Saturday, February 4, 2012

December 17, 2011 Taste History Tour visits Sicilian Bakery in Boynton Beach, Florida

During the Christmas 2011 Holiday season, the Sicilian bakery Palermo's was introduced as one of the newest food partners for the Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach, FL.  The December 17, 2011 food tour was sold-out and included tourists from Holland.
Santa Claus greeted guests on the Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach, FL

From 1876 to to 1970 more than 5 million Italians emigrated to America.  Many of these Italians were from Sicily and Campania, Italy. Sicily is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea and is known for its distinct cuisine.  As Italians emigrated to America their recipes came right along with them. And, upon their arrival to America, new Italian-American cuisines also evolved.

Ho Ho Ho at Palermo's Bakery in Boynton Beach, Florida

Tiramisu was among the array of desserts tasted for the culinary visit.   Tiramisu is an Italian dessert that mean's "pick-me up."  The origin of Tiramisu is uncertain but it may have been created in the 1970s in Treviso, Italy.

Pastries at Palermo's Bakery in Boynton Beach, FL

Anna Orlando, owner of Palermo's Bakery.  Anna's family, the Palermos, have been in the bakery business for more than 100 years starting in Sicily, Italy.  Palermo's has the distinction of using a Brooklyn-style Oven which is a brick oven from Brooklyn, New York.
The location of Palermo's Bakery used to be a dairy farm in Boynton Beach, FL.

Other eateries visited for the December 17th culinary tour were GOL! The Taste of Brazil in Downtown Delray Beach, FL and Hurricane Alley in Downtown Boynton Beach, FL. The tour also made a stop at the historic  1904 St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach, Florida.  Rev. Kathleen Gannon described to the guests the process of making the communion bread.  Interestingly, St. Paul's hosted USO dances in their Parish Hall during WWII as there was a military base close by in Boca Raton, FL.  The walking portion of the tour made its way to the historic 1926 Colony Hotel in Downtown Delray Beach, FL.

Christmas Tree 2011 in the Lobby of the historic Colony Hotel in Downtown Delray Beach, FL
The purpose of the Taste History Culinary Tour is to provide a culturally enriching experience that infuses the local lifestyle history of early settlers, farming facts, tours of neighborhoods, as well as art and educational information about historic architecture that includes visits to restaurants in historic districts and/or buildings for food tastings. The culinary tastings includes specifics about food history, food culture and foodways.

The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach are conducted by the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) which is a non-profit organization. These food tours are 4-hours and are a combination of bus riding and walking tour with visits to at least two restaurants for cuisine tastings.  Tours are held year-round on the 3rd and 4th Saturday of each month plus private groups tours area offered. For dates, ticket price information and reservations, visit or call 561-243-2662.  Taste History Culinary Tours is sponsored by Macy's.  Additional support from the Patricia Ann Ravo Fund and Boris & Edith Rueger Fund.

Effective April 1, 2013, $40 per person is the new rate for the general public tours. Due to the increase in fees that are charged to our organization for the tour bus rental and insurance; an increase in our tour fees is necessary. Pre-paid reservations that have been made prior to that date will not be effected. The Taste History Culinary Tours program is operated by a non-profit 501c3 organization and run by non-paid volunteers.  
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1 comment:

  1. It is nice to know that Italian desserts are popular and across the ocean as well.