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Why travel out of state for an island adventure when we have a venerable slice of tropical paradise in our backyard? Here are just a few reasons to visit our neighbor to the north. by marie speed

122 the slice is right

Pizza is a multibilliondollar business in the U.S.—and a multidimensional culinary adventure in and around Boca, with more varieties than you can shake a pepperoni at. by bill citara

130 eye candy

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of 136 crimes passion

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58 Mail

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179 dininG GuidE

Boca’s benevolent residents borrow a page straight out of Churchill’s playbook during high season. by kevin kaminski

63 HoME town

Celebrate the people, places and events that give our community its identity— including a heart-warming reunion between doctor and patient, and a sex-pert at putting the spice back into your love life. by stefanie cainto, kevin kaminski and john thomason


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Romance is in the air—and throughout the pages of our fashion/beauty department—including hot pink selections on the style front, some surefire Valentine’s gifts and a little on-court inspiration for when you’re down love-40. by stefanie cainto

83 FEEl Good

Local researchers are taking a hand’son approach when it comes to cutting-edge medical advancements—even reaching into the mouths of sharks if it means saving lives.

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95 HoME BasE

Homeowners are making bold statements in the bedroom … by turning to difference-making headboards to set the interior stage.

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Meet a woman who puts the word comfort back into shoes, the man responsible for the inspired design on your favorite local golf courses and the reigning Woman Volunteer of the Year.

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106 tHE Boca intErviEw

Boca Raton discusses the past, present and future of the city with its esteemed mayor, Susan Haynie. by randy schultz

Don’t leave home without it—our comprehensive guide to the best restaurants in South Florida, including a new review of Jové in Palm Beach. reviews by bill citara

217 out & aBout

You might just see some familiar faces in our snapshots from talked-about social events in and around Boca Raton. by stefanie cainto

239 spEEd BuMps

The Palm Beach story inspires a complementary version of where to go and what to do when it comes to our island neighbor just up the road. by marie speed

240 My turn

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Meet one of the standout performers coming to Festival of the Arts in March, banjo master Béla Fleck, and learn why a kinetic sculptor is picking up the pieces in Boynton Beach. Also, check out the Hot List for February.

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159 FEstival oF tHE arts

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Let’s Get sOCIaL: February is high season for the see-and-be-seen circuit, and we have images from some of the area’s most buzz-worthy events under the “Photos” section of our In The Mag link.

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“Aided by PowerPoint slides, Chopra’s lecture [at B’nai Israel] soon took on the feel of a selfdevelopment workshop, titled ‘The Future of Well-Being,’ and I was grateful to be taking notes. There were too many takeaways to list in one article, ranging from the bizarre to the practical to the moving: Tomatoes have more genes than humans; meditation increases our telomeres by 40 percent, thereby slowing cellular aging; 90 percent of our DNA is bacteria, so that we are really ‘microbial colonies with a few human cells hanging on to them.’” —John thomason, a&e link

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mail Leif: Counterpoint The commentary by Randy Schultz (“The Seat of Power in Boca”) on city manager Leif Ahnell in the December 2014 issue prompted the following letter to the editor by former Boca Raton mayor and current county commissioner Steven Abrams: As a former mayor of Boca Raton, who worked with city manager Leif Ahnell every day for seven years, I can now reveal publicly for the first time exclusively to the readers of Boca Raton magazine the true inside story of why Mr. Ahnell has remained in office for so long without undergoing extensive public criticism. He does a great job for the residents of our city. The article even says so. As for the criticisms from “anonymous sources” decrying Mr. Ahnell’s “power?” Everything goes through the city manager because that’s his job under the city charter. He has a dual role overseeing the CRA, as the city council itself does, because that’s his job un-

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der the charter. He doesn’t assert himself on legal issues because that’s not his job under the charter. The article bemoans the lack of special interests influencing his actions. If they did, you would have a real story! I guess the fact that Leif Ahnell isn’t subject to special interest influence, has longevity, and does a competent job will have to suffice as the story for your readers. It is correct that as city manager, he does not have to “worry about term limits.” City managers just have to worry about being fired on the spot. I was a member of a Boca Raton city council that did that once. Trust me, elected officials know how to pull that trigger. Be glad in Boca Raton we don’t have to. Steven Abrams e-mail

HaiL to tHe CritiC I am not in the habit of writing such e-mails, but I feel [so] strongly about the work that (A&E editor) John Thomason does that I [wish

to] sing his praises. I haven’t always been one to read theater reviews down here, for many reasons, but I recently started to do so as my busy family life is keeping me from attending as many performances. I continually find Mr. Thomason’s reviews extremely insightful and viewed from a very open perspective. I do not always agree with his opinions (though I have found more times than not I do), but I value his knack for specificity, and his critiques seem aptly justified. Good, bad, or otherwise I trust his judgment, and I’m grateful for his honesty and integrity within the review. I have been impressed most recently with certain reviews in which I have gained knowledge and learned some interesting facts that I would have missed if it [weren’t] for his sharp eye. I am an actress, and thus I fear most theater critics are simply shunned for poor reviews and praised for good ones, but I am writing merely as someone who just admires [Thomason’s] work. He doesn’t just give a

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basic plot line with a thumbs up or thumbs down like many reviewers seem to do, but rather he dissects a piece; his thoughts are interesting, grounded and … give a point of view worth reading about. Thank you for his employment. His work is certainly a valuable resource for many like myself who support a wide range of theater but need guidance on what to attend. His writing definitely deserves to be recognized. Julie Kleiner Davis e-mail Editor’s note: Catch John Thomason’s theater, movie, concert and art exhibition reviews under the A&E link at bocamag.com.

Holiday Magic I had to wipe away the tears so I could send this e-mail. I just finished reading [John Shuff’s My Turn] column in the December issue about [his] precious [granddaughters]. How special! Love the photo. Ann Maus e-mail

I loved the “Holiday Dreams” column [December “My Turn”] and the gorgeous picture of [John and Margaret Mary Shuff ] with Madelyn and Chloe. It really was inspirational, and hopefully will help a lot of people think about what is important in life. I have really enjoyed having a grandson the past 19 months and am delighted to see how much [the Shuffs] are still enjoying it. Susan Grogan Faller Cincinnati, Ohio


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Country Club Chef Showdown When: Feb. 3 Where: Woodfield Country Club, Boca Raton What: This annual all-star battle of the area’s top country club chefs benefits Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. Chefs James Dyer (Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club), Sean Key (Mizner Country Club), Michael Schenk (The Polo Club at Boca Raton) and Stephen Viggiano (St. Andrews Country Club) will compete “Iron Chef” style, creating original

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Our Finest Hour


t doesn’t quite rank up there with “We shall never surrender,” or “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat,” but Winston Churchill nonetheless is credited with making the following astute observation. “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” It’s a profound sentiment, to be sure. The problem is that Churchill never said it. In the same way that malapropisms never uttered by Yogi Berra are somehow attributed to the Yankees catcher and famed butcher of the English language, the great prime minister’s myth includes enough improperly sourced (or just plain inaccurate) quotes to warrant an entire page of corrections on The Churchill Centre’s website. But being that this is Churchill, a parallel expression must exist somewhere—and, sure enough, the Centre found it in a 1908 speech that the-then Board of Trade president made while in Scotland. “What is the use of living,” Churchill said, “if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?” I’d like to believe, given such an altruistic notion, that Churchill would have appreciated Boca. For starters, he could have found any number of spots in Mizner Park to snag a quick sip of Johnnie Walker. But, especially during high season, he also would have seen the city at its best, making our part of the world a better place now and for years to come. A few months ago, at its annual Wee Dream Ball, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers raised more than $500,000 for the preand after-school programs that make such a difference in the lives of economically challenged families. Boca Raton Regional Hospital held its 53rd annual ball on Jan. 17, with proceeds benefiting the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute; the 2014 gala raised more than $1 million for the new Marcus Neuroscience Institute. In about two months, the ladies of Impact 100 once again will present $100,000 grants to deserving nonprofits in south Palm Beach County. Last April, the organization delivered $320,000 in awards, including $100,000 grants to Florence Fuller, Achievement Centers for Children and Families of Delray Beach (for its own after-school and summer programs) and the Arts Garage in Delray (for music and theater education classes for disadvantaged youth). This month, the Unicorn Children’s Foundation will celebrate its 20th anniversary (Feb. 28) during the annual Emerald Ball, which,


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over the years, has raised millions for families with children challenged by neuro-diverse conditions, such as bipolar disorder or ADHD. The list, in Boca, goes on and on and on—event after event with local residents raising awareness and supporting causes and charities near and dear to their heart. Just ask Irving Gutin. On Feb. 21, Gutin and his wife, Barbara, will serve as chairs at the annual Boca Raton Heart & Stroke Ball. For those who think the gala circuit is about little more than writing checks and cutting some rug, Gutin is living proof that putting your money where your mouth is—or, in this case, your clogged arteries—can pay handsome dividends. As our own Stefanie Cainto reports (page 63), not only is Gutin, now 83, the recipient of a life-saving bypass procedure at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, but he helped future heart patients by participating in a study that was conducted by the same physician who performed Gutin’s surgery. Last year, the Heart & Stroke Ball raised more than $420,000 for the American Heart Association. It’s a safe bet that, with the Gutins involved, AMA will be cashing an even larger check this year. “Withhold no sacrifice,” Churchill once said. Boca never does. That’s part of what makes our city so special. Enjoy the issue.

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Heart’s Content

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Two years after a life-saving cardiac procedure, the bond between a patient and his doctor remains strong.

From left: Irving Gutin and Alexander Kulik


hose who know him for his philanthropic work might describe IrvIng gutIn’s heart as made of gold. Whatever its constitution, the organ served the former Tyco executive well for his first 80-plus years. Even when Gutin experienced chest pain in February 2013, he chalked up the symptoms to acid reflux disorder. But tests revealed much more: Three of his arteries were clogged beyond stent repair. The bad news: Gutin needed triple bypass surgery. The good news: It would be a routine procedure for Dr. AlexAnDer KulIK, who at that point had performed the operation more than 1,000 times. Kulik, one of two lead surgeons at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute, came highly recommended by Gutin’s doctor friends at the hospital. Though only 37, Kulik’s calm demeanor, along with reassurances from Gutin’s circle of trust, made the decision easy. “I figured he shaves, so he’s old enough to operate on me,” quips Gutin, a board of trustees member for the hospital and its foundation. Within 24 hours of being diagnosed, he was in a post-surgery recovery room. Two years later, Gutin, 83, is in great health and still travels a lot with wife Barbara. “Had it not been for the fact that heart surgery has progressed to the point that it has, I probably wouldn’t be here,” Gutin says. Gutin went on to participate in a study run by Kulik called ACTIVE. The investigation, sponsored by the hospital and funded by the American Heart Association (AHA), aims to determine if high doses of statin therapy keep patients from developing atherosclerosis the year following bypass surgery. Gutin also attends medical symposiums and heart association events, often running into Kulik, who has since become a good friend. His latest benevolent venture is slated for Feb. 21, when he and Barbara will chair the Boca Raton Heart & Stroke Ball, benefiting AHA, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. For more information on the event, call 561/697-6683 or visit bocaratonheartball.ahaevents.org. —Stefanie Cainto

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home town [ Boca By the NumBers ] golf & tennis edition

the Allianz Championship (Feb. 2-8) and delray Beach open (Feb. 13-22) put our area in the sports spotlight this month—and offer plenty of statistical nuggets. Visit allianz championship.com and yellowtennisball.com for schedules and ticket information regarding the upcoming tournaments.



$3.074 million:

The 2014 delray Beach open drew this many attendees over its 10 days.

3 hours, 8 minutes:

Boca resident and 2010 Allianz champ BernHard langer set a Champions Tour record in 2014 for most earnings in a season, capturing five tournaments along the way. Langer has been the tour’s top money winner six of the past seven years.



That’s how long it took Marin Cilic to defeat Delray resident Kevin Anderson in the final of last year’s delray Beach open (7-6, 6-7, 6-4), making it the longest men’s championship final in tournament history. Both highly ranked players are in the 2015 field, which features four Top 25 players.

South Florida residents (and twins) BoB and MIke Bryan—the defending Delray Beach Open doubles champs and the greatest doubles team in tennis history— earned their 16th Grand Slam title last year at the U.S. Open.



Michael Allen shot the best opening round of any eventual Champions Tour winner in 2014 right here at the Allianz, lighting up the Old Course at Broken Sound for 10 birdies and an eagle during his 12-under-par masterpiece.

$15 million:

Hale IrWIn, 69, shot his age or better nine times on the Champions Tour last season— including an opening-round 67 at the Allianz.

It’s estimated that the Allianz Championship drives this much revenue to local businesses in and around Boca during the course of the tournament.

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3 on 3 Hale Irwin (left) with Dick Schmidt

A trio of ATP Champions players representing Team USa (James Blake, Michael Chang and Justin Gimelstob) and three more representing Team International (Goran Ivanisevic, Mark Philippoussis and Greg Rusedski) will battle over the first three days of the tennis tournament for “world” supremacy. february 2015

Examining the Link Between Addiction & Domestic Violence


s innovation in addiction research continues, experts are identifying more and more behaviors linked to both the cause and effect of substance abuse. For years a lesser-discussed example of this included the relationship between domestic violence and drug and alcohol addiction. The research linking these two behaviors is staggering. While the addiction treatment community has not gone so far as to say substance abuse causes domestic violence, numerous studies indicate a clear correlation, including the Justice Department statistic that 61% of domestic abusers also have documented substance abuse issues. Further, the trauma associated with sustaining domestic abuse is very often played out through substance abuse, specifically alcohol addiction. Domestic abuse can take many forms, including physical, emotional and sexual intimidation. It can include spousal abuse, parent-to-child abuse and even the abuse of elderly relatives living inside of the home. Drinking is the most common substance abuse behavior associated with domestic battery. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, regular alcohol abuse is one of the leading risk factors in intimate partner violence. It’s common, specifically for adult male abusers, to use alcohol abuse as both an ethical and legal justification for their behavior. They will also use violence as a means to control their significant others when they’re intoxicated. A majority of domestic violence incidents are repeated multiple times. In addition to direct sufferers, children who witness domestic violence in their homes can sustain significant emotional trauma. Their exposure to these violent situations

can also shape the way they handle their anger and cause them to repeat this violence in their adult lives, whether it’s assaulting their spouses, their children or strangers. It also drastically increases their likelihood of developing a latent substance abuse issue to cope with the stress of their childhood. The United States Department of Health and Human Services reports that children living in houses where substance abuse is present are significantly more likely to be abused than those living in sober households. Over 75% of all child abuse cases are somehow associated with substance abuse, according to the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. Perhaps some of the most telling statistics regarding addiction and domestic violence are related to treatment. 75% of all domestic violence programs cite an inability to provide substance abuse treatment due to financial limitations while 92% expressed an interest in beginning or continuing a relationship with treatment centers. 80% of domestic violence centers refer abusers and victims to outside addiction care facilities. The relationship between domestic violence and addiction is particularly evident in victims. 69% of women in treatment for substance abuse report that they were sexually abused as children. Treatment for simultaneous addiction and domestic violence must be administered with an eye toward treating the victim and rehabilitating the abuser. In most cases, domestic abusers were abused themselves as children. Treating their violent behavior requires helping them confront their traumatic past in a healthy and constructive manner while treating their co-occurring chemical dependency. These issues are best treated using a customized approach that addresses each patient’s individual situation. advertisement

In addition to detox and psychological counseling, behavior modification, anger management and carefully selected trauma therapies are ideal treatment tools. Victims with no history of abuse must also receive comprehensive trauma therapy to help them manage their abusive past. Addressing the link between addiction and domestic violence requires an understanding of both the victim and abuser’s journey to substance abuse. Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches has developed a Domestic Violence and Addiction program for both abusers and victims suffering with cooccurring addiction. Treatment is conducted by industry-leading professionals in a comfortable, non-judgmental environment. We are ready to help you end the cycle of violence and addiction and reclaim your life. There is hope. We can help.

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February Buzz

Marea Sunset ring from Vianna Brasil

Love seems to be in the air in more ways than one this month— as evidenced by what’s trending in and around Boca.

The SoundS of Love

Hot on the heels of their successful Summer Soundtrack “pop-up” music series last August, C&I Studios and Exposed PR have teamed up for a full-day music event on Feb. 7 in

downtown Fort Lauderdale. The for the Love festival—staged at C&I, Next Door and The Garden, all in Flagler Art & Technology (FAT) Village—will include appearances by emo-rockers Copeland, Civilian, Corey James Bost and many others. (Visit eventbrite.com for tickets.)

BLame IT on RIo

Add some South American sparkle to your Valentine’s gift list with the Rio de Janeiro-inspired Marea Sunset rings available at vianna Brasil, which recently opened its first flagship store at Royal Palm Place. Set in 18-karat yellow gold, the pieces are designed with the likes of orange carnelian, citrine, pink amethyst, navy blue quartz and diamonds. (viannabrasil.com)

BRIde’S BeST fRIend

Art imitates a Boca-based life in the recently released movie “The Wedding Ringer,” in which Kevin Hart plays the owner of a company that provides best men for hire. Jen Glantz (on the right in the photo above) has been handling the “dirty work” for her

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clients for the past year through Bridesmaid for hire. What started as a Craigslist post has grown into a full-blown business; Glantz has helped brides and bridesmaids all over the country with everything from wedding dress shopping and bachelorette party planning to tackling wedding-day to-dos that allow the bridal party to enjoy the Big Day. (bridesmaidforhire.com)

Pictures can be worth a thousand words—unless you hand them to baker-extraordinaire Kim McMahon. At deelishables in Coral Springs, you’ll get a good two or three bites out of her famed Photo Cookies (below), sugar cookies personalized with edible reproductions of your favorite images. If that doesn’t float your Valentine’s boat, go conservative with the alwayspopular chocolate-covered strawberries—or try and stir up a little romance with custom pretzel rods that have phrases like “I’m single, call me.” (deelishables.com)

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Leave it to Tatyana Levina to knock the stuffing out of the been-there, done-that teddy bear you were planning to give your Valentine. The creative mind behind flower Toy designs adorable floral figures—from puppies and teddies to pandas and elegant Barbie doll arrangements—that stay fresh for a good two weeks. (flowertoy.com)


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Before she calls to RSVP, she calls…

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Sexual Healing

When it comes to issues in the bedroom, sexologist Wendy Fader has heard it all.



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 If you watch TV or go to the movies, it seems like everybody’s having a hell of a wild and crazy sexual life. It’s far from the truth. It sets up unrealistic expectations, so there’s a lot of anger and resentment that gets fed through those kinds of images. Also, with the preponderance of commercials for Viagra and Cialis on network TV, everyone’s thinking that everyone’s having sex day and night, and it’s just not true. We’re so busy, so tired, so distracted. I hear people say they’d rather have a good night’s sleep than have sex.

 The No. 1 way [for couples to re-start a sex life]—and this sounds ridiculous, but it’s true—is setting some time aside for it. Anticipatory excitement is very important in a sexual encounter. So if you think about it beforehand, and you’re setting the stage for being together, even hours or days before, it heightens the experience.

 There’s a lot in evolutionary

 In all the years I’ve been doing this, no fetish has surprised me. People sometimes come in and want to get top billing as having the strangest fetish you’ve ever seen, but I’ve seen a lot of them! There’s a difference between surprising and concerning; as long as no one’s doing anything illegal or criminal, it’s really not an issue. Whatever turns you on turns you on.

 The biggest issue for widows that have had one partner for many decades is that getting into the dating scene brings them back to their teenage years, with the nervous stomachs and not knowing the proper protocol for even getting involved sexually. And you’re dealing with older bodies, so a lot of people have shame about their bodies aging. There are all kinds of aspects that make older dating more difficult.

biology about what forms attractiveness. Number one is smell, and the pheromones that we give off. Within a very short time, less than 10 seconds, you know if you’re attracted to someone or not. And there’s a very strong visual aspect to it, looking in someone’s eyes.

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Eduardo SchnEidEr

ccording to a 2013 CNN study, 224 million roses were grown for Valentine’s Day, with flowers alone counting for $1.9 billion in sales. The same study revealed that some 6 million people were expecting or planning a marriage proposal for Feb. 14, while 85 percent of respondents said sex was an important part of Valentine’s Day. Yes, love is in the air, though not all of us are breathing it. “Valentine’s Day is such a Hallmark card holiday,” says Wendy Fader, Ph.D, a boardcertified sex therapist in Boca Raton (5295 Town Center Road, 561/362-5530). “The expectations are really high, and it sets up so many people for disappointment.” Fader would know. As a diplomate of the American Board of Sexology, she’s spent more than 20 years dealing with human sexuality—diagnosing and treating issues ranging from decreased libido and erectile dysfunction to body dysmorphia and sexual trauma. Along the way, she’s been published in Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness and contributed to books such as A Lifetime of Sex and The Book of Sex. In anticipation of the February flurry of pheromones, we asked Fader to sound off on a myriad of issues related to love and sex. —John Thomason

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Best Picture

With the Academy Awards just around the corner (Feb. 22), we asked five friends of Boca Raton magazine to weigh in on their favorite movie of the past year. “Foxcatcher”

“The Theory of Everything” “After seeing the Broadway production of ‘Red,’ I knew Eddie Redmayne was going to become one of his generation’s greatest talents. I saw ‘The Theory of Everything’ to witness his work but found the biopic of Stephen Hawking’s life to be exceptionally moving and honest. That is why I’m rooting for it to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.” —Andrew Kato, producing artistic director, Maltz Jupiter Theatre

“I’ve been a film buff my whole life. My husband and I go every year to the Telluride Film Festival [in Colorado]; we’ll attend three to four films a day. This past year we saw many interesting films, but the one that stands out in my mind is ‘Foxcatcher.’ I love films that are unpredictable, and this one not only had an incredible fact-based story [about millionaire John Du Pont and Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz] and an ending I did not expect, but the film’s stars were unrecognizable, so they truly came across as the characters they were portraying. It’s my vote for Best Picture, with Steve Carell as Best Actor.” —Beverly Raphael, President and CEO, RCC Associates

“The Judge” “I’m not a big movie fan, but I [recently] saw ‘The Judge,’ and it was incredible. I love Robert Downey Jr.—and who doesn’t love Robert Duvall. It had a family dynamic, and I personally could relate to the whole lawyer/judge dynamic.” —Tammy B. Saltzman, Boca-based attorney, mediator and keynote speaker

“The Imitation Game” “This will no doubt be a leading contender for Best Picture. Performances by Benedict Cumberbatch and a deceptively brilliant Keira Knightley lead the way, but the art direction and subtleties [in this film about a British cryptologist in World War II] are simply brilliant.” —Gregory von Hausch, president and CEO, Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

“Boyhood” “The direction, the storyline—[Richard Linklater’s movie that was shot over an 11-year-period] clicked on all levels for me.” —Mel Maron, advisory board member, South Florida Motion Picture & Television Film Society


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get the red out Few hues corner the color market quite like red and its inextricable connection to Valentine’s month. But don’t tell that to the fashion world, which always finds ways to think pink. That’s why the likes of DKNY (designer of the three dresses above) is stocking its resort collection with chic variations of the color scheme. Turn the page for more pink possibilities.

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Pretty in Pink

Just because Valentine’s Day is on the calendar doesn’t mean fashionistas are better off red in February. Clothing and accessories in shades from pastel to bold magenta are certain to tickle you pink. [ 1 ] The cut and fit of this Rebecca Taylor A-line dress may be flattering, but it’s the lace and silk overlays that truly set it apart. (Check Neiman Marcus for price and availability) [ 2 ] It’s impossible to ignore a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti sandals, and these fuchsia lace-ups are no exception. ($925, Bal Harbour Shops, Miami) [ 3 ] With its cascading frills and uneven hemline, this French Connection Frou Frou top is anything but ordinary. ($198, French Connection, Miami) [ 4 ] Skinny belts are normally minimalistic accessories, but the jeweled buckle on this Oscar de la Renta piece makes quite a statement. ($850, Oscar de la Renta, Worth Avenue)


[ 5 ] The pale pink fabric on this Rebecca Minkoff biker jacket adds femininity to a typically edgy piece. ($398, Bloomingdale’s, Town Center at Boca Raton)




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Sweet Indulgences

Forget the flowers and chocolate. Steer your Valentine toward the gifts that keep on pampering. Here are a few not-so-subtle hints to get the ball rolling.

be reckless

Straight out of its spring 2015 color collection is the Reckless blush, a shimmery pink powder by NArs that will leave cheeks glowing. ($30, Sephora, Town Center at Boca Raton)

color Her world

kate spade’s Live Color Fully is a light floral scent that’s as enchanting as its bottle shape. Better still, for those who wrap presents like a second-grader, this eau de parfum already comes with a bow. ($95, Nordstrom, Town Center)

pAy lip service

iMAN’s moisturizing lipsticks are light on the lips but heavy on the color. The deep-red “Scandalous” shade comes in a matte finish and is perfect for any occasion. ($10, Walgreens, Boca Raton)

soAk it up

Debuting on Feb. 6: l’occitane’s pink and red cherry blossom line. Snag the collection’s moisturizing milk, which hydrates skin and leaves scents of cherry blossoms, lemon, blackcurrant and watermelon behind. ($25, L’Occitane, Town Center)

step iNto tHe sHAdows

For eight eye shadow shades fit for any occasion, try bare Minerals’ Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 in Posh Neutrals. It comes in a chic metallic compact that’s small enough to fit in a clutch. ($40, Bare Escentuals, Town Center)

go for two

When it comes to beauty products, tory burch is all about the details. This special Valentine’s Day package includes a beautifully bottled 3.4-ounce eau de parfum and rollerball in a delightful bird-of-paradise printed box. ($120, Tory Burch, Town Center)

weddiNg depot For five hours on Feb. 15, the South Florida Fairgrounds will become a one-stop shopping destination for brides-to-be. The fourth annual South Florida Bridal Expo (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) promises a full menu of wedding services—from dress shops and floral designers to videographers and cake specialists. Tickets are only $8.


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your sHow of sHows Palm Beach County Convention Center plays host to the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, the largest event of its kind in the U.S. The annual exhibit runs from Feb. 1317, featuring everything from antique furniture to designer-signed jewelry. General admission tickets are $20. Visit palmbeachshow.com.

A Tiffany Poppy table lamp from the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show

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Be in the CENTER of it all! Events, Music, Movies & More this Year!

March 1st 11:00am-1:00pm Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash

Feb 13th 7:00pm-9:00pm Turnstiles- Billy Joel Tribute Band

March 6th 7:00pm-9:00pm Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band

Feb 15th 10:00am-2:00pm I Heart Classic Cars Event with Cobra Joe



Feb 7th 7:00pm-9:00pm Elvis I Do Again featuring Dan Cunningham wedding vow renewal ceremony & concert

March 14th 7:00pm-9:00pm Night at the Museum 3 Movie Night

Feb 21st 6:00pm-8:00pm Penguins of Madagassgar Movie Night

March 20th 7:00-9:00pm Replay Band

Feb 26th 5:30pm-7:00pm Golden Chef Challenge & Shopping Night to benefit Golden Bell Education Foundation of The Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Feb 27th 7:00pm-9:00pm The Groove Line Entertainment

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Feb 18th TBA Health & Wellness Expo presented by Boca Chamber of Commerce

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Visit www.bocacenter.com or The Shops at Boca Center on Facebook to stay tuned to the latest details for these and other events at Boca Center!

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HIGHLIGHTS: White or gemstone colors, and pieces that protect you from the sun


Tennis Chic

Jeanne Evert Dubin has been holding court since age 5. She competed professionally for years and coached the St. Thomas Aquinas girls high school tennis team to consecutive state championships in the mid-1980s. Today, the older sister of Chris Evert is owner of JCD Sports Group and director of the women’s leagues at Delray Beach Tennis Center. Dubin shares a few guaranteed winners when it comes to tennis attire.


with Jeanne

What is your preferred attire on the court? I wear a shirt made by Body Glove that has 50 SPF in it … with a white skirt. I’m traditional; I like to wear all white. Plus, in the heat, it makes sense to wear white. I always wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a kerchief around my neck. Why is it important to stay protected? I grew up in Florida, and when I was playing tennis [as a kid] we didn’t use sunscreen. The sun damage comes out later. The damage is already done, so what I would recommend is that no matter what age, put sunscreen on. You also don’t want to get pre-cancerous cells. You don’t want to get brown spots. What’s most important in terms of tennis clothing and accessories? Comfort. You should replace your tennis shoes every few months. You should get your racket strung at least two or three times a year. But most important is your form and technique. You can look good, but you’ve gotta have good technique too. Have you noticed changes in tennis fashion over the years? Regular clothes designers are getting into designing [tennis clothing.] Stella McCartney is designing tennis, Lululemon is designing tennis clothes, so it’s much more fashionable. Also, it used to be all skirts and separates, but dresses are coming back. … In Florida, you see women in Publix and in the malls wearing their tennis clothes. Nobody’s ashamed to be walking around in their tennis gear.


Chrissie by Tail Demi Shirt ($85, Match Point Tennis, Coral Springs)

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Fila Glow Jacket ($90, Tennis Anyone, Boca Raton)

Nike Four-pleated Tennis Skirt ($55, nike.com)

Chrissie by Tail Maxine Skirt ($73, Match Point Tennis, Coral Springs)

Nike Feather Light Visor ($22, nike.com)

Asics Straight Sets Cap ($20, Sports Authority, Delray Beach) february 2015

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Cosa Duci Italian Artisan Bakery & Café Located in east Boca, this unique bakery and café specializes in delicious artisan food, desserts and coffee. It’s a secret hidden spot where you can meet foodies, coffee lovers and lots of Italians. You won’t find quality like this anywhere else. 141 N.W. 20th St., #B-21, Boca Raton 561/393-1201 • cosaduci.com

Unique Boutique The name says it all! Brimming with dazzling collections of artisan crafted/fine jewelry, leather handbags/belts, shawls and jackets, we enjoy the wonderful business of helping women enhance their beauty! Stop in any one of our three seaside locations in Delray Beach, Naples or Cape Cod, Mass., for your own exceptional shopping experience! 204 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach 561/272-6654 • uniqueboutiquejewelry.com


The Heart

Cristino Fine Jewelry Cristino Fine Jewelry shares the passion to "Live Life" with international designer HERA. Her collection is a creative combination of sterling silver, 18-karat gold textures and vibrant gemstones. We invite you to meet HERA and view her collection Thursday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at a trunk show and Champagne reception inside Cristino's Mizner Park store. 421 South Plaza Real, Boca Raton 561/210-5222 • cristinojewelers.com

Deborah James Deborah James continues to bring in the latest trends from Paris to New York. Her taste for luxurious, highquality emerging designers has created a lasting image of the fashion-forward modern woman. The Giles and Brother signature cuff—engraved with "Love" for the holiday—makes the perfect gift. 402 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton • 561/367-9600 623 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale • 954/524-2585 deborahjames.com

Verdi Jewelers Verdi Jewelers of Boca Raton offers the finest collection of unique and original designs. Verdi’s creations withstand changing trends and are meant to last a lifetime for the classic, chic woman. At Verdi Jewelers, only impeccable is acceptable. 78 Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton 561/393-3532 • verdijewelers.com

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open wide

Cutting-edge medical research in South Florida covers challenges faced by patients on land ‌ and at sea. Among the studies being undertaken in and around our backyard: how to more effectively treat shark-bite victims. It’s research that could save lives, especially given that Florida leads the world in shark attacks. Read on for more on advances in everything from brain function to cancer prevention.

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Bite-sized Research

A St. Mary’s surgeon reaches into the jaws of Florida’s most-feared predators for answers to questions that could save lives.

Shark StatS • Nearly half of the 47 unprovoked  shark attacks in the United States  in 2013 occurred in Florida. In fact,  Florida’s 23 shark attacks that year  were the highest worldwide—higher  than Australia (10 unprovoked  attacks) and South Africa (five). • The total number of shark attacks  worldwide in 2013 was 72. • None of the 10 fatal shark attacks in  2013 occurred in Florida. • Florida has averaged 21 unprovoked  shark attacks per year since 2003.


ccording to research done at the University of Florida, the chances of a human being bitten by a shark are roughly 11.5 million to one. Those odds are slightly less favorable for those of us in the Sunshine State, the undisputed capital of the world in shark bites. However rare, Dr. Robert Borrego is working to ensure that the chance of surviving a shark attack is no less than 100 percent. The trauma and critical care surgeon at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach is spearheading studies aimed at determining the types of bacteria that different sharks carry. According to Borrego, St. Mary’s treats not only Florida’s shark bite victims but also people who have been attacked in Caribbean and Bahamian waters. The fear with many of these patients is that the bites will become infected. Borrego hopes that, through his research, doctors around the world will be able to one day offset potential infection with targeted antibiotics. “The way that we traditionally treat patients is with broad spectrum antibiotics,” Borrego says. “It’s like a shotgun approach,


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where we use the broadest antibiotics and hope that we eliminate the infection. But antibiotics also carry complications and toxicity to patients, so we wanted to know if we could find out what types of antibiotic would be more specific for treating these infections.” Borrego has studied some 100 sharks, which he and his team of researchers have caught and released along shorelines in Palm Beach and Martin counties, as well as in deeper Atlantic waters. They use a tool to swab microbiological flora from the predators’ mouths and teeth. The research draws on a variety of sharks, from blacktips and bulls to hammerheads, tigers and reef sharks. The research is ongoing, but among the early findings: ■ Sharks that are closer to the shore tend to have more bacteria types than sharks found in deeper ocean water. ■ Sharks that are bottom-feeders have different types of bacteria than sharks that live closer to the surface. ■ Some sharks harbor bacteria that may be resistant to antibiotics traditionally used to prevent subsequent infections.

Source: University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File

Robert Borrego with a blacktip shark (the same shark being swabbed above)

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Let’s Break Some Ground Sure, South Florida attracts tourists and people who want to have fun in the sun. But it’s also home to researchers who are busy uncovering some of today’s big medical mysteries. Florida atlantic University Researchers at Florida Atlantic University have created the Human Dynamic Clamp to help better understand social interactions in the laboratory. Say what? In layman’s terms, here’s what is happening inside the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. It’s relatively easy to study a person’s behavioral and brain functions in a laboratory setting, but it’s difficult to investigate real-time interactions between two people in a way meaningful to scientists and researchers. Functioning as a social surrogate, this state-of-the-art human machine interface technology provides a mechanism for people to interact with a computer model that behaves very much like them. Researchers at FAU plan to endow this clamp with mathematical laws for brain activity and behavior. A Human Dynamic Clamp with a brain could be subjected to neurological diseases or lesions that would help researchers understand and address brain disorders that impact social interaction.


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scripps Florida There’s never-ending intrigue surrounding the research projects at Scripps, but one recent example caught our attention. Professor Matthew Disney teamed with scientists from the Mayo Clinic and other institutions around the world to successfully design a drug candidate that targets a specific genetic mutation known to cause a common form of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The mutation also causes a type of frontotemporal dementia. “Our small molecules target a genetic defect that is by far the most major cause of familial ALS,” Disney tells Boca Raton. “If you have this defect you are assured of getting ALS or [frontotemporal dementia].”

University oF MiaMi Miller school oF Medicine Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine includes the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, where targeted therapy is all the rage as scientists look for ways to diminish cancer therapy side effects while more precisely pinpointing cancerous cells.

However, that’s not the only news coming out of Sylvester Center, which hosts more than 250 physicians and scientists working on cancer-related care and research. ■ A doctor at Sylvester has come up with urine- and tissuebased biomarkers that assist in early detection for bladder cancer (Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation for most bladder cancer cases). ■ An ongoing clinical trial for a new drug may help in the fight against a certain type of leukemia and sarcoma that, currently, has only one treatment.

Stephen Nimer

■ Another Sylvester physician has developed and is testing a salivabased oral rinse that can detect head and neck squamous cell carcinomas in their early stages. Typically, these kinds of cancers are caught in later stages. “We continue to build worldclass, multidisciplinary can-

cer research programs that can make a difference in people’s lives,” says Stephen D. Nimer, director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Our cancer research needs to be relevant to patients, reaching them as quickly as possible.”

Boca raton regional hospital Access to groundbreaking research is important in any community. Boca Raton Regional is collaborating with Moffitt Cancer Center in the Total Cancer Care project for early detection and risk assessment of cancer. The goal is to improve the standard of cancer care, in part by improving local access to research trials. Boca Raton Regional has enrolled more than 1,000 patients in this project. “Total Cancer Care will bring new translational research to the community,” says Louise Morrell, medical director at the Lynn Cancer Institute. “This is not a treatment study. It is a study designed to create a centralized clinical data and tissue repository to improve our capacity to predict diagnosis, prognosis and response to therapy in the care of the cancer patients and patients at risk of developing cancer.” february 2015

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Designer Kristin Rocke turns a generously sized, recessed niche into an eyecatching headboard. Custom photos of white-painted Transformers toys give this young boy’s room high style while maintaining its kid-friendly vibe.

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Headboards do more than prevent pillows from sliding behind the bed. Creatively designed, today’s modern incarnations perform as bold focal points that bestow surprising form, scale and luxurious texture to feature walls of bedrooms of all styles.

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it’s in the details As evidenced by the following stylish examples, the right headboard can seamlessly set the tone for a space.

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functional detail in a confined space, this bedside niche, illuminated by a modern sconce, complements a comfortable, well-cushioned headboard by creating a perfect area to read or work on the laptop.

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A room separator—complete with built-in shelves, a suspended bedside table and sconce lighting—doubles as a modern headboard in this master bedroom.

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An inset plane of luxurious tufted leather performs as a broad padded headboard that spans the width of the bedroom. The feature wall boasts warm, rich colors and layered lighting that add to the room’s sexy style.

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Our home editor offers the following tips and techniques for choosing a haute headboard. [ 1 ] If your bedroom lacks a primary focal point like a view window or a fireplace, use a headboard to establish a strong visual statement. Consider the scale, color and shape when creating eye-catching appeal.

include the nightstands. Its horizontal lines will visually broaden the wall. The same concept applies to vertical treatments; an extremely tall headboard can create the illusion of a higher ceiling.

[ 5 ] If you want to make a bold statement behind the bed—but your room is too small for a big headboard—paint a graphic headboard on the wall or select a decal from whatisblik.com or a similar website.

[ 2 ] An upholstered headboard will provide extra comfort beyond pillows for those who sit up in bed to read or watch TV.

[ 4 ] Think outside of the box when deciding on a unique headboard. Large painted canvases, wallpaper applications, wall-mounted antique doors and molding treatments are just a few surprising ways to visually anchor a bed to a wall with a one-ofa-kind design treatment.

[ 6 ] Consider function. A headboard does more than anchor a bed. It can serve as a stylish room divider, and many have built-in storage, shelves and lighting that suit small spaces and rooms designed with minimal furnishings.

[ 3 ] To make a room appear wider, select a relatively low headboard that extends beyond the width of the bed’s sides to


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hree years ago, Ilene Greenberg’s description of high-heeled shoes required just two words: gorgeous and pain. “Comfort? Not so much,” she says with a laugh. In September 2011, Greenberg launched a company that aspired to change such perceptions. Design Comfort Shoes, since renamed Irresistible by Design Comfort Shoes, creates sexy, high-heeled shoes that are—here’s the kicker—comfortable. “If you look at shoes right now, it was really time for something like this,” she says. “[The shoe industry is] engineering comfort in sneakers. Why do we have to engineer comfort in sneakers? They’re comfortable already.” Prior to launching Irresistible, Greenberg had been in leadership and development roles for more than 20 years, including several startup companies. She always knew she wanted to have her own startup but had no clue what it would be. It was only after watching a “Dr. Oz” promo that the idea struck her. The clip was on stiletto surgery, a procedure where women surgically alter their feet so they fit into their sky-high heels. Some women even went as far as cutting their little toes off. While Greenberg understood the suffering high heels cause, the idea of surgery, she felt, was nothing short of crazy. So she decided it was time to change the shoe, not the foot. She brought together a podiatrist, a chiropractor and a physical therapist to find the stress points for heels. Then she approached Footwear Concept & Design, a German shoe company, to engineer a design based on her physicians’ research and her personal experience with high heels. Then came the research and design, prototyping, sample development, sample testing, then more devel-


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opment and more testing. When they found a manufacturer, they went through the entire process again. “Whenever something bad happened, for the first hour, my eyes would glaze over and [I’d] go, ‘oh God, this is terrible,’” she says. “But then I’d say, ‘This is exactly what we need to know now so that we can not have this problem when we go to production.’” The process took almost three years because the technology they created for the shoes is unique. The patent-pending design encompasses a shock-absorbent sole, a highly cushioned footbed, stretch panels to accommodate to the shape of your foot and a heel with unmatched stability. Last August, Irresistible was picked as one of five startups out of more than 300 applicants for Florida Atlantic University’s newly launched accelerator program, Tech Runway. The opportunity provided her with a mentor team, interns, an office space and a $25,000 stipend. “What I’m most excited about is [FAU’s] belief in my company and my product and all the hands that are helping me to make this company successful,” she says. And FAU isn’t the only one with visible enthusiasm for the shoe line. The footwear company that came up with her prototypes recently became a small-time investor. One of her clients was complimented by a slew of strangers on Atlantic Avenue and asked where she got her heels. At an FAU event, her booth was flooded with customers trying on her shoes and making orders. “It was a madhouse,” she says. “I felt like I was going to be flattened out on the floor.” As of fall 2014, all four of Irresistible’s designs (starting at around $245 per pair) were made only in a 4-inch heel. But watch out for a 2-inch heel design launching this year, and a wedge and boot in 2016. To review her current line, visit designcomfortshoes.com.

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Ann Rutherford


he says she’s shy, that she doesn’t want to “be in the public eye.” But all that was cast aside when Ann Rutherford was named Junior League Woman Volunteer of the Year in November, arguably one of the top honors bestowed on otherwise ordinary citizens in Boca Raton. Rutherford, a longtime real-estate agent who is now with Coldwell Banker, says she was overwhelmed when she heard her name; her husband, Charlie, sitting next to her, had tears in his eyes. For a woman who does not consider herself particularly emotional, she says, “It really got me.” It was indeed a big moment, but it’s one that’s been coming for 40-some years. The Rutherfords, originally from Michigan, moved to South Florida literally by accident. After their car slipped on black ice one winter night in Detroit, crashing into an overpass and sending Ann and her sister-in-law to the hospital, they decided to head to warmer climes. The family landed in Boca in 1973 when Charlie opened his original law firm, Lavalle, Wochna and Rutherford. “I think there were 15,000 people here then,” Rutherford recalls. “It was like a little Midwestern town. Because there were so few young people, we all gravitated toward each other. We knew everybody, it was just idyllic.”

Short Takes Why She doeS iT: “I love our community, and it just makes me feel good to contribute, to be a part of something. I’m a doer. I’m not a sitter. I get more out of participating and being with people—and building something.” When She reTireS: “I want to start playing in the 75 and older tennis tournaments around the country.” FavoriTe geTaWay: “The Naples Ritz-Carlton.” Boca’S BeST-kepT SecreT: “Our unbelievable [philanthropists] and volunteers.” guilTy pleaSure: “McDonald’s every day for breakfast.”


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Life may have been idyllic, but it was also limited, with few civic groups or activities for children. That’s when the shy woman from Michigan stepped in—and revealed her other side, the competitive tennis player (a national champion at age 13) who “never gives up.” “I first got involved with the YMCA—it did not have a women’s auxiliary so I helped start that, and my kids’ school, Addison Mizner Elementary, did not have a physical education program, so I got the Y to do that. That was my focus: kids and sports.” Rutherford had a pattern as a volunteer: “I started things that there was a need for.” Those things included a booster club at Saint Andrew’s School and, later, a weekend wine and food event called the Boca Bacchanal, now one of the community’s signature events. One of the “things” she helped start was the organization that nominated her for the Volunteer award, The Spirit of Giving Network, which started in Barb Schmidt’s garage in 2005 as a toy exchange, but has grown to become a charity network, linking community needs with resources. “I am proud of all the things I’ve done,” Rutherford says. “But the Spirit of Giving is probably the most fulfilling … now we give to more than 60 charities and 4,000 kids.” Rutherford’s work for others has taken another twist in the last few years, no doubt inspired by her son David, a former Navy SEAL who ignited her passion to help military veterans. She has penned one book, Flags of Freedom, consisting of her own photography and writings by her son’s fellow soldiers when they were deployed in Afghanistan. Her next project is to document the war stories of veterans, and see how they may be able to help with younger vets suffering from PTSD. It’s all in a day’s work for Rutherford, who says she’s never been able to resist a need she sees. “I never give up,” she says. “In real estate, in sports, in volunteer work. If there’s a challenge and somebody says, ‘You can’t do it,’ [I try even harder]. And I don’t take no for an answer.” february 2015

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Kipp Schulties at High Ridge Country Club in Lantana

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Schulties calls the Boca Raton Resort & Club, his first renovation project as an independent contractor (for Gene Bates Design), one of the most complicated golf course projects of his career. Here’s why: “It’s 10 pounds of potatoes in a five-pound sack. There’s just not enough room out there. … In 1997, the sale of home lots between hole No. 9 and the range on the resort course, about 8 acres, paid for the golf project. So they made an already small piece of land even smaller. … I sat at my desk for three days just trying to come up with a routing that worked. Usually I can do that in two hours. To do all the changes in five months, we had 90 people working on 88 acres—it looked like the bustle on an ant hill. But it got done … and got done well.”


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Kipp Schulties

The hoTTeST golf courSe deSigner in SouTh florida chooSeS The road leSS Traveled To carve ouT a hard-earned name for himSelf.

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hen the exclusive membership at High Ridge Country Club reviewed the proposed alterations to their beloved 18-hole tract in Lantana, only seven of the more than 100 people in the room voted against the renovations envisioned by golf course designer Kipp Schulties. Later, after the private course re-opened in 2010 with more acreage folded into its design, elevation changes reminiscent of a Northern layout and lush elegance that continues to draw raves from those fortunate enough to play it, Schulties ran into one of the original dissenting voters, billionaire Paul Fireman. He asked the founder and ex-chairman of Reebok International why he voted no. “Paul told me that he didn’t think I could take a course as good as High Ridge and make it better,” Schulties recalls. “‘But you proved me wrong,’ he said.” Changing perceptions is nothing new for the man whose fingerprints are all over country club courses throughout South Florida, from Gleneagles in Delray Beach to Hunter’s Run in Boynton to the Boca Raton Resort & Club, his first project as an independent designer, back in the late 1990s. While the industry’s A-list (and highestpriced) golf course architects—think Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus—are busy with original projects in exotic locations around the world, Schulties has quietly carved a sixcounty niche in Florida by doing the work that, especially in the beginning, no one else wanted to do. Along the way, the Jupiter resident not only has become the king of golf course renovation in South Florida, he’s earned his own lofty reputation for thoughtful, accessible and aesthetically striking revisions—on courses, in many cases, originally designed by an industry heavyweight.

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Not bad for someone who, by his own admission, didn’t know Robert Trent Jones from James Earl Jones as a civil engineering major at Purdue University. But not long after his mother planted a seed about golf course design as a career path—he was a standout player growing up in Evansville, Ind.—Schulties opened the phone book while on spring break in Palm Beach County and, much to his surprise, found the names of 12 different golf architects. “I didn’t know there was such a job,” says the father of three children (ages 6 to 10) with wife Ashley. “Coming from a small town, nobody paid attention to who built the courses; half of them were built by farmers.” Schulties would send his résumé to the Palm Beach Gardens office of a design firm

“My clients get to deal with the principal [designer] on every transaction.” run by Gene Bates and PGA golfer Fred Couples; an internship there led to a full-time position in 1993. Two years later, when a pair of senior employees left the company, Schulties was thrown into the fire as a lead designer, a fast track that, by 1997, gave him the confidence to strike out on his own (initially as an independent contractor still working for Bates, then as a solo act by August 1998). Along the way, Schulties made several astute observations about the industry, in addition to picking up the renovation projects that other designers balked at, that would distinguish his business model. “Everybody in this industry lives on an airplane,” he says. “I have friends who leave town

on a Monday and don’t come home for 17 days because they’re flying all over the world for projects. I never wanted to do that. So instead of dealing with associates and third parties, my clients get to deal with the principal [designer] on every transaction. I’m not here for 36 hours. I’m on your site several days a week.” While there, Schulties also delivers serious bang for the buck. In coordinating a renovation project, he walks the decision-makers through any necessary permitting and even secures bids for review from engineers and landscapers. Most importantly, he engages membership, making the redesign a collaborative effort by often establishing focus groups with high-handicap and low-handicap golfers of both sexes. “It’s a challenge to get the consensus of a country club with 270 members,” he says. “But what happens is that we take all that information [from the focus groups]—more bunkers, fewer bunkers, more trees, bigger greens, fewer forced carries—and address as much of it as possible. The membership loves that someone listened to them.” Over the next few years, Schulties is slated to revamp several courses in our backyard, from Turtle Creek in Tequesta to Stonebridge in west Boca to Delray Dunes in Boynton—a layout originally designed by Pete Dye. Tweaking the work of such “name” designers, more and more, is becoming par for Schulties’ course. “[Last year], I redesigned an Arnold Palmer course in Coconut Creek [Adios Golf Club],” he says. “Arnold’s team had also done the first redesign in 2002, but the members didn’t invite them back. It’s not my place to worry about [whether that ruffled feathers]. I work for the client, and the client wanted something different. So we modified nine holes significantly, and the other nine we kept mostly the same. “At the end of the day, the club was thrilled with the result. That’s all that matters.” [ bocamag.com ]


Short Takes Ideal Saturday in Boca: “I like to go to the GreenMarket downtown. I sometimes like to take the boat out to Lake Boca and be part of that scene. I enjoy the beach. For a walk, I go over to [Countess] de Hoernle Park. There’s a beautiful trail around the whole park. Where would I end my perfect day? Probably at Mizner Park on the patio at Max’s Grille.” Favorite place outside of Boca: “Key Largo. We have a place in the Keys. I love the Keys.” At the top of her bucket list: “I don’t know. I’m too busy to have a bucket list. Sorry. (Laughs.)”


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Madam Mayor

As she ApproAches the one-yeAr mArk As mAyor of BocA rAton, SuSan Haynie looks BAck on the city’s pAst And weighs in on issues thAt will impAct its future.


hen asked about the difference between serving a term on the Boca Raton City Council (this is her fifth) and sitting in the mayor’s chair (to which she was elected last March), Susan Haynie admits that it’s a matter of making the city’s most wanted list. “It’s busy! It’s very busy. But I’m enjoying it,” says the longtime resident of Boca (40-plus years). “Everybody wants the mayor to come to their event. Everybody wants the mayor to come cut their ribbon. Everybody wants the mayor to come speak. So I’ve been very popular lately. “I think that’s one of the greatest parts of being a locally elected official—being out in the community. I enjoy helping people and connecting with people, so I try to attend as much as I can.” Haynie’s involvement with the city dates back to 1974, when she worked for the engineering department. During her 10 years there, she recalls, “the city was really evolving into more of the community that it is today.” When her five children were older (her husband is Neil Haynie), she returned to civic life by serving on city boards. “I served on the Planning and Zoning Board for five years,” she says. “There was a time when every council member had come through the Planning and Zoning Board.” In 2000, Wanda Thayer was term-limited off the council, and Haynie decided to run. “When I saw the individuals that stepped up to run for that open seat, I thought, ‘I’m more qualified and more well-prepared than they are,’” she says. Fourteen years later, Haynie became the fourth woman in city history to occupy the mayor’s chair. She sat in that seat, inside her City Hall office, while addressing a variety of issues with Boca Raton. follow the leader

What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in the city in the past 14 years? Probably the downtown. Mizner Park came out of the ground pretty quickly, but then nothing much happened. It wasn’t really until six years ago that the downtown started to build some momentum to finalize the vision. What’s happening down there now is the construction of residential, which is what’s missing. We need that critical mass of people in the downtown to patronize the other retail and to really make it work. But it comes with concern.

some residents complain that boca raton has approved too much doWntoWn development. What is your response? The original Downtown Development of Regional Impact (DDRI) entitled the downtown with 8 million square feet of buildable [space]. And that happened well before I came on the scene. We’re bound by that. It was a very structured approval—the creation of the Community Redevelopment Agency [whose boundaries are considered “the downtown”] and then the approval of the DDRI. That set out the regulatory framework and the entitlements for downtown. So we’re just executing a plan that was set in motion many years before.

(Editor’s note: According to the city, just 17.1 percent of that 8 million square feet remains to be approved for development.)

but What about those fears? The overwhelmed aspect is because now that the real estate recession has turned around, suddenly we’ve got all this construction at the same time. Over the last 10 years, we had maybe one building a year, and now we have several under construction simultaneously. I think the citizens in our community don’t understand, or we haven’t done a good job of communicating the difference in the downtown versus the rest of the city. It’s a more intense model, more intense structures than we permit anywhere else in the community, and that we need to communicate. A lot of people’s fear is that they see these buildings in the downtown and are concerned that the whole city is going to turn into a lot of intense, tall structures, and it’s just not going to happen.

a related issue, though, is Whether the city should speed up approvals for development projects, right? Most of the people that complain about the speed of our development process are the developers them[ bocamag.com ]


theBOCAinterview selves. And we do have a very rigorous process, but it doesn’t seem to deter them. We’re looking at some redundancies as far as the whole approval process. One of those is the Zoning Board of Adjustment has to grant variances. That could easily be handled by the Planning and Zoning Board [to] cut out that one hurdle. The development community [is] always going to complain that it’s not quick enough. For them, time is money, and a lot of times they’re anxious to get shovels in the ground. We have a Community Appearance Board that has really made this city aesthetically as beautiful as it is—and also as beautifully landscaped as it is. Many other communities do not have that. That is another step in the development approval process, both at a preliminary portion and also during the permitting process.

And you don’t intend to get rid of thAt? No, that’s what’s made Boca what it is.

WhAt Are your thoughts on the proposed Mizner on the green project? I’ve been very vocal on the record. I do not sup-

port it. It’s three times the allowable height. I do not think that its character is compatible with the city of Boca Raton’s downtown, and I think the architecture also looks more like a structure that should be in Dubai, certainly not in downtown Boca Raton.

WhAt Are the MAjor short-terM And longterM issues fAcing the city? Our top [short-term] priority is Wildflower development [at East Palmetto Park Road and

“That’s one of the greatest parts of being a locally elected official—being out in the community. I enjoy helping people and connecting with people.”

Northeast Fifth Avenue]. Hillstone Restaurant Group is currently working with staff, looking at not only the contract [for a Houston’s restaurant] but analyzing their site plan. We were very concerned about access and parking and how it relates to the adjacent property, so that’s in the works with staff. I do not know when it’s coming to city council for a final vote or if they can even satisfy staff’s requirement for parking. Our second priority was our beach concessions, and those are up and running. We are now renting umbrellas and lounge chairs and cabanas for the first time in the history of the city. Longer-term issues: traffic. The [I-95] interchange at Spanish River [Boulevard] will be completed in the next year and a half. That’s really going to change the face of the community. Until an improvement of that magnitude is completed, you can only speculate: Will it truly relieve Glades Road? Is it going to deliver what we’re hoping it will? Our residents don’t want eight-lane roads. But you still need to deal with the traffic, so we need to examine transit and how that is going to work within our city. That’s why funding







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for the second Tri-Rail station by Town Center mall is key. Neither myself nor anyone in your neighborhood is [getting] on a bus to go shopping at the mall. But we’ve done a very, very good job of creating Boca Raton as a center of employment. There’s where your control is. As you’re bringing people into the community to work, you can certainly incentivize them to use transit.

How serious is tHe tHreat to tHe city if you don’t get pension reform? The council is very united in not wanting to kick the can down the road again. It’s not just a Boca Raton problem. It’s national. The unions realize that it’s just a matter of how much they’re willing to give. We’ve been pretty aggressive in our requests. It will be a long-term fix. We looked out 30 years and said, “What do we need to do now to adjust so at that horizon we don’t end up with this giant unfunded liability that will really, really affect the future financial sustainability of this community.” [Editor’s note: As this issue was going to press, Firefighters of Boca Raton, Local 1560, announced a new contract with the city that, ac-

cording to the union, will curb pension costs by $6.5 million over the three years of the deal—with long-term savings of more than $50 million.]

Boca once talked of Becoming a cHarter scHool district, running all tHe puBlic scHools in tHe city. good idea? I don’t support that. We did investigate creating Boca Raton High School as a charter school, and it just didn’t work out. We have enough on our plates here in our community as a city council. I don’t see us wanting to function as a school board for our community as well.

wHat are Boca’s strengtHs and weaknesses in terms of a city tHat’s aspiring to greatness? I think one of our most wonderful strengths is that although we are a city of 86,000, we still have a small-town feel. We just have this amazing sense of place. That was a gift to us from Addison Mizner in 1925 when he built the resort. His public relations campaign was, “I am Boca.” He really put us on the map as a special place. We had some wonderful early visionaries that gave us the most stringent sign code in Florida. We also had visionary early city planners and

officials. They created the whole light industrial research park, which really gave us the tax base we have here that’s allowed us to fund worldclass municipal services. Weaknesses? (Long pause.) That’s a tough one. I don’t know if it’s a weakness, but what we have to be careful of—and I’ve seen it happen in other cities—is that as our city [continues to grow] west we don’t have this east vs. west battle that we see in other communities. ... We have many different neighborhood and lifestyle choices, which makes this a great [city]. But especially as we have become more developed and we have some issues that we have to work out, we just have to stay unified. We are one community, and we need to embrace that.

tell us one important tHing aBout Boca raton tHat too few people are talking aBout. We have the highest assessed [property] value of any city in this county. Eighteen billion dollars. In the last four years, we’ve retained and created over 8,000 jobs, just here in Boca Raton alone. That’s a lot of jobs for a city of 86,000. Part continued on page 238






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h c a e B m l a P Looking for an island getaway? Here’s your insider’s guide to one right up the road—which also happens to be America’s First Resort. By Marie Speed

alm Beach has changed dramatically since the WASP-y days of society photographer Slim Aarons and perpetual debutante C.Z. Guest. It’s no longer just a playground for industrial titans, and dukes and duchesses. New Money long ago usurped the Brahmin class. The town even has a Starbucks. It’s also fun. Even accessible. Sure, there’s immense wealth and prestige, ocean-to-lake estates and towering privacy hedges, all complemented by dazzling landmarks like Mar-a-Lago and The Breakers. But there’s also great dining and shopping, and a scenic bike ride that winds along the Intracoastal for miles. Best of all, it’s right up the road. Here’s your handy guide to Palm Beach, from us to you. Call it island-hopping in your own backyard.

The coast of Palm Beach includes the legendary Breakers hotel.

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Today, The Breakers is synonymous with luxury on a grand Palm Beach scale, but its origins were more modest when Henry Flagler opened it as The Palm Beach Inn in 1896 to accommodate travelers on his Florida East Coast Railway.

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[1] Grand Hotel:

The hotel is distinguished by two landmark towers, a sweeping front drive—and the iconic Seafood Bar, great for an afternoon bubbly or two. It continues to be the site of many charity galas during social season—and is still privately run by the descendants of Henry Flagler.

[4] Street of Dreams: There are other famous shopping streets from Paris to L.A., but Worth Avenue offers an almost curated selection of shops along its three blocks, from high

fashion to home furnishings. There are places like Island Life for casual boho chic style, and Jimmy Choo for dream heels. You will find Italian leather, Pratesi linens, fine antiques and Tory Burch. Saks Fifth Avenue and

Neiman Marcus. Fabulous hats. Costume jewelry and Tiffany & Co. And it’s all presented in an elegant Mediterranean neighborhood, with blazing bougainvillea and intimate courtyards known as vias. Find that in a mall.

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[2] Vintage Chic:

Freshly squeezed juices and fruit at Tropical Fruit Shop on Royal Poinciana Way is your must-stop for great old Palm Beach. Browse the fun selection of souvenirs and unique gift items at Florida’s oldest fruit shipper. Gift baskets (remember those?) vary depending upon the season and availability. (261 Royal Poinciana Way, 561/8323449)


Old-school Milkshakes: You never know who will be sitting next to you when you sidle up to the old-timey counter at Green’s Luncheonette for a great down-home breakfast or a classic BLT for lunch. But whatever you do, wash down your meal with one of Green’s famous milkshakes. (151 N. County Road, 561/832-4443)


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[5] Men Who

[6] Men Who Undress:

The Gentlemen of the Garden is a Palm Beach charity founded in 1991 dedicated to the fundraising and preservation of gardens and other natural resources. It’s also known for its irreverence, its wild “Devil’s Night” parties at Halloween and, perhaps most famously, its legendary calendar that showcases many of its members posing nude with “strategically placed garden foliage.”

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Dress Up:

Coconuts, the quintessential men’s club in Palm Beach, invariably in black tie or white dinner jackets, was instituted decades ago by a select group of Palm Beach bachelors as a way to fulfill their social obligations by hosting an annual party. These days, openings to the group only occur if someone dies or resigns; its membership reads like a who’s who of the island’s elite captains of industry, with the sugar dynasty Fanjuls, über-industrialists Charles and David Koch, and mega-investor Wilbur Ross, to name a few.

[7] Its Own Language.

Fitzgerald told us the rich were different, but Palm Beach offers a lexicon all its own. Here are some of the more familiar words and phrases to help you communicate with the natives.



The Avenue

Worth Avenue, of course!

North Bridge

The Flagler Memorial Bridge

Middle Bridge

The Royal Park Bridge

Southern Bridge

The Post Memorial Causeway

The Bank

The Yellow Bank, First National Palm Beach

Bankers’ Row

Royal Palm Way

North End

Begins at Beach Club up to the inlet

The sea streets

Sea Breeze, Sea Spray and Sea View in the center of town

Middle of town

Sea streets and commercial areas between The Breakers and Worth Avenue

Greenwich Village

North of Sunrise

The B&T

The Bath & Tennis Club

South of Sloan’s

The second curve that leads south to condos on the ocean

Widener’s Curve

Where South Ocean turns south


South of Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach

Between the clubs

Estate section/billionaires’ row, between the Bath & Tennis and Everglades clubs


Stubbs & Wootton slippers & slides

Casual dressy

Chanel pants and jacket with a silk shirt and ballet slippers

Dressy casual

Same as above with more jewelry

Ta-boo Lust

Ta-boo’s signature variation on a coconut cream pie

Dusty Miller

Coconut ice cream, hot fudge and a sprinkling of malt from the B&T


The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea

The Chapel

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[8] Great Dining ¨ Bice (313 1/2 Worth Ave., 561/835-1600): Along with its award-winning Italian cuisine, this quintessential island spot is good for people-watching and celeb-spotting.

Seafood fare from Buccan

¨ Ta-boo (221 Worth Ave., 561/835-3500): This bistro in the heart of Worth Avenue is the longtime see-and-be-seen restaurant, with a bar just as famous and a history brimming with almostscandalous trivia. With a signature dessert called Coconut Lust, what else would you expect? ¨ Renato’s (87 Via Mizner, 561/655-9752): This is your choice for romantic outdoor dining under the stars—tucked away in Via Mizner, replete with dreamy piano music and even dreamier continental cuisine. ¨ Café Boulud (301 Australian Ave., 561/6556060): Daniel Boulud’s gem at the Brazilian Court Hotel & Beach Club is the gold standard in Palm Beach with a chic dining room, charming outdoor courtyard and an innovative spin on French tradition. The Book of Daniel is never wrong. ¨ Buccan (350 S. County Road, 561/833-3450): Celeb chef Clay Conley is at the helm of the island’s coolest restaurant, with its fun menu of a zillion small plates, its great coastal interior design and its never-ending parade of beautiful people. In a bonus move, Conley’s Imoto (350 S. County Road, 561/833-5522) is right next door, with sophisticated Japanese-inspired small plates. Let’s face it: Conley is owning Palm Beach these days. ¨ HMF at The Breakers (1 S. County Road, 561/290-0104): HMF’s mid-century clubby vibe evokes an elegant hipness not found elsewhere in Palm Beach. Plus the food is, as the kids say, amazing, with contemporary small plates involving things like wild boar empanaditas and Korean-style short ribs.

Café Boulud

Rainbow roll at HMF

¨ Nick & Johnnie’s (207 Royal Poinciana Way, 561/655-3319): This is young Palm Beach, and a favorite hang of locals that features California cuisine, a great neighborhood ambience (ratcheted up a few notches, given the real estate) and menu prices more affordable than many of the island mainstays. For more Palm Beach dining options, visit the Dining Guide, which starts on page 179.


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From left: American Red Cross Beach Bash; Bruce Sutka and Bobby Leidy Below: Society of the Four Arts

[9] Pretty People at Parties: Young Friends of

the Red Cross was started back in the 1970s by the late Palm Beacher Helen Rich, socialite Sally Fenton and noted banker H. Loy Anderson, to give the young and the restless something of their own on which to hang their tiaras. Young Friends groups have evolved over the years and help steer the younger social set toward the notion of philanthropy, while giving them a more affordable way to contribute. The group is known for its parties, especially the themed ones thrown on New Year’s Eve back in the day, executed by wildly creative party planner Bruce Sutka.

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[10] Society of the Four Arts:

This has been the island’s reigning cultural institution for nearly 80 years, with its star-studded O’Keeffe Speaker Series welcoming luminaries every week in season: Film stars, composers, politicos, media personalities, top chefs, and whatever Garrison Keillor is have all been invited in recent years to share their musings in the 700-seat-capacity Gallery Building. Four Arts members receive complimentary tickets and seating privileges to these events, though the venue’s list is tighter than Studio 54’s in the 1970s; it takes a two- to three-year wait

and an application sponsored by two current members. But generally, you don’t need to have a Koch brother’s bankroll to enjoy the Society’s offerings. Nonmembers can usually attend the lectures for $35, while the

venue’s other happenings, from film screenings to art exhibitions and certain concerts, are open to the public at an affordable cost. (561/655-7226, fourarts.org)

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[11] The Pulitzer Effect:

You can’t paint a picture of Palm Beach without a big splash of Lilly Pulitzer, the Palm Beach blueblood who gave us those colorful prints you wear with your Jack Rogers sandals. Back in the late 1950s, the Pulitzers owned orange groves, so Lilly opened a juice stand on Via Mizner off Worth Avenue. In order to camouflage the inevitable juice stains, she designed a series of


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colorful printed shifts she wore to work. Her customers loved them, and the rest, as they say, is history. Although Pulitzer died in April of 2013, the dresses she launched are still synonymous with Palm Beach resort style.

[12] The

Look: The Palm

Beach everyday uniform makes dressing look so easy. Hat, Eric Javits; tunic and white pants, J. McLaughlin; Lilly, C. Orrico; sandals, Jack Rogers or Gucci; slippers, Stubbs & Wootton (monogrammed of

course.) Add in a Champagne blonde hair color and a blunt cut, and you have officially gone native.

[13] Monkey

Business: On your way through the vias Mizner and Parigi, look for the Devil fountain and the “cemetery” where Addison Mizner’s beloved monkey, Johnnie Brown, is buried.

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The Lake Trail lining the Intracoastal side of Palm Beach was the major thoroughfare 100 years ago, and it’s still a great way to see the island. Jump on your bike and don’t miss the fireplace at the North Bridge, all that is left

MAP KEY a. Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop b. Old Bethesda Church By The Sea c. Location of Old Post Office d. Sailfish Club e. Palm Beach Country Club f. Former Kennedy Compound g. Bethesda Church h. Estée Lauder Mansion i. Society of the Four Arts


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[15] The Lake Trail:

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Jimmy Buffett lives here, which would seem improbable given his barefoot troubadour/blewout-my-flip-flop vibe, but it’s true. Buffett, who is famously media-shy, has made a fortune off his laid-back persona and is a shrewd businessman with more than enough assets to stake a claim in Palm Beach, among his other homes. He is rarely seen, but we like knowing he’s nearby, just in case we run out of tequila.



meets Palm Beach:

of E.R. Bradley’s casino; Palm Beach’s own artsy Poinciana District between Sunrise and Atlantic avenues; the coral cut on Hi-Mount Road with the iron “witch’s” grate in the wall; the shingle-styled house, circa 1894, at 549 N. Lake Way built as Palm Beach’s first church (the bell tower and clock are still there); “The Vicarage” at 475 N. Lake Way, once home to Bethesda’s vicar and, later, swashbuckling movie star Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

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BONUS QUIZ: HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW PALM BEACH? 1. Match the club to its proper description a. The Everglades Club a. The oldest in Palm Beach, and is more boating and fishing oriented. b. Mar-a-Lago b. Largely Jewish, presumably dating from earlier times when restricted clubs were the norm. c. Sailfish Club c. A supper club with no big agenda but some fun events. d. Club Collette d. Old World flashy and open to anyone who can afford it. e. Palm Beach Country Club e. The most private of the private clubs; has no website and does not allow cell phones on premises.

2. Who Was knoWn as the queen of palM beach? a. Oprah Winfrey b. Liberace c. Lilly Pulitzer d. Eva Stotesbury e. Estée Lauder

7. Which of these people has never lived in palM beach? a. George Hamilton b. Donald Trump c. Rod Stewart d. Rush Limbaugh e. None of the above

3. What car Would you likely not see in palM beach? a. Land Rover b. Bentley c. Rolls-Royce d. Hummer e. Jaguar

8. Which of these iteMs is forbidden in palM beach? a. White shoes after Labor Day b. Jogging while shirtless c. Landing your helicopter in town d. Using the salad fork for dessert e. Marrying the cigarette girl

4. Which of these shoes do not belong in palM beach? a. Jimmy Choo b. Jack Rogers c. Stubbs & Wootton d. Vintage Pappagallos e. Jessica Simpson

9. What quote can be attributed to addison Mizner? a. “Where there is a will there is a lawsuit.” b. “Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” c. “Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.” d. “I don’t care what anyone says. Being rich is a good thing.” e. “The best thing about being immensely wealthy is not having to be in any particular place at any particular time doing a particular task you don’t want to do.”

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5. a 6. b. 7. e. 8. c

6. What is the nicknaMe of the palM beach Mansion once inhabited by JaMes sullivan, convicted of Murdering his Wife in 1987? a. Casa Hitman b. The ham-and-cheese house c. Mar-a-Murderer d. Winchester Arms e. Gotawaywithit

10. Which of these stateMents is not true? a. The standard formula for determining staff size is based upon the ratio of one housekeeper per 4,000 square feet of house. b. With bed linens changed daily, the closet should contain no fewer than six complete sets for each bed in the house. c. The Town of Palm Beach has more police officers per 1,000 residents than any other community in the state. d. Oprah Winfrey has a house under construction on North Ocean Boulevard. e. There was once an alligator farm on Worth Avenue.

ANSwerS: 1. a-e, b-d, c-a, d-c, e-b 2. d 3. d 4. e

5. Where Was the bloody Mary invented? a. Ta-boo b. Red Cross Ball blood drive c. At Mar-a-Lago, when Marjorie Merriweather Post famously ran out of Champagne d. Charlie’s Crab e. Scotty’s Liquors, on a dare.

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[19] Celebrity Sightings: You never know whom

you’ll run into on the streets of Palm Beach—or at Publix, or Starbucks, the unofficial hot spot these days. Keep an eye open for:

Rod Stewart

Tony Robbins

Arlene Dahl

Rena Rowan

Donald Trump

Tiger Woods

Vic Damone

[16] Flagler Museum:

Touted as Florida’s first museum, the estate formerly known as Whitehall was the opulent winter retreat for railroad magnate Henry Flagler—his personal Xanadu. In 1959, Flagler’s granddaughter, Jean Flagler Matthews, formed a nonprofit to save the building from being razed, ultimately preserving it as the Flagler Museum. Close to 100,000 visitors a year enter the museum’s storied halls to re-experience Gilded Age luxury through its in-season lecture and chamber music series, its art exhibitions and its popular Christmas programming and annual bluegrass concert. (561/655-2833, flaglermuseum.us)

current jazz scene or Broadway stage, such as Christine Ebersole and Carole J. Bufford. If classic soul and R&B music is more your style, visit the Colony’s Polo Lounge for Motown Friday Nights, where the quartet Memory Lane plays hits by Smokey Robinson, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and many more. (561/659-8100, thecolonypalm beach.com)

ally is a Cabaret:

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Rudy Giuliani

Jimmy Buffett

Regis Philbin

Matt Lauer

Susan Lucci

Celine Dion

George Hamilton

Vera Wang

Howard Stern

Stockard Channing

Rush Limbaugh

[17] Life Here Re-

The Royal Room, tucked discretely inside the newly renovated Colony Hotel, is an intimate, acoustically superb cabaret nightclub and restaurant, in the hallowed vein of New York City’s Café Carlyle. The Royal Room’s annual series, which runs from October to April, features a wide array of singers, from formidable fossils like Regis Philbin, The Lettermen and the Four Freshman to some of the hottest stars on the

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Addison Mizner

[18] The Aesthetic: The exotic Mediterranean architecture common to parts of Worth Avenue and Palm Beach can be attributed to Addison Mizner, an eccentric architect who found his way to the

nascent Palm Beach in 1918, teamed up with sewing machine heir Paris Singer and embarked on his own version of designing paradise. His first project was the Everglades Club, followed by the extravagant oceanfront estate El Mirasol (The Sunflower), home of Philadelphia stock market titan Edward T. Stotesbury and his wife, Eva, Palm Beach’s first family of society at the time. Mizner went on to build more estates for the rich and famous as well as shops and apartments along Worth Avenue. In 1925 and 1926, he created Via Mizner and Via Parigi, two of the Avenue’s most charming courtyards.

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[20] Simple Pleasures:

You don’t have to spend a bundle to enjoy Palm Beach. There is always pizza in Via Mizner at Pizza al Fresco. There are playgrounds and tennis courts at the Town of Palm Beach’s Seaview Recreation Center (340 Seaview Ave., 561/838-5485), and the beach at Phipps Ocean Park features grassy shade, picnic facilities and a playground (2145 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/585-9203). Better still, just take an afternoon stroll on the island and soak up the good life. It doesn't get any better. John Thomason and Laurel Baker contributed to this feature.

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Man (and woman, for that matter) cannot live on pepperoni and cheese alone. Thankfully, pizzerias in and around Boca play by their own set of rules, baking pies for every palate imaginable.


izza is as American as Mom, baseball, apple pie and complaining about taxes. Though as an invention it’s purely Italian—the word “pizza” is said to have been first mentioned in 997 A.D. in the town of Gaeta, and the pizza as we know it originated in Naples in the late 18th century—it’s become so popular in the U.S. that it’s gained the same iconic status as another celebrated food with European roots, the hamburger. Just how much do we Americans love pizza? A quick Web search reveals that every man, woman and child in the United States eats an annual average of 23 pounds of pizza, which translates to 350 slices per second or 3 billion pies a year. Pizza is a $30 billion-a-year industry, with more than 61,000 pizzerias representing 17 per-


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cent of all U.S. restaurants and more than 10 percent of all food-service sales. That’s an awful lot of pizza. In Palm Beach County, that also translates to an awful lot of options. Local pizzerias are embracing the pie in all its diverse glory, from the classic Neapolitan margherita topped only with tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh basil to more elaborate pies crowned with smoked salmon and caviar, not to mention dozens of different varieties in-between. If the options seem more challenging to get through than a deep-dish pie with everything but anchovies, not to worry. We have you covered with pizza possibilities in the area, ranging from New York and Chicago to French and Sicilian. After all, it’s practically our patriotic duty.

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Steve Greenberg of Steve’s Wood-Fired Pizza in Boca

Neapolitan 522 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-5923 “Scuola Vecchia” means “old school” in Italian, and though the pizzas at Sharon Aloisio’s wickedly stylish downtown Delray pizzeria may be old school—painstakingly true to 200 years of Neapolitan pizza-making artistry—the look and feel of her four-year-old restaurant are as coolly contemporary as a Lamborghini Huracan. Aloisio brooks no compromises to the strict guidelines set forth by the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani—aka, the Italian “pizza police”—the nonprofit organization that certifies authentic Neapolitan pies. That means, among other things, dough made with nothing more than flour, water, yeast and salt, hand-stretched only

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and baked on the floor of a wood-fired oven at least 750 degrees. Scuola Vecchia goes those rules several steps better, using only Caputo 00 flour in its dough and real San Marzano tomatoes in its sauce, applying toppings with a judiciousness foreign to your average pizzeria and baking the finished product in an oak-burning Italian oven that heats up to a fearsome 1,000 degrees and can cook a pizza in 90 seconds. There’s a reason “old school” pizza has never gone out of fashion.

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More Old School Mastino (25 n.E. second ave., Delray Beach, 561/921-8687): With its 900-degree oven, commitment to Old World cooking and imported Italian ingredients, this downtown newcomer is already generating buzz.


PuMMarola (6000 Glades road, Boca raton, 561/368-1868): The word is Neapolitan for “tomato”; the pizza is just like Rosa Donna Rummo used to bake it in Italy—only now, the restaurant is at Town Center at Boca Raton.


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(16950 Jog road, Delray Beach, 561/3810037): Premium ingredients and expert preparation are the calling card at this popular west Delray spot offering a range of classic and inventive pies in a coolly contemporary trattoria.

Prosciutto e Arugola pizza at Scuola Vecchia Above: Sharon Aloisio


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A classic coal-fired pizza at Hot Pie Below: John Ries

More Coal-Fired Vic & Angelo’s (290 e. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/278-9570): This wildly popular ristorante serves hearty pizzas with a charred, blistered crust.


Anthony’s (21065 Powerline Road, Boca Raton, 561/218-6600): The thin-crusted, “well-done” pies come from a multistate chain, the big dog of upscale pizzerias.



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John Ries operated a dozen pizzerias in New York City before moving to South Florida to take care of his father. It didn’t take too many balmy, snow-free winters before he asked himself, “Why would I want to move back?” So instead, he did what he does best and opened another pizzeria, this one Fire Rock Pizza at the foot of Clematis Street. Turned out, his “old school artisan New York-style” pizzas were better than the location. But Ries didn’t let that discourage him. He just moved west a few blocks and opened Hot Pie, where his coal-fired oven roars at 750 to 900 degrees, delivering the kind of intense dry heat that counteracts South Florida’s famously humid air and turns a pizza crust from dough to crisp in mere minutes. After six years, things are heating up for Hot Pie too. Ries plans to debut more Hot Pies in southern Palm Beach and Broward counties in the fall of 2015. And he still doesn’t miss those New York winters. follow the leader

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Steve’s offers nearly a dozen different cheeses for its gourmet pizzas.


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When Steve Greenberg opened his eponymous pizzeria in west Boca in 1999, wood-burning ovens were about as common in local pizza establishments as sous vide machines and anti-griddles. Fifteen years later, wood-fired ovens have actually become trendy, and not just for pizza. To Greenberg, though, they’ve always been the best way to cook a pizza, creating a dry, intense heat that caramelizes the olive oil in the dough and imparts a faintly smoky flavor to the finished pie. His quartet of wood-burning ovens go through up to two cords of Florida or Georgia oak per month and burn at between 550 and 650 degrees. A Steve’s crust is thin and light and can come crowned with such house combos as ricotta and roasted garlic, barbecued chicken and smoked gouda cheese, and mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and caramelized onions, as well as a lengthy list of DIY ingredients. What’s really important, though, he says, is the balance, “the texture of the crust, the taste of the sauce, the chew of the cheese.”

More Wood-Fired Tucci’s (50 N.E. First Ave., Boca Raton, 561/620-2930): Alberto Aletto’s stylish little pizzeria sports a wood-fired oven that crisps up artisan pies and never disappoints.


LyNoRA’s (207 clematis st., West Palm Beach, 561/899-3117): The brick oven here dispenses new and old school pies with a farm-to-table ethos.


PizzA AL FREsco (14 Via Mizner, Palm Beach, 561/832-0032): Pizzas from margherita and Mexican to one named after the island (Palm Beach: smoked salmon, caviar, red onion, capers and sour cream) are served on a gorgeous, garden-like outdoor patio.


siciLiAN oVEN (21170 st. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/750-9772): The “Godfather” vibe at this outlet specializing in thin-crust pizzas is played up in gourmet wood-fired offerings like “The Hit Man” (sausage, garlic, red and hot peppers).

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giovaNNi’s (21401 powerline road, Boca raton, 561/483-7900): This familyrun local chain dishes up loaded Chicago-style stuffed pizzas—including the monstrous Supreme (sausage, pepperoni, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and black olives).



1807 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/693-0450

pieZaNo’s (4131 N. Federal highway, Boca raton, 561/347-9777): Along with “paper-thin” offerings, PieZano’s features appetite-busting stuffed pizzas packed with meats or veggies.


piZZa girls (114 s. Clematis st., west palm Beach, 561/833-4004): This quirky, iconic joint in downtown West Palm has a little something for everyone, from gourmet pies to Sicilian squares.


The company that is now BJ’s got its start in Santa Ana, Calif., in 1978, when a pair of Midwesterners got the bright idea of bringing the lusty, rib-sticking Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza to the land of avocados, leafy greens and bean sprouts. After the original company was bought out in 1991, it really took off—to the point where, today, there are more than 150 BJ’s of varying guises in 18 states. The sprawling 8,500-square-foot BJ’s in the newish Palm Beach Outlets mall can feed almost 300 hungry diners on everything from fried baby artichokes to shrimp tacos, all washed down with a dozen or so varieties of house-brewed beer. But it’s still known for its selection of deep-dish pies only slightly smaller than a truck tire and practically overflowing with meats, cheeses and, yes, even vegetables. Tuck into the monster “Five Meat” pie with meatballs, pepperoni, ovenroasted ham, smoked bacon, Italian sausage and Parmesan cheese and you may never be hungry again. Or at least not until next week.

What’s in a Name? There are almost as many types of pizza as there are styles of women’s shoes, though a family of four could probably eat pizza for a month for the price of a pair of Christian Louboutins. But never mind all that. Here’s a look at some of the most popular styles of pizza in the U.S. NeapolitaN: The Armani of pizzas, the pie closest to the original pizza as it was (and is) made in Naples. Pies have thin crust, judicious toppings (nothing too wacky) and are baked at high temperature in a wood-fired oven. A true Neapolitan pizza follows the strict rules regarding the types of ingredients and cooking guidelines in the Associazone Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, though many Neapolitan-style pies are true to the spirit while taking creative liberties.



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a Deep Dish (ChiCago, Detroit, siCiliaN): Though there are many variations on

the basic deep-dish pie, one thing they all have in common is a thick, bready, high-sided crust that holds gut-busting amounts of meat, cheese and sauce. Some are round, some are rectangular and sold by the slice; many invert the saucecheese application by placing the sauce on top of the cheese (as in the photo above).

New haveN: These pies are called “apizza” (pronounced “a-beetz”). The crust is similar to a New York-style pizza though usually crisper and thinner and often formed into an oblong shape. Coal-fired ovens are preferred for cooking.


New York: The classic Big Apple pie boasts a thin, crispy-chewy crust, it’s traditionally topped only with tomato sauce and cheese, and it’s eaten folded in half lengthwise.


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Tom Sellick of Spadini’s Inset: A classic pepperoni pie


134 N.E. Second St., Boca Raton, 561/826-7123

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It might be too much to say that Tom Sellick has red sauce running through his veins, but the Long Island native has been making and selling pizzas since before he was able to legally wash down a slice with a glass of hearty red wine. After more than a dozen years running Pizza Amore in the Big Apple, Sellick moved to South Florida in 2011 to switch career gears. But the pizza business “just kept calling my name,” so last year he took over a failing pizzeria in Mizner Park and started turning out the kind of pies that soothe the pizza-loving souls of homesick New Yorkers. It starts with the dough, which Sellick has shipped in twice weekly from New York and is the key to making a pizza with the proper crisp-chewy crust that folds over in the classic New York manner without going limp. And if you’re wondering about the name, Sellick doesn’t drive a red Ferrari 308 GTS like the star of “Magnum P.I.”—but he does have a giant tattoo of the actor’s face on his ribcage.

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More New York Brooklyn Boys (9967 Glades road, Boca raton, 561/477-3663): Pizzas whole and by the slice bring a taste of the Big Apple to west Boca.


Manhattan Joe’s Pizzeria (5030 Champion Blvd., Boca raton, 561/995-6563): These hand-tossed pies are perfect for folding and chowing down N.Y. style; check out the bonus ode to the Big Apple, the Tribeca (San Marzano tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, sausage, roasted onions).


nyPD2 (6177 Jog road, lake Worth, 561/868-0500): There’s New York ambience to go along with pizzas from traditional to Buffalo chicken ranch, not to mention special rates for all police and fire department employees, schools and nonprofit organizations.


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The hottest beauty accessories, made even sweeter when surrounded by classic treats, are bound to have admirers looking your way. PhotograPhy by aaron Bristol


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Left to right: Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance, $52, from Sephora, Town Center at Boca Raton; L’Occitane perfume, $45, from L’Occitane en Provence, Town Center; Penhaligon’s Violetta perfume, $125, and Penhaligon’s Lavandula perfume, $140, from Four Seasons Beauty Bar, Boca Raton; Annick Goutal butterfly top perfume, from annickgoutal.com; Illume Go Be Lovely mini spray, $14, from Fresh Produce, Delray Beach; Lollia perfume, $65, from Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach. BottoM roW: Illume Go Be Lovely mini spray, $14, from Fresh Produce; and L’Occitane tubed fragrance, $22, from L’Occitane en Provence

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style CloCkwise: Carthusia candle, $65, from Four Seasons Beauty Bar; rosewater soap, $4.95, and Beach Baby soap, $5, both from Fresh Produce; Pure Fiji bath soak, $36, from Maui Spa, Boca Raton; C么t茅 Bastide eau de maison, $60, and bath salts, $80, both from Four Seasons Beauty Bar


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opposite page, CloCkwise from top: Dior palette, $60, and Giorgio Armani palette, $60, from Neiman Marcus, Town Center; Clinique chubby stick, $17, from Lord & Taylor, Mizner Park; Chanel nude luminous shadow, $36, from Neiman Marcus; Urban Decay black eye shadow, $18, from Sephora; Chanel quadra eye shadow, $61, from Neiman Marcus; By Terry blush, $70, from Four Seasons Beauty Bar; Tom Ford eye shadow, $60, and Kevyn Aucoin shadow rollerball, $29, from Neiman Marcus; and Sara Happ lip balm, $24, from GBS The Beauty Store, Boca Raton

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ClOCkwISE frOm bOTTOm: Silk soaps, $8.99 each, from thesilksoapco.com; Gianna Rose Atelier soap, $16, from Seagate Hotel & Spa; Geodesis candle, $40, Côté Bastide shower gel, $57, and bubble bath, $64, all from Four Seasons Beauty Bar; Molton Brown body wash, $30, and TokyoMilk body soufflé, $41, from GBS The Beauty Store

OPPOSITE PAGE, ClOCkwISE frOm TOP: Lipstick Queen lipstick, $50, from GBS The Beauty Store; Bobby Brown lip gloss, $25, from Neiman Marcus; Clarins lip balm, $23, from Macy’s, Town Center; Lipstick Queen lipstick, $50, from GBS The Beauty Store; Chantecaille lipstick, $34, from Saks Fifth Avenue, Town Center; Giorgio Armani rouge, $34, from Neiman Marcus; Gucci lipstick, $39, from Gucci, Worth Avenue; Urban Decay lipstick, $22, from Sephora; and Guerlain lipstick, $37, from Bloomingdale’s, Town Center

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If criminal history in Florida proves anything, it’s that love hurts—and, sometimes, leads to murder.

STORY BY EmilY J. minOR illuSTRaTiOnS BY DaniEllE SummERfElDT


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It’s the center of our universe, right? Indeed, love—or the unsettling lack thereof— long has been the axis of all things human. We sing about love. We write about love. We pine for it, pray for it and, at times, rail against it. And when love really doesn’t go our way? Well, in the case of Glenn Close (or rather her character, Alex), you boil a pet rabbit on your ex’s stove. At least that’s how it happened in the movie. Sometimes, however, truth is even stranger than fiction. Sometimes “Fatal Attraction” scenarios play out for real. Sure, there are the occasional knee-slappers. Consider the 92-year-old Ocala woman who wanted the neighbor, 53, to kiss her. He wouldn’t, so she came back firing a gun. Or how about the Port St. Lucie woman, jealous that her boyfriend spent more time playing video games than paying attention to her, who shot him with a squirt gun—and was arrested and charged with domestic battery? Through Florida’s hot, lusty history, there have been some notable—and considerably more disturbing—crimes of passion, from the Panhandle to the tip of Key West. Here are some of the more historic cases. Unnerving, unsettling, unprecedented—and fueled by the utterly wrong definition of love.

T he Lovesick A s t r o nA u T By all accounts, at least until she made headlines for all the wrong reasons, Lisa Nowak was leading an enviable life. The Navy captain had trained with elite NASA crews, even flying on a shuttle mission in the summer of 2006. In a field dominated by men, Nowak was skilled and successful and very, very determined. Indeed, it was her determination—and a fizzling affair with another astronaut—that led to her eventual undoing. And the whole diaper thing didn’t much help. Nowak is the woman who drove like a bat out of hell from Houston to Orlando, wearing an adult diaper so she wouldn’t have to waste time in the restroom. Her mission? She wanted to confront the new lover of her ex-lover, NASA Cmdr. Bill Oefelein. Nowak had been seeing Oefelein for years. They’d met in 2004 during a Canadian training mission. But he had recently opted out, explaining he wanted to see Capt. Colleen Shipman. Exclusively. In February 2007, Nowak fastened her diaper, hopped in the car and headed for Central Florida. The criminal part of this saga erupted when Nowak, wearing a tan trench coat and a black wig—so as not

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to be recognized since the astronaut circle just isn’t that big—followed Shipman from baggage claim at Orlando airport to her car in the parking garage. Pretending to be lost and afraid, Nowak tried to muscle her way into Shipman’s car. Instead, Shipman cracked the window to tell Nowak she’d go for help. Nowak promptly pepper-sprayed Shipman, who then sped away. Initially, Nowak was charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted murder. (Police found a BB gun, a steel mallet and a 4-inch knife in her car.) But as the case wore on, Nowak agreed to a plea deal that allowed her to seek counseling. As for the diaper, Nowak initially told police she’d worn it to save time on the 900-mile drive. Later, Nowak’s attorney called the story a fib. By then, police already had found new and soiled diapers in her car, which officers recorded as evidence. Man, love is messy.

P r E s e r vA t IoN G O n E W iL In 1930, while working as a radiologist at the Key West Marine Hospital, a place of medical refuge for merchant marines from 1845 to 1943, a 53-year-old German named Carl Tanzler helped to treat a young

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woman brought to the hospital because of her apparent tuberculosis. TB was a horrible scourge then, frightening and nearly unstoppable. But Elena Milagro “Helen” de Hoyos stood out among the many afflicted. She was a remarkable Cuban beauty, say storytellers, a young woman well admired on the small island. Quickly, Tanzler’s interest grew beyond routine medical treatment. Indeed, Tanzler believed that Hoyos was the woman presented to him in a childhood vision, a vision that revealed the face of his one true love. Despite all medical efforts, Hoyos died in 1931, and Tanzler paid for the 21-year-old woman’s funeral. He also commissioned an above-ground crypt, where he would sit each

night. (He said she left the grave to sing to him in Spanish.) But in 1933, Tanzler broke into the grave and took Hoyos’ corpse to his home, carting it away in a child’s wagon. His ruse was intricate and involved. He reattached her bones with wires. He made her a pair of glass eyes. To fend off decomposition—an impossible task, especially in the tropics—he fashioned “skin” out of silk cloth and plaster. He stuffed her with rags in an effort to keep her shape. And it stayed this way for seven years. Eventually, Hoyos’ sister went to police with her suspicions. Why did Tanzler no longer visit the grave? She was right. Hoyos’ horrifically modified corpse was found inside Tanzler’s house. Curious pathologists flocked to study the remains, and then—for some inexplicable reason—the Hoyos corpse was put on display. According to the Key West Citizen newspaper, “it was viewed by as many as 6,800 people.” Tanzler was found competent to stand trial, but the charges were eventually dropped. Too much time had passed to take the case to trial. Tanzler was 75 when he died in 1952. A life-sized effigy of Hoyos was found in the Zephyrhills home where he lived with his wife. We kid you not.

sen in t he cl ow n James and Lita Sullivan were not the typical Palm Beach couple. For starters, he was white; she was black. And their biracial marriage was awkward for the island’s elite, especially back in the 1980s. Nor was James Sullivan made of blue-blood wealth. Rather, he’d made his millions in the liquor business, hustling his way to the top and eventually selling his interests. Try as they might, the Sullivans were not a good fit. He was a selfish rogue. She was lonely and unhappy. So it wasn’t the unforgiving social circuit, often exhausting with its demands, that sent Lita Sullivan back to her beloved Georgia in 1986. It was her husband’s affairs, which she told her family he did little to hide. Once Lita Sullivan was ensconced at home with her parents, she filed for divorce, and it was a very contentious proceeding. James Sullivan was still living in the couple’s oceanfront mansion back in Palm Beach, fighting alimony settlements court filing by court filing. Over Christmas ’86, though, it seemed they’d struck a deal. Then, on Jan. 17, 1987, Lita Sullivan was shot and killed by a delivery man in the doorway of her Buckhead home. He’d been dressed as a clown and carrying red roses. James Sullivan, of course, was an immediate person of interest. Detectives tend to sense these things. But there was nothing to tie him to the murder. In fact, there was nothing to tie anyone to the murder. Sullivan stayed in Palm Beach, eventually remarrying. But it was the wellpublicized unraveling of that marriage that essentially brought him down. Suki Sullivan, Sullivan’s next wife, told police he had once confessed Lita’s murder to her—actually sitting her


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his ruse was in t ricat e an involve + he r e a t t ac h e h e r bone s w i t h w i r e s+ h e m a e h e r a p a i r o f g l a s s e y e s+ h e st uf fe h e r w i t h r a g s+ on the edge of the bed and turning up the volume on the TV in case anyone was listening. In the true definition of karma, one tip led to another, then another. The gunman was arrested. The gunman implicated Sullivan. Nearly 20 years after Lita’s murder, Sullivan was extradited from Thailand in 2006 and put on trial. The verdict? Life in prison, with no chance of parole.

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Talk about an Academy Award performance, and the Boynton Beach Police Department was right there, catching it all on videotape. Because they knew. They knew Dalia Dippolito, now 32, had given someone $6,000 to kill her husband, Michael. They knew this because that someone was an undercover cop. Cue the morning of Aug. 5, 2009. Married for just six months, the couple gets up one muggy summer morning. She throws on some workout pants and a tank top, and takes off for the gym. He stays behind, doing some paperwork around their suburban condo. When Dippolito returns, she finds uniformed officers at the residence, along with yellow crime scene tape. A plainclothes detective explains the situation to this new(ish) bride. Her husband had been shot. Possibly by a black intruder. She takes her left hand and covers her mouth. She cries. She says, “No. No. No.” She might even mumble something about their dog. But the cops are in on it; they know her tears are fake. By the end of the day, Dalia Dippolito, who apparently wants her husband dead so she can collect whatever he is worth (which, by the way, he had collected by nefarious means) is in county jail, charged with premeditated murder. She was found guilty at her first trial, but the conviction was overturned on appeal. (Something to do with jury selection.) Now Dippolito claims she will represent herself at her second trial. Until then, she remains on house arrest, an ankle monitor keeping track of her whereabouts. follow the leader

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As it turns out, having a longtime affair with her nephew wasn’t even the worst thing socialite Candace Mossler (supposedly) did. She was never convicted, but police long have believed (and several books have been written about the case) that Mossler arranged for the brutal murder of her husband, Jacques Mossler, who was killed in the summer of 1964 inside his Key Biscayne condo. Upon initial questioning, Mossler, then 44, insisted her husband’s death was probably a burglary gone bad. After all, Jacques was a millionaire loan shark who didn’t exactly hang with an upstanding crowd. Then police described his fatal wounds: Jacques had been beaten over the head with a heavy crystal bowl, then stabbed more than 30 times. Burglars don’t do that, police told her. Well, he’s gay, Candace then offered. But by this time police had found Jacques’ diary, in which he wrote about his wife’s lurid affair, and her desperation for untethered love outside their marriage. Newspapers and magazines across the globe curled up with the lewd details of this case involving Candace and her nephew, Melvin Lane Powers—22 years her junior. When the two of them were indicted in 1965, even more reporters came to sunny Miami. But each defendant, represented by expensive defense counsel, was eventually found not guilty. No hit man was ever arrested. (Even though prosecutors supplied witnesses who claimed the couple often spoke of getting rid of “the old mooch,” there was no physical evidence.) While the jury saw plenty of snapshots of the oddball aunt-nephew couple—skiing in Aspen, going to a concert, sipping cocktails at a Miami Beach nightclub—incest isn’t murder. Candace and Melvin walked free, only to drift apart not long after. Candace died in 1976 in an apparent overdose of migraine medication. She’d been a longtime sufferer. [ bocamag.com ]


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The chief investigator with the county’s state attorney’s office has seen his share of crimes of passion. He’s the quintessential cop, this one. Boston accent. Pot belly. Hair that’s usually ruffled, even when he’s sitting in court, wearing his blue sports coat. Bill Fraser—anyone who’s known him for any length of time, maybe even just 15 minutes, calls him “Billy”—has been a cop for 40 years, since he was 22. Today, as deputy chief investigator with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, he does the prosecution’s legwork for most major crimes in the county—which means he doesn’t really care about why people kill each other. “It’s never my responsibility to figure out why they did it,” says Fraser, a former West Palm Beach police detective. “It’s my responsibility to figure out who did it.” It’s an odd profession, to be sure, helicoptering into a crime scene, often in the dead of night, left to stare at the remains of human life. “It’s always amazed me that someone could become that angry,” says Fraser, who’s investigated hundreds of murders. If only he had a nickel for every cup of bad coffee. It never gets any easier emotionally, although he does believe that investigating murder “is the most important facet of law enforcement.” Even for this tough old guy, there are cases that just never go away. The woman who was packing her car to escape when her abusive boyfriend came out from the laundry shed and killed her, just as she was ready to drive off to her sister’s. The disturbed father, delusional and angry at his wife, who hung his one young son and then shot the other. And Kim Brown, lovely Kim Brown, the West Palm Beach woman who had tried to escape a horrible relationship with her ex, Leroy Pooler. Pooler said if he couldn’t have her, no one could. So he barreled into her apartment, right past her brother, cut the phone lines, dragged her down the stairs by the hair, shot her in the head, then shot her four more times. “That will stick with me forever, that case,” he says. It’s difficult to say if crime has transformed over time in methodology or viciousness or emotional intent, even though that’s something we asked Fraser about. “It does seem to me that each year, something almost more heinous occurs,” he says. Is that a comment on today’s world? “I don’t know,” Billy Fraser says. “I’m not a sociologist. I’m just a cop.”


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w hy Un ert akers sh ou l nev er w or k o v er t i m e When Florida appellate judges examined Case No. 5D013011, the majority found one pretty big hitch in the 1999 murder case: State of Florida vs. Mark Villella. While “crime of passion” is never a formal charge—that is, like first-degree murder, manslaughter, aggravated battery and so forth—it definitely can be used as a courtroom defense. Think of it as a way for a defendant’s attorney to perhaps explain why an incident happened. But appellate judges decided Mark Villella never had that chance. Villella was 39 and working as a mortician at a local funeral home when he began to suspect his wife, Exelee Louise Villella, was having an affair. He’d always been controlling, her co-workers would later testify. Villella would call his wife at work four or five times a day to make sure she was there. If she and the girls went to the movies, he wanted to see the ticket stub. Villella would claim that he was just madly in love; he wanted to keep their marriage safe and content for their young son. But Exelee Louise Villella was smothering under Villella’s control and eventually did begin an affair with her boss. When Mark Villella found out, he snapped, stabbing his wife in the chest with a large butcher knife, then taking her body to the funeral home where he worked in Deltona, along the St. Johns River in Central Florida. There, he stashed her in the refrigerator and, a few days later, buried her in a casket with an elderly lady who had been shipped down from Georgia. (It worked, he said later, because both women were small.) It didn’t take long for Villella to confess at police headquarters, and both bodies were exhumed. But Villella said he hadn’t been himself that night. He had snapped. He loved her and never wanted to hurt her. He had, he said, acted in the heat of passion. “I just cracked,” he told a detective. Still, specific details about her affair were concealed from the jury, a fact that won Villella a new trial on appeal. (At the first trial, he’d been sentenced to life.) After the appellate ruling, Villella accepted a plea deal that gave him 40 years in prison, maybe 30 with so-called good behavior. Today, the couple’s teenage son lives with Exelee’s parents.

T h r ee i s a crow Teenage girls have long fought over boys. But in Pinellas Park, outside Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, two girls fighting over one boy led to more than a catfight. It led to murder. Sarah Ludemann, 18, and Rachel Wade, then 19, had been fighting over Josh Camacho, a guy who had dated follow the leader

Wade before taking up with Ludemann. Since social media was well ingrained into their everyday lives by then, the girls’ fights were often quite public. (And on several disgusting occasions involved Wade spitting in Ludemann’s food when she ordered at the Applebee’s where Wade waitressed.) Beyond that, the girls sent mean text messages, left horrible voicemails and posted revolting and rude comments on each other’s Facebook pages. Indeed, it was an April 2009 Facebook post that led to the showdown—and to Ludemann’s bloody death. After Wade sent her rival a particularly violent message, threatening real harm, Ludemann and her friends climbed into the Ludemann family minivan to find Wade and have it out. When they met, they were both livid, witnesses later testified, lunging at each other and screaming. But Wade came to the fight armed with a steak knife, which she thrust into Ludemann’s chest, piercing the girl’s heart. In September 2010, Wade was found guilty of second-degree murder and sentenced to 27 years in prison. Her sentence is on appeal; Wade has always claimed that she acted in self-defense. Sources for this feature included: Murder in the Tropics; The Florida Chronicles; The Palm Beach Post; Weird Florida; Weird Florida II, In a State of Shock; The Tampa Tribune; The Daytona Beach News-Journal; Huffingtonpost.com; The Key West Citizen; Crimelibrary. com; Wikipedia.com; Murderpedia.org; and FDOC Death Row Roster. [ bocamag.com ]


The powder is pure on the mountains of Utah, lending credence to the state’s claim as the “greatest snow on earth.” Opposite page: Empire Canyon, a day lodge at 8,300 feet at Deer Valley

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Snow on ea rt h Utah may use it as a marketing ploy, but the slogan rings true at renowned ski destinations along the Wasatch Front.

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o longer Utah’s best-kept secret in the aftermath of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the ski scene outside of Salt Lake City now draws travelers from around the world looking to tackle the renowned slopes along the Wasatch Front. For well-traveled veterans of the South Florida ski community, the rich, diverse offerings at mountain resorts in

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Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon may not come as breaking news. But for enthusiasts just getting their ski boots wet at destinations around the country, Utah has its share of bucket-list allure. From the world-class accommodations and cuisine at Deer Valley to the intimate, family-friendly vibe at Solitude, the alpine resorts in north-central Utah offer more than enough to satisfy powder hounds of all levels. See for yourself.

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Advanced skiers will find plenty of challenges among the aspens and pines at Deer Valley.

Travel Tip: Channel your inner Scott Hamilton or Kristi Yamaguchi at the ice rink adjacent to The Lodge at the Mountain Village.


park CiTy MounTain resorT THe BiG Deal: Ski Magazine readers ranked Park City Mountain Resort among North America’s top five resorts, and it’s easy to see why. Known for its diversity, the resort offers 13 signature runs (which virtually end in Park City itself) and a variety of extreme terrain park challenges for thrill-seekers, from the dramatic jumps on King’s Crown to the 22-foot halfpipe walls at Eagle Superpipe. Don’T ski? Whiz down nearly 4,000 feet of varied mountain track in a Toboggan-style car on the Alpine Coaster ride, or soar through the air on the two-person Flying Eagle zip line, both rides you won’t soon forget. THe viBe: Though the crowds here are young and laidback, the Resort has something for everyone, including youth programs and horse-drawn sleigh rides. In January, of course, Park City and its slopes become the center of the alternative film industry and its celeb culture during the Sundance Film Festival. Don’T Miss: The resort offers an unforgettable Viking Yurt adventure that begins with a 25-minute snowcatpulled sleigh ride. Guests enjoy stunning views of the valley below and the stars above as the snowcat ascends 1,000 vertical feet to a cozy yurt snuggled into the mountainside. A mug of hot-spiced glogg welcomes diners into the yurt, where they’re seated for an elegant five-course dinner with live music. ConTaCT: 435/649-8111, parkcitymountain.com

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WHere To sTay The Lodge at the Mountain Village (435/649-0800): The Lodge offers a variety of rooms, from studio to fourbedroom condominiums, and is just steps away from Park City Mountain Resort activities with ski-in/ski-out access.

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THe BiG Deal: There’s a reason Deer Valley is consistently ranked number one in guest service among ski resorts in North America by Ski Magazine—look no further than the world-class accommodations/amenities at the likes of Stein Eriksen Lodge and St. Regis Hotel. But what’s inside isn’t the only thing that counts when discussing the resort some 10 minutes from Park City. Deer Valley also snags about 300 inches of dry, weightless snow (annually), making for plenty of action on terrain that varies from powdery bowls to daring steeps, as well as almost 1,000 acres of gigantic tree skiing. Don’T ski? Deer Valley’s 7,000 acres of alpine foothills also can be explored by snowmobile. Guided tours, run by Summit Meadow Adventures, are offered for all ages and abilities. THe viBe: Don’t come to Deer Valley looking for a no-frills getaway. This is all about the frills, starting with first-class accommodations and cuisine. The area’s high-end resorts also raise the pampering bar with sinfully outfitted spas. Don’T Miss: For an unforgettable dining experience, Deer Valley’s flagship restaurant awaits. In Silver Lake Lodge, The Mariposa draws guests for its scrumptious february 2015

signature dish— seared bison fillet, cipollini onion, Saint André cheese and a red-wine reduction. CONTACT: 435/649-1000, deervalley.com

Where TO STAy  Montage (435/604-1300, montagehotels.com/deervalley): In the five years since it opened, the Montage has established itself as one of the nation’s premier ski resorts. Along with ski-in/ski-out access to Deer Valley, the Montage features 66 spacious suites (between 1,000 and 3,200 square feet) to go with 154 guestrooms—all featuring private balconies and gas fireplaces. TrAvel Tip: The stylish and refined Apex, the Montage’s signature restaurant, offers regionally inspired dishes, including Utah trout; the 35,000-squarefoot Spa Montage sports 29 treatment rooms.  St. Regis (435/940-5700, stregisdeervalley.com): Ranked among Conde Nast Traveler’s top 10 “Best Ski Resorts and Ski Hotels in the Americas,” the St. Regis Deer Valley offers a magnificent slope-side location with a breathtaking split-level infinity swimming pool. Enjoy access to multiple resorts, with the hotel’s proximity to Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, and exclusive ski-in/ ski-out access to Deer Valley. TrAvel Tip: The dining is top-notch at award-winning J&G Grill, with fare inspired by famed French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  Stein Erikson (435/649-3700, steinlodge.com): Utah’s only Forbes five-star, AAA Five-Diamond hotel features ski-in/ski-out access and accommodations that range from 375-square-foot guestrooms to 3,000-square-foot suites. The 23,000-square-foot spa includes personalized treatments for men, couples and even expectant mothers. TrAvel Tip: Along with its award-winning seasonal menus (think fresh, local ingredients) Glitretind boasts an impressively curated wine collection of some 10,000 bottles.

DON’T Ski? No problem. Ski-free adventures abound at Canyons, including zip-line tours, sleigh rides, guided snowshoe expeditions, dog sledding and fly-fishing. The viBe: Geared towards intermediate and advanced skiers, Canyons attracts those with a true passion for the slopes. Expect to see a vibrant mix of zealous powderlovers crowding the slopes. DON’T MiSS: Relax and rejuvenate from a busy day of skiing at Canyons Resort Spa and Health Club, which offers a wide range of therapies. Try the popular Tranquility Facial, which restores the skin with vital energy, or the High Meadow Hot Stone Therapy, which warms and softens muscles while deeply relaxing and relieving tension. The pièce de résistance is the Dream Scape three-inone treatment, which exfoliates, hydrates and detoxifies the body over the course of 90 minutes. CONTACT: 435/649-5400, canyonsresort.com

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The BiG DeAl: Utah’s largest ski resort, Canyons offers 4,000 acres of diverse geography—from long and gentle slopes to breathtakingly steep runs—to meet the desires of every type and level of skier and snowboarder. The same can be said for the variety of challenges available at its three terrain parks, including a natural zone (Elwoods) with two gongs and a plank drop. follow the leader

 Waldorf Astoria (435/647-5500, parkcitywaldorfastoria. com): Complete with elegant restaurants and a full-service luxury spa, the Waldorf Astoria promises to pamper both body and soul. Check the hotel website for seasonal packages. TrAvel Tip: The fresh, contemporary offerings at Powder change with the seasons—but never fail to satisfy.  Westgate Park City Resort and Spa (435/655-2240, west gateresorts.com/park-city): Westgate won “Best of State” honors in six categories last year—including Best Ski Resort, Best Destination Spa and Best Steak House (Edge). The resort offers ski-in/ski out access to Canyons, as well as Utah’s largest indoor/outdoor pool.  Hyatt Escala Lodge (435/940-1234, escalalodge.hyatt. com): This sprawling AAA Four Diamond luxury resort with residential-style suites offers ski-in/ski-out access to Canyons. TrAvel Tip: The Escala Provisions Company offers guests an on-site urban market, as well as a full restaurant and bar, with locally sourced food and beverage options.

Groomed slopes at Deer Valley. Below: Park City

TrAvel Tip: Drafts Sports Bar & Grill at the Westgate Park City Resort and Spa, another “Best of State” honoree, is a popular aprés ski stop and home to a gourmet burger voted—you guessed it—best in all of Utah.

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Big Cottonwood Canyon Brighton Ski reSort

the Big DeAL: Snowboarders love Brighton, and it’s easy to see why. With five-star grooming and four everchanging terrain parks for freestyle riders and skiers of all abilities, Brighton presents challenges to snowboarders that are hard to pass up. But why stop when the sun goes down? Brighton also is known for its night skiing, with 22 runs on some 200 lighted acres. Families and beginners, meanwhile, can get started at the ski and snowboard school. Don’t Ski? Get your après ski fix at Molly Green’s, Brighton’s full-service bar and grill, where the pizza is hot, the atmosphere is warm and the beer is ice cold. the ViBe: Snowboarding, snowboarding, and did we say snowboarding? Two things attract the knuckle-draggers to unpretentious Brighton: pre- and midseason lift ticket deals and terrain parks. Don’t MiSS: Like the rest of the mountain, dining at Brighton is frills-free. Hearty breakfasts come standard at the base area’s Alpine Rose cafeteria. Or fuel up for a day of skiing at Silver Fork Lodge, five miles below Brighton, where the portions are big and the signature sourdough pancakes are sure to satisfy. ContACt: 801/532-4731, brightonresort.com


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the Big DeAL: At one of Utah’s smallest and most intimate resorts, powder and skier are united in no time at all thanks to the lack of lift lines. Solitude boasts 1,200 acres of skiable terrain for every skill level. And for a change of pace, the resort offers its Nordic Center, with over 20 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing, in classic or skating styles. Don’t Ski? Rent snowshoes and explore the 10 kilometers of well-marked trails surrounding the Nordic Center, then stop in the quaint, Bavarian-esque base village to relax and unwind in Club Solitude’s saunas, heated pool and hot tubs. Or, spend the afternoon with the family skating on Solitude’s ice sheet. the ViBe: Think parents skiing with their kids between their legs. With more beginner and intermediate slopes than other ski resorts, Solitude is family-friendly all the way. You’ll likely have the bowls and chutes to yourself in Honeycomb Canyon. For the more adventurous, Solitude’s summit gates provide the best access to lift-served backcountry slopes in the Wasatch Range. Don’t MiSS: Find Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce—a rarity at most ski area lodges—at the Moonbeam Lodge. After dinner, stop by the Library Bar in the lobby of the Inn at Solitude to sip on a signature cocktail, like the Bacon Bloody Mary, Miss Jameson’s Hot Toddy or the Candy Cane, all while enjoying the brilliant slope-side view. ContACt: 801/534-2400, skisolitude.com


the Big DeAL: “Old school” is how the faithful lovingly follow the leader

describe this Little Cottonwood Canyon resort, and they’ll fight to keep it that way. Alta sticks close to its roots with policies in place since its 1938 opening, including minimal grooming and no snowboarders. World-renowned for its beginner and intermediate terrain, as well as some of the deepest powder around, Alta keeps the focus on what people come far and wide for—the skiing. Don’t Ski? Take a course in mountaineering or go rock or ice climbing with Alaska Mountain Guides in the Alta Ski Area. Explore the Wasatch Mountains, where the climbing opportunities are endless and the adventures bountiful. Climbing experts teach courses designed for every skill level. the ViBe: Alta-holics, as they fondly refer to themselves, know no age or gender limitations. Think 20-somethings happily sharing the lifts with retirees who’ve not replaced their ski gear since the Carter administration. The après ski scene is lively at most of Alta’s lodges, particularly at the Peruvian, Shallow Shaft, Goldminer’s Daughter, and Alta Lodge’s Sitzmark Club. But after about 10 p.m., sleepy Alta retires for the night for the next ski day. Don’t MiSS: Literally tucked into the mountainside is Snow Pine Lodge with idiosyncratic rooms and dining at the Shallow Shaft restaurant that recall old Alta and how Utah skiing used to be. ContACt: 801/359-1078, alta.com

Skiing for the DiSABLeD

Through its alpine skiing and snowboarding program, the National Ability Center ensures that everyone can enjoy the slopes in Utah. The program provides lessons in cooperation with Park City Mountain Resort, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort and Brighton. Skiing instructions include 3-track, 4-track, mono-ski, bi-ski, and guiding for blind skiers. Disabled individuals are taught to ski and snowboard independently.

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You’ll Jump for Joy! Sat., March 7, 2015 at 7:30pm

Daniel Ulbricht, New York City Ballet principal dancer and founder of Stars of American Ballet, brings his troupe of “stars” from New York City Ballet and joins forces with Boca Ballet Theatre to showcase top-notch choreography and performances.


Artistic Directors: Dan Guin & Jane Tyree


The Nutcracker November 28-30

The Sleeping Beauty May 1-3

A Princely Affair October 26

Stars of American Ballet March 7

Summer Repertory August 1-2

Ballet at the Brewery April 10


First Step [at risk youth] College Dance Fair School of Boca Ballet Theatre

Boca Raton’s Ballet Company - bocaballet.org Daniel Ulbricht in “Fancy Free” | Choreography by Jerome Robbins | Photo by Christopher Duggan

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Dept. of State, Div. of Cultural Affairs, Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Performances and dates subject to change

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Alice cooper Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood When: Feb. 18 About: When he’s not spewing fake blood all over the stage of some unfortunate concert venue, Alice Cooper is a celebrity golfer. The thought of the bandleader who once boasted that “we drove a stake through the heart of the Love Generation” quietly putting to make par is about as incongruent as Bill Maher hosting an interfaith breakfast. Then again, Cooper is full of contradictions. A heavy metal pioneer whose Grand Guignol stage show weaves guillotines, electric chairs and boa constrictors into his theatrical set, he’s also an erudite intellectual and, yes, born-again Christian who has never really taken his shtick seriously. For evidence of that, look no further than his hilarious cameo in the cult classic “Wayne’s World.” The influential shock rocker, who turns 67 this month, shows no signs of slowing down, with a covers album slated for release this year; recent set lists have showcased his signature take on tunes by The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and, um, Judy Collins. Cost: $34–$54 ContACt: 800/745-3000, hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

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hotlist “glengarry glen roSS” Where: Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter When: Feb. 8–22 About: When announcing his 2014-2015 theater season, Andrew Kato, artistic director at the Maltz, said that “Glengarry Glen Ross” is the selection that pushes his audience the most. One of David Mamet’s most-produced plays is a claustrophobic, foul-mouthed, pessimistic vision of Hell on Earth as it relates to four Chicago real estate agents peddling toxic properties to duped buyers. Profanity has rarely felt as artful—as poetic, even—as in this play’s hotheaded exploration of unfettered machismo and cutthroat Darwinism. Characters include the magnetically sociopathic Ricky Roma, the tragically washed-up Shelley Levene, the antagonistic office manager John Williamson and the meek, manipulable James Lingk. Whether you’ve seen the riveting 1993 film version or any of the acclaimed Broadway revivals, “Glengarry” is a theatrical experience worth revisiting. Actor Peter Allas, who has amassed nearly 30 years of film and TV credits, will lead an otherwise allSouth Florida cast, including Carbonell Award winners Dennis Creaghan and Todd Allen Durkin. Cost: $54–$79 ContACt: 561/575-2223, jupitertheatre.org


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Contra-tiempo: “Full. Still. Hungry.” Where: Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami When: Feb. 20–21 About: The provocative, self-proclaimed Urban Latin Dance Theater collective known as Contra-Tiempo formed in 2005—and while its name translates in English to “against time,” the group is so cutting-edge that it’s perennially ahead of it. Cesar Alvarez, co-founder of the Los Angeles-based company, composes its soundtracks by mashing together deconstructed salsa, Americana, hip-hop, industrial and found sounds, which in turn inspire choreography that spans the spectrum from salsa, Afro-Cuban and hip-hop to modern and jazz dance. The multicultural result challenges dance’s form and function while addressing issues of politics, health and identity. Contra-Tiempo’s newest work is a perfect example, examining themes related to agriculture and consumption through movements that are tribal, frenetic and acrobatic. A modern-day Carmen Miranda brings her best fruit forward, chairs become airborne props, and the show even integrates pointed commentary from a bullhorn-toting revolutionary. Cost: $40 ContACt: 305/949-6722, arshtcenter.org

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Kahlo’s “Diego on My Mind”

Where: Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale When: Feb. 26–May 31 About: When it was time for Beyoncé to select a Halloween costume last year, she chose a getup that was, for her youngest fans, stunningly esoteric: She dressed as Frida Kahlo, the Mexican surrealist championed for her motley self-portraits, in which her familiar visage stares penetratingly at the viewer, often surrounded by blooming nature. If Beyoncé’s transformation—which included fierce eyebrows, a bouquet of flowers and butterflies atop her head, and striking purple lipstick—brought even one new visitor to fridakahlo. com, it was worth it. The treasured painter’s lifelong health problems cut her life painfully short at 47, but she created some of the most arresting images of the early 20th century. This exhibition, culled from a private collection, provides the rare opportunity to explore the modernist masterworks of both Kahlo and her husband, the muralist Diego Rivera. The works on display will include Kahlo’s “Diego on My Mind” and Rivera’s “Self-Portrait.” Cost: $5–$10 ContACt: 954/525-5500, moafl.org february 2015





Lang Lang Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach When: Feb. 23 About: This impossibly accomplished pianist from China credits his introduction to music to an episode of “Tom and Jerry” that used as its soundtrack Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. The rest is history—and quite a remarkable one. Lang won a local piano competition at age 5, an International Tchaikovsky Competition at 13, sold out Carnegie Hall at 19 and, later, made Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people. He’s since scored music for video games and Golden Globe-winning movies, along with performing for dignitaries from Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II to Vladimir Putin. To have him in Palm Beach County, where he’ll perform compositions by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Chopin, is a true honor. Cost: $35 and up ContACt: 561/832-7469, kravis.org

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Richard Alston’s Carmen, Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields, and George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante

Kravis Center, Feb. 27 - March 1 Broward Center, March 20 - 22 Tickets from $20! 305.929.7010 877.929.7010 toll free

miamicityballet.org Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Artworks. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding for this event is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. Sponsored in part by the Board of County Commissioners, the Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. MCB Registration Number: CH1034. Jeanette Delgado in Carmen © by Richard Alston, Photo © Alberto Oviedo.


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Lake Worth Street Painting FeStivaL

A King Kong tribute from last year’s festival

Where: Lake and Lucerne avenues in downtown Lake Worth When: Feb. 21–22 About: Artists turning public streets into their personal canvases isn’t new; it’s a tradition that dates back to 16th-century Italy. Back then, the artists were called Madonnari, and they painted on pavement as a way to make a living when their commissions at city cathedrals were complete. They’d re-create religious murals, and crowds of onlookers would toss them coins for their efforts. Today, the art is usually more secular, and the coins have, hopefully, given way to greenbacks, but the concept is fundamentally the same: Artists create transient masterpieces that remain on view only until the next rain shower. The largest street art festival in the country is in Lake Worth, where thousands gather to watch artists playfully distort perspective, so that avenues turn into gaping pits inhabited by dragons and snakes. Last year, the fest’s 20th anniversary honored cinema blockbusters with an adventure-movie theme; this year’s theme had yet to be announced at press time. Still, expect two days of live music, street performers, strolling minstrels, a festival food court and more than 200 paintings. Cost: Free ContACt: 561/585-0003, streetpaintingfestivalinc.org

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A survey of works by the Israeli-born, New York-based artist, Izhar Patkin fills the Museum's gallery space with spectacular mural-size paintings on tulle fabric. Grand, labyrinthine, yet surprisingly intimate, The Wandering Veil is resplendent with personal narrative, political metaphor, and myth emphasizing memory, loss, love, and exile. Also on view: Surrealism and Magic, exploring the Surrealist's interest in magic, arcane learning, and indigenous spirituality.

January 26 - April 5, 2015


Izhar Patkin (American, born Israel, 1955), You Tell Us What to Do, 2010, ink, pleated illusion (tulle), painting for four walls, 14 x 22 x 25 feet, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, 2012 Photographer: Yasimin Kunz

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Elayna Toby


t 10 a.m. on a Saturday morning last November, hundreds of tiny pieces of found art rested atop a series of connected tables inside a function room at the Boynton Beach City Library. There were buttons, soda-can tabs, chains, keys, shower curtain rods, ornamental gewgaws and slabs of rusted metal that had long outlasted their original function. Anything that contained a hole, was lighter than a candy bar, and that was smaller than the average hand was fair game. All of this secondhand detritus, and much more, have been resurrected from oblivion for a limited-time, one-of-a-kind installation spearheaded by Palm Springs artist Elayna Toby, a figure as recognizable for her smiles and positivity as for her shock of silver hair. In her latest project, titled “Kinetic-Connections,” these objects will hang in vertical strands tied together with wire, which will dangle from the branches of a historic, deciduous kapok tree located a few steps away from the library. The refurbished tree will be on display Feb. 6–8 as part of the city’s International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium biennial, and Toby hopes to construct more than 200 strands, many of which could run more than 12 feet in length. She encourages attendees to walk through them. “For years, I’ve had a vision of creating an installation in a tree,” says Toby, whose background is in public horticulture administration. “All of my kinetic art is suspended work—what you might think of as mobiles—and all of it interacts with the wind. We want people to be close enough that the objects chime.” A former jewelry designer who transitioned into kinetic art in the mid-2000s, Toby was wearing earrings of her own making, each one comprised of a bead and a found metal washer strung together with copper wire—part of her “Wash and Wear” series. She has an incalculable number of trinkets at home just like it, obtained from years of searching curbs and parking lots and flea markets. And while she contributed thousands of objects from her cache to form “KineticConnections,” she’s hoping at least half of the exhibited pieces will be community donations gathered at one of the three workshops at the


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library, and during “upcycle” stations set up in December. Contributors to the project were asked to design strands themselves—taping the objects to cardboard for Toby to officially string together later—and then record a “video selfie” explaining their creation and the pieces they donated. The short videos will play on a loop at the tree site during the installation’s brief run. (After the exhibition, the strands will be on sale for an estimated $150 each, with proceeds benefiting the city’s Art in Public Places program and the Resource Depot.) “My work is really an invitation to reimagine ordinary things,” she says. “I’m interested in the objects, and I’m interested in the people and their stories, and the kinetic connection—about the energy and synergy of what happens when people come together to create something, when people share their stories.” For Debbie Coles-Dobay, public art manager for the city of Boynton Beach and executive director of the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, it was this community involvement that sold her on Toby’s proposition. “When we had all of our submissions for the outdoor art exhibition, we had big, iconic pieces that move with wind or with solar,” Coles-Dobay says. “What she presented was very unique in that it had the community engagement part of it. The whole idea as a public art manager is to get the public to understand the value of public art, and that’s exactly what Elayna’s project does. It totally immerses them into the project.” By 11 a.m. on the final donation workshop in the library, the room was buzzing with activity, as new and repeat visitors channeled their inner artists, recorded their selfies and shared the stories behind their donations; one woman supplied a small hammer she bought as a housewarming gift for an ex-lover. Another, Toby says, created a symbolic family tree, from herself—the hex nut at the top—all the way through her unborn grandchild. “Out of inanimate, ‘nothing’ objects so to speak, she had a whole metaphor that told a story,” she says. “There’s an inner artist in us all. This isn’t about me; it’s about everybody else. They are the creators. This is their story.” february 2015

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In thIs kInetIc sculptor’s latest constructIon, the artIst Is us.

Elayna Toby in her studio

If You Go What: International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium Where: All around the city of Boynton Beach When: Feb. 6–8 DetaIls: In addition to Toby’s “Kinetic-Connections,” 16 sizable examples of kinetic art— aka “art in motion”—will be on display on Boynton, with some remaining on view for a full year. Upward of 60 smaller artworks will be showcased in an indoor exhibition, and nine speakers will address the public about kinetic art—all of it at no charge. ContaCt: 561/742-6026, intlkineticartevent.org

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take5 Béla Fleck BANjo vIRTuoSo


f you want to collect everything Béla Anton Leos Fleck has ever recorded, you’ll have to scour the entire music store. That’s because, over the course of almost 40 years, the man named after three classical composers has plucked his way into nearly every genre, leading with his versatile banjo. The New York City native has released rustic bluegrass albums as a solo artist; experimented with rock and jazz fusion with his band, the Flecktones; performed with worldmusic congueros and violinists on triple concertos; and recorded African jazz during a whirlwind tour of the continent, which was captured in the 2009 documentary “Throw Down Your Heart.” Sometimes, on an album like 2011’s masterful “Rocket Science,” he’ll combine all of his influences in a fascinating cauldron of progressive bluegrass, jazz, rock, classical, world music and funk. He has been nominated for Grammies in more categories than any other musician. His latest project, which he’ll bring to Festival of the Arts Boca next month (March 6–15), is his most personal yet: a collaboration with his wife, Abigail Washburn, a fellow-banjoist and vocalist with her own generous discography. Fleck was introduced to Washburn in a setting worthy of a Hollywood romance: at a square dance, where she was dancing and he was playing. They’ve since released a phenomenal self-titled album of Appalachian blues, chamber folk and Americana that sounds like it could be 60 years old or recorded yesterday. No less than seven banjos were employed during its production, and Fleck is thrilled to share the results with the Festival audience, with his partner—in life and onstage—by his side.


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When/how did you discover that the banjo was the instrument for you? I first heard banjo on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” It was Earl Scruggs, and the playing was profound. Like so many other banjoists to be, my interest was ignited by Earl’s amazing musical soul. Luckily my grandfather brought home a banjo from a garage sale when I was 15, and I jumped on it.


You’ve gone in more directions with the banjo than any other artist I can think of. Do you think many artists underestimate the utility of this instrument? Probably, although banjo is much better received than it was a decade ago. I could be said to be on a bit of a musical crusade for the honor of this much maligned and magnificent instrument. Although the Southern white music that most people associate banjo with is fabulous, there is a lot more to the story. The African roots of the banjo, its place in the formation of jazz, blues, the banjo orchestras and the heyday—when Eddie Peabody filled up major concert halls for months—are largely forgotten.


What did you come away with—in terms of music, life or both— from the visit to Africa that was documented in “Throw Down Your Heart?” I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience in Africa, and so much of it was realized after the fact. I was only in Africa for five weeks, but because I produced the album and film,

I ended up being deeply involved with the materials we had created for over two years. Then there was the touring, which lasted a couple of years. So I had a solid five years where Africa was part of my daily experience. Spending that much time with something makes it a part of you. Now, I can draw on my African experiences in the rest of my musical and personal life.


Do you believe that your instrumentals tell stories, or at least evoke scenes, or moments in time? I want every tune that I write and perform to have an emotional component, and stick to it throughout the piece. But I don’t impose an actual storyline, because I like the idea that the active listener provides [his or her] own storyline. It can be an unconscious move for both me and the listener, but it’s probably the most profound part of the exchange.


How have you benefited from collaborating, musically, with your wife? Not every husband and wife should work together, but we seem to be able to, and we seem to love it! I get so much from collaborating with Abby. I get to work with a great singer, something I haven’t been able to do much of in the last 25 years. And I get to play with a great banjo player, so we can enjoy the banjo-centric parts of our nature together. Plus, I get to play music that is very evocative, that also has a traditional element, which I’ve missed. In our case it’s a win, win, win. february 2015

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BÉla Fleck and aBigail WashBurn at Festival oF the arts Boca When: March 7, 7:30 p.m. Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton cost: $15–$100 contact: 866/571-2787, festivaloftheartsboca.org

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Festival of the Arts March 6–15, 2015 A 1 0 - d Ay c e l e b r At i o n o F m u s i c A n d l i t e r At u r e About the FestivAl


estival of the Arts Boca ushers in its ninth season March 6 to 15 at the Schmidt Family Centre for the Arts’ Count de Hoernle Amphitheater and Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton. This 10-day cultural arts spectacular showcases classical and popular musicians, authors, thinkers, dancers and film—providing an intimate venue for world-class virtuosi while simultaneously cultivating the stars of tomorrow, in the revered tradition of the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy and the Napa Valley Festival del Sole in California, among others. “This year’s Festival of the Arts Boca promises to be

our best ever,” says Charlie Siemon, co-founder of the event. “The stellar lineup, compelling programming and international appeal makes this a cultural attraction anyone in the world would want to attend.” Individual tickets range from $15 to $125. Packages are available for admission to all events. For more information, call 561/368-8445, and to purchase tickets visit festivalboca.org or call 866/571-2787.


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Festival of the Arts Boca 2015 schedule

Wednesday, March 4 7 p.M.

Monday, March 9 7 p.M.

saturday, March 14 4 p.M.

Pre-festival event: in Conversation with Jamie Bernstein—“West side story” and Her father’s legacy venue: Cultural arts Center

autHors & ideas: siddhartha Mukherjee, physician, researcher and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, “the Cancer Puzzle” venue: Cultural arts Center

autHors & ideas: lucinda franks, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, “love & Politics” venue: Cultural arts Center

Friday, March 6 7:30 p.M.

tuesday, March 10 7 p.M.

saturday, March 14 7:30 p.M.

“West side story”— film with orchestra, festival orchestra Boca, Joyce ogren, Conductor venue: amphitheater

autHors & ideas: Clive thompson, author, journalist and technology industry expert venue: Cultural arts Center

saturday, March 7 3 p.M.

Wednesday, March 11 7 p.M.

ConCert: young People’s Chorus of new york City and Beethoven’s “ninth symphony” with Master Chorale of south florida, festival orchestra Boca and soloists with Constantine Kitsopoulos, Conductor venue: amphitheater

“Girl risinG” documentary film venue: Cultural arts Center

autHors & ideas: thomas friedman, journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, “that used to Be us” venue: amphitheater

saturday, March 7 7:30 p.M.

sunday, March 15 4 p.M. autHors & ideas: Martin Goldsmith, radio personality and author, “alex’s Wake” venue: Cultural arts Center

thursday, March 12 7 p.M.

ConCert: Béla fleck and abigail Washburn, Grammy award-winning banjo superstars venue: amphitheater

sunday, March 15 7:30 p.M.

autHors & ideas: Michael Grunwald, awardwinning author and journalist, “saving Paradise” venue: Cultural arts Center

sunday, March 8 4 p.M.

ConCert: tBa venue: amphitheater

Friday, March 13 7:30 p.M.

autHors & ideas: richard ford, Pulitzer Prizewinning author, “let Me Be frank With you” venue: Cultural arts Center

ConCert: Mozart Gala with flute, violin and orchestra featuring sir James Galway, Conrad tao and arnaud sussmann with festival orchestra Boca and Constantine Kitsopoulos, Conductor venue: amphitheater

sunday, March 8 7 p.M. PerforManCe: stars of international Ballet, principal dancers from american Ballet theatre, Boston Ballet, national Ballet of Canada, Washington Ballet and more venue: amphitheater

For tickets, call 866/571-2787. For information, call 561/368-8445.

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artists “West side story”—Film With orchestra Celebrate this iconic film and winner of 10 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. The 102-piece Festival Orchestra Boca plays the Florida premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score and memorable songs with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim live, while the newly re-mastered film is shown in glorious high-definition on the big screen, with the original vocals and dialogue intact. This classic romantic tragedy, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, one of the great achievements in the history of movie musicals, features Robbins’ breathtaking choreography and a screenplay by Ernest Lehman based on the masterful book by Arthur Laurents. “For devotees of the movie, it’s a revelation to hear the Bernstein score in such a dynamic, visceral way. And for those who are experiencing the film for the first time, there could be no better way to see, hear and fall in love with it ... and equally important, what better way to have a conversation with your kids about the forces of hatred and intolerance which still affect our society today?”— Jamie Bernstein

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BÉla Fleck and aBigail WashBurn

Jamie Bernstein is a narrator, writer and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with others. She grew up in an atmosphere bursting with music, theater and literature. Her father, composerconductor Leonard Bernstein, together with her mother, the pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre, and their legions of friends in the arts, created a spontaneous, ebullient household that turned Jamie into a dyed-in-thewool cultural enthusiast.

Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable— coming from just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music that is unique yet familiar in texture. Fleck, a 15-time Grammy winner, has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Dave Matthews, Earl Scruggs and the entire Cleveland Orchestra for his banjo concert “the Imposter.” Washburn’s banjo has taken her far beyond the usual old-timey comfort zone, musically and geographically. An alumnus of Uncle Earl, the powerhouse all-female string band, Abby’s adopted second homeland is China, and her music resounds with echoes of Appalachia and the tidal wave of emerging Chinese cultural influence. Together, Fleck and Washburn employ the relatively rare three-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat.













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the living legend of the flute, sir James galway performed at the inaugural season of festival of the arts boca in 2007. he is regarded as both the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. galway has made himself a modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is equaled only by his limitless ambition and vision. through his extensive touring, more than 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, galway has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts. since launching his successful career as a soloist in 1975, galway has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and most prestigious conductors with definitive treatments of classical repertoire and masterworks by bach, vivaldi and mozart. he also features contemporary music in his programs, including new flute works commissioned by him and for him by composers such as adamo, amram, bolcom, corigliano, heath, lieberman and maazel. a discography of more than 65 cDs with bmg sony classics and Deutsche grammophon ranging from the great classics such as mozart and bach to his performing on the soundtrack of “lord of the rings: the return of the King” and his recording of “o’reilly street,” with tiempo libre, reflect his musical diversity.

conrad tao made his festival of the arts boca debut in 2008, when he was just 13 years old. since then, he has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and openhearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by Npr and “ferociously talented” by TimeOut New York. in June 2011, the White house commission on presidential scholars and the Department of education named tao a presidential scholar in the arts, and the National foundation for advancement in the arts awarded him a Youngarts gold medal in music. later that year, conrad was named a gilmore Young artist, an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising american pianists of the new generation. in may 2012, he was awarded the prestigious avery fisher career grant.

Winner of a 2009 avery fisher career grant, arnaud sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura abilities and profound musicianship. minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you’ll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha heifetz or fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener. his clear tone [is] a thing of aweinspiring beauty, his phrasing spellbinding.” a thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, sussmann has performed with many of today’s leading artists, including itzhak perlman, menahem pressler, gary hoffman, shmuel ashkenazi, Wu han, David finckel, Jan vogler and members of the emerson string Quartet. he has worked with conductors such as robert moody, anu tali, peter bay and leon botstein. a dedicated chamber musician, he has been a member of the chamber music society of lincoln center since 2006 and has regularly appeared with them in New York and on tour, including a recent concert at london’s Wigmore hall.



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constantine Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony, where he conducts in such venues as carnegie hall, avery fisher hall and royal albert hall; and musical theater, where he can be found leading orchestras on broadway. Kitsopoulos is in his eighth year as music director of the Queens symphony orchestra and continues as general director of chatham opera, which he founded in 2005. he serves as music director of festival of the arts boca and was most recently appointed artistic director of the oK mozart festival, oklahoma’s premier music festival, where he led his second season this past June.

the Young people’s chorus of New York city is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. founded by artistic Director francisco J. Núñez 26 years ago, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child.

guillaume côté was born in lac-saint-Jean, Québec. he studied at canada’s National ballet school, joined the National ballet of canada in 1998 and became a principal dancer in 2004. in 2013, côté was appointed choreographic associate. côté’s repertoire includes the principal roles in “swan lake,” “the sleeping beauty,” “romeo and Juliet,” “giselle,” “the Nutcracker,” “onegin,” “carmen” and “apollo.” as a guest artist, côté has danced with teatro alla scala, english National ballet, the royal ballet, american ballet theatre, the mikhailovsky theatre, the hamburg ballet and stuttgart ballet. côté is an accomplished musician and composer. he won a gemini award and the galileo 2000 a life for music prize for “moving to his music: the two muses of guillaume côté.”

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aUTHORS & IDEaS “Girl risinG”

Thomas Friedman

siddharTha mukherjee

richard Ford

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, “Girl Rising” journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. The film features nine girls living in the developing world—ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome numerous odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.

Best-selling author of The World is Flat and a columnist for the New York Times, Tom Friedman is renowned for his direct reporting and sophisticated analysis of complex issues facing the world. According to Foreign Policy magazine, “Friedman doesn’t just report on events; he helps shape them.” His latest New York Times best-seller, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, is That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. According to the Christian Science Monitor, “Anyone who cares about America’s future ought to read this book and hear the author’s compelling case.” Friedman has been ranked No. 2 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of “influential business thinkers,” named to the 2011 Thinkers50 and the 2013 list of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers, and considered one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report. In awarding Friedman his third Pulitzer Prize, the Pulitzer board cited his “clarity of vision, based on extensive reporting, in commenting on the worldwide impact of the terrorist threat.”

Siddhartha Mukherjee is a specialist who has devoted his life to caring for victims of cancer. As a researcher, his laboratory is on the forefront of discovering new cancer drugs using innovative biological methods. His book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction and the 2011 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Dr. Mukherjee chronicles a fascinating look into the origins and causes of cancer, its deadly effects on the human body, how it has virtually enveloped modern civilization, and the epic battles that are taking place to control, cure and conquer it. Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center. A Rhodes Scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, New York Times and New Republic.

Richard Ford is described by many as one of our greatest American authors. His breakthrough novel, The Sportswriter, was named one of Time magazine’s five best books of 1986 and is on its list of the 100 best English-language books published since the inception of the magazine. This “transcendent” (Boston Globe) novel introduced readers to protagonist Frank Bascombe, a New Jersey novelist-turned-sportswriter-turnedreal estate agent—who would reappear in the sequels Independence Day and The Lay of the Land—in whom Ford created a quintessential American character to join the likes of Updike’s Rabbit Angstrom. In 1996, Independence Day won both the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Pulitzer Prize in Literature. After The Lay of the Land, Ford promised there would be no more works about Frank Bascombe; however, Frank reappears in Ford’s November 2014 book, Let Me Be Frank. Other works include Canada and Rock Springs, a highly regarded collection of short stories. The Washington Post says: “Bascombe… has become our unlikely Virgil, guiding us through the modern American purgatory of big-box stores along frontage roads, slowly decaying town squares and leafy, secretharboring suburbs. He’s there to remind us that glimmering meaning is hiding everywhere, even in the ugliest or most banal of places.”



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Clive Thompson is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. When he became a magazine writer in the 1990s, the Internet erupted into the mainstream, and he began reporting on how digital tools—everything from e-mail to digital photography to instant messaging— was changing society. Thompson started out pessimistic about the impact of the Internet on life, but over the course of the next 20 years, he realized that when everyday people were given remarkable powers of self-expression on a global scale, amazing things happened more often than not: Wikipedia, YouTube “response” conversations, collaborative problem-solving and the ESP-like awareness that comes from the status update universe. Today, Thompson is one of our most prominent technology writers, respected for his deeply reported, long-form magazine stories that get beyond headlines and harness the insights of science, literature, history and philosophy. In addition to the New York Times Magazine and Wired, he writes for Mother Jones and Smithsonian. His books include Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better, which was given a “Books of the Year” pick by The Economist. And he won the Overseas Press Council award for “Google’s China Problem (and China’s Google Problem)” published in the New York Times Magazine.

Michael Grunwald is a best-selling author, senior staff writer for Politico magazine, editorat-large for The Agenda magazine and contributor to Time magazine, where he was senior national correspondent for seven years. He has won the George Polk Award for national reporting, the Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting, and many other honors. After growing up on Long Island and graduating from Harvard College, Grunwald spent six years as a reporter for the Boston Globe. In July 1998, he joined the national staff of the Washington Post, where he was an investigative reporter, political reporter and New York bureau chief. He joined Time in September 2007. In 2006, Simon & Schuster published Grunwald’s first book, The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise. It was praised as “brilliant” (Washington Post), “magnificent” (Palm Beach Post) and “terrific” (New York Times). In August 2012, Simon & Schuster published his second book, The New New Deal: The Hidden History of Change in the Obama Era. It has received similar critical acclaim—The Economist and The Guardian both declared it the best book about the Obama administration—and made the New York Times best-seller list.

Lucinda Franks is the author of the memoirs My Father’s Secret War and Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me. A former staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times, she has also written for The New Yorker and The Atlantic. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the life and death of Diana Oughton, a member of the Weathermen. A graduate of Vassar College, Franks lives in New York City with her husband, the former longtime district attorney for New York County, Robert M. Morgenthau.

Martin Goldsmith is known for his work as host of NPR’s “Performance Today” and is currently host of SiriusXM Radio’s “Symphony Hall.” He is the author of Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance, The Inextinguishable Symphony and The Beatles Come to America. The Inextinguishable Symphony tells the story of Goldsmith’s parents, who met and fell in love in the Jewish Culture Association; their ordeal during the war; and their emigration to the U.S., where Goldsmith was born. Alex’s Wake chronicles the fate of Goldsmith’s grandfather and uncles, who were on the ill-fated St. Louis, which was turned away from salvation by the U.S., Canada and Cuba. It is also about the guilt of those who survived, the legacy passed on to their children and the affirming search to acknowledge it all.

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There is only one word to describe Downtown Delray Beach, Florida ‌ SOCIAL! Whether you are casual, urban, sophisticated or chic, the heart of our historic Village by the Sea will never disappoint the social side of you. Our thriving community of artists, culture and entertainment, along with our eclectic shops and mouth-watering cuisine, will have you spreading the word about Downtown Delray Beach far and wide. Take your family and friends for a warm dip in the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic along two miles of pristine beach. Come and explore SOCIAL Downtown Delray Beach!

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Mark your calendars for a memorable evening of dining under the stars—and down the double yellow line of famed Atlantic Avenue—at the food and wine event of the year. Join hundreds of guests—and an estimated 16 of Downtown Delray’s finest restaurants—at Florida’s longest dining table, one that runs more than five blocks. Savor the Avenue reservations are made with the restaurants directly beginning February 1, 2015. This is the event you don’t want to miss. For more information, visit bocamag.com or downtowndelraybeach.com or call 561/243-1077.

~ Reserve Your Seat ~ THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015

For reservations and to view the featured menus, please visit:

BocaMag.com/Savor DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Events

561/243-1077 Sponsored By:

We ask that you please Savor responsibly.

Event Charity: Restaurants will donate $2 for every attendee at their restaurant to Delray’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

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WHERE & WHEN: Location: Downtown Delray Beach

on East Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to East Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1)

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015 Rain Date: Friday, March 27, 2015 Time: 5:30–9 p.m.

CHARITY: Campaign for Grade Level Reading, City of Delray Beach $3.00 of each reservation will be donated to this non-profit to assist in funding books and tutoring programs that will prepare children for life. Over 45% of the children in Delray Beach do not read on a grade level in 3rd Grade. We are thrilled to be able to support this program.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT: Last day to reserve your seat is March 19, 2015 Review the restaurant listings within this section. Each ach restaurant will be serving a specially designed four-course dinner paired with complimentary wines. The menus are available only online at bocamag.com or downtownderlaybeach.com/savor-and-tastemakers or at the restaurant. Contact the restaurant of choice to make your reservation. Seating is limited. Guests must be 21 or older.

HOW TO CHECK IN: Arrive the evening of March 26 and make your way to the restaurant location on East ast Atlantic Avenue. Each restaurants’ tables will be set near their physical location. Check in with the host/hostess to receive your Savor the Avenue bracelet. Show the bracelet to receive a complimentary cocktail at your restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

Visit www.downtowndelraybeach.com for a Savor restaurant map.

SAVOR THE AVE TABLE DÉCOR CONTEST: For the third year, the Savor the Avenue restaurants will be competing for the “Best in Show” table! From elegant to eclectic, each restaurant puts its unique touch to showcase their style at each table. We encourage you to arrive early and walk the avenue to view the beautifully decorated tables.

GREET, TOAST & DINE! 5:30–6:15 p.m.

After checking in, enjoy a complimentary drink during the welcome reception provided by each participating restaurant. Locate your seats at Florida’s longest dining table, and prepare to enjoy a beautiful night!

6 p.m.

Seating begins.

6:15 p.m.

Welcome Comments, Grand Toast, Table Decor Contest Winners Hosted by Steve Weagle, Storm Team 5 Chief Meteorologist, WPTV NEWS

6:30–9 p.m.

Four-course dinner to be served with donated custom adult-beverage pairings


Downtown Delray Beach evening casual

PARKING: Public parking lots and garage parking are available, as well as some valet locations. Atlantic Avenue will be closed during the event. Side streets will remain open for vehicle access. Visit downtowndelraybeach.com/parking for more parking information. Old School Square Parking Garage: Northeast First Street and Northeast First Avenue ($5.00 for the evening) Robert Federspiel Garage: Southeast First Aveune

Chef Nick Morfogen changes his menu daily to accommodate only the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. 32 East has a neighborhood bistro ambience, offering a fine dining experience in a comfortable setting. There is a street-side terrace providing an outdoor dining option, along with our lively, full-service bar and lower and upper-level dining rooms. 32 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-276-7868 / 32east.com


5O OCEAN Located above the iconic sports bar, Boston’s on the Beach, 50 Ocean features a sophisticated, Old Florida atmosphere, panoramic ocean views, and exquisite cuisine with exciting local influences, presented by a knowledgeable and seasoned staff. Award-winning chef Blake Malatesta is a master talent at creating unique dishes, offsetting different textures and custom sauces in his signature dishes of seafood and meats. 50 S. Ocean Blvd. (A1A) / 561-278-3364 / 50ocean.com


ZAGAT 2015: “Delicious” Nuevo Latin eats are the draw at this “colorful, vibrant” Delray Beach cantina well served by a “good” staff; festive drinks, including “authentic” mojitos and “thirst-quenching” sangria, “set the scene for a fun evening” including “people-watching” from the sidewalk seats. 105 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-274-9090 / cabanarestaurant.com

Caffé Luna Rosa is the Italian restaurant on the beach and the oldest Italian restaurant in Delray Beach. Recently awarded the 2014 Delray Beach Restaurant of the Year award Caffé Luna Rosaoffers an oceanview dining experience where great food and a great environment come together. 34 S. Ocean Blvd. / 561-274-9404 / caffelunarosa.com

Caffe Luna Rosa

City Oyster && Sushi Bar

Featuring fresh seafood delivered and prepared daily, City Oyster has a full sushi bar and a rotating selection of fresh oysters from both coasts. House-made desserts, pies, bread, crackers and pasta are fresh from our bakery located above the restaurant. Our large selection of wines is recognized by Wine Spectator as one of the premier wine selections in the country. 213 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-272-0220 / cityoysterdelray.com

CUT 432

CUT 432 continues to please. It’s been seven years since CUT 432 opened its glass doors and began to challenge the idea about what a steak house could and should be. It offers succulent cuts of beef, inventive dishes and a great wine list. 432 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-272-9898 / cut432.com


We here at DIG (doing.it.green) strive to provide amazing flavorful food by utilizing fresh, seasonal organic and naturally fed & ethically tended products whenever possible. All of our meats are free range, grass fed and antibiotic free; seafood is wild caught. We actively pursue to be environmentally friendly in order to leave as small a footprint on Mother Earth as possible. 777 E Atlantic Ave. / 561-279-1002 / digdelray.com

LEMONGRASS Lemongrass Delray Beach has been the place to go for Thai, Japanese sushi and Vietnamese since opening. With all rolls and dishes made to order, the chefs can create just about anything to your liking. The notable wine and sake list provides the perfect pairing to any entrée. Zagat 2004–2008: “Excellent”; Sun-Sentinel: Top 10 Asian Restaurants in Florida; Florida Trend: Best New 20 Restaurants in South Florida. 420 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-278-5050 / lemongrassasianbistro.com

Since its debut in 2011, Max’s Harvest has been a favorite destination for evening and weekend brunch in Pineapple Grove. It’s heritage of fresh, local, natural ingredients and simple preparations has earned Max’s Harvest distinction among its guests and peers as a premier farm-to-table restaurant. Food tastes naturally delicious when grown with care, harvested at precisely the right moment and delivered to our kitchen directly from the source. Fresh ingredients are a delight to the senses and the essence of great cooking. We hope you enjoy the sheer pleasure of seasonal, locally-grown ingredients and the simple, sophisticated flavors that result when you let the land speak for itself. 169 NE 2nd Ave. (561) 381-9970 / maxsharvest.com



Social House

Like our sister restaurant, Max’s Harvest, in Pineapple Grove, “SoHo” is off the Ave. The vintage 1925 cottage in historic Delray Beach once known as the “Falcon House” is Max’s newest concept. SoHo is a gathering spot for locals, foodies, in-the-biz folks and Delray’s many visitors. The Max heritage for quality food is evident throughout the menu, from small plate selections to salads and entrees, using seasonal ingredients and simple preparations. Friendly, knowledgeable bartenders serve-up a generous selection of craft beers and small batch spirits, every night until 2 AM. At SoHo, meet your friends, make new ones and have a good time. Remember, all of our friends were strangers once! 116 NE 6th Ave. / (561) 501-4332 / sohodelray.com


Discover the age of decadence at PRIME, Delray’s first and only authentic prime supper club. This glamorous supper club, inspired by the 1940s, promotes dining as a social experience. The largest restaurant on Atlantic Avenue, PRIME, brings the best of land and sea to guests with spectacular yet affordable menu selections. 29 SE 2nd Ave. (right off the Ave.) / 561-865-5845 / primedelray.com

A New England seafood house featuring refreshing, unique cocktails and Grand Central Oyster Barinspired steam kettles, RACKS Fish House + Oyster Bar features a unique, nouveau-nautical decor along with a responsibly sourced ocean-to-table menu that excites and inspires. Guests will discover ever-evolving recipes for oysters Rockefeller, pan roasts and po’ boys as well as an extensive live raw bar featuring what’s fresh and in season. 5 S.E. 2nd Ave. / 561-450-6718 / racksdelray.com





Our concept presents Prime Steaks, award-winning sushi and premium cocktails in a trendy upscale atmosphere. We pay attention to every detail to ensure your experience is remarkable from the moment you step into the restaurant. The ownership group has more than 15 years of experience in upscale dining and nightlife. They have traveled the world, having visited the hottest spots in the top destinations across the country and overseas. 32 S.E. 2nd Ave. / 561-274-7258 / salt7.com


Enjoy the tastes of SoLita, “South of Little Italy,” where our Italian-American recipes have been passed down for generations. We splurge on the freshest and finest hand-picked ingredients, and our tasty, made-to-order dishes will take you to an experience you can only get at our “home.” 25 N.E. 2nd Ave. / 561-899-0888 / solitaitalian.com

Taverna Opa

Taverna Opa is the embodiment of the Greek spirit of Opa–a gathering place for guests to celebrate the basic elementsof life–food, drinks and music enjoyed with family and friends. Come experience a different approach to dining that energizes, where previous dining norms are broken and spirits are lifted with every single napkin in the air. 270 E. Atlantic Ave. / tavernaopa.com

Feast on delicious, gourmet comfort food, at this outstanding American gastropub, where the food is as important as the creative cocktails, the selection of craft beer, and the noteworthy wine list. This wonderful, four-course meal will showcase gifted executive sous chef Derek Ernsting’s innovative cuisine, including refreshing salads, sublime small plates, award-winning burgers, enticing chicken, steak, and fish dishes, and delectable desserts. 201 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-276-3600 / theofficedelray.com


Tryst Tryst is a local restaurant with a neighborhood pub feeling. We offer lunch, dinner, happy hour and late-night bites. The menu is inspired by the rich bar culture of Europe, with an emphasis on seasonal, mostly local, farm-fresh ingredients. 4 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-921-0201 / trystdelray.com

Dine on mouthwatering, rustic Italian cuisine created by talented executive chef Erick Miranda. The expansive menu truly pays homage to the fine culinary traditions of Italy. This enticing, four-course meal will showcase the restaurant’s superb salads, house-made pasta, fresh fish and seafood, scrumptious veal and chicken entrÊes, and decadent desserts. The full bar features inventive cocktails, as well as an impressive selection of wine and beer. 290 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-278-9570 / vicandangelos.com



The Office is a modern American gastropub that serves delicious, gourmet comfort food, in a setting reminiscent of a luxurious home office. Menu favorites include an array of juicy burgers, inventive salads, swell sandwiches, wonderful appetizers, mouthwatering seafood, chicken and beef entrees. • Lunch & Dinner Served Daily • Early & Late Happy Hour at Indoor & Outdoor Bars • Dine Indoors or on the Patio 290 E. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach • 561-278-9570 4520 PGA Blvd. • Palm Beach Gardens • 561-630-9899 vicandangelos.com

Vic & Angelo’s serves up delectable, rustic Italian cuisine, including soul-satisfying house-made pastas, crispy, thin-crust pizzas, refreshing salads, fresh fish and seafood, and enticing veal and chicken dishes, in a warm and welcoming setting. • Lunch & Dinner Served Daily • Early & Late Happy Hour at Indoor & Outdoor Bars • Brunch Served Saturday & Sunday • Indoor and Outdoor Dining 201 E. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach • 561-276-3600 theofficedelray.com

diningguide [ 180 jové review • 182 sapphire review • 188 the boca challenge • 208 deconstructing the dish ]

for starters caffé luna rosa 34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/274-9404

Zuppa di pesce from Caffé Luna Rosa

VALENTINE’S TIP For you romantic types, it’s worth noting that Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year. Given Caffé Luna Rosa’s reputation as one of the area’s most romantic dining destinations in town, it might be worth making your reservations early. And if you’re still hungry on Sunday, don’t forget about the restaurant’s zuppa di pesce and prime rib specials.

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here’s an old saying in the restaurant business that the quality of a restaurant’s food decreases in direct proportion to the quality of its views. Whoever coined that saying never ate at Caffé Luna Rosa, where the beach and ocean views from across A1A are so splendid you can almost feel the sun on your face and the sand and water between your toes. It’s also where, for more than 20 years, the classic, Italian-inspired food consistently has been some of the best in town, starting with ingredients like governmentcertified San Marzano tomatoes, imported prosciutto and mozzarella di bufala, locally grown produce, grass-fed beef and impeccably fresh seafood. What’s also notable about the restaurant is its ownership. Founder Francis Marincola brought in four longtime employees as partners, including veteran chef Ernesto DeBlasi. You don’t change what’s not broken but DeBlasi keeps up with culinary trends, adding a roster of low-cal, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, as well as extending the hours of the popular weekend brunch to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day. And you still get that great view. —Bill Citara

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review jové kitchen & bar 2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/533-3750


An example of the exquisite presentation at Jové


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IF YOU GO PRICES: Entrées $14–$120 (for two) HOURS: Daily 5:30–10 p.m. WEBSITE: joverestaurant.com

thin-crusted stone-fired pizzas and commendable pastas, all but one under $20. And dine we did, though rather less modestly, beginning with a half-dozen glistening Malpeque oysters, slippery nuggets of sweetbriny lusciousness that required only the merest squeeze of lemon to highlight their freshfrom-the-sea flavor. Then it was on to the chef’s sublime interpretation of the classic vitello tonnato, quarter-sized coins of fork-tender veal loin, fanned in a circle over a pool of tuna sauce like liquid silk and garnished with fried capers, oven-dried tomatoes, a handful of infantile greens and two witty, chef-inspired touches—a tiny poached quail egg infused with coffee and twin sticks of celery given a bright-tasting jolt of lemon. We practically lapped up the creamy Gorgonzola sauce that graced pillow-y gnocchi laced with figs, then we sat back to await our entrées. A snowy-white fillet of flounder was the night’s lone disappointment. Though not the freshest piece of fish I’ve ever eaten, it may have been the saltiest, something the accompanying leek fondue and terrific little layered potato cake were helpless to remedy. A duet of lamb, however, returned the universe to its rightful order, a pair of thick-cut chops and slices off the loin with goat cheese, lamb jus and house-made mint jelly. The

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The inventiveness of Jové’s kitchen extends to the bar, where classic cocktails made with premium spirits are poured alongside complex concoctions that use an array of house-made infusions, syrups and garnishes. I was particularly taken with the Fernet Branca Manhattan, which gives the traditional Manhattan a kick with the famously bitter Italian digestif, California’s boutique Breaking & Entering bourbon, high-end Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Angostura bitters and a juicy brandied cherry. It’s pricy at $16, but it makes a lovely pre- or post-dinner cocktail.

combination of flavors—salty sweet, meaty, herbal—is like a party for your taste buds. So too is the plush, satiny lemon panna cotta, a suave lily gilded with prosecco jelly, sweet-tart blackberry granite and (inexplicably) strands of fried pasta. A traditional Italian dessert, meringata di lampone, a sort of meringue tart with flakes of bitter chocolate and raspberry sorbet, could have used more chocolate and sorbet and less meringue, though when you’re reaching for the sky, grabbing a handful of clouds once in a while comes with the territory. —Bill Citara

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ové is named for the Italian god of the sky. It’s not inappropriate, as the folks at the Four Seasons Palm Beach were in fact reaching for the heights when it came to reconstituting their premier restaurant—formerly bearing the grimly unimaginative moniker of “The Restaurant”—as a tony outpost of modern, inventive Italian-inspired food and drink. To be honest, many of these big-time corporate “rebrandings” chiefly involve slapping a veneer of lipstick on the same tired pig and hiring a PR agency to brag about it. But resort executive chef Darryl Moiles, restaurant chef Mauro Zanusso, general manager Karma Tsepal and the rest of the Four Seasons’ crew really did rethink, rework and redo damn near everything, crafting a wholly new restaurant from the ground up, with a careful eye on the twin missions of today’s high-end hotel eateries: 1) inviting in a younger, hipper, more foodie-oriented clientele, while 2) not scaring off the older, more conservative diners that have traditionally been such hotels’ house-baked bread and imported European butter. That Jové works so well at both is a tribute and a pleasure, as it allows you to dine as the mood strikes you, modestly adventurous or safely classical. You can even dine modestly, at least as far as price goes, as Jové offers both

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ew things are more satisfying than seeing stereotypes crumble. Take Indian restaurants, for example. They’re either dark and dank or huge and soulless, with all the charm of a DMV office. The most important piece of kitchen equipment is the steam table, where impossible to pronounce dishes sit stewing until they are indistinguishable from each other. Service is perfunctory at best, and if you want a glass of good wine … Enjoy a nice lukewarm Kingfisher. If all that sounds familiar to you, then Sapphire Indian Cuisine probably isn’t. Raju Brahmbhatt’s sophisticated modern Indian restaurant in Boca’s Royal Palm Place doesn’t just smash those stereotypes, it roasts them to ashes in a fiery hot Sapphire’s jumbo prawns tandoor oven. The mostly white dining room with its leather-wrapped booths, sleek drum chandeliers, coffered ceiling and contempoIF YOU GO rary furnishings is as stylish as any nouveau American bistro. Service, though disorganized, PRICES: Entrées $14–$33 is puppy-dog friendly and eager to please. The HOURS: Daily 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m., wine list is thoughtfully chosen to pair well Sun.–Thurs. 5:30–10:30 p.m., with the food. And the food? It’s some of the Fri.–Sat. 5:30–11 p.m. best Indian cuisine in South Florida—refined, complex, assertively seasoned but not overwhelmingly, and artfully presented. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, pay attention sauce with so many layers of flavor you evento Sapphire’s vegetarian dishes. Bagarey Baigan tually give up counting. If there’s any quibble arrives as thumb-sized baby eggplants braised with the kitchen it’s that “spicy” dishes tend in a lush, golden sauce spiked with dried coconot to be, at least if Shrimp Balchao was any nut and curry leaves until the eggplant melts indication. Its “spicy chili masala sauce” was as on your tongue like vegetable snowflakes. Lahtame as a toy poodle. sooni Gobi nails the opposite end of the texture Indian desserts are, well, Indian desserts. So spectrum, with cauliflower florets battered if the “coconut rice pudding” is less pudding and fried until they chew like well-marbled than thin, sugary, creamy rice soup, it perhaps filet mignon, paired with an intensely reduced just means we need to recalibrate our Western tomato-garlic chutney. sweet teeth. And enjoy the sounds of stereoGosht Xacutti is chunks of tender lamb types crumbling. —Bill Citara awash in a mild coconut and spice-laden

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Aside from the Boca Resort, Boca Landing at the new Waterstone Resort offers the only waterfront dining in Boca.

Park Road. contemporary american. This cozy, artfully rustic spot is one of the few restaurants in the U.S. that has a Josper oven, a pricy, charcoal-fired grill-oven hybrid that cooks foods quickly at high heat to retain maximum flavor and texture. It works like a charm on chicken, resulting in remarkably crisp skin and tender meat, as well as on fist-sized shrimp you can customize with one of several sauces. Don’t miss feather-light profiteroles filled with caramel and pumpkin mousse. • Dinner Tues.– Sat. 561/409-2061. $$

abe & louie’s —2200 W. Glades Road. Steaks. This outpost of the Boston steak house cooks up slabs of well-aged, USDA Prime beef like nobody’s business. Two of the best are the bone-in ribeye and New York sirloin. Start with a crab cocktail, but don’t neglect side dishes like steamed spinach and hash browns. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 561/447-0024. $$$

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 giant shrimp with tomatoes, cannellini beans, rosemary and an exceptionally well-done risotto. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/997-7373. $$$

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


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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. $

• Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.– Sun. 561/392-3777. (Other Palm Beach County locations: The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., 561/622-0491; CityPlace, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/835-1511) $$

bistro provence—2399 N. Federal Highway. French. With the convivial ambience and hearty good food of an authentic Parisian bistro, this inviting, unpretentious restaurant deserves its local popularity. Mussels are a specialty, and roasted duck is excellent too. • Dinner nightly. 561/368-2340. $$

butcher block grill—7000 W. Camino Real, #100. Steak house/contemporary american. This casual steak house with a Mediterranean twist and a local, seasonal, sustainable ethos gives the stuffy old-fashioned meatery a swift kick in the sirloin. Beef here is all-natural and grass-fed, delivering big, rich, earthy flavor; the New York strip is 12 ounces of carnivorous pleasure. Seafood, whether raw (tuna crudo) or simply grilled (wild-caught salmon), is palatepleasing as well. Don’t miss the fresh mozzarella, made and assembled into a salad at your table. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/409-3035. $$$

boca landing—999 E. Camino Real. contemporary american. No Hollywood celebrity has gotten a better face-lift than Boca’s aging Bridge Hotel, now the sleek, contemporary Waterstone Resort & Marina. The hotel’s new signature restaurant, Boca Landing, is equally stunning, showing off its prime waterfront location and views. The mostly small-plates menu features Asian-inflected tuna tartare, green curry mussels and fried calamari. Probably the best dish, though, is the thoroughly continental filet mignon with crab and béarnaise, with wickedly luscious house-made hazelnut gelato coming in a very close second. • Dinner daily. 561/368-9500. $$ bonefish grill—21069 Powerline Road. Seafood. Market-fresh seafood is the cornerstone—like Chilean sea bass prepared over a wood-burning grill and served with sweet Rhea’s topping (crabmeat, sautéed spinach and a signature lime, tomato and garlic sauce.) • Dinner nightly. 561/483-4949. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/732-9142; 9897 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/965-2663; 11658 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/799-2965) $$ brio tuscan grille—5050 Town Center Circle, #239. Italian. The Boca outpost of this national chain does what it set out to do—dish up big portions of well-made, easily accessible Italian-esque fare at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for bruschetta piled with fresh cheeses and vegetables or house-made fettuccine with tender shrimp and lobster in a spicy lobster butter sauce, you’ll be one happy diner.

the capital grille—6000 Glades Road. Steaks. This is one of more than three dozen restaurants in a national chain, but the Boca Grille treats you like a regular at your neighborhood restaurant. Steaks, dry-aged if not Prime, are flavorful and cooked with precision, while starters from Wagyu beef carpaccio to a lighter version of the hardy chopped salad are nicely done too. Parmesan truffle fries are crispy sticks of potato heaven; chocolate-espresso cake a study in shameless, and luscious, decadence. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/368-1077. $$$

casa d’angelo —171 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. Angelo Elia’s impeccable Italian restaurant is a delight, from the stylish room to the suave service to the expansive wine list, not to mention food that’s by turn elegant, hearty, bold, subtle and always delicious. Dishes off the regular menu make excellent choices, like char-grilled jumbo prawns with artichoke, arugula, lemon and olive oil. But pay attention to specials like pan-seared snapper and scallops in a spicy, garlicky cherry tomato sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/338-1703. $$$ the cheesecake factory—5530 Glades Road. american. Oh, the choices! The chain even has a Sunday brunch menu in addition to its main menu, which includes Chinese chicken salad and Cajun jambalaya. Don’t forget about

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dining guide 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, 561/8023838; Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-3711) $$

chops lobster bar—101 Plaza Real S., Royal Palm Place. Steak, seafood. 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 Australian tails flash-fried and served with drawn butter or sizable Maine specimens stuffed with crab. • Dinner nightly. 561/395-2675. $$$$

cuban café —3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. Cuban. Diners pack this traditional Cuban restaurant for lunch specials that start at $7.95, including slow-roasted pork served with white rice and black beans. Other highlights include the Cuban sandwich and (on the dinner menu only) lechón asado. • 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 Tues.–Sun. 561/961-4156. $$ farmer’s table —1901 N. Military Trail. American. Fresh, natural, sustainable, organic and local is the mantra at this both tasty and health-conscious offering from Mitchell Robbins and Joey Giannuzzi. Menu highlights include flatbreads, slow-braised USDA Prime short rib and the popular Buddha Bowl, with veggies, udon noodles and shrimp. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/417-5836. $


In addition to its sophisticated cuisine with its many influences— from French to Incan to Chinese— La Rosa Nautica has a small list of “aphrodisiacs,” like its “Tiger’s Milk” ceviche.


grand lux cafe —Town Center at Boca Raton. American. The Cheesecake Factory’s sister brand is an upscale take on the original formula, with an atmosphere inspired by the great cafes of Europe. The menu offers a range of international flavors, and the specialty baked-to-order desserts are always a big hit. • Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. 561/392-2141. $$ the grille on congress—5101 Congress Ave. American. Dishes at this longtime favorite range from tasty chicken dishes and main-plate salads to seafood options like pistachio-crusted snapper or simply grilled yellowfin tuna. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/912-9800. $$

houston’s—1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle. American. With rustic features like butcher-block tables and comfy padded leather booths, Houston’s has created a “nonchain” feel, although there are more than 40 nationwide. It’s one of the hottest lunch spots in town, hosting business types and power shoppers. The menu

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is straightforward—big burgers on sweet egg buns, Caesar salad, roasted chicken, filet mignon—but it’s not lacking in ingenuity. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-0550. $$

josef’s table —5030 Champion Blvd. Continental. Josef’s touts itself as offering “the slightest dash of nostalgia,” and that’s a good thing. Though the kitchen does have a timid hand with sauces and seasonings, there’s no quibbling about the execution, whether a light, refreshing “tower” of lump crabmeat with mango, cucumber and tomato; rosy-rare double-cut lamb chops with port wine-mint sauce; pan-seared hogfish with orange beurre blanc; or the richly decadent half-moon chocolate tart. • Dinner daily. 561/353-2700. $$$ josephine’s —5751 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Tradition trumps trendy, and comfort outweighs chic at this Boca favorite. The ambience is quiet and stately but not stuffy, and the menu is full of hearty dishes to soothe the savage appetite, like three-cheese eggplant rollatini and chicken scarpariello. • Dinner nightly. 561/988-0668. $$

kapow noodle bar—431 Plaza Real. Pan-Asian. This wickedly stylish Asian-inspired gastropub delivers a delicious and inventive punch to the taste buds. Among the hardest hitters are green tea-cured salmon with micro and fried basil and longan berries stuffed with yuzu kosho gelee, and cheesecake springrolls with a banana caramel dipping sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/347-7322. $ kathy’s gazebo café —4199 N. Federal Highway. Continental. This local stalwart smoothly rolls along with its signature blend of French and Continental dishes. The ornate, formal dining room and equally formal service are anomalies these days but are comforting nonetheless. Classic dishes like creamy lobster bisque, house-made duck paté, broiled salmon with sauce béarnaise and dreamy chocolate mousse are as satisfying as ever. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/395-6033. $$$ ke’e grill—17940 N. Military Trail. American. The attraction here is carefully prepared food that is satisfying, flavorful and reasonably priced. The fist-sized crab cake is a good place to start, followed by sea bass with a soy-ginger-sesame glaze. • Dinner nightly. 561/995-5044. $$$

la nouvelle maison—455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd. French. Elegant, sophisticated French cuisine, white-glove service and a trio of (differently) stylish dining rooms make Arturo Gismondi’s homage to the Boca’s storied La Vieille Maison the home away from home to anyone who appreciates the fine points of fine 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, cookbookperfect rendition of steak frites and assortment of desserts that range from homey apple tart to exquisite chocolate-raspberry souffle. • Dinner daily. 561/338-3003. $$$

Buzz Bites i Change is good: Good and good-for-you dining gets a boost in Boca with the debut of Farmhouse Kitchen (399 S.E. Mizner Blvd., 561/826-2625) in the former Table 42 space in Royal Palm Place. Seeing a healthy demand for healthier food that doesn’t skimp on flavor, as borne out by the raging success of Joey Giannuzzi’s Farmer’s Table, proprietor Gary Rack converted his sleek, modern pizza-pasta joint to a homier farmto-table spot featuring “better-foryou foods that leave you happily satisfied while not guilty.” The menu from executive chef Matthew Danaher focuses on veggies and lean meats, with dishes like spicy Buffalo cauliflower with almonds and celery, green apple and kale slaw, lentil and bison tacos, nut and seed-crusted chicken, and cider-glazed turkey kebobs. There’s also a selection of flatbreads and salads to which you can add the protein of your choice. The space itself got a complete makeover too, a more countrified look that boasts lots of dark wood, earth tones and olive greens, butcher block-topped tables, a pair of wood-fired ovens and walls lined with shelves bearing a variety of house-canned foods.

la rosa nautica—515 N.E. 20th St. Peruvian. Expect no ambience, no pretensions, low prices and food that satisfies on a very high level. Good starters include antichuchos, chunks of grilled beef heart, and causa, a terrine-like layering of mashed potatoes and chicken salad. Ceviche and the lomo saltado are among the best in South Florida. • Lunch daily. Dinner Tues.– Sun. 561/296-1413. $$ la tre —249 E. Palmetto Park Road. Vietnamese. For almost two decades, this elegant little spot has been celebrating the delicate, sophisticated flavors and textures of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese cuisine. A house signature, shrimp tossed with coriander curry pesto, is an inspired riff on Vietnamese classics. Service and wines match the refinement of the cuisine. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-4568. $$ february 2015

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carrot cake


he Fountain of Youth, perpetual motion machines, healthy desserts that taste good … It’s always tempting to believe in things that are just too delicious to be true. On the other hand, hope springs eternal, otherwise the future would hold but a grim promise of ever-increasing decrepitude, running out of gas and growing a steel-belted radial for a stomach. Since this space is as desperate to believe in the impossible as anyone else, we racked our aging brains to come up with a dessert that could be construed as, if not actually healthy, not terribly unhealthy. We settled on carrot cake. After all, carrot cake contains carrots, for Dean Ornish’s sake! Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin A and antioxidants. They contain almost no starch and only 0.2 percent fat. And they keep Bugs Bunny safe from that blithering Elmer Fudd, a nasty piece of work if there ever




was one. Of course, carrot cake also typically contains a boatload of refined sugar and is slathered with cream cheese frosting. But like I said, we want to believe. For this Challenge we rated our carrot cakes on the taste and texture of the cake, the quality of the frosting and the value, averaging the scores to come up with a total. We weren’t any healthier after gobbling down these fat squares of sugar and frosting. But we believed we were healthier. Which, after all, is what counts. Th-th-th-that’s all, folks! —bill Citara



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Scrape off the oddly savory-tasting frosting and you have a pretty tasty cake. It’s very moist, perhaps too moist for some, but we liked it. And the portion is huge, easily enough for two. $7.

farmer’s table

There was a faint but unmistakable sourness to this cake, though texturally it was perfect—moist, not too dense, studded with walnuts and raisins. The “dairy free” frosting tasted like it. $7

seasons 52

There are two ways to make a healthy dessert: use “healthy” ingredients or serve smaller portions. Seasons 52 opts for the latter, serving its cake in a shot glass, which is just fine by us. $2.75



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dining guide la villetta —4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-edited version of a traditional Italian menu, complete with homemade pastas and other classic dishes. Try the signature whole yellowtail snapper encrusted in sea salt; it’s de-boned right at tableside. Shrimp diavolo is perfectly scrumptious. • Dinner nightly. (closed Mon. during summer). 561/362-8403. $$ le rivage —450 N.E. 20th St. French. Don’t overlook this small, unassuming bastion of traditional French cookery. That would be a mistake, because the dishes that virtually scream “creativity” can’t compare to the quiet pleasures served here—like cool, soothing vichyssoise, delicate fillet of sole with nutty brown butter sauce or perfectly executed crème brûlee. Good food presented without artifice at a fair price never goes out of fashion. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/620-0033. $$

madison’s —2006 N.W. Executive Center

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Madison’s tells us they have a new menu and a new chef—who used to be the personal chef for the Kardashians.

Circle. American. This location is something of a Bermuda Triangle for restaurants, with at least four eateries preceding this local outpost of a Canadian chain that styles itself a “New York grill and bar.” What Madison’s has going for it is an exceedingly handsome and capacious space, as well as service that is as professional as it is personable. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/994-0808. $$

maggiano’s —21090 St. Andrews Blvd. Italian. Do as the Italians do and order familystyle, sit back and watch the endless amounts of gorgeous foods grace your table. In this manner, you receive two appetizers, two salads, two pastas, two entrées, two vegetables and two desserts. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/361-8244. $$

mario’s osteria—1400 Glades Road. Italian. This popular spot is swanky in its reincarnation, but the rustic Italian and ItalianAmerican 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 posh veal osso buco ravioli in truffle cream sauce and thick, juicy rib-eye served “arrabiata” style. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/239-7000. $$ matteo’s —233 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Hearty Italian and Italian-American food, served in giant “family style” portions, needs no reinventing. Though there is no shortage of local restaurants cooking in that genre, it’s the details of preparation and service that make Matteo’s stand out. Baked clams are a good place to start, as is the reliable chopped salad. Linguini frutti di mare is one of the best in town. • Dinner daily. 561/392-0773. $$ max’s grille—404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Contemporary American. Though its signature California-influenced cookery and “American bistro” ambience are no longer furiously trendy, this stylish restaurant is as popular as ever due to consistently tasty and well-prepared food. Dishes run haute to homey, from seared-raw tuna to meatloaf


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wrapped with bacon. And don’t miss the luscious crème brûlée pie for dessert. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/368-0080. $$

morton’s the steakhouse —5050 Town Center Circle. Steak house. There’s seemingly no end to diners’ love of huge slabs of high-quality aged beef, nor to the carnivores who pack the clubby-swanky dining room of this meatery. The star of the beef show is the giant bone-in filet mignon, which trumps with unusually deep and meaty flavor. The side of Grand Marnier soufflé is a cloud of luscious, citrus-y beauty that says while beef may be what’s for dinner, I am what’s for dessert. • Dinner daily. 561/392-7724. $$$ new york prime —2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive. Steak house. This wildly popular Boca meatery packs them in with swift, professional service, classy supper club ambience and an extensive wine list. And, of course, the beef—all USDA Prime, cooked to tender and juicy lusciousness over ferocious heat. The bone-in rib-eye is especially succulent, but don’t neglect the New York strip or steak-house classics like oysters Rockefeller, garlicky spinach and crusty hash browns. • Dinner daily. 561/998-3881. $$$$ nick’s new haven-style pizzeria—2240 N.W. 19th St., #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 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. 561/368-2900. $

ninja spinning sushi bar—41 E. Palmetto Park Road. Japanese/sushi. “Whatever floats your boat” isn’t just a saying at this hipster sushi bar. Your sushi really does float on a boat, one of many bouncing along a channel cut into the top of the restaurant’s large, square sushi bar. High notes are the Mexican roll with tempura shrimp and avocado, and the sneakily fiery jalapeño-laced tuna tartare. If sushi doesn’t float your boat, gingery gyoza and crispy fried shrimp with a drizzle of spicy mayo probably will. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/361-8688. $$

pellegrino’s —3360 N. Federal Highway. Italian. The bold, brash flavors of New Yorkstyle Italian-American cuisine are as in your face as a Manhattan cabbie at this low-key favorite of chef-owner Bobby Pellegrino, nephew to the clan that owns the legendary Rao’s in East Harlem. Pungent smells of garlic, anchovies, tomatoes and peppers fill the air; dishes like the rarely seen spiedini alla Romana, chicken Scarpariello and seafood spaghetti in Fra Diavolo sauce fill your belly. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/368-5520. $$$ p.f. chang’s —1400 Glades Road. Chinese. There may have been no revolution if Mao

Buzz Bites ii Oh, Canada!: It’s hardly unusual for Canadians to make the move to South Florida to escape that country’s famously brutal winters. Fabien Paroutaud did just that, and he opened a restaurant here to boot. That would be Fabien’s Bistro (6063 S.W. 18th St., 561/347-1117), an upscale French bistro from Paroutaud and his wife, Silvina, who moved to Boca from Montreal to open their restaurant in a small shopping center south of Palmetto Park Road. Originally from France, Paroutaud is from a longtime family of French restaurateurs, and several of their recipes have found their way to Fabien’s. Think dishes like mussels in saffron cream sauce and coq au vin, braised lamb shank with port wine sauce and crispy half duck with sweet plum sauce. For those late-afternoon diners, the early bird menu is $22.95 per person. The restaurant boasts a simple, classic look and contemporary bistro feel, with dark wood wainscoting, cool earth tones, a brick accent wall and a dramatic spiral crystal chandelier. had simply eaten at the Boca outpost of P.F. Chang’s—the portions are large enough to feed the masses—and the exquisite tastes in each dish could soothe any tyrant. We particularly like the steamed fish of the day, as well as the Szechuan-style asparagus. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-3722. (Other Palm Beach County location: 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/691-1610) $$

piñon grill—6000 Glades Road. Contemporary American. The menu seemingly lists every recent trendy dish to come out of modern American restaurant kitchens, but Piñon succeeds with spot-on execution, mammoth portions and reasonable prices. Try the grilled artichokes with a zippy Southwestern-style rémoulade, a pair of giant crab cakes with more of that good rémoulade or a chocolate waffle with raspberry sauce that is the irresistible definition of lusciousness. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/391-7770. $$ february 2015


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dining guide racks downtown eatery + tavern— 402 Plaza Real. Contemporary American. Though the menu generally falls under the heading of modern American comfort food, that can mean anything from elegant presentations like the jaw-dropping lobster cobb salad to homier offerings like burgers and pizza, fiery Buffalo-style calamari, succulent chicken roasted in the wood-fired oven and an uptown version of everyone’s campfire favorite, s’mores. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/3951662. $$ renzo’s of boca—5999 N. Federal

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 Milan 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. $$

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ruth’s chris steak house—225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. Steaks. This is a refreshing departure from the ambience common to many steak houses; the room is comfortable, and conversation is possible. Naturally, we come here for the steak (they are sublime), but the lobster and fish are great. All your favorite sides are here, too. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-6746. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 661 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/863-0660; CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/514-3544) $$$

seasons 52 —2300 Executive Center Drive. Contemporary American. The food—seasonal ingredients, simply and healthfully prepared, accompanied by interesting wines—is firstrate, from salmon roasted on a cedar plank to desserts served in oversized shot glasses. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-9952. (Other Palm Beach County location: 11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/6255852) $$ sushi ray—5250 Town Center Circle. Japa-

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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 offers a generous arrangement of nigiri and maki for a reasonable $20. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 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

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ricotta-stuffed fried squash blossoms. Panseared branzino and massive bone-in veal chop are excellent, and the ethereal rosemary beignets with rosemary-olive oil gelato are luscious and cutting edge. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/922-6699. $$$

taverna kyma —6298 N. Federal Highway. Greek/Mediterranean. Few present Greek cuisine better. Expertly prepared dishes cover the spectrum of Mediterranean cuisine, from cold appetizers (dolmades—grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs) to hot starters (spanakopita, baked phyllo with spinach and feta cheese) to mouthwatering entrées like lamb shank (slow-cooked in a tomato sauce and served on a bed of orzo), massive stuffed peppers or kebobs. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/994-2828. $$ trattoria romana—499 E. Palmetto Park Road. Italian. This local mainstay does Italian classics and its own lengthy list of ambitious specials with unusual skill and aplomb. The service is at a level not always seen in local eateries. Pay attention to the daily specials, especially if it includes impeccably done langostini oreganata and the restaurant’s signature jumbo shrimp saltimbocca. • Dinner daily. 561/393-6715. $$$ truluck’s —351 Plaza Real. Seafood. This stylish and sophisticated Mizner Park restaurant applies the steak house formula of classy, clubby ambience, formal service and an extensive wine list to seafood from across the nation, with great and consistent success. Crab is the specialty here and there are myriad versions—stone, Dungeness, Alaskan, soft-shell and more. Crispy soft-shells stuffed with crab and andouille are very good, if

served without a drizzle of ketchup-y sauce on top. • Dinner nightly. 561/391-0755. $$$

twenty twenty grille —141 Via Naranjas. 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 daily. 561/990-7969. $$ uncle julio’s —449 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Mexican. Taking Tex-Mex cuisine gently upscale with better-quality ingredients and more skillful preparation, this colorful eatery offers more than the usual suspects. You can get frog’s legs and quail, as well as beef and chicken fajitas, and one of the only palatable tamales around. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/300-3530. $ uncle tai’s—5250 Town Center Circle. Chinese. In an area with more cookie-cutter Chinese restaurants than cookies, Uncle Tai’s stands out for the elegance of its decor, the professionalism of its service and its careful preparation of familiar and less-familiar dishes. The “specialties” section of the menu has exciting dishes, like the Hunan vegetable pie, finely minced veggies sandwiched between sheets of crispy bean curd skin, and Hunan-style lamb, whose seared and succulent meat shows off the kitchen’s skill in the use of wok qi. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/368-8806. $$$ february 2015

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Highway. Italian. The buzzword is fresh at Renzo’s. Fish is prepared daily oreganata or Livornese style, sautéed in white wine with lemon and capers or grilled. Homemade pasta is artfully seasoned, and Renzo’s tomato sauce is ethereal. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/994-3495. $$

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dining guide china dumpling—1899-5 N. Congress Ave., #5. chinese. Chinese restaurants in South Florida are routinely maligned, but this modest little strip-center gem holds its own, year after year. Everything is well-prepared, but the dim sum basket is an instant classic. Meanwhile, the pork dumplings and shrimp dumplings are not to be missed. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/737-2782. $ prime catch—700 E. Woolbright Road.

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villagio italian eatery—344 Plaza Real. Italian. The classic Italian comfort food at this Mizner Park establishment is served with flair and great attention to detail. The reasonably priced menu—with generous portions—includes all your favorites (veal Parmesan, Caesar salad) and some outstanding seafood dishes (Maine lobster with shrimp, mussels and clams on linguine). There is a full wine list and ample people-watching given the prime outdoor seating. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561-447-2257. $$ vino —114 N.E. Second St. Wine Bar/Italian. An impressive wine list of some 300 bottles (all available by the glass) offers a multitude of choices, especially among Italian and California reds. The menu of “Italian tapas” includes breaded and fried artichoke hearts, and ravishing ricotta and fig-stuffed ravioli with prosciutto, balsamic syrup and brown butter. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/869-0030. $

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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 daily. 561/487-1600. $$

sybarite pig—20642 State Road 7. contemporary american. A labor of love, pork and beer, everything at the Pig but the coarse-grain mustard is made in-house, from the bread for sandwiches to the eclectic sauces to the variety

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of terrific sausages. Creamy cotechino, savory duck and subtly spicy “Hellswine” are among the standouts. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. Brunch Sun. 561/883-3200. $

tempura house —9858 Clint Moore Road, #C-112. Japanese/asian. Dark wood, rice paper and tiles fill the space. An appetizer portion of Age Natsu, fried eggplant, is a consummate Japanese delicacy. Don’t miss the ITET roll with shrimp tempura and avocado, topped with spicy mayo, tempura flakes and eel sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/8836088. $$ villa rosano —9858 Clint Moore Road. Italian. You can be forgiven for imagining yourself in some rustic Italian hill town as the smells of garlic and tomato sauce waft through the air. Start by sopping up the house olive oil with slices of crusty bread, then move on to a stellar version of clams Guazzetto and delicate fillets of sole done a la Francese. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/470-0112. $$

Boynton Beach bar louie—1500 Gateway Blvd., #100. eclectic. Attempting to split the difference between happening bar and American café, Bar Louie in the sprawling Renaissance Commons complex mostly succeeds, offering burgers, pizzas, fish tacos and a variety of salads, all at moderate prices and in truly daunting portions. In South Florida’s world of trendy and expensive bistros, this is a welcome relief. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/853-0090. $

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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—full-belly clams, fried sweet and crispy; 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—1614 S. Federal Highway. Japanese. It’s been called “Nobu North” by some aficionados, and for good reason. Local sushi-philes jam the narrow dining room for such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi and uni (Thursdays), as well as more elaborate dishes like snapper Morimoto and tuna tartare. Creative, elaborate rolls are a specialty. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/731-1819. $$

delray Beach 3rd and 3rd—301 N.E. Third Ave. Gastropub. John Paul Kline’s 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 Parmesan mousse and bacon, and wicked-good espresso panna cotta on it at your visit. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/303-1939. $$ 32 east —32 E. Atlantic Ave. contemporary american. At a time when chefs and restaurants seem to be constantly shouting their own praises, Nick Morfogen and 32 East go quietly about their way of serving thoughtfully conceived, finely crafted dishes with a minimum of fuss and artifice. The menu changes daily, but recent examples of Morfogen’s culinary expertise include plump scallops given an elegant bouillabaisse treatment and fork-tender venison with a terrific Asiago-fig risotto. When the food is this good, you don’t need to shout. • Dinner daily. 561/276-7868. $$$ 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 crisptender fried clam bellies to rock shrimp pot pie and baked grouper topped with blue crab. The cinnamon-dusted beignets are puffs of amazingly delicate deep-fried air and should not under any circumstances be missed. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. Brunch Sun. 561/278-3364. $$ february 2015

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dining guide 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, sundried figs and mozzarella. • Lunch Tues.–Sun. Dinner daily. 561/381-0037. $

atlantic grille—1000 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood/Contemporary American. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Hotel & Spa is home to a 450-gallon aquarium of tranquil moon jellyfish and a 2,500-gallon shark tank. Savor inventive cuisine that takes the contemporary to the extraordinary. Bold flavors, inspired techniques and the freshest ingredients make every meal a culinary adventure. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/665-4900. $$ buddha sky bar—217 E. Atlantic Ave. #3. Pan Asian. Don’t miss a meal at this stylish Asia-meets-industrial chic spot with a view of the Delray skyline. Chinese-influenced dim sum is inspired, while rock shrimp tempura and Tokyo beef skewers with twin chimichurri sauces touch the heart and the taste buds. Veggie fried rice is exemplary thanks to the kitchen’s application of wok chi. • Dinner daily. 561/450-7557. $$

burt & max’s—9089 W. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport and Dennis Max have struck gold with their first collaboration in years, bringing an accessible and affordable brand of contemporary comfort food to west Delray. A few dishes from Max’s other eatery, Max’s Grille, have made the trek, like the hearty chopped salad and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Other dishes are variations on the comfort food theme, from boniato and yuca chips with blue cheese to a stellar truffle-scented wild mushroom pizza. • Dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 561/638-6380. $$$ cabo flats—Delray Marketplace, 14851

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Lyons Road. Mexican. Mexican cuisine often has more personas than Madonna. This highly stylized cantina adds another—that of California’s Chicano culture. All your favorite Mexican dishes are there, as well as enormous margaritas, but also niftier items like the terrific tuna tostadas. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/499-0378. (Other Palm Beach County location: Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., 561/624-0024) $

caffé luna rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This favorite is always lively, and alfresco dining is the preferred mode. Entrée choices are enticing, but we went with the penne alla vodka with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 14-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served either Milanese or parmigiana. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9404. $$

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casa di pepe —189 N.E. Second Ave. Italian. A welcoming staff, familiar Italian dishes done right and moderate prices define this cozy spot with a spacious outdoor patio. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/279-7371. $$

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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 crab-stuffed shrimp with jalapeño cheddar grits, bacon, shiitake mushrooms and warm vinaigrette. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$

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cut 432 —432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steak-house favorites make this sleek restaurant just different enough to be interesting. Starters such as ceviche (prepared Peruvian style) and ultrarich oysters Rockefeller are first-rate, while the wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner daily. 561/272-9898. $$$

dada—52 N. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. The same provocative, whimsical creativity that spawned Dada the art movement infuses Dada the restaurant, giving it a quirky charm all its own. The comfort food with a moustache menu has its quirky charms too, like shake-n-bake pork chops with sweet-savory butterscotch onions, and a brownie-vanilla ice cream sundae with strips of five-spice powdered bacon. The wittily decorated 1920s-vintage house-turned-restaurant is, as they say, a trip. • Dinner daily. 561/330-3232 $$ d’angelo trattoria—9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. Don’t go expecting the tired old “Italian” culinary clichés at this wickedly stylish spot. Open your palate to more authentic and exciting Roman-style cuisine, like roasted veal bone marrow with brisk caper-parsley pesto, creamy-dreamy burrata with roasted fava beans and watercress salad, the classic tonnarelli cacio e pepe (“cheese and pepper”) and the best gelato this side of a real Roman trattoria. • Dinner daily. 561/330-1237. $$ 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 steallar flatbreads, the thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger or homey apple cobbler. And the waterfront location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner daily. 561/665-8484. $

dig—777 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Recently purchased by a mother-anddaughter team, the vibe here is organic, local and sustainable. Expect dishes ranging from barbecue sea-whistle salmon to lump-crab guacamole. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/279-1002. $$

el camino—15 N.E. Second Ave. Mexican. This sexy, bustling downtown spot is from the trio behind nearby Cut 432 and Park Tavern.

hungry for a food hug in Boynton Beach, let Melt (1880 N. Congress Ave., 561/806-6635) wrap its arms around you with its “craft grilled cheese” sandwiches that promise a lot more interest and satisfaction than a slice of plastic-y American “cheese” stuck between two slices of cottony white bread. Melt’s sammies aren’t “your grandma’s grilled cheese,” says proprietor Craig Larson. Unless, of course, granny dished up sandwiches like the French Onion (caramelized onions with Parmesan and Swiss cheeses on country white bread), the Turkey Florentine (turkey, creamed spinach and red onion on multigrain) and the Buffalo Chicken (panko-crusted chicken in Buffalo sauce with blue cheese dressing and American cheese on country white). If those don’t float your cheesy boat, you can also DIY, choosing from among five breads and 10 cheeses. Or, opt for a handful of chopped salads, fries or tomato bisque. Something else granny probably wouldn’t recognize is the space itself, dominated by a giant, wallsized mural featuring elves, nubilewinged angels and, of course, lots of cheese, plus neo-industrial furnishings and fixtures and a hip, young, urban vibe.

Fresh, quality ingredients go into everything from the dusky red chili and tangy tomatillo salsas to the world-class tacos of fish clad in crisp, delicate fried skin and set off by tart pineapple salsa. Cinnamon and sugar-dusted churros are the perfect dessert. And do check out the margaritas, especially the half-and-half blend of smoky mezcal and blanco tequila. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5350. $$

fifth avenue grill—821 S. Federal Highway. American. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a Delray favorite. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées, especially the famed Allen Brothers beef; choose from numerous february 2015

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greek bistro—1832 S. Federal Highway. Greek. Flaky, overstuffed spanikopita and light and delicate beef meatballs should be at the top of your appetizer list, and though entrées don’t always reach those heights, both a long-braised lamb shank and grilled whole snapper are certainly satisfying. And the baklava is great. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/266-8976. $

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J&J Seafood Bar & Grill recently celebrated its 15th year on the Avenue with a surprise party staged by Tina Hutchinson for her husband, chef-owner John.

the grove —187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Chef-partner Michael Haycook and chef Meghan O’Neal change their menu biweekly, turning out dishes exhilarating in their freshness, creativity and elegant simplicity. An appetizer of octopus with sun-dried tomato tapenade is merely terrific. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/266-3750. $$ henry’s —16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant from Burt Rapoport in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything—from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$

house of siam—25 N.E. Second Ave., #16. Thai. The normally riotous flavors of Thai cuisine are muted at this family-friendly downtown spot, but that seems to suit diners just fine. Dishes, well-prepared and generously portioned, include steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings with sweet soy dipping sauce and crisp-fried duck breast in a very mild red curry sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/3309191. $$

il girasole—1911 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. This South Florida classic is not trendy, but it offers a level of comfort and consistency that has been bringing people back for 30 years. The food is fine hearty Italian, with excellent service. Try the veal Kristy or the frogs legs. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3566. $$

j&j seafood bar & grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on Atlantic Avenue—owned by John Hutchinson (who is also the chef ) and wife Tina—serves up everything from burgers and wraps to a menu brimming with seafood options. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3390. $$ jimmy’s bistro —9 S. Swinton Ave. Eclectic. Best bets are a lovely salad of ripe tomatoes and fresh, milky house-made mozzarella; a rich, elegant version of lusty Cajun etouffee; and caramelized bananas in puff pastry with silken vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. • Dinner daily. 561/865-5774. $$ la cigale —253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. True culinary professionals turn out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. Watching your server skillfully debone an impeccably fresh Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

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, 561/544-8181; 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/733-1344). $

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max’s harvest —169 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Dennis Max, instrumental in bringing the chef and ingredientdriven ethos of California cuisine to South Florida in the 1980s, is again at the forefront of the fresh, local, seasonal culinary movement. Max’s Harvest soars with dishes like savory bourbon-maple glazed pork belly. • Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/381-9970. $$ the office —201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contempo-


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rary American. Your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to mussels. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$

park tavern—32 S.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The guys from Cut 432 have done it again with this hip, casual modern American tavern. The menu is tightly focused and tightly executed, whether Maryland crab cake featuring fat chunks of succulent crab or mustard-barbecue pork belly with Carolina gold cheese rice. Don’t miss the behemoth slab of tender, juicy prime rib for a near-saintly $29—or the decadent soft pretzel bites. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-5093. $$

the porch—85 S.E. Sixth Ave. Italian. The concept is simple: fresh, honest, inviting food. The husband-wife team of Heinrich Lowenberg and Pamela Lomba delivers with classic and creative dishes, alike. Highlights include housemade capellini and the cocoa-dusted tiramisu. • Dinner daily. 561/303-3647. $$

prime—29 S.E Second Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime is aptly named for its heart of the action location, classy neo-supper club decor, extensive wine list and roster of designer steaks. Starters and desserts fare better than entrées, especially plump, crabby Maryland-style crab cakes and indecently luscious chocolate bread pudding. Service is a strong suit too, so with a bit of work this good-looking restaurant will fully live up to its name. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5845. $$$ racks fish house & oyster bar—5 S.E. Second Ave. Seafood. Gary Rack, who also has scored with his spot in Mizner Park, certainly seems to have the restaurant Midas touch, as evidenced by this updated throwback to classic fish houses. Design, ambience and service hit all the right notes. Oysters are terrific any way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$ smoke —8 E. Atlantic Ave. Barbecue. With famed pit master Bryan Tyrell manning the smoker, this joint smokes every other barbecue spot in South Florida. Pretty much everything that comes out of Tyrell’s three-wood smoker is good, but his competition-style ribs are porkysmoky-spicy heaven, the Sistine Chapel of rib-dom. Crisp-greaseless house-made potato chips, meaty baked beans and plush-textured banana-coconut pudding are also excellent. The ambience is an inviting blend of Southern hospitality, urban chic and sports bar. • Dinner Wed.–Mon. Lunch Sat.–Sun. 561/330-4236. $$

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The pleasures of simple, hearty, well-prepared Italian-American cuisine are front and center at Wendy Rosano’s latest venture. Among the pleasures you should enjoy are 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. With its roots in New York’s Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, this venue is always packed. Homemade stuffed manicotti is aromatic and glorious. Tramonti’s platter for two, containing fillet marsala, veal cutlet with prosciutto, fried zucchini and potato croquettes, is terrific. • Dinner daily. 561/272-1944. $$

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Star chef Clay Conley has launched a catering division of Buccan, which is able to serve buffet luncheons and suppers for up to 200 people, seated dinners for 50, and cocktail parties for up to 300.

tryst —4 E. Atlantic Ave. Eclectic. It’s tough to beat this hotspot with the lovely outdoor patio, well-chosen selection of artisan beers and not-the-usual-suspect wines, and an eclectic “gastropub” menu of small and large plates. Try the crisp-fried rock shrimp with chipotlemayonnaise sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/921-0201. $$ vic & angelo’s —290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. God is in the details at this upscale trattoria, and he doesn’t miss much. Ingredients like Buffalo mozzarella, house-made pastas and San Marzano tomatoes are first-rate, and execution is spot on. Try the “Old School” meatball to start, then sample the perfectly cooked veal chop. Portions are substantial, so expect leftovers. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-9570. (Other Palm Beach County location: 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 844/842-2632) $$$

LakE worth couco pazzo —915-917 Lake Ave. Italian. Despite the name, there’s nothing crazy about the cooking at this homey eatery. It’s the hearty, soulsatisfying Italian cuisine we’ve all come to know and love. Spaghetti Bolognese is a fine version of a Northern Italian classic. • Dinner nightly. (Tues.–Sun. during summer). 561/585-0320. $$ paradiso ristorante —625 Lucerne Ave. Italian. A Tomasz Rut mural dominates the main dining room, and there is also a pasticceria and bar for gelato and espresso. Chef Angelo Romano offers a modern Italian menu. The Mediterranean salt-crusted branzino is definitely a must-try. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/547-2500. $$$ safire asian fusion —817 Lake Ave. Panasian. This stylish little restaurant offers food that gently marries East and West, plus a roster of more traditional Thai dishes and inventive sushi rolls. Menu standouts include tempurafried rock shrimp or calamari cloaked with a lush-fiery “spicy cream sauce.” Expect neigh-


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PaLM BEaCh bice—313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to hold the title of favorite spot on the island. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, pounded chicken breast and roasted rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/835-1600. $$$

buccan—350 S. County Road. Contemporary american. Casual elegance of Palm Beach meets modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley. The design offers both intimate and energetic dining areas, while the menu is by turn familiar (wood-grilled burgers) and more adventurous (truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). Dinner daily. 561/833-3450. $$ café boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with American flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s world-class cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard (not available during summer), the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/6556060. $$$ café l’europe—331 S. County Road. Current international. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$ chez jean-pierre—132 N. County Road. French. Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a see-and-be-seen crowd are hallmarks of one of the island’s premier restaurants. Indulgences include scrambled eggs with caviar and the Dover sole meunière filleted tableside. When your waiter suggests profiterolles au chocolat or hazelnut soufflé, say, mais oui! • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-1171. $$$ cucina dell’ arte—257 Royal Poinciana Way. Italian. The wide range of items on the menu and the great quality of Cucina’s cuisine, combined with its fine service, ensures a fun

Buzz Bites iV Here’s tHe Beef: One of South Beach’s hippest, most inventive meateries now has a branch in tony Palm Beach. Meat Market (191 Bradley Place, 561/354-9800), from partners David Tornek and chef Sean Brasel, is dishing up its signature designer beef and inventive sides in the old Palm Beach Steakhouse location. Former Catch New York and Miami Beach chef David Valencia heads up the kitchen, which sends out an array of USDA Prime steaks that can be customized with everything from lobster tail to foie gras. There’s also a line of “Reserved Cuts” like A5 Kobe filet mignon and Australian Wagyu tomahawk rib-eye, and house specialties like Wagyu skirt steak with lemongrass, ginger and roasted chili. A bar menu features everything from oyster po’ boys to lobster pigs in a blanket. If beef isn’t your thing, there are piscine delicacies like charbroiled branzino with tomato and fennel stew and sea bass with truffle nage and soybeans. Oh, and a raw bar too, just in case you need some oysters on the half-shell with inventive sauces or a variety of ceviches. Wash them all down with wines from the comprehensive list or all manner of mixological cocktails. Design is by Studio ABM of Connecticut, which melded Palm Beach style with South Beach cool, evidenced by vaulted, wood-paneled ceilings, bleached white oak walls, terrazzo floor inset with mother of pearl and Hermès inspired tufted leather banquettes.

place for a casual yet delectable meal—not to mention being a vantage point for spotting local celebs. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/655-0770. $$

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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 housemade fingerling potato chips, the sexy wild boar empanaditas, chicken albondigas tacos and Korean-style short ribs. The wine list is encyclopedic. Dinner daily. 561/290-0104. $$


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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 Japaneseinspired 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 daily. 561/833-5522. $$ leopard lounge and restaurant —The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row. American. The restaurant offers excellent food in a glamorous and intimate club-like atmosphere. In fact, it’s advisable to make early reservations if a quiet dinner is the objective; the place becomes a late-night cocktail spot after 9. The menu is equally decadent. • Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner daily. 561/659-5800. $$ nick & johnnie’s—207 Royal Poinciana Way. Contemporary American. Expect flavorful, moderately priced California-esque cuisine in a casual setting with affordable wines and young, energetic servers. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Breakfast Sun. 561/655-3319. $$

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-boó—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 seeand-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. $$ trevini ristorante —290 Sunset Ave. Italian. Maitre d’ Carla Minervini is your entrée to a warm experience, complemented by a stately but comfortable room and excellent food. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/8333883. $$$

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pAlm beACh gArdens café chardonnay—4533 PGA Blvd. Contemporary American. This longtime stalwart never rests on its laurels. Instead, it continues to dish finely crafted American/Continental fare with enough inventiveness to keep things interesting. The popular herb-and-Dijon-mustard rack of lamb, regular menu items like duck with Grand Marnier sauce, and always superlative specials reveal a kitchen with solid grounding in culinary fundamentals. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/627-2662. $$

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

marcello’s la sirena—6316 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. You’re in for a treat if the pasta of the day is prepared with what might be the best Bolognese sauce ever. Another top choice is the chicken breast, pounded thin and filled with fontina and prosciutto. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. (closed Memorial Day–Labor Day). 561/585-3128. $$ pistache —101 N. Clematis St. French. Pistache doesn’t just look like a French bistro, it cooks like one. The menu includes such bistro specialties as coq au vin and steak tartare. All that, plus guests dining al fresco have views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Centennial Park. • Brunch Sat.– Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-5090. $$

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rhythm café—3800 S. Dixie Highway. Casual American. Once a diner, the interior is eclectic with plenty of kitsch. The crab cakes are famous here, and the tapas are equally delightful. Homemade ice cream and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$ rocco’s tacos —224 Clematis St. Mexican. Big Time Restaurant Group has crafted a handsome spot that dishes Mexican favorites, as well as upscale variations on the theme and more than 200 tequilas. Tacos feature house-made tortillas and a variety of proteins. Made-to-order guacamole is a good place to start. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/650-1001. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/416-2133; 5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/623-0127; and soon on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach) $ table 26°—1700 S. Dixie Highway. Contemporary American. Take a quarter-cup of Palm Beach, a tablespoon of Nantucket, a pinch of modern American cookery and a couple gallons of the owners’ savoir faire, and you have Eddie Schmidt’s and Ozzie Medeiros’s spot. The menu roams the culinary globe for modest contemporary tweaks on classically oriented dishes. Try the fried calamari “Pad Thai.” • Dinner daily. 561/855-2660. $$$


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deerfield beach tamarind asian grill & sushi bar —949 S. Federal Highway. asian. Quiet and soothing, this multicultural venue serves sushi, sashimi, yakitori and wide-ranging Japanese appetizers. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/428-8009. $$

Chef Paul Collange offers a selection of timeless French classics in a warm and friendly environment, which is sure to delight your senses and your palate.

fort lauderdale 15th street fisheries—1900 S.E. 15th St. Seafood. Surrounded by views of the Intracoastal, this Old Florida-style restaurant features seafood and selections for land lovers. We love the prime rib. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/763-2777. $$ 3030 ocean—Harbor Beach Marriott Resort, 3030 Holiday Drive. american. The menu is heavy on seafood and changes several times a week. We recommend the sautéed Florida red snapper or the indulgent butter-roasted Maine lobster. For dessert, try the popular roasted banana crème brûlée. • Dinner nightly. 954/765-3030. $$$

bistro 17—Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 1617 S.E. 17th St. contemporary american. This small, sophisticated restaurant continues to impress with competently presented food. The menu is surprisingly diverse. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 954/626-1748. $$

bistro mezzaluna—1821 S.E. 10th St. italian. The bistro is all Euro-chic decor—mod lighting, abstract paintings. It also has good food, from pastas to steaks and chops and a wide range of fresh seasonal fish and seafood. Don’t forget the phenomenal wine list. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/522-6620. $$

bongusto ristorante—5640 N. Federal Highway. italian. This is a well-kept secret, featuring dishes that will meet the standards of those who savor authentic Italian. Involtini capricciosi—tender-rolled veal stuffed with spinach, prosciutto and fontina cheese—is satiating, while the whole yellowtail snapper is an equal delight. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 954/771-9635. $$

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café martorano—3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd. italian. Standouts include crispy calamari in marinara sauce and flavorful veal osso buco. Our conclusion: explosive flavor, attention to all the details and fresh, high-quality ingredients. Waiters whisper the night’s specials as if they’re family secrets. • Dinner daily. 954/561-2554. $$

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canyon—1818 E. Sunrise Blvd. Southwestern. Billed as a Southwestern café, this twist on regional American cuisine offers great meat, poultry and fish dishes with distinctive mixes of lime, cactus and chili peppers in a subtle blend of spices. The adobe ambience is warm and welcoming, with a candlelit glow. • Dinner nightly. 954/765-1950. $$

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casablanca café —3049 Alhambra St. american, Mediterranean. The restaurant has an “Arabian Nights” feel, with strong Mediterranean influences. Try the peppercorndusted filet mignon with potato croquette, Gorgonzola sauce and roasted pepper and Granny Smith relish. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/764-3500. $$

casa d’angelo —1201 N. Federal Highway. italian. Many dishes are specials—gnocchi, risotto and scaloppine. The veal chop is grilled and blanketed in a thick layer of Gorgonzola. A delightful pasta entrée is the pappardelle con porcini: thick strips of fresh pasta coated in a light red sauce and bursting with slices of porcini mushrooms. • Dinner nightly. 954/564-1234. $$ follow the leader

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Mexican. Try master chef Eduardo Pria’s pan-sautéed Florida blue crab and yellow corn cakes. As far as soups go, there’s the pasilla-chile-flavored chicken broth with fresh “epazote” (fried corn tortilla strips, sliced avocado, sour cream and homemade cheese). The pan-seared beef tenderloin filet mignon is sublime. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 954/772-4731. $$$

emunah café—3558 N. Ocean Blvd. Kosher, organic. Don’t let the New Age “spirituality” throw you off. Focus on the fresh, organic ingredients that are incorporated into inventive sushi, soups and salads and (mostly) Asian-influenced entrées. • Lunch and dinner Sun.–Thurs. Sat. late evening hours. Closed Fri. 954/561-6411. $ il mulino —1800 E. Sunrise Blvd. Italian. This modest, unpretentious Italian restaurant doesn’t attempt to reinvent the culinary wheel. Instead, it dishes up big portions of simple, hearty, flavorful food at extremely reasonable prices. Zuppa de pesce is a wealth of perfectly cooked seafood over linguini in a light tomato-based sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/5241800. $

indigo —Riverside Hotel, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. Seafood. Enjoy delightful al fresco dining while sampling fresh seafood and exotic specialties. Dependable choices like ahi tuna are joined by more intriguing seafood dishes; landlubbers will enjoy a selection of steaks and chops. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 954/467-0671. $$

sea watch—6002 N. Ocean Blvd. Seafood. For a righton-the-beach, welcome-to-Florida dining experience, there’s Sea Watch. Decked out in a pervasive nautical theme, this is definitely tourist country, but it’s pretty and on the beach. The perfect entrée for the indecisive: Sea Watch medley, with lobster tail, jumbo shrimp and scallops broiled in butter, garlic and white wine. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/7812200. $$

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zencz made his mark at Boca’s Maxaluna and Max’s Grille and (the former) De La Tierra at Delray’s Sundy House. Now in his own restaurant on Las Olas Boulevard, Vinczencz has evolved. As for the impressive wine list, Johnny V has more than 600 selections. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 954/761-7920. $$

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chima—2400 E. Las Olas Blvd. Steaks. The Latin American rodizio-churrascaria concept—all the meat you can eat, brought to your table—is done with high style, fine wines and excellent service. The sausages, filet mignon, pork ribs and lamb chops are very good. • Dinner daily. 954/712-0581. $$$

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shula’s on the beach—Sheraton Yankee Trader, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. Steaks. This steak house on the beach provides what could be the best ocean view in two counties. Meat is the focus, with a compact menu of all your faves, as well as your new favorite steak, Mary Anne: two mouthwatering 5-ounce filets in a creamy cognac and shallot sauce. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 954/3554000. $$ sublime—1431 N. Federal Highway. Vegetarian. Not only does the menu offer an alternative to animal agriculture, the company’s profits support animal welfare. The haute vegetarian cuisine delivers with dishes like mushroom ravioli. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 954/539-9000. $ sunfish grill—2775 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Seafood. Think inventive, sophisticated food, the kind that made the original february 2015


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Pompano Beach restaurant a major destination. Its take on tuna tartare is still the gold standard, and you can’t go wrong with entrées like onion-crusted salmon or the grilled Atlantic swordfish. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 954/561-2004. $$

timpano italian chophouse—450 E. Las Olas Blvd., #110. Italian. Sink yourself into oversized booths with elegant white tablecloths and prepare to dive into excellent signature bone-in steaks. The menu includes chops and a diverse array of fresh fish and pasta dishes. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner daily. 954/462-9119. $$

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Chef-owner Michael Wagner reinvigorates quintessentially American dishes with exacting technique and inventive flavor combos. Short ribs braised in Coca-Cola come with indecently rich, tarragon-laced creamed corn. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 954/927-9851. $$

taverna opa—410 N. Ocean Drive. Greek. Bring all your friends here and order a million mezes (Greek appetizers). Try the keftedes, Greek meatballs, and the lamb chops or snapper, which is filleted at the table. Don’t be surprised when your waiter pulls you up on the table to dance. • Dinner nightly. 954/929-4010. (Also: 270 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/303-3602). $$

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Seafood. This is one of the best spots in Broward County for waterside dining. Choose from a raw bar and fish nearly every which way, as well as daily, seasonal fish specials. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sun. 954/267-9888. $$$

lIGHTHOUSE POINT le bistro —4626 N. Federal Highway. Modern French. The



menu modern and healthy—98-percent glutin-free, according to chef/owner Andy Trousdale. Check out the prix-fixe menu, which includes pan-roasted duck to beef Wellington. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 954/946-9240. $$$

seafood world—4602 N. Federal Highway. Seafood. This seafood market and restaurant, more suited to a pier, offers some of the freshest seafood in the county. Its unpretentious atmosphere is the perfect setting for the superb king crab, Maine lobster, Florida lobster tails and much more. Tangy Key lime pie is a classic finish. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 954/942-0740. $$$

POMPANO BEAcH calypso restaurant —460 S. Cypress Road. caribbean. This bright little dining room and bar (beer and wine only) has a Caribbean menu that is flavorful, imaginative— and much more. Calypso offers a spin on island food that includes sumptuous conch dishes, Stamp & Go Jamaican fish cakes and tasty rotis stuffed with curried chicken, lamb or seafood. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Fri. 954/942-1633. $ darrel & oliver’s café maxx —2601 E. Atlantic Blvd. American. The longstanding institution from chef Oliver Saucy is as good now as when it opened in the mid-1980s. The peppered sea scallops appetizer is a must, as is Café Maxx’s beloved cheese plate. Main courses offer complex flavor profiles, such as the sweet-onioncrusted yellowtail snapper on Madeira sauce over mashed potatoes. Parts of the menu change daily. • Dinner nightly. 954/782-0606. $$$



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f you want to raise a glass to toast the age of multitasking, Lee Hoechstetter has just the drink for you. It’s a cocktail. It’s a dessert. It’s everyone’s favorite childhood campfire sweet treat—the s’more—turned into a cold, luscious, creamy, vodka-spiked concoction that is definitely for adults only. It’s also one of the signature cocktails at Merlino’s (39 S.E. First Ave., Boca Raton, 561/756-8437), the Italian (by way of South Philadelphia) restaurant where Hoechstetter multitasks as both manager and selfdescribed “bar chef”-slash-“beverage scientist.” He calls his creation the Abbott’s Dairies S’mores, a nod to the iconic Philly ice cream parlor that shut down in the 1980s after more than 100 years in business. It has everything the PG-rated s’mores have and more. All you need to add is a campfire. —Bill Citara


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[2] Mad Scientist, Vol. 2: You can, however, approximate Hoechstetter’s S’mores cocktail with much safer (and more easily available) milk chocolate ice cream filling in for the half-andhalf and liquid nitrogen. Just mix with the vodka and liqueur, garnish and serve.

[3] S’mores and More: For a different flavor profile, try substituting fruit-infused vodkas like raspberry, orange or blueberry for the vanilla vodka. It may not be the classic campfire s’more, but fruit and chocolate is a tough combo to beat.

[4] Fire In the Hole: You don’t need an industrialstrength blowtorch to fire up your marshmallow garnish. A cheap crème brûlée torch, available all over for about $25, works just fine. Or if you have a gas stove or grill, just thread the marshmallow on a skewer and pretend you’re back at summer camp.

[5] Syrup Stir-Up: Hoechstetter uses Lyons chocolate syrup in his s’mores cocktail, but Hershey’s or just about any other brand at your local supermarket will get the job done.

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[1] Mad Scientist, Vol. 1: About the liquid nitrogen … Don’t try this at home. Liquid nitrogen is tricky stuff, freezing at minus 320 degrees, and can cause frostbite-like burns, so its use is best left to professionals, like Hoechstetter.

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dining guide Weston cheese course—1679 Market St. Bistro. Locals love the made-to-order bistro sandwiches on fresh baguettes, daily quiche selections and cheese plates. Favorites include the applewoodsmoked bacon with goat cheese brie sandwich. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/384-8183. (Other location: Mizner Park, 305 Plaza Real, #1305, Boca Raton, 561/395-4354.) $

miami-dade county aventura bourbon steak—19999 W. Country Club Drive. steaks. Michael Mina’s elegant steak house in tony Turnberry Isle features impeccable service, an encyclopedic wine list and a roster of USDA Prime Angus, Wagyu and Kobe steaks. Try the feather-light beignets accompanied by cookbook-perfect crème brûlée and chocolate pot du crème. • Dinner Mon.–Sun. 786/279-6600. $$$$

Bal harBour the palm — 9650 E. Bay Harbor Drive. steaks. The portions are giant, but you’ll surely clear your plate of 3- to 7-pound jumbo Nova Scotia lobster or a tender filet mignon. S&S cheesecake shipped from the Bronx is pure heaven. • Dinner nightly. 305/868-7256. $$$

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coconut grove bizcaya grill—Ritz-Carlton, 3300 S.W. 27th Ave. european-american. The versatile menu features “simply grilled” items. The boldly flavored menu also offers “house specialties,” contemporary takes on bistro fare. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 305/644-4670. $$

coral gaBles caffe abbracci—318 Aragon Ave. italian. The dining room is handsome and understated, a fitting ambience for Miami’s movers and shakers. That’s just part of the draw of Abbracci, though the regional Italian fare has achieved its own status as some of the best in the Gables. You can’t go wrong with the porcini risotto or the pounded veal chop “tricolore.” • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 305/4410700. $$

la palme d’or—The Biltmore, 1200 Anastasia Ave. French. Chef Philippe Ruiz emphasizes modern French fare from the southern regions of France, doing so with classic technique and light-handed manner. The portions are relatively small, encouraging five courses, and guests may design their own custom tastings, with a wide variation in price. • Dinner Tues.– Sat. 305/445-1926, ext. 2400. $$$$


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ortanique on the mile—278 Miracle Mile. caribbean. Menu highlights include tropical mango salad, spicy fried calamari salad, Caribbean ahi tuna with wasabi potatoes and jerk-spiced Cornish game hen. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner nightly. 305/446-7710. $$$

pascal’s on ponce—2611 Ponce de Leon Blvd. French. When Pascal Oudin ran the kitchen at the Grand Bay Grand Café, his tropical take on French cuisine earned him national acclaim. Now, he offers a more streamlined, but still contemporary, French menu. We definitely suggest the sea scallops, which are topped with short ribs and served with truffle sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 305/444-2024. $$$$

miami azul—500 Brickell Key Drive. Contemporary

miami Beach barton g. the restaurant—1427 West Ave. contemporary american. Barton G., an event impresario with a flair for serious theatrics, has fashioned his unique restaurant with fun and interesting fare. Choices include popcorn shrimp—served with real popcorn in a movie-theater container. Desserts look like props from “Pee Wee’s Playhouse.”• Dinner nightly. 305/672-8881. $$$ casa tua—1700 James Ave. northern italian. This 1925 Mediterranean Revival property with an oft-changing menu showcases simple, sophisticated ingredients that typify the best of Italian cooking. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. Outdoor dining. 305/673-1010. $$$$

american. The kitcheon tricks out its luxurious Asian-European-Contemporary American menu with flashes of “molecular gastronomy.” Look for dishes like brioche-crusted yellowtail snapper with cuttlefish, chorizo brandade and squid ink “charcoal.” While looking out over the stunning expanse of Biscayne Bay from the chic, elegant dining room, look over the equally stunning wine list, which reads like an encyclopedia of the world’s great vintners. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 305/913-8288. $$$$

escopazzo —1311 Washington Ave. italian. Escopazzo is consistently cited as the best Italian restaurant on South Beach—but patrons also dig the health-conscious vibe; the restaurant bills itself as organic, with a raw foods component on the menu. Pasta is the star here, hand-rolled and tossed with far more alluring partners than meatballs or clams—as in pumpkin ravioli with white-truffle cream sauce and pappardelle with buffalo-meat ragoût. • Dinner nightly. 305/674-9450. $$

michael’s genuine food & drink—130 N.E. 40th St. american. At James

joe’s stone crab —11 Washington Ave.

Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz’s unpretentious restaurant, you’ll get plenty of genuine satisfaction from genuinely delicious food, exactingly prepared and simply presented. Wood-roasted double yolk farm egg and crispy pork belly are divine. Surprisingly, all the desserts from rock star pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith aren’t rock-star quality, but dining here is such a genuine pleasure it almost doesn’t matter. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 305/573-5550. $$

michy’s —6927 Biscayne Blvd. contemporary american. There’s a lot to like about Michy’s. Dishes like creamy truffled polenta with poached egg and bacon are lovely. The wine list is exciting and exceptionally well-chosen, and service is on a level rarely seen in South Florida restaurants. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 305/759-2001. $$$

romeo’s café—2257 S.W. Coral Way. northern italian. There is no menu per se. After ascertaining your food allergies and preferences, Romeo will dazzle you with six courses. We loved the lightly breaded sea bass with lima beans, the risotto with scallops and cilantro, and the penne with capers and porcini mushrooms. Excellent service and a good wine list. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. Prix fixe six-course menus. 305/859-2228. $$$$ versailles —3555 S.W. Eighth St. cuban. Versailles has been one of Calle Ocho’s most popular restaurants since 1971. This is goodto-the-last-black-bean Cuban with a menu the size of the Old Testament. It’s also one of the better people-watching spots in town. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 305/444-0240. $

seafood. You’re likely to wait a few hours for the privilege of getting a taste of old Florida (not to mention the best stone crabs on the planet). But it’s worth it. Fried oysters, lyonnaise potatoes, creamed spinach and Key lime pie are other specialties. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Dinner nightly in season. Dinner Wed.–Sun., mid-May–July (Closed Aug., Sept. and half of Oct.). 305/673-0365. $$$

ola at sanctuary—1745 James Ave. nuevo latino. Creative ceviches are a signature of chef Douglas Rodriguez, none better than a mix of shellfish with octopus “salami.” Foie gras and figstuffed empanadas turn the humble into haute, as does the sublime pork with black-trumpet mojo. • Dinner nightly. 305/695-9125. $$$$

osteria del teatro —1443 Washington Ave. italian. The exceptional Northern Italian cuisine at this restaurant has been consistently ranked among the best in Miami Beach. • Dinner nightly. 305/538-7850. $$$ sardinia—1801 Purdy Ave. italian. The food is exactingly prepared, extraordinarily fresh and always delicious. Whether a selection of high-quality salumi, tube-like macaronis with veal meatballs in a lusty tomato sauce, or superb salt-baked branzino, dishes deliver the kind of soulful satisfaction all the “fusion cuisine” in the world can’t match. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 305/531-2228. $$$

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WHERE: Boca Raton WHAT: The Junior League of Boca Raton honored some of the community’s most dedicated volunteers during its annual fundraising luncheon. More than 650 guests enjoyed festivities at Boca West Country Club, including an Alice and Olivia fashion show—with a special appearance by the line’s designer, Stacey Bendet—courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue at Town Center. Helen Babione and Connie Berry were honored with lifetime achievement awards, and Ann Rutherford of the Spirit of Giving Network was named Woman Volunteer of the Year. [ 1 ] Susan Whelchel, Yvette Drucker, Helen Babione, Connie Berry, Jan Savarick and Kirsten Stephenson

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Individual Tickets Are $135 And Tables Are Available. Event Chair Jeannette DeOrchis Honorees

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Where: Boca Raton What: Woodfield Country Club was a culinary hot spot during the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. Twelve local chefs came together to give guests a unique dining experience, complete with wine pairings and exclusive auction items. The event raised more than $125,000 for March of Dimes.

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Where: Boca Raton What: Town Center at Boca Raton’s annual fall fashion event returned this year under a new name. Rebranded as Simon Look Book Live, the event featured trend presentations, a big fashion show, style consultations, panel discussions and more.

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Diana Handwerker and Arielle Richardson Alezandra Berrio, TJ Bullock and Marianna Meyer Helen Shu, Kiersten Geiger and Kristine Kopley Nick and Brenna Wilmott Gail Eagle and Georgette Evans





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Where: Palm Beach What: Every year, Saks Fifth Avenue contributes to the fight against women’s cancers with Key to the Cure, a multi-day shopping event that helps to raise funds for local charities around the country. The Palm Beach-based Saks staged a kickoff reception that benefited the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Georgia Pappas, Richard Krock and Jim Pappas Vicki and Arthur Loring Phyllis Krock and Peter Schuette Lori and Juliana Gendelman Jim and Judy Harpel




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Thurs, March 26, 2015 Mizner Park Ampitheater @ 4pm #TEDxBocaRaton www.tedxbocaraton.com

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Where: Boca Raton What: Office Depot’s corporate headquarters was a center of conversation during the inaugural Women’s Symposium. The event, which drew more than 300 women, invited attendees to participate in a conference that centered on innovation and collaboration.

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Victoria Rixon, Mary Wong and Virginia Philip Liza Crenshaw and Bailey Jacobs Robin Wilson and Gila Kurtz Sheryl Ferguson, Beth Sena-Parker and Roxana Scaffidi [ 5 ] Lisa Mulhall, Susan Diener, Beth Johnston, Cindy Krebsbach and Karen Sweetapple






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Where: Boca Raton What: The Boca Raton Museum of Art welcomed architect Daniel Libeskind for the first event in its Benefactors’ Circle series. Some 300 guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a presentation on architecture.


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Miami City Ballet proudly presents the American premiere of Richard Alston’s “Carmen”—a flamenco-fueled, modernist take on the classic tale of passion and betrayal by one of today’s most important choreographic voices. Passion and Grace (Program III) also features the company premiere of Twyla Tharp’s “Sweet Fields,” as well as George Balanchine’s dazzling “Allegro Brillante.” 305/929-7010 or 877/929-7010 (toll free) miamicityballet.org


Don’t miss the 22nd annual British Car Show at Royal Palm Place on Feb. 15. See more than 100 classic Jaguars, Aston Martins, Triumphs and more. Enjoy free admission and parking. 101 Plaza Real South, Boca Raton • 561/392-8920 royalpalmplace.com/events/22nd-annual-british-car-showat-royal-palm-place/

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theBOCAinterview: Susan Haynie continued from page 109

of that was IBM coming to town and changing us from a resort community to more of a technical community. But also it’s our education cluster. In Palm Beach County alone there are 87,000 [college] students. That is very attractive to the companies coming into town. We have an educated work force, we have a very low tax rate, and we have an amazing quality of life.

Would Boca Raton Benefit fRom a stRongmayoR system foRm of goveRnment? I don’t know that there would be an appetite to change to that type of government. We are accountable as elected officials. I know there’s concern whether the city manager has too much power and that he doesn’t have the same level of accountability as an elected official would. However, when you have a city manager functioning as a CEO, you almost need that continuity. But on the other hand, the city manager is still accountable to this community [and is] certainly accountable to the city council.

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you could Be mayoR until 2020. if that happens, What Would you like to have accomplished By then? For the remainder of this term (2017), relationships with our institutions in our community. Florida Atlantic University. We are collaborating with them to initiate this 20th Street Overlay District. I think that’s a really exciting project for the university and the city to come together. Boca Raton Regional Hospital. We are going to be seeing their master plan coming forward very soon. They are trying to create more of an inclusive campus, expanding all the way out to the edge of Glades Road. They are working with Florida Atlantic University to create a joint entrance onto Glades Road. It’s wonderful to have the city and the hospital and the university all working together. And also the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District. The airport authority. We have so many of these other institutions within our community. It’s important that we as a city have very strong relationships and partnerships with them

because we can accomplish so much more if we all work together than fighting each other.

aRound the house, does youR family call you “youR honoR?” No. (Laughs.) My husband wants to know what’s for dinner. They joke and call me Ms. Boca, to the point where I got a license plate that says Ms. Boca. (Laughs.) But I got that before I was the mayor. February 2015 issue. Vol. 35, No. 2. The following are trademarks in the state of Florida of JES Publishing Corp., and any use of these trademarks without the express written consent of JES Publishing Corp. is strictly prohibited: Savor the Avenue; Tastemakers of Delray; Tastemakers at Mizner; Florida Style and Design; Delray Beach magazine; Boca Raton, South Florida At Its Best; bocamag.com; Florida Table; Boca Raton magazine. Boca (ISSN0740-2856) is published eight times a year (September/October, November, December, January, February, March/ April, May/June and July/August) by JES Publishing Corp. Editorial, advertising and administrative offices: 5455 N. Federal Highway, Suite M, Boca Raton, FL, 33487. Telephone: 561/997-8683. Please address all editorial and advertising correspondence to the above address. Periodicals postage paid at Boca Raton, Fla., and additional mailing offices. Subscriptions: $14.95/8 issues, $19.95/14 issues. Single copy $5.95. No whole or part of the content may be reproduced in any manner without prior written permission of Boca magazine, excepting individually copyrighted articles and photographs. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Boca magazine, P.O. Box 820, Boca Raton, FL 33429-9943.

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speedbumps [ by marie speed ]

Palm Beach Story You don’t have to own a tiara to love this little island in the sun.


n addition to our Boca and Delray magazines, this company also produces some custom publications—one of my favorites is the one we’ve been doing for the Worth Avenue Association in Palm Beach for years. Palm Beach has this thing I can’t name, some kind of charm that gets me every time. I have this fascination with it, at least how I imagine it was when it was the epicenter of the wintertime New York-Philadelphia social register, the province of legendary playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, the place that has a thrift store with a whole rack of tennis togs, the island that gave us Lilly Pulitzer and misbehaving Kennedys and Estée Lauder and Jack Rogers sandals. I remember the famous 1984 incident that epitomized Palm Beach style for me—when a 197-foot freighter, the MV Mercedes, ran aground on the sea wall of socialite Mollie Wilmot’s Palm Beach estate. She ended up serving the stranded Venezuelan sailors coffee and sandwiches in her gazebo, and mixed martinis for all the journalists. I think that old Palm Beach is gone; what was once a closed social hierarchy is wide open now. Still, you don’t have to be Palm Beach to love Palm Beach. Driving up A1A on a winter’s day—the turquoise waves, the endless blue sky, the fabulous old mansions with their manicured lawns and spindly Jamaican palms—is like starring in your own movie. Window shopping on Worth Avenue, buying a tie at Maus & Hoffman, having a grilled cheese sandwich at the counter at Green’s Pharmacy ... these are all moments when Palm Beach becomes your place, too, a town 20 minutes up the road that is integral to South Florida’s cultural legacy. So when we compiled our list of 20 things we love about Palm Beach (page 112) I couldn’t help coming up with a list of my own, the modest memories over the years that I associate with Palm Beach. My Palm Beach. follow the leader

■ The grits at Ta-boo at the Wednesday Worth Avenue Association breakfast meetings—the best made by man south of the Georgia border. ■ Donald Trump giving our magazine crew full access to Mar-a-Lago—including the personal quarters—because he was impressed by our manners. ■ Walking into Saks in the dead zone of summer and spending 30 minutes trying on makeup with the nicest salesladies ever found behind a cosmetics counter. ■ Jesse Newman, the late Chamber president and man about town, offering to lend me his red Jaguar to do my Palm Beach work errands when he saw that the air conditioning in my Jeep was broken. ■ Lilly Pulitzer standing in her kitchen barefoot making our photographers a tuna sandwich during a photo shoot at her house. ■ Veuve Clicquot at the Seafood Bar at the Breakers on a first date; dancing at the Colony to Temptations’ songs; Maurizio Ciminella at Amici making everyone feel like a rock star; having breakfast at Testa’s with John and Margaret Mary Shuff; Clay Conley in the kitchen at Buccan. My personal list is still unfolding, and it’s as average as it is beautiful. Palm Beach is like that, I think—dazzling even when it’s ordinary. Maybe that’s it. We expect Palm Beach to be glamorous, but the happy secret is that it’s really a great neighborhood, too—and part of the everyday magic of where we live. [ bocamag.com ]


my turn

[ by john shuff ]

The Song Is Never Ended DecaDes later, the Dance goes on.


ore often than not, I religiously move the FM dial to Legends 100.3 FM on Sundays at 10 a.m. to tune into Dick Robinson’s popular show, “American Standards By the Sea.” The show that originates from his yacht, Airwaves, has become a mainstay in South Florida radio with an evocative format featuring songs from America’s great musical artists: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Mel Torme, Vic Damone, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Jones, Nancy Wilson, Keeley Smith and more. It’s a litany of old timers laced with a touch of the current greats like Diana Krall, Michael Bublé, John Pizzarelli, Michael Feinstein and Jane Monheit, to name a few. And it’s just what the doctor ordered for Valentine’s Day. I believe the American Songbook, as we knew it, has ended—at least around here. There aren’t too many places left where you can hear this music; the last one in my recollection was a place called Erny’s in Delray Beach back in the 1980s and ’90s, where the Seagate Hotel is now. This popular watering hole and restaurant featured the Big Band sound of the Dorseys, jazz nights, Sinatra wannabes and local orchestra leader Vic Knight’s band. It was a place that brought back the memories of our famous songwriters and composers, names like Gershwin, Porter, Mercer, Carmichael—the kind of songs that never get old, that stay with you year after year. They were songs you sang in the car, songs you could dance to, back when people really danced together. I can still remember the last time my wife and I danced together. It was May of 1980, about five years after I was diagnosed with multiple


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sclerosis, which pretty well ended my dancing days. It was a beautiful spring evening in New York, and we danced the night away at the Waldorf to the music of the Lester Lanin orchestra at the Madison Square Boy’s Club Gala. Thirty-two years later I still remember the smell of her hair, her head cradled against my shoulder and the feeling of my arms around her tiny waist. The memory of stealing a kiss as we glided through the room that was just ours is still so special. That night we were in our own world, one that couples find from time to time when they know they are in the zone. Years later, I still dream of that intimacy, how focused we were on one another that evening as we danced. It reminds me of the words from Irving Berlin’s “The Song is Ended:” My thoughts go back to a heavenly dance A moment of bliss we spent Our hearts were filled with a song of romance As into the night we went And sang to our hearts’ content The song is ended But the melody lingers on You and the song are gone But the melody lingers on Some songs like this one still bring back memories, and I can’t think of anything more precious than the one of Margaret Mary in my arms all those years ago. It still brings a smile to my face, and I can’t help harboring the hope that we’ll have that next dance.

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