Ryan Owens, who was a Navy SEAL. He will be honored at The Ryan Owens Beach Run Memorial on

Deerfield Beach Run to Honor Fallen SEAL Ryan Owens

Ryan Owens, who was a Navy SEAL. He will be honored at The Ryan Owens Beach Run Memorial on

Ryan Owens, who was a Navy SEAL. He will be honored at The Ryan Owens Memorial Run on Nov. 4.

A 4-mile beach run (usually carrying gear and wearing combat boots) is typical of what Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens would have done with his brother, John Owens, of Deerfield Beach, when Ryan trained to become a Navy SEAL.

The brothers would indeed serve the U.S. as part of the elite Navy’s Sea, Air and Land Forces (SEALs) program. John, who is deployed now, was five years older than Ryan.

At age 36, on Jan. 29, 2017, Ryan was in Yemen with SEAL Team 6. He died of wounds he endured during a nighttime raid. It was Ryan’s 12th deployment as a SEAL, and his 18th year in the U.S. Navy.

To honor and celebrate his brother’s life, John started The Ryan Owens Memorial Run.

Money raised from the run will go to build a memorial for Ryan in Lauderdale by the Sea, said Holly Owens, John’s wife and Ryan’s sister-in-law. The cost to run or walk the 4-mile timed beach course is $40 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger who can participate in a 1-mile run. The run commences with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 4, at 149 SE 21st Ave. in Deerfield Beach.

This is the first year of The Ryan Owens Memorial Run. The City of Deerfield Beach has agreed to co-sponsor what will become an annual race. And while proceeds from the 2017 event will go to Ryan’s memorial, future races will help pay for other memorials and benefit families of fallen Navy SEALs, Holly says.

Ryan, who grew up in Coral Springs, was larger than life, she says.

“He was and is a superhero. Everything [he and John] did was extreme in life,” Holly says. “The family is very competitive and has always raced together. I think that is why John decided to do this and thought it was the best way to go about remembering Ryan and honoring and celebrating him every year.”

John and Ryan Owens.

John and Ryan Owens.

Along with his SEAL Trident and Basic Parachutist wings, Ryan qualified to wear many medals, including a Silver Star w/Combat “V” Navy.

The Owens family is planning more than just the run. All registered runners can enjoy a free after-party in the beach parking lot, complete with food trucks, a beer garden and live music.

Later that evening, there will be a dinner and silent auction at the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, 2425 Maya Palm Drive, Boca Raton. Tickets for the dinner and auction, which starts at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, are $140 until Sept. 1; then they increase in price to $150.

To sign up for the race or dinner or learn more about Ryan and his legacy, go to https://nakedwarriorproject.com/.

Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has had the luxury of reporting on health, fitness and other hot topics for more than 23 years. The longtime Boca Raton resident, University of Florida graduate and fitness buff writes for local, regional and national publications and websites. Find out more on wordscomealive.com.
Chef George Patti, of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, will be participating in the Seven . Photo by Eduardo Schneider,

Seven Tastings Dinner to Feature Seven Courses and Seven Chefs

Secret dinner from seven chefs: Seven Tastings pop-up events

Chef George Patti, of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, will be participating in the Seven . Photo by Eduardo Schneider,

Chef George Patti, of M.E.A.T. Eatery and Taproom, will be participating in the first Seven Tastings event. Photo by Eduardo Schneider,

This is new. The first pop-up in the series takes place at a secret location in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 10, and you have to be formally invited to attend. If you are, it’s a no-brainer. You’ll have “the ultimate seven course fine dining experience” from seven known local chefs. The cost is $125 for a dinner paired with beverages, and $75 per person if you purchase drinks separately at the bar.

This, says founder Andrew Martineau, is where “foodies can be foodies and chefs can be chefs.”

Visit seventastings.com to ask for an invitation. Be ready to give your Instagram account info, too. There should be plenty of food photography at this dinner.

Here’s the list of chefs at the inaugural dinner: George Patti (M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room), Carlos Maupin, Troy Sheller (En-Flux), Diego NG and Alex Kuk (Temple Street Eatery), Roy Villacrusis, Blake Malatesta (MIA), Seth Evan Kirschbaum (Restoration Hardware), and Paul Joachim (The Chocolate Genius). Rob Husted from BarWars will be the master of everything alcoholic.

The plan is for monthly dinners like this to pop up around South Florida. It’s a great idea and here’s wishing them every success. To those lucky enough to go, raise a glass in my general direction!

32 East: Justin Vineyards wine dinner

The bar at 32 East. Photo by Aaron Bristol, Bristolfoto.

The bar at 32 East. Photo by Aaron Bristol, Bristolfoto.

If you like wonderful wines, Justin Vineyards is in the top list of California wineries and a must-try. You’ll have a chance to try a few on Aug. 11 at 32 East in Delray Beach with guest speaker Scott Novik from Justin. Executive Chef John Thomas will present dishes including clam ceviche with Justin’s sauvignon blanc; local wahoo with Justification; grilled house-made Merguez sausage with Isosceles, braised beef cheek with Savant; and a citrus flan with Sunny’s Block. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $115 per person.

32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561/276-7868


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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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9 Fire Designers We Loved at Miami Swim Week 2017

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Models having fun at the Versakini 2018 collection show at the WET Deck at the W South Beach during Miami Swim Week. Photo via Getty Images.

It was quite the scene last weekend at Miami Swim Week, and LLScene was there to make sure we reported back on the latest trends in designer swimwear for bocamag.com.

In addition to the runway shows, we also attended the ESCAPE Miami Swim event. We partnered with Face2Face Studios on a “bestie Scene Swag giveaway” as their amazing stylists braided hair and manned the lash bar. As we mentioned in our pre-event coverage, ESCAPE Miami Swim is one of our favorite events simply because of the shopping we do. Year after year we leave this event with statement pieces and looks we still obsess over today. Noteworthy boutiques at the event were Please Don’t Tell BoutiqueIndieSwimPoema Swim, and (we gotta brag a bit!) Scene Swag.

On to the shows! All we have to say is that the 2018 swimwear collections hitting boutiques and department stores this year will not disappoint. One of the best parts about Swim Week this year were the inclusion of plus-size models who debuted their designers’ collections. There’s nothing better than seeing a beautiful girl of any size hit the runway with all the confidence and poise in the world. Not only do curvy models represent a huge portion of women worldwide, showing styles on plus-sized models gives buyers a chance to see the swimwear on women who represent most of their clientele. Why this is only just now starting to gain traction in the fashion world blows our minds.

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Lindsey Swing and Lilly Robbins livin’ it up at FUNKSHION.

Each year FUNKSHION’s operation of swim week gets better and better because of its ongoing commitment to showcase noteworthy designers—but more importantly, feature new and emerging designers. In today’s full recap, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite swim designers and trends we saw dominate the runway at Miami Swim Week.

Versakini

Woohoo, go Kelsey! As mentioned in our last post, the owner of Versakini, Kelsey Duffy, is a friend of ours. Not only is she a friend, but we are true supporters and fans of her growing brand. Everyone can become a party animal during swim week, and Versakini proved that during the premier of its 2018 collection at the WET Deck of the W South Beach. Duffy is known for her asymmetrical plunging necklines and convertible swimwear. This Shark Tank alumni has a brand that has evolved into sophisticated prints and convertible bikinis, one pieces and coverups. Here are some of our favorites.

All photos via Getty Images. 

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Yep, that’s a monkey on the runway.

Kelsey Duffy on the runway at her Versakini 2018 collection show.

Kelsey Duffy on the runway at her Versakini 2018 collection show.

Frankie’s Bikinis

Give us a little Britney, NSync and Backstreet Boys, and we’ll show you a good time. This is exactly what happened at Frankie’s Bikinis sleepover party runway show. They proved that girls just want to have fun by showcasing their 2018 collection, which was filled with girly off the shoulder bikini tops, ruffled bottoms and flirty fringe. Here are some of the noteworthy suits that caught our eye.

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Yestadt Millinary premiered its 2018 resort collection in partnership with Feather and Find at Hammock at the W South Beach. Every good swim look needs an accessory to complement it, and Yestadt Millinary’s versatile beach hat collection is a perfect paring.

All photos via Getty Images. 

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Lila Nikole

Saturday night had the fever when Lila Nikole took over the runway to debut its technicolor chroma collection. This show was unlike a lot of the other shows we attended because of the vision behind it all. We were taken back to old school South Beach with all the vibrancy the MIA strip had to offer. A marinade of multi color kaleidoscope, floral, and neon digital prints popped off the runway on the curvaceous bikini-clad models to the beats of a live DJ. One of our favorite parts about the show was the mommy and me and daddy and me paired suits. Who doesn’t want to match with their little ones, while looking stylish doing it? Enjoy!

All photos via Getty Images and Alexander Tamargo. 

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Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition came in with a splash at SWIMMIAMI. They premiered sexy athletic suits that came in all shapes and sizes. There’s nothing we love seeing more than sexy curves hit the SWIMMIAMI runway. Here are some of our favorite sporty, feminine looks for all you Boca-maggers out there.

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Prey Swim by Audrina Patridge

We’ve always been fans of Audrina Patridge since her days on MTV’s “The Hills,” so we were stoked to see the launch of her new line, Prey Swim. Patridge has always had a sense of style we identify with, so we knew we were in for a treat. Her first collection was complete with emerging swim trends like golds, metallics, high-waisted bottoms and gingham patterns, and Patridge took full advantage of all body types to show the versatility of her line.

All photos by Rodrigo Varela for Getty Images. 

Adrina Patridge at her Prey Swim Resort 2018 Collection show at SWIMMIAMI.

Adrina Patridge (left) at her Prey Swim Resort 2018 Collection show at SWIMMIAMI.

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Mia Marcelle

Always one of our favorites! Mia Marcell’s 2018 collection fully embraced the “sleeves on swim” trend, and we loved everything about it. Sure, this trend might be hard to pull off under day to day beach circumstances when your main objective is to tan, but if you have a girls trip planned or even a casual BBQ, this look can be achieved by pairing it with a pair of coverup bottoms, like a maxi skirt. We also noticed our favorite 2017 Pantone colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity, make an welcome appearance. Look out for those colors when shopping this year; they’re here to stay.

All photos via Alexander Tamargo for Getty Images. 

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Duskii

Duskii’s 2018 collection speaks to our sporty girls—we know you’re out there! These suits are perfect for the girl who loves a day of fishing out on the boat, but also loves a little fashion. The detailing on these suits is intricate and flattering, and the styles hug your curves in all the right places. You’ll never have to worry about falling out of your suit again because YOU ARE IN THERE. You’ll feel secured but not suffocated. In addition to the women’s line, Duskii has an adorable line for the kids, complete with matching floaties! How cute is that?!

All photos by Alexander Tamargo for Getty Images. 

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To keep up with Lindsey and Lilly of LLScene, visit www.ll-scene.com.

Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
Sous chef Juan Galdamez and staff serve tiramisu from Maggiano's Little Italy at Wine and All That Jazz, the signature event for the Boca Chamber Festival Days, last year. Photo provided by the Boca Chamber.

Our Favorite Foodie Events at Boca Chamber Festival Days 2017

Sous chef Juan Galdamez and staff serve tiramisu from Maggiano's Little Italy at Wine and All That Jazz, the signature event for the Boca Chamber Festival Days, last year. Photo provided by the Boca Chamber.

Sous chef Juan Galdamez and staff serve tiramisu from Maggiano’s Little Italy at Wine and All That Jazz, the signature event for the Boca Chamber Festival Days, last year. Photo provided by the Boca Chamber.

August is a month of fun for Boca Raton, with the Boca Chamber Festival Days starting next week. There are plenty of events, and all are planned and run by nonprofits and supported by for-profit companies. The Chamber’s goal is to raise awareness about the nonprofits, and there’s no better way to do that than by eating and drinking your way to help a charity. Here are some highlights, from the Boca Chamber’s official calendar of events, to help you plan your month!

Find all the events and links to register here.

Aug. 3 – 6th Annual FondueRaiser

The Melting Pot Restaurant, 5455 N Federal Highway; 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dip in for fondue appetizers, dinner or drinks. You can try the Ribbon-tini, the Melting Pot’s signature drink, and support the Lynn Cancer Institute’s League of Ribbons. Partners: Boca Raton Regional Hospital League of Ribbons, Alliance Association Bank and Plastridge Insurance.

Aug. 10 – Summertime BBQ Bash

Twin Palms Center, 306 NW 35th St.; 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Twin Palms and 5 Spice Asian Street Market will partner to bring you a hearty BBQ meal of pulled pork, brisket, chicken, baked beans and cole slaw. All proceeds benefit Twin Palms. Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for children in advance, or $25 at the door.

Aug. 19 – Brunch, Bubbles & Blooms

BRIO Tuscan Grille, 5050 Town Center Circle; noon to 2 p.m. 

For $29 you get a glass of bubbly, a brunch entrée and a complimentary bloom from the HabCenter. A portion of proceeds go directly to support the HabCenter. Partners: HabCenter Boca Raton and Boca Center.

Aug. 21 – Margarita Monday

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, 5250 Town Center Circle; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Happy hour includes two signature drinks plus a bunch of appetizers. Proceeds go toward the KidSafe Foundation, helping to prevent child sexual abuse, bullying and internet exploitation. Partners: KidSafe Foundation and Minuteman Press of Boca Raton. Cost: $25 in advance or $35 at the door.

Aug. 22 – Taco Tuesday

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe, 6897 SW 18th St.; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This is Taco Tuesday with a charity twist. Enjoy appetizers and reduced-price drinks with the purchase of a ticket. All funds raised will benefit the foster children and youth who call Place of Hope home. Partners: Place of Hope and Blue Moon Mexican Café. Cost: $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Aug. 25 – Battle of the Bartenders

Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel, 2000 NW 19th St.; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

Watch local “celebrity” bartenders battle it out, with all tips and a portion of ticket sales benefitting Best Foot Forward. Partners: Best Foot Forward, FL-Accounting & Advisers, Allegiance Home Health, United Capital and Ben Zimmerman. Cost: $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Aug. 26 – Wine and All That Jazz

Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Mizner Center, 501 E. Camino Real; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

This is the signature event for Boca Chamber Festival Days. There will be more than 100 fine wines, food from Boca’s top restaurants, and dancing and live music all night long. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Golden Bell Education Foundation. Partners: The Boca Chamber and JM Lexus. Cost: $75 for general admission or $120 for VIP admission.


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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.
Me dancing at the 2013 Boca Ballroom Battle. Photo by Lacey Lin Photography.

Dancing Again! Making a Comeback at the Boca Ballroom Battle

Me dancing at the 2013 Boca Ballroom Battle. Photo by Lacey Lin Photography.

Me dancing at the 2013 Boca Ballroom Battle. Photo by Lacey Lin Photography.

The countdown is on! It is now 23 days until Boca’s Ballroom Battle and the contestants are stepping up their dance lessons, passing on the carbs, dreaming up costumes and wondering if they will ever, ever, learn the d*!# routine.

I remember that summer like it was yesterday when I was one of the eight dancers and absolutely sure I was going to make a fool of myself in front of all of Boca Raton. Read more

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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Mizner 200 Decision, Boca Raton’s Money Trail and More

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Concept view of the entrance of Mizner 200.

No surprises with Mizner 200

There will be nothing much new Monday when the Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency—the mayor and city council—considers Mizner 200.

City staff recommends approval, as the staff did before the luxury condo project got favorable votes from the community appearance board and the planning and zoning board. Opposition again will come most strongly from some residents of Townsend Place, to the south along Mizner Boulevard, and possibly from the owners of Royal Palm Place, on the west side of Mizner Boulevard. Read more

Randy Schultz has lived in Boca Raton since 1985 and has worked as a journalist in South Florida since 1974. He spent 37 years at The Palm Beach Post, the last 23 as editorial page editor. He has written the City Watch blog for Boca Raton Magazine since February 2014. He also writes a weekly oped column for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
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What to Do and Who to See at Miami Swim Week 2017

Swim Week

July has arrived, which means it’s time to grab your swimsuits because Miami Swim Week 2017 is approaching! FUNKSHION has announced that it will once again heat up Miami Beach with Swim Fashion Week July 20-23, 2017. Year after year, the ladies of LLScene have been invited to experience Swim Fashion Week and report back on the hottest swim trends showcased on the runways each season. This year is no different as we start to plan our schedule for the runway shows and events taking over Miami Beach next weekend.

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Lindsey Swing & Lilly Robbins are best friends and founders of LLScene, a fashion and lifestyle blog based in South Florida. Sharing the same enthusiasm for style and lifestyle trends, the ladies of LLScene bring an influential twist to “20-30 somethings” looking for a little more in life. Lindsey is a newlywed with a passion for innovative fashion movements and Florida State football. Lilly is a former Miami Dolphins Cheerleader with a desire to further her philanthropic work and brand lifestyle concepts. Until they’re fortunate enough to have children of their own, Lindsey & Lilly will continue to enjoy being “dog moms” to Bentley & Duke.
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Little Makers Make Young Minds Math-Minded and More at Boca Library

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Bee-Bot is a kid-friendly robot that teaches sequencing, estimation and problem solving.

Boca Mom Talk:

Make way for the Mini Makers at the Boca Library

Make way for the mini makers at the Boca Raton Public Library this summer! The Downtown Boca location is launching a new coding and robotics program targeted to our city’s youngest residents. With STEM education attempting to engage more students in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, these classes will help local children learn about tech topics through a hands-on and personalized approach.

Because of a generous donation by the Friends of the Library, this series of new classes will teach computer science and coding principles to children and teens. Little Makers introduces children ages 511 to nationally known educational robotics and coding programs. Teens and tweens will learn new skills in Youth Makers classes. This program is an expansion of the BRPL Discover Studio, which was launched at the Downtown Library in August 2015 to teach emerging technologies.

BRPL cardholders can register through the calendar at bocalibrary.org for the following classes, which take place Thursdays at 2 p.m.:

June 15: Little Makers: Cubetto (ages 5–8)

Explore basic programming concepts with this friendly wooden robot.

June 29: Little Makers: Little Bits (ages 8–11)

Create electronic inventions using Little Bits’ color-coded magnetic building blocks.

July 6: Little Makers: Ozobot (ages 8–11)

Learn the basics of algorithms with markers and the Ozobot smart robot that will follow any command drawn on paper.

July 13: Little Makers: Finch Robot (ages 8–11)

Explore basic computer science concepts using the Snap! block coding program and the Finch robot.

July 20: Youth Makers: Sphero (ages 12–17)

Discover coding and robotics with Sphero SPRK+, an interactive, app-enabled robot.

July 27: Youth Makers: Hummingbird Robotics (ages 12–17)

Create and program robots using the Hummingbird Duo electronic kit and Snap! drag and drop program environment.

As a mom, I am personally making sure my child is introduced to STEM concepts early on so that she can build those skills alongside language, social skills, health and athletics. A well-rounded child is always a parent’s goal isn’t it?

The Boca Raton Public Library is at 400 NW 2nd Ave., Boca Raton;561/393-7852


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Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.
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“Taste of Recovery” to Raise Awareness of Drug, Alcohol Addiction Through Your Fav Restaurants

Addiction is not the end of the road. People can change and survive. They can build their own road to recovery.

This is what Louie Bossi, chef-partner of his namesake Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale and Boca, says over the phone. He’s explaining why he and Big Time Restaurant Group are hosting the first “Taste of Recovery” food event in Delray: It’s to honor people who have died from drug and alcohol addiction and to celebrate people who are recovering from their addictions.

Louie Bossi is the chef/owner of Loui Bossi's Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria, and he is in his ninth year of recovery for heroine addiction. He hopes to raise awareness of addiction, especially within the hospitality industry, with Taste of Recovery. Photo provided by the Buzz Agency.

Louie Bossi is the chef/owner of Loui Bossi’s Ristorante Bar and Pizzeria, and he is in his ninth year of recovery for heroin addiction. He hopes to raise awareness of addiction, especially within the hospitality industry, with Taste of Recovery. Photo provided by the Buzz Agency.

In photos, Bossi looks like a happy guy who loves to eat Italian food (makes sense). It’s hard to picture him as homeless and addicted to heroin.

But the truth is stranger than fiction. Bossi has survived a drug overdose, an issue that occurs daily in South Florida and especially Delray Beach.

“Where I’m at today is a far cry from where I was 20 years ago,” Bossi says. “I know the dark place you can go.”

In 1998, Bossi was referred to Crossroads Club by a friend who said the nonprofit held 12-step meetings for addicts who wanted to recover. Bossi owes his life and family to Crossroads. He met his wife there, and they now have two children, and Bossi is nine years sober.

About 1,000 people walk in and out of the doors every day at Crossroads Club, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary of operation. All proceeds from Taste of Recovery will go to the nonprofit. The event will feature samples from restaurants like Louie Bossi’s, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Farmer’s Table, The Grille, Max’s Harvest, Tucker Duke’s, Rebel House, Josie’s Ristorante, Papa’s Raw Bar, Oceans 234, Fries to Caviar and Outback Steakhouse. Season’s 52 will make the desserts.

Chefs will compete for cash prizes for the “best bite,” and comedians SARGE and Rick Corse will entertain. Tickets are $40 each, and the event runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Old School Square Pavilion Saturday, June 3.

Bossi hopes that Taste of Recovery goes national. He wishes to raise awareness of the struggles that both addicts and those in recovery face in the hospitality industry. At restaurants, which don’t require college degrees, addicts and recovering addicts might work for the same reason: fast cash. Restaurants are known for being brutal work environments with a drug and alcohol culture that’s common in the kitchens. Just read Anthony Bourdain’s book and you’ll understand.

I asked Bossi why he didn’t just focus on his own recovery and staying sober. That’s a huge task on it’s own. Why hold this Taste of Recovery event?

“It’s because I get more back by giving, so to say,” he says. “They say you can’t keep what you have unless you give it away. I don’t know any better high that I’ve ever experienced than giving back to another human being and their families.”

For more information about Taste of Recovery, visit tasteofrecovery.com. For more about Crossroads Club, visit thecrossroadsclub.com.

Shayna is the Web Editor of Boca Magazine. She 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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Michelle Olson-Rogers Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.

Michelle Olson-Rogers, a native to Boca, is the founder of ModernBocaMom.com, a lifestyle website for the stylish & modern South Florida Mommy. Modern Boca Mom features family events, activities, classes, fitness, dining, travel, home improvement and shopping options—as well as a weekly MOMpreneur spotlight! She and her husband Andrew have one daughter, Avery.