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30 editor’s letter


BY Marie Speed

BY John thoMaSon

BY Stefanie cainto




The grand old lady of Delray Beach celebrates 25 years of anchoring one town’s rebirth as an entertainment destination.


It’s a new season—and time to celebrate an old Delray Beach friend.

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Spring is busting out all over at Green Cay, a special farmer’s market and at all the Delray hot spots. BY dorothY MacdiarMid



Check out a few Avenue strollers—caught by our trusty lensman. BY Stefanie cainto


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up close

Meet some real Twilight stars, and the man teaching arts at the Arts Garage.

25 years of old school square

BY rich pollack


how does it feel?

These first-person accounts give a glimpse of the wild side, from holding a human heart to being mauled by a jaguar.

Meet the dog whisperer, have a Delray Affair and pair your bacon with bourbon to kick off festival season.

BY eMilY J. Minor

BY John thoMaSon

Here’s how to make coffee talk in style.



photographY BY aaron BriStol


Mastino has Neapolitan down pat—and an arsenal of great small plates. BY Bill citara

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The season was illuminated by parties and openings, nightlife and traditions.

dining guide

Our review-driven guide offers the best take on restaurants from Delray to Boynton—and beyond.

my turn

The author’s memories of spring are a reminder to live in the moment. BY John Shuff

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Cathy Balestriere of Crane’s BeachHouse has been involved in the Delray Beach community since the day she moved here. BY rich pollack

BY Brad Mee

Delray’s boho vibe lends a natural chic to these accessories.



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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).

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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 editor Marie Speed ( Deadline for entries in an upcoming calendar section is three months before publication (e.g., to list an event in July/August, submit info by April 20).

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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.

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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. E-mail images to Or mail photos to: “Out & About” Delray Beach magazine 1000 Clint Moore Road, Suite 103 Boca Raton, FL 33487

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“Space of Mind served as a key ingredient to my growth as a musician, artist, writer, student, leader, and friend. It was here that I realized the amount of work, dedication, and selfdeference needed to pursue a path of leadership in the world of music. I am now enrolled in music school, taking in every second and still feeding off of Space of Mind’s encouragement towards the discovery of my own artistic voice.”

Black & White I have noticed that in the last two issues your publication has been more than willing to discuss racial issues in Delray Beach, and I want to applaud your efforts to start a serious conversation about blackwhite relations in this city. I look forward to more articles on this topic and truly believe that all can benefit from such conversations. Delray Beach citizen

Hudson Opening Had dinner there tonight. Great new spot. Food was good. Atmosphere really good. We have a winner here! Sue Tauriello via Facebook

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Bacon & Bourbon Fest WHEN: March 28-29 WHAT: Indulge in all things good during Delray Beach’s celebration of bacon and barrels. The Bacon & Bourbon Fest brings you a wide selection of bacon and pork dishes, plus a variety of bourbon and whiskey. Savor your favorites while enjoying live blues. COST: $25-$200 CONTACT: 561/279-0907,

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WHEN: March 26 WHAT: Join us for an evening under the stars during one of Delray Beach’s most spectacular events. East Atlantic Avenue will close down more than five blocks to accommodate Florida’s largest dining table. Guests will enjoy a multi-course dinner from their choice of about 16 restaurants, all while sitting at beautifully decorated tables competing to win the “Best in Show” award. COST: Prices vary per restaurant CONTACT: 561/243-1077,

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WHEN: April 10-12 WHAT: The Ave is closing off traffic for the 53rd annual Delray Affair. Spanning 12 blocks from the Intracoastal to Northwest Second Avenue, the event is the largest arts and crafts fair in the entire southeast U.S. Enjoy items from more than 800 vendors, live music and beer gardens. Best bet for parking will be the parking garages next to the courthouse or at Old School Square, or the lot next to city hall. CONTACT: 561/278-0424 march/april 2015

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25 years of delray Old school style & springtime traditions


his time of year is always jam-packed with spring events and art shows and festivals and tastings. It’s a great time to be in Delray Beach—the last hurrah before summer settles in. This is when we get to Savor the Avenue (my favorite Delray event), stroll the Delray Affair, get sand between our toes at Sunrise Service on the beach. And central to many of those annual traditions is the big old school campus at the corner of Swinton and Atlantic, the place that says “Delray” whenever you see it. I don’t think I even remember when Old School Square wasn’t the cornerstone of Delray; it had just been renovated when I moved here. I remember sitting upstairs at the bar at 32 East, when there was a bar up there, with my mother and some friends, and we could look out the window and see the Christmas tree on the school lawn all lit up and sparkling. A couple of years later, I went to a friend’s wedding in the gym, another time to a poetry reading at the Crest Theatre, last year to a beer festival on the lawn. These days I go to the Green Market there on Saturday mornings. Old School Square—or Center for the Arts at Old School Square—is part of the fabric of Delray now. It’s an institution that belongs to us now more than ever, and we’re happy to wish it a happy 25th birthday in this issue. And our guilty little pleasure for you in this issue is a “How Does It Feel” feature—a series we’ve been running in our sister publication, Boca magazine, for many years. There’s nothing better than hearing firsthand accounts of wild animal attacks, plane crashes, what it feels like to hold a human heart in your hands. Those are the kinds of harrowing adventures we like—nestled safely between the pages of our hometown magazine. As for me, the big adventure this spring will involve nothing more exciting than strolling the Avenue from Old School Square all the way east, feeling the ocean breeze, maybe meeting friends at The Colony or at J&J. I’ll be full of spring fever and aimless daydreams—and more than a little gratitude that this town grew up the way it did. See you in May!

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With daylight savings kicking in, there’s plenty of time to get out to Green cay nature center to enjoy a sunset. Take a walk on the wild side to see unique birds and other fauna via the extensive boardwalk that winds through the lush wetlands—giving you primo viewing without the sandy feet. The boardwalk is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset. To learn more about the wildlife that thrives in this delicate ecosystem, visit the nature center exhibits, open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 12800 hagen ranch road, Boynton Beach, 561/9667000,

the Palm beach literacy Kate DiCamillo Coalition’s love of literacy luncheon on March 12 at the Kravis Center celebrates a very likeable spring critter: the bookworm. This year’s event features Newbery Award winner Kate DiCamillo, the New York Times bestselling author of Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. Patron tickets are available for $250 and include a seat at the luncheon as well as the opportunity to meet this entertaining author at a private reception, with a 5 x 7 photo provided as a memento of the event. With more than a dozen programs countywide to improve the reading skills of children and adults, the Literacy Coalition offers many opportunities to get help or volunteer. 561/279-9103,

farm to market

With all the talk of “farm-to-table” among restaurants, the Woolbright Farmer’s market brings that foodie trend to your own kitchen with ease. Provision like a pro with the freshest produce and veggies each season has to offer—and where “locally grown” is just as important as an organic certification. Owner Jesse Goldfinger also flexes his own green thumb to offer more than homegrown friendliness at his rustic roadside stand; the market is brimming with lush herbs for your table and plants for your garden. There’s also a new “juice truck” on site—and don’t forget all the flowers, potted plants, delicious breads, pies, cheeses and spreads from mom-and-pop purveyors. Up-front parking makes it easy to stop in. 141 W. Woolbright road, 561/732-2454,

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Leave it to a fitness trainer to come up with a delicious idea—that’s actually good for you. matt Williams, a former schoolteacher and currently a trainer at Slash, was inspired by his students and clients to come up with an alternative to sugary, processed snacks. FroPro is a frozen, protein-packed bar that simplifies healthy eating on the go. With all-natural ingredients and flavors that sound like a decadent dessert, it’s an energy-boosting treat perfect for pre/post-workout or the afternoon doldrums on our warm South Florida days. How cool is that?! Available at these fine locations in Delray: Fit Food Express, Juicebuzz, Planet Juice and the Biostation.

Delray After Dark

It’s pretty easy to find live music on the Avenue. Vintage Tap has made a big splash in Delray nightlife featuring a different band every night. As you walk down the sidewalk you can hear the Elvis impersonator crooning at Johnnie Brown’s, and with enough vodka the ’80s and ’90s tribute bands at The Hurricane beckon. And there’s always the relaxed reggae at Boston’s. However, the music scene off the Avenue is really thriving, so here are a few places you might not have come across. What all of these night spots have in common is a unique, artsy vibe—and plenty of parking.

Pickup jam at 3rd and 3rd

3rd and 3rd In spite of a lack of signage, and its remote location on the outskirts of Pineapple Grove, 3rd and 3rd is a bustling hangout, much like the perpetual party house in college, only with adults sitting in a living-room setting, eating fabulous food, sipping cocktails and enjoying a variety of local musicians. No Cheetos and Old Milwaukee here. It’s hipster heaven for the 20- to 50-something crowd! 301 N.E. Third Ave., 561/303-1939,

Kevro’s art Bar

Kevro tooting his own horn

On the south side of Atlantic Avenue, in a lone building in the yet-to-be-developed SofA district, this bohemian outpost hosts a lively lineup of musicians and artists. Part art-loft warehouse, part tropical patio, Kevro’s is a thriving pioneer in what promises to be Delray’s Next Big Arts District. 166 S.E. Second Ave., 561/278-9675,

the Beat Cup Café This cool hangout sprang from the über artsy Salon Resta, which was never your average hair salon in the first place. Local artists and photographers displayed their work in the salon, and in the evenings musicians were invited for informal jam sessions. With the creative juices flowing, their cup runneth over to the space next door. The Beat Cup is part gallery, part coffee bar and part performance space. The “house band,” Michaux, plays regularly. You’ll always find something entertaining and thought-provoking here. 660 Linton Blvd., No. 110, 561/330-4693,

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Spotlight: Kristine deHasetH

Kristine dehaseth comes by her love of Florida naturally; she’s a Florida native who grew up on Key Biscayne. While she’s lived on both sides of the bridge in Delray, gulf Stream and ocean Ridge, she’s never far from her beloved beach, where she enjoys shell seeking and paddleboarding. She is one of the founding organizers of the Florida Coalition for preservation, and has served as executive director for the past eight years. the Coalition is funded 100 percent by individual donations from citizens who support its mission of promoting responsible growth while preserving the character and quality of life of the barrier island and coastal communities. WHat do you tHinK maKes delray unique? i love that each area in Delray has a unique character. Residents feel strongly about preserving their neighborhood’s uniqueness. And when coalesced, the various citizens groups support each other and get involved when important city issues arise. WHat’s your favorite tHing to do in delray? go to city commission meetings until midnight. Seriously, if we could combine these meetings with taste-testings from the wonderful restaurants on the Avenue, we’d have a winner. do you Have a dream project you’d liKe to create in delray? the dream project has already begun! We are in full support of the Beach Area Master plan initiated by the Beach property owners Association. the multifaceted plan is needed to ensure that our beaches are periodically renourished, and that we have sustainable healthy dunes. this is a “forever” project to maintain our shoreline as the city’s most valuable asset. HoW do you tHinK tHe coalition maKes delray a better place? WHat’s tHe role you see for tHe coalition in delray’s future? We work very hard at staying informed about development projects, issues that impact our beaches and other things that may affect the quality of life for residents, neighbors and visitors alike. providing timely, evenhanded communication is of great value [and keeps] citizens informed and educated. As a coalition, we coalesce the many public interest groups and encourage their involvement, which makes Delray a better place.

n.Y. state of mind

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of NYC without leaving the 561 at the Big Apple Shopping Bazaar. Spend the day shopping among the iconic sights of New York, like the Statue of Liberty and Central Park, all in air-conditioned comfort. With more than 60 shops, there’s literally something for everyone in this newly remodeled marketplace. And don’t forget another favorite attraction from the city, the deli! The best part is, since this little slice of Gotham is right in our backyard, there’s no need to wonder how you’ll carry your Big Apple deals on the flight home. 5283 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/499-9935,


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George Dominguez and Jennifer Barker at Hudson Grand Opening

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Juliet and Alex Warner at Periwinkle Grand Reopening

Linda Albright at The Wine Wave for an Institute of Regional Conservation fundraiser

Lydia and John Campanola at Saltwater Brewery’s ribbon-cutting ceremony

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Rhys, Caelyn and Christine DeJano at Delray Marketplace’s Holiday Happenings

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The Top 5

From dog days to bacon and bourbon, this season has a host of entertaining diversions.




“Uncertain Terms”

Bill Berloni

Cesar Millan

When: March 6-29 Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St. About: Playwright Allison Gregory had finished the first act of her latest Great American Play when she found herself in a creative mire: No second act was materializing. Then, like providence, an idea for an all-new play hatched outside her house. A hermetic neighbor, who had been living alone on the now-depleted trust fund of his late partner, was being thrown out of his domicile, sulking in an armchair on the front lawn. “The children [of the late homeowner] were having to foot the bill for him, pay his taxes and utilities. It was sad and kind of funny,” Gregory recalls. “I started weaving a play around that insight. I took that exact situation and made up the dynamics and conflicts within the family and outside the family, and the house itself became a character to me.” The result is “Uncertain Terms,” a play that has received glowing reviews in workshop productions, and which will receive its world premiere at the Theatre at Arts Garage. In this case, the obstinate houseguest is an ex-husband of main character Dani, forcing the couple to reconvene and unpack family baggage, while dealing with the fickle real estate market of recession-era America. Cost: $30-$45 Contact: 561/450-6357,

When: March 19 Where: Delray Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. About: Every now and then on Broadway, a fourlegged actor will perform with such verisimilitude that you hope the board of the Tonys will add “Best Performance by a Canine” to its awards the following year. Sandy, the terrier mix who costarred in 2,377 performances in “Annie,” was one such pooch. The man who discovered Sandy, Bill Berloni, was a 19-year-old theater apprentice whose job consisted of building sets for summer stock companies. He rescued Sandy from the local pound, paid $7 for him, and launched the careers of both the man and his best friend. Berloni has become the American media’s impresario of animal thespians, providing animals for hundreds of films, TV shows, commercials, theatrical productions, even a New York City Ballet performance. He’s worked with everything from cockroaches and butterflies to elephants and giraffes, along with countless dogs and cats liberated from kill shelters. The winner of a 2011 Tony Award for Excellence in Theatre will visit Delray Beach, with a canine companion in tow, to discuss his memoir, Broadway Tails. Cost: $30-$45 Contact: 561/243-7922,

When: April 1 Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach About: Speaking of dogs, Cesar Millan knows them better than pretty much anybody else on the planet. He probably knows your dog better than your dog knows itself. The world’s most famous dog whisperer is a self-taught canine guru whose best-selling manuals have sold more than 2 million copies across 15 countries. His live shows will hope to prove that he can be just as compelling without the presence of anxious, erratic, soon-to-be-tamed four-legged friends. Millan, who has fought with issues of divorce, depression and attempted suicide in recent years, will address his values, principles and methods in conversations that have been described as more spontaneous than his rigidly formatted TV show. And perhaps you can even pick up some of his exclusive products, like the Funny Muzzle and Cesar’s Dog Backpack. Cost: $25-$100 Contact: 561/832-7469,

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Opposite page, from left: The poster for “Uncertain Terms,” Bill Berloni, Cesar Millan, the Delray Affair and Victor Wainwright

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[2] Delray Affair

When: April 10-12 Where: Downtown Delray Beach About: Long before South Floridians had any other reason to stop in the sleepy outpost known as Delray Beach, they still came in droves for the Delray Affair, the prescient art festival that first spread its canvas across Atlantic Avenue in 1962. More than half a century later, it’s still growing strong, it’s still stopping traffic, and it’s still a marathon for organizers, artists and attendees alike: a sprawl of 12 city blocks that proudly bills itself as the largest arts and crafts festival in the southeastern United States. Visitors can expect to view and purchase work by artists and crafters from 30 states and 12 countries, with a special emphasis on the fun and the funky. In addition, the Delray Affair is bringing back last year’s “Art of the Automobile” showcase, featuring a different collection of vintage American, European and “future classic” cars parked each day at Old School Square Park. And launching April 1, the Affair’s enhanced mobile app finally brings this middle-aged institution into the 21st century, offering color-coded maps and personal event scheduling for easy smart phone navigation. Cost: Free Contact: 561/279-0907,

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[1] Bacon & Bourbon Fest

When: March 28-29 Where: Downtown Delray Beach About: Say it with me now, in your best movie-trailer voice: “From the team that brought you the Delray Beach Garlic Festival and the Delray Beach Wine and Seafood Festival comes a culinary happening that goes whole hog.” Festival Management Group’s latest event, the alliteratively titled Bacon & Bourbon Fest, is a saltier, more robust affair than its predecessors, promising an array of chef-designed bacon and pork delicacies, from braised pork bellies with tamari, garlic, ginger and chili peppers to the inevitable bacon ice cream (hey, it worked for garlic). Comfort food, farm-to-table offerings and New American Cuisine will all be on the menu, and there are enough liquor seminars and tastings to turn you into a bourbon connoisseur. The live music lineup is heavy on classic rock and rollicking blues. Slated performers include Mac Arnold, a legendary Chicago bluesman who recorded with everyone from James Brown and Muddy Waters to BB King and Otis Redding; Victor Wainwright, a boisterous, Memphis-based pianist known for merging boogiewoogie and honkey-tonk music; and MaGowan’s Chair, a South Florida-based acoustic rock duo. Cost: $25 Contact: 561/279-0907,

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On & Off the Avenue Enjoy thEsE othEr springtimE activitiEs in and around our favoritE city.

“arSenic anD olD lace” at lake worth PlayhouSe, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; various show times; $23-$38; 561/586-6410, “Insanity doesn’t run in the family—it gallops,” according to this bonkers theatrical comedy, a madcap farce whose characters include kindly sisters who murder houseguests with a lethal elderberry wine, a man who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, and another who bears an unusual resemblance to Boris Karloff.

Now thRough MARch 29: “klara kriStalova: turning to Stone” at norton muSeum oF art, 1451 S. Olive Ave.,

things in 19th century Japan: a Buddhist nun, a poet and the preeminent artist of her time. “Poetry in Clay” gathers paintings, ceramics, decorative fans, tea ceremony utensils and calligraphy pieces from this dynamic artist.

MARch 13-14: St. Patrick’S Day FeStival anD ParaDe in Downtown Delray Beach; 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday;

Now thRough MAy 24: “high

MARch 16-17: lea Salonga at Delray center For the artS, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray

tea” at norton muSeum oF art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; $5-$12; 561/832-5196, norton. org. Spanning a period of 1,200 years from the ninth to early 20th century, this exhibition of more than 100 rare objects will explore the art of tea among eight key cultures worldwide: China, Korea, Japan, Germany, France, Russia, England and the United States.

West Palm Beach; $5-$12; 561/832-5196, With influences ranging from Hans Christian Andersen to Oscar Wilde and vintage DC comics, this Swedish surrealist plumbs childhood memories, dreams and nightmares for inspiration, then combines them with myths and fairy tales, blurring the line between innocence and horror.

MARch 6 ANd ApRil 3: art walk in Downtown Delray Beach; 6 to 9 p.m.; free;

Now thRough MAy 3: “the triumPh oF love: Beth ruDin DewooDy collectS” at norton muSeum oF art, 1451 S.

MARch 6-8: “Jekyll & hyDe: the mu-

Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; $5-$12; 561/832-5196, Cultural patron and part-time West Palm Beach resident DeWoody will be honored at this survey of her extensive art collection, which began in the 1960s and has never subsided. Areas of emphasis from the past four decades will be displayed in an exhibit that reveals her openness to new artistic ideas.

Now thRough MAy 24: “Poetry in clay: the art oF otagaki rengetSu” at morikami muSeum & JaPaneSe garDenS, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; $9-$15 museum admission; 561/495-0233, She may not be a household name in the States, but Rengetsu was many

561/243-1077, More than 14 fine art galleries in Pineapple Grove will open their doors late for a night of artist showings, jewelry, entertainment and receptions.

Sical” at Delray center For the artS, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $45; 561/243-7922, This musical thriller based on the famed Robert Louis Stevenson novel is fresh off a Broadway revival and world tour, featuring 15 characters, bloody special effects, and songs such as “Good ‘n’ Evil” and “Murder, Murder.”

MARch 13: John SeBaStian at Delray center For the artS, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; $49-$75; 561/243-7922, delraycenterforthearts. org. As the lead singer and songwriter of The Lovin’ Spoonful, Sebastian helped propel the band’s first seven singles into the Top 10. He continues to play the Spoonful’s timeless hits, including “Do You Believe in Magic?,” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” and “Daydream.”

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Beach; 8 p.m.; $45; 561/243-7922, delraycenterfor This Filipina singer-actress won a Tony Award for her acclaimed performance in “Miss Saigon,” and the awards have continued to accrue with her groundbreaking performance as the first Asian to play Eponine in “Les Miserables.” She is performing as part of Crest Theatre’s cabaret series.

t MARch 18: tom cotter at Delray center For the artS, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $50; 561/243-7922, This comedian and 2013 winner of “America’s Got Talent” has performed at more than 300 colleges and cities from Nome, Alaska to Beijing, and in the past year he debuted a half-hour special on Comedy Central.

MARch 20-22: “Seven BriDeS For Seven BrotherS” at Delray center For the artS, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $45; 561/2437922, With its acrobatic choreography by Michael Kidd, the splashy 1954 film “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is considered one of the best movie musicals of all-time. This 1982 musical adaptation follows in its footsteps, dramatizing a young bride-to-be’s plan to marry off her groom’s six rowdy brothers. georgia handy PhotograPhy

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april 8-9 “You Can’t Take It With You”

Mar. 25 Jimmy Mazz

March 25: Jimmy mazz: Las Vegas

March 28 to april 12: “they’re PLaying our song” at deLray Beach PLayhouse, 950 Lake Shore Drive, Delray Beach; various show times; $30; 561/272-1281, delraybeachplayhouse. com. Neil Simon worked with real-life couple Marvin Hamlish and Carole Bayer Sager, who turned their own industry experience into a musical comedy about two ambitious, funny and neurotic songwriters trying to establish themselves in the New York City music business.

Legends at Lake Worth PLayhouse, 713 Lake

april 1: suPerstar sPectacuLar shoW-

Ave., Lake Worth; various show times; $29-$35; 561/5866410, Vocalist Mazz performs his favorite songs popularized across the decades on the Las Vegas Strip. Attendees will hear his faithful impressions of music superstars ranging from his Rat Pack idols on through Englebert Humperdinck, Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley and many more.

case at arts garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray

March 25-May 17: “soPhie, totie & BeLLe” at deLray square Performing arts, 4809 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; various show times; $37.50; 561/880-0319, Described as “an R-rated act made in heaven,” this bawdy musical comedy imagines a fictionalized meeting between three of early show business’ most uninhibited women: Sophie Tucker, Totie Fields and Belle Barth.

March 26: saVor the aVenue at east atLantic aVenue in doWntoWn deLray Beach; 5:30 to 9 p.m.; cost TBA; 561/243-1077, down-

Beach; 7 p.m.; $75, includes a free drink ticket; 561/4506357, Arts Garage plays host to the Milagro Center’s annual fundraiser, themed as a tribute to the music of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Milagro’s star students, ages 6 to 17, will showcase their skills in dance, vocal, art and spoken-word. There also will be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction.

april 2: nick cLooney at deLray center for the arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 2 p.m.; $30-$45; 561/243-7922, The father of Hollywood icon George Clooney, Nick has enjoyed a distinguished and eclectic career in media and politics, from AM/FM broadcasting and activism to end genocide in Darfur to running for a U.S. House seat in Kentucky, hosting politically conscious documentary series and hosting programs on AMC. His latest cause supports film restoration.

april 4: BoBBy coLLins at deLray center for the arts’ Vintage gym, 51 N. Swinton The nation’s longest dining table will sprawl down the center of Atlantic Avenue, attracting more than 1,000 attendees for four-course meals offered by 20 top Delray Beach restaurants. The seventh annual edition of this award-winning culinary event is sponsored by Delray Beach magazine and the Downtown Development Authority.

Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $45; 561/243-7922, Named after Bob Hope, observational comedian Collins is a road warrior of stand-up, performing some 200 dates a year in between recording six albums and hosting a comedy series on VH1.

March 27: Vanessa hoLLingshead at

april 6-7: “married to BroadWay” at

Lake Worth PLayhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; various show times; $29-$35; 561/586-6410, This peripatetic comedian and Renaissance woman—she is also a writer, singer and actress—brings her worldly and observational style of standup to this one-woman show.

deLray center for the arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $45; 561/243-7922, Entertainers Ron Sharpe and Barbra Russell married while playing Marius and Cosette in “Les Miserables.” As a result, they created “Married to Broadway,” a revue celebrating romance on the Great White Way. They’ll

april 4 Bobby Collins

be joined by fellow Broadway stars James Barbour and Natalie Toro in the last performance of the Crest Theatre’s cabaret series.

april 6-15: “making a memory” at deLray Beach PLayhouse, 950 Lake Shore Drive, Delray Beach; various show times; $30; 561/272-1281, British theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh has been hailed for bringing countless American Broadway musicals to the United Kingdom, and this musical revue celebrates Mackintosh’s personality and the songs he helped bring across the pond, from “Oklahoma” and “A Little Night Music” to “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”

april 8-9: “you can’t take it With you” at arts garage, 180 N.E. First St.; 7:30 p.m.; $15$25; 561/450-6357, A wealthy conservative family and a delightfully eccentric family must learn to live peacefully when their children become engaged in this adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Kaufman and Hart. It will be presented as part of the Arts Garage Radio Theatre series, performed by professional actors and crew members, with live sound-effects wizardry and scripts in hand.

april 9-26: “caBaret” at Lake Worth PLayhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; various show times; $23-$38; 561/586-6410, lakeworthplayhouse. org. A young American writer befriends an aspiring English singer in a seedy nightclub in 1930s Berlin, in this community theater production of the dark and inimitable Kander & Ebb masterpiece.

april 10: Lou Berney at murder on the Beach, 273 Pineapple Grove Way, Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; free; 561/279-7790, In The Long and Faraway Gone, a stand-alone crime novel by awardnominated writer Berney, a private investigator’s latest case delves into the reverberations of past traumas and the mysteries of memory.

april 10 Lou Berney

Mar. 27 Vanessa Hollingshead

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Turquoise beaded bracelet, $35, from Oh My Bod; pink and yellow Nintaanzi Mala necklaces, $80 each, from Shaffer’s Tea Room; orange and brown snakeskin Hamsa bracelets, $160 each, embroidered pouch, $48, alpaca embroidered belt, $108, and leather Thai fabric bag, $395, all from House of Zen Dali; cuff with pink stone, $115, from Roxy Lulu


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Turquoise stone necklace, $27, from Free Love; cuff with blue stone, $115, leather gypsy bag, $300, silver clutch, $225, Gado Gado cream bag, $150, lace cuff, $260, all from Roxy Lulu; beaded belt, $55, from House of Zen Dali; Buddha Mala bracelet set, $38, from Shaffer’s Tea Room

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Fringe bag, $595, from Roxy Lulu; black leather cow fur bag, $425, leather wallet, $138, snakeskin butterfly rings, $34 each, batik silk scarf, $54, and feather hair clip, $38, all from House of Zen Dali; peach feather necklace, $14, and Nepalese stone necklace, $35, both from Free Love; coral and turquoise necklace, $32, from Shaffer’s Tea Room


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Blue suede fringe bag, $495, and beaded belt, $55, from Roxy Lulu; embroidered wool scarf, $188, and Indian ballet shoes, $42, both from House of Zen Dali; hand-embroidered Guatemalan purse, $15, Nepalese cuffs, turquoise and onyx, $35, lapis and dragon, $31, Carnelian, $17, and Buddhist mantra, $15, all from Shaffer’s Tea Room

free love boutique: 400 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/596-6044 House of zen dali: 424 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/330-3436 oH my bod: 1128 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/272-0029 roxy lulu: 119 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach, 561/779-5485

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sHaffer’s tea room: 14 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-7618

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Italian soul food warms up downtown Delray.


he origins of soul food are deep in the experiences of AfricanAmericans in the United States. As slaves, their sustenance was based on what they could grow and forage for themselves, on ingredients considered not grand enough for their masters’ tables. A variety of wild greens, beans and tubers, offal and game, and odd bits of animals were the building blocks of a budding cuisine. Though the actual term “soul food” wasn’t coined until the 1960s, it could certainly be argued that the soul those black cooks put into their cooking (not to mention a considerable amount of culinary skill) was at least in part responsible for transforming such humble ingredients into what is now celebrated as an ingenious and delicious regional American cuisine. I bring all this up because for a restaurant to call its cooking “soul food” is to shoulder some pretty heavy weight, to have your marketing people write a check that your kitchen had better be able to cash. Mastino, which late last year took up residence in a corner of SoLita in downtown Delray, calls its cookery “Italian soul food.” And, yes, its kitchen can cash that check. Mastino brings a hip, urban, gastropubby ethos to the casual, American-style Italian restaurant. Think polished concrete flooring; brick accent walls; towering ceilings crisscrossed with blackpainted beams and ductwork; a young, energetic and personable staff; and a menu devoted mostly to small plates and Neapolitan-style pizzas. You easily can make a meal of the small plates here, and I highly recommend it—though it would be a shame to miss out on Mastino’s excellent, thin-crusted pizzas. Clams rarely get any better than when swimming in a briny broth 48

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creamily emulsified with white wine and extravirgin olive oil and spiked with copious amounts of garlic. An “old school” meatball was a primer on the pleasures of the comforting and familiar, a fluffy,

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MASTINO Clockwise from left, Joe Farina and an Upper Eastside pie; Mastino’s bar; Salvatore Campanile making a Johnny’s New Yorker

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well-seasoned orb ringed with a bright-tasting tomato sauce, a dollop of milky ricotta and a scattering of thickly julienned basil, which gave the dish a sprightly summertime freshness despite unseasonably chilly temperatures outside. A “piccolo” serving of ossobuco was barely smaller than what goes for $25-plus at most Italian restaurants. A blessedly reasonable $14 brought forth two small veal shanks, their meat so tender as to require neither teeth nor gums, their savory braising liquid rich with gelatin and studded with fat chunks of carrot. The only niggling complaint involved the kitchen’s heavy hand with pepper, which was so biting it threatened to throw the dish out of balance. A stack of “crispy” eggplant slices breaded and fried as stiff as a board, layered with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, and drizzled with balsamic vinegar and EVOO, was more intriguing in conception than reality, the eggplant tasteless and chewy, though admittedly crispy. If you’re looking to consume a few extra calories, try the oven-roasted mac-n-cheese instead, a gut-busting portion of shell pasta with fontina, mozzarella and ricotta cheeses, a crunchy breadcrumb topping and a light scent of truffle oil. march/april 2015

25 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach 561/921-8687 HOURS: Tuesday to Thursday 5 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. PRICES: Entrées $11.50 to $19 WEBSITE:

We don’t do pizza shaming in these pages, but it would truly be shameful not to sample at least one of Mastino’s Neapolitan-style pies, which come out of an oak-fired oven burning at a hellish 900 degrees. Pizzas come either red (with San Marzano tomato sauce) or white (no sauce but lots of cheese). Ours came as a thin, puffy, pleasantly chewy crust topped with mozzarella, sweet Italian sausage and faintly bitter broccoli rabe, a combination that can scarcely be improved upon. Also from the wood-burning oven was half an herb-crusted chicken, brined to keep it juicy, with lightly charred skin and thick planks of rosemaryspiked potatoes. As with the ossobuco, somebody got a little carried away with the pepper. Desserts tended toward the simple and familiar—cannoli, tiramisu, that sort of thing. Tiramisu is not made in-house but rather by Old School Bakery. It’s nothing unexpected but a commendable effort, one last fulfillment of Mastino’s promise of “Italian soul food.” delray beach magazine


If you go What: Granfondo Garneau Ride WhEN: March 22 DEtails: The ride begins at 7 a.m. at Veterans Park (802 N.E. First St.), continuing south to Palmetto Park Road, then north to the Palm Beach Inlet before finishing back at Veterans Park. Cost: $150 to participate; free to watch CoNtaCt:


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[ up close ] B y j o h n t h o m a s o n

chelsea midlarsky and gina jenkins Life is an endless cycle for these Delray event founders.


or Chelsea Midlarsky (opposite page, left) and Gina Jenkins, the founders of the Delray Beach Twilight Festival, the magic happens in a small conference room in the back of an office in a nondescript building on Federal Highway, just south of Delray Beach. The room had doubled as a second storage space for excess festival gear when I met Midlarsky, an athletic, 27-year-old corporate headhunter by day. Cycling T-shirts spilled out of boxes, yellow EVENT PARKING signs leaned against walls, and scuffed Powerade igloo coolers formed a totem in a corner. Midlarsky’s energetic dog Cassius—so named because he’s a boxer mix— provided the entertainment as we waited for Jenkins, a 47-year-old fellowcyclist who works for Susan G. Komen, to arrive. “She is notoriously late,” Midlarsky says, gesturing to my audio recorder. “And you can record that.” Midlarsky kids because she and Jenkins are best friends, meeting in 2010 when Jenkins hired her to work for a sports marketing firm. For the past three years, every March, they’ve run the Twilight Festival, a professional cycling race in Downtown Delray Beach modeled after Georgia’s pioneering Athens Twilight. The 80-minute, .6-mile course is the only such race in Florida, and one of only 12 Twilights in the United States. Midlarsky and Jenkins—who did show up after about 10 minutes, in a Komen-pink Nike top—have the festival operations down to a science, playing off each other’s strengths. Until the weekend of the event, they’re an entirely two-woman operation, and this sometimes entails nights of scant sleep. Their hard work has paid off. For its inaugural 2012 race, the Twilight Festival drew 5,000 spectators. Police estimates reached 20,000 attendees for its sophomore event, and in 2014, the festival attracted close to 30,000 visitors. As for the number of racers, it doubled from 300 to 600 by its second year, and Midlarsky and Jenkins have since had to cap the total cyclists at 1,000 for logistical purposes. “The reason the event has continued to be so successful is that we really strive for the details,” Jenkins says. “There are rides every weekend, and not to take anything away from anybody else, but we go the extra step. When you get your goodie bag, it’s going to have extra stuff in it. When you come in the morning, you’re not just going to get a coffee; we have a nice breakfast. We have music. At the finish line, we went above and beyond with the

food and beer. Our goal is to make it VIP. We really try to make you feel like you’re part of something bigger.” Midlarsky, who is a dedicated but noncompetitive rider, was destined to enter the field in some capacity; her brother Michael is a professional cyclist whose third-place medal in 2010’s Leadville 100 Splits—a grueling, 100mile mountain-bike race—hangs in the Twilight Festival office. But Midlarsky wanted to ensure that her event wasn’t just for the pros, so in 2013 she added a community event to the end of the festival: The Delray Beach Granfondo (which is Italian for “big ride”), a 100-kilomoter ride which any cyclist can tackle at his or her own pace, surrounded by riders traveling at their speed. “When we started this, we were a race,” Midlarsky says. “And a lot of people maybe got discouraged that we were all about the racers and not so much about the everyday recreational riders, which is not the case. We want to bring cycling to the forefront. We want to encourage people who have never ridden to come to our ride.” This won’t be as much of an issue this year; for the first time in four years, there won’t be a Twilight Festival race in 2015. “Everyone loves it,” Midlarsky says, but it’s become too “cost-prohibitive” at this time. She needs an influx of sponsors on board, but she adds that some “people in the cycling community are looking to bring it back in 2016.” Which just means that she and Jenkins are putting all of their eggs—and wheels, spokes and handlebars—into the basket of the 2015 Delray Granfondo on March 22, where riders who pay the $150 admission fee will receive Jenkins’ aforementioned perks, plus a custom Granfondo jersey, a timing chip, police escorts and wheel support, even complimentary massages (proceeds will benefit the event’s charity, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center). And of course they receive the best gift of all—a night or two in Delray Beach. “Last year, over 200 riders flew in from Canada and stayed in our hotels,” Midlarsky says. “And they’re all going into the restaurants, because our event happens for a couple of hours, and then it disperses. We don’t serve any food, so you have to go into the restaurants and shops. “I live in Delray, and I love Delray,” she adds. “I want to get the word out about what we have. Our event is something fun for them to do, and then we release them to what I think is the greatest city in the world. Who wouldn’t want to be in Delray Beach?”

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“We want to bring cycling to the forefront,” Midlarsky says. “We want to encourage people who have never ridden to come to our ride.”

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Arts Garage’s latest education director juggles multiple roles.


t the time of this writing, Matt Stabile’s Facebook cover photo was a Pablo Picasso quote, written in a juvenile scrawl on black marker: “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once you grow up.” This isn’t just a belief of Stabile’s. Fostering the artistry of children and young adults has been his profession, on and off, since at least 2004, when the Theatre Studies graduate of Dallas’ Southern Methodist University moved back to his native South Florida to join Fantasy Theatre Factory, a venerable children’s troupe in Miami. He taught Educational Outreach Workshops there and loved them so much he brought similar programs to area middle schools, then spent seven years on the faculty at G-Star School of the Arts—leading and even creating much of its Acting Department curricula. Then came the Kravis Center, where his work as Artistic Coordinator for its summer ArtsCamp earned him the venue’s Outstanding Teacher of 2013 award. All of this experience has culminated in Stabile’s best opportunity yet to shape tomorrow’s theater professionals. Last fall, Arts Garage appointed Stabile its new education director. The 36-year-old Delray Beach resident had already been running Arts Garage’s “Yes Labs”—community workshops that take theater students’ stories from gestation to stage—for 18 months, so when the venue sought a replacement for outgoing education director Drew Tucker, Stabile was an obvious choice. “He understands the performing arts world and can impart those lessons, while also helping all students develop a solid arts foundation that will remain with them no matter what career they choose,” says Alyona Ushe, Arts Garage’s president and CEO. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to not teach,” adds Stabile. “I think it’s vitally important, and being a teacher for as long as I was, I saw firsthand the difference it made. I think there’s a responsibility for artists to pass their craft along.” Stabile leads an indefatigable life. At the time of our interview, he was nearing the home stretch of his first workshops at Arts Garage and its sister venue, Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano Beach, in which students gained instruction in voice, theater, acting, instrumental performance and visual arts. The classes had been running weekly since Oct. 20. All the while, Stabile was fulfilling a slate of professional acting jobs. Last

November, he played a recovering drug addict in the anarchic ensemble comedy “Detroit” for Miami’s Zoetic Stage. The day after it closed, he was back in Boca Raton rehearsing for a revival of “The Timekeepers,” the Holocaust drama that swept the 2014 Carbonell Awards. Playing frighteningly against type, he reprised his role as a humorless kapo, or prison functionary, hired to supervise a labor camp. “You take jobs sometimes because they’re jobs, and every once in a while you’re lucky enough to be in something that matters,” he says, recalling the initial production of “The Timekeepers,” in Fort Lauderdale in the summer of 2013. “And this was one of those stories that immediately felt like it mattered.” It also opened new doors for Stabile as a full-time actor, during a brief stint in which he didn’t have a day job in education. He’s achieved his success in part by following the mantra he had tattooed onto his left arm: “Hamlet 1, iii, 78,” a reference to the famous Shakespeare line, “This above all, to thine own self be true.” Handsome and charming but with an ability to play brooding and misanthropic characters, Stabile has landed roles as varied as a romantically flustered commercial director in Parade Productions’ “The Last Schwartz” in Boca, and a wayward young man tortured by memories of child abuse, in Zoetic Stage’s “The Great God Pan” in Miami. This March, he joins the cast of “Uncertain Terms” at Arts Garage (see preview on page 40). “One of the things that I brought to the educational program [at Arts Garage] was that I want our teachers to be working professionals,” he says. “That way the kids see the examples right in front of them.” Which isn’t to say every student he teaches will be the next Matt Stabile, let alone the next Laurence Olivier. “There are a lot of groups out there that are star factories,” he says. “As in, ‘We are going to put these kids onstage, put them in a show, and make them stars.’ We don’t work that way. Our classes are modeled after the work I’ve done with Kravis Center over the years, where it’s really about engaging that kid into the process. I try to tell kids, if you really love this, love all of it. Find a lot of stuff you’re good at. Can you work backstage? Can you teach? Can you do lighting? Can you stage-manage? “We’re not interested in the big, showy production and churning out Honey Boo-boos,” he continues. “There are hundreds of thousands of people making their money in the arts. Love the whole field, and then you’ll find ways to live a life.”


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“I try to tell kids, if you really love this, love all of it. Find a lot of stuff you’re good at.”

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Acting is all in the family for Stabile, who met his future wife and fellow-actor, Niki Fridh, when both were working on “Cinderella” for Fantasy Theatre Factory. But then, he says, “the second show we were in together was called ‘And Then She Moved the Furniture,’ at the Public Theatre of South Florida. I had to rape and kill her onstage. We were dating for five months, and all of our family came to see us! “Now that we’re full-time professionals, any opportunity we have to do something together, we jump at it,” he adds. “We realize the more we are out there in the community, the less likely we are to get shows together, so when it happens, it’s a treat.”

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How an old schoolhouse became the cornerstone of the arts in Delray Beach. By RicH Pollack WateRcoloR By anne MaRie BRoWn he opening of Delray’s Cornell Museum of Art in March of 1990 marked much more than the culmination of years of hard work. It also marked an important first step in the renaissance of Delray Beach, a town on the edge of decline throughout the late 1980s. Western migration and the opening of regional malls in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach had left Atlantic Avenue storefronts vacant, and led Palm Beach County School District leaders to close the historic school buildings—a 1913 elementary school, a 1925 high school and a vintage gymnasium—in downtown Delray. Fenced off for several years, the overgrown property at Swinton and Atlantic avenues was neglected until then-mayor Doak Campbell approached Delray Beach Historical Society leaders—including the society’s then-vice president, Frances Bourque—with an idea to restore the historic buildings and transform them into a cultural center. Delray Center for the Arts at Old School Square, like the phoenix, has risen and evolved into a monument for community spirit, thanks to intense lobbying of state officials and grassroots fundraising efforts—such as the auctioning off of street names and an old-fashioned prom in the Vintage Gymnasium. Despite naysayers in the community who argued the project was a waste of money, organizers persisted and today, Old School Square—with its theater, art museum, gymnasium and outdoor pavilion—has been transformed into Delray Beach’s modernday town square, a gathering place week after week for events representing the town’s diverse cultural activities. 56

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Old School Square by Anne Marie Brown Visit

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able to e r e w e hing w was magical. t y r e v e “I loved community. Iten we wondo as awere times wh oing to make There ow we were g ays found dered hen, but we alw it believing it it happ s. We never qu answerwork.” would Bourque says there was never a point where she became discouraged nor thought of giving up the goal of providing a vital service to a community weathering economic hard times. The organization’s first president, Bourque remains on the board of directors and sees the Delray Beach Center for the Arts as still evolving, with much more yet to do.

Five Who Helped Make The Square What It Is Today Frances Bourque

Founder oF old School Square Considered the mother of Old School Square, Frances Bourque was driven by a strong sense of community to help create what she calls today the heart and soul of Delray Beach. Leading the efforts to preserve the historic school buildings in downtown, Bourque brought the community together, first by persuading state historic preservation officials to provide a $350,000 initial renovation grant, and later by highlighting every successful step to prove that the dream would indeed become a reality. As the chair of the committee charged with making the project a reality, Bourque traveled to Tallahassee several times to receive funding and a historic designation from the state’s Bureau of Historic Preservation. Guided by a passion for helping to restore a sense of community to Delray Beach,

TIMELINE 1985—Delray Elementary School closes, with students moving to a new school called Banyan Creek Elementary. 1986—Fundraising begins with Delray Beach His58

torical Society vice-president Frances Bourque leading the effort for an ambitious restoration project. Within the span of 12 years, organizers had raised more than $7 million for restoration, with the bulk of the funds coming from state grants, a handful of major donations and a

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host of community fundraising efforts. Support also came from the city and the Community Redevelopment Agency.

1987—Work begins on the exteriors of all three buildings and is completed by 1988, when work on

the interior of the elementary school begins.

1990—Doors of Cornell Museum of Art open with an exhibit of work by women photographers from Florida. 1991—The Vintage Gym

opens and soon becomes a destination for community events, weddings and receptions of all kinds.

1993—Crest Theatre opens with a performance by Broadway star Avery Sommers.

1998—Classrooms open, making it possible for Old School Square to offer limited art classes and host small events. 2002—An outdoor pavilion is added and opens with a concert by the Marshall Tucker Band. Funded march/april 2015

“Old a startSuchool Squar tion to p cultural e went from cility. I a regional organizamationt mirrored tcultural faa sleep of Delray Bhe transfor a trend y ‘Village b each from y setting commthe Sea’ to unity.”

Joe Gillie

President and CeO Of delray Center fOr the arts at Old sChOOl square sinCe 1992 The face of the Square for decades, Gillie had been handling public relations for the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton in 1990 when he was asked to join the board of Old School Square. A short time later, he was tapped to lead the organization as it evolved to reflect changes in the arts. Gillie, who is retiring this fall, led the organization’s transformation into a major cultural center in South Florida. He takes pride in never missing a performance when he’s in town and also in helping guide the project to national recognition—first as part of Delray’s designation as an All-America City in 1993 and later, when it was honored at the Smithsonian Institution for how it used the arts to affect positive community change. Gillie is credited for bringing quality performances and programming to the Delray Center for the Arts and for shepherding its constant growth from a one-building art museum to a multifaceted cultural center.

“The Delray Beach Center for the Arts is a center for everyone. It is a safe place where all in the community can come and express an opinion. It is truly common ground.”

largely by a $1.5 million gift from philanthropist Lettie McNeil and by county and city grants, the outdoor pavilion was designed to attract a new audience that may never have stepped inside the Old School Square buildings.

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2002—Friday Night Flicks begin, featuring a variety of family-friendly films such as “Monsters Inc.” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” The outdoor movies, groundbreaking for a cultural arts center at the time, provided an opportunity for families

Bob Chapin

President emeritus Of the delray Center fOr the arts A longtime Delray resident, Bob Chapin joined the board of Old School Square in 1989, before the first building opened. A respected lawyer and former member of the city council, Chapin served as the board’s third president from 1997 to 2003, bringing his strong business sense and fundraising background to the table. During his eight years as president, Chapin helped create a stable structure for the organization. He arranged to have a financial professional join the staff and used his local connections to help secure much-needed funding.

to come together and enjoy free entertainment.

2008—Old School Square Parking Garage is added, offering a convenient parking option for audiences as well as visitors to downtown. The garage was funded primar-

ily through a citywide bond issue—which also included the adjacent Old School Square Park—as well as through $1 million raised by Old School Square.

2008—School of the Creative Arts opens in the building that houses the

Crest Theatre, allowing Old School Square to offer classes in art, photography and, eventually, writing.

2012—The name is changed to Delray Beach Center for the Arts to better define the organization.

2011—Free Friday

2014—Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club is added in the Vintage Gymnasium, with comedian D.C. Benny opening.

Concerts opens with local country crossover favorite Amber Leigh performing on the outdoor pavilion.

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10 THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THE SQUARE ■ Free Friday ConCerts: Where else can you go to chill out after a long work week and hear great music without having to shell out any cash? ■ Holiday Carousel: It’s mostly for kids, but it attracts grown-ups taking a stroll after dinner who may or may not have had a few too many glasses of wine. ■ Vintage gym: You can’t go to the gym and not look up at the scribbling of students from long ago who dared to autograph the rafters. ■ old sCHool BeerFest eaCH may: With nearly 100 craft beers, what’s not to like? ■ speCial eVents: Name a popular event in Delray Beach—the 100-foot Christmas tree, Delray Affair, Cinco De Mayo and even the Palm Beach Poetry Fest—and you’ll find it happening at Delray Center for Arts. ■ perFormanCes and leCtures at tHe Crest tHeatre: With just 323 seats, the Crest Theatre is the perfect place to see musicals like “Titanic”; listen to the first lady of musical theater, Elaine Paige; or hear Joan Collins dish about life in Hollywood. ■ Cool Contemporary exHiBits at tHe Cornell museum oF art and ameriCan Culture: Over the course of 25 years, Gloria Adams and her team brought outstanding art and cultural exhibits to the halls of the museum. Nothing, however, topped “Coloring Outside the Lines,” a crayon art exhibit in 2011. Who knew you could do so much with crayons? ■ easy, inexpensiVe parking: With the garage right next door to Old School Square, parking is always easy and just a few bucks—plus, you can walk to any of the downtown restaurants after a show. ■ tHe sense oF Community: Maybe it’s the buildings, maybe it’s the people, but you can’t help feel like you’re a member of Delray Beach’s tight-knit community when you walk through the doors of any of the three buildings that make up the center. ■ tHe staFF: From president Joe Gillie on down, each member of the staff at the Delray Center for the Arts shares a passion for what they do and for Delray Beach as well.

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Director of the cornell MuseuM of Art AnD AMericAn culture froM 1990 to 2014 A painter and well-known member of the local arts community, Gloria Adams first became involved in Old School Square as a volunteer in 1988, during the early planning stages. She became director of the Cornell Museum prior to its opening and spent 25 years helping to bring innovative and creative exhibits to the museum, which specialized in American culture as well as art. Among Adams’ favorite exhibits were a mid-1990s collection of hand-carved birds and another featuring carousels. Adams, who retired last year, says that what started as a job ended up being a passion.


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Bob Currie

Architect for old School SquAre And BoArd MeMBer When it came to the selection of an architect to help with the planning and design of Old School Square, Bob Currie was a natural. Currie’s role went beyond designing buildings. In the early years, he was integral in helping to determine the direction Old School Square would take as coordinators set out to create an organization to meet the community’s cultural needs. Currie worked closely with founder Frances Bourque, traveling to Tallahassee to help share the vision for Old School Square and to lobby state officials for a much-needed historic designation, which was required before state officials would consider issuing a historic preservation grant. He has been involved in six different phases of plans, from the original design and master plan to designing the outdoor pavilion, all requiring a commitment to the historic heritage of the buildings while at the same time providing functionality.

Upcoming Events The Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square is celebrating its 25th anniversary season, which will culminate with the 25th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 7, 2015. The special fundraiser will feature a farewell performance by Joe Gillie and longtime performing partners Susan Hatfield and Kay Brady, plus special guest stars. The performance will be followed by dinner in the Vintage Gym.

Five others who helped shape the Square

Bill BrAnning: Currently board chair for the Delray Center for the Arts, Branning helped lead the physical restoration project, first as the original estimator while at Tom Head Construction and later through his own company, BSA Corporation, which was the building contractor for much of the restoration. march/april 2015

doAk cAMpBell: As mayor in the late 1980s, Campbell had the idea to transform three historic school buildings into a cultural and historic center. He later helped persuade town leaders to provide financial support for the project.

george And hArriet cornell: Philanthropists after whom the Cornell Museum is named, the Cornells were the first private contributors to Old School Square and bequeathed several million dollars to the project.

SAndy SiMon: A Delray native who attended the historic schools that formed Old School Square, Simon served on the board of Old School Square and through his books and advocacy has furthered discussions about the city’s cultural impact.

MArtie lAttner WAlker: Through her family foundation and private gifts, Walker made the original largest gift of $500,000 to develop the Crest Theatre. She continued to help shape the venue’s lecture series and children’s programs through financial support. delray beach magazine


How does it feel? Seven South Florida residents—from a kidnapping victim to the woman whose life was forever changed by the 2000 election—spare no detail when it comes to sharing intimate and often defining experiences. As told to Emily J. Minor Photography by Aaron Bristol

To Be Theresa LePore Theresa LePore

Former PaLm Beach counTy suPervisor oF eLecTions—and designer oF The 2000 PresidenTiaL BuTTerFLy BaLLoT I was at a luncheon, and some lady comes up to me. “Are you going to hit me,” I said, “or are you going to be nice to me?” We had a good conversa-


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tion. Usually, I kind of hesitate when people [approach] me. I can’t always judge what their reaction is going to be. I’ve gotten some really ugly, hateful mail. And death threats. [People have said that] I have the blood of thousands of men and women on my hands. That I put Bush in office, both terms. That 9/11 was my fault. I lost so many friends over what happened [during the 2000 presidential election], and some people today still don’t speak to me when I see them. I think what upsets me the most is that I was on several task forces for balloting—and the idea was to make the ballot easier for the people to read.

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To Be Theresa LePore (cont.) A couple days after [the Nov. 7, 2000 election], I remember going upstairs to the county attorney’s office. There’s a back elevator. When we came down and the elevator door opened, there were 60 or 70 of these SWAT guys, and all these flashbulbs were going off. The press had found me. People were screaming, “There she is! There she is!” They were calling me names and trying to grab at me. That was the first time I realized the enormity of what was happening. I kind of lost it. One of the cops said, “Get it out. Dry your tears, and then get back out there.” By Thursday [of that election week], some of my top people came to my office and said, “Did you drive?” Apparently, they had intercepted a threat. I didn’t drive my car for probably six or seven weeks after that. When I finally did, I had nails in all four of my tires. That’s one of the memories that’s burned in: riding home with a sheriff ’s car in front of me and a sheriff ’s car behind me. I’m still very cautious when I go places. I’m always looking around. I never drive the same route twice; if I’m going to church, I’ll always go a different way. I always back into parking spaces because it’s easier to get out. I don’t go to a lot of big places unless I know it’s at a time when it’s not very busy. I joke that I have to tip well because everybody knows who I am. It’s never gone back to the way it was before that day. Today, I’m involved with a lot of nonprofits, but I’m mostly in the background, helping with events and [serving on boards]. People used to ask me for [political] support or endorsements, but I always said no. I still have a stigma attached to me; I don’t want someone to lose an election because of that. I’ve always been one to use everything as a learning experience. It’s just wasted energy thinking about all the negative stuff. If I did, I’d be curled up in a ball somewhere.

How Does It Feel? To Be Heckled On Stage

Dave Williamson

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stanD-up comeDian, husbanD, father of tWo Somehow, hecklers think that whatever they blurt out is going to be funnier than the jokes you’ve spent years crafting. As a stand-up, you feel disrespected—but you’re also annoyed, because it throws off everything in the show. You have to take the time to get the show back to where you want it to be. When you’re starting out, heckling is one of the hardest things to overcome. You’re already insecure, so you almost feel like you deserve it. That’s bad, because confidence is such a big part of being a comic. Often, I try to ignore [hecklers]. If you don’t break your stride, if you don’t react, the crowd won’t either. If it continues, you realize, “All right. I’m going to have to deal with it.” Now you have to put them in their place until they realize they’re not going to win. The best way is to get the crowd to turn on that person. The crowd paid money to hear the comic—not to watch the comic have a conversation with the drunk. If the heckler upsets the crowd enough, they’ll start shushing him. [The problem] is the nice-guy heckler. Even the experienced comic doesn’t like that. I had this guy sitting up front and [blurting out], “Gonna be a great show! I know what you’re talking about! You’re the man!” It went on and on. He just kept agreeing and agreeing—but out loud. If you’re too mean to the nice guy, you look like a jerk. I just said, “Hey man, looks like you’re having a good time.” Then I physically moved away from [that side of] the stage. You have to regain control. More often than not, it’s a guy trying to get attention, wishing he were a stand-up. Or it’s a drunk girl. If there is a bachelorette party in the crowd, rest assured you will have to stop the show at least once. One night, I was about to lace into a guy who I thought was drunk. Then he started talking about his motorcycle crash—and his brain injury. We talked about it for a second, then I moved on. You’re not going to make a brain injury funny. march/april 2015

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How Does It Feel? To Be in a Gay Marriage Taylor STevenS

InterfaIth mInIster/executIve dIrector, Lake Worth InterfaIth netWork I came from a very religious home, so I’m an abomination. That’s what the Bible calls me. I remember [as a child] praying until my eyes were squeezed shut so tight I didn’t think I could open them again. My little hands would just be clenched, and I would ask God to not let me be this way. But I was always gay. I was never heterosexual. I came out when I was 19 or 20. That’s when my mother knew and my family and my friends. But I feel like, at 55, I’m still constantly faced with coming out, with being authentic, with living in a world where I’m not fully accepted. I’m married to an activist. We [wed] a few years ago in Massachusetts. I wanted to marry him based on the kind of commitment I wanted to make with him. But it also felt, and continues to feel, like I’m making a political statement. People notice when I say, “husband.” At the same time, in the English language, the appropriate label for the man I married is “husband.” [Many gay men] say “partner,” but that sounds like a business arrangement instead of the union that’s in my heart. Even in casual conversations, I’m faced with how transparent to be. A heterosexual woman married to a man [doesn’t think twice about what to call him.] For me, it’s still risky. How safe is this? Am I strong enough in myself to stand up to whatever I’m going to be met with? I dance between that. I’m a minister, so I’m aware of where people are in their unconsciousness. And I guess part of my mission is to further the rights of humanity, but I want to do that gently. I don’t want to push myself in people’s faces. I buried one husband already. (Note: He died of complications from AIDS.) We were living in Florida, and I had no legal rights. That was the love of my life at the time; I lost him, and it never felt like it got fully acknowledged. This time around, I have a certificate that says I’m legally married. I’m sorry if that makes some people uncomfortable, but that’s who he is to me. We have matching wedding rings. And every time somebody notices, I come out again. I guess coming out is a day-by-day process, and there’s a part of me that’s not comfortable with that. Today, I’m prevalent in the media. I’m a big political issue. I’m a Broadway musical. I’m a TV show. I’m “Glee.” march/april 2015

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“The average person wouldn’t know that ... we’re not stupid. We’re not dirty. We’re not failures. That we’re not a waste of life. We have feelings.” —Michael Stanco, January 2008

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How Does It Feel? To Be Abducted in the Middle of the Night Jessica carbone-McKinney

Wife, victiM’s rights advocate It was July 1, 2007. About 2:30 in the morning. (Note: Carbone-McKinney was 27 at the time.) I was asleep in my bed, and I heard the keys in the door. My first thought was that it was my mom and dad because they had keys to my apartment. I was waiting for them to say, “Hi honey. ... Something’s happened to [so-and-so].” All of the sudden, the maintenance man stepped into my bedroom. Three weeks earlier, he had been to my apartment to fix my air conditioning. [Now], he had a machete in his hand. He shoved me down and [waved] the machete in my face, [then] he zip-tied my hands behind my back. He wanted money, but there wasn’t any. He was fumbling through my purse looking for my car keys; he wanted me to drive to my ATM. It took a little while, and I realized that the zip tie on my right hand was loose enough that I could get my hand out. But I waited. You try to think ahead. He took me downstairs and put me in the passenger seat. As he got in, that’s when I pulled my hand free and took off running. I’m 5-10 and was 130 at the time. He was 6-5 and about 230. I was screaming my head off. I remember thinking, “Please. Somebody hear me. Somebody turn on their light.” But nobody came. He caught up with me and actually pulled me down from behind by my jaw [near] the maintenance shed. “You’ve just made this a lot worse for yourself,” he said. He took me to a [nearby, empty] apartment that

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backed up to a lake. I actually prayed that he was going to throw me in the water. I’m a scuba dive master; kicking with my legs is what I do. I figured that was my best option. But he pulled my shorts and underwear back, and that’s where he raped me for the first time. He put me back in the car and started driving to all these different places. At one point, we stopped at a gas station. By now, my lips were beyond swollen. I remember looking at people in the other cars and thinking: “Somebody’s got to see this.” Of course, no one ever does. The zip ties were [back on and] really tight; I was losing feeling in my wrist. I tried to rub my blood into the stitching of the car seat. I finally got him to a Bank of America drive-through, and I took out two transactions, $300 each time. I shoved my face right into the ATM, trying to get on the camera. When he took me home, he raped me again. It sounds crazy, but I offered him a beer. I thought if I could actually get him to drink it, his DNA would be left on the bottle. He never did. He made me shower while he watched. Then he walked out of the apartment. I crawled on the floor, pulled down the phone and called my mom and dad. They called the police. He got three life sentences plus 32 years. Note: The website, launched by Carbone-McKinney and her mother, is dedicated “to the strength and determination of women who have suffered the physical and emotional pain of sexual assault and domestic abuse.”

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How Does It Feel? To Be a Flight Attendant In a Post-9/11 World Becky WoodBridge

From the magazine Vault How Does It Feel: To Walk on The Moon

“The surface of the moon is like exceptionally fine talcum powder ... If you scuff it, the particles shoot out in straight, little Newtonian trajectories.” —Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut, January 2009


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flight attendant for more than 25 years With a major airline I had a flight to Paris about three years ago where the alarm went off in the bathroom. Those things don’t go off very easily—you can go in there and smoke a cigarette and it won’t go off. I smelled the smell, and my first assumption was: “We’re on fire.” We had to go into emergency mode until we found out the real source. We didn’t know if we were under attack or if the airline was testing us to see how fast we would “react.” [It turned out to be an 18-year-old passenger doing some kind of free-basing.] When I got to Paris, I was sick the whole layover. It was the adrenaline. I was sick from that rush of adrenaline. The one thing that most people don’t realize is that we are reminded of terrorism every time we go to our office. We are exposed to the fears and the concerns of something bad happening. Other people go to work and forget. We don’t. The industry has changed because of 9-11. And I think the airlines used that to re-create the way the industry is run.

All the airlines did it. They said, “Oh, 9-11. Oh, fuel costs. Oh, security. Oh, bankruptcy.” But it was business. They took so much from the passengers. So now passengers are upset [the minute they board]. They pay baggage fees that used to be part of the ticket. Security has removed their shampoo and makeup. A first-class passenger pays $2,000 for a ticket and wants chicken, and there’s no chicken. The chicken is big. It stands for something. People aren’t getting what they feel like they’re entitled to get. They have a reason to be upset because they feel jostled and rushed and deprived. This is why airline travel is brutal on flight attendants right now. We deal with 256 angry, defensive passengers in a confined tube. They can be mean. They can be rude. And they can be [unreasonable]. One passenger said to me, “I need a blanket for my daughter. She’s cold.” We were getting ready to land, and there [wasn’t an available blanket]. She said, “Then give me your sweater.” There were six of us, and we just stood there. We thought we’d heard it all. “No,” I finally said. “I don’t have anything on underneath this.”

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How Does It Feel? To Hold a Human Heart Michael carMichael

chief of cardiovascular surgery/Medical director, Bethesda MeMorial hospital The heart is a muscle, so it feels very firm and beefy. It’s like you’re grabbing someone’s bicep after they’ve worked out. Most people don’t realize it, but the heart also is covered with a thin layer of fat tissue that gives it a cushion while it’s beating in the chest. But that’s from a purely clinical and medical perspective. From a personal standpoint, it feels like an obligation. As a cardiovascular surgeon, [patients literally] put their heart in my hands. It’s a humbling responsibility. Though we do heart surgery with less risk than having your ruptured appendix removed, people think about life and death a lot more when they have a heart operation. It goes back to biblical times; the heart is referred to as the center of the soul. If you remove somebody’s heart and put in somebody else’s, people want to know: Is it going to change my personality? Is it going to change the color of my hair? My eyes? It’s not just, “Oh, 72

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you’re going to operate on this muscle in my chest.” It’s much more than that. I did my first heart transplant when I was 32 [Carmichael is 60 now]. In those early days, I would actually harvest the heart right from the donor and bring it back for the recipient. That was a very scary experience. [Today,] the donor heart [arrives] in an Igloo cooler where it’s bathed in ice, and then I sew it in. But [there’s a period of time where] you have somebody’s chest cavity open—and there’s no heart in there. It’s an empty chest cavity. To then see the blood return to that organ that was basically limp and lifeless ... to watch it start beating again. ... To see the patient sitting up in the chair the next week ... Just thinking about it, it wells up in me. What does it feel like to hold someone’s heart? It’s a physical thing. It’s an emotional thing. It’s a psychological thing. And it’s a spiritual thing. If you don’t believe in God, you certainly might after performing heart surgery. To me, it’s a religious experience. march/april 2015

Special thanks to Bethesda Heart Hospital in Boynton Beach

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How Does It Feel? To Be Mauled by a Jaguar Paul Fisher

From the magazine Vault How Does It Feel: To Clean a Crime SCene

“Once you decompose, you turn into a big green water balloon. Your gases, tissue and water want to be released—so you pop. [The mix] saturates sofas, chairs, carpet, and it gives off an ammonia smell similar to pet urine.” —Brian Moister, owner, Bio-Clean Services, January 2008


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West Palm Beach gallery oWner, animal rights activist We were touring a private wildlife refuge [December 2010] and about to leave when someone yelled, “Get out!” I was standing next to a jaguar’s cage; the cat had escaped, and it lunged at me. Within two seconds, the cat had my head in her mouth. It weighed about 200 pounds and was in her prime. I knew that kind of cat would try to take its prey by the neck and break it. I had just enough time to bring up a hand to cover the back of my neck. The cat’s fangs were buried, and all I could see was the inside of [her] mouth. One canine had me at the right cheekbone; the other canine was in the top of my head. So that’s how she was holding me, by the entire left side of my face. You always hear people say, “It felt like slow motion.” But it didn’t. It felt like normal time, and at no time did I feel anger or fear or physical pain, even though by now my face was torn wide open. My brain seemed to be operating on a couple of different levels. On the one hand, it was rational. I could hear some screams in the background, but I was mostly concentrated on myself and the cat and keeping my vital areas protected. I knew I had to jam the cat’s mouth in a way that she couldn’t complete the bite. I was also hyper aware. I could feel every beat of her heart—and of my heart. I could feel her every breath on my face. At least one person was on the animal to get her off me; in the instant that I felt the bite release, I sprung up from the ground. I saw my reflection in a window, and I could see my cheekbone and everything down to my jaw was exposed. I used to be an emergency medical technician, so I pressed into my face and worked all the skin back up over the wound until the edges lined up again. And then I held direct pressure until I got to the hospital. I practiced martial arts most of my life. You never think something like this is going to happen, but in the instant that it does, you have to be ready. I was on the ground for maybe 20 seconds. There’s no time to think. Whatever training you have [kicks in]. Every possible thing that I could have done right is exactly what happened. It took more than 50 stitches to sew me back together; there was damage to my nerves and lymphatic muscles, but people hardly notice now. I never really talked about it publicly. I didn’t want anything to happen to the cat. march/april 2015

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Bernhardt’s round Haven table boasts a nickel-finished frame and white top that enhance the room’s fresh, airy design. The table’s height complements that of the room’s seating pieces.

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Your coffee table may be the hardest working piece of furniture in your home. Not only does it serve as the catch-all for everything from magazines and remote controls to cocktails and stocking feet, but it also must complement the seating and accent pieces surrounding it. As evidenced by the following pages, the options are endless.


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▼ StateMent MakinG From industrial carts and shortened oil drums to vintage trunks and even glass-topped lobster traps, any piece that is sized properly, that is stable—and that complements your decor—provides a unique option for a coffee table. Design by Robert McArthur Studios.

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A transparent glass table enhances this room’s contemporary style and allows views of the bold geometric rug to flow through its form. Its brown tint and rectangular shape accentuates the unique wood wall-to-ceiling treatment. Design by Brett Sugerman and Giselle Loor, b+g design inc.

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A round table not only balances rooms furnished with sharply angled furnishings, but its corner-less form also serves as a safe choice for homes with children. Design by LMK Interior Design.

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Ottomans and upholstered tables invite you to put your feet up while utilizing their functional flat surfaces. Design-wise, they provide a key spot to feature a favorite fabric. Design by Harman-Wilde Interior Design.


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Providing relief from straight lines and curvy forms, X marks the spot under some of today’s most eyecatching coffee tables. Rosewood x-leg coffee table, Mod Shop, Irving bunching tables by Bernhardt, Brown’s Interior Design, Boca Raton

Timber trestle door table, Restoration Hardware, West Palm Beach

whaT The pros know No sitting area is complete without a carefully chosen coffee table. Make certain yours adds both practicality and panache to the room by adhering to the following rules.

1 Know your needs: Before you make your 4 be ToT-friendly: Choose round or oval selection, consider the functional needs for tables with gentle edges in rooms used by kids. your table. Many have shelves, drawers, extensions and even shadow boxes.

2 ThinK abouT space: A coffee table should accommodate the space within a seating area and fit a room’s traffic pattern. Too tight, and guests bump into its edges; too loose, and it looks like an unreachable island. The distance between a sofa or chair’s edge to a coffee table should be approximately 18 inches.

3 consider The heighT: Choose a coffee table with a surface height 1 to 2 inches lower

than the seat of the sofa or chairs. This makes it easier for guests to reach and set objects upon the table.

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Also, think about wood vs. glass. Wood surfaces stain with spills, but glass shows messy fingerprints and smudges. Many of today’s finished stone and synthetic surfaces serve family homes best.

5 reveal The rug: A glass-top table is a clear choice for a room with a stunning rug or

floor beneath. The table’s transparent top provides a solid surface without hiding the beauty of what’s under it.

6 ThinK scale: Large rooms require a furniture piece to anchor the space, and the

coffee table often is the obvious choice. In small spaces, weighty coffee tables can bully the room. Know your needs then consider not

only the scale of the table, but also its material’s effect. Wood often adds heft and weight, as do iron and stone. Glass and delicate metals, conversely, appear light and airy.

7 go for a group: A group of small tables can perform as well as a large single table, plus they provide flexibility in placement—ideal for small spaces. Many manufacturers offer bunching and nesting tables to serve this purpose.

8 ediT displays: Cover a coffee table with too many accessories, and there will be no

functional surface to spontaneously place magazines, plates or beverages. Overworked displays also clutter decors and hide a beautiful table surface.

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TasTe of Delray MarkeTplace

Where: Delray Beach What: More than 275 people participated in this year’s Taste of

Delray Marketplace, featuring appetizer and cocktail samplings from some of the shopping plaza’s hottest restaurants. Dishes included mini crab cakes, cavatappi funghi pasta, bruschetta and more, filling hungry shoppers’ stomachs while benefiting Susan G. Komen South Florida.

Jennifer Miller, Meryl Felsen, Nicole Bullaro and Gabrielle Lee Sondra Schall Bridget Narpiel and Chelsea Kemmerer

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Joe and Laurie Siegel, and Bonita and Doug Laudone

Amily Jabr, Hasna Jabr, Cyndie Paul, Tami Mosko, Marisa Ratanavadee and Megan Lammon


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Jessica Peck and Alison Bodor

Meghan Yaffa, Amanda Yaffa and Autumn Assen

Debbie and Dan Poje, and Steve and Sharon Beck

Jackie Worsadale, Sarah Porter, Brittany Dunn, Jen Stone Caroll and Eliana Porras

Gabrielle Lee, Dayve Gabbard, Joyce Evans, Jennifer Miller and Janet Lisa Hartstein and Hector Romero

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[ out & about ] Dazzle Delray luminary Gala

Where: Delray Beach What: The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce honored top

businesses and business leaders during its annual Luminary Gala, this year themed “Dazzle Delray,” at the Delray Beach Marriott. See the list below for the 2014 winners. 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Tom Lynch of Plastridge Insurance 2014 Business Person of the Year Tim Young of Delray Motors 2014 Business of the Year Delray Honda 2014 Nonprofit Organization of the Year C.R.O.S. Ministries

Zaicha and Craig Spodak Ross and Sarah Vallely, and Nancy and John Franczak

2014 Delray Beach & Beyond Corporate Reach Award 21 Drops 2014 New Business of the Year Woo Creative 2014 Retailer of the Year PeterMark Salon 2014 Restaurant of the Year Caffé Luna Rosa 2014 Ken Ellingsworth Community Service Award Tiffany Peterson

Kim Bentkover, Marcia Arseneault, Patty Reed, Karen Granger, Todd L’Herrou, Jena Luckman and Lynn Van Lenten

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Eric and Karen Granger

Brendan Lynch, Tom Lynch, Karen Granger, Connor Lynch, Scott Porten


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Where: Delray Beach What: Crane’s BeachHouse Hotel was

buzzing with PR, marketing and media professionals for “The Biggest PR Party of the Year.” More than 80 guests enjoyed drinks, food and raffle prizes while networking at the event, which was co-hosted by Gold Coast PR Council and PRSA-Palm Beach.

Chris Therien, Sarah Crane and Cathy Balestriere

Julie Mullen, Don Silver, Kami Barrett and Lisa De La Rionda

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Jennifer Sullivan and Kae Jonsons Scott Schoenen and Veronica Arrieta Debi McAvoy and Kathy Valli

Margie Yansura and Cristina Nelson

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[ out & about ] DJ Misha Samson

Honey VIP PreVIew nIgHt

Where: Delray Beach What: Honey celebrated its opening with

a VIP preview night, treating guests to specialty cocktails and farm-to-table bites. The event included a tour of the space, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and music courtesy of DJ Misha Samson.

Bianka Toth and Brooke Robinson

Vaughan Dugan, Scott Frielich, David Robinson and Nicole Biscuiti

Kerri Hussey and Laura Simon

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There is only one word to describe Downtown Delray Beach, Florida ‌ SOCIAL! Whether you are casual, urban, sophisticated or chic, the heart of our historic Village by the Sea will never disappoint the social side of you. Our thriving community of artists, culture and entertainment, along with our eclectic shops and mouth-watering cuisine, will have you spreading the word about Downtown Delray Beach far and wide. Take your family and friends for a warm dip in the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic along two miles of pristine beach. Come and explore SOCIAL Downtown Delray Beach! I 561.243.1077


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

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Contact the restaurant of your choice to reserve your seat.

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Event Charity: Restaurants will donate $3 for every attendee at their restaurant to Delray’s Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

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WHERE & WHEN: Location: Downtown Delray Beach

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

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

CHARITY: Campaign for Grade Level Reading, City of Delray Beach $3 of each reservation will be donated to this nonprofit to assist in funding books and tutoring programs that will prepare children for life. More than 45 percent of children in Delray Beach do not read on grade level in third grade. We are thrilled to be able to support this program.

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

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

Visit for a Savor restaurant map.

SAVOR THE AVE TABLE DECOR CONTEST: For the third year, Savor the Avenue restaurants will compete for the “Best in Show” table! Each restaurant will showcase its unique style through tabletop decor that ranges from elegant to eclectic. We encourage you to arrive early and walk the avenue to view the beautifully decorated tables.

GREET, TOAST & DINE! 5:30–6:15 p.m.

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

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Seating begins.

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

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


Downtown Delray Beach evening casual

PARKING: Public parking lots and garage parking are available, as well as some valet locations. Atlantic Avenue will be closed during the event. Side streets will remain open for vehicle access. Visit for more parking information. Old School Square Parking Garage: Northeast First Street and Northeast First Avenue ($5 for the evening) Robert Federspiel Garage: Southeast First Aveune ~ PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING RESTAURANT PHOTOS MAY NOT REPRESENT THE MENU SELECTIONS TO BE SERVED AT THE EVENT ~

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



Morel Mushroom “Toast” with Castelmagno Cheese & Swank Upland Cress


Wood Roasted Gulf Prawn & Shishito Peppers with Avocado Crema, Pineapple “Mojo” & Yucca Chips


Braised Beef Short Rib & Heirloom Tomato on Polenta with Pontano Arugula & Vacche Rosse Reggiano


Valrhona Dark Chocolate Flourless Cake with Blackberry-Cassis and Cocoa Nib Florentine


Wine & Drink Pairings to Accompany Each Course



Rock Shrimp Pot Pie: Garlic Sautéed Shrimp, Sherry Cream, Charred Fennel, Roasted Tomato and Artichoke, Chesapeake Puff Pastry Accompaniment: Sophia, Francis Ford Coppola, Rose


Seafood “Planters”: Saltwater Brewery Poached Shrimp, Florida Coast Clams, East Coast Oysters P.E.I. Mussels Mignonette, Beet Cocktail, Spicy Mustard Accompaniment: Conundrum, White Proprietary Blend


Angry Lobster: Skewered and Roasted, Root Beer Braised Shortrib, Charred Carrots, Sweet Potato and Corn Creamed Kale, Molasses Crispy Onions, • OR • Dressing, Mango Harissa Butter Reduction of Stock Pot Accompaniment:

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc



La Crema Pinot Noir

Truffle Garden: Sweet Soil, Assorted Truffles and Petit Confections Accompaniment: Robert Mondavi, Moscato D’Oro

$125 PER PERSON Located above the iconic sports bar, Boston’s on the Beach, 50 Ocean features a sophisticated, Old Florida atmosphere, panoramic ocean views, and exquisite cuisine with exciting local influences, presented by a knowledgeable and seasoned staff. Award-winning chef Blake Malatesta is a master talent at creating unique dishes, offsetting different textures and custom sauces in his signature dishes of seafood and meats. 50 S. Ocean Blvd. (A1A) / 561-278-3364 /



Grand Toast: Prosecco Foss Marai Brut


Combination Tapas Tasting Plate with: Camaron Con Chorizo: Black Tiger Shrimp, Spanish Chorizo, Micro-Greens and Passion Fruit Glaze Anticucho: Churrasco Skirt Steak & Chimichurri Accompaniment: Lorinon Crianza Tempranillo


Arugula Salad with Queso de Cabra, Oranges, Marcona Almonds & Durazno Vinaigrette Accompaniment: Vina Gomez Verdejo


Pernil Asado: Braised Pork Shank, Rioja Garlic Demi, Yucca Manchego Cheese Mash Accompaniment: Elqui, Carmenere-Syrah-Malbec


Tres Leches: Three Milks Silky Cake with Guava Accompaniment: Riesling


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

Caffé Luna Rosa is the Italian restaurant on the beach and the oldest Italian restaurant in Delray Beach. Recently awarded the 2014 Delray Beach Restaurant of the Year, Caffé Luna Rosa offers an oceanview dining experience where great food and a great environment come together. 34 S. Ocean Blvd. / 561-274-8898 Ext.1 / ~MENU~


Moroccan Seared Ahi Tuna served over Organic Tabouli, Garden Vegetables & Tangerine Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil Accompaniment: Michael David Winery Sauvignon Blanc


Hand-Rolled Ricotta Cavatelli Six Mushroom Sauce with White Truffle & Parmigiano Reggiano Accompaniment: Incognito, White blend of Voignier, Chardonnay, Roussanne, Sauvignon Blanc, and Symphony


Maine Lobster Risotto & Fillet: All Natural Slow-Roasted Sliced Beef Fillet served with Maine Lobster & Asparagus Risotto with a Barolo Wine Reduction Accompaniment: Incognito Red Blend of Syrah, Mourverdre, Cinsault, Carignan, Tannat, Grenache and Petite Sirah


Butterfinger Cannoli: Traditional Cannoli Shell stuffed with Fresh Made Butterfinger Filling & Nutella Sauce


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


HORS D’OEUVRE Assorted Sushi


Prosciutto di Parma & Fresh Mozzarella Salad


Pan-Seared Grouper over Shrimp & Crawfish Étouffée


Old Fashioned Creamy Key Lime Pie


Wine & Drink Pairings to Accompany Each Course



Bluefin Tuna Toro, Sweet Soy Reduction, Japanese Cucumber, Ginger Wasabi Crème Accompaniment: Badenhorst Secateurs, Chenin Blanc, South Africa, 2013


Duo of Lamb, Espelette Crusted Seared Chop Smoked Braised Lamb Hash, Mint Julep Jus, Pickled Fennel & Mache Salad Accompaniment: Belle Glos, Pinot Noir “Dairyman” Russian River, 2013


Fillet of Wagyu “Jackman Ranch,” French Dijon & Brandy Reduction, Potato Dauphinoise, Sauté of Foraged Mushrooms Accompaniment: Orin Swift, Red Blend “Cuttings,” California, 2012


Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte, Vanilla Mousse, Peanut Caramel Brittle Accompaniment: Elvio, Moscato d’asti, Tintero, Italy, 2013


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



Maple Sweet Potato Soup with Pumpkin Seeds Accompaniment: Talis Pinot Grigio


Seared Scallops with Citrus Quinoa Salad Accompaniment: Icaria Chardonnay


Hoisin Glazed Rack of Lamb over Roasted Vegetables Accompaniment: Bench Pinot Noir


Flourless Chocolate Cake with Orange Balsamic Berries Accompaniment: Fieldstone Merlot


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

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


HORS D’OEUVRE Lobster Shirmp Shumai

Accompaniment: Pinot Grigio and Malbec


Seared Wagu Beef Tataki Accompaniment: Pinot Grigio and Malbec


Array of Freshcut Sushi and Sashimi on an Ice Plate Accompaniment: Pinot Grigio and Malbec


Thai Style Creme Brûlée with Bananas Foster


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


WELCOME DRINK Bell Pepper Daiquiri


Bacon Wrapped & Chorizo Stuffed Date, Piquillo Pepper Sauce, Crisp Naan


Epic Charcuterie Board


Pan-Roasted Cobia, Sun Shrimp Prawn, Paella Risotto, Meyer Lemon Aioli


Akaushi Beef Two Ways: Seared N.Y. Strip, 24-Hour Short Rib, Potato Rosti, Creamed Swiss Chard, Aged Butter


Banana Cream Pie in a Jar


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


WELCOME DRINK Prime Peach Cosmo


Stuffed Mushrooms, Sweet Italian Sausage, Broccoli Rabe, Sharp Provolone


Roasted Beets and Feta Golden Frisse, Micro Basil, Toasted Walnuts


Prime Filet Mignon with Potato Au Gratin, Asparagus & Lobster Béarnaise


Lemoncello Parfait


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

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


Retail Therapy featuring Svedka Clementine Grand Toast: Avissi Champagne


Oyster Chowder with Parsnip, Fennel, Potato, & Paprika Accompaniment: Ruffino Pinot Grigio


Wood-Grilled Octopus with White Bean Hummus, Roasted Olives, Arugula Pesto & Sweet Peppers Accompaniment: Mark West Pinot Noir


Seared Scallops with Jalapeño Honey Glazed Pork Belly, Calabaza Squash Puree, Cauliflower & Veal Jus Accompaniment: Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc


Root Beer-Glazed Carrot Cake with Fried Parsnips, Caramel Sauce & Candied Carrot Jam, Dow’s Port


Gary Rack’s FAT ROOSTER, merges true iconic Southern dining with nostalgicAmerican tradition guests can relate to. Offering comfort classics, in a dining scene fit for an era of American building blocks, the FAT ROOSTER will bring you back in time to a simpler lifestyle. This feel-good atmosphere attracts all walks of life. Marrying both hearty appetites, and serving platefuls of “remember when’s.” 204 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-450-6718 ~MENU~


Retail Therapy Featuring Svedka Clementine Grand Toast: Avissi Champagne


Fried Green Tomato with Blue Crab Remoulade & Basil Oil Accompaniment: Canyon Road Sauvignon Blanc


Sorghum Glazed Sweet Potato with Burnt Ends, Scallions & Chipotle Aioli Accompaniment: Canyon Road Chardonnay


Fried Chicken with Homemade Pickles & Buttermilk Biscuit Accompaniment: Carnivor Cabernet


Smores Brownie with Graham Cracker, Marshmallow & Dark Chocolate Sauce Accompaniment: Dark Horse Red Blend



HORS D’OEUVRE Seaweed Salad


Tuna Poke: Avocado, Toasted Sesame Oil, Citrus Ponzu, Scallion & Red Onion inside of Crispy Wonton Shells


Prime 12oz Filet & Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops served with Grilled Asparagus


7-Layer Chocolate Cake


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

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



Old School Meatball: San Marzano Tomato Basil Gravy, Ricotta Cheese, Crostini Bread Accompaniment: Solita Sexy Grapes Cocktail


Shrimp SoLita: Crispy Shrimp, Roasted Pepper, Garlic Verde Drizzle, Tarter dip Accompaniment: Esperrto Pinot Grigio


Main Plate Duo: Lobster Francese & Piccolo Osso Buco 1/2 Lobster Tail Francese, Lemon, Butter Braised Veal Osso Buco, Roasted Vegetables Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Bed of Spinach Accompaniment: Ferrari Carano Sienna Meritage


Warm Italian Bread Pudding, Whiskey Walnut Sauce Accompaniment: Ruffino Moscato




Cold Pilikia- Tzatziki, Melitzanosalata, Tarama, Kafteri, Dolmades & Olives, Greek Salad Accompaniment: Moschofilero White Wine, Boutari 2012


Mini Thalasino, Lamb Ribs, Keftedes, Spanakopita Accompaniment: Pavlou, Klima


Lamb Chops, Roast Lamb, Prawn, served with Potatoes Accompaniment: Megapanos, Old cellar red


Baklava & Galakotoboureko Accompaniment: Samos wine


Taverna Opa is the embodiment of the Greek spirit of Opa–a gathering place for guests to celebrate the basic elements of life–food, drinks and music enjoyed with family and friends. Come experience a different approach to dining that energizes, where previous dining norms are broken and spirits are lifted with every single napkin in the air. 270 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-303-3602 /


FIRST Mango Crab Salad Jumbo Lump Crab, Poached Prawn Bruschetta Avocado, Citrus Vinaigrette, Julienne • OR • Fresh Tomatillo Salsa, Toasted Baguette, Red Onion, Fresh Local Mango Micro Cilantro, Pickled Onion Palate Cleanser: The Office Lemon Sorbet Accompaniment: Pinot Grigio Ferrari-Carano


Colorado Lamb Chops, Black Grouper Jalapeño-Peach Relish, Honey-Glazed Roasted Root Vegetable, Bean Ragout, Crispy Kale, Shaved Radish Braised Cabbage, Mint Jelly, Bordelaise • OR • Accompaniment: Accompaniment: Francis Ford Coppola “Diamond Collection” Cabernet Sauvignon

B.R. Cohn “Silver Label” Cabernet Sauvignon

Herb-Crusted Brick Chicken Truffle Butter White Asparagus, Sautéed Spinach, Rosemary Polenta Accompaniment: Casalvento, Italy, Rose

DESSERT S’mores: Toasted Marshmallow, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Sauce, Fresh Berries

• OR •

Miss Piggy Goes to Vermont: Coffee Crème Anglaise, Crispy Bacon Bits, Chocolate Sauce, Maple Syrup

Accompaniment: “April in Paris”

$109 PER PERSON Feast on delicious, gourmet comfort food, at this outstanding American gastropub, where the food is as important as the creative cocktails, the selection of craft beer, and the noteworthy wine list. This wonderful, four-course meal will showcase gifted executive sous chef Derek Ernsting’s innovative cuisine, including refreshing salads, sublime small plates, award-winning burgers, enticing chicken, steak and fish dishes, and delectable desserts. 201 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-276-3600 /

Tryst is a local restaurant with a neighborhood pub feeling. The menu, inspired by the rich bar culture of Europe, features American classics and global comfort foods with an emphasis on seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients. Tryst is open for happy hour and dinner daily and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 4 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-921-0201 /



Local Snapper Ceviche, Crispy Corn Tortilla, Pickled Fresno Chile, Cilantro


Espellete Grilled Quail, Braised Local Kale, Larrun Gazta “Salsa”


Slow-Roasted Porchetta, Orange-Honey Glaze, Sweet Potato Mash, Apple Mostarda, Pickle Fennel Slaw


Peanut Butter & Jelly Bread Pudding, Vanilla Anglaise


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HORS D’OEUVRE V&A Ravioli Accompaniment: Cavit Lunetta Prosecco


John’s Mom’s Meatball Accompaniment: Col de Sasso Super Tuscan


Lobster Risotto: Main Lobster Meat, Pea, Pecorino Cheese, White Truffle Oil Accompaniment: Stella Di Notte Pinot Grigio


Dawn’s Venitian Cake Accompaniment: Jacobs Creek Moscato

$125 PER PERSON Dine on mouthwatering, rustic Italian cuisine created by talented executive chef Erick Miranda. The expansive menu truly pays homage to the fine culinary traditions of Italy. This enticing, four-course meal will showcase the restaurant’s superb salads, house-made pasta, fresh fish and seafood, scrumptious veal and chicken entrées, and decadent desserts. The full bar features inventive cocktails, as well as an impressive selection of wine and beer. 290 E. Atlantic Ave. / 561-278-9570 /

Contact the restaurant of your choice to reserve your seat. Last day to reserve your seat is March 19, 2015 Seating is limited. Guests must be 21 or older.

561/243-1077 Enjoy, Savor!





A new addition to Boca Raton, 13 American Table serves New American cuisine with a twist in a casual yet elegant environment.

Mon–Thu: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Fri–Sat: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm 451 E. Palmetto Park Rd. • Boca Raton, Florida 561.409.2061 •

dining guide Your resource for Greater Delray Beach’s finest restaurants Raising the BaR Jové’s inventiveness extends to the bar, with classic cocktails and complex concoctions with an array of house-made infusions. The Fernet Branca Manhattan gives the traditional Manhattan a kick with California’s boutique Breaking & Entering bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula vermouth, Angostura bitters and a juicy brandied cherry.


2800 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, 561/533-3750


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

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mood strikes you, modestly adventurous or safely classical. You can even dine modestly, at least as far as price goes, as Jové offers both thin-crusted stone-fired pizzas and commendable pastas, all but one under $20. And dine we did, though rather less modestly, beginning with a half-dozen glistening Malpeque oysters, slippery nuggets of sweet-briny lusciousness that required only

If You Go PRICES: Entrées $14–$120 (for two) HouRS: Daily 5:30–10 p.m. WEBSITE: the merest squeeze of lemon to highlight their fresh-from-the-sea flavor. Then it was on to the chef ’s sublime interpretation of the classic vitello tonnato, quarter-sized coins of fork-tender veal loin, fanned in a circle over a pool of tuna sauce like liquid silk and garnished with fried capers, ovendried tomatoes, a handful of infantile greens and two witty, chef-inspired touches—a tiny poached quail egg infused with coffee and twin sticks of celery given a bright-tasting jolt of lemon.

We practically lapped up the creamy Gorgonzola sauce that graced pillow-y gnocchi laced with figs, then we sat back to await our entrées. A snowy-white fillet of flounder was the night’s lone disappointment. Though not the freshest piece of fish I’ve ever eaten, it may have been the saltiest, something the accompanying leek fondue and terrific little layered potato cake were helpless to remedy. A duet of lamb, however, returned the universe to its rightful order, a pair of thickcut chops and slices off the loin with goat cheese, lamb jus and house-made mint jelly. The combination of flavors—salty sweet, meaty, herbal—is like a party for your taste buds. So too is the plush, satiny lemon panna cotta, a suave lily gilded with prosecco jelly, sweet-tart blackberry granite and (inexplicably) strands of fried pasta. A traditional Italian dessert, meringata di lampone, a sort of meringue tart with flakes of bitter chocolate and raspberry sorbet, could have used more chocolate and sorbet and less meringue, though when you’re reaching for the sky, grabbing a handful of clouds once in a while comes with the territory. —Bill Citara

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$ Inexpensive: under $17 $$ Moderate: $18 to $35 $$$ Expensive: $36 to $50 $$$$ Very expensive: $50+ delray beach 3rd & 3rd—301 N.E. Third Ave. Gastropub. John

32 east—32 E. Atlantic Ave. contemporary american. At a time when chefs and restaurants seem to be constantly shouting their own praises, Nick Morfogen and 32 East go quietly about their way of serving thoughtfully conceived, finely crafted dishes with a minimum of fuss and artifice. The menu changes daily, but recent examples of Morfogen’s culinary expertise include plump scallops given an elegant bouillabaisse treatment and fork-tender venison with a terrific Asiago-fig risotto. When the food is this good, you don’t need to shout. • Dinner daily. 561/276-7868. $$$ 50 ocean—50 S. Ocean Blvd. Seafood. The former Upper Deck at Boston’s on the Beach is now the more upscale, seafood-oriented spot. The menu ranges from familiar to slightly more inventive, from a classic lobster bisque and crisp-tender fried clam bellies to rock shrimp pot pie and baked grouper topped with blue crab. The cinnamon-dusted beignets are puffs of amazingly delicate deep-fried air and should not under any circumstances be missed. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. Brunch Sun. 561/278-3364. $$

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 chicken-turkey meatballs in Parmesan-enhanced broth, and Cremona pizza with a sweet-salty-earthypungent mélange of pears, pancetta, gorgonzola, sundried figs and mozzarella. • Lunch Tues.–Sun. Dinner daily. 561/381-0037. $


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

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 deliciously 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. $$

brulé bistro—200 N.E. Second Ave., Suite 109. american. This chic and casual bistro tucked away in the Pineapple Grove district of Delray Beach serves modern American cuisine, artisan wines, craft beers and hand crafted cocktails. This intimate neighborhood bistro has the culinary IQ of a very fine restaurant. It is local Delray at its best, with entrées like Snake River Kobe flank au poivre to Maine lobster bisque with fennel pollen. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/274-2046. $$

buddah sky bar—217 E. Atlantic Ave. Pan asian. Don’t miss a meal at this stylish Asia-meets-industrial chic spot with a view of the Delray skyline. Chineseinfluenced dim sum is inspired, while rock shrimp tempura and Tokyo beef skewers with twin chimichurri sauces touch the heart and the taste buds. • Dinner Wed.–Sun. 561/450-7557. $$ burgerfi—6 S. Ocean Blvd. american. The burger at this snappy oceanfront bistro—all-natural Black Angus beef—is A big hit, whether a single “All the Way” burger or the $10 Ultimate Cheeseburger, which is a pair of ground brisket burgers, plus Swiss and blue cheeses. You can customize your burger too, choosing from a roster

of free add-ons like mayo, relish and grilled onions, and from a list of “premium” toppings. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-9590. $

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 the underserved denizens of west Delray. A few dishes from Max’s other eatery, Max’s Grille, have made the trek, like the hearty chopped salad and baconwrapped meatloaf. Other dishes are variations on the comfort food theme, from boniato and yuca chips with blue cheese to a stellar truffle-scented wild mushroom pizza. • Dinner daily. Sunday brunch. 561/638-6380. $$$ caffé luna rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This favorite is always lively, and alfresco dining is the preferred mode. Entrée choices are enticing, but we went with the penne alla vodka with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 14-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served either Milanese or parmigiana. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9404. $$ casa di pepe—189 N.E. Second Ave. Italian. A welcoming staff, familiar Italian dishes done right and moderate prices define this cozy spot with a spacious outdoor patio. Two could share the fist-sized meatball with fresh-tasting tomato sauce and dollop of milky basil, before moving on to house-made linguine with clams, tender veal Francese and one of the best versions of tiramisu this side of Veneto. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/279-7371. $$ march/april 2015

[ dining guide ] 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 crabstuffed shrimp with jalapeño cheddar grits, bacon, shiitake mushrooms and warm vinaigrette. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$ cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Steak house. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steak-house favorites make this sleek restaurant just different enough to be interesting. Starters such as ceviche (prepared Peruvian style) and ultrarich oysters Rockefeller are first-rate, while the wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner daily. 561/272-9898. $$$

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

d’angelo trattoria—9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. Don’t go here expecting all the tired old “Italian” culinary clichés; open your palate to more authentic and exciting Roman-style cuisine, like roasted veal bone

marrow with brisk caper-parsley pesto, creamy-dreamy burrata with roasted fava beans and watercress salad, the classic tonnarelli cacio e pepe (“cheese and pepper”) and the best gelato this side of a real Roman trattoria. • Dinner daily. 561/330-1237. $$

deck 84—840 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Burt Rapoport’s ode to laid-back tropical dining is like a day at the beach without getting sand between your toes. Though the restaurant is casual, the kitchen takes its food seriously, whether the stellar flatbreads or the thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger. And the waterfront location can’t be beat. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner daily. 561/665-8484. $ dig—777 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Recently purchased by a mother-and-daughter team, the vibe here is organic, local and sustainable. Expect dishes ranging from barbecue sea-whistle salmon to lump-crab guacamole. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/279-1002. $$ el camino—15 N.E. Second Ave. Mexican. This sexy, bustling downtown spot is from the trio behind nearby Cut 432 and Park Tavern. Fresh, quality ingredients go into everything from the dusky red chili and tangy tomatillo salsas to the world-class tacos of fish clad in crisp, delicate fried skin and set off by tart pineapple salsa. Cinnamon and sugar-dusted churros are the perfect dessert. And do check out the margaritas, especially the half-and-half blend of smoky mezcal and blanco tequila. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5350. $$

fifth avenue grill—821 S. Federal Highway. American. Since 1989, this upscale tavern has been a Delray favorite. The straightforward menu focuses on entrées, especially the famed Allen Brothers beef; choose from numerous cuts and preparations—and add a lobster tail for good measure. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/265-0122. $$

greek bistro—1832 S. Federal Highway. Greek. If you care more about well-prepared, generously portioned and fairly priced food than Opa!-shouting waiters, you’ll love this modest little restaurant. Flaky, overstuffed spanikopita and miraculously light and delicate beef meatballs should be at the top of your appetizer list, and though entrées don’t always reach those heights, both a long-braised lamb shank and grilled whole snapper are certainly satisfying. And the baklava is great. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/266-8976. $ the grove—187 N.E. Second Ave. American. The Grove offers excellent food, the kind that gives hope that our part of South Florida can be a culinary destination on par with the best in the country. There’s excellent service too, and an equally commendable wine list, one that boasts by-the-glass selections actually worth drinking. The menu changes biweekly and, like the restaurant, lacks even a crumb of pretension— and is uniformly excellent. • Dinner Tues.–Thurs. 561/266-3750. $$$ henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant from Burt Rapoport in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything— from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$

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house of siam—25 N.E. Second Ave. Thai. The normally riotous flavors of Thai cuisine are muted at this charming, family-friendly spot, but that seems to suit diners just fine. Dishes, well-prepared and generously portioned, include steamed chicken and shrimp dumplings with sweet soy dipping sauce and crisp-fried duck breast in a very mild red curry sauce. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner daily. 561/330-9191. $$

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il girasole—1911 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. This South Florida classic is not trendy, but it offers a level of comfort and consistency that has been bringing people back for 30 years. The food is fine hearty Italian, with excellent service. Try the veal Kristy or the frogs legs. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/2723566. $$


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j&j seafood bar & grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on the Avenue—owned by John Hutchinson (also the chef) and wife Tina— march/april 2015

The Office is a modern American gastropub that serves delicious, gourmet comfort food, in a setting reminiscent of a luxurious home office. Menu favorites include an array of juicy burgers, inventive salads, swell sandwiches, wonderful appetizers, mouthwatering seafood, chicken and beef entrees.

Vic & Angelo’s serves up delectable, rustic Italian cuisine, including soulsatisfying house-made pastas, crispy, thin-crust pizzas, refreshing salads, fresh fish and seafood, and enticing veal and chicken dishes, in a warm and welcoming setting.

• Lunch & Dinner Served Daily • Early & Late Happy Hour at Indoor & Outdoor Bars • Dine Indoors or on the Patio

• Lunch & Dinner Served Daily • Early & Late Happy Hour at Indoor & Outdoor Bars • Brunch Served Saturday & Sunday • Indoor and Outdoor Dining

201 E. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach • 561-276-3600

290 E. Atlantic Ave. • Delray Beach • 561-278-9570 4520 PGA Blvd. • Palm Beach Gardens • 561-630-9899

[ dining guide ] serves up everything from burgers and wraps to a menu brimming with seafood options. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/2723390. $$

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jimmy’s bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. Eclectic. Jimmy’s cheerily unpretentious atmosphere applies to the eclectic menu, which flits from China to Italy to New Orleans at will. Best bets are a lovely salad of ripe tomatoes and fresh, milky house-made mozzarella; a rich, elegant version of lusty Cajun etouffee; and caramelized bananas in puff pastry with silken vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. • Dinner daily. 561/865-5774. $$ la cigale—253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. This

latitudes ocean grill—2809 S.Ocean Blvd., Highland Beach. Contemporary American. This seaside restaurant at the Holiday Inn has long been an unfussy local favorite—with a jaw-dropping view. Think gold standard faves like calamari, mom’s chicken soup, stuffed portabello, steaks, chops, the always-great yellowtail snapper. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Brunch Sun. 561/278-6241. $$ lemongrass bistro—420 E. Atlantic Ave. PanAsian. Casually hip ambience, friendly service, moderate prices and a blend of sushi and nouveau pan-Asian fare make this original Lemongrass and its three younger siblings some of the most popular restaurants around. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-5050. $

max’s harvest—169 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Restaurateur Dennis Max, instrumental in bringing the chef- and 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 soars with dishes like savory bourbon-maple glazed pork belly, goat-cheese croquettes with red chili-guava jelly and grilled local swordfish with orange cumin vinaigrette. • Dinner daily. 561/381-9970. $$ the office—201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. It’s a safe bet that your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports red leather and cowhide chairs, more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to mussels. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the


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kitchen turns out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are simply glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$ thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maplefrosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$

park tavern—32 S.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The guys from Cut 432 have done it again with this hip, casual modern American tavern. The menu is tightly focused and tightly executed, whether Maryland crab cake featuring fat chunks of succulent crab or mustard-barbecue pork belly with Carolina gold cheese rice. Don’t miss the behemoth slab of tender, juicy prime rib for a near-saintly $29—or the decadent soft pretzel bites. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/2655093. $$ prime—110 E. Atlantic Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime has a neo-supper club decor, extensive wine list and roster of designer steaks. Starters and desserts fare better than entrées, especially plump, crabby Maryland-style crab cakes and indecently luscious chocolate bread pudding. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5845. $$$ racks fish house & oyster bar—5 S.E. Second Ave. Seafood. Gary Rack, who also has scored with his spot in Mizner Park, certainly seems to have the restaurant Midas touch, as evidenced by this updated throwback to classic fish houses. Design, ambience and service hit all the right notes. Oysters are terrific any way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$ scuola vecchia—522 E. Atlantic Ave. Neopolitan pizza. This bright pizza and wine place makes a certified and serious Neopolitan 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. $

smoke—8 E. Atlantic Ave. Barbecue. With famed pit master Bryan Tyrell manning the smoker, this joint smokes every other barbecue spot in South Florida. Pretty much everything that comes out of Tyrell’s three-wood smoker is good, but his competition-style ribs are porky-smoky-spicy heaven, the Sistine Chapel of rib-dom. Crisp-greaseless house-made potato chips, meaty baked beans and plush-textured bananacoconut pudding are also excellent. The ambiance is an inviting blend of Southern hospitality, urban chic and sports bar. • Dinner Wed.–Mon. Lunch Sat.–Sun. 561/330-4236. $$

sundy house —106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American/Mediterranean. It’s always been historic, with a changing lineup of top chefs. These days the Sundy House menu is a “soulful” blend of Mediterranean flavors and Southern comfort food— served in arguably the most beautiful restaurant and gardens in Delray. Menus are seasonal and imaginative. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-5678. $$$

tramonti—119 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. With its roots in New York’s Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, this venue is always packed. Homemade stuffed manicotti is aromatic and glorious. Tramonti’s platter for two, containing fillet marsala, veal cutlet with prosciutto, fried zucchini and march/april 2015

[ dining guide ] ries East and West, plus a roster of more traditional Thai dishes and inventive sushi rolls. Menu standouts include tempura-fried rock shrimp or calamari cloaked with a lush-fiery “spicy cream sauce.” Expect neighborly service and reasonable prices. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/588-7768. $

Lantana 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 8 pounds) and are so reasonably priced that getting a taste of one without reservations is highly unlikely. • Dinner nightly. 561/547-9487. $$$ PaLM bEach bice—313 Worth Ave. Italian. Bice continues to hold the A fresh catch from Prime Catch

potato croquettes, is terrific. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-1944. $$

tryst—4 E. Atlantic Ave. Eclectic. It’s tough to beat this hotspot with the lovely outdoor patio, well-chosen selection of artisan beers and not-the-usual-suspect wines, and an eclectic “gastropub” menu of small and large plates. Try the crisp-fried rock shrimp with chipotle-mayonnaise sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/921-0201. $$

vic & angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. Vic’s Buffalo mozzarella, house-made pastas and San Marzano tomatoes are first-rate, and execution is spot on. Try the “Old School” meatball to start, then sample the perfectly cooked veal chop. Portions are substantial, so expect leftovers. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-9570. $$$

boynton bEach bar louie—1500 Gateway Blvd. Eclectic. Attempting to split the difference between happening bar and American café, Bar Louie mostly succeeds, offering burgers, pizzas, fish tacos and a variety of salads, all at moderate prices and in truly daunting portions. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/853-0090. $

china dumpling—1899-5 N. Congress Ave. chinese. The dim sum basket is an absolute must-try. Meanwhile, the pork dumplings and shrimp dumplings are not to be missed. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/737-2782. $

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and crispy, or 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/ sushi. Local sushi-philes jam the long, narrow dining room for a taste of such impeccable nigirizushi as hamachi and uni (only on Thursdays), as well as more elaborate dishes like the sublime snowy snapper Morimoto and opulent tuna tartare. Creative and more elaborate rolls are a specialty. This is arguably some of the best sushi in Palm Beach County. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/731-1819. $$

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. $$ paradiso ristorante—625 Lucerne Ave. Italian. A Tomasz Rut mural dominates the main dining room, and there is also a pasticceria and bar for gelato and espresso. Chef Angelo Romano offers a modern Italian menu. The Mediterranean sea bass branzino is definitely a must-try. Plus, the wine list is a veritable tome. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/547-2500. $$$ safire asian fusion—817 Lake Ave. Pan-asian. This stylish little restaurant offers food that gently mar-

title of favorite spot on the island for the see-and-be-seen crowd. The venerable restaurant offers a marvelous array of risottos and fresh pastas and classic dishes like veal chop Milanese, pounded chicken breast and roasted rack of lamb. The wine list features great vintages. • Lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/835-1600. $$$

buccan—350 S. County Road. contemporary american. Casual elegance of Palm Beach meets modern culinary sensibilities of Miami at the first independent restaurant by chef Clay Conley. The design offers both intimate and energetic dining areas, while the menu is by turn familiar (wood-grilled burgers) and more adventurous (truffled steak tartare with crispy egg yolk, squid ink orrechiette). But they’re all good. Dinner daily. 561/833-3450. $$ café boulud—The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave. French with american flair. This hotel restaurant gives Palm Beach a taste of Daniel Boulud’s worldclass cuisine inspired by his four muses. The chef oversees a menu encompassing classics, simple fare, seasonal offerings and dishes from around the world. Dining is in the courtyard (not available during summer), the elegant lounge or the sophisticated dining room. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/6556060. $$$ café l’europe—331 S. County Road. current international. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.– Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$ march/april 2015

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[ dining guide ] chez jean-pierre—132 N. County Road. French.


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Sumptuous cuisine, attentive servers and a see-andbe-seen crowd are hallmarks of one of the island’s premier restaurants. Indulgences include scrambled eggs with caviar and the Dover sole meunière filleted tableside. When your waiter suggests profiterolles au chocolat or hazelnut soufflé, say, mais oui! • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/833-1171. $$$

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Italian. The wide range of items on the menu and the great quality of Cucina’s cuisine, combined with its fine service, ensures a fun place for a casual yet delectable meal—not to mention being a vantage point for spotting local celebs. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Outdoor dining. 561/655-0770. $$

echo—230A Sunrise Ave. Asian. The cuisine reverberates with the tastes of China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam and is spec-ta-cu-lar. Crispy jumbo shrimp with soybean plum sauce is delectable, the Chinese hot and sour soup is unlike any other, and the Mongolian beef tenderloin is perfection. Sake list is also tops. This offsite property of The Breakers is managed with the same flawlessness as the resort. • Dinner nightly (during season). 561/802-4222. $$$

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This posh Adam Tihany-designed space in the historic Breakers resort, an icon of Old Palm Beach, offers imginative small plates and hand-crafted cocktails in an atmosphere reminiscent of the 1950s. • Open daily from 5 p.m. 561/290-0104. $$

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

nick & johnnie’s—207 Royal Poinciana Way. Contemporary American. Expect flavorful, moderately priced California-esque cuisine in a casual setting with affordable wines and young, energetic servers. Try the short-rib or jerk chicken quesadillas as appetizers, and don’t miss the four-cheese tortellini as a main course. • Lunch and dinner Mon.–Sat. Breakfast Sun. 561/655-3319. $$ renato’s —87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is comfortably buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist—like the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and

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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 posh-casual refuge for the see-and-be-seen crowd in and around Palm Beach. The eclectic menu offers everything from roasted duck with orange blossom honey-ginger sauce to dry-aged steaks and an assortment of pizzas. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/8353500. $$

trevini ristorante—290 Sunset Ave. Italian. Maître d’ Carla Minervini is your entrée to a warm experience, complemented by a stately but comfortable room and excellent food. We love the crispy fillet of herb-crusted sole in a rich, buttery sauce and the veal scallopini in a lemon caper Chardonnay sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/833-3883. $$$

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mexican. Mexican cuisine often has more personas than Madonna. This highly stylized cantina (which opened another location at the wildly popular Delray Marketplace earlier this year) adds another dimension—that of California’s Chicano culture. All your favorite Mexican dishes are there, as well as enormous margaritas, but also niftier items like the terrific tuna ceviche in “tomatillo broth.” • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/624-0024. $

café chardonnay—4533 PGA Blvd. contemporary American. The newer, more “trendy” restaurants come and go, but this longtime stalwart maintains its consistency—and never rests on its laurels. Instead, it continues to feature finely crafted American/Continental fare with enough inventiveness and inspired execution to keep things interesting. The popular herb-and-Dijon-mustard rack of lamb, regular menu items like duck with Grand Marnier sauce, and always superlative specials reveal a kitchen with solid grounding in culinary fundamentals. • Lunch Mon.– Fri. Dinner daily. 561/627-2662. $$

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are many things to like about this modest little osteria—the unpretentious ambience, piano nightly after 7 p.m., the fine service, the robust portions and relatively modest prices. And, of course, the simple, satisfying Italian cuisine. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/514-4070. $$ march/april 2015

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leila—120 S. Dixie Highway. Mediterranean. Flowing drapes and industrial lighting complete the exotic decor in this Middle Eastern hit. Sensational hummus is a must-try. Lamb kebab with parsley, onion and spices makes up the delicious Lebanese lamb kefta. Take your Turkish coffee to the patio for an arguileh (water pipe) experience. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sun. 561/659-7373. $$

marcello’s la sirena—6316 S. Dixie Highway. Italian. You’re in for a true Italian treat if the pasta of the day is prepared with what might be the best Bolognese sauce ever. There are countless other top choices at this cozy mainstay, which opened in 1986, including the chicken breast, pounded thin and filled with fontina and prosciutto. • Dinner Mon.– Sat. (closed Memorial Day–Labor Day). 561/5853128. $$ pistache—101 N. Clematis St. French. Pistache


doesn’t just look like a French bistro, it cooks like one. The menu includes such bistro specialties as mussels mariniere, coq au vin and steak tartare. All this, plus views of the Intracoastal Waterway and Centennial Park for those dining al fresco. • Brunch Sat.–Sun. Lunch and dinner daily. 561/833-5090. $$


rhythm café—3800 S. Dixie Highway. Casual American. Once a diner, the interior of this spot along the area’s Antique Row is eclectic with plenty of kitsch. The crab cakes are famous here, and the tapas are equally delightful. Homemade ice cream and the chocolate chip cookies defy comparison. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/833-3406. $$

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table 26°—1700 S. Dixie Highway. Contemporary American. Take a quarter-cup of Palm Beach, a tablespoon of Nantucket, a pinch of modern American cookery and a couple gallons of the owners’ savoir faire, and you have Eddie Schmidt’s and Ozzie Medeiros’s spot. The menu roams the culinary globe for modest contemporary tweaks on classically oriented dishes. Try the fried calamari “Pad Thai.” • Dinner daily. 561/855-2660. $$$ march/april 2015

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[ dining guide ] boca raton 13 american table—451 E. Palmetto Park Road. contemporary american. This cozy, artfully rustic spot is one of the few restaurants in the U.S. that has a Josper oven, a pricy, charcoal-fired grill-oven hybrid that cooks foods quickly at high heat to retain maximum flavor and texture. It works like a charm on chicken, resulting in remarkably crisp skin and tender meat, as well as on fist-sized shrimp you can customize with one of several sauces. Don’t miss feather-light profiteroles filled with caramel and pumpkin mousse. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/409-2061. $$

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abe & louie’s—2200 W. Glades Road. Steaks. This outpost of the Boston steak house cooks up slabs of well-aged, USDA Prime beef like nobody’s business. Two of the best are the bone-in ribeye and New York sirloin. Start with a crab cocktail, but don’t neglect side dishes like steamed spinach and hash browns. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. Brunch Sun. 561/447-0024. $$$ arturo’s ristorante—6750 N. Federal Highway. Italian. Arturo’s quiet, comfortable dining room; slightly formal, rigorously professional service; and carefully crafted Italian dishes never go out of style. You’ll be tempted to make a meal of the array of delectable antipasti from the antipasti cart, but try to leave room for main courses like giant shrimp with tomatoes, cannellini beans, rosemary and an exceptionally well-done risotto. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. 561/997-7373. $$$

biergarten—309 Via De Palmas, #90. German/Pub. Part vaguely German beer garden, part all-American sports bar, this rustic eatery offers menus that channel both, as well as an excellent selection of two-dozen beers on tap and the same number by the bottle. The food is basic and designed to go well with suds, like the giant pretzel with a trio of dipping sauces and the popular “Biergarten burger.” • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-7462. $ bistro provence—2399 N. Federal Highway. French. With the convivial ambience and hearty good food of an authentic Parisian bistro, this inviting, unpretentious restaurant deserves its local popularity. Mussels are a specialty, and roasted duck is excellent too. • Dinner nightly. 561/368-2340. $$ boca landing—999 E. Camino Real. contemporary american. No Hollywood celebrity has gotten a better face-lift than Boca’s aging Bridge Hotel, now the sleek, contemporary Waterstone Resort & Marina. The hotel’s new signature restaurant, Boca Landing, is equally stunning, showing off its prime waterfront location and views. The mostly small-plates menu features Asian-inflected tuna tartare, green curry mussels and fried calamari. Probably the best dish, though, is the thoroughly continental filet mignon with crab and béarnaise, with march/april 2015


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bonefish grill—21069 Powerline Road. Seafood. Market-fresh seafood is the cornerstone—like Chilean sea bass prepared over a wood-burning grill and served with sweet Rhea’s topping (crabmeat, sautéed spinach and a signature lime, tomato and garlic sauce.) • Dinner nightly. 561/483-4949. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/732-9142; 9897 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561/965-2663; 11658 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/799-2965) $$

brio tuscan grille—5050 Town Center Circle, #239. Italian. The Boca outpost of this national chain does what it set out to do—dish up big portions of well-made, easily accessible Italian-esque fare at a reasonable price. If you’re looking for bruschetta piled with fresh cheeses and vegetables or house-made fettuccine with tender shrimp and lobster in a spicy lobster butter sauce, you’ll be one happy diner. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/392-3777. (Other Palm Beach County locations: The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd., 561/622-0491; CityPlace, 550 S. Rosemary Ave., 561/835-1511) $$

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

ian. Angelo Elia’s impeccable Italian restaurant is a delight, from the stylish room to the suave service to the expansive wine list, not to mention food that’s by turn elegant, hearty, bold, subtle and always delicious. Dishes off the regular menu make excellent choices, like char-grilled jumbo prawns with artichoke, arugula, lemon and olive oil. But pay attention to specials like pan-seared snapper and scallops in a spicy, garlicky cherry tomato sauce. • Dinner nightly. 561/338-1703. $$$

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

the cheesecake factory—5530 Glades Road. American. Oh, the choices! The chain even has a Sunday brunch menu in addition to its main menu, which includes Chinese chicken salad and Cajun jambalaya. Don’t forget about the cheesecakes—from white chocolate and raspberry truffle offerings. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/393-0344. (Other Palm Beach County locations: CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/802-3838; Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, 561/776-3711) $$ chops lobster bar—101 Plaza Real S., Royal Palm Place. Steak, seafood. Steaks are aged USDA

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[ dining guide ] Prime—tender, flavorful and perfectly cooked under a 1,700-degree broiler. There’s all manner of fish and shellfish, but you’re here for the lobster, whether giant Australian tails flash-fried and served with drawn butter or sizable Maine specimens stuffed with crab. • Dinner nightly. 561/395-2675. $$$$

cuban café—3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. Cuban. Diners pack this traditional Cuban restaurant for lunch specials that start at $7.95, including slow-roasted pork served with white rice and black beans. Other highlights include the Cuban sandwich and (on the dinner menu only) lechón asado. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/750-8860. $ dorsia—5837 N. Federal Highway. Continental. The simple pleasures of the table—good food, personable service, comfortable ambience—are what this modestly stylish restaurant is all about. The menu has a strong Italian bent, evidenced by dishes like a trio of fried zucchini blossoms stuffed with an airy three-cheese mousse, and a cookbook-perfect rendition of veal scaloppine lavished with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and a tangy lemon-white wine sauce. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/961-4156. $$

farmer’s table—1901 N. Military Trail. American. Fresh, natural, sustainable, organic and local is the mantra at this both tasty and health-conscious offering from Mitchell Robbins and Joey Giannuzzi. Menu highlights include flatbreads, slow-braised USDA Prime short rib and the popular Buddha Bowl, with veggies, udon noodles and shrimp. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/417-5836. $

grand lux cafe—Town Center at Boca Raton. American. The Cheesecake Factory’s sister brand is an upscale take on the original formula, with an atmosphere inspired by the great cafes of Europe. The menu offers a range of international flavors, and the specialty baked-to-order desserts are always a big hit. • Lunch and dinner daily; breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. 561/392-2141. $$

the grille on congress—5101 Congress Ave. American. Dishes at this longtime favorite range from tasty chicken dishes and main-plate salads to seafood options like pistachio-crusted snapper or simply grilled yellowfin tuna. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/912-9800. $$

houston’s—1900 N.W. Executive Center Circle. American. With rustic features like butcher-block tables

and comfy padded leather booths, Houston’s has created a “nonchain” feel, although there are more than 40 nationwide. It’s one of the hottest lunch spots in town, hosting business types and power shoppers. The menu is straightforward—big burgers on sweet egg buns, Caesar salad, roasted chicken, filet mignon—but it’s not lacking in ingenuity. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/998-0550. $$

josef’s table—5030 Champion Blvd. Continental. Josef ’s touts itself as offering “the slightest dash of nostalgia,” and that’s a good thing. Though the kitchen does have a timid hand with sauces and seasonings, there’s no quibbling about the execution, whether a light, refreshing “tower” of lump crabmeat with mango, cucumber and tomato; rosy-rare double-cut lamb chops with port wine-mint sauce; pan-seared hogfish with orange beurre blanc; or the richly decadent half-moon chocolate tart. • Dinner daily. 561/353-2700. $$$

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

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[ dining guide ] le rivage—450 N.E. 20th St. French. Don’t overlook this small, unassuming bastion of traditional French cookery. That would be a mistake, because the dishes that virtually scream “creativity” can’t compare to the quiet pleasures served here—like cool, soothing vichyssoise, delicate fillet of sole with nutty brown butter sauce or perfectly executed crème brûlee. Good food presented without artifice at a fair price never goes out of fashion. • Lunch Tues.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/620-0033. $$

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madison’s—2006 NW Executive Center Circle. American. This location is something of a Bermuda Triangle for restaurants, with at least four eateries preceding this local outpost of a Canadian chain that styles itself a “New York grill and bar.” What Madison’s has going for it is an exceedingly handsome and capacious space, as well as service that is as professional as it is personable. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/994-0808. $$ maggiano’s—21090 St. Andrews Blvd. Italian. Do as the Italians do and order family-style, sit back and watch the endless amounts of gorgeous foods grace your table. In this manner, you receive two appetizers, two salads, two pastas, two entrées, two vegetables and two desserts. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/361-8244. $$

kapow noodle bar—431 Plaza Real. Pan-Asian. This wickedly stylish Asian-inspired gastropub delivers a delicious and inventive punch to the taste buds. Among the hardest hitters are green tea-cured salmon with micro and fried basil and longan berries stuffed with yuzu kosho gelee, and cheesecake springrolls with a banana caramel dipping sauce. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/347-7322. $

kathy’s gazebo café—4199 N. Federal Highway. Continental. This local stalwart smoothly rolls along with its signature blend of French and Continental dishes. The ornate, formal dining room and equally formal service are anomalies these days but are comforting nonetheless. Classic dishes like creamy lobster bisque, house-made duck paté, broiled salmon with sauce béarnaise and dreamy chocolate mousse are as satisfying as ever. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/395-6033. $$$

ke’e grill—17940 N. Military Trail. American. The attraction here is carefully prepared food that is satisfying, flavorful and reasonably priced. The fist-sized crab cake is a good place to start, followed by sea bass with a soyginger-sesame glaze. • Dinner nightly. 561/995-5044. $$$ la nouvelle maison—455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd. French. Elegant, sophisticated French cuisine, whiteglove service and a trio of (differently) stylish dining rooms make Arturo Gismondi’s homage to the Boca’s


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

la villetta—4351 N. Federal Highway. Italian. This is a well-edited version of a traditional Italian menu, complete with homemade pastas and other classic dishes. Try the signature whole yellowtail snapper encrusted in sea salt; it’s de-boned right at tableside. Shrimp diavolo is perfectly scrumptious. • Dinner nightly. (closed Mon. during summer). 561/3628403. $$

mario’s osteria—1400 Glades Road. Italian. This popular spot is swanky in its reincarnation, but the rustic Italian and Italian-American fare keeps with an osteria’s humbler pretensions. Signature dishes like the garlic rolls, lasagna and eggplant “pancakes” are on the new menu, as are posh veal osso buco ravioli in truffle cream sauce and thick, juicy rib-eye served “arrabiata” style. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/239-7000. $$ matteo’s—233 S. Federal Highway. Italian. Hearty Italian and Italian-American food, served in giant “family style” portions, needs no reinventing. Though there is no shortage of local restaurants cooking in that genre, it’s the details of preparation and service that make Matteo’s stand out. Baked clams are a good place to start, as is the reliable chopped salad. Linguini frutti di mare is one of the best in town. • Dinner daily. 561/392-0773. $$ max’s grille—404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park. Contemporary American. Though its signature Californiainfluenced cookery and “American bistro” ambience are no longer furiously trendy, this stylish restaurant is as popular as ever due to consistently tasty and well-prepared food. Dishes run haute to homey, from seared-raw tuna to meatloaf wrapped with bacon. And don’t miss the luscious crème brûlée pie for dessert. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/368-0080. $$

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[ dining guide ] to the carnivores who pack the clubby-swanky dining room of this meatery. The star of the beef show is the giant bone-in filet mignon, which trumps with unusually deep and meaty flavor. The side of Grand Marnier soufflé is a cloud of luscious, citrus-y beauty that says while beef may be what’s for dinner, I am what’s for dessert. • Dinner daily. 561/392-7724. $$$

new york prime—2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive. Steak house. This wildly popular Boca meatery packs them in with swift, professional service, classy supper club ambience and an extensive wine list. And, of course, the beef—all USDA Prime, cooked to tender and juicy lusciousness over ferocious heat. The bone-in rib-eye is especially succulent, but don’t neglect the New York strip or steak-house classics like oysters Rockefeller, garlicky spinach and crusty hash browns. • Dinner daily. 561/998-3881. $$$$ nick’s new haven-style pizzeria—2240 N.W. 19th St., #904. Italian. Cross Naples (thin, blistered crust, judicious toppings) with Connecticut (fresh clams and no tomato sauce), and you’ve got a pretty good idea of the pies coming out Nick Laudano’s custom-made ovens. The “white clam” pizza with garlic and bacon is killer-good; Caesar

salad and tiramisu are much better than the usual pizzeria fare. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/368-2900. $

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

pellegrino’s—3360 N. Federal Highway. Italian. The bold, brash flavors of New York-style Italian-American cuisine are as in your face as a Manhattan cabbie at this low-key favorite of chef-owner Bobby Pellegrino, nephew to the clan that owns the legendary Rao’s in East Harlem. Pungent smells of garlic, anchovies, tomatoes and peppers fill the air; dishes like the rarely seen spiedini alla Romana, chicken Scarpariello and seafood spaghetti in Fra Diavolo sauce fill your belly. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/368-5520. $$$

p.f. chang’s—1400 Glades Road. Chinese. There may have been no revolution if Mao had simply eaten at the Boca outpost of P.F. Chang’s—the portions are large enough to feed the masses—and the exquisite tastes in each dish could soothe any tyrant. We particularly like the steamed fish of the day, as well as the Szechuanstyle asparagus. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/3933722. (Other Palm Beach County location: 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/691-1610) $$

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

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ristorante sapori—301 Via de Palmas, Royal Palm Place. Italian. Sapori features fresh fish, veal and chicken dishes imbued with subtle flavors. The grilled Italian branzino, the veal chop Milan and the zuppa di pesce served over linguine are especially tasty, and the pasta (all 17 kinds!) is available in full and half orders, with your choice of 15 zesty sauces. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/367-9779. $$ ruth’s chris steak house—225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. Steaks. This is a refreshing departure from the

ambience common to many steak houses; the room is comfortable, and conversation is possible. Naturally, we come here for the steak (they are sublime), but the lobster and fish are great. All your favorite sides are here, too. • Dinner nightly. 561/392-6746. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 661 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach, 561/863-0660; CityPlace, West Palm Beach, 561/514-3544) $$$

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tanzy—301 Plaza Real. Italian. Part of the swanky iPic Theater complex (though it does not service the theater), this handsome spot relies on quality ingredients and careful preparation instead of culinary special effects and car chases. The Parma Bar, a sort of sushi bar for meat and cheese fanatics, also does terrific ricottastuffed fried squash blossoms. Pan-seared branzino and massive bone-in veal chop are excellent, and the ethereal rosemary beignets with rosemary-olive oil gelato are luscious and cutting edge. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/922-6699. $$$ taverna kyma—6298 N. Federal Highway. Greek/ Mediterranean. Few present Greek cuisine better. Expertly prepared dishes cover the spectrum of Mediterranean cuisine, from cold appetizers (dolmades—grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs) to hot starters (spanakopita, baked phyllo with spinach and feta cheese) to mouthwatering entrées like lamb shank (slow-cooked in a tomato sauce and served on a bed of orzo), massive stuffed peppers or kebobs. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/994-2828. $$


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Here’s to the season of love, flowers, hopes and dreams— and Marketing 101.


ike death and taxes, spring always arrives—even here, in South Florida, when you think things can’t get much better than our winter season. When I was growing up in Cincinnati, the first signs of spring were the tiny buds on our magnolia trees in the backyard, the patches of green grass struggling to emerge from underneath the melting snow, the smell of mom’s apple cobbler cooling on the sill of her open kitchen window. Spring is my brothers in the driveway with no shirts on, holding the garden hose, washing winter The author (right) with away from the family’s Buick Roadhis brothers and mom. master. Raising hell was turning the hose on one another as we danced through the cool spray. (And yes, we drank the water from it—not from a bottle—and no one got sick.) I can still see my brothers climbing the leafless trees in the woods in the back of our home. We had a few sprained ankles, and a variety of cuts and bruises. We wore no helmets or arm pads and somehow we all survived. Spring was my dad buying bags of peat moss and fertilizer for his soon-to-be-reawakened rose garden. It was returning to South Bend from spring break to be with my girl, Margaret Mary Scanlan, an undergrad at St. Mary’s College. I was nuts about her and loved her company—still do. We met almost every evening, meandering everywhere handin-hand. I snuck a kiss or two and dreamed of the day when we would be together forever. By spring break my cash flow was usually depleted, so I would apply my Marketing 101 course—“How to Hitchhike”—and “thumbed” it from South Bend to Cincinnati to save money. The trip wound through the beautiful


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state of Indiana and usually took seven hours. I took 31 South to Indianapolis from the Notre Dame campus to the Route 100 bypass and headed for home. I picked this route because there was a hamburger stand that bragged it had sold “over 1 million burgers.” It was my first encounter with McDonald’s, and since 1958 my affinity for its burgers has continued. Hitchhiking is pretty much impossible today, but even in those days it was tough. There were no interstate highways in the late ’50s, just twolane country roads. Therefore, I had to make it easy for someone to pick me up and not feel threatened. In order to merchandise myself, I made a huge sign that read “Notre Dame to Cincinnati,” and I wore a shirt and tie. It really worked! Drivers who picked me up always commented on my sign and appearance. It never failed and speaks to the validity of the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Spring is here again, and it’s a season I still love, even though the hormones no longer rage with the intensity and passion of youth. The independence and freedom represented by those carefree springs has now been superceded by the same beautiful days embroidered with the challenges and complexities of adult life. But there are lessons from those wistful spring days that can energize your spirit—and bring a smile to your face. Promise me to dream this spring. Dream like you did as a kid. Dream the impossible. Visualize your thoughts and make them live. Dream big and have the courage to fail—it will be good for your soul. And then sneak a kiss, maybe two. I promise it will rekindle an old flame that has long been burning. march/april 2015

[ community connection ]

“Delray Beach’s strong and vibrant business environment has been built on the leadership of many who understand the importance of getting involved.”

cathy balestriere Chair, Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative Board Member, Delray Beach CRA


athy Balestriere became involved in Delray almost immediately after she moved here from New Jersey in 2003. Today, she serves as chair of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative (DBMC) board of directors and was reappointed to the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) board in 2013. She is also on the chamber board, where she serves as chair of the special events committee. In addition, Balestriere is leading a brand awareness initiative for smaller hotels through her role as chair of the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association (FSSLA). She continues to lead the staff at Crane’s BeachHouse Hotel, which has gone from a sleepy getaway to one of the area’s most popular boutique hotels.


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