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Savor the Avenue: A Fabulous Annual Event in Delray Beach

March 29, 2014 by Joan Nova in "Foodie" Activities, Fish/Seafood, Florida, Restaurant Reviews | 14 Comments

16 restaurants … 1000 people … a mile-long dining table down the middle of an otherwise busy street … and another great evening! This was my 4th consecutive year attending Savor the Avenue  — and I’m already looking forward to next year!

Weather-wise it was a little iffy right up to the scheduled start time.

And we even had a few sprinkles midway through dinner but, thankfully, nothing that stopped the show.

And what a show it was! Especially at the 50 Ocean table.

I’ve tried a different restaurant each year (see below). They all set a nice table and served a well-executed and interesting menu with wine pairing.

And while it’s not cheap and the prices keep going up, it’s a really special night. The restaurant and menu I chose this year was 50 Ocean ($105, with tax+tip included it was $132) — and I was beyond delighted with 4 delicious courses, wine pairings and, especially, the spectacular presentations. 

First Course was Rock Shrimp Pie with charred fennel, roasted tomato petals, grilled artichokes in a lobster sherry cream and topped with an oval of puffed pastry. It was served with La Marca prosecco.

The second course, a Seafood Cold Pot with shrimp, clams, mussels, oysters and 3 dipping sauces, was served with great flair and a La Crema Pinot Gris.

For the main course, we had a choice of Root Beer Braised Short Rib or 2 lb. Lobster Barigoule stuffed with lump crab, shrimp, and buttered leeks in a pernod sauce. That was my choice. It was huge and delicious (I enjoyed half of it the following night). The wine pairing for this course was Murphy Goode Pinot Noir.

The fourth course, served with Ecco Domani Moscato, was a Truffle Garden with Sweet Soil.

Kudos to Chef Blake Malatesta and the staff of 50 Ocean for a fabulous treat.
I don’t know how you prep, cook and serve 4 exquisitely executed courses for so many people at the same time! 

Part of the evening’s entertainment is walking up and down the avenue and seeing how each restaurant decorated their tables. There’s also a judging and this year the winning restaurant was Salt 7 which spelled out their name with ice sculpture center pieces.

Until next year …

 Savor the Avenue 2011
Savor the Avenue 2012
Savor the Avenue 2013

NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. One day Joan…one day! Great pictures I really liked the mussels and the desert.

  2. bellini says:

    I always love reading about this event Joan. Such a fantastic evening.

  3. 50 Oceans looks like a good choice of restaurants. The food and photos look delicious.
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  4. I look forward to seeing what you will experience each year at this event. Always exciting. Love the look of that starter…and of course I want to know what the three dipping sauces were! And one more thing…I miss those Florida skies, storm and threatening or not!
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    • Joan Nova says:

      The sauces were mignonette, chili mustard aioli and margarita cocktail (like cocktail sauce), but I was just blown away by the presentation and, of course, the freshness of the seafood.

  5. Joan Nova says:

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    What a fabulous presentation ! They don’t miss anything do they?

  6. Thanks for sharing that…of course, of course, the dish looks fabulous, but condiments…I so love the condiments! And fresh seafood…this Florida gal is just way too far from the sea!
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  7. Joan Nova says:

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  8. Maybe next year I could go with you! As always your photos are amazing. The table settings are exquisite and the food looks amazing.
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  9. sippitysup says:

    Rock Shrimp Pie! Sometimes I miss Florida. I’ll be in Tampa/St Pete in early May (really) please arrange for a Rock Shrimp Pie delivery (not really, I mean that’s asking a lot, right?). XOGREG
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