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Some of Martin County’s top chefs gather in Palm City for a festive holiday potluck By Linda Marx 38
Wrap! From foodie friends to beach-bound buds, we’ve got everyone on your list covered with this curated list of local gift ideas By Liza Grant Smith
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MOD Pearls, diamonds, and mod-inspired makeup create a sophisticated “Twiggy meets Hepburn” vibe Photography by Nick Mele
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Eat, drink, be merry

In the world of monthly magazines, the holiday season means crunch time. With so many folks traveling out of town to visit loved ones, it’s that much harder to schedule interviews and photo shoots for the next couple of issues and also get December to the printer on time. It’s a joyous time, yes, but for editors it’s also one of the most stressful times of the year.

That said, it’s Christmastime, y’all! And who can be bummed about that? Deadlines aside, it means time spent with family, a spirit of giving in the air, and weeknights curled up on the sofa watching my favorite holiday spe cials (animated classics like Frosty the Snowman, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). There’s a certain nostalgia in these silly movies that sim ply can’t be beat. Anyone remember Mr. Heat Miser from The Year Without a Santa Claus? For some reason, that little dude’s catchy song has always stuck with me!

More than anything, the holiday season is about love. And truly, the ultimate gift you can give—or get—is to be loved and to share love. But let’s face it, it’s also about food....

For many of us, gathering around the table for a meal is a way of connecting with loved ones, especially on special occasions and holidays. No one feels this more than chefs, who find the utmost joy in feeding people. For our December issue, we decided to gather a few of the area’s top chefs for a pre-holiday potluck so they could showcase some of their favorite tradi tional Christmas creations—and enjoy a little taste of one another’s talents. I’d like to thank Chef Paolo Ferretti (Chef’s Table), Chef Taylor Wilson (The Gafford and the forthcoming Palm City Social), and Chef Jason Stocks (District Table & Bar and Colab Kitchen) for taking time out of their incredibly busy sched ules to participate in our vision. And much appreciation to mixologist George Olsen (Libations Mobile Catering Company) for slinging the tasty cocktails, the lovely Heather McAdams and Missy Moxley for cohosting the shindig and providing such breathtaking holiday decor, and Carra Crehan (general manager of Chef’s Table) for helping us put this together. Turn to page 30 to read about their night in “A Jolly Good Time.”

On another note, if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for someone on your list, we’ve got some great local ideas in “That’s a Wrap!” (page 38).

Happy holidays, peace, and blessings to you!

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’Tis the season!

December is one of my favorite months of the year. Holiday par ties are in full swing, family comes to town to visit (or sometimes we travel to see them), and we get to ring in a new year, which is always fun. For me, 2022 seemed to fly by even more so than previous years as I spent my days seeing clients and talking with readers. I enjoyed every minute of it, but I do look forward to having some downtime dur ing the holidays and celebrating the onset of 2023 with friends. It’s my time to catch up on rest and also get a bit organized before the crazy rush of events coming in January.

To start, I am especially eager to sit down and read this issue of Stuart Magazine. Our editorial team has been working diligently to bring you lots of interesting local content, as always, and I can’t wait to flip through these pages! I hope you enjoy the December issue and discover more about what makes our tri-county area so special.

And if you haven’t already, be sure to visit stuartmagazine.com and sign up for our weekly Insider’s Guide newsletter, which is delivered straight to your inbox every Friday, to keep up with current events and news. We are always on the lookout for happenings around town, so feel free to reach out to me or our editor in chief, Michelle Lee, with anything you’d like to make sure we know about.

Thank you all for your continued support and loyal readership. Stuart Magazine is your local magazine and resource, and our upscale brand continues to serve this community we love. As we move into 2023, please reach out anytime with any events you would like us to support and sponsor as well. See you next year. Happy holidays!

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You’ve probably seen the work of Port St. Lucie artist Katie Gianni around town. Her colorful depictions of wildlife, intricately designed using ink and acrylics, are hard to miss. The unique images of birds, insects, sea life, and blue-footed boobies—what she has become best known for—have been shown locally at places like The Gilt Complex, The Creek District Art Walk events, and Colab Kitchen. “I’ve always loved painting, but I’m not traditional in style,” says 32-year-old Gianni, who developed a passion for ink and printing while studying lithography and wood block at Stockton University

in New Jersey. “I have a lake in my backyard, and I get inspira tion from the birds, alligators, and turtles.” An active member of the local arts community, Gianni also works as a design consul tant and fine art framer at The Gilt Complex and is a founding board member of The Creek District of Arts & Entertainment and a member of Women Supporting the Arts in Martin County. Her original works are made with gold leaf, metal leaf, or metallic ink embellishments and are available in different sizes with the option to add custom framing. If you’re interested in snagging a piece, visit katiegianniart.com —Holly Martinez

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Katie Gianni uses ink and acrylic to create eye-catching depictions of wildlife.

Boutique Buzz

WOMEN’S WEAR on WHEELS

A remodeled camper-turned-boutique is selling style on the Treasure Coast

Anyone who has recently visited downtown Stuart’s Market on Main has probably noticed Joliee, a mobile boutique housed within a remodeled vintage camper. It’s run by owner Anngelik Aponte, a Puerto Rican native who has called the Treasure Coast home since 2019. Joliee started as an online boutique in 2015, and now Aponte stocks her camper-boutique with one-of-a-kind, local pieces. Here, she chats about her mobile biz—and what’s trending now. myjoliee.com

Where did you get the idea for a mobile shop?

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico until I was 8. My mother used to tell me that in Puerto Rico, mobile boutiques would bring clothing to houses and display it, and people would also sell goods out of their trucks or Sprinter vans. That idea sat in the back of my mind for a long time.

What went into the camper remodeling process?

The trailer was in really good condition when I bought it. It just had to be gutted and given some love, but it was all cosmetic work. “Isabella” [Aponte’s nickname for the camper] was in storage for a couple of months, then my dad and husband began to work on her at night and on the weekends. I had to change my design like 20 times—and I pretty much drove them crazy—but it was a blessing to see that we were making a dream reality.

How would you describe the aesthetic of Joliee?

My vibe is very boho-chic and boho-modern, with a lot of lace and feminine pieces. When you take one “e” away, Joliee means “pretty” in French. I just want women to feel beautiful in what they’re wearing. The local designers I work with do exclusive collections for the Joliee boutique, so they are only found inside the mobile boutique, not online or anywhere else.

What can shoppers expect from the mobile boutique experience?

I want it to feel cozy, like a little home. You’ll find women’s clothing, shoes, hats, jewelry, you name it. I work with a lot of local designers

Anngelik Aponte and her husband, Matthew, outside the Joliee boutique (above); scenes from her mobile storefront (above right and right).

because I believe in supporting small businesses. We carry Agape T-shirts, Civetta LA accessories, Little Castle Co. scrunchies and headbands, Jonnrinnah Workshop polymer clay earrings, and more.

What’s trending right now going into the new year? A lot of ’70s and ’80s trends are coming back: oversize blazers with fitted tops and biker shorts or asymmetrical skirts, rompers and jumpsuits, velvet in rich colors, and high-waisted trousers with sneakers... There’s a real street-style trend happening. It’s pretty cool.

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Stop by the mobile boutique Sundays at downtown Stuart’s Market on Main from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1305 W. Midway Road in Fort Pierce.

Follow Joliee on Instagram for updated hours: @shop_joliee

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All-Stars

As 2022 comes to a close, I decided to go through everything I’ve chosen for this column over these past few months and pick out the best of the best—my “all-star” products of the year.

I’ll start with Aroma 360, a home diffuser that comes in the dreamiest scents. This Miami-based brand really knows how to transform a home into a warm, soothing oasis. My favorite scent is Chandelier, a delicate blend reminiscent of an amber floral and woody breeze. Another aromatic product I love for the home is Pura Vida’s line of candles. The South Florida restaurant is an obsession of mine for both its food and its aesthetic. And with the delicious-smelling Paradise candle you can recreate that airy vibe at home.

Kim Kardashian’s SKKN by Kim skin care line lives up to the hype. It comes gorgeously packaged and has made my skin absolutely glow. If you want a holy grail body oil, Mirigal’s high-voltage oil is the one. Celebrity makeup artist Miriam Azoulay created the line, which is organic and made in small batches.

If you’ve switched to plant-based milk like so many of us have, this handy gadget from Almond Cow is a must. With the flick of a switch, you can make your own simple, pure milk at home.

I have the perfect gift to treat yourself to this holiday season: You can never go wrong with Louis Vuitton, and I love this new monogram scarf from the iconic fashion house.

Finally, get ready to charge into those New Year’s resolutions with a fitness tracker from Whoop. It’s like having a personalized coach on your arm that is equally stylish.

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December 2: First Friday Art Walk

The Creek District, Stuart, free, thecreekdistrict.org

December 3: JLMC Reindeer Dash 5K/10K Memorial Park, Stuart, from $25, jlmcflorida.org

December 4: Christmas Bash Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Palm City, free, hstc1.org

December 4: Market on Main Flagler Park, Stuart, also December 11, 18, 25, free, stuartmainstreet.org

December 4: Sights & Sounds Christmas Parade Downtown Fort Pierce, Fort Pierce, mainstreetfortpierce.org

December 6: Taste of Jensen Jensen Beach Community Center, Jensen Beach, from $35, jensenbeachflorida.info

December 7: Martin Artisans Guild’s ‘Tis the Season Opening Reception

Palm Room Art Gallery & Artisans Boutique, Sewall’s Point, $5 donation, martinartisansguild.org

December 7: Poinsettia Power Holiday Shopping Bazaar, Luncheon, and Fashion Show

The Kane Center, Stuart, $100, kanecenter.org

December 11: Holiday Spectacular!

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Stuart, from $30, stmarys-stuart.org

December 15: Mindi Abair’s “I Can’t Wait for Christmas” Concert

The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, $42, lyrictheatre.com

December 17: A Christmas Carol

The Lyric Theatre, from $40, lyrictheatre.com

December 21: “Christmas with Elvis” Starring Matt Stone

A.C.T. Studio Theatre, Stuart, from $30, actstudiotheatre.com

December 21-23: Treasure Coast Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

The Lyric Theatre, Stuart, from $35, lyrictheatre.com

December 22: “An Italian Christmas Night” Concertwith Andrea Del Principe

Sunrise Theatre, Fort Pierce, from $35, sunrisetheatre.com

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Star POWER

CELEBRITY PUBLICIST JO MIGNANO LEFT NEW YORK TO START A NEW LIFE IN PALM CITY, BRINGING HER A-LIST CLIENT ROSTER WITH HER

Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Joann “Jo”

Mignano loved watching celebrity entertainment shows on television. She never missed the red carpet extravaganzas and was mesmerized by the Barbara Walters specials featuring high-profile guests. “I wondered how Barbara got those guests,” remembers Mignano, now 44. Fascinated by these TV moments, she developed an intrigue of the inner workings of New York and Hollywood entertainment.

Today, Mignano represents some of Hollywood’s biggest stars as the founder of J Migs Public Relations. Operating from her home in Palm City (she moved from New York to South Florida in 2014), she represents recognizable names like

’N Sync star Joey Fatone, world heavyweight boxing champion and entertainer Mike Tyson, singer Taylor Dayne, vocal group Boyz II Men, and reality TV stars Vinny Guadagnino and Sammi “Sweet heart” Giancola (of Jersey Shore fame), among others. “Working for myself in the Sunshine State has been a wonderful journey so far,” she says of the past eight years spent living here.

Mignano studied public relations and advertising at St. Francis College in Brooklyn but dropped out after two years to gain experience in entertainment public relations while supporting herself in retail. In 2000, she began work at Momentum Worldwide, part of the parent organization McCann Worldgroup. While continuing to take

college courses at night in pursuit of a degree in communications, she worked for Momentum’s corporate clients like American Express and Best Buy, as well as others. “I did event marketing for Sheryl Crow and Sting concerts,” she says. “I loved it, and when I was promoted, I quit school completely to pursue my career.”

Through hard work and forming important connections in the heady world of entertainment publicity, Mignano landed a job at PMK/HBH, one of the top PR firms in the country at the time led by powerhouse publicists Leslee Dart, Lois Smith, and Pat Kingsley (whom, coincidentally, Mignano wrote a paper about during her early years in college). This role allowed her to gain crucial experience as she worked alongside the agency’s top publicists, like Jill Fritzo, with the top-tier celebrity talent PMK handled including Rosie O’Donnell, Billy Crystal, and Sharon Stone. “I learned so much from Jill about how to protect my clients and get them enviable magazine covers and international exposure,” says Mignano.

She rose to senior account executive, managing and expanding the firm’s sports division with clients like Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, and NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman, and she developed publicity campaigns for Rosie O’Donnell and Australian singer Delta Goodrem. “I had to be on my toes 100 percent, attending

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From left: Mignano with client Bret Michaels in 2010 celebrating his Celebrity Apprentice win on the red carpet; having a laugh with longtime client Mike Tyson in California in May 2022. ANDRE ORTIZ

premieres, talk shows, and red carpets,” she says. “I had a great relationship with Rosie [O’Donnell] and met many people. But I would often work 12 days straight. It took a lot out of me.”

She left PMK to become vice president of entertainment and lifestyle at FYI Brand Group, where she developed publicity campaigns for Mike Tyson, singer Jason Derulo, rapper Fabulous, producer Sean Garrett, and the late actor Michael Kenneth Williams. Then came a six-year stint leading the entertainment division at Krupp Communications before she launched her own agency, J Migs, in 2017, bringing many of her existing clients—like Tyson—aboard.

“Jo prides herself on her business being personal,” says Mike Tyson’s wife, Kiki. “We have worked with her for 15 years through ups and downs, and she has always shown the same passion, compassion, and dedication to Mike and his family. We are grateful to still have her on our team.” Joe Mulvihill of Livewire Entertainment, who manages clients Joey Fatone and Boyz II Men, shares a similar sentiment: “Jo is more than a publicist. She is family!”

Mignano’s career highlights include witnessing Tyson perform in his 2012 one-man show Undisputed Truth on Broadway and then becoming a best-selling author, assisting Boyz II Men as they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and help ing rocker Bret Michaels [of the band Poison] add entrepreneur and motivational figure to his résumé.

Having visited Florida many times throughout her life (“I’ve always loved Florida,” she says), Mignano finally decided to make the move south in 2014. Leaving the Big Apple for Palm

City hasn’t slowed her business at all. She is the same hardwork ing publicist who loves her career and dotes on her clients. “I can work from an igloo in Alaska,” she says. “All I need is a phone and a computer. I’m like an actor on call—it’s not a nine-to-five job. I actually care about my clients.”

When not working, Mignano enjoys spending time with her son, 10-year-old Billy, doing things in the area like swimming at the beach, dining around the Treasure Coast (favorite spots include Townie’s Tavern, Hudson’s on the River, District Table & Bar, and 1000 North), going on staycations in Hutchinson Island, and visiting Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Orlando Resort. “I have an amazing career and a wonderful son,” she says. “I love what I do and do what I love.” ❖

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Celebrity publicist Jo Mignano resides in Palm City. STEVEN MARTINE

Built to PERFECTION

Palm City resident Joe Paskoski Sr. has a lifelong history of South Florida boating experience ranging from building airboats for hunting to buying and overhauling a wide range of fishing boats. According to his son Joe Jr. (whose Egret was featured in this magazine about a year ago), his dad has always been a hands-on guy with the ability to fix, build, and rig anything that floats or runs. Subsequently, the pair have always enjoyed boating together on Joe Sr.’s latest completed project boat.

When he retired from the lumber business a few years ago (he owned Florida Cypress & Fence for more than 30 years), Paskoski decided it was time to treat himself to something special. His last boat would also be the very first boat he would purchase brand new from a custom builder—and it made perfect sense that

he’d land on Ben Sheaffer’s doorstep. Sheaffer, owner of Sheaffer Marine of Tampa, is also a hands-on guy and, like Paskoski, he is a perfectionist from the school of thought that suggests “anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” The combination of Sheaffer’s design ability and work ethic, paired with what would prove to be the perfect hull style for Paskoski’s boating require ments, resulted in a purchase order for a custom Sheaffer S-240V.

The S-240V is available in a number of configurations, and for Paskoski’s style of fishing, a ¾-tower full molded hard top with second station controls was just the right fit.

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Joe Paskoski Sr. takes his new Sheaffer S-240V out for a cruise; the boat’s helm, featuring a 12-inch Simrad NSS evo3S display unit (below).
JOE PASKOSKI SR. HAS BEEN BUILDING AND RENOVATING BOATS HIS WHOLE LIFE. WHEN IT CAME TIME TO CHOOSE HIS OWN IDEAL VESSEL, A BRAND NEW CUSTOM SHEAFFER S-240V WAS THE WINNER.
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with dry storage and a large, insulated fish box below deck. A 70-gallon live well is incorporated into the lower helm seating.

For electronics, Paskoski opted for a pair of Simrad NSS evo3S units—a 12-inch display below and a smaller slave unit in the tower. To assist with navigation on the St. Lucie River before first light, a Sionyx Nightwave night vision camera was integrated into the Simrad display. For quietly stalking fish on the beach or fishing around bridges and docks, a Minn Kota Ulterra 36V trolling motor was bow mounted. And for power, she features a Yamaha F300 mounted on a Porta Bracket jack plate.

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BEAM: 8 feet, 6 inches

DRAFT: 13 inches (hull)

DEADRISE: 14 degrees (variable)

WEIGHT: 3,200 (without power)

FUEL: 100 gallons

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Paskoski and his son share a passion for chasing tarpon and cobia on the beachfront, and the elevated platform with controls offers a visibility advantage over Joe Jr.’s Egret 2011 Bay model. After undergoing surgery to replace both knees and hips, Paskoski also enjoys the Sheaffer’s extra stability and space that allows him to stretch out a bit. An elevated forward casting deck adds visibility for sight casting along

The clean layout and simplicity of this classic West Coast–style guide boat combined with her sweeping, elegant lines draws admiration everywhere she goes. And for Paskoski, when it came time to put the building of his dream boat in someone else’s hands, there could not have been a better result. ❖

Hobe Sound resident George LaBonte is an avid fisherman who has captained local charters for 40 years. He also hosts the national television series Florida Sportsman Best Boat and Florida Sportsman Project Dreamboat. To book a charter with Captain LaBonte, visit edgesportfishing.com—and be sure to check out his new YouTube channel (“George LaBonte”) devoted to his many fishing adventures.

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Clockwise from top left: Paskoski’s custom fishing boat was built by Tampa-based Sheaffer Marine; Paskoski opted for a ¾-tower model, which is fitted with a second Simrad NSS evo3S unit; aerial view of Paskoski on his new boat; the S-240V is powered by a Yamaha F300 mounted on a Porta Bracket jack plate.

Spectating in STYLE

THE EQUESTRIAN HOTEL AT OCALA’S WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER PUTS YOU IN THE HEART OF THE HORSE-CIRCUIT ACTION

If you’re a horse-show enthusiast or on the sup port team of a competitive equestrian, you may be used to long hours on hard bleachers or grass, lackluster food, and facilities that might not be best described as “glamorous.” The World Equestrian Center (worldequestriancenter.com) and its show piece, The Equestrian Hotel (equestrianhotel.com), are here to change all that.

Located at the west end of Ocala amid horse farms and sprawling golf communities, the 380-acre com plex rivals—and in many cases exceeds—Wellington International (where the Winter Equestrian Festival is held) as the epicenter of equestrian competition. With multiple indoor and outdoor arenas, the WEC is equipped for grand-scale competitions on the pro and collegiate levels. Almost every dis cipline, from dressage and hunter/jumper to Western pleasure and reining, has a home here, and an expansive polo facility is currently under construction. Beyond equestrian, there are fa cilities for sporting events like volleyball, cheerleading, and even a national-level dog show.

In the middle of it all—literally—is The Equestrian Hotel. It’s logical to assume that The Equestrian accommodates compet itors and their entourages, but that’s only part of the picture.

Nearly half of the guests of the 248-room hotel are either horse lovers who enjoy the energy and spectacle of the sport or travel ers looking for a luxury vacation with an unusual spin.

Lounging in an elegant suite while watching a dressage com petition beyond a picture window is definitely not your everyday hotel fare. The Equestrian puts you in the heart of the action without sacrificing the comforts and style of a high-end hotel. Marble bathrooms, haberdashery-inspired fabrics, and elevated classic design are all accommodation hallmarks, but it’s the bird’s-eye view of the sporting events—like your own private box!—that sets the rooms apart.

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Clockwise from above right: The World Equestrian Center and The Equestrian Hotel occupy a 380-acre complex in Ocala and offer an unparalleled, world-class experience in the sport; a standard hotel room with king-size bed overlooks the Grand Arena; show jumping takes center stage. COURTESY OF WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER

The public places are opulent but restrained. The lobby blends demure elements such as panel molding and mahogany millwork with glitzy touches like Swarovski crystal chande liers and unapologetic strokes of gold. Natu rally, equine references—from horse-head lamps to stirrup drawer pulls—are everywhere. The showstopper here is undoubtedly the floor-toceiling fireplace, but don’t miss the dog paintings that decorate practically every square inch of wall space on the ground level. It has to be one of the biggest collections of dog art anywhere.

On the dining front, the big story is Stirrups (stirrupsocala.com), as much for its fine-dining menu as its terrace overlooking the Grand Arena. Dine on prime steaks or Southern fare like summer corn hushpup pies and black-eyed pea salad while watching equestrian events just steps from your table. If you can snag a seat at the Yellow Pony (yellowponyocala.com), jump at the chance. This buzzing gastro pub is all about its bourbons and whiskeys, but its Tatanka Blue bison burger is the stuff of leg ends. Order it with a side of garlic Parmesan fries and atone later.

It’s easy to make a weekend of exploring the hotel and show grounds, but the surrounding area is compelling in its own right. Ocala is an outdoor enthusi ast’s playground, with such attractions as Ocala National Forest (fs.usda.gov) and some of the state’s most beautiful springs. Closest to the WEC, Rainbow Springs (visitrainbowsprings.com) is a popular spot for tubing and swimming (that water!). A bit farther but worth the drive, Juniper Springs (fs.usda.gov)

offers family-friendly, prolific snorkeling in crystal-clear water. For adrenaline seekers, The Canyons (zipthecanyons.com) is a scenic and challenging spot for zip-lining (including a full moon adventure). Opt for the Big Cliff Canyon tour and fly over lakes, treetops, and canyons—one of many bucket-list experiences that can be checked off during a stay-and-play at The Equestrian. ❖

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Clockwise from top right: The Equestrian Hotel’s lobby showcases a mix of elements includ ing Swarovski crystal chandeliers, equine references, and an impressive collection of dog art; Josh Dolan and Bromance compete in the Hunter Derby; Yellow Pony gastropub; dining options abound on the property. COURTESY OF WORLD EQUESTRIAN CENTER ANDREW RYBACK PHOTOGRAPHY

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Some of Martin County’s top chefs gather in Palm City for a festive holiday potluck

From special meals with family and friends to creative stockings filled with delicious treats, food takes center stage during the holidays for many of us. Whether you’re gathering around the table with the entire extended family for a feast on Christmas Eve or noshing on cookies and eggnog on Christmas morning, it’s all about fine food served amid enchanting holiday decor.

If you think you pull out all the stops for holiday meals, just imagine what it’s like at the home of a talented chef! Fortunately, we got a taste of the good life when we invited three local chefs to gather for a pre-holiday celebratory potluck Christmas dinner. Chef Taylor Wilson of The Gafford (and the upcoming Palm City Social), Chef Jason Stocks of District Table & Bar and Colab Kitchen, and Chef Paolo Ferretti of Chef’s Table each prepared some of their favorite holiday dishes to share with one another and a few special guests. Supplying the liquid fun, mixologist George Olsen of Libations Mobile Cater ing Company created unique holiday drinks to mix and match with the food and mood.

To host the dinner, the chefs turned to event planner Heather McAdams of Anything Eventful, who, along with business partner Missy Moxley (Chef Wilson’s motherin-law), decorated her Palm City home to the nines for the occasion. Inside, the spirit of the season dazzled

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Detail of one of the many Christmas trees in Heather McAdams’ home
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From left (standing): George Olsen, Chef Paolo Ferretti, and Chef Jason Stocks; Chef Taylor Wilson (seated).

throughout every room, from the formal dining area to the whimsical kids’ table to the festively busy kitchen bursting with aromas evoking memories of Christmases past.

Running the kitchen of a restaurant leaves little personal time during the holidays, so the chefs were more than happy to experience a few hours of relaxed joy. “I have to work really long hours during the season, including on Christmas Eve, so it’s nice for us all to get together with our favorite holiday dishes before things get too crazy,” says Wilson, who was accompanied by his wife (also named Taylor) and their daughter, 2-yearold Maebelle, adorably attired in a Janie and Jack Christmas frock.

Wilson comes from a large family, and these days he loves celebrating with his own growing family at Christmastime with many favorite dishes from both his and his wife’s childhoods. “We grew up with traditional turkey, ham, prime rib, and lots of great pies and cookies,” says the chef, who was born and raised in the Dallas area before moving to Martin County 10 years ago to open The Gafford. “Our Christmases were always grand and over-the-top with way too much food!”

For the evening’s potluck, Wilson prepared herb-crusted prime rib au jus and an assortment of freshly baked breads. He also brought a scrump tious banana pudding in honor of his wife’s memories of the special desserts her family enjoyed during the holidays.

For his part, Chef Stocks paid homage to both sets of grandparents with his side selections of double bacon brussels sprouts with pickled mustard

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Heather McAdams, Missy Moxley, and Taylor Wilson sit at the kids’ table with Wilson’s daughter, Maebelle; detail of a fun “sweets” holiday trees in McAdams’ home (below). The children’s table was filled with delights, including beautiful pink and white china, candy, and cute figurines.

seeds and a potato pavé. “I was born and raised in Stuart, and I have such fond memories of my grandparents,” he says. “One set is from Germany, and the other is from southern Kentucky, and I like to continue preparing the dishes they made for us while adding my own touches.”

For example, his German grandparents might have prepared a traditional European beef on Christmas Eve, while his Kentucky grands cooked a more relaxed Christmas Day meal of ham and collard greens. Chef Stocks likes to raise the bar on those food memories. “With the brussels sprouts on the German side, I elevated the recipe by adding double bacon,” he says. “And from what I remember about my family’s scalloped potatoes, I created a more refined version, a potato pavé, for a great side dish.”

Before he was owner of District Table & Bar, Stocks was accus tomed to working on Christmas Day. Now that he can make his own rules, he prefers to let his employees enjoy the holiday away from the job. “I like to give my staff Christmas Day off,” he says. “It’s nice for all of us to get to be with our families.”

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BRANTLEY PHOTO Chef Ferretti’s Italian charcuterie board stacked with imported meats, cheeses, and fruit and a 10-year Old Rip Van Winkle Kentucky bourbon brought by mixologist George Olsen; Chef Wilson’s daughter, Maebelle, plays her antique toy piano.

Chef Ferretti, who came to Chef’s Table three and a half years ago from Senigallia, Italy, a port town on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, spent 25 years in the kitchens of Michelin-star restaurants after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. For this special dinner, he prepared a charcuterie board filled with imported Ital ian meats and cheeses, tortellini en brodo (a traditional Italian Christmas soup), and a tasty Italian rotolo con Nutella for dessert.

“I loved the Italian tortellini soup at Christ mastime when I was a boy, so I knew I wanted to prepare it for this event,” Ferretti says of the dish that is typically made with a flavorful capon broth and offered on Christmas menus in Italy. “What I enjoyed most about the holiday as a boy was the gift giving, all of the family fun, and of course the food.”

To help bring the “merry” to its fullest potential, mixologist George Olsen

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From top: The night’s potluck included delicious items like an herb-crusted prime rib aus jus and homemade breads prepared by Chef Wilson, Chef Stocks’ double bacon brussels sprouts with mustard seeds and potato pavé, a traditional Italian tortellini en brodo soup made by Chef Ferretti, and more; plated dinner and an Allspice Rum Old-Fashioned mixed by George Olsen.

created a few quintessential Christmas cocktails. “I design drinks based on the colors of the event and the food being served,” says Olsen. “I just look around and gather my ideas.”

For this fete, Olsen came up with three signature drinks: a

DECK THE HALLS!

Hibiscus Mimosa, made with elderflower hibis cus syrup, hibiscus blossom, and Champagne; an Allspice Rum Old-Fashioned, using Allspice Dram liqueur, 21-year-old Eldorado rum, orange bitters, and rosemary skewered blackberry garnish; and a simple bourbon poured with the very fine 10-year Old Rip Van Winkle Kentucky bourbon. Everyone mingled over cocktails as the chefs put the finishing touches on the dishes they had prepared for the night’s festivities. The evening was a special treat to be sure, each having the opportunity to indulge in one another’s delicious creations, and one that likely won’t come again during the busy holiday season. It’s back to their respective kitchens after this, where they will cook up tasty dishes for the rest of us. But tonight, they toast and take some time to celebrate the holidays together. ❖

The home’s stunning holiday decor was pulled together by two longtime friends who recently partnered in a new design biz

For years, both Heather McAdams and Missy Moxley have loved to decorate their individual homes and often would talk about their shared love of design. Last year, they finally got down to business and joined forces to launch the Treasure Coast event planning company Anything Eventful.

“We have been friends for years and always wanted to start an event company together,” says Moxley, who handles the business side of things. “Heather is creative and design-oriented, so she is in charge of most of the decor at our events. We both have a pas sion for event planning and especially holiday entertaining.”

When McAdams agreed to host this chefs’ holiday gathering in her Palm City home, she and Moxley wasted no time getting the house in holiday-ready condition. In fact, the duo started decorating for the event back in July. “Heather and I both love Christmas, and she is so talented at decorating, so we were excited to loan her house for the holiday dinner that my son-inlaw [Taylor Wilson] and the other chefs were cooking up,” says Moxley. “It was such fun to decorate, and we went all out!”

McAdams and Moxley transformed the home into a winter wonderland, beginning with a pink and silver wreath welcoming guests at the door. Once inside the home, guests were greeted with both an adult Christmas tree and a smaller children’s tree in the dining area. The white-trimmed adult tree by the dining table was filled with white magnolias, giving off a sweet, soft vibe. The mini white children’s tree (put up for Chef Wilson’s daughter, Maebelle) across the room was adorned with soft lighting, glittery ribbon, and animal and bell ornaments. Vintage toys and beautifully wrapped gifts completed the vignette.

In the living room, amid cabinet displays of lighted miniature trees and collectibles, walls filled with Santa art, and side tables piled with Christmas books, stood a tall family tree. The branches were strewn with personal family ornaments collected over the years. “Heather even popped presents throughout the branches as an unexpected surprise,” Moxley points out. “She finished it with cute polar bears perched atop a burlap tree skirt.”

Across the room were two more holiday trees, each symbolic in its own way. A tall, white tree twinkling with lights was deco rated with lollipops and colorful doughnut and ice cream cone ornaments honoring McAdams’ fond memories of trips to the ice cream parlor with her uncle. Next to it, a small gumdrop tree was created in honor of McAdams’ “sweets-loving” daughter.

In a nook of the kitchen, McAdams designed a unique pink tree highlighted with blue and gold ornaments, gold magnolias, and royal blue and white ribbon. “I crowned this one with tiaras,” she says. Another nook is filled with angels and Christmas china.

When it came time to enjoy dinner, guests gathered around a lovely holiday tablescape. Gold and white geometric porcelain plates sat atop sea sponge–colored chargers, with matte gold flatware, gold-rimmed crystal goblets, and sparkly rhinestone napkin holders. A garland swag centerpiece picked up the beau tiful pinks and whites in the surrounding wreaths and trees.

With the finest food and cocktails and a gorgeous ambience, nothing was spared to make this holiday party a night to remember. “Decorating the house was a labor of love for us,” says Moxley. “We would do anything for our kids, and we wanted to make this Christmas scene really special.”

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Chef Ferretti’s Italian rotolo con Nutella dessert Festive signature drinks made by George Olsen for the evening included a Hibiscus Mimosa and an Allspice Rum Old-Fashioned.

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That’s a Wrap!

From foodie friends to beach-bound buds, we’ve got everyone on your list covered with this curated list of local gift ideas

WATCH OUT

Rugged yet sophisticated, the multisport Garmin Fénix 7s Solar is performance-ready for weeks thanks to a special glass that converts sunlight into battery life. With built-in sports apps for everything from running and paddleboarding to biking and indoor climbing, the smart watch also offers an energy monitor to help with scheduling workouts and guided breath work for focus and stress relief. $800, Fleet Feet, Stuart

PICKLING SEASON

Hit the courts in style with J. McLaughlin’s limited-edition Pickle Paddle in Eclipse Geo featuring a leatherwrapped handle, honeycomb core, and delightful pattern. $110, J. McLaughlin, Stuart

HEAD IN THE GAME

Give a shout-out to the Sunshine State with CMC Golf’s Florida Driver Cover. The plush lining keeps equipment looking new, and the premium faux leather is embroidered with a collection of Florida hallmarks. $40, PGA Tour Superstore, Palm Beach Gardens

THE BOMB

Thanks to its tapered tail and longboard outline up front, the Softech Bomber Surfboard is the ultimate cruiser for flowing down the line and turning on a dime. $375, Ocean Magic Surf Shop, Jupiter

SERVE IT UP

Perfect for the tennis addict who likes a post-game refresher, the cork-backed Overserved Coasters by Jupiter-based Pretty Printing bring some whimsy to happy hour. $25/set of 4, Pretty Printing, etsy.com/ shop/prettyprinting

HOME STRETCH

Feeling good meets doing good in Manduka’s eco-friendly and biodegradable eKO Lite Yoga Mat in Marbled Blue. Developed by yoga teachers, it’s made from non-Amazon harvest tree rubber and provides a naturally grippy surface. $92, Palm Beach Athletic Wear, North Palm Beach

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PAINT THE TOWN

An artist needs tools at the ready for whenever inspiration strikes. Equip the creative in your life with the 10-hue Academy Watercolor Artists’ Sketchbox Set from Grumbacher, which includes paints, brushes, a mixing tray, and a portable carrying case. $46, Michaels, Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart

TO THE POINT

Needlepoint Alley is stocked with hundreds of unique, hand-painted canvas designs for all the stitch fans out there. $240/Ruffled Flamingo (15-inch square), $265/Gingko Leaves (14-inch square), prices vary by design and size, Needlepoint Alley, Lake Park

THE WRITE STUFF

Whether it’s the beginning of the next great American novel or just an outlet for personal expression, this purple journal beautifully finished with gold foil from The Personalised Stationery Company, along with Sugar Paper’s signature pen, can be the first step in the writing journey. $13/journal,$36/pen, Leslie Store, Hobe Sound

GOING TO PIECES

There’s nothing like a little oldschool puzzle fun. Cavallini & Co.’s 1,000-piece vintage mushroom puzzle features a stunning image from the Cavallini archives and comes in a handsewn muslin bag. $25, Barnes & Noble, Palm Beach

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BIRDBRAINED IDEA

Help an eager ornithologist make some fine feathered friends with WoodLink’s Sneak-a-Peak Heavy Duty Crystal Clear Window Bird Feeder, which can be mounted (with included suction cups) to any screen-free window. It also includes a one-way mirror to get a closer look at birds without scaring them away. $35, Bass Pro Shops, Port St. Lucie

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COOL CLOGS

A lively choice for those who want to keep their feet clean while getting their hands dirty, Sloggers’ Waterproof Women’s Rain and Garden Shoes have insoles for maximum comfort, deep-lug treads for traction, and a floral design to keep things fun. $32, Tractor Supply Co., Indiantown, Fort Pierce

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From left: Susan and George Ford III, Meghan Ford Taylor and Carter Taylor (standing), Christina Ford, Danielle Ford, golden retriever Chaucer (the second family dog, London, is not pictured).

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WAVE HELLO

There’s no need for an oceanfront seat to achieve sea-breeze waves. Drybar’s Bring Home the Beach kit comes with everything necessary to replicate that “beach hair don’t care” vibe. $139, Ulta Beauty, Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart

SEA TO IT

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TOTE-ALLY AWESOME

The Deano Tote Bag by Scout is equipped with beach-going essentials like all-weather fabric, heavy-duty handles with a comfortable grip, and plenty of space for all your beach goodies. But the true cherry on top is the fun selection of prints available, like the spirited Stitch Perfect. $45, Prep Obsessed, Palm Beach Gardens

SIPPING PRETTY

The double-insulated Swig Wanderlust Stainless Steel Tumbler and Skinny Can Holder come in coastal/tropical hues and keep drinks fashionably cool all day. $40 (tumbler), Amy’s Hallmark Shop, Stuart; $28 (can holder), Twinkles, twinklesgiftshop.com

REST EASY

Equipped with a cooler pouch, drink holder, and pillow, the Swimming Marlins Deluxe Backpack Beach Chair from Tommy Bahama lets you kick back and relax—and easily folds flat when beach time is over. $90, Tommy Bahama, Palm Beach Gardens

With top notes of bergamot and sandalwood blended with plumeria and sea air, Homesick’s Beach Cottage Candle is like taking a sensory trip to the sand. $39, Gumbo Limbo, Stuart

BRIMMING WITH CONFIDENCE

The signature hat of San Diego lifeguards, Peter Grimm’s Palmeras Hat is the straw hat for anyone who loves to have fun in the Florida sun. $33, Jupiter Kiteboarding, Jupiter

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CIRCLE OF LIFE

Originally conceived by brand founder Mario Buccellati in the 1930s, the Buccellati Hawaii Collection includes these 18-karat yellow gold dangle earrings with treated blue chalcedony featuring hand-twisted, intertwining gold circles. $5,400, Provident Jewelry, Jupiter

GET ALONG SWIMMINGLY

Peter Millar brings a luxe approach to seaside environs with quick-dry, fourway-stretch men’s swim trunks in posh prints like the Liberate! William—great for beaching or just lounging poolside.

$98, O’Sole Mio, Stuart

DRESS THE PART

The Cara Cara off-the-shoulder Flowerbox Coral Mimi dress with short puff sleeves and smocked waist is a fabulous frock for day or night. $595, Matilda’s, Stuart

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LAST STRAW

Artfully blending New England prep with Palm Beach style, the founders of local brand Mary Marshmallow create breezy, lifestyle-infused pieces like this straw bag with bamboo handles and white pearl accents. $178, Snappy Turtle, Stuart

ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Style and sass coexist in the hand-stitched, needlepoint Elephant Martini Belt from Smathers & Branson. It’s the ideal accessory for the man who likes to stand out in a crowd.

$175, John Craig Clothier, Jupiter

CAMO COUTURE

Made in Spain, these men’s logo espadrilles from Saint Laurent feature a camouflage cotton upper with a classic braided midsole and take casual to couture with one quick slip-on. $495, Saks Fifth Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens

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SINGIN’ THE BLUES

Vietri’s Santorini Dinner Plates come in four stunning blue and white patterns, allowing hosts to mix and match to create playful place settings. $24 each (or $96/set of 4), The Lavish Palm, Hobe Sound

BY THE BOOK

The Beautiful Boards cookbook by Maegan Brown is the ultimate how-to guide for creating artful and whimsical charcuterie arrangements. Pair it with etúHOME’s White Rectangle Mod Charcuterie Board made with reclaimed timber for the perfect canvas. $38/cookbook,$155/charcuterie board, Pineapples, Palms Too, Jupiter

MANGIA!

Dinner a dèux is made easy with the Philips Compact Pasta Maker for Two. It can mix, knead, and extrude one pound of fresh pasta in just 18 minutes. $180, Williams Sonoma, Palm Beach Gardens

CHEZ CHIC

Slice, sauté, and simmer in style in this gorgeous apron designed by French artist Nathalie Lete for Anthropologie. $38, Anthropologie, Palm Beach Gardens

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OLIVE MY LOVE

Whether on the countertop or cocktail bar, Creative Co-op’s Olive Jar is a decorative way to display and dispense those irresistibly salty snacks. $24, Tide & Table, Tequesta

SPICE IT UP

Embark on an international taste adventure with the Culinary Passport 9 Tin Giftbox from The Spice & Tea Exchange, which comes in exciting flavors like Tandoori Roasting Spice and Zahtar Spice Blend. $111, The Spice & Tea Exchange, Palm Beach Gardens

MAC ATTACK

Choose from flavors including pink Champagne, pistachio, and tiramisu and compile a dozen delicious macarons from Cool Beanz that will tickle the taste buds of any sweets-loving recipient. $25/dozen, Cool Beanz, Port St. Lucie

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LIFE OF THE PARTY

Celebrate a birthday tradition with each growing year thanks to Mud Pie’s Birthday Candle Plate with a ruffled rim, celebratory design, and center well to hold a candle. $20 each, Pineapple Kidz, Palm Beach Gardens

EYE CANDY

During the day, this sweet Gummy Bear Lamp from FCTRY adds a pop of fun decor to the bedroom, while at night it transforms into a night-light providing ambient color with a squeeze of its belly. $70, The Madness Cage, Hobe Sound

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HAT TRICK

Keep precious, tiny heads protected from the South Florida sun with BeBe Au Lait’s Mermaids Luxury Muslin Sun Hat with widebrim and fantastical print. $15, Loggerhead Marinelife Center Gift Shop, Juno Beach

BRIGHT NIGHTS

A posh pick for the kids’ impromptu sleepovers, the Jane Marie Rainbow Brighter Days Overnight Bag can be personalized for added cool points. $60 ($6 for personalization), Initial Styles, Jupiter

SOUND BITE

A fun intro to musical instruments, Stephen Joseph’s adorable Shark Xylophone also promotes dexterity and hand-eye coordination. $27, Quill and Press, Stuart

CHILD’S PLAY

Budding bakers will love this spacious Café Play Tent from Pottery Barn Kids, which even includes a window where customers can place their order. $229, Pottery Barn Kids, Palm Beach Gardens

NOW, HEAR THIS!

The Kids On-Ear Wireless Headphones from JBL speak to kids on all levels with cool colors, easy controls, Bluetooth capability, and a protective volume limited to below 85 decibels. $50, Best Buy, Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart

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PEARLS NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE. MIX THEM WITH SPARKLING DIAMONDS AND MOD-INSPIRED MAKEUP FOR A SOPHISTICATED “TWIGGY MEETS HEPBURN” VIBE.

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Double-face shearling reversible jacket (price upon request), wool-silk faille double-breasted fitted blazer ($1,898), matte crepe striped ribbed sweater ($798), Lafayette 148 New York, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens; sunburst pearl and diamond earrings in yellow gold ($2,950), double strand pearl necklace with diamonds in platinum ($7,500), pearl cocktail ring with diamonds and onyx in 18-karat yellow gold ($1,350), Provident Jewelry, Jupiter

Opposite page: The Row top ($320), Saks Fifth Avenue, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens; 18-karat white gold South Sea pearl and diamond earrings ($9,500), 14-karat white gold 34-inch gray ombré South Sea pearl necklace ($15,600), 14-karat white gold 36-inch South Sea and pink freshwater pearl necklace ($10,800), 18-karat white gold South Sea cultured pearl diamond necklace ($22,000), Hamilton Jew elers, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens

Strapless polka dot jacquard dress ($960), Baroque Keys earrings ($145), necklace ($145), and brace let ($145), Carolina Herrera, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens

Opposite page: Metal, glass belt ($1,825), Chanel, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens

Metal, resin brooch ($1,350) and cuff ($1,750), Chanel, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens; white blouse stylist’s own

Opposite page: Monogram Frame square 70 scarf ($370), B Blossom 18-karat yellow gold earrings with white mother-of-pearl and diamonds (price upon request) and 18-karat yellow gold necklace with white mother-of-pearl and diamonds (price upon request), Louis Vuitton, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens

Ditsy floral Claire McCardell dress ($998), oyster earrings ($228), oyster shell pendant necklace ($348), Brutal ist oyster ring ($198), Tory Burch, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens

Opposite page: Renaissance pearl stud earrings in 18-karat yellow gold with diamonds 16.5mm ($2,900), Madison pearl chain necklace 11mm ($2,200), cable collectibles pearl ring with diamonds 11mm ($750), David Yurman, The Gardens Mall, Palm Beach Gardens

Fashion editor: Katherine Lande

Stylist: Zlata Kotmina

Hair and makeup: Colleen Stone, Creative Management, Miami

Model: Bianca Elalouf, The Source Models, Miami

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Treasure Coast Dining

A Selection of Area Restaurants

MARTIN COUNTY

AMERICAN

CASTAWAYS GASTROPUB

As a self-proclaimed “Treasure Coast craft beer destination,” Castaways serves brews from Florida and around the world. The gastropub also offers a full menu to complement your beer. 911 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; castawaysfla. com; 772.618.3838

CHEF’S TABLE

Sophisticated New American restaurant offering fine wine and seasonal menus in understated, rustic digs. 2313 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; chefstable stuart.com; 772.287.5599

COLAB KITCHEN

Head to this urban farm with a café serving lo cavore cuisine plus shop a market for fermented foods, bread, and more. 100 SE MLK Jr. Blvd., Stuart; colabkitchenfl.com; 772.872.6243

COURTNEY’S RESTAURANT AND ICE CREAM

Come for the selection of beef or chicken burgers, wraps, salads, and sides, and stick around for the ice cream. 8855 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; courtneyseatery.com; 772.546.4093

DISTRICT TABLE & BAR

Chef Jason Stocks presents his creative take on ev erything from dry-aged burgers to sourdough pizza in a contemporary dining space. Sustainability is

also a focus: All oyster shells are recycled to rebuild local reefs and oyster beds. 4665 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; districttableandbar.com; 772.324.8357

FREDGIE’S WORLD FAMOUS HOT DOGS

If you have a hot dog craving, Fredgie’s has your fix. Enjoy a waterfront view and outside seating—and dare to try their peanut butter and chili dog. 2000 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; fredgiesworldfamoushotdogs.com; 772.209.2005

HARRY AND THE NATIVES

This longstanding waterfront family business in Hobe Sound offers a selection of traditional American favorites and a casual atmosphere. 11910 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; harryandthe natives.com; 772.546.3061

HUDSON’S ON THE RIVER

Enjoy a mix of flavors translated into dishes from Island River Ramen to maple-glazed pork belly to pepper-crusted tuna salad. 351 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; hudsonontheriver.com; 772.266.8061

JAN’S PLACE RESTAURANT

Grab breakfast, lunch, and fresh-baked goods at this local favorite with outdoor seating. 1990 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; jansplace restaurant.business.site; 772.334.9590

KYLE G’S KITCHEN

This new outpost is what Kyle G calls a “passion project” and features menu items such as the chopped steak burger to seared North Atlantic salmon. 10867 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; kylegskitchen.com; 772.807.1404

MANERO’S RESTAURANT

Enjoy steaks cooked to order, a shrimp cocktail, or other classic American dishes. 2851 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; maneros.com; 772.220.3011

OCEAN REPUBLIC BREWING

Stuart’s family-owned and operated craft brew ery known for its laid-back lifestyle and pours like Keepin’ It PC and Because Ordinary is Boring. 1630 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; oceanrepublic brewing.com; 772.600.5596

OLD DIXIE CAFÉ NORTH

Classic American diner serving breakfast and lunch in a charmingly retro setting. 11189 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; olddixiecafe.com; 772.245.8587

OSCEOLA STREET CAFE

Enjoy homemade breakfasts, baked goods, and specialty sandwiches at this downtown Stuart café. 26 SW Osceola St., Stuart; osceolastreet. com; 772.283.6116

PALM CITY GRILL

Seafood, pizza, and burgers coexist at this understated, pub-style eatery with a following as large as its menu. 3208 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; thepalmcitygrill.com; 772.220.4745

PHILLY

DOWN SOUTH CAFE

Discover an array of Philly cheesesteaks, salads, burgers, and seafood at the café inside the Elliott Museum. 825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; hsmc-fl. com/philly-down-south-cafe; 772.225.1961

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PINEAPPLE JACKS BISTRO

Bring the whole family to Pineapple Jack’s and enjoy a three-course dinner or a weekend brunch in a nautical setting. 1897 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; pineapplejacksbistro.com; 772.444.3550

SAND DUNE CAFÉ

Sand Dune Café sits just 50 yards from Jensen Beach, making it the perfect aid for your beach day longevity. Leave the cooler at home and grab impressive seaside drinks and eats. 4191 NE Ocean Blvd., Jensen Beach; martin.fl.us/sand dunecafe; 772.419.2472

SCOOTERS FUN FOOD AND SPIRITS

Scooters has been an unfussy local favorite for decades. Enjoy the food and bar at good prices. 8913 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; scootersfun foodandspirits.com; 772.546.6235

SOCIETY MARKET CAFÉ

Order fresh and delicious items from the café as well as experience a unique shopping space. The market features specialty food items and specialty gifts. 320 Denver Ave., Stuart; societymarketfl.com; 772.247.7071

Jensen Beach; asianchao.com; 772.692.3674

ASIAN SPICE BISTRO

Small, contemporary Asian eatery specializing in beautiful sushi plates, Thai, and boats. 1888 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; asianspice bistro.com; 772.208.5164

BANGKOK BAY

High-quality Thai fare and sushi served at a great price. 1833 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bangkokbay bbk.com; 772.286.2141

CAFE BOONMA

“Boonma” means good karma and that good times and things are coming—something owner and Chef Rampai lives up to at this traditional Thai spot offering wok dishes and house specials like duck with tamarind sauce. 3720 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; cafeboonma.net; 772.291.2320

EMMAN’S ASIAN GOURMET

Filipino Chef/owner Emman Eugenio creates small plates of Asian-fusion cuisine in a casual setting. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 105, Stuart; facebook. com/fusionofec; 772.888.3171

HOKKAIDO SUSHI & STEAKHOUSE

STUART COFFEE COMPANY

Stuart Coffee Company is the perfect spot to enjoy wraps, sandwiches, bagels, salads, and more. 55 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; stuartcoffeeco. com; 772.600.8243

THE ROASTED RECORD

In addition to its beer collaborations with Walking Tree and Ocean Republic brewing, The Roasted Record has 11 local craft beers on tap and a variety of both white and red wines.. 600 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; roasted record.com; 772.320.9918

FOOD TRUCK

BAGEL BOYZ

Swing by for New York–style bagels served fresh from a custom wood-fired oven. During lunch, grab a pizza, wings, or a salad. 4504 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; bagelboyzstuart.com; 561.379.3771

BROTHERS’ Q BBQ

PAPP

SONNY’S BBQ

Traditional, smoky barbecue including mouthwatering pulled pork and brisket. 1961 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Stuart; sonnysbbq.com; 772.283.4150

SOUTH FORK KITCHEN AND BAR

Made-from-scratch dishes, from seafood to steak, prepared by Naples native Chef Ron Kerr. 900 SE Indian St., Stuart; southforkkitchenandbar.com; 772.247.7382

SOUTHERN PIG AND CATTLE

Stop by for steaks and barbecue favorites in addition to a large salad bar. 2583 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; southernpigandcattlecompany.com; 772.324.3141

TASTE

Taste looks just as bright and colorful as it, well, tastes. Stop by for a chill bite; there is something for everyone. 11750 SE Dixie Hwy., Hobe Sound; tastehobesound.com; 772.546.1129

TOWNIE’S TAVERN

A casual yet sophisticated restaurant serving American eats and bar food in a Prohibition-era setting, with outdoor deck seating available as well. 2277 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City; townies tavern.com; 772.291.2115

ASIAN

ASIAN CHAO

Mix and match Chinese entrées, sushi, and sides from the buffet-style counter takeout. Choose from a variety of classic dishes like orange chicken, lo mein, and California rolls. 3174 NW Federal Hwy.,

Japanese steak house offering typical Asian eats as well as extravagant sushi boats and hibachi dinners in a setting adorned with LED lights, plants, and traditional Japanese decor. 2867 SW Cafe Court, Palm City; hokkaidopalmcity.com; 772.283.5118

KRUA THAI RESTAURANT

Authentic Thai dishes served family-style in an eclectically themed restaurant. 3283 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; kruathaiofstuart.com; 772.600.8114

CAFÉ

3 BARISTAS

Organic coffee and smoothies, as well as beans in bulk and café fare such as quiches, spinach and feta sandwiches, and various baked goods. 241 SW Monterey Road, Stuart; 561.402.5976

BOMBOLONI BAKERY CAFÉ

Authentic Italian bakery and café offering pastries, sandwiches, soups, salads, and coffee. 3980 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; bombolonibakery. com; 772.261.8913

GILBERT’S COFFEE BAR

Enjoy coffee, cheese boards, smoothies, and more at this charming waterfront location. Stay for happy hour and gaze as the sun sets over the water. 615 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart; gilbertscoffeebar.com; 772.214.1522

IMPORTICO’S BAKERY CAFÉ

Specializing in pastry and breads, with additional menu items like sandwiches and coffee. 3800 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; importicosbakerycafe.com; 772.286.0204

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

Barbeque doesn’t get much better than Brothers’ Q. Try the Sunday smoked wings, three-cheese smoked mac, or brisket sandwich. 4480 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart; 484.619.1488

SMAC’S SHACK

Located at Broward Motorsports in Hobe Sound on weekends, Smac’s Shack serves up coastal New England favorites like lobster rolls and clam chowder. 38401 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; smacshack.com; 774.272.0347

SUNSET SLIDERS FOOD TRUCK

Delicious, Instagram-worthy sliders and sides with vegetarian options. 3385 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/sunsetslidersfla; 772.224.0893

TACO TRUCK OF STUART

Tasty Mexican fare that’s quick and convenient. Take it to-go or eat at a stool by the truck. 31 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; tacotruckofstuart.com; 772.486.6639

TAQUERIA SOLAVINO 2

Authentic Mexican tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortas, gorditas, and a wide selection of meat options. 10835 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; 772.485.6994

FRENCH

11 MAPLE STREET

11 Maple Street offers a dining experience with art. Chef Michael Perrin prepares his plates with season’s peak items. 3224 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; elevenmaple.com; 772.334.7714

CAFÉ MARTIER

Eclectic modern European restaurant specializing in French casual fine dining. 23 SW Osceola St., Stuart; cafemartier.com; 772.600.5025

This list is compiled by our editors as a service to our readers. It is not all-inclusive; we rotate the listings to comply with available space, which means not every establishment appears in every issue. If you are a business owner who would like to submit your restaurant, please email mpuppo@palmbeachmedia.com.

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GERMAN

SCHNITZEL HAUS

Chef Lenh offers an exciting menu featuring American fusion and German favorites such as potato pancakes, schnitzel, and sauerbraten. 5687 SE Crooked Oak Ave., Hobe Sound; ethansgrill. com; 772.210.2350

THE HOFFMANN

Enjoy traditional German and American fare while relaxing at the expansive outdoor seating and barn. 3825 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; the-hoffmann.com; 772.444.3697

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN

OLYMPIC TAVERNA

Part of the Spiro’s empire, Olympic Taverna serves traditional Greek cuisine as well as American favorites. 2951 SW High Meadow Ave., Palm City; spirostaverna.com/palm-city; 772.781.8461

PORT BARNA

Mediterranean-inspired fare with an American and Spanish twist like grilled picanha steak with grilled vegetables or roasted potatoes. 3478A NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; portbarna.com; 772.232.6738

INDIAN

INDIA PALACE

Modern interpretation of classic Indian dishes, with creative uses of fresh ingredients. Enjoy a sampling of South Indian and Indo-Chinese specialties that pair well with oven-baked Peshawari naan stuffed with raisins, nuts, and cheese. 890 SW Federal Hwy., Stuart; india palacestuartfl.com; 772.288.6262

NAMASTE GRILL

Nepalese and Indian cuisine inside a relaxed, contemporary space in the heart of downtown Stuart. Menu highlights range from tandoori and grilled meats to a hearty array of veggie entrées to goat curry with Nepalese spices simmered in a dark stew. 2500 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; namaste grillstuart.com; 772.283.5515

ITALIAN

ANNA’S PIZZA

A casual pizzeria with mouthwatering pies, pastas, and subs for a laid-back experience that will leave you stuffed and satisfied. 2281 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City; annaspizza.com; 772.221.0061

CARMELA’S WINE BAR

Carmela’s offers a diverse wine list, gourmet brick oven pizza, and several classical Italian dishes such as chicken saltimbocca and Ella Bella Bolognese. 2311 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; carmelaspizza.com; 772.286.0877

CASA BELLA

This quaint restaurant combines northern and southern Italian cuisine under one roof. Expect big flavors and beyond-satisfactory Italian

dishes. 512 SW 3rd St., Stuart; casabellastuart. com; 772.223.0077

DIAMOND TEA ROOM & BISTRO

Opt for the six-course high English tea, served all day, or order from an à la carte selection of teas, tea sandwiches, scones, tea cookies, and other favorites. A constantly updating bistro menu satisfies larger appetites. 3868 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; diamondtearoom.com; 772.781.5153

FANTINI’S NEW HAVEN STYLE APIZZA

Known for New Haven–style thin crust known as “apizza,” Fantini’s offers old-school Italian soul food cooked fresh to order. A fan favorite is the white clam apizza. 1560 NW Federal Hwy., Stuart; fantinisapizza.com; 772.692.9980

GIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

With recipes passed down through generations, Gigi’s Neapolitan fare is time-tested and well worth a visit. 1322 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; gigisitalian.com; 772.225.6444

IAN & KYE’S PIZZA

Family-owned, Chicago–style pizza served with passion for more than 15 years. 3310 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; iankyespizza.com; 772.334.5074

LA FORCHETTA ITALIAN RESTAURANT

This family-owned gem is home to an extensive selection of gourmet pasta including lobster ravioli, penne alla vodka, and gnocchi Capri. Plus, hand-tossed pizza pies, a warm, Italian setting, and attentive staff. 7820 SW Lost River Road, Stuart; laforchetta.net; 772.872.7333

LOURÓNZO’S ITALIAN FUSION

Downtown eatery offering a unique perspec tive of Italian cuisine, with menu items like gn occhi di zucca topped with walnut and coffee powder. 301 S. Colorado Ave., Stuart; louronzos italianfusion.com; 772.287.3334

LUNA DOWNTOWN STUART

A local favorite and landmark offering indoor and outdoor seating as well as sidewalk window service. 49 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart; luna downtownstuart.com; 772.288.0550

MARIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

Longstanding, casual dining joint serving Italian classics with delicious and generous portions. 1924 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mariositaliandining. com; 772.283.6660

MICHELINA’S

Modern take on classic Italian dishes and a friend ly staff at this family-owned restaurant. 1835 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; michelinasrest.com; 772.286.3455

PUSATERI’S

CHICAGO PIZZA

A “real” taste of Chicago pizza, Pusateri’s offers thin-crust pizza topped with unique sauces and cut into squares. 221 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; best floridapizza.com; 772.288.9810

RISTORANTE CLARETTA

Authentic Italian dishes in a fine dining setting. All ingredients are imported fresh from Italy, and seafood comes straight from the Mediterranean Sea. 1315 SW Martin Hwy., Palm City; ristorante claretta.com; 772.219.9940

THE

BRICK

OVEN PIZZA COMPANY

Serving brick oven pizza as well as various Italian entrées in a moody setting, complete with a bar and plenty of seating. 3138 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; thebrickovenpizza company.com; 772.219.7747

THE GROVE, PIZZA, CUCINA, WINE, MARKET & CHARCUTERIE

Home to the largest selection of wines in Martin County, The Grove offers a twist on Italian and is a great meeting place for friends, family, and business colleagues. Chat over charcuterie boards, Italian classics, and Mediterranean dishes. 8815 SE Bridge Road, Hobe Sound; thegrovehobe sound.com; 772.402.5410

TWO BROTHERS PIZZA

A quaint local favorite, Two Brothers offers a wide selection of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, salads, and more. 8423 SE Church St., Hobe Sound; twobrospizzafl.com; 772.402.5056

JAMAICAN

CLASSIC JAMAICAN JERK STOP

Authentic jerk house offering fresh favorites like beef patties with bun and cheese and jerk chicken served with rice and peas, plantains, or steamed vegetables. 2200 SE Indian St., Stuart; jamaican jerkstop.com; 772.266.8678

MEXICAN

MR. JALAPEÑO STUART

Authentic Mexican cuisine with bold flavor. 1602 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; mr-jalapeno.com; 772.287.8161

PUEBLO VIEJO

A family-owned local chain restaurant offering Mexican fare, drinks, and a tropical mural setting. 3181 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; 772.934.6683; 291 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.336.5050; puebloviejofl.com

RANCHO CHICO

Enjoy a range of classic Mexican platters in a warm setting with colorful folk art. 91 SW Monterey Road, Stuart; ranchochicoflorida.com; 772.288.6741

TACO SHACK

Creative, one-of-a-kind tacos prepared by owner/ Chef Julie LaFrance-Lentine. 555 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 102, Stuart; taco-shack.com; 772.288.9696

TAKO TIKI

Come to Tako Tiki for craft cocktails, nightly live music, and a menu of small plates, sandwiches, and salads. Oh, and tacos! 3340 NE Pineapple Ave., Jensen Beach; takotiki.net; 772.208.5554

TAQUERIA LOS MEXICANOS

Authentic Mexican food and setting, offering breakfast, tacos, sandwiches, salads, seafood, and house dinners. 2425 SE Bonita St., Stuart; taquerialosmexicanos.com; 772.287.7747

TAQUERIA TORRES

Authentic Mexican fare featuring tacos and other traditional plates. 2995 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/taqueriatorres; 772.678.9014

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POLKA EUROPEAN MARKET AND RESTAURANT

An authentic, Mom and Pop Polish restaurant with a European market attached. 3950 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; 772.692.1112

SEAFOOD

BASIN SEAFOOD & FRESH FISH MARKET

Fresh seafood on ice available for purchase as well as dining options and charming outdoor and indoor seating. 4150 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; facebook.com/basin-seafood-fresh-fish-market; 772.287.5771

CATFISH HOUSE

A captivatingly decorated seafood joint special izing in classic fried selections. 11500 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; facebook.com/hobesound catfishhouse; 772.545.7733

CONCHY JOE’S SEAFOOD

Dive into fresh seafood items such as Conchy’s Seafood Feast or the Bahamian-inspired conch salad. 3945 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; conchyjoes.com; 772.334.1130

CRAWDADDY’S

Every day is Mardi Gras at Crawdaddy’s, where Cajun-Creole cuisine reigns supreme. 1949 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; crawdaddys jensenbeach.com; 772.225.3444

DOLPHIN BAR & SHRIMP HOUSE

A fine waterfront retreat with panoramic river views and a wide-ranging menu featuring plenti ful seafood selections, wood-grilled meats, and homestyle specials. 1401 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach; dolphinbar.com; 772.781.5136

FRESH CATCH SEAFOOD GRILL

Owner Eric Olson guarantees the freshest seafood and a raw oyster bar. 1411 SE Indian St., Stuart; freshcatchstuart.com; 772.286.6711

GETTIN CRABBY

A no-frills seafood house known for its fresh crabs by the pound, an array of local catch, and music performances. 4110 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; gettincrabby.me; 772.463.1166

KING NEPTUNE

Serving the finest seafood soups, salads, and dishes, King Neptune lives up to its reputation of knowing how to “talk fresh, local seafood.” 4795 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; facebook.com/kingneptune stuart; 772.287.9630

KYLE G’S PRIME SEAFOOD & STEAKS

Eclectic, seafood-centric menu that blends the freshest daily catches, highest-quality raw bar, and shellfish selections. Plus, premium cuts of meat—all with stunning water views. 10900 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; kylegseafood.com; 772.237.5461

MANATEE ISLAND BAR & GRILL

With two locations—one in Port Salerno and an other overlooking Fort Pierce Inlet on Hutchinson Island, this laid-back spot is a favorite hangout for locals, whether arriving by land or by sea. 4817 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; manateeislandbarandgrill. com; 772.872.7288

NEW

ENGLAND

FISH MARKET & RESTAURANT

New England has you covered with fresh and flavorful seafood, available for purchase in their market or as a classic meal in their restaurant. 1419 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach; 772.334.7324; 3102 SW Martin Downs Blvd., Palm City; 772.872.7355; newenglandfish.net

SAILOR’S RETURN

Serving fresh seafood, chops, and steaks, enhanced by the most beautiful sunset on the Treasure Coast. The restaurant offers 220 seats for indoor or patio dining, two full bars, and live music seven days a week. 625 SW Anchorage Way, Stuart; thesailorsreturn.com; 772.872.7250

SAUDER’S LANDING

This small fish house with a thatched-roof patio and dining room features fresh-caught seafood like its famous crab cakes. 9815 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; sauderslanding.com; 772.229.0246

SHRIMPERS GRILL AND RAW BAR

Discover a relaxed, tropical environment and sunset specials at this waterfront gem in Stuart. 4903 SE Dixie Hwy., Stuart; shrimpersgrill.com; 772.220.3287

SNEAKI TIKI

Tiki-inspired tropical eatery outfitted with a patio to enjoy live music and everyone’s favorite seafood and tacos. 211 S. Colorado Ave. Suite 1, Stuart; sneakitikistuart.com; 772.286.0565

STUART BOATHOUSE

A stunning waterfront setting, an outstanding happy hour, enticing specials, and live music all weekend make Stuart Boathouse a go-to on the local dining scene. 49 SW Seminole St., Stuart; stuartboathouse.com; 772.266.4586

THE BLACK MARLIN

Head to The Black Marlin for everything from local seafood to late-night martinis. This cozy hideaway was once the site of the oldest tavern in Stuart. 53 SW Osceola St., Stuart; theblackmarlin.net; 772.286.3126

THE MAGIC OYSTER BAR AND SEAFOOD GRILL

A wide selection of Gulf, East, and West Coast oysters paired with wine, local brews, and tropical cocktails make this casual eatery a must-visit for oyster lovers. 10999 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach; themagicoyster.com; 772.877.3139

THE TWISTED TUNA

Between the live music, waterfront views, freshcaught seafood, and sushi bar, it’s no surprise that The Twisted Tuna is one of Stuart’s most-loved dining destinations. 4290 SE Salerno Road, Stuart; thetwistedtuna.com; 772.600.7239

TIDEHOUSE

Dine from the second floor overlooking the Harborage Yacht Club & Marina. Views span from the St. Lucie River to the Roosevelt Bridge. Fresh Florida seafood purchased from local fishermen, plus flatbreads, prime rib, and more. 915 NW Flagler Ave., Stuart; tidehouse.com; 772.444.3166

STEAK HOUSE

1120 PRIME STEAKHOUSE

Classic steak house food and atmosphere with

fresh farm-to-table salads. 11220 SE Federal Hwy., Hobe Sound; facebook.com/1120prime; 772.742.2856

GRIFFIN’S SURF & TURF

Enjoy quality seafood, steaks, and cocktails in this upscale contemporary setting with live piano music every night. 2621 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; griffinsrestaurant.com; 772.266.4014

LONGHORN STEAKHOUSE

Classic cuts of steak in a casual, ranch-style restaurant. 2901 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach; longhornsteakhouse.com; 772.692.7922

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

Sink your teeth into steaks and seafood from this well-known Australian-themed chain. 3101 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; outback.com; 772.286.2622

PETER’S STEAKHOUSE

Fine wines and sides like Pete’s Famous Hash Browns and fried shoe-string onions accompany the dry-aged steaks at this longstanding steak house in historic downtown Jensen Beach. 3200 NE Maple Ave., Jensen Beach; peterssteakhouse.com; 772.225.2516

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY

3NATIVES

Florida health chain offering smoothies, acai bowls, salads, bagels, wraps, juices, and shots in a relaxed, beachy environment. 870 SE Indian St., Stuart; 3natives.com; 772.266.9431

CITY BEETS

Vegan and vegetarian options are included on City Beets’ menu, which features smoothies, bowls, juices, and café fare made with locally sourced products. 2761 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart; citybeets. com; 772.247.7485

FIRST WATCH

Grab breakfast, brunch, or lunch from this health-minded café chain. 2125 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; firstwatch.com; 772.220.4076

MODERN JUICE CO. STUART

Enjoy made-to-order juice, poke bowls, and blended bowls in a quick, casual setting. 2325 SE Federal Hwy. Suite 428, Stuart; modernjuiceco. com; 772.291.2640

TABULEH CAFÉ AT PLANET OZONE

Tabuleh Café sits within the Planet Ozone market, the first “green” commercial building and gas station in Martin County. This market and café offers organic, gluten-free, Halal, and locally sourced selections, as well as fresh-squeezed juices. 1601 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; planetozone. com; 772.403.2199

THE SOCIETY MARKET CAFE

Healthy, fresh, and local—what more could you want? This restaurant has everything from smoothies and sandwiches to juices and wines. 320 SE Denver Ave., Stuart; societymarketfl.com; 772.247.7071

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE CAFÉ

Get a refreshing smoothie from this tropical chain and enjoy sandwiches, wraps, and supplements. 6134 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; tropicalsmoothie cafe.com; 772.283.7377

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AMERICAN

2ND STREET BISTRO

This lively bistro, located in historic downtown Fort Pierce, highlights local produce in its delicious dishes. The extensive beer list features a brew to complement every meal and satisfy everyone’s taste buds. 122 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; 2ndstreet bistro.com; 772.293.9191

ARCHIE’S SEABREEZE

This island shack–style restaurant has been open for more than 70 years. Enjoy sandwiches, seafood, and drinks while live music and the beach set the scene. 401 S. Ocean Drive, Fort Pierce; archiesftpierce.com; 772.460.3888

BONEFISH MAC’S

A comfortable, sports bar environment to catch a game and savor casual bites. 662 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie; bonefishmacs.com; 772.344.6227

JAMMBAR WINGS

For finger-licking bar food, JammBar’s wings can be customized to order, whether you prefer flats or drums, soft or crispy, or one of the 17 different sauces or plain. 8031 S. Federal Hwy., Port St. Lucie; 772.237.4802; 2903 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; 772.448.8670; jammbar.com

LINDA’S TOO CAFE

Homestyle breakfast and brunch and everchanging specials. 10106 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; facebook.com/lindastoocafe; 722.281.2549

OASIS DINER

Quaint and cozy diner offering a variety of breakfast, lunch, and brunch items. 901 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce; oasis-diner-restaurant.business.site; 772.828.3302

PICKLED

Bright and spacious restaurant with late hours and flavorful eats including Wagyu sirloin, duck pot pie, truffle mac and cheese, and charcuterie boards. 201 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; pickledinthefort.com; 772.448.4239

SAILFISH BREWING COMPANY

American warehouse–style eatery offering a wide selection of beers from the taproom, as well as appetizers and dinner eats from the pizza kitchen. 130 N. 2nd St., Fort Pierce; sailfishbrewingco.com; 772.577.4382

SEAWAY SMOKEHOUSE

Classic and hearty barbeque served from a charming two-story space. In-store and outdoor seating available. 101 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; seawaybbq.com; 772.577.6350

SHINDIG IRISH RESTAURANT AND PUB

With decor reminiscent of an old Irish pub and a menu that embodies contemporary Irish fare, Shindig transports diners straight to Ireland without leaving the Treasure Coast. 464 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; shindigpub.com; 772.785.6202

SPIRO’S TAVERNA

Greek-American fare like gyros and sandwiches,

along with beer and wine, in a casual setting. 1738 St. Lucie W. Blvd., Port St. Lucie; spirostaverna. com; 772.879.4083

SUNRISE CITY CAFE

Located in the heart of downtown historical Fort Pierce, Sunrise City Cafe serves breakfast and lunch with a hometown feel. 204 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; sunrisecitycafe.com; 772.242.1833

WORLD FAMOUS NUNU’S SWEET SOUL FOOD

Get out-of-this-world soul food—all of the favorites you know and some you may not have tried such as fried pork chop sandwich to oxtail patty. 3210 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; facebook.com/ nunusoulfoodtruck; 772.828.3144

ASIAN

PHO DELI

Authentic Vietnamese restaurant in a casual setting with a counter-serve option and dishes from pho to bahn mi. 466 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; 772.877.2133; 1007 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.882.9584; phodelipsl.com

RAMEN HANA AND WINGS

Choose between small and large plates of various ramen flavors or try the namesake wings in four flavors. 6935 Heritage Drive, Port St. Lucie; ramen hana.com; 772.444.7891

SEOUL GARDEN

Korean establishment serving the culture’s favorites: kimbap, short rib, traditional han-sik, bi-bi-bop, and house-made kimchi available for market purchase. 2510 U.S. Hwy. 1, Fort Pierce; seoulgardenkoreancuisine.com; 772.462.6588

WASABI THAI SUSHI

Stop by Wasabi Thai for good food, large portions, and a delicate ambience—plus a full liquor bar. 217 Orange Ave., Fort Pierce; wasabithaisushifl.com; 772.242.1310

GREEK/MEDITERRANEAN

THINK GREEK

First a food truck and now a full-fledged restaurant, Think Greek offers Greek classics with an American twist. 644 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; thinkgreekfl.com; 772.800.3128

INDIAN

TAJ INDIAN

Curries steal the show at this establishment that offers a wide range of cultural favorites in addition to vegan and Halal foods. 529 NW Prima Vista Blvd., Port St. Lucie; tajpsl.com; 772.237.4567

ITALIAN

ANGELINA’S PIZZERIA

Along with mouth-watering pizzas, the family-run pizzeria also offers a variety of Italian appetizers, pastas, and salads. 1126 Colonnades Drive, Fort Pierce; orderangelinaspizzeria.com; 772.302.3591

RUFFINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA

This family-owned restaurant boasts authentic

Italian fare from a menu of more than 70 choices, as well as daily specials. 1145 SE Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; ruffinos.net; 772.335.2988

TUTTO FRESCO

An elegant Italian restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating featuring upmarket entrées, steaks, and a full bar. 9501 Reserve Blvd., Port St. Lucie; tuttofrescopsl.com; 772.464.8988

JAMAICAN JERK CITY

Jerk City offers diners the best of island specialties for lunch and dinner. Favorites include curry goat and chicken, with specials like curry shrimp and crab. Catering is also available. 8007 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; jerkcity.com; 772.871.2552

LATIN AMERICAN/CUBAN

MERVIS’ CAFÉ & GRILL

This Fort Pierce establishment doubles as a USPS contract unit and serves up one tasty Cuban sand wich that has locals coming back for more. They also offer satisfying bites like sweet plantains, croquettes, and empanadas. 402 S. 5th St., Fort Pierce; merviscafe.com; 772.462.6600

PORT SAINT WICH

Cuban café specializing in sandwiches, desserts, and Cuban coffee. 3961 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; portsaintlucierestaurant.com; 772.266.5152

THE MOFONGO KING

This Puerto Rican outpost is known for its namesake mofongo—a dish packed with fried plantains stacked high with an assortment of shrimp, tostones, and more. Bonus: Mofongo offers two-for-one draft beers every day of the week. 295 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie; facebook.com/themofongoking; 772.777.4080

MEXICAN

CASA AMIGOS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN RESTAURANT

A hit with the locals, visit for a dynamite meal and atmosphere. 7950 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; casaamigosrest.com; 772.204.2744

TACO DIVE

Open late, Taco Dive offers craft beers with their homemade Mexican fare featuring fresh ingredients. 10501 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; 772.345.3483; 2025 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; 772.448.8477; tacodive.com

TAQUERIA MONTANO’S

This restaurant offers small plates of Mexican fare for a quick bite of comfort food. 10786 S. U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; taqueriamontano.com; 772.777.3406

ZAPATA’S MEXICAN GRILL

Zapata’s has eye-catching decor and even more eye-catching drinks and meals. Drop by for tasty, authentic Mexican food like pork carnitas and pollo loco. 6700 U.S. Hwy. 1, Port St. Lucie; zapatas mexicancuisine.com; 772.464.7288

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PORTUGUESE

FERNANDO’S DOCKSIDE GRILLE

Take a tour along the coasts of the Atlantic with Chef Fernando Dovale, who is whipping up authentic Mediterranean and Portuguese cuisine from shrimp scampi to pork Alentejana to seared scallops. 2214 SE Veterans Memorial Parkway, Port St. Lucie; fernandosdocksidegrille.com; 772.337.1110

LUSO PORTUGUESE GRILLE

Portuguese outpost reflecting the country’s coastal heritage with a focus on seafood like octopus and shrimp cooked Mozambique-style. 10511 SW Village Center Drive, Port St. Lucie; lusogrille.info; 772.303.2400

SEAFOOD

12A BUOY

Wide array of dishes in a casual setting, leaving both stomachs and wallets happy. 22 Fishermans Wharf, Fort Pierce; 12abuoy.com; 772.672.4524

CHUCK’S SEAFOOD

From New England clam chowder to shrimp Parmesan, this eatery delivers affordable seafood to every table. 822 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; chucks-seafood.com; 772.461.9484

COBB’S LANDING

A quality waterfront dining experience, the menu features hearty servings of pasta, seafood, and meat, along with live entertainment and a buzzing mojito bar. 200 N. Indian River Drive Suite 4424, Fort Pierce; cobbs-landing. com; 772.460.9014

CRABBY’S DOCKSIDE

Enjoy fresh catches like stuffed grouper and hogfish snapper, plus other entrées including pasta, pizza, and more. Signature drinks like the rum punch— and amazing views of the inlet and lagoon—round out the experience at this new location. 2 Avenue A, Fort Pierce; crabbysdocksideftpierce.com; 772.252.5672

PELICAN YACHT CLUB

Members can expect excellent service, beautiful sunsets, and an array of dishes ranging from herb- and pistachio-crusted sea scallops to Asian-glazed short ribs. 1120 Seaway Drive, Fort Pierce; pelican yachtclub.com; 772.464.2700

THE FRYING SCOT

Discover Scotland’s cuisine with Amanda Jones’ food truck, serving up fish and chips, tacos with cod fish and haddock, and delicacies like deep-fried Scotch eggs rolled in crumbs. Stop by Tradition Square on the first and third Friday of the month and J.V. Reed Park on the second Friday of the month to try it out. thefryingscotfoodtruck.com; 772.341.4284

STEAK HOUSE

BUFFALO CHOPHOUSE

Buffalo Chophouse has all your steak house favorites with none of the compromise. 918 SW Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie; buffalo-chophouse.com; 772.621.7900

MEATING STREET STEAK & SEAFOOD

The Lamarra family offers USDA Prime steaks, seafood, and sides. 10553 SW Meeting St., Port St. Lucie; meatingstreet.com; 772.348.3805

OAK AND EMBER STEAKHOUSE

An upscale classic steak house with delectable meats, sides, and craft cocktails. 848 SE Becker Road, Port St. Lucie; oakandembersteakhouse.com; 772.224.2553

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN/HEALTHY

BEACH BOWLS FORT PIERCE

Organic, fresh fruit blended into smoothies and smoothie bowls in the heart of downtown Fort Pierce. 217 Avenue A, Fort Pierce; beachbowls fortpierce.com; 772.448.4097 ❖

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Yuletide Tunes

The Treasure Coast Flute Choir will showcase its talents December 13 in a special edition of Martin Arts’ Sunset Concert Series: A Christmas Holiday Concert. The show will take place at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stuart at 5:30 p.m., led by composer and choir director Al Hager. Learn more about the concert, plus other seasonal fun MartinArts has in store, at stuartmagazine.com/newatmartinarts

ROCKABILLY REVEL

If you’re in search of eclectic entertain ment this season, look no further: The Elliott Museum’s Troubadour Sessions series explores diverse genres, introducing locals to performers with captivating stage presence and lyricism. This month, the series will feature Pro fessor Pennygoode’s Mighty Flea Circus and their “It’s a Rockabilly Christmas” show December 22. Learn more about the performance, plus view the complete Troubadour lineup (and find out how the series got its name), at stuartmagazine.com/troubadoursessions

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