Lobster mac and cheese from Captial Grille. Photo by Aaron Bristol.

Eat, Save Money With Flavor Palm Beach, Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale

September lets us take trips up north to see the leaves change color while escaping hurricanes. It brings a small(ish) promise of cooler weather, but no actual temps below 80—you’ll have to wait till late November for that.

And it’s the toughest month for area restaurants.

Lobster mac and cheese from Captial Grille. Photo by Aaron Bristol.

Lobster mac and cheese from Captial Grille. Photo by Aaron Bristol.

Flavor Palm Beach also runs the month of September, and this year (its 10th anniversary) will feature three-course prix-fixe lunches for $20 and three-course prix-fixe dinners from $30 to $45. You can book reservations at flavorpb.com or contact the restaurants directly.

There are more than 50 restaurants lined up, so check the site for names and menus. Offering specials so far include: 50 Ocean, 3800 Ocean at Marriott Singer Island, Brio, Café Boulud, Café L’Europe, Capital Grille, Costa Palm Beach, III Forks, La Masseria, Morton’s, Meat Market Palm Beach, Pistache, PB Catch, Pavilion Grille, Ruth’s Chris, Season’s 52, The Cooper, The Italian Restaurant at The Breakers, The Regional, The Melting Pot, Vic & Angelos PBGardens, plus more.

And finally, Crave Greater Fort Lauderdale kicked off this month with the same great deal. This special puts $37 three-course dinners into the reach of all foodies. Check the website here for restaurants.

Among those participating are: Burlock Coast, Café Maxx, III Forks Hallandale, Irelands Steakhouse, Casa Calabria, Oceans 234, Ocean Grill, Port South, The Rusty Hook, Ruth’s Chris, Sea Level, Season’s 52, Texax de Brazil, Steak 954, Timpano, Vienna Café & Wine Bar, Wild Sea and more.


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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
Fried chicken and hash brown waffles at Grato. Photo by Think.Shop.

Local Labor Day Weekend Dining Specials

Fried chicken and hash brown waffles at Grato. Photo by Think.Shop.

The chicken and hash brown waffle at Grato. Photo by Think.Shop.

While you’re having a great, long Labor Day weekend, restaurant folks are working hard to help you enjoy yourself. Here are some special offerings:

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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival Announces 2017 Schedule and New Events

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A scene from the Chef Welcome Party at the 2016 PBFWF. Photo by LILA Photo.

With 14 different events, all your favorite local and celebrity chefs, and lots of food and wine, Dec. 14-17 will be jam-packed for the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

You’ll be able to choose among many food events each day (or just go to them all!). Tickets just went on sale, so your chances of feasting with your favorites is good IF you order tickets soon. Because you know those “wow” events sell out immediately. Buy your tickets at pbfoodwinefest.com.

Be sure to look for:

  • New chefs on hand for the 2017 shindig
    • Matthew Jennings (pictured below) – a four-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee, Jennings is a New England chef committed to local ingredients and showcasing northeastern food. His new brasserie Townsman in Boston has been named one of the best new restaurants by Esquire, USA Today and Food & Wine. 
    • Ben Ford – He got his start studying under Alice Waters, so you know his commitment to local, sustainable, whole food and utilizing all of it is no joke to Ford. The California-based chef has had success with his restaurant Chadwick and casual gastropubs.
    • Donald Link – The New Orleans-based chef has been honored with the Best Chef South James Beard Award, and his restaurants have earned him success as one of the preeminent chefs in Louisiana. He’s known for his Cajun cooking.
    • Tony Mantuano  – Mantuano is the chef-owner of Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Spiaggia and James Beard Award winner of Best Chef Midwest. He appeared on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and is co-author of two cookbooks.
    • Timothy Hollingsworth – His roots are steeped in French cuisine (he trained at the French Laundry and placed sixth at the global Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Contest. He now lives in LA and works at his restaurant, Barrel & Ashes, a take on BBQ inspired by his childhood in Texas.
Chef Tony Mantuano. Photo provided by Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival.

Chef Tony Mantuano. Photo provided by Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

Chef Matthew Jennings. Photo provided by Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

Chef Matthew Jennings. Photo provided by Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

  • Ticket packages
    • There are five packages where you can save between 10 and 25 percent, depending on the package. If you want to attend every event, you can buy a PBFWF Passport package and save 25 percent. These are great deals.
  • New events
    • There are now four opening dinner options on Dec. 17. There’s a “Brunch in Paradise” Dec. 17 at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, and a Saturday night “Daniel By Night” event at Café Boulud.

Here’s the lineup:

  • Thursday, Dec. 14 – There are four opening dinners, tickets for each are $185 per person:
    • NEW Gravy at Café Sapori: It’s a four-course dinner with wine pairings and an open bar, and the festival’s official Italian-themed dinner. It’s from 7 to 10 p.m. with Chefs Marc Murphy, Tony Mantuano and Frabrizio Giorgi.
    • Buccan, The First Bite: From 7 to 10 p.m., Chefs Timothy Hollingsworth, Matthew Jennings and Clay Conley will present amuse-bouches and a four-course family style dinner.
    • PB Catch, Sustain: 7 to 10 p.m. with Chefs Michelle Bernstein, Beau MacMillan, Dean Max, Aaron Black, Sustain will highlight sustainable seafood with five courses, wine pairings and featured cocktails.
    • Avocado Grill, A Rustic Root: This is PBFWF’s first veggie-based dinner. With five courses it takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. with Chefs Timon Balloo, Brad Kilgore, Anita Lo and Julien Gremaud.
  • Friday, Dec. 15 –
    • Meat Market, Lunch With Friends: Get ready for a five-course lunch from noon to 2 p.m. with Chefs Elizabeth Falkner, Robert Irvine, Ken Oringer and Sean Brasel. Tickets are $115 per person and include wine pairings.
    • The Regional, Southern Revival: Chef Lindsey Autry of The Regional will prepare a five-course southern hospitality meal from noon to 2 p.m. with Chefs Mike Lata, Donald Link, Jonathon Sawyer and Virginia Willis. Tickets are $115 per person and include wine pairings and cocktails.
    • The Breakers, “Fire” Chef Welcome Party: This is PBFWF’s official kick-off event by the water. Drinks will be flowing from 7 to 10 p.m. with Chef Jeff Simms and Master Sommelier Virginia Philip. Tickets are $165 per person.
Chef Jeff Mauro gets silly at last year's Grillin n' Chillin event. Photo provided by Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival.

Chef Jeff Mauro gets silly at last year’s Chillin’ n’ Grillin’ event. Photo by LILA Photo.

  • Saturday, Dec. 16:
    • Four Seasons Resort, Kids Kitchens: Kids become chefs with Robert Irvine and Virginia Willis. They’ll make healthy recipes and take home an apron and chef hat. The event is 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to noon, and tickets are $50 per child.
    • Four Seasons Resort, Chillin’ n’ Grillin’: This lively outdoor event takes place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. with Chefs Ben Ford, Robert Irvine, Tony Mantuano, Jeff Mauro, Adam Richman, Jonathon Sawyer and Tony Martindale. Tickets are $140 per person, and you’re sure to spot chefs at the grill stations having a great time.
    • Four Seasons Resort, Street Food: Chefs will compete against each other from 7 to 10 p.m. to your delight. Featuring Chefs Julien Gremaud, Michael Hackman, Matthew Jennings, Brad Kilgore, Tim Lipman, Tory Martindale, Harold Moore, Giorgio Rapicavoli and Stephen Stryjewski. Tickets are $140 per person.
    • Café Boulud, Daniel By Night: Enjoy a walk-around tasting in the garden with tasty bites and drinks from 8 to 11 p.m. with namesake Chef Daniel Boulud, and Julie Franceschini and Rick Mace. Tickets are $140 per person.
    • Imoto, After Hours: Chill with the chefs and enjoy Asian street food, sushi, cocktails and music from 11 p.m. to “late” with Chefs Ken Oringer, Daniel Serfer and Clay Conley. Tickets are $115 per person.
Chef Clay Conley won $10,000 toward as the winner of the competition. Photo provided by Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival.

Chef Clayton Carnes won $10,000 toward Adacapia Autism Awareness as the winner of the Grand Chef Throwdown competition last year. Photo by LILA Photo.

  • Sunday, Dec. 17:
    • Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Brunch in Paradise: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., dine at Temple Orange Bistro  with Chefs Anita Lo, Beau MacMillan, Dean Max, Daniel Serfer and David Viviano. Tickets are $115 per person and include wine pairings and an open bar.
    • The Gardens Mall, 11th Annual Grand Tasting: It all comes to a close from 5 to 9 p.m. at the grande finale event. As of now, there are 33 local restaurants and shops participating, and that number will grow in the next few months. There will be food, of course, a fashion show, book signings, and the Grand Chef Throwdown Finale, where three local chefs will compete for a $10,000 charity prize. Tickets are $85 per person.

Hungry for more food news? Visit our food page, and subscribe to the magazine for the most delicious coverage of Boca and beyond. 

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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New Restaurant Coming to Mizner Park, PGA Beer Bash, and a Rosé Wine Dinner

Loch Bar restaurant to join Mizner Park lineup

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Loch Bar will move into Mizner Park, where Karma Sushi and Gigi’s used to be. Photo by Aaron Bristol.

The “largest whiskey list in the state of Florida” is coming to Mizner Park! The new Loch Bar restaurant is slated to open later this year, and its bar boasts an impressive alcoholic superlative. The “seafood tavern” will go into the space at 346 Plaza Real that previously housed Karma Sushi and Gigi’s.

This is from the Atlas Restaurant Group, which also owns the recent Mizner Park addition Ouzo Bay. Loch Bay also has a flagship location in Baltimore. Plans include hot and cold appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and a large raw bar. In addition to the extensive whiskey list, there will be local craft beer, cocktails and wine.

Baltimore interior designer Patrick Sutton is honing the space and is known for designing everything from private homes to hotels and restaurants. He was just profiled by Architectural Digest in May.

Craft beer bash at PGA National Resort

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If you want to save $10 on your ticket to the PGA National Resort & Spa Craft Beer Bash on Aug. 19, then buy online by Aug. 18. The event is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will have a home brew competition (you need to buy a ticket to enter this, too), unlimited sampling of 150 craft brews and ciders, timed release tastings, food for purchase, live music and shopping. Your ticket with discount is $39, $40 on the day of the event. Buy tickets here.

Children and pets are not allowed at the event. Uber, Lyft and taxis are encouraged, and there will be valet parking for a fee.

PGA National Resort & Spa, 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens

Rosé pairing dinner at Harvest Seasonal

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Try five different rosés with a five-course meal at Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar on Aug. 22. Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $59. Courses and wine include a Rhode Island black bass paired with Acrobat Rosé, oven-roasted hen of the woods with Crops rosé, a lamb loin chop paired with Fleur de Mer rosé and more, all curated by Corporate Executive Chef Josh Short. Reservations are required; call 561/266-3239 and ask for Reba Larney.

1841 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach


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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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No Kid Hungry Chefs’ Dinner; Restaurant Openings/Closings & More Food News

Three chefs host No Kid Hungry benefit at Avocado Grill

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Three well-known, local chefs are teaming together for another Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Chefs’ Dinner July 18 at Avocado Grill in West Palm Beach. Executive Chef/Owner Julien Gremaud of Avocado Grill (pictured) will be joined by PB Catch’s Chef Aaron Black and Owner/Chef Eric Grutka from Ian’s Tropical Grill.

Tickets are $95 and include a five-course Caribbean-inspired dinner with wine pairings. The event starts with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. It was a sold-out event in 2016, and reservations are required.

125 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561/623-0822

Rhythm Café goes to Italy with wine dinner

Pair bruschetta with prosecco, or veggies with a Montepulciano vino, plus chicken stuffed with cheeses in a caramelized tomato sauce, then braised beef in wild mushroom gravy on a tour through Italy at Rhythm Café’s wine dinner on July 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. This five-course dinner costs $75 per person, and reservations are required.

3800 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/833-3406

Comings and goings

Coming to Delray Plaza (660 W. Linton Blvd.) in 2019 are two more chain restaurants, which will join the Pollo Tropical and Subway already there. First Watch, the popular breakfast/lunch spot, will open a new location, as will Zoës Kitchen. Mediterranean menu-based Zoës is a national chain with multiple spots in Florida, but none on the lower East Coast, until now. Also new to that plaza will be a Whole Foods Market 365.

Leaving Palm Beach are Nick & Johnnie’s (it closed two weeks ago after nine years) and island favorite Testa’s, which will close July 15. Testa’s has been open since 1947, operated for 96 years by the same family that started it. The entire block that contains these two venues is being completely renovated, so all the stores have to leave. Word is that Testa’s is looking for another location, and fans of its reliable menu hope that’s the case.


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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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Tilted Kilt Slates July Fourth Bash, Unveils New Menu

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Haven’t made Fourth of July plans yet? Boca Raton’s Tilted Kilt, the only South Florida branch of this Irish-Scottish-British pub chain, is hoping you’ll celebrate at its second-annual July Fourth Block Party. The outdoor bash will offer an expanded events schedule whose proceeds will benefit vital service organizations.

The free party will begin at 5 p.m. on Independence Day. Families are invited to bring the kids for face painting, balloon art and a bounce house, while adults can enjoy a hot dog-eating contest and (for a small fee) a Craft Beer Expo. The Two Eds Band will provide live music, along with DJ spinning and emceeing from Nikko Entertainment.

Available from 5 p.m. to close, the Craft Beer Expo features concoctions from at least eight local breweries, including Funky Buddha, Barrel of Monks and Copperpoint. These fine purveyors of suds ‘n’ foam will offer three-ounce samplings—six of them for $5—with all monies raised funneled straight into the Boca Raton Police Athletic League and the Boca Raton Firefighter & Paramedic Benevolent Fund. The night culminates, of course, with an ideally positioned view of the city’s fireworks, which blast off from De Hoernle Park at 9 p.m.

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The festivities cap a busy summer for Tilted Kilt, which recently unveiled a new menu of pub grub. Specializing in European fare with an American twist, the restaurant’s new appetizers include loaded tater tots, chili con queso, pub-fried pickles and a Bavarian-style pretzel with beer cheese sauce (Fat Tire amber ale, to be precise). Salmon Vera Cruz, grilled pork chops, chili spaghetti and Gaelic chicken are among the added entrees.

I sampled a few of these items at a recent press dinner. Highlights of the media fête included sinful standbys like Shepherd’s Pie and the addictive Buffalo Mac & Cheese, whose spicy fried chicken counters the gooey goodness of the cheddar-jack cavatappi pasta.

Owner Samir Changela touts the Kilt’s “scratch” kitchen and chef-driven ethos. The restaurant’s items are more artisanally prepared than the flown-in comfort food of Applebee’s and Friday’s, though they tend to fall in a similar category.

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Like any Irish-influenced pub worth its weight in malt and yeast, The Tilted Kilt’s strongest calling card is its libations. It boasts 44 beers on draft, from the traditional Guinness and Smithwick’s imports to IPAs, shandys, cream ales and hefeweizens, many from local brewers. I tried, and loved, the dark and smooth yet punchy B. Rabbit Espresso Cream Stout, from Copperpoint Brewing Co.

The cocktail list features prickly, accessible spins on classics, including the Outlaw Old Fashioned (featuring Jim Beam and Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka), the ManMosa (with Sam Adams lager, Absolut Vodka and OJ) and the Mango Ginger Mule (Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum with mango puree and ginger beer).

Guests can enjoy their drinks at a pair of pool tables or parked in front of 60 televisions, which broadcast satellite sports from around the country (there are even flat-screens positioned atop the two urinals in the men’s room).

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Fair warning: While the July Fourth festivities are open to families, parents might want to leave the kids at home when visiting the Tilted Kilt the other 364 days of the year. Though Changela doesn’t market the brand’s “Kilt Girls” first and foremost, the eatery remains, as he cheekily described it, “a breastaurant,” whose servers’ attire would humble the average Hooters Girl. Just sayin’.

The Tilted Kilt is at 3320 Airport Road, Boca Raton. For information, call 561/338-5458 or visit tiltedkilt.com/boca-raton.

As the A&E editor of bocamag.com, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
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Treat Dad to a Meal at His Favorite Restaurant With These Father’s Day Specials

Father’s Day is just two days away! If you didn’t see anything you liked in our Miami or Palm Beach County listings, here’s your last chance to treat Dad to a special meal at his favorite restaurant with these Father’s Day specials.

Spoto’s Oyster Bar

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Start with a Father’s Day special 2-pound lobster with mashed potatoes and vegetables for lunch or dinner ($38.50). Or try the buffet brunch with eggs Benedict, eggs and bacon, a charcuterie platter and more for $14.95 per person. Brunch is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and dinner is 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

4560 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/776-9448

Pistache French Bistro

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Photo courtesy of Pistache.

A prix-fixe brunch for dads and families starts at 11 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. and includes dishes such as salmon tartare, crisp pork belly, Burgundy escargots, short rib hash, Le Pistache burger (pictured), steak frites, crab quiche, poached Maine lobster cobb and more. Cost is $65 per person.

101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/833-5090

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood

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A Father’s Day brunch features unlimited Taittinger Brut La Francaise, plus all kinds of food stations (omelet, meats, raw bar, pasta, sushi) for $89 per person.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954/327-7501

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For Father’s Day, you can buy a sushi roll and get one half-off to celebrate both Dad and National Sushi Day. Dads also get one complimentary beer.

401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/656-3663


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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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Treat Papa Bear to Some Meaty Meals With These Miami Father’s Day Deals

Head South for some unusual Miami Father’s Day Deals

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If your dad does things in a big way, this may be the best idea yet—a VIP table experience that includes a three-course dinner (seafood tower, 28-ounce dry-aged bone-in ribeye, dessert) plus a special Japanese whiskey ceremony (pictured), a tour of the Fontainebleau’s wine, cigar and rum collections, plus a nightcap and cigar on the terrace. This special $165 dining experience is only available to one party per night, but it runs through June and must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305/674-4780

Big Easy Winebar & Grill

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The Big Easy Braai (pictured) for Father’s Day includes a mixed grill feast for two to four, with South African sausage, a 12-ounce top sirloin, double lamb chops and Nigerian prawns. South African flavors are the highlight here for the holiday, with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

701 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 786/814-5955

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana

A four-course meal for Father’s Day includes Polpette in Umido, Scampi Alla Griglia and more. From noon to 11 p.m.

1014 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305/531-4833

BLT Prime

Seven dollar drink specials for Dad feature Johnnie Walker scotch whiskies. For dinner there’s a 28-ounce Tomahawk steak ($105), plus other prime meats.

4400 NW 87th Ave., Trump National Doral

Lightkeepers

A Father’s Day brunch buffet is $125 per person, $49 per child and includes a chilled seafood/raw bar, omelettes, waffles, desserts and more.

The Ritz-Carlton, 455 Grand Bay Drive, Key Biscayne; 305/365-4156

Rusty Pelican

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A barbecue brunch buffet from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is $79 per person, $35 for kids 4 to 11, and includes a souvenir mug and special grill seasoning for fathers. There’s also a Father’s Day dinner from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with steaks, lamb, scallops and more.

3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne; 305/361-3818


Hungry for more food news? Visit our food page, and subscribe to the magazine for the most delicious coverage of Boca and beyond. 

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.
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It’s National Steak Month—But We Can Help Those Veggie Types Too

20141021_MeatMarket_221June is National Steak Month (who knew?) so we couldn’t help dreaming up ways to slip out of the broiling heat and into a dark clubby place with schooner-sized martinis and really good aged beef.

But who can do that all the time?

Do not get me wrong: If I am walking into a steak house I am ordering a steak. Period. But for most people, there are yummy menu alternatives if you actually feel like avoiding a big thick juicy ribeye. Here are some of our favorite menu items that are not steak at a few of our favorite chophouses:

  • The famous whole roasted cauliflower (above) – Meat Market Palm Beach, 191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach, 561/354-9800
  • The whole bacon appetizer – Council Oak at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale, 954/327-7501
  • The magnificent dry aged meatball – Okeechobee Steakhouse, 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561/683-5151
  • The blue crab dumplings – Flagler Steakhouse at The Breakers, 25 County Road, Palm Beach, 855/435-2053
  • The vegetable ravioli – III Forks Palm Beach Gardens, 4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/630-3660
  • The Blue Point Oysters Rockefeller – Chops Lobster Bar, 101 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/395-2675

Hungry for more food news? Visit our food page, and subscribe to the magazine for the most delicious coverage of Boca and beyond. 

Marie Speed is group editor of all JES publications, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Worth Avenue, Mizner’s Dream and the annual publication for the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. She also oversees editorial operations of the company’s Salt Lake City magazines.

Her community involvement has ranged from work with the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce to a longtime board member position at Caridad Center. She is also on the George Snow Scholarship Fund review committee. She is a past officer of the Florida Magazine Association and a member of Class XVII of Leadership Florida. In her spare time, Marie enjoys South Florida’s natural world through hiking and kayaking, and she is an avid reader and an enthusiastic cook.

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Wine Dinner at Manor Hilton WPB; Operation Cocktails at General Provisions Fort Lauderdale

In 2017, make it a point to try new things in new places. Here are a couple of suggestions: eat well, drink well and help other people. Great formula!

Wine dinner at Manor, Hilton West Palm Beach

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In the busy area that is downtown West Palm Beach, you can always tuck into the Manor restaurant in the West Palm Beach Hilton, next to the Palm Beach County Convention Center. It’s a good restaurant where Executive Chef Miguel Santiago and Signature Chef Matthew Byrne (he’s also co-owner of Kitchen, and will soon open a Greek-inspired WPB restaurant) put together flavors you don’t normally associate with a hotel restaurant. Of course, that’s the point.

On January 25, they will host a five-course wine dinner, pairing lobster custard, shellfish consommé and caviar with a Riesling, for instance. Try a Gruner Veltliner or a Chambolle-Musigny red. And any dinner that ends with a Far Niente Dolce means a dessert to remember. If you haven’t tried those wine varietals, that’s the perfect reason to attend this dinner! New things in the new year. The cost is $150 per person, with a reception starting at 7 p.m., then dinner.

Manor is at Hilton West Palm Beach, 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/231-6000.

Operation Cocktails stars celebrity guest bartenders

Even though this is called Operation Cocktails, you’ll find wines and craft brews, too, at the Cocktails for Humanity event on January 28. From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at General Provision, during Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village Art Walk, all proceeds benefit United Way of Broward County’s Mission United. Celebrity bartenders serving libations will be United Way of Broward County President/ CEO Kathleen Cannon and Senior Director of Mission United Leland Liebe.

General Provision, an event space, is at 525 NW 1st Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 305/791-5002.


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Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.