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EatBeat: Iceberry Opens, Top Chef Deals, UCP Dinner is 20

October 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Iceberry, a clone of the now infamous Pinkberry frozen yogurt shop, has opened in CityPlace. Not sure why the fuss over frozen yogurt again; remember when TCBY and others roared on the scene? Where are they now?

Today, it’s Iceberry, Pinkberry, Berrigood, Yogurberri, Yolato (a yogurt gelato), Blue Mango, Red Mango, Yogotango….and those were only the first few that popped up. They’re hip, small shops, located at upscale malls and shopping streets. They have limited menus, and follow the “mix-ins” method of the ice cream shops that swirled on the scene a few years back.

Iceberry, the first new one around here, offers a four-flavor menu: vanilla, green tea, honeydew and chocolate frozen yogurt — all fat-free (but not sugar free). You can add any number of toppings to design your own flavor. Go healthy and add fresh berries, fruit slices or granola, or be bad and go with the Fruity Pebbles cereal or gummy bears.

Smoothies, fresh fruit juices and organic coffee also are on Iceberry’s menu.

Iceberry Frozen Yogurt

  • 600 Rosemary Ave., CityPlace, West Palm Beach
  • (561) 876-6884; www.iceberryus.com
  • Open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, till 10 p.m., and Sundays, noon-6 p.m.

Forte offers recession pre-fixe

Local restaurateur and Top Chef contestant Asprinio is aware that dining dollars are tighter than ever. So he’s come up with a recession-friendly “value menu,” in Italian: Menu di valore.

Stephen Asprinio

Stephen Asprinio

Pricing follows the deals that Forte ran during Palm Beach Flavor, the promotion featured three-course pre-fixe dinners at top restaurants for $30. Asprinio said tough times require creative thinking, and this is a way for diners to get an appetizer, entree and dessert to experience the restaurant, in hopes they’ll come back to try other offerings.

For an extra $20, wine is matched to the meal.

Here’s an example of a three-course meal off the menu:

 Housemade ricotta terrine, Japanese eggplant, sauce vierge; osso buco veal burger with housemade brioche, fontina, salsa verde; and butterscotch budino with salted peanut brittle, caramel crema.




Forte di Asprinio

  • 225 Clematis St., West Palm Beach



  • (561) 833-3330; www.fortepalmbeach.co
  • Open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner from 5:30 p.m.

Charity dine-around turns 20

I have volunteered again to judge the foods at this year’s United Cerebral Palsy Great Chef’s Tasting Party. It’s going to be in the Convention Center Nov. 9, with more than 20 restaurants participating.

This marks the event’s 20th year, and it’s grown to a popular dine-around with a variety of chefs and restaurateurs donating the foods, their time and the wines to the charity. This year, participants include Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, the PGA Resort’s Ironwood Grille, GOL! Taste of Brazil, the Palm Beach Steakhouse 33480, the Melting Pot, Leila, the Leopard Lounge at the Chesterfield, Field of Greens, Blue Martini, Cilantro’s Grill, Havana Hideaway and more.

A silent auction and raffle are part of the event, and a VIP champagne reception is planned an hour before dinner starts. The Switzer Trio will provide the music.

UCP Great Chef’s Tasting Party

  • Sunday, Nov. 9, 4-7 p.m.; VIP reception, 3-4 p.m.
  • Palm Beach Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
  • Tickets are $75 in advance, $85 at the door.
  •  For tickets or information, call (561) 357-7779; or go to www.ucpsouthflorida.org/calendar.php



















































Tags: The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Ben // Nov 3, 2008 at 3:00 am

    Iceberry sounds great. I will have to try it, especially with Fruity Pebbles. In college I learned to mix cereal with soft serve ice cream as a winning combo.

    Several years ago, the kids at Northwood University introduced me to Charley’s Custard (SW corner of Military Trail & Community Drive) in West Palm Beach — it is incredible, and the daily flavors are unique and worth every calorie. My fav: Cannon Crunch!

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