Lori J. Durant and her historical and culinary tours in the Palm Beach County area benefit the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History. On this tour to neighborhoods in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach and Northwood the element of ’emerging art’ was added to the itinerary.
Lori is a great communicator and, between stops on their comfortable mini bus, one learns the history of the settlement and development of Florida from the days of Ponce de Leon … runaway slaves … Seminole wars … and midwestern industrialists.
This 5-hour+ tour took us to 4 eateries, 1 tea shop and 3 galleries. At each stop, we get to meet the owners or management and learn about the venue or product. It’s a lotta bang for your buck!
Here’s a peek.
First stop was Dontee’s, a popular family-owned Greek-American diner where we met the mom and three daughters who run the business.
They provided a hearty sampling which included spanakopita (spinach pie) and moussaka.
Our next stop was the recently opened 4000 square foot Box Gallery which is a multi-media art gallery and performance space.
After that we enjoyed a “tea service” in the Leopard Lounge of the historic and very elaborately styled Chesterfield Hotel on Palm Beach Island.
I like a “tea” that starts with bubbly!
There were tea sandwiches, sweets and deliciously warm scones served with clotted cream, jam and a variety of teas.
Another stop was at the attractive Café Sweets Bakery featuring Southern family recipes and a large array of cupcakes and sweets.
The stop at the 3-story Banko Cantina in a historic bank building in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach was a visual explosion as well as one that tickles the palate.
Here we were served guacamole, skewers of chicken, shrimp, beef and vegetables …
and a churros and ice cream dessert.
After that, we took another art break at Habitat Galleries, a fabulous gallery featuring exquisite glass sculpture pieces.
At Olivia’s Special Teas, where “the craft of brewing meets the art of herbal health”, we tried their Herbal Kombucha.
Our last stop was Bohemia AG, a funky ‘art haus and gelateria’ with lots to look at outside as well as inside. They also offer musical and other community events.
The customized gelato of unfiltered apple cider sorbetto with Saigon cinnamon and pink peppercorn cream topping we got to taste was a winner!
These tours are fun and as interesting for locals as well as visitors. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday. More photos from the tour here.