Palm Beach’s Cafe Boulud to feature an Oktoberfest beer garden

The Brazilian Court's courtyard becomes the setting for an early Oktoberfest biergarten with local breweries at Cafe Boulud. (Contributed)
The Brazilian Court’s courtyard becomes the setting for an early Oktoberfest biergarten with local breweries at Cafe Boulud. (Contributed)

 

Why wait for October when you can celebrate Septemberfest?

Palm Beach’s Cafe Boulud is getting a head start on Oktoberfest by partnering with several local breweries for a spectacularly paired biergarten on Sept. 25.

It’s a juxtaposition worth drinking to: Internationally renowned chef Daniel Boulud’s epitome of white-linen, fine dining on Palm Beach island hosting a beer garden with some of the best craft breweries in Florida, including three from Palm Beach County.

Executive chef Rick Mace will set up four dining stations around the courtyard of the historic home of Cafe Boulud, The Brazilian Court, where Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing, Tequesta Beer Co., Twisted Trunk Brewing, and Barrel of Monk’s Brewing will be serving a variety of their beers.

Mace’s offerings will include the following: a station dedicated to river oysters, clams, mussels, and marinated squid; a sausage station with Thai links, chorizo and boudin noir; one dedicated to three kinds of sliders; and a dessert station with French tarts and American pies.

Among the beers are several hard-to-find offerings, including Cigar City’s pumpkin beer, Good Gourd, which they produce just once a year, Barrel of Monks’ Three Fates Belgian tripel and Tequesta’s Der Chanellor pilsner.

Tickets to the event are limited and cost $75 a person, $65 for groups of four or more. They can be purchased by calling 561-655-6060.

Restaurant pick of the week: something to purr about in Palm Beach

The club sandwich at The Leopard Lounge features avocado and egg. (Palm Beach Daily News file)
A club sandwich at The Leopard Lounge, Palm Beach. (Palm Beach Daily News file)

Central pick: LEOPARD LOUNGE

Oh, sure, this place is great at night for Palm Beach people-watching amid black lacquered walls, shiny leather banquettes and leopard print carpeting. But there’s more to the Leopard than the lounge and dinner scene. There’s excellent service, the “welcome” of hot rolls tucked into a basket, and delicious lunch.

The chicken schnitzel ($22) is a thing of beauty: Chicken breast that’s tender and juicy chicken beneath a crispy, buttery crust is topped with lemon béchamel sauce and served with haricot vert and French fries. Order the schnitzel as part of the Flavor Palm Beach lunch menu during the month of September and you can get an appetizer (like shrimp cocktail) and dessert (like double chocolate Belgian cake), all for just $20, plus tax and tip. That’s something to purr about.

The Chesterfield Hotel revamped its rooms and famous Leopard Lounge in 2011. (Chris Salata/ Palm Beach Daily News) 120711 PBDN Chris Salata 4 Photos
The Chesterfield Hotel revamped its rooms and Leopard Lounge in 2011. (Palm Beach Daily News)

Leopard Lounge: 363 Cocoanut Row (in the Chesterfield Hotel), Palm Beach; 561-659-5800; ChesterfieldPB.com

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Craft beer: Boynton’s Due South bottling exclusive brew on Saturday

Best Local Beer of the Week: barrel-aged Mariana Trench imperial stout by Due South

Due South will released it's bourbon-barrel-aged version of its Mariana Trench imperial stout on Saturday. (Photo contributed)
Due South will released its bourbon-barrel-aged version of its Mariana Trench imperial stout Saturday. (Photo contributed)

What it is

Take Due South  Brewing Co.’s most complex beer, Mariana Trench — deep and dark in color like the eponymous Atlantic Ocean trench — which they make only once a year and which won a gold medal at the Best Florida Beer Championship; and now age it for almost a year in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels. That’s how you make a beer that puts you — and keeps you — on the map locally, regionally and nationally. (It’s no surprise there’s an appetite for Due South’s brews in beer-crazy Philadelphia.) It’s a high-alcohol beer (about 10 percent alcohol by volume) brewed with cocoa and vanilla to give it intense and complex flavors, aged in one of 17 premium barrels that some adventurous Due South employee trucked down in an old pickup from Kentucky. This is Due South’s third year brewing and aging this beer, and they will continue to age nine barrels’ worth for future experimentation.

Where to get it

Due South will bottle only 1,300 22-ounce bottles of barrel-aged Mariana Trench, which it will sell exclusively at its brewery Saturday at noon. And when they’re gone, they’re gone — until next year’s batch. There will be a limit of four bottles per person. The beer will go on sale at exactly noon, though a line will be forming, guaranteed, hours before. For those who would rather not wait in line, the beer will also be on tap at the brewery and later at select bars in South Florida in limited quantities. Two of those are The Brass Tap in Boynton Beach and Tap 42 in Boca Raton.

Due South Brewing, 2900 High Ridge Rd. #3 Boynton Beach, 561-463-2337

Venus Williams: Her company designed this cool bar

Funky Shandy at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)
Funky Shandy at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)The bar

The bar

Salute Market

The vibe

Salute Market is a place without secrets. It is simply a place to enjoy fresh food and hand-crafted drinks in sleek, open, unpretentious setting designed by tennis star Venus Williams’ firm, V Starr Interiors. It’s part deli and market, where you can buy fresh sandwiches with pastrami and corned beef flow in fresh from the owners’ home in Chicago. It’s part wine cellar, and full beer and liquor store where you can sample all of the items before you buy them. And it’s an indoor and outdoor bar, where cocktails are made with top shelf liquors — and the recipes to all the drinks are printed on cards so you can buy the alcohol and make the drinks at home.

Signature cocktail

The Funky Shandy is among the drinks Salute Market makes and prints the recipe to for patrons to take home. A typical shandy is mix of hefeweizen wheat beer and lemonade. This one does it one better by using Funky Buddha’s Floridian wheat ale, Kettle One Citron citrus vodka and ginger liqueur. It at once is refreshing and packs punch.

Grapefruit Negroni at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)
Grapefruit Negroni at Salute Market in Palm Beach Gardens (Contributed photo)

Other notable drinks

The drinks are seasonal to take advantage of local, fresh ingredients. Among the drinks Salute prints recipes to are its strawberry rhubarb old fashioned, made with bourbon, fresh muddled strawberries and aged-rhubarb liqueur. The watermelon mojito uses freshly muddled watermelon. There are also a selection of craft beers in cans or bottles, including local offerings from Tequesta Brewing Co. and Due South Brewing.

Bar bites

A full deli means you can have anything from a salumi/charcuterie board or a hot sandwich from kitchen. The Sleghtsteak sandwich uses house-roasted eye of round. The Barry uses specially cured corned beef. And all naan bread is fresh baked.

Deals

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., food menu ranges from $2 to $8. Wine starts at $6, champagne at $11.

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More info.

5530 PGA Blvd., Suite #101, Palm Beach Gardens. 561-425-5651. www.salute2u.com

 

The Funky Shandy

1 1/2 ounces Kettle One Citron vodka

1 1/4 ounces Stirrings Ginger Liqueur

4 ounces Funky Buddha Floridian beer

2 lemon wedges

Build in a glass. Add ice, vodka, ginger liquer and squeeze lemons. Finishe with beer. Garnish with lemon.

 

See which local craft beers now available at renovated Dolphins stadium

Due South's Caramel Cream Ale put the Boyton Beach brewery on the map. (Handout photo)
Due South’s Brewing’s (Boynton Beach) Caramel Cream Ale will be available at the renovated Dolphins Stadium. (Handout photo)

The Miami Dolphins clearly know how to draught.

The renovated Sun Life Stadium will toast the team’s home opener on Sept. 27 with two new taprooms, serving 16cq varieties of Florida craft beer on tap and 15 others in bottles and cans. There will be as many as 52 craft beers available — including national and local breweries, such as four from Palm Beach County.

Miami Dolphins Craft Beer
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The Dolphins are emphasizing local beers. All of stadium’s draft craft beer will be from Florida.

“Our fans have told us that they want more variety and more local flavors, not only in the food they eat, but in what they drink,” said Ben Metzger, the Dolphins’ director of concessions. “We wanted great beers from great breweries that represented a wide range of tastes. Our hope is that fans will be able to come and get the beers that they already know and love, but also be able to try and discover new ones that will become new favorites.”

Due South Brewing’s Caramel Cream Ale and Saltwater Brewery’s Screamin’ Reels IPA — a Palm Beach Post Beer of the Week — will be available in cans. Tequesta Brewing Co.’s Der Chancellor golden ale is in bottles. Funky Buddha Brewing’s Floridian wheat ale, Hop Gun IPA and Crusher IPA will be on tap, alongside other South Florida craft breweries such as Miami’s Wynwood Brewing, Doral’s MIA Brewing, the Islamorada Beer Co. and Tampa’s Cigar City Brewing.

Metzger said the stadium wanted to serve beer that paired well with South Florida’s weather.

“Many of the breweries are developing beers that are tweaked to the local palette, or are perfecting beers that just taste great on a hot and humid Florida day,” He said. “This allows us to offer that breadth – so you’ll be able to enjoy a great pilsner, hefeweizen, or blonde ale; but then still be able to carry a couple fantastic IPAs for the people who are craving hops.”

(Hat tip to Palm Beach Post Dolphins beat writer Hal Habib for getting his hands on the beer list.)

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Hurricane Matthew: stock up on these six fancy foods

Hurricane Matthew update: for all their drama, hurricanes can be drab affairs when it comes to their culinary consequences.

The dismal checklist usually involves the usual suspects: granola bars, canned chicken or tuna salad, Spam, Vienna sausages, generic crackers and peanut butter.

For the latest updates on Hurricane Matthew check our WeatherPlus blog.

In a storm and aftermath, chances are your pantry supplies will dictate what ends up on your plate – particularly if the aftermath involves a power outage.

So in the spirit of thoughtful preparation as Hurricane Matthew approaches — here are some pantry items that promise to lift your post-storm meals and mood, especially when consumed by candlelight.

FANCY TUNA

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My new favorite tuna is packed in a 6.7-ounce jar with olive oil. Tonnino’s Tuna Fillets in Olive Oil packs Costa Rican tuna that’s dolphin-safe, wild caught and hand packed.

These are pricey little jars, retailing at just over $5 each. But each serves two to three – even more, if used in a larger salad.

Find them, among other places, at Publix, Publix GreenWise and The Boys’ market in Delray Beach.

CANNED CANNELLINIS

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These versatile beans are delicious, even at room temperature. They’re lovely when tossed with olive oil and lemon or vinegar, and a sprinkling of herbs. Fold in some good tuna and thinly sliced onion for a full meal.

Such a salad invites a ton of variations: Add tomatoes, avocado, fresh herbs, even other bean varieties.

Find them at your favorite supermarket.

GOOD OLIVE OIL AND VINEGAR

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A drizzle of distinctive olive oil can add instant depth and a luxurious touch to a toss of greens, tuna and/or beans. Add a sprinkling of organic red wine vinegar or aged balsamic for balance and brightness.

I love a good, hearty Spanish olive oil, but in a pinch, a little bottle of Pompeian extra virgin oil fixes the craving for bold.

YUMMY PEANUT BUTTER

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Peanut Butter & Co. makes some terrific varieties of peanut butter, from Cinnamon Raisin Swirl (our favorite) to White Chocolate Wonderful. No need for jelly – these are good on their own.

Find them at Publix, Walmart, Winn-Dixie, Target and other local shops.

CRISPY CRACKERS

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My new favorite go-to cracker seems custom-made for everything from hummus to pimento cheese. Plus, Blue Diamond’s Pecan Nut-Thins are wheat and gluten-free. They’re made with rice flour and pecans and manage to maintain the lightest, most satisfying crunch.

Find them at Publix and most major markets.

CRUNCHY CHICKPEAS

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Saffron Road makes delicious, crunchy chickpeas that are flavored by a variety of spices. (I love the falafel-flavored ones.) These are yummy alone, by the handful, or scattered atop salads and soups. Plus, they’re healthier than potato chips.

Find them at Publix.

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What is the best local beer of the week?

Best Local Beer of the Week

Blood orange Belgian wheat ale from Copperpoint Brewery

The blood orange Belgian wit wheat ale from Copperpoint Brewery. (Contributed photo)
The blood orange Belgian wit wheat ale from Copperpoint Brewery. (Contributed photo)

What it is

One of the summer favorites at the three-month old Coppperpoint Brewery in Boytnon Beach has been its Belgian wit wheat ale (also known as a witbier), the Witness. But one particular variant of that carefully crafted beer is a blood-orange variety. To the standard Witness, which is brewed with Florida oranges and coriander to give it a citrusy, peppery flavor, brewmaster/owner Matt Cox adds hard-to-source blood oranges (peels, juice, everything). This treatment gives an already flavorful beer a tart bite and a fragrant citrus scent. The beer takes extra long to make, costs more, but as Cox said, “we do it because it’s good. And good things never come easy.” Except drinking this finely crafted beer; that comes very easily. It’s the perfect goodbye to summer.

Where to get it

Copperpoint won’t begin distributing its beer to local bars and restaurants for at least another 30 days. Until then, its beers are available only in its taproom. The blood orange wit is a limited beer, so get it while it’s available. It costs $5.50 for a 13-ounce pour in a snifter. But during happy hour Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., all beers are $4.

Copperpoint Brewing, 151 Commerce Rd., Boynton Beach. 561-508-7676

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Lake Park’s Dunkin’ Donuts reopens Monday with free mugs, coffee deals

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The circles of life, some might argue. (File photo/The Palm Beach Post)

Munchkin on this, Palm Beach County: The recently closed Dunkin’ Donuts in Lake Park will reopen Monday.

That marks a quick turnaround for the Federal Highway donut shop, which closed Aug. 2 for renovations.

Franchisee Dan Bowers felt the 53-year-old eatery — which was the last full-service Dunkin’ restaurant in the world — was overdue for a makeover.

The Lake Park restaurant will now have equipment to make sandwiches like the new Tailgater.
The Lake Park restaurant will now have equipment to make breakfast sandwiches like the new Tailgater (egg, cheddar cheese, smoked sausage, fire-roasted peppers, grilled onion and Ancho Chipotle sauce on an oven-toasted French roll).

The grill, the short-order cooks and the veteran waitresses are gone, replaced with the full complement of equipment for making 2015’s specialty sandwiches and small army of hot, cold and slushy beverages (once upon a time, kids, beverages at donut shops were pretty much limited to hot coffee, cold OJ and tiny cartons of milk).

Starting Monday and continuing through Friday, the first 20 customers each morning will receive a free ceramic mug — the kind that was a staple at the original restaurant.

The restaurant also will offer this deal next week: a small hot coffee and donut for 99 cents.

Dunkin’ Donuts is at 301 Federal Highway in Lake Park and can be reached at 561-848-5031.

Goodbye grub: Blondies diner closes in Tequesta

The blondes: Courtney and Meghan Conran, shown here in September 2014. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)
The blondes: Courtney and Meghan Conran, in Sept. 2014. (Bruce R. Bennett/ The Palm Beach Post)

Blondies, the Tequesta diner that fixed many a breakfast-for-dinner craving, has closed.

Sisters Meghan and Courtney Conran, the blondes that inspired the diner’s name, opened the strip-plaza eatery in September 2011. They served a menu of dishes inspired by family recipes, such as the “Beezy Cakes” flapjacks named for their cousin Bridget and their Grandpa Bill’s Monte Cristo.

The sisters posted a note on the diner’s website, saying they were unable to agree to new lease terms on the space.

“We want to thank everyone for supporting us throughout the years and giving us the best customers we could ever ask for,” said their note. “We are actively seeking a new location, so be on the lookout for a new Blondies in the future.”

Related: Goodbye, grub – Closed restaurants in Palm Beach County

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Which craft beer brewery is right for you? Play our game!

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The choices can be overwhelming.

Craft beer breweries are the hot, new hangout and you now have seven options in Palm Beach County. But each of these full-production breweries has its own distinct personality, so it can be hard to decide which to visit on your night out.

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