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Savor-the-Avenue 2013: It’s Still Great!

March 29, 2013 by Joan Nova in "Foodie" Activities, Florida, Restaurant Reviews | 17 Comments

You may remember all my photos and gushing about this event in 2011 and 2012. Well, I’m back to gush once again.

Savor-the-Avenue is an exciting annual foodie event. The main street of trendy Delray gets closed for about a mile while 1000 people dine al fresco on one never-ending table. But, although it’s one long communal table, each restaurant decorates their section and vies for the ‘best table’ award.

The participating restaurants are all good (more than) so it’s hard to choose. Our selection is generally based on a combination of menu and price. This year we dined at Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster. It was their first year participating (and our third).

They did a great job on the creation of the menu and the execution and service. Each dish was outstanding with many levels of flavor and texture. (Cost $70 +tax+tip.)

Stuffed squash blossoms with smoked mussels, sweet corn and Swiss chard
Vegetable flatbread with goat cheese, roasted sweet potato, grilled onions & oven-crisped kale on toasted naan
Lobster risotto with vanilla butter; 2 poached lobster tails atop creamy mushroom & asparagus risotto
Warm blueberry crisp topped with chocolate granola, served with a side of sweet bay laurel ice cream

And, of course, there were drinks: a woodsy welcome Sangria, a sparkling citrusy wine for the toast, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and a Cabernet to finish up. All of which very nicely paired with the courses.

They also surprised us with a delicious crab and avocado crostini when we picked up our welcome cocktail.

Cheers!

And, there’s more to see! Check out some scenes as the night progressed.

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  1. bellini says:

    Yes an absolutely spectacular and enviable event Joan. I was all excited about the Dinner en Blanc for this year here in town, but there was a message to say we were to bring our own table and chairs. Very disappointing. I like your idea MUCH better.

    • Joan Nova says:

      Yes, you have to be very flexible (literally and figuratively) with that event. Love the concept but not the last minute notice and schlepping everything. This is equally fun and no stress.

  2. Great shots, really shows the wonderful atmosphere at this event. Sorry we couldn’t attend this year, but maybe next year. Food looks good and very interesting.
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  3. Liz says:

    Terrific pictures. The table settings are really different too. Looks like a great evening.

  4. Marie says:

    I love this! The tables are beautiful what an awesome event. I’m very jealous!
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  5. Robin Sue says:

    I always enjoy when you share these events. What creativity with the table settings and menus! Looks like such a fun night out. Your photos are gorgeous!
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  6. Hi Joan! What beautiful and delicious event I missed. I saw it advertised and then forgot about it. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photographs.
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  7. You look stunning Joan! What a great event! Can’t believe another year has rolled around – I recall last year’s write up, too!
    :)
    Valerie
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  8. Spectacular! The food! Those centerpieces! The wine! The balmy Florida skies! And I keep going back to that lobster…with envy, I fear. Great photo of you as well, Joan. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  9. sippitysup says:

    This year looks better than ever. GREG
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  10. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! says:

    Wow Joni..great photos and you better believe it…next year I will be there…You look wonderful…

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