Trivia Tuesday: Palm Beach, By Gum!

Trivia Tuesday logo JPGWe often think of Henry Morrison Flagler as the first millionaire to recognize Palm Beach as paradise. A handful of the wealthy industrialists beat him here, including the man who invented which of the following?

  1. The stop sign
  2. Tutti-Frutti chewing gum
  3. Shredded Wheat breakfast cereal
  4. The zipper

Answer: Tutti-Frutti chewing gum. While all these innovations dated to the late 1800s (the stop sign was conceived in 1890, but not put into use for 25 more years… yikes!), it was Thomas Adams who discovered that Mexican chicle produced a smooth, snappy chewing gum. His company produced the first flavored gums (licorice and fruit), inventions that were almost literally eaten up by the American public. He made a fortune, and spent some of it on Palm Beach real estate.

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Palm Beach Patriots

Wall of Honor 1Next time you’re walking along South County Road, directly across from Café L’Europe, stop by the Wall of Honor in Memorial Park. If you take a few minutes to read the names, you’ll walk away with a greater appreciation of the island’s proud tradition of military service.

Wall of Honor 2The Wall of Honor is located at one end the of park’s reflecting pond, opposite the newly restored Addison Mizner fountain. The northwestern Wall of Honor recognizes veterans of World War II.  Nameplates on the northeastern side honor those who’ve served in foreign conflicts since 1945.

The town has offered to add the names of any qualified veteran, and plans a ceremony during the week of Veteran’s Day.Here are the criteria :

  • Must have served the U.S. in a foreign war/conflict since 1945.
  • Must have been a resident of the Town of Palm Beach at the time of military service.
  • Must submit a copy of form DD-214 (discharge and separation documents) to the Town Manager’s office no later than 5 p.m on Friday, Sept. 2.

Questions should be directed to the Town Manager’s office at 561-838-5410.


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Fridays with the French Wine Merchant

Monsieur Maurice

Today, in honor of National Wine Day, meet Monsieur Maurice.

Maurice Amiel, the island’s French Wine Merchant, sources food-friendly, hand-crafted bottles from the world’s greatest wine regions. He’s not in the trophy business. He wants his wine to be opened and enjoyed with a lovely meal in the company of friends and family. His clients rely on him as their wine advisor, whether it’s for a romantic dinner for two or for a reception for 200.

He also hosts a delightful Palm Beach tradition – “Friday Uncorked.” The weekly wine tastings are held in the shop’s patio garden from 6-8 p.m. each Friday evening.

This week, the shop will preview the summer’s newest wines, including:

  • An elegant, crisp Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley.
  • A Pinot Grigio from northern Italy.
  • A Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, full-bodied with a long finish.
  • A smooth Chinon Reserve, also from the Loire region.
  • A full-bodied Cahors Malbec.

An array of French cheeses, including Camembert and Brie de chèvre, will accompany the wines. Visit the French Wine Merchant in the Paramount Building, 139 N. County Road, Palm Beach, or call (561) 833-7712.


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Trivia Tuesday: A Day in the Life

Royal Poinciana  postcard, c, 1894

Florida historian Donald W. Curl set down a description of life as a turn-of-the-century visitor to Palm Beach’s grand hotels. You’ll see we’ve taken some liberties with his text. Can you pick out the correct facts?

Trivia Tuesday logo JPG“After breakfast, you went to the beach until lunch, taking the train/mule car/sand chair, and then in the afternoon you rocked on the porches of the hotel, where you met your bridge partners/Mr. and Mrs. Flagler/everybody that counted. If you were energetic, you went sightseeing/skindiving/climbing in the coconut palms. On the pine walk between the Royal Poinciana and The Breakers, or along the Lake Trail, you could rent a paddleboat/wheelchair/jitney to take you to Alligator Joe’s or Cragin’s Garden of Eden…

“Then you got dressed rather formally and went to the Cocoanut Grove at the Royal Poinciana for tea, dancing, gossip, and Mrs. Roche’s famous rum punch/coconut cake/moonlight serenade. Then you dressed more formally and dined at the Grille Room of the Royal Poinciana for dinner or to Bradley’s Beach Club. Colonel Bradley only waived the rules of dress if you were planning to walk back to your hotel/go night fishing/catch a late train.”

Answers: mule car; everybody that counted; sightseeing; wheelchair (see last week’s Tuesday Trivia for more about this unusual mode of transportation; coconut cake; catch a late train.


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A Portuguese Pairing

Surely you know the proper wine to pair with poached red mullet with tomato mustard on tomato onion puree with jamón ibérico and white balsamic jus.

Don’t you?*

Fear not. Chef Michael Ober will do the work for you at his end-of-the-season food & wine pairing, this time featuring Portuguese cuisine and wines. Once again, the venue is the charming Serenity Garden Tea House, 316 Vallette Way, West Palm Beach.

Tickets for the June 2 event are $65 per person. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling (561) 339-2444. Read the full menu at the Cordon Bleu Catering website.

*It would be the 2014 Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Rose. Naturally.


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Palm Beach Opera, Inside and Out

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It’s not too early to make plans for next Season.

Palm Beach Opera has announced its 2017 schedule, with tickets and subscriptions available now. It will be a season of classics, including Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (January 27-29), Verdi’s Rigoletto (March 10-12) and Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance (April 7-9). This rendition of Pirates will feature Metropolitan Opera star Stephanie Blythe making her Palm Beach Opera Mainstage debut.

Before all that, however, the company opens al fresco at a free community event called Opera @ The Waterfront (2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at Meyer Amphitheatre in downtown West Palm Beach). More than 100 musicians will perform opera’s most recognizable arias and ensembles. There are no box seats… bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy the fresh air and live music, part of Palm Beach Opera’s #PBOperaforall effort.

Palm Beach Opera performs its other works at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. Buy tickets or arrange for a subscription by calling (561) 833-7888 or visiting the website.


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Art (and Music) After Dark

There’s Brazilian jazz. There’s Picasso. There are paper flowers and still-life fruit and Mid-Century Modern masters. And that’s after we go to dinner at The Café.

The Norton Museum’s Art After Dark event is so full tomorrow evening (Thursday, May 19), we may just have to sleep there. (Remember From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? Just like that.) Here’s the schedule:

  • Flowers, Fruit, and More: Still-Life Paintings in the Collection
    Tours at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Meet in the Shapiro Great Hall.
  • Picasso: Love, Sex, and Art: In an hour-long BBC documentary, the people who knew Picasso best give new insight into the man, his women and his work. Showings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Reynolds Classroom.
  •  DIY: Still Life to Real Life: Design your own 3-D paper blossom, inspired by the flowers in the museum’s still-life collection. Available from 6-8 p.m. in the Harris Pavilion.
  • Mid-Century Modern Masters: Tour begins at 6:30 p.m. Meet in the Shapiro Great Hall.
  • Rose Max and Ramatis: Acclaimed Brazilian vocalist Rose Max tours worldwide with Brazilian acoustic guitar master Ramatis. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Schwartz Theater.

Visit the Norton at 1451 South Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach. Call (561) 832-5196 or visit the website for more information.


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New! Trivia Tuesday Starts Today

Now that Season is over, let’s have some fun with Palm Beach’s rich past. Every Tuesday, we’ll test your knowledge of Palm Beach lore and lifestyle. Ready? Begin:Trivia Tuesday logo JPG

In the late 1800s, Henry Morrison Flagler introduced one- and two-seated wicker “wheelchairs,” powered almost exclusively by workers peddling bicycles attached at the rear. These chairs, called “Palm Beach chariots” or “lazy-backs,” served for years as one of the primary ways for wealthy tourists to get from place to place.

Before the wheelchairs, Flagler had experimented with Japanese rickshaws. They didn’t work so well here on the island. Why not?

  1. Wealthy patrons did not care to view the sweat-stained backs of the men pulling them.
  2. They were unstable and tended to topple over.
  3. When the thin, wooden wheels got mired in the sand, occupants were forced to get out and help push the vehicle free.
  4. Baby alligators were fond of crawling up into the rickshaws when they were out of service.

Answer: The rickshaws toppled over, apparently with some regularity. Part of the reason? Their drivers tended to be quite lean, and the passengers, well, less so. We’ll turn to area pioneer Mary Majewski Brewer’s writing for an explanation: “They [the rickshaws] didn’t last too long, because they had quite a few accidents with them. Sometimes the passengers were heavier than the man pulling them and over they would go. So after a few lawsuits, Flagler decided that was it!”


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Dancers Among Us

Dancers art

We know ballet dancers are strong. Jordan Matter’s photographs help us see just how strong.

In his sublime images, Matter delights us by placing lithe dancers in unexpected places – a train station, a hiking trail, a construction site. Somehow, the juxtaposition of their powerful forms against everyday surroundings produces an explosion of energy along with a sense of amazement and curiosity.

Through June 4, the Palm Beach Cultural Council’s North Gallery features a collection of Matter’s work with the Miami City Ballet. Dancers were photographed along South Florida’s beaches, streets and skylines. Miami City Ballet will direct proceeds from this collaboration to benefit its Career Transition Fund, which assists dancers who have devoted a significant portion of their careers to the company and to provide them with financial support as they move to the next stage of their lives.

Attend the show at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, 601 Lake Avenue, Lake Worth, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, phone (561) 471-2901 or visit the Cultural Council website.


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Lunch with Escoffier

foodsofengland escoffierAuguste Escoffier: Chef of Kings. The King of Chefs.

It was Escoffier (1846-1935) who insisted upon using fresh, healthy, seasonal ingredients in fine food.

It was Escoffier who understood that a great chef must not only know how to prepare the dish, but how to go to market, prepare the table and organize the kitchen.

It was Escoffier who got rid of elaborate recipes that masked key ingredients in heavy sauces and ridiculous garnishes. When we dine well today, we do so as a direct result of Escoffier’s brilliance.

Starting next week, four accomplished Palm Beach chefs will pay tribute to the great master in a series of luncheon conversations presented by The Society of the Four Arts. You’ll hear from:

Each discussion will be followed by a three-course lunch. Tickets for the series are $250 (or $75 for an individual event) and reservations are required. Call 561-805-8562 or register online.


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