I had such a wonderful time at this event! And I couldn’t wait to share it with readers. But, days passed. I found I had so much to say that I couldn’t wrap my brain around it. And, because it was such a unique and picturesque experience, I took way too many photos and then I couldn’t decide which ones to post. I also wanted to tell you all about Delray Beach, the town that hosts this event. Oh, yes, and I kept floundering on what to title the post? Florida’s Longest Table? Street Food? Dining with 1000 Neighbors? Oh, hell, why not just go with the name of the event?!
I fear, if I waver any longer, the moment will have passed (at least for me). So, herewith…a really fabulous ‘foodie’ evening.
Atlantic Avenue is the heart of downtown Delray Beach. It pulses for about 3/4 of a mile with restaurants, outdoor cafes, boutiques and bars. And though it’s a major east-west thoroughfare, they often close it to traffic for community events like Jazz on the Avenue and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but nothing is so grand as ‘Savor the Avenue’ which just celebrated its 3rd year.
Each restaurant was free to set its own table decor – and, of course, menu. I thought ours was the most attractive with beautiful floral arrangements and a nautical tablescape motif. As night fell, we were delighted when the centerpieces lit up.
We chose the Atlantic Ocean Club…the menu was exciting, the price was right (a reasonable $55) and we had never eaten there. We were not disappointed at all. They set a festive table, the service was terrific and the meal speaks for itself as you’ll see. I look forward to returning to the restaurant.
When we arrived we saw the table was set for champagne and wine pairings but first we had a welcome cocktail made with pear brandy, ginger, and Asian pears.
And, of course, there was a sweet ending: Boston cream pie, almond financier, cream filling, dark chocolate ganache and salty-milk chocolate tuille, paired with Scott Family Estate Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir.
I can’t wait for next year’s ‘Savor the Avenue’. Anyone want to join me and 999 neighbors?