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Dining, Island Style

Dining, Island Style

I love meeting and talking to the local cooks and street vendors who have called these islands home for generations. While many chefs I interview in the States are reluctant to part with their closely guarded culinary secrets, Abaconians love sharing their recipes and cooking tips. Each one is proud of the dishes handed down over the years and believes their recipe, along with interesting tidbits about its history, is the best.

June 2016
A Dining Landmark

A Dining Landmark

George and Denise Shinn, part-time residents of Vero Beach, are sitting in their home overlooking the ocean, discussing their recent purchase of Vero Beach’s iconic restaurant, The Lemon Tree on Ocean Drive. Cocoa, a miniature poodle curls up quietly on Denise’s lap while Louis, a very regal-looking standard poodle, busily sniffs the voice recorder that sits on the table between us.

May 2016
A Place Where Food And Philanthophy Meet

A Place Where Food And Philanthophy Meet

Chelsea’s on Cardinal, a gourmet food market and deli located on Cardinal Drive, is the Bordoli family’s latest acquisition, purchased in the summer of 2015 from former owner David Busch. The first classic market to offer gourmet fare in Vero Beach, Chelsea’s was originally the brainchild of local restaurateur John Marx.

April 2016
Dynamic Duo

Dynamic Duo

Each component of an extraordinary meal tells the story of a culinarian’s journey up through the ranks to success. Here in Vero Beach, we are blessed to have some of the finest and most talented chefs who dedicate their lives to making our gastronomical experiences memorable. This month, we talked to two such professionals from Grand Harbor, a premier residential community serving first-class cuisine.

March 2016
A Bit Of Elegance And Sophistication

A Bit Of Elegance And Sophistication

Born Angelika Fäs in Sankt Gallen, a small town in Switzerland, Angie’s life reads like a fairy tale – one of excitement, travel and adventure. But it’s also a story of determination, grit and sheer hard work. Angie tells me she had always dreamed of destinations far away. “I wanted to see bigger things. I wanted to go to cities. It bothered me we had no train station [in her home town] as I wanted to leave quickly and go somewhere.”

February 2016
Lettuce Soup, Anyone?

Lettuce Soup, Anyone?

Osceola Organic Farm is Vero Beach’s only certified organic farm dedicated to growing the healthiest, freshest food possible while adhering to the strict parameters laid out by the United States Department of Agriculture’s organic certification program. O’Dare’s commitment to providing produce grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetically engineered ingredients is of paramount importance to him. “I grow the best food in the world and for me to contaminate it would kill me,” he says.

January 2016
Uptown, Urban Chic And Stylish

Uptown, Urban Chic And Stylish

Nowhere is this more evident than in the cuisine offered at the oceanfront restaurant, Citrus Grillhouse on Easter Lily Lane, a 4,700-square-foot eatery built as part of an impressive $25 million, British Colonial-style renovation project. The Citrus Grillhouse is urban chic and stylish. With wraparound porches offering spectacular ocean views, the cosmopolitan décor and open kitchen hint at the restaurant’s hip atmosphere and approachability.

December 2015
Who Doesn’t Love A Perfect Pepper Jelly?

Who Doesn’t Love A Perfect Pepper Jelly?

Participating in events and traditions around the holiday season often evokes a sense of being part of something unique and special, creating bonds for families and communities alike. This year, “Shared Traditions” is the theme of Riverside Children’s Theatre annual fundraiser, the Festival of Trees. This is a family event that kicks off the holiday season with panache. The Festival of Trees has proven to be a perennial favorite in a community well known for supporting the cultural arts.

November 2015
A Drive For Passion And Excellence

A Drive For Passion And Excellence

This year marks 30 years since Elizabeth Kennedy launched her catering business, Elizabeth D. Kennedy & Company in Vero Beach; and she, too, attributes her success to those around her. “I really believe the success of this business has come from having such a strong team,” she says. “I do run the business and am very involved but I’m more like the director of a play.”

October 2015

"Seasonal, Local And Fresh with Simple Preparations"

Chef Farnsworth has been overseeing the kitchens of John’s Island in Vero Beach since 1995 and has more than doubled the number of patrons of the five restaurants during his tenure. Lauded as one of the most gifted chefs of his generation and named among America’s best new chefs by Food and Wine Magazine in 1991, he is not only a consummate professional but also highly respected among his peers.

September 2015