Saturday, October 18, 2014

A is for "Avocado Grill" and it also is for Amazing Grub!

Hello Foodie Friends,
I have been a busy girl attending several Grand Openings this month and today I'm here to share with you my latest one: Avocado Grill. "AG" is located in West Palm Beach, on Datura Street, just off Flagler.
Duck Taco
My friend Bryan Ralph is the new GM of AG. I had worked with Bryan while he was GM of Tryst. I had brought a group there earlier this year for a Foodie Event and Bryan was an early supporter of Savor Our City™ Culinary Tours. So of course, I was both saddened to see him leave Tryst, but excited for him and his new opportunity to work with AG's Owner/Chef Julien Gremaud- former Chef/Partner at Palm Beach's PB Catch and Pistache French Bistro.  
Stuffed Mushrooms
Shrimp Tempura, Duck & Avocado Roll
Avocado Grill features small plates, specialty sushi rolls and a full raw bar. Gremaud, a St. Tropez native, is featuring fresh locally-sourced artisanal ingredients. The menu is divided into eight sections: Avocado, Salads, Veggies, Sea, Land, Pasta, Sushi and Large Plates, with around four selections offered for each. 

Crispy Artichoke Hearts with a Key Lime Dipping Sauce

Lamb Sliders
Everything I tasted this evening was delicious, but the lamb sliders, OFF THE CHARTS!! Bursting with flavor. Although WPB is not my usual stomping ground, I think I may make a point to frequent it more often now, just so I can get more of this Amazing Grub!!
My Fabulous Bartender Making a Special Concoction For Me

Beef Tenderloin Crostini Topped With Bearnaise Sauce 



Cucumber Lollipops: Paper Thin Strips of Cucumber Wrapped around Tuna, Salmon and Hamachi
For more info on Avocado Grill, visit their website at www.AvocadoGrillWPB.com.

Until we eat again...
   I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

V is for Vino and it also is for Very Good!

Hello Foodie Friends,
I am delighted to share with you my dining experience at Vino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas, located in Mizner Plaza in Downtown Boca (in the little strip plaza on the south end of Mizner Park). Although Vino's is not a newly opened establishment, it was the first time I have actually sat and enjoyed a meal there. Their bar is very inviting and the locals can be found hanging out there enjoying a great selection of wines, nibbling on terrific tapas, engaging in conversation whilst listening to live music being performed. Vino's has live music nightly. Last night we heard the sultry sounds of Ms. Chris Janes.

Assorted Olives and Parmesan Reggiano

 The ambiance in the restaurant is quaint and cozy and we had a perfect table adjacent to the bar where we could see the entertainment as well. As an invited guest of Vino's (yeah, it is definitely one of the perks of being a food blogger), we didn't have to make any decisions when it came to ordering. The Chef prepared a wonderful tasting menu for us each paired with the perfect wine selection.
Grilled Calamari with Arugula Salad
Paired with this lovely Chenin Blanc

 The grilled calamari with arugula salad was off the chart fantastic and it paired really nicely with the Chenin Blanc!
Jumbo Prawns wrapped in Prosciutto and served with sauteed spinach on top a Ciabatta crostini
Paired with this lovely Pinot Grigio
The gnocchi, we were told were not made of potato and were very light and "pillowy" and the sauce was extremely flavorful. It paired perfectly with the Montepulciano D'Abruzzo.

Gnocchi
Paired perfectly with this Montepulciano D'Abruzzo


Eggplant Parmigiana 
Meatball with Ricotta


 Ah, the Eggplant Parmigiana and the Meatball...these were two outstanding dishes that both myself and my companion enjoyed very much. They also paired very well with the Chianti we were served.
Paired with this lovely Chianti
And just for good measure, we were poured a glass of this amazing Silver Oak Cab

My dinner date, Laura with owner Gary
Gary, the owner of Vino's visited with us for a short bit and was not only charming, but funny too.

Flourless Chocolate Torte 
Paired perfectly with this Malbec


The Flourless Chocolate Torte was out of this world! I have to say it was THE BEST one I have ever had, no lie! It paired very well with the Malbec with its underlying notes of cherry. Yumm!!

Well folks, there you have it. I will definitely be back to Vino's and highly recommend you check it out as well if you have never been or even if it's been a while since your last visit. It's a great local's wine bar where you are bound to run into someone you know (as I did). The staff make you feel welcome and the food and service were excellent. Heather was our wonderful server on this night. On other nights, you just might find her tending bar. 

For more info on Vino's, visit their website.

Until we eat again...
I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hess Select SoBe Seafood Festival - Oct 24th & 25th Specials


Hey Foodie Friends, have I got great news for you! I was given a 40% discount code to offer each of you to attend the Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival taking place on Saturday, October 25th, from 1-9PM and the Chef Showdown @ Seafood & Sneakers Ball the night before (Fri Oct 24th). Here's the dealio: Friday Night Chef Showdown @ Seafood & Sneakers Ball ($150 Ticket) - $100 with discount code: Savorourcity. Saturday Festival VIP All Access ($150 Ticket) - $100 with discount code: Savorourcity. Visitwww.sobeseafoodfest.com, Select “Get Tickets”. Choose “Buy” for Chef Showdown October 24th or Seafood Festival October 25th. Enter promo code: Savorourcity. Redeem your tickets and come party with us!



Chef Showdown @ Seafood & Sneakers Ball - Friday October 24 - 7-11PM
in the GOYA Culinary Pavlion at 9th & Ocean Drive, Lummus Park
Image: Chef Showdown Social Media Ad
Tag: @sobeseafoodfest, #ChefShowdown


Miami is all about style and the Seafood & Sneakers Ball, sponsored by Range Rover and Bacardi, is here to show how Miamians do things just a little bit differently. The Chef Showdown @ the Seafood & Sneakers Ball will feature Miami’s finest, participating in cook-offs on the 305-KITCHEN.com demo stages throughout the venue, hosted by Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano.  Attendees will participate in the public vote by visiting the Chef’s restaurant tasting stations around the event space, sample their signature dishes showcased on the demo stages, and vote on who is the best in each showdown category. The “Cutting Board” experts will lend their expertise to assist in choosing the final winners at the end of the evening. Participating restaurants for the Chef Showdown include: Siena Tavern, Red the Steakhouse, Florida Cookery, Oceanaire, Dolce Italian, City Hall, CafĂ© Avanti, CIBO, Naked Taco, Park Central, and Poseidon. All sustainable seafood for the event will be provided by hosting sponsor, Whole Foods. This event will also feature a major fashion element as we enhance the evening’s “Made in Miami” experience with a “Made In Miami Fashion Show” taking place during the Sneakers Ball. Hosted by fashion blogger Kelly Saks, the fashion show will feature the latest styles by some of Miami’s best local designers to include:  The Edition BoutiquePretty Beachy Swimwear, accessories by TAudry Jewelry, The Fashion Poet, and Lyfe Brand Apparel. Tickets for this event are $150 per person and include all Chef Showdown samples, full raw bar tastings, access to all event open bars featuring the Hess Select Collection, signature cocktails featuring Bacardi brands, and delicious beers from Blue Moon and Peroni. Tickets are available at http://www.sobeseafoodfest.com




Saturday October 25 - South Beach Seafood Festival - 1-9PM - Entrance: 7th & Ocean, Lummus Park
Image: Saturday Social Media Ad
Tag: @sobeseafoodfest , #SobeSeafood

Kick off Stone Crab Season at the 2nd Annual Sobe Seafood Fest! This is an eating event not a sampling festival so get your stomach's ready to indulge at the 15 signature Miami restaurants as they build Mini Cafe's on the sand for one day serving over 45 fresh seafood menu options to choose from. Menu Items include stone crabs, oysters, lobster tails, surf 'n turf, mahi sliders, lobster ravioli, oyster shooters, shrimp tacos, crab cakes, and more. Festival will also showcase all day live music, headlined by SPAM ALL-STARS, Full Bars featuring Hess Select Wines, Bacardi, Stoli, & Herradura, Badia Spices Chef Demo Zone, Retail Village, GOYA Kids Zone for our "Little Chefs", Sweet Corner, Health Village, Coors Light Sports Bar, Blue Moon Brew Pub, Miami Cigar Company Cigar Lounge, and MORE. All food and beverage is between $5-$10. Tickets start at $25 for admission. Food & Beverage is available for purchase. A Seafood Lovers $50 pass includes discounted admission and pre paid f&b tickets. VIP All Access Passes, $150, gets you entrance to the Hospitality Village featuring the new GOYA Culinary Pavilion for an all day party, DJ, 10 Open Bars, VIP Demos, $40 of Food Tickets to use throughout the festival, and more. Tickets are available at http://www.sobeseafoodfest.com 

Until we eat again...
  I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events & Savor Our City™

Friday, September 19, 2014

"P" is for Pink Passion & Pumpkin Spice Martini and you can find them both at Pavilion Grille

Hello Foodie Friends,

I was invited to participate on a Foodie Panel at Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton earlier this week to check out some new menu items, both food, cocktails and wine. While everything was good, there were a number of outstanding ones.

Pavilion Grille is one of South Florida's favorite restaurants and destination Venues for Dining, Dancing, Nightlife and Special Celebrations. They were rated for  "Best Food" on a Wedding Episode of the hit TCL show "Four Weddings" and has received many Five Star Reviews on Wedding and Special Occasion websites.

In honor of Breast Cancer awareness month, coming up in October, Pavilion Grille will feature this beautiful cocktail called Pink Passion. When you purchase this cocktail any time throughout the month of October, Pavilion Grille will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!

October:
PINK PASSION
- Citrus vodka, Kinky Liqueur, pineapple juice, grenadine, garnish with strawberry


November:
PUMPKIN SPICE MARTINI
Autumn celebration!
- Vanilla vodka, Pumpkin Cream Liqueur, Kahlua, Butterscotch Schnapps,
crushed graham cracker rim topped with a cinnamon sprinkle

I can go on and on about how good this Pumpkin Spice Martini, but you're just going to have to wait until November when this special cocktail will be featured at Pavilion Grille and try it for yourself!

Dishes we sampled paired with Shaw Ross Imports wines:

Reds:
Char Roasted Ny Sirloin Au Poivre Spoons



Southern Crab Bisque Shooter

This Crab Bisque was REALLY good and the puff pastry was cleverly positioned to look like shrimp tails.


Lamb Shank



The lamb shank was tender and fell right off the bone and was very flavorful. It was infused with a jus reduction.


Grilled NY Sirloin

The NY Sirloin was seasoned and cooked perfectly. Topped with a Bourbon teriyaki drizzle.

Whites:
Seared Ahi Tuna and Sonoma Salad 



Blue Crab Cakes and Cedar Plank Salmon

The Blue Crab Cakes were very tasty and didn't contain a lot of filler, which is always a plus in my book! They came topped with a mangi & chili compote.

The Cedar Plank Salmon was very good and came basted in a citrus and honey glaze served with a side of brussels and quinoa.






Salmon Tartar on Wonton

Now these Salmon Tartar Wontons have only been available for their Private Parties and Catering menu, but they are getting such rave reviews, they are considering adding them as a permanent fixture on their regular menu. I don't blame them!

And for dessert...White & Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake


About the Chef:

Chef Mark Ostermeyer has been the Executive Chef at the Pavilion Grille in Boca Raton since 2007. His background spans the gamut from working in four star hotels, to catering and fine dining establishments. In the past seven years, the Pavilion Grille, under Chef Mark's direction, has grown to become one of the area’s premier dining and dancing venues and has become one of South Florida’s top catering venues.

With a career that spans several decades, Chef Mark’s culinary journey has taken him to St. Louis, Denver, Nashville, Philadelphia, Sannibel Island, Columbus,Ohio, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa where he became a local celebrity chef, with a weekly cooking segment on the CBS affiliate.He has cooked for three Presidents, the King and Queen of Norway, and numerous celebrities. As the Executive Chef at the TransWorld Dome in St. Louis, home of the St. Louis Rams, he planned and executed an elaborate presidential dinner for President Clinton.

Growing up, Chef Mark always had a passion for cooking. He enjoyed watching and learning to cook from his mother, who was an expert in the kitchen. When it came time to think about college, Chef Mark took a job as a cook at the local country club to help pay for expenses  and found he really enjoyed cooking. Once he realized he could make a living doing what he loved, he enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York, widely considered to be the “Harvard” of cooking schools.

Chef Mark's culinary philosophy is based on the growing trend toward healthier lifestyles. He prefers to buy locally whenever possible, and relies on fresh, natural ingredients. Everything in his kitchen is made from scratch. What he likes the most about South Florida is the fact that the styles of cooking that are found here are unique and rooted in diversity. The influence of Cuban, Caribbean, Haitian, Latin American and South American culture is present everywhere in South Florida. Chef Mark is passionate about exploring the unique flavors, ingredients, techniques and trends that continue to emerge, adapting them to his own style of cuisine,

In addition to cooking, Chef Mark's passion has been to develop young chefs and to help them discover their own talents. "Passing along the knowledge I have accumulated over a lifetime and helping to bring along the next generation of chefs, is the most important legacy any chef can leave behind." He challenges his kitchen staff every day and is proud of the work they do. “I get a great deal of joy knowing my people continue to learn and are as passionate about what we do as I am.”

Pavilion Grille is located inside the all glass Stonegate Building on the corner of Dixie Highway and Yamato Rd. The large Atrium is filled with tropical fountains, walls of windows and a canopy-covered 2,000 sq ft dance floor with an amazing light system.

They are open for lunch and Happy Hour Tuesday through Fridays and dinner on Tuesday through Saturday, however, I suggest you check their on line calendar in advance for a list of their music schedule and also to be sure they are not closed for a private function before you head over there.

For more info, please visit their website: PavilionGrille.com. (561) 912-0000.

Until we eat again...
   I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Madison's NY Grill & Bar in Boca Raton, FL


Photos courtesy of Shaina Wizov, Take a Bite Out of Boca
Hello Foodie Friends,
At the invite of friend and fellow food blogger Shaina Wizov of Take a Bite Out of Boca, we ventured off to try out Madison's, both for the very first time since their opening approximately 7 months ago - despite the sudden opening of the skies. We were thrilled to have found an open parking spot right up front and debated whether to use umbrellas or make a mad dash for it. Before we could even make that decision, a gentleman with two umbrellas came to my side of the car and held open one while I got out out and went around the car for Shaina with the other. Wow, I thought...we are definitely off to a great start. Service, definitely a good first impression!

Next, we were seated and our server Alex was there shortly after to greet us. He was a great server; genuine, professional, friendly, attentive but not overbearing. Shaina and I decided to try the grilled artichoke to start off with. I am not exaggerating when I say these were THE BEST grilled artichokes I have ever had. OK, they are the first ones I have technically had, but they were awesome! I had previously held the stuffed artichokes from this little Italian place in Surfside as the one to measure all others by, but this one at Madison's, OMG! I couldn't stop eating it, really! I would put this up against the stuffed kind any day of the week. Anyway, enough said...go and try it, you'll love it.
   Next up we had the seared sashimi tuna served with a sweet soy reduction and ginger. Another WOW! I have had my share of tuna, raw and seared, but never had I had it blackened to such perfection that it formed such a nicely seasoned crust around these beautiful pieces of sashimi.
Sweet Thai Chili Steak & Noodle Salad
Pineapple Coleslaw
Potato encrusted Grouper with sauteed carrots, hari covert and blue cheese crumbles 
Dessert: Sounds like "Galactic Bootie Call" lol, but is actually Galaktoboureko. This delicious pastry is made with a flaky crust filled with a custard cream base filling, topped with a honey cinnamon syrup.

Quinoa Caprese Salad
The Quinoa Caprese Salad, with fresh mozzarella, compari tomatoes, julienne basil and balsamic vinegar sounded unique so we tried it. I thought it was ok, but seemed to be a little dry for my taste, but once I added more balsamic vinegar to it, the flavors and textured were singing in harmony and became music to my mouth!



Madison's has a "Wine Down Tuesday" special where you can enjoy 1/2 off select bottles and 1/2 off select wines by the glass every Tuesday from 4pm - close, in the dining room only.
I'm told that new dishes are being added to the menu as well.

They have Happy Hour 7 days a week from 4pm - close!

They also have great deals for lunch with 10 items available for $10!!!

So, if you haven't yet been to Madison's, now is the time to check out this great BocaFoodFind. When you're there, ask for either George or Charles, two of Madison's outstanding Managers and let them know that your Foodie Friend, Denise Righetti sent ya!

You can check out Madison's online at madisonsnewyork.com and on Facebook.

Until we eat again...
  I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise