Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tastemakers at Mizner Park presents Rock, Roll & Stroll

 Hello Foodie Friends,

I was invited back this year to preview the restaurants that will be participating in Mizner Park's signature annual event taking place this year on Wednesday, Sept 17th from 6 to 9:30pm. This year, Tastemakers at Mizner Park will be a one day event, rather than two, but promises to deliver an exceptional value not only on the night of the event, but VIP Dining Booklet holders will continue to receive special offers through Oct. 31st.

In case you have been living under a rock or are excused because A) you are either brand new to the area or B) you are reading this and don't live here...Tastemakers is a fabulous night of food, wine, cocktails and entertainment featuring an extraordinary collection of restaurants- a progressive food and cocktail tasting event that you won't want to miss! Of course, this being right up my alley, I'm always thrilled to get invited to these kind of preview events and share my experience with each of you. the Shindig Band at the Gazebo and Amp'd at the Ampitheatre each Tastemaker restaurant for great food & drink pairings the Ampitheatre for craft beer samplings by SweetWater Brewers, New Belgium Brewery, Harpoon Brewery & Florida Beer Company.

This year we started our preview tour at Ruth's Chris Steak House, a new comer to this year's line up of Tastemakers.

Tasting: Mini seared Ahi Tuna, "perfectly complemented by Aspirated Sauce with hints of mustard & beer".
Ahi Tuna from Ruth's Chris Steak House
 Pairing: Raspberry Rosemary Cosmo: Absolute Raspberri, Cointreau, Lime & Cranberry Juices, muddled raspberries, rosemary

Raspberry Rosemary Cosmo at Ruth's Chris

Tasting: Crispy Duck Spring Rolls made with spicy veggies, soba noodles, pickled cucumbers and an Asian dipping sauce (Maple Bourbon Glaze)

Crispy Duck Spring Roll from Max's Grille

Pairing: Strawberry Saketini made with Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Tyku Sake & fresh strawberries
Strawberry Saketini at Max's Grille

Tasting: Eggplant Rollatini made with brazed eggplant stuffed with seasoned ricotta cheese with marinara, Parmesan & melted Mozzarella
Eggplant Rollatini from Villagio Restaurant

Acai Thini at Villagio Restaurant

Tasting: The A + A Roll made with hamachi, jalapeno, spicy tuna, crispy shallot, cilantro and avocado served with a garnish of shaved yellow beets (tip: they came this way just for the Tastemakers presentation, but you can request them if you are in the know)

The A+A Roll at Racks

Pairing:  Boca Lemonade made with Stoli Vodka, Tyku Lemonade

Boca Lemonade at Racks
 Tasting:  Pineapple Bacon Guacamole made with pineapple, hickory-smoked bacon & crumbled queso fresco
Pineapple Bacon Guacamole at Uncle Julio's & Julio's Gold Margarita

Sheperd's Pie & Guinness Mac & Cheese from Dubliner

Tasting:  Bahn mi Vietnamese baguette; slow cooked pulled pork, buttery spicy aioli, cilantro, pickled carrots, daikon and jalapeno
Bahn Mi from Kapow

Fresh Seasonal Crab Claws at Truluck's

Cava at Truluck's
Tasting: Cedar plank salmon; salmon roasted on cedar plank, served with red pepper lima beans, and Israeli Couscous cucumber fennel salad
Cedar Plank Salmon on a bed of Israeli Couscous at Tanzy

Pairing: Prickly Pear Sour Sop Margarita made with cactus fruit, Florida Guanabana, hand-squeezed lime, El Jimador Tequila Reposado 100%
Prickly Pear Sour Sop at Tanzy's

Tasting: Aki Poke Bowl made with marinated raw ahi and avocado, carrots, daikon radish, macadamia nuts and wontons
Ahi Poke Bowl at Yard House

Tasting: Beef Carpaccio with horseradish aioli, black truffle and homemade potato chips
Beef Carpaccio on homemade potato chip from Jazziz
Pairing: Blood Orange Cilantro Margarita

Blood Orange Cilantro Margarita from Jazziz

During the event, look for this official Tastemakers Stop Sign at each restaurant, snap a creative selfie at the stop sign and share it on Instagram #tastemiznerpark and on facebook /bocamag.

You can pick up your $30 VIP Dining Booklet right now from any of the above listed restaurants or online at

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


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Well Miami's got Miami Spice but have you heard of Boca Spice?

Hello Foodie Friends,

I was recently invited to preview a new 3 course lunch menu being rolled out by Marco Pindo, Chef/Owner of Ristorante Sapori, a charming little Italian restaurant that has been in its current location in Royal Palm Place for only 21 years! He sure must be doing something right, amidst the plethora of restaurants that haven't been able to blow out the birthday candles on their first birthdays in the same area.

I was very excited when Marco called me up to say that he wanted to create a new 3 course tasting menu similar in quality to what the fine restaurants in Miami were offering as part of "Miami Spice", only he would call his "Boca Spice" and it would be available year round. 

The premise behind Miami Spice and Flavor Palm Beach is to introduce new patrons, as well as thank existing ones, to some of the finest restaurants in South Florida during the slow season. The appeal, a great meal at an extremely affordable price. There's no shortage of excellent restaurants to select from in Miami, however, Flavor Palm Beach's list of participating restaurants in South Palm Beach county, particularly in Boca Raton, is almost non existent.

Below are some of Chef Marco's new summer-inspired additions to the menu. Ristorante Sapori is especially known for their wonderful seafood and homemade pastas, each prepared with seasonal vegetables and herbs picked straight from Marco's garden. 
... "The name says it all...Sapori means flavors." Zagat rated 28 Food

Open face shrimp Provencal
Rigatoni Sapori

Grilled seasonal vegetables
Snapper Siciliana

Homemade linguine al Sapore di mare
Panna cotta 

3 Course "Boca Spice" Lunch Menu

(select one)

Soup of the day
Open face shrimp Provencal
Caesar salad
Carpaccio of the day
Lobster claw oreganata
Mozzarella and tomato
Eggplant steak

(select one)

Rigatoni Sapori
Homemade linguine al Sapore di mare
Ravioli of the day
Gnocchi of the day
Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo
Penne with roasted vegetable Bolognese

(select one)

Chicken scaloppini Toscano
Veal scaloppini of the day
Snapper Siciliana
Salmon sandwich

Cost:  $25 per person + tax & gratuity
Available Monday - Friday from Noon - 2pm

Ristorante Sapori 
301 Via De Palmas  |  Royal Palm Place  |  Downtown Boca Raton  |  Map

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Whole Foods celebrates Prince George's first birthday with cheese created in his honor

Hello Foodie Friends,

I had the pleasure of doing a private cheese tasting today at my local Whole Foods, so I invited my friend and fellow food blogger, Shaina Wizov of Take a Bite Out of Boca with me.

This time last year, the world anxiously awaited the birth of a royal baby who would become third in line for the throne – Prince George. At the same time, Whole Foods Market was preparing a new line of cheese in his honor: the Westminster Royal Addition One-Year-Old Cheddar, created on July 22, the day of the prince’s birth.
Available exclusively at Whole Foods Market, the cheddar is made on a farm in Somerset, England by the Barber family – one of the oldest cheddar makers in the world. It is aged for 12 months and has a creamy yet savory flavor and pairs well with a lager or Chenin Blanc. The cheese is available for $10.99 per pound and will be around for a limited time in all Whole Foods Market locations. It is a follow up to last year’s Westminster William and Kate Royal Addition Cheddar cheese.

This cheddar was smooth, creamy and not overwhelmingly sharp. We both gave it a thumbs up. Shaina said she intends to use it in a recipe, which I hope to be invited over to taste (hint hint). I'm thinking it would go well mixed with a few other cheeses and a nice (craft?) beer to make a tasty fondue. Yumm!

We were told that there were on 7 lbs left at the Whole Foods store in Boca Raton, so you may want to head over there right away and pick up some for yourself before they run out.

While we were there, Andy, the Marketing Team Leader shared with us that they will be beginning Pop Up Dinners there shortly, run by the chefs who cook there as well as their on site Sommelier. We saw a sample menu which looked very tantalizing. I can't wait to get notified when these begin. We may even book a few of these for Denise's Foodie Events.

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


Denise Righetti
C.E.O. (Chief Eating Officer)
Denise's Foodie Events

Dinner from the Movies, a Culinary Tribute to the Big Screen

Hello Foodie Friends,

It's not often that I receive an invitation to something as clever as this special event I was invited to recently at 50 Ocean in Delray Beach. It's also not often that I find myself full before the end of a tasting menu, but this was the case on this night. Lucky for me, I had some yummy leftovers to chow down on the next day.

My date for the evening, Miss Enid Atwater
Corn & Bacon Mandolin, caviar dill creme

Buttered Stone Ground Grits, Andouille stuffed Shrimp, molasses drizzle
Summer veggies, tomato fondue & crispy artichoke

Prime Slider, Foie Gras, roasted garlic aioli, tomato jam, buttered brioche

Fresh lobster, shellfish butter, large cut sofrito

18 hour brisket, sweet n sour cabbage, emmentaler bechamel, rye gratinee
peanut butter banana sushi, captain crunch, blueberry "pixie stick"
A surprise ending, a mammoth "Willy Wonkaish" piece of chocolate wrapped in gold foil and filled with bacon, cranraisins and other goodies. OMG Delish!!

Chef Blake and guests attending dinner
Want more of 50 Ocean? I don't blame you. Me too... 

Spirited Experiences – Pairing Dinners
Summer and Fall 2014

50 Ocean, Delray’s foremost oceanfront restaurant, is creating a buzz this summer with the debut of their new series of Pairing Dinners being served up to enthusiastic foodies and dining patrons.

Chef Blake’s culinary team pushes the creative envelope with innovative, multicourse tastings, theme-designed with spirit pairings that range from select wines, crafted beer, and distinctive, handmade cocktails. The result is an intriguing collection of “Spirited Experiences” that will continue to attract and impress guests from August through December.

Don’t miss a culinary adventure of exquisite tastings, complete with fascinating tidbits of foodie lore and legend, and perfectly paired spirits that enhance each bite. The powerful combo of taste, texture, and flavor provide an entertaining and delicious evening not to be missed!

Check Out the Below Special Spirited Experiences and Culinary Pairing Adventures

     8/26    Saltwater Brewery Craft Beer Pairing Dinner
       9/16    Jackson Family Wine Dinner
       10/2    Jim Beam Portfolio Dinner
     10/14    Cycle of Life Dinner
     10/30    “Up in Smoke” Halloween Dinner
     11/13    Olde World vs. New World (Wine Pairing Dinner)
       12/9    Third Annual Mo√ęt Hennessy Holiday Dinner

Pairing menus are custom-designed for each dinner and posted two weeks prior to the scheduled date at, along with pricing, times, and special notices. Seating is limited and reservations are essential. Please call 561-278-3364.

To see highlights from their pairing dinners and other happenings at 50 Ocean, please follow them at

50 South Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach, FL 33444 – 561-278-3364

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


Denise Righetti
C.F.O. (Chief Foodie Officer)
Savor Our City

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Hello Foodie Friends,

I was recently invited to a special Food Blogger event at Tijuana Flats in Coconut Creek. Amongst the bloggers who attended were Shaina Wizov from Take a Bite Out of Boca, Tracy & Wayne Augustin from Two Forks & a Cork and Holli Lapes, The South Florida Sage.

We were all assembled there to try out 5 new menu items that are being rolled out for a limited time from July 9th - Sept 2nd. As part of their "Give in to Hemptation" campaign, each of the 5 dishes we tried had incorporated hemp seed into the tortillas. Why hemp seeds? Why not?!? They are, after all, high in protein and Omega 3's.

In case you didn't know the history about Tijuana Flats, here's a little background: Back in 1995, college student Brian Wheeler received a $20K loan from his dad; almost 20 years later, they have 101 locations in 6 states (90+ of them are located in FL). According to Jeff Rettig, aka "Junior", Tijuana Flats likes to think of itself as "Edgy, an Un-chain chain". They like to hang on to the inuendo and push the envelope. Junior proudly proclaimed that "something may offend you (here at Tijuana Flats) but it will never be the food."

The company held a contest in each of their markets asking each of them to develop two burritos using two items that were not on the regular menu and the following items that we were trying were from the winning recipes selected.

1. Adam Bomb
Like a Jalepeno Popper, served with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce
2. Pie Roller
Kind of like an Italian Stromboli, it contained mushrooms & pepperoni, fajita peppers, lowfat mozzarella and Chipotle red sauce.
3. The Tree Hugger
This Vegetarian Burrito was made using a Cilantro Cream Cheese sauce, made in-house with crumbled tortilla chips, queso, cooked white onions, poblanos & mushrooms and put under the toaster.

4. Sweet Hemptation
This is Tijuana Flat's version of "Chicken & Waffles". Chicken pieces, churro, red onion, bacon, queso & maple syrup tossed in cinnamon sugar.

5. Banana Empanada
Banana pieces tossed in cinnamon sugar and stuffed in a lightly fried empanada shell and served with caramel syrup.

Jeff Rettig, aka "Junior", Director of Training with Tijuana Flats

Tracy Augustin proudly displaying a bottle of hot sauce she was lucky to win.  

Brandy Blackwell, Marketing Manager for Tijuana Flats welcoming all the bloggers
For a Tijuana Flats location near you, visit their website at:

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