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14 editor’s letter

After 14 years at the helm of Delray magazine, the founding editor says goodbye.

19 hot list

A Prohibition-style speakeasy opens in Delray, The Ray unveils a new restaurant, and the city plans another Fourth of July spectacular. Plus, we’re cuckoo for Coco Market and much more.

25 snapshots

Venus Williams shook things up at The Seagate, Achievement Centers hit the sandbags for charity, American Heritage students earned a statewide science-andengineering award, and other recent happenings.

26 top 5/calendar

“One singular sensation” opens at Delray Beach Playhouse, the Kravis Center brings the International Space Station a little closer to home, and an alt-pop goddess returns to the Palm Beaches. Plus, warrior art at the Morikami, comedy at Arts Garage, Janet Jackson in West Palm, and more A&E highlights. BY JOHN

32 style

Summer playwear is all about sunshine and full-on color.


38 up close

A Delray-based jazz sideman steps into the spotlight thanks to a national music grant, and a Spady Museum docent shares his storytelling and activism in all aspects of life.


44 dine

As the old advertising adage goes, “new look, same great taste”: Following its recent relocation to Lake Worth Beach, Oceano Kitchen retains its creative gastronomy and singular charm.

48 50+ things we love about Delray

As our favorite Village by the Sea continues its unprecedented growth, we chart a year’s worth of developments, staff picks and gripes—from our favorite new rooftop hangout to a star-studded Beatles on the Beach; and typically ugly politics to a DDA that’s transforming the city for the better.


60 global flavors made local

We live in a melting pot, and in culinary terms, that pot is usually filled with something delicious. Meet the proprietors of the area’s most beloved markets, where cuisines from France, Italy, Germany, Cuba and Uruguay are available within 20 minutes of Delray Beach.

66 the great escapes

With Florida absorbing unseen levels of inmigration—and an additional 275,000 people projected to move here in 2024—it’s starting to be difficult to find some peace and quiet in our tropical paradise. These drivable destinations, all in-state, offer a respite from the bustle.


98 out & about

This past season, Delray’s funniest fundraiser netted more than a quarter-mil for our public library, Spady supporters gathered to celebrate a civil rights icon, and Palm Trail homeowners opened their doors for the Achievement Centers.


105 dining guide

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


112 community connection

Science educator Suzanne Williamson is often where the wild things are.



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Stepping Down But Not Away

Being part of Delray magazine has always felt like coming home

Iremember how excited I was when our company decided to start a magazine in 2010 in Delray Beach—for Delray Beach. We’d been doing Boca magazine for a mil lion years and always did other custom publications, but this new magazine would be ours and ours alone, and it would be dedicated to the town I had adopted as “my” downtown.

It’s almost impossible for me to realize this will be my last issue as its editor.

So much of what I love about this magazine and the town it lives in is the way Delray has always made me feel—like being home. I love its hidden alleys and big trees and main street and Old School Square. The Colony Hotel, the beach, Lake Ida. All of it. And how I can still feel the old places nearby, places I loved that are now long gone, like Ken & Hazel’s and the newsstand and Elwood’s and Neal Farms Market. Mercer Wenzel, Hand’s, The Trouser Shop, Powers Lounge. There is history here, and generations of families, and also traditions that make every season special, every year honored.

As the magazine has grown over the past 14 years, we have tried to mark the town’s evolution from a “Village by the Sea” to a bustling leisure destination with more growth on the way. Our annual “50 Things We Love About Delray” in this issue (page 48) is one of the ways we keep track of its changing face. Shepherding this publication through this next phase of Delray will be Christiana Lilly, a well-respected and versatile journalist who has an affinity for community involvement, storytelling and reader engagement; I know you will love her.

As for me, I’ll still be here and there and most certainly in Delray, exploring the constantly evolving town I love, finding my way to the Colony Porch Bar now and then, stopping in at the GreenMarket, slipping into a counter stool at J&J Seafood Bar and Grill. There is so much to celebrate here, and so many memories to cherish.

Delray’s future, and mine too, hold both challenges and promise; I can’t wait to see how all of it unfolds.

See you out there.

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Summer Swing

A sultry new nightlife destination, brass bands parading down the Ave, fireworks, and a piano bar in one of the city’s most elegant lounges are jazzing up the Delray summer.

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Delray is celebrating the star-spangled holiday with a bang once again this year with the return of the annual July 4th parade. The city’s beachside bash will close off East Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal bridge east to A1A, and the festivities will officially kick off at 6 p.m. with the singing of the National Anthem and an Honor Guard presiding over the raising of a 60-foot flag. Attendees can also look forward to live performances from local DJs, contests, games, children’s activities, food trucks and vendors. Then at 9 p.m., Zambelli Fireworks will light up the night sky with its show-stopping fireworks display over the beach.


We’re running out of fingers and toes to count Delray’s Italian restaurants, but we still just can’t say no to another. Campi, the latest addition to The Ray Hotel, has taken over the former Ember Grill space and is serving up classic Italian fare with a modern twist. The restaurant takes its inspiration from Campagnola, New York City’s famous Upper East Side concept. Italian mainstays such as spaghetti pomodoro and veal Parmesan share the menu with brick chicken, an Old World Italian style of preparation where the chicken is cooked under a brick to flatten the meat and allow for the perfect browning. All pastas are house-made, and Campi also offers the rare and impressive service of tableside flambéing of its deliciously marbled Fiorentina steaks. 233 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 561/576-8366;


We could all use some healthier habits, and Delray’s Coco Market is the perfect place to pick up a few. Hosted at Old School Square on the first Sunday of every month, Coco Market brings together local businesses and visitors from across Delray’s vast wellness community for a day of activities and connection. Admission is always free, and visitors can look forward to perusing sustainable wares from local vendors, grabbing a bite from pop-up restaurants (vegan and non-vegan options available), yoga classes, live music, and much more. The market is essentially a mini festival where you can learn about and participate in various holistic modalities such as meditation, sound baths, aromatherapy and cupping massages while connecting with like-minded locals who share a passion for wellness. 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561/870-4090;

Coco Market
Delray’s Fourth of July is always BIG


Art & Jazz on the Avenue will swing back down Atlantic Ave to stir us from our air-conditioned summer hibernations and get us out on the streets and moving. Returning July 24 from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Art & Jazz will work its way down Atlantic from Swinton to Northeast Fifth Avenue, with vendors and local artists set up along the way. The event is free to the public and will feature two live music stages and two live mural artists who, as of writing, have not yet been announced. Visit downtowndelraybeach. com/artandjazz for updates.



The Wine Room, made famous in Delray for its system of tasting a preposterously vast collection of wines, has debuted its new speakeasy, Radcliffe’s. To access the sultry new venue, walk out back through The Wine Room’s alley and look for the blue door. Once you enter, you’ll find yourself immersed in Roaring Twenties nostalgia. The former space, a 100-year-old taproom from the Prohibition era, has been totally transformed into a dark, sexy barroom with dim lighting, deep redaccented decor, and a bar that a bootlegger could only dream of. Open Wednesdays through Sundays, the speakeasy’s drink menu features a slew of colorful cocktails like the Raven with black charcoal-infused Wheatley Vodka, lime and demerara. As for the “supper club” portion of the speakeasy, chef Blake Malatesta (of MIA Kitchen & Bar and 50 Ocean) has prepared a specially curated menu that includes lobster étouffée, a mouthwatering 32-ounce pork shank, and Malatesta’s famous Radcliffe’s Crown, with frenched slow-roasted chicken drumsticks, truffle whipped potato, and bacon mushroom chicken butter. 411 E. Atlantic Ave., Suite D; 561/243-9463;


Beat the heat this summer by treating yourself to a spa day at Breeze Salon and Spa, downtown Delray’s newest destination for premium pampering. Next to the Aloft Delray Beach Hotel, Breeze is a full-service salon and spa, meaning it has everything to accommodate your beauty and wellness needs, whether you’re in the market for a facial, waxing, haircut or mani-pedi. The salon has partnered with luxury sustainable hair care brand Eufora, and is committed to providing all-natural services with plant-based extracts. At Breeze’s spa, choose from a selection of massages including Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone, and revitalize your skin with a shea butter or chocolate and coffee body scrub, or a hydrating full-body earth and sea mud wrap. 256 S.E. Fifth Ave., Delray Beach; 561/469-0431;

Lobster Étouffée at Radcliffe’s
Radcliffe’s Raven cocktail
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Patty Jones learned early on the importance of doing for others. Of her childhood spent in Wyoming, Mich., Jones recalls, “We always took care of each other. It was ingrained to give what you can, whether it’s time, effort or going to help somebody in their house.”

Jones moved to Palm Beach County in 1987, where she attended Palm Beach Community College while working as a cashier at a Circle K gas station. By the time she and her family moved to Delray in the early aughts, she had climbed the corporate ladder to the company’s operations and human resources departments, but left her career to focus on another full-time occupation: motherhood. “I’m blessed,” says Jones. “Once my son was born, I was able to stop working, and family was my focus. Then the community came next.”

Through volunteering at St. Joseph’s, where her children went to school, Jones made connections with other local organizations, and in the years since has lent a volunteering hand to just about every one of Delray’s nonprofits. She has served as chair for the Women of Grace luncheon for Bethesda Hospital and the Palm Beach Food Bank’s annual Empty Bowls event, volunteered with the Achievement Centers for Children & Families and the Delray Home Tour, been a member of Impact 100, and

was named chairwoman of Old School Square, just to name a few. For Jones, the common thread of her service has been volunteering her time to organizations where she can see a difference being made.

“I like to give local,” says Jones. “It’s just a good feeling to be able to do and give and see what’s going on with an organization.”

HOW SHE HAS ADAPTED TO SO MANY ROLES IN THE COMMUNITY: I’m a doer. I’m very versatile, I like to learn things, and I catch on quickly. I’m willing to learn, I’m willing to change, I’m willing to do whatever I need to do.

WHAT MAKES DELRAY SPECIAL: The people. They’re down to earth, they are compassionate, and I think that we have a lot of doers in our community that want to see things succeed.

FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT IN DELRAY: Going to different restaurants with girlfriends and enjoying their company. It could be anywhere, from downtown to off the Avenue.

WHAT SHE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO AT OLD SCHOOL SQUARE: I look forward to hopefully being a part of activating the Crest Theatre building again and being partners with the city.

The lounge at Le Colonial

Casablanca Vibes

Le Colonial has more than earned its stripes as a locals’ favorite cocktail lounge in the year since its debut at Atlantic Crossing. The lush 1920s Saigon-inspired atmosphere, with its tropical decor, cozy dining nooks, and halls lined with trees of paradise and palms is the type of place where you could imagine Humphrey Bogart ordering a whiskey neat. This year, though, Le Colonial elevated its style another degree higher with the transformation of its lounge into a piano bar Sundays through Wednesdays. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the lounge hosts jazz pianists/vocalists to enhance the already elegant ambience. The smooth tunes pair nicely with the bar’s French Kiss, a rye bourbon-based concoction with hibiscus herb honey, tart yuzu liqueur, and sweet orgeat and elderflower. 601 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/566-1800;

Boca and Delray residents gathered to participate in this year’s American Friends of Magen David Adom annual event. Headlined by speakers Mosab Hassan Yousef and Avi Issacharoff, the event raised funds for emergency medical needs in Israel following the October 7 Hamas attacks. Pictured: Avi Issacharoff and Mosab Hassan Yousef.
The Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens hosted eight Japanese students from Sagano High School in Kyoto, Japan as part of an environmental science exchange program in collaboration with Jupiter High School. Pictured: Sagano High School students with cultural attaché Kenichiro Irisawa (center).
Delray’s Achievement Centers for Children & Families (ACCF) partnered with Hopportunities to host the third-annual Cornhole for the Kids Tournament. Funds raised benefited the ACCF’s mission of assisting families and ensuring that kids are able to meet their full potential. Pictured: contestants in the cornhole tournament.
Students from American Heritage Schools’ Palm Beach Campus in Delray Beach represented the county in the annual State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida. For the second year in a row, American Heritage Schools received the competition’s Best in Show award. Pictured: American Heritage Schools team.
The newly renovated Golf Club at The Seagate Hotel served as the backdrop for tennis superstar Venus Williams’ ad shoot for her plant-based protein supplement line, Happy Viking. Pictured: Venus Williams at The Seagate.

Top 5

Summer blockbusters, from classic Broadway to space exploration

Summer 2024

A Chorus Line

“A Chorus Line”

WHEN: Aug. 23-Sept. 15

WHERE: Delray Beach Playhouse, 950 N.W. Ninth St., Delray Beach COST: $45

CONTACT: 561/272-1281,

Before “meta” was a common trope in the entertainment world, “A Chorus Line” peeled back the curtain on the mechanics of musical theatre. Set on a barebones stage, with the audience seated as if witnessing an actual audition process, composer Marvin Hamlisch’s 1975 masterpiece chronicles, in almost real time, a demanding choreographer’s attempt to cast a chorus line for his latest show. This involves whittling an assembly of some 17 hungry and talented hopefuls down to eight. In the process, we discover the backstories of aspiring hoofers from a broad cross-section of modern life, from a seemingly ageless Chinese-American woman to a former strip club employee, an Italian-American caregiver for his ailing wife, and a gay Puerto Rican man who survived a troubled upbringing. The intermission-less musical spawned hits such as “One (Singular Sensation)” and generally requires a level of realistic acting more in line with traditional drama than the musical realm, a challenge the community-theater performers at Delray Beach Playhouse are eager to take on.

Alanis Morissette with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

WHEN: June 20, 7 p.m.

WHERE: iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach COST: $43 and up

CONTACT: 561/795-8883,

Even long-established artists have the capacity to surprise us. This was more than evident in 2022, when Alanis Morissette released The Storm Before the Calm, a departure, to say the least, from anything in her discography. Conceived as a meditation album, it was released not just on Spotify but also on Calm, an app for meditators, and it features ambient soundscapes and not a single decipherable lyric from a singer long associated with poetic polemics. The album reflects a shift away from Morissette’s ‘90s heyday, with its guitar-driven pop, Gen-X irony and feminist postmodernism, and toward her midlife immersion into more spiritual and metaphysical matters. How will such Zen offerings play in a live setting alongside her classic cuts? We’ll be among the first to know, on the singer-songwriter’s latest “Triple Moon” tour with a pair of dynamite openers, rock goddess Joan Jett with her band the Blackhearts and the versatile country singer Morgan Wade.


WHEN: June 14, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach

COST: $45

CONTACT: 561/450-6357,

In this new play, Angela (Marci J. Duncan) and Lauren (Kerry Sandell) have been friends for 20 years, ever since meeting in graduate school, and have just opened a café together. They’ve grown close enough to become godmothers for each other’s children, and the fact that Angela is Black and Lauren is Caucasian has been, for the past two decades, a distinction without a difference—a topic neither friend brought up for discussion. That will change over the course of “Dissonance,” which is set in the tumultuous summer of 2020 following the murder of George Floyd. As colorblindness, once considered a liberal virtue, begins to be seen as an excuse for not engaging or understanding the Black experience, Angela and Lauren finally reckon with the elephant in the room of their friendship, with results as confrontational as the show’s title suggests. Florida theatre professionals Duncan and Sandell scripted this timely work together, with direction from New York-based James Webb, a scholar of the southern Black experience.

Alanis Morissette

“Musha-Ningyo - : Avatars of the Samurai Spirit”

WHEN: Now-Oct. 6

WHERE: Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach

COST: $10-$16 museum admission

CONTACT: 561/495-0233,

Sometimes a doll is more than just a doll, and least of all a plaything: It’s a symbol for spiritual transcendence, self-development and selfsacrifice. Such is the rich history of the mushaningyō, which translates to “warrior dolls,” a practice that flourished in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1868), with its correlating rise in the warrior class. During annual events like the Boy’s Day Festival (now known as the more inclusive Children’s Day, a national holiday in Japan), these samurai-outfitted dolls would be displayed as totems against evil spirits and as signifiers of such warrior traits as courage and loyalty. More than 50 such musha-ningyō dolls, curated from the private collection of noted historian Alan Scott Pate, are on display in this Morikami exhibition, representing both historic and legendary figures in Japanese culture. Some are realistic in nature, and others seem as fantastical as the creatures in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” including the monster-slayer Minamoto Yorimasu and the shaman/dream interpreter Empress Jingū.

“Space Explorers: The Infinite”

WHEN: June 4-Sept. 2

WHERE: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

COST: $25 and up

CONTACT: 561/832-7469,

Only 246 individuals have stepped foot onto the International Space Station since its launch in 1998, an elite group that includes just nine tourists. For most of us, the closest we’ll get to experiencing life in zero gravity is this immersive exhibition, which provides a three-dimensional, 360-degree simulation courtesy of state-of-the-art virtual reality cameras. The actual ISS, a structure larger than a six-bedroom house, has been recreated in intricate detail. Participants can experience the enormity of space without leaving the ground—though if you have a fear of heights, don’t be surprised if you feel a little weak in the knees—and even have the opportunity to appreciate the overview effect, the cognitive shift of seeing our majestic planet through the ISS’s famous bay window.

“The Infinite” is one of several “Space Explorers” VR programs designed by Felix & Paul Studios and PHI Studios, and each session with the VR headset spans about 35 minutes.

Musha-Ningyo: Avatars of the Samurai Spirit
Stepping into the VR space at the Kravis

Summer 2024

Through June 16:

“Ellen Graham: [Unscripted]” at Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; $15-$18 museum admission; 561/832-5196, Photographer Graham, who photographed actors, authors, royals and what would later be termed influencers for more than five decades, had a way of cutting through her subjects’ pretenses, capturing them unawares or at ease. This retrospective includes her work from Vanity Fair, Vogue, Time, Newsweek and more.

June 25-30:

“Mamma Mia!” at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; $42-$101; 561/832-7469, Here we go again! Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, two of the dance-pop wizards behind ABBA, packed 22 of their songs into this durable jukebox musical set on a picturesque Greek island, in which a bride throws her wedding day into turmoil by inviting three men—one of whom is expected to be her father. It’s silly, it’s escapist and, if done well, it’s irresistible.

Through July 29:

“Central American Modernism” at Cornell Art Museum at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; free; 561/654-2220, This inaugural exhibition of 100 works, drawn from Delray Beach’s newly established Museum of Central American Art, will feature paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the innovative modernists of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

July 4:

Fourth of July celebration at East Atlantic Avenue and State Road A1A, Delray Beach; 5 to 9:30 p.m.; free; 561/243-7000, delraybeachfl. gov. A more than 50-year tradition that draws upwards of 80,000 revelers to Delray, this beachfront bonanza begins with a flag-raising ceremony, complete with honor guard, and continues with friendly contests, food trucks, vendors and live entertainment, culminating in a spectacular 9 p.m. fireworks display over the ocean.

Through Aug. 11:

“The Paper Trail: 500 Years of Prints from the Jonathan “Jack” Frost Collection at Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; $15-$18 museum admission; 561/832-5196, norton. org. Florida collector Frost amassed all manner of European and American prints from masters such as Rembrandt and Grant Wood, with “The Paper Trail” offering a history of the western world’s technological and cultural advancements alongside gradual shifts in art styles and techniques.

June 5:

Rich Aronovitch at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St.; 8 p.m.; $35; 561/4506357, A “Last Comic Standing” veteran and a guest judge on “Beat Bobby Flay,” Aronovitch is a high-energy and quick-witted comedian unafraid to offend those with sensitive dispositions; his storytelling, writing, impressions and especially his crowd work are firstrate. Arrive early for opener Soo Ra, named a “Comic to Watch” at the New York Comedy Festival.

Through Aug. 25:

“Hapa.ME” at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach; $10-$16 museum admission; 561/495-0233, A sequel of sorts to artist Kip Fulbeck’s “The Hapa Projects,” a photographic and literary account of the Asian and Pacific Island diaspora that debuted in 2006, “Hapa.ME” finds Fulbeck revisiting his subjects 15 years later to answer the question “Who are you?”

July 18:

Janet Jackson and Nelly at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $47-$473; 561/795-8883, Generations of R&B and hip-hop royalty share top billing on this steamy summer bill. The ageless Janet Jackson has recently been delivering astonishing 40-song set lists divided into four acts, while road warrior Nelly will likely play 20-plus favorites, from his No. 1 hits to genrespanning covers.

Janet Jackson and Nelly
“The Paper Trail”
“Central American Modernism”

June 1:

Floyd Nation at Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 8 p.m.; $25-$75; 561/832-7469, This Florida-based Pink Floyd tribute honors the band’s epic legacy, deploying lights, lasers and pitch-perfect musicianship to capture the sound, feel and pageantry of a classic Floyd concert. Expect material from the interstellar Meddle through the high concepts of The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon through the band’s final LP, The Division Bell.

July 24:

Art and Jazz on the Avenue on East Atlantic Avenue (Swinton Avenue to Northeast Fifth Avenue), Delray Beach; 6 to 9 p.m.; free; 561/2431077, The latest iteration of this cherished downtown Delray tradition returns with another three-hour program of live music on two stages, live art making, children’s activities and food and craft vendors, this time at The Ave neighborhood.



Irene Tu at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St.; 8 p.m.; $35; 561/4506357, Sporting what she refers to as “big ‘they’ energy,” queer Asian-American comedian Irene Tu leans into her genderfluid appearance for some of her convivial material, approaching topics such as the Great Bathroom Debate with a fresh and autobiographical approach. Tu is one of comedy’s rising stars, and has opened for Patton Oswalt and Taylor Tomlinson.

June 18:

Red Hot Chili Peppers at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 7 p.m.; $126 and up; 561/795-8883, One of alternative rock’s longestrunning acts brings 40 years of hits to its Unlimited Love Tour, playing classics like “Under the Bridge” and “Californication” alongside tunes from its 13th and latest LP, Return of the Dream Canteen. Irontom, which shares RHCP’s fusion of funk and post-punk, opens the show.

July 27:

Start Me Up! A Tribute to the Rolling Stones at Arts Garage, 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach; 8 p.m.; $35-$40; 561/450-6357, Complete with Jagger swagger, costume changes, a saxophone player and multiple percussionists, this eight-piece tribute act re-creates the look, sound and spirit of Britain’s longest-running rock powerhouse, with hits spanning every era.

June 21:

Julius Sanna & the Positively African Experience at Arts Garage, 180 N.E. First St.; 8 p.m.; $35-$40; 561/450-6357, Born in Tanzania, raised in Kenya and influenced by music from the Americas, vocalist, guitarist and motivational speaker Sanna shares his multicultural inspirations in a danceable tribute to his continental motherland. African grooves share sonic real estate with funk, soul and jazz flourishes.

August 6:

Limp Bizkit at iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach; 6:30 p.m.; $46-$259; 561/795-8883,

From nu-metal avatars to Grammy nominees and generators of musicfestival infamy, Limp Bizkit helped bring the alienated-young-man counterculture mainstream in its late ‘90s heyday, and returns to play its hits and deep cuts, original lineup in tow. Opening acts include actor Corey Feldman, performing with his band.

August 30:

Jimmy Buffett Day Concert and Festival at Amphitheatre at Old School Square, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; showtime and cost TBA; 561/243-1077,

Scheduled in honor of this year’s official state pronouncement of Aug. 30 as Jimmy Buffett Day, Old School Square will celebrate the late Parrothead-in-Chief with a concert from the Caribbean Chillers tribute band amid a festive island atmosphere.

Irene Tu
Red Hot Chili Peppers Floyd Nation
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Financial Advice and Planning

“Women need to be involved in their financial plans and have an understanding of where all of their assets are, and what they are used for,” says Certified Financial Planner™ Elizabeth Bennett.

As a woman who has reared a child, been through a divorce and is working toward her own financial future, she forges a relationship with her clients from her own personal experiences.

“You need be in control of your finances and not leave that responsibility to someone else,” she cautions. “Knowing the types of investments that you have, the log-ins for your accounts, and sharing that information with your spouse is very important. Being involved in reviews with your financial advisor and understanding how to access those assets is imperative,” Bennett says.

“Taking responsibility for your financial wellbeing, starting at a young age, is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself. You should take advantage of your employer’s retirement plan, understand what your short-term savings need to look like and what your assets’ tax implications are. Be aware of your spending habits and where all of your money is going, whether you are single or married. As women, we know the value of delegating. My advice is to take one thing off of your plate and reach out to an advisor to get your financial house in order with someone you can trust. I am here for you,” she says.


WHERE: Arts Garage (with Tal Cohen Trio), 94 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach

WHEN: 7 p.m. May 26

COST: $30-$35

CONTACT: 561/450-6357,

WHERE: Arts Garage (For the debut of Kerr’s “eko vision meusik”)

WHEN: Sept. 7


CONTACT: 561/450-6357,

Dion Kerr

Thanks to a national grant, South Florida’s consummate jazz sideman strikes out on his own

When the Jazz Road Initiative, a grant-making program that provides funding for jazz artists to take their music on tour announced its latest recipients this past February, one name stuck out. Dion Kerr, a bassist and composer born and raised in Delray, was the only Floridabased grantee of the 16 winners, and one of only two in the southeastern U.S. But Kerr also raised eyebrows for the unusual name of his project, which he calls “eko vision meusik.”

“That’s something I stumbled upon,” he says, of the unorthodox spelling. “I wanted to take everything I’ve done and create a brand. Music is our own language; we can make music with people who don’t even speak English, or travel the world and communicate through music.”

Kerr, 36, is well accustomed to inventing his own sound—and pushing the boundaries of what constitutes jazz. His songs, many of them sprawling past the 10-minute mark, integrate texture over traditional melody. They

“I’m very resourceful in how I make music,” he says. “I pretty much do everything myself with my own photos, videos, editing—for almost no budget. When I do need a budget, a lot of that comes from my other work as a recording artist, touring artist and producer for other bands.”

Indeed, as a sideman, Kerr’s resume includes regular stints with such jazz luminaries as Marcus Strickland, Jean Caze and Nicholas Payton. During the pandemic, he co-founded the Smoogies, which he describes as “feelgood music” that endeavors to capture the sound of South Florida, and he plays bass in pianist Tal Cohen’s local trio. Most of the gigs aren’t just about collecting a paycheck, because in the jazz world, freedom to explore is baked into the sonic cake.

“The bandleaders I work with all push us to retain our own voice,” he says. “When I play with Tal, he wants me to sound like me. He encourages us to … take our own risks and chances onstage.”

Kerr’s music as a bandleader, though, is a niche within a niche, and in

“Music is our own language; we can make music with people who don’t even speak English, or travel the world and communicate through music...”

don’t “swing” as in rudimentary jazz, but envelop the listener in cosmic cocoons of sound, sometimes integrating samples from the natural world, and other times suggesting alien environments. He readily embraces electronic effects, even when playing acoustic instruments, which adds to the music’s ethereal ambience. His touchstones include the increasingly expansive recordings of saxophonist Wayne Shorter and the fretless adventures of fellow South Florida bassist Jaco Pastorius.

“I fell in love with this more spiritual or ambient jazz,” he says. “I really connected with the more atmospheric stuff. But I’m also very inspired by classical music and ambient music. … That stuff finds its way into my jazz composition.”

While he grew up in a traditional enough musical family—he would jam as a trio with his father, who played acoustic guitar, and his older brother Andrew, a drummer—and would earn degrees from the University of Miami and Manhattan School of Music, his compositions harken back to his formative years as a self-taught bassist, where no rules applied. He brings to his music the DIY ethos of a bedroom pop artist. On 2020’s immersive Ivy, for instance, Kerr played electric bass, contrabass, various guitars, pianos, keyboards, drums, percussion, samples and flutes, and arranged everything, with occasional assists from guest musicians.

his words “more art gallery-minded” than the party music he plays with, say, the Smoogies. Because of limited funding, Kerr is used to mounting only one concert a year. But thanks to the Jazz Road Initiative grant of nearly $15,000, he is taking “eko vision meusik” on the road this fall for the first time, bringing a full band to venues throughout Florida as well as New York, Massachusetts, Chicago, Ohio, Los Angeles and Montreal. The production will include bespoke videos, designed by Kerr, that will project behind the music.

He describes the music as more “groove-based” than his previous, more meditative excursions. “I want to 360 off my latest release, and see how I can push myself in a new direction. It still has that ambient atmospheric element, but it’s kind of in the background of the structure of the drums, bass and guitar.

“It’s amazing that [Jazz Road] encourages you to still do what you want to do, and they’re just helping you with the logistics,” he adds. “The resources are for flights, hotels, food, travel expenses, all the things that a lot of artists lack when they go on tour and want to promote their own project. That’s where a lot of my funds are going to—to put this amazing band together, rehearse and learn my music, and travel for two weeks. I’m extremely thankful to be able to do this.”

Edward Stinson III

This local storyteller’s passions range from history and activism to fantasy and gaming

Edward Stinson III describes his invitation to speak at last November’s TEDx Delray Beach event as “one of the very few ‘like a dream come true’ moments of my life.” And he didn’t waste a second of his time on the Old School Square stage.

Using the 1922 arrival of pioneering educator Solomon D. Spady to Delray as a pivot point, Stinson’s talk explored a half-century of racial discrimination both preceding and following that eventful year. In a brisk, enlightening and sobering 15 minutes, Stinson addressed what he called the failures of Reconstruction, vagrancy and redlining laws targeting Black Americans, the inequities of separate-but-equal legislation, racist propaganda in popular entertainment, and the construction of Confederate monuments, among other flashpoints.

And he ended with a plea, in the spirit of the conference’s overarching theme of “Ripple Effects”: “This is when I call on you to be an advocate, like Solomon D. Spady. Fight for the priorities of freedom, lest they be usurped by the forces of injustice. Work to preserve history so that we do not unwittingly repeat it or allow it to be erased. Ensure that you learn how to educate others so that we do not allow others to demean our collective potential.”

“In all aspects of my life, I’m a storyteller, and that’s what guides me and drives me,” he says. “Why are stories important? What do they do for us? What lessons do they teach us? As a historian, I tell the stories of history that can connect us all. As an art and writing teacher, I tell people how to create stories. As an actor at the Ren Fest, I act out stories, then teach the stories of history, then bring the patrons into the story.”

The latter stemmed from the Stinsons’ longtime love of fantasy and geek culture; a rewatch of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy is an annual tradition in the Stinson household. His mother has been attending the Florida Renaissance Festival since its inception, more than 30 years ago. At 14, Stinson auditioned for a role in the festival. It began inauspiciously.

“After the whole rehearsal of me attempting to sing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and forgetting it after the first verse, and also forgetting my entire monologue, I just started saying [in a low, movie-trailer voice], ‘In a world of one man named Edward, who was once a lifeguard … and also a man …’ I told my whole life story. They said, ‘we love you. Improv is stronger than remembering everything; please join!’”

When Stinson started at the festival, “I had never seen anyone there

“...Fight for the priorities of freedom, lest they be usurped by the forces of injustice. Work to preserve history so that we do not unwittingly repeat it or allow it to be erased...”

Stinson’s treatise did not go unnoticed. It even caught the attention of the influential lawyer Benjamin Crump, known colloquially as “Black America’s attorney general,” who represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. “In his TEDx Talk, Edward Stinson III talks about the laws passed by wealthy white landowners that were meant to disenfranchise minorities, immigrants, and women,” Crump posted on X. “As he runs down this dark history, it reminds us how much work we have to do to achieve true equity in this country!”

“It was phenomenal” to be recognized by Crump, Stinson says. “I am eternally grateful for that.”

As his name indicates, Stinson, 30, is a third-generation Delray resident. He attended public, elementary and high school here, and remains embedded in several of the city’s institutions. He sees his talk as an extension of his passion for storytelling, which manifests in all areas of his life, whether it’s at the Spady Museum, where he serves as a docent; at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, where he works as a teen development specialist; at his parents’ publishing company, Visual Adjectives, which offers writing and art classes; and at the Florida Renaissance Festival, in which he has been a performer for the past 13 years.

working who was Black or brown that was above the rank of peasant, vendor or servant,” he recalls. “It blew my mind. I was like, ‘I’m captain of the king’s guard.’ My third year, my mom joined as lady of the queen’s bedchamber, which is right hand to the queen. We were awesomely royal.”

These days, Stinson leads his own encampment at the festival, which completed its 32nd year in March, in Deerfield Beach. Costumed in period pants, shirts, armor, belts and shoulder pads, Stinson represents the Ottoman Empire during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, a role he takes as seriously as that of his educational contributions to the Spady.

“I continue to be better and better at teaching the history, and connecting history,” he says. “Now, anyone and everyone from all of Africa, the Middle East and Europe can come talk to me and realize how connected they are to the Ottoman Empire.”

Further burnishing his fantasy bona fides, Stinson is the inventor of Cathedr’l, a role-playing game played on a chessboard—and another example of his overlapping interests. “You use 20-sided dice to attack, defend, cause damage, cast spells,” he says. “It’s a lot of storytelling—the accumulation of everything I do.”

White Travertino

This page, charred Spanish octopus; opposite page, strawberry sour cream sorbet over brown butter almond cake, New Bedford scallops, and house-made ricotta agnolotti

Oceano Kitchen

Jeremy and Cindy Bearman’s restaurant is fast becoming a legend

Late last year, the announcement came through that Oceano Kitchen was closing. I almost wept. But then it was followed by the revelation that it was just moving. What a sigh of relief. Chefs and owners Jeremy and Cindy Bearman bought a former co-working and events property just a few minutes up the road in Lake Worth Beach. The Bearmans’ talent for crafting simple dishes that explode with flavors and are curated with thoughtfulness and detail garnered them a distinguished James Beard Award semifinalist nomination for “Best Chef” in the South last year. So I knew their creativity would transfer to the new, more expansive space, but would its charm? A restaurant’s personality is almost as important as the dishes coming out of the kitchen. I made the trek north to see.

Genuine hospitality is at the core of Oceano Kitchen. Its quirks that loyal patrons remember—cash only, daily menu, no reservations—are still there, but it’s the people who make this a special place. From the moment we stepped inside, we were warmly greeted by a passing waitress and then by longtime GM Sue Brown. She offered us a glass of wine while we waited for a table, which we happily took her up on. The usual wines are available— chardonnay and cabernet—but there are also unique finds like Sancerre, Albariño, rioja and Amarone. For someone who always looks for the “off the beaten path” varietals, I was thrilled. We settled into a cozy nook in the back until two seats at the chef’s table/bar opened up.

I couldn’t believe my luck; I had a front-row seat to the kitchen magic. Jeremy, in relaxed jeans and a hoodie, directed the culinary symphony with grace and calm, calling for service in almost a whisper and always punctuating his requests with

“please” and “thank you.” When he had “downtime,” he helped to prep the mozzarella toasts, and when the kitchen needed an extra set of hands, he was instantly there.

Since the menu constantly changes, I won’t go into much detail about our meal. Still, I will dish about the house-made mozzarella ($21) that our waitress, Atessa, proudly mentioned had been made less than an hour ago. I could tell; it was warm and gooey and shared a soft slice of bread slathered in garlicy pesto with the most delicious baby tomatoes I’ve ever savored.

The sea bream ceviche ($24) was superb, an edible piece of colorful modern art with pieces of ripe orange, juicy grapefruit and tender avocado balanced with crunchy red onion and cancha corn.

Halfway through the mains, I noticed the timing of the evening. At times, when I order sharable dishes, they tend to all arrive at the same time, overflowing onto our table and pushing me to rush through each one quickly before it loses its heat. At Oceano, each dish was delivered with care and with the perfect duration between courses. So I must give a huge shout-out and round of applause to Atessa, who effortlessly accomplished that feat. I also appreciated that our plates were changed before each course, and each dish arrived with serving spoons. It’s all about those details.

The rigatoni with lamb ragout ($39) and New Bedford scallops ($41) rounded out the dinner. The al dente pasta, with its melt-in-yourmouth meat and crunchy breadcrumbs, was equally as savory as the perfectly prepared scallops in a delicate salted cod chowder. Sitting at the bar enabled us to interact with most of the small staff. Servers chatted with us as they poured their guests’ wine, each one friendlier than the next. And it made me jealous of those who live closer to Oceano, because if it were in my backyard, I would happily dine here every week.

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That’s why people throughout Palm Beach County are donating to support the modernization of the Emergency Department at Bethesda Hospital East. When complete, the department will feature a redesign for optimized patient care, advanced smart technology, private rooms and more.

Accidents happen. And when they do, you’ll know your generosity has lent a helping hand.

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The past year has seen delicious discoveries, ups and downs and plenty of reasons to celebrate the place where we live.

There’s never a dull moment—or year—in Delray Beach, as what was once the “Village by the Sea” continues to expand and grow well beyond its small-town persona. A steady stream of upscale restaurants are muscling into our neighborhoods, housing prices have reached the stratosphere, and Saturday nights on The Ave have become a South

Florida entertainment destination. Despite its uptown profile, Delray politics are still decidedly small-town, where old divisions still simmer and there are plenty of cliques to navigate—which makes for a lively cityscape from year to year. Here are some of the best and worst of times we’ve seen during the past 12 months.



Everyone is talking about Campi, which replaced Ember in the Ray Hotel this year—even though everyone knows we need another Italian restaurant in Delray like we need another parking hike. The story behind Campi is another New York City transplant one; it is supposedly inspired by a longtime Upper East Side place called Cam-

pagnola. (We’ve had an onslaught of Manhattan-derived places the last year from Boca to Palm Beach, just like the population boom.) Campi is described as a “casual yet swanky experience,” which we think means expensive, but people love, love, love it. Sign us up for the brick chicken and creamy polenta.


Elevate Skye Bar and Lounge is the “new” rooftop restaurant/bar at the Opal Grand, which has great views of the Avenue and the beach, and a vibe that is Florida at its best, from hand-crafted cocktails to small plates (think gulf shrimp and scallop ceviche, barbecue short rib tacos and heirloom salads). This is a great place to unwind, run into pals and remember why it is we live here.


Savor the Avenue, with the world’s longest dining room table down the middle of Atlantic Avenue, has become an iconic experience in Delray Beach. The tables are gorgeous, the sound of tinkling glasses and music fills the air, and the scene feels as if it leapt out of a French movie set. And if you’re lucky, you’ll meet some fun new people having dinner with you.

Elevate Skye Bar




Driftwood: Warm cornbread with blueberries and vanilla ice cream from Driftwood is comfort dessert at its finest.

Damn Good Sweets: Like its name, this West Delray dessert shop gets straight to the point when it comes to curing sweet teeth. Simple dessert

fare such as milkshakes, brownies and cookies are given mouthwatering Instagrammable presentations, but the real showstoppers are the entremets—cakes assembled with separate layers of crunchy, spongy and creamy goodness.

Una Bakery: Many of the desserts sourced from this Lake Worth Beach-

based bakery are gluten-free, which means healthy (right?), including the vegan chocolate mousse cake and the velvety chocolate caramel hazelnut praline. But the real beauty is the Ruby’s Cube—a gluten-free brownie cube coated in pink ruby chocolate and filled with Belgian ruby chocolate mousse and raspberry purée. A bakery that’s definitely worth the trip.


It used to be one or two high-end restaurants, but Boca has now fully infiltrated Delray, along with people all the way from Miami. Popular destinations include Avalon, Tin Roof, Akira Back and Hampton Social


The bar at Elisabetta’s has become a catcher’s mitt for a lot of business people after leaving the office, while others swear by Coco because it’s quiet if you want to talk—and it has great sushi.


Tin Roof has the music going (and people love Monday Motown nights); Tim Finnegans has a consistent lineup of music, from tribute acts to Irish bands; and Throw Social is an adult playground of axe throwing, music, LED pingpong, giant cornhole and Jenga, darts, board games, you name it.

Damn Good Sweets
I Glitterally Can’t from The Hampton Social
Tuna Crudo from Avalon


Driftwood in Boynton led by Chef Jimmy Everett has a serious following for his down-to-earth but innovative menu; this is a locals’ favorite. And The Grove in Pineapple Grove has steadfastly maintained its position at the top of the food chain, as it were; Chef Michael Haycook has brought sheer culinary excellence to Delray since 2012.


The Green Parakeet Grill and Pizza is what happens to Delray’s French Bakery on selected evenings after a sprinkle of pixie dust. Under the same ownership and in the same location, the recipe for this sandwich-pizza-salad stop is also the same: great bread, fresh ingredients (the fish comes from Captain Clay’s) and handmade deliciousness. Try the Romana artichoke pizza or the wild-caught Spanish shrimp in fresh focaccia.


Earlier this year, a disparate group of local restaurateurs reported that people this season were not going out to eat as often, and many

claimed it was because dining had gotten so expensive. But we know you can still find good food at Old Delray prices; our winner for 2024 affordable quality is Ziree Thai. And the people are great, too.


Mezcal is making its way onto more cocktail menus in Delray, and we couldn’t be happier. This spirit’s smoky-citrusy flavor makes it a versatile cocktail base that works in anything from a margarita to an old fashioned. Here are a few of our favorite mezcal-centric cocktails:

• Cucumber Margarita from El Camino: Combines the smoky flavor of mezcal with refreshing cucumber water and a slight kick from a poblano chile cordial.

• Naked and Famous from The Wine Room: Aperol, yellow chartreuse, lime and mezcal make up this tart-yet-sweet cocktail.

• Dear Maud from Lulu’s: Mezcal mixed with tequila, pineapple, lime and agave and topped with a tajin rim to pack a spicy-citrusy punch.

Throw Social
Tin Roof
Chef Michael Haycook
Chef Jimmy Everett
Coco sushi
Dear Maud from Lulu’s





The Brulé burger and truffle fries from Brulé, and the Millionaire mac and cheese from Rack’s Fish

House + Oyster Bar. These dishes should be consumed with caution and are best ingested after an onset of random everyday crises.



A cocktail at the Colony Porch Bar, then walking slowly up the Avenue near twilight with a few stores open, followed by dinner outside at Dada. Best enjoyed during winter/ spring.


Laugh With the Library was always famous for its cocktail-friendly atmosphere, but we are told Hopportunities’ Oktoberfest is gaining ground for its oom-pah fun.

PLACE(S) I’M LOOKING FORSundy Village (hello, Barcelona Wine Bar) and Doc’s, of course. Who knew how much we’d miss those milkshakes?


• J&J Seafood Bar & Grill is still the one, as the song says. With a million daily specials, great seafood and a menu with something for everyone, John and Tina Hutchinson are the bomb.

• Rose’s Daughter is homemade Italian that never disappoints and is

helmed by one of the hardest-working women in show business, Suzanne Perrotto. Don’t miss her short rib pappardelle.

• Warren changed the foodscape of West Delray the second it opened, with its sophisticated fine dining menu and, best of all, a world-beating whiskey collection and whiskey concierge, John Fitzpatrick.

• The best part of Wood & Fire is that it’s comfortable and relaxed. And it’s not downtown, so you don’t need to fight for a parking spot or even pay for one. It is shorts-and-T-shirt casual, and has everything from pizza to pasta and a (very) happy hour Tuesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m., with half-off alcoholic drinks and $3 off appetizers and pizza.

• The Sail Inn just is, like gravity. The sole remaining true blue neighborhood bar left in Delray is a mighty institution we hold dear to our hearts.

Jimmy’s Bistro
Brulé burger and truffle fries
Tina and John Hutchinson
Suzanne Perrotto
Warren’s Jeff John, Scott Dietz and Brian Freed


1 Expensive frou-frou breakfast places; note to self: Visit Sande’s and Green Owl ASAP

2 Trendy cocktails

3 Pizza places

4 Taco Tuesdays 5 Tipping


For a quick and tasty bite, ditch the fast food and make a stop at these

Hawkers Asian Street Food: With delectable handheld fare inspired by traditional street vendors across Asia, Hawkers’ menu boasts an eclectic mix of bold, flavor-packed dishes. Whether you’re looking for fluffy bao buns, crispy wontons, or spicy noodle dishes and sweet, sticky-finger ribs, Hawkers has you covered.

Taco Tuesdays Taqueria: Tacos are the quintessential street food, and last year Delray welcomed Taco Tuesdays Taqueria to enjoy this tried-and-true Mexican street food staple. Taco choices include typical favorites like chicken, pork, asada and chorizo—served either streetstyle with onions and cilantro or supreme-style with cilantro, pico de gallo, guacamole and cheese—but for our money, the birria tacos with their slow-roasted short rib, melted cheese and consomé dipping sauce


Mussels with bleu cheese and French bread from J&J Seafood Bar & Grill


Akira Back gets our vote for consistently sublime food; favorites include tuna pizza and yellowtail Serrano, but real adventurers can order the Chef’s Signature Mystery Box ($160) for a sampling of the menu’s best.

Hawkers Asian Street Food
Taco Tuesdays Taqueria




A ribbon cutting is held by the city to mark the “progress” of the Crest Theatre renovation, despite the fact that the theater is not yet renovated or ready. Enquiring minds are bewildered.


• The city’s water/utilities department just can’t catch a break; this year, hundreds of Delray customers received hugely inflated water bills charging them thousands for normal water use. Finger pointing ensued. The culprit was a “technical” problem having to do with radio devices in the meters, with

repairs on the way. But not a great look for the city.

• The golf course debacle. The city continues to shoot above par on the golf course. After deciding not to spend as much as $15 million to renovate the course, the city commission asked for submissions to develop a small portion of the course, with the developer paying for the renovation. Golfers pushed back, and the commission backed off. There’s lots of talk. Still no plan.

• One of the city’s most beloved events—the Witches’ Ride—is given a new location and a new lame route which essentially robs it of its charm—and its downtown connection. Here’s hoping the city

rethinks these changes. That many disgruntled women on brooms is not something to trifle with.


So far, the most industrious women in the downtown scene—the DDA led by Laura Simon—are pulling out all the stops, as their roles have grown to include managing Old School Square. With operations described as “grace under pressure” as some “new” board members attempted to undermine them, in this past year alone they have reopened the Cornell Museum, created the Summer Concert Series, Delray Walls Mural Fest, Love Delray Fashion Experience (incorporating the entire OSS campus), and overseen Laugh With the Library, Concours D’Elegance, Juneteenth, Tree Lighting Ceremony, Hanukkah Festival and more.


The election this March was as ugly as it gets, but the most ridiculous fault line between factions was the refusal of half the candidates (Tom Carney, Shirley Johnson, Juli Casale, Anneze Barthelemy, Tom Markert) to appear at the main forum that is always hosted by the Delray Chamber of Commerce in favor of

an “alternative” forum at the Delray Marriott. The reason? A statement by mayoral candidate Tom Carney accused the Chamber of “political favoritism” benefiting his opponent, Ryan Boylston (who was part of the original forum that included

Ryan Boylston
The DDA’s Laura Simon
The Witches’ Ride
Mayor Tom Carney

Jim Chard, Tennille DeCoste and Nick Coppola). Chamber President Stephanie Immelman denied that assertion, but the two dueling forums proceeded separately.


1. Hosting regular concerts at The Pavilion

2. Working through the Delray Beach Police Department and the Homeless Coalition in community outreach, the city has been proactive in addressing our unhoused population.

3. The city has systematically been revitalizing parks throughout Delray.

4. The CRA’s steps toward launching the Delray Shipping Container Business Park in the 800 block of West Atlantic Avenue are moving right along. “We are planning on issuing a bid in the coming months,” says Renée Jadusingh, executive director of the CRA. The plaza, which will feature more than 12 shipping containers, is designed to attract small businesses in need of affordable rents.


Eat Better Live Better: By increasing access to fresh produce and groceries, this local nonprofit aims to reverse, reduce and prevent childhood obesity and other diet-related illnesses.

Achievement Centers for Children & Families: A frequent beneficiary of some of Delray’s most beloved events (Witches’ Ride, the Delray Home Tour), this organization’s mission is to strengthen families and help children reach their full potential.

Community Greening: Dedicated to a more sustainable South Florida, Community Greening develops spaces and plants trees to strengthen our local environment.

EJS Project: This local organization empowers youths to become the leaders of tomorrow by providing a safe space for them to learn, grow and get involved in the community.

Wayside House: Founded in 1974 by Phyllis Michelfelder and Dr. Susan B. Anthony (great niece of the eponymous women’s rights advocate), Wayside House offers a safe haven for women to recover from substance abuse and build their new lives.

Herd Foundation: The bond between person and horse is at the core of this nonprofit that works to encourage individuals’ personal development through equine-based services

Roots & Wings: Founded with the basic premise that all children deserve a quality education, Roots & Wings works to support childhood literacy and make learning fun and accessible.

Ted Hoskinson, Roots & Wings
Scott McLean, Herd Foundation
Lisa McWhorter of Wayside House
Emanuel “Dupree” Jackson Jr., EJS Project
Mark Cassini of Community Greening
Stephanie Seibel of Achievement Centers
Eat Better Live Better’s Deborah Tendrich



Moving from its previous December slot to January, Beatles on the Beach descended on downtown Delray for a rollicking, helter-skelter five days during high season. From the Yellow Submarine art that dotted Pineapple Grove to the intimate “Breakfast With the Beatles” performances at Aloft to the Beatles art exhibit at Old School Square, venues throughout the city joined in the fun. But it’s the blockbuster headlining concert from Cheap Trick that we’ll remember the most, as the power-pop legends delivered a bespoke set list of not only their greatest hits but their inspired takes on Fab Four classics like “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Day Tripper.”


“Witness to Wartime” at Morikami Museum

The “witness” in the title of this powerful and illustrative exhibition was Takuichi Fujii, a first-generation Japanese American living in Seattle who, like 120,000 of his fellow U.S. residents of Japanese descent, spent years interned in an internment camp during the outbreak of World War II. The exhibit showed some 130 illustrations he completed during his imprisonment. The artist seemingly saw himself as an objective reporter or historian, offering a literary as well as a visual chronicle—the watercolors were found amid a 400-page diary from his time as an incarcerated citizen—from a shameful period in American history. There was a

dogged survivalism in his images of “relocation camps” and dirt pathways and squat buildings and barbwire fencing. It’s easy to imagine that he maintained his sanity as well as his command of line and form and shadow: An artist will always be an artist, even in the most inhospitable conditions.


After years of relative oblivion, the Cornell Art Museum is once again thriving under

“Still Life with Newspaper” by Takuichi Fujii
Left, Marusca Gatto; above, artist Serge Strosberg and his “Monkey Business at the Colony” painting at the Cornell Art Museum

the revitalized management of Marusca Gatto and the Downtown Development Authority. She has brought a shrewd curator’s eye to a range of exhibitions in the flexible and light-filled space over the past year, from a water-centered show with an environmentalist streak to an AI-enhanced exhibit on Palm Beach titans of industry and culture. Its current showcases—a series of sculptures based on emojis, and a survey of modernist art from Central America—speaks to a vision that encompasses both the whimsical and the cerebral.


1. Grace Gdaniec continues to be the driving force at Arts Warehouse, where she oversaw exhibitions on Haitian art, the color green, and women’s bodies and the passage of time over the past year. In 2024, the arts incubator also struck an alliance with Boca Raton Innovation Campus to host work by 12 of its resident artists—as well as a Coffee & Conversation series—at BRIC.

2. Directors Keith Garsson and Genie Croft, longtime collaborators in the South Florida theatre world, uprooted their company formerly known as Boca Stage to the comfier, more sizable confines of the Delray Beach Playhouse, marking the first time the mostly nonprofessional playhouse has presented professional regional plays. The newly christened Palm Beach Stage hit the ground running with a Delray season that included the thriller “Wait Until Dark,” the farce “Boeing Boeing” and the showbiz comedy “America’s Sexiest Couple”—all part of a gangbusters season for the historic Delray theater, soon to enter its 77th year.

3. Marjorie Waldo shepherded Arts Garage through another year of multidisciplinary culture and entertainment, with a wide range of rock, jazz, blues, cabaret and Latin concerts, touring plays, emerging


Fads come and go, but the Wednesday night drum circle at Old School Square is eternal. And like most enduring musical movements, it only grows as more converts discover the thrill of performing, dancing, or just closing their eyes and immersing themselves in the hypnotic effects of pure rhythm.

Its humble origins of a few djembe and African dundun drummers have spawned an expanding coterie of unusual percussion and wind instruments, dancers with their own choreographed movements to certain beats, and even hula hoopers and poi dancers to complete the circuslike atmosphere. Did we mention it’s all free?


Though it came together in the summer of 2022, the Delray Jazz Collective really started to take off over the past year, with steady gigs from Boca Raton to West Palm Beach. And it was born right here in the Delray Beach home of drummer and veteran musician Tom Regis.

standup comedians and rotating art exhibitions in its lobby. Furthermore, it remains an invaluable space for aspiring performers to hone their craft, through its Poetry Open Mic and All Arts Open Mic series.

Mirroring its eclectic tastes in music, the Collective—comprised of Regis, pianist Peter Primamore, bassist Hugh Burrows and saxophonist Ben Sparrow—aims to expand the language of jazz outside its traditional niche, grafting its musicianship to tunes from Joni Mitchell to the Beatles, salsa to southern rock. Follow its performance schedule on Facebook or TikTok.

Grace Gdaniec
Keith Garsson and Genie Croft
Marjorie Waldo
Wednesday night drum circle
Delray Jazz Collective




We love Snappy Turtle Home on North Federal Highway and Lilly Pulitzer at Atlantic Crossing, The Pantry at Rose’s Daughter for lunch and breakfast on the run (do not miss the Miss Megan’s Biscuit or the Galloni Prosciutto baguette) and Once Upon a Daisy, an event florist in the warehouse district that also does floral arranging workshops.


Christina’s had been our go-to breakfast spot since its Gleason Street days (she says now that it is closed; she will give out that Greek lemon soup recipe); BurgerFi was always good—and across from the beach; Del Fuego lasted a minute (will someone PLEASE make this location work?); and Death or Glory (and the subsequent Falcon) will be sorely missed, especially at Christmas. 3rd & 3rd felt like the locals’ last stand, and Hand’s? The loss of Hand’s will haunt Atlantic Avenue for decades.



The demise of the arcade that used to be at Hand’s was a sad move, and we’re not liking the idea of higher parking rates.

Lilly Pulitzer at Atlantic Crossing
Once Upon A Daisy
Miss Megan’s Biscuit
RIP Hand’s
Snappy Turtle Home


Costa is sublime, as is Elevate Skye Bar at the Opal Grand. We can’t get enough of either one.


Delray Historical Society, Spady Museum and the Delray Chamber, which is kickin’ a$$ and takin’ names these days. Hats off to CEO Stephanie Immelman, who brought it back from life support to a robust group numbering 800 members.


PopStroke works for everyone. It’s a great family activity which does not feel cornball AND has ice cream, and it’s a date-night winner—you can actually do something fun together that is not slamming cocktails, and have a casual dinner afterward. Then you can slam cocktails.


• Wayyyyy more people

• Great outdoor dining (fallout from the pandemic)

• Less affordable

• More hotels

• More pizza places. Lots more.

• More traffic

Delray Beach Historical Society
Elevate Skye Bar
Stephanie Immelman
The perfect steak from Costa JAD ESMAIL

Global Flavors Made Local

Discover a few stellar foodie destinations in your own backyard

any cities like New York are known for international culinary tours that you can do in just a few blocks. But you don’t need a Spirit flight to LaGuardia for that experience. Palm Beach County and northern Broward are home to an increasingly diverse selection of shops and cafes that offer authentic tastes from around the globe. You can prepare your own international meals at a place like Euroland grocery store in Deerfield Beach, or you can let somebody else do the cooking for you. Either way, there’s a world of food at your doorstep.

“We’re wicked fresh, I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
—Leah Gizzi

Like Mama Made

There are two things that Mama Gizzi of Mama Gizzi’s Gourmet Pasta always has plenty of: stories and pasta. And before you ask: No, “Mama” is not her given name (it’s Leah). But if you know her and you’re not blood, that’s almost certainly what you know her by. Not that Mama minds. “Call me whatever you want,” she says. “Just don’t call me late for supper.”

Pull up a chair and she’ll tell you about the old Italian woman from whom she took over the business. Or how she talked her way into a job in

a Four Seasons kitchen. Or the time Harry, one of the half-century-old pasta machines imported from Italy, almost took her arm a few Christmas Eves ago. (The doctors at St. Mary’s did a great job—and she also made sure the fancy hotel got its lasagna sheets order.)

The stories themselves would make the price of admission worth it to one of the regular pasta-making classes she hosts at the shop, or one of its multicourse group dinners. (It’s not a restaurant, but several nights a month she’ll book a big party table for an evening of life-changing

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Italian food.) The main business of Mama Gizzi Pasta is every manner of pasta for some of the area’s finest restaurants, made solely by Gizzi and her husband and business partner, John Storch. It’s a client list Gizzi guards; not every restaurant wants its secrets known. But there are also the takeout orders from folks who call a day ahead and say they’d like, say, a lasagna for six the following day.

“We’re wicked fresh,” she says, her north Boston accent undiminished by years way down south. “I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Leah “Mama” Gizzi


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“You are communicating with people. That’s the best part of the day. We love to talk to people.”
—Bulent Kiymir

French Pastries, American Dream

Before Tartelette Patisserie and Cafe, the new French pastry mecca in downtown Boca, Dilge Kiymir’s last foray into French cafe ownership was 15 years ago in Turkey, far away from South Florida—and for that matter, far away from France.

But when Dilge and husband Bulent moved from Turkey to the U.S. with 13-yearold daughter Alya, the business they decided to start here was the one she had done before motherhood, when she ran a French patisserie in Istanbul.

There were nerves about getting back into it years later in a new country, Dilge says. But her husband encouraged her. “He said, you have the chance to start again.”

Several months into their new venture, it’s a chance they don’t regret taking. Luxurious French desserts fill a display case in a stylishly airy Mediterranean room that opens out to a large covered patio. French quiches (think less egg flavor, more filling flavor), sandwiches and coffees emerge regularly, as do glasses of French wine as the day progresses.

Boca does a good job standing in for a Parisian side street or waterfront Toulon as a place to slowly sip and watch the world go by. For the Kiymirs, it’s a family adventure—Alya joins her parents at work most weekends— and it’s a way to get to know the community they’ve quickly grown to love.

“You are communicating with people,” Bulent says. “That’s the best part of the day. We love to talk to people.”

Dilge Kiymir


954/422-5565; 124 N. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach;

Wurst Case Scenario

Aquarter century ago, Walter and Jutta Voos visited South Florida from Germany to take a look at a business. What they saw at Emil’s European Sausage Kitchen, established in 1953, looked good.

April 1 marked their 25th anniversary at the shop they moved to Deerfield Beach from Pompano 18 years ago. From their small store and kitchen at Federal Highway and Hillsborough Boulevard, they make just about every sort of encased meat from Germany and across Europe that you can think of.

All sausages are made on premises. Germany is the main meaty inspiration—if a sausage’s

name ends in “wurst,” there are almost certainly a few links of it here—but the meaty traditions of places such as Austria and Hungary are also represented. There are also homemade sides like sauerkraut and potato salad, as well as imported German groceries. (Like Nutella? Try Nusspli, Germany’s take on smeary chocolate that you definitely won’t eat straight from the jar with a spoon in one sitting.) Saturdays mean baked goods—hard rolls, pretzels, German breads and a different type of cake every time.

Some regulars wait for Saturday, and have done so for a quarter century. “We never thought it would be 25 years,” Walter says.

Some regulars wait for Saturday, and have done so for a quarter century. “We never thought it would be 25 years.”
— Walter Voos
Walter Voos
“This is food that is very easy to eat. It’s comfort food. ... This is my culture that I’m bringing here. It’s nice to be able to do that.”
—Yamile Hernandez


561/961-0841; 9050

Kimberly Blvd., Boca Raton;

305 + 561

amile Hernandez moved to Boca a decade ago and loved it. And it’s not like a move from Miami to Palm Beach County is some massive journey. But there was still one bit of culture shock.

“I was born and raised in Miami, so when I moved to Boca it was a shock that not everywhere in the world had a Cuban bakery on every corner,” she says.

Years later, she had done well in business and was able to sit back and think about what she really wanted to do. She’d always been familiar with Vicky Bakery, the Cuban cafe chain that started as a single family-owned spot in Hialeah in 1972 and, after growing through Miami-Dade over several decades, has more recently begun to make forays into the rest of South Florida. (There’s one other Palm Beach County location, in Royal Palm Beach.) When the opportunity came to open one in West Boca, it seemed perfect.

One thing that sometimes confuses people is the “bakery” in the name. Vicky Bakery serves all the great Cuban baked goods, but this is a place that does the savory along with the sweet.

“It’s so much more,” she says. “We have the sandwiches, we have bowls, we have catering platters.” The stars here are Cuban favorites like croquetas and pastelitos. In Boca, she says, people really go for their pastelitos filled with guava.

And of course, what Vicky Bakery really has is the food culture Hernandez loves and grew up with—and that she now gets to share with others.

“This is food that is very easy to eat,” she says. “It’s comfort food.

“This is my culture that I’m bringing here. It’s nice to be able to do that.”

Yamile Hernandez

Uruguyan Farm to Boca Table

The cuisine of Uruguay might not be one of the more well-known or readily available in South Florida. But the menu at Uruguayan restaurant Narbona offers Uruguayan versions of pan-American dishes that will sound familiar—up to and including its sweet-tooth house specialty, dulce de leche.

The restaurant’s third location, and first American outpost outside of Miami-Dade, opened at Boca Center last fall. It’s a project for a family with deep roots in the Uruguayan food-anddrink scene. Owner Jerónimo Cantón’s family owns a winery and farm there that dates to the early 20th century. Uruguayan wines can be a revelation to the uninitiated. The tannat grape is common to Uruguay and lends to the wine a rich, dark fruit profile, softer than its European tannat counterparts.

“Some Americans don’t know about the grape; when they try it, they find it amazing,” says Alex Hamu, the Boca Narbona’s manager. “We import it, and we’re trying to push wine tastings and develop our brand. We have good prices and a good flavored wine.”

A native of Uruguay as well, Hamu has also worked at the Coconut Grove and Key Biscayne locations. “It’s a different crowd,” he says of Boca. “But the quality of the drinks, of the food is the same.”

“Some Americans don’t know about the grape; when they try it, they find it amazing.”


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—Alex Hama Top, Alex Hamu; bottom, Uruguayan wines

TGreat Escape(s)

For those times when you just need to get away, these in-state destinations offer the perfect retreat

If the bumper stickers are to be believed, we live where everyone else vacations. But as more people move to Florida, it’s getting harder to find a getaway in our home state that actually feels like getting away. Breathing room is at a record demand, as all of our favorite hidden gems have become unearthed and flooded with new residents and visitors. For that reason, we set out to find some in-state destinations that take you away from the crowded main streets and boardwalks for you to capture some quality leisure time.

Key Biscayne The barrier island of Key Biscayne is home to such sedate beauty that it’s easy to forget it’s just a short drive away from the madness of downtown Miami. As you cross the Rickenbacker Causeway, the packed cityscape fades into memory and gives way to

dense trees lining the sides of Crandon Boulevard, the island’s main thoroughfare that leads to Key Biscayne. The town has garnered a reputation for luxury, and as such, it’s only fitting that your stay should be at the island’s Ritz-Carlton.

In the heart of downtown Key Biscayne, the Ritz-Carlton places you in a prime position to enjoy all the island has to offer, though you may be just as tempted to never leave the resort. Start each morning by watching the sun rise across the Atlantic from the balcony of an oceanfront suite before indulging in the morning buffet along the terrace of Lightkeepers, the onsite go-to for breakfast. The rest of your day can be spent nursing a cocktail by the adults-only pool, or at the Havana-inspired Rumbar. And there’s always time for a deep-tissue massage from the spa.

Opposite page and above: The Moorings Village on Islamorada

Beyond the resort grounds, the town of Key Biscayne is flanked by two lush parks. On the northern end is Crandon Park, where you can walk or rent a bike and ride through the idyllic trails and observe the wildlife, or paddleboard along the calm blue waters of Biscayne Bay. Just a little further north is Virginia Key, with biking trails built for and by bicycle enthusiasts specifically designed with thrills in mind. To the south of town is Bill Baggs Park, where you can hike a nature trail through mangroves or visit the famous Cape Florida Lighthouse. Constructed in 1825 and then reconstructed in 1846 following a series of Seminole attacks, this landmark is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade and has stood sentinel through Civil War battles and hurricanes. As of this writing, the lighthouse is undergoing renovations but is expected to be completed by summer.

If you’re looking to absorb more local history, embark on a kayak tour of Stiltsville. The first stilted houses off the coast of Key Biscayne are believed to have been constructed between the early ‘20s and ‘30s by fishermen who needed a place to store equipment. In the succeeding decades, stilted “social clubs” (some with dubious reputations) were constructed, and Stiltsville became a draw for boaters and picnicking families. In the ‘40s and ‘50s, the stilted outpost housed the Quarterdeck Club, a leisure destination where

upper-crust Miamians drank, gambled and socialized. At its peak, Stiltsville contained 27 standing structures, but many hurricanes later was reduced to the mere handful that remain today.

But if kayaking or paddleboarding doesn’t get the blood pumping enough, you can always visit Hobie Beach, the top destination for windsurfing in the area. Whatever adventure you choose, be sure to end your day with a meal at any of the town’s top restaurants.

For dining, one of the top spots we’ve found is right on the resort grounds of the Ritz-Carlton, Cantina Beach. This restaurant boasts the largest tequila selection in South Florida and specializes in coastal Mexican fare, including the typical favorites—fajitas, enchiladas and tacos. But it also gets a little adventurous with dishes like the braised short rib served with calabaza squash puree, ancho chili sauce and pickled red onion, or whole snapper Veracruz, served atop a bed of Mexican red rice.

Outside the resort, Ristorante Forchetta is the place to visit for white-linen Italian fare. Menu standouts here include the Linguine Nere ai Frutti di Mare, a pasta dish consisting of handmade squid ink linguine with clams, shrimp and calamari tossed in a white wine tomato sauce, or the Fiocchetti al Tartufo, with truffle-stuffed ravioli in a creamy truffle butter sauced that’s finished with shaved Parmesan.

Islamorada As Key West becomes ever-more bustling, there’s never been a better time to put those long Duval Street nights to rest and enjoy a more quiet Keys getaway. Cut your trip down the long road of U.S. 1 (aka Jimmy Buffett Highway) short with a stop in Islamorada for a tranquil retreat that jettisons the chaotic nightlife in favor of extended lounging and quiet days at sea.

For accommodations, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more relaxing spot than The Moorings Village. This historic hotel sits upon 18 waterfront acres and is shaded by a canopy of more than 800 coconut palms. Originally a coconut palm plantation, the hotel has been a luxury escape destination for decades. Its picturesque settings and cottages have been used as backdrops for swimsuit covers of Elle, Vogue and Sports Illustrated and, more recently, its two-story Blue Charlotte cottage appeared as the family home of the Rayburns in the Netflix series “Bloodline.” Each of The Moorings’ cottages

Cape Florida Lighthouse
Fishing on Islamorada

is spacious and cozy, with its own distinct charms and a porch that is ideal for kicking back with a cocktail and your favorite beach read.

For parents looking to leave the kids home for the weekend, The Moorings’ Calypso Cottage offers a romantic escape featuring floor-to-ceiling French doors that allow the natural light to spill in, with the beach mere steps away from the wraparound porch. If you’re bringing the family, the Tree House has an upstairs sleeping loft for the parents while kids have plenty of free space in the downstairs open living room area. From The Moorings, most of Islamorada’s attractions are within walking or biking distance.

Islamorada is world-renowned as a sport fishing destination, but novice anglers need not be intimidated when planning their own fishing excursion. There are more than a dozen options on the key for chartering an expedition, each guided by professionals to help you hook everything from tarpon and grouper to marlin and swordfish. Because of Islamorada’s prime location between the Atlantic and the Gulf, anglers can access an incredible diversity of sea life. The key’s oldest and largest fishing fleet, at Bud n’ Mary’s Marina, has been active since 1944 and has been frequented by the likes of actor Jimmy Stewart, Ted Williams and former President Harry Truman. More than 40 of the world’s top fishermen have established a home base at Bud n’ Mary’s, including Scott Stanczyk, who pilots the marina’s flagship vessel, Catch 22. And if you’re looking to catch a swordfish, who better to assist than Stanczyk, who spends 250 days a year fishing and has placed in just about every fishing tournament held on Islamorada.

For a more low-effort day at sea, there are also options for chartering dives and snorkeling. Float serenely through the clear waters while observing marine life, or those who are dive-certified can venture below the sea to visit The Eagle, a ship that wrecked offshore in 1985.

If you’ve got lousy sea legs, Islamorada also has options for landlubbers. The Morada Way Arts & Cultural District is a walk-through of boutique shops with pieces from local artists. The district also hosts art walks on the third Thursday of each month, with live music, food trucks and displays. While you’re on land, be sure to carve out time for a visit to Islamorada Brewery & Distillery, the only brewery and distillery combo in the Keys,

featuring favorites that fuel the taps of our South Florida bars.

For a key that only runs roughly seven miles, Islamorada manages to fit several great restaurants in a small stretch. Top of the list for us is Pierre’s Restaurant, a French fusion restaurant with Floribbean fare that occupies an Old World colonial-style cottage. The raw bar comprises roughly a third of the menu, a welcome ratio with selections like fresh Key West pink shrimp, spiny lobster likely plucked that day from the sea, and beef tartare served with an absolutely sinful truffle garlic emulsion.

But a visit to Islamorada isn’t complete without stopping by the key’s resident chophouse, Ziggie & Mad Dog’s. This Islamorada staple, once known as Ziggie’s Conch in the ‘60s until the late Miami Dolphin Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich bought it in 2005, is widely recognized as one of the premier steakhouses of the upper Keys, with perfectly cooked steaks paired with a dizzying selection of international wines. For best results, add a side of truffle mac and cheese and roasted sweet asparagus to your preferred cut.

Kayaking through Key Biscayne

Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne pool

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Disney World A trip to Disney doesn’t exactly scream “rest and relaxation,” but throw in a stay at a five-star resort and spa along with a VIP pass that allows you to skip every line at the four parks, and you’ve got the makings of a magical getaway.

Disney has more than a dozen onsite resort options, but if you’re looking to have a more “grown-up” experience, look no further than the Four Seasons Orlando at Disney World. Recently rated as the best resort at Disney by U.S. News & World Report, the amenities and accommodations of this resort are every bit as indulgent as you might expect from the Four Seasons brand, and more. All suites are spacious and designed with leisure at the forefront, but we recommend opting for a lakeview suite for a terraced view of the property’s lake and onsite golf course or theme parks, so you can catch the dazzling nightly firework displays from the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.

Guests at Four Seasons Orlando also receive access to the resort’s onsite spa, which includes a revitalizing steam room, zero-gravity chairs for maximum lounging, and more. Treat yourself by booking any of the Spa’s services, such as the soothing four-handed Nirvana Massage or a detoxifying and exfoliating Healing Honey Treatment. The list of amenities goes on, but our highlights are the adults-only pool with food and drink service, tee time at the Tom Fazio-designed golf course, and a lazy river that winds gently around Explorer’s Island, the perfect family day retreat with water slides, a water park and splash zone.

Dining at the Four Seasons is on the same first-rate level as the accommodations. Onsite options include elevated Italian fare at Ravello, where Fabrizio Schenardi has cracked the code to the perfect tomato sauce. If you visit, be sure to try the polpettine: homemade meatballs with morta-

della and prosciutto, topped with creamy mascarpone and slathered with decadent pomodoro sauce. The other onsite restaurant is Capa, the rooftop Michelin-starred chophouse that offers an impressive array of tapas and cuts in a sultry atmosphere. The steaks are obviously the main draw, with most arriving with a welcome dash of black garlic puree or a spicy, creamy piquillo sauce, but tapas like the Cinco Jotas Jamón Croquettes (Spanish ham croquettes) or the simple yet flavor-packing pan con tomate (fresh baked bread topped with tomato pulp) are sleeper hits worth sampling.

For your trip to Disney, it’s almost mandatory to invest in a VIP Tour if you want to catch everything the four parks have to offer. Prices range from a whopping $450-$900 per hour but skew to the lower end during the summer months. It’s well worth the cost to have an expert tour guide provide tips on the best the parks have to offer, and to skip the line at all attractions. Check out the sidebar for more information on the latest attractions at Disney.

The lazy river at Four Seasons Orlando
A view of fireworks at Disney


There are a wealth of new attractions at Disney to explore with your VIP ticket. Starting at EPCOT, Journey of Water is a vibrant walk-through oasis inspired by the world of “Moana.” One of the more thrilling additions to EPCOT is the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind ride, an indoor coaster that will zoom you across the galaxy as you watch stunning 3D space battles unfold before you. At EPCOT’s France pavilion, the world of “Ratatouille” is brought to life in 4D on the Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure ride. Passengers can experience the Gusteaus’ kitchen from the shrunken perspective of Remy as the rodent chef evades capture while trying to cook. New dining options at EPCOT include Shiki-Sai Sushi Izakaya for traditional Japanese fare and Space 220, an interstellar experience that simulates a dining room 220 miles above the Earth’s surface.

Over at the Magic Kingdom, the new TRON lightcycle ride is a techno-psychedelic delight that will race you to the furthest edges of the Grid, the digital playground from the 1982 film. Magic Kingdom also now features a crew of new characters, including Mirabel from “Encanto” and the Hatbox Ghost at the Haunted Mansion attraction. Guests can also enjoy a revamped fireworks display complete with lasers and special effects.

Hollywood Studios has in recent years undergone the biggest changes of the Disney parks. For a trip to a galaxy far, far away, tour Galaxy’s Edge, the park’s re-creation of the rugged jungle planet of Batuu. Become a true Jedi at Savi’s Workshop,

where you can construct your own lightsaber, create your own droid companion at the Droid Depot, and wander through the ships and storefronts inspired by “Star Wars” lore.

During your travels, embark on a thrilling smuggling run onboard the Millenium Falcon or a starship battle against the First Order. You’ll be glad you’ve got the VIP package for this one, as queues can climb upward of 80 minutes during peak times. After saving the galaxy, venture over to Toy Story Land for a visit with the franchise’s most beloved characters—and smoky bites at the newly opened Roundup Rodeo BBQ.

TRON ride at Disney
Caviar at Capa

Anna Maria Island This hidden gem requires a cross-state trip, but the feeling of stepping out of a time machine into Old Florida is well worth the trek. You can’t get much more mom-and-pop than this barrier island on Florida’s Gulf shore. Anna Maria Island eschews the high-rises and chain restaurants that we’ve become so accustomed to in favor of preserving its small-town charm. Think Key West without the chaos—just quaint, lively and picturesque.

For your stay, we recommend Waterline Villas & Marina. This boutique hotel is within walking distance of the soft, sugar-white sands of Holmes Beach, and offers rooms with stunning balcony views of the marina. The hotel’s vibe is total coastal chic, with architecture that evokes the warmth of a cozy northeastern cottage. Waterline is also at a prime location in the center of the island which, combined with onsite bike rentals, makes for breezy traversal to the local restaurants and attractions.

Anna Maria Island is famous for its immaculate beaches. Among the three cities of Anna Maria, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach, which share the island, there are miles of pristine coast to enjoy. For a blissfully quiet beach day, head out to Bean Point at the northern tip of the island. From this vantage, you can take in panoramic views of Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge. If you’re looking for a more active outing, opt for a kayaking tour of the island. Florida Blue Adventures hosts guided kayak tours along the clear waters of the island’s coast, where you can catch glimpses of dolphins and manatees, and add a few unique

seashells to your collection. For travelers who are bitten by the shopping bug, the historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach is the place to visit for boutique shops, and also a great location for coastal bites and lively bars.

You don’t have to be a seafood fan to enjoy dining on Anna Maria Island, but it certainly helps. At The Beach Bistro, savor a unique tasting menu while enjoying sweeping views of the Gulf that juxtapose a sultry, mahogany interior. Menu highlights include poached Gulf shrimp and Maine lobster cocktails, grouper Grenobloise in a buttery lemon caper sauce, and duckling confit. For more fine-dining fare, look no further than Waterline Villas’ white-linen Château Anna Maria. Its globally inspired menu includes a horseradish panko-crusted Chilean sea bass, a coco espresso chili-rubbed pork loin, a grilled Chateaubriand served with blue cheese potato au gratin, and more.

Visitors to Anna Maria Island who enjoy a little sand on their toes at dinner can visit The Sandbar. Developed by Ed Chiles, the son of former Florida Governor Lawton Chiles and a pioneer in the sustainable tourism industry, this beachfront restaurant harkens back to a Florida without high-rises and McMansions, when the only way to visit Anna Maria Island was via boat from Tampa. The restaurant was built on the site of The Pavilion, an early 20th century hangout that burned down in 1946, before being reconstructed as The Sandbar in 1979. Today, The Sandbar continues to honor the community spirit of The Pavilion with alfresco beachfront seating and seafood sourced from Florida’s waters.

The Sandbar on Anna Maria Island

The Boca Raton We couldn’t form a list of perfect getaways without including The Boca Raton. Visitors from all over the world flock to this award-winning resort—one that we’re lucky enough to have in our own backyard. The Boca Raton has been synonymous with luxury and leisure for nearly a century, and with its recent, sweeping “reimaginations,” it’s the perfect time to revisit this local institution.

This year, The Boca Raton debuted its highly anticipated Tower Suite Collection, which transformed the top five stories of the famous pink tower with 11 signature suites that redefine modern coastal elegance. Developed by Rockwell Group, these sleek new suites offer sweeping views of Lake Boca Raton and the Atlantic, as well as ample room to roam with oversize bathrooms, vast living areas, media rooms and workout rooms stocked with equipment from Peloton. And if you think the view just can’t get any better, ascend to the newly renovated Top of the Tower on the top floor, the tower’s crowning jewel and an amenity offered only to Tower Collection guests. Soak in dazzling views of Boca Raton from the highest point in the city, relax with a travel book from the lounge’s Assouline library, and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Chef Mirella Flores.

Along with its new accommodations, The Boca Raton has also debuted new activities as well as enhancements to its Forbes five-star Spa Palmera. The spa recently introduced its Wellness Collection of assorted therapies, which focus more on the flow of energy between the mind and body. New treatments include sound vibration therapy, which harnesses frequencies and tones that realign your energy down to the cellular level; reflexology, which targets specific points of the feet to spread healing to other areas of the body; and the soothing Indian massage traditions of Abhyanga and Shirodhara. Following a relaxing experience at the spa, it’s play time at any one of the outdoor activity options on the resort grounds.

Like most of South Florida, The Boca Raton has also been bitten by the pickleball bug. But with six lit courts, twice-daily open play, and player clinics for perfecting your game, its facilities cater to newbies and veteran “dinkers” alike. But if you’re more comfortable with a club than a paddle, make a tee time at the resort’s onsite championship-level par 18 course.

There is no end of diversions at The Boca Raton—despite the fact that Beach Club is undergoing extensive renovations this summer. A luxurious can’t-miss amenity at Harborside are the private cabanas. At the all-ages

pool are cabanas that are perfect for lounging with the whole family, while at the adults-only pool, delightful shaded enclaves feature chaise lounge chairs and TVs. To take your cabana experience to the next level, check out the new Ferrari-themed cabana at Harborside. This exclusive cabana at the adults-only pool is modeled after the sleek interiors and leather detailing of the famous car.

If you’ve never experienced dining at The Boca Raton, chances are it will take you more than one getaway to fully savor its 15 onsite restaurants. For Italian fare (and an unforgettable Sunday brunch), visit Principessa Ristorante, which presents authentic Northern Italian dishes from scratchmade ingredients served over a gorgeous view of Lake Boca. To enjoy light bites and an after-dinner espresso in a secluded, romantic setting, Cloister Courtyard is your top choice. If fine dining is more your speed, visit Flybridge, where esteemed chef Peter Annewanter whips up delectable threeto-five-course meals that rotate regularly to keep pace with the freshest seasonal ingredients and Annewanter’s eclectic inspiration.

We also recommend carving out time to visit Japanese Bocce Club, one of the resort’s newer concepts, which puts a modern spin to traditional Japanese fare. This restaurant is one of the resort’s go-to nighttime hangouts for its sleek and elegant ambiance, festive cocktails, and of course the outdoor bocce courts that are lit with soft glowing lights that hang from palm trees to illuminate a game with friends and family under the night sky.

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Imagine a maintenance-free lifestyle in a resort-like setting. Enjoying a full breakfast in our well-appointed dining room before a day packed with meaningful adventures meant to stimulate your mind, body and soul. Taking a quiet walk along manicured paths to get a breath of fresh air, before dining with friends, enjoying a good book, or stopping by the salon for a fresh new ‘do.

Now, imagine having access to just the amount of support you need to make sure you enjoy each day to the fullest. At The Arbor, you will have all this and more.

Delray magazine’s 2024 Top Doctors

Top Doctors spotlights select physicians who have been carefully chosen for their standing and contributions to the medical communities in which they serve.

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South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

SPECIALTIES: The Center focuses on personalized treatment for people with periodontal (gum) disease, missing teeth, dental implants and complications encountered with previous treatment. Our treatment methods are tailored to each patient’s individual needs using innovative and scientifically proven strategies.

The South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry is known for clinically proven technologies that advance treatment, support patient satisfaction and comfort and provide predictable, high-quality outcomes. They are the first practice in the world to offer Yomi® robotic-assisted surgery, the first and only FDA-approved robotic system designed for dental implant surgery. The Center’s boardcertified dentists continually stay ahead of the curve with advanced procedures and technologies, including the S.M.A.R.T.™ bone graft technique, Piezo surgery® bone surgery, LANAP® laser-assisted gum surgery, Pinhole® gum grafting, regenerative endoscopic periodontal regeneration, accelerated orthodontics, permanent solutions to “gummy smiles” and much more.

“Our commitment to every patient is to provide compassionate and evidence-based care for your oral health and your overall well-being and comfort,” says Dr. Jeffrey Ganeles, whose work was recently recognized by the prestigious International Team for Implantology (ITI).

“We believe that people should have healthy teeth for a lifetime,” says Dr. Liliana Aranguren. “Healthy mouths are closely tied to good general health. Our standards and expectations for our results are exceptionally high; we ensure that patients receive an appropriate individualized treatment plan when treating gum disease and tooth loss.”

“We excel at treating complications from other practices and rescuing good results from poor circumstances,” adds Dr. Frederic Norkin. “We welcome all referrals, including straightforward as well as complex cases. We are among the only periodontists in South Florida to offer IV sedation with our certified periodontists or board-certified anesthesiologist.”

Dr. Samuel Zfaz explains, “For us, dentistry is a passion. We strive to create the most professional, comfortable, and stressfree dental experience possible.”

We are proud to announce that Dr. Lili Aranguren has been named Partner of the practice. She is an exceptional clinician with tremendous compassion for her patients.

We also welcome Dr. André Barbisan De Souza, an ITI Scholar from Harvard University, and teaching faculty at Tufts University, helping us upgrade our digital technology while also practicing periodontics and implant dentistry.

Contact the Center directly to schedule an appointment; a referral is not necessary.

Frederic J. Norkin, DMD

Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery Fellow, ITI

Samuel Zfaz, DDS Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery Fellow, ITI

Liliana Aranguren, DDS, MDSc

Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery Fellow, ITI

Jeffrey Ganeles, DMD, FACD

Board Certified in Periodontology and Dental Implant Surgery Fellow, AO, ITI Board of Directors, Academy of Osseointegration

André Barbisan De Souza, DMD, MSc Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry Fellow, ITI

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Eitan Gross, DMD Diplomate American Board of Dental Anesthesiology

Raul J. Rodriguez, MD, DABPN, DABAM


SPECIALTIES: Treatment-resistant major depression, bipolar disorder, trauma/ PTSD, borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), substance abuse

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: B.A. Chemistry, Florida International University, Magna Cum Laude

MEDICAL TRAINING: M.D., University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida

INTERNSHIP: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital

RESIDENCY: Psychiatry, University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital; Chief Resident 7/2000-7/2001

With more than 23 years treating the most challenging mental health and addiction issues, Dr. Raul Rodriguez has developed comprehensive and highly specialized outpatient programs at the Delray Center for Healing with an emphasis on interventional psychiatry and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). This model is engineered to handle more challenging conditions including treatmentresistant depression, trauma/PTSD, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and any number of other psychiatric conditions.

“Many of the hard cases require a creative, individualized, out-of-the-box approach to get the patient better. The last eight years have been spent utilizing a simultaneous combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), photobiomudulation of the brain (PBM), intravenous ketamine infusions, neurofeedback and DBT, all guided by brain network analytic (BNA) sequential brain mappings to identify target areas, direct individualized treatment, and monitor progress,” he explains.

Dr. Rodriguez notes that many of his new patients seeking mental health treatment believe they are hopeless cases when they first come in.

“We give them new hope that an effective solution does exist for treating their severe condition. In addition to the newest therapies, we also incorporate an advanced combination of traditional psychiatric treatments as well as myriad holistic methods to help solve the complex puzzle of each patient’s mental health syndrome, so they can enjoy life again.”


Plastic Surgery

SPECIALTIES: Aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery; facial rejuvenation/reconstruction


B.A. with Distinction, Cornell University, NY


New York University School of Medicine

RESIDENCY AND FELLOWSHIP: General and Plastic Surgery Residencies, Wound Healing and Microsurgery Fellowship, New York University Medical Center, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery; Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital

Dr. Rafael Cabrera, a seasoned plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience in Boca Raton, embraces a nuanced approach to cosmetic enhancements. In this era of advanced options, invasive surgeries no longer monopolize the pursuit of youthful appearance. Dr. Cabrera stands as a trusted partner, utilizing his extensive tool kit to help individuals choose procedures tailored to their unique anatomic needs.

Specializing in a spectrum of procedures, Dr. Cabrera offers surgical rejuvenation for the face, neck, eyes, breasts and abdomen. Additionally, he employs a wide range of non-invasive approaches, including neurotoxins and fillers, as well as the Emsculpt Neo to enhance body contour. Tightening muscles and ligaments are often necessary to achieve a youthful contour. Additionally, augmenting and rejuvenating the face with natural tissues like one’s own fat and stem cells offers a long-term solution to facial deflation associated with aging.

Transparency and safety are paramount in Dr. Cabrera’s practice. His success is rooted in a dedicated commitment to patient well-being, delivering transformative results without conspicuous signs of intervention. The surge in social media has propagated unrealistic beauty standards through digital filters. Dr. Cabrera warns against these illusions, emphasizing the guidance of experienced aesthetic professionals for realistic goals.

Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS

Gary J. Wayne, DMD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

SPECIALTIES: Oral and maxillofacial surgery and dental implants

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: AB, Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, MO

MEDICAL TRAINING: Fairleigh Dickinson Dental School, NJ

RESIDENCY: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, NJ; Lincoln Hospital, NY

Board-certified Dr. Gary J. Wayne specializes in face, jaw and mouth surgery. A 30-year solo practitioner with a compassionate and gentle approach, Dr. Wayne offers the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, including dental extractions, oral pathology, single and multiple dental implant surgeries, and grafting procedures for bone and gums. His practice has an emphasis on wisdom tooth removal and dental implant surgeries.

“I do everything I can do to make the dental experience as easy and comfortable as I can for patients, both surgically and post-operatively. I offer IV sedation for all of my patients. I make it a point to sedate teenage and young adult patients for wisdom tooth extractions to avoid subjecting them to inhumane treatment that could possibly have long-term negative effects on their lives, emotionally and physically. This also applies to young children who need my care. When applicable, I avoid narcotic prescriptions for pain control. We can use nonopioid pain medications, as well as time-released injectable pain medication,“ Wayne explains.

“I have been providing dental implants since 1990, utilizing conservative procedures that save people from having multiple surgeries as well as a lengthy recovery. More complex cases, like revision surgeries, bone grafting and zygoma implants, are sometimes indicated, and are all within the scope of my practice.”

Summarizing his aesthetic model, Wayne says, “People are supposed to look natural, and I follow the surgical principle which states that ‘Form always follows function.’ If you put people back to the way nature had originally intended, it will always look right.”

SPECIALTIES: Cosmetic and plastic surgery


MEDICAL SCHOOL: State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine

RESIDENCY: University of New York at Stony Brook; Baylor College of Medicine

FELLOWSHIP: Microvascular Research Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. John Pinnella is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon committed to providing the newest techniques and technologies to his patients. He brings nearly 30 years of experience to his practice and has repeatedly earned the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award in acknowledgement of his commitment to advances in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Pinnella has served as chief of plastic surgery at four local hospitals. He completed volunteer surgical missions to Africa and South Korea. Dr. Pinnella’s hobbies include oil painting and other fine arts, for which he has won awards.

SPECIALTIES: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery


MEDICAL SCHOOL: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

RESIDENCY: Harvard Medical School; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Brandon Elnekaveh completed two residency programs, one in general surgery and a second in plastic surgery, where he specialized in aesthetic surgery. He offers a wide range of aesthetic procedures for the face, breasts and body, as well as vaginal rejuvenation surgery, in a state-of-theart facility. Dr. Elnekaveh delivers personalized care through his compassionate approach and expertise and holds licenses to practice medicine in New York State, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and Florida. He has privileges at nine hospitals, including Broward Health Imperial Point in Fort Lauderdale. In his spare time, Dr. Elnekaveh enjoys traveling, photography, playing the guitar, movies and reading.

Brandon Elnekaveh, MD

Stuart H. Isaacson, MD, FAAN


SPECIALTIES: Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: BS, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

MEDICAL TRAINING: MD, Northwestern University School of Medicine

INTERNSHIP: Columbia University St. Luke’sRoosevelt Hospital, NYC

RESIDENCY: Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC

FELLOWSHIP: National Institutes of Health; Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC

Dr. Stuart Isaacson is an internationally recognized expert in Parkinson’s disease, with more than 300 scientific publications and a history as lead investigator in global research programs. A boardcertified movement disorder neurologist, Isaacson established the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton in 1999, a nonuniversity academic center with a team of clinicians, nurses, research coordinators and social workers who combine a comprehensive approach to treatment with access to one of the largest Parkinson’s clinical research centers in the U.S. The Center’s vision that “No One Should Have to Wait for Parkinson’s Care” ensures new patient evaluations with a movement disorder specialist within one week.

Sagari Betté, MD


SPECIALTIES: Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION: BS, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

MEDICAL TRAINING: MD, UT Southwestern School of Medicine, Dallas, TX

RESIDENCY: Harvard Medical School / Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA

FELLOWSHIP: University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL

Dr. Sagari Betté is a board-certified, fellowship-trained expert in movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease who joined the Center in 2019. “Our Center complements clinical care and research, offering daily lectures, therapy, counseling, and exercise available at no cost to the community, supported by the Parkinson’s Research and Education Foundation.”

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

SPECIALTIES: Sports medicine and shoulder surgery

UNDERGRADUATE: Cornell University

MEDICAL SCHOOL: Boston University School of Medicine

INTERNSHIP: Boston Medical Center

RESIDENCY: Boston University

Orthopaedic Residency

FELLOWSHIP: Rothman Institute at Jefferson University, Sports Medicine Surgery

Dr. Charlton Stucken is a Double Board-Certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. Stucken trained with world-renowned surgeons in prestigious programs in Boston and Philadelphia, and he is now part of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Division of the Hospital for Special Surgery Florida, anchored by Drs. David Altchek, Ryan Simovitch and James Carr.

“Many of my patients have already experienced failed surgery elsewhere, and are often reluctant to undergo a corrective revision procedure, but these are some of my best outcomes: taking people who are at their worst and giving them their life and lifestyle back. The athletes whom I care for vary from high-school and collegiate athletes to weekend warriors to seniors looking to stay active.

“While it may be intimidating to visit a surgeon’s office, most knee and shoulder pain can be resolved with non-operative treatment and guidance. For those patients that do need surgery, our newer techniques such as computer navigation allow faster recovery with minimally invasive surgery. The same personalized and innovative treatments that we use on our professional athletes I also recommend for the rest of my patients,” Stucken explains.

“My goal is that patients choose my practice for their surgical care, knowing that I am guided by the belief in providing the most exceptional care, without exception.”

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private education camp guide 2024

The following section presents helpful information provided by prominent private schools and camps in Palm Beach County.

All listings include a brief synopsis of the programs’ achievements, curriculum highlights, and many more important details families look for when choosing the best fit for their children.

This comprehensive guide is designed to help you make informed decisions at a glance.

Private Education & Summer Camp Guide


- Grades: Infants - 8th - Tuition Range: $5,000 - $15,000 - Student-Teacher Ratio: Varies by class

- Students: 450

- Denomination: Christian

At Advent, your child will become a CONFIDENT, CAPABLE, CHRISTIAN LEADER making a difference in the world! Advent combines rigorous academics with leadership development in a safe environment. Innovative programs include Elementary & Middle School STEM enrichment, 1:1 technology, Spanish for K -8 th grade as well as Dual Language and Emergent Reader groups in the Early Childhood School. Advent also provides opportunities in spiritual growth, fine arts, robotics and athletics. Aftercare and camp programs offer engaging extra-curricular activities. We accept VPK vouchers and state scholarships (FTC, FES-EO and FES-UA). Need based tuition assistance is available. Advent serves Infants to 8th Grade – you can grow with us!

300 E. Yamato Road • Boca Raton • 561.395.3631 •


- Grades: 1st - 12th - Tuition: $900 - $33,600

- Student-Teacher Ratio: 1:1

- Denomination: Independent

Brightmont Academy is an accredited private school that provides one-to-one instruction. One experienced teacher works with one student throughout every learning session. Customized full-time programs and individual courses are offered for grades 1-12. Students can also receive individualized tutoring for all 1-12 subjects, study skills, and test prep. Brightmont Academy has served thousands of students since 1999, and has 18 campuses including 2 in Florida: Boca Raton and South Miami.

19102 State Road 7 • Boca Raton • 561-948-2357 •


- Grades: K - 12th - Tuition Range: $27,800 - $31,500 - Student-Teacher Ratio: 7:1

- Students: 680

- Denomination: Jewish

Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA) provides an education of extraordinary power and purpose for each of its students through a rigorous curriculum designed to meet the individual needs of a diverse student population. DKJA offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities including JV and Varsity sports, and an extensive fine arts program including music, dance, drama, and visual arts. Our students are provided with the skills and knowledge required for success in college and beyond.


- Grades: EC 3 - 12th

- Students: 350

- Virtual Classes: Yes

- Tuition Range: $16,900 - $28,300

- Student-Teacher Ratio: 8:1

- Denomination: Independent

Grandview Preparatory School is an independent private school committed to the philosophy that education is a personal endeavor. At Grandview, we are not simply preparing students to be great students, but rather extraordinary individuals who are curious, confident, and have the social and emotional skills to navigate the modern world in a healthy and enriching way. Our students have ample opportunities to engage in real-life experiences on and off campus that prepare them for life beyond school. 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.

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

Private Education & Summer Camp Guide 2024


- Grades: Two – PreK - Tuition: $4,870 - $22,985

- Students: 235

- Virtual Classes: Optional

- Student-Teacher Ratio: 1:4, 1:5, 1:6

- Denomination: Jewish

At the Levis JCC Betty & Marvin Zale Early Childhood Learning Center we provide an enriching multi-faceted early childhood program designed to foster your child’s imagination, curiosity and intellect. Our fundamental goal is to provide the highest quality preschool education in a warm and nurturing environment. Zale teachers work closely with each child to provide innovative experiences that help build a strong foundation in language, math and early literacy while instilling a love for learning that will truly last a lifetime. LEVIS JCC BETTY


- Grades: PreK - 8 - Tuition Range: $35,245 - $41,280

- Students: 857

- Virtual Classes: No

- Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1

- Denomination: Independent

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

2700 St. Andrews Boulevard • Boca Raton • 561.852.2800 •


- Grades: PreK - 12th - Tuition Range: $35,245 - $44,880

- Students: 1,842

- Virtual Classes: No


- Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1

- Denomination: Independent

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


- Grades: 9th - 12th - Tuition Range: $15,250 - $16,000 - Student-Teacher Ratio: 14:1

- Students: 600

- 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.

- Students: 50

- Grades: K - 12th - Tuition Range: $0 - $35,000 - Student-Teacher Ratio: 3:1

- Denomination: None

We’re Space of Mind, a unique educational experience for everyone. Whether you’re a child, young adult, parent, or educator, our programs are designed to enrich your lifelong learning adventure. We offer virtual courses and coaching, and host a GAP year program to prepare students for life after high school.


- Students: 540

- Denomination: Presbyterian

Preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds. 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. State-of-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. New STEM Lab, Art Studio, and Dance/Exercise room opening at the start of the 2024-25 school year.


- Grades: PK1 - 8th - Tuition Range: $12,500 - $17,900 - Student-Teacher Ratio: 1:6 - 1:15

- Students: 130

- Denomination: Non-Denominational

We are a small, accredited, non-sectarian, coeducational, independent, private day school offering our diverse student body a unique academic and cultural program combining the rigor of the national French curriculum with a strong focus on the arts and anchored in best practices. We educate, inspire, and empower our students intellectually, emotionally, and physically by recognizing effort, progress, and success equally. And, yes, we do this all in French. We also have a traditional American preschool option with daily exposure to French. This program accepts VPK and both of our programs accept Step Up scholarships. Our school has a strong community feel and parents are invited to be involved in their children’s school experience. We offer afterschool language classes and a summer camp program open to the community.


- Ages: 5th - 10th - Pricing: From $476/Weekly

- Dates: Beginning June 3rd

- Denomination: Gymnastics

Whether your child spends a session, a day, a week or the whole summer at Twisters, their time here will be filled with loads of fun! Our professional and safety certified staff will lead your children in gymnastics instruction, games, organized activities, fitness, arts & crafts, and supervised play in our fun, clean, safe, and fully air conditioned facility! Dates may vary at each location.

Voyage Boutique may be tucked away from the bustling Avenue, but it stands out as a pinnacle of fashion. Whether you’re in search of casual wear, attire for a special occasion, or an elegant ensemble for a soiree, you’re guaranteed to discover it within our unique boutique.

When embarking on international travels, setting sail on a cruise, or preparing for the holiday season, your search ends here. Allow us to elevate your wardrobe with style and a touch of ‘je ne sais quoi.’

Voyage Boutique also serves as your European haven for handbags, belts, shoes, gifts, and more. We cater to all sizes, ranging from XS to 3X, and offer in-house alterations for a perfect fit.

Come join us for a shopping experience that transcends the ordinary and when you do, don’t forget to mention that you found us in Delray Mag.

400 Gulfstream Blvd, Delray Beach FL 33444 10:00 am to 4:30 pm Mon-Sat 561-279-2984


WHERE: Old School Square

WHAT: The Delray Beach Public Library’s star event returned for a night of fun and laughter to raise funds for its materials and programming. More than $250,000 was raised from the generosity of the event’s sponsors and the crowd of 350 guests, which enjoyed cocktails, a lavish supper, and a performance by comedian Nick Thune. This year marked the 17th year of Laugh with the Library, and the event was made possible by local sponsors such as Opal Grand, the Virginia & Harvey Kimmel Family Fund, Wally & Carly Yoost and many more. Chairs this year included Paige Eber, Lynsey Kane, Amanda Perna and Jacqueline Owen with Honorary Chairs Chiara Clark and Mari Bianco.

Co-chairs Jacqueline Owen, Paige Eber, Amanda Perna and Lynsey Kane
Carly and Javier Salom
Graciela Arevati, Lorena Ball, Claudia Phillips and Leigh-Anne Kazma
Matthew and Rachel Kule
Ashley Trimble and Jessica Bevington
Jim Burmeister, Kimberley Burmeister, Barbara James, Brenda Medore and Jared Smith
Mykal Banta and Mari Bianco
Jordan Mansour, Dr. Hilary MacDonald, CJ Minarchi, Dr. Franchesca Lewis, Jessica Minarchi and Dr. AJ Lewis
Dr. Regine and Gary Bataille
Donnie Strompf, Paul Morgan, Phil Friis, Courtney Moody, Gabby Wright, Christina Strompf


WHERE: Indian Spring Country Club in Boynton Beach

WHAT: The Spady Cultural Heritage Museum’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast honored the legacy of Dr. King while promoting an equitable future for all. The sold-out crowd of more than 300 guests enjoyed a delectable breakfast and dynamic choir and theatrical performances by the True Worship ensemble, actor Tiffany Terrell and pianist Mikael Darmanie. “Every year, the community comes together and pays homage to the work that has been done and the work still to be completed toward realizing an equitable society for all,” said Spady Museum Director Charlene Farrington. “The Spady Museum is proud to be a convener of such ideas and plans in South Florida. It’s not only a great event, but also a great moment for all involved.” Sponsors for the event included the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council and the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County.

Charlene Farrington, Anthea Walker
Angela Burns, Renee Jadusingh
Aarif Kahn, Adrianne Kurman, Marcus Darrisaw
Christoper and Serena Redding
Jesse Dozier, Chima Okoro
Larry Rosensweig, Bill Nix
Sharon Blake, Juanita Goode
Kae Jonsons, Jim Chard
Iola Mosley, Flora Philbert
Edward Stinson, Angela Blount
Khaulah Nuruddin, TracyAnn Simmonds


WHERE: Delray’s Palm Trail Neighborhood

WHAT: Seven homeowners in Delray’s Palm Trail neighborhood invited visitors into their stunning abodes for the 21st-annual Delray Beach Home Tour to benefit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families (ACCF). More than 750 guests admired the lush gardens and elegant interiors of the Delray homes during the leisurely tour, and also enjoyed a decadent luncheon sponsored by A Little Wyld and real estate agent Lisa Wennick from Douglas Elliman. Sponsors for this year’s Home Tour included Delray Buick GMC, Opal Grand, the Taylor Family Foundation and more.

Kari Shipley and Leonora Andersson
Gayle Clark, Jennifer Kilpatrick, Deena Dick, Nicole Burns
Sheila DeMarco, Marsha Wachman
Laura Finn, Reagan Lafferty, Kerry Filippone, Dina Schwartz
Linda Umbdenstock
Morgan Martin, Leanna Fruin, Savannah Fruin-Austin



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Grape Expectations

Enjoy summer with white wines that are off the usual menus

We love white wines in summertime, so we spoke with wine specialist and Wine Talks Miami founder Sarah Phillips McCartan, who shares her favorite off-the-beaten-path white wines so you can embrace the season with some new, bright selections. And for those who can’t think about ever giving up their Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio sips, don’t worry: She has some top-notch alternatives just for you. —Christie Galeano-DeMott


EXAMPLE: Corta Y Raspa Mahina Palomino is widely planted in Spain but is mainly used for making sherry. Today, more dry table wines are being made from the grape. They borrow some of sherry’s winemaking techniques, making them tangy, nutty and delicious.

PAIRING: Perfect with Manchego cheese before or after dinner.


EXAMPLE: Fosil by Zuccardi

This delicious, fresh, chalky white wine is Argentina’s answer to Chablis, with just a little more fruit flavor. Enjoy this with friends who think they don’t like Chardonnay— and change their minds! It’s not at all buttery.

PAIRING: Crisp, fresh salads.


EXAMPLE: Reyneke Vinehugger Chenin Blanc South Africa is a source of many delicious red and white wines. This refreshing dry white has bags of quince, ripe red apple, yellow peach and beeswax. This is an excellent alternative to Chardonnay.

PAIRING: Its vibrant fruit profile pairs well with savory pastry dishes.


EXAMPLE: Estate Argyros Assyrtiko Santorini Assyrtiko has it all: alluringly complex aromas, silky rounded texture and zippy freshness. It’s best enjoyed at a dinner party with friends, especially wine lovers who will be impressed by your hidden gem choice.

PAIRING: It goes without saying, but enjoy this with any of your favorite Greek dishes.


EXAMPLE: Benanti Etna Bianco Etna is one of the most impressive wine regions that I’ve visited. When you walk around, it feels alive—perhaps because it is on an active volcano! The wines are lively and energetic, too, especially the zesty whites.

PAIRING: Complete the Sicilian experience by pairing it with arancini.


EXAMPLE: Domane Wachau’s Ried Achleiten  Riesling is not all sweet. In fact, Riesling from Austria rarely has any sweetness. This is a country of primarily dry white wines. What the best do have is grandeur: rich, waxy textures and intense flavors. Brace yourself.

PAIRING: Cooking dinner that should be paired with a bold red, but you’d prefer a white? Go with this wine.



EXAMPLE: Domaine Font Mars Picpoul de Pinet Picpoul, a native grape in southern France, is your Pinot Grigio alternative. It’s wildly popular in English pub gardens but flies under the radar here in Florida. It’s crisp, fresh, dry, rarely over $20 and highly drinkable.

PAIRING: This is one for sipping on its own on a boat or with snacks by the pool.

Sarah Phillips McCartan


$ Inexpensive: under $17

$$ Moderate: $18 to $35

$$$ Expensive: $36 to $50

$$$$ Very expensive: $50+


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. $$

800 Palm Trail Grill—800 Palm Trail. American This contemporary space is serving up American fare and classic cocktails. The menu has a steak-and-seafoodhouse feel to it but without any stuffiness. Instead, you’ll find dishes that entice the palate, like the loaded baked potato eggrolls and Wagyu boneless short rib. • Lunch and dinner daily, with patio dining. 561/865-5235. $$$

Akira Back—233 N.E. Second Ave. Japanese. Chef Akira Back’s Seoul restaurant earned a Michelin star a few years ago, and now he’s showcasing his talented take on Japanese cuisine at his namesake restaurant inside The Ray hotel. Born in Korea and raised in Colorado, Back blends his heritage with Japanese flavors and techniques he has mastered to deliver dishes that are unique to him. With plates made to be shared, the menu is divided into cold and hot starters followed by rolls, nigiri/sashimi, robata grill, mains and fried rice. Dinner nightly. 561/739-1708. $$$$

Amar Mediterranean Bistro—522 E. Atlantic Ave. Lebanese. From the moment you step inside, there’s a familial feeling, a hidden gem that everyone is drawn to. Amar is a quaint bistro amidst the buzzy Atlantic Avenue that serves Lebanese food. But this isn’t your typical hummus and pita joint. Here, the proprietor’s family recipes take center stage alongside Mediterranean favorites that have been elevated with slight tweaks. • Dinner nightly. 561/278-3364. $$

Angelo Elia Pizza • Bar • Tapas— 16950 Jog Road. Italian. Nothing on the menu of Angelo Elia’s modCern, 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-earthy-pungent mélange of pears, pancetta, Gorgonzola, sun-dried figs and mozzarella. • Dinner nightly. 561/381-0037. $$

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

Avalon Steak and Seafood—110 E. Atlantic Ave. Seafood. The enticing reasons we all go to a steakhouse are present here—boozy cocktails, a diverse wine list, dry aged steaks, prime cuts, rich accompaniments, decadent sides and more. The menu is then enhanced with a selection of seafood like a raw bar medley of oysters, shrimp and crab alongside the customary octopus, fish, scallops and lobster. Don’t miss Avalon’s signature dish, the Angry Lobster. • Dinner nightly. 561/593-2500. $$$$

Bamboo Fire Cafe—149 N.E. Fourth Ave. Caribbean The Jacobs family joyously shares its Latin and Caribbean culture through food that’s bursting with bright island aromas and flavors. Tostones, plantain fries and jerk meatballs share the menu with curry pork, oxtail and conch. A quintessential Delray gem. • Dinner Wed.-Sun. 561/749-0973. $

Bar 25 Gastropub— 25 S.E. Sixth Ave. American. Taking inspiration from the Northeast, the menu boasts staples like Philly cheesesteak, Rhode Island clams, pierogis, Old Bay fries and plenty of mootz (aka mozzarella). Loyal to its gastropub DNA, dishes here aren’t complicated or complex but satisfying, interesting takes on the familiar without being boring. • Lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch. 561/359-2643. $

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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. $$

Wagyu boneless short rib from 800 Palm Trail Grill

Burt & Max’s—9089 W. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary 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 trufflescented 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. $$

Casa L’Acqua—9 S.E. Seventh Ave. Italian. Diners can expect white tablecloths, tuxedoed staff and attentive service at this fine-dining restaurant. The wine list is Italian-focused but does offer a variety of bottles from around the world, and each dish is expertly prepared with sizable portions. The main dining room, with its vibey bar and wine cellar, is cozy, and so is its fully enclosed patio in the back. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/563-7492. $$

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. $$

Coco Sushi Lounge & Bar—25 N.E. Second Ave. Asian. Local hospitality veterans Tina Wang and chef Jason Zheng continue to grow their restaurant empire with this concept. The extensive menu caters to any palate, dietary restriction or craving and features both traditional and creative dishes. Soups and salads lead into sushi selections and appetizers divided into cool and hot. Cooked and raw rolls are followed by rice,

noodle, land and sea entrée options. • Dinner Mon.-Sat. Sunday brunch. 561/908-2557. $$

Costa By OK&M—502 E. Atlantic Ave.. Contemporary American. Costa takes chef/owner Coton Stine’s dedication to farm-to-table fare to an elevated level with its seasonal menu. For those with dietary restrictions, the dishes are clearly labeled gluten-free or vegan.The corner space is comfortable and embraces natural elements with its wicker chairs, lanterns, greenery and expansive sliding doors. • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/501-6115. $$

Cut 432—432 E. Atlantic Ave. Steakhouse. Hipper decor, a more casual vibe and an inventive take on steakhouse 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 butter-

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scotch 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, 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. $

Eathai—1832 S. Federal Highway. Thai. If you’re craving approachable and affordable Thai food, put Eathai at the top of your list. While you can expect to find curries, noodles, soups and fried rice on the menu, the dishes here aren’t the typical ones you’ll find around town. Indulge in the Thai chicken French toast or crispy duck breast with lychee curry sauce or oxtail basil fried rice to savor the true talent of owner and chef Sopanut Sopochana. • Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. 561/270-3156. $

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. $$

Elisabetta’s—32 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. An ornate Italian spot, with classically prepared dishes including spiedini shrimp, burrata de prosciutto bruschetta, costoletta di vitello (veal), a guanciale pizza, cacio e pepe pasta, malfadine Amatriciana and gemelli puttanesca. Portions are large and that, thankfully, goes for the homemade gelati, too. The best seating outdoors is the second-floor balcony overlooking Atlantic Avenue. • Lunch and dinner daily; weekend brunch. 561/650-6699. $$

The Grove —187 N.E. Second Ave. Contemporary American. The Grove, which has been tucked inside the tranquil Pineapple Grove District for nearly a decade, continues to surprise diners with its vibrant dishes. The upscale but casually comfortable nook has an international wine list that spans the globe and a seasonal menu that’s succinct and well-thought-out. • Dinner Tues.–Sat. 561/266-3750. $$$$

The Hampton Social—40 N.E. Seventh Ave. American. The Hampton Social is known for its “rosé all day” tagline, but it doesn’t just slay its rosé; its food is equally as tempting. It does a standout job of incorporating its casual coastal aesthetic into not just its décor but also its menu, from its seafood-centric dishes to its droll cocktail names like the vodka-forward I Like It a Yacht. Lunch and dinner daily, weekend brunch. 561/404-1155. $$

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. $$

Jimmy’s Bistro—9 S. Swinton Ave. International Jimmy’s Bistro is a casual neighborhood concept serving consistently delightful dishes from a diverse menu that can transport diners to Italy with house-made pasta or Asia with its delicate dumplings and tender duck. • Dinner nightly. 561/865-5774. $$$

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

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. $$$

Le Colonial—601 E. Atlantic Ave. Vietnamese

French. Le Colonial radiates classic elegance that is as sophisticated as it is comfortable. Created to showcase Vietnamese cuisine and its French influences, Le Colonial

Chicken spring rolls from Henry’s

has a standout method of curating classic Vietnamese dishes that appeal to various palates, from meat lovers and pescatarians to vegetarians and everyone in between. The space immediately transports you back to Saigon’s tropical paradise of the 1920s. Lush birds of paradise and palms line the halls that lead into intimate dining nooks throughout the 7,000-square-foot restaurant. • Lunch (on weekends) and dinner. 561/566-1800. $$$

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). $

Lulu’s—189 N.E. Second Ave. American. Lulu’s in Pineapple Grove offers a relaxed ambiance with unfussy, approachable food. The quaint café is open every day and serves an all-day menu including breakfast until 3 p.m. and a selection of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrées that are ideal for an executive lunch, lively tapas happy hour, casual dinner or late night snack (until 2 a.m.). • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 561/453-2628. $

MIA Kitchen & Bar—7901 W. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Owner Joey Lograsso and chef Jason Binder have curated a balanced choreography of fascinating yet approachable dishes. The menu travels the world from Italy to Asia and showcases Binder’s formal training with elevated dishes that are exceptionally executed. It’s vibey with a great playlist, and the design, reminiscent of a cool Wynwood bar, is industrial with exposed ducts, reclaimed wood and sculptural filament chandeliers. It’s a place that amps up all your senses. • Dinner Tues.-Sun. 561/499-2200. $$$

The Office—201 E. Atlantic Ave. Contemporary American. Your office is nothing like this eclectic gastropub, unless your office sports more than two dozen craft beers on tap. 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. $$

Papa’s Tapas—259 N.E. Second Ave. Spanish. This family-owned restaurant will make you feel welcomed, and its cuisine will satisfy your craving for Spanish tapas. Start with a few shareable plates and then enjoy a hearty paella that’s bursting with a selection of seafood, chicken or vegetables. • Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat., dinner Sun. 561/266-0599. $

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. $$

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. $$$

Rose’s Daughter—169 N.E. Second Ave. Italian

While not your traditional Italian trattoria, it is a place to find new favorites and revisit old standbys updated with delicious ingredients and high standards. Try the Monetcolored lobster risotto, or housemade pasta, pizza, bread and desserts. • Dinner Wed.-Sun. 561/271-9423. $$

Salt7—32 S.E. Second Ave. Modern American. All the pieces needed to create a top-notch restaurant are here: great food and 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 One Hospitality, a new group that bought the venue last year and has plans to introduce a new hot concept soon. Stay tuned. • 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. $$

Taki Omakase—632 E. Atlantic Ave. Japanese. Taki Omakase, a shining example of omakase done right, is pricy but worth it, so long as you love eating raw fish. Every night is different, because it prides itself on importing fish, meat and seasonal ingredients from Japan that arrive daily. So, if you do pine for the delicacies of the sea, buckle in and get ready for the talented chefs at Taki Omakase to guide you through a culinary journey unlike anything else. Dinner nightly, lunch hour Fri.Sun. 561/759-7362. $$$$

Terra Fiamma—9169 W. Atlantic Ave. Italian. The pleasures of simple, well-prepared Italian-American cuisine are front and center here. Enjoy the delicate, pillow-y veal meatballs in Marsala sauce; lusty chicken Allessandro with mushrooms, spinach and artichoke hearts; and a finely crafted tiramisu that’s as satisfying as it is familiar. • Lunch and dinner daily. 561/4955570. $$

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

Veg Eats Foods—334 E. Linton Blvd. Creative Vegan. This is comfort food for everyone; the dishes will impress carnivores, too. Smell the fresh coconut vegetable curry soup, which tastes as good as it sounds. Try the grilled brawt sausage, the Ranch chixn, the banh mi and a Ruben—all from plant-based ingredients that will fool your taste buds. • Lunch daily. 561/562-6673. $

Vic & Angelo’s—290 E. Atlantic Ave. Italian. People watching is a staple ingredient here, a complement to the Italian fare. The wine menu is robust, mainly grounded in Italy but with choices from around the world. Thincrust pizzas are family-friendly, but you won’t want to share the Quattro Formaggi Tortellini filled with al dente pear and topped with truffle cream. If you have room for dessert, the classic sweets include cannoli and a tiramisu. • Dinner nightly, brunch weekends. 561/278-9570. $$

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Suzanne Williamson

THEN: Growing up in southern New Jersey in a tiny subdivision surrounded by the Lebanon State Forest was the perfect environment for Suzanne Williamson, who honed her love of nature—hiking through the woods, swimming in ponds, fishing and catching frogs with the neighborhood boys. The joy of being outside and her love of animals set a foundation that led her to biological anthropology and, later, forensic anthropology in college. She was teaching at the college level while getting a second master’s degree, and eventually started teaching English as a Second Language science at Boynton Beach High School. With a focus on teaching students how to think, not what to think, Williamson became an AP biology teacher, sometimes taking kids who had never been to a zoo on field trips. After seven years at a public school, she moved to American Heritage Schools, where she was an award-winning teacher of several classes, including AP environmental science.

NOW: In April of 2023, Williamson left the classroom to do more of what she loves: teaching kids science in unique and interactive ways. In her role at the Sandoway Discovery Center, she gets to wrangle an alligator (albeit a baby one) and feed sharks. Her primary focus, however, remains on education, and includes designing and carrying out programs such as the Discovery Series for kids ages 3 to 5 and coordinating school field trips. The outreach part of her job often includes visiting schools or community groups, bringing with her Monty the ball python, who spends much of his time around her neck. Interacting with audiences, especially younger ones, is among her favorite parts of the job. “The kids are always excited to be there,” she says.

“One of the best parts of environmental education, especially with live animals, is helping kids understand and respect living things, because it changes their perspective and makes them more likely to take care of the environment in the future.”

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