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Bridesmaid for Hire: Always the Bridesmaid Never the Bride Takes on New Meaning

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One Boca native turns chaos into opportunity

Written by Allison Lewis

 

The idiom “always the bridesmaid, never the bride,” couldn’t be truer for Boca Raton native Jennifer Glantz. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Glantz lived with her parents in Boca while trying to find a job, finally landing at a PR firm in New York City.

“I am this person who loves to function under chaos,” Glantz said. “I had to create my own opportunity. I wasn’t satisfied sitting at a desk all day.”

It was during this time that Glantz found herself attending wave after wave of her young friends’ weddings back in South Florida.

“That’s when I saw at weddings people are extremely stressed out. They’re unhappy; they have so much emotion attached to the day. There was really nobody there to manage the emotion, manage the stress,” she said.

At her roommate’s half-joking suggestion that Glantz was a “professional bridesmaid,” a light bulb went off. A few nights later, Glantz posted an ad for herself on Craig’s List as a for-hire bridesmaid. The ad went viral, and Glantz received a stunning amount of responses. Her now two-and-a-half-year-old business, Bridesmaid for Hire, was born.

“I have this bizarre love for strangers and helping strangers through difficult times … The strength behind the idea was, ‘Let me be there to troubleshoot your wedding when things go wrong, because I know they will, and I’ve seen first-hand how they will.”

Today, Glantz gets hundreds of requests from brides that want to hire her. But she selects clients carefully.

“I am really picky based on what their [the bride’s] needs are, what they really want a bridesmaid for hire for…I want to make sure their story matches the morals of my business and that our personalities match as well because we do work together many months before the wedding.”

Glantz does almost anything imaginable for her clients. She writes toasts, plays therapist, assists with makeup, hair, shoes and dressing, calms parents, runs errands, coordinates with wait staff, makes sure the bride eats at the reception, and she can DJ last-minute if necessary (yes, this has happened). She has seen and dealt with every possible situation that one could think of and more. At a wedding in August, the scenario almost took the cake.

“Five minutes before [the wedding], the bride pulled me into a room, locked the door and tells me that she hates the groom and doesn’t want to get married. My whole body went into shock, and I realized this is probably the craziest thing I’ve ever dealt with on the job. I had to really think on my toes to figure out how to help her in that situation,” Glantz said.

She ended up pulling the bride and groom into a room for 10 minutes and letting them talk. When time was up, Glantz asked for a decision. The pair ended up walking down the isle with an understanding that they had problems to fix.

When it comes to weddings, Glantz said, “… the best thing you can remind yourself is that things are going to go wrong. Problems are going to happen. Your job is to get through the day and make it what it’s going to be. It’s not going to be perfect.”

This is where Glantz’s business comes into play. “My job is to get people to not be so stressed out and just enjoy the moment that they’re given at that time,” she said.

These days the New York-based business is taking off; she’s had more than 13,000 women apply to work for her in the past two and a half years and created a training program for women who want to start their own professional bridesmaid or wedding business.

When she isn’t attending weddings or speaking engagements, Glantz finds time to write. Her first book All My Friends Are Engaged was published in 2015. She released her second book Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) on February 7, 2017. It’s an open, honest and comical retelling of her life and business.

“I wanted to write about … the struggles: the mistakes I made, the heartbreaks I had, to let people know they could relate to this adventure, they could relate to this journey,” Glantz said. “I wanted to be honest about my past to where I am now and prove to people that it really wasn’t easy but it’s doable as long as you don’t give up.”

 

Allison Lewis is the associate editor at Boca Raton Magazine and a native St. Louisan. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. In her spare time, Allison enjoys cooking, playing Ultimate frisbee, reading, traveling and watching sports.
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Veteran Teams Up With FAU to Support Improved Veteran Healthcare

Think tank aims to devise better ways to improve healthcare for veterans.

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Sgt. Austin Capers; Cheryl Krause-Parello, Ph.D., R.N. principal investigator and associate professor in the College of Nursing at University of Colorado; Linda Weglicki, Ph.D., R.N., a professor and associate dean for nursing research and scholarship and Ph.D. studies at FAU’s College of Nursing; and Linda Flynn, Ph.D., R.N., a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado. Photo provided by Florida Atlantic University.

Former United States Army Sergeant Austin Capers devoted nearly five years of his life to serving his country. Now the 32-year-old Hobe Sound resident is turning his attention to serving his fellow military veterans.

Capers has volunteered to facilitate the Veterans’ Action League, a community-based think tank, in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University to represent Florida in the national committee’s aim to improve veteran healthcare delivery.

The Veterans’ Action League brings together veterans, researchers, healthcare providers and others in the community to talk about veteran healthcare delivery and brainstorm about how to make it more accessible, useful and easier to navigate. FAU is a collaborative academic research member of the Veterans’ Action League. Linda Weglicki, professor and associate dean of FAU’s college of nursing, and Capers are working together to lead the two-year project in Florida. Florida is among the six states that were chosen because of their large veteran populations.

“We are working collectively to identify resources and come up with solutions to decrease and ultimately eliminate some of the challenges veterans and their families encounter, such as continuity-of-care in services, difficulty navigating the system and inadequate healthcare services,” Weglicki said in an FAU press release.

Capers knows firsthand how important quality, accessible healthcare is for military members and veterans. Capers was deployed twice from the army base at Fort Eustis, Va., to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the end of his second deployment, which spanned 15 months from 2007 to 2008, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which helps to stabilize the knee. The first surgery by a military doctor failed, and he had to have a second surgery on his knee when he returned to the states.

Each state taking part in the Veterans’ Action League has a similar setup, according to Capers, where a veteran or military member is paired with a researcher. Together, they facilitate meetings every other month to create a dialogue and collect data.

“We’ll be having these [Veterans’ Action League] think-tank sessions, where we engage a group of eight people, which is a mixture of mainly veterans or military members to [Veterans Administration] social workers, doctors, anyone that can contribute something to our end cause,” Capers said.

The project’s focus is to create an interactive, easy-to-use toolkit to connect veterans with available healthcare resources.

Capers, who is in business development for West Palm Beach-based Scientific Instruments, says he’s volunteering with the league because he’s passionate about helping veterans who may be having a hard time transitioning from being a soldier to being a civilian.

Healthcare hurdles can slow and even stop that transition.

“If there are readers who are veterans or family members who have been through or experienced the VA healthcare system, or nurses, doctors—anyone who feels they could contribute something—they can contact me,” Capers said.


Capers’ email is acapers@scientificinstruments.com and Weglicki’s email address is lweglicki@health.fau.edu.

You can also visit the Veterans’ Action League’s Facebook page

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.
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This Year’s Boca Ballroom Battle Dancers Announced

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Easter is over, the snowbirds have flown away and summer is upon us.

Which also means eight people in Boca are getting butterflies in their stomachs.

Yes, the Boca Ballroom Battle is only a few months away and the “elite eight” community leaders who have agreed to dance are just now starting to climb the stairs to the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Royal Palm Place. There they will learn the basic steps of dance in preparation for their own routines that will be performed later this summer in what has become one of Boca’s favorite events.

This year the dancers are a lively group, which bodes well for a even livelier evening. Here’s who’s on tap:

  • Jim Dunn, Vice President and General Manager, JM Lexus
  • Teresa “Terry” Fedele, Registered Nurse, Retired Hospital Executive, Community Volunteer
  • Lisa Kornstein Kaufman, Founder & Creative Director, Scout & Molly’s
  • Derek Morrell, Proprietor, Ouzo Bay
  • Heather Shaw, Vice President and General Manager, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Logan Skees, Director of Business Development, Trainerspace
  • Elizabeth Murdoch Titcomb, President, EMT Creative
  • John Tolbert, President, Boca Raton Resort & Club

Boca’s Ballroom Battle is Friday, August 18, at 6 a.m. at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are $185 per person, or $1,850 per table, with all proceeds benefiting the George Snow Scholarship Fund. We’ll be tracking the progress of these brave souls throughout the summer and making our plans to be front and center.

For more information, sponsorships or tickets, please call 561/347-6799 or visit ballroombattle.com.

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Dress to Impress at Trainerspace This Saturday

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Trainerspace, Boca’s newest (sexiest) gym run by military veterans will host an All White Party at its facility in Boca Raton on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

There will be food from Fit Foodz, cocktails and a performance by Adriana Foster and Digital Vibez, a nonprofit that helps children become active and healthy through fitness, dance and technology. A prize will be given to the person who wears the funkiest sneakers to the party, so dress to win. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit Eat Better Live Better, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing, reducing and reversing childhood obesity.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15 and $20 at the door. You can register in advance here.

Trainerspace is a fitness center that focuses on scientifically guided, individualized personal training to help people reach their fitness goals. This space is not just a high-end, luxury gym. Owner Cary Reichbach and director of business development, Logan Skees, an Army vet and a Marines vet, respectively, have a greater mission in mind. They see the gym as a platform to serve others.

They are doing this by forming a foundation, which is in its grassroots phase right now. Its mission is to provide veterans with tools to allow them to help themselves, Reichbach said, particularly helping younger veterans reintegrate back into society after combat. Both Reichbach and Skees believe traditional veteran services like those the Department of Veterans Affairs offer do not address the root of most veterans’ issues. The foundation’s approach is focused on alternative, holistic therapies like acupuncture, sensory deprivation, massage therapy and more to help veterans deal with post traumatic stress.

Reichbach said that vets are perceived as liabilities. They are heavily invested in prior to service in the military, and then when they return home they have very little investment or support.

“What if we take those people and do a 180 and make them into one of the greatest assets in the community?” Reichbach asked.

While the Trainerspace Foundation is in it’s 18-month research and development phase, which will guide its approach to reaching its goal, Skees said that it expects to help 10 to 12 combat veterans during that time. Additionally, the gym wants to give back to the community as much as it can, and Skees said he wants Trainserspace to be known as an ethics driven company.

Also occurring Saturday, April 8 will be the first “Future Warrior Fitness Program,” which exemplifies the staff’s dedication to giving back and military service. Trainerspace partnered with local high schools and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) programs to bring the aspiring cadets into the gym for an intensive training session. The students will have the opportunity to train with Trainerspace’s military veteran fitness instructors at the facility.  “We have to help them [the JROTC students] prepare for reality,” Skees said.

To learn more about Trainerspace, visit trainerspace.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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Delray Affair This Weekend and the DBHS is Selling Glad Bulbs

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I admit it: it never gets old. I know everyone says the Delray Affair needs a do-over, but I still love it, top to bottom, and I loved it even more when I’d go home with an armful of glads every year. In the years since—with the gladiola farms all gone now—I always felt something was missing, and all the stained glass flip flops in the world weren’t going to change that.

I think the Delray Beach Historical Society (DBHS) felt the same way because this year—the 55th anniversary of the Delray Affair—they are doing a little something to return glads to the festival that originally started because of them.

The DBHS will be selling gladiola bulbs in its booth to help raise money for their educational programs. The booth will also feature an exhibit of images and memorabilia from the 1940s and 1950s gladiola festivals (which is how the Delray Affair started) parades, farmers and queens. There will even be a few Gladiola Queens from that era from the town’s pioneering horticultural and farming community.

The DBHS recounts the history of this annual event:

“After a long depression beginning in Florida during 1926 and the difficult years of World War II during the 1940s, the people of Delray Beach decided to have a big festival and fair to celebrate and promote the gladiolus farming business. From 1947 through 1953, the festival welcomed movie stars like Vera Ellen to West Atlantic Avenue. It was a modern day fair, with special exhibits and farm animals. Local builders brought miniature homes to showcase their projected developments, cars were given away, and there were even regatta races on Lake Ida. The Gladiolus Festival Parade was the biggest event in town, with lavish, flower covered floats and the crowning of Gladioli Queens.

The main attraction, however, were the Gladiolas, brightly colored flowering plants from Africa. The gladiolus growing business began in 1939 and the 1940s and 1950s were the heyday for farming. Centered between Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, there were at least 11 nurseries growing 14 varieties of gladioli, making Palm Beach County the leading source for the popular flowers. By 1950, Delray producers were shipping out 2 million gladiola bundles and paying $500,000 in annual wages. Delray Beach became the leading grower of Gladiolus flowers in the US, with more than 13 Gladiolus growers, contributing to a more than a $1 million-a-year industry”.

By 1962, arts and crafts were added to the festival, and it was renamed the Delray Affair. The event continued growing but the glad farms ultimately disappeared and the popular gladiola booth at the Delray Affair became history a few years ago.

I for one will be happy to stop by the DBHS booth and take my glad bulb home with me to plant in my yard. It’s a small way to pay tribute to the Delray that we have loved through the years and to salute the people who helped pioneer this wonderful little place we call home.

We’ll see you there.

The Delray Affair takes place this Friday through Sunday, April 7 through April 9, with 600 vendors stretching the length of Atlantic Avenue, from Old School Square to the Intracoastal. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri. and Sat. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun.

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This 71-Year-Old Runs 100-mile Races, Directs KEYS100 Ultramarathon

With 100-mile, 50-mile and 50-kilometer ultra race distances, and the option of a six-runner, 100-mile team division, the KEYS100 is not for the faint-hearted.

The course for the 10th annual KEYS100 on May 20 and 21 spans from Key Largo to Key West (for those running the 100-miler). The shorter 50-miler begins in Marathon and the shortest 50K in Big Pine Key, both also ending in Key West.

An ultramarathon or ultra race is a footrace that is longer than the average 26.2 miles.

Bob Becker, KEYS100 ultramarathon race director, originally designed this event after Badwater 135, a 135-mile race through Death Valley in July. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the toughest footraces in the world.

KEYS100 race director, Bob Becker. Photo by Alexis Berg.

KEYS100 race director, Bob Becker. Photo by Alexis Berg.

“The idea was to make the heat in the Keys in May a difficulty factor in this race—and not simply the 100-mile distance,” Becker, a Fort Lauderdale resident, wrote to me in an email.

Even for those running less than 100 miles, it’s a daunting undertaking. The training, with attention to hydration, nutrition, salt and electrolyte replacement—even what clothing and gear are needed—make this race anything but an afterthought.

But it’s not impossible.

Becker will be 72 years old in April. He ran his first marathon in 2002 and his first ultra distance in 2005 to celebrate his 60th birthday.

“That was the Marathon des Sables, a seven-day, 160-mile stage race [a race completed over a number of days] through the Sahara Desert in Morocco. After 115 miles the medical team realized I had a fractured femur and would not let me complete the race. In spite of that huge frustration… I fell in love with the people and culture of ultramarathon racing,” Becker said. “The camaraderie, the support for each other in spite of the competition, were totally inspiring. I was hooked.”

By 2007, Becker ran his first 100-mile trail race (typically held on hiking trails) and has since completed lots of ultra distance races, including Badwater 135 three times.

“In 2015, I celebrated my 70th birthday by completing the Badwater Double, setting the age record by 11 years. The Double included running the 135-mile race, then summiting Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the lower 48 states; then returning to Badwater Basin, which is the starting point (and namesake) for the 135-mile race,” he said. “Last November, 2016, I completed Mt. Gaoligong Ultra in Tengchong, China. Located in the far southwest corner of the country, this 77-mile race was a difficult mountain race with over 45,000 feet of combined elevation gain and loss, and one of the most inspiring and emotional experiences of my life.”

Bob Berg at the finish line of the Mt. Gaoligong Ultra. Photo by Alexis Berg.

Bob Becker at the finish line of the Mt. Gaoligong Ultra. Photo by Alexis Berg.

Becker said that it’s important for him to inspire people to get off the couch and become active.

Once you’re off the couch, even running 100 miles is possible.

“When talking with newer runners in particular, I ask them to think back to their first effort to run a mile. It wasn’t easy,” Becker said.

Taking that up a notch and completing a 5K (3.1 miles) might have seemed unimaginable.

“That same notion is true at any race distance,” he said.

Runners thinking about competing in ultramarathons should train properly, which means emphasizing time on one’s feet, as well as strength training and core building. It should include integrating good walking technique and learning what kinds of food and fluids work best during the long runs.

“There is no magic to running an ultra, and people of all sizes, shapes, ages and backgrounds do them,” Becker said.

Becker believes in hard work but emphasizes fun and celebration. The rock band Sister Hazel is running the Keys100 as a relay team, making the trek to Key West. Then they will perform Sunday afternoon at the annual post-race party.

There will be aid stations on the course and water stops about every five miles. Runners can participate with or without their own support crews, according to race information. The race fee for the 100-miler is $265, including the signup cost. That will increase after April 30. The shorter distances cost less, and spots for all races are limited.

For more about how to participate or volunteer, go to: http://www.keys100.com/index.php.

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.
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Enjoy Elegant Dining at the 5th Annual Ultimate Chefs’ Dinner

Small plates from the Ultimate Chefs' Dinner. Photo by Perfect Touch Photography.

Small plates from the Ultimate Chefs’ Dinner. Photo by Perfect Touch Photography.

Normally when you experience fine dining, your meal is dictated by the head chef’s style and preferences. No one’s complaining about fine dining, but the fact remains that your meal is guided by just one executive chef.

But at the Ultimate Chefs’ Dinner at the Yacht and Racquet Club of Boca Raton this Sunday, diners will eat a meal made by four excellent chefs. United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida is hosting the fifth annual event, which will feature a three-course meal paired with wine. The chefs who will collaborate this year are:

Executive Chef Jon Greening at the 2016 Ultimate Chefs' Dinner. Photo by Perfect Touch Photography.

Executive Chef Jon Greening at the 2016 Ultimate Chefs’ Dinner. Photo by Perfect Touch Photography.

Executive Chef Jon Greening, Deck 84

Greening is no newbie to the chefs’ dinner. He cooked for the event last year and will do so again this year, much to our delight. We hope the Caribbean-influenced food he serves at the waterfront Deck 84 makes an appearance in Sunday’s dinner.

Executive Chef Dewey LoSasso, Bill Hansen Luxury Catering

This man served as Donatella Versace’s personal chef. He’s known for entering restaurants and leaving legacies. He has cooked at Miami restaurants like The Forge Restaurant/Wine Bar, Schnebly Winery and Miami Brewing Company, LaTour and Pavilion Grille, among others.

Executive Chef Adrienne Grenier, 3030 Ocean

Genier began her career training under chefs at 3030 Ocean. Now she is the executive chef of the restaurant. In between she travelled to California, worked at incredible restaurants and won the Food Network’s competition “Chopped.” Her focus on sustainable, organic and locally sourced food has elegantly transformed the land and sea menu at 3030 Ocean at the Harbour Beach Marriott.

Executive Chef Lenore Nolan-Ryan, Lenore’s Table

Nolan-Ryan is the proprietor behind the Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School & Catering company in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, as well as the restaurant Lenore’s Table. She is highly regarded in South Florida and serves beautiful, imaginative seasonal fare.


Individual tickets to the dinner are $150, and all proceeds will benefit the UCP of South Florida. There will be live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction at the event, which takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 2711 North Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton Sunday, March 26. To purchase tickets or learn more, call 954/315-4057 or email davidperez@ucpsouthflorida.org.

 

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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Shayna Tanen 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.

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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What to Expect at Delray’s Savor the Avenue 2017

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Have you ever wondered about that fabulous event with dining tables taking over five blocks of Atlantic Avenue every year?

Savor the Avenue is one of Delray Beach’s most sought after events (and one of our personal favorites) because of its individuality and unique take on a true culinary experience.

Here’s a glimpse into what you can expect

The 9th annual Savor the Avenue is on Monday, March 27th at 5:30 p.m. Steve Weagle, WPTV NewsChannel 5 Chief meteorologist, will once again host this amazing evening of dining under the stars—and down the double yellow line of famed Atlantic Avenue—at the food and wine event of the year. Nine years ago, in partnership with Delray Beach’s Downtown Development Authority, Delray Beach and Boca Raton magazines created the event.

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Guests dine al fresco in the middle of the street, while seated at a table eccentrically decorated by their favorite restaurants on the Ave and enjoying a multi-course meal. These elegant dining tables stretch for five blocks and seat over 1,100 people at once. With 15-18 restaurants participating, prepare to experience a friendly competition among the establishments as they compete and attempt to outdo one another with their elaborate tablescapes. Big prizes are awarded to the top three restaurants.

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32 East’s table in 2013. 

This event showcases the creativity and menus of local restaurants. Last year, we sat at the Rocco’s Tacos table and had so much fun with the wait staff and interactive decor and food. Here are some photos we captured from our experience:

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This year, in addition to the judging panel, there will also be a People’s Choice Award granted to the restaurant with the best table décor. Be sure to vote for your favorite Savor the Avenue tablescape by uploading a picture of the best table to Facebook or Instagram, using #SavorPeoplesChoice and checking in to or tagging the restaurant name.

This year’s participating restaurants are: 32 East, 50 Ocean, Cabana El Rey, Caffe Luna Rosa, Che!!!, City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Cut 432, Lemongrass, Max’s Harvest, Gary Rack’s Farmhouse Kitchen, Rack’s Fish House & Oyster Bar, Rocco’s Tacos, ROK:BRGR, Salt 7, The Office, and Vic & Angelo’s. Each 4-course dinner is paired with select libations.

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The table for Salt 7 at last year’s event.

The menus can be viewed at bocamag.com and downtowndelraybeach.com/SavortheAvenue. The event is completely sold out, so restaurants will no longer be taking reservations. The DDA is pleased to announce that restaurants will donate $3 from each reservation at Savor the Avenue to the Delray Beach Public Library.

The 2017 sponsors are: Delray Beach Magazine, Boca Raton Magazine, Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority, JM Lexus, Atlas Party Rental, Delray Garden Center, GRIMES Events & Party Tents, Douglas Elliman Real Estate and 111 First Delray.

The table for 32 East at last year's event.

The table for 32 East at Savor the Avenue 2015.

For more information, please visit downtowndelraybeach.com/SavortheAvenue and bocamag.com or call 561.243.1077.

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This event has become a staple tradition on the social calendars of South Floridians for years because of its uniqueness and complete shock value. Since this is one of our favorite social events of the year, you better believe we will be in attendance and #OnTheScene reporting live for bocamag.com on our favorite menus, tables and decor.

Each year the participating restaurants completely outdo themselves from the year before, so we can’t wait to see what everyone has in store this year!

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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.
ReDream, oil on canvas by Evan Lurie. On display at Art Boca in 2016.

Art Boca Starts Today, Ends Sunday

 

ReDream, oil on canvas by Evan Lurie. On display at Art Boca in 2016.

ReDream, oil on canvas by Alexi Torres on display at Evan Lurie Gallery at Art Boca in 2016.

One of Boca Raton’s most significant—and promising—art events is this weekend—and it’s a don’t-miss. Now in its second year and conceived as a spinoff of the Art Basel idea, Art Boca Raton Contemporary Art Fair starts today at the International Pavilion of the Palm Beaches (along with Florida Atlantic University) at 3450 N.W. Eighth Ave. in Boca.

The fair will feature sculpture, photography, works on paper and installations. There will be local and international exhibitors, including galleries/artists from Paris and Bucharest. The event is produced by NextLevel Fairs and will include a 65,000 square foot exhibition hall, a restaurant, a sculpture garden and a lecture auditorium.

The fair starts today at 11 a.m. and goes through 7 p.m. tonight. Saturday’s hours are the same and it concludes Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission starts at $15.

So get your art on this weekend; this event was impressive last year and promises to keep on getting bigger and better.