III Forks Honors Vets With Free Meals
(PRESS RELEASE)_Palm Beach Gardens – In appreciation of the sacrifices veterans have made to keep our country safe, celebrated steakhouse III Forks in Palm Beach Gardens will offer free meals to all members of the U.S. armed forces on Monday, November 11. The military appreciation offer includes a complimentary dinner item, up to $50 in value, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The holiday dining deal is available for all veterans and active-duty service members. Valid military ID or proof of service is required.
“Every day should be Veterans Day,” said Tommy Nevill, III Forks’ executive chef and proprietor. “The staff at III Forks truly appreciates those who have selflessly served, and continue to serve, on behalf of the United States of America.”
III Forks is located at 4645 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. For more information or reservations, call (561) 630-3660 or visit 3forks.com.
Militello Named Exec Chef at Miracle
(PRESS RELEASE)_West Palm Beach, Fla. (October 30, 2019)—James Beard Award winner Mark Militello is back in South Florida and has been named Executive Chef at the popular Miracle on Rosemary in West Palm Beach. Militello, who spent the summer dazzling guests in the Hamptons at 75 Main, will oversee all culinary operations at Miracle’s Rosemary Square location, which opens on Monday, November 25.
“This menu will get you in the holiday spirit—it will feature seasonal dishes with a focus on fresh local fish, seafood and produce,” Mark Militello said.
Miracle, the beloved Christmas-themed pop-up bar, will again celebrate the 2019 holiday season with a festive menu of ‘naughty and nice’ signature cocktails, over-the-top, vintage Christmas decorations, classic Christmas carols and, for the first time, Militello’s award-winning signature dishes. Miracle on Rosemary will be open from 5 p.m. through 2 a.m., from November 25 through December 31.
“This is a coup for Miracle and for West Palm Beach,” said Annie Blake, co-owner of Death or Glory Bar in Delray Beach, and co-operator of the Miracle franchise in Palm Beach and Broward counties. “We are beyond thrilled to have Mark’s culinary genius to make the Miracle experience truly over-the-top amazing.”
Militello is often credited with putting South Florida on America’s culinary map. He opened his first restaurant - Mark’s Place - in North Miami Beach in 1988. It earned rave reviews and just two years later, Food & Wine named him one of the “10 Best Chefs in America.” In ensuing years, he operated four other namesake restaurants throughout South Florida.
Locally, Militello is revered as one of the original members of the “Mango Gang” - a group of Miami area chefs who revolutionized the South Florida dining landscape in the late 1980s.
In addition to the James Beard Award for “Best Regional Chef” in the Southeast, Militello received two “Golden Dish” awards from GQ magazine and a “Distinguished Restaurant Award” from Conde Nast Traveler, among other prestigious accolades.
Miracle will once again be in two Palm Beach County locations and for the first time, will open in a Broward location: Miracle on Rosemary, 550 South Rosemary Avenue, #260, at Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach; and at Death or Glory Bar, 116 NE 6th Avenue, Delray Beach. Miracle will be open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Miracle will debut at Fort Lauderdale’s popular Java & Jam, 301 East Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale on November 26 and will be open from 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and 5 p.m.-midnight Wednesday-Saturday.
For more information, visit deathorglorybar.com, www.rosemarysquarewpb.com/west-palm-beach-restaurants/miracleonrosemary or call 561-808-8814.
'The Play That Goes Wrong' at the Kravis
(PRESS RELEASE)_WEST PALM BEACH (October 30, 2019) The Play That Goes Wrong, the hilarious Tony Award-winning hit Broadway comedy, will make its West Palm Beach debut at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on December 10 - 15. Tickets are on sale now.
Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The ‘Cornley University Drama Society’ who are attempting to put on a 1920s’ murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident-prone thespians battle on against all odds to get to their final curtain call.
Entertainment Weekly calls The Play That Goes Wrong “Hilarious! Non-stop pandemonium.” The Huffington Post calls it “The funniest play Broadway has ever seen!” And the New York Post says it’s “Broadway’s funniest and longest-running play! Nothing is as fall down funny. GO.”
The Broadway production of The Play That Goes Wrong opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 2, 2017 and by its closing on January 6, 2019 the Broadway production played 27 previews and 745 performances, making it the 2nd longest running show in the history of the Lyceum Theatre. Not yet done with New York, The Play That Goes Wrong officially opened Off-Broadway on February 20 at New World Stages – Stage 4. The Play That Goes Wrong received a Tony Award for Best Set Design, Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Play, and the Theater Fans Choice Award for Best Play.
Awarded the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, 2014 WhatsOnStage Best New Comedy and 2015 UK BroadwayWorld Best New Play Awards, The Play That Goes Wrong is now in its fourth year in the West End, is currently on a 30 week UK tour and playing on six continents. The producers have avoided Antarctica for fear of a frosty reception.
It is a remarkable rags-to-riches story for a play which started its life at a London fringe venue with only four paying members of the public at the first performance, and has gone on to play to an audience of over 2 million people around the world.
Mischief Theatre, the Olivier Award-winning theatre company led by Artistic Director Henry Lewis and Company Director Jonathan Sayer, was founded in 2008 by a group of graduates of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and began as an improvised comedy group. Mischief Theatre performs across the UK and internationally with improvised and original scripted work.
The Play That Goes Wrong tour is directed by Matt DiCarlo with original Broadway direction by Mark Bell, featuring set design by Nigel Hook, lighting design by Ric Mountjoy, sound design by Andy Johnson and costume design by Roberto Surace.
The Play That Goes Wrong is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, J.J. Abrams, Kenny Wax, Stage Presence Ltd., Catherine Schreiber, Ken Davenport, Double Gemini Productions / deRoy-Brunish, Damian Arnold / TC Beech, Greenleaf Productions / Bard-Roth, Martian Entertainment / Jack Lane / John Yonover, and Lucas McMahon.
For more information, visit www.BroadwayGoesWrong.com or follow
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The Play That Goes Wrong crashes down on stage at the Kravis Center December 10 – 15. Tuesday, December 10 at 8 pm; Wednesday, December 11 at 2 pm and 8 pm; Thursday, December 12 at 8 pm; Friday, December 13 at 8 pm; Saturday, December 14 at 2 pm and 9 pm; and Sunday, December 15 at 2 pm. Tickets start at $36 and may be purchased online through the Kravis Center’s official website at kravis.org; in person at the Box Office, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; or by phone at 561.832.7469 or 800.572.8471. Group orders of 10 or more please call 561.651.4438 or 561.651.4304.
(PRESS RELEASE)_RIVIERA BEACH, SINGER ISLAND, Fla. – Oct. 14, 2019 – Marc Rosen is the new executive chef of the AAA-Four-Diamond-rated Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa and its award-winning signature restaurant, 3800 Ocean. Rosen brings to his position more than 40 years of hospitality experience, including 27 years as executive chef for restaurants and hotels in Florida’s Palm Beaches, southern New England, Chicago and New York City.
Over his long career, Rosen has been featured on The Food Network and has cooked for international sports figures, entertainers and heads of state, from President Reagan to Tiger Woods, Barbara Streisand and the Bolshoi Ballet.
His love for seafood and culinary fusion will inspire the dishes he brings to the new menu. Rosen plans to incorporate menu items with Asian, Italian, Mediterranean and American flare, and will make the most of local farmers and purveyors to bring the freshest ingredients to diners.
Rosen’s Florida experience includes executive chef positions at PGA National Resort & Spa in nearby Palm Beach Gardens and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. Over 11 years in Providence and the Boston area, he opened Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel, Bar Louie Tavern & Grill and the Providence Hilton, and helmed The Capital Grille. For three years prior, he was corporate chef for La Strada Corporation in Chicago.
Rosen launched his career in Manhattan as executive sous chef of the legendary Russian Tea Room in 1987. He served as executive chef of the city’s Demi and opened and consulted on two sister restaurants—Barcelona and Citron47.
For additional information on Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island and its dining offerings, please visit www.palmbeachmarriottresort.com or call 561-340-1700.
November Programs at the YMCA
(PRESS RELEASE)_West Palm Beach, Fla. – From toddlers to teens, seniors and in-betweens, the YMCA of the Palm Beaches is dedicated to providing its community with programming that fosters social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development for all ages in a safe and nurturing environment throughout the year. YMCA of the Palm Beaches is located in the heart of Palm Beach County and has served the community since 1917. Highlighted below are just some of the November programs-at-a-glance.
Monday, November 4 – Saturday, November 30
Drills & Skills Youth Basketball focuses on developing a strong skill foundation in all players with age-specific instructions. The program incorporates technique development, exercise drills, communication skills, and sportsmanship. Practice is Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00–5:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00–12:45 p.m. for kids ages 7–13; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00–5:45 p.m. and Saturdays from 1:00–1:45 p.m. for teens ages 14-18. December Session: December 2–28. Cost is $50 for members and $70 for nonmembers.
Saturday, November 9
11 am – 12 pm
Health and Fitness ‘101’ with Tom Rivera
Tom Rivera, South Florida Regional Director of Xcel Mentoring, offers teens and young adults an introduction to health and fitness including the proper way to train. Formerly named Mr. Puerto Rico, Rivera has been passionate about helping young people overcome their obstacles for over 30 years. Teens under 18 may join but require parental consent. This program will run on the second Saturday of each month. December program: Saturday, December 14.
Tuesday, November 12
Lunch & Learn with Good Samaritan Medical Center
Join Katherine Yi, RD/LD for an enlightening look at eating healthy – the plant-based way. A whole-foods, plant-based diet is a way of eating that celebrates plant foods and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. Plant-based diets have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing the risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes, and cognitive decline.
For more information on memberships and programming, please contact Robert Alexander at (561) 968-9622, email email@example.com or visit ymcaofthepalmbeaches.org. YMCA of the Palm Beaches is located at 2085 South Congress Avenue, West Palm Beach.
(PRESS RELEASE)_MIAMI, FL (October 29, 2019) - The Miami-Dade County Commission has approved ratification of agreement for Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains, to build a station at PortMiami by 2020. The Virgin Trains PortMiami station will be a U.S. transit first as the only intercity rail system in the U.S. connecting an international airport (Orlando International Airport), directly to a major cruise port (PortMiami). This seamless car-free mobility solution will connect Central Florida to the “cruise capital of the world.”
“This private-public partnership is a great opportunity to expand PortMiami’s connectivity to visitors traveling from central Florida and for Miami-Dade County residents to get to the Orlando area in a quick, enjoyable way,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I want to thank the Board of County Commissioners for its support of the Virgin Trains PortMiami station. It’s one more move forward to continue to improve our County’s mobility.”
Brightline, soon to be Virgin Trains, develops and operates privately funded high speed intercity passenger rail systems connecting large populations too far to drive and too close to fly. Current train service operates from downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach with phase 2 construction underway to connect Orlando in 2022. Due to demand along the South Florida corridor, an additional station in Aventura is approved and Virgin Trains is working with the city of Boca Raton to add a station in 2020.
“This is a first-of-its-kind train to port station that will connect the cruise capital of the world with a car-free option for millions of cruisers looking to start their vacation a little earlier.” said Patrick Goddard, President of Virgin Trains. “This is a tremendous partnership and infrastructure investment between PortMiami, Miami Dade County and Brightline that will increase mobility, take cars off the road and provide our state’s visitors an easier way to get around.”
Last year the Cruise Capital of the World served more than 5.5 million travelers, more cruise passengers than any other port in the world. PortMiami is currently home to 22 cruise lines, and will welcome Virgin Voyages in 2020. New cruise terminals and office headquarters will soon be opening or in the pipeline for leading brands including Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC Cruises.
'John Waters Christmas' Coming to Kravis
(PRESS RELEASE)_WEST PALM BEACH (October 29, 2019) Like a damaged St. Nick for the Christmas corrupted, John Waters – legendary filmmaker (“Female Trouble”, “Hairspray”, “Serial Mom,” “Pink Flamingos”), raconteur and author of bestselling books, Carsick, Role Models, Make Trouble and Mr. Know-It-All, hitchhikes into town with a bag full of tricks for the despised and the depraved, spreading Yuletide corruption and cock-eyed piety with his critically acclaimed one-man show, “A John Waters Christmas.” The “Pope of Trash” himself takes the stage at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts as a part of its PEAK series on December 2 at 8 pm.
This time John Waters is going beyond the valley of bad little boys and girls, over the top of deluded elf-happiness, beneath Rudolph’s slavish cult devotion and the stringent regulations of Santa himself to a whole new level of lunatic holiday cheer. You better watch out, you better cry! John Waters, the cracked Kris Kringle, the psycho Santa Supreme is coming to town. https://www.kravis.org/events/waters/
This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis. Performance sponsored by The Chastain Charitable Foundation. Tickets for “A John Waters Christmas” start at $25 and may be purchased online through the Kravis Center’s official website at kravis.org; in person at the Box Office, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; or by phone at 561.832.7469 or 800.572.8471. Group orders of 10 or more please call 561.651.4438 or 561.651.4304.
Water Club's Encore Tower Topped Out
(PRESS RELEASE)_NORTH PALM BEACH, FL – October 18, 2019 – Kolter Urban, a West Palm Beach-based real estate development and investment firm, is pleased to announce the topping out of the final phase of Water Club North Palm Beach, The Encore. This announcement follows the resounding sales success in Phase I of Water Club. The Encore Tower broke ground in April 2019 and is reporting over $26 million in sales, breaking sales records in boutique buildings for the area.
“The success of sales at Water Club shows the strength of the North Palm Beach real estate market,” said Bob Vail, president of Kolter Urban. “Water Club is one of the few new developments with a prime waterfront location. We are looking forward to delivering The Encore Tower in 2020 and welcoming new residents to enjoy what the community has to offer.”
Located just off PGA Boulevard Water Club’s third and final tower, The Encore Tower, is slated for completion in 2020 with units priced from $1.45 million. Once the 19-story Encore is complete, Water Club North Palm Beach will feature three architecturally distinctive luxury condominium towers and 20 villas designed by Randall Stofft Architects with interiors by Bob Martin of The Decorators Unlimited. KAST Construction is the general contractor for the Encore Tower with landscaping by Intuitive Design Group.
The addition of Encore Tower will bring the amenity space at Water Club to over 85,000 square feet. The amenity space features two resort-style pools and a lap pool, male and female spas complete with treatment rooms, fitness centers and yoga/Pilates studio, expansive sundecks and a regulation pickleball court. For events, a media room, full catering kitchens and an indoor/outdoor bar are available for residents to host events.
Residents can also reserve one of the two Guests Suites where guests can stay comfortably. The pet-friendly development also offers a dog park. Additional outdoor amenities include a beach-inspired relaxation area, gas-fed fire pits, and a day dock.
For more information about Water Club North Palm Beach and the development’s Encore Tower, please visit https://www.waterclubliving.com/north-palm/.
Halloween in the Windy City
Alexander New YMCA Marketing Director
(PRESS RELEASE)_West Palm Beach, Fla. – The YMCA of the Palm Beaches, located in the heart of Palm Beach County and serving the community since 1917, has welcomed Robert Alexander as its new Membership and Marketing Director. As the Membership and Marketing Director, Alexander will work to create a cause-centered culture that builds the community’s understanding of the YMCA’s impact. His responsibilities will include budget planning, digital marketing, program development, event planning, sponsorship support, and enrollment & retention. As a community liaison, he will promote the Y’s programs and maintain a staff dedicated to providing a nurturing environment.
“I want to promote a community of care,” said Alexander. “I am excited to join the YMCA of the Palm Beaches in an effort to truly support the community at large in all aspects and interests of life,” he added.
Alexander has been in the industry for nearly 10 years and has expertise in hospitality, marketing, event management, and fundraising. Previously, he held the elite title of “Captain Fun” in his role as Cruise Director for American Cruise Lines. Alexander believes relationships to be the key to success and prides himself on his involvement with many worthwhile organizations throughout Florida.
As an adventure seeker, Alexander finds joy in leading others through fun and healthy lifestyle approaches. He enjoys spending time with his family in West Palm Beach and enjoys traveling far and wide to enrich his educational and cultural development.
Alexander graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising and Public Relations alongside a minor in Marketing.
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