| April, 2022

Boca Bacchanal is Back

Posted on 26 April 2022 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Last reminder… One of the best events of the year is coming up. Have you gotten your tickets? The event is BOCA BACCHANAL and this year it takes place May 6-7. There are two experiences available for the foodie in you: The Vintner Dinners and the Grand Tasting. These events bring out the Who’s Who of the area, especially those in the culinary world and those who just like to be in-the-know. If you love a great glass of wine and delicious culinary delights, BOCA BACCHANAL is for you. Besides including amazing events, BOCA BACCHANAL also gives back to The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum and the Boca Raton Historical Society. 

Vintner Dinners

On May 6, from 7 to 10 p.m., there are the Vintner Dinners. Held at private homes and other premier locations, the dinners are an intimate experience of food and wine pairings. This year’s hosts include the following:

  • Joyce & Thom DeVita, Joni & Al Goldberg host with Château La Nerthe as the winery and Christophe Bristiel as the vitner. The chef will be Jeff Tunks of the Corvina Seafood Grill in Boca Raton and Chris Clime from PassionFish in Reston VA
  • Marie & Rick Wackenhut will host with DAOU Vineyards as the winery and Chris Baker as vitner, as well as chefs Brian & Shanna O’Hea of Maine Lobster Pot Pie
  • LeAnn and Russell Berman, Holly and David Meehan will host with Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars  as the winery and Tim Duncan as the vitner, as well as Eric Baker from Rebel House in Boca Raton as chef
  • Arina & Francis Feeney will host with St. Francis Winery & Vineyards and Katie Madigan as vitner, as well as Chef Roger Brock from Boca West Country Club
  • Maria & Todd Roberti will host with Masi Agricola as winery and Tony Apostolakos as vitner, and Chef Salvatore Spina from Casareccio Trattoria in Pompano Beach

Tickets are $350.

The Grand Tasting

The big event that brings in the crowds is The Grand Tasting, on May 7, from 7 to 10 p.m. which will take place at The Boca Raton, at 501 E. Camino Real Rd. This is the place-to-be for foodies and wine connoisseurs. Attendees can sample some of the best culinary delights from the area from top chefs, as well as top wines and more. There also will a silent auction. Tickets are $200.

“BOCA BACCHANAL is a festive weekend that celebrates and enhances the appreciation of wine and food, while bringing together world-class chefs and vintners, offering their finest specialties, while providing the entire community with a delightful opportunity to support the heritage education programs of The Schmidt Boca Raton History Museum and the Boca Raton Historical Society,” says Mary Csar, Executive Director.

Sponsors for BOCA BACCHANAL 2022 include The Boca Raton,

Republic National Distributing Company, “Boca Magazine,” Crown Wine & Spirits, Alina Residences, Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC), JM Lexus, the Addison, Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Diamonds Direct, Privaira, PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS CHARITIES, Marta and Jim Batmasian, Atlas Rentals, LivingFLA.com, the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, Discover the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, and The City of Boca Raton.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.BocaHistory.org.


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Seatrade Cruise Global returns to Miami

Posted on 25 April 2022 by JLusk

Seatrade Cruise Global, the cruise industry’s leading annual business-to-business event, is returning to the Miami Beach Convention Center this week, April 25-30. This is a great place to network and see what is happening in the business. There are over 700 exhibitors as well as panels and a virtual component.

Learn more at www.seatradecruiseglobal.com.

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What ever happened to The Automat? New documentary uncovers this lost gem

Posted on 22 April 2022 by JLusk

The Automat appealed to everyone, even stars like Audrey Hepburn, pictured here.

What ever happened to The Automat?

New documentary uncovers this lost gem

By Rachel Galvin

Affordable, futuristic, fascinating, convenient… these are just some of the adjectives that describe a culinary idea that was brought from Europe to Philadelphia in 1902. It’s name was The Automat and its concept was a gastronomical revolution. It was more than just a restaurant owned by Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart. The concept was that people could go inside and up to these glass doors framed with brass to see what tasty treat was behind the glass, insert a nickel and be able to reach in and take the item out. This vending machine of sorts supplied everything from roast beef sandwiches to apple pie prepared by unseen cooks in the back. People could even push down an Italian-inspired dolphin-headed spout and get their own coffee with a perfectly measured splash of cream for five cents.

This idea started long before the concept of fast food we have today. It was more than just delivering a hot meal in a unique way. The price was right for everyone. The staff really cared. And everyone was welcome; no one was turned away – creating an atmosphere that included everyone from the homeless to the high class, all races and creeds, the everyman and the socialite. Even well-known stars came for a meal there. This was a haven from the ordinary and that made the Automat really special. The restaurant started in Philadelphia and went on to New York City. It would become the largest restaurant chain in America. 

This phenomenon has become the subject of a documentary called “The Automat” by director Lisa Hurwitz. She asks and answers the all-important question – what happened to The Automat? Within the film, she has many sources giving their own version of the history of the restaurant chain, including what led to their success and their ultimate closure. Included among these experts are people who worked at Horn & Hardart and their descendants, as well as historians and lovers of the Automat. Actor Elliot Gould is one such fan, as well as actors/ filmmakers Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks. They share their favorite memories of the locale, from their favorite food to interactions with the staff. Brooks, especially, shares a bit about his childhood, including photos. The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Secretary of State Colin Powell also chimed in. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz even talked about how the concept inspired him to create Starbucks.

Actor Mel Brooks not only shares his memories of The Automat in the movie, but also wrote a song about it and performs it.

The timing of the growth of the Automat could not have been better. People had moved into the city as the industrial revolution got underway and needed a quick place to eat lunch. As the Automat began to grow, so did the number of women in the workforce. The number of stenographers grew from 5,000 to 300,000 from the 1880s to the 1920s, they noted, so women also became a key demographic for the new concept, providing a quick and affordable lunch in a safe environment. Those same factors were reasons they saw for the eventual demise of the Automat. As World War II ended, women got out of the workforce and became stay-at-home moms and people moved out of the city and into the new suburbs, taking away much of the target audience needed for these restaurants to stay busy. With less volume, it became harder to maintain the same pricing. A nickel only goes so far. These were just a few reasons for the change, along with the eventual introduction of fast food restaurants. Finally, the spotless Art Deco Automats were torn down and places like those fast food faves replaced them.

But to those who remember the Automat, good memories remain. And this charming film stirs up all that nostalgia. For those who never knew about these gems, it is quite a lesson in a forgotten piece of history. This cultural icon of bygone days was really a bellwether as to how culture was shaping around them.

“The Automat” is opening in South Florida theaters starting on Friday, April 29 (in Miami at AMC Aventura and in Palm Beach County at Movies of Delray, Movies of Lake Worth. Additional theaters TBA).

Join Director Lisa Hurwitz for Q&As at Movies of Delray on Saturday, April 30 for the 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. shows and on Sunday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  For additional showtimes and advance tickets, visit www.moviesofdelray.com   Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

For more information about The Automat, visit www.automatmovie.com.

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Junior League of Boca Raton Raises the Bar

Posted on 20 April 2022 by JLusk

Honorary Chairs Dr. Jacqui Moroco Maloney & Jack Maloney.

The Junior League of Boca Raton’s annual fundraiser, Raise the Bar, will be held on Thursday, April 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Rocco’s Tacos, 5250 Town Center Circle. The event will celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Junior League of Boca Raton Endowment Fund, Inc.

Honorary Chairs are Dr. Jacqui Moroco Maloney and Mr. Jack Maloney.

Local celebrity bartenders will include Doug Fash and Forrest Heathcott, Tim Snow and Jerry Fedele, Kimberley Trombly-Burmeister and Barbara James, Jamie Sauer and Reilly Glasser, Kelly Fleming and Melissa Bonaros and Eric Applewhite and Howard Guggenheim.

“We hope everyone will come out to support our celebrity bartenders,” said Jamie Sauer, President of the Junior League of Boca Raton, said.  “There’s always a lot of competition between the bartenders to see who raises the most money through tickets and tips.”

Funds raised will benefit the Endowment Fund of the Junior League of Boca Raton which supports the Vegso Community Resource Center (VCRC). This vital community resource offers free trainings for our nonprofit community, free access to the grant library and a place for the community to gather and hold meetings without incurring overhead costs.

 Tickets include two drinks, chips and salsa and guacamole.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door and are available at jlbr.org/raising-the-bar. 

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Easter Sunrise Service

Posted on 14 April 2022 by JLusk

The Ministerial Association of #DeerfieldBeach welcomes residents and visitors to the 2022 #DFB Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 17, 6:30 AM at the Main Beach Parking Lot 149 SE 21 Ave. Keynote speaker: Rev. Nathaniel Knowles of Emmanuel Christian Center #DFB #LoveDFB #Sunrise

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Funding Arts Broward’s Black & White: A Night at the Museum– April 25

Posted on 13 April 2022 by JLusk

At the last Funding Arts Broward event in 2020, Bonnie Clearwater, museum curator, gave a tour of the exhibit. This piece was by Takashi Murikami. Photo by Rachel Galvin.

By Rachel Galvin

A FAB event is coming our way! If you are in Broward County and are a lover of the arts, you won’t want to miss this gem of an event. Yearly, Funding Arts Broward holds a special event filled with art and fellowship, music and culinary treats, and more.  This year is sure to be just as special.

To be held Monday, April 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the NSU Art Museum Ft. Lauderdale, the event is slated to include a performance by the Dillard High School Center for the Arts students. This elegant black and white themed cocktail party will also include light bites and a decadent dessert table. The best part about their event is seeing the art on display at the museum. This year, the exhibit is called “Lux et Veritas” and the private tour will be led by Bonnie Clearwater, the director and chief curator at the museum. Make sure to wear your black and white for this elegant affair.


Kehinde Wiley, Karl Spindler, 2017, Courtesy of S. Donald Sussman. © Kehinde Wiley

More about the exhibit:

According to the museum, “Lux et Veritas”  focuses on a generation of artists of color who attended Yale School of Art for graduate studies between 2000 and 2010. The exhibition’s title alludes to Yale University’s motto, “Lux et Veritas,” which translates from Latin to “Light and Truth.” In the context of this exhibition, the title references how these artists thought with critical complexity about their work and their movement through institutional structures. Featured artists include Mike Cloud, William Cordova, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Abigail DeVille, Torkwase Dyson, John Espinosa, Luis Gispert, Rashawn Griffin, Leslie Hewitt, Loren Holland, Titus Kaphar, Jamerry Kim, Eric N. Mack, Wardell Milan, Wangechi Mutu, Mamiko Otsubo, Ronny Qevedo,  Mickalene Thomas, Anna Tsouhlarakis, Shoshanna Weinberger and Kehinde Wiley.

As with similar programs, Yale School of Art, in New Haven, Connecticut, had not been historically diverse, which spurred these art students to form affiliations across the departments of painting, graphic design, sculpture, photography and art history. They filled gaps in the school’s curriculum and counteracted the lack of diversity among the faculty by inviting artists, curators and writers of color as advisors and guest speakers, developing an interdisciplinary forum, publishing art journals, organizing exhibitions and documenting their experiences in video and photography. The relationships they formed at school evolved into communities that networked and provided essential support and feedback for one another, often passing on these efforts beyond graduate study. Their reevaluation of the Western art canon, and commitment to the method and practice of teaching has contributed to a greater recognition of artists of color, challenged stereotypes and enriched the overall shared spaces of learning and thinking about art and the art praxis.

“Lux et Veritas” provides a public forum in which to address the directions these artists took based on the explorations that began in graduate school and were instilled thereafter in their practice. The exhibition is curated by Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator, NSU Art Museum. Mike Cloud (Yale, MFA 2003), William Cordova (Yale, MFA 2004), Leslie Hewitt (Yale, MFA 2004) and Irene V. Small, associate professor, Contemporary Art & Criticism, Princeton University (Yale, Ph.D. 2008) are advisors on the exhibition. Oral histories with the artists who attended the School of Art provided significant insight into their experiences, relationships, and work.

The exhibit is currently on display until October 23. It is presented by S. Donald Sussman and sponsored by Funding Arts Broward.

This event is for FAB members, friends and public supporters of the arts. Tickets for “Black & White: A Night At The Museum” are $75 per person and are available at fundingartsbroward.org. For more information, please call 954-353-7673 or email fundingartsbroward@gmail.com.


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Deerfield Beach 5th Annual Ocean Brews & Blues Festival–May 21

Posted on 13 April 2022 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce that the 5th annual Ocean Brews & Blues Festival is back! The festival will take place at the Main Beach Parking Lot, 149 SE 21st Ave., on Saturday, May 21, from 3 to 8 p.m. 
The Ocean Brews & Blues Festival is a great opportunity to spend a day at the beach while joining us for an exciting craft brew festival, where you will have an unlimited sampling of an assortment of 100+ beers from some of America’s best craft breweries while listening to a variety of blues music entertainers. Along with the great brews and blues, there will be an assortment of local foods as well as arts and craft vendors.
General admission craft brew sampling tickets are available for $40/per person. Pricing expires May 20th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Event day sampling tickets will be $45. This year will feature a special VIP ticket option for $60/per person. This will allow 1-hour early access to sample specialty brews from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and much more! All general admission tickets include 4 hours of unlimited sampling of 100+ beers and a souvenir glass from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Purchase your craft beer festival tickets today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ocean-brews-blues-beer-fest-2022-tickets-277267684107.
Parking on the barrier island will be limited during the event. Attendees can make the short walk across the bridge to the event or take the complimentary shuttle service.
Complimentary parking will be available in the Cove Shopping Center located at 1500 E. Hillsboro Blvd. This shuttle service will run continuously from 2:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
For more information, call the Community Events at 954-480-4429 or visit https://www.deerfield-beach.com/1601/Ocean-Brews-Blues.

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Boca Helping Hands to Hold 16th Annual Monopoly Event & Casino Night

Posted on 07 April 2022 by JLusk

When was the last time you played Monopoly? Now is a chance to try your hand at the real estate game and give back to an important local nonprofit at the same time.

Boca Helping Hands (BHH) will host the 16th Annual Monopoly Event & Casino Night on Saturday, April 30 at 6 p.m. at The Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, 2425 West Maya Palm Dr. in Boca Raton. 

Besides guests playing the game and trying to become the champion, the evening will also include hors d’oeuvres and dinner, a silent and live auction by auctioneer Neil Saffer, as well as casino gaming and a DJ.

Proceeds from the event will help assist 27,000 people in the South Florida community through BHH’s various programs, including hunger relief, job training, healthcare, emergency financial assistance, childcare and weekend meals for Palm Beach County school children.

Sponsors include JM Family Enterprises, Gary Peters Family Foundation, Tandy and Joe Robinson, Rochelle LeCavalier, and Peter and Susan Brockway.

The chairperson for the event is Rochelle LeCavalier, Executive Director of Luxury Sales at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Tickets start at $250 and are available for purchase at BocaHelpingHands.org/MONOPOLY. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Karen Swedenborg, Development Manager, at 561-417-0913 ext. 202 or Karen@BocaHelpingHands.org.

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