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EatBeat: Cafe L’Europe, RA Sushi; and I Lose – to the Banker!

May 26th, 2009 · No Comments

There are some fine dining deals to finish off your month — and lead us to June — Palm Beach Restaurant Month when some serious discounts are set up so you can try new spots.

Happy Anniversary, Cafe L’Europe!

lidia_norbert_edited-1For 29 years, Norbert and Lidia Goldner have been graciously serving fine meals and wines at the Palm Beach landmark restaurant, Cafe L’Europe. They’ve won awards for their extensive wine lists, their hospitality and hands-on operation. I’ve written before how important it is to have owner-operators running a restaurant and paying attention to the details — this is the proof in action. The Goldner’s ARE the restaurant.

To mark their 29th anniversary, tonight through Friday night, they’re offering 29 percent off all the food bill (excluding tax and tip). If you go on Wine-Not Wednesday and Thursday, you can bring your own bottle of vino and have it served with your meal for no corkage fee — a great deal!

I recommend their soup trio — it’s one of my favorites. Lamb, or fresh fish or even a steak — Norbert does  it all very well and it’s served with top-class service.

A more beautiful restaurant or gracious staff you won’t find – and even if you go only for dessert, you’ll be treated to a list of champagnes by the glass like no other restaurant around, and pastries from one of the nation’s top pastry chefs,  Stephanie Steglia.

You can tell them I sent you — but it won’t matter, since you’ll be in great hands no matter who you reference. Make sure you ask for the “Anniversary Special” when you make your reservation.

  • Cafe L’Europe
  • 331 S. County Road, Palm Beach
  • Phone: 655-4020
  • Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Friday; dinner only Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
  • Special Anniversary pricing ends May 29.

RA Sushi Helps St. Jude’s

Another deal through Saturday: Nicky’s Week at RA Sushi (in Palm Beach Gardens and Pembroke Pines locations). If you order certain dishes, 100 percent of the money will go to St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

Shrimp Shumai

Shrimp Shumai

One of the dishes is this beautiful Shrimp Shumai — a cooked dish. There’s Tootsy Maki sushi, edamame, Fiji water, Red Bull, teas from the Republic of Tea and certain cocktails that also benefit the charity.

RA Sushi in Downtown at the Gardens is a hip setting where the bartenders are fun and dining is interactive  — you can see the kitchen staff at work and give shout-outs to the chefs. They feature a huge sushi and sashimi list, as well as a large sake selection.

The charity event is named after one of the nieces of an RA Sushi co-founder, who lost her battle with cancer at age 13. The restaurant chain hopes to raise more than $100,000 this year for St. Jude’s researchers.

  • RA Sushi
  • 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. (Downtown at the Gardens)
  • Palm Beach Gardens
  • Phone: 561-340-2112
  • Open daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; bar till 1 a.m.

I was robbed!

I must concede defeat as a baker — to a banker! A banker named Rudy, and first-time baker, no less! And a lovely lady of Palm Beach, Patricia Reybold– incoming Rotary Club president who tied with him for the blue ribbon.

Me and banker Rudy Schupp

Me and banker Rudy Schupp

At the Mental Health Association’s Celebrity baking contest last week, held at Nick and Johnny’s in Palm Beach, my Florida Cracker orange cake lost! “I wuz robbed!” in the grandest tradition of the phrase. Even Rudy Schupp, CEO of 1st United Bank liked my cake. I had ragged on him about what he might possibly know about baking in a previous post – only to have to eat my words along with my own cake. (Not really — my cake really was a hit and I took home an empty plate.)

Patricia Reybold

Patricia Reybold

Schupp won with a very moist, tasty coconut cake. (He can thank his lucky stars I didn’t bring my version.) He tied for first with Patricia Reybold, president-elect of the Palm Beach Rotary, who won the tasters over with her cranberry-oatmeal cookies. Very moist and delicious cookies that I am trying to get the recipe for.

It was all in good fun — Lizard Whisperer Lily Capehart brought a delicious chocolate cake, my buddy Leslie Streeter came with her granny’s apple cobbler, Stephanie Horvath of the Sun-Sentinel brought a peanut butter ice cream pie that wowed, too. It was a great showing, really – and we raised a good little pot of dough for the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County.

But hear it from me, the blog reporter: The banker just so happens to answer to “Dad” to Lisa Cole — event organizer. I say FIX! I want a rematch!

Thanks, too, to Terri Turner, my Philly friend, who won my auctioned orange cake for $35. To the gentleman who wanted it so badly but lost, if you’re reading this, contact me about getting one for your event.

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