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44 18 editor’s letter

Delray’s dramatic evolution from sleepy enclave to Fun Town USA didn’t come by accident. In this issue, we salute some visionaries who are helping keep the dream alive.

42 dine

The Wine Room’s 2,000 bottles of vino—and 70 cheeses in the attached fromage cave—bring a bit of Napa Valley to the former Arcade Tap Room space. BY JAN NORRIS

BY MARIE SPEED

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We explore how to get the best out of Earth Day and Easter festivities, a hip Delray co-workspace plants a “seed” in the community, and it’s Monkee business at the second-annual Beatles on the Beach festival. Plus, take a dip (and a sip) at the city’s only rooftop pool bar, meet Delray’s new Chamber of Commerce prez, and much more. BY CHRISTINA WOOD

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Go old school at Old School Square at the venue’s first-ever Vintage Craft Market, take a David Bowie “Odyssey” with one of the shape-shifting rocker’s premier tribute artists, play dress-up at the Morikami’s bustling spring fest, and nearly 30 more reasons to get out this season. BY JOHN THOMASON

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46 delray influencers

In seeking Delray’s most influential change makers, our investigative reporter singles out 16 individuals, from longtime city advocates to budding newcomers in the realms of politics, business, civic life, entertainment and more. BY RANDY SCHULTZ

56 the ultimate florida

The author recalls a formative spring filled with hitchhiking, trouble, camaraderie and the Golden Arches before they became ubiquitous.

We take a bite—or two, or 50—out of the Sunshine State by eating our way through the best, funkiest and most unique restaurants from the Keys to the Panhandle.

112 community connection

culinary road trip

BY BRENDA HULIN AND MARIE SPEED

66 out & about BY JAMES BIAGIOTTI

PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON BRISTOL

91 dining guide

Filling a year-and-half-old vacancy, Old School Square’s new CEO looks to rejuvenate the storied cultural campus. Meanwhile, a prodigious musician and opera singer builds toward her dream of performing at the Met.

BY JOHN SHUFF

Check it out: The Delray Beach Public Library is far more than a book depository, as longtime supporter Kim Beckett explains. BY RICH POLLACK

This past winter, celebrities made a racquet for charity, local dignitaries filled “empty bowls” for those in need, neglected children found their new forever homes, and more community happenings.

Brighten up your living space this spring with eclectic boho accessories from on-trend Delray retailers.

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COME TOGETHER Get ready to “Monkee” around when the Beatles on the Beach Festival returns for a second year. Micky Dolenz, the former drummer for the Monkees, will headline the four-day festival, which will celebrate the music of the Beatles and other iconic artists from March 26-29. Dolenz will perform on the festival’s main stage on the Old School Square Pavilion on Friday night, March 27. Other highlights include the return of McCartney Mania accompanied by The Academy Orchestra, performances by Patti Russo (the killer voice on those classic Meat Loaf hits!), George Harrison tribute artist Nick Bold, and a conversation with Tony Bramwell, the former CEO of Apple Records. In addition to all the music, festival passes also include special offers from participating locales, ranging from a free Beatles drink at Boston’s to a free pizza at the Silverball Museum. beatlesonthebeach.com

A COLORFUL AFFAIR

Delray Affair

The official poster for the 58th-annual Delray Affair—which will be held April 3-5—features the work of Pat Kaufman, an award-winning watercolor artist who lives in Pineapple Grove. The whimsy and color woven into Kaufman’s paintings are a perfect fit for the annual festival, which will, once again, fill Atlantic Avenue with a crazy collage of arts and crafts—along with the 100,000 or so visitors who come to see it. (Insider’s tip: The crowds begin thinning out in the late afternoon, and once the booths close down for the day, Delray Affair After Dark ushers in special opportunities to wine, dine and be entertained.) delrayaffair.com

IT’S IN THE BAG

You can now steal a designer handbag on the Avenue without getting into trouble with the law—or your bank balance. Andre Dupree Luxury Designer Handbag Consignment recently opened a new location a block east of Swinton. Not only do they offer a dream list of designers at very attractive prices, they guarantee the authenticity of all the previously owned and gently used bags they carry. Among the hottest items this season are crossbodies, backpack styles and belt bags—the designer name for fanny packs, which are back whether we like it or not. Sharon Holland, who owns the business along with her brother, Phil, and sister, Sandra, suggests wearing them as a crossbody. (By the way, don’t bother looking for Andre when you stop by; he doesn’t exist outside of Holland family lore.) 44 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/404-8282, andredupree.com

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GREEN WITH HOPE

On April 22, 1970, an estimated 20 million Americans—which would have been 10 percent of the U.S. population at the time—participated in the first Earth Day, which was organized to raise awareness about environmental issues. This year, as Earth Day celebrates its 50th anniversary, more than a billion people are expected to participate, making it the largest secular observance in the world. The Sandoway Discovery Center is getting a head start on this year’s celebration with a beach cleanup scheduled for April 18, the Saturday before Earth Day. If you’re looking for something to do on the big day, the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is throwing a Party for the Planet on April 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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A BIRD IN THE HAND After a long morning spent deciding what color to paint the house, which printer to buy or which food to buy for your dog, you can find yourself staring at a menu, unable to decide what to eat. Decision fatigue: It’s real, people. Fortunately, Chef Michael Salmon has taken pity on us all and opened Flybird, a restaurant that highlights only chicken. A guest chef at the ​renowned James Beard House in New York, he’s cooked for celebrities from Alex Rodriguez to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In other words, the chicken at Flybird is good—very good—and includes Chicken Pie, featuring mac & cheese, gravy and hot sauce, topped with mashed potatoes and Parmesan. 335 E. Linton Blvd., Delray Beach, 561/243-1111 march/april 2020

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Who says tourists get to have all the fun? The Reef Pool Bar might be on the rooftop of the recently opened Courtyard Hotel downtown, but that’s our city it’s overlooking. So flash the front desk clerk a saucy smile as you make your way to the top, where you belong. You’ll find panoramic views of downtown Delray waiting for you—along with some frosty local beers and crafty cocktails. You can even enjoy lunch or dinner up on the roof, where “it’s peaceful as can be,” according to The Drifters. 135 S.E. Sixth Ave., Delray Beach, 561/926-5833

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SPOTLIGHT: STEPHANIE IMMELMAN

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tephanie Immelman, a sixth-generation Floridian, took the long route—a very long route—to Delray Beach. Inspired by the love of art her parents instilled in her, she headed to Europe when she was 30. She worked in Belgium for four years before moving to London, where she eventually landed her dream job managing a private art gallery. “We had a show where Valentino came in and bought a Basquiat right off the wall for $2 million,” she says. “It was a really cool experience. I absolutely loved it.” When the time came to move back to the States to be closer to family, she and her husband, Franzswa, considered New York, Denver and Palo Alto, California. Florida had been ruled out—completely—until they visited friends in Delray for the holidays. It’s a good thing Immelman loved the city’s holiday display, because she spent the next 11 holiday seasons organizing it as executive director of the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative. After being hired as the new executive director of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, however, she was very happy to spend this past Christmas in Europe. HER GOALS AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: I want the

Delray Chamber to be a case study for being a 21st-century chamber. I want to make sure that we reach out in all the ways that people communicate today. We can help you grow your business through our social media, video and email platforms. We’re beefing up the programming. We’re working together synergistically with people. You can be active in the Chamber without going to every single event that we have.  

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Norton Art After Dark series, and I love the fact that Delray has such a big art scene. They’re doing amazing things at the Arts Warehouse. It’s great to be in a community that embraces that.

FAVORITE PLACE TO GO IN DELRAY: Third & Third. There’s no sign, you have to know where it is. It’s very local. They always have live music, and they always have great art on the walls.

PLANTING THE SEED According to the Harvard Business Review, co-working spaces can offer freelancers and fledgling entrepreneurs much more than just a desk. Among other things, they provide the kind of structure many folks need to be productive, along with opportunities to network and, in certain situations, the feeling of being part of a community. Seed, a new 6,000-square-foot co-working space that recently opened in Delray, also offers things like a Zen room, upscale Henry Miller furnishings and an abundance of natural light. You’ll even find free coffee and snacks in the kitchen. The work of local artists is on display on a rotating basis thanks to a partnership with the Creative Arts School at Old School Square. 900 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach, workatseed.com

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Where: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach When: March 4-5 Cost: $29 Contact: 561/272-1281 ext. 5 Maureen Langan is proof that, even with opportunity stacked against you, the daughter of a sanitation worker in New Jersey can, in fact, become a celebrity. Or, at least, a “comedian’s comedian,” talk show host and fringe theatre favorite. Langan’s brisk solo show, “Daughter of a Garbageman,” is inspired by the life lessons she gleaned from her father—whom Langan describes as a combination of “Archie Bunker, Fred Sanford and Marlon Brando—the early years, not the fat years”—and how those rules for living clash in a world in which celebutantes sell more books than philosophers, and reality TV hosts can become presidents. Langan debuted her monologue at the legendary Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in 2016, and she’s been touring it around the country ever since. Jerry Stiller has said that “Maureen is to comedy when James Brown is to soul.” But if the critics are right, “Daughter of a Garbageman” is an emotionally poignant production as well. 28

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Where: Old School Square Park, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach When: March 28-29 Cost: Free Contact: downtowndelraybeach.com Having produced seven Art on the Square art shows at Old School Square, Marusca Gatto is no stranger to corralling large numbers of diverse vendors into one space. But this spring, the Cornell Museum’s director of operations is expanding the scope of her venue’s fairs to introduce the region’s first Vintage Craft Market. “I started visiting vintage markets, and there’s a return to homespun craft—wood turnings, hand painted furniture,” she says. “HGTV has a lot of shows about farm-style décor, and bringing in antiques into décor, and incorporating hand-painted art forms. We thought perhaps it would be a good idea to welcome that group of people.” Gatto expects this inaugural fair to attract upwards of 65 vendors and cater to 5,000 attendees; items for sale may range from sports memorabilia to vinyl records to vintage gas station signs and homemade honey and spices. “I wouldn’t say anything is really off-limits,” she says. Live music, art and craft demonstrations and a cash bar will complement the experience.

Where: Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach When: April 8, 8 p.m. Cost: $57-$87 Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org Peter Asher is the “Peter” in Peter and Gordon, two of the most winsome of the British “invaders” that stormed our fruited plain in the years of Beatlemania. As prolific as they were tuneful, Peter and Gordon released 11 albums in four years, but it’s Asher’s connections to the Fab Four that have contributed to his continued relevance. His sister was once the girlfriend of Paul McCartney, who gifted Peter and Gordon with his unrecorded song “A World Without Love,” which remains their best-selling single. Asher would later become the A&R man for the Beatles’ Apple Records, and in this century he’s been a dominant voice on the Beatles Channel on SiriusXM; even more recently, he published a book about his reminiscences with the band. At this multimedia performance, expect to experience hits from both Peter and Gordon and Chad and Jeremy—Asher tours with that duo’s Jeremy Clyde from time to time—along with videos and stories from his rich life in the industry.

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Space Odyssey: The David Bowie Musical Experience

Where: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach When: April 1-2, 7:30 p.m. Cost: $39 Contact: 561/832-7469, kravis.org It’s logical that the Asian dance collective Enra would take its name from a Japanese word for a mythical, shape-shifting spirit. Its performers, who share backgrounds in martial arts, gymnastics, ballet and street dance, trade in a kind of transformational mysticism, turning projected computer graphics into stunning stories through their live movements. Dancing in silhouette to a pulsating electronic soundtrack, they appear to juggle celestial objects, shoot fireballs from their hands, leap from rooftops, destroy asteroids hurtling to earth, seed water worlds and swim among the marine life. Their shows are wordless—because what language can do the images justice?—but the emotions they conjure run a spectrum from roiling to serene, reverent to whimsical. Enra’s work is geared toward everyone, but fans of Japanese pop culture will appreciate the referential Easter eggs thrown into the mix. Each ticket for these performances includes a voucher for one complimentary beverage. march/april 2020

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When: March 25, 8 p.m. Where: Old School Square Pavilion, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach Cost: $20-$75 Contact: 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org If there was one constant in David Bowie’s fivedecade career, it was change—or, should we say, “Ch-Ch-Changes.” His career was in a constant state of reinvention, even up to his 2016 death, so to mount a tribute show to this greatest avatar of the glam rock movement is to essentially morph into four or five different rock stars over the course of the show. Charismatic vocalist David Brighton seems up to the task, with his “Space Odyssey” concert encompassing all of the eras and the characters—drifting spaceman Major Tom, bisexual extraterrestrial Ziggy Stardust, schizophrenic social critic Aladdin Sane, drug-addled zombie the Thin White Duke—with costume changes to match. Backed by a professional eight-piece band, Brighton has performed his tribute for audiences and celebrities around the world, and his connection to Bowie is personal: He performed alongside the legend himself on his 2003 album Reality.

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March/April 2020 THIS SPRING’S EVENTS RANGE FROM ANIME TO ART COUTURE & PINK FLOYD NOW-APRIL 3: “ANIME ARCHITECTURE” at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; $11-$15 museum admission; 561/495-0233, morikami.org. This exhibition celebrates the animators responsible for the iconic cityscapes in features like “Akira” and “Ghost in the Shell.” Curator Stefan Riekeles spent years compiling the more than 100 works comprising the show, which include location photographs, concept sketches and full-color animation cells. NOW-MAY 10: “ART COUTURE: THE INTERSECTION OF FASHION AND ART” at Cornell Art Museum, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; $5-$8; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org. The Cornell’s spring exhibition explores the inextricable link between contemporary art and fashion design, considering the way each practice influences the other. It includes illustrations and clothing from revered fashion designers, including Delray Beach’s own Amanda Perna.

MARCH 9-10: ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $60-$90; 561/2437922, oldschoolsquare.org. André De Shields, 10-time Tony winner, is a critically acclaimed actor and director known for his dynamic performances in several hit Broadway musicals, including “The Full Monty,” “Play On”, “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “The Wiz.”

MARCH 19: KILLER QUEEN at Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $20-$75; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org. Reported to be the longest-established tribute to influential stadium rockers Queen, this 27-year-old U.K. band is fronted by Freddie Mercury look-alike— and sound-alike—Patrick Myers, and has held the distinction of playing some of the same packed arenas as Queen itself.

MARCH 13: KRISTINA KOLLER at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $35-$45; 561/450-6357, artsgarage.org. This young, up-and-coming jazz vocalist honors the genre’s forbears—Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Chet Baker—with a style that marries traditional and contemporary sounds, spiking her music with funk, R&B and alternative influences on her 2018 debut Perception and its follow-up EP, At the Poli Club.

MARCH 20: CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: PINK FLOYD, “THE WALL” at Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $20$75; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare. org. Hear live, note-for-note renditions of every mind-expanding track on Pink Floyd’s epochal double album, which spawned its own feature film and a record-shattering concert tour in the 2010s on the strength of hits like “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2,” “Hey You” and “Comfortably Numb.”

MARCH 3-8: “MISS SAIGON” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; various show times; $48-$93; 561/8327469, kravis.org. This specialeffects-enhanced musical tragedy, based on Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly,” charts the doomed romance between a young Vietnamese woman and an American G.I., leading up to and following the fall of Saigon. Expect an onstage helicopter landing on the Broadway tour. MARCH 14: ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL AND PARADE on Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Delray Beach; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; free; delraystpatricksfestival.com. Inviting audiences to go green for the 52nd year in a row, this annual tradition takes over downtown’s busiest thoroughfare with a full day of shenanigans, including live music, arts and crafts activities, food trucks, vendors and more.

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MARCH 20-APRIL 5: “STAGE STRUCK” at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach; various show times; $35; 561/272-1281 ext. 5, delraybeachplayhouse.com. With its echoes of “A Star is Born,” Simon Gray’s comedic thriller centers on a theatre director who discovers and marries a budding ingénue—who, in turns, becomes an industry superstar while his life is on the skids. Until, that is, he discovers the opportunity to make a killing in more ways than one. MARCH 23: SAVOR THE AVENUE on Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Delray Beach; 5:30 p.m.; price varies per restaurant; downtowndelraybeach.com/savortheave. At this 12th-annual foodie favorite, Delray restaurants take center stage down the middle of Atlantic Avenue for five glorious blocks. New participating restaurants such as Rose’s Daughter, L’Acqua and Elisabetta’s join a dozen more returning favorites for one-of-a-kind prix fixe menus under the stars.

MARCH 20-22: MIAMI CITY BALLET: “DON QUIXOTE” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; various show times; $30-$110; 561/832-7469, kravis.org. Marius Petipa’s kaleidoscopic full-length ballet reimagines Cervantes’ masterwork as a lavish dance epic complete with strutting toreadors, ruffling skirts and wandering gypsies, culminating in one of the ballet world’s most famous pas de deux. MCB’s Opus One Orchestra performs the Ludwig Minkus score.

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MARCH 27-28: BEATLES ON THE BEACH FESTIVAL at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; various show times; $53.50 and up for two-day pass; beatlesonthebeach.com. Monkees vocalist Micky Dolenz and the symphonic Beatles tribute McCartney Mania headline the second iteration of this homegrown celebration of the Fab Four, which features dozens of bands and Beatles-related ancillary activities throughout Delray Beach.

MARCH 30-31: LUCIE ARNAZ AT CREST THEATRE at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $60-$90; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare. org. The daughter of Lucille Ball, Arnaz launched her showbiz career at age 12 on her mother’s pioneering “The Lucy Show,” and has gone on to a distinguished career as a triple-threat talent on stage and screen, including key roles in “The Jazz Singer” remake and Broadway’s “Lost in Yonkers.” MARCH 31-APRIL 5: “COME FROM AWAY” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; various show times; $35-$81; 561/832-7469, kravis.org. A new musical inspired by one of the lesser-known impacts of the 9-11 attacks, “Come From Away” is set during Operation Yellow Ribbon, in which the Canadian government shut down its airspace for safety concerns, grounding 38 planes in a small town in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. This unorthodox musical was nominated for seven Tonys.

MARCH 28: LAUREN MITCHELL at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $35$45; 561/450-6357, artsgarage. org. Soulful Florida singer Mitchell is known for her galvanizing vocal style, with its bombastic echoes of Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross. She’s backed by Grammy-winning rock and blues artists, in concerts intended to create catharses in her audiences. MARCH 29: DELRAY STRING QUARTET “GOES TO VIENNA” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 3 p.m.; $40-$50; maspconcerts.org. The Quartet performs selections by three composers from one of the most fertile cities in the history of classical music: Joseph Haydn’s “String Quartet in G Major,” Hugo Wolf’s “Intermezzo in E-flat Major” and Johannes Brahms’ “String Quartet in C Minor.”

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APRIL 4-5: HATSUME FAIR at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; $7-$20; 561/495-0233, morikami. org. The Hatsume Fair, which heralds the first bud of spring, is one of the few times a year this Zen garden channels the energy of a bustling street fair, complete with costumed revelers, thunderous taiko drum performances, martial arts demonstrations and a fashion show.

APRIL 10: GLOW IN THE DARK EGG HUNT at Delray Beach Golf Club, 2200 Highland Ave., Delray Beach; 7:30 p.m.; free; 561/243-1077, downtowndelraybeach.com. Leave the little ones at home for this treasure hunt: Adults and teens age 13 and up are welcome to participate in an after-hours Easter egg quest on the greens of these venerable Delray links.

APRIL 16: PINEAPPLE GROVE ART & MUSIC FEST at Pineapple Grove District along Northeast Second Avenue in Downtown Delray Beach; free; 561/243-1077, downtowndelraybeach.com. The secondannual celebration of Delray Beach’s (arguably) coolest neighborhood features merchant open houses, pop-up tent art exhibits, live music, prizes and giveaways all along the Grove.

APRIL 10-12: “HANK WILLIAMS AND MY HONKYTONK HEROES” at Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach; 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun.; $35; 561/272-1281 ext. 5, delraybeachplayhouse.com. Singer/ guitarist Jason Petty earned an Obie Award for his portrayal of country-music forerunner Hank Williams in the show “Lost Highway” two decades ago. Now he returns to channel Williams’ distinctive warble, along with the songs and styles of other country legends.

APRIL 21: NEW DIRECTIONS: “BACH AT THE CREST” at Crest Theatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 7:30 p.m.; $59-$69; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org. More than just a concert revue of the greatest of the Baroque-era masters, this multimedia presentation from the SYMPHONIA includes J.S. Bach “himself” sharing his insights on what it meant to be a court musician in Kothen, Germany, and what set him apart from his peers.

APRIL 11: EGG HUNT AND SPRING FEST CELEBRATION at Miller Park, 1905 S.W. Fourth Ave., Delray Beach; free; 9 a.m. to noon; 561/243-1077, downtowndelraybeach.com. Details pending at time of this publication.

APRIL 26: JOSH HOYER AND SOUL COLOSSAL at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 7 p.m.; $35-$45; 561/4506357, artsgarage.org. Tennesseeborn funk-soul brother Josh Hoyer surely isn’t the reincarnation of James Brown, but at his most impassioned, Hoyer’s vocal cords seem possessed by the Godfather of Soul’s. Appearing on “The Voice” in 2017, he turned two chairs, making it to the second round under Blake Shelton’s tutelage.

APRIL 11: JOHNNY RAWLS at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $35-$45; 561/4506357, artsgarage.org. This originator of the “soul-blues” hybrid genre has been active for more than five decades, still playing 200 dates a year. As he reminds audiences, his latest album is titled I’m Still Here, a return to his roots of Mississippi soul-blues that won a 2019 Blues Music Award. APRIL 11: CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: “FLEETWOOD MAC’S GREATEST HITS” at Pavilion at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $20-$75; 561/243-7922, oldschoolsquare.org. The talented band of vintage LP re-constructors takes audiences through the career-wide journey of Fleetwood Mac’s essential best-of collection.

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Shayna Singer Singer sings the opera—and is headed for big things

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t 3, Shayna Singer was learning to play the piano. By the time she was 6, she was part of the Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s Chorus. A few years later, after her family moved to South Florida, she began singing with the children’s chorus at the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Opera. Now at the ripe old age of 18, Singer the opera singer is taking leading roles in opera productions at North Broward Preparatory School—where she is a senior—and racking up a stack of awards for her singing and her piano playing. Topping the list is her recent firstplace finish in the prestigious Florida Schmidt Vocal Competition, where she competed in front of a live audience against some of the top high school classical singers. “There is something about the complexity yet the simplicity of expressing yourself through language and your voice that truly fascinates me,” she says. “It’s so beautiful and gives me such joy to sing.” Listening to her strong soprano voice and hearing her speak about classical music, it’s easy to forget that she is still not old enough to buy a beer. Then again, she is not above humming a pop tune while walking from class to class or knocking out the lyrics to a rap song. “I listen to everything,” she says. At North Broward Prep, you’ll find Shayna Singer playing jazz piano and in the drum line with the band, but opera is the focus, overshadowing even her skill as a classical pianist. Piano and opera, she says, have a lot of similarities. “There’s so much emotion in any music, and learning how to capture the feeling is the first step toward being a musician,” she says. It might be easy to conclude that Singer is a natural when it comes to music, but she’s quick to say that’s not the case. “Music is

not the gift I was born with,” she says. “Performing is my gift.” With opera, she is able to take performing to the next level, integrating a little bit of acting with her singing. “There’s a huge difference between just singing the notes and immersing yourself in the song,” she says. “With opera there’s a complete backstory.” While Singer has been a big part of the opera program at North Broward Prep, it was the chance to play the countess who was cheated on in the production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” that proved to be a major learning experience. “I worked so hard to try and understand how she felt,” Singer says. “It helped me understand that I could do more than I thought I could.” Another learning experience came when she was asked to conduct her school’s chorus during a performance at the New World Center concert hall in Miami. “It was a life-changing experience,” she says. When she is not performing, Singer leads North Broward Prep’s music honor society in outreach programs at nursing homes and organizations with programs serving at-risk children. She also teaches piano lessons to a handful of students in her hard-to-come-by spare time. “In the past two years, I’ve found a passion for music education and for bringing more opportunities to people who typically wouldn’t be exposed to music,” she says. What’s next for Shayna Singer? First is college, where she’ll be studying music but hopes to minor in music education. Recognizing that there are internships and apprenticeships that come before a singer can find a career in opera, Singer is focused on being as well-rounded in music as possible. “One goal,” she says, “is to sing with the Met, but the ultimate goal is to perform and keep opera alive.” AARON BRISTOL

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Shannon Eadon The new CEO of Old School Square has big plans for Delray’s iconic cultural center

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hen she graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in marketing and communications, Shannon Eadon was just one credit short of earning another degree in fine arts. She said she’s always “loved to draw” which may come in handy at her new job as president and CEO of Old School Square, where she’ll be drawing up plans to rebrand and revitalize the cultural epicenter of Delray Beach. Hired after an intensive five-month search that included more than 100 applicants, Eadon joined the Old School Square staff in October, filling a void that had been open for almost a year and a half following the sudden resignation of former president and CEO Rob Steele. Since coming onboard, she has been taking a wider approach to running the organization—never losing focus of the importance of programming as well as providing arts outreach to the community. Fundraising is also a big part of her role as she ensures Old School Square stays on strong financial footing. She believes by rebranding the organization—with an emphasis on its not-for-profit status—she can have measurable success. “There’s a huge opportunity here for growth,” she says. A strong believer in arts education, Eadon hopes to bring the arts into the community with after-school offerings as well as programs at hospitals and other facilities. She also wants to bring more children into Old School Square. “When you teach through the arts, you teach through both sides of the brain,” she says. Eadon also sees opportunities to enhance programming at the Crest Theatre and the outdoor pavilion, and she’s made plans to bring back Old School Square’s popular lecture series. She wants to start an afternoon classic movie series and maintain the well-liked cabaret series. Another of Eadon’s goals is to diversify the Old School Square audience and make sure programming is inclusive. Eadon doesn’t have a background in the arts per se—she didn’t direct plays or sing on stage or draw or paint commercially. Instead, she

comes from the business world, and her introduction to the arts and cultural profession came almost by accident. Which may have been a plus for board members who were looking for someone with a strong background in fundraising. “Shannon brings the much needed structure and professionalism to Old School Square necessary to facilitate its further growth,” says Scott Porten, who led the search committee. “Her key strengths are in development, which has always been our organization’s weakness.” Eadon had an impressive career in advertising, served on several boards in the Monmouth, N.J., area and eventually started her own events company, planning weddings, private parties and charitable events. Her first exposure to the cultural arts profession came in 2011 when she served as the director of development for Count Basie Theater foundation in Red Bank, N.J. During her tenure there, Eadon helped triple the development budget from $1 million to $3 million while also developing a corporate sponsorship program and growing a membership program by 40 percent. In 2017, she moved to the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, N.J. as director of development, and helped the center grow annual revenue by 60 percent. After almost three years of a two-hour commute each way, Eadon decided it was time for a change. “I decided to start looking for other opportunities,” she says. “I had never been to Delray Beach. My idea of Florida was hospital and medical rehab centers. Then I came here and was blown away by the beauty and the vibrancy.” Eadon, who now lives here with her husband of 37 years while her two adult children remain up north, says she was also impressed with Delray Beach’s sense of community, with the team at Old School Square and with the board. “This team is amazing,” she says, adding that the group of 21 full-time employees and hundreds of part-time staff and volunteers host more than 3,600 events a year, including the classes. “And the board is so passionate about this organization,” she said. “I’ve never seen a board like this.”

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I had never been to Delray Beach. My idea of Florida was hospital and medical rehab centers. Then I came here and was blown away by the beauty and the vibrancy.

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f you’ve been to Napa Valley, you’ll find an element of familiarity about Delray’s Wine Room Kitchen and Bar. First, there’s the vibe—upscale-casual and wine-centric, like a wine tasting room in the Valley with a restaurant attached. Stone, wood and a wine barrel-themed ceiling evoke a cellar experience. The space was rebuilt from the historic Arcade Tap Room—at one time a speakeasy. In the main area, wine is dispensed to order from the Enomatic system: Insert a card preloaded with cash, and pour what you choose, in the amount you choose, from more than 200 wine dispensers. Each is labeled with tasting notes and price, so you get a hint of what you’re buying as well as the cost. Not a wine lover? You still have a place here. Craft beers and classic cocktails are served at both bars. The one off the main room with TVs overhead was filled with sports types watching a playoff game the night we visited. The other bar, off to a room on the right leading into the dining area, is circled by tables. If you like, start out front, and taste till you find something agreeable. Bring it with you to your table, or to the bar: You can dine at either. A third choice is the back room, filled with tables. It’s slightly less loud here; march/april 2020

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ome people seek to influence events in Delray Beach using social media. Others use more helpful methods. Delray Beach can be a nattering city, with factional carping causing static in city life. Fortunately, the city also is replete with groups that filter out the noise. To get a sense of who some of these influencers are, Delray magazine contacted nearly a dozen Delray Beach residents who have been closely involved with the city. We don’t pretend that this is a complete list, but we believe that it’s a credible list. Ironic as it may seem, the list doesn’t include any elected officials. That’s because Delray Beach has a manager-commissioner form of government, with the city manager acting as the chief executive officer and the commission acting as the policymaking board. The mayor’s position is mostly ceremonial, though Cary Glickstein leveraged it as much as possible to get help for the city in fighting the opioid epidemic. As for appointed officials, City Manager George Gretsas only started in January. It’s too soon to evaluate him. Commissioners do have the power of their vote. Individually, though, it’s hard for them to control votes. And power is different than influence. That tends to come from neighborhood voting blocs that matter so much in elections when 200 votes can determine the

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outcome. We have a representative of one of those associations. Service on government advisory boards can make one influential and can provide a path to public office. Examples: Glickstein and former City Commissioner Jordana Jarjura each served on the planning and zoning board. Current Commissioner Bill Bathurst served on the historic preservation board. Among the city’s many private or nonprofit organizations, three stand out: the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority and Old School Square. Service on these boards carries a certain status. More important, it indicates a wish to be involved in city life. Then there are the special pleaders: lawyers who represent clients before the city commission. Add the companies whose development projects are shaping Delray Beach. They also are influencers. Many of those nonprofits help Delray Beach’s poor and less-affluent residents. For all the growth and glitz, the northwest and southwest neighborhoods still lag. Income, educational attainment and access to health insurance lag the rest of the city. Our list includes people who started and still run some of those groups. Delray Beach has turned over many times in the last three decades as the city has transformed itself, thanks to the influencers of then and now. Let us know what you think of our choices and who might be the influencers of the future.

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BUSINESS/CIVIC winnie edwards, executive director, Delray Beach Historical Society

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ore often than it happens in Boca Raton, history comes up when the city commission decides development projects. The best example is Midtown, which began as Swinton Commons, has been rebranded as Sundy Village, and involves moving historic homes. City Commissioner Bill Bathurst, who served on the historic preservation board, is a fourth-generation resident. Edwards, Bathurst says, “can tell you who lived in which house and what that person did to build our city.” He adds that she “took a sleepy little organization and made it a vibrant part of the community.” As a result, residents of a city that has changed so much in a short time can have a sense of where Delray Beach began in 1894 as the Town of Linton.

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f any institution in Delray Beach has iconic status, it’s Old School Square. Creation of the cultural cluster at Atlantic and Swinton avenues triggered the city’s resurgence three decades ago. So when former Executive Director Rob Steele abruptly left in May 2018—after learning that the executive committee had met without him—a potential crisis loomed. Johnson led the effort by board members to go without a replacement for more than a year until Old School Square’s finances were in better shape. Johnson now chairs Old School Square’s board and will monitor Steele’s successor, Shannon Eadon. Next up is implementing Old School Square’s longdelayed master plan.

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enin’s company is building The Ray Hotel in Pineapple Grove and Delray Beach Market. Previously, he handled the One 10 project. His company, which has projects in several states, owns two parcels on East Atlantic Avenue that were purchased for a combined $25 million. Former City Commissioner Jarjura is the company’s general counsel. Menin will do much to shape the next phase of downtown redevelopment in Delray Beach. He and his wife, Rochelle Menin, also are involved in causes outside of Delray Beach—the United States Holocaust Museum, the Kravis Center—and within the city (Bound For College).

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decade ago, Porten sold most of the development business he started with two siblings. Since then, it’s hard to name someone who has been a more active volunteer. He has been chairman of the Site Plan Review and Appearance Board and served on the Delray Beach Center for the Arts and the Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative. Currently, he’s on the Old School Square and Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce boards and is vice-president of the Beach Property Owners Association. “If you want to have an effect on the environment you live in,” Porten told an interviewer, “you need to volunteer.” Many others since have followed Porten’s example.

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hen it’s working well, the chamber is a player in Delray Beach civic life. There’s often overlap between service on the chamber board and other city groups. Reports are that the chamber had become much less active and lacked direction last summer under Immelman’s predecessor, Jeb Conrad. The board replaced him with Immelman. By the end of the year, she had compiled a list of municipal issues for which the chamber will advocate: voter registration, climate change, resiliency and reduced use of plastic. The chamber provided important support for the city’s ban on single-use plastic straws. In addition, Immelman wants to attract new members and hold more job fairs. Each month in 2020, the chamber will highlight a different sector in the Delray Beach economy and seek to raise support for the city’s public schools.

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t-risk students in Delray Beach don’t assume that they will go to college. They may not know how to give themselves the best chance of admission and to seek scholarship money. Enter Bound For College, formerly known as Delray Students First. Using resources from multiple sources—primarily Impact 100, the United Way, Menin Development and the Boca West Children’s Foundation—the organization offers SAT and ACT test prep, college tours and after-school tutoring. The program started at Village Academy and expanded to Atlantic High School. The next sites will be Boynton Beach and Boca Raton high schools. Sauer said Bound For College has helped 90 students in seven years and has 100 “in the pipeline.” The group follows the students after high school to make sure they can handle college life. This is a niche that Delray Beach badly needed filled.

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aufman was working as a life coach when she got the idea for a school that tailored students’ learning—based on Florida standards—to their individual needs. Thus became Space of Mind, on Swinton Avenue near City Hall. According to Community Outreach Coordinator Kristen Cairns, the for-profit school—which has “coaches,” not teachers— serves about 50 students and will expand to 80 when an accompanying nonprofit opens. Some students have learning issues. Others, such as aspiring high-level athletes, need study plans that travel with them. Between the library and Old School Square, Cairns said, Delray Beach provides all the outside resources the school needs. As Delray Beach tries to upgrade its public schools, some in the city say Space of Mind could be a model.

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any nonprofits serve Delray Beach. Cox and Selznick shared their goals but wanted to try something different. So Thrive is a for-profit company that helps nonprofits by, among other things, writing grant requests and managing projects. Cox, who spent eight years on the staff of the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, calls theirs a “community assistance development firm.� They act as facilitators for The Set neighborhood and operate out of a hometown office on the second floor of Mount Olive Baptist Church. They and others are vital to helping young people in the Northwest and Southwest neighborhoods not get left behind.

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ackson, a native of The Set, started his nonprofit “to build and empower tomorrow’s leaders.” He has attracted many sponsors, such as the Children’s Services Council and Palm Healthcare Foundation. As Jackson said last April, when celebrating EJS’s first anniversary, “I was from here, came up through the same types of challenges still occurring, like more crime, less opportunities for youth, and I felt something could be done and I could be of service.” The children tend to come from Atlantic High School and Village Academy.

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his organization celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017. “We started with just a few people,” Stark recalls, providing art classes for the community. These days, it offers children from kindergarten though high school help with homework, mentoring and literacy programs. That’s especially important in the Northwest and Southwest neighborhoods, where 30 percent of residents are foreign-born. Stark told the Sun Sentinel that every teenager who has gone through the Milagro program has graduated from high school with plans in place for afterward. Former Mayor Cary Glickstein says, “She has done a remarkable job with resources and programming to engage children and parents, and to the larger community for financial support, which has made the Milagro Center far more relevant than it was before she took over.”

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nown for not wearing socks even when business attire is the dress code, Schiller steered BH3 to success in the bidding to develop the three blocks east of the Fairfield Inn. His list of lobbying clients takes up several pages on the county’s registry. It includes GL Homes, which has a contract to buy Boca Raton’s municipal golf course, and Waste Management, Delray Beach’s trash hauler. Schiller is a regular in many cities. One of them now is Delray Beach. Like Miskel, he’s prepared and persuasive.

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iskel’s firm is based in Boca Raton, and she represents many developers there before the city council. But Miskel also has become one of Delray Beach’s most visible land-use attorneys/lobbyists in the last five years, whether the client is large or small. She helped IPIC—pre-bankruptcy—get city commission approval for its theater/office project and to add a rooftop. She represents Delray Place, the retail/dining complex at Federal Highway and Linton Boulevard. Another client is Pebb Capital, which is developing a new version of the Midtown project, now called Sundy Village, after buying out the previous owner. The office-retail-restaurant project near and along Swinton Avenue includes six historic homes, which will be a big issue in history-conscious Delray Beach. Miskel, whose firm donates regularly to city commission candidates, has drawn this client list because she comes to meetings prepared, presents well and gets results.

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ewer people are buying homes east of the Intracoastal Waterway, so the neighborhood is changing, but the BPOA forum remains a must-attend event for city commission candidates. It has one of the highest turnout rates in the city. On issues, Victorin and the BPOA pushed hard years ago for restrictions on “McMansions” and more recently for the $3 million makeover of the pavilion along the beach—Delray Beach’s most important public asset. In addition, almost all the projects to protect Delray Beach from rising seas are on the beach. Tropic Isles and the Marine Historic District also figure as important neighborhoods when it comes to sustainability. Former City Commissioner Jim Chard calls the BPOA “the most active, best funded, most involved HOA in the city.”

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t’s been a more than a decade since McCarty pleaded guilty to misusing her county commission seat. She was released from prison in 2011 and returned to Delray Beach, where she had been a city commissioner before her election to the county commission in 1990. Her website advertises help for people facing prison time, but McCarty also has become a lobbyist, representing IPIC and Delray Place. She’s not the power player she once was, but elected officials and candidates still seek her out, and City Commissioner Adam Frankel invited McCarty to the meet-and-greet last fall for city manager finalists.

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orlando / central florida coastal central VICTORIA & ALBERT’S WHERE IT IS: Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel, 4401 Floridian Way, Orlando, 407/939-3862 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: Because in your life, this is the closest you’re going to get to being treated like Cinderella. This AAA Five-Diamond Award-winning restaurant has 14 tables and only one seating per evening. The 10-course degustation menu offers creative American fare, but there’s no locavore pretense. Ingredients like Iberian ham, Texas wild boar, Italian truffles and a United Nations of caviar could be part of your prix fixe. VIBE: Formal but friendly, with a discreet harpist in the background. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Dinner at Victoria & Albert’s is a three-hour tour de force in a classic Victorian setting. The menu of edible art changes daily. Still, the multiple desserts, bonbons and vacuum-brewed coffee at the end of the evening feel like a rousing celebration.

Langoustines from Victoria & Albert’s

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WHERE IT IS: 3224 N.E. Maple Ave., Jensen Beach, 772/334-7714 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: This longtime culinary icon, improbably located in tiny Jensen Beach, follows its own beat when it comes to cuisine. You can forgo all the what’s-in-vogue offerings in favor of these rare and interesting menu ideas—like pan-fried Caicos conch or sautéed Maine spotted skate. Maple’s reputation hasn’t wavered in 20 years as a steady gourmet beacon in the fickle world of South Florida restaurants. VIBE: In a cozy historic house, 11 Maple Street eschews flash for comfort, and exudes European charm mixed with plain, Old Florida simplicity. The kind of place where you can sit back and savor some of the best food in South Florida. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: You cannot go wrong, as they say, but the char-grilled duck breast and New Zealand elk tenderloin have spawned sonnets among diners.

ROY’S RESTAURANT

WHERE IT IS: 100 First. Ave. S., Steinhatchee, 352/498-5000 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: This is Old Florida at its best, a rambling wood fish house built over the Steinhatchee River, with breathtaking sunset views over the salt marsh and out to the Gulf of Mexico. Order yourself a mess o’ seafood (or bring your own catch in for the kitchen to cook) and kick back. VIBE: Flip-flops and shorts are the common denominator among locals and visitors alike. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Sweet, succulent fried bay scallops are the popcorn of the gods. Start with a cup of slightly spicy crab and corn chowder, and do not miss the feathery hush puppies with guava jelly for dipping.

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THE BUBBLE ROOM

WHERE IT IS: 15001 Captiva Drive, Captiva Island, 239/472-5558 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: Opened in 1979, this Willy Wonka meets Disney meets Santa meets Old Hollywood is a brightly painted ramble of a restaurant that was once a private home—filled with vintage toys, a Christmas-saturated “Elf Room,” walls covered with crookedly hanging celebrity photos, you name it. VIBE: This is a sheer novelty experience, with so much sensory overload you may not notice that the food is surprisingly good. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: The cheesy broiled Italian Bubble Bread from the onsite bakery has a cult following, with civilians online mounting valiant attempts to duplicate the recipe; the prime rib is also noteworthy. But save room for a gargantuan and extravagantly decadent dessert like the Orange Crunch Cake or the French chocolate torte. The Bubble Room

the gulf coast

Fresh and flavorful steak at Campiello

CAMPIELLO

WHERE IT IS: 1177 Third St. S., Naples, 239/435-1166 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: The rustic, nuova-Tuscan cucina is tucked into the historic Mercantile Building, which conjures an Italian villa, with a lushly landscaped and umbrella-shaded dining patio. Splurge on one of the “limited opportunity” wines from the extensive collection, sample a carbonara wood-fired pizza or a burrata caprese salad, and watch the bustle of the Third Street South shopping district. VIBE: Modern continental chic, a place to see and be seen in your Lilly while attentive, sophisticated servers seamlessly guide you through an ultra dining experience. SIGNATURE DISH/ EXPERIENCE: Order the snapper piccata or the balsamic-glazed short ribs, and save room for the cannoli cheesecake.

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down home & uptown northeast florida THE ICE PLANT

(110 Riberia St., St. Augustine, 904/829-6553) is showing up on everyone’s go-to lists because of its impossible craft cocktails (it even “harvests” its own ice, for God’s sake) and a farm-to-table menu with things like duck confit, roasted peaches, and braised beef short rib eggs benedict with collard greens kimchi. And it’s way cool—steampunk and Old Town rolled into one.

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ORSAY (3630 Park St.,

Jacksonville, 904/381-0909) is classic French in a Southern neighborhood—with native chef Michael McKinney and his Slow Food First Coast Snail of Approval award. Don’t mess around: Get the raw bar grand plateau with assorted oysters, poached shrimp and lobster, P.E.I. mussels and all the saucy trimmings.

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MATTHEW’S RESTAURANT (2107 Hendricks Ave., Jacksonville, 904/396-9922) is the granddaddy of Jacksonville’s fine-dining evolution. Restaurant owner Matt Medure is a legend in town for romantic haute cuisine. Order the six-course Chef’s Adventure Tasting Menu, with expertly paired wines.

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SAFE HARBOR SEAFOOD MARKET & RESTAURANT (4378 Ocean St., No. 3, Mayport, 904/246-4911) This is seafood right off the boats (home plate for Mayport shrimp), on the water, a plastic-basketsand-cold-beer kind of place. This is why we love North Florida.

O’STEEN’S (205 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, 904/829-6974) This legendary place has been dishing out succulent fried shrimp on St. Augustine’s main drag for more than 50 years. Is it good? Don’t take our word—just look at the line that always stretches out the door and down the street.

THE FLORIDIAN (72 Spanish St., St. Augustine, 904/8290655) This is the next generation of what really good restaurants in college towns used to be like in the ‘70s—earnest post-grad cooks, local artisan food, downhome and hip at the same time. Order the pickled pepper shrimp the second you are seated. Followed by the fried green tomatoes.

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panhandle tallahassee picks BUD & ALLEY’S

WHERE IT IS: 2236 E. County Road, 30-A, Seaside, 850/231-5900 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: The oldest restaurant in idyllic Seaside—named after the town founder’s dachshund (Bud) and the restaurant founder’s cat (Alley)—pioneered farmto-table and boat-to-table dining in the lower Panhandle. Regulars rave about the delicate crab cakes, the snappy pimento cheese and other small plates. VIBE: On the dune side of 30-A, this place is Havaianaschic, with a beach bar-meets-supper club oeuvre. During the season (which is summer here) the place is packed with locals, wannabe locals and tourists. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Go for the daily sunset celebration at the Roof Deck Bar. Listen to the bartender ring the circa-1888 cast iron bell, order the sublime smoked tuna dip and sip a blood orange margarita. Bud & Alley’s Captain Anderson’s bay shrimp

CAPT. ANDERSON’S RESTAURANT & MARKET WHERE IT IS: 5551 N. Lagoon Drive, Panama City Beach, 850/234-2225 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: Fat, crabmeat-stuffed broiled shrimp, char-grilled fresh fish, rich she-crab soup and Parmesan baked oysters. Never mind the “Anderson” moniker: This place was founded 50-plus years ago by a couple of Greek brothers named Petronis, and it’s still a family business. Open March-Oct. VIBE: Mid-century modern Sunday dinner—a little kitschy, with great views of the bay. Just you and 700 of your closest friends. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Get there late afternoon to watch the fishing boats haul in their catch while you tuck into Johnny’s Special Greek Salad layered with shrimp and crabmeat. Also, get there early to avoid the crowds. No reservations.

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Bourbon from Sage

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SAGE

WHERE IT IS: 3534 MacLay Blvd. S., Tallahassee, 850/270-9396 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: This seamless marriage between classic French cooking (think escargot, onion soup) and locally sourced Southern delicacies (Gulf blue crab cake, pimento cheese tea sandwiches) is a consistent winner in Tally, from Sunday brunch to nightly dinners. VIBE: Upscale French bistro, white linen, Edison bulbs. Trendy datenight style with a solid gold menu. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: Sage is consistent all the way down the menu, but the quiche is famous, as is the steak and pommes frites—and the libations are stellar. Try a shot of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon for a cool $40. march/april 2020

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THE MILL

Mussels from The Mill

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WHERE IT IS: 200 Central Ave., No. 100, St. Petersburg, 727/317-3930 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: A “rustic Americana with a southern touch/Creole spin” menu by Chef Ted Dorsey focuses on innovative but sound dishes that are creative, but not too precious. This is farm-to-table at its best, in a distinctively local setting. VIBE: This place has it all—except the attitude. With an elaborate steampunk-butrustic design by local artist Istram Torok of Torok Studios, this award-winning spot in the middle of Central Avenue is a casual culinary wonder—but with none of the smugness often found with these locavore restaurants. It’s real. It’s good. It’s easy. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: People rave about the cider-braised mussels. The roast duck with cauliflower fried rice and citrus-grilled baby bok choy is great, and the porter-glazed quail is another winner. I mean, who has quail on hand?

WHERE IT IS: 239 Links Ave., Sarasota, 941/706-4740 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: This is your politically correct choice for a 2019 top restaurant, but one cannot live on moral fiber alone; this place also boasts a twotime James Beard Award finalist chef who knows what he’s doing. Chef Steve Phelps is a nationally connected food activist with a passion for sustainable seafood. (He also does things like forage locally for seasonal native foods). And then he whips all this into unforgettable dishes. The world has noticed—and is beating a path to his door. VIBE: It feels easy and natural here—but chic—in this renovated downtown historic building, with lots of wicker and wood, a convivial porch, understated tropical ambience. SIGNATURE DISH/ EXPERIENCE: Seafood should be your first choice at Indigenous, but don’t kick those Parmesan beignets out of bed.

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THE BIG FIVE:

FLORIDA ICONS Buccan

BUCCAN

WHERE IT IS: 350 S. County Road, Palm Beach, 561/833-3450 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: Its owner, Chef Clay Conley, is easily one of the top chefs in the Southeast, and has been nominated for a Best Chef James Beard Award five times now. His Palm Beach restaurant has been the hot ticket in town since it opened in 2011, and has the best food this side of Miami, hands down. The American menu, largely small plates, is inventive but eminently grounded in sound compositions, big flavors, the best ingredients. VIBE: Understated upscale chic. If Gwyneth Paltrow were a restaurant, she would be this one. SIGNATURE DISH/ EXPERIENCE: The menu is divided into categories like “chilled”, “handheld”, “flour and water” or “simple,” but there are dinner plates, too, elegant in their simplicity—rock shrimp, snapper, scallops, chicken with mashed potatoes. But do not miss the hot dog panini.

JOE’S STONE CRAB (11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305/673-0365) is world-famous for stone crabs, which they essentially invented 100 years ago. This vestige of Old Miami, with its Mexican and Cuban tiles and pressed tin ceiling, may run you a fat check, but it’s worth it. Order Jumbo stone crabs with mustard sauce, Lyonnaise potatoes and coleslaw.

VERSAILLES (3555 S.W. Eighth St., Miami, 305/444-0240) This crazy place with its unlikely faux-French décor (it used to be a French restaurant) is the unofficial “town square” for Miami’s Cuban exiles since 1971, and the place people danced in the street when Castro died. Don’t miss the walkup window (La Ventanita) that is a shrine to the Café Cubano. LOUIE’S BACKYARD (700 Waddell Ave., Key West, 305/294-106) This is the end of the world, or at least the road, and it’s been the great last best stop in the Keys for decades— oceanfront dining on the back porch of a storied Victorian house in Key West, watching the waves at twilight while channeling your inner Jimmy Buffett.

Buccan’s hot dog panini

BERN’S STEAK HOUSE (1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813/251-2421) Bern’s is a bucket list red-meat double-dare that carries you back to mid-century American glamour and self-indulgence. With a 200-page wine list and 20 different caviars, it’s Florida’s ultimate steakhouse. COLUMBIA RESTAURANT (2117 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, 813/248-4961) The self-proclaimed oldest restaurant in Florida was founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and is today run by his progeny. Great Cuban food, flamenco dancers, a legacy destination.

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REAL FLORIDA • BEACH ROAD FISH HOUSE & CHICKEN DINNERS, 4132 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville. For 80 years, the perfectly fried chicken and creamed peas have made Jacksonville happy. • B.O.’S FISH WAGON, 801 Caroline St., Key West. Still the best fried grouper sandwich in the Keys. • DIXIE CROSSROADS, 1475 Garden St., Titusville. This cavernous seafood den attracts anyone heading to or from South Florida with deep-sea rock shrimp, and sugar-spangled corn fritters on the side. • CAP’S PLACE, dock at 2765 N.E. 28th Court, Lighthouse Point. Take a little launch over to this 85-year-old seafood icon; do not miss the hearts of palm salad. • INDIAN PASS RAW BAR, 8391 C-30A, Port St. Joe. Oysters, cold beer and music in a revered bend in the road. • KEYS FISHERIES, 3502 Gulfview Ave., Marathon. Your halfway stop to Key West for a cold beer and a lobster Reuben. • PEPE’S CAFÉ, 806 Caroline St., Key West. Key West’s oldest restaurant is a must-do for breakfast. • PHILLIPPI CREEK OYSTER BAR, 5353 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Your oldtimey best pick for fresh oysters and fish in fancyland. • TED PETERS FAMOUS SMOKED FISH, 1350 Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg. Its open-air fish smokers and cold beer have been around since 1951.

MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD & DRINK

WHERE IT IS: 130 N.E. 40th St., Miami, 305/573-5550 WHY YOU HAVE TO GO: It’s only fitting to pay homage to the James Beard awardwinning chef who helped launch the renaissance of Miami’s Design District in 2007 and elevated food in the Magic City to whole new levels. Michael’s has an innovative farm-totable Florida menu and flavor-packed plates that range from small to extra-large. VIBE: Michael’s is easy, hospitable and warm, with a raw bar, a wood-fired oven and a daily-changing menu that begs to be sampled. SIGNATURE DISH/EXPERIENCE: The sides are always fun here (wood-roasted okra with Meyer lemon vinaigrette, anyone?), but the house-made bucatini with wild boar sugo or the duck confit sound pretty enticing. Just throw a dart.

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• SEMINOLE INN, 15885 S.W. Warfield Blvd., Indiantown. Go for an old-fashioned Sunday brunch—fried chicken and sweet tea. • THE YEARLING, 14531 E. County Road 325, Hawthorne. On Cross Creek, the homey inn channels Old Florida with victuals that can be hunted, fished or gathered in the area.

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Scott Foley, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Jon Lovitz and Rennea Stubbs

THE CHRIS EVERT PRO CELEBRITY TENNIS CLASSIC WHAT: The Chris Evert Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic returned to the Delray Beach Tennis Center for its 30th year, hosting celebrities from Barry Gibb to Jon Lovitz. The event raised more than $800,000 for Chris Evert Charities, which include the Ounce of Prevention Fund and the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County. The money raised at this year’s event pushed the organization’s 30-year fundraising total to nearly $26 million to fight drug abuse and child neglect. WHERE: Delray Beach Tennis Center Barry Gibb and Chris Evert at the annual gala

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DELRAY’S CROSSROADS CLUB LUNCHEON WHAT: The Inaugural Gratitude Luncheon took place at Seagate Country Club in Delray Beach, and benefited the Crossroads Club, which supports those afflicted with addiction and provides them a safe haven. Deputy Vice-Mayor Bill Bathurst and Nancy Flinn served as cochairs, and Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia served as the honorary chair. More than 200 people came together at the event to support the fight to conquer addiction in the community. WHERE: Seagate Country Club

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[ out & about ] FOURTH-ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS DELRAY WHAT: The fourth-annual Empty Bowls fundraiser brought together hundreds of people in Old School Square to “eat simply so others can simply eat.� The event raised proceeds to benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank and assist in its mission to fight hunger and nourish those in need in our community. Guests were able to purchase handmade bowls from a number of local artists, and were served a basic meal of water, bread baked by Old School Bakery, and soups made by 35 different local chefs. WHERE: Old School Square

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Lee Cohen, Rep. Al Jacquet, Commissioner Bill Bathurst, Sharon L’Herrou, Tom Carney

LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON WHAT: The Delray Beach Chamber held a Legislative Lunch on November 26, 2019 at La Cigale restaurant in Delray Beach to provide the local electorate with an opportunity to meet their state representatives in person. The sold-out event was coordinated by chamber members Michael Weiner and Stuart Silver, and saw an excellent turnout of state legislators, including Senator Bobby Powell, Representative Mike Caruso, Representative Joe Casello and Representative Al Jacquet. WHERE: La Cigale restaurant

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NEW West Boca campus opening in Fall 2020! Now enrolling! 336 Spanish River Blvd. NW | Boca Raton, FL 33431 | 561.416.9737 | www.grandviewprep.net Grandview Preparatory School admits students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

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ADVENT LUTHERAN SCHOOL

BOCA RATON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

-Grades: Infants - 8th -Students: 400 -Student-Teacher Ratio: Varies -Tuition Range: $4,400 - $14,000 -Denomination: Christian

-Grades: PreK3 - 12th -Students: 635 -Student-Teacher Ratio: Varies -Tuition Range: $9,400 - $13,475 -Denomination: Christian

At Advent, your child will become a CONFIDENT, CAPABLE, CHRISTIAN LEADER making a difference in the world! Advent combines rigorous academics with character development in a safe environment. Our Transitional Kindergarten program gives the Gift of Time. Call for information! Other innovative programs include PreK Dual Language and Emergent Reader groups, Elementary STEM enrichment, a competitive robotics program for Middle School, 1:1 Technology, Spanish and more. Advent also provides opportunities in spiritual growth, fine arts, and athletics. Aftercare/camp programs offer engaging activities. The Early Childhood School offers VPK and Summer VPK. Infants to 8th Grade – you can grow with us!

Boca Christian gives students the highest caliber of college-preparatory education in a Christian environment, located on a spacious 22-acre campus in the heart of Boca Raton. The school’s vision is to develop Christian leaders of influence for today and tomorrow by nurturing academic excellence and inspiring Christian character. Boca Christian is known for a family-oriented environment, outstanding records in college placement, athletics, and the arts, as well as a commitment to service by our students and faculty.

300 E. Yamato Road • Boca Raton • 561.299.5155 • AdventSchoolBoca.org

470 NW 4th Ave • Boca Raton • 561.391.2727 • bocachristian.org

DIVINE SAVIOR ACADEMY

GRANDVIEW PREPARATORY SCHOOL

-Grades: PreK - 4th -Tuition Range:

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-Students: 18 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 6:1 -Denomination: Christian

$12,500-$22,000

-Students: 270 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1 -Denomination: Private Independent

Divine Savior Academy operates four private Christian schools in South Florida and Texas. Our Delray Beach campus serves students in preschool and elementary through college-prep academics, caring teachers, and a Christian environment. The doors opened in September 2018, with plenty of room to grow with the community. Our 41,600 square foot space includes 18 big light filled classrooms, 300 seat auditorium, movement room, outdoor playground, and more. Recent Doral Campus graduates have been accepted to Yale, Vanderbilt University, M.I.T., Cornell University, University of Massachusetts, and more. You are invited to schedule a personal tour online.

Grandview Preparatory School is an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997. Student enrollment is offered for PreKindergarten through Grade 12. Grandview redefines ‘Preparatory’ with innovative learning experiences and focus on character and values. In class and beyond, Grandview students discover their talents, create their own path, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community. Nestled in a residential neighborhood in Boca Raton located on Spanish River Boulevard, east of Florida Atlantic University, west of the Atlantic Ocean, we welcome you to visit with us and experience our community.

15935 Lyons Rd • Delray Beach • 561.359.3090 • divinesavioracademy.com

336 Spanish River Blvd. NW • Boca Raton • 561.416.9737 • grandviewprep.net

NORTH BROWARD PREPARATORY SCHOOL

PINE CREST SCHOOL BOCA RATON

-Grades: PreK - 12th -Tuition Range:

-Grades: PreK - 8th -Tuition Range:

$24,200 - $34,340

-Students: 1,708 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 14:1 -Denomination: Non-denominational

$23,960 - $32,330

-Students: 2,664 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1 -Denomination: Independent

North Broward Preparatory School is an extraordinary community of learners and has been educating, empowering and inspiring day and residential students since 1957. We think beyond traditional education to transform learning and provide unique learning experiences outside of the classroom. Our students are immersed in a multi-cultural community and have the confidence to influence beyond borders.

True to tradition and inspired by innovation, Pine Crest School offers a researchbased, challenging curriculum complemented by arts and athletics. We believe that building social and emotional competencies in a safe, secure, and inclusive learning environment is fundamental to our students’ success. Pine Crest classrooms foster creativity and innovation, giving students opportunities to practice ethical thought leadership and to become curious, adaptable learners. Our goal is to send our graduates out into the world as leaders who know their strengths and who have the courage to challenge norms, break barriers, and move forward with confidence. #PCFutureReady

7600 Lyons Road • Coconut Creek • 954.247.0179 • nbps.org

2700 St. Andrews Boulevard • Boca Raton • 561.852.2800 • pinecrest.edu

SAINT JOHN PAUL II ACADEMY

SPACE OF MIND SCHOOLHOUSE

-Grades: 9th-12th -Tuition Range:

-Grades: 1st - 12th -Tuition Range:

$13,050 - $13,800

-Students: 430 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 14:1 -Denomination: Catholic Based

Saint John Paul II Academy, located in Boca Raton, Florida, is a Catholic coeducational college preparatory school in the Diocese of Palm Beach following the tradition of Saint John Baptist De La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Saint John Paul II Academy provides a rigorous academic curriculum designed to prepare students for success in college and in life. Our faith-based learning community fosters excellence in all programs and enables the spiritual, academic, artistic, and physical development of each student. Dedicated faculty and staff instill the Gospel values of tolerance, concern for the poor, justice, peace, and responsibility while welcoming students of all beliefs and backgrounds.

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-Students: 50 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 3:1 -Denomination: Non-denominational

Students learn best when they feel safe, loved and celebrated. Space of Mind is a full-time, part-time or afterschool experience for 1st - 12th graders and gap year students that is thoughtfully curated to personal learning styles, interests and skills. Our interdisciplinary curriculum engages students through project-based learning that is informed by state standards, inspired by current events, individually paced and socially collaborative.

102 N. Swinton Ave • Delray Beach • 561.894.8772 • myspaceofmind.com

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SPANISH RIVER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

ST. JOSEPH’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

-Grades: PreK3 – 8th -Students: 530 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 14:1 -Tuition Range: $3,732 - $9,964 -Denomination: Presbyterian

-Grades: Infant - 8th -Students: 200 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 1:8 -Tuition Range: $11,453 - $16,058 -Denomination: Episcopal

Preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds (Gold Seal Quality Care Program). Academic program K-8th with high quality, challenging academics enhanced by robust technology innovation in the classrooms; leadership skill building; strong fine arts and performing arts programs; critical thinking and project-based learning. High school-level honors Algebra 1, Geometry, and Spanish I for middle school students. Accredited by CSF and MSA. Before and after-school programs. Interscholastic Sports program. After school enrichment for elementary. Stateof-the-art technology, including 3-D printing, video productions, coding. Competitive robotics. Stanford Achievement Test. Lunch program. Clinic with full-time nurse. Uniforms required. Parent-Teacher Fellowship. Summer Camp Program.

Nurture your child’s S-STEAM at St. Joe’s - the only independent school that nurtures and enlightens the whole child. By focusing on Spirituality, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/language arts and Math, we encourage collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, and 21st century skills promoting educational excellence. All this in an inclusive, Christian environment. Call for a tour today.

2400 Yamato Rd • Boca Raton • 561.994.5006 • spanishriverchristianschool.com

3300B S. Seacrest Blvd • Boynton Beach • 561.732.2045 • sjsonline.org

ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL

THE GREENE SCHOOL

-Grades: PreK-8th -Tuition Range:

-Grades: Early childhood - 8th -Students: 135 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 1:8 -Tuition Range: $22,500-$30,750 -Denomination: Non-denominational

$4,430 -$11,135

-Students: 370 -Student-Teacher Ratio: 17:1 -Denomination: Lutheran

For over 50 years, St. Paul has been an accredited traditional Christian school in east Boca Raton. St. Paul offers leveled reading and math groups, art, music, band, advanced technology, physical education, Spanish as well as STEM in grades 6-8. Our extra -curricular sports programs often excel to state and national levels. Our Early Childhood Program is nurturing and provides flexibility with days and times. After school care and summer camp are available. Our Parent Teacher League offers many opportunities for parents to be involved. We would love your family to join our family!

The Greene School is dedicated to cultivating the unique nature and potential of each student and is committed to building a school community based on kindness and compassion. We provide a nurturing and caring environment, enhanced by a low student-teacher ratio. Our personalized learning approach incorporates individualized attention, hands-on experiential learning, and a challenging, well-rounded curriculum. The Greene School creates a trusting and safe atmosphere for students to explore, question, practice, make mistakes, create, and imagine. Explore the possibilities at The Greene School, where we are changing what’s possible.

701 W. Palmetto Road Park Road • Boca Raton • 561.395.8548 • cyberfalcon.com

2001 South Dixie Highway • West Palm Beach • 561.293.2888 • greene.school

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College Prep Curriculum | S.T.E.A.M. | Fine Arts | Competitive Sports | VPK Provider | Financial Aide Available

Boca Raton Christian School | 470 NW 4th Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33432 | 561-391-2727 | bocachristian.org The school admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin | BRCS is a ministry of Boca Raton Community Church

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Nine stand-out professionals took the time to answer our questions about the expertise, offerings and the inspiration behind their success. Learn about these distinguished experts and you may just want to add them to your list of contacts!

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The Expert in Hair Transplantation & Restoration Kanwal Bawa, D.O. BAWA MEDICAL Dr. Bawa attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and then completed an internship and residency in Emergency Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.Dr. Bawa underwent specialized training for hair transplantation and restoration, as well as laser surgery and cutting edge treatments for exceptional skin, hair and intimate rejuvenation. While she is a trained surgeon, she prefers to start with restorative therapies first if the patient comes to her early enough in the hair loss process. Often called “Rejuvenation Queen,” she focuses on making her patients better from the inside out.

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You treat both men and women with hair loss but you are very passionate about hair loss in women. Why is that?

Hair loss is a very intimate issue to women and while 40 percent of women have visible hair loss by the age of 40, they seldom seek help. I underwent a hair transplant at age 38 myself and understand their pain. I can truly change lives, not just physically but emotionally.

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What therapies do you use for hair loss in addition to hair transplant surgery?

I formulate a customized treatment plan after a discussion with my patients about their individual needs, and it usually includes a combination of Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix treatments with scalp microneedling, oral and topical medications, as well as low level laser therapy. It is a multifaceted approach to a complex problem.

What other services do you offer at your medspa?

Bawa Medical is more than just a medspa. It is a state-of-the-art rejuvenation center where I provide world class hair restoration as well as skin and intimate rejuvenation using patented laser technology, the Profound® Non-Surgical Facelift, growth factor and stem cell therapy, Silhouette InstaLift®, Hydrafacial®, and more. I am also certified in the Vampire Facial®, Vampire Facelift®, Vampire Breast Lift®, P-Shot®, O-Shot® and Wing Lift®.

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The Expert in Insurance Claims C. Glen Ged, Esquire and CEO GED LAWYERS, LLP A graduate of New England School Of Law, Mr. Ged has been admitted to practice law in the states of Florida, New Jersey and Massachusetts. An active member of several trade organizations, Mr. Ged is an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association. For more information please come visit our Boca Raton, FL office or visit our website at www.gedlawyers.com

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Our other areas of concentration include personal injury and wrongful death claims, as well as personal injury protection claims for healthcare professionals and estate planning for individuals and families. Not only do we have the financial ability, expertise and skills to fight these cases against the insurance companies, but with the tragedies we see in people’s homes and lives there’s also a level of compassion needed, and we are there for our clients as a counselor and friend to guide them through the entire legal process.

Our mission is to right a wrong and find a solution. We have done so for 25 years and we will continue to do so anyway we can, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We work on a contingency fee basis. Our goal is to add massive value to the community we serve.

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The Expert in Healthy Sleep Jack Dell’Accio, Founder & CEO ESSENTIA NATURAL MEMORY FOAM MATTRESSES Jack Dell’Accio is the founder and CEO of Essentia, the world’s only natural memory foam mattress. He developed his brand in response to his own personal experience of having seemingly healthy family members suddenly begin a battle with cancer. Of the many elements in our home environment that could make us sick, Jack drilled down on one that he knew he could help make better: the mattress.

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Is it true that you spend a third of your life sleeping on what can be the most toxic item in your home?

Yes, this is where I stepped in to develop Essentia’s patented natural memory foam, which is made using only the highest quality natural and organic ingredients to ensure that you are not being exposed to the toxic chemicals. Traditionally found in synthetic mattresses, these harmful agents can affect your body at its most vulnerable time, during sleep when it should be recovering from the day.

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How do Essentia mattresses promote healthy sleep?

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How has Essentia been received in the mattress industry?

Beyond creating a high-quality healthy foam, I ensure that Essentia mattresses also perform better than any mattress on the market, with the distinction of being the only mattress to offer all six key elements needed for the body to truly kick into recovery mode. These include sleeping cool, enhanced pressure relief and increased blood circulation. This is why 25 percent of professional hockey players, including multiple Stanley Cup Champions, sleep on Essentia mattresses.

The credibility of the quality and performance of our mattresses is unmatched, with Essentia being a founding member of the Mayo Clinic’s Well Living Lab and receiving many accolades from the leaders in the wellness space, such as Deepak Chopra and Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Health Institute.

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The Expert in Custom Home Building Marc Julien MARC JULIEN HOMES, LLC Marc Julien Homes, LLC is a luxury home builder with a unique ability to transform a client’s vision into a magnificent selfexpression of architecture and interior design. Marc Julien has built more than 65 homes totaling $90 million in construction with a market value of $200 million. “Being busy is important but the most important thing is maintaining our level of quality workmanship and service as our company expands into real estate development, project management and general contracting,” explains Marc.

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How is the best way to pick a contractor?

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How do you justify Cost vs Quality?

When searching for a contractor, references are imperative. Going to see their workmanship and discussing with previous clients if they completed the work on-time are crucial questions to ask. Lastly, knowing whether the contractor was able to complete the project for the agreed upon amount is something you should know. Financial surprises add a lot of stress to the construction.

Some contractors will bid low, knowing they will get the contract and once the work starts, they hit you with change order after change order. A huge cost for a general contractor is insurance liability and workers comp. Always make sure your contractor is fully insured and that the contractors they use are insured. Most smaller contractors will say they are exempt from worker’s compensation insurance. Ask to see the certificate and make sure that everyone on-site is exempt.

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There is always a reason that someone is less expensive. For example, if a pool contractor is less expensive than another, it is most likely because his labor costs are less. The more qualified a person is or the more work experience someone has, they typically charge more. Quality and experience are directly related to how much things cost. Remember, the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten.

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The Expert in Coastal Interior Design Olga Adler OLGA ADLER INTERIORS Olga Adler is president and principal designer of Olga Adler Interiors, a boutique studio offering full service decorating expertise to clients in Palm Beach County. Since establishing her namesake studio in 2003, Adler has worked with the best and most innovative suppliers and service providers. Born and educated in Europe, she began her career in marketing and public relations, and she brings her extensive project management experience to each of her design jobs, allowing her busy clients to truly enjoy the design process with peace of mind and delight in the results.

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What inspired your coastal home decorating niche and passion?

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There is something truly special about coastal living, the energy of the ocean and the creativity it inspires. I find coastal towns to be more cosmopolitan and vibrant with their mix of people, influences and cultures. My designs are organic and inspired by nature and global travels.

Building or renovating a home is a complex process that can be very overwhelming. There are hundreds of decisions that have to be made in an organized and timely manner. My clients look to me to guide them through this experience in a collaborative and fun way.

I love working with clients who understand that luxury and comfort have to go hand in hand. I enjoy getting inspired by my clients - their life, interests and passions. I like mixing their heirlooms with new and custom furnishings to create an expertly edited look that seems natural, as if it evolved over time.

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The Expert in Uninsured Motorist Coverage David Zappitell ZAPPITELL LAW FIRM Attorney David Zappitell limits and restricts the number of cases that he takes on at his personal injury law firm in Delray Beach, so that every client is treated like a “big fish in a small sea.” Zappitell considers his firm to be an Old School law practice, achieving great results for people by treating them the way they deserve to be treated. Often times, uninsured motorists are the cause of catastrophic injuries and death. For that reason, Zappitell counsels his clients on how to protect themselves before tragedy strikes.

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What is uninsured motorist coverage?

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Won’t that coverage make my premiums go higher?

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How do I know if I have this coverage?

This is the most important insurance coverage for your automobile as it steps into the shoes of an at fault driver and protects you, your family members and your passengers. If you are hit as a pedestrian, bicyclist or in your car by another vehicle they likely have no bodily injury coverage which is currently not required in Florida. Seventy eight percent of the time you will be in an accident with somebody that has no insurance to compensate you. Uninsured motorist coverage fills that void.

Underinsured motorist coverage is mandated to be offered by insurance companies to an equal or lesser limit as your Bodily Injury Coverage. These rates are regulated and considering the coverage provided, it is not expensive.

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Insurance companies frequently recommend individuals reject this coverage and you have to make sure if you’re purchasing insurance online that you accept the same limits as your bodily injury coverage. Make sure you have Uninsured Motorist Coverage to the same policy limits as your bodily injury coverage, of which I recommend a minimum of $100,000 per person policy limits. Call for a free insurance consultation.

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The Expert in Buying & Borrowing Against Jewelry Mia Chalik DIAMOND BANC HOLDINGS, LLC Mia Chalik is the Market Director of the Diamond Banc in Boca Raton. With more than 25 years of expertise dealing in fine jewelry, designer pieces and luxury watches, combined with her vast knowledge of the jewelry industry, GIA certification and loan expertise, Mia and the expert staff at Diamond Banc provide clients the opportunity of selling their jewelry or obtaining a jewelry equity loan. Offering clients the ability to turn to their jewelry for their liquidity needs, while providing the same professionalism and confidentiality of a traditional bank has proven to be a successful and innovative business model.

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A jewelry equity loan allows a person to borrow funds against the liquid value of their fine jewelry. The items are kept at a nondisclosed, secure location until the loan has been paid back, then the jewelry is returned to the customer. Diamond Banc is unique in the flexibility that structures a loan based on our clients’ personal needs.

Diamond Banc accepts diamonds of at least .75 carats, and fine diamond jewelry; designer jewelry (Cartier, Graff, Harry Winston, etc.); luxury watches (Rolex, Patek Philippe, etc.); precious metals (gold and platinum coins/bullion and sterling silver flatware). In addition, coveted designer handbags such as Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton are very desirable.

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Whether a client wants to sell a piece of jewelry or obtain a loan, the process is easy. Clients start by filling out a no-obligation online form and after review of the information, we contact them with an initial offer. Or, they can call and set up an appointment at their convenience. After reviewing the items, we will provide the funds to the customer immediately.

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The Expert in Eclecticism Joslin Kryjcir VINTAGE TESS BOUTIQUE When Joslin Kryjcir was 12 years old, her mother took her out of school for six months to travel together through Europe. The “home schooling” she received at that time transpired in the halls of the Louvre, getting lost between the maze-like sidewalks of Venice, and scouring the streets of London in search of antiques. After returning from Europe, they moved from a small town in upstate New York to Manhattan where Joslin went on to graduate from The New School with an art history degree, and then worked in the art field on and off for years. As excited as she was to be accepted into the Industrial Design graduate program at Pratt, she dropped out, instead pursuing her own colorful journey, collecting treasures from around the world, steeped in heartfelt memories.

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What gave you the idea for your boutique, Vintage Tess?

Eclecticism is the practice of mixing different cultures, styles, eras and price points. You can be eclectic in all aspects of your life to showcase your unique creativity. For example, for home interior design you can pair a brand new sofa with an antique rug, or modern Target end tables with mid-century designer lamps. Eclectic fashion might mix a simple chic dress from Marshall’s with an Hermès scarf and vintage jewelry. For an eclectic dinner, you might serve a Mexican lasagne. It’s all about blending and mixing, and knowing what works.

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Growing up, my mother and grandmother each had strong personal styles. My mother was about simplicity and elegance. My grandmother, Tess, had taste that ran the gamut from traditional to “out there,” and she loved shopping at discount and second-hand stores just as much as she adored Neiman Marcus. I learned my love of design from them both, but my grandma had a unique creative vision which she passed down to me. So when I decided to open an eclectic home furnishings boutique, it seemed like a wonderful way to honor her by naming the shop after her. I think Vintage Tess embodies the idea of Eclecticism in all its forms from stationary to hand-made home décor, refurbished vintage furniture and an artisan line of precious and semi-precious jewelry from India, some of which I designed myself.

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The Expert in Finding Love Connections Maureen Tara Nelson, Executive Level Certified Matchmaker MTN MATCHMAKING INC. Maureen Tara Nelson was a successful pharmaceutical rep in New York. After years spent learning about human behavior, a dating service opened on Long Island. She instantly made a career change to the dating industry, knowing this was her calling. She has now been in the dating industry for more than 18 years as a matchmaker, and has more than 1,000 success stories to her credit. MTN now has offices on Long Island, New York City and in Mizner Park in Boca.

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We feel at MTN Matchmaking that our method of matchmaking is the safest way of meeting singles. We offer a free consultation, and we do not accept everyone. All clients must pass our thorough screening process to see that they are emotionally and financially stable, looking for a committed relationship and that they have no felony criminal record.

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Both men and women pay, which keeps out the “gold diggers.� It also allows us to have a high-end database of quality singles. We offer five different programs, which begin at only $995 up to our highest program for celebrities for only $6,500. This is a fraction of the cost of other matchmaking services, yet we offer so much more.

We personally match all of our clients using my private, hand-selected method based upon three parts of compatibility. The secret to our success is matching our clients by compatibility and chemistry (and yes, we show photos.)

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dining guide

Your resource for Greater Delray Beach’s finest restaurants

Angelo Elia’s piping hot pie

Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar, Tapas 16950 Jog Road, Delray Beach, 561/381-0037

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gourmet trappings. Tables are covered in white paper, not tablecloths; specials, which change every Thursday, fill a blackboard behind the bustling bar; pizzas emerge piping-hot from a rustic wood-fired oven. The restaurant’s most-ordered items, according to our server, tweak the formulas of Italian staples: chicken meatballs served with escarole & beans and a Reggiano broth; linguine vongole with clams, white wine, parsley and crushed red pepper; spaghetti frutti di mare with shrimp, calamari, clams, mussels and tomato sauce. I tried the capricciosa pizza, layered with punchy kalamata olives, artichokes and mushrooms— an aromatic and authentic-tasting pie, albeit with stringy mozzarella that liked to travel with every bite. Don’t be ashamed of eating it with a knife and fork to better control the

cheese-to-vegetable ratio. But to this diner’s palate, it was all about the prologue and epilogue. The complimentary bread, crispy and flavorful even when naked, is served with a housemade, olive oil-based chili sauce that delivers a singular kick with each bite. And there’s no better finish than the Nutella stromboli, a ridiculous delicacy that could easily feed a family of four. It comes out of the pizza oven as holdable pockets of dough filled with hazelnut spread and drizzled with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar, the warmth of the dessert juxtaposed against the chill of an accompanying vanilla gelato. You might want to skip the restaurant’s namesake tapas, and get right to the sinning. —John Thomason

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DINING KEY $ Inexpensive: under $17 $$ Moderate: $18 to $35 $$$ Expensive: $36 to $50 $$$$ Very expensive: $50+

DELRAY BEACH 3rd and 3rd—301 N.E. Third Ave. Gastropub. This quirky, individualistic, obscurely located little place is one of the most important restaurants in Delray. The menu changes frequently, but hope the evening’s fare includes plump scallops with caramelized mango sauce, stunning delicious roasted cauliflower with Parmesan mousse and bacon, and wicked-good espresso panna cotta on it at your visit. • Lunch Wed.-Fri., Brunch Sat. and Sun., Dinner Mon.-Sat. 561/303-1939. $$

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

Angelo Elia Pizza • Bar • Tapas— 16950 Jog Road. Italian. Nothing on the menu of Angelo Elia’s modern, small plates-oriented osteria disappoints, but particularly notable are the meaty fried baby artichokes stuffed with breadcrumbs and speck, delicate 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 nightly. 561/381-0037. $ Apeiro Kitchen & Bar—14917 Lyons Road. Mediterranean. West Delray diners have another reason to stay in their neighborhood with this stylish, contemporary Mediterranean eatery. Apeiro’s menu spans the entire Mediterranean, with dishes like Moroccan-spiced lamb ribs, 14-ounce double-cut pork chops, and fluffy meatballs adorned with tomato sauce, ricotta and pesto. The apple crostata, baked in a woodburning oven, is one of the best desserts in town. • Dinner nightly. 561/501-4443. $$

aquarium of tranquil moon jellyfish and a 2,500-gallon shark tank. Savor inventive cuisine that takes the contemporary to the extraordinary. Bold flavors, inspired techniques and the freshest ingredients make every meal a culinary adventure. • Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch Sat.–Sun. 561/665-4900. $$

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

Batch Gastropub—14813 Lyons Road. Gastropub. Definitely try the homemade batches of cocktails on tap, which give this west Delray gastropub its name. The artisanal mixes boast ingredients such as H.M. Tonic No. 22—the crisp, tangy part of a very good gin and tonic. The heirloom tomato and feta salad is a highlight with Champagne vinaigrette dressing. Also popular are the brisket and short rib burgers, the avocado toast and the chicken Caesar. But the drinks are what you’ll remember. • Brunch Sat.-Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/877-0000. $$

Beg for More Izakaya—19 S.E. Fifth Ave. Japanese Small Plates. The large sake, whisky and beer menu here pairs beautifully with the small plates full of everything except sushi. No sushi. And that’s fine. Try the takoyaki (octopus balls), the crispy salmon tacos and anything with the addictive kimchi, such as the kimchi fried rice. There are pasta, teriyaki and simmered duck with bok choy dishes—or 16 varieties of yakitori (food on skewers). You’ll be back to beg for more. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/563-8849. $$ Brulé Bistro—200 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The regular menu of this Pineapple Grove favorite always has satisfying dishes. Its specialties include crab tortellini with black truffles, chicken meatballs with coconut broth and cashews, plus signature dessert pistachio crème brùlée. Spirits and house cocktails steeped in speakeast style are paired with an ever-changing menu. Outside tables offer the best option for conversation. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-2046. $$ Buddha Sky Bar—217 E. Atlantic Ave. #3. Pan

Atlantic Grille—1000 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood/

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

Contemporary American. This posh restaurant in the luxurious Seagate Hotel & Spa is home to a 450-gallon

Burt & Max’s—9089 W. Atlantic Ave. Contem-

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porary American. This bastion of contemporary comfort food in west Delray is approaching local landmark status, forging its own menu while borrowing a few dishes from Max’s Grille, like the hearty chopped salad and bacon-wrapped meatloaf. Other dishes are variations on the comfort food theme, including a stellar truffle-scented wild mushroom pizza. • Dinner nightly. Sunday brunch. 561/638-6380. $$

Cabana El Rey—105 E. Atlantic Ave. Cuban tropical. Little Havana is alive and well in Delray. The menu is a palette-pleasing travelogue, including starters like mariquitas (fried banana chips) and main courses such as seafood paella (think mussels, shrimp, clams, conch, scallops and octopus). • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/274-9090. $$

Caffe Luna Rosa—34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach. Italian. This multiple Delray Beach-award winning restaurant has sparkling service, comfort food taken to a higher level, and a setting just steps from the Atlantic. Open since 1993, and a success since then, they dish up big flavors in a tiny space, so call for reservations. Try the calamari fritto misto, then the rigatoni pomodoro and leave room for dessert. Or come back for breakfast. • Open daily from breakfast through dinner. 561-274-9404. $$ City Oyster—213 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This stylish mainstay of Big Time Restaurant Group serves up reasonably priced seafood that never disappoints, such as shrimp and grits with a jumbo crab cake. This is the place to see and be seen in Delray, and the food lives up to its profile. • Lunch Mon.–Sun. Dinner nightly. Outdoor dining. 561/272-0220. $$ Cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steakhouse. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steak-house favorites make this sleek restaurant just different enough to be interesting. Starters such as ceviche (prepared Peruvian style) and ultrarich oysters Rockefeller are first-rate, while the wet-aged beef is appropriately tender and tasty. • Dinner nightly. 561/272-9898. $$$

Dada—52 N. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. The same provocative, whimsical creativity that spawned Dada the art movement infuses Dada the restaurant, giving it a quirky charm all its own. The comfort food menu has its quirky charms, too, like shake-n-bake pork chops with sweet-savory butterscotch onions, and a brownie-vanilla ice cream sundae with strips of five-spice powdered bacon. The wittily decorated 1920s-vintage house-turned-restaurant is, as they say, a trip. • Dinner nightly. 561/330-3232. $$ 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, march\april 2020

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the kitchen takes its food seriously, whether the stellar flatbreads, the thick and juicy 10-ounce special blend burger or homey seasonal cobbler. And the waterfront location just seems to make everything taste better. • Lunch Mon.–Fri. Brunch Sat.–Sun. Dinner nightly. 561/665-8484. $

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 tangy tomatillo salsas to the world-class fish tacos clad in delicate fried skin, set off by tart pineapple salsa. Cinnamon and sugar-dusted churros are the perfect dessert. And check out the margaritas, especially the smoky blend of mezcal and blanco tequila. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/865-5350. $$

The Grove—187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Chef and sommelier Michael Haycook and Dining Room Manager Paul Strike change their menu biweekly, turning out dishes exhilarating in their freshness, creativity and elegant simplicity. An appetizer of octopus with olive oil, crushed potato aioli and lemon is outstanding. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/266-3750. $$

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar—1841 S. Federal Highway. American. You don’t have to worry about calories (most dishes are under 500), you don’t have to worry about finding something you haven’t tried before (new items are added every three months) and freshness is the silent ingredient throughout. Try the pesto Caprese flatbread, the supergrain salad and the steak or salmon or chicken. Desserts offer big tastes in small jars. • Lunch and dinner daily; brunch on weekends. 561/266-3239. $$ Henry’s—16850 Jog Road. American. This casual, unpretentious restaurant in the west part of town never fails to delight diners. Expect attentive service and crisp execution of everything—from meat loaf, burgers and fried chicken to flatbreads and hefty composed salads. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/638-1949. $$

Il Girasole—2275 S. Federal Highway. Northern Italian. If you want Northern Italian in a low-key atmosphere, and nobody rushing you out the door, this is your spot. Start with something from the very good wine list. Try the yellowtail snapper, the penne Caprese and the capellini Gamberi, and leave room for the desserts. Reservations recommended. • Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-3566. $$

J&J Seafood Bar & Grill—634 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. This local favorite on Atlantic Avenue— owned by John Hutchinson (who is also the chef) and wife Tina—serves up everything from burgers and wraps to a menu brimming with seafood options. Don’t forget to inquire about the stunning array of 10 specials—every night. • Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/272-3390. $$ march/april 2020

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Jimmy’s Bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. This small gem off noisy Atlantic Avenue is big on taste and ambience, and has been busy since 2009. You can travel the world with dumplings, conch fritters, pork schnitzel, rigatoni Bolognese, étouffée and more. Reservations are recommended at this laid-back, comfortable venue. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5774. $$

Joseph’s Wine Bar—200 N.E. Second Ave. Mediterranean-American. Joseph’s is an elegant, comfortable, intimate nook in Delray’s Pineapple Grove, and an ideal place for a lazy evening. This family affair—owner Joseph Boueri, wife Margaret in the kitchen, and son Elie and daughter Romy working the front of the house—has all tastes covered. Try the special cheese platter, the duck a l’orange or the rack of lamb. • Lunch Mon.–Sat. Dinner nightly. 561/2726100. $$

L’Acqua—110 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. You’ll get what you pay for here: very good Italian food in an upscale, modern, cool gray and white restaurant that is a refreshing change from busy Atlantic Avenue. The antipasti (bread, balsamic/honey dipping sauce, Parmesan chunks, bruschetta) are so good, they could be dinner. But save room for the pollo Parmigiana, the scallopine piccate al limone, the four kinds of risotto, and dessert. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/563-7492. $$$

La Cigale—253 S.E. Fifth Ave. Mediterranean. Popular venue since 2001, with Greek and Italian dishes and more. Highlights are seafood paella, roasted half duck and grilled jumbo artichoke appetizer. Lots of favorites on the menu: calf ’s liver, veal osso buco, branzino, seafood crepes. Nice outdoor seating if weather permits. • Dinner Mon.–Sat. 561/265-0600. $$ Latitudes—2809 S. Ocean Blvd. Modern American. You should come for both the sunset and the food. This oceanfront restaurant is a gem tucked inside the Delray Sands resort. From the airy, bubbly interior to the raw bar, the décor is soothing and fun. Try the lobster and crab stuffed shrimp, the miso-glazed Skuna Bay salmon, the branzino or the veal Bolognese. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/278-6241. $$$

Lemongrass Bistro—420 E. Atlantic Ave. PanAsian. Casually hip ambience, friendly service, moderate prices and a blend of sushi and nouveau pan-Asian fare make this a popular destination. The quality of its seafood and care in its preparation are what gives Lemongrass its edge. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/2785050. (Other Palm Beach County locations: 101 Plaza Real S., Boca Raton, 561/544-8181; 1880 N. Congress Ave., Boynton Beach, 561/733-1344). $

The Office—201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary

tropub, unless your office sports more than two dozen craft beers on tap and a menu that flits from burgers and fries to mussels. Don’t miss the restaurant’s winning take on the thick, juicy Prime beef burger and simply wicked maple-frosted donuts with bacon bits and two dipping sauces. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/276-3600. $$

Park Tavern—32 S.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. Check out the high-top seating or bar stools during an excellent happy hour menu that includes deviled eggs, pork sliders, chicken wings and a happy crowd. Entrees are generous and well executed. Try the fish and chips, one of six burgers, fish tacos and more. • Dinner nightly. Brunch Sat.-Sun. 561/265-5093. $$ Prime—29 S.E Second Ave. Steak/Seafood. Prime is aptly named for its heart of the action location, neo-supper club decor, extensive wine list and roster of designer steaks. Starters and desserts fare better than entrées, especially the Maryland-style crab cakes and luscious chocolate bread pudding. Service is strong so with a bit of work this restaurant will fully live up to its name. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5845. $$$ Racks Fish House + Oyster Bar—5 S.E. Second Ave. Seafood. Gary Rack, who also has scored with his spot in Mizner Park, certainly seems to have the restaurant Midas touch, as evidenced by this updated throwback to classic fish houses. Design, ambience and service hit all the right notes. Oysters are terrific any way you get them; grilled fish and daily specials are excellent. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/450-6718. $$$ Salt7—32 S.E. Second Ave. Modern American. All the pieces needed to create a top-notch restaurant are here: talented chef, great food, excellent service. From the pea risotto to the crab cake to the signature steaks and a lot more, this is a venue worth the money. Thanks goes to Executive Chef Paul Niedermann, who won TV’s notorious “Hell’s Kitchen” show, and his talent is displayed here on the plate. • Dinner Mon.-Sat. Brunch Sunday. 561/274-7258. $$$ Sazio—131 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. This long-lived venue on crowded Atlantic Avenue is a reason to sit down and take a breath. Then take up a fork and try the linguine with white clam sauce or the ravioli Sazio or grilled skirt steak or pretty much anything on the menu. Prices are reasonable; leftovers are popular. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/272-5540. $$ Sundy House—106 S. Swinton Ave. Contemporary American. It’s fine dining served in arguably the most beautiful restaurant and gardens in Delray. Menus are seasonal and imaginative. Try any of the fresh local fish dishes. • Lunch Tues.–Sat. Brunch Sun. Dinner Tues.–Sun. 561/272-5678. $$

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12th Annual

THE MENUS ARE IN! March 23, 2020

Rain Date: March 24, 2020 Make your reservations for a memorable evening of dining under the stars—and down the double yellow line of famed Atlantic Avenue—at the food and wine event of the year. Join hundreds of guests—and 14 of Downtown Delray’s finest restaurants—at Florida’s longest dining table, one that runs more than five blocks. This is the event you don’t want to miss.

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EVENT DE TAILS WHAT: This 12-year-old tradition of dining under the stars on East Atlantic Avenue is a four-course sit-down dining experience in downtown Delray Beach that you won’t want to miss. Each restaurant will be serving a specially designed four-course dinner with beverage pairings. WHERE: Downtown Delray Beach on East Atlantic Avenue from Swinton Avenue to East Fifth Avenue (U.S. 1) outside on the street.

WHEN: Mon., March 23 Rain Date: Tues., March 24 Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CHARITY: Community Greening is a Delray Beach-based nonprofit dedicated to planting trees and protecting green spaces. Matt Shipley and Mark Cassini are behind the charity, which is patterned on a host of other grassroots urban forestry organizations around the country that are working to increase the local tree canopy and educate people on the critical role trees can play in the urban infrastructure. It provides native trees and certain fruit trees to eligible groups and neighborhoods at no cost, taking on the site and species selection, making sure any necessary permits are in place, and providing the tools needed for planting. The silver palms, red maples, avocados and other trees Community Greening is planting help clean the air and water, increase property values, improve health and well-being and reduce energy bills.  RESERVE YOUR SEAT: (no ticket to be purchased—reservations only) Reservations are to be made directly with the restaurant of your choice. Review the restaurant listings and menu offerings within this section. Menus are available

online at Bocamag.com/Savor-TheAvenue-2020 or DowntownDelrayBeach. com/SavorTheAvenue or at the restaurant. Contact the restaurant of your choice to make a reservation. Seating is limited. Reservations reserved with a credit card depend on each restaurant’s policy.

6:15 p.m.: Seating begins. Welcome comments and grand toast to kick off the dinner feast.

HOW TO CHECK IN AT THE EVENT: Arrive on the evening of March 23 and make your way to the restaurant location on East Atlantic Avenue. Each restaurant’s tables will be near its physical location. Check in with the host/hostess to receive your Savor the Avenue lanyard. Show the lanyard to receive complimentary cocktails at beverage stations within the event. A Savor restaurant map will be listed on DowntownDelrayBeach.com/ SavorTheAvenue

7:30 p.m.: Table décor contest winner announced. Attire: Downtown Delray Beach evening casual or themed depending on the restaurant motif.

TABLE DÉCOR CONTEST: For the eighth year, Savor the Avenue restaurants will be competing for the “Best in Show” table. From elegant to eclectic, each restaurant stages a unique theme through its table settings to showcase its special style or cuisine. Arrive early and walk the Avenue to view the beautifully decorated tables. Don’t forget to vote for the People’s Choice Award by voting for your favorite Savor the Avenue tablescape by uploading a picture of it to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking into or tagging the restaurant name. A judging panel will also be scoring the tables to award three top prizes to the restaurant with the best table décor.

GREET, TOAST & DINE: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.: After checking in, enjoy a complimentary drink during the welcome reception provided by each participating restaurant. Locate your seats at Florida’s longest dining table, and prepare to enjoy a beautiful night.

6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Four-course dinner served with custom adult beverage pairings.

PARKING: Public parking lots and garage parking are available, as well as some valet locations. Atlantic Avenue will be closed during the event. Side streets will remain open for vehicle access. (East Atlantic Avenue is closed to vehicle traffic from Swinton to Federal Highway.)

PARKING GARAGES: Old School Square Parking Garage: Northeast First Street and Northeast First Avenue Robert Federspiel Garage: Southeast First Avenue between Atlantic and Southeast First Street 4th & 5th Delray Garage: Southeast Fourth Avenue between Atlantic and Southeast First Street Visit DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Parking for more information. Share your photos from the evening! #DowntownDelray #BocaMag #SavorTheAvenue We ask that you please Savor responsibly. Produced by Downtown Development Authority of Delray Beach, FL, Delray Beach magazine and Boca magazine.

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Above the iconic sports bar, Boston’s on the Beach, 50 Ocean features a sophisticated Old Florida atmosphere, panoramic ocean views and exquisite cuisine with exciting local influences presented by a knowledgeable and seasoned staff. 50 Ocean’s award-winning chef, Thomas Opt Holt, is a master talent at creating unique dishes, offsetting different textures and custom sauces in his signature seafood and meat dishes. 50 S. Ocean Blvd. | 561/278-3364 | 50ocean.com

ARABIAN NIGHTS

Zagat: “Delicious” Nuevo Latin food is the draw at this colorful and vibrant Delray Beach cantina well served by an excellent staff offering festive drinks, including authentic mojitos and sangria. Join Cabana for a fun evening including people-watching from the sidewalk seats. 105 E. Atlantic Ave. | 561/274-9090 | Cabanaelrey.com Welcome Drink: Coconut Pisco Sour

FIRST COURSE

“SINBAD AND THE SEVEN SEAS” Mezza Board

Fire Roasted Eggplant, Hummus, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Falafel, Tabbouleh, Artisanal Olives, Seasonal Local Vegetables Fleur de Meur, Cotes de Provence, Rose, France

“SHARAZADE” Moroccan Lentil Soup

Ceviche Fresh shrimp, octopus, scallops and calamari marinated in aji amarillo, hot rocoto peppers, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, viandas and maiz tostado Paired with 13 Celsius Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

SECOND COURSE Ensalada Cabana

Red Lentils, Khobz

Field greens, hearts of palm, queso blanco, tomatoes, red onions, olives, black bean vinaigrette

“OASIS” Fattoush

Cucumber, Heirloom Tomato, Herb Salad, Za'atar, Pita, Feta Cakebread Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

“DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH” Kepta Kebab Harrisa Leben Sauce, Tabbouleh Siduri, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Paired with J Lohr, Monterey, California

THIRD COURSE Pernil Latin American-style braised pork shank, rioja garlic demi-glace, maduros and arroz con gandules Paired with Cabernet, Trivento Mendoza, Argentina

“THE SULTAN” Lamb Shawarma

DESSERT

Herbed Cous Cous, Pomegranate Relish, Grilled Local Vegetables Paraduxx by Duckhorn

“ARABIAN NIGHTS” Muhallabia & Legimat

Milk Pudding & Saffron Cardamom Fritters Baklava Cocktail

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$120 per guest plus tax and gratuity

$150 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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APPETIZER Jumbo Lump Crab “Cocktail” Jumbo blue crab meat, Florida organic corn, fire roasted peppers and micro herbs Chamisal Chardonnay, Monterey, California

SALAD Local Watermelon Salad Imported Feta cheese, pumpkin seeds & Pontano Farms arugula with Meyer lemon vinaigrette Portlandia Pinot Noir, Williamette Valley, Oregon

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ENTRÉE Filetto con Tartufi e Funghi Certified Black Angus Filet with roasted mushrooms, white truffle demi glaze and whipped potatoes Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California

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DESSERT Cappucino Inglese Cake Homemade sponge cake with espresso, Italian liquors and imported Marscapone mousse Corvo Moscato, Italy

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Featuring fresh seafood delivered and prepared daily in our kitchen, City Oyster has a full sushi bar and a rotating selection of fresh oysters from both coasts. Our bakery above the restaurant provides all of our house made desserts, pies, bread, crackers and pasta.

Join us for “90 Miles” by Death or Glory! A world away from the historic Falcon House, step into Old Havana with craft cocktails and food inspired by owner Ayme’s family traditions. Vamanos!

FIRST COURSE

GRAND TOAST       

Jackfruit ‘Coquetas’ With cilantro dipping sauce

Tattinger Brut, Reims, NV

FIRST COURSE Selected signature Rolls From our Sushi Bar Rose, Fleur de Prairie, Cotes de Provence

SECOND COURSE Shrimp Stuffed Aguacate

SECOND COURSE Classic Lobster Bisque Chardonnay, Cave de Lugny, Burgundy France

THIRD COURSE

Lechon Asado Traditional Pig Roast with Moro Rice / Tostones /Mojo 

THIRD COURSE Chilean Sea Bass with Sweet Potato Puree and Hazelnut Chimichurri Sancerre, Sauvion, France

FOURTH COURSE

Cascos de Guayaba con Queso

FOURTH COURSE Flourless Chocolate cake with Whipped Cream, Candied Pistachios and Extra Virgin Olive Oil Petite Sirah, Girard, Napa Valley

$145 per guest plus tax and gratuity

$150 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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Elisabetta’s Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria’s menu features house made pasta, bread, gelato, pastries and cookies made daily, as well as dry-aged steaks, pizza, seafood, chicken and a variety of seasonal salads.

FIRST COURSE

This year for Savor the Avenue, Gary Rack combined his two Delray Beach locations to offer a one-of-a-kind duo menu to experience both concepts. Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen is the second location to its flagship store in Boca Raton. This restaurant model is crafted on a philosophy in which the management team takes pride: respecting the guests, honoring the environment and supporting local purveyors.

Salumi e Formaggio / house cured and imported cheese and meats / truffle honey / pickled vegetables / fruits / raisin walnut bread / Grissini

RACKS Fish House + Oyster Bar is a New England seafood house featuring fresh, high-quality seafood paired with Prohibition-style cocktails.

SECOND COURSE

WHITE CHEDDAR BISCUITS

APPETIZER

Wood grilled octopus panzanella/ sourdough focaccia / Swank farms heirloom tomato / arugula / aged balsamic vinegar / micro herbs

CHARRED ONION ASH, HONEY BUTTER

FIRST COURSE

LOBSTER CEVICHE THIRD COURSE

Handmade ricotta gnocchi / braised beef short rib bolognese Sauce / with red wine, herbs , and aged parmigiano Reggiano cheese

AJI AMARILLO, CELERY ROOT, FRESNO PEPPER, MICRO CILANTRO, AVOCADO BOAT, LOTUS ROOT

SECOND COURSE

SEARED SCALLOP AVOCADO HUMMUS, SMOKED TOMATILLO SALSA, SWEET PLANTAIN, CHORIZO CHIPS

FOURTH COURSE

Tiramisu / espresso soaked ladyfingers / layered with mascarpone cream / topped with dark cocoa

THIRD COURSE

WOOD GRILLED FILET OF BEEF $135 per guest plus tax and gratuity

CURRIED CAULIFLOWER PUREE, OXTAIL MARMALADE, APPLE GLAZED BRUSSELS

DESSERT

ELVIS BREAD PUDDING SMOKED BACON, GOLDEN RAISINS, SALTED MAPLE, PEANUTS

$140 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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L’Acqua is a fine dining Italian restaurant with an excellent menu accompanied with exceptional service and impeccable hospitality. One-of-a-kind appetizers, traditional Italian pastas and prime meats and fresh fish dishes. Our daily specials and large variety of wines will be accompanied by our one-of-a-kind service.    110 E Atlantic Ave. | 561/563-7492 | lacquaristoranteitaliano.com

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

WELCOME COCKTAILS

ANTIPASTI

Burrata (Paired with a glass of Gavi di Gavi)

Moët champaigne for toasting white and red wines

PASTA

Vegan Japanese edamame dumpling in truffle dashi broth

APPETIZER

Ravioli Tartufo (Paired with a glass of Falanghina)

SALAD

Baked lobster salad, micro mixed green, tempura micro organic flower

MAIN COURSE

Pollo Mattia OR Snapper Livornese (Paired with a glass of Chianti Classico Riserva)

ENTREES

Grilled jumbo prawn, with our signature pad thai noodle OR Grilled organnic chicken with thai marinated, black foridden fried rice, thai mango and papaya coleslaw

DOLCI

Ricotta Cheesecake OR Chocolate Cake & Coffee (Paired with a glass of Limoncello)

OR 7 premium Omakase Sushi

SWEET

$145 per guest plus tax and gratuity

Homemade macha tiramisu

$95 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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Get hooked on Lionfish Delray, Atlantic Avenue’s new hotspot for sustainable, locally sourced seafood and fresh, organic fare. An award-winning James Beard-recognized restaurant hailing from San Diego. Lionfish’s robust sea-to-table offerings, fresh catches and grass-fed meats are further complemented by an array of shareable plates and a daily selection of oysters.

Rocco’s Tacos offers a true taste of Mexico within a fun casual environment. When you first step through the door you become part of the atmosphere, joining a diverse crowd enjoying flavors picked directly from Mexico.

FIRST COURSE

YUCATAN SEAFOOD CEVICHE

An enticing beverage menu consisting of time-honored classic cocktails, cutting-edge new mixology, and a vast offering of craft beers and specialty wines pairs perfectly with Lionfish’s contemporary coastal menu.

Rock Shrimp and Bay Scallops with Jicama, Red Onion, Cucumber and Sour Orange-Habanero Aguachile

Signatures include the bourbon-based Blackberry Bliss, the shareable Champagne Supernova and the Smokin' In The Silent Dessert made with espresso-infused Mezcal.

Herradura Reposado Tequila, Orange, Agave, Habanero Lime Bitters & Smoked Paprika-Sea Salt Rim

Savor the Avenue guests will get hooked on Lionfish with a three-course tasting of our most delicious menu items.

Florida Orange Paloma

SECOND COURSE

BIRRIA DE RES TACOS

FIRST COURSE

Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs in Chile-Tomato Sauce, Mexican Crema, Molcajete Salsa, Picked Cilantro and Hand Ground Blue Corn Tortillas

SECOND COURSE

Herradura Añejo Tequila, Bourbon, Chocolate Bitters & Narang

LIONFISH CEVICHE Cucumber, Cherry Tomato, Avocado, Orange, Yuzu

SPICY GRILLED OCTOPUS Fermented Chile, Crispy Garlic, Crispy Potatoes, Cilantro Aioli (Gluten-Free)

THIRD COURSE

COAL-GRILLED LOCAL MAHI MAHI Butter Confit Wild Mushrooms, Daikon, Savoy Cabbage, Tozazu Sauce

Rocco’s Old Fashioned THIRD COURSE

PESCADO CON MOLE OAXAQUENO

Locally Caught Fish with Classic Oaxaca Aji Amarillo Mole, Toasted Almonds, Seasonal Vegetables & Micro Greens Salad

ICE COLD CERVEZA VICTORIA OR BERINGER BROS. Tequila Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc

DESSERT

DESSERT

DELRAY BEACH LEMON PIE

CHURRO ICE CREAM SANDWICH White Chocolate Crumble, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce

Saltine Cracker Crust, Fresh Whipped Cream & Sea Salt

With sustainability at top of mind, menu items may be subject to change based on availability. Visit Lionfishdelray.com for reservations.

Herradura Silver Tequila, Cinnamon-Almond Rice Latte and Mexican Coffee

SPIKED ICED MEXICAN HORCHATA LATTE

$100 per guest plus tax and gratuity

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Rose’s Daughter is an American Trattoria and the latest creation by Chef/Owner Suzanne Perrotto. The restaurant vibe is energized and vibrant, and a homage to Perrotto’s mother Linda Rose, with authentic craft cocktails and Napolitano pizza, artfully prepared family recipes and creative offerings. In downtown Delray Beach in The Pineapple Grove neighborhood. Cin Cin!

Vic & Angelo’s Delray team is entirely dedicated to providing our guests with the very finest quality of Italian-American cuisine, accompanied with exceptional service and genuine hospitality. Our number one goal is to share our vision of a premium class restaurant and serve amazing food with excellent service. This Savor the Ave, we are excited to showcase Chef Miguel Emmanuelli's love, passion and skill for cooking. It’s going to be an amazing night, so save the date and join us at our table.

WELCOME COCKTAIL:

290 E. Atlantic Ave. | 561/278-9570 | vicandangelos.com

AMUSE BOUCHE

Welcome cocktail by Redemption Bourbon

Negroni Bianco

Lobster & Pickled Morel Crostini

HORS D'OEUVRES

FIRST COURSE:

Cedar River Eye Round Carpaccio Tonnato Sauce, Fennel, Radish, Parsley, Crisp Caper

Scallop & Salmon Carpaccio Pink Graphfruit, Toasted Hazelnuts, Micro Greens Paired with Amelia Brut Rose, Crémant De Bordeaux, France

VieVite Rosé, Saint Marie Côtes de Provence, France 2018

SECOND COURSE

ANTIPASTI Zucchini Risotto Zucchini, Smoked Burrata, Truffle Oil Paired with Kim Crawford, Marlborough, NZ

Nantucket Scallop

Black Truffle, Corn Risotto, Asparagus Mousse

Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California 2016

THIRD COURSE

ENTRÉE Beef Short Ribs Braised Short Ribs, Eggplant Caponata, Crispy Polenta Paired with Rufina, Dreolino, Chianti, Tuscandy, Italy

Charcoal Squab & Parsnip Ravioli Fig, Escarole, English Peas

DOLCE

Biscardo Amerone, Veneto 2013

Pinolata Grand Mother Cake Biscuit Base, Liquour Flavored Ice Cream, Roasted Pine Nuts House Made Limoncello

FOURTH COURSE  Espresso Torta

Toffee Caramel, Almond Gelato

$135 per guest plus tax and gratuity

French Connection Cognac, Amaretto, Orange Twist

$150 per person plus tax & gratuity Menu subject to change

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LEGENDARY CLASSIC ITALIAN CUISINE

Arturo’s Restaurant

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The appetizer cart is as much of an attraction as a temptation, featuring a divine assortment of grilled and marinated vegetables, seafood salad, imported buffalo mozzarella and the show-stopping rainbow layered Torta Primavera. Tableside prepared classic Caesar salad, homemade pasta and Ossobuco alla Milanese are house favorites. Eldest of their five daughters, Pastry Chef Elisa, Culinary Institute of America trained, prepares tiramisu, strawberry shortcake, cheesecake and custom made desserts that wow with artistic presentation. An extensive fine wine selection, spectacular party venues for 16-180 people, (complete with decorations and linens,) and live music nightly all make dining at Arturo’s a “20” every time. 6750 N. Federal Highway n Boca Raton, FL 33487 Arturosrestaurant.com

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FINE MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

Galini Greek Restaurant

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homemade decadent cream filled pastries like Ekmek, to end the meal on a sweet note. The sparkling clean pristine white and blue dining room is reminiscent of Greece’s tranquil beauty, the meaning and inspiration behind the restaurant’s name, Galini. Open for lunch and dinner and the perfect venue for festive celebrations of all types, guests will never forget the family friendly atmosphere and unparalleled quality Mediterranean cuisine. Janis and his wife Mirela and their children consider Galini to be their home and warmly welcome friends old and new to have a seat at their table 7 days a week. 7491 N. Federal Highway n Boca Raton, FL 33487 Galinigreekrestaurant.com

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SUSTAINABLE COASTAL CUISINE

Lionfish

Andy Masi and Chef JoJo Ruiz

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this prestigious distinction with the March opening of Lionfish Delray. Guests at Lionfish can create their own experience, enjoying hand-crafted cocktails from high-end mixologists at the lively bar; sharing plates like the butter poached king crab legs or the spicy octopus salad; raw bar selections of the freshest locally sourced and sustainable crudos; sushi and hand rolls and delicious oysters begging to be slurped out loud. “We are looking forward to presenting a memorable new dining experience tailored to Delray Beach seafood enthusiasts. We’re aiming to resonate not only for quality, seato-table sustainable dining, but with our ultimate mission of helping to conserve delicate coral reefs in our ecosystem,” says Masi. 307 E Atlantic Avenue

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COCO’S ITALIAN DINING

Sorrisi

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orrisi at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek is approachably elegant Italian with menus built on tradition. Offerings such as Lasagna Bolognese and milk-fed Veal Chop Parmigiana are just a few of the many highlights on the menu, each prepared with the finest ingredients for a true Italian-American experience. All pasta is bronze die extruded and made with only imported “double zero” semolina flour. An all-Italian wine and beverage program is featured at the bar with classic and new twists on Spritzes and Negronis. Sorrisi also offers a list of Italian craft beers and boasts the most extensive Grappa and Amari selection in South Florida. Every detail, right down to dessert is considered. No dinner is complete without a Lavazza (Turin, Piedmont) cappuccino or espresso and house-made desserts like Tiramisu and Sicilian Cannoli. Whether out on a date, or meeting friends at the bar for cicchetti (snacks) and pizza at Aperitivo Hour, General Manager Jonathan Chabat and his team has created a

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restaurant that makes the experience exceptional. Mr. Chabat oversees the daily operations including 30 employees and thousands of hungry diners each week. A native of Marseille, France, Chabat has almost two decades of restaurant experience. His passion for serving fine food and wine, providing impeccable service and making people happy began early on. “At 18-years-old, I started traveling around France, Spain and Switzerland, among other places, and I enjoyed discovering multiple cultures and different cuisines,” he said. “At 22, I traveled to South Florida, fell in love with it and truly feel as if it is my second home. My love of the diversity and the hospitality industry became well rounded here and I have never looked back,” he says. 5550 NW 40th Street

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FINE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CUISINE

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ake one look at the stunning epicurean photos, countless rave reviews and the loving portrait of twentytwenty Grille’s husband and wife team Chef Ron and Rhonda Weisheit on their website and you know something extraordinary awaits. One step inside the garden boutique restaurant in Royal Palm Place, with 20 seats inside, 20 outside, (hence the name) and guests are smitten with the unique artfilled ambiance and sophisticated menu. One taste of the cuisine and wine selections and they are blown away. “When we first opened our doors in January 2014, we were quickly recognized by the media as the hidden gem. We are still thankful for those articles as they made diners curious. The articles brought them here and we keep them coming back with our innovative dishes and our warm services,” explains Rhonda. Open Table, Yelp and Trip Advisor have recognized Chef Ron’s creations to be among the best for six years in a row. It’s no surprise, as Chef Ron has over 25 years of experience as an internationally acclaimed chef awarded three gold medals at the

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Culinary Olympics in Germany. Rhonda graduated from Portland Maine Culinary School and was Executive Pastry Chef for 25 years. Their fascinating menu changes every eight weeks but house favorites Duck Duck Tacos and New Zealand Lamb Rack remain constant. Their innovative butters like Banana Foster butter and fried chicken butter have melted hearts and inspired them to create their own line, Butter Believe It. Their sorbet assortment is playfully presented in a “Guess the Ingredients” game patrons love to play; one of the many reasons they covet their interactive dining experience at twentytwenty Grille. “We do little things to make people feel special,” says Rhonda. Mission accomplished, everyone agrees. 141 Via Naranjas, Ste 45 n Boca Raton, FL 33432 twentytwentygrille.com

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FINE ASIAN CUISINE

Yellowtail Modern Asian Cuisine and Sushi

Tuna Poppers

Omakasa

Chef Andrew Marc

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Omakasa creations Chef prepares will be your passport around the world of underwater treasures adorned with fresh flowers, perhaps consisting of Aji “Horse Mackerel” from the coast of Japan; Arctic Char from the glacial waters of Canada; Bluefin and Toro from Spain; Salmon and Salmon Belly from Faro Island off the coast of Scotland; Saba “Spanish Mackerel” off the coast of Florida; Ahi Tuna from the Galapagos Islands; and Unagi “Fresh Water Eel” from Japan. Whether ordering from the menu, or embracing the Chef’s award-winning culinary imagination, pick up your chopsticks and prepare to be blown away. 7959 W. Atlantic Avenue

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Lessons From the Road From McDonald’s to marketing, one hitchhiker’s guide to going home

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’m a loner, a daydreamer. My report cards in grade school confirmed this; as all my teachers said, “John’s mind wanders off it seems into another world, a world of imagination. He needs to concentrate, to participate more with the class.” Maybe that’s why I didn’t mind hitchhiking. It was the ‘50s, and we lived in a rural area of Cincinnati, so when I got off the school bus I walked the two miles or hitchhiked home. In the spring, walking was a pick-me-up in the exhilarating spring air, my shirt off, soaking up the warm sun that had finally emerged after a long winter. It was a time to dream, to be alone, and when the 40-minute walk ended I was back in the real world of home, the smell of dinner cooking, the sounds of my mom in the kitchen. Other times, like in the dead of winter when it was dark by 4:30 p.m., I’d hitchhike home from the bus stop, hoping for someone to stop and save me from the Midwest chill burning my face. Today “thumbing” is not in vogue. In fact, you almost never see hitchhikers anymore; it’s outlawed in many states. And in my eight years of doing it I only had one uncomfortable situation. A couple stopped and asked me to sit in the front seat between them. I didn’t think about it but thought it was odd. In minutes, the man tried to put his hand on my crotch. I grabbed the steering wheel and angrily shouted that if he didn’t stop I would drive the car off the road. When I exited I elbowed the creep in the ribs and pushed his wife out the door. In those days, nothing compared to what I think of as my marathon of hitchhiking: those cold winter nights that found me on the road from Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana to Cincinnati. The 275-mile trip in the sleet and snow, in freezing temperatures, was grueling. I hit the road after my last class, a scarf wrapped around my face, two sweaters under my jacket and those wonderful insulated gloves that my Mom had bought for me. I “thumbed” to save the cost of a $35 bus ride. In 1958 I earned $46 a week working in a factory, and taking the bus was not the best economic decision. Besides, I enjoyed meeting the people who picked me up. On a few occasions some jerks would stop, and when I got to their car they pulled away—laughing and giving me the finger;

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one even mooned me. However, most were friendly and wanted the company and really enjoyed talking about Irish football. After a few tries at the various routes (there were no Interstates in those days) I decided to go through Indianapolis. There wasn’t much difference in the countryside in the winter, but in the spring the Indiana farmland reminded me of an Andrew Wyeth painting. But there was another reason for heading to Indianapolis: Bypass 100, a shortcut around the city, and the first place I had ever seen a pair of golden arches, rising like a mirage in the desert. I’d never seen a hamburger drive-in except Frisch’s Big Boy on Reading Road in Cincinnati. This place was called McDonald’s, which was new to my vocabulary but the sign on the arches said “over 100 million hamburgers sold.” I was starved after more than four hours on the road, so I ordered two cheeseburgers and those delicious thin-cut French fries. In four years I never missed stopping at this McDonald’s on Bypass 100. My mouth watered when my odyssey began, knowing that McDonald’s was only hours away. Years later I still visit their locations at least once a week. Who would ever guess I stopped at what has become an American icon 61 years later. Aside from an early lesson in fast food, hitchhiking taught me something even more important, and that was how to market myself. Through trial and error on the road (and interminable waits), I learned to wear a coat and tie. I also made a sign that neatly said, “Notre Dame to Cincinnati.” And what a difference it made. People stopped right away. Most of them wanted to talk about Notre Dame football. Another time I got lucky when a friend of my dad’s picked me up in Indianapolis and drove me all the way home. I learned right away that the sign and my appearance spoke to what prospective rides could expect when they picked me up. Today, that’s what we should expect from everyone we deal with. And yes, I am still a dreamer. My hitchhiking days are long gone, but I have not given up the pleasure of a good daydream. As Oscar Wilde so beautifully said, “A dreamer is the only one who can find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”

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

Kim Beckett President of the board, Delray Beach

Public Library; Chair-elect, Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors; President, Beckett Consulting

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As a child growing up in Marietta, Georgia, Kim Beckett loved going to the public library. Her fondness for reading stayed with her through her college years and during her lengthy career in the banking and mortgage industry. Soon after arriving in 2014, she immersed herself in the Delray community, joining the board of the Delray Beach Public Library at the request of a co-worker. Around the same time, she joined the Chamber of Commerce and became an ambassador, helping new members get the most out of their membership. “I said, ‘I’m southern, I’d be great at that,’” she says.

NOW: Beckett served as secretary of the

library’s facilities committee and headed up the Pride and Prosecco fundraiser committee for a few years. When longtime library board president Nancy Dockerty announced she would be stepping down, Beckett stepped up and accepted the board leadership role. “I’m all in on what the mission is for the library,” says Beckett. Beckett sees the library as a hub in the community, providing opportunities for learning through technology and programming. “We will continue to evolve the role of the library depending on the needs of the community,” she says.

AARON BRISTOL

“The best way to get to know a community is by giving back. The minute I started to get involved in the library and to getting to know others, I started to feel like I was home.”

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