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Sloan’s Celebrates National Ice Cream Month with an Ice Cream Social – Via Social Media

July 24th, 2015 · 1 Comment


Sloan's on Clematis in West Palm Beach is their first shop. /courtesy photo

Sloan’s on Clematis in West Palm Beach is their first shop. /courtesy photo

Here’s a deal that will cool you off – Sloan’s Ice Cream parlors are celebrating July as National Ice Cream Month by holding an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social.

Sloan's classic sundae. /courtesy photo.

Sloan’s classic sundae. /courtesy photo.

To get a ticket for a free ice cream treat at the CityPlace location on Sunday, July 26, you have to take a selfie showing yourself in Sloan’s, or eating one of Sloan’s ice cream treats, and post it to their Facebook page.

“We wanted to give back to our fans,” said David Wild, Sloan’s director of franchising. “Everybody remembers the ice cream socials in school, and getting free ice cream with your friends – it’s what we wanted to recreate, the nostalgia.”

Nostalgia is built into Sloan’s, first started in 1999 by Sloan Kamenstein, who envisioned an old fashioned ice cream parlor crossed with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland.

“He wanted to create something like a wonderland so that when you’re a kid – or an adult going into it – it makes you feel like a kid again and gives you that sense of wonder,” Wild said.

All of the shop designs and brand colors were chosen by the owners to create a bubblegum and neon green space.

Chanedeliers copyRainbow chandeliers drip color from the ceiling; the bathrooms are a trompe l’oeil: the glass doors are transparent until a light is turned on, then the glass becomes frosted – but only on the outside. Those inside are treated to views of curious onlookers peering in.

The recipes for the ice creams were from Kamenstein’s early career as a pastry chef who did stages in European kitchens and bakeries. He studied at the Cordon Bleu, and made desserts at the Ritz and other hotels.

“He came back here (to the U.S.), and decided what he wanted to do. His grandfather had taken him for ice cream every day after school. He wanted to open an ice cream parlor where everyone could go and have that experience.”

His chef’s predilections came through, and he began creating ice creams with the highest quality ingredients – so not only was the shop inviting, but the ice creams were successful on their own.

Now, Sloan’s is franchising, and along with the six in South Florida and one in California, four more are planned – two in California and two in the Middle East: Dubai and Kuwait.

“They have very hot weather there,” Wild said. “And these are where the hot trends are – Dubai is the hub of everything trending.”

The Ice Cream Social will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, at Sloan’s in CityPlace, 700 Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach. Call (561) 833-4303. Free ice cream given to ticketed guests. Get details on Sloan’s Facebook page

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It’s Chef vs. Chef at Max’s Harvest Summerlong Showdown

June 16th, 2015 · No Comments

Chef Adam Brown

Chef Adam Brown of The Cooper competes in the first round of the contest. /courtesy photo

Summer’s slow in South Florida restaurants, so to spice up the season, restaurateur Dennis Max and his team came up with a chef throwdown.

Sixteen chefs will face off, two each week, to battle for the win.

Calling chefs from around the area, a draw for competitors was held at Max’s Harvest in Delray Beach earlier this month. Possibly inspired by the NCAA bracketing going on while planning it, the competition will be carried out in elimination rounds throughout the summer. From the field of 16 chefs, one winner will emerge after 15 weekly battles.

Max said he expects this to be “one of the most exciting food events of the year.” He points to numerous notable chefs who call South Florida home, and who will bring their best game to the contests.

Chef Ben Burger

Chef Ben Burger, Neiman Marcus

The event is loosely based on the TV show, “Knife Fights.” Each chef will be given three “secret” ingredients to use along with a set pantry of ingredients to cook two or three dishes within the 1 hour time limit.

First round judging June 17

Dennis Max, of the Max Restaurant Group, Bill Hansen of Bill Hansen Catering and I will judge the first round. Competition kicks off at 9:30 p.m. at Max’s Harvest Wednesday, June 17.

Adam Brown of The Cooper in Palm Beach Gardens will take on chef Ben Burger of Neiman Marcus.

The contest is open to the public each week. A $10 donation to the  Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club in Delray Beach gets you a drink; food will be available for purchase at happy hour prices

The next rounds feature these chefs facing off:

  • Week 2, June 24: James Strine, Café Boulud vs. Paul Niedermann, Hudson’s
  • Week 3, July 1: Victor Meneses, El Camino vs. Victor Franco, Oceans 234
  • Week 4, July 8: Danielle Herring, Rebel House vs. Che Frey, Henry’s
  • Week 5, July 15: John Thomas, Tryst vs. Aaron Goldberg, Bogart’s
  • Week 6, July 22: Eric Grutka, Ian’s Tropical Grill vs. Jarod Higgins, Cut 432
  • Week 7, July 29: Kelley Randall, The Office vs. Bruce Feingold, Dada’s
  • Week 8, August 5: Chris Miracolo, S3 vs. Blake Malatesta, 50 Ocean

Quarter-final dates are Aug. 12, 19, 26, and Sept. 2.

Semi-finals are Sept. 9 and 16, and the winner will be crowned Sept. 23.

Prizes will be awarded weekly, leading up to the grand prize that comes with the title. All contests take place at Max’s Harvest.

  • Max’s Harvest
  • 169 N.E. Second Ave., Delray Beach
  • 561-381-9970; maxsharvest.com

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4th Annual Pairings Set for Thursday in Downtown West Palm Beach

May 26th, 2015 · 1 Comment

This Thursday, West Palm’s Downtown Development Authority hosts the 4th annual Pairings Wine and Food event. It’s a fun night of strolling around downtown and getting samples of foods that represent the restaurants, as well as tours of shops and other businesses that will have discounts, sales and special offers for Pairing participants.

A number of restaurants and food spots will be serving tastes off their menus in sample sizes, paired with wines, beers, or cocktails.


Guacamole from Rocco’s Tacos will be sampled.

A sampling of what’s in store:

  • A Moscow mule and chicken meatballs from Hullabaloo
  • A pomegranate mojito and chicken skewer from Leila
  • A negroni, and a traditional Italian cocktail with Mamma’s Meatballs from Lynora’s Osteria
  • Choice of wine with a mini beef, chicken or shepherd’s pie from O’Shea’s Irish Pub
  • Margarita and guacamole from Rocco’s Tacops
  • Mini cupcakes and coffee from Cafe Sweets Bakery

Several more restaurants will participate.

Other businesses, including Ultima Fitness Downtown, Run & Roll, Palm Beach Dramaworks and Palm Beach Segway Tours are offering discounts at their stores, and most will be open during the event.

Ticket prices cover admission, all samples and discounts.

For more information, visit the Downtown West Palm Beach website.

If you go:

Pairings West Palm Beach

  • Downtown West Palm Beach
  • 5:30-9 p.m., Thursday, May 28
  • Tickets $25 online and $30 at the gate
  • Information and tickets at downtownwpb.com/events/pairings/

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