Delray Beach magazine May/June 2015

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editor’s letter

It’s a battle between old and new as Delray explodes— but we still have way more than 50 things we love.

hot list

Early summer finds range from tapas made by Papa and designer popcorn to the best happy hours and more.

BY Brad Mee


designing women

These five local women are bringing fresh new takes on fashion and jewelry to Delray.

BY dorothY MacdiarMid

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Were you caught by our paparazzi on the Avenue this spring? BY Stefanie cainto


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South Florida still has it going—from Brazilians and beerfests to Bill Maher and more. BY John thoMaSon



Lighten up and start the party with our fresh outdoor patio accessories.


High style illuminates the bathroom—and we are properly dazzled.

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50+ things we love about delray

The past year had its highs and lows, its heroes and wannabes; here’s why we still love this crazy place. BY dorothY MacdiarMid, rich pollack, Marie Speed, John thoMaSon and a caSt of reproBateS

78 out & about

Spring was all about festivals, parties and strolling the Avenue. Here’s where you were. BY Stefanie cainto


dining guide

Our trusty review-driven dining guide gives you a great overview of restaurants, from Delray and Boca Raton to Boynton Beach and beyond.


my turn

The author reminds us to don’t worry, be happy— just as mom always told you.


community connection

Joycelyn Patrick is a neighborhood force to be reckoned with. BY rich pollack

photographY BY aaron BriStol



Apeiro takes Mediterranean cuisine back home where it belongs. BY Bill citara


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Meet one of the first couples of local public radio, and a lady with a past.


On THE cOvER Fashion designer amanda perna launched Delray’s The House of Perna photo by: Eduardo Schneider

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We have similar spins on the changing scene and vibe on the Avenue and a 15-mile radius from it. Not that many years ago we didn’t think anything about trips to Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale or Miami for shopping, entertainment, culture or medical. That is not usually necessary nowadays. Parking management is on the commission’s agenda later this month for an overdue, mindfully managed solution to mitigate the “no parking place” complaints. I also hope that our State House of Representatives re-looks at removing the school tax levy from all property taxes and replaces it with a 1-cent sales tax increase. This roughly 40-percent reduction in property taxes will be a boost for all property owners—but especially snowbirds and commercial property owners. Many of the restaurant and retail failures statewide are negatively affected by the triple net leases (in which the lessee pays property taxes). Thanks for a memorable magazine. The only thing that is constant is change. Bruce Gimmy Delray Beach I just wanted to drop you a note to say how impressed I am with the latest Delray magazine. As a creative director at advertising agencies for 30 years, I am truly impressed with the design, writing, editorial and art direction. In just the few years I’ve been here in Delray Beach I have seen wonderful changes in town. This fine magazine should inspire others to apply your classy vision to further define a Delray Beach “style” that surpasses a Miami or Palm Beach. John Powell Delray Beach I have lived in downtown Delray Beach (Northeast Fourth, off Atlantic) for five years. In that time, I have had to “noise-proof ” two bedrooms for almost $15,000 to block out loud music from nightclubs (read Johnnie Browns, etc.) until 2 a.m. The city violates decibel readings that other cities respect. The city only respects restaurant/nightclub owners. The city has so little respect for its residents it blocks off Northeast Fourth Avenue between Atlantic and First avenues for cheap art fairs every month. We are literally trapped in our homes because we can’t drive out of our garages. The streets smell of cheap sausages and onions. I think the Village by the Sea has become a sea of village idiots. We have traffic sprawl and development sprawl that will not go away. Susan Rose Delray Beach

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ning mistake, which will drive quality development from the city. I am surprised Jordana Jarjura—very knowledgeable in this field—would go along with this. For all the rather well done and engineered hype, Delray Beach is ostensibly an entertainment and restaurant venue and northbound “urban sprawl” area whose economy is driven primarily by Boca Raton residents. There is no employment base to speak of. The real activity in downtown Delray is concentrated in a limited area east of Swinton and on either side of Atlantic Avenue to Federal. The entire downtown and portions of A1A are a traffic nightmare made quaint only by the ability to “cruise,” which has now worn thin. Though brilliantly marketed, Delray cannot sustain its “fad” locale and the “hipsters” who deem it cool (Messrs. DeSantis, et al.) without sustained quality development. At already nearly double the Boca Raton tax rate, that type of development goes away with arbitrary and unreasonable restrictions on height and density (in this case bonuses). Further, targeting one of the only successful business types (sidewalk tables and restaurants) seems counterintuitive under the circumstances. Absent its beautiful beaches, Delray remains a victim of its own inferior infrastructure which resulted from the original “Village by the Sea” motif—those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it, and such is the case now. New restrictions only exacerbate the same, and it is clear to everyone who has recently visited downtown Delray that there has been a sustained turnover in many restaurants and that the business model has become saturated and tired. Very dense lowrise projects only worsen the traffic problem and are an inefficient use of valuable land—aside from being boring and without views. Delray’s loss is thus Boca’s gain. Glenn Groman Boca Raton





Arbitrary and unreasonable height restrictions and “bonus” over-development should not be allowed. I believe these new LDRs address that issue. RU Serious I’m not a vindictive person, but I was surprised to realize that (“How Does it Feel,” March/April) made me feel like there is justice in this world. That butterfly ballot was one of the most destructive decisions to hit our elections and democratic way of life. People who came out to vote were duped into voting for the wrong candidate. Confidence in our government’s handling of the public’s right to vote was destroyed. No wonder we have such a low turnout for our elections. “What does it matter anyhow?” is the way many young people feel, and I can’t blame them. Lepore should spend the rest of her life trying to fix what she helped to break. We need major campaigns to get the vote out. What can we do for all our vets that aren’t getting benefits, so many dead in useless wars? It won’t hurt if she helped stop this next Bush. Barbara 74 may/june 2015

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It may be just as easy to love the new Delray as it was the old one.


always mark the end of the crazy season with the Delray Affair. May rolls in with this balmy sweet weather, legions of snowbirds have already booked flights home, and you can almost breathe again. In years past, I’d go one step further and say locals get their town back—but I think those days are long gone. Delray has arrived, it’s exploded, and the sleepy little summer promenade called Atlantic Avenue simply no longer exists. That is at the crux of our annual “50+ Things We Love About Delray” article (page 60) in this issue, an annual tradition in which we gather the most irreverent group of outspoken insiders we can find in one room over lunch—and take a look back at the last year or so. The theme that emerged time and again with this year’s group was old vs. new, the way Delray is headed and where it used to be. I hate that there’s no parking; someone else said there’s plenty of parking, and we’re a city now and parking is supposed to be a challenge. Another person said she hated all the events every weekend; another thinks that’s what gives Delray its edge. One beleaguered fan of the good old days hates tapas plates that are not round, and sidewalks crammed with diners and dogs. Everyone was freaked out about traffic. This summer we’ll see if we get our town back, but I think that’s a long shot. The town is morphing into a different place—with high rents, fewer mom and pops, better restaurants and even a few national chains. We need to help guide that change, or start plotting an escape. But we can’t get blinded by our rearview vision. We can’t turn back the clock. Our meeting was a mix of opinions, but there was still that one thing I see year after year: the overriding sense of ownership people have about Delray, that sense that it is still beloved, still home, still a town with its own quirky magic. That much has stayed the same.

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You won’t find a Brussels sprout or Wagyu slider on the menu at Papa’s Tapas—just flavorful authentic Spanish food served up by Papa and his four friendly daughters. One sip of Papa’s delicious sangria, and you’ll feel like you’re in a hip bistro in Madrid. One taste of his signature garlic dipping sauce, chorizo, olives, cheeses and pulpo (octopus), and you’ll say “gracias” to the whole family for bringing the original sip-n-share Spanish style to Delray. But that’s not all; Papa cooks up a plethora of mouthwatering entrées, too, available for lunch and dinner. And he won’t break your bank. 259 N.e. second ave., 561/266-0599, Seated, Susie and Cristobel Parra; standing, from left, Annie Kolensky, Yvette Menese and Rosa Madrigal

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The boys FarMers MarkeT brings five generations of expertise in the produce business right to our backyard—with a distinctive New York market vibe. The freshest of fresh fish, meats, pastries and prepared foods, as well as a mother lode of fresh produce and veggies at budget-friendly prices, keeps this market full of eager customers year-round. It can be challenging to navigate those narrow, crowded aisles, but there’s a reason people shop here; just bring a smile (and a flak jacket). 14378 s. Military Trail, 561/496-0810,


Just next door to The Boys is, you guessed it, The Girls U-Pick sTrawberry MarkeT. An oasis in the middle of suburban Delray, this is a favorite of kids, in part because they get to pick strawberries and vegetables in a hydroponic garden. Make an afternoon out of it and relax in one of the gazebos that dot the grounds amid swans, giant tortoises, exotic birds and two miniature donkeys. 14466 s. Military Trail, 561/496-0188, the

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PoPPin’ good

With flavors like loaded baked potato, spicy buffalo blue cheese and white chocolate Oreo from The Original Popcorn House, you can satisfy your craving for a decadent treat without blowing your diet. In fact, we’ll swear that cool cucumber lime, dill pickle and coconut curry may just count as a couple of servings of fruits and vegetables. Classics like cheddar, caramel, cinnamon and Parmesan white cheddar with olive oil make for great gifts and delicious snacks. “Text-to-order” delivery is available too. Even better, each month an employee chooses a charity to which all tips are donated. It’s popcorn with a heart, if you ask us. 10 N.E. Fifth Ave., 561/865-7300,

Delray After Dark: the Happiest Happy Hours

Cut 432’s plum location—and possibly the best deal on glasses of house wine, at $3—make its Social Hour a deal you can’t pass up. 5 to 7 p.m. daily. 432 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/272-9898, Mussel Beach gets you pumped for $10 mussel bowls at this Happy Hour

Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 501 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/921-6464,

Max’s Social House’s outdoor bar and patio area—with that old Florida fave, pimento cheese dip—brings Southern hospitality to this happy hour. 4 to 7 p.m. daily. 116 N.E. Sixth Ave., 561/501-4332,

Park Tavern’s $2 bottled beer really puts the happy in happy hour—and your wallet. 5 to 7 p.m. daily, bar only. 32 S.E. Second Ave., 561/265-5093,

Honey’s half-price drinks and appetizers by Chef Nick Morfogen of 32 East brings

real culinary character to this happy hour. 5 to 9 p.m., Wednesday to Saturday. 16 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/270-7187,

The three-for-one food and drinks deal available from noon to 7 p.m. makes every day a happy day at Smoke. Purchase one well drink or glass of wine at full price and receive two vouchers that are good for the same drink (or one at a lesser price) for up to 21 days. 8 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/330-4236,

Breathe’s late-night weekend happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight features a $10 hookah and two-for-one drinks. 401 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/330-4526,

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If you’re tired of being your own personal trainer, and if the usual gym or morning run isn’t giving you the results you’re looking for, The Pit offers high-intensity interval training with one-on-one attention at an affordable group rate. You’ll never be bored with a predictable routine here. And the group setting means lots of motivation and fun—and a little shared pain, we might add. 401 N.E. Second Ave., 561/3304493,

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Atlantic Grille at the Seagate Hotel has a dogfriendly Yappy Hour on its patio with $6 Svedka martinis. 4 to 7 p.m. nightly. 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/665-4900, The bar at the Seagate Hotel

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Spotlight: MEgAn MulRy has been coming to Delray since as far back as she can remember. She visited her grandparents here in the early 1960s, and she and her investor husband, Jeff Huisinga, bought their own place here in the ’90s. Eventually they moved here full-time after stints in New York, Chicago and London for the quality of life and to be near family. In 2009, after reading two classic romance novels passed on to her by a friend—The Duke & I by Julia Quinn and Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught— she was inspired to give it a try. The result is sexy, stylish, romantic fiction. In fact, her first book, A Royal Pain, was an NPR Best Book of 2012 and USA Today best-seller. Once both her children were in school, she started writing full-time. She’s published seven romance novels since then. The sultry storylines that pour out of her suburban housewife head keep her at her goal of writing 2,000 words a day Monday through Friday. This nose-to-the-grindstone ethic doesn’t leave much time for anything other than walking her adorable rescue pooch, Daphne, on the dirt roads along the canals around her neighborhood off Barwick Road.

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What do you think makes Delray unique? i love the contrast of Atlantic Avenue—with all its pizzazz— with the serenity of places like the Morikami and the beach. i think Delray attracts people who love new beginnings— either through treatment or the renewal of the ocean. living here gives me the creative “room” to write and

Rub-A-Dub car wash does double duty by getting your car spic-nspan and helping you clean up your to-do list. With one of the funniest selections of greeting cards for birthdays and other occasions like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, you’ll make your mama proud with a thoughtful card. Add a gift certificate for a few car washes and voila! Your gift is complete. 710 S.E. Fifth Ave., 561/265-3333,


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feel renewed. i don’t think a chaotic, crowded life in the city ever could have provided that. i still love NYC and london, but Delray gives me energy and space in a totally different way. What’s your favorite thing about Delray? probably obvious, but i love Delray’s beautiful beaches.

What’s your favorite thing in Delray to do for Mother’s Day? i love to go for a good meal, preferably someplace French, like la Cigale. Do you have a dream project you’d like to bring/ create/see in Delray? i would loVE a really great bookstore on Atlantic Avenue!


Hy-Pa Hy-Ma has been a charming Delray retail landmark for 35 years. Originally a store that sold Asian decor and clothing, it’s evolved into a bustling boutique—and a go-to spot for ladies looking for colorful, comfortable and stylish clothing for any occasion. And the store knows how to treat its customers; spend more than $100, and it will top you off with a sassy sun hat. Sadly, the only thing here for Pa is a comfy chair while Ma finds some great deals on the famous $25 sale rack. 900 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-1444

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“Spring Is In The Air It’s Your Time To Blossom” Dr. Daniel Man’s Natural Look


Kilburn and Tiffany Sherman at YPAD’s Holiday Party *

Karen Granger, Francisco Perez-Azua, Roy Simon and Laura Simon at the Chamber of Commerce Installation Luncheon * Chef John Hutchinson at J&J Seafood Bar and Grill’s 15th anniversary celebration

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Lynn Van Lenten, Stephen Chrisanthus, Solomon Strul, Amanda Perna, John Campanola, Linda Albright and Patty Reed at the grand opening of House of Perna.

Sylvia Piacenti Corson and Rosa Torres-Tumazos at One Aveda Salon’s ribbon-cutting ceremony *

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The Top 5

From Brazil to brewskis, May-June has it all.




Brazilian Voices

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”

Old School Beerfest

When: May 23 Where: Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St., Delray Beach About: Musical director Loren Oliveira and internationally acclaimed vocalist Beatriz Malnic formed the Brazilian Voices choir in 2001 with the goal of stimulating social change through the multicultural exchange of music, acting as ambassadors for their country’s beloved bossa nova and samba. Their work has paid off in numerous awards, with the group accruing such accolades as Best Brazilian Group in the U.S. and Best Brazilian Samba Show in the U.S. from the International Brazilian Press—all from its home base in South Florida. The details of this Delray Beach program have not been announced at press time, but the group, whose roster of heavenly vocalists can reach up to 40 singers onstage at one time, has excelled at themed genre crossovers from jazz, lounge and Afrobeat to its “Women of Rock” program, complete with guitars and drums. The choir sings some of its tunes in English, but even in Portuguese, its members’ voices are irresistible. Cost: $25-$35 Contact: 561/450-6357,

When: May 15-June 7 Where: Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St., West Palm Beach About: Long before Judy Garland, Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie enjoyed theatrical productions celebrating their life and music, there was “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” the 1986 show about Billie Holiday that arguably started the entire subgenre. Biography and concert blend in Lainie Robertson’s musical-play hybrid, as Holiday takes the stage at a seedy Philadelphia bar in 1959, just a few months before she would shed her mortal coil at age 44. In between performances of iconic tunes such as “Strange Fruit,” “God Bless the Child” and “I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone,” Holiday discusses her problems with men, her drug addiction, her musical influences, her fraught relationship with her mother, and the racism she had encountered on tour. It takes a special actress to pull off both the monologues and the indelible jazz vocals; let’s hope Dramaworks’ selection can channel the same passion, pain and precision that Audra McDonald brought to the show’s 2014 Broadway premiere. Cost: $55-$77 Contact: 561/514-4042,

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When: May 8 Where: Delray Beach Center for the Arts, 51 N. Swinton Ave. About: Budwesier, Coors and Miller may still dominate the American beer market, but it’s far from the oligopoly it used to be. The craft beer explosion has meant richer, fruitier, even chocolatier tastes for more-adventurous imbibers, to the point that drinkers now have a glut of options: At the end of 2013, there were 2,768 craft breweries in the U.S. When visiting a place like Vintage Tap or Boca’s Yardhouse, the options can seem overwhelming— which is where events like the Old School Beerfest come in. Celebrating its fourth year as a fundraiser for the Center for the Arts, the event will feature an unlimited sampling of more than 100 craft brews, international beers and ciders from national and local breweries, with South Florida stalwarts Funky Buddha, Due South and Saltwater likely to participate. There also will be a wine tasting of nine distinct varietals, food vendors and music from a DJ and a live reggae/funk band. We recommend purchasing VIP tickets, which grant attendees a commemorative mug and an hour of advance access to the libations. Cost: $35-$60 Contact: 561/243-7922 ext. 1,

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Opposite page, from left: Brazilian Voices, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” Old School Beerfest, Bill Maher and Lana Del Rey



Bill Maher

Lana Del Rey

When: June 13 Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach About: Some love him, some hate him, and others love his opinions but hate his arrogant demeanor. Still others may admire his un-P.C. pugnacity in attacking an issue but generally hate his opinions, which usually—but not always—fall on the far left end of our polarized political spectrum. A political commentator known for his controversial musings on religion, marijuana and culture as much as for his skewering of Republican intransigence and Democratic cowardice, Bill Maher was a stand-up comedian long before he became a fully informed political thinker. But the more informed he’s become, the more his stand-up has evolved, and he’s easily one of the most coveted comics on the circuit. With more than 30 years in the business—dating back to a bushy-tailed appearance on “The Merv Griffin Show,” circa 1984—his act has developed into a deftly memorized, 90-plus-minute cauldron of insightful observations, scabrous commentary and conceptual detours into relationships and pop culture. Cost: Starting at $35 Contact: 561/832-7469,

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When: June 16 Where: Coral Sky Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach About: This charismatic singer-songwriter from New York has strayed a long way from her singing origins, as the teenage cantor of her church choir. These days, the music of Del Rey—born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant—would scandalize all but the most liberal religious institutions. Her sound, which lays entrancing, melancholic vocals atop hip-hop beats, has led to her designation as a “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and “Lolita lost in the ’hood,” the latter speaking volumes about her sexualized, visually seductive videos. Her music is steeped in film noir and beat poetry, and her persona suggests the kind of leggy, dangerous dame most pulp detectives would benefit from resisting. The inclusion of Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” was the best thing about Baz Luhrmann’s shallow “Great Gatsby” remake; at her first South Florida concert, expect to hear that as well as such Billboard smashes as “Summertime Sadness,” “West Coast” and “Born to Die”—the latter boasting a staggering 183 million YouTube views. Cost: $32-$160.60 Contact: 561/795-8883,

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

Now through May 17: “soPhie, totie & belle” At delrAy squAre PerForming Arts, 4809 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; various show times; $37.50; 561/880-0319, delraysquarearts. com. 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.

Now through July 12 “Imaging Eden”

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 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.

Now through May 24: “high 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.

Now through July 5: “bling: Art thAt shines” At delrAy Center For the Arts’ Cornell museum, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; $5; 561/243-7922, South Florida artist Jonathan Stein’s Swarovski crystal-studded mixed media works anchor this celebration of reflective, illuminating two- and three-dimensional artworks.

Now through July 12: “imAging eden” At norton museum oF Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; $5-$12; 561/832-5196, The Everglades is one of the most-photographed natural wetlands in the country, but at 60 miles wide and 100 miles long, there are enough points along the River of Grass that haven’t received their proper close-up. “Imaging Eden” showcases the oldest surviving Everglades images on through the work of four photographers commissioned by the Norton to show us the mighty wetland in ways we’ve never seen it before.

May 1-10: “Kimberly AKimbo” At lAKe Worth PlAyhouse, 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth; 2 and 8 p.m.; $15; 561/586-6410, lakeworthplayhouse. org. Written by the award-winning David Lindsay-Abaire, this hilarious and heartrending play follows a New Jersey teenager with a rare condition that causes her body to age faster than it should. Presented at the playhouse’s Stonzek Theatre black box space.

May 2: CinCo de mAyo FiestA At delrAy Center For the Arts’ outdoor PAvilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 11 a.m. to midnight; $15; 561/243-7922, This annual celebration from the Hispano-Latino Cultural Alliance will feature great Mexican food, live mariachi bands and other Hispanic musicians, folk dancing, children’s activities, merchandise vendors and more.

Now through July 5 “Bling: Art That Shines”


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May 23 & 24 Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival

May 27 & 28 “The Thin Man”

May 8: ZZ Top and Jeff Beck aT coral sky amphiTheaTre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $27-$222; Texas rock legends ZZ Top, known for their impressive facial hair, co-headline the “Beards-n-Beck Tour” with English guitarist Jeff Beck, whose oeuvre encompasses blues rock, heavy metal, jazz and even electronica.

May 23-June 17: “BarefooT in The park” aT delray Beach playhouse, 950 Lake

May 11-Sept. 27: “eww! whaT’s

Shore Drive, Delray Beach; various show times; $30; 561/272-1281, Neil Simon’s second Broadway hit follows the adventures of a newlywed couple whose supposed dream home is a tiny apartment at the top of a sixth-floor walkup with no elevator. This engaging comedy was inspired by Simon’s own experiences with his first wife, Joan.

eaTing you?” aT souTh florida science cenTer, 4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach; $12.95-

May 27 and 28: “The Thin man” aT

$16.95; This exploration of the interaction between humans and parasites takes a scientific and fun approach to an unsettling topic, featuring oversized models, interactive activities, preserved and live specimens, case studies and cutting-edge treatment applications.

May 23 and 24: downTown delray Beach crafT fesTival aT Tennis cenTer, 201 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; free; This Memorial Day tradition celebrates its 18th anniversary at the cusp of downtown. The nation’s finest crafters offer handiwork for all price ranges, including paintings, glasswork and pottery, plus a Green Market with gourmet sauces, handmade soaps and live orchids.

arTs garage, 180 N.E. First St.; 7:30 p.m.; $15-$25; 561/450-6357, Arts Garage’s popular Radio Theatre series concludes its season with the iconic introduction of husband-and-wife detectives Nick and Nora Charles, who solved murders while drinking martinis and cracking wise. The story will be performed by professional actors, scripts in hand, and will be supplemented by vintage sound effects.

June 7: Train aT coral sky amphiTheaTre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $40-$243; Train, the effortless songsters lately of “Angel in Blue Dreams” and “Cadillac Cadillac,” will play their greatest hits at this headlining tour, joined by The Fray (the plaintive rockers behind “How to Save a Life”) and Matt Nathanson, the platinum-selling singer-songwriter of “Come On Get Higher.”

June 1-10: “hey, look us over!” aT delray Beach playhouse, 950 Lake Shore Drive, Delray Beach; various show times; $30; 561/272-

May 8 ZZ Top

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1281, This musical revue celebrates the contributions of women lyricists in Broadway shows dominated by male composers, with slated songs including “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “The Wheels of a Dream” and “Fine and Dandy.”

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patio delray Make a style splash with this season’s outdoor accessories. photography by aaron bristol

Orange outdoor pillow, $125, yellow outdoor pillow, $110, aqua wrap, $75, and Missoni beach towel, $230, all from ABC Carpet and Home; blue Monaco tray, $24.95, from Pier 1 Imports; ceramic dish, $15 and book, $21.99, from Excentricities; glass cooler, $16, and Just Poolin’ Around napkins, $7, from Snappy Turtle


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Blue indoor/outdoor table, $295, and striped guest towel, $25, both from ABC Carpet & Home; string of starfish, $20, and Murex shell, $45, both from Beachcomber Art; striped placemat, $4, Carmelo bowls, $6.95 each, small plates, $6.95 each, large plates, $7.95 each, sugar lemons decorative filler, $8.95, large glass lantern, $29.95, and Sea Air carved LED candle, $14.95, all from Pier 1 Imports; acrylic handpainted tumbler and wine glass, $22 each, and linen cocktail napkins $20, all from Snappy Turtle

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[ style ] White hexagon table, $795, aqua/white outdoor pillow, $175, handwoven striped towel, $75, and aqua wrap, $75, all from ABC Carpet and Home; lantern, $195, and votives, $10 each, from Beachcomber Art; hand-painted wine glasses, $24 each, from Snappy Turtle; Sea Air carved LED candle, $12.95, from Pier 1 Imports; sunny side striped pillow, $138, from Excentricities


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Orange lattice stool/table, $495, neon basket, $195, and Missoni towels, $200 each, all from ABC Carpet and Home; starfish buoy, $36, picnic cooler, $26, glass tumbler, $16, and buoy pillow, $150, from Snappy Turtle; Dash and Albert rug, $41, Lola Arts ceramic bowls, $56 each, and ceramic plate, $15, all from Excentricities; Carmelo small plate, $6.95, from Pier 1 Imports

ABC CArpet & Home: 777 S. Congress Ave., 561/279-7777, SnAppy turtle: 1100 E. Atlantic Ave., 561/276-8088, exCentriCitieS: 117 N.E. Fifth Ave., 561/278-0886, BeACHComBer Art: 900 E. Atlantic Ave., #13, 561/315-5717, pier 1 importS: 2975 S. Federal Highway, 561/265-2978,

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Portable grill, $375, from ABC Carpet and Home; glass float, $25, from Beachcomber Art; round platter, $52, and Lola Arts ceramic bowls, $56 each, from Excentricities; green trellis tray, $89, and kitchen towel, $20, from Snappy Turtle; acrylic stackable goblets, $16.95 for set of four, from Pier 1 Imports


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apeiro New Mediterranean cuisine debuts at the Marketplace.


peiro means “infinity” in Greek, and it’s an appropriate moniker, given that South Florida has an almost infinite number of restaurants promising the same kind of Mediterranean cookery as this stylish spot in the sprawling Delray Marketplace. Sadly, what most of them really mean is Italian with feta. And maybe a few kalamata olives thrown in. That’s not the case at Apeiro. Chef-partner David Blonsky, who hails from several high-profile kitchen gigs in Chicago, is taking this “Mediterranean” business seriously, crafting a menu that travels extensively through the cuisines of Greece, Spain, Morocco, the Middle East and, of course, Italy. Though some dishes could use a little fine-tuning, west Delray diners certainly seem to have embraced the concept, as evidenced by the hungry hordes that flooded the restaurant one recent weekend night. That crush not only speaks to the success of the concept but of Apeiro itself, which proprietor Burt Rapoport opened in large part to capture the relentless overflow of his next-door restaurant, Burt & Max’s. It’s not just Apeiro’s menu that differs from the modern American comfort food at B&M’s; the look of the place is very different too. In something of a departure for Rapoport, whose restaurants tend more toward the rustic and masculine, Apeiro melds that traditional look with a more contemporary feel, with sexy, high-style chandeliers, a cool gray granite bar, a marble accent wall and a tile-faced wood-fired oven that greets diners as they enter. Rustic elements include massive wooden ceiling beams and a floor of octagonal tiles done in muted shades of green and blue. The most successful dishes are the small plates and desserts, which pull no flavor punches. Spreads like hummus, caponata and tzatziki are as common as dirt in Mediterranean restaurants, but the kitchen at Apeiro gives them such special attention they 42

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Clockwise from bottom left: Apeiro’s sleek interior; the Mediterranean branzino; David Blonsky, executive chef; and grilled octopus with cranberry beans and red chili

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14917 Lyons Road, Delray Beach, 561/501-4443 HOURS: Mon.–Thurs. 5 to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5 to 11 p.m., Sun. 5 to 9 p.m. PRICES: Entrées $14 to $35 WEBSITE: transcend the commonplace. Nutty-tasting hummus has the texture of edible cashmere, while the chunky caponata is at once earthy, tangy and just a tiny bit sweet. Apeiro’s take on tzatziki is thick, cream yogurt laced with crunchy pistachios; all are accompanied by an oval of house-made pita puffed up to the size of a football. That luscious yogurt is a fine foil for diminutive lamb ribs given a heavy dusting of Moroccan spices, both of which complement the tender, almost molten-textured meat. Meatball sliders prove it’s hard to go wrong with plump, juicy meatballs gilded with tomato sauce, ricotta and basil pesto, while spicy charred Italian peppers more than live up to their billing, so fiery they could spontaneously combust if held near a flame. Their smoked pepper aioli has a bite, too. Larger plates are good and certainly large but would benefit from more assertive seasoning. Seared wild salmon has the clean, meaty flavor that’s so distinct from the stinky, funky character of the farm-raised article. Its skin is crisp as a potato chip, but its garnishes of cauliflower romesco, roasted cauliflower florets, raisins and herbs taste timid alongside. The spiced lamb sausage in an otherwise estimable (and gigantic) flatbread needed more of the advertised spice to better stand up to its companions of hummus, feta, red onion, arugula and ribbons of tzatziki. Baked pastitsio laden with vegetables (broccolini, eggplant, zucchini, kale) and bulked up with kemay/june 2015

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falotiri cheese was filling and substantial but a bit bland. Desserts at Apeiro? Basically, they rock. The chocolate “martini” is so richly, densely, gloriously chocolate-y it may just supplant the old-fashioned gin and vodka kinds. Served, of course, in a martini glass, you dig through layers of chocolate caramel cake, dark chocolate cream and Frangelico mousse with a scattering of flaky Maldon sea salt. Chocolate-peanut butter napoleon will wow lovers of both its main components, a rectangle of airy chocolate cream and peanut butter mousse topped with marshmallow given a smoky, s’more-y char. But it’s the apple crostada baked in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven that would have me coming back for more. This Italian version of Mom’s apple pie is irresistible, even without the unctuous salted caramel sauce, the crackle-crisp toffee crumble and silken cinnamon gelato. It’s an ending that leaves you satisfied and glowing, not to mention with the realization that with a little time and a few tweaks, Apeiro’s potential is, well … infinite. delray beach magazine


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john and caroline watts Radio’s past may just be its future for this talented couple.


ome people have ordinary jobs—accountant, stockbroker, janitor. John Watts spends his days thinking about how to simulate a guillotine on a stage, using everyday objects. “It took three people,” he says, the excitement in his voice rising at the recollection of producing a radio play of “A Tale of Two Cities.” “I took two long pieces of iron, and one person slid that down; it made the sound of a blade coming down. For the thump, I had another person take a wooden hammer and hit a piece of wood on a table. Then you need the head roll, so we took a rutabaga and rolled it into a box: So it was slide, thump, head roll.” This is the stuff Watts must consider as the director of Arts Garage’s radio play season, which concludes its 2014-2015 programming in May. The classic mystery “The Thin Man” will close out a dynamic and successful series that has included such vintage favorites as “The Philadelphia Story,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Rebecca,” performed on select Arts Garage nights with professional actors, live musical accompaniment and, of course, those ingenious sound effects. “In ‘Dracula,’ [our sound man] never sat down,” Watts says. “The simple thing of a bat coming up to a window, and a gun shooting the bat, required four sound effects. And it’s all about timing: You can’t break the [window] glass and then fire the gun.” Watts, whose passion for radio theater came from his father, still has three instructional books from the 1930s heyday of radio drama, explaining such primitive effects. He also spends time in grocery stores dropping bags of apples on the floor to test a potential sound effect. By now, simulations like a car engine (an old fan operating from inside a metal-lined ice chest), screeching tires (nails attached to a handle and scraped across tempered glass) and an elevator door opening (closing the leg on a card table) are a cinch, though not every effect goes off without a hitch. “When the gun jammed in ‘Sunset Boulevard,’ the audience became dead silent,” he recalls. “The actor kept trying to make it work, then one woman in the middle of the audience screamed bang!, and the audience just lost it.” The success of Watts’ radio plays might sound counterintuitive. He’s reviving a quaint, hundred-year-old tradition in an Internet age where communications have advanced in leaps and bounds, and where prognostications of radio’s demise increase yearly. So far, claims of radio’s death have been greatly exaggerated, according to John’s wife Caroline Breder-Watts, a longtime radio producer who currently hosts “Sunday Breakfast with the Arts” for WLRN-91.3 FM.

“It’s something we talk about all the time, but I don’t think it’s going to go away,” Breder-Watts says. “Yes, you can plug in your phone and get whatever you want, but I think people still like the radio. Not everything is driven by what young people do. There’s plenty of Boomers, and older, who like a certain way of doing things, and I don’t think that’s necessarily going to die out when we die out. Things will change, and the future will happen, but I don’t think it means everything gets obliterated in the meantime.” Caroline and John, who live in Boynton Beach, both have passionate opinions about radio. But ironically, neither expected to cement their careers in it. Caroline graduated from FAU with a theater degree. It wasn’t until 1992, when she was working in marketing for the now-defunct Florida Stage, that she appeared on WXEL to promote her theater, and the host liked her voice. He recommended she anchor a weekend show, and she got the job. Meanwhile, John, who grew up in Orlando and moved to FAU to finish college, had built a reputation as a TV producer, having covered sports for ESPN and NBC. He eventually found himself on the TV side of WXEL, and that’s where he met Caroline. They married in 2001; as Caroline says, “We owe our relationship to public broadcasting.” In 2009, they founded Arts Radio Network, a podcast centering on Palm Beach County arts that was ahead of its time. Funding from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County dried up, and the website foundered for a few years. “One of the biggest strikes against us is we’re not spring chickens anymore,” Caroline says. “If we started all this in our ‘20s, it probably would have been easier.” It wasn’t until 2014 that John and Caroline managed to re-launch Arts Radio Network as a platform encompassing podcasts, John’s radio plays and Caroline’s film series, which she has brought to several local venues. Both Wattses continue to work radio magic, resurrecting the medium’s Golden Age and forestalling its obsolescence. Caroline, whose WLRN job includes on-air pledge drives for the station, says it is “incredibly, amazingly well-supported,” while interest in John’s radio plays has only increased. They have been renewed for a third season at Arts Garage, and for the first time they will be simulcast on WLRN and then travel to the Broward Center’s New River Room for additional performances. “Our country and our history was wrapped around radio,” John says. “That was the beginning of this global communication, television and the Internet, and the beginning of how we know what’s going on in another country. It all started with radio.”

“Our country and our history was wrapped around radio.”


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When you see a radio play at Arts Garage, don’t expect to just sit back and relax: The cast and crew feed off an interactive audience. “We want the audience to participate in the show, and we do have audience signs,” John Watts says. “I don’t believe in the invisible wall between the audience and the stage. That’s why I try to put as little as possible in between the actors and the audience. That’s why they have to hold their scripts: It’s just them and the mic stand. I want the audience and the actors to be one big show.”

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From churches to dairies to drugstores, this descendant’s family helped build Delray Beach and South Florida.


or most of us, visiting the lovingly preserved interior of the Cason Cottage House Museum is like entering a quaint time warp, with its mimeograph machine and antique Victrola, its period furniture and framed portraits of mustachioed dignitaries. A copy of the Palm Beach Post, dated Oct. 23, 1939, rests on a side table on the airy front porch; a headline reads, “Different Psychology Will Keep U.S. out of War.” But for Marsha Love, the building is still alive with personal history, the kind that resurfaces whenever she leads tours of the downtown Delray Beach cottage, the former home of her great-grandfather John Robert Cason Sr., a doctor of divinity and the patriarch of one of the city’s pioneer families. She can recall visiting the house as a child—the stray cats that would birth kittens near the primitive laundry machine, her Aunt Clarabelle’s parakeet flying around the kitchen while she prepared meals. “I slept here many times,” she says, as she enters the children’s bedroom. “My cousin and I stored pizza under the beds when we were supposed to be on diets. It’s funny—the room seemed so much bigger to me then.” The branches of Love’s family tree spread far and wide. Her ancestors have connections to both the pre-Civil War North and South, and to literary greats Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Her family’s local landmarks include Dade County’s Ives Dairy, which was the first certified dairy in Florida; Delray’s Cason United Methodist Church, which John Robert stepped out of retirement to re-build, after its previous incarnation was decimated in a hurricane; and Love’s Drugs, founded by James Love, who married Marsha’s grandmother and built this city’s first pharmacy chain. Marsha’s great-uncle Roy was our region’s first doctor, and Marsha attended elementary school at the building that now houses the Cornell Museum. Her great-uncle Van lived in the historic house that is now Dada. As the official patroness of Cason Cottage, Love acts as guardian and advocate for the institution and its role in preserving her family’s heritage. She’s also an award-winning author—her children’s book, The Cat at Cason Cottage, is a paranormal foray into her family history—as well an adjunct professor of English at Palm Beach State College and an interior designer with Tulane Kidd Interiors in Boca Raton. She took some time away from her busy schedule to share stories from her lineage with Delray magazine. n [Doctor] Roy came [to Delray] in 1905, and he went to people’s homes. may/june 2015

He had to amputate a man’s leg on the kitchen table of the man’s home. They had to wrap the legs of the table in kerosene-soaked cloth to keep the bugs off. Great-aunt Mary went with him, and they said that as soon as it was over, she passed right out on the floor—it was so gory. n Roy delivered every baby in town, including my father. In the early days, the kids would all jump in the carriage with papa and go along to deliver the baby. n My grandmother married James Love. He had the first drugstore, and he came here because Uncle Roy needed a drugstore. [James] opened the pharmacy, which eventually my father took over, and Daddy had four drugstores before he sold them all. Granddaddy hung the first streetlight on Atlantic Avenue, which was a lit pine branch, so they could keep the store open after dark. n My grandfather was a very caring person. He cared about people and their health. My father told me a story about going with him once to deliver medicine to a patient. Apparently, when my grandfather came [back], my father said, “Did she pay you?” And he said, “No.” [My father] said, “Well, why did you give her the medicine?” He said, “Because she’s sick.” That was all that mattered. n When he built the drugstore, the agreement was settled with a handshake. People could trust other people. There was honor. It was a whole different world, which I frankly kind of miss. People really were concerned about their fellow man and not constantly worried about themselves. n So many of our family are in medical professions. My niece is an equine vet. My uncle, who’s retired, was a surgeon. He had four children. One is a lawyer, but the others are all involved in medicine. He’s got two grandchildren in medical school now. It keeps going on and on. That seems to be the calling: They continue Uncle Roy and grandaddy’s desire to heal and help. n I miss the charm [of Delray Beach], where you’d go to the grocery store and you’d know everybody. My feeling is, we’re close enough to Miami and Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach where we can take advantage of what they have. It would be nice if we could leave what we have here a little more the way it used to be. You can’t control the fact that people move here, but I do wish that we had fewer developers, because it seems to be just about money. Once this is gone, it’s never going to come back. You can’t re-create what we had.” delray beach magazine


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BMW Lifestyle

he first things to catch your eye when you pull up to Liz Shapiro’s home that backs up to the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton are the cars in the driveway. There’s an SUV, a performance sports car and the BMW i8, a plug-in electric with style and lines rivaling anything like it on the road. But it is the car you don’t see—the 1986 Jeep CJ-7 tucked away in a garage—which Shapiro takes to the beach every now and then, that tells you the most about her.


Before she met her husband, Steve—a doctor and successful business owner—and before their 11-year old daughter and 9-yearold twins were born, and before she began supporting causes in the community, it was the CJ-7 that Shapiro used to take her surfboard to the beach. “The CJ-7 is a special car,” she says. Today, cars play an important role in helping Shapiro live an affluent lifestyle where family and community are a priority. On any given day, when not playing with her two impeccably well-

trained golden retrievers, Shaka and Maui, Shapiro is likely to be driving her children from one event to another. On this day she’s on the road at 6:15 a.m. taking her 11-year-old to school for an overnight field trip. She’s then back home and switching cars to take the twins back to the school. Before the day is out, she’ll attend a Boca Raton Resort & Club’s family social committee meeting and pick up the twins, taking one to music lessons and the other to hockey practice. The couple’s son, one of the fraternal twins, is also involved

in competitive chess, so when they’re not traveling for a hockey tournament, there’s a chance they’ll be headed to a chess match. “The kids are amazing,” Shapiro says. “They’re very appreciative of everything.” Though always busy with the kids, Shapiro makes time to attend several charity lunches a year. The Shapiros, also supporters of athletic programs at Florida Atlantic University, contributed toward the building of the new football stadium. Other organizations they’ve supported include Boca Helping Hands, the George Snow Foundation and Nat King Cole Generation Hope. “I feel so fortunate that we’re able to do so many things to help others,” she says. When not tending to her children, Shapiro finds time to exercise, including a little tennis or golf. Water-based activities also are high on her list of fun things to do, with fishing and surfing still on the agenda. It was the lure of the ocean that actually brought Shapiro, who turned 50 in March, to South Florida. A top-notch competitive swimmer while growing up in Connecticut, Shapiro earned a full swimming scholarship to George Washington University. She competed on an international level and coached in Maryland during the summers. During a competition at the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale Shapiro decided South Florida was for her. After sending out résumés, she got a call from a then very new company, Banana Boat sun-care products and was soon one of the company’s first sales representatives. The surfer lifestyle agreed with her as she traveled in the Banana Boat van with her surfboard sticking out the back. As the company grew, Shapiro grew with it and worked her way up the ranks, eventually becoming the company’s national sales manager. “I did really well on my own,” she said. “I probably had a couple hundred people working for me.” Eventually life on the road lost its luster and Shapiro decided to settle down. “I called my best friend who was a doctor and told her I was ready,” she says. The friend introduced her to a colleague, Steve Shapiro. “Within two days, we had dinner and he became my boyfriend forever that day.” Cars have always been an important part of Liz Shapiro’s lifestyle and a BMW has been in the driveway for as long as she can remember. As her 50th birthday approached, Shapiro began looking at cars. She saw the i8 in magazines but it wasn’t until seeing one in person that she decided this was the car she wanted. “When I saw the real one, I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” she says. “It was the right choice for many reasons.” It was the style, the power and the roominess that got her attention. “This car is everything I’ve ever dreamed of and more,” she said. Another easy choice for Shapiro was buying the car at Vista BMW. “They’ve made me feel like family since the very first day we went in,” she says. “I look forward to bringing my car in for service because they always show me the latest and newest models.” For Liz Shapiro, an i8 from Vista in the driveway is just part of the luxury lifestyle she enjoys. To learn more about Vista BMW, visit or one of the showrooms in Coconut Creek on Sample Road or in Pompano Beach on Federal Highway.




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Designing Women Meet five talented artists who are dressing up Delray. by Patricia Lammie portraits by Eduardo Schneider

Amanda Perna Back Story: At only 28, Amanda Perna, whose design studio is in Artist Alley, has made serious headway on her bucket list. As a college student in apparel design at the University of Alabama, her dream was to work for one of the big fashion houses in New York. That dream came true when she was offered a position at Calvin Klein upon graduating. Second on her bucket list was to participate in “Project Runway”; she tackled that dream when she appeared in season nine of the Lifetime television series in 2011. Third on her bucket list was starting her own clothing line, which she did when she launched Delray’s The House of Perna, in 2012. Her luxurious American-made clothing line is sophisticated and chic, but comfortable and versatile at the same time—“with a little bit of something whimsical,” she says. Why Delray: “As we spent more time in Delray we were like, ‘This is perfect for us.’ It’s laid back, so we have the beach-y style that we love, but you also have pretty much everything you want here. We have every kind of restaurant you like, and you can walk places, which I love, especially after living in New York for over five years.” Next Big project: Adding a bridal collection to her already extensive line. Where you caN Buy her clotheS: Visit her store on Artist Alley (350 N.E. Fourth St., #C) or buy online at Starting this summer, you can also find The House of Perna in different boutiques around Delray.

Sketch from Amanda Perna; summer 2015 designs, Katie geode T-shirt and Allegra kaleidoscope shorts

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“I love this town [Delray] so much that I wanted to bring fashion here; there’s already so much that is happening in New York. Delray is already starting to become a destination place for shopping and nightlife.”

Jelena Lovric Back Story: Jelena Lovric started her own clothing line three years ago, but it wasn’t until last year that she opened a boutique, LoveRich, in the heart of Delray Beach. LoveRich showcases the 28-year-old’s clothing line—LoveRich Designs—as well as pieces from some of the hottest contemporary designers and fresh off-the-runway looks. Lovric studied business and fashion merchandising at Lynn University in Boca Raton, initially launching LoveRich as an online shopping website. Its popularity led her to open an actual store, which she says is one of her biggest accomplishments. Her signature style is contemporary, elegant and sophisticated, and although she likes to work with silks, her line includes mostly fitted styles. Why Delray: “Delray is a close-knit community where everyone helps each other out. I like that about it.” What’S next: Adding men’s and children’s clothing and accessories to her boutique. Where you can Buy her clotheS: Visit her store in Downtown Delray (2 N.E. Fifth Ave.) or buy online at loverichboutique. com.

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Barbara Aridas Back Story: Barbara Aridas knew she wanted to design jewelry from the time she was 10 years old. What she didn’t know then is that she would evolve into an artist, first sketching her pieces, then crafting them in wax and casting them herself. Aridas, 59, makes her jewelry in the small store on Federal Highway that she opened in 1981, working primarily with gold, silver, pearls, diamonds and precious stones. Her extensive collection includes earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and rings. She describes them as “realistic, with a touch of impressionism.” In addition to designing her own jewelry line, she also works with her clients to create individual customized pieces. Why Delray: “I knew the rents were a little higher in Boca, but I liked Delray … because it was just a little more classy, and ... just nice. And I’ve always felt safe here in this location.” What’S next: Her word-of-mouth client base is growing rapidly through a new involvement with social media. Where you can Buy her jeWelry: Visit her store on 2895 S. Federal Highway, or buy online at

“Jewelry is such an individual thing; it is meant to be appreciated by the individual. [That’s why] we create things that are special for them and that have a special meaning.” may/june 2015

Aridas mixes gold and diamonds with more earthy and natural materials.

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Back Story: Success didn’t happen overnight for Stephanie Graniero Smith, despite the family’s longtime business in fashion manufacturing in New Jersey. She started designing her own fitness clothing, which she sold at local gyms, while she was getting her fashion degree at the International Fine Arts College in Miami. She opened her first store in Hollywood, Fla., and relocated a number of times until she finally settled in Delray, where she opened the O My Bod boutique on Atlantic Avenue 12 years ago. Smith, 47, who has now been designing for more than 20 years, describes her line (which includes fitness wear, evening, swimwear, jewelry and handbags) as a combination of streamlined and bohemian styles—funky-chic—with no two collections the same. In 2014, Smith opened a second store in Delray Marketplace. Where you can Buy her clotheS: Visit her store in downtown Delray (1128 E. Atlantic Ave.) or at Delray Marketplace (14851 Lyons Road, Suite 120), online at or at select yoga studios and boutiques in the area.

“Delray is the only town that has such an eclectic mix of mom-and-pop stores, wonderful restaurants and art festivals right by the beach. There’s no town like this; it is a very unique place.”

Smith’s 1960s-inspired print top paired with matching wide-leg pant


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Hannah Long Back Story: People told Hannah Long her jewelry was too far out, that it wouldn’t sell. Even her art instructor told her there was no market for “that type of jewelry.” But Long persevered with her own vision; today, those early designs are her most popular ones. Long, who studied sculpture at Portland State University, owned art galleries before she moved to Delray and started her own business a year ago. She turned to jewelry because she says it is a way of allowing people to purchase smaller pieces of fine art. She regards jewelry as wearable art, and unlike most jewelers, she skips the drawing stage and goes straight to working with the material, which results in one-of-a-kind pieces. Long works in gold, silver and stones as well as found objects; she once transformed pennies she found by the railroad tracks into earrings. Why Delray: “There are a lot of small businesses that support the arts, and there’s a community that comes out to support the arts.” What’S next: More designing and manufacturing and less work on the business side. She’s currently collaborating with a local clothing designer by creating the buckles, brooches and clasps of their upcoming collection. Where you can Buy her jeWelry: Online at, at different galleries in Delray and art shows around South Florida.

“When I design I feel very centered and focused and free. It’s like time sort of doesn’t matter, like the rest of the world doesn’t matter. Connecting with my creative energy is a very intimate experience.” may/june 2015

Long’s sterling silver stingray with hand-cut ruby necklace

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Mot Fun Small Town in the U.S.A *

* Named by Rand McNally’s Best of the Road Contest


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50+ things we love about Delray Our year in review highlights news and notables, trends and travesties for Delray 2014-15. By Anonymous (you know who you are) plus Dorothy MacDiarmid, Rich Pollack, Marie Speed and John Thomason Illustration by Bonnie Lallky-Seibert

Out & About Libby VogeL

Pork sliders from Beer Trade Company

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New Hot Spot(s) We may as well ordain 2014 in Delray as the Year of the Beer. Two new beer-centric hot spots opened, and people can’t get enough of them. After a rocky start, the funky Vintage Tap (524 W. Atlantic Ave., 561/8087702), in a historic building in the hinterlands of West Atlantic, is packing them in with music by local and national rock and blues artists. It’s got a great sound system, lots of memorabilia and an authentic “Old Delray” vibe. In fact, we haven’t had a place like this since the original Elwood’s in the late 1990s, and it’s a welcome addition. (Rock on, and RIP Michael Gochenour, just to pay homage where homage is due.) Tongue-in-cheek RussianAmerican weirdoes The Red Elvises, country locals The Nash Carey Band, the L.A.based New Wave throwback Corners, and the country-blues road warriors Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band all graced the intimate Vintage Tap stage in

the past year. Our favorite concert brought us back to 1992, when Smells Like Grunge, South Florida’s reigning Nirvana tribute act, performed at Vintage Tap last August, playing everybody’s dream Nirvana set list, including a bevy of B-sides and deep cuts, complete with its own dirty-blonde-haired vocalist snarling and screaming his way through a bang-up Kurt Cobain impression. Smells Like Grunge plays the Vintage Tap regularly, but be advised to show up early if you even want to see the bar: The term “seating is limited” is an understatement. The other beer palace is the Beer Trade Co. (145 N.E. Fourth St., 561/808-7304), which offers up to 300 (yes, 3-0-0) craft beers as well as highly regarded chicken wings, pulled pork sliders, tacos and more. From one of the guys who once had Gratify in West Palm—Gene Playter—and co-owner Chris Sanchez, it’s a down-home local kind of hang, away from the Atlantic Avenue madness, and another place reminiscent of the Good Old Days.

From top: Ryan Riordan at Vintage Tap and the band Smells Like Grunge


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Shopping magnetS

Periwinkle is still the Junior League sustainer store of choice, especially for the Gulf Stream crowd, but Snappy Turtle is still moving cotton tunics at about 50 per hour, and Fresh Produce, LoveRich, Urban Outfitters and BCBG are coming up fast.

beSt new Club

We will refrain from dreaded comparisons to a hip South Beach club, but Honey is a contender—with, thankfully, a distinctive Delray vibe. Yes, you have creative mixology, groovy DJs and the whole lounge aesthetic, but the bar bites are from 32 East. Beat that, South Beach.

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Clockwise from left: Owner Carrie Delafield at Periwinkle; Honey; Urban Outfitters

StatuS Symbol(S)

Leave the Tesla to Boca; in Delray, the tricked-out golf cart is the ultimate status symbol—your wheels on the weekend to and from downtown, the club, the beach or Pat’s Discount Beverage. We asked Administrative Manager Jason Zangre of Sunshine Golf Cars in Delray to tell us what the dream Delray golf car would look like. Here’s what he said: “It would be a four-seater, street-legal, with lights, seat belts, registered, a license plate. It would have big fancy wheels, a radio system, upgraded fancy seats, custom enclosures, maybe a wooden dashboard. There are dozens and dozens of accessories.” Zangre said that kind of rig costs in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $13,000. But the ultimate car? Sunshine’s one-of-a kind Shelby Mustang golf car—for $20,000. may/june 2015

ChainS, ChainS, ChainS

After all the handwringing and life-will-never-be-the–same talk, three chain stores descend on Atlantic Avenue—Urban Outfitters, Fresh Produce and BCBG. And the world did not end. In fact, we are loving them.

little-known plaCe to SCore hip men’S ClotheS


of the year

The phony service dog, aka emotional support animal, is everyone’s excuse to drag his or her dog everywhere. Here’s how you get one. You go online to and you buy an Emotional Support Dog Kit (we are not kidding), which includes a cute little dog vest. Anyone who has the following conditions (or roughly 99.9 percent of the population) qualifies: anxiety, depression, bipolar/mood disorders, panic attacks and other emotional/psychological conditions.

And you thought The Love Shack was all about tiny-sized hipster jeans for minute girls. The back room has all kinds of cool casual menswear—and accessories like highball glasses etched with a skull-and-bones motif.

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Benchmarks in Delray

Disappearing commissioner of 2014:

Al Jacquet is AWOL for all the big votes, including city manager and the unending trash hauling contract. Where in the world is Al? And why are we paying him?

w Unity School celebrates its 50th anniversary. w Delray Beach hires Dan Cooper as its new city manager— the third in a less than a year. w Revered director and arts advocate Joe Gillie announces he is leaving Center for the Arts at Old School Square after 23 years. Joe Gillie w Center for the Arts at Old School Square celebrates its 25th anniversary. w Boston’s turns 35. w Nutrition Cottage, one of the few mom-and-pops left on the Avenue, moves to Boynton Beach. w Longtime CRA Director Diane Colonna announces she is leaving Delray after 14 years to accept a position with the private firm Redevelopment Management Associates, working for her predecessor, Chris Brown.


UnanSWereD qUeStIonS of 2014

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City & Politics

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w How many pizza restaurants does one city need? w Why won’t Delray Beach accept Cary Glickstein’s gift of a pocket park at Lake Ida and Second? w Why do people still put their cell phones on speaker mode and then walk around in public? w How many craft beers do we really need on tap?

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If you’re looking for a few dozen doughnuts for your next community meeting, you might want to get Delray Beach Police Chief Jeff Goldman on the line. Seriously. Sure, Goldman knows the old stereotypes about police officers and doughnut shops, but these days, at the Delray Beach Police Department, they’re not above poking a little fun at themselves with a more serious goal in mind. At the urging of Goldman, who took over as police chief in September, the department recently launched Doughnuts with Delray PD, a

program in which Goldman and senior members of the police department will meet with community groups and bring a couple of boxes of doughnuts with them to help break the, um, icing. “It’s just one more way for people to get to know police officers on a different level—a lighter level,” Goldman says. “One of my goals is to have people meet with members of the police department before they’re in a situation where they’re calling 911.” Doughnuts with Delray PD is just one of a handful of programs Goldman initiated with the goal of getting officers out in the community. The department now has a Walk and Talk initiative in which cops are asked to get out of their cars every day and meet with residents or business owners. It also has a new spotlight series in which the department uses social media to post videos highlighting different programs.

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a chief with a sense of Humor

Stephen Chrisanthus

New Kid in Town When it comes to promoting Delray Beach as a tourist destination or even just promoting events that attract local visitors as well as those from out of town, you can count on Stephen Chrisanthus to come up with an idea that’s cool, creative and clever. The associate director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative, charged with promoting the area as a tourist destination and a great place to live and work, Chrisanthus is the fun-idea guy who came up with promotions such as the “Hot Here” marketing campaign, which promoted Delray Beach as a cool place to be in the steamy summertime. He was also one of the driving forces behind the tourism exchange partnership Delray Beach formed with Marina Del Rey, Calif. To promote local events that the marketing cooperative produces, Chrisanthus also named an August On The Ave event “Back to Cool” and helped develop the theme for last year’s holiday celebration, The Holidays Come to Delray by Land, Sea and Air. “Part of my job is taking a problem and coming up with a creative way to solve it,” he says.

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signs that Delray is on a roll… or on the road to hell:

1 The Related Group is slated to build apartments in

the SoFa district. (SoFa, this year’s latest Delray acronym to show how cool we are, stands for that area south of Atlantic to Second Street, bounded on the east by Southeast Fifth Avenue and on the west by Swinton).

2 iPic announces it is moving its headquarters to Delray. 3 Venetian Las Vegas becomes the naming sponsor for the Delray Open tennis tournament.


we never want to hear talked about ever again:

w all aboard Florida w the Festivus pole w whining about too many events w waste management w walkability

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Her last name tells you a lot about the work Juanita Goode does in the community. The public face of efforts to serve the hungry in Delray Beach for more than 15 years, Rev. Juanita Bryant Goode is officially the director of engagement and food-pantry programs for CROS Ministries, which operates a variety of programs aimed at serving people who too often have no idea where their next meal is coming from. “The majority of people we serve are working,” she says. “In many cases it’s people just like you and me. We’re there to help them eat—because if you can’t eat, you can’t function.” In addition to her work with CROS Ministries, Goode is also a member of the Delray Beach Interfaith Clergy Association and Delray Beach’s Martin Luther King National Holiday Committee.

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Making a Difference

Food & Drink

Rising Star Chef

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Over the course of his 34 years, chef Eric Baker has traveled around the globe, visiting cities in Europe, India and China, and attending culinary school in Paris. Baker, who cut his culinary chops at well-known local fine-dining restaurants such as Café Boulud in Palm Beach, has been the executive chef at Max’s Harvest for a little more than a year and a half now and is bringing a bit of international flair to the table. “I have an interest in foreign food, and it melds well with the philosophy of Max’s Harvest,” he says. “The philosophy is the most important part of Harvest. It’s food fresh from the farm, and we make it a point to let the product speak for itself.” While Baker is fond of keeping dishes relatively simple—you’ll find deviled Heritage Hen Farm eggs and a warm kale Caesar salad on the menu—he is not about to sacrifice creativity along the way. “I’m always trying to come up with new dishes,” he says. “I like to push the envelope.”


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Small Bites

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we can’t get enough of

Best new Bar

Max’s Social House, aka SoHo house, opens in the old Falcon House/Ceviche location. Early reviews point to a big hit, with flavorful and innovative small plates and a Stilton dip with homemade razor-thin potato chips that is destined for greatness.

Cured meats and cheese, Max’s Social House

w DEvIlED EggS from max’s harvest w gIngER cHIckEn MEAtbAllS from Brulé w bAcon-WRAPPED DAtES from 32 east w cHEDDAR AnD cARAMEl PoPcoRn from the PoPcorn house w FRIED PIcklES from shula Burger

Best new restaurant

Hudson’s at Waterway East opens in the former Old Calypso space (and we’re hoping it doesn’t turn into Old Hudson’s). People are already raving about it, and with that perfect waterfront location, we think it will be a winner. The view from Hudson’s at Waterway East

top local Beer


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Food & Drink

Bartenders you Can Count on In South Florida, bartenders come and go. But at City Oyster, you’ll find one bartender who has come and gone and come back again, and another who hasn’t gone anywhere for 12 years. Veteran bartender Tim Baur was the first beverage manager at 32 East in 1996, and later opened the Falcon House restaurant with a business partner. His wingman is Wayne Pasik, who has been serving drinks at City Oyster for more than a decade. What sets Baur and Pasik apart is that they both make it a point to be a little old school in their approach to

their work—without being oldfashioned. “We were brought up with hospitality in mind,” says Baur, who returned to Delray a little more than a year ago after living in Vermont for a few years. “We’re not just serving food and liquor, we’re in the entertainment business.” Pasik says he wants to make sure that everyone at the bar not only has a good drink but also has a good time. “You can come here and not know anyone, and you’ll make a friend,” he says. “We’re kind of the local bar where everyone knows each other.” Tim Baur and Wayne Pasik

Comfort food dish we Can’t live without Braised short rib and polenta from 3rd and 3rd

Best-kept-seCret dinner ChoiCe

Jimmy’s Bistro is simply fine dining with a neighborhood atmosphere and a leisurely pace. It’s still the best place for shrimp etouffée and braised beef Chasseur.

CoCktail of the hour The Moscow Mule is omnipresent, but we like the Blood Orange margarita at El Camino.

Best happy hour value

Smoke offers three for one at its happy hour seven days a week, from noon until 7 p.m. We think it should be renamed Happy Day.

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Smoke’s ribs and brew


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Five Reasons

We Love DADA

This fine, hisTorically siTuaTed resTauranT enjoyed anoTher banner year of food awards and even more enTerTainmenT opTions.

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Food trends

thAt Won’t go AWAy

w Lobster mac-and-cheese w Sliders w Pork bellies w Macaroons w Sidewalk dining taking over the whole sidewalk w the phrase: “Farm to table” (Pass the trans fats.) w Small plates: Can anyone get a decent size meal anymore, and Why do we have to share? get your own.

Trends we know we should love but We Do not

w Juicing w gluten-free anything w Kale chips


Bruce Feingold won the Garlic Festival’s Garlic Chef competition for the third year in a row—the man knows his way around the aromatic clove.

v The venue’s Sunday night

outdoor double features continued to expand horizons this year; where else could you catch backto-back Blaxploitation features, or a movie night dedicated to the life and literature of William Burroughs?

w Tuesday nights are still the

place to be for Florida’s longestrunning poetry slam, with the most clever wordsmith of the night walking

away with a cool 100 bucks; there was an even an “erotic poetry slam” this past Valentine’s weekend.


Dada supports the local economy by hosting monthly Thursday night craft bazaars: They’re like mini Stitch Rocks but surrounded by better food.

y Don’t forget Monday nights,

when Dada hosts an Open Jam for emerging and/or veteran singersongwriters. Talent isn’t required, just a home-brought instrument and a positive attitude—and performers get a free drink to loosen themselves up.

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Arts & Entertainment Foreign CorrespondenCe

You don’t have to be a professional movie critic to see great first-run art-house films before they open in theaters. You just have to subscribe to Shelly Isaacs’ e-mail list ( The veteran film programmer hosts special screenings at theaters and libraries in all three counties, but he saves the cream of the foreign-film crop for his Tuesday evening and Thursday morning screenings at Movies of Delray, the best-keptsecret five-plex on West Atlantic, just east of Florida’s Turnpike. In the past year, he’s presented screenings of such high-profile films as Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur,” the Italian Academy Award submission “Human Capital” and the Polish Oscar winner “Ida” long before they opened theatrically. Admission is only $10, and each ticket-buyer gets a free small popcorn and beverage, as well as Shelly’s company for a post-film discussion. Tell your friends, but not all of them: His screenings often sell out.

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delray Fitness deconstructed

You would think we were all training for combat. Everyone in Delray goes to the gym obsessively, and the more brutal the workout, the higher your value as a human being. And oddly, the less equipment a gym has, the more likely it is to almost kill you. Here’s what people are doing to themselves this year—and where you fit in.


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The Theatre at Arts Garage stepped up its game this past season by rallying around an important theme: “Women’s Voices.” In an environment where female actors, playwrights and directors have barely punctured their industry’s glass ceiling, Arts Garage’s Lou Tyrrell did his best to bend

Demographic: Everyone, even men without ponytails and shaved chests, can downward-dog. Premise: Stretching and silence and namaste will help you achieve greater balance, strength and serenity. Badass ranking: 6, which applies only if you do crazy hot yoga and can turn yourself into a pretzel at will.


“You and I” at Arts Garage

the numbers toward equality with three daring and intelligent works by female playwrights. These included “The How and the Why,” a heady dive into evolutionary biology, and the wonderful “I and You,” in which Tyrrell and two exceptional actors explored Walt Whitman, terminal illness and teenage angst with depth and naturalism. Also this year, Arts Garage expanded its entertainment palette to include comedians and cabaret singers, and it hired legendary jazz programmer Todd Barkan to beef up its jazz lineup with such eminent musicians as Benny Golson, Freddy Cole and Vanessa Collier.

More reasons to go West

Delray Marketplace reaffirmed its Best of West stature this past year by giving Boca stragglers and weary travelers from bustling East Atlantic plenty of new reasons to journey

Demographic: This is the great leveler, attracting rehabbers as well as Gulf Stream-living, Lexusdriving Navy Seal wannabes. Premise: Strength meets endurance in The Box, do as many rounds as possible, never say die. Badass ranking: 10

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westward. In addition to opening Apeiro, an acclaimed Burt Rapoport restaurant dishing “progressive Mediterranean cuisine,” the Marketplace also graced Delray with its first Polaroid Fotobar, which is like an Apple store without the antiseptic whiteness. It’s an escape into a photographic wonderland that deploys business buzzwords with the best of them: It’s where “Fototenders” can help you “liberate” your photos in an “experiential” destination that “changes paradigms.” We don’t know what that means, but it’s a fun new hot spot. Also, the Marketplace’s free Thursday night concerts continued to showcase rock, funk, pop and tribute acts year-round, and in February it launched a new series of sing-a-long movie screenings on the first Tuesday of each month. Rest your pipes for “Pitch Perfect” on May 5 and “Rock of Ages” June 2.

Cornell 2.0

Now you see her, now you don’t. Just a few months after taking over as the Cornell Museum of Art’s chief curator, Melanie Johanson relocated to New Orleans for her husband’s business. But she’s maintaining her post from afar and will fly back to Delray Beach to install exhibitions and appear at their openings. It’s a good thing the Delray Center for the Arts is keeping her on, because her vision is helping to revive a museum that, in recent years, had come to feel a bit stodgy—a purveyor of


pop-culture ephemera and gentle watercolors more than thoughtprovoking art from the cutting edge. Johanson has changed that with bold exhibits such as “From Ordinary to Extraordinary,” a sprawling, two-story celebration of innovative paper art; “From the Borough to the Beach,” which shone a spotlight on the current vanguard of Brooklyn-based artists; and “Language Art,” a progressive, witty and fascinating survey of text-driven art on mediums ranging from embroidered linen to used Macbooks. The Cornell is as young and hip as a Wynwood gallery, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Favorite 2015 Delray news brieF:

Benjamin Siegel, owner of Delray reptile store Ben Siegel Reptiles Inc., is arrested on battery and cruelty-to-animal charges after he allegedly hit some of his employees with a live bearded dragon.

Demographic: The 40-something crowd competing with the Baby Boomers (all in fluorescent sneakers) to see who is aging better Premise: You will get lean and long and return your body to those college days—and, yes, compete in a triathlon someday. Badass ranking: 5-9

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For decades, the Elmore Family Foundation has made significant financial contributions to programs throughout Palm Beach County that promote arts and culture, education and health sciences. You’ll see the foundation’s name occasionally on buildings or on walls with plaques that list major givers, but mostly the work the foundation does stays pretty much under the radar. Few outside of insiders would know the foundation has made major contributions to the Kravis Center, to the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter and to Bethesda Hospital in Boynton Beach. In Delray Beach, the Family Foundation and its founders— George and Wilma Elmore—have always been strong supporters of the Delray Beach Public Library and especially the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, even before it first opened its doors a quarter-century ago. Just recently, the Center for the Arts announced a “significant” contribution from the foundation—led by Hardrives paving company founder George Elmore and his children—and the naming of the Crest Theatre stage as the Wilma Elmore Stage. Wilma Elmore, who died in 2011, continued to attend shows at the Crest Theatre even in her last years and was one of the center’s early board members. “My mom and dad raised us to see that giving back to the community is something you do because the community has been good to you,” daughter Debra Elmore says. “Those who have been successful have to show the up-and-coming generations the importance of giving back.”

Demographic: Fifty Shades of Grey fans Premise: Ballet-inspired poses with excruciatingly long hold times (a la Comcast customer service) that tone muscles and exert maximum pain. Bad girl. Badass ranking: 9

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Demographic: Pre-middle age to Boomer types who like to follow instructions, watch paint dry and sweat Premise: The program that counts on loud rock music to hide the fact that you are working hard but not going anywhere—just like in your job. Badass ranking: 7

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Best new event

For the third year, those Witches of Delray donned their scary witches’ robes, hopped on their brooms (disguised as bikes) and rode from The Achievement Centers for Children and Families (which their sponsored rides benefit) to Caffé Luna Rosa. A scarily good idea. For more information on this year’s event, visit “We dress up like witches, decorate our bikes like brooms and create a spellbinding spectacle on Halloween morning,” says organizer and Alpha Witch Andie DeVoe. “This is a community event and is open to all levels of riders. Our route includes several schools, and ends with a seaside brunch at Caffé Luna Rosa. It is a $20 rider donation fee to participate, and we also have a ‘Witches Brew’ kickoff fundraiser the week before at Tim Finnegan’s in Delray Beach. The fundraiser is a great opportunity to register early for the ride and meet other members of our ‘coven.’ We also included a raffle and silent auction. Last year we raised $1,547 for the Achievement Centers and were 40 riders strong!”


signs that civilization as we know it is over:

w selfie sticks

w Drones

w that the Ugly MUg is now atlantic faMily Dental

Best event we all missed this year

The Twilight ride through downtown Delray. We love this fasterthan-light cycling spectacle and hope the ride’s sponsors get enough support to bring it back next year.

Best event of 2014

The Christmas tree lighting wins hands-down. Number one, it’s 100 feet tall, and built over the course of a month by volunteers, high school kids, city workers and tradespeople. This year, new events like the kiddie train ride and a Santa Cookie Cruise on the Lady Atlantic complemented the popular carousel and ice-skating rink—not to mention the valiant attempt to beat London’s ugly holiday sweater record for the Guinness Book of World Records. This year’s tree lighting drew 40,000 people, Santa arrived in high drama aboard a Channel 12 helicopter, and to all, [it was] a good night.


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w 15,000 leD lights

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Linens so amazing you’ll want to take them home!


[ home ] B y B r a d M e e

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shower power Showers are cleaning up as favorites inside—and outside—of today’s highstyle bathrooms. The following six variations top today’s most-wanted list and promise dramatic options for residences in and around Delray.

An outdoor shower in Highland Beach provides an invigorating rinse—not to mention stunning views of the ocean. may/june 2015

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inside the shower

Replacing little-used tubs, chic showers are cited among 2015’s hottest home design trends in Florida and nationwide. Here are some examples why.

A glass-walled shower with no curb visually expands the bathroom in designer Shelly Preziosi’s contemporary Boca Raton home.

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frameless glass

what’s the buzz: No one’s knocking shower curtains (well, maybe a little), but glass is clearly a superior solution to splash-proofing a shower with style. Make it frameless, and you’ve got a leading shower trend showing no signs of slowing down. Used as single panes or in elaborate enclosures, frameless glass virtually disappears, which helps to foster bright, open and seamless bathroom design.

outdoor showers

what’s the buzz: No longer just for resorts and beach homes, outdoor showers (see page 75) are popping up everywhere, refreshing anyone who relishes an invigorating, open-air experience. To be clear, we’re not talking about temporary, freestanding contraptions fueled by garden hoses—but rather fixed features uniquely integrated into the architecture and landscape of the home. Plumbing, site selection, drainage, privacy and material selection all play a part in creating the perfect alfresco shower.


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Stone-covered curved walls enclose a spa-like shower space. The feature’s design and placement of its showerhead eliminates the need for a door or curb.

what’s the buzz: Prefer a little more privacy than provided by a glass-enclosed or open shower? Basically a room-within-a-room, walk-ins are enclosed by tiled walls—often shapely and curved—that create water and visual barriers from the rest of the bathroom. When inspired by universal design, they boast curb-free, doorless entries and spacious interiors equipped with seats and grab bars to serve the disabled and aged. may/june 2015

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A frameless glass “box” forms a shower space in this clean-lined, contemporary bathroom.

Curb-free showers

what’s the buzz: This highly accessible design removes the curb at the base of the shower enclosure, allowing flooring to run unobstructed from the bathroom into the shower space. The less-is-more approach appeals to modern aesthetes as well as those best served by roll-in showers devoid of physical obstacles on the floor. To perform successfully, proper drainage and floor slope is a must.

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This spacious steam shower, clad in marble, performs as an integral part of the elegant master bathroom.

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whAt’s the buzz: Unless you insist on rinse-and-run ablutions, a steam shower may be the most pleasure-inducing feature you can add to a home. This element requires professional design and installation; it must be completely enclosed to operate properly—and it needs to be entirely waterproofed to thwart steam from escaping into the bathroom. Movable transoms often perform as glass vents to regulate moisture and heat.

bArrier-free showers

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whAt’s the buzz: Feeling boxed in? Break loose with a barrier-free shower. Devoid of enclosures or obstructions, these ultra-hip features foster a spacious, airy feel inside your bathroom. Be warned: If you suffer splash-phobia, this open design is not for you. Whether part of a large bathroom or a compact wet room, barrier-free showers guarantee water spatter. Expert design and installation is a must for waterproofing and prevention of puddles and excessive splashing.

Designed by Dornbracht, the Elemental Spa bathroom suite boasts a wide-open space courtesy of its barrier-free shower.

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Ultimate Kitchen & Bath

Check out the following local businesses for your bathroom remodeling needs.

Address: 1000 Clint Moore Road, Suite 105, Boca Raton About: As evidenced by his two-plus decades in the market—and consistent word-of-mouth buzz—owner Jeff Grossman knows how to deliver on a promise. In the case of revamped bathrooms, Ultimate creates nothing short of spa-like sanctuaries—including steam showers, walk-in designs and much more. Contact: 561/998-7711,

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Kitchen & home Interiors

Address: 1100 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach About: In addition to its 35,000-squarefoot headquarters/showroom, featuring a vast network of vendors and stateof-the-art options, KHI offers one-stop shopping when it comes to bath and shower remodeling needs. Contact: 954/725-6480,

Bath & Kitchen Creations

Address: 3850 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Suites 19-21, Boca Raton About: More than 30 years after opening its first showroom in town, Bath & Kitchen Creations continues to serve clients in and around Boca with custom bathroom design and remodeling services that include cutting-edge shower makeovers. Contact: 561/392-8281,

wyman Builders

Address: 932 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton About: Wyman touts itself as the premier bathroom remodeling contractor in the market, including complete takea-wrecking-ball-to-it custom renovations; service areas range from West Palm Beach to Coral Springs. Contact: 561/731-4573,

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[ out & about ] B y s t e fa n i e c a i n t o wine & Lite bites

Where: Delray Beach about the event: Wine and hors d’oeuvres were served during

Impact 100’s latest reception. The event welcomed new members, who enjoyed live music from the Creative City Collaborative while learning about the organization’s impact on the community.

Susan Duane and Sue Diener

Susan Brockway, Kirsten Stanley and Heather McMechan

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Lisa Peterfreund, Phil Perlman, Lindsay Perlman and Tandy Robinson

Peg Greenspon, Beth Johnston and Roberta Kjelgaard


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Dorothy MacDiarmid, Donna Goray and Marina Morbeck

Cindy Krebsbach and Darlene Quashie Henry

Jules Peyton Stein, Brad Hurlburt and Danielle Cameron

Anne Henderson and Laura Stoltz

Katherine Metzger and Chris Heathcott

Patricia Maguire, Victoria Rixon and Lisa Mulhall

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Periwinkle Grand re-oPeninG

Where: Delray Beach About the event: Periwinkle celebrated its fourth

birthday with a fresh makeover. The Atlantic Avenue boutique added color to its faรงade, while redoing the windows and entrance to the store. Guests admired the new additions, while shopping and enjoying a glass of bubbly.

Juliet and Alex Warner Lauren Thames and Abbey Lockhart Christine Joseph and Laura Simon

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Maggie Dickenson and Carrie Delafield


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Morley Grand openinG

Where: Delray Beach About the event: More than 75 people

celebrated the opening of Carrie Delafield’s Morley boutique. The event featured live music and a special viewing of the beach boutique’s fashionable goods.

Courtney Wade, Therese Paget and Kari Swanson

Lauren Donald, Brian McDuffie and Julie Stein

Adrianne Lugo and John Lipscomb Lola Malortigue, Nicole Charlock and Lindsay Griffin Mayor Cary Glickstein and Carrie Delafield

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Hudson at WaterWay east Grand openinG Vip party Where: Delray Beach About the event: The Hudson at Waterway East is now

up and running in the previous Old Calypso location. The waterfront hot spot celebrated its grand opening with a VIP party that raised almost $2,800 for Delray Beach’s Carver Middle School. Attendees got a first taste of the restaurant’s menu while previewing the new space.

Scott Niskar, George Cocilova, Sam Bonasso and Vicente Lavayen

Alexandra Gonzalez and Joe Gamberale Inga Golombek and Kristie Wilson

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Lindsey Turesky and Amy Deluca


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Delray HyunDai anD Delray acura are HiDDen Treasures among souTH FloriDa DealersHips.


t is a hidden treasure among the many car dealerships that call Delray Beach home. Just six blocks north of trendy Atlantic Avenue, you’ll find Delray Hyundai and Delray Acura, two family-owned stores that trace their roots back more than 20 years, proudly serving all of Palm Beach and Broward communities. The dealerships could be easy to miss as you drive along North Federal Highway. But that would be a mistake. Although the Acura store and the Hyundai store sit on a parcel that may be small in size compared to its neighboring dealerships, their numbers are big. In the first few months of this year alone, Delray Hyundai has become the number-one Genesis dealer, not just in Florida but also in the entire United States. Right next door, Delray Acura is continuing to see sales blossom and gearing up for a strong year, thanks to new 2016 models and other models soon to be introduced by the manufacturer. “Just like the little engine that could, we are the two dealerships that can,” says Jim O’Neill, owner of both dealerships, who began selling cars in Delray Beach more than two decades ago when he took over a relatively new Acura store. Since then much has changed. O’Neill added the Hyundai store, which has grown tremendously as the brand has built its reputation for stylish, quality products. Not long ago the Acura store was updated and just a few months ago the exterior of the Hyundai dealership underwent a facelift, while at the same time O’Neill purchased adjacent property for an expanded used-car, certified superstore. The refreshed Hyundai dealership also reflects a commitment to the environment by going green and cutting electrical consumption by two-thirds through its new, low-efficiency LED lighting. Although there have been numerous changes, what has remained constant at both dealerships is a commitment to customer satisfaction and to treating everyone who comes in not only like family, but with the respect they deserve. As a result, Delray Hyundai and Delray Acura are consistently ranked among the top dealerships in the nation when it comes to customer satisfaction. “People want to buy from someone they trust,” O’Neill says. “The key is that if customers trust you and you treat them with respect, they’ll come back.” To meet the growing new-car demand, Delray Hyundai and Delray Acura purchased an additional six acres north of the dealership last year and added the used-car store, which offers customers a huge selection of vehicles priced from $7,000 to $60,000. In addition, two quick-lube bays were added, making it easier and quicker for customers to have their vehicles serviced. With the additional property – and several off-site parking areas – Delray Hyundai and Delray Acura now have a large selection of vehicles for customers to choose from. “Our Hyundai store has more than 100 Genesis models in stock and more than 200 Sonatas,” says Marketing Director Howard Isaacs. With such a large selection and competitive pricing, Delray Hyundai has quickly moved up in the ranks from sixth place in 2014, edging out other Florida and California dealers to earn the crown as the nation’s top Genesis dealer. “We have put together aggressive programs to fit the needs of both our Hyundai and Acura customers as well as to compete against other domestic and imports,” Isaacs said. To better serve the needs of our customers, the dealerships just recently announced their new Delray Advantage. This program boosts many benefits to the consumer, including a new three-day pre-owned vehicle exchange policy. As Delray Acura and Hyundai has grown and evolved, the dealerships have always remained true to their roots. “We’re still a family business,” O’Neill said.

Delray Acura, Your One-Stop Dealership For All Your Sales & Service Needs!

Delray Acura/Hyundai’s own Kathryn Smith, showing off the All-New 2015 MDX To A Customer!

The All-New Delray Hyundai!

Delray Hyundai Has Rows & Rows Of Every New Model, In Every Color Available!


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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 •

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191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach, 561/354-9800


eat Market” may be a somewhat inelegant name for an unabashedly elegant, luxurious restaurant on the island of Palm Beach, but it is hardly inaccurate. The business end of Meat Market is, in fact, meat. Beef, to be exact. Multiple cuts of designer beef sourced from all over—USDA

IF YOU GO PRICES: Entrées $24–$95 HOURS: Sun.–Thurs. 5–11 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 4 p.m.–midnight WEBSITE: palm_beach Prime from Chicago, Kobe-style from Australia, Wagyu from Wyoming’s Durham Ranch, Prime Certified Angus from Niman Ranch’s network of ranchers. Upscale restaurants serving expensive cuts of beef—the kind that make the shrink-wrapped stuff at the supermarket taste like mulch—are not exactly uncommon in these parts. But Meat Market has managed to carve out its own niche. Take one part oldfashioned steak house and one part five-star restaurant, mixed with varying amounts of hip, urban watering hole, and you’ve just about got it. The Meat Market moniker not only riffs on carnivorous pleasures but on those of a more carnal nature as well, something that might be deduced on a quick walk through the impossibly crowded bar-lounge, where sleek,

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well-dressed islanders mingle with apparently more on their minds than what cut of beef to have for dinner. A gentleman at a next-door table said as much in rather more pungent fashion, proving at least that after 25 years of marriage my perception of these things hasn’t completely evaporated. The menu for those interested in dining goes much further than the usual steak-house fare, with a marvelous array of inventive add-ons, sides, butters and sauces (see sidebar). Thankfully, the basics also are done right, so while there’s more than enough gilt to slather on your meaty lily, a simply grilled steak offers plentiful satisfaction. A slab of prime New York strip is as thick as the Manhattan phonebook, not as juicy as some, perhaps, but with rich, deep beefy flavor that speaks well to its provenance and preparation. Niman Ranch short rib is more tender and even more flavorful. It arrives perched atop what is merely the best restaurant risotto I’ve tasted in years, creamy but not over-the-top rich, each grain cooked a precise al dente. That the risotto is laced with chunks of lobster and tastes of sea-sweet lobster broth is like winning the lottery and then finding a thousand-dollar bill on the sidewalk. Starters range from steakhouse classic to contemporary— shrimp cocktail, steak tartare (admittedly Kobe beef kissed with white truffle) and plump, glistening, ocean-fresh oysters (Wellfleets and Hama Hamas) with a

And to top It off One of the things that sets Meat Market apart from its legion of steak-house competitors is the number of creative add-ons— sauces and butters to adorn your slab of elite meat. Roasted bone marrow or foie gras, perhaps? Or maybe butter infused with lobster? Sauces swing mild or wild, traditional or not so much— Cabernet reduction or au poivre, wild mushroom and truffle or mango and habanero. Get your creamed corn truffled and your creamy-dreamy tater tots oozing molten Gouda.

trio of witty sauces. A whole head of cauliflower is roasted until its natural sugars begin to caramelize and then scattered with not quite enough of a gremolata-like mélange of lemon, parsley, capers and Parmesan. While the motto of Palm Beach may be, “You can never be too rich or too thin,” you can also never have too many desserts. The Palm Beach Sampler is a mini-orgy of sweet treats;

Executive chef Sean Brasel

standouts were the ooey-gooey chocolate fudge brownie, truly wicked dulce de leche ice cream and beyond-luscious hazelnut panna cotta. It was an elegant ending to an elegant meal in the very elegant Meat Market. —Bill Citara

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Inside Burt & Max’s

$ 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. $$$ caffé luna rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd. Italian. This favorite is always lively, and alfresco dining is the preferred mode. Entrée choices are enticing, but we went with the penne alla vodka with pancetta, tomato and basil. Also delicious was the costoletta di vitello, a center-cut 14-ounce veal chop lightly breaded and served either Milanese or parmigiana. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9404. $$ may/june 2015

[ dining guide ] 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 freshtasting 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. $$ city oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never disappoints, such as crabstuffed shrimp with jalapeño cheddar grits, bacon, shiitake mushrooms and warm vinaigrette. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$ 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 house-

turned-restaurant is, as they say, a trip. • Dinner daily. 561/330-3232 $$

d’angelo trattoria—9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. Don’t go 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. $$$ henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant from Burt Rapoport in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything— from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$ 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. 561/272-3566. $$ may/june 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.

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[ dining guide ] j&j seafood bar & grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on the Avenue—owned by John Hutchinson (also the chef) and wife Tina— serves up everything from burgers and wraps to 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. $$

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. $$ la cigale—253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. This kitchen turns out gently updated and classically oriented dishes notable for the quality of their ingredients and careful preparation. Sweetbreads in chanterelle cream sauce are simply glorious; a barely grilled artichoke with mustardy remoulade is gloriously simple. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$

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. $$

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 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

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. $

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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. $$$

in New York’s Angelo’s of Mulberry Street, this venue is always packed. Homemade stuffed manicotti is aromatic and glorious. Tramonti’s platter for two, containing fillet marsala, veal cutlet with prosciutto, fried zucchini and potato croquettes, is terrific. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-1944. $$

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. $$

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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. $$ ican. It’s a safe bet that your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports red leather

way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$

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. $$$ may/june 2015

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Catch Delray’s Best Brunch! Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. Dine alfresco amidst the breeze or enjoy live acoustic guitar stylings indoors on Sundays. Admire our stunning aquariums as you dine in tropical tranquility. Sweet, savory, or seafood, our vast brunch selection will cater to any appetite!

for information or reservations, visit or call 561-922-7748.

Tuesday: 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Doo-wop, Joey Dale and The Gigolos Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Orson Whitfield Thursday: 8 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Blues Night, Atlantic Blues Band friday: 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Orson Whitfield Saturday: 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Orson Whitfield and Emelee Sunday: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Acoustic Guitarist

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[ dining guide ] 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. $$$

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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. $$

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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. $ prime catch—700 E. Woolbright Road. Seafood. Simple pleasures soar—full-belly clams, fried sweet 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. $$

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


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. $$

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. $$$

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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. $$$ café l’europe—331 S. County Road. current international. A Palm Beach standard, the café has long been known for its peerless beauty, the piano player, the chilled martinis and the delicious Champagne and caviar bar. Try one of its sophisticated classics like Wiener schnitzel with herbed spaetzle, grilled veal chop and flavorful pastas. • Lunch Tues.– Fri. Dinner nightly (closed Mon. during summer). 561/655-4020. $$$

chez jean-pierre—132 N. County Road. French. 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. $$$

cucina dell’ arte—257 Royal Poinciana Way. Italian. The wide range of items on the menu and the great quality of Cucina’s cuisine, combined with its fine service, ensures a fun 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 may/june 2015

[ dining guide ] Ristorante Experience authentic cuisines of Italy, such as risottos, fresh fish, roasted lamb, homemade desserts and pastas, as well as exotic fare like duck, octopus, Maine lobster and whole Bronzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass). Full liquor Bar Happy Hour: Mon.-Sun. 4-6:30 p.m. 2-for-1 Specials hours Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-close | Sun. 4 p.m.-close services Dine In, Take Out, Delivery & Catering location 1602 S. Federal Hwy., Boynton Beach | 561-364-9601 (SE corner of Woolbright Rd. & Federal Hwy.) daily specials

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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. $$$

hmf—1 S. County Road, Palm Beach, American. 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. $$ renato’s —87 Via Mizner. Italian with continental flair. This most romantic hideaway is comfortably buzzing in season and quietly charming all year long with Italian classics and a Floridian twist—like the sautéed black grouper in a fresh tomato and pernod broth with fennel and black olives and the wildflower-honey-glazed salmon fillet with crab and corn flan. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/655-9752. $$$

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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. $$

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[ dining guide ] veal scallopini in a lemon caper Chardonnay sauce. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/833-3883. $$$

palm beach gardens cabo flats —11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. 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. $$

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. $$

rocco’s tacos—224 Clematis St. mexican. Big Time Restaurant Group has crafted a handsome spot that dishes Mexican favorites, as well as upscale variations on the theme and some 150 tequilas. Tacos feature housemade tortillas and a variety of proteins. Made-to-order guacamole is a good place to start, perhaps followed by a grilled yellowtail (an occasional special) with mangopineapple salsa. The happy hours draw great crowds. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/650-1001. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/416-2133; 5090 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/623-0127) $

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. $$

café centro—2409 N. Dixie Highway. Italian. There are many things to like about this modest little osteria—the unpretentious ambience, piano nightly after 7 p.m., the fine service, the robust portions and relatively modest prices. And, of course, the simple, satisfying Italian cuisine. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner daily. 561/514-4070. $$

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boca landing—999 E. Camino Real. contemporary american. No Hollywood celebrity has gotten a better face-lift than Boca’s aging Bridge Hotel, now the sleek, contemporary Waterstone Resort & Marina. The hotel’s new signature restaurant, Boca Landing, is equally stunning, showing off its prime waterfront location and views. The mostly small-plates menu features Asian-inflected tuna tartare, green curry mussels and fried calamari. Probably the best dish, though, is the thoroughly continental filet mignon with crab and béarnaise, with wickedly luscious house-made hazelnut gelato coming in a very close second. • Dinner daily. 561/368-9500. $$

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drapes and industrial lighting complete the exotic decor in this Middle Eastern hit. Sensational hummus is a musttry. 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. $$

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. $$

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) $$

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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). 561/585-3128. $$ pistache—101 N. Clematis St. French. Pistache doesn’t just look like a French bistro, it cooks like one.


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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. $$$

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. $$$

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 may/june 2015

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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. $

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. $$$

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

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. $$$

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 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 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


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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

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 may/june 2015












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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. $

Maison. The cuisine showcases both first-rate ingredients and precise execution. • Dinner daily. 561/338-3003. $$$

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. $$

sef ’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. $$$

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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. $$

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. $$$

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 nouvelle maison—455 E. Palmetto Park Blvd. French. Elegant, sophisticated French cuisine, white-glove service and a trio of (differently) stylish dining rooms make Arturo Gismondi’s homage to the Boca’s storied La Vieille

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

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

tinental. 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, housemade 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. $$$

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

madison’s—2006 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. $$

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. $$

morton’s the steakhouse—5050 Town Center Circle. Steak house. There’s seemingly no end to diners’ love of huge slabs of high-quality aged beef, nor to the carnivores who pack the clubby-swanky dining room of this meatery. The star of the beef show is the giant bone-in filet mignon, which trumps with unusually deep and meaty flavor. The side of Grand Marnier soufflé is a cloud of luscious, citrus-y beauty that says while beef may be what’s for dinner, I am what’s for dessert. • Dinner daily. 561/392-7724. $$$ new york prime—2350 N.W. Executive Center Drive. Steak house. This wildly popular Boca meatery packs them in with swift, professional service, classy supper club ambience and an extensive wine list. And, of

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[ dining guide ] 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. l. • 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 execu-

tion, 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. 561/3917770. $$

racks downtown eatery + tavern— 402 Plaza Real. Contemporary American. Though the menu generally falls under the heading of modern American comfort food, that can mean anything from elegant presentations like the jaw-dropping lobster cobb salad to homier offerings like burgers and pizza, fiery Buffalo-style calamari, succulent chicken roasted in the wood-fired oven and an uptown version of everyone’s campfire favorite, s’mores. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/395-1662. $$ renzo’s of boca—5999 N. Federal Highway. Italian. The buzzword is fresh at Renzo’s. Fish is prepared daily oreganata or Livornese style, sautéed in white wine with lemon and capers or grilled. Homemade pasta is artfully seasoned, and Renzo’s tomato sauce is ethereal. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Dinner nightly. 561/994-3495. $$

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[ my turn ] B y j o h n s h u f f

penny for your thoughts

The worrier’s lesson: Reduce the stress and lighten up.


ost parents really know their children. They know their moods, their fears, their ups and downs. This private sixth sense—the radar trained on their child’s emotional development—is paired with the kind of unconditional love and support that helps launch a child into the future. My mom was a classic example; sometimes I think she knew me better than I did. For example, she knew I was a worrier. She knew the frown, the look that said there was something on my mind. She invariably said, “A penny for your thoughts,” and I invariably remained mute. No sale. And I always have worried about many things, some inordinately. This kind of stress weighs me—and everyone around me—down. The longer I carry it, the heavier it becomes, emotionally and physically. That kind of baggage isn’t healthy, and I’m thinking I want a whole new approach these days. I’d like to think I can start working on making things more positive, recognizing how unproductive worrying is, how it drains energy, how paralyzing it can be. In fact, the better we can manage our emotional burdens, the sooner we can rid ourselves of them, leading to a more vibrant and refreshed life. So whatever worries you have, whatever burdens you are carrying, put them on the back burner. Relax, take a deep breath and enjoy every day that God gives you. To coin an old saying, “Life is short but it sure beats the alternative.”


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My dad kept the following list on a yellow tablet in his desk. When he shared it with me, he said it brought a smile to his face and helped him deal with his particular burdens:  Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.  If you can’t be kind, have the decency to be vague.  No one cares if you can’t dance well; just get up and dance. In other words, get in the hunt.  We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.  Always make right turns, thus avoiding crossing in front of traffic.  Always keep your words soft and sweet just in case you have to eat them.  Celebrate those birthdays. The more you have, the longer you’re around.  Accept that some days you’re the pigeon and some days you’re the statue.  A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.  And dad’s favorite from Will Rogers: “Never squat with your spurs on.” In retrospect, my mom was trying to tell me to lighten up. And it’s taken more than 70 years for that to sink in. Better late than never.

may/june 2015

[ community connection ]

joycelyn patrick President, Northwest Presidents Alliance


Joycelyn Patrick is a Delray Beach native who has lived in the same house for all of her 61 years. After attending local schools, including S.D. Spady Elementary School, Delray Junior High School and Atlantic High School during an era of school integration, Patrick matriculated at what was then Palm Beach Junior College, where she earned an associate’s degree. While rearing four children in Delray Beach, Patrick worked in several professions, spending the last 12 years prior to her retirement in 2011 managing real-estate sales for a large residential development firm.


Always active in the community, Patrick stepped up her involvement following her retirement and now has leadership roles in a variety of community organizations. She is president of the Northwest Presidents Alliance, which brings together neighborhood association presidents to address issues facing residents in the predominantly African-American northwest neighborhoods. In addition, Patrick is vice-chair of the West Atlantic Avenue Redevelopment Coalition (WARC) and chair of the Gladiolus Community Education Garden. She is treasurer of the Trustee Council at the Church of the Palms, on the steering committee of Healthier Delray and a member of General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Woman’s Club of Delray Beach. She also serves on the Delray Reads planning committee and is a former two-time president of the Delray Beach Sunrise Rotary Club.


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“I was born and raised at a time when people in Delray Beach knew each other and cared for each other. Back then, there was a strong sense of community. One of the reasons I’m so involved in the community is because I believe it’s important to move toward restoring the sense of community I grew up with.”

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