Céline Dion’s husband René Angélil has died from cancer

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In this 2009 file photo, Celine Dion with her husband Rene Angelil and son watch the Miami Heat play. (Storms Media Group)

Celine Dion’s husband René Angélil passed away Thursday. Angélil had been battling cancer for many years.

“René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning as his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” a rep for the couple told People magazine. “”The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time.”

We look back on when the couple lived in Palm Beach County:

Photos: Inside Celine Dion’s $62.5M mansion, water park

Expecting a royal delivery? Celine Dion chose this posh place to push

Video: Celine Dion selling Florida home for $72.5M

Local Curbside Gourmet food truck featured in USA Today

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Curbside Gourmet food truck. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Food trucks can be found all over Palm Beach County, but USA Today says one may be better than the rest.

In a list of the “15 food trucks spinning comfort classics” over at USA Today, Palm Beach’s own Curbside Gourmet was one of the featured eateries. Other ones around the nation are Ms. Cheezious in Miami, Empanadas Aqui in Cincinnati, Taco Mondo in Philadelphia, The Burger Bus in Santa Barbara, Calif., and Rolling J’s in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The site didn’t say too much about the Palm Beach food truck other than that it “bridges the gap between fine dining and fast food” with the crab cake slider with lemon tarragon aioli as one of the featured meals.

The Curbside Gourmet rolled into Palm Beach County in 2011 and became the first gastro mobile in the county that same year. The food truck’s chefs received awards for their Skirt Steak Two Ways from “Top Chef’s” Fabio Viviani in 2012 at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

For more information on the Curbside Gourmet, and other food trucks, check out the Post’s handy food truck guide.

Happy Birthday to the late Clarence Clemons

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In this July 2, 2009, file photo, Bruce Springsteen, right, and the saxophonist Clarence Clemons, left, perform during a concert in Germany. Clemons died in Florida at age 69 on Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Christof Stache, File)

Clarence Clemons would have been 74 years old today. Unfortunately, the iconic saxophonist of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street band passed away in 2011 from complications from a stroke he suffered.

Here is a look back on the legend:

“Clarence Clemons: Remembering the ‘Big Man’ at home on Singer Island”

Related: Photos – Bruce Springsteen through the years

National Meat Month: steak and wine deals at Morton’s The Steakhouse

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By Zach Dennis

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Celebrate the meatiest holiday of the year with a special offer from Morton’s The Steakhouse.

Throughout the month of January, the best way to celebrate National Meat Month is to enjoy a Morton’s Prime Burger or 9 oz. Prime Ribeye Steak Sandwich, paired with a glass of Raymond Vineyards “Primal Cut” Cabernet Sauvignon, for only $25.

Related: Love red meat? Check out our 15 favorite burgers in Palm Beach County

“We look forward to commemorating national meat month each year,” said Tim Whitlock, Sr. Vice President of Operations for Morton’s The Steakhouse. “We hope our customers will enjoy this special discount and share the experience with family and friends.”

Morton’s The Steakhouse opened its first location in Chicago in 1978 and has since widened to 73 worldwide locations including nearby ones in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, North Miami Beach, and Miami.

For more information, visit the restaurant’s website.

New restaurant in West Palm Beach opens today

Your next favorite Italian restaurant in West Palm Beach is opening today, Jan. 8.

Grato, from renowned James Beard award-nominated Chef Clay Conley,  is opening on South Dixie Highway and is the first restaurant from the Palm Beach-based Buccan Group in West Palm Beach. The restaurant features in-house crafted pasta, antipasti, and crostini with other entries including a 16-ounce bone-in New York strip, brick oven roasted fish, and herb marinated half chicken. The bar features a variety of local and Italian craft beers as well as wine-on-tap and hand-crafted cocktails.

Paccheri with herb ricotta, Parmesan and "Sunday gravy" with braised pork shoulder, short rib and Italian sausage. Photo: LibbyVision.com
Paccheri with herb ricotta, Parmesan and
“Sunday gravy” with braised pork shoulder, short rib and Italian sausage. Photo: LibbyVision.com

“I live in this community, and for a while, I’ve dreamed of opening a place that I could bring my family and friends to on a regular basis.  Grato has a warm, gracious vibe. It’s casual and comfortable for everyone who comes in; laidback, but with great food and service,” Conley said about the establishment of Grato.

Conley, who is also the chef and co-owner of Buccan in Palm Beach, told the Post in November that he was aiming to create a relaxed family atmosphere with his new restaurant. “I just want it to be very casual and family-friendly, a chill place where you would want to go hang out,” he said.

Grato: 1901 South Dixie Highway along the up-and-coming Dixie Corridor in West Palm Beach.

Related: Read more about Clay Conley’s new restaurant project 

South Florida Fair: how to get cheap tickets

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By Zach Dennis

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

The South Florida Fair runs from Jan. 15 through 31 with a host of games, funnel cakes, and amusement park rides to fit your fancy. But, how do you save a few dimes while still having a night of fun? Use these seven tips.

  1. Buy your tickets now! Discount tickets are on-sale at all Palm Beach County area Publix Supermarkets and on-line at the fair website. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate for adults and $5 in advance and $8 at the gate for children.
  2. Support your local schools Purchasing early tickets can help with local education since those buying tickets through Partners in Education can give 10 percent credit to a child’s school when purchasing online. The Fair will also reimburse the selected school 10 percent for all purchases made using the school code.
  3. Go an extra ticket for free on Publix Buying your ticket early to go on the first day? Net one of the festival’s best deals by earning a free ticket for another day’s admission courtesy of Publix. This deal only works for people buying tickets early and attending the festival on Jan. 15.
  4. Save $5 on Ride-A-Thon Want to get a jump start on the South Florida Fair action? An online coupon allows people interested in attending Ride-A-Thon on Thursday, Jan. 14 to get $5 off the $15 admission price. The event runs from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.
  5. Ride a Bike! Desiring to attend the fair, but also a motorcycle enthusiast? Thursday Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 are the Bike Nite Parades. Running from 6 p.m. until 6:30, more than 300 motorcycles will ride though the grounds with admission only $5 per person for those on the bikes.
  6. Free concerts! For those attending Bike Nite, general seating is free for the Jan. 21 concert with The Guess Who and the Jan. 28 concert with Starship with Mickey Thomas. Reserved seating at both events costs $10 and does not include Fair admission.
  7. Go mega! If you feel like the South Florida Fair will be a multiple day event, the “Mega Saver” package is available for $89 and includes four any-day admissions, two ride/wristband vouchers, and four $5 food tickets. Each wristband can be upgraded on Saturday or Sunday for an additioal $10.

For more information on the South Florida Fair, visit the website.

Is your Christmas tree still up?

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Is it the age-old question? When is the correct day to take down that Christmas tree? Well, if yours is still in place, then you’re not alone! Some folks wait until today, Jan. 6, to take it down. Why? Today is the observance of Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, a Christian holiday that celebrates when the three wise men arrived to welcome the baby Jesus with gifts.

But, don’t wait too long. Some think it’s bad luck to keep it up after today!

How about you? Is your tree still standing?

 

The ’80s ‘Brat Pack’: where are they now?

By Zach Dennis

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

“The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink” star Molly Ringwald is set to be a “star book author” at the Palm Beach Book Festival alongside local celebrity, Burt Reynolds. Ringwald was famously part of the “Brat Pack,” which included Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, and Anthony Michael Hall. But, where are those actors now?

Related: 5 fun facts about Molly Ringwald

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Palm Beach hotel among best in the world for Christmas

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Get in the Christmas spirit by heading to one of the world’s best spots for going “all-out” on holiday cheer — and it is close to home.

CNN compiled a list of the “9 hotels that go all-out for Christmas” with Palm Beach’s own, The Breakers, being listed among them.

According to the site, The Breakers “carries its lavish traditions right through the holiday season” with more than 160,000 lights all across the resort. The Breakers also contains a Christmas Day brunch, which is served in The Circle, for $140 for adults and $50 for children. The Christmas dinner takes place in the Ponce de Leon ballroom and is a buffet for $140 for adults and $60 for children 11 and under.

Want to book a room? It’s around $1,100 for each night. For a more in depth look at the resort, go to the Post’s comprehensive guide to the grounds. There are also several more Palm Beach County restaurants putting together exceptional Christmas Eve or Christmas Day menus.

The other top hotels that made CNN’s list for Christmas included: Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Austria; Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz.; The Ritz in London; Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.; the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris; The Plaza in New York City; the Waldorf Astoria in New York City; and The Roosevelt in New Orleans.

Frank Sinatra 100th birthday: celebrate with free meatballs!

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Nothing like listening to “The Way You Look Tonight” while chowing down on meatballs to celebrate the centennial birthday of Frank Sinatra.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is offering free meatballs on Dec. 12 to any guest who wears Sinatra’s signature Fedora in honor of the singer’s 100th birthday. All 51 locations of Anthony’s will offer the meatball special. Check Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza website for your nearest location.

Related: Our Post readers share their favorite memories of Frank Sinatra

On top of the free meatballs, Anthony’s will be paying tribute to the singer by playing Sinatra songs in the restaurant all day and will being offering an entry to win an iPod pre-loaded with 100 Sinatra tunes.

For more information, you can visit the restaurant’s website.