Sweet Tea Time

Flagler Mother's Day

Photo courtesy of the Flagler Museum

We know the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum as a celebration of the Gilded Age – that period between the Civil War and World War I, when U.S. population and industry boomed, a handful of men became very rich, and their homes reflected it. Important things were invented: The telephone. The light bulb. Coca-Cola.

And Mother’s Day, in 1914. So, for many years the museum’s Café des Beaux-Arts has hosted a very special Mother’s Day Tea for mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, aunts, and other lovelies. The menu includes finger sandwiches, scones, sweets and the Museum’s own Whitehall Special Blend™ tea.

You may reserve for either of two dates: Saturday, May 13 from 11:30-2:30, and Sunday, May 14, from noon-3 p.m. Tickets include prix fixe tea, museum admission, taxes, gratuity and a corsage for each mother.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

Advertisements

Go Green

GreenMarket

Photos courtesy of VisitWPB

You simply cannot let another Saturday go by without a visit to the West Palm Beach GreenMarket.

Cooking Light magazine calls it the best in Florida. Now in its 22nd year, it was the area’s first and is surely the most extensive.

DoughnutsMore than 80 vendors offer local and organic produce, plants, herbs, exotic flowers, baked goods, coffees, teas, olive oils, spices, candy, meat, seafood, cheeses, and artisan housewares.

You can crunch a half-sour pickle, slurp up a messy Cuban sandwich, or grab yourself a “walkaround cone” of apple cider doughnuts (our guilty pleasure). We love to cherry-pick the freshest and most unusual produce and then go home and create our evening meal around it.

The GreenMarket runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays from October through April (this year’s last market is April 22). It’s held on the Waterfront Commons (Flagler Drive & Clematis), and parking is free at both the Banyan and Evernia garages. Coming by boat? You can dock nearby. And don’t leave the dog at home, because it’s pet-friendly.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

The Future of the Mind

He’s a physics rock star.

Dr. Michio Kaku will be the featured speaker at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s annual benefit at March 30 at The Breakers.

Michio Kaku

Dr. Michio Kaku

Kaku believes that one day we’ll be able to upload the human brain to a computer, neuron for neuron, project thoughts and emotions around the world on a “brain-net,” take a “smart pill” to enhance cognition, send our consciousness across the universe, and push the very limits of immortality.

No doubt he’ll touch on a few of those ideas during the event, titled The Future of the Mind: An Evening with Michio Kaku and the Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.

“[Dr. Kaku] is a perfect fit for our mission to ‘open every mind to science’ with his work to unlock the secrets of our brain’s potential,” says Lew Crampton, president and CEO of the Science Center. “The timing is perfect, as we begin developing our newest permanent exhibit, A Journey Through the Human Brain. This will be the most advanced exhibition in the world on the topic of brain science.”

Tickets for the benefit are $500, or $5,000 for a table of 10. For more information, visit the Science Center website.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

Affairs of State

Findlay Galleries.jpg

This came in the mail last week and oh, dear, how we wish we could attend.

It’s sure to be an elegant evening at the Findlay Galleries, 165 Worth Avenue.

John Moeller verticalWe know the good work that goes on every day at Hospice of Palm Beach County.

But the real reason? The “state dinner” that will be created by former While House Chef John Moeller, who served during both Bush administrations and also during the Clinton years. Good taste, it would seem, is non-partisan. Palm Beach is no stranger to très soigné cuisine, to be sure, but we’d love to see and sample what Chef creates for this evening.

The event (on Friday, March 24) begins with a 6:30 p.m. cocktail reception and silent auction of art (donated by the gallery), followed by 8 p.m. dinner on the terrace. Individual tickets are $150 for drinks and auction only, and $450 for cocktails, auction and dinner. Table sponsorships are $5,000 and $10,000.

RSVP by March 21 to Lauryn Barry, 561-494-6888 or lbarry@hpbcf.org.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

Shake It Up, Baby!

We love No Kid Hungry events. Here’s one with a twist: The Shake Up.

Throughout March, you can sip specially concocted craft cocktails (say that five times fast) and each one lands a $2 donation to national non-profit No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength.

Nate's Guest

Photo courtesy of Jové Kitchen & Bar

This one makes the mouth water: The most highly requested cocktail at Four Seasons’ Jové Kitchen & Bar. Named for mixologist Nathan Belovitch, it’s called “Nate’s Guest” and it’s a blend of Tito’s vodka, blueberries, pomegranate juice and muddled basil. Salut!

Participating Palm Beach area restaurants: Avocado Grill; Cafe Chardonnay; City Celler; Costa Palm Beach; Dada; Eau Palm Beach restaurants (Angle, Breeze Ocean Kitchen, Stir and Temple Orange); Grato; Hilton West Palm Beach; Jardin; Jové Kitchen & Bar; Max’s Harvest ; Okeechobee Steakhouse; PB Catch; Pistache; Shake Shack Boca Raton; The Cooper; and The Regional.

The Shake Up is not only thirst-quenching, it’s a competition. The two restaurants raising the largest donation through cocktail sales will earn coveted foyer bar spots at this year’s Taste of the Nation Palm Beach dinner April 20.

As ever, please drink responsibly.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

Take Me to Nicklaus Village

Honda Classic.png

Once upon a time, your best chance for a great view of the Honda Classic-clinching putt was to:

  1. Be one of the golfers in the day’s final pairing.
  2. Be one of those players’ caddies.
  3. Be in front of a television.

No longer.

At this year’s Honda, played this Thursday through Sunday on the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, you can enjoy the action from the Legends Club at Nicklaus Village, an enclosed ground-level box and private, front-row viewing patio at the 18th green.

Cut underneath the elevated skyboxes, the Legends Club is a 2,000-square-foot, climate-controlled hospitality venue with floor-to-ceiling glass. Wide-screen televisions will be programmed to The Honda Classic’s national telecasts. The menu will include full breakfast and lunch offerings, upscale seafood and carving stations and a full bar.

“The Legends Club at Nicklaus Village is the highest-level individual ticket we have ever created,” says Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly. “It’s our version of high-end, exclusive hospitality.”

Legends Club Tickets are $750 and are sold for individual days. Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2017 Honda Classic are on sale on the tournament website or by calling (844) 846-6328.

This year’s field includes Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Charles Howell III, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuisen, Ian Poulter, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, and Camilo Villegas.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

Palm Beach Chic

01-palmbeachchic-lafollia526907-palmbeachchic-dewoody626603-palmbeachchic-auersperg887104-palmbeachchic-slatkin857911-palmbeachchic-braff6525v2

12-palmbeachchic-cochran3345

Photos reprinted with permission.

Palm Beach homes, Palm Beach gardens and Palm Beach life, written by a Palm Beach girl – someone with stories to share and the kind of access you only get when you’re a lifelong friend.

palm-beach-chic-coverThe book is Palm Beach Chic (The Vendome Press, 312 pages, $75), a gorgeous volume that’s witty, understated and urbane – much like Palm Beach itself.

Author Jennifer Ash Rudick moved to the island when she was 12, and gives us the insider-est possible perspective on the homes, their histories and their occupants. The book (graced with jaw-dropping photographs by Jessica Klewicki Glynn) celebrates the architects, interior designers and garden designers who’ve made each home perfect.

“Since its early days,” Rudick notes, “Palm Beach has been synonymous with awe-inspiring structures.” Awe-inspiring, yes, and anything but cookie-cutter. You think you know what a Palm Beach mansion looks like? Not possible. Whether a Regency estate, a Mid-Century Modern apartment, or a “surf shack” on Billionaire’s Row, the only standard is excellence.

Inside the description of each house is the description of the way life is lived in each house: “Days are spent en famille,” Rudick writes in the chapter about the Gumdrop House. “The mornings begin on the eastern loggia with coffee… tennis is at 11:30, followed by a buffet lunch on the western loggia at 1:30.” So very civilized.

And then there are the laugh-out-loud stories. Chronicling the massive renovation at Casa Amado: “A rustling in the entry hall turned out to be a fox the size of a German shepherd.” Moving into a vintage second-floor Worth Avenue flat: “Their belongings had to be hoisted through a window by crane. ‘We’re never leaving. We can’t!’ says the wife.”

Interior fabrics and furnishings are meticulously sourced. And the art… oh, the art.

These homes are showplaces, every one, without a hint of conspicuous consumption. Each chapter is a vignette in one grand Palm Beach story. In the end, it all comes down to one thing: Taste. Exquisite taste.


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

The Kravis at 25

Kravis-25-Anniversary-Logo-28Ref29.jpgThe Kravis Center’s 25th Anniversary Gala is a week from Saturday. But if you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, you’re very much out of luck.

The black tie event has been sold out for weeks. Chaired by the very notable Monika Preston and Kathryn Vecellio, we expect this will be one of the major see-and-be-seen evenings of this Season.

The cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the “Night of Stars” and a dinner dance in the Gimelstob Ballroom. Hosted by Michael Feinstein, the bill includes performances by Alan Cumming, Patti Lupone, Neil Sedaka, Cameron Carpenter and the Kravis Center Pops. (We’re told there may be a scattering of tickets available for the performance; call the box office at 561-651-4320.)

Proceeds from the gala will continue the arts center’s outreach programs, which help expand the lives and minds of children through exposure to the arts. The Kravis is a not-for-profit performing arts center with a mission to present a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality.

“I have been a supporter of the Kravis Center since its opening in 1992,” said Mrs. Preston. “One of the main reasons I have supported this cultural institution for so long is it promotes the arts as an experience for everyone in Palm Beach County. What the Kravis Center has been able to accomplish over the last 25 years is immeasurable.”

Thank you, Kravis, for all the memorable moments we’ve had in your burgundy velvet seats. Here’s to the next 25!


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

Happy Happy Hour

napkins

We’re a little giddy about Alex Morgan’s mix-and-match hemstitched linen cocktail napkins ($10 each). Pick your pleasure: Whales, zebras, bees, a thirsty camel.

Here’s our Fab Four:

  • The Flock Tail Flamingo: Because, well, flamingoes.
  • Straight Up City Bear: How else to take your single malt?
  • Shell We Have Another? Why, yes. Yes, we shell.
  • Hair of the Dog: Looks a little like our favorite bearded collie, Daisy. If Daisy had been inclined to tipple.

Buy yourself a set on the website, or see them in person at The Nest Palm Beach (3416 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach).


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.

A Brew for You

dsdarksnifter_onbar

(Photo: Due South Brewing Co.)

Frankly, we don’t often put Palm Beach and beer in the same sentence. But we’re feeling racy today.

The Land Over The Bridge is home to a number of nationally known and up-and-coming craft breweries. Discover the Palm Beaches makes it easy to tip a few pints with its “Discover Brew Pass.” Buy the pass this month, and you can have a beer at each of the five participating breweries. The bios:

Due South Brewing Co.: A distributing craft beer brewery in Boynton Beach, Due South has an onsite taproom that opens at noon (every day but Monday). Favorites like Caramel Cream Ale are always on tap, but guests might happen upon Due South specialty beers and pilot brews, as well as guest taps from other Florida breweries.

Barrel of Monks: Purveyor of “serious beers… for those who don’t take themselves too seriously,” Barrel of Monks brews Belgian-inspired ales in Boca Raton. The Monks make their beers with European malts and hops with recipes designed to as true to the Belgians as possible, while adding their own twist. The tasting room is open from Tuesday through Saturday.

Twisted Trunk Brewing: Opened in 2015, Twisted Trunk is located in Palm Beach Gardens. The 25-barrel brewhouse churns out their flagship beers, including Lucky Langer Lager German Pilsner, well as a long list of rotating specialties. The taproom features a bar created from 100-year-old elm wood, lounge areas, and views into the brewery.

Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks: South Florida’s first cider-maker, with all the cider made on-site and 11 flavors on tap every day. The taproom, on North Florida Mango Road in West Palm Beach, has a laid-back atmosphere and welcomes both kids and pets.

Tequesta Brewing Co.: Winner of a Silver Medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, Tequesta Brewing Company is an organically certified brewer, with over 40 different specialty beers a year. A longtime local hangout, TBC is growing in reputation as a must-do brewery for visitors looking for uniquely flavored beers.

Cheers!


pbbor-tree-bwPublished monthly, the Palm Beach Real Estate Guide showcases available Palm Beach real estate, from estates and historic homes to in-town flats and waterfront high-rises. Subscribe or contact us.