physical needs.

Stuart Ganslaw, Rabbi Daniel Levin, Ray Herz, Doug Manolakos

Achievement Centers for Children & Families (ACCF) Kari Shipley and Noreen Payne

Main Fundraising Event: Hearts & “Soles” Gala Date: October 14, 2022

Location: Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, FL Description of Event: The Hearts & “Soles” Gala is a fun and lighthearted fundraising gala with a Western twist! Grab your cowboy hat and get ready for a shindig you won’t soon forget. Music, line-dancing, mechanical bull-riding, a Wine Wall auction, and more will be the highlight of the evening when you ‘saddle up’ to benefit programs and services for Caregiving Youth. Learn more by visiting

American Association of Caregiving Youth (AACY) a nonprofit serving children and adolescents who provide significant or substantial assistance, often on a regular basis, to relatives or household members needing help because of a chronic physical or mental illness, disability, or frailty.

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Chairperson(s): Robin Bernstein, Honorary Chair; Jeff and Gay Gordon, Co-Chair(s) Ticket Contact:Price: 561-391-7401, Ext. 103 Website:

Location: The Polo Club of Boca Raton

Anne Vegso AVDA’s (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.) mission is to offer life-saving services while promoting violence-free, equitable relationships and creating the social changes necessary to end domestic and dating violence. For more than 36 years, our mission and services have provided critical support to thousands in our area.

Location: Royal Palm Yacht Cllub

Description of Event: The Heart of a Woman Luncheon, presented by the Vegso Family Foundation, celebrates the strength, courage, and determination of women, particularly survivors of domestic violence. This exquisite event raises much-needed funds to support AVDA’s critical and lifesaving programs, which served 18,313 individuals last year throughout Palm Beach County. Anne

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Description of Event: The 31st annual event features presentations by four best-selling authors. Lisa Barr, Erica Katz, Debra Green, and Susan Coll will discuss their latest works. Registration is at 9:00 a.m., followed by author presentations and book signings. Guests will enjoy coffee, pastries, lunch, and valet parking.

American Association of Caregiving Youth

Main Fundraising Event: 16th Annual Heart of a Woman Luncheon

Established in 1983, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a broad range of enriching programs and services for individuals of all ages and abilities to meet the diverse needs of its members, the Jewish community, and the community at Mainlarge.Fundraising Event: 31st Annual Book & Author Luncheon

Chairperson: Myrna Lippman Major Sponsors: The Cultural Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.

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Chairperson: Dr. Robin Ganzert Major Sponsors: Zoetis, American Airlines Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Jessica Lawten

The event concludes with a Grand Tour Parade of Cars along the Intracoastal through Palm Beach.

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The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is a nonprofit foundation established in 1977 by resident sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). A two-acre urban sanctuary and nationally recognized arboretum, the compound comprises the historic Norton House and Artist Studio, exhibition galleries, monumental sculptures, and tropical gardens.

Chairperson: Frances and Jeffrey Fisher, Audrey and Martin Gruss, Kim and Stephen Bruno, Perri and Robert Bishop, Samantha and Brendan Carroll, LinQing Yang and Cameron Lickle, Grand Marshal Donald Osborne, and Honorary Chairman and Guest Curator John Barnes.

Contact: Margaret Horgan 561-832-5328; Website:

Main Fundraising Event: Sixth Annual Sculpture in Motion Date: November 12, 2022

Description of Event: Sculpture in Motion, honoring Gold Star Families of Palm Beach County and Veterans, welcomes visitors to experience the history and design of one-of-a-kind, classic pre-and-post-war automobiles.

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Location: Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens

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Chairperson: Anka Palitz Major Sponsors: UBS Florida Private Wealth Management, FPL, Anka Palitz Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Ann Faber company@balletpalmbeach.org561-630-8235 Website:

Description of Event: Ballet Palm Beach’s Annual Fundraising Gala event will feature a unique “Night at the Moulin Rouge” theme complete with can-can dancers! This memorable evening will include cocktails under the stars, exciting auction, delicious dinner, live music with dancing, and a sublime performance by Ballet Palm Beach.

Location: The Colony Hotel Palm Beach

Major Sponsors: Key Private Bank and Palm Beach Illustrated Ticket Price: $25 for Adults; $15 for ANSG Members; $8 for Children

Anka Palitz Ballet Palm Beach is the professional dance company of Palm Beach County inspiring and impacting through the timeless and evolving art of ballet. The mission of Ballet Palm Beach is to create unique and meaningful performances and outreach Mainprograms.Fundraising Event: Annual Fundraising Gala Date: January 26, 2023

American Humane

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, overseeing the humane treatment of more than one billion animals across the globe annually. For 145 years, American Humane has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in the humane movement.

Main Fundraising Event: Hero Dog Awards Date: November 11, 2022 Location: Eau Palm Beach Description of Event: The American Humane Hero Dog Awards is an annual, nationwide competition that searches for and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs—often ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things. The extravagant, star-studded gala celebrates man’s best friend with an awards ceremony, dinner, drinks and musical entertainment. Proceeds benefit all of American Humane's life saving programs.

Chairperson(s): Patricia and Paul Kilgallon Major Sponsors: Laura and Shaw McCutcheon, Polen Capital, Trend Capital—Mari and Ashwin Vasan, Brad Ginsberg Family Foundation, Burns Family Foundation, Anne and Mark Ellman, GL Homes, JM Family Enterprises, Amy and Mike Kazma, Mainstreet Capital Partners, Tara and Tony Ruberg, Joan E. Schwartz and Bruce Rubinger, Sunflower Landscaping, and Vertical Bridge Ticket Price: $200 Contact: Donna Biase 561-470-8300; Website:

Boca Ballet Theatre

Main Fundraising Event: A Night At The Ballet Date: November 5, 2022 Location: Mizner Park Cultural Center Description of Event: A Night At The Ballet is an evening featuring performances by world-renowned professional dancers, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Chairperson: N/A Major Sponsors: Baptist Health, Chastain Charitable Foundation Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Toby Lewellen

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Main Fundraising Event: Boca Ballet Theatre’s Community Outreach Programs Date: September 6, 2022 Location: Boca Ballet Theatre Studios

Best Foot Forward Paul and Patricia Kilgallon Best Foot Forward (BFF) is the only nonprofit organization in Palm Beach County dedicated to the educational success of youth who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and have entered the foster care system. Our mission is to empower foster care youth to maximize their educational outcomes by providing essential academic guidance and support.

Description of Event: BBT4PD, a Certified Dance for PD® Program is FREE to Participants!!! On Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., movement classes specifically focusing on improving motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are held; and 1st Step, BBT’s outreach program in collaboration with Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, provides healthy, safe, after-school activities.

Boca Ballet Theatre is Boca Raton’s Ballet Company. Celebrating 31 years serving Boca Raton, Boca Ballet Theatre presents outstanding productions combining the talents of professional dancers with aspiring young dancers, provides instruction for dancers ages 3 and up, and offers impactful Community Outreach Programs.


Dennis Lue and BBT4PD participants in “Share The Joy” Parkinson’s dance class presentation 2015

Main Fundraising Event: 2023 Bash Date: April 22, 2023 Location: The Polo Club of Boca Raton Description of Event: Best Foot Forward’s fundraiser will celebrate the success of foster care youth. Mike Burke, Superintendent of the Palm Beach County School District, will be the Champion of Children Award recipient. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and auctions. All proceeds benefit BFF.


Chairperson(s): Cindy Surman and Boca Ballet Theatre

Boca Ballet Theatre is Boca Raton’s Ballet Company. Celebrating 31 years serving Boca Raton, Boca Ballet Theatre presents outstanding productions combining the talents of professional dancers with aspiring young dancers, provides instruction for dancers ages 3 and up, and offers impactful Community Outreach Programs.

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Rochelle LeCavalier, Zoe Lanham Boca Helping Hands distributes 70,000 pantry bags and serves 80,000 hot meals yearly, expands access to healthcare, provides weekend meals to food-insecure kids, offers financial assistance, and helps individuals begin new careers through job training.

Location: The Addison Description of Event: Journey back through the past five glorious decades in Boca Raton at a historic landmark as we celebrate with live entertainment, decade-inspired cocktails and food stations, open bars, and more surprises for a oncein-a-lifetime milestone celebrating the Boca Raton Historical Society.

Main Fundraising Event: 50th Golden Jubilee Birthday Bash Date: October 26, 2022

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Location: Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club Description of Event: Boca Helping Hands’ Annual MONOPOLY® Event is taking place on Saturday, April 15, 2023, 6:00 p.m. at the beautiful Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, one of South Florida’s premier private clubs. Guests will vie for the BHH title of MONOPOLY® Game Champion. Enjoy casino gaming, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, auction, and a DJ for your entertainment.

Chairpersons: Olivia Hollaus & Zoe Lanham

Main Fundraising Event: Boca Ballet Theatre 2022-2023 Season of Dance Date: November 25, 2022 Location: Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater Description of Event: November 25-27, 2022 are the dates for The Nutcracker, two evening and two matinee performances. The whole family will enjoy this holiday classic! April 21-23, 2023 are the dates for Giselle. With its haunting beauty, this is the epitome of romantic ballet.

BHH has received a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for 15 consecutive years. Main Fundraising Event: 2023

Major Sponsors: The Addison, Republic National Distributing Company, Boca Raton Magazine, The Seagate, Celebrity Entertainment, ScriptAssistRX, Phyllis Robinson, Christino Jewelry, Munoz Studio, Olivia Hollaus

The Boca Raton Historical Society and The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum serve the Boca Raton community by collecting, preserving and sharing its history. The Museum features new, interactive history exhibits to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Other programs include tours, lectures and activities for children and families.

Chairperson: Toby Lewellen Major Sponsors: City Mattress, Moss Foundation Ticket Price: $45

July 29-30, 2023 are the dates for the Repertory Dance Concert. Enjoy a delightful blend of classical and contemporary pieces.

MONOPOLY® Event & Casino Night Date: April 15, 2023

Chairperson: Zoe Lanham and Rochelle LeCavalier (Co-Chairs)

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Major Sponsors: Gary Peters Family Foundation, Peter and Susan Brockway, Tandy and Joe bocahelpinghands.orgRobinson

Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes in Boca Ballet Theatre’s Giselle 2010

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Boca Ballet Theatre is Boca Raton’s Ballet Company. Celebrating 31 years serving Boca Raton, Boca Ballet Theatre presents outstanding productions combining the talents of professional dancers with aspiring young dancers, provides instruction for dancers ages 3 and up, and offers impactful Community Outreach Programs.

Location: Private Residences and The Boca Raton

Chairperson(s): Joyce DeVita and Lauri Saunders Major Sponsors: Republic National Distributing Company, The Boca Raton, Boca Raton magazine, plus $350, $200

Chairpersons: Joyce DeVita and Marta Batmasian

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Gala Dinner With Guest Chef Marcus Samuelsson Date: January 28, 2023 Location: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

For more than 72 years, the Museum and its Art School have created memorable art experiences that celebrate diversity, creativity,


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The Boca Raton Historical Society and The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum serve the Boca Raton community by collecting, preserving and sharing its history. The Museum features new, interactive history exhibits to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Other programs include tours, lectures and activities for children and families.

The Boca Raton Historical Society and The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum serve the Boca Raton community by collecting, preserving and sharing its history. The Museum features new, interactive history exhibits to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Other programs include tours, lectures and activities for children and families.

Description of Event: The annual Boca Bacchanal Wine Festival will return for its 20th year in 2023: Vintner Dinners in private homes will take place on Friday, March 31, and The Grand Tasting will be held at The Boca Raton on Saturday, April 1. Enjoy delicious wine sourced worldwide and gourmet food presented by award-winning chefs.


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Location: The Addison

Chairperson: TBA Major Sponsors: TBA Ticket Price: $1,500 Contact: Tatiana Velasquez 561-392-2500, Ext. tvelasquez@bocamuseum.org208 Website:

Major Sponsors: Batmasian Family Foundation, plus others Boca Raton Historical Society & The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum

Main Fundraising Event: Walk of Recognition Date: November 29, 2022

Description of Event: Now in its 26th year, the Walk of Recognition, award ceremony and reception will take place on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at The Addison. The ceremony will recognize individuals and an organization, that have served in the interest of the community, and have enriched the lives of the citizens of Boca Raton.

Main Fundraising Event: Boca Bacchanal Wine Festival Date: March 31, 2023; April 1, 2023

Description of Event: Our signature annual fundraiser celebrates global expressions of art, culture, and cuisine with award-winning chef, author, and food activist Marcus Samuelsson. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, trained in France, and living in Harlem—Samuelsson’s myriad influences come together to create a very special culinary evening limited to 200 guests.


The BRRH Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt subsidiary of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. We are pleased to share with you opportunities to support the hospital and its mission. We are committed to the community—both in sickness and in health. We know that each and every contribution is vital to our Mainmission.Fundraising Event: 18th Annual Go Pink Luncheon Date: October 21, 2022 Location: The Boca Raton Description of Event: The largest women’s breast cancer awareness event in Boca Raton, the Go Pink Luncheon is a “must attend” experience. It has featured celebrity speakers, including Emmitt Smith, Dr. Ken Jeong, Rita Wilson, and many others. The infamous Pink Daisy Raffle Wall has hundreds of fantastic prizes. The luncheon draws a crowd of more than 1,400 guests.

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Chairperson(s): Honorary Chairs: Christine E. Lynn and Elaine J. Wold Major Sponsors: Exclusive Media Sponsor: Boca Raton magazine; Elaine Wold, Christine Lynn

Chairperson: Andrea Kline Major Sponsors: TBA Ticket Price: $1,250 Contact: Tatiana Velasquez 561-392-2500, Ext. tvelasquez@bocamuseum.org208 Website:

Preview for BIJOUX! Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition & Sale Date: March 21, 2023 Location: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432

Description of Event: BIJOUX! is an international exhibition and sale devoted exclusively to contemporary artist-made jewelry. View and purchase unique art jewelry directly from its creators—40 artists from a dozen countries are selected annually. The Benefactors Preview is complimentary for Museum Members at the $1,250 level and above. Public hours March 22-25, 2023.

Description of Event: The Annual Ball began in 1963 as a way to raise funds to build the hospital. Today, it is recognized as the most anticipated social event. The Ball has grown exponentially in attendance and offers top-name entertainment, including Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, Sir Rod Stewart, and Sting. Proceeds will expand and enhance patient care services at BRRH.

The BRRH Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt subsidiary of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. We are pleased to share with you opportunities to support the hospital and its mission. We are committed to the community—both in sickness and in health. We know that each and every contribution is vital to our Mainmission.Fundraising Event: 60th Annual Ball Date: January 21, 2023

Location: The Boca Raton

Chairperson(s): None Major Sponsors: Exclusive Media Sponsor: The Boca Raton Observer; Exclusive Retail Sponsor: Saks Fifth Freyda Burns, Emmitt Smith

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Andrea Kline, Iris Apfel, Jody Grass For more than 72 years, the Museum and its Art School have created memorable art experiences that celebrate diversity, creativity, Mainthemakingthatofferingacrossandexcellence—presentingandcollectionsexhibitionsofsuperbworksculturesandcenturiesandeducationalprogramsprovideafreshlookatart-andgreaterinsightintoworldaroundus.FundraisingEvent:

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Boca West Children’s Foundation

The BRRH Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt subsidiary of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. We are pleased to share with you opportunities to support the hospital and its mission. We are committed to the community—both in sickness and in health. We know that each and every contribution is vital to our Mainmission.Fundraising Event: 24th Annual Golf Tournament Date: April 24, 2023 Location: Boca West Country Club Description of Event: Boca Regional’s Annual Golf Tournament is one of the premier tournaments in South Florida. The event offers each golfer a super amenity package, golf on championship courses, an awards dinner with prizes and more. The tournament hosts more than 300 golfers at Boca West Country Club. Proceeds benefit the Ron & Ron and Kathy Assaf

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Description of Event: Jay Leno will headline the event, which will also feature a live auction and dinner.

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Chairperson: Michelle Gluckow Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Christina Irving 561-488-6980

Location: The Boca Raton Description of Event: The 4th Annual Securing Our Future Soiree will take place at The Boca Raton and will feature a “Great Masquerade” theme. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner with speakers, entertainment, dancing, and live auction. Ticket Price: $275 Contact: Nicole Miranda nmiranda@bgcpbc.org561-676-5472


Boys & Girls Club of Boca Raton

The Boca West Children’s Foundation was launched in 2010 as a result of a desire by thousands of volunteers from the Boca West Country Club to give back to the local community. The Foundation’s mission is to identify and fund projects for at risk children and their families in Palm Beach County. The organization has granted more than $16 million to Palm Beach County nonprofits, to date. Main Fundraising Event: An Evening With Jay Leno Date: January 8, 2023 Location: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton

Boys & Girls Club of Boca Raton is a not-for-profit youth development organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational, health, leadership, and character of boys and girls in a safe, nurturing Mainenvironment.Fundraising Event: 4th Annual Securing Our Future Soiree

Date: October 20, 2022

Main Fundraising Event: 9th Annual Brain Bowl Luncheon Date: February 8, 2023 Location: Boca West Country Club Description of Event: We warmly invite you to attend the 9th Annual Brain Bowl Luncheon, taking place on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Boca West Country Club! PAT DEAN is this year’s Honorary Chairperson.


Main Fundraising Event: 6th Annual Tech With Heart Gala Date: March 31, 2023 Location: Opal Grand, Delray Beach Description of Event: The 6th Annual Tech With Heart Gala is an inspirational evening with speakers who have previously included John Walsh, Elizabeth Smart, and Ashley Judd. The night will honor heroes in child protection. There will be fantastic silent and live auctions. All proceeds will support technological developments, leading to further predator arrests and the rescuing of thousands more children.

Chairperson: Pamela Higer-Polani, Attorney at Law Major Sponsors include: Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Meridian Senior Living, Activa Home Health/Night ingale, Arden Courts Manor, Artis Senior Living, Bonnie Hildebrand, Bonnie Metviner/Caldwell Bank ing, CSK & Linda Sweeting, Dean Foundation, Inc., Dignity Memorial, Friends of Robert Weinroth, Hotwire Communications, iThink Financial, Joni and Al Goldberg, Laurie Dubow Signature Paradise Realty, Peace Love Solve, and many others. Ticket Price: Advance Pre-Event Tickets: $150; $200 After January 20 Contact: Pamela Higer-Polani Pamela@LawPHP.com561-496-4222 Website:

Chairperson: Carly Yoost Major Sponsor: Ticket Prices: s Brain Events,BowlInc.

Our Mission is to Help Raise Awareness, Promote Understand ing and Provide Support to those living in our community and their loved ones coping with Alzhei mer’s, Parkinson’s, the 100 types of Dementia, or a related neuro cognitive disorder.

Description of Event: “Keep Memories Alive” is a fun Walk event to raise funds to help those in our community who have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and to nurture and support their family caregivers. Walkers donating $40+ will receive a Walk t-shirt (while supplies last). $50 at the door. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.; Walk is 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Chairperson: Debi Feiler Major Sponsors: TBD Ticket Price: $0

Pamela Higer-Polani and Honor Guard


Dr. Maria Ortega, Terry Fedele, Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer, Alana St. John The Caring Hearts Auxiliary raises funds benefiting the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center of the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University. Donations fund Adult Day Care scholarships for individuals with memory disorders and programs supporting and nurturing their family caregivers. Main Fundraising Event: 16th Annual “Keep Memories Alive” Walk in the Mall Date: November 6, 2022 Location: Mall at Town Center, 6000 Glades Road, North Entrance


Whitney Garner, Kathy Bardeen, Lauren Weisleder, Jennifer Broderick, Anna Hennessy, Talia Roberts, Megan Buck, Whitney Bourdelaise Child Rescue Coalition is a nonprofit organization that rescues children from sexual abuse by building technology for law enforcement, free of charge, to track, arrest, and prosecute child predators. Since inception, Child Rescue Coalition has aided in the arrest of more than 14,000 predators and the rescue of more than 3,200 children from sexual exploitation.

Chairperson(s): Mari Bianco and Chiara Clark Major Sponsors: Ocean Properties Hotels and Resorts, Paradise Bank, Gunster, Sunday Village-Pebb Capital, Moroco Orthodontics, Spodak Dental Group Ticket Price: $450 Contact: Kae Jonsons kae.jonsons@delraylibrary.org561-266-0798 Website:

James Austin Johnson Delray Beach Public Library enriches the lives of individuals of Delray Beach’s diverse communities and provides support to local businesses by creating and sustaining superior library services through responsible staff, dynamic collections, effective programming, appropriate technology, and access to global Maininformation.Fundraising

Event: Laugh with the Library Chapter 16 Date: February 10, 2023 Location: Opal Grand Ocean Front Resort and Spa, Delray Beach

Delray Beach Public Library

Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Julie Fisher Cummings

The Community Foundation leads partnerships with donors, nonprofits, and community members to solve our area’s chronic and emerging issues. Founded in 1972, our organization has served as an engine of opportunity for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, investing over $200 million in changemaking people and programs through grantmaking and scholarships.

Chairperson(s): Christopher and Joan Finley Major Sponsors: Menin Development, Anonymous, Finley Stetson, Attorneys at Law, Hanley Foundation, Joan Finley Realtor-The Corcoran Group, Caron Renaissance, Dining Alliance Ticket Price: $50 Contact: info@thecrossroadsclub.com561-278-8004 Website:

Location: The Cohen Pavilion at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach

Description of Event: Celebrate “Hope for Mental Health” at the Community Foundation’s 10th Annual Founders Luncheon with donors, nonprofits, and community members who have been leading solutions on this pressing—and universal—issue.

Location: Old School Square Pavilion, Delray Beach Description of Event: Along with entertainment, guests will enjoy savory and sweet bites from a variety of leading area restaurants. Participating restaurants, thus far, are Louie Bossi’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria, Elisabetta’s Ristorante Bar Pizzeria, Rocco’s Tacos, Josie’s, City Oyster, Akira Back, Delray Beach Market, Ember Grill, and Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine.

Description of Event: Laughout-loud comedy with a headline comedian, fun with friends, dinnerby-the-bite, and cocktail delights, all in a casual comedy club atmosphere, highlight the Laugh with the Library Chapter 16 event. This year’s comedian is James Austin Johnson of Saturday Night Live.

The CrossroadsClub

Main Fundraising Event: A Taste of Recovery Date: November 5, 2022

Main Fundraising Event: 10th Annual Founders Luncheon Date: February 15, 2023

Chairperson: Julie Fisher Cummings Ticket Price: yourcommunityfoundation.orgBrittany$150Malitsky

Bob Higgenbotham

The Crossroads Club in Delray Beach is a nonprofit 12-Stepbased meeting center that welcomes an average of 600 people a day—people who wish to stay sober and clean. Since 1982, Crossroads has been an essential element in the recovery process of countless individuals.

Dress for Success Palm Beaches

Major Sponsors: T/B/A Ticket Price: $175 Lana Blackman Caressa Gonzalez Miltz

Since 2015, Eda & Cliff Community Scholars Foundation, a 501(c)3, provides four-year scholarships to public Florida universities or colleges to academically deserving high school students in Boca Raton and Delray Beach who have financial needs and are community-service driven. In addition, each scholar is matched with a mentor to support them through college.

Main Fundraising Event: Style for Hope Luncheon Date: March 10, 2023 Location: Kravis Center, Cohen Pavilion

Faulk Center Counselingfor

Eda & Cliff Viner

Location: Broken Sound Club Description of Event: This elegant evening event held at the newly renovated Broken Sound Club will celebrate the founder, Elizabeth H. Faulk, and 50 years of providing mental health services to Palm Beach and Broward Counties, along with honoring all of the people and organizations who have been a vital part of the Faulk Center for Counseling story.

Our mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. Known for dressing a client for a job interview and gifting a full week’s wardrobe upon hiring, we ensure she’s job ready, offering an array of career coaching programs.

Main Fundraising Event: 50th Anniversary Gala Date: January 27, 2023

Lois Weisman, Eileen Sands

Main Fundraising Event: “Fly to the Moon” GPA Event Date: January 28, 2023 Location: Signature Airport, Boca Raton

Major Sponsors: Saks Fifth Avenue, Northern Trust Ticket Price: $200 Contact: Amy Bromhead

Description of Event: Come Fly to the Moon with us at a one-ofa-kind entertainment fundraising event surrounded by first-class private jets. You won’t want to miss the excitement—from live music entertainment to fashion show, and more. Tickets include entry, food and open bar. 100% of all ticket sales and funds raised goes directly toward four-year college scholarships. Honorees: Shelly and Arthur Adler in Memoriam of Jay DiPietro

Description of Event: Style for Hope is our major annual fundraiser with presentation of a “Style Icon” award as its centerpiece. The award honors fashion trailblazers who are inspiring role models for women, and past recipients have included Iris Apfel, Lilly Pulitzer (posthumously), and Josie Natori. The ‘23 honoree is T/B/A.

Chairperson(s): Lana Blackman and Caressa Gonzalez Miltz

Eda & Cliff Viner Community Scholars

The mission of The Faulk Center for Counseling is to promote emotional well-being through a variety of free and low-cost mental health programs. Since 1973, the Center has provided a variety of counseling services to people of all ages at its facility on Boca Rio Road and at outreach locations throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

Chairperson(s): Eileen Sands and Lois Weisman


The George Snow Scholarship Fund is dedicated to helping deserving students within the community achieve their career goals through the pursuit of higher education. By providing financial assistance and a host of supplementary support services, we ensure that your scholarship recipients have the resources they need to thrive academically.

Chairperson(s): Kelly Fleming, Dre Garcia, Dr. Melyssa Hancock, and Robert Snyder Sponsors include: Ed Morse Auto Group, M Spa, Law Offices of Kanner & Pintaluga, Wendy & Matthew Maschler, Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Batmasian Family Foundation, Paradigm Wealth, Redcon1, Mary & Bill Donnell, Robin & Charles Deyo, Amy & Mike Kazma Ticket Price: Starting at $200 Contact: Laura Gilli 561-347-6799; Website:

Jason Hagensick, Haris Moore, Van Williams, Clayton Idle

Main Fundraising Event: Wee Dream Ball Date: December 2, 2022 Location: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton Description of Event: The Wee Dream Ball is a winter wonderland evening filled with live entertainment, dueling pianos, dancing, luxurious live auction, delicious cuisine, and heartwarming stories from Fuller Center Alumni.

George ScholarshipSnowFund

The George Snow Scholarship Fund is dedicated to helping deserving students within the community achieve their career goals through the pursuit of higher education. By providing financial assistance and a host of supplementary support services, we ensure that your scholarship recipients have the resources they need to thrive academically.

Chairperson: TBD Major Sponsors: Program Book Sponsor: Office Depot; Exclusive Magazine Sponsors: Margaret Mary Shuff and Boca Raton magazine Ticket Price: $350 2022 Boca's Ballroom Battle

In its 51st year, the Fuller Center’s Mission is to embrace, educate, and empower organizationvisionfullandunder-resourcedhardworking,familieschildrentoachievetheirpotential.Theagency’sistobetheleadingprovidingaccess and opportunities for all children and families to help build a strong and vibrant community.

Second Fundraising Event: 2022 Annual Golf Classic Date: October 3, 2022 Location: Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club Description of Event: Start your week off right with a day spent on the golf course! Join us Monday, October 3, as we raise funds for students with financial need.

Chairperson(s): TBD Major Sponsors: TBD

George ScholarshipSnowFund

Fuller Center Hiromi Printz, Simone Spiegel, Stacey Packer, Peg Anderson

Main Fundraising Event: 2022 Boca’s Ballroom Battle Date: September 10, 2022 Location: The Boca Raton Description of Event: Paired with professional dancers from Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Boca Raton, eight prominent community leaders have accepted our invitation to com pete in a ballroom dance fundraising competition. Join us for an evening to remember as we watch our danc ers strut their stuff and announce the winner of the Mirror Ball trophy.


Main Fundraising Event: An Evening of Great Expectations Dinner and Auction Date: January 13, 2023

Major Sponsors: CBRE, McKesson


Description of Event: Completely underwritten by J. Pepe Fanjul, the 20th annual dinner and live auction will donate 100 percent of its proceeds to charter schools.

Description of Event: Gift of Life’s Steps for Life Run & Walk is the only 5k in South Florida solely dedicated to raising awareness for blood stem cell and bone marrow transplants. The event features the introduction of a lifesaving donor to their trans plant recipient. Gift of Life uses funds raised at the 5k to add new donors to the worldwide marrow registry.

Ticket Price: Advance: $20/Students; Kids under 6 are free. Day of Event: Students; Kids under 6 are free Contact: jgreenspon@giftoflife.org561-982-2926 Website:

Chairperson: Emilia Fanjul Major Sponsors: J. Pepe Fanjul, Florida Crystals Corporation, William Pitt FoundationAdriana Lum

Chairperson(s): Dana Aberman, Donna Krasner, Wendy Schulman

Donna Krasner, Wendy Schulman, Dana Aberman At Gift of Life, we believe every person battling blood cancer deserves a second chance at life—and we are determined to make it happen. We are singularly passionate about engaging the public to help us get everyone involved in curing blood cancer, whether as a donor, a volunteer, or a financial supporter.

Main Fundraising Event: Gift of Life Steps for Life 5k Run & Walk Date: January 22, 2023

Location: Florida Atlantic University

Emilia Fanjul Glades Academy Foundation promotes quality education in Pahokee, FL, through contributions to Everglades Preparatory and Glades Academy charter schools. It provides excellent facilities, administrative support, and funding to assure a variety of educational opportunities, including a summer camp and positive life experiences for at-risk students.

Gift of Life Marrow Registry

Second Fundraising Event: Gift of Life Celebrity Golf Tournament Date: April 17, 2023

Chairperson(s): Evie Goldfine, Donna Krasner, Mindy Schneider; Cris Carter, Tournament Celebrity Host Ticket Price: $5,000/Foursome with Celebrity; $2,000/Foursome; $550/ Individual Golfer Contact: Jody Greenspon jgreenspon@giftoflife.org561-982-2926

Evie Goldfine, Cris Carter ADDITIONAL LISTING

Gift of Life Marrow Registry

Location: Café Boulud, The Brazilian Court Palm Beach

Location: Boca West Country Club Description of Event: The Gift of Life Celebrity Golf Tournament is an annual fundraiser held in support of the organization’s mission to save lives. The event features former NFL and NHL legends, as well as a first-time meeting between a transplant recipient and their lifesaving marrow donor.

Hanley Foundation

Main Fundraising Event: 18th Annual Palm Beach Dinner Date: January 19, 2023

Chairperson(s): Michelle and John Makris Major Sponsors: N/A Ticket Price: $150 Contact: Maria Bertuzzelli maria@hanleyfoundation.org561-268-2355 Website: events/

Hanley Foundation

Main Fundraising Event: 24th Annual Golf Classic Date: April 17, 2023 Location: Bear Lakes Country Club, West Palm Beach Description of Event: This longstanding benefit will raise funds for addiction treatment scholarships. The event will begin with a shotgun start, followed by 18 holes of competitive play. A silent auction, lunch, and awards presentation will follow.

Hanley Foundation envisions a world free of addiction, leading the way as the largest provider of grant-funded prevention education services in the State of Flor ida. Hanley Foundation’s mission is to eliminate addiction through prevention, advocacy, treatment, and recovery support. In addition to offering recovery scholarships to those in need, Hanley provides increased educational opportuni ties to professionals and parapro fessionals on the front lines of crisis in our communities.

Chairperson(s): Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth Major Sponsors: N/A Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Maria Bertuzzelli maria@hanleyfoundation.org561-268-2355 Website: signature-events/ Andrew Forysth, Kelly Williams

Contact:TicketMajorChairperson(s):Sponsors:Price: Maria Bertuzzelli Ira and Sherrye Fenton


Hanley Foundation

Hanley Foundation envisions a world free of addiction, leading the way as the largest provider of grant-funded prevention education services in the State of Flor ida. Hanley Foundation’s mission is to eliminate addiction through prevention, advocacy, treatment, and recovery support. In addition to offering recovery scholarships to those in need, Hanley provides increased educational opportuni ties to professionals and parapro fessionals on the front lines of crisis in our communities.

Hanley Foundation envisions a world free of addiction, leading the way as the largest provider of grant-funded prevention education services in the State of Flor ida. Hanley Foundation’s mission is to eliminate addiction through prevention, advocacy, treatment, and recovery support. In addition to offering recovery scholarships to those in need, Hanley provides increased educational opportuni ties to professionals and parapro fessionals on the front lines of crisis in our communities.

Description of Event: Hanley Foundation’s 2nd Annual Brice Makris Brunch will include a gourmet brunch, entertainment, and a live and silent auction. All event proceeds will go toward the Brice Makris Endowment Fund, which embodies the spirit of Brice’s commitment to save 100 individuals from substance use disorder.

Michelle and John Makris

Main Fundraising Event: 2nd Annual Brice Makris Brunch Date: December 11, 2022 Location: Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton

Location: Sailfish Club of Florida, Palm Beach Description of Event: The Palm Beach Dinner will be an elegant evening with live entertainment benefitting Hanley Foundation’s mission to protect children’s dreams and futures through prevention programming and to restore dreams for people with substance use disorders through recovery support.

The Helping Israel Fund (HIF) aids in supplying vital nonmilitary items to the brave women and men defending Israel. Donations and net proceeds from our events are directed to worthy projects: food for soldiers in need, comfort corners, warm clothing, scholarships, synagogues, etc. The majority of the designated projects receive 100% of all the money raised.

Description of Event: Horses Healing Hearts invites you for a night of dancing, live music, dinner, and drinks at our 9th Annual Fundraising event, Denim & Diamonds, on Saturday, November 5, at Katz Pavilion. Enjoy silent and live auctions—all proceeds go directly to Horses Healing Hearts. We have been helping children and adults heal through horses for over a decade.


The Helping Israel Fund, Inc.

Chairperson: Glen R. Golish

Chairperson: Tiffany Vanhille Major Sponsors: For sponsorship Gina & MelbyLarry



HomeSafe is a nationally accredited nonprofit protecting victims of child abuse and domestic violence. The agency is a leading provider of prevention and intervention services. HomeSafe is one of just five specialized therapeutic groupcare agencies in the state that is accredited to provide the intensive therapy program that clients need to heal.

Glen Golish and soldiers

Tiffany Vanhille Horses Healing Hearts (HHH) partners with horses to provide hope, empowerment, and healing for children and families facing trauma. Our vision is a community where all children and family members feel safe, encouraged, and confident to overcome trauma. Funds raised allow children affected by trauma to experience life-changing programs at HHH.

Main Fundraising Event: Helping Israel Fund Annual Charity Golf Tournament Date: December 5, 2022 Location: Boca Rio Golf Club Description of Event: For more than 20 years, the HIF Annual Charity Golf Tournament has helped raise money for our precious Israeli soldiers. Our event includes course competitions, raffles, prizes, awards, and a silent auction, as well as dinner, drinks, and Israeli wine tasting.

Main Fundraising Event: Denim & Diamonds Date: November 5, 2022 Location: Katz Pavilion in West Palm Beach

Main Fundraising Event: The Classic Rock & Roll Party Date: Saturday, January 28, 2023 Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Description of Event: The Classic Rock & Roll Party is a high-energy night of music and fun that includes a silent auction, sit-down dinner and program, and a concert with Don Felder, a former lead guitarist of the Eagles. This signature event is hosted by Nicko McBrain, Iron Maiden drummer.

Major Sponsors: G. Wealth Strate gies, LLC, The Marcus Foundation, Apple Insurance, Stanley and Marilyn Barry, Hillel and Chayi Cohen, The Silver Foundation, Murray and Besheva Goldberg, Dr. Steven Katz, MD, Phil Landau-Landau Law, PLLC, Joe Landsberg, Matt Maschler-Real Ticket Price: $650 Contact: Glen Golish info@helpingisraelfund.com561-869-4606 Website:


Chairperson(s): Rex Kirby and Kelly Smallridge; Larry and Gina Melby Major Sponsors: Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Chere Brodi at cherebrodi@


The Jewish Women’s Foundation, a program of the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, is a community of philanthropic women, commit ted to expanding and improving opportunities for Jewish women and Mainchildren.Fundraising Event: Annual Granting Wishes Luncheon

MajorChairperson:Sponsors: Tandy Robinson, Neiman Marcus, Boca Raton, Saks Fifth Avenue, Carrie Rubin, Boca Raton magazine

Chairperson: TBD

Location: The Polo Club, Boca Raton, FL

JARC Florida provides programs and services to educate and empower individuals with intellectual and developmental Maindisabilities.Fundraising Event: JARC’s Fashion Show with Heart Date: November 16, 2022 Location: The Addison Description of Event: Join us at The Addison for a day of fashion, shopping, and heart!

JARC’s residents, Board Members, and supporters will model the latest styles and trends. There will be lunch, raffle prizes, and a small boutique fair. Chairpersons: Carin Friedman and Kelly Blackman Stone Major Sponsors: Charmed Life Homecare, Caryn J. Clayman, Peter and Elizabeth Levine, John and Karen Gardner

Ticket Price:

Ticket Price: $75 Contact: Fallon Gechter fallong@jarcfl.org561-558-2558

Impact 100 Palm Beach County connects, engages, and inspires women to improve our communi ty by collectively funding multiple $100,000 grants to nonprofits that implement high-impact initiatives. We have awarded $5.25 million to local nonprofits in five focus areas: Arts, Culture & Historic Preservation, Education, Environment & Animal Welfare, Family, and Health & Wellness.

Date: March 24, 2023

Main Fundraising Event: Grand Awards Celebration Date: April 18, 2023 Location: TBD Description of Event: This is a celebratory evening announcing the winners of our multiple $100,000 grants to local nonprofits in southern Palm Beach County. Nonprofit final ists present projects, and members vote to determine grant award win ners. Women who are interested in community change each give $1,000 to support the mission of Impact 100 PBC. Women making true impact!

Impact 100 Palm Beach County Kelly Fleming, Sarah Doyle, Renee Feder & Holly Schuttler

Kelly Blackman Stone, Carin Friedman

JARC Florida

JewishFoundationWomen's Janet Sahr, Miriam Atzmon, Dana Egert, Roxane Lipton, Amy Rosenberg, Randee Rubenstein

Description of Event: Granting Wishes celebrates the culmination of the year-long grant process, showcasing grant recipients from local and Israeli organizations, with a focus on Jewish women and children’s programs that promote economic security, legal reform, education, leadership development, health, and abuse prevention.

Chairperson(s): Co-Chairs: Ashley Huxhold, Reilly Glasser, and Amy Procacci; Honorary Chair: Kathy Assaf

The Kravis Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life locally by presenting the community with exceptional artists and companies, offering arts education programs and a home for other arts Mainorganizations.Fundraising Event: Kravis Center Gala Date: March 1, 2023 Location: Kravis Center

Reilly Glasser, Amy Procacci, Ashley Huxhold

Description of Event: This evening begins with cocktails, followed by dinner and entertainment by global superstar Paul Anka and queen of comedy Rita Rudner. Proceeds benefit disabled veterans through American Humane’s “Pups4Patriots” program and South Florida youth through Palm Beach County Food Bank’s “Lois’ Food4Kids” Program.

Main Fundraising Event: The 35th Annual Woman Volunteer of the Year Luncheon Date: November 4, 2022

Location: Boca West Country Club Description of Event: The annual luncheon celebrates local women in the community and will recognize nominees from nonprofit organi zations for their dedication and expertise as volunteers. Promoting voluntarism and furthering the potential of women are missions of the Junior League of Boca Raton, and this event is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

Founded by Lois Pope, LIFE has provided aid, assistance, and awards for disabled veterans, medical research, college scholarships, humanitarian relief, the performing arts, and animal welfare.

Main Fundraising Event: LIFE’s 29th Annual Lady in Red Gala Date: March 26, 2023

Location: The Breakers Palm Beach

The Junior League of Boca Raton

Major Sponsors: The Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation and Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute as the Award Sponsor. The 1971 Society serves as the Presenting Sponsor and Boca Raton magazine is the exclusive Media Sponsor. Ticket Price: $200 Contact: Reilly Glasser wvoy@jlbr.org561-620-2553 Website:

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Chairperson(s): GALA CHAIRS: Lois Pope, Tova Leidesdorf; GRAND HONORARY CHAIR: Christine Lynn Major Sponsors: Gianna Bartilson, Sales Manager, Valentino; Sally Kim ball, President & Founder, Ambassa dor Realty Corporation; Christiane Ouvier, Boutique Director, Van Cleef & Arpels; Walter J. Schwenk, AAMS,

Chairperson(s): Kathryn C. Vecellio, Bill Bone, and Monika E. Preston Major Sponsors: Sondra & David S. Mack, Tom & Sherry Barrat, Jane M. Mitchell, SBA Communications Cor poration/Aggie & Jeff Stoops, Lugano Diamonds, Sharyn & Stuart Frankel, Henni Kessler in memory of John Kessler, Monika & John Preston, John & Jana Scarpa, Diane & John Sculley, Susan & Dom Telesco, Kathryn & Leo Vecellio, Sandy & Richard Bornstein, Peter & Susan Brockway, Sherry & Ken Endelson, Cynthia Friedman, Caroline Harless, Michelle & Joseph Jacobs, Bill and Marilyn Lane Family Foundation, Jack and Goldie Wolfe Miller Fund, Jill & Bill Wachter, TradeZero, Palm Beach Illustrated, Tiffany & Co. Ticket Price: $1,250 Gala Patron Contact: Kimmie Kiely 561-651-4273; Website:

The Junior League of Boca Raton, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Leaders in EducationFurthering(LIFE)

Description of Event: The Kravis Center celebrates the 30th Anniver sary Season, featuring an evening of outstanding entertainment in Dreyfoos Hall and culminating with a black-tie event in the Gimelstob Ballroom.



Kathryn C. Vecellio, Bill Bone, Monika E. Preston

Lois Pope For 29 years, Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE) has been dedicated to improving the lives of the voiceless and vulnerable.

Little Smiles currently serves 34 facilities from Fort Pierce to Miami, including hospitals, foster homes, and shelters, and establishes relationships with law enforcement agencies.


Linda Melcer

Location: Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center

Chairperson(s): Samantha Shepherd and Virginia Sinicki Major Sponsors: Oliver’s Harvest Ticket Price: $300

Chairperson: Linda Melcer Major Sponsors: N/A Ticket Price: $35-$50 Each Contact: Madeline Moses

Main Fundraising Event: 17th Annual Stars Ball Date: October 15, 2022 Location: West Palm Beach, Florida Description of Event: Each year, nurses and law enforcement agencies partner with Little Smiles to celebrate local children and receive special recognition at the Stars Ball. The “Stars” are chosen for their extraordinary bravery and character. The evening’s program features the “Stars” grand entrance on the red carpet, followed by live and silent auctions.

Established more than 25 years ago, Lynn Conservatory is one of the leading conservatories within a university environment today. It admits a highly select group of gifted musicians from around the world to pursue a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, or Professional Performance Certificate.

Little Smiles of Florida

Main Fundraising Event: 32nd Annual Love of Literacy Luncheon Date: March 9, 2023 Location: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Little Smiles helps heal hearts and create little smiles by providing basic necessities, gifts, and activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness, or tragedy.

Samantha Shepherd, Virginia Sinicki

Description of Event: Join the Lynn University Philharmonia as it continues its 2022-2023 season featuring a repertoire that has become the standard for conservatory-level symphonic training. Corporate sponsorships start at $2,500 and are available for Philharmonia concerts. Corporate sponsors receive an ad in the program with the potential to be seen by 9,000 viewers.

Description of Event: The Coalition’s signature event brings the commu nity together to increase awareness of significant literacy needs and raise crucial funds to support literacy programs from Boca Raton to Jupiter to Belle Glade. Past speakers include the late Pat Conroy, Ann Patchett, Kate DiCamillo, David Baldacci, Michael Connelly and Elizabeth Berg.

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County Stephanie Kahlert, Elisa Glazer, Dr. Regine Bataille, Kristin Calder Without a solid foundation in literacy, children struggle in school. As youth, they drop out without a high school diploma and lack job readiness skills to obtain meaningful employment. As adults, they cannot find a job paying a livable wage. To address this, the Literacy Coalition provides programs to help 46,867 adults and children each year.

Event: Philharmonia No. 3 Dates: November 12, 2022; November 13, 2022

Chairperson(s): Board President Matt Criscuolo, CEO Kristin Calder Major Sponsors: Bank of America, Paul and Nancy Zarcadoolas, Gentle Medicine Associates, Inc., Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Penny & Gary Kosinski Family Foundation and The Robinson Family Foundation, Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. dlarkin@literacypbc.orgDawn$


Main Fundraising Event: Gingerbread Holiday Concert Date: December 11, 2022 Location: Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center

Professor Roberta Rust Established more than 25 years ago, Lynn Conservatory is one of the leading conservatories within a university environment today. It admits a highly select group of gifted musicians from around the world to pursue a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, or Professional Performance Certificate.

Chairperson(s): Terry Fedele and Pat Thomas Major Sponsors: Boca Raton magazine, State of Florida Division of Arts and Culture Ticket Price: $35 Each Contact: Madeline Moses tickets@lynn.edu561-237-9000 Website:

Terry Fedele, Pat Thomas Established more than 25 years ago, Lynn Conservatory is one of the leading conservatories within a university environment today. It admits a highly select group of gifted musicians from around the world to pursue a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, or Professional Performance Certificate.


Maestro Guillermo Figueroa

Description of Event: Celebrating nearly two decades of making the holidays merry and bright, Lynn University’s annual Gingerbread Holiday Concert returns to the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center this December. Grandparents, parents, and children of all ages are invited to enjoy the heartwarming classics of the season.


Description of Event: Musical direction by maestro Guillermo Figueroa and accompanied by double bassist Timothy Cobb. Corporate sponsorships start at $2,500 and are available for Philharmonia concerts. Corporate sponsors receive an ad in the program with the potential to be seen by 9,000 viewers.

Established more than 25 years ago, Lynn Conservatory is one of the leading conservatories within a university environment today. It admits a highly select group of gifted musicians from around the world to pursue a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, or Professional Performance Certificate.

Event: Philharmonia No. 4 Dates: March 18, 2023; March 19, 2023 Location: Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center


Event: Piano Passion Date: January 19, 2023 Location: Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center

Chairperson: Linda Melcer Major Sponsors: N/A Ticket Price: $35-$50 Each Contact: Madeline Moses tickets@lynn.edu561-237-9000



Description of Event: Join us for a performance spotlighting the talents of Lynn University’s award-winning Conservatory piano students. Lynn Piano Professor Roberta Rust will provide insightful commentary as the budding pianists perform a vast repertoire of solo piano music. Chairperson: N/A Major Sponsors: N/A Ticket Price: $15 Each Contact: Madeline Moses tickets@lynn.edu561-237-9000 Website:

Palm Beach Symphony’s mission is to engage, educate, and entertain the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. The 2022-2023 season offers a series of con certs crafted by the Symphony’s internationally acclaimed music director Gerard Schwarz, as well as a variety of music education and community outreach events.

Bruce Spizler, Dr. N’Quavah R. Velazquez, Marcie Gorman, Gerry Ehrlich, Alyce Erickson, Kim Champion, Shari Upbin, Judi Asselta

James R. Borynack, Adolfo Zaralegui

Palm Beach County Food Bank programs reach families, children, and seniors, and connect those in need. Main Fundraising Event: Delray Beach Empty Bowls Date: December 10, 2022 Location: Trinity Delray Lutheran Church and School Description of Event: Empty Bowls is a national event hosted on a local scale in the beautiful city of Delray Beach, where attendees enjoy a simple meal of soup from local restaurants, freshly baked bread from Old School Bakery, and bottled water. The theme is “Eat Simply So Others May Simply Eat.”

Chairperson(s): Stephanie Dodge, John Brewer, Billy Himmelrich, and Ali Kaufman

The PBCFB procures food from grocery stores, farmers, food distributors, wholesalers, and other sources and provides it to almost 200 local community partners, including food pantries, soup kitchens, and schools.

Major Sponsors: Addison Hines Charitable Trust, Findlay Galleries, Lugano Diamonds Ticket Price: $750 Contact: Hulya Selcuk

Location: The Addison Boca Raton

Palm Beach County Food Bank

Chairperson(s): James R. Borynack and Adolfo Zaralegui, Honorary Chairs

Major Sponsors: Old School Bakery, Pechter Family Foundation, The Garchik Family, The Dodge Family Ticket Price:LaShaundra$30 LaShaundra@pbcfoodbank.orgHighsmith

Description of Event: Palm Beach Symphony invites patrons and friends to mingle and enjoy an unfor gettable black-tie gala evening. The elegant affair, which begins at 7:00 p.m., will feature live music, dinner, dancing, and a live auction that benefits the Symphony’s world-class concerts, community outreach, and music education programs.

Description of Event: Join the foremost arts and culture supporters at the Star Maker Awards Dinner at The Addison. Help raise funds for competitions and scholarships, while enjoying musical performances by amazing future stars. Don’t miss the evening’s highlight, the presentation of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to beloved cultural icon, Arlene Herson.

Chairperson(s): Dr. Ronald L. Rubin, Kirsten Stephenson, and Shari Upbin


Main Fundraising Event: The Star Maker Awards Dinner Date: April 19, 2023

Billy Himmelrich, Stephanie Dodge

National Society of Arts and FloridaLetters

NSAL of Florida is the local Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters founded in 1944. For 40 years, our Chapter has served local young performing and visual artists at the start of their careers by discovering, mentoring, and financially supporting them through scholarships and competitions, at the local and national level.

Main Fundraising Event: 21st Anniversary Annual Gala Date: February 20, 2023 Location: The Breakers Palm Beach


Chairperson(s): Amy and John Collins, Honorary Chairpersons; Karen and Kenneth Rogers, Chairs; Sheryne and Richard Brekus, ViceChairs; Marietta Muiña McNulty, Auction Chair

Philanthropy Tank fuels and inspires the next generation of CHANGEmakers! Palm Beach County local youth in 8th-11th grades identify issues that confront the community. The program challenges, empowers, and equips students to develop and execute sustainable initiatives and solutions to solve these problems and create impact for those they serve.


Karen and Kenneth Rogers

POLO for Life, Inc.

Location: The National Polo Club, Wellington, FL Description of Event: This event offers an afternoon of polo and a chance to see the top players in the sport compete. The match will be followed by authentic Indian cuisine with entertainment and live auction. Chairs: Rita Reik, PJ Rizvi, and Visse



Location: Cohen Pavilion at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Contact: Barbara Cook barbara@poloforlife.org917-838-2074 Website:

Description of Event: Student Final ists present community social impact concepts in front of a panel of Philan thropist Investors. The Investors will determine which programs they will champion to support through men torship. Student finalists will have the opportunity to be awarded up to $15,000 to launch their programs.

Major Sponsors: N/A Ticket Price: $1,500

Main Fundraising Event: Philanthropy Tank Finals Event Date: March 8, 2023 Location: The Kravis Center of the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach

Philanthropy Tank Sarik Shah, Ashwin Parthasarathy, Evan Deoul

Description of Event: Guests will join members of the Ladies Guild, the Holly Jolly Host Committee, and the Music Men for a holiday luncheon, starting at 10:30 a.m., that celebrates the 2022-2023 season with fine food, camaraderie, glorious music, and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Symphony’s world-class music, education, and community outreach programs.

Chairperson(s): Evan Deoul, Michael Kohner, Aisha Ali, Caroline Cummings Rafferty, Frances Fisher, Tom Vining Major Sponsors: VoLo Foundation, Alliance Bernstein, HBK, CPAs and Consultants, Otis, The Palm Beach Post, Braman Motorcars, Quantum Foundation, Bank of America, The Honda Classic Cares Ticket Price: $40 Contact: Amy Brand abrand@philanthropytank.org561-910-3893

Ladies Guild and Music Men assist the board of directors in sharing ideas that promote programs and membership. They take the lead as ambassadors focused on friend-raising for this arts orga nization. They host events that foster philanthropy and recognize individuals who support PBS’ mission to engage, educate, and entertain the Palm Beaches.

Main Fundraising Event: Sixth Annual Holly Jolly Symphony Fête Date: December 6, 2022

Palm Beach Symphony Ladies Guild and Music Men

Brandon Phillips Polo for Life raises much-needed funds to aid pediatric cancer patients and their families. We leverage our partnerships with local organizations to support impact initiatives that include providing financial assistance before, during, and after treatment following a cancer Maindiagnosis.Fundraising Event: 8th Annual Polo for a Purpose— A Passage to India Date: February 27, 2023

Major Sponsors: Findlay Galleries,

Our mission is to save lives through education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially Melanoma. The Foundation’s vision is “to educate children throughout the country and give them the skills necessary to make healthy sun safety choices throughout their lives.”

Main Fundraising Event: Annual Luncheon and Runway Fashion Show Date: March 20, 2023 Location: The Breakers Description of Event: The Richard David Kann 23rd Annual Luncheon and Runway Fashion Show is a highly anticipated event that is attended by more than 400 guests, including corporate sponsors, and community leaders, who gather to celebrate in support of our fundraising endeavors and mission. This year’s Luncheon will be held on March 20, 2023 at the Breakers, featuring a runway fashion show with glamorous looks by designer Monique Lhuillier.

Chairperson(s): David Eltringham, Rosie Inguanzo Martin, Nicole and Jonathan Whitney, Gloria and Shaheer Hosh Major Sponsors include: Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton, EM Lynn Foundation, Wechsler Foundation, Florida Power & Light, Rudman Law, ADT, Kaye Communications, Loews Miami Beach, Scott Grody Travel, Cristino Fine Jewelry, Boca Raton Magazine, Sklar Furnishings

Main Fundraising Event: 13th Annual Golf Classic Date: November 17, 2022 Location: Boca Lago Country Club, 8665 Juego Way, Boca Raton, FL 33433

Nicole & Jonathan Whitney, Rose Inguanzo Martin, David Eltringham, Gloria & Shaheer Hosh

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Chairperson(s): Chuck Marchitello, Ingrid Fulmer, Drew Gaut, Gregg Francis, Diane Leighton, Kristin Gaut, Ashley Raccioppi, Micheal Romeo Major Sponsors: Investments Limited, CJM Construction, Garabar Roofing, The Learning Experience, Atlantis Auto, Alligator Landscape drew@propelyourfuture.orgDrew$

Marta Batmasian and PROPEL Alumni and law graduate Willie Reynolds PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education & Leadership) was founded in 2004 with a mission to support academic advancement, leadership development, and post-secondary planning to adolescents who are underserved.


Chairperson(s): Nancy Hart and Lisa Leder Major Sponsors: The Lisa Leder Foundation, Sun Capital Partners Foundation, Tampa General Hospital Ticket Price: $425 Contact: Zack Barrett PROPEL, Inc.

Founded in July 2012, the award-winning Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton (a 501(c)3 nonprofit) is dedicated to impacting the community through Rotary International’s mission of “Service Above Self.” The RCDBR is one of 34,000 Rotary Clubs in more than 200 countries connecting 1.2 mil lion Rotarians arounds the globe.

Nancy Hart Lisa Leder

Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation

Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton

PROPEL fosters self-sufficiency and supports the development of strategies for their students to overcome obstacles.

Main Fundraising Event: Boca Raton Mayors Ball Date: November 12, 2022 Location: Boca West Country Club Description of Event: A lavish black-tie reception, dinner, live entertainment, dancing, silent auction, and awards presentation raising funds for area nonprofits’ health and wellness needs. George Long Awards by Tiffany & Co. are presented in the Business, Nonprofit, and Individuals categories.

Description of Event: The tournament will include a BBQ lunch, a full course banquet dinner with performance from a modern mentalist and a live auction by Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia, free range balls, grand raffle, and oncourse entertainment such as longest drive and golf ball launcher contests with margarita and libation stations.

Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton

Description of Event: Celebrating our Centennial of “Doing The Most Good” in Palm Beach County, this year’s Paradise Ball honors the legacy of Marjorie Merriweather Post. The Ball features an elegant White Tie Ball and reception, worthy of Marjorie’s approval, delicious Dinner and Dancing to the fabulous Equinox Orchestra, and a Live Auction of select exquisite items.

Chairperson(s): Co-chairs: Janice Williams and Alan Kaye; Honorary Chair: Christine E. Lynn

Major Sponsors: At the time of publication, Elaine J. Wold, E.M. Lynn Foundation Ticket Price: $175

Founded in July 2012, the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is dedicated to impacting the Boca Raton community through Rotary International’s mission of “Service Above Self.” The award-winning 501(c)3 nonprofit’s purpose is to make a different in the community by enhancing the lives of many by promoting integrity, fellowship, and trust.

The Paradise Ball Date: December 10, 2022 Location: Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach

The Salvation Army of Palm Beach County

A Safe Haven for Newborns

Main Fundraising Event: Holiday Showcase & Cabaret Luncheon Date: December 11, 2022 Location: The Mar-a-Lago Club Description of Event: Celebration Reception, Vendors & Art, Gourmet Lunch, Fashion Show & Holiday Cabaret starring Franco Corso. Proceeds ensure there is a blessed place for infants who may not otherwise have a chance at life!

Chairperson(s): Lexye Aversa, Chairperson; Arlette Gordon, Honoree; Erika Rizzuto, Herme de Wyman Miro, Helen Nicozisis, Philip and Tikky Nicozisis, Susan Gentile, Suzi Yelvington, Mara New, Mignon Gardner, Honorary Chairpersons Major Sponsors: Legends 100.3 FM, Professional Touch International, Bauman Medical, Life Extension, Gregory’s Fine Jewelry,

Janice Williams, Alan Kaye

The Salvation Army has been serving Palm Beach County since 1922. Programs and services are designed to help and support Children, Women, Men and Families who are in need—83 cents of every dollar raised supports programs and services. For more information visit our local website Mainsalvationarmypalmbeachcounty.orgat.FundraisingEvent:

Chairperson: Holly Holden, Chairwoman; Farley Rentschler, Junior Chairwoman; Bill Mikus, Leadership 100 Chairman; Joan Parker, Live Auction Chairwoman Major Sponsors: Roberto Coin Jewelry, Thulani South Africa, Putnam Luxury Car Leasing Ticket Price: $1,250 Contact: Linda Gunter

Farley Rentschler, Holly Holden

Main Fundraising Event: 25th Annual Honor Your Doctor Luncheon Date: March 29, 2023 Location: Boca West Country Club Description of Event: For the 25th year, the public is again invited to nominate their favorite physician and donate $50 per nomination or $125 for three nominations. Recognizing favorite physicians from Palm Beach and Broward Counties, the luncheon raises funds for Scholarships that benefit medical and nursing school students attending four local universities.

The Gloria M. Silverio Foundation Lexye Aversa

A Safe Haven For Newborns is dedicated to saving lives of precious newborns from dangers of abandonment, while supporting pregnant girls and women in crisis. 363 blessed babies on earth are the result of such loving efforts. Florida firehouses, hospitals & license plates display its logo! Founder Nick Silverio is proud of a Guidestar Gold Star rating and Papal Proclamation for his humanitarian purpose!

The Symphonia

SOS VillagesChildren’sFlorida

Carole Boucard

Main Fundraising Event: “Be A Sweet Dream Maker” Celebration Date: December 15, 2022 Location: The Addison in Boca Raton

Description of Event: Our festive annual “Be A Sweet Dream Maker” Celebration is a one-of-a-kind event, as the historic Addison is transformed for the holidays! Guests enjoy cocktails, dinner, entertainment, and an exclusive live auction. Funds raised during this exclusive evening purchase beds and bedding for families in need.

Chairperson: Carole Boucard Ticket Price(s): Range from $55 to $90 Contact: Annabel Russell info@thesymphonia.org561-376-3848 Website:

The SYMPHONIA, recognized as the region’s premier chamber orchestra, provides high-quality classical music for the enjoyment and benefit of the South Florida community. The SYMPHONIA’s performances and educational outreach program feature nationally and internationally acclaimed conductors and soloists, enhancing the cultural lives of residents.

Description of Event: The event includes a live concert featuring renowned clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and the Florida debut of ‘Terra Nostra,’ the award-winning film and multimedia symphony by Director Christophe Chagnard, produced by Earth Creative.

Description of Event: SOS invites you to THE BLACK BALL, the ultimate party with a purpose to take place over Halloween attracting more than 500 participants and supports one great cause! Gather your friends, colleagues, and family for a memorable evening of fun and fundraising.

Sweet Dream Makers

Chairperson(s): Doris Gillman and Abby Bernstein-Henderson Major Sponsors: The Gillman Family Foundation Ticket Price: By Invitation Contact: Suzanne Broad suzyb@sweetdreammakers.org561-571-7363 Website:

Sheri and Famous Rhodes

SOS Children's Villages Florida (SOS) is a foster care community in South Florida. We are home to up to 72 foster children, ages birth to 18. Special emphasis is placed on keeping siblings together to lessen their trauma while separated from their families.

Since 2012, Sweet Dream Makers (SDM) has improved the lives of more than 12,000 local children and their families by ensuring that they have safe, clean, and appropriate beds to sleep in every night. More than 75 service agencies refer vulnerable families to SDM for beds, bedding, and essential furniture—today we provide over 300 beds per month to those in need.

Main Fundraising Event: THE BLACK BALL Date: October 29, 2022 Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel

Chairperson(s): Sheri and Famous Rhodes Major Sponsors: APCO, Auster Family, Ballast Rock Foundation, Barry and Debby Glick Charitable Fund, BBI, Camp Chipinaw & Silver Lake Camp, Cozen O'Connor, Diane Lynn Family Foundation, EquiDaisy, Gasworks Media, Holman, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, JM Family Enterprises, JWC Disaster Solutions, Marti & Tom White, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, RNDC, RV Retailers, RV Traders, and Waste 954-420-5030;Innovations.$

Doris Gillman, Abby Bernstein-Henderson

Main Fundraising Event: Inspired Naturally: Earth Date: December 4, 2022 Location: Robert’s Theater at St. Andrews School

UnicornFoundationChildren's Phillip DiPonio, Angela Fisher

West Palm Beach Library Foundation

Event: Gala Date: March 11, 2023

Chairperson: TBD Major Sponsors: TBD Ticket Price: TBD Contact: Mercedes Arensberg

Terry and Jerry Fedele Kim Bepler Ana Paladino

Main Fundraising Event: Food for Thought Gala Date: November 5, 2022 Location: Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach Description of Event: The West Palm Beach Library Foundation’s annual Food for Thought Gala is a premier fundraiser benefitting the Mandel Public Library. Hosted at the beautiful Norton Museum of Art, this elegant dinner party features special guest Dave Barry and local luminaries with stimulating conversation.

Chairperson(s): Terry and Jerry Fedele Major Sponsors: Myrna Gordon Skurnick, Kathy and Paul Adkins, Mary and Peter Blum, Robin and Charles Deyo, Amy and Mike Kazma, Christine E. Lynn, Bebe and Rich Mascolo, Lucy Craske, Baptist Health South Florida, Schmidt Family Foundation, Stephanie and Daniel O’Bryon, Dr. Heidi Schaeffer, Elaine J. Wold, Polen Capitol, Margaret and Dr. Robert Blume, Florida Peninsula/ Edison Insurance Company Ticket Price: $500 Contact: Heather Dupree hdupree@ymcaspbc.org561-237-0965

The West Palm Beach Library Foundation enhances and supports the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. With a vision to create an inspired community where children excel and adults thrive, their activities financially support the library and its programs, services, and resources that enrich and strength en our diverse community.

Major Sponsors: Josephine duPont Bayard, Kim Bepler, Abe & Dianne Bernstein, Honorable Ann W. Brown, Edith Hall Friedheim, Roger & Myrna Landay, Steve & Lori Leveen, Co-Founders of Levenger Company, Beverly Myers and Melissa Sullivan. Ticket Price: DDimke@WPBCityLibrary.orgDean$375Dimke


Chairperson(s): Kim Bepler and Ana Paladino

Location: The Boca Raton Description of Event: This is a yearly fundraising Gala that will include dinner, a live auction, dancing, and a full program to showcase the achievements of our young participants with developmental differences.


The YMCA of South Palm Beach County has family centers in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Main Fundraising Event: 50th Anniversary Gala Date: December 3, 2022 Location: The Boca Raton Description of Event: On December 3, 2022, the YMCA of South Palm Beach County will host its Anniversary Gala at The Boca Raton, celebrating 50 years of service to South Palm Beach County and the legacies of numerous volun teers and community leaders. Proceeds from this event support YMCA pro grams and provide financial assistance to children and families in need.

YMCA of South Palm Beach County


The Unicorn Children’s Foundation is dedicated to creating cradle to career pathways for kids and young adults with developmental differences and helping their families navigate the complex journey. Now in our 28th year, Unicorn is committed to providing innovative programs that ensure individuals with neurodiversity are appropriately Mainassisted.Fundraising





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