Monday, April 24, 2017

Debutantes learn Flavor of Art, Food, History during Career, Culture, Beauty Weekend 2017

On Saturday, February 25, 2017 a Taste History Culinary Tour to West Palm Beach, Lantana and Delray Beach was held for African American debutantes of the Frances J. Woman’s Club.  The cultural tour traveled to Sweet's Sensational Jamaican Cafe in Delray Beach; Mother Earth at the Delray Beach Green Market; Cafe Sweets Bakery in Downtown West Palm Beach; Shipping Container Mural Art in Northwood Village and the Cheese & Wine Cafe in Town of Lantana. 

The striving teenagers learned about the heritage of the cities and districts visited; they met local and women business owners and visited an emerging arts district. This was the third annual Taste History Culinary Tour hosted for the debutante program.  It was the first time the debutantes in this year’s program experienced a culinary, arts and history tour. The tour was part of a two-day Career, Culture and Beauty weekend presented by the non-profit Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History that included a Career Day with speakers representing creative and design industries. The speakers were architect Cynthia Spray; interior designer Angela Colley; and Kathy Franks, Vice President with the Macy's corporation.  Combining both the tour and career day, the students learned about careers in art, the restaurant industry, architecture, interior design and retail. Thanks to the program sponsors, the entire weekend was underwritten for the debutantes.

The debutantes live and attend high school in Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Greenacres, Lake Worth and West Palm Beach.

The Frances J. Bright Woman's Club (FJBWC) was established in 1958 by the namesake African American educator in Delray Beach, Florida who came to Palm Beach County more than 100 years ago in 1895 to teach at the 'colored' school #4.  The leaders of this prestigious organization are esteemed African American educators and business owners, the black elite.  The mission of FJBWC is to help provide etiquette training for African American high school girls who are invited into the program based on academics and good character.  The program also helps to raise scholarship monies for the young ladies.

Career Day held at Macy's Boynton Beach
Brunch sponsored by Palermo's Bakery

Brunch by Palermo's Bakery

Brunch by Palermo's Bakery

Debutante Cotillion

The non-profit Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County, Florida has been designated one of the official community event partners for the State of Florida’s Viva Florida initiative.  

The tour program includes bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking. The mission of the tour includes incorporating education about food culture and food history with the food tastings thus dietary restrictions cannot be accommodated.
Taste History is sponsored, in part, by Macy’s. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Additional support for Taste History has been received from Kingston Fresh, Carl and Iris Apfel; and bequests from the late Patricia Ann Ravo and the late Boris & Edith Rueger.

Effective January 1, 2017, $50 per person is the new rate for the tours traveling to Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Lantana; and  West Palm Beach.  Free for children under age 14 (children must be accompanied by a paid adult family member). Children age 14 and over pay regular price. Due to the increased operational costs and insurance an increase in our tour fees is necessary. Pre-paid reservations that have been made prior to that date will not be affected. Taste History is a non-profit educational organization. Fees are inclusive of all food and visits to cultural centers and art galleries. 

For more information, call 561-638-8277. Email 

Brief Facts about Taste History:
  • Offered year-round
  • Held on the first, second, third and fourth Saturdays at 11am
  • At least 3 to 4 locally owned and family-owned eateries that may include bakeries, pastry shops, delis, markets, juice bars, tea shops and cafes that are visited for food tasting. Some cuisines may be culturally-specific.  Most food portions are hearty.
  • Cultural centers or emerging art and craft shops are visited
  • Tour may travel through historic neighborhoods, downtowns, main streets, emerging arts districts and off the beaten path.
  • Bus riding and 4 to 6 blocks of walking
  • Some eating experiences are standing-only. 
  • Tour is at least 3 to 4 hours
  • Food and Florida history are narrated by a guide
  • To maintain an element of surprise, each tour is different and never an exact duplication of any previous tour hosted. 
  • Private group tours are also available during the weekday
  • Pre-payment is required. Fees are inclusive
  • Tour takes place Rain or Shine.
  • Dietary Restrictions Cannot be Accommodated. Click here to read about types of foods served on the tour.  
  • Taste History is a food tasting tour, with art and history combined, and although there is some sitting it's not a sit-down luncheon but many of the food portions are hearty and most people are full by the end of the tour.
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