Hilton West Palm takes foodies on a Tour of the Mediterranean

Hilton West Palm takes foodies on a Tour of the Mediterranean

You know that you’re living in a cosmopolitan town, when on a Wednesday evening, you can walk into the stunning Hilton West Palm and join 40+ local foodies and wine lovers on Chef Miguel Santiago’s “Tour of the Mediterranean”.

The dinner started with a reception by the pool, wine was served with delicious pass-around hors d’oeuvres. The weather was perfect, but the threat of rain moved the event from the poolside lawn inside.

The wine dinner featured a chef-driven, four-course pairing menu which included lobster thermidor, Catalonian beef-stuffed potatoes, and sinful espresso panna cotta topped with kataifi, marcona almonds, and shaved chocolate.

It was fantastic.

Each course is accompanied by fine wines from Private Cask Imports, like Arnaud Baillot, Cave de Hunawhir, Château Labastide Orliac, and Château Fargueirol.

The dinner started with the Wild Mushroom Bisque which was buttery smooth with white winter truffle essence and delicious steamed Maitake. Cauliflower is trendy again, and the second course brought us a blend of cauliflower textures. Crispy, mousseline, pickled and crumbs. The combination was fascinating, it was paired with a Gewürztraminer “Cave de Hunawihr” a fruit-forward wine which was a bold choice for a second wine, but worked well.

The final course was the lobster thermidor and beef filet which was paired with Labastide Orliac “Le prince” Bordeaux Blend.

Chef Miguel Santiago and his team did a fantastic job on this, stay tuned for upcoming events. The plan is to have one wine dinner a month. Don’t miss the next one.

9 Places to watch the Super Bowl in Downtown West Palm Beach

9 Places to watch the Super Bowl in Downtown West Palm Beach

Big game, big question! Here is your answer!

1. Roxy’s Annual Super Bowl Block Party

2 PM to Feb 5 at 12 AM

309 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

It’s game time and you know what that means?! Roxy’s Pub Annual Block Party! Come watch the game on a HUGE LCD screen with FULL dynamic sound! Tons of giveaways, games, entertainment, music by DJ JayR, and more!!

2. Super Bowl LII at Grease Burger, Beer and Whiskey Bar

Join Grease Burger for Super Bowl LII with THE MOST TVs in Downtown West Palm, Game Sound ON and $.75 Wings, $2.50 Sliders, Beer Bucket Specials and $5 Monkey in Paradise Cocktails. Grease is located at 213 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.greasewpb.com.

3. Super Chili Bowl Cookoff at the PB Sailing Club!

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Are you a TOP CHEF hiding behind the facade of a salty sailor? Then wait no longer to wow us with your best chili recipe!

NFL Superbowl LII Kickoff is @ 6:30PM. Come watch the game and enjoy the best chili around with your PBSC family.

4. Super Bowl at the Galley

BOOM! Foodies and football fans have something super to cheer

for while watching their favorite teams rally on Sunday, February 4 at the newly redesigned Galley at Hilton West Palm Beach. The modern charmer has just unveiled its ultimate Big Game bar menu, featuring fully loaded nachos, gourmet cheesesteaks, juicy lobster roll sliders, and more.

“We take pride in offering a great dining experience for our guests and football fans,” said John Parkinson, general manager of Hilton West Palm Beach. “We’re continually sourcing new and creative ways to enhance the game-day experience, from all-American chicken wings to designing the most tender cheeseburger you’ve ever tasted.”

5. O’Shea’s Super Bowl Sunday Party

6:30 PM – 11 PM

Super Bowl Sunday is finally here! Join us at O’Shea’s Pub to watch it all go down!

Whether you are inside the pub or outside in the courtyard, O’Shea’s is the place to be to enjoy the game! We will have our projector screens ready to go out back.

We are offering $8 Coors Light pitchers and $22 for a bucket of any beers and a plate of wings! Plus get a platter of 60-80 wings to-go!

6. The Big Game Party at WPBrewery

5 PM – 11 PM

West Palm Brewery is having a ticketed party for The Big Game on Feb. 4th. Come watch the Patriots vs the Eagles at our brewery!

To attend, you must purchase a ticket for $40. One ticket per person. Ticket includes 4 drinks of select beers and wines. After 4 included drinks, you are welcome to purchase more.

The ticket also includes a variety of food, buffet style, by Chef Andrew: Pizzas, Wings and Sandwiches!

Tickets will go on sale online Friday, Jan 26th through Eventbrite, and the link will be posted here. Tickets are limited, so make sure to buy one when they go on sale. Once the tickets are sold, we will not allow any extra guests.

We will not be open to the public the day of The Big Game, except for those who have purchased tickets, from 4-11pm. We hope to see you there!

7. Patriots vs. Eagles Super Bowl Watch Party at Dorrian’s Red Hand

Head to Dorrian’s Red Hand for Super Bowl Sunday starting at 5:30 p.m. Dorrian’s Red Hand is located at 215 Clematis St. For more information, visit www.dorrians-wpb.com.

8. 🏈🏈 Super Bowl Sunday @ Banko Cantina 🏈🏈

This Sunday @ Banko Cantina come watch the NFLs two best teams face off live! Watch the big game on all the Tv’s with sound (1st floor & Rooftop) $200 Beer Pong Tournament

Joe DeRosa firing up food on the grill durring the game!

9. The Anti-Bowl Party

Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks
1023 N Florida Mango Rd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33409

Not into the big game neither are we. Come hang out at Accomplice instead

South Florida Fair is Back for 2018

South Florida Fair is Back for 2018

Last week Palm Beach Post’s resident historian Eliot Kleinberg wrote an interesting piece that dove into the history of the South Florida Fair.

The “Palm Beach County Fair” started in March 1912. It was a four-day event under a single tent on the grounds of the old Palm Beach County Courthouse. The county, split from Dade only three years earlier, wanted a forum to show off its winter crops, livestock and booming real estate.

The county’s godfather, Henry Flagler, sweetened the pot by offering cash prizes for farmers and others who displayed their wares. The fair moved the following year to a site just to the north, near the railroad depot.

The article continues through the early years and explains that the name was changed to the South Florida Fair in 1980 when they moved to their permanent location at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

This year South Florida Fair is making history with its inclusion of the United States’ largest travelling Ferris Wheel, the “Midway Sky Eye”. It’s massive and impossible to miss, especially when the lights come on. If anyone shows you their pictures of the fair, I’d venture to say that it is the centerpiece of many, if not most, of the pictures taken.

The massive wheel reaches a peak height of 155 feet and is comprised of more than 500 pieces. It reaches so high that it requires FAA clearance, which has already been obtained. The Ferris wheel is equipped with more than 524,000 individual LED red, green, blue, yellow, orange and purple lights, making it the brightest spectacle at the fair, and requires more than six miles of electrical wiring. The 36 gondolas hold six riders each, who can see for miles from the top.

We went to the Fair this last Sunday and enjoyed the Ferris Wheel in the evening. While the view of the fair was stunning, at 155ft a day time trip around will give you a great view of miles of the surrounding Palm Beach County. Also pro-tip, wear a sweather / hat / scarf, because it is COLD on the top. A ride on the Midway Sky Eye is not covered by a ride wristband or tickets. The cost is $5/ride.

The Ferris Wheel isn’t the only thing going on. Like always, the event schedule is packed with fascinating events. Here are some other events we got to catch.

Lady Houdini

I enjoyed Lady Houdini’s show a lot. Come early for this one, because you’ll want to have a good seat and every show was packed.

Lady Houdini, the name given to Kristen Johnson by an Inside Edition producer at CBS Studios in New York has definitely stuck. Especially since she broke immortal Harry Houdini’s record for the most Water Torture Cell escapes ever performed, which historians and magic aficionados worldwide estimate to be just over one thousand. She broke Houdini’s record in 2012 as she successfully performed her 1,001st public escape during the Georgia State Fair at the Atlanta Speedway. She is currently at over 1,950 attempts and counting.

We missed Lady Houdini last year when she was booked to perform at the Fair but the day before she was going to open, she and her husband were involved in a terrible car accident & had to cancel their show. The accident was devastating to the team and involved multiple surgeries and months in the hospital and physical therapy. The driver that hit them was texting so a very clear message against distracted driving has been woven into the show.

Kevin Ridgeway on stage with the seat from their car from the accident


You may have seen Kazual on America’s Got Talent or the Maury Show, but we saw this family group of 3 brothers and a cousin at the fair. They mix the sounds of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop, some Country & pop together to create an experience they call “the Kazual experience”.

They perform at 12, 2 and 6pm at the Community Stage

The Ice Parades Skating Show

We always end our trip with the ice show. This year the theme was “parades around the world”, so each choreographed ice dance was themed to a different parade. From Carnival to OktoberFest, to the Day of the Dead (which featured “Thriller”) it was all there. Tons of energy and a great way to end the day at the fair.

Thriller on Ice

Interview: Alex Kowtun on Monkey in Paradise – the unpublished questions!

Interview: Alex Kowtun on Monkey in Paradise – the unpublished questions!

On Friday night I was visiting Vincent Toscano at the “speakeasy” on Clematis Street (If you don’t know where that is, then you’ll have to find it for yourself). I watched him pour a Monkey in Paradise drink, and I realized that I had a bunch of questions from my interview with, Monkey in Paradise creator, Alex Kowtun which I didn’t have space for in the printed column, but had never published independently.

In the article that was published by Palms West Monthly, I ask Alex: What is Monkey in Paradise, where Monkey In Paradise Vodka is made, what his favorite part of South Florida, where his favorite places in WPB are, and what the best party of the season will be.

So before you continue, read the original article and get the answer to these questions.

West Palm entrepreneur Alex Kowtun doesn’t monkey around

aGuyonClematis: How did you come up with Monkey in Paradise?

About a two years ago, Cofounders, Frank Gomez, Seth Goldberg and I thought that fun, monkey drink markers might “break the ice” & help people talk to each other in social situations–instead staring at their mobile devices. It worked. The Monkey In Paradise monkey cocktail markers became popular as people took them to events, traveled with them and took cool pictures in fun places. This gave birth to the Monkey In Paradise Instagram account. The Instagram account grew to over 20,000 followers before there was even an idea for products. At this time we realized that Monkey In Paradise was a strong social media marketing platform and it was time to do more with it. We researched the liquor industry and found that the industry as a whole was behind on social media marketing. That’s when we decided to launch, Monkey In Paradise Vodka. The vodka went to market one year ago and has been extremely successful in the Palm Beach county market.

aGuyonClematis: What is the age group that Monkey in Paradise focuses on. Is it just a young people’s thing or do you attract an older crowd.

Our age focus is males and females ages 21-35, and believe it or not females over 40. Our brand is identified with a small plastic MIP cocktail marker. These monkeys are served on drinks at bars and restaurants when any type of Monkey In Paradise vodka cocktail is ordered. Due to the popularity of the cocktail maker, our target demographic takes photos of it, shares on social media, and most importantly, breaks the ice and has a better social experience meeting new people.

aGuyonClematis: Why is Monkey In Paradise marketed with fancy cars and beautiful girls?

Growing up, attractive women and rare cars were part of my personal definition of paradise. It is true that the MIP Monkey icebreaker is often photographed with exotic cars, jets, and beautiful people having fun. However, MIP is about making everyone feel like a VIP with MIP– making socializing and networking easier, and making every day more fun for all. Regardless of how YOU define your paradise, MIP is there to help you find or make the most of it

Cars & Coffee Palm Beach is Florida’s largest and most prestigious monthly auto event, with 1500-3500 display vehicles and up to 22,000 spectators each month. Being a sponsor and part of the events has brought us tremendous brand awareness and opened up doors to many new opportunities. Thanks to a variety of news outlets, social media, and the event’s media partner duPont Registry, Cars & Coffee Palm Beach and its sponsors like MIP enjoy a monthly global audience of many millions, and the chance to showcase all that the event, its vendors, the venue, & South Florida have to offer. In addition to tens of thousands of locals, the event attracts thousands of tourists from all over the state, country, and even world who travel to West Palm Beach throughout the year specifically to enjoy the show as spectators, special guests, and/or showcased vendors. That is great for the local economy and all it has to offer.

Which monkey in Paradise drinks would you recommend for our readers to order next time they go out?

Our best selling drink now is the Moscow Monkey. The drink consists of ginger beer, Monkey In Paradise Vodka, mint, and a lime. The Moscow Monkey is even featured on the cocktail menu at Grease, on Clematis street. Grease also features $5 Monkey In Paradise cocktails all day Thursday and Sunday for NFL football.

What are your plans for the future of the monkey in Paradise brand will you have additional Signature Events coming up.

Monkey In Paradise is currently in a tremendous growth phase. Two months ago, we recruited a seasoned CEO, Controller, and Director of sales. We have been adding on new restaurants and bars daily and now will be sold at ABC liquor in Florida. Additionally, Monkey In Paradise is going in to distribution in the state of Georgia in mid-November. We have weekly events all over south Florida, and with season approaching, you can expect even more. Please visit our our facebook page to keep up with the events!

What is your vision for the future of Monkey In Paradise.

First and foremost, Life is difficult, but there is no reason it can’t be FUN. Regardless of whether you drink vodka or not, MIP is about bringing people together to make life easier and more enjoyable. With that being said, I would like to see Monkey In Paradise to continue to grow and have a national presence by becoming the vodka of choice for people ages 21-35 and females over 40!

6 Art Events you Won’t Want to Miss at Palm Beach Art Week

6 Art Events you Won’t Want to Miss at Palm Beach Art Week

Driving through downtown and seeing the massive tent that is currently set up at the “Tent Site” is a good indication that Palm Beach Art Week is coming.

For more information about Palm Beach Art Week go to the Art Synergy website which has links to all the events from Boca to Northwood in West Palm Beach.


There is a LOT going on, if you want to you can have multiple art events every day till the end of the month. But here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.

1. Art Palm Beach

Palm Beach Convention Center
17-21 January 2018 

ArtPalmBeach is South Florida’s longest running mid-winter fair dedicated to contemporary, emerging, and modern masterworks of the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The internationally renowned premiere contemporary art fair at the Palm Beach County Convention Center will be celebrating its 21st edition.

During ArtPalmBeach 2018 visitors will take part in an immersive art experience as they gain access to crucial information about art and collecting in a comprehensive manner that reflects today’s modern market. ArtPalmBeach will offer visitors an unprecedented in-depth experience of all the art world has to offer.

There are special events each day – Click here for the full list

Multi-Day Pass is $20 and allows entrance to the fair on multiple days and also permits entrance to the Collectors Preview Opening night on Wednesday, January 17th from 6 – 10pm

Buy Tickets Now

2. Ars Musae: The Odyssey Frieze – Marzia Ellero Ransom

The Box Gallery – 811 Belvedere Road, W.P.B., FL 33405
January 13, 2017 6-11 PM
VIP TICKETS: Get tickets now

6-8 PM-VIP Champagne Preview
8 PM-Reception

Marzia Ellero Ransom is a Renaissance artist. Her work spans from painting and photography, to sculpture and video installations. Marzia also teaches several disciplines at the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College in Pensacola, FL.

Ransom, who was born in Italy, earned her first degree in graphic design and photography then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art from UWF. After earning a master’s degree in painting and photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she moved back to Pensacola and is now an instructor in the CFPA. Her resume grew even more when she was chosen to be the resident artist this year

Ars Musae, which is “muses of the arts” in Latin.

3. Urban Stories Festival

WPB Waterfront & Clematis Street
January 27 – 28, 2018

The Urban Stories Festival is a two-day storytelling event celebrating West Palm Beach, Florida—what was, what is, what could be.

The goals are to engage the West Palm Beach Community. To share experiences, celebrate diversity, find common ground and support literacy.

  • Saturday, Jan 27: Bike Tour Back in Time
  • Sunday, Jan 28: Stories on stage
  • Saturday, Jan 27 & Jan 28: Children’s Storytime
  • Sunday, Jan 28: Writing Workshop
  • Saturday, Jan 28: Story Circles
  • Sunday, Jan 28: Stories of Faith
  • Saturday, Jan 27: Youth Speak
  • Saturday, Jan 27: Art for Kids
  • Saturday, Jan 27: Arrival/Clematis
  • TBD: Kids and Cops

As part of the festival they collecting written and oral stories about West Palm Beach to share before, during, and after the event. Click on this link to tell the team about yourself and the stories you want to share.

The Festival is presented by Blue Planet Writers’ Room, Florida Atlantic University, West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District

4. Continuum West Palm Beach

January 18th to 27th

A pop up multi-media art fair in the City of WPB during ArtPalmBeach Week exhibiting regional South Florida artists.

  • Thursday, January 18 Black Tie and Venetian Mask Fundraiser Gala 7:00pm-10:00pm (Charity Spady Cultural Heritage Museum)
  • Friday, January 19 Artists Awards Ceremony and Artist Talks 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Saturday, January 20 Young Masters of CONTINUUM Day 12:00pm-9:00pm
  • Sunday, January 21 Meet the Curators and Brunch & Lecture 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Tuesday, January 23 Artists Lunch & Lecture 12:00pm-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 24 Sponsor this night for a private party!
  • Thursday, January 25 Quarter Auction Fundraiser 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Friday, January 26 Live Music and Entertainment 6:00pm-10:00pm
  • Saturday, January 27 Body painting and Melange Fashion show 4:00pm-9:00pm

Get more information here

5. FOTOfusion 2018

Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Clematis Street
January 23-27, 2018

The 23rd Annual International Festival of Photography and Digital Imaging. “Where Creativity and Technology Fuse.” Produced by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre more information can be found at: FOTOfusion.org

To see what this event is like, watch this video from 2012

The week will be packed with events and will culminate with the FOTOvision event on the Great Lawn on Friday, Jan 26th.

FOTOvision on the Great Lawn, Downtown West Palm Beach

Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s Annual Night of Pictures! Join our show Producer Scott Mc Kiernan, for this FREE evening event and experience photography from across the globe.

Featuring: World Premieres of 365: a Visual Review of 2017, ‘The Year of Mother Nature’. and ‘Island of Hope: Puerto Rico Aftermath’ thru the eyes of all-time Pulitzer winner photojournalist, Carol Guzy and Back-Stories featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, their editors and their actual subjects.

As well as, witness amazing work by internationally acclaimed 2018 FOTOfusion faculty.

FOTOvision will be held at the Lakeside Pavilion located at 101 S. Flagler Drive in Downtown West Palm Beach.

Sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and The Arts and Entertainment District.

6. Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary

Tent Site: 825 S Dixie Hwy
January 11th – 15th, 2018

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary is a newcomer to the West Palm Beach Art Scene, but it has a very visible tent in the heart of downtown.

Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary (PBM+C), presented by Art Miami and sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach will return for its second edition in West Palm Beach City’s Tent Site (825 S Dixie Hwy & Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach) located directly behind the new Restoration Hardware on Thursday, January 11th, 2018.

The fair will open on Thursday evening with an exclusive VIP Preview at 5:00pm benefiting The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, The Joe Namath Neurological Research Center and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. The Fair is sponsored by Christie’s International Real Estate, “The Official Luxury Real Estate sponsor of Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary,” and together with its international affiliates, will host an elegant booth at the main entrance of the fair, showcasing luxury residential property offerings from around the world.

Tickets are $15 for a single day and $55 for a multiple days.

Get more information here.

Behind the scenes of the MSNBC T-Rex Takeover

Behind the scenes of the MSNBC T-Rex Takeover

OK. Everyone is talking about this, so here’s the back-story.

This week MSNBC White House correspondent Hallie Jackson has been broadcasting live from the Meyer Amphitheater. They have a really nice set up with a view that overlooks Flagler Dr. and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Our waterfront makes the best backdrop for a live TV show ever!

On Tuesday, I had scoped out the area, and determined where the shots were, even did a low-key walk by in a live shot.

After enjoying the Wednesday night food trucks on Flagler Shore, a couple of us head up to West Palm Brewery to have a drink. Our discussion took us to the nearby MSNBC live broadcast, and in the 30 minutes that we spent at the brewery, we hatched the idea for how we can add a bit of fun to the next day’s broadcast.

Beju hoping that this idea is as good as this the fantastic Metermain IPA he’s drinking

The conspirators were Juan, Joe and of course Beju.  And as the MSNBC broadcast started at 10am the next morning, they were suiting up in their Dino outfits. I was there to provide on-site technical support, and Susan was watching MSNBC and helping position us from her condo that overlooked the Amphitheater.

At this point Joe may be having second thoughts.

When everyone was ready the dinos spent a few minutes frolicking on the berm that separated the Amphitheater from Flagler Dr.

The dinos grazed peacefully, danced gracefully, and enjoyed some gentle sparring with each other… because, you know, that’s what dinos do.

The T-Rex Crew entering from left stage

We took a few pictures and were then after about 10 minutes we were politely asked to move on by one of the MSNBC producers.

The whole event took about 20 minutes, and all of us went back to our respective places of work. We thought that our antics went unnoticed… until a Leo Ruiz tweeted that Hallie Jackson was reporting live from Jurassic Park.

Then things went nuts. Mediaite.com was the first website to pick up the story at noon. Then Entertainment Weekly published a story, followed by PopCulture.comMashable & Rare.us. Twitter created a “moment” and featured it on their “Fun” section of their homepage.

The comments and tweets that ensued were hilarious. People were really having a great time during our 15 – 20 seconds of anonymous but live cable network fame. And of course, all while sharing pictures and video of our beautiful city and waterfront.

UPDATE: The Dino trio was just featured on a segment of the TODAY SHOW on Friday morning!!!

2017 had some rough spots, but I’m happy that we were able to have a part in helping a few people on the internet end it with a laugh!

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