Missed Diner En Blanc? Attend this lavish, pop-up feast instead

It’s time for another extravagant bash! Join Dreyfoos in White, a pop-up picnic-style festivity where hundreds of people dress in all-white and feast at a secret location in the city.

Among ritzy themed-centerpieces and tablecapes, everyone enjoys plenty of food and drinks with their peeps. Don’t be fooled by the magic and exclusivity of the night. This party gets turnt up! And unlike Diner En Blanc, it’s for a good cause, too.

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Here are 9 things to know about Dreyfoos in White.

All-white attire

This is not an option. Be as chic with your white garments as possible and host your own al-fresco get-together. Have fun with it. Hats, scarves, gowns and crowns totally expected. This is a made-for-Instagram event.

It’s exclusive

The secret location will be revealed just one hour before the event. Buy your ticket now and wait patiently for the invitation via e-mail.  This just adds more suspense to the event and keeps large crowds away from your spree.

Over the top!

Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)
Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)

Bring your most creative decorations to the table —literally. The event is based on showing off your most extravagant table-espace and creativity. Make an iconic table WITH A THEME and enter different decor competitions. You’ll also need them in order to eat and drink.

Stand out

Party-goers will be competing for “Most Fabulous,” “Most Humorous” and “Judges’ Choice” awards based on the dedication and great taste of their center pieces. The crowd and celebrity judges will be comparing the best of the best.

Bon Appétit

You have two options for your picnic:

  1. Order your food prior to the night through SandyJames Fine Food, pick it up at the event and take it to your table.
  2. Bring your own indulgences, and serve and pour on your finest China to enjoy.

Get lit!

Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)
Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)

The Dreyfoos string and jazz students will provide music throughout the night, and there will even be a flash mob by dance students. And make sure you don’t miss the sparklers. These will light up the night before everyone starts dancing to the music of DJ Brad Barfield.

What not to Bring

Don’t arrive in a U-haul with tables and chairs. The Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation will provide these along with sparklers and white cloth napkins for the traditional “napkin twirl,” which kicks off the celebration. Just worry about what goes on the top of your table: decorations, food and drinks.

The Purpose

Funds raised through Dreyfoos in White help support vital educational programs that would otherwise not be funded. Last year, the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation provided $1.3 million in support to the School of the Arts.

Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)
Dreyfoos in White. (Margie Yansura/ Wordsmith Communications)
Still not convinced that this event is can’t-miss? These photos from last year’s party should do the trick.

The Details:
What: Dreyfoos in White

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 5:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Where: *Secret Location will be revealed by e-mail after purchasing tickets
Tickets: Click here to purchase.

Fifth annual West Palm Beach ‘Pairings’ event promises medley of fine dining

Photo by Libby Volgyes/The Palm Beach Post
Photo by Libby Volgyes/The Palm Beach Post

Residents of West Palm Beach are set to partake in some of the best food and wine in the county as the fifth annual “Pairings” event takes place on Thursday.

The event, which is hosted by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority in partnership with SunFest and LocalDines.com, will feature more than 25 local restaurant participants. The list includes a pomegranate martini from Leila Restaurant, Cruzan rum cake, key lime tarts, and passion fruit juice from Ganache Bakery Café.

C Street Café will be serving flat bread pizzas, salads, desserts and iced coffees with Clematis staples  Longboards and O’Shea’s Irish Pub offering whole roasted locally caught fish served with chardonnay and mini beef and chicken shepherd’s pie paired with wine respectively.

Other participating restaurants and cafés include Bar Louie, The Bee, Duffy’s Sports Grill, E.R. Bradley’s Saloon, Hookah Inn Lounge, Hullabaloo, Les Rendez-vous, Oh My Chocolates, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, Starbucks Coffee and Tin Fish.

The event, which will donate the proceeds to Families First of Palm Beach County, is set to bring back its offering of special deals and offers with Palm Beach Dramaworks offering 50 percent off tickets to any of their events prior to June 30 and free segway tour demos from Palm Beach Segway Tours. Other deals include cupcakes and 10 percent off purchases at Library Bookstore and an array of samples and gift certificates from The Sanctuary Salon and Spa.

If you feel like you may have indulged a little too much along the way, Ultima Fitness Downtown is looking to aid with your fitness goals and is offering free trial passes to help with working off all of that food and wine.

Street performers, such as the acoustic piano trio, Screaming J’s, will be showing up along the way with the violinist and DJ, Timothee Lovelock, and blues master, Mister Trombone, bringing their brand of music to the streets of downtown West Palm Beach.

For more information, call (561)-833-8873 or visit www.downtownwpb.com.

This West Palm Beach restaurant’s Cuban sandwich named one of the best in Florida

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Looking for the best Cuban sandwich? Well, this latest poll has done the work for you. USA Today’s ’10Best’ and Sandwich America asked readers for their favorite sandwiches throughout Florida. And the local restaurant that made in the top 10?

Havana Restaurant in West Palm Beach was voted #6 on USA Today’s list. A group of experts (based on their knowledge of  the Florida Cuban food scene) picked the initial twenty nominees and the top 10 were determined by popular vote.

Related: Which celebrity ordered takeout from Havana Restaurant

Other ones on the list, that are closest to Palm Beach County, include Zaza New Cuban Diner in Orlando and two in Key West: El Meson de Pepe and Sandy’s Cafe.

Related: Why do so many celebrities go to this West Palm Cuban restaurant?

Do you have a favorite in Palm Beach County, take our poll:

 

 

 

 

Which Palm Beach County festival is among state’s best for food lovers?

Garlic heads rejoice every February when Garlic Fest returns to Delray Beach (Bill Ingram/Post photo)
Garlic heads rejoice every February when Garlic Fest returns to Delray Beach (Bill Ingram/Post photo)

Garlic Fest, the February weekend devoted to the stinking rose, is the 9th best food festival in Florida, declares the website onlyinyourstate.com.

The list includes 14 festivals devoted to an only-in-the Sunshine-State mix of fare that includes Fellesmere’s Frog Leg Festival, Niceville’s Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival, the Kumquat Fest in Dade City and Labelle’s Swamp Cabbage Festival.

Most are held in the winter, but there’s still time to take in two this spring and summer:  The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held April 29-May 1 in Fernandina Beach near Jacksonville and Key West’s Lobsterfest is August 11 – 14.

 

Florida’s best waterfront bar? It’s here in Palm Beach County

Guanabana's in Jupiter has earned another top honor. (Post file photo)
Guanabanas in Jupiter has earned another top honor.
(Post file photo)

It comes as no surprise to us locals but it’s still nice to be validated.

Guanabanas, Jupiter’s wildly-popular bar and restaurant tucked into a tropical rain forest, has been named Florida’s top waterfront bar by a website called Onlyinyourstate.com.

One of Guanabanas thatched roofs was built around existing trees. (Post file photo)

Citing Guanabanas lush landscaping, laid-back attitude, seafood-centric menu and live music, the website says the tiki-themed outdoor restaurant is “a taste of paradise.”

But we already knew that.

As our tourist season winds down, it’s also far easier to get a table this time of year.

Read:  More of our top picks for waterfront dining in Palm Beach County.

 

 

 

Regular Palm Beach Food & Wine participant makes Best Seafood in U.S. list

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A Palm Beach connection’s establishment is among the listed restaurants in TimeOut New York‘s best seafood places in the country.

Daniel Serfer, a constant staple of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, and his Miami restaurant, Mignonette was listed as the 11th best seafood restaurant in the United States. The list was led by Fiola Mare in Washington, D.C., Le Bernardin in New York City, Providence in Los Angeles, Russ & Daughters in New York City, and Neptune Oyster in Boston.

According to the site, Mignonette has a host of “throwback pleasures” such as popcorn shrimp, oysters Rockefeller, crag Louis, and pie à la mode, but also features some “modern indulgences” like “thick croissants slathered in lobster butter and mango jam; fluke crudo with pickled banana peppers and mustard oil; conch-fritter Benedict drizzled in sherry-cayenne aioli; or swordfish set atop duck confit and wild-mushroom fricassee in Marsala pan sauce.”

Serfer has been apart of panels the last two years at the Wine & Food Festival — judging fried chicken, hot dogs, meatballs, tacos, and “wild card on a stick” with a group of Miami chefs in 2014 and talking about cuisine in Miami with chefs such as Brad Kilgore (Alter), Dena Marino (MC Kitchen), and Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House, Glass & Vine) last year.

Spring Break 2016: 5 best breakfast places on the beach

Lemon Berry Blast at Benny's on the Beach in Lake Worth. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)
Lemon Berry Blast at Benny’s on the Beach in Lake Worth. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Here are five Palm Beach County restaurants where the only thing better than the eggs are the excellent water views (and the perfect place to walk off all those calories):

Five best restaurants on the beach for breakfast in Palm Beach County

Related: Our full Spring Break 2016 guide

 

Which Florida hotel is among the “most stylish new hotels in the South?”

In addition to service and luxury, a great hotel offers an immediate sense of place.  Could The Breakers be anywhere other than in Palm Beach?

Garden & Gun magazine, that beautiful monthly chronicle of what’s new and cool in the The South has come out with a list of new Southern (and OK, Caribbean) hotels that are as stylish as they are dazzling reflections of their locations.

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Making the list is The Thompson, a new hotel on the once-again-fashionable northern end of Miami Beach. The retro beach chic look of the pet-friendly hotel is meant to remind us of the ’50’s, when the neighborhood was the the hang-out of the Rat Pack. There’s even a Carmen Miranda suite.  Michelle Bernstein, the former chef at the Omphoy (now Eau Palm Beach) helms the kitchen at the hotel’s Seagrape restaurant.

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Another hotel on the list has a Palm Beach connection, although it’s located a thousand or so miles south.  The Playa Grande Beach Club on the Dominican Republic’s north shore was designed by Celerie Kemble, who grew up in Palm Beach and whose mother, Mimi McMakin, is the founder of Kemble Interiors. Designed in a colonial style with gingerbread fretwork, copper soaking tubs and a soft pastel palette, the nine bungalows were created to look like they’d been around for decades, Kemble has said.

The list includes other new hotels in the Carolinas, Virginia and Savannah.

 

 

 

 

 

Which famous NASCAR driver was spotted at Palm Beach’s Meat Market?

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Kurt Busch stares through the windshield of his car at NASCAR.

Lots of celebrities have been spotted out lately in Palm Beach County. The latest is NASCAR champion, Kurt Busch. Busch was seen dining with his fiancee Ashley Van Metre at Meat Market in Palm Beach.

Related: Which celebrity stopped by Havana Restaurant in West Palm Beach

Related: Five stars who dined out recently in Palm Beach County

Which celebrity was spotted last night at Meat Market in Palm Beach

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Bob Barker. (AP Photo)

Bob Barker, retired host of “The Price is Right” and known animal rights activist was seen relaxing in the lounge at Palm Beach’s Meat Market Thursday night. The well-known vegetarian did not dine at the popular restaurant. Barker was seen having drinks with Lenny Lauren, the brother of fashion mogul Ralph Lauren.

A publicist for the restaurant provided the information to The Palm Beach Post.

Related: Other celebrities seen dining out recently in Palm Beach County

Meat Market chosen ‘Best Restaurant’ in Post’s 2015 Critic’s Choice Awards