Aromas of roasted garlic and basil waft from the warm ovens at Cafe Centro as chefs prepare a menu of Northern Italian seafood specialties. Beneath the dining area's rustic timber ceiling, servers deliver plates of fettuccine crowned with lobster and brandy cream sauce or fillets of grilled salmon, yellowtail snapper, and branzino. Other dishes include crusty calzones with soft, melting interiors and housemade desserts such as tiramisu. Wrought-iron chandeliers cast a warm glow over racks of bottles filled with fine wines and rolled parchment notes from the pirate who lives in the cellar.
The family-friendly, annual Festival of Chocolate packs the Palm Beach County Convention Center with delectable cocoa creations, classes, and demonstrations November 19 and 20. Vendor booths display baked and molded treats, where sweet teeth can sink into cupcakes and brownies, break through truffles, and bathe in creamy beverages. Award-winning pastry chefs demonstrate baking techniques and sculpt large, intricate, opulent dessert structures to lure attendees with the ambrosial scents of chocolate mastery and the enjoyably gooey texture of chocolate malleability. Tykes can wander through the Kids-4-Chocolate creative workshop area to make sugary crafts or write novels about the eternal struggle for candy, or attend a chocolate museum that educates on history and production methods. Throughout the festival, experts battle in the Chocolate Indulgence competition, awarding winners in six different categories. The festival maintains its own currency, the chocolate-chip coin, which is worth $1 and can be traded in for goodies generally costing $1–$5 apiece and is legal tender for all debts public and private.
When Stacey Skinner realized her oldest son had a severe intolerance to gluten, she didn’t want to deprive him of his favorite pizza and pasta meals. Instead, she started whipping up her own renditions of these dishes with gluten-free flours and organic ingredients. Her friends and family marveled at her healthy creations, and Stacey started up her own catering company to distribute the freshly cooked, gluten- and peanut-free meals to households throughout Palm Beach County.
In her expansive kitchen and bakery, the skilled chef folds organic ingredients into dishes ideal for family dinners, children's school lunches, and attempts to make a stolen picnic blanket look used. Her oven spills rippling warmth and aromas that hint at a variety of breads, custom cakes, and desserts. Though the menu rotates, it has included coconut-encrusted flounder, spice-rubbed beef medallions, and fritters made with freshly shredded zucchini. In addition to gluten- and peanut-free options, the chef can also craft selections without dairy, eggs, or casein.
The cooks at DD's Chicken and Seafood consistently work to achieve two main objectives: serving up delectable fried meals and abiding by halal standards. Successfully meeting these lofty goals, they prep poultry in an exhaustive list of variants, from chicken legs, wings, and sandwiches to nuggets and fried gizzards, all of which become combo meals when paired with fries and a drink. They also whip up a selection of seafood, including fillets of catfish and tilapia alongside fried shrimp and conch fritters. For an alternative to fries, they prepare sides such as fried okra and samosas. The venue only allows for take-out, as it has no seating, much like airplanes before the chair lobbyists had their way.