Apala­tial af­fair: Taste of the Palm Beaches is a culi­nary de­light

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The lights are hung and the ta­ble cloths are pressed for the fifth year an­niver­sary of the Taste of the Palm Beaches to be held Novem­ber 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at PGA Com­mons in Palm Beach Gar­dens. This event is one of the most ex­cit­ing culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences in Palm Beach County. The cel­e­bra­tion wel­comes afi­ciona­dos to ex­pe­ri­ence culi­nary de­lights along PGA Com­mons beau­ti­ful mile long streetscape cen­ter in sup­port of the Big Heart Bri­gade.

Hosted by PGA Com­mons, this im­mac­u­late mile long, beau­ti­fully lit streetscape pro­vides a per­fect set­ting for the re­gion’s finest food and wine fundrais­ing cel­e­bra­tion. Fifty of Palm Beach County’s most ac­com­plished mas­ter chefs pre­pare glo­ri­ous foods, com­pli­mented by seem­ingly end­less tast­ings of wine, cham­pagne and spir­its. Sip, sa­vor and dance to the fla­vors with live mu­sic by the Mys­tics and many other great per­form­ers through­out the event. The en­tire evening in­cludes raf­fles, fire truck and po­lice dis­plays, col­lectible cars and ac­tiv­i­ties to guar­an­tee an evening of ex­cite­ment for all.

One-hun­dred per­cent of all the pro­ceeds raised will go di­rectly into bet­ter­ing the com­mu­nity through the Big Heart Bri­gade char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion. Es­tab­lished in 1992, staffed purely with vol­un­teers, this group’s goal is to sup­port those in need within the com­mu­nity. Their most note­wor­thy pro­gram is pre­par­ing and giv­ing Thanks­giv­ing meals to those in need. The Big Heart Bri­gade’s tar­get is an epic one for this year; pre­par­ing at least 40,000 meals.

“As Thanks­giv­ing is a time of com­mu­nity and shar­ing, we want to make sure every­one knows the com­mu­nity sup­ports them and that no one goes without a meal,” states Tom DeRita, co-founder of The Big Heart Bri­gade. The Big Heart Bri­gade is a 100 per­cent vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion and has no paid ad­min­is­tra­tors or board mem­bers. Ev­ery dol­lar that is raised goes di­rectly back into the com­mu­nity, thereby max­i­miz­ing the im­pact of ev­ery dol­lar.

Tick­ets are $35 in ad­vance or $40 at the door, chil­dren be­tween 6 and 12 are $20 and chil­dren un­der 6 are free. Ad­vance tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at www.pga­com­mons.com or call 561-575-2223, ext.0. ■

Jon Chan­ning, left, Chef Mingo Cara­ballo of Zuc­carelli’s Restau­rant and Carolyn Broad­head

Re­becca Seelig, left, Jon Chan­ning, Sharon Pat­ter­son, Thomas DeRita, Rhea Slinger and Carolyn Broad­head

Rhea Slinger, left, Thomas DeRita, Jon Chan­ning and Olimpia Zuc­carelli

Thomas DeRita, left, Olimpia Zuc­carelli and Sharon Pat­ter­son

Chef Mingo Cara­ballo of Zuc­carelli’s Restau­rant in PGA Com­mons

Rhea Slinger, let, Chef Mingo Cara­ballo of Zuc­carelli’s Restau­rant and Jon Chan­ning

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