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EatBeat: Flavor Palm Beach Through September

August 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

No lie — restaurants are struggling right now along with all other businesses. A lot more people are cooking at home and going out less often.

That affects every one of us — less money in the local coffers, fewer jobs at the restaurants and at companies that serve them, and when they finally close, fewer interesting owner-operated restaurants to choose from.

So here’s a plea: Eat out once in a while – and try restaurants that are locally owned and putting money back in our own communities.

Restaurant month stretched to September

plate-forkThis coming month is a big chance to dine for not much money, all things considered. Flavor Palm Beach, the restaurant month that started in August, has been extended another month. So for $19.09 you can buy a 3-course lunch, and for $30, at most of the participating restaurants, a 3-course dinner.

Why the deal?

The back story: After 9/11, New York restaurants, part of that city’s mainstay economy, were reeling from the pain of losing workers, suppliers, diners too frightened to go out, and more. The city took a big financial hit because of it — tourists were staying away in droves, and hospitality was at a standstill.

To fight back, and support the Big Apple, restaurants initiated a dining special  — for $20.01, during the month of September, you could have a 3-course lunch at some top restaurants, and for $10 more, a 3-course dinner.

September is a slow month in most tourist cities, and the plan was put in place elsewhere after its success there. Miami now has Miami Spice, for instance. So Palm Beach County decided to do its own — Flavor Palm Beach was the result.

A fun kick-off party

Several top restaurants are involved with a variety of cuisines to choose from — steakhouses, seafood spots, a Brazilian rodizio, a fondue experience, pizza places, an organic eatery and more. They’re spread throughout the county — from Palm Beach Gardens to Boca Raton.

Fountains at Clematis Street

Fountains at Clematis Street

They all have great deals – a lot of which you can sample at the kick-off party on Clematis by the fountains this Friday evening in a street party. Get your tickets – $15 in advance – by Thursday noon, online. (They’re $20 at the door.)

It’s for a good cause — this party benefits the American Red Cross of Greater Palm Beach County.

Flavor Palm Beach Kick-off Party

(American Red Cross of the Palm Beaches benefit)

  • When: Friday, Aug. 28, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: Clematis Street at Narcissus, beside the fountains, West Palm Beach
  • What: Tastings from local restaurants, live entertainment
  • Cost: $15 in advance – Thursday noon cut-off, $20 at the door. (Photo ID required for will-call tickets.)
  • Tickets and information: https://flavorpalmbeach.com/Events2.html


Tags: The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Amen // Aug 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    So happy for restaurant month to be extended and looking forward to this weekend of fun foodie festivities.

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