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Direct from Montecristi to Worth Avenue– Master Weaver Yovanni Mero Pachay at SEQUIN September 27-29

Those of us who appreciate authenticity and quality didn’t get enough of Yovanni Mero Pachay’s beautiful Panama hats  during his first visit to Palm Beach.  Earlier this year, the fifth generation Master Weaver  demonstrated his unique millinery skills and displayed a selection of Montecristi hats at Lars and Nadine Bolander’s Studio 1696.   Due to high demand, Yovanni is returning, this time on the Avenue at Sequin  

clasico extrafino (2) “These hats are not only the real deal,” says local Palm Beacher Richie Horowitz, “they are a fabulous deal! I’ve bought many Montecristi hats over the years, and these prices are less than half what I paid in St. Bart’s and London.”

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Montecristi Signature Traveling Box

 

A long-time favorite for chic world travelers, Montecristi hats’ fine weaving allows it to be rolled and packed in its signature box.

 

 

    Meet Yovanni, watch him at work, walk out with a hat that fits your budget or request a custom Montecristi

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Welcome Yovanni Tuesday  September 27th from 5:30-8:00 pm

RSVP REQUIRED

       Yovanni will also be at                  Sequin, 219 Worth Avenue       September 28-29, 11:00 – 5:00 pm

Prices begin in the low $100’s and  may go up to the thousands….

 

Trivia information:  Why are they called Panama Hats?

Roosevelt_and_the_Canal smLegend has it that President Theodore Roosevelt brought the hats to popularity in North America when photos were taken of

him wearing one while visiting Panama. But that’s not the only story. As the hats were shipped through the Isthmus canal in Panama before they hit the shores around the world, someone mistakenly thought the hats came from the country famous for its canal. Who knew one person’s misunderstanding would lead to the rest of the world following suit?

Read more on wikipedia

 

 

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Friend of The Devil-
A Culinary Thriller by Mark Spivak

The name Mark Spivak has been synonymous with wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel for years.  Honored for ‘excellence in wine criticism’ during his stint as wine writer for the Palm Beach Post, the award winning author and former Sommelier recently completed his first culinary thriller—  “Friend of the Devil’, published by Black Opal Books in May 2016.  Set in Palm Beach in 1990, the novel tells the story of American’s most famous chef, who sold his sold to the Devil for fame and fortune.

Journalist David Fox arrives in Palm Beach to interview the chef for a story on the restaurant’s silver jubilee. He quickly becomes involved with Chateau de la Mer’s hostess, unwittingly transforming himself into a romantic rival of Avenzano. The chef invites Fox to winter in Florida and write his authorized biography. David gradually becomes sucked into the restaurant’s vortex: shipments of cocaine coming up from the Caribbean; the Mafia connections and unexplained murder of the chef’s original partner; the chef’s ravenous ex-wives, swirling in the background like a hidden coven. As his lover plots the demise of the chef, Fox tries to sort out hallucination and reality while Avenzano treats him like a feline’s catnip-stuffed toy.

Here’s what they’re saying on Amazon:

A little Kitchen Confidential, a little Real Housewives of Palm Beach, and a little Faust.”

Sex, drugs, and an upscale version of terducken called Bedouin stuffed poussin …this fast-paced existential drama has got something for everyone.

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This is not Mark’s first rodeo in the publishing world. His first book, Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History, tells the stories of twelve spirits that changed the world and created the cocktail culture. “It’s like sitting in a bar at closing time, listening to a good friend tell stories,” said one reviewer. “You never want it to end.”

He is also the author of Moonshine Nation; The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle, hailed as the definitive book on moonshine in America. The book traces the history of corn whiskey going back to the Colonial period and the Whiskey Rebellion, and provides profiles of actual moonshiners Mark visited throughout the Appalachian South.

If you are a lover of food, wine and great thrillers, join us during a special Happy Hour at Meat Market Palm Beach

Tuesday, October 18th 6-8pm, when Friend of the Devil comes home to Palm Beach

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Space is limited, kindly RSVP 

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Wine and Truffle Summer Dinner at
Meat Market Palm Beach

 

Leave it to Meat Market Palm Beach to get a head start on Truffle Season– yes, that’s right!  Black AND White truffles. Palm Beach’s sizzling steakhouse is continuing its popular Summer Wine Dinner Series with a four-course Wine and Truffles Dinner on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.  

Crafted by Chef/Co-Owner Sean Brasel, the menu will feature bold and savory dishes prepared with truffles, widely considered one of the world’s most desired culinary delicacies, sought after for their aromatic flavor. Each course will be paired with wines from Inglenook Winery of Napa Valley.

First Course
White Truffle with Foie Gras and Chicken Liver
Roasted in Puff Pastry with Green Apple, Citrus Apple Salad and Indian Truffle Honey Sauce
2013 Inglenook Blancaneaux

Second Course
Wood Grilled Wahoo with Oxtail Marmalade with Black Truffle Red Wine Sauce
Heirloom Baby Carrot, Potato Pearls and Freshly Shaved Black Truffle in Olive Oil
2012 Inglenook CASK Cabernet Sauvignon

Third Course
Clear Creek Farms Wagyu Sirloin with White Truffle-infused Boniato Fritters and
Blackberry Truffle Red Wine Emulsion
2012 Inglenook Rubicon Meritage

Fourth Course
Goat Cheese Bavarois with Chocolate Oat Crumble, Chocolate Sorbet,
Whipped Truffle Honey and Bee Pollen
2012 Inglenook RC Reserve Syrah

The dinner, priced at $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) will start with a reception at 7PM, followed by the sit-down dinner at 7:30PM

The word got out before invitations were sent out, so only about 10 seats left at this time.  To reserve call 561 354 9800

 

 

 

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Turks & Caicos — a vetted experience

Altima’s trusted travel guru from WIMCO,  Heather Warburton, shares yet another fabulous travel experience–This time she takes us to Turks and Caicos, with 12 girlfriends and recommends their  favorite dining spots, accommodations and travel tips.

Friends & Fun in Turks & Caicos

by Heather WarburtonI had been looking forward to Turks & Caicos all winter. One of my best friends from high school is getting married this summer, and about 12 of us girls flew down for a bachelorette party.I landed in Turks to be greeted by the incredibly sweet Keisha, the resident WIMCO concierge on island, bearing a sign with my name and WIMCO’s logo. We chatted a bit, and then off I went with the driver WIMCO had arranged (a Black Car SUV, with chilled water).

Before the bachelorette festivities began, I scoped out a few villas in Turtle Cove. These were mainly one bedroom villas that are on the beach but have some foliage out front, so it’s not a complete ocean view. Villa Sea Edge (TNC SED) is a cute villa for a couple that has visited Turks before and loves the independence of their own place. The kitchen and living room open up onto a patio with a pool, and you can walk right down to the beach. Upstairs there is a bed and bathroom with a great view–I’m sure waking up there is wonderful. The villa reminded me of a studio apartment in the sense that you have everything you need. I could see clients who like staying in Gustavia in St. Barths enjoying this spot.

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Ted Talks-
Making Voting Fun

Many people like to talk about how important voting is, how it’s your civic duty and responsibility as an adult.  Eric Liu, Director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program,  agrees with all that, but he also thinks its time to bring joy back to the ballot box.  The former political speechwriter offers a powerful analysis of why anyone eligible should show up on Election Day.

Click on image to view Eric Liu on Ted Talk

Eric Liu Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Beauty

Eric Liu
Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship & American Beauty