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Case Closed John Walsh, host of “America’s Most Wanted,” speaks to Boca Raton about the final chapter in son Adam’s murder case and how dealing with an unspeakable nightmare led to a lifetime of activism.
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49 march/april 2012 vol. 32 no. 2 On the cOver phoTographer: Danny Cardozo locaTion: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach model: Krystle Dawn/ Elite Models, Miami STyliST: David A. Fittin/ Artist Management hair and makeup: Paola Orlando FaShion/jewelry: Dress from Nina Raynor, Boca Raton; necklace from Deborah James, Boca Raton; clutch from Jimmy Choo, Palm Beach; yellow-gold and diamond necklace and yellow-gold ring with pearl and emerald from Betteridge, Palm Beach noTe: See page 114 for pricing and additional fashion credits.
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FaCEs Meet a local couple responsible for a classic garden center, the founder of a charity that, with the help of an area school, is helping the people of Uganda, and a legendary journalist still shooting from the hip.
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dining guidE Don’t leave home without it—our comprehensive guide to the best restaurants in South Florida, including new reviews of SpoonFed in Delray and Raffaele Ristorante in Boca.
CurrEnts Boca Raton keeps you connected to South Florida with the latest trends, tips and news in five categories. 37 Shop: Navigating the retail gems at Royal Palm Place 43 Body: The latest fitness innovations; managing allergies 49 home: Jazzing up your sleeping quarters with bedside table decor 55 Travel: The Ritz-Carlton redefines luxury in Cancun; St. Pete emerges as a cultural destination. 63 a&e: A familiar face revives Florida Stage at Delray’s Arts Garage; the latest cultural news
our town Spend time with the local people who make our community so special in our expanded Our Town section—including a community health center advocate, an authority on Jewish rock stars, an awardwinning and straight-talking songwriter, and a family making a difference through a charity that honors their daughter—one of the Lynn University students who died in the Haiti earthquake.
Florida tablE Lamb dishes take center stage as Boca Raton’s expanded culinary section celebrates spring. In addition, we check out the local restaurant scene and put Cobb salad to the Challenge.
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My turn A lifetime of lessons learned comes into sharp focus for the author during this season of renewed hope. by john shuff
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In addition to its roster of popular restaurants, its office space and its luxury residences, Royal Palm Place (royalpalmplace. com) draws the discerning shopper to downtown Boca with a collection of signature boutiques.
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Royal Palm Place “One of the things that makes Royal Palm Place so unique is it is not like a typical shopping center. It is not anchored with your typical department stores. The businesses— whether they be restaurants, salons, jewelers, art galleries—are more boutique-type businesses. It’s like a little town unto itself.” —Jacqui Wyatt, director of operations and marketing for Investments Limited
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THe lOwdOwn: After a good two decades in Mizner Park, Deborah James relocated to Royal Palm Place nearly three years ago— and never looked back. “It was a leap of faith to come here, but the energy of the whole center is very good,” owner Deborah Shuart says. “You have an eclectic customer who is walking around doing a lot of different things. It’s cheery.” The same can be said about the store, which offers a broad selection of chic, bohemian pieces in an open, airy space. In addition to elegant hats, handbags and belts, the arty boutique also carries beautiful blouses and dresses for a stylish clientele. Shuart calls it the headquarters for “casual luxe.” “The whole boho theme ... we’re going to be totally in that arena for spring,” she says. “It all revolves around casual luxury and that screams Boca. That’s what we do and that’s who we are down here.” did yOu knOw: Want to treat your feet? Deborah James has a small collection of boots, heels and sandals to complete your outfit. laSTing relaTiOnSHiPS: “We’ve had staff with us for many years,” Shuart says. “Our customers know we can help them build a wardrobe [because] we know what they bought and what they can layer on.”
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THe lOwdOwn: Owner Sophia Young handpicks all of the glamorous items at her quaint store on the east side of Royal Palm Place. Lucx is perfect for the young, flirty fashionista; the store is stocked with silky tops, maxi dresses, studded dresses, Italian deer and calfskin purses and funky jewelry. “I love Royal Palm Place because it’s like your everyday plaza,” Young says. “You come here for lunch, you come here for the spas, you can do a little shopping and get your nails done. There is something for everyone. I really [enjoy] being surrounded by other smart, fun, creative business owners.” did yOu knOw: Young also hosts cocktail parties once a quarter to showcase upcoming style trends.
350 Esplanade, Suite 55, 561/395-4415 THe lOwdOwn: Just a stone’s throw from the beach (east of Royal Palm Place), Swimland is your one-stop shop when it comes to crossing sandy to-dos off your list. The swimsuit boutique has an impressive selection of swimsuits for every body type. Whether you are looking for a classic one piece or a barely-there bikini, Swimland has you covered. Search designer and brand name selections, including Ralph Lauren Blue, Body Glove and Miracle Suit. (Don’t forget a matching cover up.) did yOu knOw: The store also has its share of accessories. Browse floppy beach hats, goggles, swim caps, glittery tote bags, sandals and water shoes.
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“[Royal Palm Place] is just a treasure. There are no boutiques or stores like this. Each one specializes in something different. There’s never really competition. Every store is distinctively different, and it just happened that way.” —Suzanne taylor, owner of Boca Ballroom Boutique
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THe lOwdOwn: TiTiGirl owner Patrizia Rondelli has been designing clothes for women for the past 36 years and at a speed that leaves her seamstresses breathless. “They can’t keep up with me,” Rondelli says with a laugh. That’s because TiTiGirl’s floor rotates every six weeks, making way for new lace jackets, slinky cocktail dresses and couture jeans. “Girls need to know that they need to get in here and get it—or else,” she says. “Because I don’t repeat it.” Rondelli, whose signature line of clothing (Rondelli Collezioni d’Italia) already draws its share of followers, will launch her first lingerie line, Dolce, in March. “It’s sweet and sexy,” she says. “I always wanted to do a line of lingerie—long, short and everything in between ... I’m just going the whole nine yards.” did yOu knOw: Rondelli occasionally hosts “Tea With TiTi” in the courtyard just outside her store. The owner sets up a little boutique fashion show with herbal tea, biscuits and cookies, and showcases only sale items. THe Price iS rigHT: Rondelli’s signature pieces are available for less than $100. “I love to make women look really fashionable and trendy,” she says. “And it doesn’t have to break the bank for them.”
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THe lOwdOwn: One of the newest additions to Royal Palm Place, this independent apparel store opened in November 2011, taking over the Lululemon Athletica showroom. Indi-Chic is bursting with bright, bohemian pieces for the hip, stylish shopper. The store offers intricate lace and artisan pieces, feather necklaces, tank tops in every color, flowing maxi dresses and cashmere tops. did yOu knOw: Indi-Chic also manufactures its own belts, handbags and shoes.
THe lOwdOwn: Suzanne Taylor was prepared to abandon the retail industry prior to opening her specialty store in June 2011. Dance enthusiasts are glad she didn’t. The charming boutique is an ode to the art form, with elaborate ball gowns, spicy salsa dresses, handcrafted evening bags, competition gowns, customizable heels and glitzy jewelry. “We have everything from undies to false eyelashes,” Taylor says. “So you’re not running around everywhere looking for those little details; I wanted a place where you could go to find it all together.” Though the popularity of “Dancing With the Stars” has introduced a new wave of customers to her store, Taylor will tell you that half of her clients don’t even dance. “[Shoppers] have found a ballroom shoe is the most comfortable shoe,” she says. “It’s soft. It’s flexible. You can custom order any size and change the heel height.” did yOu knOw: Once a month, Taylor swings by Pavilion Grille to host a trunk show during their Wednesday ballroom dancing night, displaying shoes and jewelry available in her store.
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In With the Old
Fitness equipment and techniques are constantly evolving with new technology. The latest trend is taking old favorites and making them new again. These cutting-edge hybrid pieces of equipment are taking our area by storm. Turn the page to learn more.
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three for the road Check out the latest in outdoor fitness innovations. The ellipTiGO
What: An elliptical bicycle Benefits: More
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What: Cross country skis mixed with inline skates Benefits: Originally developed for cross-country skiers to train during the off-season, this easy-to-use hybrid is perfect for South Florida’s roads. You get the cardio, calorie burn and body-toning benefits of cross-country skiing, but without the snow, freezing temperatures and runny nose. Roller skis may provide the most vigorous workout of all the hybrids, but it’s also low-impact and easier on the knees. There are different models for different fitness levels.
comfortable than a bike and more fun than a stagnant elliptical machine, this head-turning hybrid lets you enjoy the outdoors while torching calories on a low-impact elliptical. The genius contraption is great for cardio, strengthening core muscles, developing better balance and toning legs. Although it isn’t cheap, it only takes a few minutes of practice to use it like a pro— and it’s really fun to ride. Price: Three models available, starting at $1,799 Where to Buy: Busy Body Boca Raton (8903 Glades Road, Suite H13; 561/477-1929; elliptigo.com)
scooter in one Benefits: The easy-touse contraption gives you a complete lower-body workout that tones and strengthens the hamstrings, glutes, quads and calves. It’s also a great cardio workout that’s safe for young and old—kids won’t realize they are exercising, and adults will feel like they are flying at ground level. Price: Two models available, starting at $250 Where to Buy: The WingFlyer Store (2413 Ocean Ave., Riviera Beach; 561/328-6443; mywingflyer. com); Velo-S Cyclery (349 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., #9, Boynton Beach; 561/7387798)
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Nordicskater.com; 866/2442570. The company (based in Vermont) will ship you the skis and let you try them out for two weeks for $60. Complete packages start at around $350.
hyBrid fitness classes 1. PilOxing A class that combines Pilates and boxing Cost: $20 per class Where: The Barre Studio (59 S.E. Fourth Ave., Delray Beach, 561/891-0006, thebarrefitness.com)
2. PaDDleBOarD YOga
Just like it sounds: Yoga practiced on a paddleboard on the water Cost: $30, board rental included Where: Ocean Om (Fort Lauderdale and Deerfield Beach, 954/453-7376); Surf World (435 S. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach, 954/545-7873, surfworld.us)
3. PaDDleBOarD Pilates
Once again, just as advertised: Pilates practiced on a paddleboard on the water Cost: $45 for one hour, $60 for two hours (board included) Where: Fort Lauderdale Stand Up Paddle (954/625-5798, fortlauderdalesup.com)
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Ballet and Pilates combined for a total body workout Cost: 10 classes for $200, single class $23 Where: Pure Barre (350 Esplanade Royal Palm Place, #56, 561/4453257, purebarre.com) The WingFlyer
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Allergy AlternAtives It’s always allergy season in South Florida. If yours are acting up, try these unique ways to find more consistent nasal relief. Neti Pot
The Neti pot is a nasal irrigation device that has been around for centuries. It recently gained popularity in the U.S. due to recommendations from Dr. Oz, Oprah and holistic guru Deepak Chopra. Users fill the ceramic pot—which looks like a cross between a genie bottle and a container that waters plants—with a saline solution. They then pour the mixture through their nasal cavity to help thin out mucus and flush out nasal passages. It might sound gross (there are many tutorials and photos available on the Web), but it can provide relief for people suffering from nasal allergies. Neti pots are available at your local drug store.
Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) is a drugfree blend of acupuncture, acupressure and other alternative treatments. One allergen is treated at a time, and licensed practitioner Kim Guerrise says that success rates are very high. “My husband had a severe cat allergy, and he is fine now,” Guerrise says. “It’s an immune building treatment. The results are really phenomenal.” Typically, only one treatment is needed per allergy, but that may vary, Guerrise says, depending on the severity of the allergy. (Yintang Center for Balance and Healing, 422 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 561/417-7552; yintangacupuncture. com; $125 for first session, $85 for additional treatments if necessary) visit bocamag.com for a list of local allergytesting centers.
The easiest way to avoid allergies is to remove the allergen. If you are allergic to dogs but getting rid of Fido is not an option, there are other possibilities.
1. MedicAtions like AntihistAMines are the most common treatments. Although many are available over the counter, it is best to see your doctor before trying a new medication.
2. dust Mites Multiply where humidity is high (hello, South Florida), so keep indoor humidity below 50 percent.
3. pollen is worst in the morning and on windy days; avoid outdoor activities during those times.
4. iMprove indoor Air quality with a company like Boca-based and eco-friendly AirMD, (561/245-4500; airmd.com), which removes indoor allergens and toxins.
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home Bedside Manners
Some nightstands can be such a snooze. Why not wake up your bedroom decor with stylish stand-ins? If you have a suite where style and substance are important, your bedside table selections deserve some thought. Turn the page for a host of ideas.
Pay attention to the details:
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When deciding on the perfect pieces, consider not only the style and scale of the tables you choose but also the way you accessorize them. It makes all the difference between an appealing and an appalling display.
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Table Talk Rouse your room by incorporating the following alternatives to traditional bedside tables.
WHy it WOrks: This glass-topped piece performs double duty in a room lacking enough space for two nightstands and a desk. The appropriately sized, diminutive desk adds both function and glamour to the bedroom suite.
WHy it WOrks: The length of this room’s main wall requires more than a narrow nightstand. A full-sized dresser (with appropriate height) performs perfectly as a storage-rich bedside table.
WHy it WOrks: Adding storage, dimension and height to a wall lacking a large headboard, these matching pieces create the look of a single, tiered nightstand.
WHy it WOrks: This easy-to-fashion, fabric-covered table adds softness and femininity to a contemporary bedroom. Beneath the fabric, shelves provide an out-of-the-way spot for storage.
Tricks of The Trade: MATchMAking
nightstands don’t have to match. Want to successfully pair dissimilar bedside tables in your room? here’s what to do: choose a common characteristic to visually link the two pieces. Whether it’s a common style, color, finish or hardware, similar features will prevent the different tables from appearing incompatible. Another trick: Top with identical lamps to create instant balance and symmetry.
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Perfecting a Bedside taBle One of the perils of placing a table beside your bed is that it can collect clutter and, if not carefully chosen, destroy the decor. There are definite dos and don’ts when it comes to choosing and using a nightstand. To prove this point, we’ve staged two bedside tables: one right, one wrong. How does yours compare?
Night table 101 FeATureS OF A greAT nighTSTAnD Designer Patty hubbel of Brown’s interior Design in Boca raton (4501 n. Federal highway, 561/368-2703) has a few recommendations when choosing nightstands for your bedrooms.
When purchasing a piece, it is important to consider style, scale, finish and quality of the bedside table.
it is important to keep in mind
WHaT’s Wrong [ ] The lamp is too small and is placed out of reach from the bed. [ ] Oversized accessories crowd the tabletop, and the similar heights induce boredom. [ ] A clunky clock/radio consumes too much space. [ ] A tacky tissue box and water bottle appear crude. [ ] The tabletop is too low and too far from the bed. The square surface extends too far from the wall. [ ] The open table base provides no visual weight and is undersized for the space.
WHaT’s right [ ] A correctly sized lamp provides plentiful reading light; it’s placed within reach and is beautifully styled for the space. [ ] An assortment of appropriately scaled accessories adorns the tabletop. A crystal obelisk adds height without bulk, while a small picture frame, petit floral piece and diminutive clock perform as low-sitting eye-candy. [ ] Stacked books appear organized and create a stage for the flower vase. [ ] Crystal-like accents repeat on the lamp base, obelisk, jeweled drawer-pulls and mirrored tabletop. [ ] The elegantly shaped chest is properly proportioned for the large bed and spacious room.
height and depth as well. Depending on the thickness of your mattress, you do not want the table/dresser to be too low or too high. Dresser depth is usually standard, about 24 inches deep.
Drawers are a great way to keep surfaces clean and contain nightstand clutter.
Style matters in the sense that it gives a room its personality. So the bedside table should work within the room, but it doesn’t necessarily have to match the rest of the furniture.
Other factors to consider include whether the nightstand is for an adult or child. Think about whether the piece will need a protective finish or glass top, and how much storage you will need.
[ ] Drawers provide easily accessible storage.
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The Burg Is Booming St. Pete, once a sleepy Florida retreat, emerges as an arts mecca with a thriving bay front.
uzz about St. Pete? A town on the move? I’d been hearing that for the past few years, but I didn’t believe it. I grew up in St. Pete, the town of the “newly wed and nearly dead,” of green benches and sleepy Williams Park, of Webb’s City (the “world’s largest drug store”) and the Mirror Lake shuffleboard courts. It was a town of retirement hotels, Ted Peter’s Smoked Mullet and small-town society. Change was glacial; people were provincial, at best. That is beginning to shift. Finally. The green benches have been banished; the graceful bay front is coming alive. St. Petersburg today has a thriving arts scene,
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including a new Dali Museum, The Mahaffey (a performing arts theater on the water), a Dale Chihuly studio and a glass-blowing operation just blocks away. A few daring architects are even floating bold new ideas to brand the city through visionary new pier designs. On a recent trip to St. Petersburg, about a five-hour drive from Boca, I got to sample what all the noise was about—and I was impressed. I stayed at the Vinoy Renaissance, site of all the debutante balls when I was in high school and then, later, shuttered and abandoned. The Vinoy, once a grand 1920s boom-era hotel, was restored in the 1990s. But that was just the beginning; the Vinoy now has been transformed into a first-rate sparkling and sleek hotel with the best sprawling front verandah in the Southeast, a plum location on the bay and every amenity you could want. I had a massage at the spa (slated for expansion) that almost made me levitate; and brunch at Marchand’s Bar & Grill was sublime. It is once again a jewel in the city’s waterfront, and within walking distance of restaurants, shops, galleries and the bustling bay front parks, which are always hosting something (when I was there, Ribfest was packing them in). The dramatic Dali Museum, distinguished by its geodesic “Glass Enigma” and helical staircase designed by Yann Weymouth, is within walking distance of the Vinoy, as well as the Chihuly studio. Both are must-sees,
St. Pete: don’t-Miss stoPs 1. Craftsman 2. early dining 3. full moon
Central Ave., 727/3232787): Part gallery, part café, part intimate concert venue, this is a gem. Call ahead to see who’s playing. They get well-known artists, it’s affordable, and it’s like having a private concert in your living room.
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(3121 Fourth St., 727/821-6516): For 27 years, locals have been flocking to Harvey’s— but the big draw is Full Moon nights with inexpensive Maine lobster, live music and a bar right out of “Cheers.”
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but the Dali Museum is especially impressive. Maybe it was our docent, who wore a shoe on her head as she led us though the exhibits, or the complex “Dalinean Continuity” of random dogs, melting time and a few themes not appropriate for a family magazine. Whatever the case, I found the experience mesmerizing. Add to that the nearby Museum of Fine Arts, the Holocaust Museum, the Morean Arts Center, and about a jillion small galleries along Central Avenue, and St. Petersburg is now a lot more than just a walk on the beach. The sleepy city of my childhood is on the move and well worth a close-to-home Florida vacation. —Marie Speed
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Ave., 727/897-9728): This is a great place to rest between gallery browsing, with fresh oysters and clams, a bar the length of three football fields and a cozy tavern ambience.
5 Reasons to Visit: The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, Mexico
The two tiled pools at the Ritz overlook the Caribbean Sea.
This jewel in the Yucatan Peninsula adds to the brand’s impeccable reputation with a south-ofthe-border resort experience like no other.  Only the strOng survive: The lone Ritz-Carlton in all of Mexico took a Category 5 pummeling from Hurricane Wilma, which delivered $45 million worth of damage in October 2005, forcing the resort to close for the better part of a year. When the 365-room property along the Caribbean Sea reopened, it wasted no time re-establishing itself as the premier luxury hotel in the country—and one of the top destinations in this part of the world. In 2011, AAA awarded the Cancun Ritz with its prestigious Five Diamond rating for the overall resort—and for two of its signature restaurants (Fantino and The Club Grill)— making it the only oceanfront hotel in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean to receive a combined 15 diamonds. A private treatment room at Kayantá Spa
 FOr the peOple: The unmatched quality of customer service at the Ritz is as much in the unexpected details as it is in the expected formalities. Menthol-scented towels and flutes of Champagne for travelers upon their arrival; an elegant step-stool for a lady’s purse at The Club Grill; knowledge of guests’ names, and even birthdays, by staff; delivery of refreshing fruit-flavored popsicles for guests at a beach villa. The brilliantly trained staff never stops looking for ways to please.  Amenities gAlOre: Sony Pictures takes over the Ritz to launch its summer films—meaning that stars such as Brad Pitt and George Clooney have sampled the resort’s endless array of amenities, including the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center, two lush outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center—and even premium tequila tastings. Need some pampering? Check out the 5,500-squarefoot Kayantá Spa, with more than 50 options in therapies from massage and facials to full body and water treatments.  A level untO itselF: In addition to hosting exquisitely appointed suites as large as 876 square feet, the eighth-floor Club Level raises the service bar with concierge staff that handles requests from off-site entertainment bookings to on-site dinner reservations. Not that Club Level guests need to leave the floor to dine; five rounds of culinary offerings are featured daily—from a full breakfast to light bites during the cocktail hour to themed dishes at dinner—as well as complimentary wine and cocktails. Or, like us, you can spend the dessert hour dipping marshmallows into flowing fountains of milk chocolate and white chocolate.
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arts & entertainment
Lou Tyrrell’s New Florida Stage
The artistic director of a beloved, fallen theater company teams up with Delray Beach’s hottest artistic property. Plus, our Insider has the scoop on the reopening of Mizner Park Cinema, a surfing exhibition at FAU and more.
More A&e coverAge AT bocAMAg.coM Visit the new bocamag.com for increased A&E coverage, including John Thomason’s Monday breakdown of the upcoming week’s big cultural events; movie, concert and theater reviews; interviews with local entertainers—and much more.
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A Florida theatrical luminary reboots his stage at the popular Arts Garage in Delray Beach. Lou Tyrrell
Next up: Woody Sez
On the heels of his first post-Florida Stage venture at The Theatre at the Arts Garage—a February festival of premiere play readings that, down the road, may become full-fledged productions—Tyrrell is back this month with a fully produced musical. “Woody Sez,” about folk-music icon Woody Guthrie, debuts March 16 and runs through April 8. “The piece will focus on his music and the stories he told of the Depression, knowing that those stories will resonate today with the economic downturn we’re all facing,” he says.
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or the South Florida theater community, June 6, 2011, is a day that will live in infamy. This was the day, less than 24 hours after the closing of its best production of the season, that Florida Stage announced that it had filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection and would cease operations. The news hit the cultural community like a sledgehammer. To outside observers, Florida Stage was a beacon of prosperity; it recently had migrated to larger confines at the Kravis Center. In addition, it was one of the most consistently rewarding theater companies in the region, a glistening enclave for worldpremiere plays that regularly scooped up awards. Some angry commentators blamed the Kravis for the bankruptcy; many simply expressed grief. “When there is a death in the family—and that’s exactly how it felt—you’re paralyzed for a little while,” recalls Lou Tyrrell, Florida Stage’s artistic director. “But there was always kind of a philosophical acceptance that a life cycle is a natural thing, whether it’s human or cultural or corporate. That’s what happened for Florida Stage.” Tyrrell, 61, used his time away from the stage lights to think about the next phase of his career. Through a mutual contact, he found an ideal partner in Alyona Ushe, the executive director of the Arts Garage in Delray Beach, a cultural hub in Pineapple Grove that celebrates its one-year anniversary in April. Contrary to the conventional wisdom about starting up an arts
institution in a cash-strapped market, the Arts Garage has managed to turn a profit ever since it opened its doors on the ground floor of a parking garage last year. It instantly became a haven for live jazz music from national and international recording artists, and collaborations with the South Florida Symphony, Palm Beach Opera, Alliance Francaise and other organizations expanded the venue’s disciplines—as well its seemingly boundless potential. Ushe, 43, who founded a theater company in the nation’s capital before moving to Palm Beach County, always had wanted to include professional theater on the Arts Garage’s plate. She was only too happy to grasp the silver lining around Florida Stage’s cloudy closure. “Lou brings so much experience and passion and vision and talent and expertise,” Ushe says. “So when we were talking about the future, it was a natural from the first meeting. Just as the Arts Garage evolved organically, so did this relationship.” Regular programming from Tyrrell will begin this spring, but more optimistic news looms in the future for the Arts Garage. Sometime in the next two years, Ushe expects to relocate from the current 5,500-square-foot space into a 15,000-square-foot warehouse located two blocks northeast. This is the building—once home to a muffler shop—that brought Ushe to Florida in the first place. “Currently, we can only do one performance at one time, whereas there, we’ll have more flexibility,” she says. “That’s the idea; let’s create something that’s exploding with action 24-7.” march/april
IF YOU GO What: Arts Garage Where: 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach BOx OFFIce: 561/450-6357 WeBsIte: artsgarage.org
Alyona Ushe, executive director, in the Delray industrial space that became the Arts Garage
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theHOTlist marCh 27June 3
Will Barnet at 100
Where: Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton Details: While some people study art history, Will Barnet has lived it. The pioneering painter, printmaker and educator, who turns 101 in May, has absorbed just about every important art movement of the 20th century and integrated it into his work, from social realism to cubism, geometric abstraction to figurative realism. This survey of 50 pieces captures the progressions of visual art itself as well as the shifting tides of Barnet’s own evolution. tickets: $4–$8; free for museum members contact: 561/392-2500, bocamuseum.org Will Barnet’s “Midnight”
elvis Costello & the imposters
Where: Hard Rock Live, 5747 Seminole Way, Hollywood Details: The entire Boca Raton office was bummed when Elvis Costello canceled his gig at Hard Rock Live last September, but we’re overjoyed that the iconoclastic troubadour will grace us with his presence in this make-up date. He’ll bring with him 40 timeless hits, rarities and surprises listed on a giant wheel, which select fans will have the opportunity to spin onstage, thus dictating his music for the evening. Titled “The Spectacular Spinning Songbook,” this brilliant conceit ensures a different set list every night. tickets: $49–$89 contact: 800/745-3000, hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com 66
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the miami international Film Festival
also includes a “Spotlight on Quebec” series showcasing little-seen FrenchCanadian films, and cult movies like the horror-comedy “Juan of the Dead.” tickets: TBA contact: 305/237-3456, miamifilmfestival.com
Where: Various cinemas throughout the Miami area Details: The Miami International Film Festival continues to be the worldliest of South From the movie Florida’s film fests, promising “Juan of the Dead” premieres from Cuba, Spain, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Iran and China, as well as madein-Miami features and a strong lineup of shorts and documentaries. This year, first-time Latin American directors will enter their films in a new competition category, titled “Opera Prima,” where they’ll vie for a $5,000 cash prize. The festival
“Death anD the MaiDen”
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Where: Mosaic Theatre at American Heritage Center for the Arts, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation Details: Twenty years after it premiered in England, this shattering play by Ariel Dorfman is as moving as ever. Last year’s successful revival in London’s West End inspired Mosaic artistic director Richard Jay Simon to shuffle around his season to accommodate it: “The Birds” is now out and “Death and the Maiden” is in. The play is set in an unidentified country making the transition from dictatorship to democracy. In the wake of the Arab Spring, Dorfman’s fiction hews awfully close to reality. The Broadway premiere starred Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman; Mosaic has assembled a local cast of powerful South Florida heabyweights. tickets: $39.50 adults, $34 seniors, $15 students contact: 954/577-8243, mosaictheatre.com
44th annual St. patrick’S Day paraDe
Where: Downtown Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach Details: With St. Patrick’s Day falling conveniently on a Saturday this year, there’s no better time to partake in this 40-plus-year Delray tradition. The parade runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m., during which time hundreds of firefighters from across the country will be honored. The parade route will be decorated with fire department ladder trucks, antique fire engines and a canopy of flags throughout the route; a fire department bagpipe band, color guard and professional clowns will entertain spectators. Stick around the area for post-parade parties at 3:30 and 5:15 p.m., before you head to the post-post-parade party at your overpopulated watering hole of choice. tickets: Free contact: 561/279-0907
CONTEMPORARY GLASS MARCH 27 – OCTOBER 14
Discover unique objects by today’s leading glass artists, including Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Michael Glancy, Harvey Littleton, Concetta Mason, William Morris, Jay Musler, Toots Zynsky, and others. Organized in conjunction with Habatat Galleries, West Palm Beach. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Sponsored in part by:
501 Plaza Real | Boca Raton, Florida bocamuseum.org | 561.392.2500 HARVEY K. LITTLETON (American, born in 1922-), Ruby Orange Mobile Arc, 1982, blown, cut and polished art glass, 14 ¾ x 18 ½ x 2 ¼ inches. Permanent Collection 2008.8.2A, B. Gift of the Estate of George Epstein
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News and notes from the Palm Beach County arts scene—including an update on the cinema at Mizner Park. An image from “Surfing Florida”
Movies RetuRn to MizneR
PaRade in the PaRk
After a year and a half in the dark, Mizner Park Cinema is scheduled to reopen this summer under new management. iPic Theatres @ Mizner Park will mark the first Florida location for this quickly growing brand, which launched in Wisconsin. The Mizner space, once a Sunrise Cinemas theater and then a foundering Frank Theatres site, has been completely demolished and redesigned. An iPic representative says that patrons can expect a “premium but affordable movie experience.” Each auditorium only has about 40 stadium seats, but alternative seating options include reclining chairs with pillows and blankets. Previous iPic locations have been lauded for their innovative approach to dining—popcorn is complimentary, and gourmet food and beverage service will be available for the first 20 minutes of the film.
Parade Productions, South Florida’s newest theater group, recently finished its debut performance—Donald Margulies’ “Brooklyn Boy”— in its home at The Studio at Mizner Park (201 Plaza Real, paradeproductions.org). At press time, no plans are set in stone for a second production, but Candace Caplin, co-founder and executive director, is optimistic about the future of her company, even in this economic climate. “There is no good time to start a theater,” she says. “It’s always challenging. I think that with whatever we choose to do, we need to want more than we fear, and we need to love more than we fear.” Caplin looked for a performance space for two years before striking a deal at the second-floor Mizner Park venue, the former home of the International Museum of Cartoon Art.
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As the origin of modern surfing approaches its hundredyear anniversary, it’s about time Florida received its due as a location rivaling the California coastline. This was the motivation for Paul Aho, a surfer and artist who grew up in Briny Breezes, to curate an exhibition titled “Surfing Florida” for Florida Atlantic University. The exhibit will run from March 18 to May 12 and feature the work of more than 25 professional surf photographers showcasing Florida’s waves and their riders. “We wanted to recognize the contributions and vital role that Florida’s surfers have played in the sport’s development,” Aho says. “We thought it an opportune time to tell the deeper story, with current global attention on the sport and with the aging of many of Florida’s pioneer surfers pushing the need for someone to record their beginnings.”
With Charles Stainback, the Norton Museum of Art’s longtime photography curator, assuming the mantle of assistant director of the museum last fall, the museum has selected Tim Wride as its new curator of photography. Wride spent 14 years in a similar position at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He tells Boca Raton that while he sees Stainback as a great role model, “Charlie and I are very different curators. We approach the job from very divergent perspectives and with widely differing interests. We both, however, are extremely passionate about our commitment to the work, the artists who make it, and to our audiences. I’ll be looking in new directions, working with the rest of the Norton curatorial staff and continually raising the creative and intellectual energy of the Norton.”
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29 Savor the Avenue 2012 Get your palates ready to take part in an exquisite epicurean experience at savor the avenue, one of the year’s signature events for Boca Raton and Delray Beach magazines! mark your calendar and join us thursday, march 29 in downtown Delray Beach to feast at Florida’s longest table—right in the middle of atlantic avenue. cocktails begin at 5:30! savor, which is sponsored by Xanté and rutherford Wines, benefits the office Depot Foundation. For more information about the event, turn to page 89 and visit bocamag.com! Reserve your seat quickly—there is a limited capacity for this event.
10 Art Rocks at The Art School of the Boca Raton Museum of Art this celebration of talent, starting at 7 p.m., will showcase the work of 33 art school instructors while offering affordable works of art for sale. enjoy delicious food, refreshments, and a unique raffle and silent auction. For tickets, please call 561/392-2500, ext. 208. 801 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561/392-2503 Above image/top row: robin may, Walter may, marvin Koenig, Don Dietz, marlene pomeranz, Jack circle, Jody Grass and Barbara Kirby. Bottom row: Betty Koenig, olive Johnson, andrea Kline, carol Borrow, Doreen alrod, Beverly circle and Joan Feinsod
17 Broward Center for the Performing Arts celebrate st. patrick’s Day at the Broward center! michael Flatley’s “lord of the Dance” launched a worldwide celtic craze, blending traditional and modern irish music and dance. Don’t miss this beloved entertainment extravaganza with fresh new material. two performances only on saturday, march 17. For tickets and more information, visit BrowardCenter.org
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Mary Had a Leg of Lamb
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... and a rack and a chop and a shank and a shoulder. Why? Because it’s spring, and a young (or ageless) gourmet’s fancy turns to this tender, succulent and sadly under-appreciated red meat. Turn the page and find out what’s for dinner. [ bocamag.com ]
roaSTed baby Lamb ➤ Where: Raffaele Ristorante,
508 Via De Palmas, Boca Raton, 561/392-1110 Chef/oWner: Raffaele Esposito The diSh: Ribs, leg and shoulder of baby lamb, slow-roasted in a wood-fired oven with potatoes, peas, onion and tomato on The Side: Spinach with butter and pine nuts, escarole with black olives and capers or endive gratin
Lamb ShiSh Kebab
Where: Sefa Mediterranean Grill, 165 N.E.
Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/330-0004
Chef/oWner: Numan Unsal The diSh: Cubed leg of young lamb
marinated five hours in yogurt, red onion, Turkish pepper paste, black pepper and oregano, skewered and grilled on The Side: Bulgur with onions, garlic, pepper, tomato and herbs, and grilled vegetables
Lamb naWabi Curry ➤ Where: Curries & More, 217 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561/392-2999 Chef/oWner: Raj Bilaney The diSh: A medium-dry curry of cubed leg of lamb marinated in yogurt and spices, sautéed with bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and Kahari spice blend on The Side: Garlic naan— Indian flatbread spread with garlic paste and baked in the tandoori oven
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And ThAT’s noT All
Here are four more dishes that feature lamb. Lamb burgers: Treat ground lamb like hamburger. Go Greek and stuff it in pita bread with tzatziki, chopped tomatoes and red onion. braised Lamb shank: Think lamb osso buco, shanks braised in stock and red wine with aromatics, herbs and tomatoes.
Know the following seven terms before ordering or preparing lamb.
Lamb LoLLipops: Well-trimmed and French-cut individual lamb rib chops make meaty little “pops.” Serve them with mint pesto.
[ ] BaBy lamB: 2 to 3 weeks old, weighing approximately 20
roast Leg of Lamb: This Mediterranean classic consists of a whole leg stuffed with slivers of garlic, basted with olive oil and Provençal herbs, and roasted.
[ ] mUtton: Meat from a mature sheep more than 1 year old
pounds; difficult to find; can be special ordered fresh during spring, frozen the rest of the year [ ] Spring lamB: Lamb produced between March and October;
usually animals 3 to 5 months old [ ] “regUlar” lamB: Typically, lamb from an animal less than 1
[ ] american lamB: Larger (an average of 135 pounds) and considered more flavorful yet less gamey than New Zealand or Australian lamb; usually both grain- and grass-fed [ ] aUStralian lamB: Smaller than American lamb, said to be
vacuum-packed for transport to the U.S., similar to the “wet aging” process for beef than produces more tender meat; grass-fed [ ] new Zealand lamB: Smallest and gamiest-tasting lamb;
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What Goes With Lamb? Try the following seasonings and marinades.
Garlic herbes de Provence rosemary Mint Marjoram/oregano herb pesto Dijon mustard Curry yogurt red wine/herb sauce Pomegranate juice Lemon-olive oil
Where to Buy [ ] MeatinG PLaCe of BoCa raton (277 E. Palmetto Park Road, 561/368-1191): Rack, loin chops, leg; can order baby lamb for special occasions
[ ] the MeatinG PLaCe West (3010 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561/241-3858): Rack, loin and rib chops, “lollipop” chops, leg, ground, stew
[ ] torChio’s (1877 W. Woolbright Road, Boynton Beach, 561/7325915): Leg, loin chops, rack, ground
[ ] WhoLe fooDs (1400
[ ] fresh Market (100 W.
Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/4470000): Rack, leg, rib and loin chops, shoulder chops, shank, ground
Camino Real, Boca Raton, 561/3382444): Rack, leg, tenderloin, loin chops, shank, ground
[ ] JosePh’s CLassiC Market (5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/347-2314): Rack, leg, loin
Cuts and Cooking Rack: Roast at 350 degrees for approximately 13 minutes per pound to an internal temperature of 135 degrees for medium-rare.
Rib and loin chops: Broil or grill over medium-high heat for three to five minutes per side for medium-rare.
leg: Roast in a 325-degree oven for about 20 minutes per pound to an internal temperature of 135 degrees to 145 degrees for medium-rare.
shouldeR (also called aRm) chop: Sauté over medium-high heat for three to four minutes per side or sear in skillet and braise with liquid and aromatics for up to one hour.
shank: Sear over medium-high heat in skillet, then braise in oven (at 350 degrees) with liquid and aromatics for approximately two hours.
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ike many iconic dishes, the Cobb salad is a product of what might be called “kitchen sink cuisine.” As the story goes, the Cobb was invented in 1937 by one Robert Howard Cobb, proprietor of the (now-deceased) Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles. Cobb was rummaging around the kitchen at midnight, looking for a nosh, and he grabbed whatever was on hand—romaine lettuce, chicken breast, avocado, hardboiled egg, tomatoes, Roquefort cheese and bacon. He threw them all together, tossed the results with red wine vinaigrette and the rest is ... well, you know. Is the story true? Maybe. But what is undeniably true is that you could take bacon, blue cheese and avocado and put them on a truck tire and it would be pretty tasty. For this Challenge, we eschewed the truck tire (have you ever tried to es-chew on one?) and stuck with the classic combination, or at least as close to it as we could get (the vinaigrettes all vary). Cobb salads were judged on quality and freshness of ingredients, balance of flavors, vinaigrette and value, then given an overall score. —Bill Citara INGREDIENTS
Like all of these salads, a generous portion makes for a hearty lunch, even dinner. One star comes off for deligrade turkey, though. $14.
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Chunks of real roasted chicken and baby heirloom tomatoes spoke to quality ingredients, but a smaller portion than Henry’s knocked off half a star. $14.95.
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Artichoke hearts and mixed greens instead of romaine are the outliers. Huge portion and good balsamic vinaigrette, but the turkey tasted processed. $12. The class of the tasting—big pieces of tender herbflecked roasted chicken, ripe avocado, lots of bacon and blue cheese, and tomatoes with real flavor. $15.
We got what we paid for— old, tough leaves of romaine, a few tiny pieces of chicken and honey-Dijon dressing that tasted of preservatives. $8.99.
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buzz When in Delray: Eat as the Romans do. Or so says local top toque Angelo Elia, whose latest venture—D’Angelo Trattoria (9 S.E. Seventh Ave., 561/330-1237)—is not about the cuisines of Tuscany (Gasp! Horrors!) or Southern Italy (Shock! Blasphemy!) but the underappreciated and certainly underavailable (at least locally) cuisine of Rome. So forget your spaghetti and meatballs, veal Marsala and eggplant Parmesan, and hop on the Roman train with such buzz-worthy numbers as roasted veal bone marrow with casareccio bread and parsley-caper pesto, risotto with calamari and squid ink sauce, and milk-fed piglet roasted in a wood-fired oven and seasoned with black pepper and fresh herbs. You can get pizza too; hold the canned ham and pineapple, and instead snarf up the classic margherita or lusty pugliese (buffalo mozzarella, broccoli rabe, sausage and hot peppers). The dining room isn’t faux Tuscan either, with its espresso-stained wood floors, wood-fired and copper-finished oven, mosaic-tiled backsplash and customdesigned wall sconces. When in Rome ... eat like Delray. Now, that D’Angelo Trattoria will put some dolce in your vita. chef Rickie Piper Bam! SmaSh! KapoW! No, it’s not old “Batman” reruns. This swift punch to your taste buds is delivered by a quartet of the hottest dining-nightlife honchos around: Rodney Mayo and Scott Frielich (Dada, Tryst, the Dubliner, Respectable Street), Vaughan Lazar (Pizza Fusion) and talented chef Roy Villacrusis (the late but to be reborn Kubo). It’s called Kapow! Noodle Bar (431 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/347-7322), and it features Villacrusis’ wildly inventive “Asiatic cuisine,” as well as lotsa noodles and other good stuff. What good stuff? Try udon noodles with tempura shrimp, scallions and shredded nori in dashi broth. Or chilled soba noodles with black cod, asparagus and edamame. Or maybe pork belly buns with pickled cucumbers and mustard-hoisin sauce, green tea-cured salmon with yuzu-kosho gelee, crab-stuffed shisito peppers and conch gratin with sushi rice and fried garlic. And for a little extra Kapow! the dining room features a huge cartoon-style mural by local artist Michael “Pooch” Pucciarelli that looks like something out of a really whacked-out Japanese comic book. Take that, Penguin! Zap! when U want to know
Kapow! Noodle Bar Inset: Chef Roy Villacrusis
youSe Wanna pizza thiS? Another slice of the Big Apple has come to our little corner of paradise with the debut of Noo Yawk’s famed Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (1 N. Clematis St., 561/833-8787) in the old Fire Rock Pizza spot at the foot of Clematis Street in West Palm Beach. Along with killer views of the Intracoastal, Grimaldi’s features some serious receptacles for baking their pies—the hand-built behemoths go through 100 pounds of coal a day to keep the fire burning at a constant 1,200 degrees. Pizzas come in personal, small and large sizes with sauces red, white and pesto, and can be customized with everything from artichoke hearts and anchovies to meatballs and pepperoni. There’s also a small roster of salads and Grimaldi’s signature New York-style cheesecake, tiramisu and cannoli. they’re Baa-aacK: That would be a pair of Palm Beach favorites shuttered temporarily but reborn in new locations. First up is Trevini (290 Sunset Ave., 561/833-3883), which after 10 years on Worth Avenue moved out to make room for Latininspired Cha Cha’s (see review on page 134). Luckily for its fans, a few months later it was back in business in the old Coco Palm Beach spot in the Bradley Park Hotel, with all its hearty Italian faves intact. And speaking of the old Coco Palm Beach, that elegant Asian restaurant moved across the Intracoastal to West Palm Beach’s Northwood neighborhood, merging with China Beach Bistro to create Coco China Beach Bistro (407 Northwood Road, 561/8334242). Coco chef Jeff Pang is now running the kitchen, and all of his signature dishes came with him. So buzz on by and check it out. [ bocamag.com ]
a few minutes with the people who help define south florida
Linda Greenberg and the Students at American Heritage
Making a difference in Uganda
he statistics are alarming. Every 30 seconds in Uganda, a child dies from malaria, and several others die from drinking contaminated water. Many children don’t live beyond the age of 5. Those who do escape disease often labor long hours in stone quarries for a pittance of $1.25 a day. It’s an existence that most South Florida youth can’t begin to comprehend. But that hasn’t stopped students at American Heritage School of Boca/Delray from trying to ease the suffering of Ugandan children by providing the service they need most: a hospital. The independent college preparatory school has embraced the nonprofit 4Uganda, founded by Linda Greenberg. The Delray Beach resident first visited the landlocked country in central Africa five years ago, fulfilling a childhood dream to see the silverback gorillas for which Dian Fossey lived and died. While there, Greenberg developed a mother-son connection with a young boy; she listened daily to his stories and struggles. “From my relationship with him, I saw the needs of other kids in Uganda,” she says. A visit to the fishing village of Myende Landing, an island more than seven miles from the nearest health center, sealed Greenberg’s conviction. She returned
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home intent on raising funds for a hospital in the village that could service 90,000 patients. But how? Greenberg decided to approach American Heritage—and with good reason. The Ugandan cause was a perfect fit for the school, which prides itself on a four-pronged philanthropic approach (local, state, national and international). Neil Rosen, adviser for the school’s Key Club and Honor Society, began to champion Uganda as the flagship international project for years to come, assembling steering committees of students and parents, each sharing equal fundraising weight. Students from the lower school all the way to graduating seniors embraced the project selflessly. Johanna Sacks’ parents hosted a cocktail party to persuade potential donors. Students Max and Charlie Himmelrich raise funds through their grandfather’s nonprofit foundation. Blake Meredith launched a website (heritage 4uganda.com), using social media to attract other students and their Facebook friends to the organization. “It’s had not only an emotional impact on the steering committee, but the student body as a whole,” says Jacob Bosses, president of the National Honor Society and a key member of the steering committee. “The students are enthusiastic about march/april
Front row (from left): Johanna Sacks, Jake Schulman, Spencer Rich, Jacob Bosses, David Corbin, Ariel Smith, Jesse Aguilar, Linda Greenberg, Sabina Bosses, headmaster Bob Stone. Second row: Julie Peyton-Stein, Alexa Scalone, Neil Rosen. Back row: Andrew Machado, Max Himmelrich, Travis Noddings, Michael Olson, Nilay Kumar, Skylar Winepol, Angelo Gasparri, Blake Meredith
participating in this project, because they are able to directly communicate with who they’re helping.” Jesse Aguilar is a fifth-grade student at American Heritage, and he speaks about the issue like a future philanthropist: “We’re building a hospital there because they need more help than anybody,” he says. “I think it’s not fair that I can buy a TV right now, and they can’t buy a stuffed animal.” The hard work already has paid dividends. At press time, American Heritage had raised $18,000 for the hospital. Because original plans for the building size have expanded from one school block to three, the overall fundraising goal has been raised to $280,000. However, the project isn’t just about delivering an initial influx of funds. Just ask science students at the school, who are working on a when U want to know
filtration system for the hospital. Some of the students hope to visit Uganda for the first time in 2013—the summer of the expected opening of the Myende Landing Koome Island Medical Clinic. “These kids are an inspiration,” Greenberg says. “Here are young [people who] have seen within themselves the power to help other people that have so very little. Other kids need to see what the power of the young teenagers and younger kids can do if they just get out there and give back.” “It doesn’t stop when we build three school blocks or the filtration system,” Bosses says. “If we continue to work as hard as we do, younger kids that come up through the grades are going to take over the project and build a lasting relationship with this community.”
how to help Visit 4Uganda.org to make a donation of any amount; you can designate the funds to go directly to the hospital or to keeping 4Uganda running. You also can support the organization’s efforts by purchasing locally made gorilla T-shirts, stone quarry bags and paper bead jewelry for $10 to $45 on the website.
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faces Beth and Craig Peschl Owners, ellenville Garden Center
keeping up with the peschls Ultimate relaxation: Vacationing in their RV out West Favorite dinner to make at home: Meat and potatoes for him; chicken and salad for her Hardest thing to grow in Florida: Business Wish list for Ellenville: A small restaurant
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t’s the last place you’d expect in Boca Raton, land of high-end jewelers and gourmet restaurants. But at the corner of Federal Highway and 11th Street, right across from Babione Funeral Home, is a little piece of the way life used to be here, back before there was valet parking at Publix and Veuve Clicquot at selected gas stations. Ellenville Garden Center is a tidy outdoor garden shop, adjacent to a 3,800-square-foot country store, complete with a fireplace and a wide front porch with rocking chairs. It’s a throwback to Boca in another day, the day of Butts Bean Farm and U Pik’Ems out west. It’s also the brainchild of Craig and Beth Peschl, owners of Atlantic Landscape of South Florida and longtime Boca Raton residents. Beth, 48, has been here for 28 years; Craig, 58, moved here when he was 3 months old, going to school at J.C. Mitchell all the way through Boca High. In fact, his grandparents owned one of the first fruitshipping companies in the area, Boca Fruit Shippers. The Peschls started Ellenville, which is named after the tiny Catskills town where Beth grew up on a chicken farm, about three years ago, selling Christmas trees and garden supplies. “We had this property for about eight years—it was a vacant lot—and then we decided to open a garden center,” Beth says. “We thought Boca needed it.” “We figured there’s nobody else in town [doing this],” Craig adds. “Boca doesn’t really have a garden center or a garden-center type setting.” About a year ago, the couple decided to open a year-round Thursday night farmer’s market—and they haven’t looked back. The green market concept, formally known as Moonlit Farmer’s Market, originated with Farmer Jay, Jason McCobb, a lo-
cal organic farmer who grows micro greens and sprouts on 10 acres the Peschls own between Atlantic Avenue and Clint Moore Road in Delray. McCobb, who apprenticed at Sonoma’s famed Cannard Farms (which produces designer veggies for Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., among others), thought the California concept of an evening farmer’s market was just what the garden center needed. “It’s worked out great,” Beth says. “We try to do something special once or twice a month.” Like the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest last December. Or the live bands that alternate from week to week. Whatever the event, it’s often geared toward families, with kids’ activities, face painting, hula hoops and sidewalk chalk; the Peschls are even planning a movie night on Thursdays for kids. The center sells everything from hanging baskets and garden supplies to aprons and candles and cocktail napkins. The market features produce stands, grass-fed beef, raw foods and dishes from Italian cuisine to barbecue to desserts. But people don’t come to Ellenville just to shop for groceries, especially on Thursdays. “It’s a destination now,” Craig says. “You get that homey feeling,” Beth says. “People come here and they seem to enjoy the atmosphere—and they don’t want to leave. It gives them a feeling of being out of the city—a more country feeling. “Everyone who comes here says, ‘Gosh, this doesn’t belong here.’” Except it does belong here. It hearkens back to another day in Boca, when agriculture was king and life was a little slower. “Everything is real here,” Craig says. “[People will] come sit in a chair and just look at the wall—everyone seems to revert to that, that country feeling.”
—Marie Speed march/april
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ou Dobbs didn’t invent the advocate journalism that pervades individual news programs today—and, in some cases, entire television networks. But good luck finding a broadcaster who has infused his reporting with more edge and stronger opinion than the longtime CNN host and current anchor of his own show on Fox Business Network. “I’m in no way neutral about anything when it comes to this country and the American people,” says the host of “Lou Dobbs Tonight.” He’s also not as easy to label as some might believe. The part-time West Palm Beach resident—he’s spent weekends here during the winter and spring for more than a decade—ended a three-decade run at CNN amid controversy over his impassioned criticism of American immigration policies and his reporting of the conspiracy theories involving the citizenship of President Obama. However, Dobbs is not only an equalopportunity critic of both major political parties, he’s also pro-choice and supportive of gay/lesbian rights. It’s no wonder, given his high profile and shoot-from-the-hip style, that Dobbs has been approached about running for political office. Asked if he will seek such a post now or in the future, the man who started 82
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his career as a radio reporter in Yuma, Ariz., doesn’t hesitate. “Put me under the heading of never,” says Dobbs, whose daughter Hillary, one of his four children with second wife Debi, is a world-class equestrian who stables horses in Wellington during the winter season. “Yes, I was thinking about running for office. But as always, my wife brought me back to reality and reminded me what I love most. And that’s exactly what I’m doing.” Dobbs’ frank talk may not play anytime soon in the political arena, but his interview with Boca Raton is perfect for a special “Slice of Life” edition of Faces.
[ ] I don’t trust orthodoxy—to the left or the right.
[ ] I make absolutely no bones about it—my first interest is a national interest and the interests of the American people.
[ ] Back when I started in Yuma, I
was remarkably goal-free. I was having a great time breaking news on radio. The thrill of reporting captivated me entirely. I wasn’t future-oriented; I was living in the moment—and it was a $75-a-week moment.
[ ] The great thing about a
community like Yuma is that when you go down to the Safeway to buy your groceries you get instant feedback about whatever you’ve reported.
[ ] I advocate issues about which
I know a great deal and about which I believe there to be popular misconception or misrepresentation in the national media.
[ ] The audience not only gives me
permission to express my opinion, they demand it of me.
[ ] I love direct. I love straightforward. I love knowledge about issues.
[ ] There are a large number of
Americans with no jobs or a job that doesn’t pay them enough. This is the result of policies over the past two administrations and even back to the final years of the Clinton administration—a series of horrible economic and foreign policy decisions. It’s been a miserable period of government in this country. march/april
about his show “I’m trying to bring the political economy into the homes of our viewers each night at 7,” Dobbs says. “Politics, business, economics, government are interconnected. What I’m trying to do is bring the audience’s attention to those issues in the political economy most likely to impact their standard of living, quality of life and the national interest. If I can do that each night, I’ll be very happy.”
[ ] I’ve always been very skeptical
of power, whether it be political, government or corporate.
[ ] There is no way that the middle
class can stand the continuation of the policies of the past two presidents. If it continues to rely on elite to represent it—and by elite, I mean senators, congressmen or the president—then it has to go to the polls to make certain that middle-class interests are being represented.
[ ] Neither of the past two presidents
have talked with any specificity about their view of the next decade. As a result, our leadership has been thoughtless, clueless and careless.
[ ] I don’t lament the party political
system. I lament our failure on occasion to energize it and give it greater direction.
[ ] If you are in the public arena, and
you voice an opinion, you have to expect that there will be conflicting views. That’s America, the roughand-tumble of it. If you can’t love that aspect of the public arena, then you have no business being in it.
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Ripe boysenberry and currant aromas with spice, anise and hints of forest floor. Big and delicious flavors of red currant, cranberry, boysenberry. Silky, smooth finish.
Ranch 2 RutheRfoRd Sauvignon blanc
Clean aromas of lemongrass, papaya and lime zest. Refreshing flavors of gooseberry, bright lime and Meyer lemon with vibrant acidity and a lingering finish.
Ranch 3 RutheRfoRd MeRlot
Rich aromas of cherry, violets and vanilla. Juicy flavors of cranberry, red cherry, blueberry, hints of barrel spice. Well-balanced with great structure and soft finish.
4 landeR-jenkinS SpiRit hawk cabeRnet Sauvignon
Lush aromas and flavors of cherry,
blackberry, cigar box and darkchocolate mint. Rich, full-bodied with velvety tannins and a long, smooth finish.
5 landeR-jenkinS SpiRit hawk chaRdonnay
Aromas of apricot, peach cobbler and ruby red grapefruit. Delicious flavors of apricots, baked peaches and citrus. Creamy mouthfeel with a long finish.
old vine 6 pRedatoR Zinfandel
Gorgeous deep ruby color, bold aromas, velvety texture and delicious flavors of ripe cherries, blackberries, exotic spices with a silky, lingering finish.
& huMbeRt 7 williaMS dRy Sack SheRRy
A medium dry sherry from Spain, a stylish alternative to white wine and cocktails. The perfect aperitif with a fragrant toasted nut bouquet
and delicate taste that is neither too sweet nor too dry.
8 williaMS & huMbeRt dRy Sack 15
A delicious sherry, aged for 15 years; a sophisticated alternative to brandy or port. With a warm mahogany color and superb aroma, it is spicy and full flavored with a deeply satisfying taste of raisins, fig, roasted nuts, oak and vanilla.
Xanté Spirit deliciously combines the sweetness of virgin Belgium pears with a touch of the finest French Cognac. The affection of French Limousine oak for aging imparts a touch of vanilla notes. Xanté Spirit delivers a flavor beyond all known experience.
We ask that you please Savor responsibly.
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For more information, 561/243-1077 or visit bocamag.com and downtowndelraybeach.com
wHere 1 anD wHen locAtion: Downtown Delray Beach
on East Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to East Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1) dAte: Thursday, March 29, 2012 rAin dAte: Friday, March 30, 2012 time: 5:30–10 p.m. eVent chArity: The Office Depot Foundation, which strives to make a positive impact on children, families and communities. Restaurants will donate $5 for every reservation made at the event (estimated 1,000 reservations).
reserve 2 Your seat how to mAke reSerVAtionS:
Review the Prix Fixe menus in this section to make your dining selection. Call your restaurant of choice to reserve your place at the longest dining table on the Southeast coast (five blocks at Atlantic Avenue). Make your reservation early as seating is limited. Last day to reserve seating is Thursday, March 22, 2012.
How to 3 CHeCk in Arrive the evening of the event at
the restaurant that your reservation was made. Check in with the host/ hostess to receive your entry bracelet. This will allow you to enjoy a complimentary cocktail at your restaurant at 5:30 p.m.
Downtown Delray Beach invites you to arrive early and explore this charming downtown that is filled with unique boutiques and fabulous galleries! Meet the beautiful shopkeepers and owners that truly make this a one-of-a-kind destination.
toast & Dine! 5:30–6:15 p.m.: After checking in, enjoy your complimentary cocktail provided by the restaurant with which you made your reservation, find your seat at the nation’s longest dining table and prepare to enjoy a beautiful night! Sophisticated premium cocktails by Xanté®, one of the evening's sponsors, kick off the evening. [Seating to begin at 6 p.m.] 6:15 p.m.: Welcome comments and a Grand Toast 6:30–9 p.m.: Dinner to be served with custom wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company Attire: Downtown Delray Beach evening casual is requested. PArking informAtion: 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. old School SquAre PArking gArAge Directions: From I-95 Atlantic Avenue exit, go east to Swinton Avenue. Head north on Swinton from Atlantic Ave. Make a right onto Northeast First Street. Turn right onto Northeast First Avenue. The entrance is directly on your left. robert federSPiel gArAge: Directions: From I-95 Atlantic Avenue exit, go east to Swinton Avenue. Turn south to Southeast First Street. Turn left, then left again on Southeast First Avenue to garage entrance. Visit downtowndelarybeach.com and refer to the website for additional parking information.
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About the Restaurant: Fantastic food, sophisticated design, a full-service bar and a prime location combine to make 32 East one of South Florida's top restaurants. Awardwinning chef Nick Morfogen presents a fresh approach to his innovative contemporary American style.
HORS D’OEuVRE CrisPy roCk shrimP with lemon aioli, micro greens and chopped tomato or buFFalo moZZarella and Pesto Crostini with roasted red pepper and olives
APPEtiZER Pontano Farm's arugula salad with shaved reggiano, red grapes and toasted hazelnuts in white balsamic-honey vinaigrette
oak roasted raCk oF lamb on truffle cheese and soft polenta with blistered local cherry tomatoes and red wine reduction
DESSERt | milk ChoColate-haZelnut CheeseCake with whipped cream
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc or Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon | 32 E. Atlantic Ave., 32east.com
* Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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Cabana El Rey About the Restaurant: As a nuevo Latino restaurant, we make a promise to every potential customer—"Be our guest. Dine with us at Cabana for a truly legendary experience." Each interaction we have with our guests is an opportunity to create a story.
HORS D’OEuVRE Camerones de CoCo—coconutcrusted jumbo shrimp, maduro mash and scotch-bonnet tartar sauce or antiCuChos—skirt steak skewers with a rocotto pepper and red onion salsa EntRÉE
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APPEtiZER lobster bisque—Maine lobster flambéed with Spanish brandy, sherry and cream or Cabana salad—Field of greens, hearts of palm, queso blanco, tomato, red onions, black olives and black-bean vinaigrette
ChurrasCo—Skirt steak marinated in garlic and fresh herbs with chimichurri, cebollitas, saffron rice and black beans or mero Chileno— Pan-seared Chilean sea bass with yuca manchego mash, sauteed garlic spinach and saffron beurre blanc
DESSERt | Flan ala Cabana—Latin custard topped with caramel "two ways" or tres leChes—"Three Milks" cake and dulce de leche ice cream over a pool of guava puree
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Dry Sack Sherry or Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Predator Old Vine Zinfandel or Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Merlot | 105 E. Atlantic Ave., cabanarestaurant.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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Carpe Diem by CafÉ de France $ 60 * About the Restaurant: Café de France has provided tradition and quality since 1820 by offering an authentic and healthy cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.
HORS D’OEuVRE mediterranean Plate — red pepper hummus, tapenade, baba ghanoush, roasted pepper, feta cheese
reserve your seat 561-455-2140
APPEtiZER CarPe diem salad — organic greens and arugula, caramelized walnuts, cranberries, raisins, blue cheese, tomatoes or onion souP
new Zealand lamb shank—braised on burgandy wine with gratin potatoes and grilled asparagus or red snaPPer—butterflied, almondcrusted with honey lemon sauce, risotto and haricot vert
DESSERt | ChoColate Fondant served with warm Belgium chocolate and fresh fruit
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon or Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Dry Sack Sherry 110 E. Atlantic Ave., Suite 120 * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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CaffÉ Luna Rosa About the Restaurant: Caffé Luna Rosa is the Italian restaurant on the beach and the oldest Italian restaurant in Delray Beach. Caffé Luna Rosa offers an oceanview dining experience where great food and a great environment come together.
HORS D’OEuVRE ChamPagne PoaChed jumBo gulF shrimP CoCktail with local yellow tomato cocktail sauce and micro greens
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561-274-8898 ext. 12
APPEtiZER Pontano Farms arugula salad–locally grown arugula served with honey spice pecans, roasted Bosc pears and Maytag bleu cheese
whole roasted Filet mignon osCar–All natural slow-roasted tenderloin of beef sliced and topped with jumbo lump crab and Bearnaise sauce and served with potato, grape tomato and asparagus hashbrowns
DESSERt | house made tiramisu–Imported Italian lady fingers soaked in espresso and Italian liquors and layered with marscapone cheese.
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Ranch Merlot | 34 S. Ocean Blvd., caffelunarosa.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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City Oyster About the Restaurant: This upscale venue follows the rules of hip dining: great ambience, stylish surrounding and a teriffic menu. The seafood arrives daily from local purveyors and from fisheries in the Northeast.
HORS D’OEuVRE assorted sushi
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APPEtiZER CamPania BuFFalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes, grilled multigrain, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil and 12-year-old balsamic or ClassiC loBster Bisque
CraB Crusted snaPPer over a BaBy greens salad with tomatoes, cucumber, carrot and crispy alumettes with lemon caper aioli or shrimP BuCatini CarBonara with crispy prosciutto, spinach, peas, tomatoes and Parmesan cream sauce
DESSERt | warm ChoColate Cake with vanilla ice cream or key lime tart with fresh berries
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Ranch Merlot Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon or Dry Sack Sherry | 213 E. Atlantic Avenue, cityoysterdelray.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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About the Restaurant: CUT 432 continues to please. It's been four 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.
reserve your seat 561-272-9898
APPEtiZER gratin oF wild mushrooms over black pepper spaetzle with chevre cream
HORS D’OEuVRE CraB Cigars with a creamy tarragon sauce and preserved kumquats
maine loBster thermidor & niman ranCh BeeF tenderloin with truffled scallop potatoes
DESSERt | warm ChoColate Cake Baked alaska with PeCan toFFee iCe Cream or Fudge Brownie or mile-high meringue Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Merlot Predator Old Vine Zinfandel Dry Sack Sherry | 432 E. Atlantic Ave., cut432.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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GOL! The Taste of Brazil About the Restaurant: GOL! is lauded in several South Florida publications—from earning honors as the best churrascaria (Palm Beach Post) to the best Latin American restaurant in South Florida (Boca Raton) to the best rodizio in Palm Beach (New Times).
reserve your seat 561-272-6565
APPEtiZER snapper ceviche or calamari salad
HORS D’OEuVRE caesar salad or mussels marinieres
sirloin steak or chicken wrapped in bacon or brazilian sausaGe au vinaiGrette tropical, both options served with rice and beans
DESSERt | brazilian flan or chocolate mousse cake
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Predator Old Vine Zinfandel or Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Sack Sherry 411 E. Atlantic Ave., golthetasteofbrazil.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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La Cigale About the Restaurant: Just south of busy Atlantic Avenue on Federal Highway, you will be swept away to the sights and smells of the Mediterranean coastline. Think of the French Riviera, Morocco, Greece, Italy and delight in the cuisines of each.
reserve your seat 561-265-0600
HORS D’OEuVRE(S) assortments of antipasti—Chef's choice
APPEtiZER Jumbo lump maryland crab cake with julienne vegetables, grainy mustard reduction or beet and Goat cheese salad —Served over frisee lettuce with roasted walnuts and champagne vinaigrette
veal tenderloin wrapped with prosciutto di parma, sliced, topped with a morel mushroom sauce, served with jumbo asparagus or seafood paella —Spanish rice, mussels, shrimp, scallops, calamari, chorizo sausage, green peas and sweet peppers
DESSERt | mixed fruit tart with whipped cream and raspberry coulis
Rutherford Ranch Merlot or Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon or Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay or Dry Sack Sherry 253 S.E. Fifth Ave., lacigaledelray.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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Lemongrass Asian Bistro About the Restaurant: No matter what type of Asian cuisine you desire, you'll find something on the extensive menu at Lemongrass.
HORS D’OEuVRE tempura scallops with fresh mango salsa
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APPEtiZER Grilled lobster Green salad with cherry tomatoes and daiakon, seasoned with Japanese citrus yuzu dressing
miso chilean sea bass — 8-ounce grilled marinated Chilean sea bass, steamed spinach and Japanese rice or lobster pad thai — Stirred rice noodle, beansprout, scallion, peanut, eggs and 8-ounce lobster tail
DESSERt | thai younG coconut custard and caramelized pineapple
Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay or Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc or Rutherford Ranch Merlot Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc | 420 E. Atlantic Ave., lemongrassasianbistro.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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Max's Harvest About the Restaurant: Enjoy the sheer pleasure of seasonal, locally grown ingredients and the simple, sophisticated flavors that result when you let the land speak for itself. Come dine with us as a guest and enjoy your time as much as we've enjoyed bringing harvest to you.
HORS D’OEuvRE PalMetto creek FarMs Pork eMPanada, mustard green slaw, chow chow, crema
reserve your seat 561-381-9970
AppEtizER Poached artichoke brushetta, garlic confit, sizzled bay scallops, oil cured heirloom tomato
island sPiced akaushi short rib, whipped boniato, hearts of palm, green papaya, lime "caviar"
DESSERt | esPresso tres leches With WarM straWberry coMPote and Merengue brûlée
Rutherford Ranch Merlot Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Sack 15-Year-Old Sherry | 169 N.E. Second Ave., maxsharvest.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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About the Restaurant: PRIME’s modern supper club concept by Steven Pellegrino, delivers dining excellence and classic glamour of decades past. Executive Chef Peter Masiello prepares the best of land and sea, serving guests certified USDA prime steak, sushi and seafood of the highest quality.
HORS D’OEuvRE beeF tenderloin tartar toastini, truffle essence, pecorino
reserve your seat 561-865-5845
AppEtizER Maryland style crab cake with roasted corn sauce, "straw and hay"
8-ounce PriMe Filet Mignon—baby broccoli rabe, roasted shallot mashed potatoes, lobster bernaise
DESSERt | house sPecial decadent chocolate bread Pudding
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon | 110 E. Atlantic Ave., primedelray.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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Spoonfed About the Restaurant: Visit the website for restaurant information.
HORS D’OEuvRE hot eggPlant caPrese—fresh mozzarella, ricotta, prosciutto, basil, roasted roma tomato sauce
reserve your seat 561-450-7557
AppEtizER Fresh Four-cheese Pear tortelloni with truffle cream sauce
8-ounce Filet Mignon served with lobster chive mashed potatoes, shrimp garlic lemon white parsley, broccoli
DESSERt | leMon layer cake with blackberry sorbet
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay | 217 E Atlantic Ave., spoonfeddelray.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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Sundy House About the Restaurant: With its magnificent views and superb culinary creations, dining at the renowned Sundy House restaurant features globally inspired fare and an extensive wine list to be savored indoors or al fresco. The open-air bar is a evening spot for pre- or après-dinner drinks.
HORS D’OEuVRE portoBello mushroom & tomato BrusChetta —garlic and herb cheese, herb crostini, bay leaf balsamic reduction or Chilled Blue point oyster—sea salt and vinegar "air," shallots, Tabasco pearls EntRÉE
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APPEtiZER smoked salmon "dust"—bagel crisp, chive créme fraiche, pickled pearl onion or roasted Beet CarpaCCio—Baby arugula, crumbled goat cheese, lemon vinaigrette, shaved radish
pan-roasted wild Boar tenderloin—parsnip puree, brussel sprout leaf sauté, pickled apple jam, grain mustard gastrique, toasted pine nuts or Baked atlantiC pompano—sweet corn arepa, steamed asparagus, burnt coffee emulsion, endive marmalade
DESSERt | red velvet marsarpone CheeseCake—mint chantily cream, strawberry balsamic reduction
Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay or Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc or Rutherford Ranch Merlot Predator Old Vine Zinfandel or LanderJenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Dry Sack Sherry 106 S. Swinton Ave., sundyhouse.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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The Office About the Restaurant: The Office is a modern American gastro pub, a charmed neighborhood watering hole that is comfortable and where the food is as important as the drink. Not quite a bar and not quite a restaurant, The Office is offering a casual-meetsrefined atmosphere.
reserve your seat 561-276-3600
APPEtiZER Cauliflower soup—roasted wild mushroom, micro greens, truffle essence
HORS D’OEuVRE ahi tuna Crudo—Confit potato salad, piment d' espelette, chorizo, ciabatta crostini
all-natural roasted half ChiCken—semolina pasta, farm-fresh vegetables
DESSERt | new york style CheeseCake with fresh berries, whipped cream and framboise reduction
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Ranch Merlot Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay or Dry Sack Sherry 201 E. Atlantic Ave., theofficedelray.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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Tramonti Italian Ristorante $ 75 * About the Restaurant: Tramonti Ristorante, with roots on New York's Mulberry Street (Angelo's), is always packed. Every meal is superb.
HORS D’OEuVRE meatBalls in BraCiola sauCe or eGGplant sCiue sCiue or mozzarella with tomatoes and roasted peppers
reserve your seat 561-272-1944
APPEtiZER GnoCChi sorrentina or riGatoni vodka
veal ChampaGne or flounder franCese or ChiCken portoBello
DESSERt | Cannoli or tiramisu or CheeseCake (All served with coffee or tea)
Rutherford Ranch Merlot Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay or Predator Old Vine Zinfandel Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay or Dry Sack Sherry | 119 E. Atlantic Ave., tramontidelray.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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About the Restaurant: 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.
reserve your seat 561-921-0201
HORS D’OEuVRE garliC roasted shrimp with romesco and Spanish olives
APPEtiZER arugula-endive salad with fried goat cheese, strawberries and aged balsamic vinaigrette
porter braised beef short rib with pea shoots and fingerling potato, English pea and corn ragout
DESSERt | Caramel-Coffee flan with lemon biscotti
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Predator Old Vine Zinfandel or Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Sack Sherry 4 E. Atlantic Ave., trystdelray.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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About the Restaurant: With the website for restaurant infomation.
reserve your seat 561-330-4236
HORS D’OEuVRE lemongrass poaChed oyster with shaved diver scallop and citrus ponzu taboule
APPEtiZER Quinoa Crusted shrimp with arugula, Korean-style salsa and yuzu powder
thai beef tenderloin with bamboo rice timbale, crispy brussel sprouts and pickled carrots
DESSERt | lyChee panna Cotta with passion fruit caviar
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon or Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Sack Sherry 8 E. Atlantic Ave., uniondelray.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
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Vic & Angelo's About the Restaurant: Vic & Angelo's grand Italian coal-oven enoteca features big-city rustic Italian dining in the heart of South Florida. Vic & Angelo's founder David Manero has created a culinary sensation that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
HORS D’OEuVRE seasonal fresh figs stuffed with walnut gorgonzola wrapped in prosciutto di parma glazed with allspice honey EntRÉE
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APPEtiZER ZuCChini with roma tomato and fresh burata mozzarella and a bed of arugula and aged balsamic reduction
prime aged gorgonZola enCrusted 6-ounCe filet mignon and 7-ounCe maine lobster served with squash in a brown butter sage and pine nuts sauce or homemade Crab stuffed CappellaCCi in a tomato and basil cream sauce garnished with jumbo lump crab
DESSERt | CrÈme brÛlÉe trio, vanilla, pistachio and triple berry
Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc or Dry Sack Sherry Lander-Jenkins Spirit Hawk Chardonnay Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon or Rutherford Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Dry Sack Sherry | 290 E. Atlantic Ave., vicandangelos.com * Price per person, does not include tax or tip. Wine pairings donated by Rutherford Wine Company. We ask that you Savor responsibly.
spotlight [ by marie speed ]
John Walsh and wife Revé at the National Press Club early in their days as activists following Adam’s murder
John Walsh, HOST OF “AMERICA’S MOST WAnTEd,” SpEAkS CAndIdLy WITH boca raton ABOuT A LIFE OF ACTIVISM And THE FInAL CHApTER In HIS SOn’S MuRdER InVESTIGATIOn.
“When I left adam that day I told him, ‘Honey, I’ll be right over there in the lamp department,’ and he looked back at me and said, ‘I know where you’ll be, Mommy.’ those are the last words I ever heard him say. that’s the moment I’ve lived with for 25 years. ... It’s been 25 years and nothing has happened. I still don’t know who killed my little boy. I want you to investigate. I want to know every detail. ...”
—Revé Walsh, bringing adam Home, by Les Standiford
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t was 2006 at the Atlantic Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. John Walsh, host of “America’s Most Wanted,” and his wife, Revé, had arranged a meeting with retired detective Joe Matthews, who had worked on the still-unsolved case of their missing son some 25 years before. Revé’s plea was a mother’s last hope: Would their longtime friend try once again to find out who killed and decapitated 6-year-old Adam Walsh that long-ago day in Hollywood? Flash back to 1981: South Florida housewife Revé Walsh, married to up-and-coming hotel developer John Walsh, visits a Sears store in Hollywood to look at lamps on sale. She leaves son Adam at a video game with some other children adjacent to the lighting department. She is gone for about seven minutes; when she returns, Adam is gone. What begins as a local missing
child case eventually goes national; the Walshes even appear on “Good Morning America” beseeching the public for help in finding their son. Then comes the news: Two weeks into the disappearance, the severed head of Adam Walsh is found floating in a Vero Beach canal. What happened next in the case is a story that took more than 25 years to unfold. Suspects were identified, then discounted. Evidence was lost. A pedophile and psychopath named Ottis Toole confessed, then recanted, then confessed; he died in prison in 1996 while serving a life sentence for other crimes, leaving no clear resolution to the Adam Walsh case. There were leads that were never followed, bungled polygraphs, dead ends—and a famously incompetent Hollywood police department—all brought into terrible march/april
relief decade after decade by the searing grief only the parents of a murdered child could know. It was Matthews, sanctioned by current Hollywood police chief Chad Wagner and aided by former Broward prosecutor Kelly Hancock, who finally solved the Adam Walsh case two years after the meeting at the Atlantic Hotel. The story is painstakingly chronicled by South Florida author Les Standiford (see sidebar) in his recently released book, Bringing Adam Home. Through his own tears, Matthews, a longtime believer that the truth would win out, told Revé and John at the Atlantic Hotel that he was in. Then he went to work. For two years, the dogged investigator reconstructed the crime, located missing evidence, interviewed key witnesses who had been discounted and slowly built a solid case. What he had suspected all along finally took shape and became indisputable: Former suspect Ottis Toole had killed the boy. A key breakthrough was the luminalenhanced bloody outline of a child’s face on a piece of carpet from the floorboards of Toole’s car. The book is hard to read, but living the horror has been “beyond unbearable,” according to John Walsh. It was, after all, the crime that changed America, that terrified mothers, that resulted in new legislation for missing and exploited children. It was the crime that helped usher in the term “serial murderer” and that launched the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It was the crime that led to “America’s Most Wanted” and to one man’s quest to save other families from living the nightmare of a missing or murdered child. Have yoU read Bringing AdAm Home? WHy do yoU tHink Les standiford Wrote tHat book? I’ve only read parts of it—some of them are just a little too painful for me to revisit. I know why he wrote it. He and Joe Matthews teamed up, and I think it’s a phenomenal message that justice delayed is not necessarily justice denied. How huge a thing it was for Revé and I to never give up trying to solve Adam’s case and then Revé saying to me about three years ago, “God, you have gotten justice for so many people. You have solved unsolvable cases, you have caught when U want to know
Walsh in his role as host of “America’s Most Wanted”
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spotlight said, “Thank God.” It was a huge day for us because it ended the chapter. Ottis Toole would have been indicted. I’m sure he would have been convicted, and we would have gotten justice. Even though it was 27 years late, it was a huge, monumental day for Revé and I and our children.
Walsh and Revé with Adam, then 6 months old
uncatchable people—but we need to focus harder on Adam. I need to know before I die that you and I have done everything we possibly could to revive Adam’s case and get justice for Adam.” I hate to banter the word “closure” around—there’s never closure. That’s some kind of made-up Hollywood adjective. You can look for justice. Joe had worked so hard on Adam’s case, so I sort of circled back and said, you know, Revé’s right—let’s see if we can get somewhere. I was so frustrated with the Hollywood police. What Was the single biggest obstacle in solving your son’s case? It was 1981, and we can’t forget that there wasn’t DNA, and there were not all the forensics [of today] available. Cops weren’t very well trained, and certainly the Hollywood police department had never dealt with the case of a missing child. Along the years, I realized that they had lost crucial pieces of evidence. How do you lose the bloody piece of carpet [where] Toole at one time says, “I decapitated Adam in the backseat of my car.” Bad police work, lazy. They passed the buck. And then Joe, Revé and I ran into what I call a real hero—a real man—and that was 102
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the [current police] chief in Hollywood, Chad Wagner. Chad was the guy who said, “I’m going to throw out all the old conclusions and look at the case with fresh eyes” [through] Joe Matthews, who never stopped trying to solve Adam’s case, and Kelly Hancock, one of the greatest DAs in Broward County’s history. Kelly Hancock believed it was Toole—he said, “You know, John, I have put guys on Death Row with less evidence than that implicating Toole.” Joe went hard. Kelly went hard. And Chad Wagner looked me right in the eye, and he said, “You have changed the way that law enforcement deals with missing and exploited children; not just missing children but abused children, molested children. You have changed the law as it relates to crime victims.” He said, “We owe it to you to close this case.” I put him right up at the top of my Good Man list. Chad Wagner changed everything for us. The day that we had the press conference [announcing that the case had been solved], we didn’t really think that the media was going to be that interested 27 years later. But it was covered live on CNN. Live on Fox News. It was just phenomenal. I looked at our three children who had to grow up with the specter of a brother they never met and
in the past 30 years, hoW have you seen the nature of crime change in america? Number one, crimes committed today are more violent than they were 30 years ago. You see this proliferation of school killings and mass murders. Now, when people rob a [fast-food restaurant], they go in and kill five people in the refrigerator. In the evolution of “America’s Most Wanted,” I’ve watched crimes go from violent to heinous. Also, the media has become a real partner; today, media jumps into cases with missing children right away. We have 24-hour news cycles—now we have so many media outlets—600, 700 channels—and a voracious appetite for news, for reality shows. None of that existed back in 1981. I had to beg media to come and keep covering Adam’s case after five days into the [investigation]. We were old news. Nobody helped us. is there more pedophilia noW or do We just read more about it? My goal always was to expose pedophilia for what it was: insidious and damaging and horrible. And how incurable and compulsive pedophiles are. Look at the Catholic Church. Look at the cover-up at Penn State. Society now is [more] educated. I’ll never forget [25 years ago] when they showed me a book of sex offenders at the police department. They said, “These are pedophiles whose last known address was within five miles of your nice house in Hollywood.” I went, “What the hell is a pedophile?” They said, “A person who prefers to have sex with children.” I said, “Are you kidding—shouldn’t they be in jail forever?” Those types of crimes were under the surface [back then]; they weren’t widely reported, they never made the front page. Now you have books being written about [pedophilia]. I’ll never forget begging ABC, NBC and CBS to put Revé and I on [to ask for help from the public]. Finally, two weeks into the case, David Hartman went against his executive producer for “Good Morning America” and decided to put us on. march/april
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Aside from your own trAgedy, Are there Any unsolved crimes in south floridA over the yeArs thAt you find pArticulArly hAunting? I’m still a South Floridian, and the area is a
huge base of support for me. For example, Revé was the one who told me to go to Florida to film the show about the manhunt for Paul Merhige [the man who shot and killed four family members, including his 6-year-old cousin, on Thanksgiving Day
2009 in Jupiter]. She said, “South Florida will help you.” I wasn’t going to do it, but Revé said that [victim] Makayla Sitton was Adam’s age. I flew down, did a press conference in the Eden Roc parking lot where we were shooting with Makayla’s parents. Marshals put up the “America’s Most Wanted” 800 number on I-95. And every paper covered it. Every news venue. And guess what? A guy calls our hotline four minutes before the show aired, the marshals get there—and we catch Paul Merhige. The murders [at Town Center at Boca Raton] haunt me. Here’s a guy who was cold-blooded enough to shoot a 7-year-old girl and her mother in the face. ... I thought he might be related to the Randy Gorenberg case; she was kidnapped out of that mall also. There was a pattern, three women in the parking lot. Three SUVs. Mother and beautiful daughter get shot in the face for no reason. I really thought that I could solve the case, especially when the guy dumped the evidence in Miami, and they thought they had the killer. We had a great composite. I thought, “I’ve caught 17 guys off the FBI’s Most Wanted list—we’re going to catch the mall murderer.” We didn’t. I’ve done the case four times, and I just keep coming back—you know how stubborn I am. He’s a horrible guy. He will kill again. You don’t stop [killing] and go work
Meet Les standiford The author of Bringing Adam Home talks to Boca Raton about his book. Why he Wrote the book: “Basically to call attention to Joe Matthews, who did what thousands of cops and the FBI could not do—and what John Walsh could not do as the most adept civilian crime fighter.” Why it Was so hard to Write: “Because of the subject matter, and my sense of the profound loss that the Walshes suffered. And it was difficult to write about such a heinous crime. In the end, the book is uplifting and redemptive because it does show you that if someone cares enough about honor and justice, anything is possible. On an emotional basis, it was much more difficult [to write than other books I have written] because of the immediacy of it.” on the lasting significance of the adam Walsh case: “Another reason I wanted to write the book is that it gives an insight into how the world has changed and how the entire system of law enforcement in the U.S. has changed in the way it responds to reports of missing and exploited children. That’s one of the good things that has come out of this tragedy.” • For more on Standiford and the book, visit les-standiford.com.
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Our final prOgrams Of the seasOn! for Morgan Stanley. It’s my biggest South Florida frustration. That is a violent, dangerous guy who could still be in South Florida just waiting for the right opportunity. What is the most dangeroUs person or sitUation in oUr society today? What are yoU most afraid of? So many of the cases I do are women; there are men in America who literally hunt women. There’s a new task force a couple of years old called the Trucker Serial Killer Unit. They estimate that there are about 17 to 19 serial killers who are probably long haul truckers. They roam through the country, and lots of times they use prostitutes or part-time hookers and drug addicts—but not necessarily. They’ll just take a woman off the street in a city if they can get away with it. Once boys have made it into their late teens, they are not so high on a predator’s list. But women can be preyed upon at any age. I’ve caught many serial killers and rapists, and they hunt. They hate women. These are crimes of opportunity. I have never been in an industrialized First World country where there have been so many homicides and predators who prey on women. yoU managed to tUrn Unspeakable grief into activism that helped solve mUrders and disappearances. What Was it inside yoU that alloWed yoU to do that? Everyone hopes they are going to get a pass through life. But most people don’t. People are presented with horrible challenges, horrible realities. Victims of the Holocaust. Victims of terminal cancer who are 15. When life presents you with seriously terrible challenges, how you react is basically up to you. I had wonderful parents—I had a father who was a World War II hero, a B-24 bomber pilot—a great role model. I had a strong, wonderful mother. I believe that you fight back. Revé has been a wonderful mom; we’ve had three beautiful kids. We’ve had lots of problems of our own—but we’ve stayed together for 40 years. She has always said, “Let’s not forget who the real victim is here.
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At YOur Service There is a trade for just about anything in and around Boca Raton. Look no further than the following 12 businesses, which take care of customers in ways that you may have never imagined. By Lee Garris
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ThE businEss: Quitko & Associates ownEr: Francine Quitko ThE lowdown: We can all use a hand
(or three) sometimes when life is at its most overwhelming. No company understands that better than Boynton Beach-based Quitko & Associates. The concierge lifestyle-management company, which launched in 2008, serves clients in Broward and Palm Beach counties by performing any number of tasks—from household management and vacation booking to picking up groceries and holiday gift buying. “I make sure all the gifts are purchased, wrapped and delivered,” Quitko says. “I love shopping for people.” No task, it seems, is too small for the business. Once, when a recently divorced man was struggling to manage simple household tasks, Quitko showed him how to use his washing machine. It’s no accident that Quitko brings an element of compassion to her work. She’s been there. After being widowed, Quitko experienced the challenges of transitioning into a new phase of her life. “Just closing accounts, getting the right insurance … and dealing with all the paperwork can be a hard thing for anyone,” she says. “I found that I was good at it. I realized there were a lot of people who needed help organizing, paying bills or even relocating.” As word-of-mouth referrals grew, so did her list of services. “I can basically do anything as long as it’s legal,” she quips. ConTaCT: 954/401-5740, quitko.com
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THE businEss: Environmental Dynamics Inc. ownEr: Stace McGee THE lowdown: Whether the goal is to bring down monthly bills or reduce your carbon footprint, remodeling your home to be “green” can come with an overwhelming number of choices. If you have no idea where to start or what your options are, talk to McGee, architect and founder of Environmental Dynamics Inc. McGee recommends first defining your priorities, which can range from energy efficiency to better indoor air quality. He recently worked on a private residence in Boca Grove where the owners pulled out all the stops during remodeling— from advanced air filtration to solar panels to a nontoxic lowsalt pool to the planting of fruit trees so the owners can enjoy the benefits of fresh, farm-totable food. McGee evaluates the existing home with the help of a home energy rater to see where customers can use the most help in terms of energy efficiency and air mechanics. With substantial rebates for new, efficient air-cooling systems, not to mention insurance discounts for additions like hurricane-impact windows, there are ways to save on the renovations. “Certain things, like solar thermal water, definitely allow you to recoup the investment over time,” McGee says. “Our mission is to help our clients make responsible design a viable option.” conTacT: 561/531-4704, edi-arch.com
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the Business: Just Sell It owner: Lisa Feldman the lowdown: We’ve
all heard stories of people making big bucks from selling their old stuff on eBay, but doing so requires people to be their own copywriter, salesman and shipping department. For those who don’t have the time or aren’t familiar with the rules of eBay, hiring someone to do the job makes a lot of sense. “Once I was trying to sell these 1950s cap guns, which are toys, and eBay removed the listing” because they weren’t pictured with the red caps to show they were safe, says Feldman, who has been selling items on eBay for others for nearly 10 years. Her Weston-
based business takes the hassle out of eBay sales by picking up items from your home, photographing them, listing them, shipping them to the winning bidder—and sending clients a check for their portion of the sale (sans her commission). “I specialize in selling previously owned and
new high-end designer fashion, shoes and handbags such as Chanel and Christian Louboutin,” she says. However, Feldman has had the opportunity to sell other interesting pieces, such as a personal letter from President Harry Truman and a collection of University of Miami
NCAA championship football rings, which sold for $10,000. “This can simplify [people’s] lives and give them extra money,” she says. “And it gives someone else an opportunity to enjoy something that another person is finished with.” contact: 954/295-5418, justsellit.com.
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the Business: Holistic Wellness Boca owner: Kerstin Korzekwa the lowdown: Making your own exercise, diet and
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well-being plan is like shooting darts blindfolded. You can get lucky, but you’ll do a lot better if you have someone telling you where to throw. Korzekwa, a Pilates instructor who adheres to a holistic lifestyle, can give such direction. “I always tell my clients that exercise is not enough,” she says. “Pilates is one part of an overall lifestyle change.” With the help of other specialists, Korzekwa added Holistic Wellness Boca consulting as an adjunct to her Pilates Space Florida studio in Boca Raton. Depending on the needs and goals of the client, Korzekwa may recommend anything from aromatherapy and meditation to diet overhaul and chakra balancing. With the help of a raw food cook to teach clients how to shop for and make nutrition-packed raw food at home, not to mention an on-staff Reiki practitioner who helps unblock energy channels in the body, Korzekwa can offer her clients a comprehensive roster of services. contact: 561/317-2835, holisticwellnessboca.com
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service provided by: Mona Freedman Morris the lowdown: Tracing your family’s heritage can be an exciting project, but if you don’t know where to start or you’ve reached a dead end, it may be time to call in a genealogist— an authority on the ins and outs of tracing lineage through available public records. “I help people do the research—the average project is about six months—and then write a book about their family,” says Freedman Morris, founder of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County. Using census, cemetery and immigration data, and countless other sources, she takes initial information from the client and pieces together the puzzle. “I once came across personal letters with a passport application ... proclaiming the applicant was not a communist and would not bring anyone back with him,” Freedman Morris says. The Eastern Europe specialist also works as a consultant to locate heirs. She says the process is easier today because about a million records are added to online databases every month. “I’ve gone back as far as 1400,” Freedman Morris says. “This research turns you into a detective, a historian and a keeper of secrets.” contAct: 561/245-8182
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the business: Scoop Da Poo owner: Scott Chapman the lowdown: Chapman likes to say he “stepped into” his current profession accidentally. A lifelong dog lover, he first heard about dog waste removal specialists when his wife was reading about it on a greyhound owner’s blog. “She suggested we hire one, and I thought, ‘I’d rather be one,’” Chapman says. The retired chef was looking for a new career that he could do on his own, and Scoop Da Poo was born in Boca Raton. Armed with a rake and dustpan and using a grid pattern, Chapman covers every inch of his clients’ turf to ensure that nothing is missed; he then hauls away the waste, which is disposed of off site. However, that’s not the only service he provides. To his extended family of nearly 300 canines, Chapman is like the Dogfather, always looking to make their lives better and safer. “I make sure gates are secure, and I look for anything in the yard that might hurt the dogs—roofing nails, broken glass or broken sprinkler pipes,” he says. “I love the dogs I get to see and play with. It’s fun time, and they are really relaxed around me.” contAct: 561/241-0133, scoopdapoo.com.
holistic pet Food delivery/consulting
the business: Holistic Pet Cuisine and Market owners: Howard and Barbara Ratner the lowdown: It’s like a doggie Fresh Market with gourmet pet cuisine from duck and sweet potato dinners to pumpkin and blueberry treats. There’s soft food, raw food, dry food and dehydrated food, along with free diet and nutrition consultations. But that’s not all. The products at Holistic Pet Cuisine in Boca—made without corn, wheat, soy or gluten—are biologically appropriate for digestion compatibility. “We have customers who try something before they give it to their pets,” Barbara says. (However, they’re not designed for humans, so let Fido eat in peace.) For new clients, Barbara establishes a medical and nutritional history for the pet. Once the record is established, she keeps track of all the food that pet receives from the company, which serves Palm Beach County and south into Broward. For those who set up delivery service, the store can track consumption based on the weight and eating habits of your pet—and thus deliver food before clients ask for a refill. contAct: 561/241-9151, holisticpetcuisine.com
Furniture Assembly speciAlist
the business: MAC Assemblies co-Founder: Michael Barone the lowdown: You snagged a great deal on furniture from IKEA, but then comes the inevitable, “Now what?” If you don’t have the time or the tools to put together that new wall unit, Barone, co-founder and operations manager of MAC Assemblies, can help. The family-run business, which Barone operates with his sister, Angel, builds ready-toassemble products for Home Depot as well as for individuals. “The at-home part of the business came out of the blue ... people were calling because so much stuff is sold in flat pack boxes today,” Barone says. Serving Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, MAC Assemblies will send someone to your home to assemble your new purchase. Barone and his team finish a project at least three times faster than the average consumer. How? Mainly power tools, plenty of experience and the use of multiple people. Products range from gym equipment and desks to heavy bookcases. “We do pretty much anything that comes in a box,” Barone says. contAct: 888/316-6380, macassemblies.com
the business: Terroir Wine Seminars Inc. oWner: David DeBenedictis the loWdoWn: There is only so much a budding oenophile can learn from the information
cards on display at Total Wine. Aside from interrogating sommeliers at a restaurant, what’s a wine enthusiast to do? Try calling on DeBenedictis, whose passion for the wines of Burgundy, France ultimately led to the creation of Terroir Wine Seminars. The financial consultant and his wife, a trained chef, made so many trips to the region that they developed relationships with key winemakers and restaurants there. “The business was formed to take advantage of the fact that we have knowledge of the area and the wines—so we can help people build out their cellars, conduct tastings or dinners, or plan a trip,” says the Boca Raton resident. Locally, DeBenedictis organizes private tastings with flights of different wines, styles and price points. “It helps [clients] understand, on an objective basis, why they like certain styles and how certain wines work with different types of food,” he says. It’s not unusual for clients to become collectors who want to take their interest to the next level. When that happens, DeBenedictis can help to organize tours and suggest estate visits in France so that travelers can see the winemaking process up close. At the very least, the local seminars can help clients select something decent from a restaurant wine list without interrogating the sommelier. ContaCt: 561/998-4987, terroir-wine-seminars.com when U want to know
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the business: The CopyMaster owner: Bernard Pincus the lowdown: It’s one thing to
admire the work of a well-known artist at a museum, and quite another to have such a piece hanging in your home. Fortunately, for those who love Picasso but can’t afford an original, there is hope. The talented Pincus, a Boca resident, creates oil painting studies of the world’s greatest works of art, something he began as a hobby after moving to the area 16 years ago from England. A longtime creative director of ad campaigns for a large firm in London (and then for his own agency), Pincus always had an eye for art. Painting replicas was a talent he discovered when a friend asked if he could re-create a famous painting for him. “I found I could do it rather easily,” he says. “I meticulously research the artists to find out how they worked ... for example, a Van Gogh painting has very powerful brush strokes and very thick paint normally. Knowing that is a huge advantage.” Pincus can customize the piece to a specific size or color scheme that fits the space you plan to put it in. While he does stay true to the spirit of the pieces, Pincus doesn’t copy them outright. “I always change a tiny piece here or there, but they are what are called very accurate studio copies,” he says. “Examples of my paintings include the Impressionists, pop art and abstracts, Picasso and Matisse, Rothko and Kandinsky.” Check out his portfolio online and cover up the labels on the bottom. Can you tell which one is the real thing? contact: 561/988-8005, thecopymaster.net
Inset: Bernard Pincus’ re-creation of Picasso’s “Woman With Book”
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Dog Massage Therapy The business: Heel to Heal owner: Lorraine J. Smith The lowDown: People aren’t the only ones who can
use some occasional hands-on TLC. Older dogs with stiff muscles, those recovering from injuries and many others can benefit from therapeutic massage. Enter Smith, a certified canine massage therapist and dog trainer based in West Palm Beach who works with dogs on multiple levels—from behavior analysis and training, to health and nutrition consulting. “All these things are connected,” says Smith, a national speaker on holistic pet care. After years of training dogs, she noticed that some of them had multiple issues that were contributing to their problems, including lack of exercise and terrible diets. “I started Heel to Heal in 2007 to help people find the root of the problem instead of just BandAiding it along the way,” says Smith, who often travels to clients’ homes to work with their dogs. Her canine massage clients range from competing athletic dogs that experience muscle wear to unfit dogs that need rehabilitation—but massage has other benefits. “For dogs that have separation anxiety or just fear in general, massage builds their confidence and calms them,” Smith says. ConTaCT: 561/586-5159, heel2heal.net
Lorraine J. Smith with a patient
organiC baby FooD Delivery
The business: Yummy in My Tummy owners: Michael and Karen Stanley The lowDown: The birth of daughter Sophia in 2007 inspired the Stanleys in
more ways than one. When it came time to begin feeding their baby girl solids, the couple quickly grew disillusioned with the products on the market. “Traditional baby food has a shelf life of one to two years,” Karen says. “We wanted her to have something fresher and better.” The husband-and-wife team worked with a chef, pediatricians and a select group of baby taste-testers, including Sophia, to develop their product and process, which took about a year. The result—Yummy In My Tummy—is an assortment of organic, eco-friendly, toxic-free foods that the Davie-based business delivers right to your door. “The big question was how do you preserve the flavor without additives?” says Michael, who has a degree in culinary art from the Culinary Institute of America. “We got back to the basics of how to cook stuff, and it was a lot of fun. People were thrilled to find something different on the market—and even more thrilled to find it was in their backyard.” The line carries smooth purées for infants, textured purées for toddlers and fresh mini meals and full meals for school kids, including a growing school lunch program. Since the trucks are always out delivering meals to area schools, Broward and Palm Beach county home deliveries arrive fast and fresh, not to mention tasty. With baked apples, butternut squash, apples and strawberries among the options, you might be tempted to eat the dishes yourself. ConTaCT: 954/358-2414, yummyinmytummy.com Karen and Michael Stanley
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The soothing splendor at the Morikami provides a perfect backdrop for spring fashion that celebrates pastels and embraces a simpler style era—the silhouette of the 1950s.
Zen & Now PhotograPhy by Danny CarDozo
Red Valentino jacket and skirt, price upon request, from Serendipity, Boca Raton; Oscar de la Renta blouse, $890, and Miu Miu sunglasses, $390, from Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach and Town Center at Boca Raton; Valentino purse, $1,695, from Neiman Marcus, Town Center. Jewelry: Yellow-gold and silver bangle with tourmaline, diamond and pearl by Lotus Arts de Vivre, $29,800; Jasper link bracelet by Dorota, $5,750; and yellow and pink gold “Daisy” earrings by Bielka, $21,600; all from Betteridge, Worth Avenue, Palm Beach
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Red Valentino top, $495, from Neiman Marcus; Chloé pants, $895, from Nordstrom, Town Center; Carlos Falchi clutch, price upon request, from Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes, price upon request, from Jimmy Choo, Palm Beach. Jewelry: Titanium and diamond hoop earrings, $29,000; yellow-gold lemon chrysoprase with amethyst “Plaid” bracelet, $34,800, and yellow-gold cochalong link bracelet, $19,100, both by Nicholas Varney; and rose-gold ring set with morganite center and surrounded by multicolored sapphires by Dorota, $18,750; all from Betteridge
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Prada dress, $1,940, from Saks Fifth Avenue. Jewelry: Rose gold and rose quartz necklace by Goshwara, $7,250; polished black wood necklace with quartz, peridot, pearl and diamond, $51,000, and yellow-gold and quartz earrings with peridot and pearl, $17,000, both by Lotus Arts de Vivre; all from Betteridge
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Giambattista Valli dress, $2,975, from Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes, price upon request, from Jimmy Choo. Jewelry: Ring set with amethyst by Goshwara, $11,850; Butterfly brooch with amethyst wings, emeralds and pearl, $34,400, and yellow-gold earrings with shell, pearl and green tourmaline, $17,000, both by Lotus Arts de Vivre; all from Betteridge
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Dress, price upon request, from Nina Raynor, Delray Beach; necklace, $540, from Deborah James, Royal Palm Place, Boca Raton; clutch, price upon request, from Jimmy Choo; Dior sunglasses, $295, from Grove Opticians, Shops at Boca Center, Boca Raton; polished wood necklace with quartz, peridot and diamond, $51,000, and yellow-gold â€œflowerâ€? ring with carved wood, pearl and emerald, $8,000, both by Lotus Arts de Vivre, all from Betteridge 120
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Upcoming at the morikami hatsUme Fair When: March 17 and 18 What: The museum’s annual ode to the beginning of spring includes craft and plant artisans, culinary treats, and anime and manga vendors. In addition, a cosplay contest will celebrate fashion inspired by Japanese costume play (dressing as characters from Japanese animation, comics or video games). tickets: $12 adults, $6 children (ages 4–17) sUshi & stroll When: May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14 What: Take a sunset stroll through the museum’s tranquil garden, enjoy performances by taiko drummers and feast on light bites from the Cornell Café. Don’t forget to stop inside and visit one of South Florida’s best museum shops. tickets: $7 adults, $5 children (ages 4–17) contact: 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; morikami.org; 561/495-0233
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The space once occupied by Atantic Ocean Club is drawing raves in Delray for its Italian and Mediterranean-esque specialties. Check out food editor Bill Citaraâ€™s review on the next page.
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217 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/450-7557.
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combination. And did I mention portion? The disc of tuna, et al, was approximately the size of the Jolly Green Giant’s fist, big enough for an entrée even without its accompanying arugula salad. On the favorites side there is pizza from a wood-fired oven. If the rest of them are like our pie with simple but soulful buffalo mozzarella, San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh basil, then they’re all seriously delectable. True, the crust in the center could have been more crisp, but that wouldn’t stop me (nor should it stop you) from ordering it again. At press time, the kitchen was making all of its pastas in-house, an effort that results in excellent roasted veal agnolotti, meaty little pasta packets tricked out with prosciutto, peas and wild mushrooms and napped with a Marsala sauce that
remarkably was neither sweet nor heavy and, in fact, was just right. Also from the wood oven comes half a roasted duck, its bronzed skin shiny with a sweet-tangy gingerchili glaze, its flesh cooked through but still tender and juicy, with a silken sweet potato puree and some tough little peas. Something else you don’t see every day is a full roster of cakes—also made in house, of course. Lemon cake is a wedge of old-fashioned goodness, sweetly lemony, dense but moist, Mom by way of pastry chef. And did I mention portion? The thing is huge—six layers interrupted by lemon curd, topped with more lemon curd, cream cheese frosting and buttercream. Oh, and candied lemon peel. Get the shovel. —Bill Citara
The insiDe sTorY Though SpoonFed got the full “What Not to Wear” treatment—lots of wood, softer lighting, a bar subbed out for an in-house bakery display—it’s still a pretty sleek, contemporary space. A narrow, L-shaped mezzanine overlooks the main dining room with its large bar, hardwood floor and sheltered booths for more romantic noshing. A few vestiges of old Ocean Club do still remain—a square cage on the ceiling holding a handful of spotlights and giant projection TV screen. But the design now says feeding, not clubbing.
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IF YOU GO PRICE RANGE: $14 to market price for dinner entrées CREDIT CARDS: All major cards HOURS: Sun.–Thurs. 7 a.m.–10:30 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
DiD You Know? SpoonFed’s predecessor, Atlantic Ocean Club, had a fork stuck in it almost from birth. Opening chef Jamie DeRosa left after only weeks at the helm, and the faux-South Beach restaurant didn’t last much longer than that. Enter local toque Glen Manfra, who made his culinary bones at such area faves as Bice and Amici. He came back from Anguilla to take over the space for a four-month trial run as The Pop-Up. The cuisine was a hit, and the restaurant morphed into SpoonFed last year. Manfra has since left the restaurant.
ou don’t need a spoon to eat at SpoonFed. You need a shovel. Yes, portions really are that big. And it’s not just the portions that are sizable at this nouveau-retro Ital-iterranean Delray restaurant. The flavors are big, and the kitchen is just as big on precise execution as the staff is on taking good care of you, even when things get a little crazy. The former Atlantic Ocean Club got an extensive makeover to rid it of its nightclub-ish pretensions and warm up the dining room to better show off the kitchen’s signature blend of comfy Italian favorites (rigatoni with Sunday gravy) and more contemporary Mediterranean-esque dishes (grilled branzino with mango-cilantro salsa). One of those “esque” dishes was “Sicilian” tuna tartare, mahogany cubes of impeccably fresh tuna tossed with citrus, capers, scallions and chunks of avocado. Real Sicilians probably don’t serve their crudo threaded with Japanese seaweed salad, but it is a damn tasty
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food. 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. (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) $$
the capital grille—6000 Glades Road. Steaks.
palm beach county boca raton abe & louie’s—2200 W. Glades Road. Steaks.
This outpost of the Boston steak house cooks up slabs of well-aged, USDA Prime beef like nobody’s business. Two of the best are the bone-in ribeye and New York sirloin. Start with a crab cocktail, but don’t neglect side dishes like steamed spinach and hash browns. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 561/447-0024. $$$
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. 561/997-7373. $$$
biergarten—309 Via De Palmas. German/
Pub. Part vaguely German beer garden, part all-American sports bar, this rustic eatery offers menus that channel both, as well as an excellent selection of two-dozen beers on tap and the same number by the bottle. The food is basic and designed to go well with suds, like the giant pretzel with a trio of dipping sauces and an upscale burger featuring Florida Wagyu beef, knockwurst, cheddar cheese and several other accouterments. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-7462. $
bistro provence—2399 N. Federal Highway.
French. With the convivial ambience and hearty good food of an authentic Parisian bistro, this inviting, unpretentious restaurant deserves its local popularity. Mussels are a specialty, and roasted duck is excellent too. • Dinner nightly. 561/368-2340. $$
bonefish grill—21069 Powerline Road. Sea128
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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. $$$
carmen’s—999 E. El Camino Real. Continental. The Rat Pack lives and the view of the Intracoastal is sublime at this throwback restaurant on the top floor of the Bridge Hotel, where pianist-singer Michael Masci channels the likes of Sinatra with aplomb. The menu mixes the familiar with a few more modern updates, veering from a mild-tasting Caesar salad and tender charbroiled filet mignon to a tempura snapper with sweet chili sauce. Cocktails are a strong suit. • Dinner Thurs.–Sat. 561/368-9500. $$$ caruso ristorante—187 S.E. Mizner Blvd.
a Sunday brunch menu in addition to its main menu, which includes Chinese chicken salad and Cajun jambalaya. Don’t forget about the cheesecakes— from white chocolate and raspberry truffle offerings. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-0344. (Other Palm Beach County locations: CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/802-3838; Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-3711) $$
chops lobster bar—101 Plaza Real S., Royal Palm Place. Steak, seafood. Steaks are aged USDA Prime—tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked under a 1,700-degree broiler. There’s all manner of fish and shellfish, but you’re here for the lobster, whether giant Australian tails flash-fried and served with drawn butter or sizable Maine specimens stuffed with crab. • Dinner nightly. 561/395-2675. $$$$ cuban café—3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd.
Cuban. Diners pack into this traditional Cuban restaurant at lunchtime for specials that start at $6.95, including lechón asado, slow-roasted pork served with white rice and black beans. Other highlights include the Cuban sandwich. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/750-8860. $
curries & more—217 E. Palmetto Park Road. Indian. There’s a lot more than just curries at this cozy Indian restaurant—crisp, beignet-like pakoras, perfect for dipping in one of three mild but flavorful chutneys; tender and juicy grilled meats and poultry; an array of palate-piquing vegetarian dishes. The curries are good, too. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sat. Dinner Sun. 561/392-2999. $
Italian. Former Chicago chef-restaurateurs Lillo and Gina Teodosi bring big-city dining to town. The ambience is welcoming, the service rigorously professional and the food is so lovingly prepared it makes even the most familiar dishes special. Among them: a farm-fresh caprese salad, giant truffleperfumed veal chop and zabaglione that’s made to order. The light, feathery, delicate gnocchi are merely the best in South Florida. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/367-7488. $$$
gary woo asian bistro—3400 N. Federal Highway. Chinese. Everything about this popular restaurant is restrained—the ambience, the decor, the presentations. And the food can be that way, as well. Even supposedly spicy dishes are bereft of heat. Still, the ingredients and preparation are first-rate. Try the duck spring rolls to start, and then enjoy steak kew or Grand Marnier prawns. • Lunch Mon., Wed.–Fri. Dinner Wed.–Mon. 561/368-8803. $$
casa d’angelo—171 E. Palmetto Park Road.
grand lux cafe—Town Center at Boca Raton.
Italian. Angelo Elia’s impeccable Italian restaurant is a delight, from the stylish room to the suave service to the expansive wine list, not to mention food that’s by turn elegant, hearty, bold, subtle and always delicious. Dishes off the regular menu make excellent choices, like fat prawns wrapped in pancetta and grilled. But pay attention to specials like pan-seared snapper and scallops in a spicy, garlicky cherry tomato sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/338-1703. $$$
the cheesecake factory—5530 Glades
Road. American. Oh, the choices! The chain even has
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 range from the aptly named “big ass” T-bone steak (a generous 32-ouncer) to more healthful options like pistachio-crusted snapper or
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Chocolate eggplant dessert Inset: Chef Raffaele Esposito
here’s “Italian” cuisine, then there’s adorned simplicity. If you’re used to bloated, Italian cuisine. overwrought “Italian” cooking, you almost have The difference is simple. Or, should to reset your palate to appreciate them; once I say, simplicity. If a dish’s description runs on you do, their freshness and purity is seductive. longer than a State of the Union address, it’s The same philosophy applies to pastas, which “Italian” cuisine. If it contains garlic, sun-dried in the true Italian manner are as much about tomatoes, arugula, balsamic the noodles as the sauce. vinegar and a dozen other House-made tagliolini dyed IF YOU GO trendy ingredients, it’s “Italmidnight black with squid ian” cuisine. If it’s smothered ink is kissed with a delicate PRICE RANGE: in sauces, drenched in vinaitomato sauce and studded Entrées $18–$36 grettes, gilded to within an with plump, tender shrimp, CREDIT CARDS: inch of its life ... yup, “Italian” scallops and calamari. From All major cards cuisine. the wood-fired oven comes HOURS: Lunch Italian cuisine—like that quaglia ripiene, Italian for Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.– served at Raffaele Esposito’s “the tastiest quail you will 3 p.m. Dinner Sun.– coolly elegant Boca Raton ever eat.” The bronzed, sucThurs. 5–10 p.m.; Fri.– ristorante—celebrates the culent birds are wrapped in Sat. 5–11 p.m. beauty of simplicity, the pancetta and stuffed with natural goodness of quality fennel-scented sausage, pine ingredients deftly prepared and respectfully nuts and raisins, then napped with a light, sacombined, served without pretension or artivory jus. They don’t get any better. fice. Simple isn’t easy, however. Cooking this Dessert is chocolate soufflé, more egg-y way is cooking without a net, leaving no place chocolate cake with a molten center than the to hide if the ingredients or technique or conethereal, French-style soufflé but with bracing cepts don’t sing in perfect harmony. chocolate intensity and just the right amount That harmony is immediately apparent of sweetness. Like everything else from Rafin two appetizers—beef carpaccio and crab faele Esposito’s kitchen, that’s Italian. salad—that are almost Zen-like in their barely —Bill Citara
DiD You Know? It’s amazing what lemon juice and good olive oil can do. Raffaele’s carpaccio comes only with arugula dressed in a little lemon juice and scattered with shaved Parmesan. Add a few drops of olive oil from the cruet at the table. The same duo seasons sea-sweet lump crabmeat with green beans and tomatoes, allowing each element of the salad to shine brightly.
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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 successfully created a “nonchain” feel, although there are more than 40 nationwide. The menu 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. $$ jake’s stone crab—514 Via de Palmas, Royal Palm Place. Seafood. South county foodies need not drive to Miami for stone crabs. Jake’s is making a name for itself with delicious claws and excellent service. Crusty hash browns and nutmeg-y creamed spinach are fine accompaniments. Lobster and filet mignon surf ’n’ turf comes generously adorned. • Open at end of September. Dinner nightly. 561/3471055. $$$ josephine’s—5751 N. Federal Highway. Italian.
Familiarity breeds content with the soulful Italian cookery at this Boca favorite, where tradition trumps trendy and comfort outweighs chic. 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. $$
kathy’s gazebo café—4199 N. Federal Highway. Continental. This local stalwart smoothly rolls along with its signature blend of French and Continental dishes. The ornate, formal dining room and equally formal service are anomalies these days but are comforting nonetheless. Classic dishes like creamy lobster bisque, house-made duck paté, broiled salmon with sauce béarnaise and dreamy chocolate mousse are as satisfying as ever. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/395-6033. $$$ kee 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. $$$ la rosa nautica—515 N.E. 20th St. Peruvian.
Expect no ambience, no pretensions, low prices and food that satisfies on a very high level. Good starters include antichuchos, chunks of grilled beef heart, and causa, a terrine-like layering of mashed potatoes and chicken salad. Ceviche and the lomo saltado are among the best in South Florida. • Lunch daily. Dinner Tues.– Sun. 561/296-1413. $$ march/april
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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. Even better, service and wines match the refinement of the cuisine. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-4568. $$
la villetta—4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-edited version of a traditional Italian menu, complete with homemade pastas. Try the signature whole yellowtail snapper encrusted in sea salt, deboned tableside. Shrimp diavolo is perfectly scrumptious. • Dinner nightly. (closed Mon. during summer). 561/362-8403. $$ legal sea foods—6000 Glades Road. Seafood.
This faux-New England-ish seafooder in Town Center mall may be a little short on fish shack romance, but it makes up for it with a full roster of fresh fish and shellfish, well prepared and competently served by an earnest young staff. The signature clam chowder is made in corporate kitchens but is still better than most, while crab cakes chock-full of sweettasting crab and hardly any binders have even fewer equals. There’s a selection of DIY fish and sauces too. And for dessert, what else but Boston cream pie? • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/447-2112. $$
le rivage—450 N.E. 20th St. French. It’s easy
to overlook this small, unassuming, furiously untrendy bastion of traditional French cookery tucked away in an obscure strip mall off North Federal Highway. That would be a mistake, because the loud, noisy dishes that virtually scream “creativity” can’t compare to the quiet pleasures served here—like cool, soothing vichyssoise, delicate fillet of sole with nutty brown butter sauce or perfectly executed crème brûlee. Good food presented without artifice at a fair price never goes out of fashion. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/620-0033. $$
maggiano’s—21090 St. Andrews Blvd. Ital-
Charm City Burger Co.
1136 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, 954/531-0300
harm City Burger Co. has a reputation larger than its compact, counter-service size. No longer the hole-in the-wall secret that it was when it opened in 2007, this celebrated burger joint is likely to feature a boisterous clamor and lines befitting a theme-park ride at lunchtime on any given weekday. Diners from all over north Broward and south Palm Beach counties navigate its narrow aisles for “gourmet food at fast-food prices,” according to co-owner Mike Saperstein. The restaurant prides itself on its natural, market-fresh beef blend—free of nitrates, sourced locally, ground daily and approved by five-star chefs. This part of Saperstein’s claim rings truer than the pricing; two burgers, sides and drinks will run you $20, fine for sit-in dining but a steep hike from McDonald’s. The food proves worth it nonetheless. Burger varieties range from steak and turkey to Italian sausage, lamb and ahi tuna. I tried the veggie burger, which didn’t look appetiz-
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ing but was garnished pleasingly with black beans, herbs and mushrooms, and a “Plain Jane” chicken sandwich with aioli, lettuce and tomato. The blackened fried chicken spilled out of the bun with a terrific texture and crispiness, a trait that translated to the restaurant’s best side dish: tater tots fried to a golden brown for maximum crunchiness. Charm City redesigned its interior last December, strengthening its counter-to-table fluidity and, most importantly, increasing its menu options. The four styles of steak burgers are new—from the plain “Good Ole” to the tricked-out, napkin-annihilating “Big Sloppy”—as are its microbrew options and a Mediterranean burger with Greek salad stew and garlic tzatziki. Charm City is only the first in Saperstein and Evan David’s growing restaurant empire, with the Mexican restaurant El Jefe Luchador opening across the street in 2011 and the upscale Rebel House debuting in Boca this past January. —John Thomason
ian. The concept behind Maggiano’s Little Italy is that of a neighborhood spot where families might congregate for great food, fun music and a good time. Do as the Italians do and order family-style, sit back and watch the endless amounts of gorgeous foods grace your table. In this manner, you receive two appetizers, two salads, two pastas, two entrées, two vegetables and two desserts. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/361-8244. $$
matteo’s—233 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Like
the wheel, Matteo’s brand of hearty Italian and Italian-American food, served in giant “family style” portions, needs no reinventing. Though there is no shortage of local restaurants cooking in that genre, it’s the details of preparation and service that make Matteo’s stand out. Baked clams are a good place to start, as is the reliable chopped salad. Linguini frutti di mare is one of the best in town. • Dinner daily. 561/392-0773. $$
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 wrapped with bacon. And don’t miss the luscious crème brûlée pie for dessert. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/368-0080. $$ march/april
150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, 561/833-8800
ha-Cha—the dance— is not as easy as it might appear. It begins on the second of four beats, not the first, and splits the fourth into two half beats, with a complicated series of quick and slow steps, flexed and bended legs, and sensual hip movements. Cha Cha’s—the restaurant— DIG’s pan-seared is no easy act either. Like the diver scallops; inset, dance, it moves to a Latin beat: chef Wilson Wieggel a little Cuban, a bit of Spanish, a touch of Argentine, a dollop of Mexican, with a handful of crowd-pleasers that defy culinary boundaries, from Caesar salads to roasted chicken. That’s pillow studded with green onions a lot of stuff to get right, and and bits of tender crustacean for the most part, Cha Cha’s IF YOU GO and squirted with a mildly asdoes. sertive smoked paprika aioli. From its eclectic smallLamb meatballs in red wine PRICE RANGE: plates menu comes a standby sauce were curiously crumbly Entrées $19–$37 of Spanish tapas bars, papas and bland, but a rich, buttery CREDIT CARDS: bravas, basically deep-fried gratin of cauliflower and fennel All major cards potato chunks with spicy topped with golden, crunchy HOURS: Daily 11 aioli. When done right—as breadcrumbs was a light and a.m. to 10 p.m. (bar these are—they’re crustysavory joy. open until 1 a.m.) on-the-outside, creamy-onBaja-style fish tacos were the-inside cubes of starchy good enough to conjure up goodness, made even better by memories of munching on the a scattering of minced chorizo. real deal in Ensenada. Another tapas bar favorite, gambas al ajillo, The marriage of France and Cuba in the was a sad imitation of the real thing, with a Church of Deliciousness was dulce de leche handful of not exactly fresh-tasting rock shrimp pot du crème, indecently rich, decadently in a murky, garlicky sauce that appeared to have silken, darkly caramel-y and thoroughly irbeen thickened with cornstarch. Luckily, our atresistible. It will make your taste buds do a tention was diverted by the appearance of a terhappy dance. Cha-cha, even. rific shrimp and scallion crêpe, a thick, spongy —Bill Citara
DID YOU KNOW? Cha Cha’s occupies the Worth Avenue space once home to Trevini, which moved across town. For a casual, moderately priced restaurant, it puts on a very elegant face, with high tray ceilings dangling ornate crystal chandeliers, wall niches sporting Romanesque statues and arched doorways flanked by massive wrought-iron gates.
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morton’s the steakhouse—5050 Town
Center Circle. Steak house. There’s seemingly no end to South Florida diners’ love of huge slabs of highquality aged beef, nor to the carnivores who pack the clubby-swanky dining room of this Boca Raton meatery. The star of the beef show here is the giant bone-in filet mignon, which trumps the filet’s usual tenderness with unusually deep, 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. There are several reasons why the steak house has flourished since the caveman roasted a hunk of woolly mammoth over a fire. All of them are obvious at this popular Boca meatery, from the swift, professional service to the classy supper club ambience to the 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. $$$$ nick’s new haven-style pizzeria—2240 N.W. 19th St. Italian. Cross Naples (thin, blistered crust, judicious toppings) with Connecticut (fresh clams and no tomato sauce), and you’ve got a pretty good idea of the pies coming out Nick Laudano’s custom-made ovens at this surprisingly stylish Boca pizzeria-restaurant. The “white clam” pizza with garlic and bacon is killer-good; Caesar salad and tiramisu are much better than the usual pizzeria fare. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/368-2900. $ ovenella—499 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Fer-
nando Davila’s modestly stylish ristorante promises “a new take on Italian classics.” Pizzas from the oak-fired oven are a joy, especially the Etruscan, laden with chicken, bacon, escarole and creamydreamy Stracchino cheese. Vegetarian lasagna is good enough to make the meat version obsolete. Don’t miss one of the inventive cocktails, like a sweet-smoky-salty bacon-maple old fashioned. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner daily. 561/395-1455. $$
p.f. chang’s—1400 Glades Road. Chinese. There
may have been no revolution if Mao had simply eaten at 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) $$ march/april
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piñon grill—6000 Glades Road. Contemporary
American. With a menu that seemingly lists every recent trendy dish to come out of modern American restaurant kitchens, you might think Piñon is a “been there, done that” kind of place. If the execution weren’t so spot-on, the portions so large and the prices so reasonable, it might be. But you can’t argue with grilled artichokes with a zippy Southwesternstyle rémoulade, a pair of giant crab cakes with more of that good rémoulade or a chocolate-peanut butter pie that is the irresistible definition of lusciousness. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/391-7770. $$
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 dishes like wicked-good crab and shrimp-stuffed snapper with lobster mashed potatoes 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. 561/395-1662. $$
renzo’s of boca—5999 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Renzo’s is very Italian, very friendly and very family. The buzzword is fresh. Fish is prepared daily oreganata or Livornese style, sautéed in white wine with lemon and capers or grilled. Each homemade pasta dish is artfully seasoned, and Renzo’s tomato sauce is ethereal. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/994-3495. $$ 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. $$
ristorante saporissimo—366 E. Palmetto
Park Road. Tuscan. This little restaurant is making culinary magic. Here, a taste of Italy is brought to life with rabbit cacciatorá (Tuscany style), veal ossobuco, homemade pasta with wild boar sauce, and a tasty elk chop. Homemade desserts, including tiramisu, panna cotta and zuppa ingles, will take your breath away. Service is out of this world. • Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/750-2333. $$$
rosario’s—145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Italian. A
simple menu reading doesn’t reveal the quality of ingredients and the care and skill that go into the preparation here. The often fusty, rubbery clams casino is remarkably light and fresh-tasting. Perci-
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atelli Amatriciana is hearty and meaty but no less finely crafted, while the signature chicken Rosario’s (with sausage, potatoes and peppers) is full of oldfashioned goodness. With effortlessly competent service and comfortable, unpretentious ambience, this is one book you’ll want to read all the way through. • Dinner daily. 561/393-0758. $$
ruth’s chris steak house—225 N.E.
Mizner Blvd., Mizner Park. Steaks. This Ruth’s Chris is a refreshing departure from the darkwood-and-cigar-crowded ambience common to many steak houses; the room is large and comfortable, and conversation is possible. Naturally, we come here for the steak (they are sublime), but the lobster and fish are great. All your favorite sides are here, too. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-6746. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 661 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/863-0660; CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/514-3544) $$$
seasons 52—2300 Executive Center Drive.
Contemporary American. The food—seasonal ingredients, simply and healthfully prepared, accompanied by interesting wines—is first-rate, from barbecued pork and cheddar cheese flatbread to salmon roasted on a cedar plank to desserts served in oversized shot glasses. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-9952. (Other Palm Beach County location: 11611 Ellison Wilson Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/625-5852) $$
sushi ray—5250 Town Center Circle. Japa-
nese/Sushi. Sushi Ray offers all the comforts and ambience of an upscale “white tablecloth” restaurant while serving up impeccably fresh and exactingly prepared sushi and other Japanese specialties. The Nobu-esque miso sea bass gives a taste of this modern classic at a fraction of the price of the original, while the chef’s sushi assortment offers a generous assortment of nigiri and maki for an exceedingly reasonable $20. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/394-9506. $$
table 42—399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. Italian. A contemporary Amer-Italian osteria with pizza is as good a way as any to describe Gary Rack’s reborn Coal Mine Pizza. The menu is compact but offers many mix-and-match opportunities done with great attention to detail. The results are on your plate in the form of irresistible chicken wings spiked with lemon, scallions and Parmesan; linguine in deliriously rich and creamy pesto and tiramisu so good it transcends cliché. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/826-2625. $$ taverna kyma—6298 N. Federal Highway. Greek/Mediterranean. Few present Greek cuisine better than Kyma, whose attentive, friendly staff
makes customers feel right at home. The menu is brimming with expertly prepared dishes that cover the spectrum of Mediterranean cuisine, from cold appetizers (dolmades; grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs) to hot starters (spanakopita, baked phyllo with spinach and feta cheese) to mouthwatering entrées like lamb shank (slow-cooked in a tomato sauce and served on a bed of orzo), massive stuffed peppers or a variety of kebobs. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/994-2828. $$
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 cozy dining room is a welcome respite from the outside world, and service is at a level not always seen in local eateries. Pay attention to the daily specials, especially if it includes impeccably done softshell crab oreganata and the restaurant’s signature jumbo shrimp saltimbocca. • Dinner daily. 561/393-6715. $$$
truluck’s—351 Plaza Real. Seafood. This stylish
and sophisticated Mizner Park restaurant applies the steak house formula of classy, clubby ambience, formal service and an extensive wine list to seafood from across the nation, generally with success. Crab is the specialty here and there are myriad versions—stone, Dungeness, Alaskan, softshell and more. Crispy soft-shells stuffed with crab and andouille are very good, if served without a drizzle of ketchup-y sauce on top. • Dinner nightly. 561/391-0755. $$$
uncle julio’s—449 Plaza Real, Mizner Park.
Mexican. Taking Tex-Mex cuisine gently upscale with better-quality ingredients and more skillful preparation, this raucous, colorful eatery offers a bit more than just the usual Mexican culinary suspects. You can get frog’s legs and quail (the latter quite tasty under a mop of chipotle barbecue sauce), as well as favorites like 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, especially those from Hunan. The “specialties’ section of the menu is where the most exciting dishes are, 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. $$$ march/april
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Check out these five Miami-based restaurants drawing raves for everything from chef star power to cutting-edge cuisine to show-stopping presentation. The dining room at Azul
Azul 500 Brickell Key Drive, Miami, 305/913-8288 Clay Conley may have moved on to Palm Beach, but Azul, the chic, elegant dining destination at the Mandarin Oriental, hasn’t missed a beat under new chef Joel Huff, whose résumé includes stints with such culinary celebs as Ludo Lefebvre and José Andres. Huff brings Asian and “molecular gastronomy” influences (plus a touch of Thomas Keller) to the restaurant’s contemporary American menu in such dishes as “Bacon, Eggs & Toast” (suckling pig, tempura duck egg, black truffle potato puree) and almond gazpacho with foie gras “snow,” argan oil, orange essence and golden raisin pudding. The wine list is a cork dork’s dream, with multiple vintages from such legendary châteaus as Pétrus, Haut-Brion and Latour.
270 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, 305/577-0277 This wickedly stylish newcomer to the Miami restaurant scene takes its inspiration from the casual Japanese dining style called izakaya. The only U.S. Zuma of seven worldwide, its plush, earth-toned interior, which boasts a main dining room, robata grill, sushi bar and sake bar/lounge, is as thoroughly modern as chef Rainer Becker’s take on Japanese cuisine. That can mean sea bass sashimi with yuzu, truffle oil and
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salmon roe; grilled king crab with ponzu lime butter; and spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chili and sweet soy. Zuma, at the posh Epic Hotel, also boasts a terrace overlooking the Miami River and is even accessible by boat.
Pubbelly 1418 20th St., Miami Beach, 305/532-7555 From the neon pig’s head above the entrance to the pig logo splashed all over the restaurant, you might get the feeling that this “Asian-inspired gastropub” in an obscure corner of South Beach is all about pork. You’d pretty much be right. Pork belly with kimchee barbecue, baconwrapped dates, pork belly and scallion dumplings, and udon noodles with pork belly confit and poached egg are just a few of the piggy dishes on the mostly small plates menu. Of course, there is more, from oysters on the half-shell to Buffalo-style sweetbreads, all of it served in a cozy 45-seat space with an extensive selection of craft beers, sakes and boutique wines.
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305/538-2000 New York celebrity chef and Food Network personality Scott Conant is the force behind this opulent Italian ristorante in the über-luxe Fontainebleau
Hotel. Though no expense has been spared to create this swank, view-rich setting, Conant’s “Italian soul food” relies on prime ingredients and surgically precise technique rather than puffed-up “creativity” and showy presentations. The restaurant is probably best known for the chef’s deceptively simple (but surprisingly complex) “spaghetti with tomato and basil,” an astonishingly flavorful and rich-tasting pasta that is to the stuff at your local red sauce joint what a Rolls-Royce is to a bicycle.
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255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, 305/421-8800 Daniel Boulud’s second local restaurant (after Café Boulud in Palm Beach) is in downtown Miami’s upscale JW Marriott Marquis hotel. The pair of dining rooms ooze big-city sophistication— modern but not stark, elegant but not pretentious and boast soaring 18-foot ceilings. There’s also an outdoor patio with views of the Miami River. Boulud’s contemporary European-American fare shows off that kind of seemingly effortless sophistication, whether reimagining classics like vitello tonnato with tuna crudo and crispy sweetbreads or celebrating local ingredients in slowroasted grouper with royal trumpet mushrooms and smoked bacon jus.
villagio italian eatery—344 Plaza Real. Italian. The classic Italian comfort food at this Mizner Park establishment, which opened in 2009, 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 peoplewatching opportunities given the prime outdoor seating. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561-447-2257. $$ vino—114 N.E. Second St. Wine Bar/Italian.
A globe-trotting wine list of some 250 bottles (all available by the glass) offers a multitude of excellent choices, especially among Italian and California reds. The menu of “Italian tapas” serves up everything from tasty breaded and fried artichoke hearts to a trio of Italian sliders (topped with three different cheeses) to ravishing ricotta and fig-stuffed ravioli with prosciutto, balsamic syrup and brown butter. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/869-0030. $
vivo partenza—1450 N. Federal Highway. Italian. On the heartier side of the menu at Tony Bova’s eatery is an appetizer of three giant meatballs in a well-made San Marzano tomato sauce that could easily serve as an entrée. More delicate fare includes Alaskan halibut in an aromatic broth with plump clams, cherry tomatoes and the large couscous-like grain called frugula. Do the zabaglione with fresh berries for dessert. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561-750-2120. $$
west boca city fish market—7940 Glades Road. Seafood.
A multimillion-dollar remodel of the old Pete’s has turned it into an elegant seafood house. The whole package is here: friendly and efficient service, lengthy seafood-friendly wine list, impeccably fresh fish and shellfish cooked with much care and little artifice. Do sample the fresh oysters and the plump crab cake. Simply griddled fish is an honest, uncomplicated pleasure. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/487-1600. $$
phuket thai restaurant—Palms Plaza,
22191 Powerline Road. Thai. It’s nothing to look at—just another little restaurant in another west Boca strip shopping center. But appearances can be deceiving; this restaurant serves excellent and authentic Thai cuisine in a cozy and unpretentious atmosphere. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/447-8863. $$
tempted thai & sushi—21065 Powerline Road. Thai/Japanese. There’s more than sushi to 140
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lure you here, though the sushi is up to the caliber of local competitors. There’s an extensive menu of Thai dishes and Thai- and Japanese-style creations, among them spaghetti in a fiery green curry sauce with grilled shrimp; a sushi roll with sheets of seared-raw New York steak; and a zippy take on tuna tartare that gilds the fish with kimchee sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/353-2899. $
tempura house—9858 Clint Moore Road,
#C-112. Japanese, Asian. Dark wood, rice paper and tiles fill the space. An appetizer portion of Age Natsu, fried eggplant, is a consummate Japanese delicacy. Don’t miss the ITET roll with shrimp tempura and avocado, topped with spicy mayo, tempura flakes and eel sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/883-6088. $$
villa rosano—9858 Clint Moore Road. Ital-
ian. Step into the dining room, and you could 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 excellent house olive oil with slices of crusty bread, then move on to a stellar version of clams Guazzetto, delicate fillets of sole done a la Francese and one of the few versions of tiramisu to actually hold your interest. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/470-0112. $$
boynton beach bar louie—1500 Gateway Blvd. Eclectic. Attempting to split the difference between happening bar and American café, Bar Louie mostly succeeds, offering a variety of old and new favorites, from burgers and pizzas to fish tacos and a variety of salads, all at moderate prices and in truly daunting portions. Don’t miss the carrot cake bites dessertini. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/853-0090. $ china dumpling—1899-5 N. Congress Ave.
Chinese. This is a nice neighborhood restaurant where the food is the star. The dim sum basket is an absolute must-try. A choice of signature steamed dumplings are likewise spot on. The steak kew is delicious, and the clay pot casseroles are mighty enticing. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/737-2782. $
prime catch—700 E. Woolbright Road.
Seafood. Fresh seafood, prepared simply and with care, is at the heart of this popular spot with a pleasant view of the Intracoastal. The simple pleasures soar—full-belly clams, fried sweet and crispy, or a perfectly grilled piece of mahi or bouillabaisse overflowing with tender fish and shellfish. Don’t miss the Key lime pie; it’s one of the best around. • Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/737-8822. $$
BURGER BAR BY CHEF ALLEN
4650 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-4545
rom golden arches to gold leaf. That’s as good a description as any of the trajectory of the hamburger in American gastronomy. The McBurgerization of the humble beef patty begat a multi-bazillion-dollar industry that continues to grow like kudzu on steroids—so it was inevitable that big-time chefs with foie gras sensibilities and an eye for a good business opportunity would hitch their toques to the burger bandwagon. Allen Susser (pictured), for one. After closing his seminal Aventura restaurant, the original Mango Gangster is mixing haute and homey in his new Burger Bar by Chef Allen. Burger, design and price-wise a cut above such other patty purveyors as BurgerFi and CG, Susser’s Burger Bar flaunts an industrial-chic look that could belong to any hip, contemporary urban café. As for the burger itself, it’s a blend of sirloin, brisket and short rib that delivers all the rich, meaty flavor any unregenerate carnivore could desire. My favorite is the Beach Burger, the basic patty gilded with applewood-smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, house-made pickle chips and secret sauce-ish “Beach sauce.” Like all burgers, it comes with fries that are pretty good, not great. And if discs of ground cow don’t do it for you, there’s a turkey burger, tuna burger, portobello burger, lamb and buffalo burgers, along with a few salads, wings, sliders and even crabcakes. And the gold leaf? You can get a burger sprinkled with flakes of edible gold for a mere $25. Haute stuff. —Bill Citara
sushi simon—1614 S. Federal Highway. Japa-
nese/sushi. Simon says this small, modest sushi bar serves some of freshest and finest raw fish around. Local sushi-philes gladly jam the long, narrow dining room for a taste of such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi, tilefish and uni (when in season), as well as more elaborate dishes like the sublime snowy grouper Morimoto and opulent tuna tartare. Creative and even more elaborate rolls are a specialty. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/731-1819. $$
delray beach 32 east—32 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary
American. At a time when chefs and restaurants seem to be constantly shouting their own praises, Nick Morfogen and 32 East go quietly about their way of serving thoughtfully conceived, finely crafted dishes with a minimum of fuss and artifice. The menu changes daily, but recent examples of Morfogen’s culinary expertise include plump scallops given an elegant bouillabaisse treatment and fork-tender venison with a terrific Asiago-fig risotto. When the food is this good, you don’t need to shout. • Dinner daily. 561/276-7868. $$$
atlantic grille—1000 E. Atlantic Ave. SeafoodContemporary American. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Hotel & Spa mines quality ingredients for maximum flavor. A light, chunky gazpacho with soothing cucumber cream is perfect warm-weather dining, and though braised short ribs with mashed potatoes is heartier fare, it’s hard to resist the gum-tender meat ringed by a silken potato purée. The butterscotch-white chocolate bread pudding with rum crème anglaise is pure wickedness. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/665-4900. $$ buddha sky bar—217 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan Asian. Don’t miss a meal at this stylish Asiameets-industrial chic spot with a view of the Delray skyline. Chinese-inspired dim sum is inspired, like the puffy-fluffy char sui pork buns, while rock shrimp tempura and Wagyu tenderloin skewers with twin chimichurri sauces touch the heart and the taste buds. Veggie fried rice is exemplary thanks to the kitchen’s application of wok chi. • Dinner daily. 561/266-9898. $$ cabana el rey—105 E. Atlantic Ave. Cuban tropical. Little Havana is alive and well in Delray
Beach. The menu is a palette-pleasing travelogue. Mariquitas (fried banana chips) are a tasty way to start your meal. For dinner, seafood paella is a winner, with mussels, shrimp, conch, octopus, scallops and clams. And the churrasco is terrific. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9090. $$
caffé luna rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This favorite is always lively, and alfresco dining is the preferred mode. Entrée choices are enticing, but we went with the penne alla vodka with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 16-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served either Milanese or parmigiana. For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9404. $$ casa di pepe—189 N.E. Second Ave. Italian. The welcoming staff, familiar Italian dishes done right and moderate prices for food and wine are almost as good as a hug at this cozy spot with a spacious outdoor patio. Two could share the fist-sized meatball with fresh-tasting tomato sauce and dollop of milky basil, before moving on
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to house-made linguine with clams, tender veal Francese and one of the best versions of tiramisu this side of Veneto. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/2797371. $$
city oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This
stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never disappoints, such as Chilean sea bass in a saffron bouillabaisse sauce and crab-stuffed shrimp in white-wine butter sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$
cucina mio—16950 Jog Road. Italian. There are
many Italian restaurants in our culinary universe, most mining familiar culinary territory. This popular eatery does so, too, offering sturdy renditions of Italian favorites in enormous portions at correspondingly modest prices. The menu highlight is perhaps tiramisu, rarely made as well as it is here. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/499-9419. $$
cugini steakhouse & martini bar—270 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. The food is just as stylish as the room, from spicy chicken frascatana, served with black olives, onion, pepperoncini, Chianti wine reduction and julienne vegetables, to roasted sole roulade stuffed with crab. Save room for the hazelnut ice cream, which has a hazelnut fudge center and is coated with fresh hazelnut and dark chocolate. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-6244. $$ cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach.
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 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. $$$
South Florida has its share of restaurants with a friendly, neighborhood vibe and highquality cuisine at reasonable prices. Here are some of our favorites. Brewzzi Generous portions of Italian and American fare—from thin-crust pizzas and homemade pasta fagioli to the milehigh Brewzzi meatloaf sandwich—put this bistro a step above the rest. Then there is the famed microbrewery, which keeps this locally owned chain crowded throughout the year. The popular Boca Blonde Lager blends Saaz and Hallertau hops into a smooth, crisp brew. 2222 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/392-2739; CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/366-9753
CariBBean Grill The Grill feels like a Little Havana lunchroom with daily specials that could feed a family of eight—including lots of yellow rice, pork, and plantains and beans. This is a family-style plastic-tablecloth kind of place with no pretensions. 1332 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/362-0161
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reef road rum Bar This downtown spot is modest in both appearance and culinary ambition, dishing up a roster of competently done seafood shack favorites. The plump, sweetly crabby crab cake is first-rate, as is the sizeable lobster roll. Finish with the parfait-like strawberry shortcake tower. 223 Clematis St., West Palm Beach, 561/838-9099.
Toojay’s GourmeT deli Like a nice warm bowl of chicken soup, TooJay’s is there for you when you need a little comfort food, such as matzo ball soup, chopped liver, a to-die-for Reuben and stuffed cabbage. Don’t forget the legendary black and white cookies. 5030 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton, 561/2415903; 2200 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/392-4181; 3013 Yamato Road, Boca Raton, 561/997-9911; 419 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, 561/582-8684; 2880 N. University Drive, Plantation, 954/423-1993; Boynton Beach Mall, 561/740-7420; The Mall at Wellington Green, 561/784-9055; 313 Royal Poinciana Plaza, Palm Beach, 561/659-7232; Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/622-8131
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 remarkably light yet beefy meatball topped with ricotta and tomato sauce, 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—5199 W. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary
American. Proprietor Robert Greenfield has turned the former Greenfield’s restaurant into organichealthy-sustainable DIG (“Doing It Green”). Luckily, diners don’t have to suffer in pursuit of gastronomic rectitude with dishes like plump pan-seared diver scallops with anchovy-olive dressing and luscious chocolate mousse cake. The four different greens mixes at the salad bar are crisp and pristinely fresh. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/638-0500. $$
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 cuts and preparations—and add a lobster tail for good measure. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-0122. $$ march/april
gol! the taste of brazil—411 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. The classic churrascaria formula—grilled meats, served until you can’t eat another bite—is done efficiently and quite satisfyingly. Start off at the well-provisioned salad bar, which offers more than three dozen preludes to meat eating, among them well-made calamari and ham salads, rounds of smoky eggplant, and rich and delightfully old-fashioned four-cheese chicken. Meats with a bit of fat are the best choices, especially the garlicky sirloin, slices of medium-rare flank steak and hugely flavorful beef ribs. • Dinner daily. 561/272-6565. $$ greek bistro—1832 S. Federal Highway. Greek. If you care more about well-prepared, generously portioned and fairly priced food than Opa!-shouting waiters, you’ll love this modest little restaurant. Flaky, overstuffed spanikopita and miraculously 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. $
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. $$
house of siam—25 N.E. Second Ave. Thai.
The normally riotous flavors of Thai cuisine are muted at this charming, family-friendly downtown spot, but that seems to suit diners just fine. Dishes, generally well-prepared and generously portioned, include steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings with sweet soy dipping sauce and crispfried duck breast in a very mild red curry sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/330-9191. $$
il girasole—1911 S. Federal Highway. North-
ern 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. $$
j&j seafood bar & grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on the Avenue— owned by John Hutchinson (also the chef) and wife Tina—serves up everything from burgers and wraps to entrées like fruits of the sea, pistachiocrusted snapper and jerked pork. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials— every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3390. $$ jimmy’s bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. Eclectic.
Look up “cozy” and “charming” in the dictionary, and you’ll see a picture of Jimmy Mills’ tiny restaurant. Jimmy’s cheerily unpretentious atmosphere applies to the eclectic menu, which flits from China to Italy to New Orleans at will. 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. $$
la cigale—253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. There is great satisfaction in watching professionals at work, and the staff at La Cigale is indeed a
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pleasure to watch. That professionalism extends to the kitchen, which turns out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are simply glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. And watching your server skillfully debone a whole (and impeccably fresh) Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$
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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 original Lemongrass and its three younger siblings some of the most popular eateries around. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge, as evidenced by impeccably fresh salmon, tuna and yellowtail sushi. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-5050. $
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temporary American. Restaurateur 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 plump Cedar Key clams with housemade tasso, savory bourbon-maple glazed pork belly, and crispy-skinned wild salmon with yuzu-truffle vinaigrette. The made-to-order donuts are pure decadence. • Dinner daily. 561/381-9970. $$
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American. It’s a safe bet that your office is nothing like David Manero’s eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports red leather and cowhide chairs, more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to Maine sea scallops wrapped in Serrano ham. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$
old calypso—900 E. Atlantic Ave. Island. The
restaurant is airy and wide-open, but the draw is the Intracoastal view. A popular happy hour takes place at the center bar, and during Sunday brunch, music is added. The food is reliable and consistent, from a rich roasted-corn and crabmeat chowder to real fried green tomatoes to crispy fried lobster tails. • Brunch Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/279-2300. $$
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sundy house—106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. Everyone knows about the spectacular garden, home to hundreds of species of exotic plants. But the comforting-contemporary food deserves notice too, realized in such dishes as expertly fried calamari with zesty Moroccan-style aioli, savory rack of lamb crusted with herbs, mustard and horseradish, and seared salmon with rich coarse-grain mustard sauce. Portions are enormous, so bring your appetite. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-5678. $$ 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. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-1944. $$
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tryst—4 E. Atlantic Ave. Eclectic. It’s tough to beat this hotspot with the lovely outdoor patio, well-chosen selection of artisan beers and not-theusual-suspect wines, and an eclectic “gastropub” menu of small and large plates. Try the crisp-fried rock shrimp with Thai-style dipping sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. 561/921-0201. $$ vic & angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian.
God is in the details at the second outpost of this hugely popular upscale trattoria, and He doesn’t miss much. Wine and table service leave nothing to chance and no loose ends hanging. As for the food, 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, the whole-wheat tagliatelle with garlic and chili-infused olive oil and the perfectly cooked veal chop. Portions are substantial. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-9570. $$$
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may seem like the last thing we need is one more Italian restaurant, this cozy spot fills a niche marked by modest prices, a menu with more than just the most familiar Italian culinary suspects, and an easygoing ambience that’s more like that of a familiar neighborhood bar. Burrata imported from Puglia is a luscious part of caprese salad. Giant shrimp with white beans is a fine rendition of a Tuscan classic. Chicken cooked under a brick and the signature rigatoni alla Bucaiola are worthy contenders too, as is the light, airy ricotta cheesecake. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/588-9707. $$
paradiso ristorante—625 Lucerne Ave. Ital-
ian. 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 sea bass branzino is definitely a must-try. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/547-2500. $$$
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safire asian fusion—817 Lake Ave. PanAsian. This stylish little restaurant offers food that gently marries East and West, plus a roster of more traditional Thai dishes and inventive sushi rolls. Menu standouts include tempura-fried rock shrimp or calamari cloaked with a lush-fiery “spicy cream sauce.” Expect neighborly service and reasonable prices. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/588-7768. $ LANTANA bar italia—210 E. Ocean Ave. Italian. Apicius was the perhaps the pre-eminent gourmand of ancient Rome, and while this Apicius is a good deal more contemporary, its gourmet take on the cuisine of Italy would make old Apicius proud. The two open-air dining rooms are delightful, as is the extraordinary wine list and menu of Italian classics and modern interpretations. Vitello tonnato is superb beyond its generic description as “cold poached veal with tuna sauce.” Roasted duck cooked en confit with Grand Marnier sauce is fine too; as is the stellar cacuicco alla Livornese. • Daily 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., 5–11 p.m. 561/533-5998. $$$$ the station house—233 Lantana Road. Seafood. If you’re hungry for Maine lobster, plucked live out of giant tanks and cooked to order, this modest replica of a 1920s train station is the place to go. Lobsters come in all sizes (up to
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PALM BEACH bice—313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to
hold the title of favorite spot on the island for the see-and-be-seen crowd. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, sautéed chicken breast and stuffed rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/835-1600. $$$
buccan—350 S. County Road. Contemporary American. The casual elegance of Palm Beach meets the modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley. The design that offers both intimate and energetic dining areas, while the menu is by turn familiar (Caesar salad, fried calamari, burger) and more adventurous (truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). But they’re all good. Dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/833-3450. $$ café boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301
Australian Ave. French with American flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s world-class cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard, the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/655-6060. $$$
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 with a scallion potato cake, and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$
chez jean-pierre—132 N. County Road. French. Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a see-and-be-seen crowd are hallmarks of one of the island’s premier restaurants. Indulgences include scrambled eggs with caviar and the Dover sole meunière filleted tableside. When your waiter suggests profiterolles au chocolat or hazelnut soufflé, say, mais oui! • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-1171. $$$ march/april
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verberates with the tastes of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam and is spec-ta-cu-lar. Crispy jumbo shrimp with soybean plum sauce is delectable, the Chinese hot and sour soup is unlike any other, and the Mongolian beef tenderloin is perfection. Sake list is also tops. This offsite property of The Breakers is managed with the same flawlessness as the resort. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/802-4222. $$$
leopard lounge and restaurant—The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row. American. This is British Colonial decadence at its finest. The restaurant offers excellent food in a glamorous and intimate club-like atmosphere. In fact, it’s advisable to make early reservations if a quiet dinner is the objective; the place becomes a late-night cocktail spot after 9. The menu is equally decadent. • Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner daily. 561/659-5800. $$ 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. Try the ahi tuna tacos or short-rib sliders as appetizers, and don’t miss the four-cheese tortellini as a main course. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/6553319. $$
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renato’s—87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is comfortably buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist—like the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and pernod broth with fennel and black olives and the wildflower-honey-glazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/655-9752. $$$
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South Ocean Blvd. Contemporary American. With a casual, yet refined ambience, The Restaurant is the premier dining venue at the Four Seasons Palm Beach. Savor fresh Atlantic seafood in a contemporary setting complemented by innovative cocktails. Don’t miss the mouthwatering dessert selections. Live entertainment is featured on Saturday nights. • Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/533-3750. $$$$
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ta-boó—2221 Worth Ave. American. This
self-described “American bistro” is less typical “American” restaurant or classical French “bistro” than it is posh-casual refuge for the see-andbe-seen crowd in and around Palm Beach. The eclectic menu offers everything from spicy shrimp-crab cakes and roasted duck with orange blossom honey-ginger sauce to dry-aged steaks and an assortment of pizzas. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/835-3500. $$
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ian. Maitre d‘ Carla Minervini is your entrée to a warm experience, complemented by a stately but comfortable room and excellent food. We love the crispy fillet of herb-crusted sole in a rich, buttery sauce and the veal scallopini in a lemon caper Chardonnay sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/833-3883. $$$
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cabo flats—11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. Mexican. Mexican cuisine often has more personas than Madonna. This highly stylized cantina adds another—that of California’s Chicano culture. All your favorite Mexican dishes are there, as well as enormous margaritas, but also niftier items like the terrific tuna ceviche in “tomatillo broth.” • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/624-0024. $ café chardonnay—4533 PGA Blvd. Con-
temporary American. This longtime stalwart never rests on its laurels. Instead, it continues to dish finely crafted American/Continental fare with enough inventiveness to keep things interesting. The popular herb-and-Dijon-mustard rack of lamb, regular menu items like duck with Grand Marnier sauce, and specials like swordfish with rock shrimp in shellfishfennel broth, reveal a kitchen with solid grounding in culinary fundamentals. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/627-2662. $$
WellIngTOn pangea bistro—10140 W. Forest Hill Blvd. Contemporary American. Add culinary influences from the tropics, Europe, Asia and Latin America to a trio of chefs from the Four Seasons Palm Beach, plus one Venezuelan designer-turned-restaurateur, and the result is this smartly modern bistro that’s bringing a real sense of gastronomic adventure to Wellington. Every dish sports an element that will tickle your taste buds, whether crunchy Asian slaw on ahi poke flatbread, inspired sweet potato-plantain gratin with savory grilled lamb chops or beguiling lemongrass-kaffir lime vinaigrette with a slab of 148
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Ave. American. The restaurant at this club-dining spot won’t leave you singing the blues, but it will leave you wishing for more than a spoonful of the lusty flavors of its Southern/New Orleans cuisine. Punch up the flavors of pan-fried catfish and shrimp with jambalaya sauce and chicken-fried chicken on a bed of mac ’n’ cheese, and you could let the good times roll. Buffalo wings, fried pickle chips and luscious banana bread pudding are good bets. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/420-8600. $
cabana las palmas—533 Clematis St. Nuevo Latino. With its bold, vibrant decor and flavors, this colorful restaurant is a treat for the palette and palate. Must-orders include mariquitas, thin, crispy plantain slices that are the irresistible Cuban answer to potato chips; cookbook-perfect ceviche of shrimp, octopus and calamari that shows how chili heat can be both fiery and subtle; and the signature “Coco Cabana,” a habanero and coconut milk-infused curry with a wealth of veggies, tubers and fat, succulent shrimp. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-4773. $$ café centro—2409 N. Dixie Highway. Italian. There are many things to like about this modest little osteria—the unpretentious ambience, piano nightly after 7 p.m., the fine service, the robust portions and relatively modest prices. And, of course, the simple, satisfying Italian cuisine. The kitchen breathes new life into hoary old fried calamari, gives fettucine con pollo a surprisingly delicate herbed cream sauce, gilds snowy fillets of bass with a soulful Livornese. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/514-4070. $$ china beach bistro—407 Northwood Road.
Chinese. South Florida may not be a hotbed of fine Chinese cuisine, but anyone who loves the incredibly diverse, sophisticated food of the Middle Kingdom should be fired up about this chic restaurant. From exquisite dim sum (like steamed chicken and mushroom dumplings perfumed with kaffir lime leaf) to a superb version of Peking duck with impossibly crisp skin, tender meat and house-made pancakes, the food here is a revelation. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-4242. $
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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. Take your Turkish coffee to the patio for an arguileh (water pipe) experience. • 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 mussels mariniere, coq au vin and steak tartare. • Brunch Sat.–Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-5090. $$
rhythm café—3800 S. Dixie Highway. Casual
American. Once a diner, the interior is eclectic with plenty of kitsch. The crab cakes are famous here, and the tapas are equally delightful. Homemade ice cream and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$
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umi fishbar + grill—2401 PGA Blvd. Asian fusion/sushi. The tired Asian fusion genre is worked so carefully and sensitively here that it all seems new again. Choices abound on the fusion and sushi menus, but highlights include fluffy Chinese-style pork buns with heritage pig filling, terrific Mexican-style corn cooked on the robata grill and Nobu-esque sake-miso-marinated sea bass that’s a symphony of delicate and lusty flavors. • Dinner daily. 561/472-7900. $$ when U want to know
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top of the point—777 S. Flagler Drive. Contemporary American. Life is good at this quietly luxurious restaurant overlooking the Intracoastal. The food is not only good but surprisingly adventurous, and the service is exceptional. Though there are plenty of steaks for the more conservative of palate, the edgier offerings, like smoky grilled octopus with “Catalan salad” and remaking of the classic tart tatin as a savory dish with tomatoes and blue cheese gelato, are definitely worth going out on a limb for. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/832-2424. $$$
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Brooks remains a reliable source for fine cuisine. Guests may choose from an à la carte menu or the more economical “complete menu,” which includes first course, entrée and dessert and a bottle of wine. There also are plenty of alternatives to seafood, including duck, rib-eye or rack of lamb. • Dinner Wed.–Sun. 954/427-9302. $$$
tamarind asian grill & sushi bar—949 S. Federal Highway. Asian. Quiet and soothing, this multicultural venue serves sushi, sashimi, yakitori and wide-ranging Japanese appetizers, but Tamarind also presents a full menu of Thai classics and a sake lounge. Try the hot and spicy fish or the complex masaman curry. Share if you must, but finish with the red bean or green tea ice cream. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/428-8009. $$
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Seafood. Surrounded by views of the Intracoastal, this Old Florida-style restaurant features seafood and selections for land lovers. Start with a stone crab appetizer or oysters from the raw bar. Entrées come with a choice of soup, salad, a sorbet course and fresh breads. We love the tuna filet mignon and the prime rib. Finish it off with raspberry cappuccino tiramisu. • Lunch and dinner daily. 954/763-2777. $$
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bistro 17—Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 1617 S.E. 17th St. Contemporary American. This small, sophisticated restaurant continues to impress with competently presented food. The menu is surprisingly diverse, with everything from seafood chowder, burgers and pizza to cherry-glazed breast of duck. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 954/626-1701. $$
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Highway. Italian. This is a well-kept secret, featuring dishes that will meet the standards of those who savor authentic Italian. Mussels with scallions, garlic and heavy cream sauce is an appetizer highlight. Involtini capricciosi—tender-rolled veal stuffed with spinach, prosciutto and fontina cheese—is equally satiating, while the yellowtail snapper oreganatta melts in your mouth. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 954/771-9635. $$
by word of mouth—3200 N.E. 12th Ave. Eclectic. It’s not just the words from the mouths of satisfied customers that make this obscurely located restaurant so consistently popular; it’s the homey, satisfying food that goes into those mouths. The menu changes, but you can always count on home cooking with a gourmet spin, like pork tenderloin with raspberry jalapeno sauce, or coconut-crusted snapper. Go all out with any of a dozen or so unique desserts, cakes and pies. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Wed.–Sat. 954/564-3663. $$ café martorano—3343 E. Oakland Park Blvd. Italian. What’s the magic that has people lining up for tables? We pondered the question over crispy calamari in marinara sauce, tender meatballs and sweet-buttery scampi with huge shrimp, followed by intensely 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. $$ See our complete tricounty dining guide at bocamag.com.
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A local college student tells Boca Raton what it was like to be one of the 22 bachelorettes on the CMT reality dating show “Sweet Home Alabama.”
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Age: 20 College: Junior at Florida Atlantic University; studies political science The bACk sTory: Agro was in New York this summer trying to advance her modeling career when a casting director for Bravo spotted her on the street. He sent Agro’s information to CMT, which invited her to Mobile, Ala., to interview for season two of a show that saw “city girls” and “country girls” vying for the affection of former college quarterback Tribble Reese. Agro lasted four episodes. In her own words: “Twenty-two girls for one guy? It does seem a little ridiculous, doesn’t it? But they kept him secluded from us, and they hyped him like he was this special catch. Honestly, he wasn’t my type. ... Plus, my friends were like, ‘You’re not dating someone named Tribble.’ “Production on reality television is a lot of hurry up and wait. One night, during an elimination, we were there for seven hours—and it’s just one or two minutes on the show. ... The cameras are on you all day. They follow you when you’re getting cereal, when you’re doing your hair. Having arguments will get you camera time—and there were people there for those reasons. I wasn’t interested in that. “Tribble and I had one-on-one time, but I didn’t kiss him. I wouldn’t do that on a first date with any guy—so why would I do that on national television? Do you really want to be the fifth girl on an episode to make out with Tribble? That’s not me. “On my last show, Tribble goes, ‘Do you want to settle down with me and have a family?’ And they show me laughing. “When we first arrived, they put us up in this gorgeous hotel and they spoiled us. Once I was off the show, they drove me to this rinkydink hotel in Mobile. I guess that was the real reality check.” [ bocamag.com ]
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In 2006, songwriter Paul Vance joined an elite club that includes Paul McCartney, Pope John Paul II and Mark Twain: He lived to read his own obituary. The mistaken death was reported by the News-Times of Danbury, Conn., after an Ormond Beach man who claimed to be Vance succumbed to lung cancer. The Associated Press ran with the story, and Vance recalls falling asleep after a long September day only to be startled by Bill O’Reilly reporting the news. “My phone started to ring from my grandchildren, and each one says, ‘Oh grandpa, you’re alive!’” Vance says. “It felt horrible. I told the Associated Press that if they didn’t give me a retraction, I would sue their balls off.” This was one of Vance’s tamer quotes during a recent interview with Boca Raton. A Boca resident for the past three years, Vance is the co-writer of more than 300 songs, including the No. 1 hit from 1960, “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini.” His songs have been recorded by Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra and others, and he boasts more than 25 gold records, including “Catch a Falling Star”—released in 1957 and the first record to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. For someone who wrote such innocent oldies, Vance curses like a sailor, having grown up amid mobs and gangs in the mean streets of New York. A lover and a fighter, Vance is a young 82 who has just written a book, Catch a Falling Star, about his life experiences. He shared some of them, along with his thoughts on music today. when U want to know
■ I was born in Brooklyn. The next day, I was on the front page of the New York Daily Mirror: Largest baby born in Brooklyn, at 13 and 3/4 pounds. So the minute I opened my eyes, I was in the newspapers. ■ I had a reputation at school. I was always flirting with girls. I never, ever did my homework, but I would never fail my classes; I would just barely pass with a 65 or something. I cheated. I would write the answers on my hand—I did that before Palin did it. ■ Even at 11, I knew how to make money. I was a great stickball player. I was playing with 15- and 16-year-old kids, and I was the youngest. I found that everybody wanted me to play with them. One kid said, “I’ll give you $5 if you play with us.” I said, “If everybody on this team gives me $5, I’ll play with you.” The guys on Union Street said, “OK, here’s $25.” I got that in my hand, and I bet $20 on my team with the bookies, who bet stickball like it was the last thing in the world. Usually, we’d win three out of four games, so I’d make at least $40 over a weekend. This is when guys were working for $30 a week. ■ How’d it change my life to have a No. 1 hit? I had the world by the balls back then, even without having “Itsy Bitsy.” I’m a basic man. So instead of shooting craps and playing for $20, I’d shoot craps and play for $500 a shot. That’s all it did. ■ I never drank, and I never smoked a joint. It was all around me with all these musicians. I said, “Don’t smoke it near me; I don’t want it to go into my nose and into my lungs.” ■ Pop music today sucks. ■ Some rap music, actually, is well-written. If you listen to the love angle—without the murder and killing and all of that bullshit—I’m impressed.
Festival oF the arts Boca When: March 7–18 Where: Venues at Mizner Park, Boca Raton What: The cultural event of the year in Boca Raton promises nearly two weeks’ worth of musical and literary treats—including presentations by Doris Kearns Goodwin and Mika Brzezinski, concerts by José Carreras and Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band— and a live film score of the movie “Casablanca” by the Boca Raton Symphonia. tickets and info: 866/571-2787, festivaloftheartsboca.org Boca Bacchanal When: March 23–25 Where: Venues around Boca Raton What: The Boca Raton Historical Society’s annual ode to food and wine celebrates its 10th year with another weekend of culinary excellence. Events include private vintner dinners that pair star chefs from around the country with stellar vintners, the Bacchus Bash at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, and the Grand Tasting with bythe-bite offerings from some 30 top local restaurants. tickets and info: Visit bocabacchanal.com.
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the idea of a Jewish identity in the secular world Some of the Jewish rockers profiled of rock ’n’ roll music never struck him until 1986. Then a pop music writer for the Sunin Benarde’s book Sentinel, Benarde snagged backstage passes include: to a David Lee Roth concert as a bar mitzvah gift for his son. When he told Roth, the rocker JAniS iAn perked up: “Bar mitzvah! That’s when I was MAnfred MAnn learning how to sing, when I was studying for MArc BolAn (t. rex) my bar mitzvah!” KinKy friedMAn a book is born: The rest is history, and rAndy newMAn Benarde wrote it. In the mid-1990s, inspired MeliSSA MAncheSter by a surprise appearance by Bob Dylan at liSA loeB Temple Beth El in West Palm Beach, Benarde MiKe Gordon (PhiSh) embarked on a six-year project chronicling the Jewish influence in rock, blues, folk and even rap music. The result, Stars of David: Rock ’n’ Roll’s Jewish Stories, was published by Brandeis in 2003. “If David Lee Roth and Bob Dylan are so wrapped up in their Judaism and give credit to their Judaism, maybe a whole bunch of other guys care too,” says Benarde, a Delray father of two and director of communications at the Norton Museum of Art. a musical Diaspora: When it came to uncovering subjects for his tome, Benarde started by rifling through rock encyclopedias to ferret out the original, Jewish names of musicians who had altered them for show business. Benarde would interview players and songwriters in half a dozen countries, from born-agains to atheists to Orthodox. ancillary benefiTs: “In some cases, I felt like a rabbi! We would talk about various aspects of Judaism that they questioned or wanted to know more about. That’s the untold story of the book: having real, serious, in-depth conversations with certain people.” whaT’s nexT: Benarde still lectures on “Jews and Blues and Rock ’n’ Roll” at temples and Jewish federations across the country. He hopes to write a book about Holocaust songs, with each tune “a gateway into a certain exploration into a part of the Holocaust.”
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cusTomizable lunch menu price: $18 where: the Capital Grille (6000 Glades road, 561/368-1077) whaT’s The Deal? this new lunch menu features nine “plates” that vary with the season. Choose a soup or salad, sandwich and side. try the Wagyu cheeseburger topped with fried egg and crisp onions or the lobster roll with truffle fries. sides include clam chowder with freshly shucked clams and potatoes.
Hometown Heroes John and Jean Gianacaci
A couple honors their daughter, one of six people from Lynn University who died in the Haiti earthquake, through a foundation that improves the lives of underprivileged children.
he first year was a blur for John and Jean Gianacaci. It took nearly a month for workers to find their daughter’s body in the aftermath of the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti that claimed tens of thousands of lives—including Christine Gianacaci, 22, and three other students, as well as two faculty members, from Lynn University. Then there A Stunning was the funeral and memorials. DiScovery “The State Department Jean and “Half the year was over before we even called and told us that John started to settle down,” says Jean, who maintains they recovered Christine’s Gianacaci residences with John in Princeton, N.J., and in with children camera from the rubble. from Florence Palm Beach Gardens. “And then, at the one-year It was one of the only Fuller. right: cameras they found; she anniversary, it hit us. The second year was the Christine had taken 294 pictures in tough adjustment, realizing that it’s for real. Gianacaci less than two days—and “The thing that has kept us going is the she was in a lot of them.” foundation.” —Jean Gianacaci The foundation started by the Gianacacis in their daughter’s memory—Christine’s changed her daughter. So Hope for Kids—was conceived on the eve of a memorial service in much so that the following New Jersey. Jean did not want people to waste money on flowers; instead, she and her husband would start an organization that spoke year, despite her parents’ attempts to sway her from to Christine’s passion for helping children in need. “John and I raised her to believe that you have to give back, but on top embarking on a second missionary trip, she signed of that, she was always so kind,” Jean says. “She had learning differences—Christine had Tourette syndrome as a child—so she was sheltered in up for “Journey of Hope to the sense that, at times, she couldn’t do things that the other kids could. I Haiti.” Twelve students and two professors, staying at think living with adversity made her compassionate and stronger.” Christine began working with the poor in Florida after taking a JHotel Montana in Port-auPrince, would donate time term (a creative-learning term at Lynn) trip to Jamaica that, Jean says, and services to orphans, handicapped children and adults; only eight would return home alive. “We spoke constantly; Christine was one of those kids who would chriStine’S hope for KiDS touch base about 15 times a day,” Jean says. “It was no different in HaiWhat: The foundation that honors Christine Gianacaci makes ti. ... We spoke for the last time eight minutes before the earthquake. donations to charities and organizations that serve less-fortunate “She said it was the saddest day of her life because of the poverty children, primarily in South Florida and in and around Princeton, N.J. she saw; she said it was 10 times worse than Jamaica.” LocaL beneficiaries: Florence Fuller Child Development Christine’s spirit continues to burn bright through the work of a Centers in Boca, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital in Fort Lauderdale foundation that already has donated nearly $150,000 to children’s hoW to heLp: In addition to accepting cash donations, the nonprofit’s website has “Wristbands of Hope” for sale (three for organizations in New Jersey and South Florida, including Florence $5), as well as a special bracelet designed by Judith Ripka ($250), Fuller Child Development Centers and the American Association of T-shirts ($20), golf shirts ($40) and other items. Caregiving Youth in Boca Raton. “How can kids in this country go to contact: christineshope.org school hungry? Or go to school without a coat on a winter day?” Jean says. “We’re trying to do our part and make a small difference.” when U want to know
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Woman Volunteer of the Year
The Junior League of Boca Raton held its 24th annual Woman Volunteer of the Year luncheon at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, an event co-sponsored by Boca Raton. Attendees honored 22 unsung heroes, who were nominated for making significant and noteworthy contributions to the lives of children, families, individuals and seniors in Palm Beach County. Over the past two-plus decades, the event, which helps raise funds for the Junior Leagueâ€™s community initiatives, has recognized more than 470 women volunteers in the community.
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KeeP MeMorieS alive
More than 400 people took time to walk the walk at the sixth annual Keep Memories Alive “Steppin’ to the Oldies, Bobby Socks Optional!” event at Town Center at Boca Raton. The walk, co-sponsored by Boca Raton, raised $328,000 for the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center at Florida Atlantic University. The center is part of FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; it provides services and programs to individuals with mild to moderate memory disorders.
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A festive night of dinner and music opened the social season for members and friends of the National Society of Arts and Letters Boca Raton South Florida Chapter. The meeting highlighted the exciting events planned for 2012. Guests, seated concert style, enjoyed performances by Lynn University Conservatory of Music students Fabian Alvarez and Agnieszka Sornek, and jazz guitarist Matthew Asselta.
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Guests and supporters gathered at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton for a fabulous fashion show and luncheon. The event was held in support of Florence Fuller Child Development Centers and the Miami Dolphins Foundation. After the fashion show, guests were given Rachel Zoe clutch bags as a parting gift.
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Fine Things of Boca Raton celebrated its grand re-opening party at its local boutique. The event, showcasing the store’s new design, treated guests to cocktails and appetizers. The event also served as a benefit for America’s Moms for Soldiers. The Boca boutique collected donations for the organization throughout the month of December.
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’ve always said South Florida does indeed have four seasons—including springtime, a time of new beginnings here, as it is everywhere. It’s always meant fresh starts for me, personally. I can remember moving to St. Petersburg from London decades ago in March, when I was in seventh grade. We flew in low to Tampa International Airport over tidy grids of houses, most with bright blue squares— swimming pools—as if having a pool was as normal as having a driveway. We stayed at a motel in Tampa for a few days before we moved into a temporary house, and all three of us kids had the pool to ourselves, not realizing that it was winter here, that no one but tourists went swimming this time of year. March was the month I got married for the first time. March was also when I started working for this magazine. I can remember driving to work in my Jeep, wild parrots overhead, thinking what an adventure this was, that South Florida was so new somehow, so different from Jacksonville, where I had been living. The ocean was turquoise; there was real New York deli food and a train that went through the middle of town. Everyone had orange trees in their backyards and went diving for lobster and there were great blue herons winging over I-95. Back then, Mizner Park was still brand new, and a little controversial. Boca had gas stations that sold Dom Perignon, and Lord & Taylor was at Town Center. There were blacktie galas all the time, and everyone went; I still recall how much pride there was in this young city. It felt like a new beginning across
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the board—but it’s a feeling that seems to be gone now. I know it is partly the larger recession, a stagnant South Florida economy and the housing bust, but Boca Raton feels stalled. People are complaining to me all the time that “we need to do something,” that when we lost Scripps, it was a death knell, that we need a new “strong mayor” system to counteract a city government that has practically entombed itself in its inability to affect change. Yet you can tell things are stirring—there’s a new FAU football stadium that everyone rallied around, a presidential debate coming up at Lynn, signs of redevelopment in north Boca. What I think is true is that people in the city have quit talking to one another. There is no dialogue—just factions: The Develop Downtown Boys, the no-growth group, city council members who are at odds with one another, a city manager who keeps things increasingly close to the vest. Worst of all, it’s the people in Boca Raton who do not even bother to vote. This is election season, a time for fresh starts and new ideas. I am wondering what happened to all the energy the city had 20 years ago, when I first began working here. I am wondering when people are going to start coming together again, when a new wave of pride and vision will sweep over Boca Raton. We are long overdue.
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Hope Springs Eternal The winTer of our disconTenT becomes a season of hope.
y favorite time of the year is spring. It’s the time of year that takes me right back to childhood, to the bare winter branches of our backyard magnolia trees waking up, huge white blossoms appearing like candles, then opening up with a burst of soft perfume. I remember Mom clipping them, and floating them in water as the centerpiece on our dining room table. Later, springtime meant walks with Margaret Mary from Notre Dame to the St. Mary’s campus, the air quivery and fresh, the beginning of a new season: one filled with love, hope and the dreams of two teenagers. I recently opened a fortune cookie after dinner at a Chinese restaurant. It simply read, “He who has hope, has everything.” Hope. This powerful, four-letter word which we use repeatedly is the sustenance that helps many of us answer the bell each day. Hope has become important to me in ways I couldn’t have imagined in those springtimes when I was young. And there was a time when I did [ by john shuff ] not understand its power to heal. In 1973, I was appointed by Illinois governor Dan Walker to the Bi-State Commission, which was responsible for mass transportation in the metropolitan St. Louis area. As a member of that body I voted against a proposition to adapt some of the buses in our jurisdiction for the disabled. That was 38 years ago, when accessibility for the disabled was nonexistent. I had made a decision that was insensitive—and based solely on the lack
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of a definitive cost benefit. It was a decision that would come to haunt me later—and it was one that deprived the disabled of hope. Today, I’m embarrassed at my insensitivity toward a group that I have now joined. I never knew that one day I would become disabled and would need an environment that would accommodate me and my sidekick, the wheelchair. The lesson is simple: Never—and I mean never—deprive anyone of hope; it may be all that they have. Spring is indeed a time of new beginnings, but it also illuminates the changes that define a life, the uncertainty, the emotional peaks and valleys. Some will be obvious and some will be insidious. Margaret Mary and I know, as the last 32 years of our journey have shown, that the road can be frightening and confusing, replete with experimental drugs and programs of alternative therapy. We have discovered that the only way to make it through this life is with a strong faith and the hope that each day brings. Hope is not wishing; hope is not asking for miracles. Hope is the realization that we can all make positive changes in our lives through practical actions like changes in diet and exercising more. Meditation. Visualization. And, yes, prayer. I once closely worked with Sister Paulette Colling as the chairman of her board at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill. Sister knew of my diagnosis with MS in late 1974. In my last meeting with her, prior to our moving to New York City, she shook my hand and said something I’ve never forgotten. “Mr. Shuff, please remember that life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be lived.” This glorious spring, it’s time to begin living your mystery.
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