Bubbles & Burgers

Posted on 04 March 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Bubbles & Burgers is just one of the events leading up to one of the hottest culinary events of the year in our area — the Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting, which is this Saturday, March 7 (more on that later). The events began with Bacchus Beckons and then, there also are the Vintner Dinners coming up in private homes on March 6.

Bubbles & Burgers was held on Feb. 20 at the Boca Beach Club. Guests could try a variety of burgers, including the 24 Hour Braised Short Rib Burger, Moroccan Lamb Burger, The Last King Scotland, made with salmon and spinach slaw, an All American Slider or a Latin Veggie Burger, so there was something for everyone. There was also a “French Fry Bar,” which had different types of fries, and other items like tater tots and chips. Of course, there can’t be Burgers without Bubbles and that is where the various spirit stations came in pouring a bit of the bubbly. In addition, there was dessert! ALINA Residences sponsored the unique photo booth so everyone could leave with a memory, or have it emailed to them.

As was mentioned, the next event is the six different Vintner Dinners at private homes on March 6 from 7 to 11 p.m., followed by the very popular Grand Tasting on March 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Here guests can try tasty tidbits from over 25 local restaurants and select from over 130 champagnes and wines from around the world. There also will be a silent auction, a a pop-up jewelry shop by Yvel; a pop-up shop by Crown Wine & Spirits; luxury items from select vendors, including Park Luxury Sporting Accessories; and a pop-up art gallery by Thomas Arvid, the nation’s pre-eminent painter of wine, who will be painting a piece of artwork during the Grand Tasting. He also donated a piece of artwork to the silent auction. Guests can also get a touch up from Bloomingdale’s professional makeup artists at the Bloomingdale’s Red-Carpet Cosmetic Touch-Up Station throughout the evening. There will also be a range of products for sale.

Restaurants who will be serving up their specialties include Benihana, the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Bolay, Bonefish Grill, Burton’s Grill & Bar, City Fish Market, Chops Lobster Bar, J&D Cakes, Just Salad, Loch Bar, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Potions in Motion, Raw Juce, Rebel House, Rex Baron, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sommer’s Cupcakes, The Capital Grille, The Melting Pot, and THE POKÉ COMPANY.

Featured Vintners include Cakebread Cellars, Flora Springs Winery, Montes Wines, Silver Oaks & Twomey Cellars, and Truchard Vineyards. Participating wineries include A to Z Wineworks, Balletto Vineyards, Brady Vineyards, Blanc de Bleu, Bocelli Family Vineyards, Bodegas Callia, Boneshaker, Cass Winery, Castello di Verrazzano, Chateau de Berne Estate, Francis Tannahill, Gravel Bar Winery, Hahn Family Wines, Invivo Wines, Island Grove Wine Company, Jam Jar Wines, JP Chenet France, Mercer, Moillard, Picket Fence Vineyards, Relax Wines, Rex Hill, Santa Margherita, Santa Rita, Smith and Hook, Taittinger, Torbreck Barossa Valley, and Vina Robles Vineyards & Winery.

Tickets, for the Grand Tasting, are $125 per person. Vintner Dinners are $350 each. All proceeds benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum (www.bocahistory.org). For more information or to www.bocabacchanal.com or call 561-395-6766, Ext. 101.

Ready for some bubbly?

Serving up burgers.

Macarons that look like mini burgers.

Boca Raton Historical Society’s Executive Director Mary Csar welcomes guests.

Silent auction!

The DJ pumped out great tunes.

Serving up some wine.

ALINA crew was on-hand to talk about ALINA Residences.

Enjoying the event!


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Tipperary Pub Pig Roast–Sunday, March 1

Posted on 29 February 2020 by JLusk

It’s time again for the Tipperary Pub’s annual Bearman & Cubs Pig Roast from 4 to 7 p.m. on March 1. Besides roast pork and all the fixins, they will have live music. They are located in The Cove Shopping Center at 1340 SE 4 Ct. in Deerfield Beach. For more information, call 954-421-9769.

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Shooting in Pompano Beach

Posted on 28 February 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) homicide detectives are investigating a shooting that left one dead and another injured in Pompano Beach Monday morning. 
Shortly after 5 a.m. Feb. 24, someone shot into a black Infiniti QX30 occupied by Jacques Altidor near the 700 block of Northwest Fifth Avenue in Pompano Beach. A second person, Thelbert Brayboy, was also shot while standing outside the vehicle. 
BSO deputies responded and found Altidor suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his body. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported him to Broward Health North where he was later pronounced deceased. 
Deputies located Brayboy at Broward Health North with a gunshot wound to his left arm. He was transported to the hospital by a friend. 
On the night of Tuesday, Feb. 25, BSO homicide detectives, along with a BSO deputy, responded back to the incident location to conduct a follow-up investigation. During the investigation, the deputy was confronted by an aggressive dog. The dog was subsequently shot in the front leg by the deputy and transported to Hollywood Animal Hospital for treatment.
Both incidents remain under investigation. 
Anyone with information regarding the fatal shooting is asked to contact BSO Homicide Det. Jeffrey Curtis at 954-321-4214. Anonymous tips can be provided through Broward Crime Stoppers by calling 954-493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org.

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Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins March 1

Posted on 28 February 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach would like to inform the public that sea turtle nesting season will begin on March 1.  This season run through Oct. 31.  The city would also like to remind residents to reduce the amount of visible light to the beach as this can cause disorientations in nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.  For further information on the proper lighting guidelines, please see the link provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) www.dfb.city/seaturtlelighting.

For further information, please contact the City’s Coastal & Waterway Coordinator, Patrick Bardes, at pbardes@dfb.city.

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La Boulangerie Boul’ Mich brings international culinary flair to Town Center Mall

Posted on 23 February 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

For six years, La Boulangerie Boul’ Mich has been serving up its French bakery specialties with a Latin Twist down in the Miami area, with its first location in Key Biscayne followed by locales in Coral Way, Aventura, Pinecrest and Ft. Lauderdale. Now, this unique restaurant is bringing its fusion flavors to the Town Center Mall at Boca Raton.

Located between Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the restaurant wows from the first step into its doors. The décor is fresh and inviting, both modern and nostalgic all at once. The fourth wall opens to the outside allowing the outside in, with a view of the beautiful birdhouse filled tree. They plan on adding more seating there as well. There is an industrial feel but with bright bold colors to wake up the senses. It is juxtaposed with cozy elements like the earthy-colored walls and tables and the intricately handmade lighting fixtures. Everything is made with an eye for the sustainable. They use all reclaimed woods. The booth backs are made form coffee bean bags. They sign on the wall was created from a discarded fence. The desserts are served up in jars that guests can take home and use again. They add in a few antiques to the mix – items like cameras owned by one of the owners’ grandfather. Together, all of these elements make for locale that is both quaint and exciting.

For breakfast, try an omelette, including this huge one filled with veggies!

If you think the décor is ecclectic, wait til you try the food! The name Boul’ Mich is a nickname given to the Boulevard St. Michel in the Latin Quarter of Paris, known as a “hotbed of student life and activism” and filled with culture with its bookstores, cafes, cinema and shops. The addition of this name to the restaurant moniker explains the French portion of their cuisine. But, then, there is the Latin twist. That comes from the owner’s background. They all come from Latin roots. The founders and partners have collectivelt managed over 300 restaurants in the past 35 years in the U.S. and Venezuela.

Their menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner items. They have eggs benedict, omelets, French Toast, bagels and more, but they also have gourmet sandwiches, chorizo, empanadas, pastas, salads, soups, bakery items –including typical French specialties like croissants and quiche, as well as Latin items like Pan de Bono (Columbian cheese bread), Ham Cachito and Tequeno (Venezuelan cheese stick) — and plenty of dessert items like cookies, Key Lime Pie, Tres Leches, different Mousses, Cheesecake, tarts, tiramisu and more.

This Bravia beet carpaccio is delicious!

The Pappardelle Al Funghi was luscious and rich.

Sandwiches or empanadas are among the choices.

What did I eat? For breakfast, this writer dove into the huge omelette (pictured above) with sautéed vegetables, including zucchini, red onions, mushrooms, artichoke, tomatoes and red and green bell peppers. For lunch, Bravia (on far left) is a refreshing and delicious choice. It is a beet carpaccio filled with mixed greens, goat cheese and apples topped with almonds and balsamic and olive oil topped with nuts and balsamic vinaigrette  — surprisingly refreshing and delicious. Another tasty treat was the slightly spicy chorizo,  (pictured left, between the Caprese and Turkey and Cheese sandwiches). The mushroom and cheese empanada was also tasty. The Pumpkin Soup was surprisingly good. The Pappardelle Al Funghi (above left) was rich and luscious. 

The croissants are light and flaky.

Many of the items I was able to try due to a recent media event, including the light and flaky crossaints, some filled with Nutella to celebrate World Nutella Day (below).

The Nutccino.

They also showed the artistry they used to make their Nutccino coffee. But they also have espresso, macchiato, cortadito mochaccino, capuccino, cafe au lait, cafe bombon and regular American coffee. Their fresh squeezed orange juice is also delicious for breakfast. Of course, they have other juices and sodas, tea, hot chocolate, etc. as well. 

They are open daily, Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.laboulangerieusa.com/bocaraton.php


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Pioneer Days Parade Winners

Posted on 22 February 2020 by JLusk

Best Theme Float – Environmental Services

Best Overall Float – City Management Team

Best Marching Band – Stranahan High School

Best Youth Group – BSO Explore

Best Civic Entry – Historical Society

Best Church Entry – Cathedral Church of God

Best School Entry – Deerfield Beach Elementary

Best Business Entry – Campbell & Rosemary Real Estate

Judges Choice – Active Aging Center



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Pioneer Days Parade Goes on Rain or Shine

Posted on 21 February 2020 by JLusk


The pouring rain didn’t stop dignitaries like Vice Mayor Todd Drosky from joining the parade last Saturday.

By Diane Emeott

The skies opened up an hour before the annual Pioneer Days Parade in Deerfield Beach with a downpour heavy enough for spectators to
scramble for umbrellas, and Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) motorcycle deputies and those lining the streets with traffic cones to quickly don fluorescent green slickers.
As of 10 a.m. Parade time, the heavens let loose with another drenching.
“Ooh hoo, this is not pretty!” exclaimed one bystander.
Nevertheless, the much-anticipated Saturday morning, Feb. 15 parade went off without a hitch – albeit with fewer marching bands and viewers than usual along the parade route.
BSO motorcycle division started the parade, with Broward Sheriff Fire
Rescue (BSFR) fire trucks and an impressive array of emergency response vehicles, including a boat, behind.
Deerfield Beach High School NJROTC and Bucks Marching Band participated. “That is dedication!” pronounced one of their leaders.
The only other marching band came from Stranahan High School in Ft. Lauderdale. Dressed in orange band uniforms and pink rain gear over majorette’s costumes, the band began a diagonal dance/run thru the rain while holding tight their instruments and batons.
Parade Grand Marshall Willis Andrew McGahee III, a former NFL Running
Back, was covered in rainwear, as were local dignitaries.
Mayor Bill Ganz and County Commissioner Lamar Fisher, Vice Mayor Todd Drosky, and Commissioners Bernie Parness, Ben Preston and Michael Hudak each waved from their vehicles. State Representative Chip LaMarca made an appearance, as did those running for office in November, including Linda Thompson Gonzalez. (Both she and LaMarca are running for his Florida House District 93 seat.)
Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel hadvehicles in the parade. Also
represented was Al Pollock, another of the 12 running for Sheriff in
November, including current Sheriff Gregory Tony, who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis when DeSantis took office.
The City of Deerfield Beach produced atleast three well-decorated floats – City Manager’s Office, Environmental Services Department and the Sustainable Management Department.
Five-year-old Louis had fun collecting candy and green, purple and gold beads from Mardi Gras (the theme of this year’s parade), while his mom Kathy sheltered them both with her umbrella. “Every year, I’m here! My son looks forward to it,” she said.
Sporting double umbrellas near the intersection of Hillsboro and Federal, Mr. & Mrs. Mawby brought golden Labrador dogs Emily and Daisy to take in the half-hour parade.
Cub Scouts Pack #119 were troopers, as was Preschool Director Jayne
Hafer from the Center For Active Aging, sitting solo on a float that, in better weather, is filled with kids. Senior Services Director Donna DeFronzo and staff walked in Mardi Gras makeup.
The Observer newspaper, which is still here online bringing news weekly, was represented in the parade, in the Observer car, by Vice President Jim
Lusk and driver Denise, visiting from Colorado. Editor Rachel Galvin walked the parade route (while this reporter took pictures.)
Look for more photos on the Observer Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Observer-Newspaper-118917374853101/

Stranahan High.

Wearing beads to fit Mardi Gras theme.

When it rains, dance!

Grand Marshal William McGahee, former NFL player.


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Another fatal collision with train

Posted on 20 February 2020 by JLusk

Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) traffic homicide detectives are investigating Tuesday’s fatal crash in Pompano Beach involving a Brightline train and vehicle. 
At approximately 10:12 a.m. Feb. 18, BSO deputies and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to a Brightline train versus a vehicle crash at the railroad crossing at Northeast 3rd Street and Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach. A 2003 Toyota Corolla Hatchback was traveling southbound on Dixie Highway when the driver turned left onto Northeast 3rd Street into the path of the Brightline train traveling southbound on the nearest west track, just east of Dixie Highway. 
The Corolla caught on fire following the impact. The Brightline train, with the vehicle attached, continued south coming to a final rest at Southwest 2nd Street and Dixie Highway, approximately 1500 feet south of the area of collision. 
The driver of the vehicle, 38-year-old Willie Louis Mitchell, was pronounced deceased on scene.
The traffic homicide investigation is ongoing.

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Bacchus Beckons kicks off Boca Bacchanal

Posted on 13 February 2020 by JLusk

By Rachel Galvin

Bacchus Beckons, held on Jan. 21 at Bloomingdale’s at the Town Center Mall at Boca Raton, signaled the kickoff to the popular culinary event Boca Bacchanal. Hosted by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum, this first event of many was a perfect time for everyone to mingle and try some delicious hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Sandy James Fine Food & Productions, as well as taste different wines from featured vitners. Over 150 were in attendance. Models showed off some of the fashions available there and the DJ played some pumping retro tunes.

Another purpose of this event was to announce this year’s pairing of these acclaimed vitners with award-winning chefs for the upcoming Vitner Dinners, which will be held on March 6 from 7 to 11 p.m. at five elegant homes and one new restaurant throughout Boca Raton. (See pairings and more info below).

Before the Vitner Dinners take place, there will be another event –Bubbles & Burgers.

Held on Feb. 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Boca Beach Club, 900 S. Ocean Blvd. in Boca Raton, this informal get together will include specialty burgers and sparking wines and champagne.

Hosted by Alina Residences. Tickets are $100. Parking is complimentary.  

The Boca Bacchanal events culminate with The Grand Tasting on March 7 from

7 to 10 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. There, guests can enjoy tantalizing tastes of specialties served up from over 25 local restaurants to be enjoyed with over 130 champagnes and wines from all over the world. There also will be a silent auction and plenty of pop ups to experience.  Thomas Arvid, America’s preeminent painter of wine, will also be at the Boca Bacchanal with a pop up art gallery, will be donating a piece of his art to the hundreds of items within the silent auction and will be doing a live painting demo. Don’t miss one of the hottest foodie events in the area! Tickets are $125.

For more information on all the events, visit https://www.bocabacchanal.com/

 Vitner and Chef Pairings

At the home of Barbara and Bobby Campbell, the dinner will feature Chef Tim Nickey, of Kapow! Noodle Bar in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, with Tim Duncan, of Silver Oaks & Twomey Cellars, of Napa Valley, California.

Maria & Todd Roberti’s dinner will debut Chef Nathan Duensing, of Marsh House in Nashville, paired with Tim Duncan, of Silver Oak & Twomey Cellars, of Napa Valley, California.

 Joyce & Thom DeVita and Joni & Al Goldberg will feature Chef John Thomas, of Sassafras in West Palm Beach, and John Schulz, of Flora Springs Winery of Napa Valley, California.

Stacey Packer, Robin Deyo, Carrie Rubin and Donna Nero — all women for the first time– will host at the Packer home. For that dinner, Chef Amy Mehrtens, of Copper Vine in New Orleans, is paired with Aime Dunstan, of Cakebread Cellars, of Sonoma, California. 

LeAnn & Russell Berman’s dinner features Chefs Shanna & Brian O’Hea, of The Academe Brasserie at the Kennebunk Inn in Kennebunk, Maine, paired with Anthony Truchard, of Truchard Vineyards, of Napa Valley, California. One of the evenings special guests will be Thomas Arvid, the nation’s pre-eminent painter of wine.

The Rex Gryphon Restaurant Group will hold their Vintner Dinner at their unique Rex Baron Survivors Kitchen/VRex Lounge located at Town Center at Boca Raton. This avant-garde post-apocalyptic themed restaurant concept includes interactive, multi-sensory elements and a hi-tech VR escape lounge. The al fresco evening will be co-hosted by the company’s Culinary Director and acclaimed Chef Ralph P. Fernandez, and former N.Y. Giants running back, best-selling author, youth advocate, and philanthropist Rashad Jennings, who joined the Rex Gryphon (RG) Restaurant Group in December 2019. This dinner debuts Anita Correas of Montes Wines of Chile.




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DFB launches “Your City, Your Buck”

Posted on 12 February 2020 by JLusk

The City of Deerfield Beach is inviting citizens to dive into Your City, Your Buck, a new survey launched in an effort to include the community in the annual budgeting process. The survey is the equivalent to a virtual public workshop and uses technology to elevate the level of civic engagement in the budget process. The surveys are anonymous, but it does ask for some demographic information.

Hardcopies of the survey and a drop box are currently available at the following locations:

· City Hall, 150 NE 2 Avenue

· Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW 2 Street

· Highlands Community Center, 511 NE 44 Street

· Hillsboro Community Center, 50 Hillsboro Technology Drive

· Constitution Park, 2841 W. Hillsboro Blvd.

In addition, computers with internet access are available at the Hillsboro Community Center Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Surveys are available online and at the facilities in multiple languages to include: Portuguese, French, Creole, and Spanish. The surveys will be available for the month of February.

City staff is just starting to shape the 2021 Fiscal Year budget, which will run from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021. The survey results will be presented to the City Commission at a future visioning session. If you would like to provide input, please complete the survey at www.deerfield-beach.com/budgetsurvey.

For additional information please contact Office of Budget & Performance via email at dfbbudget@deerfield-beach.com.

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