Flavors Of Boca Offers Samples Of Local Eats

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By: Shaina Wizov Contributing Writer
We are well into the new year and South Florida culinary festival season is upon us. There is plenty to be eaten and drunk throughout Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties over the next couple months, but for now, let’s focus on our own pride and joy — Boca Raton and Delray Beach. Last month, the Junior League of Boca Raton hosted its 5th annual culinary event, Flavors of Boca, at The Addison in Boca Raton.
Those who are familiar with this breathtaking venue best known for its wedding appeal can only imagine how gorgeous the decor was for the night’s festivities. Every tree lined with bright white lights and the front-and-center fountain lit up the courtyard. There were at least five sections, both indoor and outdoor, filled with restaurants and vendors giving the more than 600 guests their money’s worth. Speaking of money, proceeds from Flavors of Boca benefit the Junior League of Boca Raton’s mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community with a focus on child welfare, hunger and nonprofit support — and in total, they raised $29,600.
Pair together a Boca Raton staple venue with some of the area’s best local chefs and restaurants, wine, creative craft cocktails and local breweries, and you’ve got one pretty incredible party. Guests spent three hours sampling bites from 20 Boca and Delray restaurants (with just one coming from West Palm Beach), enjoying live entertainment and bidding on silent auction items including luxury staycations and private in-house dinners from some of the participating chefs. Tucker Dukes and M.E.A.T, both in Boca Raton, as well as Delray Beach’s Buddha Sky Bar, each donated a private rooftop six-course dining experience for eight people.
Stand-out dishes of the night included the four-cheese fiocci with pear from Tanzy, Korean BBQ pork ribs with endive and pear kimchi from Rebel House, and tuna poke gyoza tacos from Kapow! Noodle Bar. The restaurant’s new executive chef Tim Nickey stood behind his table, proudly serving one of the new items he recently added to the menu. It proved to be a hit with guests, as more and more returned for seconds and thirds throughout the night.
Newly-opened Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar and Bolay also made a lasting impression on Flavors’ guests with their healthier fare including a super grain salad and Caribbean steak and black rice bowl, respectively. On the not-so-healthy-but-still-delicious side, Bacon Box equally impressed everyone with their bacon chocolate chip cookies and brownies and Shake Shack was there with their signature Shackburger.
There’s no way anyone left Flavors still hungry, and they certainly didn’t leave thirsty either. Beer aficionados could enjoy local craft brews from MIA, Islamorada Beer Co., and Barrel of Monks, while those looking for something unique could try JOYA Sangria or the Clarified Applejack Milk Punch from Atlantic Avenue Beverage, a new company you’ll probably be seeing a lot more of soon.
The 2017 Flavors of Boca gave guests a chance to try fresh fare from local restaurants they may have never been to before and mingle with others while supporting a community-driven organization. Event co-chairs were Junior League members, Meg Fielder and Emily Ghijselinck, and The Addison’s Chef Patrick Duffy was the Executive Chef Chair of the evening.