The Palm Beach Post
February 8, 2013
by Eliot Kleinberg
Taste History tours part of state-sponsored celebration
BOYNTON BEACH — The non-profit Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County has been designated one of the official community event partners for the state’s VIVA Florida, marking the 500th anniversary of the first recorded European exploration of Florida.
The non-profit Taste History Culinary Tours of HistoricPalm Beach County, Florida has been designated one of the official community event partners for the State of Florida’s 500th anniversary, VivaFlorida. The partnership also includes approval to use the iconic Viva Florida logo in all marketing materials for Taste History.
The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County program is a food eating, art and history experience offered by the non-profit Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) and sponsored by Macy’s. This culinary tour consists of travels to historic Lake Worth and Lantana on the second Saturday of each month; and historic Delray Beach and Boynton Beach on the third and fourth Saturdays of each month, year-round at 11am. The tour partners include family-owned eateries and bakeries; and non-profit cultural centers highlighting local artists.
“Taste History compliments the 500th birthday of Florida because these food tours uniquely infuse historical facts about the State of Florida, Palm Beach County and the cities of Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and the Town of Lantana,” says Lori J. Durante, Executive Tour Director and creator of Taste History. When the State of Florida was incorporated in 1845 it designated agriculture as the economy to develop. After Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway reached Palm Beach County, Florida in the 1890s, there was population growth. Some of those pioneer settlers were Germans and other European-Americans. Pre-dating the arrival of Flagler’s railroad and the Europeans were African Americans and black Bahamians who already had farms in Palm Beach County before the arrival of oil magnate Henry Flagler’s railroad. And before the settlement of the black population were Native American Tribes. Historic Lake Worth and the Town of Lantana have been influenced by pioneers who were African American, black Bahamians, Germans and in later years the Finnish. Each of these multi-cultures had their own distinct cuisine.
Taste History is also celebrating its new logo. The emblem was designed with complimentary colors of red, white and black prominently featuring culinary tools.
The Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County premiered in October 2011 as the first food tour of its style in Palm Beach County, Florida. Originally, this gastronome tour program was designed to visit historic Delray Beach and Boynton Beach but when the first seven-months sold-out it was expanded to offer more dates and in April 2012 to include historic Lake Worth and Lantana, Florida. As a result of the inclusion of Lake Worth and Lantana, Taste History has been a leader in introducing new audiences to that city and town which has created an economic benefit for them. In downtown Lake Worth, the featured art galleries are the Maryanne Webber Gallery, the non-profit Lake Worth Art League Gallery, and the non-profit Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in addition to visiting restaurants for cultural eating experiences.
The quality programming of Taste History has garnered many accolades including an “Approved” designation from the famed culinary website Tasting Table. The culinary journey visits an assortment of restaurants, markets, an urban farm, art galleries, cultural centers and historic buildings.
Taste History incorporates a rotation of cuisine tastings representing varied cultures that are African American, Southern American, Brazilian, Caribbean, Greco-Roman, Italian, English, French, French Canadian, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Hungarian, Turkish and Ancient Mexican along with farm-to-table and organic tastings. Taste History combines history, culture and cuisine therefore this gastronomy tour infuses food tastings with the history of the State of Florida and local area along with visits to historic buildings and art galleries.
Taste History is a four-hour foodcentric narrated excursion of bus riding and four to six blocks of walking through historic districts for alternate visits to eateries, markets, and an urban farm for food history, food culture facts, foodways information and food tastings. At least three to four eateries are visited per Taste History tour along with trips to historic buildings, cultural centers and art galleries.
Taste History is sponsored, in part, by Macy’s. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Additional support for Taste History has been received from bequests from the late Patricia Ann Ravo and the late Boris & Edith Rueger.
$40 per person (new rate effective April 1st due to increases in bus rental fees and insurance); free for children under age 18. Pre-payment is required. Tickets can be purchased on-line at TasteHistoryCulinaryTours.blogspot.com. Call 561-243-2662 or E-mail email@example.com. Private group tours are also available at special rates.
Taste History cannot accommodate dietary restrictions.
The food tours board at Macy's (Outside at the East Entrance) located at 801 N. Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL
Year 2013 (All tours start at 11am. Pre-payment is required):
Saturday, January 12, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, January 26, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, February 16, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, March 9, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, March 16, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, March 23, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, April 13, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, April 20, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, April 27, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, May 11, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, May 18, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, May 25, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, June 8, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, June 15, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, June 22, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, July 13, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, July 20, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, July 27, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, August 10, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, August 17, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, August 24, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, September 14, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, September 21, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, September 28, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, October 12, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, October 19, 2013 Delray Beach/Boyntoh Beach
Saturday, October 26, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, November 9, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, November 16, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, November 23, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, December 14, 2013 Lake Worth/Lantana
Saturday, December 21, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
Saturday, December 28, 2013 Delray Beach/Boynton Beach
The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) is a non-profit 501c3 organization as designated by the IRS. MLFH was established in year 1999 in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Mission of MLFH is to offer educational programs, and history and retrospective anthropology exhibits showcasing lifestyle, cultures, people, places, fashion trends, clothes, architecture, furnishings, decorative arts, interior designs, locomotives and toys, and information about popular uses of artifacts by people/events of various periods of time. In year 2004, MLFH premiered the Narrated Bus Tours of Historic Delray Beach, Florida. The tours have been hugely popular and rated the Most Unique Travel Gem by AAA Travel Home & Away Magazine. The Historic Tours have hosted more than 7,000 passengers. The mission of the tours is to showcase the historic cultural lifestyle, people, and places. American Express was a sponsor of the Narrated Bus Tours of Historic Delray Beach in year 2007. In October 2011, MLFH premiered its newest program the Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County. The purpose of the Taste History Culinary Tours is to infuse food history, food culture, foodways and food tastings into facts about the historic districts and pioneer people of Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, and Lantana, Florida (Palm Beach County) along with highlighting art galleries, historic buildings and showcasing the contributions of early settlers. There are more than thirty culinary partners for this program that include restaurants, cafes, an urban farm, historic buildings and art galleries.
Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks(R) and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R), as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.
About Viva Florida
Viva Florida 500 is a statewide initiative led by the Florida Department of State (FDOS) to highlight the 500th anniversary in 2013 of the arrival of Juan Ponce de Leὀn to La Florida. The FDOS is working very closely with several core partners and leveraging public and private partnerships with many engaged individuals and organizations at the state and grassroots level to showcase Florida’s Spanish Colonial history and the many different cultures including Native Americans that have shaped Florida and contributed to its diverse heritage.
Florida’s 500th anniversary presents a unique opportunity to strengthen tourism, spur economic development and educate the world about the state’s significant history and heritage. Viva Florida 500 is a once-in-our-lifetime opportunity to reposition and rebrand Florida by highlighting 500 years of history and unmatched cultural diversity.
This anniversary will educate children and adults worldwide about Florida’s significant “firsts” in the foundation of the United States. Viva Florida 500 will acknowledge and promote the state’s history to establish a legacy that will foster a better understanding of where we came from and inspire an even greater pride in Florida heritage. Every American should know that the nation’s identity began in Florida. From the first practice of traditions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, to the establishment of powerful economic industries like cattle ranching and citrus farming, Florida’s Spanish settlers paved the way.
By commemorating Florida’s history and heritage, Viva Florida 500 will generate new tourism opportunities on a global scale long after 2013. Commemorative activities will contribute to Florida’s unique tourism landscape – a clean, safe, family-friendly environment that appreciates the state’s cultural heritage, history and natural resources. Expanding Florida’s tourism marketing efforts to include 500 years of rich cultural diversity and history (that no other state can claim) will raise the state profile to increase resident, domestic and international travel.
By reminding the world of the state’s historic role in international trade, Viva Florida 500 will promote the state’s business-friendly environment. Viva Florida 500 will reintroduce Florida as the Gateway to the America’s and the place where the nation’s cultures first came together. Business incentives in Florida are improving, and international investment further strengthens Florida’s economy. With over 400 Spanish businesses in Florida, and the expansion of the Panama Canal in 2014, opportunities are opening up for more global business and cultural exchanges.
Spanish and Hispanic contributions to Florida in particular are deeply woven into the historic tapestry of the beautiful Sunshine State, though Florida’s cultural heritage is inextricably connected to many nations. This is passionately evident in the art, architecture, culture, cuisine, language and music shared throughout the state. Viva Florida 500 will share the distinct flavor of Florida with the nation and the world, strengthening the ties - the very old ties - between the Old and New Worlds.
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