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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

"The Best Fizz In The Biz"

Ryan Pinnell, a Port St. Lucie resident and owner of Treasure Coast Seltzer Works in Fort Pierce, is on a mission to revive the memories of a bygone era. A businessman with a vision and an entrepreneurial spirit, Ryan takes the nostalgia of the past and the environmentally “green” concept of the future to homes across the Treasure Coast and beyond. “Today, we’re a world of lost communication,” Ryan says. “In designing this business, I wanted to bring something back, something as simple as having a beverage delivered to your doorstep.”

August 2015
Keep It Cool!

Keep It Cool!

For year-round residents of Florida, the halcyon days of summer promise less crowded roads, stores and beaches and more daylight hours to enjoy the balmy evening breezes with friends and family. When the heat of the day subsides, it’s the perfect time to gather for an evening of alfresco dining.

July 2015
A Miniature Bite Of Bliss

A Miniature Bite Of Bliss

Today’s fare is as individual and diverse as the couple getting married. The traditional three-tiered wedding cake, while still very popular, is no longer de rigueur. In fact, ever since Carrie and Miranda munched on them in an episode of “Sex and the City” in 2000, cupcakes have been showing up at weddings in dramatic displays either alongside the traditional cake or in its place. Popular programs like the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” have served to further the yearning for a soupçon of sweet indulgence in a gazillion flavors.

June 2015
Fare Fit For The Queen

Fare Fit For The Queen

Fans of the British period drama “Downton Abbey” may remember when veteran actress Shirley MacLaine joined the cast for a traditional English picnic on the lawns of the Crawley estate. Along with footmen in full livery, servants hovering obsequiously in the background and hampers fairly loaded to groaning with sandwiches, pies, pickles and cakes, the picnic of Edwardian times was a grand affair. The men donned white linen suits and boaters while women’s attire mandated corseted moiré gowns, elaborately feathered hats and parasols.

May 2015
Food For Thought

Food For Thought

Chef Joe Faria readily admits he comes from humble origins and knows what it’s like to struggle and go hungry. Today, as the executive chef of Quail Valley Golf and River Club, he’s an accomplished chef and mentor who, when reflecting on his past, says, “I know what hunger is. I have experienced that. Hard bread soaked in warm milk for breakfast – that was my experience.”

April 2015
Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Support Sustainability

Buy Fresh, Buy Local, Support Sustainability

The terms "hand-crafted,” “freshly-harvested,” “farm to table,” “grass-fed” and “artisanal” are all buzz words rapidly becoming an ever-louder drum beat over the last few years. So it’s no surprise that many chefs have turned their focus to searching for fresh, local foods to serve in their restaurants. Chris Sozio, the newly hired executive chef at Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club is no different. He and his team wholly subscribe to the philosophy: Buy fresh, buy local and support sustainability.

March 2015
Good Taste

Good Taste

A recent study conducted by Sasaki Associates, a Massachusetts design and planning firm, found that Americans rank a city’s culinary offerings high on a list of priorities when choosing a place to live. According to the study, restaurants were voted the number one reason to visit another part of the city with traffic being the least desirable component.

February 2015