Monday, May 21, 2012

Culinary Tour had Hamburger History and Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake

Back on March 19, 2012 culturally astute residents of an exclusive country club scheduled a private Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Palm Beach County. The food tour traveled through historic Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, FL.  The gastronomy delights were natural hamburgers from BurgerFi, Brazilian chicken from GOL! The Taste of Brazil; Neapolitan pizza from Scuola Vecchia; and Seafood at Hurricane Alley Raw Bar & Restaurant.  Specialty dessert was prepared in The Cellar at Macy's in Boynton Beach, FL.  Pastry Baker Bonnie Brown of Bonnie's Best Bites gave a thorough cooking demonstration of her famous Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake followed with tastings for the tour guests. Taste History also traveled to the Colony Hotel in Delray Beach and the Boynton Arts District in Boynton Beach, FL.

Take a look at the photos from the tour:

Tour guests walked across the historic Atlantic Avenue bridge in Delray Beach, FL to reach BurgerFi for the Taste History Culinary Tour.  The bridge was first installed in the year 1911

Hamburger history was the featured culinary experience on this gastronomy tour.  Natural grass-fed hamburgers at BurgerFi in East Delray Beach were sampled along with french fries.  The origin of the "Hamburger" name is from Hamburg, Germany which is the largest international trading port in Germany.  According to historical documentation, the hamburger was brought by 19th-century German immigrants to the United States who arrived to New York on shipliners from Hamburg, Germany. The "chopped steak" (Hamburger) is a cuisine brought to America by these German immigrants and sailors who arrived on ships from the port of Hamburg, German hence the name "Hamburger." 

Delray's BurgerFi manager Claudia.  The BurgerFi burgers are never frozen, never cooked in a microwave oven and are guaranteed fresh, juicy and delicious!                   

Tour guests at BurgerFi in Delray Beach
Gol. The Taste of Brazil in Downtown Delray Beach, FL was visited for the Taste History Culinary Tour.  Gol is located in the historic 1925 Arcade building.  The cartoonist Fontaine Fox once had an office in the Arcade building.
Savory Brazilian chicken was tasted at GOL for the culinary tour.  Barbecue cooking technique is used in this Brazilian cuisine.

Scuola Vecchia in Downtown Delray Beach is the only certified Neapolitan pizzeria in the State of Florida

Brick oven from Naples, Italy is used at Scuola Vecchia in Delray Beach, FL

The tour guests enjoyed the Pizza Margherita at Scuola Vecchia in Downtown Delray Beach, FL.  The pizza is named for Queen Margherita of Italy who visited Naples, Italy in 1889 and was honored with a pizza made with the colors of the Italian flag.

Kim Kelly of the Hurricane Alley Raw Bar & Restaurant on historic Ocean Avenue in Downtown Boynton Beach, FL. Boynton is named for Major Nathan Boynton of Port Huron, Michigan where he served as Mayor.  Hurricane Alley is located in a notable facility built in 1919 in Boynton Beach, FL

Seafood samples at Hurricane Alley in Downtown Boynton Beach, FL.  Everything is made-from-scratch at the restaurant 
Bonnie Brown of Bonnie's Best Bites at The Cellar in Macy's Boynton Beach, FL

Bonnie of Bonnie's Best Bites is a pastry baker and  nationally certified cake decorating instructor.  For the Taste History Culinary Tour she conducted a cooking demo in the culinary department at Macy's.

Bonnie's Best Bites used Macy's  culinary tools from the Martha Stewart Collection and KitchenAide for the cooking demo.  Bowls are the Martha Stewart Non-Skid Mixing Bowls

Bonnie's Best Bites live cake-making demo at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour. Macy's KitchenAid Classic Plus used to mix cake batter.

A step-by-step cake-cooking lesson was given by Bonnie's Best Bites in The Cellar at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake by Bonnie's Best Bites created at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour. Martha Stewart Collection Bakeware was used by baker Bonnie.

Macy's KitchenAid Architect Countertop Oven was used by Bonnie's Best Bites for the Chocoloate Chip Pumpkin Cake

Bonnie's Best Bites famous Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake
KitchenAid's Architect Countertop Oven at Macy's Boynton Beach, FL

The Finished Product!  Bonnie's Best Bites Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake.

Dessert by Bonnie's Best Bites at Macy's Boynton Beach, FL for the Taste History Culinary Tour conducted by the non-profit Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History.

Culinary tools by the Martha Stewart Collection

To purchase tickets on-line for the Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Palm Beach County, visit or call 561-243-2662 or 561-638-8277. Pre-payment is required. Private group tours are also available.

Due to the exceeding popularity of the Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County, the first seven-months sold-out. To meet the demand for the culinary tours, more dates have been added with the tours being expanded to consist of food samplings in historic Lake Worth including Lantana in Palm Beach County. Therefore, the tours are held at 11am year-round on the second, third and fourth Saturdays of each month, plus private group tours are offered. The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach, Florida is offered on the third and fourth Saturdays of each month. And, Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Lake Worth & Lantana is held on the second Saturday of each month, year-round, effective April 14th.

The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County includes eateries, markets and urban farms in historic Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana with some tours also visiting the Macy’s Home Store Department (aka The Cellar) in Boynton Beach for cuisine demos and tastings plus exclusive discounts at Macy’s specifically for the guests on the Taste History Culinary Tour.

The Taste History Culinary Tours are the first food tours of its style in Palm Beach County and are conducted by the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) which is anon-profit 501c3 organization. These food tours include a live guide and  are 4-hours with a combination of bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking tour with visits to at least 2 restaurants/eateries/cultural sites for cuisine tastings along with visiting historic districts, buildings and art galleries. There are nearly 20 restaurant partners for the culinary tour that are visited on a rotating alternate schedule which means different eateries are visited each tour.

Taste History is sponsored in part by Macy's, the Patricia Ann Ravo Fund and the Boris & Edith Rueger Fund.

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  1. What a fun and exciting event. Learning about the area, the restaurants and even some great recipes sounds like a wonderful day.

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