Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tiramisu Tastings, Corned Beef and Conch Fritters on Culinary Tour

A Springtime  Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Florida held on March 17, 2012 celebrated St. Patrick's Day with cuisine tastings of corned beef at the Secret Garden Cafe.  Tiramisu dessert was provided by Palermo's Bakery hosted at Macy's-Boynton Beach. Caribbean culinary treats were experienced at Dee Dee's Conch & Rib Shack in Delray Beach.  The walking component of the tour included a stroll through the St. Patty's parade in Downtown Delray Beach, Florida that included a visit to the historic Colony Hotel.  The tour also traveled to Marianne Gourmet Shop for made-from-scratch food tastings.

Here are some photos from the tour:

Bahamian food - the conch fritter from Dee Dee's Conch & Rib Shack.  The Bahamian conch fritter is considered Floribbean and what this mean is foods from the Caribbean islands that are strongly associated with the Florida culture. The immigration of people of African descent from the Island of the Bahamas began in the late 1800s and they brought with them their foods - most famously the conch fritter.

St. Patrick's Day in Downtown Delray Beach. Tour guests strolled right along the parade route.

Marianne Gourmet Shop is a family-owned market that makes everything from scratch


Ocean Avenue Green Market is a non-profit farm-to-table enterprise selling locally grown produce and gourmet cuisine


Tour guests enjoy Shrimp Cocktail at the Ocean Avenue Green Market

Shrimp Cocktail at Ocean Avenue Green Market
In honor of St. Patty's Day, the Secret Garden Cafe customized their menu, accordingly.  Corned Beef and Gabbage were the featured meal for the visit by the Taste History Culinary Tour.  Corned Beef gained popularity duing the Industrial Era in Great Britain.  "Corned Beef" refers to a process of salt-curing beef.  Corned Beef 's association with St. Patrick's Day is rooted in Irish-American culture.

Chef Phillip serves Corned Beef at the Secret Garden Cafe for the Taste History Culinary Tours.

Dessert at Macy's Boynton Beach. (L-R) Angela P. Mitchell with Pastry Chef Anna Orlando of Palermo's Bakery.

Martha Stewart Collection Non-Skid Mixing Bowls were used for the on-site cooking demo at Macy's Boynton  Beach by Anna Orlando of Palermo's Bakery.

Tiramisu dessert in-the-making at Macy's-Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour. The Martha Stewart Collection Silicone Equivalents Spatula and Non-Skid Mixing Bowl. 
Sicilian-American Pastry Chef Anna Orlando with her assistant Joseph prepare Tiramisu for the guests on the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Tiramisu mixed in a Godinger "Dublin" Crystal Serveware available at Macy's-Boynton Beach.  Tiramisu is an Italian dessert that means "pull me up."  It's made with ladyfingers, marscapone cheese and espresso.

Live-action making of the Tiramisu
Pastry Chef Anna Orlando of Palermo's Bakery in Boynton Beach created Tiramisu in The Cellar department at Macy's-Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tours.


To purchase tickets on-line for the Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Palm Beach County, visit tastehistoryculinarytours.org 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 a non-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/food 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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The following are upcoming culinary tour 2012 dates:
May 2012:
Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


Saturday, May 26, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


June 2012:
Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


July 2012:
Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


August 2012:
Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
September 2012:
Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


October 2012:
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


November 2012:Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach


December 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 11am Delray Beach/Boynton Beach







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 tastehistoryculinarytours.org 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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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Mother's Day Taste History Culinary Tour visited Lake Worth/Lantana

Mother Earth Coffee in Lake Worth, FL served samples of their organic and vegan cuisine for the Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Lake Worth & Lantana, FL
Check out the photos on Facebook of the May 12, 2012 Mother's Day Taste History Culinary Tour. Click here.  Seven sites were visited for culinary experiences plus tours of art galleries and historical buildings.  Art galleries visited were the Lake Worth Art League Gallery and the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery.

To purchase tickets on-line, visit tastehistoryculinarytours.org 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, the first six-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 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 a non-profit 501c3 organization. These food tours are 4-hours and are a combination of bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking tour with visits to at least 3 restaurants for cuisine tastings. 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.



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

South Florida Insider Reviews Taste History Tour

April 30, 2012
By South Florida Insider
southfloridainsider.com

"A tasty bit of education at every turn." Click here to read the complete review...

Dee Dee of Dee Dee's Conch & Rib Shack in Delray Beach with Shaps of the South Florida Insider on the Taste History Culinary Tour conducted by the non-profit Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History

To purchase tickets on-line, visit tastehistoryculinarytours.org 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, the first six-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 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 a non-profit 501c3 organization. These food tours are 4-hours and are a combination of bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking tour with visits to at least 2 restaurants for cuisine tastings. 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.

Cake-making demo and tastings at Macy's for epicurean tour of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach

The Museum of Lifesytle & Fashion History's Taste History Culinary Tour held on February 18, 2012, was highlighted with a cake-making demo and tastings by Decorator Jen hosted at Macy's in Boynton Beach.  The cake was the finale experience of that tour that began with a visit to the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church that was establihsed in 1904.  Following a bus ride to the historic church, the tour guests began their travel through Downtown Delray Beach with visits to the Neapolitan certified pizzeria Scuola Vecchia which specializes in ancient-style pizza. The culinary trip included a delicious experience at GOL! The Taste of Brazil restaurant for savory Brazilian chicken.  There was also a tour of the historic 1926 Colony Hotel.

Take a look at the photos
KitchenAid Mixer and Martha Stewart Collection culinary tools

Cake-making in process by Decorator Jen

Jennifer of Decorator Jen has been decorating cakes for over 10 years, mostly for family and close friends, with a brief stint at a local bakery. Since the Cottage Foods Act passed in Florida in 2011 she has been doing cakes for sale from her home. Jennifer taught the Wilton Method cake decorating classes for over 3 years.

Delicious vanilla cake getting its finishing touches by Decorator Jen for cake-making demo at Macy's for the Taste History Culinary Tours


Culinary tools by Martha Stewart Collection
Cake by Decorator Jen

Here's a list of the culinary Macy's tools used by Decorator Jen. Many of the culinary supplies were the Martha Stewart Collection brand. 

  • 9" round pan featured in Calphalon and Analon baker sets
  • Martha Stewart brand silicone spatulas (a variety to choose from)
  • Martha Stewart wooden paper towel holder
  • Martha Stewart pizza cutter
  • Martha Stewart non skid bowls
  • Martha Stewart baker's blade
  • Analon measuring cups ( and Cellar brand measuring set to choose from)
  • Martha Stewart 3 piece sieve set
  • Cooling rack
  • KitchenAid mixers and to use for the icing
  • Martha Stewart pastry decorating set (6 tips)
  • Martha Stewart holiday cooker cutter set 
  • Martha Stewart serrated icing spatula 
  • Martha Stewart wooden French rolling pin

L-R: Angela Mitchell of Macy's with Decorator Jen and the finished product

The Neapolitan pizzeria Scuola Vecchia in Downtown Delray Beach, FL


Tour guests observed the pizza-making process at Scuola Vecchia



Pizza Margherita at Scuola Vecchia in Downtown Delray Beach

Margherita Pizza is named for the Italian Queen Margherita.  The pizza was created in 1889 in honor of her visit to Naples, Italy.  


Scuola Vecchia is the only pizzeria in the State of Florida to receive certification from the Neapolitan Pizza Association. The brick oven is from Naples, Italy


Margherita Pizza represents the colors of the Italian Flag


The Scuola Vecchia Team


Bazilian chicken at GOL: The Taste of Brazil in Downtown Delray Beach
Tourist enjoys the Brazilian cuisine at GOL. A barbeque technique is used to prepare the Brazilian cuisine which is a style of cooking introduced to Brazil via European explorers to South America.  


Taste History Tour Guide at the 1926 Colony Hotel
Mr. Hurd holding a photo of the original St. Paul's Episcopal Church building from 1904. In the 1970s, the historic 1936 Fellowship  Hall at the church was used by a Jewish Synogogue


To purchase tickets on-line, visit tastehistoryculinarytours.org 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, the first six-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 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 a non-profit 501c3 organization. These food tours are 4-hours and are a combination of bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking tour with visits to at least 2 restaurants for cuisine tastings. 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.