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.

5 ways to get cheap, discount tickets to the Honda Classic

Praying for cheap tickets to this week’s Honda Classic?

Here’s how to get in for (a little) less:

Rory McIllroy misses a put during the 2014 Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. (Post photo/Bill Ingram)
Rory McIlroy reacts to a missed putt during the 2014 Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens. (Post photo/Bill Ingram)

1. Buy online and use your MasterCard:  Grounds tickets for Thursday through Sunday are $50.  Buy online here to save the $10 add-on at the gate. Charging it to your MasterCard saves another 10 percent.

2.  Get a small-group package here.

A Party Pack for two includes two passes for any day plus a parking pass and two drink coupons for $89. Saves $22.

Pick up a Family Fore-pack that includes two adult tickets and two kids one-day passes, plus parking pass and four lunch coupons for $109.  Saves $28.

Buy a Party Fore-pack that includes four one-day tickets, and four drink coupons for $139.  Saves $105.

Daily tickets to various grandstand viewing areas and hospitality tents, including the Gosling’s Dark ‘N Stormy Bear Trap, Cobra Puma Golf Village, Waterford Club @17 and Champions Club range from $325-$400.

Parking passes are $10 to $20 a daygeneral parking is free if you’re driving a Honda or Acura.

Other ways to save?

A World War II vet watches the action from the Patriots Outpost during last year's Honda Classic.
A World War II vet watches the action from the Patriots’ Outpost during last year’s Honda Classic.

3. Be active duty military or a veteran. 

With ID, active duty military are admitted free with their dependents to the Patriots’ Outpost hospitality tent where complimentary lunch and snacks are provided each day.

Veterans get one complimentary ticket per day.

All current and former military can also purchase up to two daily tickets for $20 each.

Register here for complimentary military tickets. Military ID required for entrance.

 

Kids and adults vie for Tiger Woods' autograph during last year's Honda Classic. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. (Post photo/Rich Graulich)
Kids 15 and under are admitted free to the Honda Classic, with a paid adult.
(Post photo/Rich Graulich)

4.  Be a child 15 or under, who get in free with a paid adult.

 

The Honda Classic at PGA National runs February 22 through Sunday, February 28.

Check out our PGA dining guide on where to eat during the Honda Classic.

And since golf is thirsty business, here are tips on where to drink.

And don’t forget to check out our Honda Classic photo gallery. We’ll be adding to it each day of the tournament.