- Celebrity Chefs and Innovative Practices Tempt Taste Buds -
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla., August 3, 2009 - With an abundance of golf courses, pristine
beaches, world-class shopping venues and renowned resorts, Palm Beach County has long been known
as a top warm-weather destination for a hundred years. Now foodies from around the world are
recognizing the Palm Beaches also as a premier dining destination.
Celebrity chefs including Palm Beach-newcomer Chef Michelle Bernstein are bringing their love
and expertise for food preparations to new restaurants in the destination. Long-standing restaurants
are finding inventive ways to keep things fresh and flavorful, from growing their own vegetables in a
garden to allowing guests to select every ingredient in their meal.
With so many diverse areas throughout the Palm Beaches, the options for diners are virtually
infinite. The downtown West Palm Beach area includes Clematis Street and City Place, a Mecca for
upscale shopping and dining. While the resort restaurants and cafes of the island of Palm Beach have
catered to celebrities and royalty for decades. Atlantic Avenue is the trendy main street of Delray Beach,
filled with chic restaurants, art galleries, and local watering holes. Other culinary clusters in the region
include Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens.
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Michelle Bernstein at The Omphoy
This summer, Celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein will be making her mark on the Palm Beach dining scene
with the opening of her newest restaurant, Michelle Bernstein at the Omphoy. Chef Bernstein, a 2008
James Beard Foundation award winner, was victorious over Bobby Flay on Food Network's "Iron Chef
America" series and brings her expertise to each dish at the Omphoy. Open for dinner only, the menu
will focus on fresh seafood and reflect a clean Mediterranean flavor.
L'Escalier at The Breakers
The Breaker's onsite organic herb and vegetable garden features a variety of edible and aromatic plants,
which are used daily by the culinary team and include broccoli, basil, celery, corn, carrots, tomatoes,
spinach, dill, cilantro, mint and everything in between. A recipient of the AAA Five Diamond Award and Wine Spectator's Grand Award, L'Escalier is one of ten restaurants owned by the Breakers, all of which
are known for variety and innovation. The resort also boasts not one, but two master sommeliers.
Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel
Led by New York-based Chef Daniel Boulud and James Beard Award nominated Executive Chef Zach Bell,
the menu and ambience at Café Boulud continues to combine the best of French Food in a casually
elegant style. The menu highlights the chef's four muses. La Tradition highlights classic French dishes,
while Las Saison features courses in harmony with the season. Le Potager offers the bounty of the
vegetable garden and Le Voyage is an interpretation of various world cuisines.
Angle at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach
Angle features South Florida Regional cuisine, while highlighting seafood and prime meats. Executive
Chef Ryan Artim has implemented the successful and trendy "Off the Hook" promotion, which allows
guests to handpick their seafood entrée as it is delivered by local fisherman and then cooked on the
Café 1451 at the Norton Museum of Art
Located in the midst of the art museum's 7,000 pieces, Café 1451 offers visitors a truly special way to
experience art through taste. Themed menu items are inspired by the current art exhibitions and
continually change with the museum's rotating collections. The current Disney exhibition has inspired
the cuisine at Café 1451. Grilled Skirt Steak with summer vegetables from The Lion King and the
Vegetarian Sandwich with cheddar, avocado and mango chutney inspired by Bambi are just examples of
the creative, yet sophisticated dishes.
Italian Oven Café
Focused on the Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, fruits, nuts, vegetables, grains and seafood, Italian
Oven Café is a new addition to City Place that is quickly gaining popularity. Some menu highlights at this
sidewalk café include Filet Mignon Salad with fig balsamic vinaigrette, Chicken BLT Panini with pancetta
and fontina, and the Lobster-Shrimp Ravioli, all of which can be enjoyed for under $12.
Downtown West Palm Beach's authentic Parisian-style bistro has recently added a talented young Chef
De Cuisine Julien Gremaud. Gremaud has launched new menus that showcase his innovative
interpretations of classic French dishes, including a sweet potato and coconut-crusted mahi-mahi and
the croquet-monsieur, the French version of a grilled cheese.
Rocco's Tacos
Delectable Mexican cuisine at an affordable price in a high-energy atmosphere makes Rocco's Tacos one
of Palm Beach's most popular Mexican restaurants. Located in the midst of the dining and nightlife
hotspots of Clematis Street, the restaurant also features one of the most expansive tequila bars in South
Florida, with more than 150 options available.
Vic & Angelo's
All of the ingredients at this legendary Palm Beach eatery are fresh and imported from Italy; even the
water is imported from New York City in order to create the perfect pizza dough for a light, crispy crust.Other menu highlights include seasonal pasta dishes, gigantic salads, and seafood prepared on a woodburning grill.
32 East
With a neighborhood bistro ambience, the menu at 32 East, however, is nothing short of extraordinary.
Executive Chef Nick Morfogen presents a fresh approach to Contemporary American with a menu that
focuses on seasonality and changes daily.
Boston's on the Beach
Overlooking the turquoise waters and sandy white beaches of Delray Beach, Boston's invites diners to
come as they are and enjoy New England-style seafood. The Beach is the first-floor of the restaurant and
is an ideal place to enjoy casual dining, live music, and the big game, or any Red Sox game.
Morimoto's Sushi Bar at The Boca Raton Resort & Club:
Opened in Fall 2008, Iron Chef Masahuru Morimoto oversees this chic sushi restaurant, which is the first
outpost of the famed Morimoto's of Philadelphia. The unique décor, inspired by an ocean theme,
features blue and white colors with four sushi chef stations and 32 seats at the bar. The sushi master's
unique cuisine is characterized by his distinctive Japanese roots and colorful combination of ingredients.
-Year Round Events and Festivals Attract Culinary Aficionados to Palm Beach CountyDining out is a year-round affair in Palm Beach County, home to several festivals and events
dedicated to the joys of gastronomy. Next month, Flavor Palm Beach will take center stage, showcasing
some of the area's hottest eateries including Vic & Angelo's, City Cellar, Rocco's Tacos and Morton's
Steakhouse by offering fixed menus of $19.09 for lunch and $30 for dinner. The eighth annual Boca
Bacchanal, taking place March 19-21, 2010, is a weekend of great wine matched with delectable culinary
delights featuring acclaimed chefs and prized vintners. The following month, more than 600 foodies will
come together at one table for Savor the Avenue in trendy Delray Beach. Palm Beach Restaurant
Month, occurring each June, celebrates island favorites that include Amici, Renato's and Ta-Boo by
offering value prix fixe lunch and dinner selections.
About Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Palm Beach
County, Fla. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries generating a direct annual economic impact of $2.8 billion
in the local economy, producing $23 million dollars in bed-tax revenue and lodging sales of approximately $623 million. Palm
Beach County presents "The Best of Everything?" - from a multitude of accommodations, including more than 200 hotels,
resorts, spas, golf courses, world-class shopping, 47 miles of pristine beaches, distinctive attractions and an assortment of
cultural venues to top-notch festivals and edge-of-your-seat sporting activities. All who visit this subtropical paradise will find
cities rich in diversity and home to warm, friendly people.
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Kenneth Morgan, Communications Manager
Palm Beach County CVB
1555 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Suite 800, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
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