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News and happenings around Pompano Beach and beyond, including: The Exchange Club’s annual hangar party, moonlight yoga and this year’s autumn and Halloween festivities.
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The Labels We Wear WHEN I WAS A KID, ONE OF MY FRIENDS CASUALLY DECLARED SHE WAS LONG WAISTED. DESPITE THE FACT THAT I DID NOT KNOW WHAT long waisted meant, I quickly chimed in that I too was long waisted. Sure, I could be long waisted. Sounds good. Young girls aim to fit in. Back then, I loved liverwurst on rye with a slice of raw onion. On weekends, my dad would often prepare our favorite sandwich for lunch. But if one were to inquire in front of my friends if I enjoyed liverwurst, I would have turned my nose up in unison with my comrades. Apparently, liverwurst is not popular among the under 12 set. Over the years that followed, I came to learn what long waisted actually meant (this is way before Google) and reconciled myself to the fact that not only was I indeed not long waisted; but that my waist seemed to sit unnaturally close to my head. I was aghast. I was, of all things — short waisted. That just sounds bad. Short waisted. No one wants to be short anything. But then one day it dawned on me. If I was indeed short waisted, then it must stand to reason that I would possess stunningly long legs. I scrambled to the full length mirror only to discover my legs were not the long Barbie-doll-esque limbs I had envisioned. Now I was perplexed. I wondered, if I was not long waisted and I was not long legged — what was the deal with my body? Wherein did my height lie? Well, as it turns out, a good deal of my body’s length extends from my freakishly high waist to the tops of my less-than-stellar legs. This is such an odd shape it has yet to be named. I now know there are many labels for women’s bodies. Apple and pear come to mind, but there are others, and thankfully they don’t include any additional references to bulbous fruits. Sure, cognizance of body types may aid some women in selecting jeans, but the vast majority would likely be able to discern a pair of flattering pants without a comparison to produce.
While in my 20s and enjoying a day at the beach with a few girlfriends, the conversation turned to a mutual acquaintance who everyone unanimously agreed was “so sweet.” The discussion progressed into a session of naming many young women who were also “sweet.” By this point, the warmth of the sun had lulled me into a half-trance and I was not contributing to the list development. Finally, I bolted upright from my towel and declared, “I’m sweet.” My announcement received quite a laugh. My friends were quick to shed light on some of my better qualities; but they all agreed “sweet” was not among them. In truth, I knew this would be their reaction. I had been seeking a laugh all along. Because even though I was in my 20s by this point, I was still the class clown — a label I wore proudly throughout my school years. I have worn many labels. Some good, some not so good. For me, once I had that class clown label on my proverbial lapel it was self fulfilling. But as is so often the case, my clown label was accompanied with an underachiever stamp. “If only she would apply herself” was typically the theme of any teacher conference my parents attended. Let’s face it, we all wear labels: smart, goofy, silly, loud, shy, lazy, ambitious, outgoing, daring, rich, poor and anxious to name a few. Some we like better than others. For me, I’ve tried to hang onto that class clown label, while simultaneously dismantling the underachiever tag. And all these years later, I am pretty sure my love of liverwurst has contributed to what I now realize is my pear-shaped figure; although I identify as hourglass.
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A Night at the Races EXCHANGE CLUB’S ANNUAL HANGAR PARTY
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Exchange Club’s most anticipated event and biggest fundraiser of the year is here. This year’s hangar party will be themed “A Night at the Races.” Guests will enjoy horse races, a Chinese auction, silent and live auctions, raffles, live music and an open bar. Complimentary valet will be provided, and there will be prizes for the best dressed. The annual hangar party raises money to support child abuse prevention programs, veterans services, student scholarships, local charities and nonprofit organizations. Some of the charities Exchange Club supports include The Children’s Healing Institute, the Broward Children’s Center, the Boys and Girls Club, First Tee Organization, the Crockett Foundation, Honor Flight and many more. WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 3 from 6 to 10pm WHERE: Sheltair/ Pegasus Air Charters, Hangar at Pompano Beach Executive Airport, 1001 NE Tenth St., Pompano Beach COST: $150 per person. Only 300 tickets will be available for the event. For sponsorship and donation information, contact Joel Rask at 954-663-7751 or Donn Atkins at 305-613-0031.
Holiday Boat Parade Moved to Friday
If you’re planning your holiday parties early, be aware that the annual Pompano Beach and Lighthouse Point Holiday Boat Parade will be on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7pm. The parade, which is the longest-running boat parade in the nation, has traditionally been on the second Sunday in December. The event organizers decided to move the parade to Friday to increase weekend participation and accommodate boaters who also participate in Ft. Lauderdale’s boat parade. Entry is free for all participating vessels. For more information visit pompanobeachchamber.com.
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Yoga 4 Life Studios’ Juliana Trejo will lead meditation and yoga under the full moon by the beach. Bring your yoga mat, towel, water and a light jacket. Meet on the Great Lawn on the far east end of Atlantic Blvd. by the beach at 8pm. WHERE: Pompano Beach on Atlantic & A1A at the Great Lawn COST: Event is free; donations appreciated WHEN: 8pm
Casino Night at the Historical Society This Gatsby-esque special evening is shrouded in secrecy. Event organizers are keeping the details secret, but promise it is “going to be the bee’s knees.” The intriguing event will begin at the Historical Society, then proceed to the “‘Blind Pig’ once the coast is clear.” WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 11pm WHERE: Hood Center, 217 NE Fourth Ave., Pompano Beach COST: $75 per person; tickets can be purchased at pompanohistory.com
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The Rotary Club of Pompano Beach is hosting a Fall Harvest Festival at the SampleMcDougald House. Attendees will enjoy games, a petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, antique tractors, a pumpkin patch, sidewalk drawing and raffles. Free tours of the historic Sample-McDougald House will be available from 10am until noon. Baked goods, food, drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 13., 10am-7pm. In case of severe weather, event will be held the following Saturday, Oct. 20. WHERE: Sample-McDougald House, 450 NE Tenth St., Pompano Beach COST: $5/pp; children 12 and under are free. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 754-307-5446 for more information
Halloween Inspired Brush & Brunch
Have a nice lunch and paint a Halloween scene at Festival Marketplaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brush & Brunch event. An instructor will teach you, step-by-step. No experience is necessary. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11am to 1:30pm WHERE: Just west of food court at Festival Marketplace, 2900 W. Sample Rd. COST: Ticket price of $16 includes lunch, all painting materials and professional instruction. Spots are limited. Reserve your seat on EventBrite.
WHEN: Saturday Oct. 27 from 6:30pm to 10pm WHERE: Broward Spiritist Society, 2183 N. Powerline Rd., Pompano Beach
Boca Pumpkin Patch Festival
The festival will feature a variety of fun, fall activities including a pumpkin patch with 2,500 pumpkins, carnival rides, a cornstalk maze and dress-yourown scarecrow village. Attendees can also enjoy pumpkin delights in the pumpkin food court. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday Oct. 6 & 7 from 10am to 6pm WHERE: Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton COST: General admission is $20 and includes unlimited carnival ride wristband and access to all fall attractions. Food and pumpkins not included. Children under two are free. For more information visit bocapumpkinpatch.com. Pompano Picks contains information originating from other organizations. While every attempt is made to ensure all information is accurate, schedules do change. We recommend confirming events prior to setting out on your adventure.
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Barktoberfest K9 Splash Adventure
What could be cuter than dogs in costumes? Dogs in costumes playing in water. Adorable. And you can see tons of them at Barktoberfest, a K9 splash adventure event. Activities run from 8am to 3:50pm and include doggie splash time, pet adoptions, a doggie marketplace, kiddie bounce houses, face painting and a costume contest. Splash sessions will be 50-minutes long. Only dogs weighing 25 pounds or less will be permitted in the first session, which starts at 8am. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 & 7 from 8am to 3:50pm WHERE: Quiet Waters Park, 730 S. Powerline Rd, Deerfield Beach COST: Human admission to the event is free, but attendees will pay a park entrance fee of $1.50 per person (children 5 and under are free). Splash sessions are $5/dog for 50 minutes.
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Spirits and ghosts are taking over the Broski Ciderworks Taproom and throwing a party. The second annual Boos-n-Brews Celebration with the Cheffrey Eats Food truck will feature beer specials, a live DJ and costume awards. Giveaways and prizes will be raffled off hourly. Drink tokens will be available at the door â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one token is good for any one cider or craft beer. Six specialty ciders will be released throughout the night. Must be of legal drinking age to attend. WHEN: Saturday Oct. 27 from 7pm to 1am WHERE: Broski Ciderworks, 1465 SW Sixth Court, Pompano Beach COST: Admission is free. Beer and food will be available for purchase.
The Exchange Club of Pompano Beach will host a pumpkin patch to benefit local non-profit organizations. WHEN: Friday Oct. 26 from 6 to 10pm Saturday Oct. 27 from 9am to 6pm Sunday Oct. 28 from 11am to 6pm WHERE: First Presbyterian Church (the Pink Church) parking lot just east of US1 on 24th St., Pompano Beach
4th Annual Deerfield Beach Fall Festival
Pumpkin patch, hay-maze, live entertainment, a petting zoo and a ton of tasty treats for the whole family. WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 20th, 3pm - 7pm WHERE: Pioneer Park, 501 NE Eller St., Deerfield Beach COST: Free
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BurgerFi, a gourmet burger restaurant, and Kilwins, a chocolate, fudge and ice-cream shop, are expected to break ground in about two months, according to Tim Hernandez, a principal in Pompano Pier Associates, the firm that is developing the commercial space in the Pompano Beach Fishing Village next to the pier. Alvin’s Island, a beach goods megastore that will carry everything from fashion wear, to surfing performance gear and water sports equipment, is slated to start vertical construction in about a month. The developers of a five-story dual-branded Hilton hotel that will be built just south of the new Pier Parking Garage are expected to request a building permit from the city in roughly two months. Lucky Fish Beach Bar and Grill, which will be located just south of the pier, should be under construction by the end of the year. Oceanic, a two-story restaurant that is currently being built directly on the beach along the north side of the pier, and next to the newly opened Beach House restaurant, is anticipated to open by the end of March 2019, said Hernandez.
A Walmart Neighborhood Market with a drive-through pharmacy is planned for the 6-acre site next to the RaceTrac gas station in Haven Plaza, located at the southwest corner of Federal Highway and Northeast 33rd Street. The developers have received site plan and building design approval from the city for the 42,232-squarefoot store, and are expected to request a building permit within the next few months, according to the Planning and Zoning Department. Construction could start within a year. The site is currently occupied by a vacant 28,879-square-foot retail building, which would be demolished. In the same vicinity, plans are underway to build an Outback Steakhouse on a parcel along Federal Highway, between Sample Road and Northeast 33rd Street, next to Shopper’s Haven. For years, a former Hops Restaurant stood vacant on the site, until it was torn down earlier this year. The 6,700-square-foot steakhouse still needs to be reviewed by the city’s Planning and Zoning Board and Architectural Appearance Committee before a building permit can be requested. An International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is slated to be built at Pompano Citi Centre, on what is now a grassy, vacant lot just east of the Wendy’s on the corner of Copans Road and Northeast 12th Terrace. Plans for the 4,600-square-foot restaurant are still going through the city’s review process.
Pompano Beach Launches “Where is My Inspector?” E-Service The city has just launched a new interactive online service – called “Where Is My Inspector?” – for residents and business owners who have scheduled a building, fire or landscape inspection and want to keep track of the inspector’s route and estimated arrival time. The new service is accessible through the “My Pompano” mobile app and the city’s website (pompanobeachfl.gov/ inspector). The new service is the result of the City’s first ever Civic Hackathon, held in April at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. The day-long event was organized by the City’s IT Department, in collaboration with the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency and Code for Fort Lauderdale (an organization of computer programmers for the public good). The event brought together participants from around the area, including students from Blanche Ely High School and residents of Pompano Beach. Nine teams were challenged to tackle common issues related to permits, inspections and properties, and come up with solutions that would benefit residents. The winning idea was “Where is My Inspector?” Residents and business owners can enter a permit number to see a map pinpointing the building inspector’s route for the day, the places already visited, and an estimated time frame of when to expect the inspector at their location. On the inspector’s side, a route with the daily inspections will automatically be created using MapQuest. In the future, the service might also be used for engineering inspections, according to the City’s Chief Information Officer Gene Zamoski. The City plans to hold another Civic Hackathon next April, and to make it a yearly event, said Zamoski.
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Gun Shows in Pompano THREATENED WITH LAWSUIT, CITY COMMISSION VOTES NOT TO BAN GUN SHOWS ON CITY PROPERTY
The City Commission was set to adopt an ordinance in July that would have banned gun shows at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, but hit a road block when an attorney representing the promoter of the shows threatened to sue the City of Pompano Beach and the commissioners individually for violating Florida Statute 790.33, which prohibits local governments from passing any rules that regulate firearms or ammunition. Any public official who violates this statue can be removed from office by the governor, fined up to $5,000 and face a possible lawsuit, plus related costs. In addition, any local law regulating firearms or ammunition would be declared null and void. The proposed ordinance, which was an amendment to the city’s zoning code, was approved unanimously on first reading two weeks prior. As presented by City staff, it was intended to ensure that events and activities at City facilities are appropriate for families and residents of all ages. It would have prohibited the sale or display of merchandise or goods that, under state law, minors would not be allowed to see, possess or purchase, with the exception of special events where alcohol is sold lawfully to adults for consumption on the premises.
“If you move forward with this ordinance, then we’re going to sue you,” said Flasterstein. The Commission voted 4 to 2 against the ordinance, with Commissioners Barry Moss and Rex Hardin casting the ‘yes’ votes. At a commission meeting held less than two weeks after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14, Mayor Lamar Fisher said he and the city attorney were looking very closely at what could be done legally to stop gun shows at public facilities in Pompano. At Fisher’s request, Florida State Shows canceled a gun show that was scheduled to take place at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center in March. The promoter has about two more shows scheduled to take place under its current contract with the City. If the ordinance had passed, it would not have precluded gun shows from being held on private property. The shows used to be held at the Elks Lodge, before it closed last year. Flasterstein said he and his client perceived the ordinance to be a reaction to the Parkland shooting, and that his client and the law-abiding shouldn’t be “punished” because of the actions committed by a
“If you move forward with this ordinance, then we’re going to sue you.” — Attorney Noel Flasterstein The ordinance would have applied to events such as cigar, tobacco or liquor shows, as well as the gun shows held at the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center. Attorney Noel Flasterstein — who has a Second Amendment and gun rights law practice in Boca Raton, and is a consulting attorney with the gun rights advocacy group Florida Carry — was representing Florida State Shows LLC, the gun show promoter, which does business as Florida Gun Expo. Flasterstein said that he and his client viewed the ordinance as an attempt to regulate the firearm industry in violation of Florida Statute 790.33.
“crazed person.” In March, Pompano Beach, along with a number of other cities, joined a lawsuit initiated by the City of Weston against the state of Florida that challenges the constitutionality of the provisions of Statute 790.33. After the ordinance failed to pass, City Attorney Mark Berman told the Commission he would continue to update them on the status of the lawsuit and, “hopefully, as that makes progress, this commission or further commissions will have the opportunity to do more without the threat of retribution.”
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Pompano Beach Enacts New Vaping Rules
New Pompano Beach Call Center Creates Jobs for Local Workers SITEL GROUP, A GLOBAL CUSTOMER CARE PROVIDER, HAS JUST OPENED A NEW CONTACT CENTER IN POMPANO BEACH, BRINGING 400 FULL-TIME JOBS TO THE AREA. Sitel Group, a global customer care provider, has just opened a new contact center in Pompano Beach, bringing 400 full-time jobs to the area. Sitel expects to have all of the positions filled by mid-October, according to a spokesperson for the firm. So far, about a third of the new hires are residents of the Pompano Beach area who will fill both leadership and customer service roles. Sitel is recruiting in Pompano Beach and surrounding municipalities within a 25mile radius. Located at 2500 NW 19th St., the over 84,000-square-foot stateof-the-art facility supports customers of Costco Wholesale – one of the world’s largest retailers – assisting shoppers through the online ordering process. The starting salary for customer service representatives is $13 an hour; managers are paid a yearly salary in the $35,000 range. Employees are eligible for healthcare benefits (medical, dental, vision) after 60 days, paid time off after 90 days, and 401(k) retirement savings after one year. Sitel anticipates expanding its operations and employment opportunities at the site, which had its grand opening last month. The number of employees is expected to rise to 1,000 in the near future, the spokesperson said. Sitel set up a contact center in Pompano Beach in 2015 to assist customers of Capital One, the financial services company. Sitel closed the center about a year-and-a-half later, citing a loss of contracts as the reason. Sitel has been working with Dahlia Baker, workforce program director for the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, to place local workers at the new contact center. “We’re excited that Sitel is back and that they’re looking to hire Pompano Beach residents,” said Baker. Currently, Miami-based Sitel operates approximately 150 facilities in 25 countries, helping customers in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. For more information, contact Dahlia Baker at dahlia.baker@ copbfl.com.
The City Commission approved an ordinance in July that prohibits the use of nicotine vaporizers – commonly known as e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’ devices – in all public areas in the city, including parks, the beach, and other recreational areas. Vaping is also now banned in all places where tobacco smoking is prohibited under Florida law, which includes restaurants and all enclosed workplaces, but not private residences or stand-alone bars. Anyone who violates these rules is committing a civil infraction subject to a $100 fine for the first offense; $150 for the second offense; and $250 for the third offense and subsequent offenses. The new ordinance also prohibits the sale of nicotine vaporizers or liquid nicotine to anyone under the age of 18. To minimize accessibility to minors even further, it is unlawful for anyone to offer nicotine vaporizers or liquid nicotine in any type of selfservice vending machines in businesses. Violators of these rules face criminal penalties with a maximum fine of $500 and up to 60 days in jail. Local governments are preempted by the state from regulating the burning of tobacco products, but the city’s ordinance is not preempted because nicotine vaporizers do not burn tobacco. The ordinance applies to any electronic or batteryoperated device that allows the user to inhale the vapor of liquid nicotine or any other substance, including devices marketed and sold as an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo, pipe or hookah. The ordinance was prompted by a resident who, during a City Commission meeting in May, expressed her concern about aerosol emissions from e-cigarettes, which the World Health Organization has deemed to be harmful to bystanders because they contain formaldehyde, metals and other toxic chemicals and carcinogens. The woman stated that over 19 localities in Florida have vaping regulations, and inquired why Pompano Beach hadn’t enacted any. Mayor Fisher thanked the speaker for bringing the matter to the Commission’s attention, and asked the city attorney to look into putting an ordinance together. All the commissioners were in favor of the move. Other cities in the area that have adopted ordinances to regulate vaping include Lighthouse Point, Boca Raton and Delray Beach.
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Hardin Best Choice to Lead Pompano BY JEFF LEVINE The opinions expressed by columnists are solely their opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Pompano! magazine, Point Publishing or their affiliates.
WITH POMPANO BEACH MAYOR LAMAR FISHER OPTING TO RUN FOR BROWARD COUNTY COMMISSION, THIS NOVEMBER, residents will be choosing a new mayor for the first time in over a decade. This important election will determine the direction Pompano Beach goes from here. The campaign has been tremendously tense and controversial. I reached out to the mayoral candidates and other prominent city leaders to get their take on this year’s election. Full transcripts of their replies will be posted online at pointpubs.com. This column summarizes my findings and perspective. REX HARDIN District three commissioner Rex Hardin has 12 years experience on the commission and has been well-positioned to understand the difficulties the City has faced to get Pompano Beach to where it is now. He will likely continue to lead the City on a path similar to the one laid out by current Mayor Lamar Fisher. Hardin told me he values Fisher’s “ability to gain consensus respectfully” and believes Fisher’s “level of stability has paid tremendous dividends to the community.” Hardin is big on consensus building. He is troubled by the tenor of this year’s campaign and says, “it’s unfortunate when local elections deteriorate to this level. We are neighbors and we will continue to see each other after Nov. 6.” MICHAEL SOBEL Some prominent Pompano Beach community leaders I spoke to (who asked to remain anonymous) said that Michael Sobel “looks to tear things apart but doesn’t offer solutions,” “is impossible to work with,” and believes that “nothing is good unless it was his idea.” These three statements sum up the sentiment I have heard since he joined the Commission and,
from my personal experiences with him, seem accurate. Sobel and I have emailed back and forth regarding city issues I have written about in the past. In March, I was working on a piece about major changes in the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). I sent him an e-mail seeking a response to some feedback I had received from a reader. In my reporting of the issue, a source inside city hall also told me Sobel had an interest in approving lower dollar expenses than the Commission normally approved. I wanted to confirm if this was accurate and wondered if perhaps Sobel was concerned there had been misappropriations. He responded: “Thank you for the opportunity but I do not ... broadcast my concerns and intentions in the press when I perform my duties as Commissioner, although I understand you are primarily a glossy advertising forum, rather than a factual information source. Also, please provide me with the name(s) of the person(s) that provided you with the content.” - Michael Sobel Sure, Sobel has the right to refuse to answer specific questions, but do we really want a mayor who will not discuss his “concerns and intentions in the press” relating to his positions and actions, especially one who makes “transparency” a central point of his campaign? His attitude toward the press also reminds me of tweets from a certain President. I’m not sure we want a mayor who would create an environment in Pompano Beach similar to what we have now in Washington. And, I don’t think we want a mayor who responds to legitimate questions with insults and defensiveness. Ask around, that seems to be Sobel’s style. Since receiving this reply from Sobel, he no longer communicates with me at all. In fact, he was the only mayoral candidate who did not respond to a simple questionnaire I sent out in regards to the election. Sobel also seems to have deleted me from his monthly commissioner’s newsletter >>>
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<<< updates. Maybe it’s okay (not really) to delete a journalist, but I’m also a resident of District One, the district Sobel currently represents. He has an obligation to send me the same e-mail he would send to everyone else in the district. There are certain issues I agree with Sobel on. Yes, there have been times when the City has not provided enough transparency and accountability. I, too, worry that we properly balance the needs of developers with the needs of current residents in all areas of the city. And, I am especially concerned we haven’t adequately addressed the increase in traffic created by increased development. The next mayor will need to resolve these issues with an increased emphasis on quality of life for existing residents. Nonetheless, I believe Sobel’s demeanor disqualifies him for the job. Too many people I respect have red flagged (and I have witnessed firsthand) his inability to develop positive interactions — a key to good city leadership. He was largely responsible for efforts to chase away RMA, the company the City hired to oversee redevelopment projects, and I fear he will chase away others. CYNDY FLOYD & DEBRESIA LESANE Also running for mayor are Pompano Beach natives Cyndy Floyd and self-described “revolutionary” Debresia LeSane. Both candidates are passionate and rightfully troubled by the blight and poverty in the northwest part of the city. Hearing their concerns opened my eyes to a perspective I wasn’t fully aware of. LeSane has some extreme views (“the city only manages to sustain the rich and build tall buildings to hide the poor”), but her point of view is important to understand and consider. Floyd says she has “fresh ideas” and is a strong advocate for “affordable housing.” While both bring up good points, I don’t believe either has the government experience needed to be mayor of a 110,000 person city. Still, I sincerely hope they will remain community advocates and strong voices in our city. Bottom line, if you believe that the recent redevelopment in Pompano Beach has been mostly a good thing, Hardin is your man. If you think the redevelopment has been troublesome, then you have three other candidates to choose from. Two, however, lack governing experience, and the third seems to be more of a disruptive force than a problem solver. Bringing up problems without creating solutions, acting curmudgeonly and not worrying about building consensus doesn’t sound like a good description for mayor; it sounds like the job description of a magazine columnist. Y Jeff Levine is the Editor-at-Large of Pompano! Magazine. Email him at email@example.com
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Both doctors were clearly no-nonsense types, but what do they have to do with shoes, socks and flip-flops? Everything! At some point in my early childhood, we visited one of them about my flat feet. The advice? “She needs to go barefoot.” My mother was horrified, but dutifully followed “doctor’s orders.” Ever since then, I have loved going barefoot. If I could, I’d never wear shoes again, anywhere. One of the many things I love about living in South Florida is our flip-flop culture, as close to barefoot as one can be. And yes, I know that the modern consensus is that these are terrible for your feet, but I’m blithely ignoring that. My husband, however, is not a barefoot believer. Even though he’s lived most of his life in South Florida, he insists on wearing proper footwear before leaving the house for any purpose whatsoever. It drives me insane. Yes, I know, they’re his feet. But the reason it drives me insane is because everything – everything! – is a production, including the 25-step trip to the mailbox. I’m not sure what he expects to encounter on this paved walkway — rusty nails, poisonous insects, dangerous chemical spills? And forget walking the dog. Sometimes I’m surprised he doesn’t break out hiking boots. In my opinion (and my childhood doctors’ advice no doubt plays a large role in my worldview here), there are three South Florida events that warrant shoes and socks: 1. festive occasions 2. business meetings 3. our two days of winter. Sometimes I’d like a time machine so I could put the 10-year-old version of my husband in one of those doctors’ offices. Maybe they could talk some sense into him. But until I get one, I’ll have to live with his habit/ paranoia, and resign myself to the fact that if I want him to get the mail, well, it will take awhile. Otherwise, I’ll just slide into my flip-flops (in case of any actual hazards) and get it myself. Y
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Home to the world’s largest collection of authentic Broadway musical costumes, Costume World attracts renowned designers to Pompano Beach. Marilynn Wick, the tireless entrepreneur behind Costume World, shares the story of how she grew her business from a children’s home craft project to a costume collection worth an estimated $30 million. With Halloween approaching, one may want to schedule a costuming appointment at Costume World’s recently expanded warehouse, which Wick swears is home to celebrity ghosts. BY DANIELLE CHARBONNEAU • PHOTOS BY JOE YERKOVICH
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he day I visited CEO Marilynn Wick custom fit the costumes to measurement. Wick at Costume World’s newly expanded even houses the designers at one of her own warehouse in Pompano Beach, she had properties while they visit South Florida. received a message from three-time Tony award If you’re anything like me, however, you didn’t winning actress Glenn Close who was desperate to find know any of this. You may have driven by Costume the dress she wore in the 1980 Broadway production World’s former retail shop off Federal Blvd. in the of “Barnum.” Close collects costumes and knew that Dollar Tree plaza in Deerfield Beach and assumed Wick — the holder of the largest Broadway Costume it to be your run-of-the-mill costume shop filled collection in the world — just might have her beloved with wigs and wardrobes for October’s trick-ordress. treating or your office’s next lame theme party. You Wick is used to such celebrity phone calls. Costume may not have realized that the former retail shop World outfits costumes, props and sets for some of contained only a minuscule fraction of Costume Broadway’s largest productions, provides the costumes World’s insanely big collection, which is housed for “Saturday Night Live,” created the wardrobe for primarily in the warehouse district of Pompano the 2015 Tony Awards’ performance of “The King and Beach. I,” costumed the Ringling Brothers productions for 17 Wick recently opted to expand the warehouse years and used to do work with “The Letterman Show.” space by 25,000 square-feet when she closed In 2005, when Wick won a bidding war and bought the retail shop in Deerfield Beach. Wick said her Marilynn Wick out the largest costume house in New York City (which former landlord had increased her rent almost had been operating since 1868), many of the shop’s two-fold hoping to make room for a new Sprouts high-profile, Broadway clients followed. Costume World has hosted grocery store. the former Mrs. Trump, Marla Maples, Jenna Bush and Matt Lauer’s In the newly expanded Pompano Beach warehouse space, Wick mother. has built rehearsal space for the Wick Theatre Company and The shop has become a key destination for costume and set recreated a retail space where customers can schedule private designers. Wick helps them pick out wardrobes, props, shoes, wigs costuming experiences. — everything from head-to-toe. A team of professional seamstresses “This is my entire life’s work under this roof,” Wick said.
When I visited the new warehouse space in July, there was an air of chaos as workers unloaded moving vans, unpacked boxes and moved furniture, frantic to get everything in working order. Maneuvering around boxes, I followed Wick to the back warehouse where my jaw dropped wide open. The rows were seemingly endless, each stacked from floor-to-ceiling with multiple levels of hanging costumes. Some were bedazzled, colorful and sequined; others drab with earth tones, aged and antique. There were polka-dot 50s dresses, flappers, mobsters, showgirls, cowboys, geishas, civil war soldiers, round-table knights, paupers, hobos and everything in between. It was as if every character I have ever seen on stage or in film discarded their clothing in one gigantic, organized closet. I imagine that for costume designers, the experience of stepping into the Costume World warehouse is akin to that of a candy-loving child stepping into Charlie’s Chocolate Factory — awe, wonder and an instantaneous desire to play. I imagined what it would be like if “Night at the Museum” were to happen in that warehouse, the costumes suddenly springing to life. Oh the stories they would tell! In a certain regard, Wick said some of the costumes do have a voice — through the ghosts they brought with them. Wick and her daughter Kimberly swear the warehouse is home to several friendly ghosts, most likely of the actors and actresses who wore the costumes. Both Wick and Kimberly shared tales of paranormal phenomenon in the warehouse — taps on windows, multiple lights inexplicably turning on, strange cold breezes and distinct whispers in their ears. “Spirits are definitely here. There’s no doubt about it,” ” said Kimberly. “One thousand percent — they are here, but they are happy.” After swapping ghost stories, Wick shared the surprising tale of how Costume World grew from a craft project to an estimated $30 million collection.
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As a single mom of two young daughters, divorced at the young age of 22, Wick was required to be creative and resourceful. At Christmas, when the girls, Kelly and Kim, wanted to make some money to purchase a present for their indefatigable mom, Wick devised a plan to bake some holiday cookies the girls could sell at the Royal Palm Plaza. Wick’s English housekeeper at the time shared
Wick and her daughter Kimberly swear the warehouse is home to several friendly ghosts, most likely of the actors and actresses who wore the costumes.
fond memories of her own childhood, shopping in the holiday markets in England where people would sell their goods wearing Santa suits. While Wick liked the idea of costuming her girls to sell the cookies, she didn’t know where she could rent any Santa suits. “I opened up the yellow pages and there were no costume shops,” Wick recalled. “My housekeeper suggested we make them, so we went out and bought all the materials. She got me a sewing machine and we made the suits. It started with five Santa suits at my dining room table — just a little home project for my girls.” After creating them, Wick and her girls got the idea to rent the suits for $25 a piece. The Boca News came to take a picture and Wick published a one-line advertisement in the yellow pages. It was just the right time. “The phone rang off the wall,” Wick said. “People were calling up and saying ‘I need Big Bird. I need this. I need that.’” The Wick girls realized they had stumbled upon a great idea. “The more we got involved and did research, the more we loved it,” Wick said. “So we decided we would
go out to FAU and ask the costume department to come to lunch and I could host a little tea party for her. She came to the house. We told her what we wanted to do and she said, ‘Oh, that will never work!’” Wick set out to prove her wrong. “I said to the kids, we will go to New York and I’ll invest about $1,000 in you and we’ll have a little store, and for Halloween you girls can help me run it. We never knew we would be mobbed,” Wick remembered. “There was nothing around like that.” The first year Wick rented a small garage storefront, coincidentally, right across the street from where her current warehouse stands. Now Wick can look across the street and remember Costume World’s humble beginnings. Things were rough in the beginning. “I’d say ‘Kim, go sell a bunny nose so we can have lunch,’” Wick joked. “‘We’re not proud of it,” Kimberly added, “but everybody starts somewhere.” In the shop’s second year, The Wick girls moved to a larger space on Copans Road. Then Wick started buying up costume houses around the country. “From the 80s to the 90s I bought out ten large
It started with five Santa suits at my dining room table — just a little home project for my girls. Marilynn Wick
costume houses,” said Wick, who would renovate the stores and re-brand them as Costume World shops. “We had a store in Buffalo, New York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We had a store in Houston, and in Dallas, then Austin. We had a store in Boston. These were big costume facilities.” In the 80s, not feeling educated enough in the field, Wick took it upon herself to get mentored in the art of costume and set design from a Cuban designer in Miami who owned a costume house and crafted specialty work. “I went every day to Miami for a whole year,” Wick remembered. “Every day at 2 o’clock I’d drive down there. She trained me on everything — how to buy the fabric, what to do — hands-on training.” Together, Wick and her mentor created the entire wardrobe and set for “The King and I” from scratch.
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In 2005, Wick bought out the largest costume house in New York City, which was founded is 1868. She moved 15 semi-loads of original Broadway costumes to Pompano Beach, making her, as mentioned in
the New York Times, the ‘largest authentic musical wardrobe collector in the country.’” Wick had only ten frantic days to pack up the costumes in New York and bring them home to Pompano Beach, where she stashed them in the warehouse. “A whole team of us packed it up and moved it. I’ve never been so dirty in my life. We had to scrub ourselves for days,” Wick said laughing. While Wick was thrilled she had won the New York bidding war, in the frenzy she didn’t quite comprehend what she had purchased. As she and Kimberly began unpacking the boxes, they were astonished by the Broadway gems they had acquired — Richard Burton’s armor with his name in it from “Camelot,” Rob Hudson’s jacket, Jimmy Garland’s hat, all the original “42nd Street” clothes, costumes from “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” The collection was good enough to start a museum. So that’s exactly what Wick did. She transformed part of the warehouse space into a tourable museum with a dining area designed as an exact replica of Central Park’s iconic restaurant, Tavern on the Green. Guests would pay to see the costumes, have tea on the Green and perhaps see a live musical performance. In 2011, when the City of Pompano Beach told Wick she was no longer allowed to host visitors in the warehouse district due to zoning regulations, she knew she needed a new venue. At 69 years old, when most are dreaming of retirement and lazy afternoon naps escaping the Florida heat, Wick dreamed of costumes and theater. Her daughter Kelly, who in adulthood had established a career in real estate, suggested Wick explore the defunct Caldwell Theater in Boca Raton, which had gone bankrupt and was facing foreclosure. While Wick had no formal background in musical theater, she embraced the challenge. In 2013, Costume World leased the Caldwell, finally buying it in April 2016 for $5.2 million. The Caldwell, now called the Wick Theatre, houses Wick’s costume museum and theatre company. The museum collection has been featured on “The Today Show,” in People magazine and was the subject of a photo essay in Vogue magazine by fashion photographer, Bruce Weber. The theatre company, now is in its sixth year of production, has become an important cultural institution in Boca Raton. “To think,” she said, “It all started with a Santa suit.”
Wick Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season The Wick Theatre is located at 7901 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton. Visit thewick.org of call 561-995-2333 for more information. Ticket prices range between $75 and $95. OCT. 18 - NOV. 11 - “THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE” Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance” is an uproarious comedy. Swashbuckling pirates, a love story and bumbling constables combine to make for a wonderful evening with fabulous music. NOV. 29 - DEC. 23 - “ANNIE” “Annie” will star Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers as Miss Hannigan, the mean head mistress at the orphanage. Fun for the entire family, this iconic Broadway hit tells the heartwarming tale of Little orphan Annie, who stole the heart of a lonely millionaire. Classic songs include “Tomorrow,” “Easy Street,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed without a Smile.” JAN. 17 - FEB. 24 - “FUNNY GIRL” “Funny Girl” is a musical biography of the legendary Fanny Brice and her tempestuous love affair with gambler Nicky Ornstein. The score, written by Jules Styne, features such hits as “Don’t Rain on my Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star” and the timeless ballad, “People.” MARCH 14- APRIL 14 - “CRAZY FOR YOU” “Crazy for You” won the Tony Award for Best Musical with its score by the Gershwins. You won’t want to miss the tappin’ feet and fantastic singers in this extremely funny romantic comedy. APRIL 25-MAY 12 - “ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE” “Always...Patsy Cline” is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s long friendship with a fan named Louise Seger. The show includes a live band and features Patsy’s hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight.” With Halloween on the horizon, it’s a good time to schedule a private costume fitting. While you’re there, be on the lookout for those celebrity ghosts. Costume World is located at 2313 NW 30th Place in Pompano Beach. Call (800) 423-7496 or email email@example.com for an appointment. Y
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10 16 18 The Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Pompano Beach Fine Food & Wine Celebration will gather some of the city’s finest culinary institutions, craft brewers and wine distributors for one night dedicated to pleasing the palate. This year the celebration will also feature a Champagne fountain, live entertainment, raffles for prizes, silent, Chinese and live auctions.
If delectable food and fine wine isn’t enough to draw you in, then perhaps a charitable heart will. In addition to benefiting the Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce, some of this year’s festival proceeds will benefit the Greater Pompano Beach Education Foundation, which directly supports Broward County public schools. Here is your guide to this year’s participating businesses.
WHERE Sheraton Suites Fort Lauderdale at Cypress Creek, 555 NW 62nd St., Fort Lauderdale WHEN Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 from 6 to 9pm TICKETS $75/pp in advance; $85/pp at the door; includes complimentary valet parking
To purchase tickets or for more information visit pompanobeachchamber.com or call 954-941-2940
Meet the Chefs BY DANIELLE CHARBONNEAU
Chef Troy Beasley
POMPANO BEACH HOUSE
The opening of the Pompano Beach House was quite possibly the most anticipated restaurant opening the city has seen in decades. Located in the planned Fisherman’s Village, the Beach House is one major part of the city’s plan to revitalize the beach. The restaurant opened in March and cost roughly $6.5 million to build. The company behind the Beach House is the Brimstone Restaurant Group (BRG), best known for their Brimstone Woodfire Grill restaurants in Pembroke Pines and Doral. BRG acquired a 45 year lease from the City of Pompano Beach to build the Beach House, which is a modern, twostory building on the sand. On the first floor, the main dining room offers a nearpanoramic view of the beach. On the second floor is a chic and trendy cocktail bar with giant, circular, tiered booths overlooking the ocean. The entire restaurant is modern, yet earthy and slightly rustic — reclaimed beach wood panels line some of the walls, old boat ropes dangle copper light fixtures with Edison bulbs, fishing nets and wooden boat oars are spotted throughout the design and an artistic grass wall hangs near the entrance. The decor gives honor to the restaurant’s seaside location. At the helm of the Beach House kitchen is Executive Chef Troy Beasley who has worked for BRG for seven years. Before joining BRG, Chef Beasley worked for Darden Restaurants at Seasons 52, and for Houston’s Restaurants for 16
years. As a Houston’s trainer for eleven of those 16, Beasley helped open Houston’s locations in DC, California, Arizona, Kansas, New York City, Texas and Florida. At each new restaurant, in each new city, Beasley said he soaked up fresh styles of cooking and learned better techniques for managing his kitchens. Traveling, he said, has made him more adaptable and creative. “I’m like a chameleon,” he said. Chef Beasley’s versatility aided him in co-creating the Beach House menu with BRG’s Director of Culinary, Rick Schwager, and BRG’s owners, JR, Jeff and Anders Anderson. The menu is one part Caribbean, one part Southern, one part steakhouse and a few parts seafood. Beasley’s New Orleans and Southern roots seem to be weaved into the menu at times, with elements like Creole sauce, white cheddar grits, buttermilk chicken, andouille sausage and dirty rice. Caribbean flavors are spotted with ingredients like pineapple, grilled mango and crispy plantains. The ocean is well-represented with sushi, raw oysters and fresh fish; while land is honored with juicy steaks. The Anderson family’s >>>
ABOVE Chef Troy Beasley LEFT beach house clams— little neck clams, garlic, shallots, andouille sausage, white wine, fresh herbs and grilled French bread. Photos by Joe Yerkovich
<<< extensive world travel experience aided the BRG team in crafting a globally-influenced menu. Some of Chef Beasley’s favorite entrées are the “Drunken Rib Eye” (a ribeye steak with Hawaiian marinade topped with pineapple salsa and served with Parmesan potatoes), the “Walk the Cedar Plank Salmon” (cooked on a cedar plank and topped with whole-grain mustard butter), the baconwrapped scallops (served with dirty rice and a tequila lime cream sauce) and the “Beachy Shrimp and Grits” (jumbo white shrimp served with stone-ground white cheddar grits served in a light, Creole sauce with ham, asparagus and corn salsa). The most Creole-inspired of the dishes — the shrimp and grits — is surprisingly not Chef Beasley’s creation, but Schwager’s recipe. Still, it is one of Beasley’s favorites. “It’s a great recipe. It’s really tasty and has a lot of flavor profiles,” he said. “Flavor is what I’m all about. I’m not that chef that stays on one plate for ten minutes to make it really pretty and fancy. I concentrate on the taste. I just want food to taste really, really good.” EVENTS AT Beasley said this desire — to POMPANO BEACH bring a depth of flavor to every HOUSE: dish — comes from his soulful The Pompano Beach House grandmother. As a child, regularly hosts yoga classes, growing up in New Orleans, rooftop parties and other fun Beasley helped his grandmother events. A full schedule can be cook. She earned her living found on the Beach House running a prepared meal business facebook page. from her home, cooking up huge pots of food to provide meals for local churches, schools, barber shops, neighborhoods and beauty
salons. Beasley remembers his childhood with her well. “I used to stand on little milk crates because I wasn’t tall enough and would watch her cook,” Beasley said. “She baked. She did a lot of pot cooking. She fried. What was really unique for my grandmother was she didn’t really measure anything. I used to see her put her hands in and take seasonings and flours and just throw stuff in.” Beasley’s experience with his grandmother pushed him to pursue work in kitchens young. He started as a bus boy at 14 years old and in just a few years worked his way up to a line supervisor position at Copelan’s Restaurant on St. Charles St. While Beasley received no formal culinary education (he earned degrees in computers and business administration), he worked in restaurants throughout his schooling and, luckily for Pompano Beach, never left the kitchen. Beasley has high hopes for the Beach House’s future. “We started out here with a bang,” he said. “I hope we continue that trend.” The Pompano Beach House is located at 270 N. Pompano Beach Blvd. For more information visit beachhousepompano.com or call 954-607-6530.
ABOVE Atlantic salmon topped with whole-grain mustard butter,
cooked on a cedar plank and served with kale salad
BELOW tender lobster tail, jumbo shrimp scampi and pappardelle pasta
Photos by Joe Yerkovich
TRATTORIA NOVELLO Tucked in the center of the east Atlantic Blvd. plaza between the Foundry and Café Maxx, Trattoria Novello is poised to be a central part of Pompano Beach’s seaside re-birth. At the heart of Trattoria Novello is Chef Patrick Solarino — or Chef “Pasquale” as he goes by (a name derived from his grandfather). Chef Pasquale’s fervent belief in using fresh ingredients (so fresh some are grown in his own home garden) and authentic Italian imported products is truly what sets Trattoria Novello apart from the roughly two dozen other Italian restaurants in Pompano Beach. Chef Pasquale grew up in Montreal, Canada in an Italian family whose connection, heart and soul was built in the kitchen. “My grandmother and my grandfather were always in the kitchen doing something,” Chef Pasquale said. “My grandfather was always the farmer — he would get tomatoes and fresh cow’s milk. We’d go foraging for wild mushrooms. And always at home, my grandmother was making fresh pastas, cookies and food. “My grandparents were poor, but always used fresh ingredients, hand-picked from the garden. The backyard had no grass — it was all garden and trees. We used to have hundreds of rows of tomato plants and celery and carrots — you name it, and we had it in the garden.” Chef Pasquale has carried this spirit with him. He imports products like olive oil, pistachio cream, cheeses, pastas and even water from Italy. He makes his own gnocchi, ravioli, bucatini and occasionally spaghetti, and butchers his own meats. His limoncello tiramisu, panna cotta and pistachio cannoli are homemade. Some of Trattoria Novello’s dishes are derived from Chef Pasquale’s own childhood. While his family is from Southern Italy and much of the Trattoria Novello menu reflects that heritage, Chef Pasquale has intentionally crafted a menu with dishes from all regions of Italy. “A lot of restaurants in the area focus on their main region where they are from, and I don’t like that. There’s
more to work with,” he said. “I want to say this respectfully — I’m not an American Italian restaurant — you won’t find garlic rolls or fettuccine Alfredo here. It’s mostly traditional dishes — really traditional Italian dishes, sourced from Italy.” Some of the dishes, he said, Italians are not even familiar with. “A lot of the food I do is not known in Italy. It’s considered peasant food. Whatever you had that day, you put together and you make,” he said. The emphasis is on quality, freshness and oftentimes simplicity. Chef Pasquale said his top-selling dish is his branzino, which is simply grilled with the skin on. “People go crazy for it,” he said. “I also have items on my menu that Americans are not familiar with. Once they try them here in my restaurant, I open up their mind.” These ingredients include tripe and some wild TOP zuppa di cozze in game meats, such as rabbit and wild boar. vino bianco — mussells in Beyond the food, Chef Pasquale and his white wine sauce ABOVE orecchiette Pugliesi wife, Kim Kahn, (who can be seen welcoming — broccoli rabe, Italian guests in the front of the house on the sausage, garlic, pepper flakes, olive oil, Romano weekends and does the restaurant’s social cheese, white wine media and photography) have attempted to LEFT limoncello tiramisu — a create an atmosphere every bit as welcoming lemon twist on the classic. Photos by Kim Kahn as Pasquale’s family home. “Growing up our doors were never locked,” he said. “Neighbors and family would TRATTORIA NOVELLO just walk in. We always had DINING IN THE DARK food on the table, and This Halloween, Trattoria Novello drinks and coffee. That’s will host Dining in the Dark — a playful the kind of atmosphere night to tease your palate. Guests will be I like here. We have blindfolded throughout the dinner in order to heighten their other senses. Guests are personal relationships encouraged to dress in costume. The best with our customers. A costume will win a gift certificate to the lot of them are repeats, restaurant. Details for the event are and the new ones that TBD but will be posted online at come in, we make feel at trattorianovello.com. home.” Trattoria Novello is located at 2665 W. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach. For more information visit trattorianovello.com or call 954-876-1915.
The Talerico Family CASA CALABRIA Calabria is a majestic, old-world city at the extreme southern tip of Italy — at the toe of the boot into the Mediterranean. Calabria is internationally known for its salumeria’s and fine aged deli meats, such as soppressata, hard sausage and prosciutto, as well as many fresh and hard cheeses. Calabrian cooking strikes a harmonious balance between meat-based dishes, fish, herbs and rustic vegetables, such as eggplant. The Talerico brothers and sisters behind Casa Calabria — an oceanside Italian restaurant located in the Ocean Manor Resort in Fort Lauderdale — were all born in Calabria. Their father “Papalo” was a land owner, shepherd and goat herder. His occupation was making fresh ricotta and mozzarella LIVE MUSIC AT cheese for most of the village. CASA CALABRIA : Every Fall, the Talerico family Casa Calabria regularly made a hundred gallons of has live piano in the dining homemade wine in their garage. room. Visit Casa Calabria Homemade sausage, soppressata on Facebook to see a full and prosciutto hung from the schedule. rafters of the basement cellar. The
family jarred their own tomato sauce, made fresh pasta and harvested vegetables from “Papalo’s” gardens. Every Sunday, the home’s dining tables were lined with Mamma’s fresh baked bread and pastries. Food was synonymous with family. The Talerico’s rich heritage is showcased in both Casa Calabria’s atmosphere and menu. The dining room pays homage to the family’s rustic home — exposed bricks, candle chandeliers and a wood-paneled ceiling lead to windows that frame a beautiful view of the ocean. A red piano sits on the edge of the dining room where live music is played. Old photos of the Talerico parents and Calabrian villages adorn the walls. And the menu is primarily derived from Talerico family recipes. Casa Calabria imports many of their ingredients directly from Calabria. Starting with the anipasto plate with speck, pecorino and Gorgonzola, served with a wedge of cantaloupe, grapes and caramelized onion, is a great way to transport one’s palate to Southern Italy. Sipping an earthy red wine while dipping crusty bread into extra virgin olive oil is equally soul satisfying. Lobster ravioli, linguine ai frutti di mare, the Branzio Del Mediterraneo or grilled octopus are great choices for sea lovers, while filet mignon and the veal chops cater to the more meat-oriented diner. Casa Calabria is located at 4040 Galt Ocean Drive inside the Ocean Manor Resort. Call 954-982-2191 or visit casacalabriaftl.com for more information. TOP LEFT mozzarella in carrozza — fresh mozzarella cradled in bread and lightly fried, served with homemade marinara sauce TOP MIDDLE polpette Aunt Pierina’s — simmering Italian meatballs with the blend of beef and pork, served with fresh tomato sauce, basil and ricotta cheese TOP RIGHT charcuterie BELOW linguine ai frutti di mare — mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari and scallops in a blend of white wine, garlic and parsley. Photos courtesy of Casa Calabria.
Chef CAFÉ Oliver Saucy MAXX It has probably been said before, but celebrity Chef Oliver Saucy has the perfect name. His culinary creations are absolutely “saucy” — they’re creative, colorful, multicultural and have an emphasis on local seafood and produce. Whether it’s Atlantic hogfish snapper, fruits and citruses from the tropics, Creole spices from New Orleans, zesty Cuban herbs or chilies from Mexico, Chef Saucy draws inspiration from South Florida’s surrounding cultures. By letting ingredients drive the plate, Chef Saucy keeps things fresh for both his guests and himself. His creativity though, he said, can never be overshadowed by proper technique. “At the end of the day, if you can’t put it all together with the French and Mediterranean roots I grew up studying, it just doesn’t work,” said Saucy. “One culture, one plate. We don’t want to get too confusing or it takes your red wine drinker right off the table. That’s the bread and butter for us – the red wine drinker.” This blend of classic technique and innovative ideas is what Chef Saucy and Café Maxx is known for. It has made Café Maxx a Pompano Beach culinary destination for almost three decades. Saucy has been at the helm for almost as long. In 1988, Saucy co-purchased Café Maxx with the restaurant’s general manager Darrel Broek. The dynamic
duo has run the restaurant ever since. Broek’s hospitable charm welcomes guests in the front of the house, while Saucy’s creations make them salivate at the table. To keep the menu balanced, Chef Saucy breaks it down into thirds: one third is classic, so regulars know what to expect; another third is standard proteins prepared with seasonal ingredients; and the last is where Chef Saucy gets to be creative. “The other third is whatever exciting thing we can get our hands on — whatever we feel like doing,” said Saucy. “We try to get the best available ingredients all the time.” ABOVE LEFT Chef Oliver Saucy teaches a cooking class Café Maxx.
CAFÉ Sometimes those MAXX SPECIAL ingredients can include EVENTS fresh fish straight From Sept. 2 to Oct. 15, Sunday through from the boat. Friday, Café Maxx will be participating in Other times a Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Restaurant Month. vibrant produce During this time guests can indulge in a speciallyitem from a local created, three-course dinner for $35 or $45 per farmer, or a fine person (depending on menu), plus tax and gratuity. cut of meat. Café Maxx has Sunday Brunch every weekend Saucy from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Few can resist Café is proud to Maxx’s bottomless mimosas and jumbo shrimp carry local bloody mary’s. ingredients. He showcases his Chef Saucy also regularly hosts cooking proteins in a display classes. Check online for dates and details of upcoming case on the edge of the classes. dining room, which he dubs the “Raw Buffet.” After almost three decades of cooking, Saucy still exudes passion. Perhaps it runs thick in his blood; He learned his first fundamental cooking techniques watching his father in action as the Executive Chef in a resort kitchen nestled in the back of a medieval German Castle in the Black Forest region of New York. “I grew up eating all kinds of crazy stuff. It would be like, ‘oh what did you have for dinner?’ ‘Oh, we had calves brains’,” said Saucy laughing. As a young adult, Saucy studied at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park where his father also taught for 28 years. Saucy’s son worked in the Café Maxx kitchen for two years and has also studied at CIA. Saucy has passed on his skills to non-relatives, too. For the 20th Anniversary of Café Maxx, 26 of Saucy’s protégés, who now run kitchens all over the country, came to congratulate him and thank him for his mentorship. For over 20 years Saucy has also been teaching cooking courses at Café Maxx during the summer months when the restaurant slows. “The biggest class we had was 99 people. Holy moly,” said Saucy. At the end of Saucy’s classes — which include topics like grilling meats, cooking lobster, or Mediterranean technique — Saucy serves a four to five course dinner, plus dessert with the recipes he taught. “The classes bring a lot of energy in here. It’s a lot of fun,” said Saucy. “It’s relationship building.” So what’s next for Chef Saucy and Café Maxx? “You know I think it’s just to keep the focus on making quality food,” said Saucy. “That never goes out of style.” Café Maxx is located at 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach. Visit cafemaxx.com or call 954 782-0606 for more information.
Pompano Beach Fine Food & Wine 2018 Participating Restaurants and Vendors Another Perfect Party
After 25 years working as a corporate trainer for a large restaurant chain, Sharon Rebuck, started Another Perfect Party, an all-inclusive, off-premise, upscale catering company. Another Perfect Party offers complete party planning from start to finish, including rentals, custom menus, decor, entertainment and professional mixology. A team of seasoned event designers and Executive Chef Alessandro Broia will help you with every detail. From Italy, Chef Alessandro studied and graduated from I.P.S.S.A.R. “G. Magnaghi” in Parma, Italy. He was classically trained by Luciano Pavarotti and has worked throughout Italy and Europe. With over 50 years of combined experience in the catering industry, Rebuck and Broja capably manage events ranging from corporate luncheons, weddings and holiday parties, to plated dinners, butlered hors d’oeuvres, tapas and delectable dessert bars. Another Perfect Party is located at 143 S. Cypress Rd. in Pompano Beach. For more information visit anotherperfectparty. com or call 954- 586-4542.
that because we are a life plan retirement community we do not have delicious and inventive menu items,” said John Knox’s Communications Manager Rob Seitz. “John Knox Village is not your Grandmother’s retirement community, and that is reflected in the meals enjoyed every day by our residents.”
John Knox Village is located at 651 Village Drive in Pompano Beach.
Benson’s belief is “you can always afford to make life a little bit sweeter.” The woman behind the bakeshop is Shanna Benson. As a kid, Shanna always dreamed of having a cupcake shop, but life kept her grinding the nine-to-five to make ends meet. Then one day she had enough and decided to embrace her passion and make things happen for herself. In January 2017, Shanna created Benson’s Bakeshop. Shanna sells her decadent cupcakes for $25 per dozen of regular
Aroma Joe’s says its goal every day is to “fuel your world and make sure everyone leaves a little happier.” The company said it strives to serve positive energy alongside their beverages. The franchise has three “laws of service” — no intercoms, no mistakes and no attitudes. Some notable coffee drinks include the Northreester (vanilla, white chocolate and coconut), the Perfect Cloud (a hint of hazelnut and marshmallow) and the Roo Cookie (caramel, white chocolate and a hint of cinnamon). In addition to coffee drinks, Aroma Joe’s serves their signature Rush energy drinks, which are available blended, or over ice. Rush drinks come in six fruity flavors, including black jack, sweet-n-tart, rock-it pop, beach bum, blue Hawaiian and green alien. If you crave something more classic, Aroma Joe’s carries their own “Travel the World” coffees with beans from around the globe. Aroma Joe’s is located at 1450 S. Powerline Rd. in Pompano Beach. For more information visit aromajoes.com or call 954-532-0596
John Knox Village
John Knox Village is a Life Plan Retirement Community encompassing a full range of independent living, assisted living and skilled nursing care options for more than 1,000 residents. Since 1967, John Knox Village has been home to an eclectic mix of “realistic idealists” who believe in planning for an uncertain future while enjoying a fulfilling present. Enjoying the present includes delectable food in John Knox’s eatery. At the helm is Executive Chef Mark Gullusci, who received his Culinary Arts degree from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. “People are always blown away by the foods prepared by our team because people often have a preconceived notion
cupcakes and $35 per dozen of specialty cupcakes. The cupcakes are available in 19 flavors including pumpkin spice latte, lemon lavender, chocolate-covered strawberry, banana split and s’mores. If you don’t find a flavor you like, Shanna will make you something custom. Delivery is available. Visit her on Facebook, Instagram or call her at 954-612-1035.
Full racks of glazed and smoky baby back ribs, with just the right amount of chewiness and fall-off-the-bone, fingerlicking goodness. Juicy chicken cordon bleu with homemade mushroom gravy. Slow-roasted, tender prime rib with au jus and horseradish sauce with a bite. Fresh fried trout. These are just a few of the savory and delectable options to try at Bobby Rubinos Place for Ribs, South Florida’s premier place for ribs, BBQ and homestyle cooking since 1978.
Guests can take out, or dine in. The atmosphere in the dining room is cozy, friendly and a little old-school. Live music is performed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 5:30pm. Happy Hour is all day and night — $3.50 for well drinks, $3.50 for house wines and $2.50 draft beer. Bobby Runino’s also offers catering.
Bobby Rubinos is located at 2501 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. For more information visit BobbyRubinos.com or call 954- 781-7550.
Coccadotts Cake Shop
The story behind Coccadotts has all the makings of a Meg Ryan romantic comedy. The scene is Albany, New York. Boy meets girl and falls in love. Boy runs Dott’s Garage, an auto and towing shop on a busy urban street. Girl runs the attached mini market and bakery. His last name is Dott, hers is
cupcake, iced in sweet cannoli buttercream, garnished with crushed cannoli shells, chocolate chips and a chocolate-dipped cannoli ), the “Banana Pudding” (a vanilla cupcake with wafer baked into the bottom, banana custard filling and a banana buttercream frosting), or the “S’mores” (with graham cracker and marshmallow). The cupcakes are whimsical, decadent and colorful. Coccadotts is located at 6280 N. Federal Highway in Ft. Lauderdale. For more information visit coccadotts.com or call 954-990-5034.
Cocca. Together, they create Coccadotts, the birth-child bakery of gourmet cupcakes. This is the real life story of Rachel Cocca and Luke Dott, who started Coccadotts bakery in Albany in 2007. Since then, Coccadotts has expanded, opening a second shop in Myrtle Beach, and a third in Ft. Lauderdale, which opened in May 2017. If the name Coccadotts sounds familiar, you may have seen the bakery on Food Network’s reality television series “Cupcake Wars.” Coccadotts competed in the competition three times (in 2010, 2012 and 2013). On their final appearance, Coccadotts survived three rounds of competition to win first place and $10,000. Early every morning a baker can be found at Coccadotts mixing, baking, filling, frosting and decorating every cupcake before putting them in the display case, which boasts over 30 flavors. There’s the “Cannoli Cupcake” (an almond
Delacaseas is a darling little beach cafe on Bougainvilla Dr. in Lauderdale By The Sea. With only a few small tables, each adorned with a variety of country-patterned and lace table clothes, surrounded by assorted vintage chairs of different shapes and sizes, the cafe feels instantly charming, vintage and a touch country. The blackand-white tiled floor, antique china cabinet, hand-painted tea sets and sea trinkets displayed on the walls adds to this feel, as does the freshbaked pie and large bowl of fresh tomatoes on the back counter. This local’s favorite serves a great breakfast, including Challah bread french toast with Vermont maple syrup, eggs Benedict and steak and eggs (with 8 ounces of New York Strip, eggs, homefries and toast). Lunch and dinner here are also a treat. Some notable dishes include Delacaseas’ smoked fish dip, the Manchengo and mushroom risotto and the pork tenderloin in a cranberry reduction. Warm foccacia bread is served before dinner and the relaxed environment makes Delacaseas is a great place to catch up with a friend or lover over a glass of wine. Delacaseas is located at 4404 Bougainvilla Dr., Lauderdale by the Sea. For more information visit delacaseas.com or call 954-958-0907.
TOP cupcakes from Cocodotts Cake Shop ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT barbecue ribs and shrimp at Bobby Rubino’s; seared scallops at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa; filet mignon at Café Maxx, pad Thai at Yakuza
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Legends Tavern & Grille
Chocolate doesn’t get much better This “legendary” bar and grill Bangin Banjo Brewing Company than Hoffman’s. Smooth, creamy has 19 starters to choose from, Holy Mackerel and decadent, Hoffman’s has truly including Parmesan truffle fries, perfected the art of chocolate making. Funky Buddha escargot stuffed mushrooms, loaded In 1975 Paul Hoffman purchased a small potato skins and a massive nacho plate. candy shop in Lake Worth. His goal was to The laid-back, but lively joint is a fantastic start a business that combined his two great place to throw back some cold ones and eat loves: homemade chocolate and spending time with some greasy food. With eight salads on the menu, 17 his family. He did that, and so much more. Hoffman’s now has sandwiches, burgers, wings, short ribs, steak, lobster mac nine chocolate and ice cream shops. Hoffman’s is dedicated and cheese and a whole lot more, Legends is also a great to using only the best ingredients and century-old chocolate place to feast for dinner. Craft beer Thursdays, 75-cent wing making traditions. night Tuesdays, whiskey Wednesdays and other food and Hoffman’s offers free factory tours at Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, Shoppe & Gardens, located at 5190 Lake Worth Road in drink specials await the hungry and thirsty. Greenacres. Tours are Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am and 1pm. The Boca Raton Hoffman’s Chocolates is located at 5250 Town Center Circle, Suite 135. For more information visit hoffmans.com.
The Lighthouse Point Legends is located at 3128 N. Federal Highway. For more information visit legendstavernandgrille. com or call 754-220-8932.
Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
Lighthouse Point Yacht Club
Picture yourself with a chilled martini on an open-air patio facing both the ocean and a picturesque, palm-lined pool. A contemporary plate skillfully prepared with local, fresh seafood entices your taste buds. You can watch the moon rise over the ocean and feel like you’re on vacation. Dining is both indoor and out, with service to the beach as well. No matter your personal choice of atmosphere, the McCoy’s oceanfront restaurant at the Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa will deliver the ocean on your plate. “I work with my sources to get the best South Florida fish in here every day,” said Executive Chef Eric Kaszubinski. The restaurant specializes in local seafood and is named after the famous run-runner Bill McCoy. The bar features prohibition-era inspired drinks including “Bathtub Gin” and “The Blind Pig.” Happy hour is daily from 5pm-7pm and features beer, wine, cocktail and appetizer specials. Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa is located at 1200 N. Ocean Blvd. in Pompano Beach. To make a reservation call 954- 944-9515.
ABOVE LEFT chicken lolly pops with chili garlic sauce at Miami Masala ABOVE RIGHT pad Thai at yakuza
The Lighthouse Point Yacht Club is a private club with marina facilities, tennis courts, a fitness center, spa, heated junior Olympic size pool, tiki bar and private restaurant. The elegant dining space and bar gives way to a picturesque back patio. On a nice day, the patio is an idyllic place to eat lunch or sip refreshing afternoon cocktails. The club also hosts many black-tie affairs, charity fundraisers and weddings. The Lighthouse Point Yacht Club is located at 2701 NE 42 St., Lighthouse Point. If you are interested in membership, visit lhpyc. com or call 954-942-7244.
Miami Masala takes great pride in crafting traditional Indian dishes layered rich with flavor, spice and soul. The restaurant has all the classics — from tikka masala, to vindaloo, korma and curry — plus some out-of-the norm, such as Kochi Meen Varuval, a spicy fish marinated in a unique blend of southern spices. Get ready to feast if you visit during one of Miami Masala’s lunch or weekend buffets, which feature over two dozen dishes. Whether you are a meat lover or a hardcore vegan, the menu has something for everyone. Miami Masala is located at 900 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach. Visit miamimasala.com or call 954-317-1371.
Pump Sushi & Thai Cuisine
Located in Lauderdale By the Sea, this small sushi and Thai restaurant packs a punch. The sushi menu is extensive — 9 specialty rolls, 18 classic rolls, six hand rolls and some combination platters. For the non-sushi lovers, there’s tempura, classic Thai entrées and teriyaki on the menu. The restaurant has only about a half dozen tables, plus about ten bar seats. Pump is situated on the corner of Commercial and Sea Grape Drive, just a short walk from the beach and all the Lauderdale By The Sea nightlife.
Pump Sushi & Thai is located at 222 Commercial Blvd., Suite 105, Lauderdale By The Sea. For more information visit pumpsushi.com or call 954-909-5566.
Chef Lenore Nolan Ryan World Class Catering & Cooking School
The Lenore Nolan Ryan Catering & Cooking School is an inventive and inviting culinary destination on the Galt Ocean Mile in Fort Lauderdale. Chef Ryan offers an enticing array of events including weekly themed pop-up dinners, bubbles and brunch Sundays, wine and tapas tastings and hands-on cooking classes. For over 30 years, Lenore’s core business and passion has been catering. Her reputation as a chef, caterer and culinary event planner has produced a loyal following. The Lenore Nolan Ryan Catering & Cooking School is located in the Galt Ocean Plaza at 3311 N. Ocean Blvd in Fort Lauderdale. For more information visit lenorenolanryan.com or call 954-491-2340.
SeaWatch on the Ocean
Opened in 1974, Sea Watch on the Ocean in Lauderdale By The Sea has a legacy in South Florida. The seafood restaurant located, as the name suggests, on the ocean, has a gorgeous view of palm trees, grass and sand. The dining room has exposed wooden beams and walls of windows that honor the natural oceanside environment, while remaining modern and elegant. The menu is rather timeless — seafood classics such as orange roughy with a dill chardonnay sauce, blackened mahi mahi with cajun spices and a tomatillo pineapple salsa and fresh steamed lobster. If one craves fresh seafood and ocean air, SeaWatch on the Ocean is a sure bet. SeaWatch on the Ocean is located at 6002 N. Ocean Blvd., Lauderdale By The Sea. For more information visit seawatchontheocean.com or call 954-781-2200.
Born in Palermo, Sicily, and raised in an Italian New York family, Sette Bello’s Executive Chef Franco Filippone, is most certainly an authentic Italian chef. “Eating for us was always a way of life,” said Chef Franco. Sette Bello Ristorante has earned numerous awards including the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences’ Five-Star Diamond Award, Zagat guide award and a Wine Spectator award of excellence. Sette Bello is known for its gourmet Italian food, made from scratch and finished with culinary precision and artistry. Sette Bello is located at 6241 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. For more information visit settebellofla.com or call 954- 351-0505.
Ralph DiSalvo and his business partner Andrew Garavuso created the Sicilian Oven menu to include recipes passed down from generations of both their Italian families. Both DiSalvo and Garavuso are deeply passionate about food. “We do this because we love it,” said DiSalvo. “You will not only love the taste, you will taste the love.” Garavuso echoed DiSalvo’s sentiment: “One of the most gratifying things in life is eating a great meal. For my partner Ralph and I, we feel like there is nothing better than creating that meal for one of our guests.” The Sicilian Oven prides itself on using fresh and handmade ingredients. Sicilian Oven is located at 2486 N. Federal Highway in Pompano Beach. For more information visit sicilianoven.com or call 954-785-4155.
Spanx The Hog
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Visit this BBQ house and saloon for some authentic, smokin’ BBQ. Wings, baby back ribs, pulled pork, smoked meats, mac ’n’ cheese, fried okra, sweet corn nuggets, fried spicy dill pickles and five different kinds of cheesesteaks are just a few of the highlights on the Spanx The Hog menu. The fun and rustic decor adds to the experience — wood paneled walls, old oak barrels and tables made of old wooden cable spools. With multiple flat screens, Spanx The Hog is a great place to watch sporting events. Take out, limited delivery and catering are all available. Spanx The Hog is located at 147 S. Cypress Rd., Pompano Beach. For more information visit spanxthehot.com of call 954-590-8342.
While Yakuza has been recognized for its innovative sushi by chef and owner Jay Areechot, until last year the Thai cuisine had been a bit run-of-the-mill (the usual fried rice, pad Thai and curry). In the middle of last year, however, Yakuza hired an impressive chef who has upped the restaurant’s Thai game. While Jay continues to dominate the sushi station, Chef Pirun Pumicome runs Yakuza’s hot kitchen. Chef Pumicome has an impressive resume — he served as the Executive Chef at the Four Seasons hotels in Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Samui, Thailand, and as the Executive Chef for the Anantara Hotel Resort and Spa in Dubai. “We want to present things that make people go ‘Wow. This is something I could only get in a five-star restaurant or hotel,” said restaurant co-owner Mini Areechot. “The goal is to bring Pompano high-end dishes at an affordable price. .” Yakuza is located at 2515 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach. For more information visit yakuzapompano.com or call 954- 951-6077. Y
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KEY $ Inexpensive (under $15)
$$ Moderate ($17-$35)
the heart of Pompano Beach. Open for lunch and dinner. 7 SE 22nd Ave., 954-782-8040. $
Aconchego Bar and Grill. BRAZILIAN A taste of Brazil in
$$$ Expensive ($35-$50) $$$$ Pricey (over $50)
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. PIZZA • WINGS You can credit
this place with bringing the whole “coal-fired pizza craze” to South Florida. Pizza and chicken wings — do you need anymore? Try the cauliflower pizza — good and good for you. 1203 S. Federal Highway, 954-942-5550 $$
The Beach Grille. AMERICAN Delicious eats near the beach with the capability to order online. 3414 Atlantic Blvd., 954946-6000 $ Beach House. AMERICAN • CRAFT COCKTAILS Newly opened beachside dining on Pompano Beach. Casual and relaxed with rooftop deck on the second floor. 270 N Pompano Beach Blvd. 954-607-6530 Bella Roma Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. ITALIAN • PIZZA
Tasty dishes, large portions and delivery is available. 40 SW 15th St., 954-784-3696 $$
NEW & NOTEWORTHY ERIC’S AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD Located in one of the many strip malls lining Atlantic Blvd., Eric’s could be easy to miss. But it is worth stopping in for a few street style tacos or any number of other Mexican favorites. You get the feeling that Eric learned to cook from his Grandma because when they say authentic, they mean it. We loved the housemade hot sauces on the table, and the chips were positively addictive. Eric’s is located at 625 E Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach 754-215-6103
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Bobby Rubino’s. BARBECUE • AMERICAN Specials and coupons
are posted daily and catering is available. The restaurant also has a large bar room where you can dine at the bar or booths. This place is a Pompano Beach icon. 2501 N. Federal Highway, 954-781-7550 $$
Brew Fish. BAR AND GRILL Dine outside in the tiki hut overlooking a canal right in Pompano Beach. Comprehensive menu and attentive staff. 200 E. McNab Rd., 954-440-3347 $$ Briny Irish Pub. IRISH • BAR FOOD At the end of East Atlantic
Boulevard, steps from the ocean, is Briny’s Irish Pub. There is a large beer selection plus the regular and, dare we say, unique mixed drinks. The kitchen offers an array of bar food as well as some classics like bangers and mash and fish-nchips. The casual atmosphere is created by an immense array of nautical artifacts and oddities that fill every inch of the pub. Music plays constantly, often live with a dance floor if one is inclined. 3440 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-3159 $
Bru’s Room Sports Grill. AMERICAN This spot is home to the Seminole Club of Broward County. Wings and other bar food available. 235 S. Federal Highway, 954-785-2227 $ Calypso Restaurant and Raw Bar. CARIBBEAN Since they opened their doors in 1990, Calypso has been a local favorite. This gem of a restaurant is known for their fresh, wild caught fish, Bahamian conch dishes, Jamaican jerk and American favorites too all served with an island flair. On any given day, look around and you’ll see fellow diners devouring their house special cutter (sandwich)—sautéed shrimp with garlic butter, mushrooms and cheddar all stuffed into a hollowed out kaiser roll. Check out the special board for a variety of locally caught fish with everything from grouper to snapper to wahoo among others. Plenty of land lubber options are also available including filet mignon. For island comfort food, don’t miss one of their curries or rotis. Fresh oysters and clams are also available. Wash it all down with a draft beer, a glass of wine or choose from over 40 different bottled beers. So if you are in search of high-quality ingredients, inventive cooking and a very welcoming staff, head over to Calypso. 460 S. Cypress Road, 954-942-1633 $$ Casareccio Trattoria Italiana. ITALIAN Wow! What a find. This small but impressive Italian eatery is delightful. We can’t really tell you what to try because the menu changes daily. However, we are willing to bet you will fall in love with this place which feels like it just plopped into Pompano straight from the hills of Tuscany. Reservations are recommended. 1386 S Federal Highway, 954-998-3642 $$$ Checkers Old Munchen. GERMAN Sprechen sie Deutsch? You don’t find many German restaurants around town. So when
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you’re looking for a change in your restaurant rotation, take a trip back to the old country at Checkers Old Munchen. The restaurant’s exposed wood framing is reminiscent of the German half-timbered architectural style and the walls are lined with classic German beer steins. For a traditional German meal, try the wienerschnitzel — it’s divine a lightly breaded veal cutlet sautéed in lemon butter and topped with homemade brown gravy. The spaetzle (German noodles) are a real homemade treat and not to be missed — throw a little of that brown gravy on them and they could be a meal unto themselves. The red cabbage is both classically sweet and sour and there are other side options too including potato dumplings, potato salad and even hot potato salad. As you look around, you can’t help but get the feeling that most of the patrons are returning customers. And the next time we get a hankering for some schnitzel, we know where to go. Imbibe to your hearts content with their wide assortment of German beers. 2209 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-785-7565 $$
Mon - Sat 11a.m. - 10p.m. Sun 4p.m. - 9p.m. We accept reservations 2209 East Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach (1 block east of Federal) www.checkersoldmunchen.com
Chef Dee’s. SUSHI • SEAFOOD A small neighborhood place with plenty of charm. Impressive sushi rolls and a varied menu with something for everyone. 3919 N. Federal Highway., 954-582-4444 Cypress Nook. GERMAN This place has been in business for
38 years — talk about staying power. It’s open for three meals a day and there’s nothing like a little knackwurst with your eggs. 201 SE 15th St., 954-781-3464 $
Darrel & Oliver’s Cafe Maxx. INTERNATIONAL This restaurant is an anchor of the South Florida fine dining scene. 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-0606 $$$$
Dos Amigos. MEXICAN When you feel the hankering for a fa-
jita, this Pompano Beach spot fits the bill. Try the margaritas too. 1308 N. Federal Highway 954-781-1955 $$
Eric’s Authentic Mexican Food. MEXICAN The tacos are a standout here —served street style — which translates into fresh ingredients prepared with love and care. Start with some chips and guacamole. For some authentic and tasty Mexican, head over to Eric’s and thank us later. 625 E Atlantic Blvd., 754-215-6103
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Fish Shack. SEAFOOD A small, roadside seafood shack, for
a small seafood town. This is truly one of those best kept secrets. With only a handful of tables, we’re selfishly hoping not too many people get in on this gem in Pompano Beach. 2862 NE 17th Ave., 954-586-4105 $$
Flanigan’s Seafood Bar & Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Get green with a deal every day. 2500 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-9433762 $$
Fresh local fish, ocean dishes and seafood salads.
DiningOUT The Foundry. AMERICAN • CONTINENTAL Seating options galore, from bar seating to lounge seating and good old-fashioned casual dining seating. 2781 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-2056977 $$
Galuppi’s. AMERICAN What could be more entertaining than watching golfers swing and blimps ascend as you sip a drink at an outdoor bar? 1103 N. Federal Highway, 954-785-0226 $ Gianni’s Italian Restaurant. ITALIAN Enjoy traditional Ital-
ian fare at this family owned and operated establishment, serving everything from pasta to gourmet specialties like Chicken Gianni’s and fresh seafood. Pair your dish with a bottle of wine or cocktail from their full bar. They also offer daily lunch specials Monday – Friday starting at $9.95. Don’t skip the romaine salad with the blue cheese. 1601 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-942-1733 $$
Great Indian Grill. INDIAN If you like Indian food, this place
should go on your “must-try” list. Everything we sampled (and we ate quite a bit) was packed with tantalizing Indian spices and flavors representing the many different regional styles of Indian cooking.. 2692 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-532-7872 $$
The Gyro Joint. MIDDLE EASTERN Eat in, or carry out. It’s all
Caribbean-inspired fresh fish and seafood cuisine in a casual ambiance. 954-942-1633 • CalypsoRestaurant.com
460 S Cypress Rd, Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Greek to me. 165 S. Cypress Road, 954-946-9199 $
Houston’s. AMERICAN Enjoy this contemporary eatery for lunch or dinner. Outdoor bar and seating on the Intracoastal available. 2821 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-9499 $$$ J Mark’s. AMERICAN A relaxing, modern restaurant and bar
with food and service to match. 1490 NE 23rd St., 954-782-7000
Kings Head British Pub Pompano Beach. PUB Fish and
chips, bangers and mash, savory pies and other British classics are all made on premises. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 754-2228671 $$
La Forketta. ITALIAN Full Italian menu with all the classics. 3003 N. Federal Highway, 754-222-8059 $$ La Rachetta at Whole Foods Market. PIZZA AND WINE BAR
Enjoy weekly deals with plenty of beers on tap and wines by the glass. For something different, try the sweet southern swine pizza — a light and crispy pizza topped with pork belly, arugula and cheese. Or try one of the plethora of meatballs — all are a satisfying treat. The truffle fries are great with anything. 2411 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-8778 $
Est. 1976 Serving you for over 40 years Dinner Lunch available for Private Parties Full Liquor Bar Private Party Room (up to 50 people)
Catering & Delivery Tuesdays – 50% OFF Select Wines Live Entertainment Friday-Saturday Dinner (Mon-Thurs) 5:00pm–10:00pm Dinner (Fri-Sat) 5:00pm–11:00pm | Dinner (Sun) 4:00pm–10:00pm
La Veranda. ITALIAN The atmosphere is elegant, yet comfortable and warm. Inside or out, one can enjoy a truly special evening in the Tuscany-inspired surroundings. Be it drinks from their full bar, a bottle from the copious wine selection or naturally the Italian food, everything is served perfectly. Expect to be delighted. There is a big selection of pasta, entrées and traditional dishes, with new favorites to be discovered that the wait staff will happily explain. You can taste the love in their homemade desserts. If you’re looking to celebrate or simply treat yourself to an evening of superior dining, La Veranda is an excellent choice. Reservations are suggested. 2121 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-943-7390 $$$ McCoy’s Oceanfront. AMERICAN Located at the beautiful Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, dine indoors or pool-side on the covered patio with the beach as your backdrop. 1200 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-782-0100 $$
Mediterraneo Cucina Siciliana. ITALIAN True Sicilian
2121 E. Atlantic Blvd, Pompano Beach • (954) 943-7390
Miami Masala. INDIAN Enjoy classic Indian dishes as well
Complimentary Valet Parking in rear of building
food served for dinner only. Closed on Mondays. 420 N. Federal Highway, 754-222-9174 $$ as a few more modern ones with an Indian twist. The stuffed
Hungarian peppers appetizer, while not being a classic Indian dish, had all the flavors fans of the cuisine crave. Great service by a friendly staff. Try the Indian crepe — crazy good. A daily lunch buffet includes traditional, vegetarian and vegan choices. 900 E Atlantic Blvd., 954-317-1371 $$
Nikki’s Orange Kitchen. CONTINENTAL Open for breakfast,
lunch and dinner. Enjoy salads, sandwiches and entrées all with a Mediterranean influence. Organic and gluten free options available. Enjoy the location right across from the Pompano Fishing Pier. Have dinner and take a stroll — it’s why we live here, people. 1 N. Ocean Blvd., Ste 102, 954-532-2771 $$-$$$
Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. AMERICAN Beach front dining at the
Beachcomber Resort — go for the view. 1200 S. Ocean Blvd. 954-941-7830 $$$
Pho Lavie. VIETNAMESE If you have never had Vietnamese food, you are missing out. This spot will delight you. Everything is so fresh. Go, you’ll thank us. 3321 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-4155 $$ Ruby’s by the Sea. ITALIAN Italian by the sea is more like it. 2608 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-785-7700 $$ Rusty Hook Tavern. AMERICAN Located on the Pompano Intracoastal, sit inside or outside, just keep in mind that the word tavern means a local place to gather around the table. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-941-2499 $ Sands Harbor Patio Restaurant. SANDWICHES • WINGS
Located in the Sands Harbor Hotel and Marina on the intra-
coastal, sit poolside or water side, either way, you better know how to swim. 125 N. Riverside Drive, 954-942-9100 $
Seaside Grill. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Enjoy a view of the Atlan-
tic while enjoying fresh seafood and an ice cold cocktail. Don’t worry if you’re not a fish lover — there are plenty of entrée choices from the land. Located at Lighthouse Cove Resort on the ocean. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-783-3193 $$
Sette Bello. ITALIAN This is a true gem just south of the Pom-
pano Beach border serving expertly prepared Italian food with quite a bit of a flare. In other words — not like mom used to make…this is way, way better. (No offense to mom.) A perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or a romantic dinner for two. 6241 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. 954 3510505 $$$
Shishka Lebanese Grill. MIDDLE EASTERN It’s not easy to
make a good falafel (chick peas, fava beans garlic and cilantro seasoned and deep fried, served with tahini sauce) but the ones at Shishka are worth every single calorie. There are plenty of other choices too from the classic hummus to baba ghanouj to chicken and meat shawarma. 1901 N. Federal Highway, 954-943-2999 $$
Spanx the Hog BBQ. BARBECUE Using only natural ingredi-
ents, dine in, take out, or order custom catering. 147 S. Cypress Road. 954-590-8342 $ Sunset Catch. ITALIAN • SEAFOOD Fresh seafood served daily, and they even have their very own “wine doctor.” 101 N. Riverside Drive, 954-545-0901 $$
SEASIDE AND GRILL Casual restaurant offering beachside dining, delicious seafood, flavorful steaks, & live entertainment every weekend. Lunch and Dinner starting at 11:30am Tiki Bar featuring burgers, wings, live entertainment and craft cocktails. Open for Breakfast (starting at 8:30am), Lunch and Dinner.
www.seasidegrill.com 1406 N. Ocean Boulevard, Pompano Beach
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DiningOUT Table 2201. MEDITERRANEAN • SEAFOOD Everything at Table
2201 is made on the premises — even the desserts. Start with the pygros, a tower of eggplant, potatoes and ground beef topped with a cool yogurt sauce. Finish off with the Greek yogurt mousse, a lightly sweetened cloud with a hint of cocoa and a strawberry sauce to compliment. Table 2201 has a menu full of your Greek favorites without all of the hooplah. So if you are looking for a genuine Greek dinner without having to dance on tables and yell “opa” — not that there’s anything wrong with that — Table 2201 is a good choice. 2201 E. Atlantic Blvd., 718-600-2236 $$
Take Sushi. JAPANESE • SUSHI Fresh, authentic Japanese fair delivered to your door? Yes, please. 2714 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954785-2442 $ Talay Thai. THAI • JAPANESE A small and cozy place with delivery and carry out. 2233 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-941-1123 $$ We feature world-famous Junior’s Cheesecake® of New York
Delivery • Pickup • UberEats
Umberto’s of Long Island. ITALIAN • PIZZA When a pizza is
named Grandma’s Pizza — you must order it. And trust us, you won’t regret it. There is family tradition baked into every bite. 2780 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-784-7110 $$
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Valentino’s Italian Cuisine. ITALIAN • PIZZA An abundance of Italian fare served for lunch or dinner. If you can’t make it over to dine in, fret not, they offer free delivery. 427 S. Federal Highway, 954-545-4881 $$
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Yakuza. JAPANESE • THAI The contemporary Asian anchored décor is a feast for the eyes: warm, inviting and totally unique. The attentive servers address each table with personal concern. Central to the dining room is a large classic sushi bar, displaying the fresh fish offerings. But sushi is only part of their menu. Yakuza has a brilliant selection of Japanese and Thai specialties. We were impressed by the freshness and variety of tastes offered. Modern is a fair descriptor as Yakuza offers unique approaches to traditional Japanese and Thai fare, making them new, unique and their own. Try their specials. 2515 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-951-6077 $$ Zuccarelli. ITALIAN • PIZZA This place is more than just a pizza joint. From eggplant Parmesan to shrimp fra diavolo, you will leave quite satisfied. The portions are generous and come with a fresh house salad. Bring your breath mints because their warm garlic rolls are on point. 1340 N. Federal Highway, 954-941-1261 $$
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LIGHTHOUSE POINT Fetta Republic. GREEK Traditional Greek offerings close to home. 2420 N. Federal Highway, 954-933-2394 $$
Le Bistro. FRENCH • BISTRO Professional chef, Andy Trousdale serves up both classics and inventive new dishes at this little neighborhood gem. Fresh and local produce is always used and vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free menu items are available. The restaurant also offers cooking classes. 4626 N. Federal Highway, 954-946-9240 $$$ Lito’s Turf & Surf. SEAFOOD • AMERICAN Family-owned and operated with catering options available. 2460 N. Federal Highway, 954-782-8111 $$
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DiningOUT The Nauti Dawg Marina Café. AMERICAN Nestled in at the
Lighthouse Point Marina, the Nauti Dawg is a local favorite. Start with the tuna wontons—crispy fried wonton wrappers topped with tuna tartare, seaweed salad, red pepper mayo, wasabi and a hit of sirracha. For a taste of New England with a twist, try the lobster roll. Of course you can’t go wrong with the fresh fish sandwich—ask what the catch of the day is. The fish Reuben is another great sandwich option—just sub in some fresh fish for the pastrami and you’ve got yourself a little healthier version of the classic. All sandwiches come with a side and while French fries are always a delicious option—the restaurant offers a tangy cucumber salad (among other choices) that provides a nice crunch to any sandwich. They are a dog-friendly restaurant. 2830 NE 29th Ave. (at the Lighthouse Point Marina), 954-941-0246 $$
Pampa Gaucho Churrascaria. BRAZILIAN Traditional
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parent restaurant Seafood World, Papa’s indeed seems like the hip child of an established restaurant. While the fresh food is the real star, the Keys-inspired décor certainly accounts for part of their charm. The menu goes way beyond typical raw bar offerings with inventive tacos and sliders. Papa’s also offers a wide array of sushi and sashimi. Start off with one of the towers of Van Buskirk (you’ll find a few menu items named after locals.) The bare naked lady version is a combination of spicy wahoo and tuna with tobiko and masago topped with spicy mayo and served with taro chips. And to wash it all down, they have about a zillion craft beer options and a good wine list too. 4610 N. Federal Highway, 754-3075034 $$
Red Lotus. THAI Red Lotus serves all of your favorite Thai
dishes from pad Thai to red and green curries and more. Start with the dumplings—the pasta is delicate and they are packed with flavor. 4460 N Federal Highway, 954-933-7163
Rocco Trattoria. ITALIAN A small and intimate neighborhood place. Watch owner and chef Joe prepare your favorite dishes in the open kitchen. 2014 E Sample Road, 954-597-6909 Seafood World Market & Restaurant. SEAFOOD They offer
the freshest seafood with simple ingredients. There is also a seafood market in the restaurant. 4602 N. Federal Highway, 954-942-0740 $$$
Fast & Casual POMPANO BEACH Fast & Casual Brendans. SPORTS BAR Burgers, wings and more — you get the picture. 868 N. Federal Highway, 954-786-0033 Burgers & Suds. BURGERS • HOT DOGS • SANDWICHES. Unique eats, like a burger served between two glazed donuts. Yes, donuts. 360 E. McNab Road, 954-772-8007 Cafe Brie. SANDWICHES • SALADS A little gem of a place that
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Jersey Dogs. HOT DOGS • ITALIAN Grab a seat at the count-
er and devour a double Italian which is two all-beef hot dogs tucked away in pizza bread and topped with sautéed peppers, potatoes and onions — add a touch of their homemade spicy relish for some kick. 3330 E. Atlantic Blvd., 754-800-7006
Jet’s Pizza. PIZZA Try one of the specialty pizzas such as Philly cheese steak with Alfredo sauce or the BLT. 437 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-782-5387
JJ’s Fresh To You. SANDWICHES • SALADS Avocado and celery and potatoes and beets are just a few of their inventive salads. They are also serve ceviche, soups and sandwiches with meat prepared sous-vide style. Try the Chilean hot dog version with avocado, heirloom tomatoes and homemade mayonnaise. 1384 S Federal Highway 954-648-1512 Jukebox Diner. DINER Bright, classic seating, jukeboxes, and that old-school diner feel. 2773 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-960-5882
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Lester’s Diner. DINER American comfort fare in a retro setting. 1924 E. Atlantic Blvd., 954-783-2109
Lighthouse Cove Tiki Bar. AMERICAN Seaside eats and happy hours. 1406 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-784-2804
Little Italian. PIZZA House-made sausage and fresh veggies on their pizza. Plus salads, pastas and Italian favorites. 448 S. Cypress Road, 954-941-0550
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Pudgies Cafe. DELI FOOD • SANDWICHES Serving breakfast and lunch daily, stop in for a burger or an omelette any time any way. 2301 NE 16th St., 954-941-1430
Soho Subs. SOUPS • SALADS • SANDWICHES Along with the hot and cold subs you would expect, they also serve some more traditional sandwiches remeniscent of the old style New York Deli. Pastrami on rye anyone? All sandwiches are made fresh to order with a plethora of topping options. And for pickle fans, they have fantastic full or half sours. 2313 N Federal Highway, 954-889-6600 A turkey sub from Soho Subs (You know you want one now.)
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Sunshine Bagel. BAGELS • DELI Serving up bagels and sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. 260 N. Ocean Blvd., 954-7887498 Tortillería Mexicana. MEXICAN Looking for a taco that goes beyond ground beef and toppings? Not only will they supply you with fresh, unique tacos, but the corn tortillas are made from scratch daily. Who does that? 1614 E. Sample Rd., 954943-0057
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