Sunday, August 26, 2012

Soul Food, St. Paul's Green Market, Pizza Margherita & Polish Desserts at Macy's on Culinary Tour


Taste History started the Summer season with a trip to the re-opened popular Donnie's Southern Restaurant (aka Donnie's Place) located in the West Settlers Historic District in Delray Beach, Florida.  The tour guests had hearty tastings of Soul food at Donnie's.  The star attraction at Donnie's was the Souse which is a cuisine that can be traced to slavery in America.  Now considered a delicacy that only a few culinary experts can make, the Souse was food of the African slave in America that was made from discarded parts of the pig.  In the era of slavery in America, the slaves received the left-overs or discards from which they would use innovation to create something new.  The Souse was cooked like a soup with use of vinegar  as a preservative and mixed with available spices afforded to the slaves on the plantation.  The Souse recipe got passed down from one generation to the next and began to appear in Soul food eateries across the nation and is now considered a hard-to-find and highly-prized  dish.

This Summertime epicurean tour was sincerely multi-cultural in history and foods tasted. For the dessert tastings, Palermo's Bakery of Boynton Beach offered a cooking demonstration of the Polish-French Baba au Rhum (aka Rum Baba) hosted in The Cellar at Macy's Boynton Beach, Florida.  Anna Orlando of Palermo's incorporated use of culinary tools from Macy's Martha Stewart Collection for the pastry demo. Although strongly associated with French cuisine, the origin of Baba au Rhum is Polish.   There are various versions  of truth regarding Baba au Rhum's immigration to France but one version is that in the 18th century King Stanislas of Poland, who was exiled to the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, had the concept to soak dried cake in liquor.  The Baba au Rhum recipe was later enhanced by preparing it with rum and sugar.  Around the mid-1800s, the Baba au Rhum pastry was introduced in Naples, Italy where the pastry is well-liked.
 
The culinary tour experience also consisted of food tastings at the Green Market hosted at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and a visit to  Scuola Vecchia.
 
The following are photos from the May 19, 2012 culinary tour:
 
Souse at Donnie's Place in Delray Beach, Florida was sampled on the Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach, Florida.  Souse is a "Germanic" word that means to "pickle."  This Soul food has origins on slave plantations in the American colonies.


Donnie's is a family-owned eatery in Delray Beach that was visited for the Taste History Culinary Tour.  The macroni and cheese is made fresh daily at the Southern restaurant.  Macaroni dates to medieval Italy. 




Donnie, namesake of Donnie's Place in Delray Beach, welcomed guests on the Taste History 

Mayrene at Donnie's Place in Delray Beach provided tastings of the made-from-scratch cuisines to the Taste History Tour guests.

Donnie's Place in Delray Beach provided tastings for the Taste History Culinary Tour

West Settlers Historic District in Delray Beach is one of the areas toured for the Taste History Culinary Tour
The historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church hosted their first Green Market which they Christened "Keeping God's Garden Green."  The Taste History tour guests enjoyed the green experience at St. Paul's.
The Sundy House prepared fruit and vegetable skewers  for St. Paul's Green Market in Delray Beach that was visited by the Taste History Culinary Tour. 

The Taste History Culinary Tour traveled to the "Keeping God's Garden Green" held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach

The Taste History Culinary Tour traveled to the "Keeping God's Garden Green" held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach

The Taste History Culinary Tour traveled to the "Keeping God's Garden Green" held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach
 
Alderman Farms' organic produce at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The Taste History Culinary Tour traveled to the "Keeping God's Garden Green" held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach
 
The Taste History Culinary Tour traveled to the "Keeping God's Garden Green" held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach.  Sweet Infusions complimented the church's Green Market with pastries made from organic ingredients.

Vegan desserts were delicious tastings created by Sweet Infusions at the "Keeping God's Garden Green" held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach. The Taste History Culinary Tour traveled to the church's Green Market.

Green-inspired art work at  the "Keeping God's Garden Green" held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Delray Beach. The Taste History Culinary Tour traveled to the church's Green Market.
The Taste History Culinary Tour guests at the historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church which was established in 1904.  In the 1980s, the Jewish synogogue Temple Sinai used the 1936 Parish Hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Church

The Taste History Culinary Tour guests had a nice treat with listening to a rehearsal by St. Paul's Classical Music Choir.  The historic church is famous for their classical musical concerts.
 
The Taste History Culinary Tour guests observed the making of the Pizza Margherita at Scuola Vecchia in Downtown Delray Beach, Florida

Scuola Vecchia is the only pizzeria in the State of Florida certified by the Neapolitan Pizza Association.  The pizzeria's pizza-maker is trainied by a certified Neapolitan pizza-maker.  The Taste History Culinary Tour enjoyed observing the pizza-creation process.

The stone pizza oven at Scuola Vecchia in Delray Beach, Florida was built in Naples, Italy per the Neapolitan certification guidelines.  The oven heats to 960 to 1000 degrees and cooks pizza in 60 to 90 seconds. 
The Taste History Culinary Tours guests expressed great cheer about the Pizza Margherita at Scuola Vecchia which is named in honor of Queen Margherita of Italy.  This Neapolitan cuisine was created in 1889 to represent the colors of the Italian flag.

Sharon, owner and visionary of the Scuola Vecchia, welcomed the Taste History Culinary Tour guests.
The Taste History Culinary Tours is sponsored by Macy's which is renown for their culinary department.

Taste History Culinary Tour guests made their way to The Cellar (culinary department) at Macy's Boynton Beach, Florida

For the Taste History Culinary Tour visit to Macy's Boytnon Beach, Pastry Chef Anna Orlando of Palermo's Bakery in Boynton Beach conducted a cooking demo and tasting of the Baba au Rhum pastry which is both Polish and French in origin.

Baba au Rhum cooking demonstration at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Martha Collection Non-Skid Mixing and Measuring Bowl was used for the Baba au Rhum pastry-making demo at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour .  A key process with creating Baba au Rhum is soaking it in rum and sugar.

Martha Stewart Collection Non-skid Mixing and Measurement Bowl and Professional Tools Measuring Cups and Spoons used for the Baba au Rhum desssert-cooking demo at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Baba au Rhum is a Polish pastry that was invented in the 18th century and is very popular in France.  It's orginal name is 'babka' which means 'grandmother' in Slavic languages.  Baba au Rhum is also known by the name Rum Baba.  In the 19th century the pastry was introduced in Naples, Italy and appeared in restaurants in the USA in 1899.  Tastings of the Baba au Rhum were prepared by Palermo's Bakery of Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour visit to Macy's Boynton Beach, Florida
 

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, Florida. 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 14, 2012.
 
The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County includes family-owned and locally-owned eateries, markets and urban farms in historic Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana plus exclusive discounts at Macy’s are provided 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 3 to 4 restaurants/eateries/cultural sites for cuisine tastings along with visiting historic districts, buildings and art galleries. There are more 20 restaurant/food partners for the culinary tour that are visited on a rotating alternate schedule which means different eateries are visited each tour. Private group tours are also available.
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.

Taste History is sponsored in part by Macy's which is famous for its culinary tools department; the Patricia Ann Ravo Fund and the Boris & Edith Rueger Fund. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


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The following are upcoming culinary tour 2012 dates:

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 10, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
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
 
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For more information, call 561-243-2662, e-mail: Tour@TasteHistoryCulinaryTours.org


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Culinary Tour received "Approved" rating from TastingTable.com

 Tastingtable.com recommends Taste History Culinary Tours
The popular Taste History Culinary Tours has received one of the ultimate recommendations in the epicurean industry - it's from TastingTable.com.  This culinary tour of historic cities in Palm Beach County, Florida has received the "Approved Events Around Town" rating from TastingTable.com

Tasting Table is an on-line international publication that delivers the best of food and drink culture to adventurous eaters across the country. Here's what Tasting Table has to say about their website:  "We create epicurean recommendations that are authentic, trustworthy and actionable.  "We’re genuinely passionate about the subjects of our articles, and we don’t believe in covering something just because everyone else is. We love the underdog, and advocate the unnoticed and underreported whenever possible."

 Go here to read the TastingTable recommendation about the Taste History Culinary Tours:

The farm-to-table pantry at the Ocean Avenue Green Market/Secret Garden Cafe in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida which is visited for the Taste History Culinary Tour.


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, Florida. 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 14, 2012.

The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County includes family-owned and locally-owned eateries, markets and urban farms in historic Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana plus exclusive discounts at Macy’s are provided 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 3 to 4 restaurants/eateries/cultural sites for cuisine tastings along with visiting historic districts, buildings and art galleries. There are more 20 restaurant/food partners for the culinary tour that are visited on a rotating alternate schedule which means different eateries are visited each tour. Private group tours are also available.

Taste History is sponsored in part by Macy's which is famous for its culinary tools department; the Patricia Ann Ravo Fund and the Boris & Edith Rueger Fund. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

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The following are upcoming culinary tour 2012 dates:

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 10, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
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
For more information, call 561-243-2662, e-mail: Tour@TasteHistoryCulinaryTours.org


Friday, August 17, 2012

Sicilian Cassata dessert reigned supreme on Culinary Tour

Guests on a sold-out springtime Taste History Culinary Tour of Historic Delray Beach & Boynton Beach, Florida experienced food joy with a dessert cooking demo and tastings of the Sicilian Cassata cake.  Pastry Chef Anna Orlando who owns the family-operated Palermo's Bakery in Boynton Beach, Florida conducted the cooking demo at Macy's Boynton Beach.  For the demo,  culinary tools from the Martha Stewart Collection were used.  Pastry Chef Anna is a descendant of the Palermo family from Sicily, Italy who've been in the bakery business for more than 125 years.

The often disputed claim is that the Cassata's 14th century beginnings were influenced by Arab (Muslim) occupation of the island of Sicily, Italy during medieval times.  However, some food historians state that the Cassata did not become a dessert until the 17th century and the cake evolved again in the 18th century.  The Arabs ruled Sicily for two centuries which enhanced Sicily's agriculture and cuisine.  Sugarcane was introduced in Sicily by the Arabs which transformed Sicilian cooking.

Cassata is a tort cake filled with ricotta cheese that involves a detailed process to cook then intricately decorate.  In fact, the making of the Cassata is considered a specialty talent done by skilled pastry chefs like Anna Orlando of Palermo's Bakery.

This Taste History Culinary Tour also had tasting experiences at the Ocean Avenue Green Market/Secret Garden Cafe in Boynton Beach; and  Marianne Gourmet, Scuola Vecchia, and Dee Dee's Conch & Rib Shack in Delray Beach, Florida.

Here are the photos from the April 28, 2012 Taste History Tour:

Sicilian Cassata created by Pastry Chef Anna Orlando who owns Palermo's Bakery in Boynton Beach, Florida.  Chef Orlando conducted a cooking demo of the Cassata at Macy's Boynton Beach that was followed by tastings for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Pastry Chef Anna Orlando models an apron by the Martha Stewart Collection as she conducted a cooking demo at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour

Pastry Chef Anna Orlando (donned in an apron by the Martha Stewart Collection) demonstrates at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour the process for creating the Sicilian Cassata which is a sponge cake. 

Culinary tools were provided by Macy's for the cooking demo for the Taste History Culinary Tour.  A KitchenAid seven-speed hand mixer was used by Pastry Chef Anna Palermo.

Cooking demo in The Cellar at Macy's Boytnon Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour

Martha Stewart Collection Non-Skid Mixing Bowls and the Spatula from the Martha Stewart Professional Tools used by Pastry Chef Anna Orlando for the Cassata dessert cooking demo at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour
The Sicilian Cassata is a two-layered sponge cake.  The Taste History Culinary Tour guests observed Pastry Chef Anna Orlando prepare the Cassata at Macy's Boynton Beach.

The Sicilian Cassata is layered with Ricotta cheese.  The steb-by-step demo was done in The Cellar at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

The steb-by-step demo of the Cassata was done in The Cellar at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour

Mittens by the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's Boynton Beach on display for the cooking demo for The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County, Florida

L-R: Taste History Executive Tour Director Lori with Anna Orlando of Palermo's Bakery and entertainemnt reporter Shaps at Macy's Boynton Beach for the Taste History Culinary Tour cooking demo and tastings.

Angela Mitchell of Macy's Boynton Beach with entertainment reporter Shaps


The urban garden in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida provides farm-to-table freshness to the Ocean Avenue Green Market/Secret Garden Cafe.

"Farmer" Sherry Johnson greeted the Taste History tour guests at the urban garden in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida
Taste History tour guests arrive at the farm-to-table Ocean Avenue Green Market & Secret Garden Cafe in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida

Chef Phillip of the Secret Garden Cafe prepared grass-fed sliders for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

The pantry at the Ocean Avenue Green Market in Downtown Boynton Beach, Florida

Family-owned Marianne Gourmet Shop in Delray Beach was visited for the Taste History Culinary Tour.
Freshly baked foods at the Family-owned Marianne Gourmet Shop in Delray Beach was visited for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Frank of the Marianne Gourmet Shop explained the freshly baked cuisines prepared for the Taste History Culinary Tour.  The tour guests ate Marianne Gourmet's specialty Pesto Cheese Tort, Black Bean Salsa and Cookies.

Dolores, going strong volunteering for the Taste History Culinary Tours
The Taste History tour guests toured the 1926 Colony Hotel
Scuola Vecchia, which means "old school" is a certified pizzeria in Downtown Delray Beach that was visited for the Taste History Culinary Tours.
Certified Neapolitan pizza-maker at Scuola Vecchia demonstrated the creation of the Pizza Margherita for the guests on the Taste History Culinary Tour.
The famed Pizza Margherita at Scuola Vecchia was a delicious food experience for the Taste History Culinary Tour
L-R: Taste History Culinary Tour Executive Director, Lori with Scuola Vecchia owner  Sharon and entertainment reporter Shaps.

Dee Dee's Conch & Rib Shack served Bahamian food tastings of the Conch Fritters and Barbecue Ribs for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

(Center) The eateries namesake Dee Dee welcomed the Taste History Tour guests and she shared her journey to opening the popular conch and rib shack.

Entertainment reporter Shaps gave the conch fritters high marks at Dee Dee's Conch & Rib Shack for the Taste History Culinary Tour.

Norman, the bus driver for the Taste History Culinary Tour


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, Florida. 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 14, 2012.

The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County includes family-owned and locally-owned eateries, markets and urban farms in historic Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana plus exclusive discounts at Macy’s are provided 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 3 to 4 restaurants/eateries/cultural sites for cuisine tastings along with visiting historic districts, buildings and art galleries. There are more 20 restaurant/food partners for the culinary tour that are visited on a rotating alternate schedule which means different eateries are visited each tour. Private group tours are also available.

Taste History is sponsored in part by Macy's which is famous for its culinary tools department; the Patricia Ann Ravo Fund and the Boris & Edith Rueger Fund. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Click LIKE for the Facebook page for Taste History.

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The following are upcoming culinary tour 2012 dates:

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 10, 2012 at 11am Lake Worth/Lantana
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
For more information, call 561-243-2662, e-mail: Tour@TasteHistoryCulinaryTours.org