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editor’s letter

Meet the New Delray, not quite the same as the Old Delray. BY MARIE SPEED


hot list

The Historical Society brings frontier spirit to its new exhibition, chocolate tastes better when you make it yourself, why Delray arts organizations are now saying “TADA!” and more. Plus, the new director of the Delray Beach Public Library helps this beloved institution turn a new page. BY CHRISTINA WOOD



Delray never sleeps; Here’s what you did over a busy autumn season.


calendar/top five


Draft cocktails make for mixological nirvana at Delray Marketplace’s newest hangout. BY LYNN KALBER


up close

A longtime tree removal specialist explains why he’d rather not remove trees, and a dog trainer divulges why so many pooches need her services. (Hint: The problem is us.) BY RICH POLLACK AND JOHN THOMASON


new faces of delray


out & about

You celebrated the kick-start of a new season with Irma fundraisers and burger bashes. BY SHAYNA TANEN


savor dining


The beloved Savor the Avenue celebrates its 10th anniversary in March. These are the restaurants that will serve al fresco dinners on the five-block-long table in downtown Delray.



dining guide

Recently elected, hired or installed, these passionate advocates of our favorite city are keeping Delray Beach safe, healthy, artsy and industrious as it faces an ever-evolving future.

tip to tail

Downtown becomes a giant runway during Delray Fashion Week, the Urban Bush Women dance with a purpose, and the Morikami has a festive cure for your New Year’s Week hangover.

Chicken breasts and ribs are for novices. More and more chefs are using the whole animal— and transforming odd bits into offbeat entrées.





An interior designer dishes on splurge-worthy redesigns—but cautions us against furnishing faux pas. Plus, discover the charm of Lake Worth’s historic cottages. BY ROBIN HODES AND JENNIFER KNOWLES

Our review-driven dining guide showcases great restaurants in Delray and beyond. BY LYNN KALBER


my turn

Anecdotes from the author’s life find examples of the miraculous in the everyday. BY JOHN SHUFF

112 community connection Meet a former beer-brand executive whose test-prep venture always puts Delray students first. BY RICH POLLACK

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group editor-in-chief marie speed managing editor john thomason associate editor allison lewis web editor shayna tanen senior art director lori pierino photographers aaron bristol eduardo schneider production manager mandy wynne graphic designer/production coordinator shari brown

2 great locations: downtown and the beach

contributing writers robin hodes lynn kalber jennifer knowles rich pollack john shuff christina wood director of sales lori gieseking advertising consultants gail eagle, account manager bruce klein jr., corporate accounts manager lindsay koolis, account manager lorraine manfre, account executive sandi selig, account manager marketing manager portia smith events manager julia jendruczek

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SERVICES DIRECTORY Delray Beach magazine is published six times a year, with January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October and November/December issues. If you have any questions or comments regarding our magazine, call us at 561/997-8683. We’d love to hear from you.

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[ letters ]

Your thoughts and comments are important to us. All letters to the editor may be edited for style, grammar and length. We reserve the right to withhold any letters deemed inappropriate for publication. Send letters to the address listed below, or to Marie Speed (editor@bocamag. com).

[ calendar ]

Where to go, what to do and see in Delray Beach. Please submit information regarding fundraisers, art openings, plays, readings, concerts, dance or other performances to managing editor John Thomason ( Deadline for entries in an upcoming calendar section is three months before publication (e.g., to list an event in March/April, submit info by December 20).


[ dining guide ]

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Our independent reviews of restaurants in Delray Beach. A fine, reliable resource for residents and tourists. For more information, contact Marie Speed.

[ out & about ]

A photo collage of social gatherings and events in Delray Beach. All photos submitted should be clearly identified and accompanied by a brief description of the event (who, what, where, when); photos will not be returned. Email images to Or mail photos to:

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DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 20 and Sunday, Jan. 21 WHERE: Downtown Delray Beach d, jazz band WHAT: Sprawling down a full mile of Atlantic sual arts and Avenue from U.S. 1 to the ocean, this 29th annual festival features two days of exquisite fine program. art and crafts from dozens of talented local and national vendors, at price ranges satisfying any budget.

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[ events ] CELEBRATE THE SEASON! Boca and Delray magazines have an events division that organizes special celebrations throughout the year between our advertising partners and readers—as well as a few signature events that are especially dear to our hearts. Mark your calendar for these very special upcoming Boca and Delray magazine events—and we’ll see you there! MIXOLOGY MARCH 16, 2018, 5 P.M., MIZNER PARK AMPHITHEATER

Good spirits. Good music. Good food. Good time. Our third-annual Mixology is a party you do not want to miss featuring top-shelf and artisanal spirits, as well as entertainment and light bites by local participating chefs.


This one-of-a-kind culinary event (see page 86 for participating restaurants) celebrates its 10th year in Delray Beach with the longest dining table in the state of Florida. This fiveblock-long table down the center of Atlantic Avenue hosted by top Delray restaurants will serve 1,000 lucky guests gourmet multicourse dinners under the stars. Proceeds benefit the “Not One Homeless Student Hungry In Delray Beach” campaign. Tickets go on sale Feb. 1.

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[ editor’s letter ] B Y M A R I E S P E E D

New Delray

Our town continues its growing pains—to a brighter new year


e were calling this the New Delray issue around the office, not thinking of course that Delray is reinventing itself every day. New people are popping up to run for office, the Arts Warehouse is really open, parking meters are coming, the beachfront has been spruced up, the “downtown” is slowly spreading out from the center, north and south. I am one of those old-timers-but-not-that-old who did not grow up here but remember it when it was dead as a doornail, and just on the cusp of coming into its new life as everyone’s favorite Saturday night. The New Delray is still a small town to the natives (many of whom still insist on calling it a “village”), but it is moving headlong into an even Newer Delray, one that will face real problems with attracting business, providing affordable housing, dealing with traffic, and finally, solving that opioid crisis. And on top of all of this, it has the ever-growing challenge of protecting its brand, keeping it real, preserving small business and its authenticity as a historic Florida resort town. These growing pains are positive signs, of course. We know Delray has arrived. We know it’s not the same place we used to wander between The Colony and Mercer Wenzel. I have high hopes as we start this New Year that the town will have its own new beginnings, with new people on board throughout the city’s institutional fabric (page 60), new objectives and new ideas on how to square the way we were with where we are headed. I know we can do it together.


Marie Speed

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Stiletto Race at last year’s Fashion Week

New Year Shenanigans

High-heeled races, love bites, new arts home & lots more to kick off Delray 2018 BY CHRISTINA WOOD

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[ hot list ] B Y C H R I S T I N A W O O D



Above, Morikami Museum; left, Marjorie Waldo

From the Sandoway House Discovery Center by the beach to the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens just off Jog Road to the west, arts and culture generate excitement as well as economic and educational opportunities throughout the community. The nonprofit organizations that make it all happen recently formed The Alliance of Delray Arts—known as TADA—as a way to effectively flex their creative muscles. “This alliance gives all of us a wonderful opportunity to make the most of our resources, to collaborate instead of

compete and to make the arts scene here in Delray even more vibrant,” says Marjorie Waldo, president and CEO of Arts Garage. “And, as they say, there is strength in numbers.” In addition to the Sandoway House and Morikami, TADA’s founding members include: Arts Garage, Arts Warehouse, City of Delray Beach Public Art Advisory Board, Delray Beach Historical Society, Delray Beach Public Library, Delray Beach Playhouse, Milagro Center, Old School Square, Palm Beach County Cultural Council and Spady Cultural Heritage Museum.



You’ll find palettes layered with color rather than pallets piled high with mass-produced material at Delray’s new Arts Warehouse. The Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency purchased the 15,000-square-foot building in the Pineapple Grove Arts District in 2010. Since then, the space has been boldly reimagined as an arts incubator, where emerging and mid-range artists can find the space and support to grow and develop not only as artists but also as entrepreneurs. Once colorless corridors now lead to artists’ studios. Stark, dusty space has been transformed into an exhibition gallery and filled with potential. A grand opening for the renovated facility, which also features space for classes and workshops as well as a kitchen and meeting rooms, will be held early this year. 313 N.E. Third St., Delray Beach, 561/330-9614

Hoffman’s Chocolates, which has been making handcrafted chocolates since 1975, regularly offers a series of children’s chocolatier classes at its Greenacres location. It’s true that life isn’t fair, but that doesn’t mean kids should have all the fun. For a really sweet Valentine’s celebration, you can schedule a private class for your friends and family, for your collaborators or, perhaps, your coconspirators. Then again, you could splurge and share the experience with that one special someone. (Call 561/967-2213 for information on classes.) If your interest in chocolate is focused more on consuming than creating, you will be happy to know that Hoffman’s has a shop (that smells heavenly) in the Delray Marketplace. 14851 Lyons Road, Suite 100, Delray Beach, 561/270-2017


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You probably know at least one person in Delray who thinks the city’s history began when he or she arrived. Well, the folks at the Delray Beach Historical Society know better and would like to set the record straight. After months of research, they have opened a new exhibition, “The Last Frontier: Delray Beach from 1491-1919.” An intriguing multimedia journey, the show begins with the history of Florida’s indigenous populations through the early pioneer era. “This exhibit is going to be very powerful,” says Winnie Edwards, the Historical Society’s executive director and a fourth-generation resident of the city. “It’s going to reveal a lot of things that people probably didn’t know.” A second exhibit is currently on display: “Sunny Greetings from Delray Beach” picks up the story in the 1920s, offering us a glimpse of a town full of entrepreneurial optimism with a passion for the arts and dining. (Some things never change!) 3 N.E. First St., Delray Beach, 561/274-9578

Other fashion shows have runways, but Delray Beach Fashion Week has a run—in high heels. The Vince Canning Stiletto Race, benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families, will once again be part of the stylish event, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Competition will be fierce (and so will the footwear) in a variety of categories—including a few that don’t require any running, like the Sexy Strut and Most Creative Shoe. Fashion Week, a unique event that showcases the local, national and international designs found in the boutiques that adorn downtown Delray, offers a full schedule of events from Jan. 24-28. The Stiletto Race will be held on Jan 26.,

After Dark: Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar Bill Marin doesn’t have to think twice when asked what makes the happy hour at Racks so popular. “You can’t beat the prices, great food and us,” he says, referring to himself and fellow bartender Brian McNamara. Almost everything at the bar—from draft beer to your favorite vodka—is 50-percent off during happy hour. You can get clams or oysters for a buck apiece. The only problem might be finding a seat. But, if there’s a bar stool to be had, Marin will find it for you. If what you really need is a friendly smile, don’t worry—those are easy to find. 5 S.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/450-6718 Brian McNamara and Bill Marin

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on’t tell Karen Ronald that libraries are obsolete. “If you look at the stats—and I do, all the time—there are more libraries in the U.S. than there are McDonald’s,” she says. “So, when people say they’re not being used, it’s not correct. We’re just using them differently.” Originally from Canada, Ronald had been living and working in Connecticut before she packed up and made the move to Delray Beach last July in order to take up the reins as director of the Delray Beach Public Library. She believes libraries should be responding to community needs in any way they can. “The library is transforming along with the community.”

BONUSES OF LIVING HERE: The community is beauti-

ful, and there’s so much civic heart. But I also have to admit the weather certainly is appealing after being in Canada and Connecticut. Life seems much easier when there’s sunshine around.

FAVORITE THING TO DO HERE: I’ve been trying a lot of the


restaurants; I’m a bit of a foodie. The beach is obviously a wonderful asset. One of my favorite things to do is take a beach chair and just go

down there with a book. To be able to look out at the sea and read— that’s wonderful. And then I do a bit of running, so I run down near the sea. I like the new walkways they put in, they made it much more accessible. I live downtown, so I can be at the beach in a five-minute run. There’s nothing better than looking at the water while running.

WHAT MAKES DELRAY UNIQUE: It seems like there’s

a small-town feel to Delray even though the population is [larger than that]. Somehow that little “village by the sea” feeling—that sentiment—has remained.

WHAT KIND OF BOOKS SHE READS: Biographies, travel, adventure—I’m reading about the history of Timbuktu right now— anything that grabs my attention. I love thrillers. If I want to escape, I want to be reading something that just puts me in another world.

ON TAP FOR 2018: I’m go-

ing to explore other community cultural organizations. There are a lot of hidden gems here. I want to get out more, make more connections, see how we can work together to make Delray better. I’m looking forward to that.


The Delray Beach Open takes over the Tennis Center on West Atlantic Avenue Feb. 16-25. Kevin Anderson, who faced Rafael Nadal in the 2017 U.S. Open finals, is scheduled to compete, as are Canadian Milos Raonic, who finished the 2016 ATP season ranked at No. 3, and defending champion Jack Sock, who currently ranks in the top 10 on the ATP Tour. You’ll also have a chance to see the Bryan Brothers, the most successful doubles team of all time, in action on the court—and possibly on the tournament’s Main Stage, where their band would join the lineup of talented musical acts scheduled to perform. The tournament, which is celebrating its 20th year in Delray Beach, is the first North American hard-court event of the ATP World Tour’s outdoor season and is one of only 10 ATP World Tour events held in the U.S. 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/330-6000,


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Sloan Bentley, president and CEO of Lifespace Communities, Inc., got to scoop the ceremonial dirt at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Abbey Delray senior living community expansion and redevelopment project. Supporters of Sister Cities of Delray Beach, David Schmidt and Rhonda and Ngozi Mensah, at the live auction for Aesop’s Tables, a temporary art installation in downtown West Palm Beach that raised $11,550 for 25 local nonprofits.

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Annie Griffiths

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Oshogatsu Festival

When: Feb. 15, 2 p.m. Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach About: This photographer helped shatter the glass ceiling at National Geographic by becoming one of the famed magazine’s first female photographers—a job that has allowed her to see, and document, nearly 150 countries. She has photographed ballet dancers in the Czech Republic, Bedouins in Jordan and mystics in Turkey. As comfortable capturing landscapes and fauna as she is portraits and culture, Griffith’s best work explores the plight of young girls and women worldwide, putting human faces on such abstract issues as climate change and food insecurity. She will share her humanitarian mission, and stories from her exciting life, at this Crest Lecture Series event. Her moving lectures are known to turn on the waterworks of her guests, so bring a hankie. Cost: $32-$67 Contact: 561/243-7922,


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When: Jan. 6, 8 p.m. Where: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach About: Jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith has no medical degree. Instead, he reportedly earned his honorary title on account of his ability to “doctor” tunes with improvisational flourishes. An undisputed virtuoso and guru of the Hammond B3 organ, Smith was discovered by jazz great George Benson in Smith’s native Buffalo in the 1960s. After tinkling the keys for Benson on several albums, Smith released his Columbia Records debut Finger-Lickin’ Good in 1966. He’s been full of surprises ever since, mastering his version of blues and R&B and helping hatch the genre of acid jazz. A venerated sideman, solo performer and bandleader alike, Smith’s sonic evolution has included tributes to artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and Beck. In 2016 alone, he jammed with the Roots on “Jimmy Fallon,” released his first album for Blue Note Records in 45 years, and left Tavis Smiley in stitches during a revealing PBS interview. He’ll perform at Arts Garage complete with his trademark pointy beard and turban. Cost: $35-$50 Contact: 561/450-6357,

When: Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach About: In Japan, New Year’s celebrations are like our Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve rolled into one: Think 48-to-72-hour holidays at the beginning of January where revelers attend bonenkai, or “year forgetting parties,” to bid good riddance to the last calendar cycle. The Morikami’s annual Oshogatsu, or New Year Festival, allows visitors to experience a bustling bonenkai just a few days after their own New Year’s Eve hangovers have worn off. Entering its 40th year, the Oshogatsu Festival features a daylong slate of activities including taiko drumming, rice pounding, the making of mochi rice cakes and a sado tea ceremony. A Japanese fortune teller will be on hand to predict the coming year, and a lion dancer will provide a roaring good time. Enjoy a high-end sake selection, and leave with a plant or craft from a local vendor, hopefully feeling renewed and unshackled from last year’s worries. Cost: $10 children, $15 adults Contact: 561/495-0233,

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When: Feb. 16-17, 7:30 p.m. Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach About: Now entering its 34th year, this Brooklyn dance company communicates themes resonant with the African diaspora in the most exciting, energizing way possible: through movement and sound. Founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, who claims to have had “two left feet” growing up, formed Urban Bush Women because of dance’s unique ability to address sociopolitical issues in a manner that is challenging and inviting. Her group’s accolades include its selection in the U.S. Department of State’s cultural diplomacy program, DanceMotion USA, which brought the company’s illuminating and rhythmic productions to South America. Its current tour, “Hair and Other Stories,” is a sequel of sorts to its 2001 work “Hair,” which was inspired by the African-American community’s contentious natural-hair movement. Combining dance with voices, text and live theatre, “Hair and Other Stories” explores self-image and inequality with choreography that stimulates the mind, touches the soul and even makes you laugh. Cost: $35 Contact: 561/832-7469, january/february 2018

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When: Jan. 24-28 Where: All over Downtown Delray Beach About: Local fashionistas can jet-set to Milan and Paris and London for their respective Fashion Weeks, but in the last week of January, no travel is necessary: The calendar year’s most stylish and trendsetting designs will be on vivid display right here in Delray Beach. Our city’s very own Fashion Week maintains a homier vibe than those elite bastions of style, one befitting a small-town village by the sea; our events are complemented by food, live music and local vendors, with proceeds benefiting the Achievement Centers for Children and Families. The fun kicks off Jan. 24 at the Colony Hotel with a night of art, jazz and eveningwear, and continues Jan. 25 at Arts Garage with an elegant “Jazz & White Party,” complete with a hair show and meet-the-designer reception; a resort wear fashion show and luncheon at CHE! on Jan. 26, followed by the sixth-annual Vince Canning Stiletto Race that evening at Old School Square Park; and a beach-themed “Swim & Surf Show” Jan. 27 at Old School Square. A boutique sale, which is free to attend, closes the jam-packed week on Jan. 28 at the Fieldhouse. Cost: Various per event; some free Contact: 561/243-1077,


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NOW THROUGH JAN. 21: “OUT OF THE BLUE: JAPANESE INDIGO TEXTILES” at Morikami Museum, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; $9$15 museum admission; 561/495-0233, Showcasing the long and cherished history of indigo dye in Japanese textiles, this exhibition includes examples of kimono, samurai jackets, festival robes, firemen’s coats and wrapping clothes that have been dyed the dark blue hue.

JAN. 8-9: SANTINO AND JESSICA FONTANA at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $57$72; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare. org. Tony nominee and charismatic Broadway leading man Santino Fontana and his wife Jessica, whose combined credits include “Cinderella,” “Billy Elliot” and “Baby It’s You,” will open the Crest Theatre’s 2018 Cabaret Series.

NOW THROUGH FEB. 18: “LOOKING GLASS” at Cornell Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $5-$8; 561/243-7922, In its first exhibition after a months-long renovation, the Cornell presents this group show of artists who deploy reflective surfaces in their work—a reference to the curator’s desire to “reflect” on the Cornell’s cultural contributions to Delray Beach. JAN. 3-4: THE CAPITOL STEPS at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $65-$75; 561/243-7922, Founded by a group of moonlighting Congressional staffers, this durable troupe of political satirists has been skewering presidents, senators and the news for more than three decades.


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JAN. 12: KARINA IGLESIAS at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/4506357, This Miami native famously performed “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” on “The Voice” in 2013, and is a graduate of the Miami Dolphins choir. Her heartfelt and vulnerable original music reveals influences ranging from R&B and bolero to gospel and hip-hop. Karina Iglesias

JAN. 12-14: “MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL” at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $60-$70; 561/2437922, oldschoolsquare. org. In this regional theatre staple, four middle-aged women—the Professional Woman, Iowa Housewife, Earth Mother and Soap Star—meet in the lingerie department of Bloomingdale’s and share their experiences with “The Change,” in parody numbers inspired by pop hits from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. JAN. 20-21: DELRAY BEACH FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS on East Atlantic Avenue in downtown Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free; 561/746-6615, artfestival. com. Hundreds of artists will line the Avenue at this 29th annual winter tradition, in which painting, photography, glass art, mixed media, jewelry and fiber art will be exhibited and sold in an outdoor gallery spanning from U.S. 1 to A1A. JAN. 21: DELRAY STRING QUARTET at Colony Hotel, 525 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 4 p.m.; $40; 561/213-4138, Marco Sartor, a classical guitar maestro, will perform with the quartet as a guest soloist on compositions including Borodin’s “Quartet No. 2 in D Major” and Boccherini’s “Guitar Quintet in D Major, Fandango.”

JAN. 24: JIMMY WEBB at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $57-$77; 561/2437922, The only artist ever to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics and orchestration, this esteemed member of the Songwriting Hall of Fame acts as both singer and raconteur at his live performances, touching on more than 50 years of collaborations with talent ranging from Glen Campbell to Kanye West. JAN. 25: DR. JAMES DELGADO at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2 p.m.; $32-$67; 561/243-7922, Delgado, the director of Maritime Heritage for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will discuss his career as an explorer of marine heritage, which has included research into the “ghost ship” Mary Celeste and a scientific mapping of the Titanic wreck site. JAN. 26: KENNY WASHINGTON BAND at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/450-6357, Trained in gospel, blues and jazz, this New Orleans native is blessed with a four-octave range that has inspired industry acclaim and col-

JAN. 21: ANDREW COLLINS TRIO at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/450-6357, A virtuoso of string instruments from the mandolin and fiddle to the guitar and mandola, Canadian musician Collins is a five-time Juno nominee, his country’s equivalent of the Grammys. His string trio’s sound, which traverses folk, jazz, Celtic and “newgrass” music, has been lauded for combining Americana rhythms with classical sophistication.

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laborations with jazz luminaries. Backed by his band, he’ll perform mellifluous ballads and rapid-fire scats in a manner that echoes Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald. JAN. 31: MARTIN SEXTON at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $57-$77; 561/243-7922, This singer-songwriter has been performing blue-eyed soul and Americana since 1991, at venues from Carnegie Hall to the Newport Folk Festival. He caught the eye of collaborator John Mayer, who called Sexton “the best live performer I’ve seen.” JAN. 31-FEB. 25: “ON GOLDEN POND” at Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; various show times; $75; 561/514-4042, Dramaworks presents a rare mixed-race version of this intimate drama, set in Maine, about family strife and the challenges of aging. Carbonell winners Karen Stephens and Paul Tei are among the cast. FEB. 2: GENTRI: THE GENTLEMEN TRIO at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $60-$70; 561/243-7922, Accomplished tenors Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever pool their soaring voices into this classically trained contemporary trio, which performs lushly arranged, cinematic pop songs. Their albums, combining covers and originals, have peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts.

FEB. 8-MARCH 18: “JEANMICHEL BASQUIAT: DRAWING INTO PAINTING” at Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; free; 561/832-5196, This limited “Spotlight” exhibition will focus on the provocative neo-expressionist painter’s 1986 masterwork “Dogman,” along with four drawings culled from private collection, which reveal insights into Basquiat’s artistic development.

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FEB. 9: “COCKTAIL HOUR: THE SHOW” at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $55$65; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare. org. This eclectic and glamorous dance production from Ballets With a Twist pays tribute to Hollywood’s Golden Age and contemporary cocktail culture through a series of choreographed vignettes inspired by iconic libations. FEB. 9-11: SOUTH FLORIDA GARLIC FEST at John Prince Park, 2700 Sixth Ave. S., Lake Worth; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; $10 per day; 561/2790907, Stinkin’ up Palm Beach County for nearly 20 years, this celebration of the titular aromatic herb features garlic culinary delicacies, a garlic chef competition, rides and games, art and craft vendors, and live music from local and national acts. FEB. 10: CATCH A RISING STAR: SEINFELD NIGHT at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $47-$67; 561/243-7922, A pair of “Seinfeld” alumni—Scott Larose, who guest-starred on a 1994 episode, and Steve Hytner, who portrayed Jerry’s obnoxious comedian rival, Kenny Bania—will perform standup sets.

Cornell’s second-annual outdoor juried art fair showcases original works in all media by local and national artists and crafters. Live acoustic music and gourmet food and beverages complement the experience. FEB. 14: JONATHAN EDWARDS at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $47-$57; 561/243-7922, This Minnesota-born troubadour began performing with a $29 guitar he purchased as a teenager and has perfected his craft over more than 40 years of country-folk staples, from his 1971 protest classic “Sunshine (Go Away Today)” to his popular drinking anthem, “Shanty.” FEB. 16: HARPER AND MIDWEST KIND at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $25-$40; 561/450-6357, Australian singer-songwriter Peter D. Harper pioneers what he calls “world blues”—a stew of ‘50s R&B, ‘60s hippie pop, and ‘70s soul-funk. Perhaps most unusual is Harper’s instrumental preference, leading with the rootsy harmonica and haunting didgeridoo.

FEB. 25: DELRAY STRING QUARTET at Colony Hotel, 525 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 5 p.m.; $40; 561/213-4138, Award-winning guest pianist Catherine Lan will join the quartet on an eclectic program of Mahler’s “Piano Quintet in A Minor,” Fanny Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet in E Flat Major” and Brahms’ “Piano Quintet in F Minor, op 34.” FEB. 26-27: ANDREA MCARDLE AND DONNA MCKECHNIE at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $57-$72; 561/2437922, Theatre star McArdle made history as the original “Annie” in Broadway’s 1977 production, earning a Tony for the performance. Fellow leading lady McKechnie won a Tony for her work in “A Chorus Line.” Together, these powerhouses will perform hits from Marvin Hamlisch and Steven Sondheim at this special event.

FEB. 28: BROKEN ARROW: “THE MUSIC OF NEIL YOUNG” at Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $47-$57; 561/243-7922, Vocalist Joe Mass leads this tribute act with a dead-on impersonation of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s distinctive tenor. His band covers the spectrum of Young’s styles, from his electric Crazy Horse years to his plaintive acoustic balladry.

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Former NFL Star Erik Coleman Invests In Growth of Core Medical Group Retired Defensive Back for Jets, Falcons and Lions joins the Core Medical team Group founder Sidney Gordon who suggested that the two work together in growing Core Medical Group in New York where Coleman lives. “I saw what a difference it could make in people’s lives,” he said. Now, three years later, the former pro football player is serving as practice manager at the rapidly growing Core Medical NY in Woodbury, New York and is working alongside the world renowned Dr. Lach to help grow the other six practices.


“Me being in fitness all my life, it was the perfect fit,” he says. “I get to see people benefiting in their everyday lives from the great things Core has to offer.” In addition to providing vitamins and supplements like those that helped Coleman recover more quickly during his NFL career, Core Medical Group offers hormone- replacement therapies

impacting the lives of his clients, Coleman also helps others through his philanthropic endeavors. He is a celebrity ambassador for the Thrive Network which supports those with developmental disabilities in the New York area and also the director of chapter relations for the NFL Alumni Association. In addition, he is involved in NFL 60, a national fitness campaign focused on increasing the wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Along with his work at Core Medical, Coleman is also a television and radio personality the importance of diet and exercise in the New York area as well as nationally, calling college games in addition to the treatments. for CBS Sports Net and frequently “It’s all about living your life to serving as a morning host of NFL the fullest,” he said. “It’s a better radio on Sirius/XM radio. way of life.” Still, he remains committed to Coleman says he personally seeing the national growth of Core benefits from the healthy lifestyle he champions and is working hard Medical Group practices thrive and grow. to let others know of its benefits. “It’s something that I feel I “I eat right, I work out, and I keep my hormones in balance,” he helped build and I want to see it reach its full potential,” he said. said. “The more I can spread the word and positively affect people’s lives, the better.” In addition to positively and other treatments to help clients bring their bodies back into natural balance. In meeting clients who come into the center, Coleman stresses

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Erik Coleman was beginning to feel the physical effects of a successful college and professional football career. A standout defensive back for the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions, Coleman was three years from retirement and finding that the wear and tear on his body made it harder to be at his best as each season wore on. While training in South Florida during the off-season, Coleman asked some of the other professional athletes he worked out with how they made it through the grind of professional sports and discovered that many had turned to Core Medical Group in Boca Raton and Delray Beach for vitamins and supplements. Coleman became a client of Core Medical himself and soon discovered he was feeling better and recovering quicker. He quickly became a strong supporter of the therapies offered. “It was something I really believed in,” he said. Coleman was so impressed with the results he experienced that soon after his retirement in 2013 he met with Core Medical

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hat’s a gastropub?” asked my friend, as we were en route to dinner at Batch Gastropub in the Delray Marketplace plaza. “Well, there’s an emphasis on drinks, but food is served, too,” I replied. And my answer was ho-hum, because most gastropubs aren’t what they used to be. In the 1990s, when the term arrived in the U.S. (London birthed the first official gastropub in 1991), it meant a good pub first, with quality pub food second. For this side of the pond, it meant burgers and nachos with upscale twists. And salads, not traditionally offered in a pub-like setting. Now you can order the local fish of the day, mac and cheese, shrimp and grits, house-made breads and desserts. We can’t tell the difference between a gastropub and a restaurant. For Batch Gastropub, it started in 2014 with a place in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, and an emphasis on the alcohol. The name comes from the bartenders making large batches of cocktails that are then “on tap,” like beer. It means the tonic that mixed with my gin was house-made, which is unusual. And it was very good tonic—H.M. Tonic #22 to be exact, crisp and tangy—while my glass also housed Bombay gin and house-made grapefruit-hibiscus bitters. A smidge of star anise seems to be in the secret mix, too, so the drink was light and refreshing. It will be my reason for going back. The menu offers a round-the-world tour, which may have been the biggest problem. Batch Gastropub needs to find its specialty and focus on it. The most popular dishes, said our server, are the health nut salad, the chicken Caesar and the Polynesian grain bowl with farro and quinoa, roasted sweet potato, edamame, grilled pineapple, cilantro and pineapple-ginger miso sauce. The avocado toast is also a fave, and that I understand: The green goodness is spread on baguette slices with baby radishes, january/february 2018

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cilantro, roasted cherry tomatoes and cotija cheese and has a nice smokiness to it, almost a meaty flavor. Speaking of meat, there is plenty on the menu. My brisket and short rib burger was a tender mix of those meats, with cheddar, caramelized onions— which add a sweetness to each bite—and lettuce on a house-made bun. It was a good burger, not a great one, lacking a standout taste that would take it over the top. But the Mac Attack required the most improvement. The appearance was anything but appetizing, a dish of brown-topped yellowish material. It’s made with gnocchi, aged Gruyere cheese and a special “Dorito dust” that is a fairly spicy imitation of the crunchy stuff in a bag. It’s offered plain or with chicken (grilled or fried), strip steak, pulled pork, bacon, roasted corn, wild mushrooms (this was my pick), an egg, onions or truffle oil. Each adds some cost to the $12 dish. It proved to be as rich as a Palm Beach dinner party, the faintly smoky dust (tasting of cayenne and paprika, among other spices) overpowering the dish. The gnocchi was good, the mushrooms great, but just a little taste was too much—it was too cheesy for a mac and cheese, the dust screamed for attention all by itself, and the smokiness didn’t work here. The heirloom and feta salad with Champagne vinaigrette dressing was the highlight of the meal. Yellow and red sweetly ripe tomatoes nestled among chunks of excellent feta. The dressing was crisp and tangy, enhancing the tomatoes’ earthiness and the richness of the feta. Batch Gastropub’s Delray spot opened mid-2017 and is bustling, so you’ll need a reservation. Service is efficient and friendly, with a large, comfortable outdoor area as well. While the menu is still finding itself, Delray Marketplace needed a spot where you can drink, eat and hang out, and Batch fits that bill. delray beach magazine


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Mike Zimmerman A longtime Palm Beach County business owner goes out on a limb


ike Zimmerman knew it was going to be a long day. It was the Monday after Hurricane Irma had swept through South Florida, and as expected, the phones began ringing soon after Zimmerman, the 66-year-old president and founder of Zimmerman Tree Service, arrived at the office. “We had hundreds and hundreds of calls,” he says, explaining that the onslaught had actually begun almost a week earlier. You would think Zimmerman would be happy with the response, hearing the cash register ring every time the phone did. For people in the tree business, money did grow on trees, albeit fallen ones. “We hate it,” he says. “Every time you remove a tree, you lose a customer.” For Zimmerman, taking down a tree is often the last resort, and it’s not uncommon for him to try to talk a customer out of removing a healthy palm or hardwood species found in South Florida. The truth is, Mike Zimmerman loves trees. “I wouldn’t be in this business if I didn’t love trees,” he says. Trees, Zimmerman points out, provide shade, add to the aesthetics of an area and, in many cases, are part of a community’s history. Rather than removing them, Zimmerman prefers to care for and nurture trees to ensure they stay healthy. “It’s not just about planting trees, it’s about caring for them,” he says. Zimmerman is quick to point out that most of his customers’ trees survived Irma because they had been properly pruned and maintained. “We hardly heard from any of our customers, because their trees were in good shape,” he says. “Thinning out trees makes a difference.” Caring for trees is something Zimmerman has been doing for almost four decades, and it is something he plans to keep on doing for many more years to come. He has a general manager helping to keep the operation—with 30 trucks and more than 40 employees—running smoothly. Still, he comes to work every day and can’t wait to get out of the office.

“I love nature, I love the people here and I love interacting with the clientele,” he says. While he isn’t up in the bucket truck with a chainsaw, Zimmerman has a firsthand understanding of what his crews are doing. Reared in Connecticut, Zimmerman earned a degree in agriculture from Kansas State University. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps, working in Costa Rica and Belize, helping local farmers, working on a coconut plantation and helping run a sawmill. While in Central America in the mid-1970s, Zimmerman met a couple of Palm Beach County nurserymen, and he was soon invited back to the States to work in the nursery business, an industry he knew little about. By 1980, after a few years in nurseries and handling landscaping chores for an area family, Zimmerman decided to, well, branch out. “I just started climbing trees on my own, then hired a few guys and the rest is history,” he says. Today, Zimmerman Tree Service is one of the best-known companies of its kind in Palm Beach County, working with large commercial clients such as homeowners’ associations and building managers, as well as individual homeowners. Based on nearly six acres west of Lake Worth, the company is mainly focused on tree care as well as lawn and shrub care and landscape installation. Zimmerman, whose office is in an old house on the land tucked behind a large grocery store, a church and other businesses, enjoys walking through the property and showing off the trees he’s planted and the small pond he dug that is now habitat for all kinds of wildlife. The husband of Elaine Shapiro, a cantor, with a son and a daughter who work for the company and another daughter in Miami, Zimmerman runs a familyowned business where just about everyone is treated like family. He knows all of his employees by name and makes it a point to greet them every morning. “I love saying hello to everyone,” he says. “It feels so good, not just owning the company but being a part of it.”


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Penny Perry-Evert For this passionate Delray dog trainer, the pooch’s problem is usually on us


n a recent weekend at the Delray Beach PetSmart, eight owners and their dogs congregate in a wide circle at the back of the store. This is a protracted process for human and canine alike. Both are distracted by a fluffy shih tzu sitting stoically in a shopper’s cart. PetSmart staff has tossed a rubber snake and a squeaky stegosaurus in the middle of the circle, like offerings to a deity. A dog has just thrown up some grass, while Nirvana howls on the speaker system. It’s just another Saturday morning at Penny Perry-Evert’s dog training class, which one owner affectionately refers to as “ordered chaos.” Perry-Evert presides over the chaos with a combination of genial warmth and British exactitude. When she greets her pupils and their pooches, it’s always “how jolly nice to see you,” but when it’s time to train, all ears perk toward the master. In this first exercise, dogs are positioned in the circle opposite their owners, and their task is to run to them without pouncing on the serpent. A couple of them fail, but most succeed, arriving at the owner’s feet, obedient and snakeless, anticipating their reward. Years ago, this would have been a different story. Most of these dogs have seen their worst habits long corrected, but Perry-Evert’s students continue to turn up anyway, for the social camaraderie as much as anything else. Delray resident Jennifer Doctor has been bringing her Wheaten terrier, Fenway, to see Perry-Evert for the past five years. “Working with Penny— her patience and her passion for how the dogs work, and how to teach us how to read the dogs—has made all the difference,” she says. “I can’t picture a better way to start my Saturdays.” Perry-Evert traces that passion back to a revelatory moment at age 8, when she observed a therapy dog at a nursing home near her house in England. “All of a sudden, there goes this black Labrador,” she recalls. “[I’m] hooked for life. Instant bam. It was like an out-of-body experience. When I look back on it, sometimes I still get those moments of pure elation, and I’m there.” As soon as she was old enough, Perry-Evert walked dogs for the nursing home. Later, she helped train service dogs for the blind. Though degreed in human psychology, it’s the animal kind that captured her spirit.

A Fort Lauderdale native who was reared in the U.K., she discovered that U.S. pups suffered different issues than their English counterparts. “I didn’t know what a leash was until I came back to America,” she says. “The leash law, in some aspects, is a problem. Because it means people think they don’t have to train, because they’ve got them on the end of this piece of stupid string. “When I came here, I was shocked at the total nonconformity,” she adds. “It’s just not what I’m used to, and I found that very strange. My main challenge with training, without question, is the irresponsibility, the lack of education, the sheer ignorance” on the part of the owners. This candor is characteristic of Perry-Evert’s training; when she needs to, she can adopt the demeanor of a stringent governess. “We’re so much more matter-of-fact,” she says. “I personally feel I can’t help anybody if I’m fluffing around the issue. I’m less concerned about being the bearer of bad news to the human as long as I can achieve what I need to achieve for the dog. That is the prime purpose of what I do.” It’s the humans, after all, who require the instruction. She believes there are very few inherently bad dogs. Whether it’s separation anxiety or aggression, the dog is usually feeding off the owner’s energy. “They are so sensitive that they feel everything,” she says. “Calm begets calm, crazy begets crazy, neurotic begets neurotic.” Plenty of pet owners swear by her radical honesty. After returning to South Florida in 2003, Perry-Evert launched her training career at the West Palm PetSmart in 2005. Loyal owners from as far as Vero Beach continue to frequent her classes in Delray, where she became Area Pet Trainer in 2007. One of her regulars is Jackie Isaacs, whose border collie/Labrador mix, Amika, was hit by a truck in 2014. Isaacs didn’t let her out of the house for the next three months, fearing another accident. “I brought her in for training, and Penny kind of kicked us both in the butt,” Isaacs says. “I realized it was the separation that was creating more of the problem. Penny is fantastic at identifying the problem and coming up with a solution to fix that problem for each individual dog.” Yet despite her British pragmatism, Perry-Evert can be a softy, especially with her own pets. “If you were to ask me, are your dogs spoiled? I would say, absolutely,” she says. “My dogs are spoiled rotten. But they’re not brats. There’s a huge difference.”


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As the town continues to thrive and grow, a new generation of advocates is stepping up


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ark Lauzier didn’t plan on becoming a city manager. What he thought he really wanted to do when he entered the master’s program in public administration at the University of New Haven in Connecticut was become a police chief. A police officer for eight years, Lauzier planned to stay in law enforcement until his first course in graduate school—statistics—when he received sage advice from a professor. “I told him I wanted to be a police chief, and he said, ‘Why stop there when you could be a city manager?’” Lauzier recalls. With that conversation in mind, Lauzier began a 25-year career in municipal management that started in South Florida and took him all the way to Tacoma, Washington, before he came back in November to become Delray Beach’s new city manager. Lauzier, 55, is hoping he’ll be in the job for quite some time. “My goal is to finish my career here,” he says. Lauzier says he was attracted to Delray in part because of the challenges he is facing and also because of the opportunity to have an impact. “There’s a chance to make a difference and an opportunity to build an organization of excellence,” he says. With an annual salary of $235,000 a year, Lauzier is leading a city staff that has seen a fair share of turnover during the last several years. But he believes his leadership style—open communication, collaboration and integrity—will be an asset to the city. “Most people find me approachable, available, open, honest and direct,” he says.

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“I’m a truth teller, and with that comes a great opportunity to build a community together.”

A focus for Lauzier is on building balance within the city in multiple areas, include between growth and development, and finding the right mix of arts and special events. Lauzier began his career in Broward County as a senior budget and management analyst, where he managed the budgets of all the county’s elected constitutional officers. From there he went to the city of Pompano Beach, where he served first as a budget officer and later spent eight years as the assistant city manager. In 2004, he became city manager of Parkland, an affluent Broward County municipality of about 22,000 residents at the time. He left after three years, moving to Virginia, where he held two positions, including the administrator for Page County, before moving to Tacoma. There, he served as an assistant manager with oversight over five departments, including public works, environmental services, planning and development, human resources and information technology. “I am passionate about public service,” he says. 62

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hirley Johnson remembers going to a Delray Beach City Commission meeting as a little girl and having big dreams. “In the back of my child’s mind, I said something like, ‘I think I’d like to do that,’” she recalls. Fast-forward more than half a century, and the Delray Beach native is now Commissioner Shirley Johnson. She is getting a chance, she says, to pay back the community that helped raise her after her mother died when she was 12, and to serve the community she loves. Though her youthful political aspirations were sidetracked by life—a

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college education, a family and a successful career with IBM as an administrator and analyst—Johnson is now doing what she sees as her civic responsibility. “I grew up with the belief that community service is the ultimate way to live your life,” she says. “I have a love of government and public service.” Johnson, 71, will tell you that after leaving Delray Beach and going to Howard University in Washington, D.C., she had no intentions of coming back home. After graduation from college in 1968, Johnson landed an IBM job in Washington and stayed there along with her husband, Arnold, until she retired in 1997. They decided to return to Delray Beach after “one too many shovels of snow,” but their residency was short lived. In 2000, she moved to Atlanta to be close to her daughter and her family. After another three years, however, she decided to come back home for good. “Once Delray gets its hooks in you, you’re never able to escape,” she says. Her love of community service and politics led her to run for Delray Beach City Commission in 2006. Following that failed bid for elected office, Johnson stepped away from city politics but returned in 2016, drawn in part out of frustration that the current city commission was unable to fill a vacant seat because of a wide divide. “I thought I could help bring civility back to the commission,” she says. Johnson says that as a commissioner she does her homework and tries to listen to all sides of an issue. She also tries to stay above the political fray. “I try to be the voice that doesn’t add to the acrimony.”

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“This job is way beyond what I expected. It’s so rewarding because I’m able to help people all day long. “

NAME: Ariana Ciancio TITLE: Service Population Advocate for the Delray Beach Police Department STARTED JOB: June 2017


he mother on the other end of the phone was desperate. Her son, she told Ariana Ciancio, was in his car in Delray Beach and was using drugs again. If someone didn’t do something, he was going to die. Ciancio, a licensed mental health counselor and certified addiction professional hired by the Delray Beach Police Department to help connect people in need with services, was able to reach him and offer help. Ciancio arranged for the son, who was unemployed and had no insurance, to enter a 30-day residential treatment program and into a residential outpatient program. Soon, he was no longer using drugs and had found a job. “I opened the doors that enabled him to get his life back on track,” Ciancio says. Since coming to work for the police department in June, after 17 years with the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependency in New Jersey,

Ciancio has fielded dozens of calls from parents of children struggling with addiction. She’s helped refugees from shuttered sober homes find lodging, and she’s helped overdose survivors find services they need. She also helps the city’s homeless population find places to live. And she listens. A lot. “I walk down Atlantic Avenue and talk to people all day long,” she says. “I let them know there are services out there for them. This job is about building relationships and trust so you can help when someone says, ‘I don’t want to be homeless anymore,’” she says. Created by the DBPD to deal with social issues that often lead to police issues, Ciancio’s position is designed to take some of the burden off police officers who don’t have the time, skills or knowledge to connect people with services they need. “I love this job,” she says. “I give people hope.”

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ack before she helped run a municipal art center in North Carolina and before she worked with a nonprofit art council overseeing arts programming, Jill Brown was a teacher—a background that’s coming in handy right now. Brown is charged with running Delray Beach’s new Arts Warehouse, a cavernous building that stood vacant for years on the fringes of the Pineapple Grove Arts District. That massive, dark warehouse is now an open and airy arts incubator that houses artists who work in the 26 studios on the building’s second floor. The building, owned and operated by the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, is also a place where artists can show off their work in a large gallery space or teach or take classes. For the artists selected from all over the country to be part of the warehouse’s artistin-residence program, the experience is not just about fostering creativity. “This isn’t about developing artists as artists,” Brown says. “It’s about developing artists as businesspeople.” In addition to art classes and other programs open to the public, the Arts Warehouse offers classes focused on running a business. The goal, Brown says, is to create artist entrepreneurs. “This is a stepping stone for artists to be able to sit side-by-side with other businesses,” she says. Brown says she expects some of the artists, who rent studio space at $2 a square foot for a maximum of three years, will choose to open their businesses in Delray Beach. “I hope this is going to be a catalyst to revitalize this area,” she says. An artist herself—a photographer—Brown, 49, brings what she calls a “whole brain” approach to her new job, meshing creative with analytical thinking. When she saw Delray was looking for someone to run the arts incubator, she knew she had to apply. “This is exactly the type of position I was looking for,” she says.

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NAME: Amanda Skeberis TITLE: Clean & Safe Administrator STARTED JOB: August 2017


fficially, Amanda Skeberis is Delray Beach’s Clean & Safe Administrator. In reality, however, she is unofficially the city’s downtown manager, responsible for making sure a large swath of downtown is clean and well-kept and that all city services in the area are provided efficiently and effectively. In the role she took on shortly before Hurricane Irma blew into town, Skeberis is also the city’s liaison to the business community and other organizations with downtown responsibilities, including the Downtown Development Authority as well as the committee that coordinates special events along Atlantic Avenue and in Pineapple Grove. Her team includes two code enforcement officers, two electricians and a general maintenance crew of seven people. Working mostly in the early morning hours—beginning at 4:30 a.m.—Skeberis’ crew is mostly invisible to the community, as is its work. “Their job is to come in and make it seem like nothing happened the night before,” she says. That means cleaning up trash left scattered on the street, making sure all the plants and foliage downtown are well maintained, and checking to ensure the street lights are working properly. In years past, Skeberis says, this work was done by city employees working for several different departments. Within the last few years, however, the city and the Community Redevelopment Agency created the Clean & Safe Team, with all of its members reporting to a single manager to improve coordination. While Skeberis, 31, is new to the job, she is not a new city employee. Prior to becoming the Clean & Safe Administrator, she worked in the Delray Beach Police Department as a communications specialist and supervisor, handling 911 calls. While there are huge differences in the jobs, including a transition from shift work to regular eight-hour days, Skeberis says there are some transferable skills that have helped her in the new job. “I think the experience in the police department helps in this role in terms of prioritization,” she says. “Both jobs involve problem-solving.” For Skeberis, seeing a different side of city government, and working closely with other departments, has been a learning experience. “It’s always a challenge,” she says, “because there are so many moving parts.”

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Chef Daniel Naumko, Sybarite Pig: Roasted bone marrow;

t started as a movement.

A desire to use the entire animal—not just the chicken breasts and the ribs. Because really, if we’re going to sacrifice an animal for meat, why not use the entire animal? But let’s start with the man who inspired this story. “I like to introduce people to things they haven’t tried. My whole thing is using the whole animal,” says Jarod Higgins, chef for the Miami Heat and formerly of Cut 432 in Delray. “I like to show people these odd parts are very tasty.” Higgins has been cooking with the whole animal for 17 years, often as specials, never on the menu. He thinks through the ingredients he uses in the dish as much as the animal. “It’s weird that as a society—as Americans—we’ve gone away from the real true craft of butchering; everything is so readily available now,” Higgins says. Higgins


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has been playing around with sweetbreads (veal), crispy pig ears, cow’s tongues, chicken hearts and tripe. But it needn’t all be scary. For example, sweetbreads have been peppering menus around Palm Beach County for years—along with their safe but delicious cousins, paté and roasted bone marrow. For example, at Sybarite Pig in Boca, Daniel Naumko serves up a dripping roasted bone marrow that he suggests pairing with Sour Wild Ale (ideally dry-hopped to reinforce the acidity in the pickles you’re hopefully eating) in his West Boca gastropub. “I happen to like the fact that the dish itself is pretty balanced on its own,” Naumko says. “The rich, fatty marrow is salted and seasoned with Pimenton de la Vera, onion jelly as the sweet component and pickles to add the very necessary acidity to bring it all together. And bread as the vehicle and as an added texture.”

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Executive Chef Blake Malatesta, MIA Kitchen & Bar: Beef heart tartare with his take on Russian dressing, cured egg, dill pesto and potato chips

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Executive Chef John Thomas, 32 East: Paté two ways: A jar of chicken liver mousse containing butter, onion, sage, orange zest, nutmeg, brandy, cream and chicken livers; and country paté, also with sautéed onion, sage, nutmeg, orange zest, brandy and cream. These were both served with house-made orange marmalade, IPA mustard, pickled red onion, cornichons, local greens dressed in red wine vinaigrette and grilled ciabatta.


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Chef Ron Weisheit, Twenty Twenty Grille: Sweetbreads

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TRENDS & HOME TALK What to avoid and what to splurge on—and a walk down memory lane in Lake Worth

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The room’s architectural details elevate its entire look.

HOME SPLURGES THAT ARE WORTH IT Interior Architectural Details: This provides the “bone structure” of your rooms, the difference between a white box and a room that has character and interest. Think substantial moldings and ceiling details like beams, classic tongue and groove, stone or wood-clad walls and a reverse coffered ceiling for a more modern setting. Lighting: Steer clear of overdone recessed lighting (high hats). Invest in the smallerscale LED recessed lights, and take a conservative approach to placement. In taskoriented areas like the kitchen or bath, they’re necessary, but in a dining or living room, it’s preferable to invest in beautiful decorative fixtures for the ceiling, table lamps and wall sconces that add ambience, warmth and functionality as well as architectural interest. Note: All lighting should be on dimmers. Period. Fabrics: Exceptional colors and complicated patterns and textures are hard to do, but they elevate the impact of a room from ordinary to take-your-breath-away beautiful. You don’t have to swath the entire room in them, but big beautiful pillows (and always down blend—no polyfill please!) or throws in an elegant pattern—like a silk velvet— scream haute couture and luxury. Plumbing Fixtures: Plumbing hardware can be sculptural. And with the myriad of finishes available, it becomes a shimmering, tactile architectural detail. High-end hardware also has the added benefit of longevity. Professionals: Whether it’s the workers who install your marble flooring or an experienced interior designer, invest in true professionals. It’s worth it in the long run. 74

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10 HOME FURNISHING TRENDS TO AVOID THIS YEAR Trendy: Anything that is too “trendy” is going to look dated before you’re ready to change it, or are able to afford to change it. Stick to the classics for major items or permanent finishes and fixtures (flooring, cabinetry, etc.), and if you want to experiment with the latest hot thing, do so in moderation through accessories or pillow fabrics.

and/or allow a designer to help you find your look.

Resale Tunnel Vision: Forget worries about the resale value of your new house. Unless you plan on flipping the house, employ design that pleases you, not some future buyer.

Overly Industrial Spaces: Lose the aluminum, rivets and furniture made to look like something out of “The Aviator.” It’s been done, it’s contrived, and it’s over.

DIY: You don’t know what you don’t know. So hire someone who does—and who has serious credentials, from design to carpentry. The Showroom Effect: Steer clear of re-creating the furniture showroom or catalogue; use some imagination

Words as Art: “Eat” in the kitchen, “Relax” in the bath? No. More. Words. Ikat and Chevron Prints: Pass the overdone ikat and chevron by, and opt for something more classic, like a great ticking stripe or other geometric prints.

Animal Heads: Unless you live in a hunting lodge in Wyoming, leave them out. Sheepskin: Of any kind. Open Shelves: They look great in the magazines, but unless you’re a fastidious housekeeper, opt for a more functional approach.

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THE COTTAGES OF LAKE WORTH Lake Worth is known for its eclectic style—and its more than 1,000 vintage cottages. The cottages are perhaps the largest remaining historic collection of cottages in the nation; many have weathered the Great Depression and the great Lake Okeechobee Hurricane of 1928, which took out half of western Palm Beach County. With three neighborhoods on the National Register of Historic Places, Lake Worth is poised to become the next Key West. The popular HGTV show “Tiny House” recently filmed in Lake Worth, and the coffee table book The Cottages of Lake Worth was released last spring. For the past two years, ticketed guests ($35) have ridden a trolley tour narrated by Lake Worth historian Wes Blackman, to marvel at brightly hued, tin-roof cottages with porch swings; Spanish Revival red-tiled stucco cottages spilling bright bougainvillea; and classic Craftsman cottages. City Hall has a historic cottage walking tour brochure; it’s also online at, where you can also order the book for $35. The historical museum ( exhibits photos of early cottage life in the 1920s, as well as demolished churches and homes in the wake of the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane. january/february 2018

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SIGNATURE GIVES BACK FIRST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER WHAT: This charitable branch of the brokerage firm Signature Real Estate Companies donated 100 percent of the proceeds from its inaugural fundraising event to victims of Hurricane Irma in South Florida. Guests won prizes, entered raffles, competed in a silent auction, played unlimited pinball and participated in a Skee-Ball tournament at this lively event. WHERE: Silverball Museum

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WHAT: Just three weeks after Hurricane Irma, chef Adam Brown of The Cooper and private chef Troy Sheller held a pop-up event to benefit the Florida Keys Fund/Gotta Love Them Fund. More than 300 guests enjoyed food tastings from top area chefs, an open bar, live entertainment and a silent auction. The event raised $50,000 toward hurricane relief efforts and hospitality employees in the Keys who were put out of work due to the hurricane. WHERE: Riviera Beach Marina Village

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BURGER & CRAFT BEER BASH WHAT: This second-annual event celebrated National Cheeseburger Day (what a beautiful holiday) with a burger battle between chefs from Eau Palm Beach’s four restaurants and a “Best Pairing” and “Best Beer” award chosen among beers from Copperpoint, Due South, Funky Buddha and Tequesta Brewing breweries. A portion of the proceeds was donated to Volunteer Florida’s disaster relief fund for Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma, and the event was hosted by the resort and the Palm Beach Young Professionals of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. WHERE: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

The “Best Burger” was a Black Angus slider with fondue, squash pickles, bacon relish, crispy shallot and tomato jam on a spelt grain buttermilk biscuit.

Chef Manlee Siu’s burger station

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[ out & about ] COCKTAILS FOR JARC WHAT: This seventh-annual fundraiser, with the theme “Shake it Up,” attracted more than 165 guests who enjoyed appetizers from City Oyster, cocktails of their choice and raffle drawings. More than $6,000 was raised and earmarked for JARC Florida and its Adult Day Training Program, which teaches adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities valuable skills and helps them gain practical work experience needed for employment. WHERE: City Oyster & Sushi Bar in Delray Beach

Justin Tompkins, Peter Levine, Todd Lawrence, Nikki Joffe

Kathy Warne, Janet Kazdin

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[ out & about ] NO KID HUNGRY WHAT: This sixth-annual dinner raised more than $320,000 toward No Kid Hungry, which supports efforts to end childhood hunger locally and throughout the United States. Philanthropists, donors and foodies were treated to a five-course dinner and wine pairing from chefs Clay Conley (Buccan), Dale Talde (Talde), Aaron Brooks (EDGE Steak & Bar), Lindsay Autry (The Regional), pastry chef Janderyn Makris (Earth & Sugar) and Master Sommelier Virginia Philip (Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy). There was also a live auction, renewed contributions toward the cause, and a personal account of childhood hunger from Share Our Strength Director of Development Elliot Gaskin. WHERE: Buccan, Palm Beach

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SAVOR ~the~ AVENUE Celebrate the 10th anniversary of South Florida’s longest dining table! WRITTEN BY ALLISON LEWIS AND MARIE SPEED AND JOHN THOMASON


t’s time to start planning for South Florida’s most innovative culinary event—Savor the Avenue—when Delray restaurants take center stage down the middle of Atlantic Avenue for five glorious blocks. Tables are lavishly decorated, candlelight shimmers, there is music and laughter and the sound of ice tinkling in glasses. The magic of twilight dining outdoors, of meeting new people, of sharing fine artisanal food has made this event a regional favorite for a decade now, and a signature event for Boca and Delray magazines and the Downtown Development Authority of Delray Beach. This year’s 10-year anniversary of Savor the Avenue will be March 26, and proceeds will benefit the *“Not One Homeless Student Hungry In Delray Beach” campaign. Contact for further information.

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32 East

32 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-7868 32 East is considered the granddaddy of Delray’s fine dining. Known for its menu that changes daily, 32 East provides options for everyone, from seafood to poultry, steak to vegetarian, and chef John Thomas continues the tradition of deconstructed appetizers and rich, surprising flavor profiles. 32 East has an exceptional wine list hand-selected by Butch Johnson, the restaurant’s co-owner. If you’ve never enjoyed 32 East’s Savor selections, this year will likely be your final opportunity: The restaurant is expected to close in late spring.

50 Ocean

50 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/278-3364 Imagination becomes reality at 50 Ocean, the only second-floor restaurant and bar on Delray’s beachfront, where meals are served overlooking the Atlantic. Before taking a seat, stop by the Hemingway Lounge, where the American author’s story lives on through vintage pictures mounted on the walls. As the name suggests, 50 Ocean has plenty of seafood options to please any palate, organized under offbeat menu categories such as “This and That,” “Why Not” and “Maybe.” The mussels, octopus or lobster bisque is a good place to start. Follow up with a wedge salad or anchovy-topped Caesar, then decide on an entrée. The swordfish, salmon and filet mignon are all winners.

Happily, the menu still has the beloved meatballs Solita (the previous restaurant in this spot) used to make, so in this case, hindsight is dead-on. This may be an evolving scene-maker destination, but the food is excellent.


Cabana El Rey

25 N.E. Second Ave., 561/921-8687 This stunning new Delray restaurant with its 12-foor teddy bear sculpture stationed by the door has a lavish yet edgy modern interior, massive cushy booths and a convivial cocktail bar. It features art by Delray artists and is already gaining ground as the hip new party place. The menu is classic comfort food in small plates, large plates and signature “big shares” with dishes such as lemon and herb chicken, coffee-rubbed hangover steak and a bread pudding made of a croissant soaked in Nutella. 88

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WPTV’s Steve Weagle and the DDA’s Laura Simon at Savor the Avenue

105 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/274-9090 Cabana El Rey is authentic Cuban food at its finest, with Zagat praising its “305 flavors without the drive.” Choose from crispy plantains, jerk chicken wings, fried shrimp and more to begin a meal. Or jump into the extensive menu with originals such as the Coco Cabana, which combines yucca, yautia and vegetables with a signature coconut milk and habanero curry reduction seasoned to perfection. Cabana is lauded for its authentic cocktails, too, especially the sangrias and mojitos. With its spicy Latin

There is friendly competition between the restaurants to see who can outdo whom in terms of table decor. ambience and friendly atmosphere, it encourages patrons to relax and have a good time.

Caffé Luna Rosa

34 S. Ocean Blvd., 561/274-9404 Directly across from the Atlantic Ocean, Caffé Luna Rosa is undeniably a local favorite—all day long. Chef Ernie DiBlasi and his staff prepare each dish with precision and prestige, and guests are treated with utmost respect and care. Mornings at Caffé Luna Rosa are notorious for

crowds because, yes, the brunch options really are that amazing, from a breakfast pizza topped with sunnyside-up eggs to coconut-crusted French toast. Dinner is noticeably different—the extensive menu covers veal, chicken, fish and vegetarian plates. The wine list exceeds 200 options, and the staff is trained in wine presentation and service. No matter when the craving for a homemade, generously portioned Italian meal strikes, Caffé Luna Rosa will be ready and waiting. january/february 2018

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Lemongrass Asian Bistro

420 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/278-5050 We love Lemongrass, as it’s one of the only places in Delray that can offer a wide variety of Asian cuisine under the same roof. Lemongrass is a modern, contemporary bistro where Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese influences flourish. It’s popular with locals and visitors alike, and the menu spans sushi wraps to curries, small plates to nigiri. Seating options include indoor and outdoor tables presided by a friendly, reliable staff. Stop by for appetizers and sake or stay for the evening.

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900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/562-5200 “Che!!!” translates colloquially to “friend” in Argentina, and you’ll feel like one when you visit the flagship U.S. location of this venerable Spanish restaurant chain. Opening in 2016 in the former Hudson at Waterway East site, Che!!! boasts a primo waterfront location and abundant outdoor seating ideal for sunset-gazing. The voluminous menu straddles Spain, Argentina and even the Southern U.S., from chicken ‘n’ waffles and a farm-fresh salad to Galician-style octopus, Buenos Aires-style chorizo, and Argentinean veal Parmigiana, which is served with ham. A tapas bar and “12 for 10” lunch menu will satisfy the budget-conscious, helping this inaugural Savor participant earn its exclamation marks.


City Oyster & Sushi Bar

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happy to serve up their best Old Fashioned or the perfect Rob Roy alongside excellent service and conversation. City Oyster is an ideal spot for a power lunch or dinner, too, with a menu that is creative and diverse. For example, you can start with items ranging from soppressata flatbread to rock shrimp and blood orange ceviche to a frutti di mare or steaks and chops. City Oyster has sushi to soup and everything in between.

Cut 432

432 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/272-9898 Brian Albe, Brandon Belluscio and Anthony Pizzo are part of Delray’s infamous restaurant owner troika. Together, they own and operate three cherished restaurants, the oldest of which is Cut 432 (Park Tavern and El Camino are the others). Cut 432 is a brilliant steakhouse that is also known for what is arguably the best happy hour in town. The happy hour menu includes $5 snack and cocktail selections, $4 house spirits and $3 house wines, all available at the long white modern bar. Delve a little deeper for a selection of dry-

aged steaks, classic seafood (can you say oysters Rockefeller?) and favorites such as Mom’s meatball and a mac ‘n’ cheese diners swear by. This has all the attributes of a fine steakhouse with a much hipper spin. And do not forget the vino— Cut 432 has more than 300 options.

Farmhouse Kitchen

204 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/266-3642 Farmhouse Kitchen offers patrons a cozy, rustic vibe—with a healthy menu. The indoor-outdoor bar provides a great view of the Ave, and focuses on the “clean” eating trend that eschews culinary staples like fat, butter or cream in favor of ancient grains, vegan alternatives and plant-based proteins. But that’s not to say it doesn’t serve up a lot of flavor and popular signature dishes like the Buffalo cauliflower and a battery of delish flatbreads. Farmhouse Kitchen relies on seasonally fresh and locally sourced ingredients. Look for twists on classics, such as sweet pea and avocado guacamole and bison meatloaf, and standard favorites including seared scallops and skirt steak.

169 N.E. Second Ave., 561/381-9970 Tucked into Pineapple Grove, Max’s Harvest is renowned for its signature menu items and quality handcrafted cocktails. Chef Blair Wilson, who joined the restaurant in 2017, offers innovative farmto-fork cuisine with a southern spin. Every dish is bright with flavor and seasonal additions, with highlights like the St. Louis pork ribs, the Buffalo alligator, the heirloom tomato tart. But you could throw a dart at this menu and be happy with anything you hit. Bring friends, sit at the bar and watch drinks as they’re made—and partake of the classic Max’s Happy Hour selections. The goat cheese croquettes spring to mind.

The Office

201 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-3600 The Office, with its sleek sidewalk bar, is a great hangout spot after work or on the weekend. The outdoor bar area is perfect for casual conversation, but when the menu arrives, take note of its angry cauliflower, chipotle deviled eggs and bacon and charred Spanish octopus. Arguably, The Office has the best burgers in Delray—splurge on a CEO burger or turkey burger. And try one of its handcrafted cocktails or draft beers. Check out the late-night menu, which runs nightly from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Even Dwight K. Schrute would approve. delray beach magazine


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5 S.E. Second Ave., 561/450-6718 One of Gary Rack’s well-known establishments, Rack’s Fish House + Oyster Bar is a staple on the Ave. Aside from its $1 oysters during happy hour, Rack’s is known for its delicious raw bar selections, signature seafood entrees and nouveau-nautical decor. Start with a shellfish platter, then dive into the Skuna Bay salmon, stuffed shrimp or seared scallops. The day boat platter is good for those who want a little bit of everything: cod, shrimp, scallops and crab. Try a Prohibition-esque cocktail or stick to a draft beer. No matter what you order, you’ll be reeling in a great catch.

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar

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tableside and warm tortilla chips. It’s a necessary staple alongside a refreshing margarita or mojito (there’s 425 tequila options) or an ice-cold cerveza. Find a chair at one of the tables under the neon sign and red awnings, or dine indoors. The casual, relaxed atmosphere is great for groups big and small. Rocco’s Tacos prepares all orders from scratch, including the addictive chips. Try a few tacos or enchiladas and add a side of queso—the menu is affordable. If it’s after midnight, stop by for the late-night menu, which offers $2 tacos, $3 beers and $5 specialty drinks until 3 a.m.

DJs and performers. As beloved as brunch is, there’s also a dinner menu that deserves notice. The tuna poke appetizer is on trend, and the raw bar selections are plentiful. But steak is what Salt7 does so confidently and deliciously. Try the 22-ounce bone-in cowboy rib-eye, the filet mignon or New York strip. Accessorize with Salt7’s signature steak sauce, or savor every delicious unadulterated bite. The sides are endless: creamed spinach, duck fat fries and marinated beets. With its sleek atmosphere and menu offerings, Salt7 is on the cutting edge of culinary innovation.

32 S.E. Second Ave., 561/274-7258 “Brunch” and “Salt7” are famous for being inseparable—mention one, mention both, and for good reason. After 2 p.m., Salt7 turns into a nightclub, with blackout curtains,

290 E. Atlantic Ave., 844/842-2632 Classic Italian meets American cuisine at Vic & Angelo’s corner location near Delray’s railroad tracks. Surrounded by exposed brick, colorful accents and an aroma


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of baked bread, guests will feel as if they’re lost in Italy. Using San Marzano tomatoes and the freshest ingredients, traditional favorites like V&A’s lasagna, rigatoni Bolognese and fettuccini alfredo are absolutely delicious. Don’t forget to try the coal-fired pizza—we recommend the original or the margherita. Stop by for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Not One Homeless Student Hungry in Delray Beach is a partnership between Living Hungry, the Delray Beach Homeless Task Force and the Campaign for Grade Level Reading. Our campaign is to feed every homeless student in our city every weekend to boost their grade-level reading and to empower brighter futures. Together, we will declare, “In Delray Beach, not one homeless student goes hungry.”


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vant is the kind of place I would take out-of-towners to trick them into thinking I were cool. The easiest way to describe Avant, which opened in Pineapple Grove in September, is that it’s a restaurant, bar and rotating art gallery. Harder to describe is the vibe. You pass a 12-foot teddy bear sculpture on your way into the main dining room, which is dark, luxurious and somehow modern but warm and classic at the same time. The chevron flooring, metalliccork walls and luxurious chenille booths made me feel like a Hemingway character in a fancy bar in France. I could rock a flapper dress and red lips in this place. What sets Avant apart is not only chic design, but the sheer craftsmanship of everything from the barstools to the lighting. The custom-made, 3D wall of walnut wood and mirrors in the small barroom is a mind-bending delight for the eyes. Equally as delightful are the minimalist, fresh cocktails from head bartender Rolando Fernandez. The “Shaken,” with Ketel One vodka, blackberry, tarragon, simple syrup, lime and club soda is perfectly balanced (when you order it not too sweet, which I prefer). The menu is full of crowd-pleasers. Steven D’Apuzzo, founder of Society 8, the hospitality group behind Avant, calls it the “greatest hits of menus.” A mixture of small, large and shared plates crisscrosses the globe, with items like the Avant “Classic” meatballs, ceviche, tuna tower and bison sliders. The food isn’t quite on the cutting edge, but it’ll satisfy you with toothsome, stick-to-your-ribs flavors. Sitting in Avant, absorbing all the local art on the walls that goes along with the New York City ‘80s guerilla art movement theme, it seems more than appropriate to pull out one of those thin cigarette holders and light one up. But I’m too cool for that. —Shayna Tanen

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quirky, individualistic, obscurely located little place is one of the most important restaurants in Delray. The menu changes frequently, but hope the evening’s fare includes plump scallops with caramelized mango sauce, stunning delicious roasted cauliflower with Parmesan mousse and bacon, and wicked-good espresso panna cotta on it at your visit. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/303-1939. $$

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apeiro kitchen & bar—14917 Lyons Road. Medi-

American. There are trendier, flashier, more celebrated restaurants than this beacon of vibrant modern American cuisine in downtown Delray, but there are no better restaurants anywhere in South Florida. The menu changes weekly, but still look for items like the sublime black truffle-Gruyère pizza and the venison-wild boar sausage duo, which is the stuff of carnivorous fantasies. For dessert, the chocolate-peanut butter semifreddo is truly wicked in its unabashed lusciousness. • Dinner nightly. 561/276-7868. $$$

terranean. West Delray diners have another reason to stay in their neighborhood with this stylish, contemporary Mediterranean eatery. Apeiro’s menu spans the entire Mediterranean, with dishes like Moroccanspiced lamb ribs, 14-ounce double-cut pork chops, and fluffy meatballs adorned with tomato sauce, ricotta and pesto. The apple crostata, baked in a wood-burning oven, is one of the best desserts in town. • Dinner nightly. 561/501-4443. $$

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

angelo elia pizza • bar • tapas—16950 Jog Road. Italian. Nothing on the menu of Angelo Elia’s modern, small plates-oriented osteria disappoints, but particularly notable are the meaty fried baby artichokes stuffed with breadcrumbs and speck, delicate chickenturkey meatballs in Parmesan-enhanced broth, and Cremona pizza with a sweet-salty-earthy-pungent mélange of pears, pancetta, Gorgonzola, sun-dried figs and mozzarella. • Lunch Tues.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/381-0037. $


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

the banyan—189 N.E. Second Ave. American. Snuggled under its namesake banyan tree in Pineapple Grove, this modern restaurant boasts a bright pink neon bar with bright cocktails, too. Try the purple Aviation gin cocktail paired with the Maryland crab bites or the Yum-Yum shrimp with spicy-sweet sriracha aioli. Sliders, tacos, mac trios and flatbreads do not disappoint. Order the crème brûlée cheesecake if it’s available. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/563-8871. $$

brulé bistro—200 N.E. Second Ave., Suite 109. American. While the regular menu of this Pineapple Grove hipster hangout always has satisfying dishes (filet mi-

gnon carpaccio, seared tuna poke, seared diver scallops, slow-cooked lamb pappardelle), the nightly specials will amaze: beef Oscar, Tangier crusted yellowfin tuna. Oh, and the Meyer lemon tart? ‘Nuff said. Outside tables offer the best option for conversation. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-2046. $$

buddha sky bar—217 E. Atlantic Ave. #3. Pan Asian. Don’t miss a meal at this stylish Asia-meets-industrial chic spot with a view of the Delray skyline. Chinese-influenced dim sum is inspired, while rock shrimp tempura and Tokyo beef skewers with twin chimichurri sauces touch the heart and the taste buds. Veggie fried rice is exemplary thanks to the kitchen’s application of wok chi. • Dinner nightly. 561/450-7557. $$

burt & max’s—9089 W. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport and Dennis Max have struck gold with their first collaboration in years, bringing an accessible and affordable brand of contemporary comfort food to west Delray. A few dishes from Max’s other eatery, Max’s Grille, have made the trek, like the hearty chopped salad and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Other dishes are variations on the comfort food theme, including a stellar truffle-scented wild mushroom pizza. • Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch. 561/638-6380. $$ cabana el rey—105 E. Atlantic Ave. Cuban tropical. Little Havana is alive and well in Delray. The menu is a palette-pleasing travelogue, including starters like mariquitas (fried banana chips) and main courses such as seafood paella (think mussels, shrimp, clams, conch, scallops and octopus). • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9090. $$ january/february 2018

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el camino—15 N.E. Second Ave. Mexican. This sexy,

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 crispy tuna tacos. Try the restaurant’s famous avocado fries with garlic and cilantro, and finish off with Captain Crunch deep-fried ice cream. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/499-0378. $

bustling downtown spot is from the trio behind nearby Cut 432 and Park Tavern. Fresh, quality ingredients go into everything from the tangy tomatillo salsas to the world-class fish tacos clad in delicate fried skin, set off by tart pineapple salsa. Cinnamon and sugar-dusted churros are the perfect dessert. And check out the margaritas, especially the smoky blend of mezcal and blanco tequila. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5350. $$

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 housemade pasta with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 14-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served with San Marzano tomato sauce. For breakfast, indulge in a crab meat benedict, and for dessert, you can’t go wrong with the cheesecake imported from the Carnegie Deli. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sunday. 561/274-9404. $$

fifth avenue grill—821 S. Federal Highway. Ameri-

city oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never disappoints, such as shrimp and grits with jumbo crab cake and jalapeño cheddar grits. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$

cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak house. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steak-house favorites make this sleek restaurant just different enough to be interesting. Starters such as ceviche (prepared Peruvian style) and ultrarich oysters Rockefeller are first-rate, while the wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner nightly. 561/272-9898. $$$ dada—52 N. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. The same whimsical creativity that spawned Dada the art movement infuses Dada the restaurant, giving it a quirky charm all its own. The comfort food with a moustache menu has its quirky charms too, like shaken-bake pork chops with sweet-savory butterscotch onions, and a brownie-vanilla ice cream sundae with strips of five-spice powdered bacon. The wittily decorated 1920s-vintage house-turned-restaurant is, as they say, a trip. • Dinner nightly. 561/330-3232 $$

can. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a Delray favorite. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées like lamb osso buco and tenderloin brochette teriyaki. Add a lobster tail for good measure. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-0122. $$

the grove—187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Chef-partner Michael Haycook and chef Meghan O’Neal change their menu biweekly, turning out dishes exhilarating in their freshness, creativity and elegant simplicity. An appetizer of octopus with olive oil, crushed potato aioli and lemon is outstanding. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/266-3750. $$ harvest seasonal grill & wine bar—11841 S. Federal Highway. American. You don’t have to worry about calories (most dishes are under 500), you don’t have to worry about finding something you haven’t tried before (new items are added every three months) and freshness is the silent ingredient throughout. Try the pesto Caprese flatbread, the supergrain salad and the steak or salmon or chicken. Desserts offer big tastes in small jars. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch on weekends. 561/266-3239. $$ henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant 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. $$

il girasole—2275 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. This South Florida classic is not trendy, but it offers a level of comfort and consistency that has been bringing people back for more than three decades. The food is fine hearty Italian, with excellent service. Try the veal Kristy or the calves brains. • Dinner Tues.– Sun. 561/272-3566. $$

j&j seafood bar & grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on Atlantic Avenue—owned by John Hutchinson (who is also the chef) and wife Tina— serves up everything from burgers and wraps to a menu brimming with seafood options. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/272-3390. $$ jimmy’s bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. Eclectic. Best bets are a lovely salad of ripe tomatoes and fresh, milky house-made mozzarella; a rich, elegant version of lusty Cajun etouffee; and caramelized bananas in puff pastry with silken vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5774. $$

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

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deck 84—840 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport’s ode to laid-back tropical dining is like a day at the beach without getting sand between your toes. Though the restaurant is casual, the kitchen takes its food seriously, whether the stellar flatbreads, the thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger or homey seasonal cobbler. And the waterfront location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/665-8484. $


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culinary professionals turn out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. Watching your server skillfully debone an impeccably fresh Dover sole is almost as satisfying as eating it. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

latitudes ocean grill—2809 S. Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. Contemporary American/Coastal. This seaside restaurant at the Delray Sands has been given a new lease on life by Chef James King, who is delivering arguably the best coastal cuisine around. The “simply prepared fresh fish” choices alone are a breath of fresh (seaside) air. Combine near-flawless food with the jaw-dropping view, and we have a winner. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Brunch Sun. 561/278-6241. $$

lemongrass bistro—420 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan-Asian. Casually hip ambience, friendly service, moderate prices and a blend of sushi and nouveau pan-Asian fare make this a popular destination. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-5050. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton, 561/544-8181; 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/733-1344). $

max’s harvest—169 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Dennis Max, instrumental in bringing the ingredient-driven 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’s new chef Blair Wilson soars with savory and innovative dishes—with a Southern acccent. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/381-9970. $$

the office—201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to mussels. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$ park tavern—32 S.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The guys from Cut 432 have done it again with this hip, casual modern American tavern. The menu is tightly focused and tightly executed, whether Maryland crab cakes featuring fat chunks of succulent crab or the behemoth slab of tender, juicy prime rib for a near-saintly $29. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/265-5093. $$


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prime—29 S.E Second Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime is aptly named for its heart of the action location, classy neo-supper club decor, extensive wine list and roster of designer steaks. Starters and desserts fare better than entrées, especially plump Maryland-style crab cakes and indecently luscious chocolate bread pudding. Service is a strong suit too, so with a bit of work this good-looking restaurant will fully live up to its name. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5845. $$$

racks fish house + oyster bar—5 S.E. Second Ave. Seafood. Gary Rack, who also has scored with his spot in Mizner Park, certainly seems to have the restaurant Midas touch, as evidenced by this updated throwback to classic fish houses. Design, ambience and service hit all the right notes. Oysters are terrific any way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$ scuola vecchia—522 E. Atlantic Ave. Neapolitan pizza. This bright pizza and wine place makes a certified and serious Neapolitan pizza—according to standards set forth by The Associazone Pizzaliola Napolentani (APN). That means light flavorful dough, spanking fresh imported ingredients—and about as far away as you can get from the American smeary cheesy greasy version. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/865-5923. $

sundy house—106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. It’s fine dining served in arguably the most beautiful restaurant and gardens in Delray. Menus are seasonal and imaginative. Try any of the fresh local fish dishes. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.– Sun. 561/272-5678. $$ taverna opa—270 E. Atlantic Ave. Greek. Yes, you can order a side of belly dancing and napkin tossing with your moussaka and baklava at this chain. But the moussaka and baklava are very good; so is the rest of the food at the downtown Delray outpost. Also worth your while (and appetite) are appetizers like melitzanosalata, whipped eggplant with orange zest and roasted red pepper, and tarama, a creamy emulsion of bread, olive oil and salmon roe. Whole grilled bronzino is finished with lemon and orange juices for a citrusy flavor boost, while tongue-tying galaktoboureko goes baklava one better by adding vanillascented custard to golden, flaky phyllo. • Dinner nightly. 561/303-3602. $$ terra fiamma—9169 W. Atlantic Ave. Italian. The pleasures of simple, hearty, well-prepared ItalianAmerican cuisine are front and center at Wendy Rosano’s latest venture. Among the pleasures you should enjoy are delicate, pillow-y veal meatballs in Marsala sauce; lusty chicken Allessandro with mushrooms, spinach and artichoke hearts; and a finely crafted january/february 2018

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tiramisu that’s as satisfying as it is familiar. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/495-5570. $$

tramonti—119 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. In a world where restaurants chase trends with the relentlessness of Casanova in full Viagra heat, Tramonti stands out as a classy, classic outpost of authentic Italian cookery. Not trendy hardly means stodgy, however, as evidenced by expertly crafted, robustly flavorful dishes like the signature spiedini di mozzarella Romana, spaghetti al cartoccio and braciole Napoletana. Torta della nonna is a triumph of the highly refined simplicity that lies at the heart of true Italian cuisine. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/272-1944. $$$

vic & angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. Giving old-school Italian eateries a modest jolt of more contemporary cuisine and more youthful ambience has proved a winning formula for V&A. Best bets include succulent little baked clams, lusty and hugely portioned rigatoni with “Sunday gravy,” and lemon and caper-scented chicken cooked under a brick. Tiramisu is delicious, as is the Italian version of doughnut holes, zeppole. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 844/842-2632. $$

LANTANA the station house—233 Lantana Road. Seafood. If you’re hungry for Maine lobster, plucked live out of giant tanks and cooked to order, this modest replica of a 1920s train station is the place to go. Lobsters come in all sizes (up to 6 pounds) and are so reasonably priced that getting a taste of one without reservations is highly unlikely. • Dinner nightly. 561/547-9487. $$$

Josie’s, his magic in the kitchen of this cozy, old-school Italian restaurant has been duly noted. His influence is evident in the daily specials, but old favorites like beefy short rib meatballs, an upmarket version of the classic San Francisco cioppino, and Josie’s signature veal Bersaglieri (veal medallions with artichokes, olives and roasted peppers in lemon-white wine sauce) don’t fail to satisfy either. • Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner nightly. 561/364-9601. $$


prime catch—700 E. Woolbright Road. Seafood.

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

josie’s—1602 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Although famed chef and South Florida culinary godfather Mark Militello has moved along now from his stint at

Waterfront restaurants are few and far between in our neck of the woods, and those with good food are even more rare. Prime Catch, at the foot of the Woolbright bridge on the Intracoastal, is a best-kept secret. The simple pleasures here soar—a perfectly grilled piece of mahi or bouillabaisse overflowing with tender fish. Don’t miss one of the best Key lime pies around. • Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 561/737-8822. $$

sushi simon—1614 S. Federal Highway. Japanese. It’s been called “Nobu North” by some aficionados, and for good reason. Local sushi-philes jam the narrow dining room for such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi and

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LAKE WORTH couco pazzo—915-917 Lake Ave. Italian. Despite the name, there’s nothing crazy about the cooking at this homey eatery. It’s the hearty, soul-satisfying Italian cuisine we’ve all come to know and love. Spaghetti Bolognese is a fine version of a Northern Italian classic. • Dinner nightly. (Tues.–Sun. during summer). 561/585-0320. $$

paradiso ristorante—625 Lucerne Ave. Italian. A Tomasz Rut mural dominates the main dining room, and there is also a pasticceria and bar for gelato and espresso. Chef Angelo Romano offers a modern Italian menu. The Mediterranean saltcrusted branzino is definitely a must-try. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/547-2500. $$$

safire asian fusion—817 Lake Ave. Pan-Asian. 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.” Among the newer items are panang curry and duck noodle soup. Expect neighborly service and reasonable prices. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/588-7768. $ Burrata from Café Boulud

PALM BEACH bice—313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to hold the title of favorite spot on the island. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, pounded chicken breast and roasted rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/8351600. $$$

buccan—350 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Casual elegance of Palm Beach meets modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley. The design offers both intimate and energetic dining areas, while the menu is by turn familiar (wood-grilled burgers) and more adventurous (truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). • Dinner nightly. 561/8333450. $$$

café boulud —The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with American flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s world-class cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard (not available during summer), the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Dinner nightly. 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 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-beseen 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. $$$

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

hmf—1 S. County Road. Contemporary American. Beneath the staid, elegant setting of The Breakers, HMF is the Clark Kent of restaurants, dishing an extensive array of exciting, inventive, oh-so-contemporary small plates. Don’t depart without sampling the dreamy warm onion-Parmesan dip with house-made fingerling potato chips, the sexy wild boar empanaditas, chicken albondigas tacos and Korean-style short ribs. The wine list is encyclopedic. • Dinner nightly. 561/290-0104. $$ imoto—350 S. County Road. Asian Fusion/Tapas. Clay Conley’s “little sister” (the translation of Imoto from Japanese) is next to his always-bustling Buccan. Imoto turns out Japanese-inspired small plates with big-city sophistication, like witty Peking duck tacos and decadent tuna and foie gras sliders. Sushi selection is limited but immaculately fresh. • Dinner nightly. 561/833-5522. $$

jové kitchen & bar—2800 S. Ocean Blvd. Contemporary Italian. Jové is named for the Italian god of the sky, and when the folks at the tony Four Seasons decided to remake their premier restaurant, they reached high to offer the kind of food, service and ambience that would appeal to both their affluent older clientele and a younger, hipper, foodie-oriented crowd. Mission accomplished with dishes like the inventive take on octopus marinated and grilled with baby fennel, red pepper sauce, artichoke and olives. Desserts sparkle too. • Dinner nightly. 561/533-3750. $$


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[ dining guide ] leopard lounge and restaurant—The Chesterfield Palm Beach, 363 Cocoanut Row. American. The restaurant offers excellent food in a glamorous and intimate club-like atmosphere. In fact, it’s advisable to make early reservations if a quiet dinner is the objective; the place becomes a late-night cocktail spot after 9. The menu is equally decadent. • Breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner daily. 561/659-5800. $$

m.e.a.t. market—191 Bradley Place. Steakhouse. “Meat Market” may be an inelegant name for a very elegant and inventive steak house but there’s no dissonance in its food, service or ambience. Multiple cuts of designer beef from multiple sources can be gilded with a surprising array of sauces, butters and upscale add-ons. Whole roasted cauliflower is an intriguing starter, while a meaty Niman Ranch short rib atop lobster risotto takes surf-nturf to a new level. Cast your diet to the winds and order the dessert sampler. • Dinner nightly. 561/354-9800. $$$$

renato’s —87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist—like

the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and pernod broth with fennel and black olives and the wildflower-honey-glazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/655-9752. $$$

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

trevini ristorante—290 Sunset Ave. Italian. Expect a warm experience, complemented by a stately but comfortable room and excellent food. • Lunch Mon.– Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/833-3883. $$$

PALM BEACH GARDENS café chardonnay—4533 PGA Blvd. Contemporary American. This longtime stalwart never rests on

its laurels. Instead, it continues to dish finely crafted American/Continental fare with enough inventiveness to keep things interesting. The popular herb-andDijon-mustard rack of lamb, regular menu items like duck with Grand Marnier sauce, and always superlative specials reveal a kitchen with solid grounding in culinary fundamentals. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/627-2662. $$

WEST PALM BEACH banko cantina—114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Northern Mexican. Start with the Adelita cocktail and don’t look back. The bacon-wrapped shrimp, the Al Carbon steak tacos and the house-made guacamole add up to a full-flavored dinner. The westfacing rooftop bar is a nice sunset option, and the Pan de Elote (homemade sweet cornbread with vanilla ice cream and berries) is a delightful end to the evening. • Dinner nightly. 561/355-1399. $$ café centro—2409 N. Dixie Highway. Italian. There are many things to like about this modest little osteria—the unpretentious ambiance, piano Thursday




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through Saturday during season, 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 and gilds snowy fillets of grouper with a soulful Livornese. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/514-4070. $$

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

leila—120 S. Dixie Highway. Mediterranean. Flowing drapes and industrial lighting complete the

exotic decor in this Middle Eastern hit. Sensational hummus is a must-try. Lamb kebab with parsley, onion and spices makes up the delicious Lebanese lamb kefta. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/659-7373. $$

and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$

marcello’s la sirena—6316 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. You’re in for a treat if the pasta of the day is prepared with what might be the best Bolognese sauce ever. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. (closed Memorial Day–Labor Day). 561/585-3128. $$

pistache—1010 N. Clematis St., #115. French. Pistache doesn’t just look like a French bistro, it cooks like one. The menu includes such bistro specialties as coq au vin and steak tartare. All that, plus guests dining al fresco have views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Centennial Park. • Brunch Sat.–Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. 561/8335090. $$

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

rocco’s tacos—224 Clematis St. Mexican. Big Time Restaurant Group has crafted a handsome spot that dishes Mexican favorites, as well as upscale variations on the theme and more than 200 tequilas. Tacos feature house-made tortillas and a variety of proteins. Made-to-order guacamole is a good place to start. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/6501001. (Also at 110 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/808-1100.) $ table 26°—1700 S. Dixie Highway. Contemporary American. Take a quarter-cup of Palm Beach, a tablespoon of Nantucket, a pinch of modern American cookery and a couple gallons of the owners’ savoir faire, and you have Eddie Schmidt’s and Ozzie Medeiros’s spot. The menu roams the culinary globe for modest contemporary tweaks on classically oriented dishes. Try the fried calamari “Pad Thai.” • Dinner nightly. 561/855-2660. $$$


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[ my turn ] B Y J O H N S H U F F

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Sometimes the hand of God in our daily lives is the best explanation


o you believe in miracles?” were the words TV sportscaster Al Michaels was screaming as he described the last eight seconds of the 1980 Winter Olympics gold medal hockey game between the U.S. and Russia. The U.S. team, made up of amateurs facing a Russian team of professionals, skated to a 4-3 victory in what many sports aficionados consider the biggest upset in sports history. Anyone who watched that telecast will never forget the “miracle on ice.” I believe in miracles—but not that kind. I believe in the kind of miracles that signal a power higher than man, the kind that Merriam-Webster defines as “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.” To me, that means God. If you are a believer, God’s miracles are a sign of His presence, His caring and His desire to have you learn from the miraculous event. The first miracle that Margaret Mary and I experienced was in the summer of 1978. I picked up the phone in my office in New York City, and on the other end was my wife, sobbing and hysterical, barely able to get a sentence out. She managed to tell me she was in the Greenwich Hospital and that our 4-year-old daughter Molly had been struck by a hit-and-run driver, that she was alive and being evaluated by the doctors. Sprinting out of our 54th & Madison office, I hailed a cab and told the driver to take me to the hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut. It was the longest hour of my life. I don’t think I said a word to him (very uncharacteristic of me). I just kept asking God to watch over Molly and her mom. When I got to the hospital I burst into the room to see Marg still in tears, hardly able to talk, and Molly, with a broken left collarbone, her tiny head and face swollen, as if she had been beaten to a pulp. In that dimly lit room were two of the three people I cared most about, both in terrible pain—one physical and one emotional.


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However, there was good news. Molly’s eyes were clear; there was no sign of neurological damage. When Marg told me what had happened I knew God had intervened to save her from death and serious injury. In a broken voice, she said she had been distracted, and that Molly ran into the street to join her brother David across the street. She was hit by a speeding car, tossed 50 feet and run over again. Margaret Mary stayed with her day and night in the hospital for three days until both returned home. The second miracle involves our former marketing director at Salt Lake magazine (our sister publication in Utah), Brittany Hansen. When she gave birth to her daughter Sora—after years of trying to conceive— there were tears and cheers throughout our office. The story behind this birth is one of faith and determination. Upon her pregnancy announcement, doctors had warned the Hansens of complications, that she would require complete bed rest until the baby was born. Despite following the doctor’s orders, Brittany gave birth to Sora three and a half months before her due date—weighing only 23 ounces. Little Sora entered the NICU at the University of Utah to begin her fight for life. Brittany visited her every day, bringing pictures of Sora back to the office—a tiny 23-ounce baby, all wired up to monitor her vital signs. To me, those photographs were images of a miracle; threeand-a-half months later, upon her due date, Sora finally left the NICU and came home. I know the NICU gave her the best in science, I know her mother gave her unwavering love and care—but I also know that part of this was simply divine intervention, of God reaching down and saving a life. Miracles are signs of God’s mercy and love. Start this new year by emulating His goodness and helping those in need. Many are hurting these days and need signs of love and hope. Perform your own miracles by giving of yourself—every day, all year round.

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[ community connection ] B Y R I C H P O L L A C K


“When I came to Delray Beach in 2007 I didn’t know one person, but I quickly realized it had a strong and great community with a lot of pieces—on the economic ladder and racial spectrum. Those pieces can and will be connected because of the love affair we all have with our town.”


A business executive who earned his MBA at Columbia University, Mark Sauer led a successful career in international finance, serving as chief financial officer of 7 Up International. He then became vice president of finance for AnheuserBusch’s entertainment division, which oversaw operations of the company’s theme parks. Moving up in the organization, Sauer was appointed chief operating officer of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team in 1988, and in 1991 moved to Pittsburgh, where he served as president and CEO of the


Pirates. In 1996 he began a 10-year run as president and CEO of the St. Louis Blues hockey franchise. “When I write it all down, I still can’t believe it happened to me,” he says.


In 2012, after spending five years with Delray Beach’s Village Academy, first as a volunteer and later as a certified teacher, Sauer started Delray Students First, a nonprofit that provides rigorous tutoring to prepare at-risk students for the ACT/SAT college entrance exams. Begun with

just eight teenagers, Delray Students First now serves 25 students at Village Academy and 50 at Atlantic High School—along with about 30 Village Academy middle school students. With a success rate of around 90 percent, the program has sent 32 students to either a four-year college or to their high school graduations. “I had worked with underprivileged minority kids all of my career, but I was not prepared for how completely I fell in love with the students, teachers and school leaders within Delray’s minority community,” Sauer, 70, says.


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