Eat Local and Fresh in The Palm Beaches
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Discover The Palm Beaches
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Eat Local and Fresh in The Palm Beaches
Discover unique farm-to-table experiences in America's Winter Breadbasket
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2015) - Gourmands can savor "the best of everything" with a diverse range of menus at various farm-fresh eateries during a stay in The Palm Beaches. Local chefs and food artisans have revitalized The Palm Beaches' culinary scene, thanks to straight-from-the-garden produce in an ever-growing assortment of sophisticated farm-to-table dining options.
A winter breadbasket of the United States, The Palm Beaches top all counties east of the Mississippi River in total agricultural sales, with a total annual economic impact of $2 billion. The destination leads the nation in the production of sugarcane and fresh sweet corn, also leading Florida in the production of rice, bell peppers, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf, cucumbers, eggplants and herbs.
This bounty of agricultural riches allows The Palm Beaches to take advantage of the culinary landscape, and foodie travel phenomenon, which has advanced from a national travel trend to travel pattern. The 2013 "American Culinary Traveler Report," published by Mandala Research, showed that the percentage of U.S. leisure travelers who travel to learn about and enjoy unique dining experiences grew from 40% to 51% between 2006 and 2013. In 2012, it was estimated that tourism expenditures on food services in the U.S. topped $201 billion, nearly a quarter of all travel income. That makes food service the highest category of travel spend, according to the University of Florida report: "A Flash of Culinary Tourism." This study also estimates that 39 million U.S. leisure travelers chose a destination based on the availability of culinary activities, while another 35 million seek out culinary activities after a destination is decided upon.
A sampling of farm-to-table culinary offerings available in The Palm Beaches is as follows:
Avocado Grill - Featuring an array of avocado-filled selections, fresh ceviche, globally-inspired tapas and large plate options, there is something to satisfy every craving. Signature small plates of seasonal, locavore-driven fare are offered during weekday lunch, weekend brunch and dinner. Indoor and open-air seating areas, in addition to the colorful bar, provide plenty of inviting space to relax with friends and family.
125 Datura Street, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 (561) 623-0822 www.avocadogrillwpb.com
Buccan - Renowned local chef, Clay Conley, opened the restaurant with the intention of creating a space that replicates the warmth of cooking at home with friends. Conley's approach offers full-flavored small plates designed to share, maximizing on ingredients that grow in South Florida's year-round sunshine.
350 South County Road, Palm Beach (561) 833-3450 www.buccanpalmbeach.com
Farmer's Table - Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant sources clean ingredients from local farms, and seeks to make dishes that are nutritious and nourishing to the body, while still providing flavor satisfaction. Adjacent to the Wyndham Hotel, its warm, earthy space offers inside dining at the bar, in the spacious main dining room or in private dining areas, while outdoor seating is available on its tropical patio.
1901 North Military Trail, Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 417-5836 www.farmerstableboca.com
Max's Harvest - Nestled in Delray Beach's popular Pineapple Grove district, Max's Harvest is a "farm-to-fork" restaurant featuring sustainable American cuisine from local farmers and purveyors. Its owners are so focused on fresh food that they don't even have a freezer and menus are updated daily.
169 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, Florida 33444 (561) 381-9970 www.maxsharvest.com
The Cooper - This farm-to-table restaurant specializes in the finest produce and beverages sourced from local farms, food artisans, small-batch distillers and craft brewers. Founded by restaurateur Richard Rosenthal, The Cooper provides a warm, upscale dining experience, mixing sustainable seasonal dishes with an innovative take on classic American cuisine.
4610 PGA Boulevard - Suite 100 Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 (561) 622-0032 www.thecooperrestaurant.com
Other Culinary Happenings & Events:
Flavor Palm Beach: September 1 - 30, 2015 - From Tequesta to Boca Raton, savor the flavor of more than 50 local restaurants and bistros during the month of September. From surf and turf to burgers and fries, participating restaurants in Flavor Palm Beach offer three-course prix fixe lunch and/or dinner options at a reduced price. A sampling of participating restaurants includes 3800 Ocean, Cafe Chardonnay, Imoto, Melting Pot, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and Temple Orange.
Delray Beach Wine & Seafood Festival: November 7 - 8, 2015 - More than 150 exhibitors and merchandise booths, top chefs and local restaurants pair their exceptional seafood specialties with a variety of fine wines from around the globe at this free event in Delray Beach, November 7-8, 2015. Dance to live music and stroll Atlantic Avenue to browse an interesting array of artists and crafters, many of them showcasing Florida coastal designed art and clothing.
Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: December 10 - 13, 2015 - Indulge in exquisite fare from master and celebrity chefs during the ninth annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. From specialty Chef Talk discussions and a chef volleyball game, intimate and lively dinners to book signings, and an evening of wine tastings, cocktails and karaoke, this gourmet event ushers collection of gastronomes and tastemakers. Some of this year's featured chefs include Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy, Christina Tosi, and Johnny Iuzzini, as well as The Palm Beaches' favorites Clay Conley, Tim Lipman, Sean Brasel, Tory Martindale, Lindsay Autry and Aaron Black.
Savor Our City Culinary Tours - Led by founder Denise Righetti and her team of knowledgeable food and wine enthusiasts - many with hospitality, culinary and/or food blogging backgrounds - these gourmet adventures take both local foodies and visitors alike behind-the-scenes into each city's hot culinary communities, where they will be introduced to various dining experiences. The Palm Beaches' Savor Our City Culinary Tours are available in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. Tours last for approximately three hours and run from $65 per person.
Swank Specialty Produce - Swank is a hydroponic, all natural farm, offering high quality produce free of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides, to nearly every farm-to-table restaurant in South Florida for the past 13 years. It also hosts various "Swank Table" al fresco dinners in its own fields of green, with local and nationally known chefs who create multi-course meals in collaboration with local farmers, ranchers, artisanal producers, micro-brewers and organic wine makers.
14311 North Rd, Loxahatchee, Florida 33470 (561) 202-5648 www.swankspecialtyproduce.com
Taste History Culinary Tours - Every Saturday, satisfy your hunger for delicious, local cuisine and knowledge during the Taste History Culinary Tours. This non-profit epicurean tour delivers an engaging taste of the diverse cuisine, culture, art and history throughout The Palm Beaches. Your insightful guide unveils hidden gems led by talented chefs, all while infusing local history into the experience. Tour guests meet the restaurant owners and chefs, as well as the directors and artists of the cultural centers and art galleries. The public tours travel to West Palm Beach on first Saturdays; Lake Worth and Lantana on second Saturdays; and to Delray Beach and Boynton Beach on third and fourth Saturdays, year-round. Private tours are available on weekdays and all tour fees are inclusive starting from $45 per person.
West Palm Beach Food Tour - Sip, sample and savor the flavor of West Palm Beach with a variety of tastings from six of the top local restaurants. Historical, architectural and cultural information is provided throughout the trip to round out the experience and provide a background to the local and fresh inspirations. The Downtown West Palm Beach Food Tour is a leisurely stroll for about three hours with plenty of refreshing stops along the way. Adult tickets are $65 per person.
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About Discover The Palm Beaches
Discover The Palm Beaches, formerly the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism marketing corporation that promotes the collection of 38 cities and towns and 15 tourism districts, commonly referred to as The Palm Beaches, Florida. Tourism is among Palm Beach County's major industries. It generates an annual economic impact of nearly $7 billion in the local economy, produces $42 million in bed-tax revenue and lodging sales of approximately $623 million and supports more than 60,000 jobs.