Page 1

FAMILY TIES

Continuing Rick Case’s legacy

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Our top spots for alfresco dining

Ryan and Raquel Case

FOOD &WINE 52

+

SPRING FEVER

Pretty in pastels

PALM BEACH ILLUSTRATED

000_COVERFLI_noupc_0221.indd 52

1/6/21 5:08 PM


79009_2021_PalmBeach_SJC_Layout 1 20-11-16 3:07 PM Page 2

view Kitchens pdate Oct 14, 2020

65% black

The Downsview cabinetry collection is custom crafted in North America and available exclusively through select kitchen design showrooms

since 1967

To experience the Collections visit one of our flagship showrooms DOWNSVIEW of JUNO 12800 U.S. Highway 1 - Suite 100, Juno Beach, FL (561) 799-7700 www.downsviewofjuno.com DOWNSVIEW of DANIA 1855 Griffin Road - Suite C-212, Dania Beach, FL (954) 927-1100 www.downsviewofdania.com DOWNSVIEW of BOSTON One Design Center Place - Suite 241, Boston, MA (857) 317-3320 www.downsviewofboston.com

DOWNSVIEW KITCHENS 2635 Rena Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Spread.indd 1

11/20/20 3:36 PM


Canada L4T 1G6

Spread.indd 2

Telephone (905) 677-9354

@downsviewkitchens

visit our website www.downsviewkitchens.com

11/20/20 3:36 PM


T H E PA L M B E AC H S H OW I S T H E M O ST I M P O RTA N T E V E N T O F I T S KIND IN THE UNITED STATES FE ATURING RENOWNED E XHIBITORS . FINE ART • HISTORIC • MODERN • SILVER • ASIAN ART & ANTIQUES • FURNITURE • CONTEMPORARY ART • AMERICANA • RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS • ANTIQUE ARMS AND ARMOR • PORCELAIN • CERAMICS & POTTERY • OBJETS D’ART • TEXTILES • ORIENTAL CARPETS • WATCHES • CLOCKS • SCULPTURE • BRONZES • ANTIQUE & ESTATE JEWELRY • ART GLASS • ANTIQUITIES THROUGH 20TH CENTURY DESIGN

PB21 - PB Illustrated Spread - 010421.indd 1 Spread.indd 1

12/17/20 9:35 AM


FEBRUARY 11-16, 2021

P R E S I D E N T S ’ D AY W E E K E N D PALM BEACH COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER 650 OKEECHOBEE BLVD, WEST PALM BEACH, FL

PalmBeachShow.com 12/15/20 11:58 AM Spread.indd 2

12/17/20 9:35 AM


CONTENTS

FEBRUARY 2021

FEATURES 48 / DINING ALFRESCO Discover the best of South Florida’s outdoor culinary scene By Melissa Puppo

54 / CASE IN POINT The family of the late auto magnate Rick Case reflects on what comes next By Skye Sherman

60 / PASTEL SPELL

This season, it’s all about soft colors and striking silhouettes

60

Rosie Assoulin dress, Chanel sequin handbag. For buying information, turn to page 75.

DANNY CARDOZO

Photography by Danny Cardozo

l FORTLAUDERDALEillustrated.com for the latest in all things luxury 4

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

004_TOC_0221.indd 4

1/5/21 12:50 PM


CD

Home is where the heart is.

Winner of over 400 Awards in Design Excellence! Best Showroom

Inspiration starts here!

in the USA! n

BOCA RATON, FL 1351 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33432 561.440.home(4663) NAPLES, FL 2777 Tamiami Trail N, Naples, FL 34103 239.261.home(4663) www.CliveDaniel.com n

IB26001785

Full Page.indd 1

12/21/20 4:53 PM


CONTENTS

80 COURTESY OF SOCIETY LAS OLAS

20

DEPARTMENTS 12 / FROM THE EDITOR 14 / LOG ON

FINDING LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

New on fortlauderdaleillustrated.com

71

By Paul Rubio

18 / CULTURE

A new Escalade ups the ante on tech

44 / HIGH ROAD

Two exhibits to check out this month

By Howard Walker

20 / DATE NIGHT

46 / HIGH SEAS

Three ideas for Valentine’s Day adventures in the age of COVID-19

This Wisconsin-born yacht boasts European finesse

22 / SPOTLIGHT Two moms discuss the inspiration behind their podcast

What drives attorney Stephanie Toothaker to make a difference

30 / JEWEL BOX Red and pink jewels for Valentine’s Day MELISSA SWEREDOSKI

42 / STAYCATIONS

The colorful creations born from the Art Equals Health initiative

Products that empower women, plus haute athleisure accessories

6

By Mary Murray

The Conrad brings an undeniable cool factor to Fort Lauderdale Beach

STYLE 27 / THE LOOK

LOCATION: THE CASE FAMILY CENTER, DEERFIELD BEACH CAR: 1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE

Southern living on Sea Island

24/SEVEN 17 / PUBLIC ART

24 / LOCAL LEADER

ON THE COVER: PHOTOGRAPHER: IAN JACOB MODELS: RYAN AND RAQUEL CASE

40 / QUICK TRIPS

32 / BEAUTY

By Howard Walker

EAT + DRINK 71 / DESSERT Sweet treats from Lovelee Bakeshop

72 / LOCAL BITES Three new taco spots to try, Here and Now opens in FATVillage, and more

76 / OFF THE VINE

Wildfires and their impact on wine By Mark Spivak

SEEN 78 / SOCIAL SNAPSHOTS

Shine bright with gem-infused finds

Events with Sunreef Yachts and NAIOP South Florida

ESCAPE 35 / WANDERLUST

PARTING SHOT 80 / THRIVE

The eco-chic side of Alabama By Paul Rubio

Daniel Popper’s newest sculpture is an attention-grabbing masterpiece

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

004_TOC_0221.indd 6

1/14/21 11:39 AM


T:9"

T:10.875"

CHOOSE BETTER. MOVE BETTER. How you move is why we’re here. We’ve been U.S. #1 in Orthopedics for 11 years in a row. Here are a few of the reasons why: More successful surgeries on joints and spines than any other hospital The highest expertise in nursing pre- and post-care The lowest readmission rate in orthopedics The fewest orthopedic post-op complications To learn more about our in-person appointments, virtual visits, and enhanced safety protocols, visit HSS.edu

NOW IN FLORIDA NY • NJ • CT

Full Page.indd 1

12/23/20 9:53 AM


SAVINGS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER You could save on more than just car insurance. We’re proud to serve the Plantation community. We look forward to helping you bundle renters and car insurance.

954-713-1600 geico.com/ft-lauderdale 1828 N University Dr Limitations apply. See geico.com for more details. GEICO & affiliates. Washington, DC 20076 © 2021 GEICO 21_581045208

Editor in Chief Daphne Nikolopoulos Creative Director Olga M. Gustine Executive Editor Mary Murray Managing Editor Melissa Puppo Senior Editor Kristen Desmond LeFevre Fashion Editor Katherine Lande Wine & Spirits Editor Mark Spivak Automotive Editor Howard Walker Travel Editor Paul Rubio Web Editor Abigail Duffy DESIGN Senior Art Director Ashley Meyer Art Directors Craig Cottrell, Airielle Farley, Jenny Fernandez-Prieto Digital Imaging Specialist Leonor Alvarez-Maza CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Linda Marx, Skye Sherman CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Carlos Hidalgo, Ian Jacob, Danny Cardozo CUSTOM PUBLISHING Editor Cathy Chestnut SUBSCRIPTIONS 800-308-7346

Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Published by Palm Beach Media Group North, LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480, 561-659-0210 • Fax: 561-659-1736 ®Fort Lauderdale Illustrated is a registered trademark of Palm Beach Media Group North, LLC

fortlauderdaleillustrated.com 8

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

008_MASTHEAD_0221.indd 8

1/5/21 11:06 AM


EXPERIENCE LAS OLAS BOULEVARD

S H O P | D I N E | S TAY | P L AY

Whether it’s date night, girls night or an outing with the whole family, Las Olas Boulevard is the perfect destination. Explore the best array of fashion boutiques, galleries, salons, and sidewalk cafes. Enjoy delectible dining. Be pampered at the spa. Indulge in a little retail therapy. Come experience a little bit of paradise in the heart of Fort Lauderdale.

One Mile of Style thelasolascompany.com / @thelasolascompany

Full Page.indd 1

12/22/20 10:32 AM


MOUSSY RAQUEL ALLEGRA OFFICINE CREATIVE R13 PEDRO GARCIA MASONS RICK OWENS

Avant Toi

ROYAL PALM PLACE - BOCA RATON 561-367-9600 LAS OLAS - FT. LAUDERDALE 954-524-2585 CRYSTAL COVE COMMONS - NORTH PALM BEACH 561-410-5700

Publisher Terry Duffy ADVERTISING

Account Managers Cyndi Hochberg, 303-641-3262, chochberg@palmbeachmedia.com; Aché Saint, 305-803-7817, asaint@palmbeachmedia.com; Melissa Zolin Schwartz, 561-472-1922, mschwartz@palmbeachmedia.com Advertising Services Coordinator Ashley Fleak PRODUCTION Production Director Selene M. Ceballo Production Manager Brian Beach Digital Pre-Press Specialist George Davis Digital Production Coordinator Kassandre Kallen Advertising Design Coordinators Anaely J. Perez Vargas, Jeffrey Rey OPERATIONS Chief Operating Officer Todd Schmidt Office Manager Sue Martel Digital Operations Manager Bill Fleak Circulation/Subscriptions Administrator Marjorie Leiva Distribution Manager Judy Heflin Accounting Specialist Lourdes Linares Accounts Receivable Specialist Ana Coronel

SUBSCRIPTIONS 800-308-7346 In Memoriam Ronald J. Woods (1935-2013) HOUR MEDIA, LLC CEO Stefan Wanczyk President John Balardo

Emerging Designers Personal Style DeborahJames.com

10

PUBLISHERS OF: Palm Beach Illustrated • Naples Illustrated • Fort Lauderdale Illustrated • Orlando Illustrated • Palm Beach Charity Register • Naples Charity Register • Florida Design Florida Design Naples • Florida Design Miami • Florida Design Sourcebook • Palm Beach Relocation Guide • Fifth Avenue South • South Florida Baby and Beyond • The Jewel of Palm Beach: The Mar-a-Lago Club • Traditions: The Breakers • Palm Beach 100 Naples 100 • Art & Culture: Cultural Council for Palm Beach County Pinnacle: Jupiter Medical Center Foundation • Waypoints: Naples Yacht Club Naples on the Gulf: Naples Chamber of Commerce • Jupiter • Stuart • Aventura Community Foundation of Collier County Community Report

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

008_MASTHEAD_0221.indd 10

1/13/21 4:31 PM


NSU ART MUSEUM FORT LAUDERDALE February 28 – September 19, 2021 Exhibition Organized by The Fashion and Textile Museum, London The World of Anna Sui is generously sponsored by The Douglas A. Hirsch and Holly S. Andersen Family Foundation in honor of Jane B. Holzer. Additional support provided by The David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are made possible in part by a challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Funding is also provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale, AutoNation, Community Foundation of Broward, Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

nsuartmuseum.org

Full Page.indd 1

@nsuartmuseum

Photo of Anna Sui by Joshua Jordan

12/30/20 2:04 PM


FROM THE EDITOR

Local LOVE

CAPEHART

February is the month of love and such a great time to celebrate everything that makes our community special, from the natural beauty and leisure opportunities to the incredible dining and night scene. But what defines community most is the passion and energy of the people who drive change. Among those changemakers are the Cases, whose automotive empire has become practically synonymous with Fort Lauderdale. The patriarch, Rick Case, who passed away last September, and his wife, Rita, grew the business hand-inhand since the mid-1980s. Today, Rick Case Automotive Group is a billion-dollar enterprise with locations in several states and 1,300 employees—and a major contributor not only to the local economy, but to charity as well, with more than $100 million in financial support extended to those who need it most. Starting on page 54, we look at the Cases’ next chapter, written largely by Rita—now CEO—and their children, Ryan and Raquel. The tight bond they’ve always shared, and Rick’s larger-than-life legacy, helps them cruise into the future with purpose and pride. Read all about it in “Case in Point,” which also features photos of the family with some really cool cars from Rick’s private collection. This month we also spotlight the local culinary scene in an informative guide to “Dining Alfresco” (page 48). The flawless February weather is the perfect excuse to try them all—from waterfront spots like Boatyard and Dune, to rooftops like Sparrow and Quarterdeck, to chic garden settings like Rhythm & Vine and The Alchemist. And don’t miss unusual offerings like a romantic dinner cruise along Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, presented by Casa Sensei through Riverfront Gondola Tours. Sure, it’s great food, but it’s all about the sensory experience. Enjoy the issue!

February #Goals Daphne Nikolopoulos daphne@fortlauderdaleillustrated.com

«

« TRAVEL MINDFULLY Alabama’s Eagle Cottages at Gulf State Park channel the state’s old fish camps and offer unparalleled access to nature through trails and educational tours. Page 35.

12

EMPOWER WOMEN Supporting womenowned businesses is always top of mind, but more so when their chic products also champion women’s issues. Page 27.

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

012_ED LETTER_0221.indd 12

1/7/21 3:45 PM


PRESS PLAY. And let yourself go.

Reacquaint yourself with luxury and peace of mind. Enjoy stunning sunrises from our Ocean View rooms and lazy poolside lunches. Unwind in private beach cabanas and Palm Beach’s most spacious accommodations. Indulge in midnight room service and stargazing around our fire pit. Escape to bespoke service, safety and comfort at Each Palm Beach Resort & Spa, where service is never forgotten. Rest assured your children and teenagers are entertained and supervised at our complementary kids’ and teen clubs. There, and across our property, we ensure the highest levels of hygiene and service for everyone’s comfort. Check in with confidence, stay here in comfort.

FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL 844 258 2144 OR YOUR TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL.

100 SOUTH OCEAN BLVD. MANALAPAN FL 33462

Full Page.indd 1

|

EAUPALMBEACH.COM

|

#EAUMOMENTS

12/23/20 9:53 AM


.

LOG ON

INSTAWORTHY @flillustrated

F O R T L A U D E R D A L E I L L U S T R AT E D . C O M

Manatee GETAWAY

In the mood for a winter Florida road trip? The secluded, eco-friendly Plantation on Crystal River Resort is inviting travelers from across the state to enjoy its “Swim with the Manatees” overnight accommodations. The incentive allows guests to snorkel with the hundreds of manatees that flock to the warmer waters of Crystal River during the winter. Learn more about this enchanting wildlife encounter opportunity and the resort online.

“Behind the scenes of @MASSDistrict” @massdistrict; @flillustrated

GOING GREEN HAPPY HOUR AND HISTORY MAKE A PERFECT PAIR. THE STRANAHAN HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN FORT LAUDERDALE WILL HOST A VIRTUAL HISTORY HAPPY HOUR FEBRUARY 17 AT 6:30 P.M. ARCHITECT AND HISTORIAN ANTHONY ABBATE WILL TAKE VIRTUAL GUESTS THROUGH THE RICH HISTORY OF THE LANDMARK MUSEUM DURING THE EVENT. FIND OUT HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE.

“Thrive by @danielpopper at @society.lasolas” Lee Le @lvlvisuals

FOUR-LEGGED MOTIVATORS Part of the beauty of looking forward to a new year are the changes we excitedly vow to make at its start. To keep the optimistic momentum going and stay on track with 2021 goals, the Best Friends Animal Society recommends turning to pets to maintain motivation. From activity goals to easing stress and reentering the social world, find out five ways that pets can lend a helping paw toward accomplishing New Year’s resolutions.

“Follow the leader… Can’t get enough of this calm, blue water here.” Pierce Gainey @piercegainey

NEWSLETTER ALERT For your weekly dose of FLI, sign up for Insider’s Guide—it’s delivered every Thursday and lists must-attend local events to put on your social calendar for the coming week, along with articles and more to keep you up to date.

Follow us on social media: 14

facebook.com/fortlauderdaleillustrated

twitter.com/flillustrated

TAG US ON INSTAGRAM FOR A CHANCE TO BE FEATURED ON THIS PAGE!

instagram.com/flillustrated

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

014_LOG ON_0221.indd 14

1/5/21 9:42 AM


DAWNELISE INTERIORS

DawnElise Hamilton, ASID

Whole house Renovation on Golf Course

Riverfront Remodel

DawnElise Hamilton is the president of DawnElise Interiors International and the firm’s principal designer. She is a Columbia University graduate, where she earned her degree in Art History. Dawn’s work at various world-renowned art museums fueled her passion for captivating aesthetics and honed her ability to see the beauty in every object – ultimately bringing her to interior design. After moving to Florida, Dawn enrolled at The Art Institute to study design. In 2002, she launched DawnElise Interiors and quickly began building a reputation for creativity, excellence and unsurpassed customer service. With a mission to build beautiful spaces centered on elements as unique as their owners, Dawn and her team pride themselves on truly understanding their clientele to deliver one-of-a-kind, personalized designs that speak to each client’s lifestyle. Whether designing residential or commercial spaces, Dawn strives to prioritize her clients’ needs and tastes, while seamlessly integrating her trademark sophisticated and vibrant design vision. Now more than ever, Dawn believes that our homes should be treated as our personal sanctuaries, spaces that should fully reflect who we are, as well as promote a healthy and happy lifestyle – fusing aesthetic fascination with adaptable functionality. Business is always conducted with integrity and honesty, and Dawn and her team work hard to deliver superior results!

954.609.7113 | www.dawneliseinteriors.com

PROMOTION

DAWEFLI0221.indd 1

12/17/20 10:22 AM


Luxury Waterfront Senior Living on The Intracoastal

T H E V I E W LO O KS B E T T E R F R O M U P H E R E . The Meridian at Waterways is redefining senior living. We deliver a safe, distinctive daily experience for residents who enjoy living the good life and who can trust that their wellbeing is in the best interest of dedicated, compassionate staff. Have peace of mind knowing 24-hour nursing care is available, if needed. Embrace the Florida lifestyle with breathtaking waterfront views. In addition to Supportive Independent Living and Assisted Living, The Meridian at Waterways features our exclusive MONTESSORI MOMENTS IN TIME™ programming for personalized care based on preferences, abilities, and our residents’ life stories.

OPEN FOR TOURING Call today to schedule an in-person tour or private lunch (754) 200-2705 3001 East Oakland Park Blvd · Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306 www.themeridianatwaterways.com A MERIDIAN SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY | ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY LIC # 12940

Full Page.indd 1

10/19/20 12:46 PM


24/SEVEN By Melissa Puppo

STEPHANIE ESTEVEZ

Clockwise from above: jewelry designer Addy White; microplastic geometric earrings and gold ring.

PUBLIC ART

Get lost in a vivid world of color with the MASS District’s Art Equals Health, a public art series focused on outdoor mobility and well-being. Blank sidewalks leading the way to local eateries, businesses, and bars are long gone; the up-and-coming arts neighborhood is now awash in vibrant hues painted by Yana Bannikova, who is behind Artrise, a collective organization that supports the rise of public art, culture, and community to empower neighborhoods. “It’s so critical for all of us to be conscious of how important health is and how we cannot take

017_24/7_0221.indd 17

STEPHANIE ESTEVEZ

Life In COLOR

it for granted,” says Bannikova. “Art has always made me feel healthy.” The idea behind the initiative, she says, came from the desire to bring people outdoors, encourage positive emotions through bright colors, and promote the importance of mental and physical health. The walkable, self-guided tour leads locals to view some of the city’s most engaging outdoor art, including a new gradient mural Bannikova created in the parking lot behind The Hub Spark. The next stage in planning will expand past the MASS District toward surrounding neighborhoods in Fort Lauderdale and include works by Ernesto Maranje, Fabio Onrack, and Ruben Ubiera, among others. Turn the page to learn more about Bannikova’s artistic mission.

Yana Bannikova’s gradient mural is a featured work of art for the new Art Equals Health initiative in Fort Lauderdale. FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

17

1/5/21 9:09 AM


24/SEVEN Q&A

PAINT the Town Originally from Russia, Yana Bannikova (also known as Orla Ananda) is a multidisciplinary artist who lived in New York City for 12 years, during which time she worked for multiple art institutions and as a fashion photographer and graphic designer. After a stint in Mexico, she moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2018 and “instantly fell in love with the city’s creative community and overall culture,” she says. Some of her new work graces the facades of Sistrunk Marketplace and Rhythm & Vine, though her portfolio is endless. Through her collective, Artrise, she’s able to generate public art installations, help artists in their careers, empower communities, and more. “No matter where I lived, art always found its way to my life,” she shares. “At this point, I don’t see myself doing anything else.”

form public spaces. [It] adds meaningful value to the cultural, aesthetic, and economic vitality of a neighborhood, and contributes to a community’s identity, fosters a sense of belonging, and enhances the quality of life for its residents and visitors.

FLI: You launched Artrise in early 2020. What’s its goal? Bannikova: We are focused on activating neighborhoods and connecting communities through public art, meaningful events, and local solutions. Artrise exists to serve as a catalyst to help developing neighborhoods further emerge through public art and events while driving commerce and revenue for local businesses and real estate development. Ar-

What do you have planned in the coming months and beyond? We will continue our ongoing collaborations with the MASS District and Art Equals Health. We are starting a new building in early 2021 in Progresso Park. In addition, I am personally doing a lot of painting and Orla Ananda artwork over the next few months. So far, our calendar is full through February, but who knows, we are getting more and more inquiries for public art every week.

trise was born to generate beautified spaces with ease, give artists a platform to build their careers, help businesses thrive, enable communities to tell their stories with local artists, and let every street, neighborhood, and community be a place where we feel safe and inspired.   What do you see as the importance of art in public places? Public art has an incredible ability to trans-

CULTURE

TWO TO SEE

1

THE WORLD OF ANNA SUI: Beginning February 28, the glamorous and eclectic work of one of New York’s most accomplished designers arrives at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. The World of Anna Sui invites viewers to discover Sui’s creative process and the diverse influences that contributed to her successful career. “South Florida is an international fashion and design hub,” notes Bonnie Clearwater, the museum’s director and chief curator. “It’s important to provide designers with access to the history of fashion and to unique designers, such as Anna Sui whose fashions embody a form of storytelling, which is based on her own experiences growing up in the suburbs of Detroit. It also explores her multimedia collaborations with musicians, photographers, and models.” (nsuartmuseum.org)

18

2020 FLORIDA BIENNIAL: Discover the work of 32 artists who address themes that are directly and more loosely connected to the events of the past year during the 2020 Florida Biennial, on view at the Art and Culture Center/ Hollywood through February 21. The showcase, named “Now is the time/the time is Now,” features paintings, sculptures, conceptual art, and site-specific installations from individuals who live, work, study, or maintain a studio in Florida. This tenth edition was juried by Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, associate curator for collections and exhibitions at the Orlando Museum of Art. (artandculturecenter.org)

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

017_24/7_0221.indd 18

1/5/21 9:09 AM


Room to Roam Enjoy sun-drenched days, epic stays and plenty of room to roam in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Our hotels, attractions and restaurants have taken the Visit Lauderdale Safe + Clean Pledge so you can relax and explore with confidence. When you’re ready for that well-deserved staycation, our 23-miles of golden beaches await. Find wide open spaces to hike, bike, kayak and paddleboard. Learn more at sunny.org

Full Page.indd 1

12/21/20 4:54 PM


24/SEVEN

DATE NIGHT

Sparks FLY AN INTIMATE AFFAIR

For sisters Ashley Casoria and Lauren Camino, the idea to launch The Little Gatherings stemmed from a birthday beach party last fall that had all of their friends asking who they hired. Turns out, the duo has a knack for planning small picnics and soirees—which are especially appropriate during pandemic times. “People aren’t able to celebrate big moments how they used to, so this has become a really unique alternative for them,” says Casoria. The sisters create gatherings as small as their popular “sweetest date night” for two, as well as events for groups of 10 to 30, offering

l l

SIP AND MINGLE

ONE WITH NATURE

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, make a day of it by heading to Park and Ocean at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park to soak up the sun. Perfect for active couples, Park and Ocean offers a plethora of outdoor activities, such as canoe and paddleboard rentals to explore a mile-long freshwater lagoon. There are also two trails for a leisurely jaunt to learn more about local plants and wildlife. You can plan your own romantic picnic in the park or post up at the beachside bar and eatery, which serves no-fuss foods like panko-crusted mahi tacos, brisket grilled cheese sandwiches, and spicy Southwest chicken egg rolls. (parkandocean.com)

delivery, setup, breakdown, and cleanup. They have even planned proposals, baby showers, and surprise birthdays. Recurring elements include live greenery, blanketed or cushioned seating, and bistro lights for nighttime events. “We know that this Valentine’s, people will be looking for unique ideas that don’t necessarily involve sitting in a restaurant around a lot of people,” adds Casoria. Take their advice and book a romantic beach picnic or host a cozy movie night in your backyard. The duo will coordinate the food, sweets, and even a movie projector to make your evening truly special. (instagram.com/thelittlegatherings)

l

Oenophiles and couples wanting to further their knowledge of wine can do so by paying the Small Wine Shop a visit. Owners Timothy Graham and Tracy Pell chose to open their store last summer in Flagler Village because they felt that the up-andcoming neighborhood fit the vibe of the specialty wines they sell. “People come in all the time and don’t recognize any of our labels,” says Graham. “I’m like, ‘Yeah, excellent!’” The shop specializes in natural, organic, biodynamic, and low-intervention wines, with an eye toward supporting farmers and family businesses. Their inventory includes limitedquantity bottles and varies from what you’d find at a typical liquor store. Visitors can sample the day’s selections, and the shop also hosts two monthly

ALYSSA DEL VALLE

FINDING LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Make your Valentine’s Day extra special with our recommendations for how to celebrate the SWEETEST HOLIDAY locally

wine clubs—Daytrippin’ and Wanderlust—to help customers become more worldly drinkers. This Valentine’s Day Graham and Pell will host a five-course wine dinner in collaboration with chef Takeshi Kamioka of Kaminari Ramen. As of press time, ticket prices weren’t finalized; visit the Small Wine Shop website for more information. (smallwineshop.com)

20 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

017_24/7_0221.indd 20

1/5/21 9:09 AM


Full Page.indd 1

10/5/20 1:32 PM


24/SEVEN Kristi Vannatta (left) and Brenda Popritkin

SPOTLIGHT

Getting CANDID

Two South Florida moms open up about MOTHERHOOD AND AUTISM via a lighthearted podcast Raising children who have autism isn’t easy—just ask pals Brenda Popritkin and Kristi Vannatta. The two South Floridian women (Vannatta lives in Jupiter; Popritkin resides in Fort Lauderdale) are both moms to children with the developmental disorder and have struggled with the hardships that come along with raising kids on the spectrum. Together, they have found a way to use their experiences to help other parents in the same situation: by co-hosting a podcast. Disorderly Blondes details their personal daily lives, parenting 22

autistic children while “balancing heels, cocktails, and meltdowns.” While it is a serious subject matter, they try to keep things lighthearted; the episodes are usually told in comedic snippets, as they dive deep to discuss challenges and offer advice for parents. The ladies’ friendship blossomed from an interesting turn of events. Popritkin recalls going through a hard time a decade ago when her son Dylan, now 18, had just been diagnosed with autism. Every time she picked him up at carpool, she’d park behind another mom who she imagined had her life in order. “Every day, I would look at her and think, ‘Wow, she’s so perfect, she has the perfect life,’ and here I am all boo-hoo,” says Popritkin, who has a second son, Oliver, 11, with CHRNA7, a rare genetic condition. A month later, Popritkin’s husband crossed paths with a nurse who offered to make an introduction to another family dealing with autism. Says Popritkin: “I showed up at her house and my jaw dropped. It was the woman from carpool!” The two became fast friends. “We really gel creatively,” says Vannatta, the mother of J.R., 16, who has autism, and Jaxon, 13. The idea to create a podcast stemmed from an interview Popritkin did for a Spanish television station about autism in the community. It made her realize there wasn’t enough helpful information readily available on the subject. “A lot of stuff out there is a little gun-shy of the reality that can happen with parents,” she says. Vannatta notes that doing a podcast was their opportunity to fix that problem. “We wanted to do our take—us, uncensored,” she says. Adds Popritkin: “Kristi and I don’t hold back. We share everything.” Disorderly Blondes is available on all major platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music, as well as YouTube. Currently in production on season three, Popritkin and Vannatta alternate between hosting guests and keeping the banter between themselves. They have welcomed therapists, advocates, and even the principal of Jupiter-based Els Center of Excellence, where Vannatta’s son attends The Learning Academy. Popritkin says the most rewarding part of hosting the podcast is when they receive direct feedback. She recalls one instance: “I was talking about how I can’t cry in certain moments because I have my other child, and life has to go on, so I have to cry later.” A listener messaged to say she too has waited to cry. “Little things like that make it more rewarding, just knowing we’re being there for other parents, so they don’t feel alone.” (disorderlyblondes.com)

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

017_24/7_0221.indd 22

1/5/21 9:09 AM


HAPPY RETURNS

A D E S T I N AT I O N B E Y O N D C O M PA R E , Y E T C O N V E N I E N T LY C L O S E At The Breakers Palm Beach, you won’t have to travel far to feel worlds away. Now more than ever, we’re committed to making your next stay even better with exceptional experiences, gracious service and the unparalleled amenities you’ve come to expect from our iconic oceanfront resort. Relax in one of four beachfront pools, enjoy championship golf, our luxurious spa, award-winning dining, shopping and more.

Visit thebreakers.com or call 1-844-289-0062. Plus, you can take comfort in knowing that the highest standards of health and safety precautions are in place to protect our team, guests and community. For more information, visit thebreakers.com/bsafe.

BH 69559 Ft Lauderdale Illustrated_Feb_FP-4C_Breakers-Couple_MECH.indd 1

1/11/21 3:14 PM

Full Page.indd 1

1/11/21 3:52 PM


24/SEVEN LOCAL LEADER

Legal EAGLE

From politics and public policy to the legalities of local land use, attorney Stephanie Toothaker is a South Florida superwoman When Fort Lauderdale’s Stephanie Toothaker started her firm in 2019 specializing in law and political strategy, it wasn’t long before superstar David Beckham approached her to be on his dream team. Working to navigate the complex legal hurdles needed to get approval for Beckham’s Inter Miami CF Stadium, Toothaker cinched Fort Lauderdale’s first private-public partnership in just 13 months. Thanks to her professional maneuvering, Beckham’s Inter Miami CF began play in Major League Soccer (MLS) last spring. “I am proud to be responsible for it,” she confesses. “I cried when I saw the finished product.” Her behind-the-scenes legal wrangling was also in play during the development of Pier Sixty-Six’s Superyacht Village, an exclusive marina and on-land development. The project was a joint venture between Informa, a company that produces the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (another one of Toothaker’s high profile clients), and Tavistock Development Company—and she admits it wasn’t popular at first. For Toothaker, it was just another challenge to take in stride, bringing all sides of an issue together. “I like practicing this kind of law,” she says. “I can see a tangible product after completion.” Toothaker began her career in politics; her first job out of college was an internship with U.S. Senator Bob Graham of Florida. She started in his Tallahassee office, but was soon called up to the political big leagues in Washington, D.C. As Special Projects Coordinator and assistant to the Chief of Staff, she worked on federal judicial appointments, among other key programs. “I worked on issues with Attorney General Janet Reno,” Toothaker recalls. “It was a life-changing experience that made me decide to go to law school.” After graduating from the University of Florida’s Levin School of Law in 1997, Toothaker returned to Fort Lauderdale and launched a career combining law, politics, and community organizations. But public service beckoned again, and Toothaker returned to Washington to work on Senator Graham’s 2004 short-lived presidential campaign. She became the youngest and first woman to serve as special coun24

CARLOS HIDALGO

By Linda Marx

sel in his Washington Senate office, helping rewrite sections of the U.S. Patriot Act. “Stephanie was our go-to person on issues between the state of Florida and the federal government, especially complex environmental matters,” says the senator, who now lives in Gainesville near his Bob Graham Center for Public Service at University of Florida, where Toothaker sits on the board. Toothaker says a candidate doesn’t have to win every election for the work to have positive impact. She chaired the Our Florida political action committee supporting Gwen Graham’s 2018 campaign for Florida governor. Although it ended in defeat, a lifelong bond was struck. “Stephanie is like a sister to me,” says Gwen. “The world needs more Stephanie Toothakers.”

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

024_24/7 Toothaker_0221.indd 24

1/4/21 3:53 PM


MARKETING YOUR PROPERTY BEYOND THE STANDARD!

Aventura | Echo | 4 BR, 4.5 BA | $1,185,000

Bay Harbor Islands | Blair House | 2 BR, 1.5 BA | $325,000

Aventura | Hamptons West | 3 BR, 2.5 BA | $595,000

SARA LUDMIR (786) 256-0817

sara.ludmir@floridamoves.com | SaraLudmir.com ENGLISH | ESPAÑOL

MY LISTINGS ARE SELLING!

TO DISCUSS HOW YOU CAN GET THE BENEFIT OF MY EXCEPTIONAL MARKETING AND EXPOSURE TO HELP SELL YOUR HOME FOR THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE PRICE, CONTACT ME TODAY.

CBSLAVE0221.indd 1

1/5/21 3:43 PM


JANUA RY 1 8 – MA RCH 1 3 palmbeachculture.com/exhibitions

Curated by ATB Fine Art Group, Inc.

Tracy Guiteau, Hindsight (detail), 2020, Mixed media, 60 x 36 inches

A CELEBRATION OF BLACK ARTISTS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

Karibu (pronounced kah-ree-boo) means “welcome, come in” in Swahili. This celebratory concept of Black culture, not unlike the Southern tradition of Sunday dinner after church, invites everyone to embrace the journey of life and learn through the eyes and creativity of local Black artists. This Harlem Renaissance-style exhibition is intended to build cultural bridges (not walls) between different communities. Proceeds from artwork sales directly benefit local artists and support the Council’s mission to grow arts and culture in Palm Beach County.

Generously sponsored by:

Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building

Presented by:

601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

Tuesday – Friday, 12 – 5 p.m. Free and open to the public

Full Page.indd 1

12/16/20 4:53 PM


STYLE 2

1

3 4

RUN the World

Support these women-owned companies that also champion vital women’s issues By Katherine Lande 1. Empowered Women Empower Women hand-stitched cashmere sweater ($380), Lingua Franca, linguafranca. com, $100 from each sweater purchased supports Planned Parenthood. | 2. The Just Enough Puff short-sleeve sweatshirt in rose ($145), Sold Out NYC, soldout.nyc, created by women, for women, and about women. | 3. Notorious R.B.G. matte liquid lipstick ($19.95), Lipslut, lipslut.com, in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s commitment to equality, a portion of sales funds organizations continuing her fight. | 4. Embrace Ambition bracelet in rose gold ($30), Tory Burch, toryburch.com, 100 percent of all net proceeds benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which empowers women and female entrepreneurs. | 5. Carrie handbag handmade with more than 1,100 individual woven beads ($195), Susanna Chow, susannachownyc.com, a portion of each sale supports the care of disabled orphans living in China. | 6. Heart Talk: The Journal, 52 weeks of Self-Love, Self-Care, and Self-Discovery ($18), Cleo Wade, cleowade.com

5

6

027_STYLEOPEN_0221.indd 27

“THE BEST THING ABOUT GIRL POWER IS THAT OVER TIME IT TURNS INTO WOMAN POWER.” —Cleo Wade

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

27

1/4/21 3:55 PM


STYLE THE LOOK

Team PLAYER

OFF THE CUFF Coiled cuff ($620), Bottega Veneta, Bal Harbour, Miami, bottegaveneta.com

ELEVATE YOUR EVERYDAY ATHLEISURE APPAREL WITH LUXE ACCENTS By Katherine Lande

THROW SHADE Visor sunglasses ($660), Chanel, Aventura, Miami, chanel.com

STYLE NOTES V IS FOR VICTORY: Accessorize with varsity letter logos or monograms. RETRO REDUX: 1970s-inspired track shoes make a chic comeback. FROM GYM TO STREET: Go hands-free with a sporty or structured belt bag.

PACK IT IN Custom classic fanny pack with noir glitter varsity letter patches ($145), Stoney Clover Lane, stoneycloverlane.com

MIU MIU SPRING 2021 An updated take on the windbreaker instantly gives an athletic vibe.

RUN AROUND Ballet runners in nylon and calfskin ($590), Loewe, Design District, Miami, loewe.com

SNEAK AWAY Sneakers in perfect black/new ivory ($228), Tory Burch, Aventura, Miami, toryburch.com 28

VISOR VISION Visor (price upon request), Dior, Design District, Miami, dior.com

WATCH OUT Apple Watch Hermès Single Tour 40-mm Series 6 case and band ($1,249), Hermès, Aventura, Miami, hermes.com

FIRST BLUSH XL Pink leather belt bag ($1,290), Fendi, Aventura, Miami, fendi.com

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

028_STYLE2_0221.indd 28

1/4/21 4:00 PM


Full Page.indd 1

12/30/20 10:35 AM


STYLE

3

1 2

JEWEL BOX

4

Colors of LOVE

Celebrate your Valentine with romantic red and pink jewelry By Mary Murray

5 6 7

1. DIVINE DÉCOLLETAGE Graff necklace with ruby beads and diamonds set in white gold, price upon request. Graff, Bal Harbour (us.graff.com) 2. GARDEN PARTY Picchiotti floral earrings with rubies and diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, $188,800. Carrazza Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale (carrazzajewelers.com) 3. KEY TO MY HEART Kwiat heart ring with an Ashoka diamond, diamonds, and rubies set in platinum, $84,800. (kwiat.com) 4. COUTURE CASCADE Ananya lotus ombrÊ earrings with diamonds and pink tourmaline set in 18-karat rose and white gold, $8,540. (ananya.com) 5. PERFECT PAIR Lydia Courteille ring with rhodochrosite, sapphires, rubies, and diamonds set in 18-karat gold, price upon request. (lydiacourteille.com) 6. EASY BREEZY Hamilton Jewelers stretch bracelet with pink sapphires and diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, $13,950. (hamiltonjewelers.com) 7. LADY IN RED Fana three-row ring with rubies and diamonds set in 14-karat white gold, $1,940. Diamonds Direct, Boca Raton (diamondsdirect.com/boca-raton) 8. CHIC SHAPES Provident Jewelry bracelet with light pink diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold, price upon request. Provident Jewelry locations (providentjewelry.com)

8 30 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

030_FLI-JEWELBOX_0221.indd 30

1/4/21 4:38 PM


hive home, gift & garden & hive for kids

hive for her & him

mccann design group

424 palm street west palm beach, fl 33401 (561) 514-0322

1609 s dixie highway west palm beach, fl 33401 (561) 444-3944

1600 s dixie highway west palm beach, fl 33401 (561) 514-0335

10:00 am to 5:00 pm monday – saturday

w w w. h i v e p a l m b e a c h . c o m

@ hive_palmbeach

Full Page.indd 1

@hive_boutiqueſ

@mccanndeſigngroup

12/29/20 11:41 AM


STYLE

BEAUTY

From jewelry to home decor and now beauty, jewel-infused products offer an indulgent self-care boost and bring balance to any routine. Some gems to discover: Urban Decay Stoned Vibes eyeshadow palette infused with genuine tourmaline ($54, Sephora); Tata Harper Clarifying Mask with quartz sand microcrystals ($72, Sephora); Flower Beauty Supernova Celestial Skin Elixir ($16, Ulta); Crystal Hills Organics Crystal Love Body Serum ($52) and Bath Salts with rose quartz ($32, crystalhills.com); and The Flower Apothecary Illuminated Neroli Mist for Skin with gem essence ($27, theflowerapothecary.com). —Abigail Duffy

32

ASHLEY MEYER

CRYSTAL CLEAR

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

032_BEAUTY_0221.indd 32

1/5/21 9:43 AM


FEBRUARY 12-16, 2021 PRESIDENTS’ DAY WEEKEND

OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW PARTY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2021 | 4:00PM - 10:00PM

PALM BEACH COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER 650 OKEECHOBEE BLVD, WEST PALM BEACH, FL

FEATURING

F I N E A RT • H I STO R I C • M O D E R N • S I LV E R • A S I A N A RT & A N T I Q U E S • F U R N I T U R E • C O N T E M P O R A RY A RT • A M E R I C A N A • R A R E B O O K S A N D M A N U S C R I P T S • A N T I Q U E A R M S A N D A R M O R • P O RC E L A I N • C E R A M I C S & P OT T E RY • O B J E T S D ’A RT • T E X T I L E S • O R I E N TA L C A R P E T S • WATC H E S •

C L O C K S • S C U L P T U R E • B RO N Z E S • A N T I Q U E & E STAT E J E W E L RY • A RT G L A S S • A N T I Q U I T I E S T H RO U G H 2 0 T H C E N T U RY D E S I G N

PalmBeachShow.com

PB21 - PB Illustrated Single Page.indd 1 Full Page.indd 1

12/15/20 11:57 AM 12/17/20 9:34 AM


The Collection PUBLISHER OF: Naples Illustrated Palm Beach Illustrated Orlando Illustrated Naples Charity Register Palm Beach Charity Register Southwest Florida Relocation Guide Waypoints: Naples Yacht Club Palm Beach Relocation Guide Traditions: The Breakers The Jewel of Palm Beach: The Mar-a-Lago Club Jupiter Magazine South Florida Baby and Beyond Magazine Stuart Magazine Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Aventura Magazine Naples 100 5th Avenue South: 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District Palm Beach 100 Go561 Naples on the Gulf: Greater Naples Chamber Community Report: Community Foundation of Collier County Pinnacle: Jupiter Medical Center Foundation art&culture: Cultural Council for Palm Beach County Florida Design Florida Design Naples Edition Florida Design Miami Edition Florida Design Annual Sourcebook

561.659.0210 • palmbeachmedia.com

PBI Full Page.indd 1

1/12/21 12:00 PM


ESCAPE WANDERLUST

Unexpected ALABAMA

With a pristine state park and trailblazing, eco-luxe accommodations, Gulf Shores, Alabama, surprises as an environmentalist’s wonderland

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH TOURISM

By Paul Rubio

T

035_ESCAPE_0221.indd 35

FARREN DELL

hough Alabama lays claim to just a sliver of Gulf shoreline—32 miles to be exact—its coast makes a big impression thanks to one of the South’s greatest natural assets: Gulf State Park. Measuring a small-but-mighty 6,150 acres (roughly the size of St. Barts), Gulf State Park stands out among other U.S. parklands for its nine well-preserved ecosystems, from pine savannas to coastal swales to maritime forests. Three hundred and twentyfive migratory bird species travel here annually, joining the armadillos, bobcats, alligators, bald eagles, and endangered beach mice that reside year-round. For decades scientists had lauded Gulf Shores’ natural riches— famed biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson even dubbed this region part of “America’s Amazon.” However, it wasn’t until recently that Gulf Shores began to appear on the luxury traveler’s radar. In 2019 Eagle Cottages at Gulf State Park (eaglecottagesatgsp.com) was welcomed as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, one of only 63 on Earth. In 2018 The Lodge at Gulf State Park (lodgeatgulfstatepark.com) reopened as a global model of sustainable design, 14 years after FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

35

1/5/21 9:10 AM


THE LODGE AT GULF STATE PARK

36

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH TOURISM

THE LODGE AT GULF STATE PARK

Scenes from Gulf State Park: The lobby, beachfront swimming pool, and Foodcraft restaurant at The Lodge at Gulf State Park (above, far right, and bottom left); a bald eagle perched on a pine tree (top right); the historic Eagle Cottages, fashioned after a traditional Alabama fish camp (right).

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH TOURISM

THE LODGE AT GULF STATE PARK

ESCAPE

the original lodge was destroyed in Hurricane Ivan and more than eight years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated the Gulf coastline. Together, these two properties have propelled Alabama into the spotlight as a compelling eco-luxe destination. Located along Lake Shelby, roughly a mile inland from the coast, the 11 Eagle Cottages at Gulf State Park are historic landmarks dating to the late 1930s. Built in the collective fashion of a traditional Alabama “fish camp” by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, the cottages have since been reimagined to fit today’s construction standards and retrofitted with modern amenities. The beauty in staying in one of these threebedroom, three-bathroom cottages lies in immediate access to nature and the 28 miles of backcountry trails that weave throughout the park and its ecosystems (complimentary bicycles wait at your doorstep). Even better are the bundled-in tours with master naturalists who provide in-depth lessons on the area’s vegetation and wildlife for audiences of all levels, from inquisitive children to scientific peers.  Born from $140 million allotted to Gulf State Park by the Deepwater Horizon recovery fund, The Lodge at Gulf State Park, a Hilton hotel, was conceptualized as an archetype of eco-conscious coastal

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

035_ESCAPE_0221.indd 36

1/5/21 9:10 AM


development, pioneering in both design and practice. While the Gulf of Mexico healed from the largest marine oil spill in history, the 350-room, beachfront hotel took shape, replacing a bunker-style lodge from the 1970s and reducing its footprint by a third. Drafted with energy and water-efficiency in mind, the property capitalized on natural ventilation and lighting while showcasing the latest in pro-environment systems. For example, the swimming pool is fed by condensation from the HVAC system; in summer, an average of 8,400 gallons of water per day are channeled from guest rooms to the pool. Surrounding natural habitat was restored through replanting native species, reclaiming coastal dunes (and rebuilding them by placing discarded Christmas trees underneath the sand), and re

035_ESCAPE_0221.indd 37

Clockwise from above center: Alfresco dining at The Gulf; Royal Red shrimp at DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen; Pink Pineapple cocktail at Playa; oysters at the Original Oyster House.

ELIZABETH GELINEAU PHOTOGRAPHY

Finally, don’t leave Alabama without tasting the talents of three-time James Beard-nominated chef Bill Briand. Local seafood and meats are prepared with Caribbean and Latin American flair at Playa (playaoba.com), the highlights of which are the coconut shrimp (flambéed with rum, chili flakes, cilantro, grilled lime, and topped with spicy mayo), the Playa burger (stacked with grilled pineapple, fried onions, cheddar cheese, Playa barbecue and Alabama white barbecue sauce on a brioche bun), and the vodka-forward, frozen Pink Pineapple cocktail (served in a glass pineapple, of course). Nearby is Briand’s fine-dining restaurant, Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina (fishersobm.com/ upstairs) where dishes skew more elaborate and the design tells a familiar narrative of reuse and recycle—the floors, for example, are made from reclaimed heart pine from Louisiana’s circa-1892 Godchaux Sugar Mill mule barn. Similar to the unexpected, environmentally progressive lodging in Gulf Shores, the food scene surprises and delights, all the while linking to coastal Alabama’s sustainability program.

THE ORIGINAL OYSTER HOUSE

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH TOURISM

Southern states pride themselves on great food, and coastal Alabama is no exception. Prepare to feast on some of the country’s freshest seafood, often at restaurants that are part of the pro-environment movement. Begin at DeSoto’s Seafood Kitchen (desotossea foodkitchen.com), a no-frills locals’ haunt, famous for its Old Bay–seasoned, peel-and-eat Royal Red shrimp and pecan-crusted catch of the day topped with béarnaise sauce. Start every meal with a basket of piping hot yeast rolls (wheat, brown, or white) accompanied by whipped honey butter. Be sure to request a side of the decadent sweet potato casserole, which doubles as dessert. For endless summer vibes, lunch or imbibe at The Gulf (thegulf.com), a sprawling, fast-casual beach club where patrons order from a pick-up window and then chillax on picnic benches, eclectic dining tables, and beach cushions overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The kitchen, bar, and gift shop are housed in an amalgam of colorful, recycled shipping containers from which the most delicious and eye-catching cocktails on the coast are served. (Get the rainbow-colored, rum-forward Surfs Up for pics, the Seasonal Berry Mojito for taste.) Savor the best in Gulf bivalves at the Original Oyster House (originaloysterhouse.com), a 37-yearold restaurant where the meaty delicacies are served on the half-shell, Parmesan-baked with garlic butter, or in the preferred style of the original owners: baked with garlic cocktail sauce, small-batch bacon, and grated Parmesan. The Original Oyster House piloted Alabama’s first oyster shell recycling program to conserve habitat and improve water quality, and other restaurants have followed suit, resulting in 14 million shells collected and integrated into 36 acres of a man-made/natural reef hybrid. 

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH TOURISM

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

creating a wetland on-site to collect stormwater. Once open, the property made good on its light-on-Earth promise by addressing even the smallest details, such as sorting trash into livestock feed, compost, and recycling; offering straws made from wheat shaft; and utilizing seafood sourced via local fishermen and ocean-friendly initiatives. When you stay at either The Lodge or Eagle Cottages, Gulf State FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

37

1/5/21 12:16 PM


The Lodge at Gulf State Park offers 350 guest rooms (including 20 suites) as well as numerous nooks in which to sit back and enjoy the natural scenery.

GULF SHORES AND ORANGE BEACH TOURISM

Park awaits at your doorstep for education- or adrenaline-packed days of birdwatching, biking, fishing, and hiking. Miles of raised boardwalks hover over the land and even zigzag up and down to connect park grounds over highways, dunes, and towering sand live oaks—oftentimes, exploration here excites like a game of Chutes and Ladders. In between bald eagle spotting and ecosystem identification, pay a visit to the park’s Interpretive Center, which produces its own electricity and is close to completing the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous environmental building certification.  Also, take time to appreciate the principal reason most come to Alabama’s coast: the vast expanses of sugar-white sands, idyllic for ambles, sunbathing, and low-key fun. Unlike the majority of the Gulf coastline, which is stacked with monoliths from Florida all the way to Texas, the miles-long beachfront of Gulf State Park houses zero buildings beyond The Lodge and remains an unspoiled stretch of natural splendor. Indeed, this small, protected confluence of undeveloped coastline and “America’s Amazon” is a unique national treasure, one that is now welcoming the eco-minded traveler at not one but two headlining properties. (gulfshores.com) «

THE LODGE AT GULF STATE PARK

ESCAPE

Subscribe Today @ fortlauderdaleillustrated.com

38

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

035_ESCAPE_0221.indd 38

1/13/21 4:14 PM


Full Page.indd 1

12/30/20 11:09 AM


ESCAPE

Clockwise from far left: The Cloister; Sea Island Suite at The Cloister; Retreat golf course; bagpiper; cottage at The Lodge.

QUICK TRIPS

PEACHY Keen

Southern hospitality reaches its apex at GEORGIA’S SEA ISLAND Few destinations capture the charm and refinement of Southern living quite like Sea Island. Upon entering this resort, nestled on the southeastern coast of Georgia, one becomes enchanted with an abundance of native flora and fauna, all of which is complemented by an array of accommodations. Spanish moss drapes across the serpentine branches of Southern live oaks; resurrection ferns crawl up the historic trees’ trunks. Brown marsh rabbits hop along the water’s banks as eagles soar high overhead. All of this sets the scene for languid days of sunbathing, adventurous excursions amid nature, and rigorous rounds on the golf course, among other pursuits. To be close to it all, book a room at The Cloister. Although the original Mediterraneanstyle building—conceived by architect Addison Mizner—no longer remains, the new iteration of The Cloister carries on its legacy, complete with a Spanish Lounge that features a ceiling, chandeliers, and stained-glass windows saved from the circa-1928 design. One nook worthy of many visits is the solarium, where the chirps of peach-faced and yellow-collared lovebirds fill the sundrenched space. On the upper floors, arcades give way to plush guest rooms and suites outfitted with hardwood floors, Turkish rugs, and beamed ceilings. From The Cloister, it’s a short saunter to the

ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF SEA ISLAND

By Mary Murray

spa or the Beach Club, where guests can savor fresh seafood at Southern Tide or hit the bowling lanes at Sea Strike & Pub. Here, you can also peruse the Nature Center or embark on an outing with a resident naturalist. To learn even more about Sea Island and its inhabitants—both past and present, animal and human—reserve a bike tour with a historian, who will give you the inside scoop on a few of the 600 or so private cottages dotting the property, some of which are available to rent. Perhaps the best thing about a Sea Island vacation is that there truly is never a dull moment (unless that’s what you’re into). From tennis to squash, falconry to horseback riding, there’s an activity to suit every interest. Over at The Lodge, golf reigns supreme. In addition to

an 18-hole putting course, visitors can choose from three courses and work on their swing at the Golf Performance Center. The Lodge also houses onsite guest rooms as well as cottages nestled along the greens. Each evening, a bagpiper makes an appearance, upholding the Scottish tradition of playing the golf courses “to sleep.” And while it may be their bedtime, it doesn’t have to be yours. Head to the Oak Room to tuck into Southern comfort food with a twist. Think: charred buffalo cauliflower in a tangy hot sauce; fried chicken that has been brined, sous vide, and flash fried to perfection; and Georgia shrimp and grits served with a lemon beurre blanc and lobster oil. Finish the evening with a nightcap from the playful cocktail menu. We recommend the Jackie-O, a mix of Sea Island Guild Gin, St-Germain, lemon, cinnamon, egg white, and a dash of “presidential grace,” a trait Sea Island has in spades. (seaisland.com) «

40 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

040_QUICKTRIPS_0221.indd 40

1/5/21 9:12 AM


farm to table dinners

family brunch

farm markets

Life is Good.

... down on the farm

Three types of events to choose from. One spectacular farm. To reserve your tickets - swankspecialtyproduce.com

loxahatchee groves 561.202.5648 Thank you to our sponsors: Pa l m B e a c h I l l u s t r a t e d * I n d e p e n d e n t S e a f o o d * Fr e s h P o i n t S un s h i n e P r ov i s i o n s * E v i a n a n d B a d o i t * F l o r i d i a n C o f f e e

Full Page.indd 1

12/31/20 3:22 PM


ESCAPE Sky Deck and pool

Takato

Suite living room

STAYCATIONS

SHORE Thing

Delight in seaside bliss at the all-suite Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach By Paul Rubio A newer addition to Fort Lauderdale Beach’s frigerators), an Italian-marble bathroom, and growing skyline is the 24-story Conrad Fort ample space to roam. Accommodations feel Lauderdale Beach, an eye-catching, Michael residential and cozy, posh yet unpretentious. Graves–designed tower of 290 sumptuous The sixth floor is the hotel’s center of both suites and residences. Opened in 2017, it re- fun and relaxation, home to a sprawling mains a key player in the area’s reinvention as 20,000-square-foot Sky Deck and an elegantan upscale destination, a gripping alternative ly appointed 4,000-square-foot spa. A sleek to top resorts in Miami Beach, and an idyllic swimming pool anchors the deck, matched spot for a luxe staycation. with swanky cabanas, the shaded Spinnaker Modeled after a swish ocean liner, the ho- Pool Grill, and copious sunbeds, many in setel’s postmodern architecture reflects Fort cluded nooks overlooking the Atlantic. The Lauderdale’s status as a global cruise port and the yachting capital of the world. Inside, a nautical theme endures. Coral- and cream-colored linens, headboards, and sofas are accented by pops of green and cobalt. Handsome woodwork balances lighter soft goods, together enhancing the waterfront vistas framed within floor-to-ceiling windows. Each unit—whether it be an entry-level studio suite or a multibedroom residence—boasts a furnished balcony or terrace, a galley kitchen (with touchSuite bedroom screen stovetops and Sub-Zero re42

boutique Conrad Spa is blessed with some of South Florida’s most skilled therapists, while the bordering fitness center sports top-of-theline cardio, resistance, and weight-training equipment. The property also nurtures outdoor fitness through complimentary sunrise beach yoga and beach cruisers for exploring the greater surroundings. Down at the beach, prepare to reacquaint with some of Florida’s superlative surf and sand. Unwind in a dedicated area of chairs and umbrellas—they’re included with the stay—and amble the shoreline to admire Fort Lauderdale’s beach renaissance. Come sunset, retreat to the Conrad’s stellar Japanese-Korean restaurant, Takato, for artisan cocktails, maki, gyoza, kimchi fried rice, and bao buns overlooking the ocean in a high-design setting. It’s an idyllic way to cap blissful days of fun in the sun and further embrace the barefoot luxury that is redefining Fort Lauderdale. (conradfort lauderdale.com) «

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

042_STAYCATIONS_0221.indd 42

1/5/21 9:43 AM


Full Page.indd 1

12/23/20 4:24 PM


ESCAPE

HIGH ROAD

Screen TEST

Cadillac’s redesigned 2021 Escalade comes with a dashboard screen that could double as your home TV By Howard Walker Remember those heady days when you thought a 36-inch television was the pinnacle of big-screen viewing pleasure? You know, the one that made those Mork & Mindy reruns look so enticing. Climb up—way up—behind the wheel of Cadillac’s latest 2021 Escalade and feast your peepers on its industry-first, 38-inch, curved OLED dashboard screen. This is more than 3 feet of wafer-thin, high-definition glass with twice the pixel density of a 4K TV. It’s so wide, so pinpoint precise, so crystal clear, it’s like driving from the front row of a cineplex. As you’d expect, it has the easy pinch, swipe, and tap operation of an iPhone, plus maps so defined you can almost see house numbers on a mailbox. The night vision display is so crisp you can check whether that pedestrian stepping off the sidewalk is wearing an N95 COVID mask or one of those cheap disposables.

With such an advanced Escalade, it certainly feels as if Cadillac engineers perused a Sharper Image catalog and said, “Okay, we’ll take the lot.” My favorite piece of tech? That would be the mind-blowing AKG Studio Reference 3D surround-sound system. This thing comes with 36 speakers, a trio of amps, 28 channels, and 360-degree projection. Having The Dixie Chicks—sorry, they’re just The Chicks these days—performing in the back seat wouldn’t sound this good. At long last, this new-from-the-wheels-up Escalade reads as a departure from the SUV’s glorified GMC Yukon/Chevy Tahoe roots. The astonishing quality, fit, finish, and luxe attire now put it head-to-head with the likes of Mercedes’ GLS, BMW’s X7, and Range Rover. As it should for a truck with a base sticker of $77,490 or, in the case of our blacked-out, fully loaded, Sport Platinum 4WD tester, a nontrivial $112,095.

44 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

044_HIGHROAD_0221.indd 44

1/5/21 9:13 AM


Naturally, for 2021 the three-row Escalade got supersized. As if it wasn’t already big enough, it’s now 7 inches longer, a couple inches taller, and half an inch wider. This is truly the new Colossus of Roads. More important is the 5 inches that have been added between the wheels. This means 40 percent more third-row legroom (it’s up by 10 inches) and a whopping 68 percent more cargo space. Fundamental to this is the S’lade’s more compact independent rearsuspension, with pillowy air springing and automatic load-leveling. The air suspension lets you lower the truck by 2 inches, though trust me, you’re going to want the $1,750 power-retractable running boards. Either that or carry a stepladder. See this new Escalade in the metal and yes, the design is more evolutionary than revolutionary. But the massive grille, mail-slot headlights, honking 22-inch wheels, and vertical slivers of LEDs front and rear will leave no doubt that this is a different version. As before, there’s a cool Sport package—in the past, 45 percent of Escalades have been Sport models—that blacks out all of the shiny chrome on the grille, tailgate, and trim for a more stealthy, bad-boy look. You’d be forgiven for thinking that using “Sport” and “Escalade” in the same sentence is wishful thinking. After all, here’s a honker that’s 17 feet 8 inches long, 6 feet 9 inches wide, and breaks the scales at close to 6,000 pounds. But you’d be surprised. With GM’s remarkable Magnetic Ride Control dampers at each corner coupled with adap-

044_HIGHROAD_0221.indd 45

POWER FILE

PRICE: FROM $77,490; $112,095 AS TESTED ENGINE: 6.2-LITER V-8 POWER: 420 HP TORQUE: 460 LB-FT TRANSMISSION: 10-SPEED AUTOMATIC 0-60: 6.8 SECONDS TOP SPEED: 155 MPH LENGTH/ WIDTH: 212/81 INCHES WEIGHT: 5,822 POUNDS WHY WE LOVE IT: BECAUSE WHO DOESN’T WANT AN SUV WITH SUCH BAR-RAISING TECHNOLOGY AND SOPHISTICATION?

tive air suspension, the Escalade no longer rolls around like a freighter in a Force 5. Throw in huge brakes, nicely weighted steering, and Velcro-on-velvet grip, and this new Escalade is a delight to drive. You just have to get used to those supertanker dimensions. Power—and plenty of it—comes from GM’s tried-and-tested 6.2-liter V-8 cranking out 420 horsepower. Coupled to a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, it scoots off the line with gusto and cruises serenely. Caddy’s XXL-sized Escalade has come a long way since it debuted back in 1999 as a rebadged GMC Yukon. This latest version is finally the luxury flagship the storied brand deserves. «

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

45

1/13/21 4:22 PM


ESCAPE

HIGH SEAS

If Looks Could THRILL The new, built-in-Wisconsin Marquis M42 express cruiser is a guaranteed head-turner By Howard Walker

It looks Italian. Sleek, racy, a true bella macchina. A boat on which to sip chilled Prosecco as you ease into Portofino or drop the hook outside Positano. Or maybe it’s French. Perhaps from the drawing board of Guy Couach or Prestige, the boat’s polarizing styling is meant to spin the heads of le jet set as you breeze into Saint-Tropez’s old port. Alas, you’d be wrong on both counts. This stunning Marquis M42 hails from Wisconsin, land of cheese, beer, and brats. Pulaski, Wisconsin, to be precise, which is world famous for its Pulaski Polka Days music festival. I kid you not. But a boat this dramatic has to have a European connection. And it does. Those dazzling exterior lines are the work of Venetian design duo Carlo Nuvolari and Dan Lenard. They gave the M42 that love it or loathe it reverse-angle bow, as well as its large hull windows and raised sections along each side that almost look glued on. Marquis debuted the M42 at the 2019 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Unfortunately, its unveiling was overshadowed by the unwrapping of the Lexus LY 650, a $3.7 million 65-footer that Marquis developed in collaboration with the Japanese luxury automaker. And yes, Nuvolari Lenard designed that, too. The original M42 came with a pair of muscley 480-hp 6.7-liter Cummins turbo diesels with V-drives, delivering a top speed of around 35 knots. While interest was strong, buttressed by a competitive $664,000 base price, customer feedback suggested that switching inboards for outboards would heighten the appeal, especially here in skinny-

46 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

046_HIGHSEAS_0221.indd 46

1/5/21 9:14 AM


POWER FILE watered Florida. Last fall, Marquis announced the M42 PRICE: FROM $611,500 Outboard version with a trio of 400-hp supercharged LENGTH: 42 FEET BEAM: 13 Mercury Verados hanging off the transom. Going forFEET DRY WEIGHT: 22,100 ward, this will be standard power configuration, with the POUNDS POWER: 3 X 400diesels as options. HP MERCURY VERADOS To switch to outboard power, the original hull design TOP SPEED: 55 MPH WHY team at Donald Blount & Associates was called in to exWE LOVE IT: BECAUSE tend the 42’s underwater running surfaces, create a reOUTDOOR POWER ADDS PACE AND PRACTICALITY inforced transom, and modify the swim platform. The negative is that with outboards on the transom, there’s TO THIS DESIGN-FORWARD result is impressive. With a combined 1,200 hp, the M42 no optional, hydraulically lowering swim platform. SPEED MACHINE. Outboard can hit a top speed of more than 50 knots. “It’s a For captain and first mate, there’s a double-wide real blast to drive,” says Josh Delforge, Marquis’ VP of dehelm seat and a carbon-fiber-clad instrument panel sign and engineering. “It turns on a dime, is a rocket ship that looks like something out of a Lamborghini. Dual at wide-open throttle, and the ride is extremely comfortable and stable.” 16-inch Raymarines are the touch screens of choice. When it comes to Then there’s the added bonus of space. When you switch from in- entertaining, there’s either a cockpit galley with sink, fridge, and grill or board to outboard, you’re left with a big, empty engine compartment. a smaller version down below. The M42 also makes a perfect weekendNow, at the touch of a button, a huge hatch beneath the sun pad rises to er, with its forward dinette that converts into a V berth or queen, a head reveal a storage area roomy enough to swallow fold-up bikes, a roll-up with a separate shower, and 6 feet 5 inches of headroom throughout. inflatable tender, or misbehaving children. Prices for the M42 Outboard start at $611,500, though on top of that What hasn’t changed is the M42’s brilliance as a fun-loving express you’ll need to add the must-have cantilevered hardtop for shade and a cruiser. In that oversized cockpit there’s room for a dozen or so friends to 7.5kW Onan genset to run the AC. You have our permission, however, lounge around on a U-shaped sofa or that 9-foot-wide sun pad. The only to skip the brats. «

046_HIGHSEAS_0221.indd 47

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

47

1/13/21 4:26 PM


Alfresco DINING From beachfront vistas to lush hidden gardens, we’re highlighting some of the trendiest, liveliest, and most scenic spots for outdoor diners to sip and sup in South Florida’s brilliantly balmy weather. BY MELISSA PUPPO

Waterfront

Shooters Waterfront

Time and time again, Shooters Waterfront tops everyone’s favorite list for weekend brunch. The Intracoastal restaurant has been a fixture in town since opening in 1982 and delivers in both atmosphere and cuisine. While there’s a decadent brunch buffet, the lobster benny is a must, and so is the gorgeous fruit and artisanal cheese board, decked out with honeycomb, grapes, berries, and crackers. Head over on Saturday morning for a free Yoga and Yolks event hosted by local instructor Taryn Allen. The hour-long flow on the dock is followed by a complimentary Champagne toast and $5 credit to your brunch bill. (shooterswaterfront.com) 48 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

048_ALFRESCO_0221.indd 48

1/5/21 11:08 AM


Dune

Located in the world-class Auberge Beach Residences on the northern end of Fort Lauderdale beach, Dune's wow factor is visible at the outdoor patio. Grab a seat at the wraparound bar or on a comfy couch overlooking the Atlantic. The best time to soak in the view is during Social Hour (Wednesday through Friday from 4-6 p.m.) to savor bites like ahi tuna nachos and the Dune burger along with half-off rotating signature cocktails, house wines, and mixed drinks. (dunefl.com)

YOT Bar & Kitchen

This newer alfresco addition has garnered a reputation for outstanding service and idyllic views to match. It’s nestled at the edge of the Lauderdale Marine Center, so yacht-watching is aplenty. Weekdays are perfect for the 954 Happy Hour featuring $9 select appetizers and Aperol spritzes, $5 wells and house wines, and $4 domestic bottles (available from 3-7 p.m.). Eat and imbibe while posting up at the floating dock. (yotlmc.com)

Kaluz

Intracoastal views and a New American menu make this a prime spot for relaxing during lunch or celebrating a romantic dinner. It’s located just under the bridge intersecting Commercial Boulevard and the waterway and features tasty options, including sweet ginger calamari, shrimp and goat cheese flatbread, and Thai noodles with shrimp. There are also some sophisticated pairings: think maple-leaf duck confit and Kaluz Chilean sea bass served with sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts with a lemon beurre blanc sauce. Their Key lime pie also merits a visit. (kaluzrestaurant.com)

Lona Cocina Tequileria

Every day’s a party at Lona Cocina Tequileria. Helmed by chef Pablo Salas, the restaurant housed inside the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach serves up contemporary Mexican fare with an unparalleled beachfront view to match. Its upbeat vibe is sure to put you in a good mood, while the spicy avocado margarita kicks things up a notch. Popular bites include the lobster quesadilla, skirt steak fajitas with adobo peppers, and tacos al carbon with mesquite-smoked chicken. (lonarestaurant.com)

Burlock Coast

The Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale is known for being a powerhouse brand in luxury lodging, but the high standards don’t stop at turndown service. Burlock Coast is an extension of this hospitality and offers farm-to-table fare sourced from area farmers. The restaurant’s focus on modern seafood is shown in dishes such as the local grilled wahoo and seared catch of the day. Sip and savor with a prime seat overlooking Fort Lauderdale Beach. (ritzcarlton.com)

Boatyard This laid-back-dining destination is a must for watching boats cruise up and down the Intracoastal. You can dock your own vessel and dine—just be sure to add an order of the oh-so addictive Bimini Bread to your meal. The restaurant is known for its dock that’s anchored by a sprawling gumbo limbo tree, providing shade for those sweltering afternoons. Stop by for Boatyard Bliss Happy Hour for $9 oysters, $5 apps, and $6 signature cocktails. (boatyard.restaurant)

048_ALFRESCO_0221.indd 49

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

49

1/6/21 12:53 PM


Sparrow

Rooftop

Located on the twenty-fifth floor of The Dalmar hotel is Fort Lauderdale’s tallest rooftop oasis. Retro furniture outfits Sparrow’s outdoor terrace and offers panoramic views of land and sea that are perfect for unwinding during happy hour or busting a move when the DJs start spinning at sunset. This urban rooftop offers an assortment of cocktails inspired by the rainbow: think the Green Shogun, an “adventurous” cocktail made with Pierre Ferrand 1 er Cru de Cognac, Ford’s Gin, green Chartreuse, cocoa, matcha, and pineapple juice. (sparrowbar.com)

Beach House Pompano

Quarterdeck The team that brought the original Quarterdeck to Fort Lauderdale has a locale off the 17th Street Causeway, offering a super laid-back retreat for any day of the week. Different from its sister locations, this one sports a second-floor rooftop and serves up American comfort food in addition to an extensive sushi selection. The neighborhood hangout is a great spot to kick back and enjoy local beers with friends. (quarterdeckrestaurants.com)

The newly revived Pompano Pier has churned out a swath of mustvisit eateries along the beach in recent years, including Beach House Pompano. Its second-floor rooftop lounge is where you want to be. It features a full bar in addition to eight stadium-seated banquettes for unmatched views of the ocean and nearby lighthouse. It’s the perfect location to celebrate a birthday while sipping bottomless mimosas during brunch and indulging in everything from the crab cake benedict to the tuna poke surf stack to the BRG burger. (beachhousepompano.com)

Rooftop at @WLO Nestled near Las Olas Boulevard, Rooftop is an ultra-chic garden lounge with stunning views of the skyline. It’s a go-to for locals who want to sip bottomless Moët & Chandon or house Champagne during Babes and Bubbles on Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Live beats on Sunday Funday provide an upbeat ambience until 10 p.m. Sip Set Happy Hours are a must on Thursdays and Fridays (4-7 p.m.) and early Saturdays (2-5 p.m.) when you can imbibe craft cocktails (favorites include the Garden Party, Zaddy, and Sunset Sipper), $5 Tito’s cocktails, and half-off all food, including nibbles of everything from buffalo chicken empanadas to matcha green tea doughnuts. (rooftop1wlo.com) 50 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

048_ALFRESCO_0221.indd 50

1/6/21 12:53 PM


Sidewalk

Casablanca Cafe

What’s not to love about this waterfront-facing café housed inside a historical, two-story masonry? The Mediterranean Revival architecture creates a lovely atmosphere full of sidewalk porches and balconies to dine while enjoying the fresh air. Pop by for a balanced breakfast of a roasted veggie frittata or a smoked salmon bagel after a quick run along A1A, or stop back later in the evening as piano music sets the scene for a truly gourmet meal. Fans of this hot spot rave about the roasted eggplant ravioli and Moroccan lamb shank. This gem is a must for locals and tourists alike. (casablancacafeonline.com)

Boulevard Kitchen + Juice Bar

The quaintest location for a morning coffee or smoothie is at Boulevard, which has recently expanded its menu to offer all-day, drool-worthy brunch. Think dessert pancakes, pancake tacos, brunch burgers, boozy milkshakes, bottomless cocktails, and more. Enjoy savoring these dishes while on the outdoor patio facing Broward Boulevard, nestled among the city’s newest residences. It’s a great alternative to the usual long waits for weekend brunch. The best part—you can enjoy this meal any day of the week. (blvd-kitchen.com)

Ann’s Florist Coffee and Wine

MELISSA SWEREDOSKI

No matter the time of day, Ann’s Florist Coffee and Wine Bar will be a pleasant surprise to the senses. Start your morning with a cappuccino and fresh pastry on the patio to people-watch along Las Olas, all while the scents of fresh-cut blooms waft over from the flower shop. Evenings often include an ambience of live music perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine in hand. (annsfloristlasolas.com)

048_ALFRESCO_0221.indd 51

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

51

1/4/21 5:10 PM


Garden

Louie Bossi

Fans of this Italian cuisine powerhouse on Las Olas know of its outstanding wine selection and delicious Neapolitan pizzas, pasta, and antipasti—you can’t go wrong with the Quattro Carne pizza or cacio e pepe. Head to the back and enter the whimsical piazza ideal for birthday celebrations and intimate date nights. The space is complete with an assortment of garden party furniture, exposed brick walls, and fanciful gazebos. There’s also a bocce ball court for those who want to try their hand at the classic Italian pastime. (louiebossi.com)

Wine Garden

Rhythm & Vine This locals’ hangout has all the makings of a perfect night. Grab a Garden Mule or Chapo’s Tunnel from the Airstream (they have one of the best rotating cocktail menus in town) while area DJs play cool tunes. Twinkle lights in the beer garden, Jenga and Connect Four, and retro furniture make this one backyard party you don’t want to miss. With a newly expanded yard section featuring a cargo container bar, it allows for guests to embrace the bar’s #justchill vibe, especially during its monthly activation, “The Garage Sale.” Peruse the maker’s market featuring 30 plus local vendors while enjoying live acoustic music, food trucks, and bottomless cocktails every second Sunday of the month. (rhythm-vine.com)

Locals flock to this outdoor wine garden not only for its selection of boutique wines and Italian cuisine but also for the intimate ambience created via twinkle lights and plenty of lush greenery in the garden-style terrace. It’s still a bit of a hidden locale, but one visit will make it part of your weekly rotation. Head over for happy hour from 4-7 p.m. to savor dishes of piccolo lobster ravioli, gnocchi al pomodoro, and small caprese salad with fresh heirloom tomatoes, mozzarella, and arugula. This spot is also date-night approved. (wineandgarden.com)

The Alchemist This low-key, rustic coffee shop is tucked away in Wilton Manors but packs a flavor punch. Locals know the go-to order is the namesake artisanal iced coffee made with 24-hour cold brew, condensed milk, brown sugar, and whole milk. Their menu features inventive bites appropriate for breakfast or lunch, like avocado or Nutella slicers and a delicious waffle of the day made with either fresh fruit or chocolate chips. Post up in the magical space featuring vintage-style, tranquil gardens nestled within a gated artists’ community. A quick stroll through the property reveals a handful of fantastic murals and public art hidden in all the right places. (thealchemist.cafe) 52

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

048_ALFRESCO_0221.indd 52

1/6/21 12:54 PM


Date Night

Chima Steakhouse Known for its rodizio-style cuisine, Chima Steakhouse on Las Olas is a posh, stylish venue. The indoor dining room is reserved for gauchos (meat chefs who wear the typical uniform of loose-fitting trousers, leather boots, and an orange scarf) to carve meats tableside with a large knife, but the outdoor patio glowing under twinkle lights is the spot to spend weekday happy hour from 5-8 p.m. Discover bold flavors in bite-sized offerings of short rib sliders, grilled lamb chops, and filets wrapped in bacon, and pair them with a glass of wine or specialty cocktail. (chimasteakhouse.com)

Casa Sensei

For a culturally immersive dining experience with panoramic waterfront views, head to Casa Sensei, offering a Latin American twist on traditional Asian comfort food. Sitting outdoors is an option, but for an exciting alternative, book a private dinner cruise on one of three eco-friendly, electric-powered boats in partnership with Riverfront Gondola Tours. You’ll enjoy your dinner of options like kimchi fried rice, wagyu turf rolls, and lobster guac while embarking on a 90-minute ride, offerings views of stunning waterfront homes, tropical foliage, and South Florida’s famous wildlife of manatees, peacocks, iguanas, and more. (casasensei.com)

048_ALFRESCO_0221.indd 53

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

53

1/4/21 5:10 PM


CASE IN POINT Rick and Rita Case built an auto empire that has stood the test of time—and is now entering a new chapter

54

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

054_RICKCASE_0221.indd 54

1/5/21 11:13 AM


By Skye Sherman Photography by Ian Jacob

T

Raquel, Rita, and Ryan Case with the 1914 Case Model 40, the late Rick Case’s prized possession

054_RICKCASE_0221.indd 55

he Case story reads like a fairytale. A born salesman, Rick Case’s entrepreneurial fervor was ignited at age 9, when he took a newspaper delivery route in his hometown of Akron, Ohio—and soon found himself so busy that he had to hire a string of additional delivery boys to cover more ground. At 14, he purchased and fixed up a used car and resold it within days; by 19, he was operating his own used-car lot. He saw demand for motorcycles increase and entered the industry, developing the first marketing strategy to sell motorcycles en masse. By 29, he owned and operated a multimillion-dollar chain of stores. Rick’s future wife, Rita, was no stranger to the car business; her parents launched the first Honda automobile franchise in the United States. She worked in their Santa Rosa dealership throughout school, and after college she was promoted to general manager. The two met—where else?—at a car convention. In 1977, on a mission to meet other dealers and better understand the business, Rita headed to a Honda convention and came home with more than she bargained for: She’d met Rick, her perfect match. It was love at first sight. But their fateful first encounter was just the beginning of what has since grown into a veritable empire. Upon marrying in 1980, Rita relocated to Akron and the two began working as a team, proving to be a dynamic duo: Rick’s five dealerships soon expanded to 14 across Ohio, from Cincinnati to Cleveland. “We were a motorcycle-marketing machine and became the largest motorcycle retailer in the United States, selling more than any other dealer by volume,” Rita recalls. “We would sell in one month what many dealerships would sell in an entire year.” Their status as an auto-industry power couple solidified over the years as they grew the Rick Case Automotive Group and

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

55

1/5/21 11:13 AM


From left: Rick Case Automotive Group memorabilia gathered from over the decades; Rita and her children, Ryan and Raquel, all hold leadership roles in the company. Opposite page: The Case family and their beloved Honda motorcycles.

pioneered brands never before sold in the U.S. In 1985, Honda brought Acura to America, offering first dibs on the brand to their most successful dealers. The Cases could pick anywhere in the country for their dealership. They chose Fort Lauderdale for two main reasons: It was in the same time zone as Ohio, and they felt that a melting pot like South Florida afforded the best chances of acceptance of the first Japanese luxury automobile. They migrated from the Midwest and opened the nation’s first Hyundai dealership the same year; the stores remain side-by-side in their original location on U.S. 441 and Sunrise Boulevard. Case grew by being awarded “open points”—locations where a manufacturer wants to establish a dealer—as new markets emerged. When that occurred in the emerging West Broward market in 2000, Honda opened applications. More than 220 dealers—including public companies like AutoNation and Group 1 Automotive—applied, but Case’s successful track record and the fact that Rick and Rita would run a startup personally earned them the point. 56

Today the world’s largest Honda facility and in the nation’s top three volume-wise (as it has been since they opened 18 years ago), Rick Case Honda was among the first on what’s today known as “auto row.” They’re the largest dealers by volume of many brands—breaking records was a passion of Rick’s—and Case expanded like wildfire as they earned open points from Kia to Maserati. “Every point that we applied for, we got,” Rita says. She chalks it up to an outstanding record of customer satisfaction, community support, sales volume, and hands-on leadership. “Rick and I ran the group,” she says. “We didn’t have layers of supervision. We did have a general manager on-site in every store, motivating sales and organizing dealership operations, but as far as running the company, Rick was the CEO and I was the COO.” Rick passed away in September 2020 after a short battle with an aggressive form of cancer. Now, alongside their children, Ryan and Raquel, Rita is ensuring the continued success of what they built by succeeding Rick as CEO. “I miss him terribly; we were like one person for 40 years,” Rita says. “We were married; we grew the business together. Every decision we made, we made it together. We were always going at a very fast pace. If there was a minute to spare, we filled it. It was just who we both were.” That high-energy, goal-oriented approach is what will carry her through his passing, she

says. They also had time to prepare for the next chapter without the patriarch. Though no one outside the immediate family knew he was sick—Rick opted to keep his diagnosis private—husband and wife discussed the future in-depth as Rick’s time dwindled. “We had a lot of quality time together to plan what I should do, how I should move forward, what he thought,” shares Rita. “He knew, as did I, that I would have no problem running the company. The business is not going to falter at all. We are going to continue to be a very successful automotive group.” Rita says she plans to continue the Rick Case brand’s reputation as a pillar of the local community. Many organizations have benefited from their financial support, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, Nova Southeastern University, American Heart Association, Cleveland Clinic, Memorial Healthcare System, and American Cancer Society. The Cases have raised more than $100 million for charity over the years. Rita was committed to being a successful car dealer even before she met Rick and has no plans to slow down now. She finds it motivating to be a female car dealer—a trailblazing exception to the rule. “Women are not car dealers,” she says. “It’s just not very common, certainly not as owner and CEO of a billiondollar group operating in several states with 1,300 associates—and to be a sales leader in the country.” Ryan and Raquel are doing their part, too. Both hold leadership positions after working their way up the family business: Ryan serves

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

054_RICKCASE_0221.indd 56

1/5/21 11:13 AM


WE WERE MARRIED; WE GREW THE BUSINESS TOGETHER. EVERY DECISION WE MADE, WE MADE IT TOGETHER.” —Rita Case

054_RICKCASE_0221.indd 57

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

57

1/5/21 11:13 AM


MY FATHER’S TALENT, ALONG WITH HIS ENTHUSIASM AND PASSION FOR BEING NO. 1, WAS CONTAGIOUS AND IS INGRAINED INTO MY CORE VALUES.” —Raquel Case as national parts and service director over all 16 dealerships. Raquel, who excelled in sales, has spent recent years working in dealership development and training to assume her father’s integral role in advertising. “My father’s talent, along with his enthusiasm and passion for being No. 1, was contagious and is ingrained into my core values,” Raquel says. Their marching orders from Rick are to “beat all Dad’s records,” Ryan says. “I also have the privilege, honor, and responsibility of carrying on the Case name by working hard to raise my three sons.” After their community-enrichment efforts and record-smashing success in a fiercely competitive industry, the family’s biggest source of pride is the extensive car collection Rick amassed throughout his career—a jewel of which is the Case car. In the early days of automobiles, Case tractor company built a car by placing a buggy atop a tractor chassis. Manufactured only from 1911 to 1927, the Case car, a 1914 model, is a rare antique that Rick long sought for his collection. Still, the car most special to Rita is Rick’s 1960 RollsRoyce Silver Cloud. “That was the car Rick picked me up in the first time I came to Ohio,” she recalls. Her friends in California—Rita was raised in Sonoma County’s wine country—were in disbelief that she’d even consider dating someone in Ohio, much less move there. But Rick convinced her to visit and picked her up from the Cleveland airport in the Rolls-Royce. His tactic must have worked because it ended up being their wedding car—and, later, their children’s. One of Rick’s favorites was his 1958 Pontiac Bonneville, the same model and color as his first-ever new car, but Ryan is partial to his dad’s red 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible. “We always had a good time cruising in it,” he says. Rick’s red 2005 Acura NSX with zero miles—similar to one he owned when Raquel was a child—holds a special place in his daughter’s heart: “My father would drive me 45 minutes to middle school in an NSX every morning. We’d blast Jimmy Buffett and sing along the entire ride.” «

58

Siblings Ryan and Raquel Case in front of the 1958 Pontiac Bonneville that was their late father’s first car model.

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

054_RICKCASE_0221.indd 58

1/5/21 11:13 AM


054_RICKCASE_0221.indd 59

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

59

1/5/21 11:13 AM


PASTEL SPELL TEXTURED MATERIALS, STRONG TAILORING, AND FLIRTY COLORS DEFINE THE SEASON’S COOLEST LOOKS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANNY CARDOZO

60 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

060_FASHION_0221.indd 60

1/5/21 10:43 AM


Shot by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated on location at the Pink House, Miami

Carolina Herrera sequin pants; Chanel embellished silk top, handbag; Louis Vuitton double-breasted jacket; Jimmy Choo shoes. Opposite page: Rosie Assoulin dress; Chanel espadrille sandals, sequin handbag. For buying information, turn to page 75. Fashion editor: Katherine Lande

060_FASHION_0221.indd 61

FORTLAUDERDALESILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

61

1/5/21 10:43 AM


Top left: Salvatore Ferragamo knit dress; Irene Lummertz Jewelry earrings. Bottom left: Altuzarra bodysuit; Dior earrings, choker; Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. Opposite page: Zimmermann gown; House of Clyde hat. For buying information, turn to page 75.

060_FASHION_0221.indd 62

1/5/21 10:43 AM


060_FASHION_0221.indd 63

PALMBEACHILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

63

1/5/21 10:43 AM


Balmain knit dress; Roger Vivier handbag, shoes; Irene Lummertz Jewelry ring. Opposite page: Fendi knit dress; Stella McCartney double-breasted blazer; Roger Vivier handbag; Irene Lummertz Jewelry ring. For buying information, turn to page 75.

64 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

060_FASHION_0221.indd 64

1/5/21 10:43 AM


060_FASHION_0221.indd 65

FORTLAUDERDALESILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

65

1/5/21 10:44 AM


Carolina Herrera sequin top; J.Crew jeans; Chanel cuff. Opposite page: Zimmermann embroidered gown; Dior Beauty Diorskin Forever Undercover Foundation, DiorShow 24 Stylo Eyeliner, Rouge Dior Ultra Care, Dior Backstage Eye Palette. For buying information, turn to page 75.

66

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

060_FASHION_0221.indd 66

1/5/21 10:44 AM


060_FASHION_0221.indd 67

FORTLAUDERDALESILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

67

1/5/21 10:44 AM


68

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

060_FASHION_0221.indd 68

1/5/21 10:44 AM


Alexander McQueen blazer, trousers; Irene Lummertz Jewelry ring. Opposite page: Dior white dress; Chanel espadrille sandals, visor sunglasses. For buying information, turn to page 75. Model: Morgan Louise Fletcher, The Industry Model Mgmt, New York Hair and makeup: Tina Echeverri for Dior Beauty, artist-management.net Digital tech: JP Cunningham Photo assistants: David Friske, Chris Dzsinski

060_FASHION_0221.indd 69

FORTLAUDERDALESILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

69

1/5/21 10:44 AM


LE DEVELOP A D R DE G I N V E S TM E N T OP P ORT U MEN U NIT T LA S E E K I N IES

Lauderdale Development Corporation is currently seeking investment opportunities with businesses which meet any of the following criteria: • START UP COMPANIES • DISTRESSED COMPANIES • UNDER PERFORMING BUSINESSES • COMPANIES IN “OUT OF FAVOR” INDUSTRIES • SUBSIDIARIES OF LARGER COMPANIES LOOKING FOR SPIN-OFFS

If your company fits this profile or you are interested in more information please contact

248-691-1800 ext. 101

Full Page.indd 1

12/2/20 9:26 AM


+

By Melissa Puppo

DESSERT

HEART of Gold In 2008 Lee Mazor started baking for fun and fell in love, so much so that she quit her corporate job in 2010 to go to culinary school and hasn’t looked back since. She’s the owner of LoveLee Bakeshop in Fort Lauderdale and whips up seasonal favorites like crème brûlée tarts with a chocolate crust, alongside Funfetti sprinkle cakes and crusty bagels. “I love creating new items by putting a modern twist on classic pastries and desserts that people already love,” says Mazor.   This Valentine’s Day LoveLee Bakeshop will be serving up an assortment of festive treats, including traditional chocolate-covered strawberries boxed with fresh roses and signature kissy-face cakes in red velvet, strawberry, or Funfetti, topped with fondant decorations and a floral crown. New this year is the chocolate heart smash box—a large, chocolate heart that comes with a wooden mallet. Crack it open to reveal a cake covered with treats. And for the “anti” Valentine’s Day crowd, Mazor’s selling black conversation heart sugar cookies with sayings like “Nope,” “Blah,” and “Don’t Call.” (loveleebakeshop.com)

071_EatDrinkOpen_0221.indd 71

MELISSA SWEREDOSKI

MELISSA SWEREDOSKI

EAT DRINK

Break open the chocolate heart smash box to reveal a decadent cake topped with sweet treats. FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

71

1/6/21 1:25 PM


+

EAT DRINK SOUTH OF THE BORDER

Let’s Talk TACOS

Discover Lauderdale’s latest deep dive into MEXICAN CUISINE From top: Key lime

«

grouper tacos; TacoTACOCRAFT   craft’s outdoor patio. A new Tacocraft has arrived in Victoria Park following its previous shuttering on SW Second Street downtown, though this one is by far the largest—and most chic. An expansive bar takes center stage, while the restaurant’s interiors are outfitted in natural wooden chairs, Mexican artwork, and boho light fixtures. Expect similar offerings to the sister locale in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, such as chicken taquitos and a guacamole flight featuring four flavors, including bacon and corn, and sweet potato. Tacos are an obvious option (try the Korean short rib or the exotic ’shroom), but guests can also explore new culinary horizons with the oxtail empanada filled with braised beef and gooey Manchego cheese, served with a side of chile de arbol chimichurri. And what’s a Mexican restaurant without a well-stocked bar? Tacocraft features a collection of more than 300 tequilas and mezcals, many of which are used to create a selection of margaritas and cocktails, like Smoke in the Garden, made with Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, hibiscus jalapeño syrup, and lime juice. (tacocraft.com)  

LATE-NIGHT BITE

From left: Bodega’s Airstream serves up tasty tacos; the Luau Libre.

«

BODEGA FORT LAUDERDALE   Fans of the Miami Beach outpost no longer need to travel south to enjoy the same kind of Mexican fare with a Cuban twist, showcased in bold flavor pairings served out of an Airstream fashioned as a food counter. Favorites range from the famous barbacoa tacos to tequila camarón—tequila-marinated grilled shrimp with avocado, pickled purple cabbage, cilantro, and red chili crema bundled up in a warm tortilla. There’s also a mix of bowls and burritos as well as elote (corn), served either on a stick or in a cup for a less messy alternative. In addition, Bodega has launched a weekend brunch menu featuring bottomless margaritas and specialty items, including avocado tostadas, arroz con huevos rancheros, and breakfast tacos. And no worries—the secret speakeasy lounge still exists for evening thrills, but we’ll let you discover how to enter on your own. (bodegataqueria.com) 

72

FANS OF LASER WOLF MIGHT HAVE NOTICED A NEW FOOD TRUCK POSTED UP IN FRONT CALLED TACOBELLUS, AN APT NAME FOR THE BAR’S OWNER JORDAN BELLUS. THIS NEW TRUCK OFFERS LATE-NIGHT MEXICAN BITES PERFECT FOR ENJOYING WHILE RELAXING IN THE ULTRA-CHILL COURTYARD. “THERE’S ONLY A HANDFUL OF GREAT FOOD TRUCKS/TRAILERS IN TOWN, AND WE LOVE THE IDEA OF BEING MOBILE FOR EVENTS,” SAYS BELLUS. HE PLANS ON BRINGING THE TRUCK OUT A FEW NIGHTS A WEEK WITH NO SET SCHEDULE. EXPECT MORE TRADITIONAL TACOS MADE WITH HANDMADE TORTILLAS FILLED WITH PORK, STEAK, OR CHICKEN. ALSO GAINING TRACTION ARE TEX-MEX-STYLE RENDITIONS LIKE THE JORDITA MUNCH: A FLOUR TORTILLA WITH REFRIED BEANS AND CHEESE WRAPPED AROUND A CRUNCHY TORTILLA, THEN LOADED WITH MEAT AND CHEESE AND TOPPED WITH SOUR CREAM AND SALSA. (@TACOBELLUS)

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

072_EATListings_0221.indd 72

1/6/21 1:27 PM


French Toast

AROUND TOWN  

Neighborhood GEM Gourmands in search of the next coolest hot spot in Fort Lauderdale should add Here and Now to the top of their list. This tapas restaurant tucked away in FATVillage has amassed a loyal following since opening last year and features an explosion of flavor profiles for all. With its relaxing, intimate atmosphere, Here and Now is poised to be the go-to pick for everything from a romantic dinner for two to a lively #Sundayfunday brunch with friends.    Start your journey with seasonal craft cocktails that come with inventive names like Spill the Tea, a blend of Earl Grey– infused Wheatley Vodka, pear puree, sage syrup, aquafaba, and lemon juice, or The Vagabond, a mix of Mezcal Vago Espadin, Luxardo cherries, green chartreuse, and lime juice. They pair well with tapas that are

reminiscent of homestyle favorites with a modern twist. You can’t go wrong with the oh-so-decadent truffle mac baked with six kinds of cheese, the burrata with grilled peaches and basil, or bite-size lamb lollipops with spicy tzatziki. For those who prefer to indulge a bit more, opt for the slow-roasted red wine short ribs served with delicately piped duchess potatoes and veggies. Locals will rave about the H&N cheesesteak with a cheese pull so gooey, it rivals any other you may have tried around town. (hereandnowfl.com)

A selective guide to Broward County restaurants THE LISTINGS The Broward County dining scene has something for everyone, from funky Fort Lauderdale gastropubs to iconic waterfront restaurants dotting the county coastline. Here, find a listing of area standouts, organized by cuisine type, with descriptions, contact information, and price details for each. What the icons mean: $ $$ $$$

Dinner entree under $10 Most entrees $10-$25 Most entrees $25 or more

While not all-inclusive due to space limitations, our dining listings may vary every month and are constantly updated to showcase the culinary diversity of the area. Find more information on local dining options on fortlauderdaleillustrated.com. NOTICE TO RESTAURATEURS: The establishments listed and their descriptions are printed at the discretion of the editors of Fort Lauderdale Illustrated. They are not a form of advertisment, nor do they serve as a restaurant review. For more information, email editorial@palmbeachmedia.com

072_EATListings_0221.indd 73

AMERICAN BIG CITY TAVERN The aroma of house-made breads, pastas, and desserts, and rustic, tavern-style interiors evoke an inviting atmosphere in the sprawling dining room. 609 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (big citylasolas.com) $$ DUNE A stunning midcentury-modern dining room hosts imaginative nouveau coastal dishes, like Spanish Sole, Crispy Panisse, and a Beach Grill, featuring scallops, spiny lobster tail, a petite filet, and a rack of lamb to share. 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (dunefl.com) $$$ S3 Nouveau American cuisine is prepared with care in this inventive dining room that embraces the three pillars of Florida life: sun, surf, and sand. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (s3restaurant.com) $$$ SEA LEVEL RESTAURANT & OCEAN BAR This seaside eatery serves fresh seafood and “Garden to Glass” cocktails, with ingredients coming directly from the chef’s organic plot. Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, 3030 Holiday Drive, Fort Lauderdale (marriot.com) $$ SHOOTERS WATERFRONT In step with the everevolving city since 1982, this dockside icon serves brunch, lunch, and dinner to legions of faithful patrons and epicurean travelers. 3033 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale (shooterswaterfront.com) $$ YOT BAR & KITCHEN A 360-degree view of the New River inspires the locale’s nautical interiors, fresh

menu, and adventurous cocktails. 2015 SW 20th St., Fort Lauderdale (yotlmc.com) $$

ASIAN BOMBAY DARBAR Intoxicating spices perfume the air and rich Indian masalas, curries, and kormas beset the tables at this Las Olas jewel. 1521 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (bombaydarbar.com) $$ CASA SENSEI Sushi meets Asian-Latin fusion at this canal-side eatery in signature dishes like the lobster guacamole, Korean Steak Chimichurri, and the Fish Burnt Roll. 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd. #101, Fort Lauderdale (casasensei.com) $$ CHRISTINA WAN’S MANDARIN HOUSE Christina Wan continues her family’s legacy of bringing traditional Chinese cuisine to south Florida, some with unorthodox flair. 664 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (christinawans.com) $$

CAFÉ / COFFEE THE ALCHEMIST Sit amongst lush foliage and enjoy a brunch of an open face Avocado Slicer and The Alchemist Iced Coffee. 2430 NE 13th Ave., Wilton Manors (thealchemist.cafe) $$ BOULEVARD KITCHEN & JUICE BAR This rustic-chic café’s organic kitchen prepares delicious, nutrient-rich breakfast and lunch. 701 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (blvd-kitchen.com) $$ FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

73

1/5/21 9:18 AM


+

EAT DRINK LA BONNE CRÊPE Modeled after the crêperies of Brittany, this charming alcove serves the heavenly dish in savory and sweet renditions – perfect for any time of day. 815 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (labonnecrepe.us) $$ STORK’S CAFÉ & BAKERY This Wilton Manors coffeehouse satiates patrons’ espresso, homemade pastry, and sandwich kicks until late. 2505 NE 15th Ave., Wilton Manors (storksbakery.com) $$

ITALIAN ANGELO ELIA PIZZA, BAR & TAPAS Chef Angelo Elia’s eponymous eatery extends the Casa D’Angelo family, featuring small plates and Italian-style pizza that celebrate old-world technique. 4215 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (angeloeliapizza.com) $$ CAFÉ VICO Owner Marco Vico Rodrigues knows how to welcome his guests, and there’s no better way than with his kind smile and to-die-for pasta dishes. 1125 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (cafevicorestaurant. com) $$ IL MULINO CUCINA Luscious homemade saffron-infused pasta is a standout on this menu of classic Italian favorites. 1800 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (ilmulinofl.com) $$

Island VIBES

Change is afoot in Dania Beach, with endless retail concepts and now even more restaurants to explore. The latest is Paradise Tiki, which is open under new management. It’s discreetly located behind the Dania Beach Offshore Boat Marina, offering a serene waterfront setting complete with lush mangroves and thatched roofs. Chef Matt McDonald (previously with National Hotel in Miami) oversees the Caribbean-influenced menu featuring favorites such as tiki chicken wings tossed in Huli barbecue sauce, served with sweet plantains, mango relish, and a refreshing cucumber tomato gazpacho. There’s also a sampling of burgers, salads, and surf and turf entrees. Order the Blue Lagoon or Scorpion Tiki from the cocktail menu to fully embrace the island-vibe culture. (instagram.com/paradise_tiki_of_dania_beach)

INSIDER’S GUIDE

ARE YOU IN THE KNOW? Discover Fort Lauderdale’s hottest events and hidden gems. Sign up now to receive “INSIDER’S GUIDE,” Fort Lauderdale Illustrated’s weekly eNewsletter

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM

74

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

072_EATListings_0221.indd 74

1/13/21 4:17 PM


PIZZA CRAFT The pizzeria’s “00” flour, imported charcuterie, and house-made mozzarella, and sizeable bar selection are the stars of the wood-fired show. 330 Himmarshee St., Fort Lauderdale (pizzacraftpizzeria.com) $$

LATIN AND MEXICAN CARLOS & PEPE’S Colorful motifs and authentic Mexican-American fare have earned this laidback eatery a personality of its own since 1979. South Harbor Plaza, 1302 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (carlosandpepesfl.com) $$ CUBANO’S BY MARIO Owner Mario Flores shares the comforts of his childhood at this stylish home-styled restaurant, where Cuban-Spanish goodness is served. 1611 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (catalinarestaurant.net) $$$ EL CAMINO Margaritas and Mexican soul food are a sure bet at this resto, where patrons can choose between two Happy Hours. 817 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (elcaminoftlauderdale.com) $$

MEDITERRANEAN CASABLANCA CAFÉ A cozy dining room with an Arabian Nights feel, Casablanca serves a variety of cuisines ranging from Moroccan to Japanese to Cuban that will please any palate. 3049 Alhambra St., Fort Lauderdale (casa blancacafeonline.com) $$ THE HUMMUS HOUSE This Middle Eastern-Israeli counter doles out amazing vegan- and vegetarian-friendly fare to eager Winter Park patrons. 900 NE 20 Ave., Fort Lauderdale (hummushouse.com) $$

SEAFOOD BOATYARD Come for the “Hook to Table” seafood, locally sourced ingredients, and vegan-friendly selections, and stay for the photo-worthy lofted ceilings, oar chandelier, and boundless natural light. 1555 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale (boatyard.restaurant) $$$ BURLOCK COAST SEAFARE & SPIRITS Offering modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent, Burlock Coast is an innovative restaurant-café-marketbar that channels the creativity of Prohibition era rum runners. The Ritz Carlton, 1 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (ritzcarlton.com) $$$ RIVERTAIL James Beard-nominated chef, José Mendín, demonstrates his renowned culinary prowess with the Rivertail raw platter, a perfectly spiced Brazilian seafood stews, and the day’s fresh catch. 305 S. Andrews Ave., Ste. 123, Fort Lauderdale (rivertailftl.com) $$$

STEAK HOUSE CHIMA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Brazilian rodízio finds its nook on Las Olas, with fountains and flame-bearing lamps welcoming diners to this stylish place. 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (chimasteakhouse.com) $$$ COUNCIL OAK STEAKS & SEAFOOD A signature raw bar, a wine room boasting over 400 labels, and an open kitchen complement the Hard Rock favorite’s infamous USDA-certified cuts. 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood (seminolehardrock hollywood.com) $$$ NYY STEAK NYY Steak presents five-star seafood and steak offerings in an atmosphere that honors one of baseball’s finest teams, the New York Yankees. 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek (nyysteak.com) $$$ RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE Delectable specialty cuts of Prime beef, an impressive wine portfolio, and New Orleans-inspired cocktails set a luxurious scene for any special occasion. 2525 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale (ruth schris.com) $$$ STEAK 954 This uber-chic coastal alcove’s menu is studded with decadent dishes, while the dining room features a hypnotizing jellyfish-inhabited tank. W Hotel, 401 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale (steak954.com) $$$

072_EATListings_0221.indd 75

PASTEL SPELL BUYING INFORMATION

TABLE OF CONTENTS AND PAGE 60 Cold-shoulder gathered dress ($1,995), Rosie Assoulin, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, saksfifthavenue.com; lambskin sandals ($1,050), embellished sequin handbag (price upon request), Chanel, Aventura Mall, chanel.com. PAGE 61 Sequin wide-leg pants ($2,290), Carolina Herrera, Aventura Mall, carolinaherrera. com; embellished silk organza top ($6,850), Cruise 2021 handbag ($4,100), Chanel, Aventura Mall, chanel.com; retro vibe double-breasted jacket with shoulder pads ($3,400), Louis Vuitton, Aventura Mall, us.louisvuitton.com; Maisel 100 napa leather shoes in latte/silver ($1,995), Jimmy Choo, jimmychoo.com. PAGE 62 Technicolor yellow cotton rib and stitch short dress ($990), Salvatore Ferragamo, Bal Harbour Shops, ferragamo.com; Constellation earrings with white sapphires set in 18-karat gold ($13,850), Irene Lummertz Jewelry, irenelummertz.com. Bodysuit ($495), Altuzarra, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, saksfifth avenue.com; Dior Tribales earrings ($470), Mille Fleurs de Dior choker ($1,300), Dior, Miami Design District, dior.com; Technicolor yellow Viva flats ($675), Salvatore Ferragamo, Bal Harbour Shops, ferragamo.com. PAGE 63 Botanica long-sleeve gown ($1,850), Zimmermann, Bal Harbour Shops, zimmer mannwear.com; custom hat ($1,150), House of Clyde, houseofclydehats.com. PAGE 64 Lamé knit halter pleated dress ($2,395), Balmain, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, saksfifthavenue.com; turquoise leather handbag with top handle and mini silver buckle ($2,495), aquamarine patent leather slides with covered buckle ($995), Roger Vivier, Bal Harbour Shops, rogervivier.com; Luna threestone ring with blue topaz set in 18-karat gold ($5,150), Irene Lummertz Jewelry, irenelummertz.com. PAGE 65 FF knit short-sleeve midi dress ($1,690), Fendi, Aventura Mall, fendi.com; double-breasted blazer ($637), Stella McCartney, Bal Harbour Shops, stella mccartney.com; lilac leather handbag with top handle and mini silver buckle ($2,495), Roger Vivier, Bal Harbour Shops, rogervivier.com; Ballon ring with rose de France amethyst and gold beaded accents set in 18-karat gold ($6,340), Irene Lummertz Jewelry, irenelummertz.com. PAGE 66 Sequin puff-sleeve top ($1,990), Carolina Herrera, Aventura Mall, carolina herrera.com; demi-boot crop jeans in dark worn wash ($128), J.Crew, Aventura Mall, jcrew.com; metal, resin, and strass cuff ($1,425), Chanel, Aventura Mall, chanel.com. PAGE 67 Luminous embroidered gown ($3,950), Zimmermann, Bal Harbour Shops, zimmermannwear.com PAGE 68 Dress (price upon request), Dior, Miami Design District, dior.com; lambskin sandals ($1,050), visor sunglasses ($660), Chanel, Aventura Mall, chanel.com. PAGE 69 One-button blazer ($2,940), trousers ($1,145), Alexander McQueen, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour Shops, saksfifthavenue.com; Tropicalia three-stone ring with watermelon tourmalines set in 18-karat gold ($15,500), Irene Lummertz Jewelry, irenelummertz.com. FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

75

1/5/21 2:41 PM


TASTE Nouveau wines, like Beaujolais, might become more prevalent due to issues surrounding smoke taint.

OFF THE VINE

UP IN FLAMES

How severe West Coast WILDFIRES can SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT wine quality By Mark Spivak

Red wines, such as Pinot Noir, are more susceptible to smoke taint.

76

A cool and mild growing season followed by a hot, dry August that yielded small and concentrated grapes sounded like the recipe for a perfect vintage throughout most of California and the Pacific Northwest—except for the wildfires, of course. 2020 was the worst wildfire season in modern California history, with more than 4 million acres burned and billions of dollars in property damage. The situation in parts of Oregon and Washington wasn’t much better. On the surface, the threat to the vintage may not seem too serious, as only about 20 wineries were either partially or completely destroyed. The wild card, however, is smoke taint. Unlike in 2017, when we witnessed another round of horrific West Coast wildfires, the 2020 fires occurred before the grapes had been harvested. Burning wood releases volatile phenols that can affect grapes after as little as 30 minutes

From top: White wines, including Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, are less impacted by smoke taint; recent wildfires in the Napa Valley could have a ripple effect on 2020 vintages.

of exposure. Last summer and fall, the smoke lingered for weeks, and air quality was unhealthy as far away as San Francisco. While wine made from grapes affected by smoke taint isn’t bad for you, neither is it pleasant; it typically gives off a plastic or medicinal smell, along with aromas of wet cigar and ash. Research conducted in Australia indicates several ways of mitigating smoke taint in contaminated grapes, including reverse osmosis and treatment with activated charcoal. The identification and mitigation of smoke taint will likely be a big industry on the West Coast for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, the damage was not universal. The worst regions were northern Napa, from Calistoga down to St. Helena, and parts of Sonoma (a large radius around the town of Santa Rosa and the area west of Healdsburg).

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

076_POUR_0221.indd 76

1/13/21 4:28 PM


Smoke taint is worse for red wines because the volatile phenols collect in the skins. This isn’t good news for the hardest-hit areas of Napa, since the main cash crop there is Cabernet Sauvignon, nor does it bode well for the thin-skinned Pinot Noir. While many of the top West Coast wineries may take the high road and release little or no red wine in 2020, others may not be able to afford to be quite as selective. Given all this, what’s a consumer to do? Here’s a quick guide to what we know at this point: Rosé will be a good red ○ Drink lots of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. wine alternative this year. Much of this wine, even from the affected areas, is of very high quality. ○ If you thought there was a tsunami of rosé prior to ually emerge with age. Plan on consuming most 2020 reds within a year 2020, brace yourself. Many wineries will be producing high-end pink or two of bottling. wine since it requires far less skin contact than full-bodied reds. Console ○ Develop a taste for red wine under $15. It’s a mass-market product, yourself with Julia Child’s dictum: “Rosé goes with everything.” made by big companies with the resources to strip out the offending ○ If you’re a fan of Pinot Noir, look for releases from Santa Barbara compounds. County, which was relatively unaffected by the fires. The top wines from ○ As a corollary, watch for the appearance of “nouveau” wines, popuareas such as the Santa Rita Hills should be good bets. lar throughout Europe (Beaujolais is the best example). A light, clean, and ○ Don’t buy red wine and cellar it. Research indicates that while grape fresh red can be both food-friendly and a consolation while waiting for sugars mask the effects of smoke taint on release, those phenols can grad- the next vintage. «

PLANNING A RENOVATION?

NEW LOOK. NEW DESIGN. NEW RESOURCES FOR YOUR RENOVATION PROJECT.

VISIT FLORIDADESIGN.COM

076_POUR_0221.indd 77

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

77

1/13/21 4:27 PM


SEEN DANIEL TZINKER, JOCELYN MEDLAND, MIKHAIL MUDRIK ROBERT RIVA, STEPHANIE HIGH

SUNREEF YACHTS RECEPTION WHO: Sunreef Yachts WHERE: Anheuser-Busch Estate, Fort Lauderdale TO BENEFIT: The intimate cocktail reception featured a virtual reveal of the new 100-foot Sunreef Power Yacht.

STEPHANIE HIGH, DARREN HENN, ROBERT RIVA, CATALINA CORTEZ

BUNDALONG 80 SUNREEF POWER

CHEF BRET HAUSER

PATRICK MITCHELL, STEPHANIE HIGH

ROBERT RIVA, MIKHAIL MUDRIK

78

PAUL GIGG, MARK TABER

LUIS LEPE, PATRICIO ZAPEAD

PAVLE JANJIC

PATRICK MITCHELL, FRANCIS HERRERA, CRISTINA COSTA, DAVID DIAZ

FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

078_FLI-BOB_0221.indd 78

1/4/21 5:57 PM


JULES MORGAN, MARTY MCGROGAN, DAVID CHANON, KENNY STILES

ALLISON SHERMAN, TRACI MILLER

INGRID FULMER, KENDRA ERIKA

CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT WHO: NAIOP South Florida WHERE: Grande Oaks Golf Club, Davie TO BENEFIT: The tournament raised $21,000 to support early childhood education at Jack & Jill Children’s Center.

ANDY BURNHAM, JIM GOGGINS

ALANA WORTSMAN, KATHY CAPOBIANCO, JENNIFER SWERCHECK, PATTI HOMMES, JEANETTE JOHNSON

CHASE KULP, JOE FREITAS, WILL PORTFOLIO

COURTESY OF NAIOP SOUTH FLORIDA

PETER CRANE, JOHN FOX-SNIDER, BRANDON WOULFE, GEOFFREY TEMPLE

STEVE SMITH, BOB ORBAN, TYLER WYANT

VICTORIA KROG, LAUREN PACE

©2021 Palm Beach Media Group North LLC. All rights reserved. Fort Lauderdale Illustrated is published monthly except August by Palm Beach Media Group North LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Known office of the publication 1000 N. Dixie Hwy., Suite C, West Palm Beach, FL 33401. Periodical postage paid at West Palm Beach, FL, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Fort Lauderdale Illustrated c/o Palm Beach Media Group North LLC, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL 33480. Subscription price: $54.45 per year. Outside U.S. add $35 per year for postage and handling. Send subscription orders to: Subscription Department, Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, P.O. Box 3344, Palm Beach, FL, 33480, or e-mail circulation@palmbeachmedia.com. Vol. 2, No. 2, February 2021. Visit our website at fortlauderdaleillustrated.com Fort Lauderdale Illustrated magazine and Palm Beach Media Group North, LLC. retain exclusive rights to all editorial and photographic materials used, which cannot be reproduced in any manner without written consent.

078_FLI-BOB_0221.indd 79

SKY GRODEN, JONATHAN GUFFEY, CHRISTOPHER THOMSON, STEPHANIE AND GIAN RODRIGUEZ

FORTLAUDERDALEILLUSTRATED.COM | FEBRUARY 2021

79

1/4/21 5:57 PM


PARTING SHOT THRIVE

COURTESY OF SOCIETY LAS OLAS

It seemingly appeared overnight and became Fort Lauderdale’s hottest social media attraction in a matter of hours. Multidisciplinary artist and sculptor Daniel Popper is behind the nearly 30-foot tall public art installation, named Thrive, gracing the entrance at Society Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. The Cape Town–based artist is known for his larger-than-life works of art, which have been featured at international music festivals and resorts. Thrive depicts a 14-ton mystical figure made of glass-fiber reinforced concrete with a chest torn open to reveal a walkable fern archway. Popper says he crafted this piece with an intent to raise awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, via a nearby plaque that directs visitors to the foundation’s website. danielpopper.com —Melissa Puppo

80 FORT LAUDERDALE ILLUSTRATED

080_PARTING SHOT_0221.indd 72

1/14/21 1:14 PM


Lesley’s endowed charitable Funds provide the critical support Broward needs, during times of crisis and beyond: LESLEY MITCHELL JONES FUND FOR THE AGING AND ELDERLY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of BROWARD

LESLEY MITCHELL JONES CHARITABLE FUND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of BROWARD

LESLEY MITCHELL JONES COMMUNITY IMPACT FUND COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of BROWARD

Lesley Mitchell Jones Community Foundation of Broward Legacy Society Member

“I locked in my legacy” “I needed a partner to help me make the most of my charitable giving – both today and through my will, so I can continue making a difference after I’m gone. The Community Foundation’s expert team helped me do it by creating three endowed charitable Funds, in my name. Now I can have an impact on my community right away. And when I’m gone, my remaining assets will pour into my endowed Funds to change lives in this community I love. Now I have peace of mind knowing that the Community Foundation will ‘mind the store’ on my behalf to ensure the organizations and issues I care about are supported forever. I can’t imagine a smarter, more impactful way to create a brighter future for Broward. It feels good to BE BOLD!” Read more about Lesley’s Legacy at cfbroward.link/LesleysLegacy

To lock in your legacy today, contact Jennifer Powers, Philanthropic Services Manager, at 954-761-9503 x113 or email jpowers@cfbroward.org

154 Legacy Society members $288 million in estate gift promises 479 named charitable Funds 36 years of bold community impact

Full Page.indd 1

10/20/20 4:08 PM


THE KIND OF KARMA YOU NEED

PERFECT FROM EVERY ANGLE

KARMA REVERO GT STARTING AT

$899/MO*

*$8,500 down payment.Tax, registration fees and optional equipment not included in the price. Finance deal only. Contact sales@excellauto.com or call 561.998.5557.

K ARMA PALM BEACH

o: 561.998.5557 l sales@excellauto.com 1001 Clint Moore Rd. Ste 103, Boca Raton, FL 33487 K ARMA BR OWARD

1717 SE 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Full Page.indd 1

12/21/20 4:54 PM

Profile for Palm Beach Media Group

Ft-Lauderdale-Illustrated-February-2021  

Ft-Lauderdale-Illustrated-February-2021  

Profile for pbmg

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded

Recommendations could not be loaded