Last night I attended Savor the Avenue, Florida’s longest table dining event in Downtown Delray Beach on East Atlantic Avenue; the event stretches from From Swinton Avenue to Fifth Avenue. 18 restaurants participated in the dining event each having their own stretch of table on the avenue. Attendees were able to choose the restaurant of their choice by menu, price or favorite place/chef. The menus and prices were published ahead of time giving potential diners ample time to decide where they wanted experience Savor the Avenue. The event was not just about food & wine but the entire outdoor experience with the highlight being the 1200+ foot dining table that stretched just about a quarter of a mile; each of the 18 participating restaurants decorated their tables personifying their restaurant, their staff and their chef. The decorated tables were critiqued and evaluated by a panel of judges who decided on the top three best tablescapes. First place went to the landmark 32 East, second place went to the new kid on the block Union and third place went to the ever pretty Sundy House.
There were approximately 1000 dining and event enthusiasts in attendance last night taking it all in and I was right there doing the same, ooh-ing and aah-ing over the table decor and snapping photos as fast as my little Sony could click, to the tune of 267 photos. Some restaurants took the decorating and table presentation more seriously than others, and it showed. Click here to view all the table photos.
It was my first time attending Savor the Avenue, and for me, it’s always exciting the first time to attend an event especially when it’s different from the typical food and beverage related events that take place. There was nothing typical about this evening, it was very special and I see why people plan their groups and choose their restaurants way in advance. This is the 4th year Savor the Avenue has taken place from the sold-out looks of it I see this very engaging event continuing on for many more years to come.
My group sat at the Vic & Angelo’s table, it was one of the larger seatings with over 70 seats at the table. Amanda and Greg did a great job tending to our table, which was not an easy task; orchestrating 70 4-course dinners including the constant service of pouring of wine. Hats off to Amanda and Greg for being such consummate professionals. Especially when you have someone like me sitting there trying to get the action shot like this one:
Our starter plate at Vic & Angelo’s pictured below, was fresh figs stuffed with walnuts and gorgonzola wrapped in prosciutto di parma with a glaze of allspice honey.
The appetizer was zucchini with a roma tomato and fresh burrata on a bed of arugula drizzled with aged balsamic reduction.
Our main course was a choice between Surf & Turf: Gorgonzola crusted Filet Mignon and a Maine lobser tail served with spaghetti squash in a brown butter sage and pine nuts or housemade cappellacci stuffed with lobster in a tomato and basil cream sauce.
And for dessert we had a Crème Brûlée Trio of pistachio and vanilla topped with mixed fresh berries
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