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Louie Bossi’s Comes to Boca & There’s a New Chef at The Wick

Bossi in Boca: Second location set to open

Louis Bossi Boca

When Executive Chef/Partner Louie Bossi (pictured) of Big Time Restaurant Group opened his first namesake restaurant in 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, he wasn’t thinking about expansion. He cooked since his childhood, and Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria just merged his favorite dishes into a big, yet still cozy, place on Las Olas Boulevard.

And it took off.

Which means Boca Raton residents can look for the second Louie Bossi restaurant to open in March, inside the new Hyatt Place Hotel on the corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road.

Diners will find an interesting décor, according to the description issued: “Louie Bossi’s will look like 1940s Rome had an affair with 1940s Lower East Side in New York City.” Now that’s an unusual love child.

Along with a carved oak fireplace (made by a Boca Raton craftsman/carver), there’s an outdoor bar and a fire pit. There are plenty of places to eat the 12 housemade pastas, the products of the in-house artisan bakery and charcuterie, housemade desserts and my favorite, housemade limoncello.

Also look for mixologist Ervin Machado’s concoctions. Machado is a level 2 sommelier, with a background in Italian cocktails and liquors, and he speaks five languages. Including the language of the drink!

The two Louie Bossi properties, part of the Big Time Restaurant Group, are siblings to City Cellar, Grease, Big City Tavern, Rocco’s Tacos and City Oyster.

Wick’s Tavern restaurant announces new executive chef

Wick chef Marc Cela

The dinner theater The Wick has a new chef for its restaurant. Chef Marc Cela (pictured) is known in South Florida for his work in the kitchens of L’Anjou (his family’s restaurant in Lake Worth), Café L’Europe, Mar-a-Lago, the Boca Beach Club, and most recently, Aaron’s Table in Jupiter.

The Wick restaurant, called The Tavern in homage to New York City’s Tavern on the Green, is open to the public, so you don’t have to attend the theater performance to eat there.

The menu changes with the theatrical productions (“West Side Story” is there now), and there’s an a la carte menu as well as a prix-fixe option. Current dishes include chicken breast en croute, Dover sole Meuniere, braised short ribs, baked brie, salmon saffron and more. The prix-fixe menu is $55 per person for four courses; the a la carte menu ranges from $38 to $48 for entrees.

7901 N. Federal Highway; 561/995-2333


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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.
SOBEWFF

2017 SOBEWFF Kicked off in Fort Lauderdale This Year

SOBEWFF kicks off with Chef Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell and fans. Photo by Lynn Kalber.

Anne Burrell and fans. Photo by Lynn Kalber.

First of all, it didn’t rain. And for the kickoff event of the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival on Wednesday, that was a big deal. (Last year was a different story.) Celebrity chef Anne Burrell—with her gorgeous snowy hair and big smile—was at the Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale. It was a beautifully cool night because the rain had moved through, and there were 15 restaurants kicking it up a notch.

In addition to starting the entire SOBEWFF, this was part of the Fort Lauderdale series, and it filled everyone with great food, good music and the longest craft cocktail line I’ve ever seen.

Grilled octopus. Photo by Lynn Kalber.

Mediterranean octopus. Photo by Lynn Kalber.

I stuck with the Whispering Angel rose, but made the rounds of all the food tables. Lots of seafood. Lots of cobia (?!), some interesting combos (Wild Sea Oysters, scallops and seared monkfish liver, for example) that tasted great, and one table I went back to for seconds. And thirds. It was Executive Chef Jeff Pfeiffer’s Mediterranean octopus from Lobster Bar Sea Grille, and it was amazing. Imagine grilled Spanish octopus, pickled red onion, extra virgin olive oil, Santorini capers and Greek olives. A perfect bite, with the tender grilled octopus, the zip from the onion, the bite from the olive and the slight pop of the salty capers.

Jonathan Capo and stracciatella. Photo by Lynn Kalber.

Jonathan Capo and his stracciatella. Photo by Lynn Kalber.

Another bite worth mentioning was Executive Chef Jonathan Capo’s Stracciatella with heirloom tomato, fresh berries and a balsamic fluid gel that sounded medical, but really tied the dish together with a sweeter note. That was Capo and his crew at Steak 954, and they wowed diners for the second year in a row.

The lobster toast from Kuro (in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino), with Chef Alex Becker, is worth mentioning, and was worth waiting for.

So was the kickoff of SOBEWFF.


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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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Musical Appearances at Arturo’s & New Lunch Menus at WPB Restaurants

Tre Bella, Rinaldo Toglia appear at Arturo’s Ristorante

Tre Bella

Tre Bella

At Boca Raton’s oldest Italian restaurant, Arturo’s Ristorante, you can find singer Rinaldo Toglia at Opera Night on Feb. 23, or Tre Bella, a trio of singers (pictured), appearing Feb. 26. The three-part harmony girl group with JoAnn Robertozzi, Lorraine Ferro and Rosie De Sanctis specializes in Italian and Italian-American pop music.

You can also find classic Italian dishes at this family-run restaurant, or book the private room for special events.

6750 N. Federal Highway; 561/997-7373

The Regional adds lunch to its successful lineup

New and very successful The Regional Kitchen & Public House, on OkeechobeeB oulevard next to the Kravis Center, will open for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. It’s a hot spot for pre-theater dinners, has brunch on the weekends and now lunch all week, too. Not to be missed: pimiento cheese, Parker House rolls and Executive Chef/Co-owner Lindsay Autry’s amazing fried chicken.

651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/557-6460

Time for a midday mezze? Try Leila’s prix-fixe lunch menu.

Leila Mezza Tour

Long a staple in downtown West Palm Beach, the Middle Eastern restaurant Leila’s has added weekday, prix-fixe lunch menus. You can enjoy these and get back to work in an hour! While I’m a huge fan of their baba ghanoush (and lamb kebabs, and couscous and…), the Samak Mishwee, a flame-grilled mahi-mahi filet with citrus sesame taratoor sauce is on the prix-fixe menu, for $20, which includes an appetizer and dessert, too. As is the Shish Tawook, a chicken dish. Lunch is Monday-Friday, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner daily, Sunday-Thursday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5 p.m.-11p.m.

120 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/659-7373


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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.
patriotic drinks

A President’s Day Salute; Celebrate or Mourn with Patriotic Drinks

Fed up with politics? Maybe—but you still need to eat! Here’s where to go to spend President’s Day today, along with drinking and eating suggestions. Enjoy your family, friends and our beautiful weather.

Hilton WPB celebrates 1 year, and special patriotic drinks

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When the Hilton West Palm Beach opened in the middle of season last year, nobody knew what to expect in terms of occupation. (The good kind of occupation!) What happened was a hotel that hit a tourist nerve immediately and was full or close to full the rest of the season and had terrific occupancy all year. In fact, the Hilton has had such success that it’s hard to believe it’s only a year old. It seems as if it’s been a part of WPB’s downtown for a much longer time. To celebrate President’s Day, the nautical Galley bar/restaurant there is serving some commander-in-chief cocktails. Start with the Presidential Punch (recipe below), or the red/white/blue Obamatini (pictured, recipe below), or the Ford’s Fizz (recipe below). And top those off with noshes from Chef Miguel Santiago, who cooked for multiple American presidents during his time at the Capitol Hilton in Washington D.C.

600 Okeechobee Blvd., next to PBC Convention Center, West Palm Beach; 561/231-6000

Presidential Punch

  • 1.5 oz Milagro Anejo
  • .5 oz Ancho Reyes
  • 2 oz sour
  • .5 oz OJ
  • Salt and chili powder rim

Strain over big ice in specialty martini glass with jalapeño garnish.

Obamatini

  • 1 oz grenadine into martini glass
  • .5 oz blue Curcaco & 1 oz Titos, shaken layered on top of the grenadine
  • Slowly add 2 oz of Prosecco
  • Sugar rim on martini glass

Garnish with strawberry and blueberry on skewer.

Ford’s Fizz

  • 1.5 oz Stoli
  • 2 oz Ginger Beer
  • Splash of lime juice
  • 1 oz cranberry

Garnish with lime.

Drink and food specials at Rocco’s Tacos

Roccos Benedict Azteca

The Benedict Aztec (pictured) is calling to you for a holiday brunch today, along with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s ($12 each). Available at all Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar locations, which include Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. The Aztec dish has poached eggs in masa sopes, pork cochinitas, salsa rojo, spinach, chipotle crema and Mexican potatoes. Or go for the sweet with Pan Dulce Compota Manzana, which is a Mexican-style French toast with bacon, agave and maple syrup, apple compote and sweet sour cream. Then take a nap.


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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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See Bobby Flay With Your Own Eyeballs at Downtown BBQ Throwdown Tomorrow

I feel like there’s no good barbeque near me.

And that makes me very sad. I live way out west in Wellington right now, and all we have out there are chain restaurants like Smokey Bones and Park Avenue Grill.

If you find yourself in a similar BBQ-devoid, soulless vacuum of suburbia, then you may consider going to the 2017 Downtown BBQ Throwdown at Mizner Park Amphitheater tomorrow, Feb. 18. I love going to Mizner, eating good barbeque and MEETING BOBBY FLAY. That’s right, folks, the king—of literally all food, ever—himself  Bobby Flay will host and judge the competition, with over 40 local chefs competing for the title of  Grand Champion and the opportunity to compete in the 30th Annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue.

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Photo provided by At Large PR.

 

The event goes on all day. You can purchase finger-licking BBQ, meet local celebs and chefs, drink and more. It’s chaired by Miguel and Denese Brito, whose vision is to support the local community, according to a press release.

The throwdown benefits our bellies as well as eight local charities: The Boca Raton Regional Hospital, Boca Helping Hands, Brothers of St. Gregory’s, Family Promise, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, KidSanctuary, Love Boca and The Spirit of Giving.

Love Boca Outreach Ministries at last year's Downtown BBQ Throwdown. Photo provided by downtownbbqthrowdown.com.

Love Boca Outreach Ministries at last year’s Downtown BBQ Throwdown. Photo provided by downtownbbqthrowdown.com.

Another, equally important celebrity chef (in my opinion) will prepare an invitation-only farewell brunch on Sunday. That chef is Anne Burrell. So cheers to the lucky, invite-only few. You haunt my dreams and make me drool with envy. 🙂

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door and $10 for children ages 9-12. They can be purchased here. Children 8 and under may enter for free with a canned good donation.

BBQ from last year's Downtown BBQ Throwdown. Photo provided by downtownbbqthrowdown.com.

BBQ from last year’s Downtown BBQ Throwdown. Photo provided by downtownbbqthrowdown.com.

Shayna is a 20-something sorta-recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Most of her time is spent fawning over cats and kittens; cooking food at home for her family; and observing Florida’s greatest asset: nature.
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New Happy Hour at Costa PB; Dine With Mucho Gusto Again!

Costa Palm Beach starts new happy hour specials

Costa Sandia Martini

The new, clean and modern Mediterranean restaurant on The Island, Costa Palm Beach, just started a happy hour with cocktails that sound intriguing. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, there is half-off cocktails, beer and wine at the bar only. Some of the specialty cocktails include the Sandia Martini (pictured), with Stoli vodka, lime juice, yellow bell pepper and watermelon. Or there’s the Aqua Giardino, with Fords gin, romaine lettuce, celery and lime topped off with chickpea water. Told you they sounded intriguing. Save me a bar seat.

150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach; 561/429-8456; complimentary valet parking at the Esplanade parking garage.

 

Mucho Gusto pop-up dinner at 13 American Table

Mucho Gusto drinks

Much talked about last year, and highly anticipated this year, the pop-up Mucho Gusto dinners will appear again Feb. 19 at 13 American Table. This dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., with bar opening at 3:30 p.m., and Chef Jessie Steele will prepare a five-course vegan dinner. Bartender/mixologist Justin Himmelbaum will prepare the vegetable-driven cocktails! Tickets are $60 and available on Eventbrite.

451 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton; 561/409-2061


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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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Red Drinks Aren’t Just for Valentine’s Day

And you thought this was another Valentine’s Day item? Not at all… but there’s nothing wrong with showing you some make-your-mouth-tingle red drinks made to celebrate another holiday.

I say we sail through the rest of the year by celebrating:

  • National Margarita Day (Feb. 22)
  • National Pina Colada Day (July 10)
  • National Mojito Day (July 11)
  • National Martini Day (June 19)
  • and National Sangria Day (Dec. 20)

But really, why wait?

50 Ocean Strawberry Fields Margarita

To help you get started on that path to fun, 50 Ocean—where apparently they have Fun All The Time—is honoring the margarita with concoctions such as the Strawberry Fields Margarita (pictured). They swear it’s hangover-free (I’m not testing that statement!), and it’s made from Herradura tequila, sour mix, strawberry and Champagne, with a rim coating of sugar and dehydrated lime zest. They also have a Cadillac Margarita, with Sauza tequila, Persian lime, agave nectar and OJ, topped with Grand Marnier. They are not making the same “no hangover” claim with that one, I notice!

50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561/278-3364; www.50ocean.com

Photo by Tina Blanco.

Photo by Tina Blanco.

Over at Spoto’s Oyster Bar, keep the holiday coolness going with the Watermelon & Jalapeno Margarita (pictured), and the spicy Hot & Cool Marg-tini with fresh cucumbers. The watermelon special is made with El Jimador tequila, triple sec, lime juice, jalapenos and watermelon puree. That could make an entire afternoon disappear quite quickly.

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


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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.
Italian Fest

Get Ready for Italian Fest and Boca Bacchanal!

It must be Festival Season in Boca!

2nd Annual Italian Fest coming to Boca

Italian Fest food

When you say “Italian,” and you mean music, food and wine, you have to head to the 2nd Annual Italian Fest in downtown Boca Raton on Feb. 25. Head for the many food booths, and stick around for the entertainment: Aaron Caruso, Ray Massa’s EuroRhythms, Tre Bella and Frank Sinatra tribute singer Frank Todaro. Of course, there’s beer and cocktails, too. Mangia!

The free festival takes place at Sanborn Square Park, 72 N. Federal Highway, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Parking is available at City Hall, the downtown library and Building Administration lots.

Buy tickets for Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food Festival

Wine and food from more than 30 local restaurants will be highlights—along with vintners showing their wineries’ vinos—on March 24-25, at the 2017 Boca Bacchanal Wine & Food Festival. This is the wine fest for those who love great wineries.

The popular Vintner Dinners take place on March 24 at various private residences, the Boca Raton Resort & Club and at The Addison. Tickets are $325 per person. Then, on March 25, the food and wine will flow at Mizner Park Amphitheater from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and tickets are $125 per person. Tickets can be purchased here.

There’s a planned high-tech auction and entertainment, too.


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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 Valentine’s Day Dinners You’ll Love

What? You still haven’t made Valentine’s Day reservations? It is this Tuesday, you know. Here are some more ideas for Palm Beach County:

Sant Ambroeus

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Try the four-course prix-fixe dinner at this new Palm Beach restaurant. Dishes include choices of homemade tagliolini al caviale topped with caviar, a broiled Maine lobster with tarragon sauce and for dessert, Bavarian mousse with Manjari chocolate. The cost is $120 per person, excluding tax/gratuity, and the regular a la carte menu is also available.

340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; 561/285-7990

Café Boulud

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Step into the beautiful restaurant at Café Boulud for a three-course prix-fixe meal at $125 per person, excluding tax/gratuity. The outdoor courtyard is gorgeous and romantic. Try dishes such as tuna tartare, or citrus cured king salmon, duck and foi gras presse, or the duo of beef, and the desserts include lemon mousse.

The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561/655-6060

Spoto’s Oyster Bar

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The Valentine’s special dishes include a 2-pound Maine lobster dinner (pictured), or herb-roasted whole yellowtail snapper for two and more. Try the Love Potion #9 cocktail with vodka, X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, pineapple, OJ, grenadine and that secret love potion sparkle.

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

City Cellar

A special holiday menu includes curry dusted yellowfin tuna, blue crab crusted Chilean sea bass or dry-aged steaks, heritage pork chop with mascarpone polenta and more. Then there’s the housemade limoncello for dessert.

CityPlace, second level, 700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561/366-0071

Table 427

Rated a top WPB romantic restaurant by “USA Today,” this cozy restaurant is known for its excellent dishes. And now there is a pretty outside garden patio during our best weather. Dinner daily, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., reservations recommended.

427 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach; 561/506-8211


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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.
chocolate hazelnut pizza

Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day With a Chocolate Hazelnut Pizza

Alina Z. Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat […]

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.