It was a Purrfect night in Palm Beach where the sandals and sundresses came out in full force to shop at Sequin Worth Avenue to support Palm Beach Island Cats.  Board Members Coco Schefmeyer, Kim and Paul Puffenbarger, George J. Palladino, and Florence Berney joined with Executive Director Leslie Moss to host a Meow-worthy evening of refreshments and shopping for the many Cool Cats who attended.

Particularly popular purchases were the feline-themed charm bracelets and necklaces.  Although the new Astrology-inspired Star Maps collection drew lots of attention along with Sequin’s new Color Karma line

 

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One of the leading organizations in the country conducting trap, neuter, and release programs for feral cats, Palm Beach Island Cats advocates responsible pet ownership.  Their efforts on behalf of the Island’s forgotten felines are not only humane, but also serve public health interests.  This local grass roots organization operates 365 days a year to prevent future generations of community cats.  They receive no government funding and operate 100% on donations.  These donated funds are utilized to pay for the day-to-day food, medical care, field crew, equipment and other operating expenses for this animal –friendly charity. 

Donations to this 501 (c) (3) organization are graciously accepted and tax deductible.  For more information or to make a contribution, please visit www.PBIslandCats.org

 

 

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It was a wall-to-wall VIP crowd on a recent Tuesday evening at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s reception to celebrate the Spring/Summer issue of its award-winning Art&Culture Magazine.  It was hot outside, but insiders cooled off at Palm Beach’s Meat Market, sipping on the signature aqua-colored drink, “The Shady,” and donning the Council’s signature #ShadesOfCulture aqua sunglasses.

Bold-faced names from The Palm Beaches and leaders from the worlds of hospitality and the arts sampled Meat Market Executive Chef Sean Brasel’s culinary creations while enjoying drinks courtesy of First Republic Bank.  Throughout the evening, a video loop of the Cultural Council’s latest breakthrough advertising and social media campaign showcasing celebrities who wear aqua sunglasses to promote the arts in Palm Beach County.

Elise Gordon, Debbie Zuloaga & Lisa Kells Show off the latest issue of Art & Culture Magazine

Elise Gordon, Debbie Zuloaga & Lisa Kells show off the latest issue of Art & Culture Magazine

The Aqua sunglasses represent a symbol for the arts and our Palm Beach County community.  Together, we can see the arts  through a different lens.   Become part of this extraordinary cultural exchange – one that sets The Palm Beaches apart by sharing stories, photos, art and favorite performances with  the hashtag #ShadesOfCulture.  For more information please visit shadesofculture.com

 

 

Several former Palm Beachers recently returned to the Island and inquired as to what happened to all of the stray cats that used to gather outside restaurants begging for scraps and keep residents awake at night with their mating rituals.

While greatly reduced in numbers, rest assured that Palm Beach’s furriest residents are still on the island.  Thanks to the efforts of Palm Beach Island Cats, the town’s cats are less of a nuisance and more of a plus.  Since humane management began in 2010 by Palm Beach Island Cats, the island’s stray cat population has been significantly reduced from over 750 to less than 550.  The cats which help shrink the rodent population on the island, live in well-managed colonies where they are fed, watered, and cared for by Palm Beach Island Cats.

The program which currently receives no government funding, and operates with a staff of volunteers has been held up as an example to other municipalities across the country for effective and humane treatment of homeless cats who are in need of compassionate care. Through no fault of their own, these cats have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves which most often leads to more cats. Spring is typically Kitten Season, however due to the ongoing neutering efforts by Palm Beach Island Cats, each year this has been less impactful in Palm Beach. (Cats can reproduce when they are as young as 4 to 6 months old.)

Seventy percent of cats entering shelters are killed, and that number jumps to nearly 100% of feral cats and kittens. That’s why the Trap/Neuter/Release efforts of Palm Beach Island Cats is effective as well as humane.

Advocates of responsible pet ownership, Palm Beach Island Cats provides food, sterilization, vaccines and other medical care to needy cats. Your support of this 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is tax deductible.

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Donations may be mailed to:

Palm Beach Island Cats, Inc.
P.O. Box 173
Palm Beach, FL 33480
561-512-4884
Or click here

Back by popular demand, June 5, 2016 will signal the return of Meat Market’s wildly popular Signature Steak Sunday. Every Sunday this summer, you  can enjoy a selection of Signature Steaks at half price. Options include 16 ounce Chicago Prime New York (full or half); 12 ounce filet mignon (full or half); 16 ounce Prime Ribeye; the Meat Market steak – 16 ounce Prime Picanha with Habanero Chimichurri (full or half); or the Creative Steak of the Day.

My favorite is the prime rib-eye topped with either seared foie-gras or roasted prime bone marrow….. but of course you can choose from other succulent additions such as a 6 ounce lobster tail; Oscar-style with blue crab and béarnaise; and black truffle butter. Signature Steak Sunday will be offered to guests in the dining room, as well as those sitting at the bar and lounge.  Not to be combined with any other offers and not available for to-go orders.

Meat Market, located at 191 Bradley Place in Palm Beach, serves dinner nightly. For reservations, please call (561) 354-9800. For more information, visit www.meatmarket.net.

 

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This Mother’s Day, spoil your mother or better yet, share the experience and double the magic!   Eau Spa’s whimsical setting is a perfect getaway to ‘Pause, Play and Perfect’.  Eau Spa is offering 6 different Mother’s Day programs, varying from Aromatherapy Yoga with Mom to a complete day of pampering with ‘Mother’s Day in Spa Wonderland‘.

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Aromatherapy Yoga With Mom

May 8, 2016 – 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. – $35 with spa access

A mother’s love is like no other. Enjoy a nurturing and relaxing 90-minute Yoga class infused with essential oils that are designed to deepen the connection between body, breath, and mind. Awaken your inner Shakti and cultivate a feeling of well-being as you move through heart opening poses alongside your number one since day one. Nothing says “thank you mom” like EAUmmming together. 90 minute Yoga Class $35

BOGO Duet Yoga or Personal Training for the both of you!

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Mom taught you to eat your vegetables and take care of your health. Treat mom, or any lovely motherly figure with the gift of health & healing in a private Fitness or Yoga class. Foster connection and laughter while strengthening your bond with dynamic duEAU partner exercises and postures.   60 minute Private Fitness or Yoga Class Duet $125

 Make-It-Up-To-Mom Hammam

You have worried her since the day you were born, and now is your chance to win her forgiveness with this decadent treatment. With roots in the ancient Middle East, this purifying, ancient ritual detoxifies the body as she is submerged into a heated float bed while slathered and wrapped in a rhassoul clay cocoon.  The body is then cooled with an orange quince mist, and finished with a warm carda”mom” amber oil hand tangerine fig butter crème massage. She will not remember your name, much less the trouble you have caused her after this divine treatment.  90 Minutes for $295

The Queen Mother

Her highness would expect nothing less.  This perfect journey includes a hand drawn bath of exotic  florals, oriental teas, and precious oils combined with a hand washing and polishing of the skin, a delicate dry buff, and a warm butter and silk massage. 90 Minutes for $299

A Facial from Her Favorite Child

We already know that she loves you best, and she will also love ridding her skin of hyperpigmentation, photoaging, pore congestion or fine lines and wrinkles (that your siblings caused her) with a choice of either one of our Micropeel Solutions or a Pigment Balancing Peel. This treatment includes crystal-free microdermabrasion, a hyaluronic gel infusion, sculpting microcurrent, collagen stimulating LED, and includes a take-home, month supply of Alpha Beta Peels. Stay in first place. 90 Minutes for $420 

Mother’s Day in Spa Wonderland

The perfect gift for your favorite lady, this day includes a 30 Minute Body Scrub, 60 Minute Self-Centered Massage, 60 Minute Essence Facial, Classic Manicure and Pedicure followed by a hair blow out. $590 and includes complimentary champagne and 10% off any retail purchases. Optional upgrades not included in the price.

For inquiries please call 561.540.4960 or email concierge@eauspa.com

Eau Spa at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa

 

 

When Mary Mahoney renovated her store this summer, she created a special area for her clients’ favorite caviar.  Black River Caviar Bar will be offering a wide variety of Palm Beachers’ favorite eggs– Black River Russian Oscietra and Siberian Caviar.   The latest harvest of this fine caviar will be delivered just in time for the Easter Holidays.  Caviar connoisseurs will be able to select from various shades of both Russian Oscietra and Siberian Caviar, from jet black to the rare golden eggs.  “Our clients have been waiting for this special delivery with anticipation.  we’re thrilled to have it in time for Easter, ” says Mary.

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Black River Caviar, a favorite among Palm Beach residents and exclusive purveyor to Seabourn Cruise Lines, is served at some of the finest restaurants across the Globe.  Harvested in the pristine waters of the Rio Negro with excellent properties for sturgeon breeding, the environment mimics the real flow of a river in a completely natural area, free of contaminants and pollution.  To inquire about the various types and price list,  call Mary Mahoney at 561 655 8288

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

As Meat Market’s very own Chef Sean Brasel prepares to duel it out in the kitchen on the Esquire Network during Season 4 of Knife Fight, our team went behind the scenes to get the real dish on Palm Beach’s celebrity chef. (Watch the episode during a Special Happy Hour at Meat Market on Tuesday, November 17th. Limited Attendance, RSVP below.)

Born and raised in Colorado, Chef Brasel launched his career as sous chef at Cliff Young’s in Denver. He attended Madeleine Kamman’s School for American Chefs in Napa Valley and shortly after began his business as a restaurant consultant. Chef Brasel and his business partner, David Tornek, opened several restaurants in Denver before moving to Miami, Fla where they introduced two restaurant’s to the South Beach scene. Meat Market was created as a modern take on the classic American steakhouse, now raved about from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Miami and Palm Beach, Florida. Keep on reading to find out who Chef Brasel refers to as “Beethoven in the Kitchen”, what culinary trips he is planning next, as well as what to look forward to at Meat Market during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival MIAMI TAKEOVER.

Altima: What dishes should guests look out for this season?
Chef Sean Brasel: Developing a new Dover Sole and adding a rotating Mixed Grill featuring exotic cuts of meat, working on some fresh salads featuring local farms.

Altima: Who do you look up to in your industry? Why?
Chef Sean Brasel: There are so many talented chefs and restaurateurs out there, I really can’t name just one, but if I was too I am in awe of the mastermind Grant Achatz. He is like Beethoven in the kitchen.

Altima: We read your bio on the Meat Market website where it states, “Brasel and Tornek focused much of their attention on bringing the American steakhouse into the 21st century with Meat Market.” What need did you see in the American steakhouse that you wanted to change?
Chef Sean Brasel: There isn’t anything specific we wanted to change, we just thought doing it our way is a little more different than the old connotation of the dark wood classic cigar smoking steakhouse.

Altima: When did you know you wanted to be a chef?
Chef Sean Brasel:
I loved cooking ever since I was young; I just didn’t realize it could be a reality until I was 19.

Altima: How do you get your inspiration?
Chef Sean Brasel: Inspiration comes from many different sources, sometimes just touring a farm and tasting a delicious fresh mango or strawberry can give you inspiration. As a chef, I am an avid reader and always looking to learn new techniques and patterns in cooking. That also gives inspiration when you read a cool idea and you say to yourself, “Wow, I never thought of combining those flavors.”

Altima: Favorite kitchen equipment or gadget?
Chef Sean Brasel: I am falling back to basics and am really in love with my mortar pesto. It’s a way of crushing for flavor without the electronic things that we have come to depend on. It really makes you think about the outcome of the product thru process.

Altima: Best cooking tip for a novice in the kitchen (Especially for the holidays…)
Chef Sean Brasel:
Plan your menu! Planning is execution and without proper planning, you can overcook things or have items not made correctly as your rushed to finish them.

Altima: What do you consider your proudest moment in life?
Chef Sean Brasel: Very tough question. I once catered a Super Bowl event for 3500 people at Miami Bayside. Most of the staff were culinary students. It was nothing but work for 2 weeks straight, and lots of organizing but once that event was running perfectly, it felt so amazing.

Altima: Where do you enjoy spending your weekends?
Chef Sean Brasel: I enjoy working on Saturday nights, and sleeping in on Sunday and going to brunch.

Altima: Top 3 Happy Hours in and around Palm Beach?
Chef Sean Brasel: I don’t know. With the exception of Meat Market. I don’t get the chance to explore different Happy Hours as much as I’d like.

Altima: Next vacation?
Chef Sean Brasel: I am going to Japan and Guam in November cooking some fabulous Certified Angus Beef Steaks for a few select dinners.

Altima: Any pets?
Chef Sean Brasel: Not right now. I do miss my old dog.

Altima: What do you normally wear outside of the kitchen?
Chef Sean Brasel: If I am not in my gym workout clothes, then I am in jeans and a t-shirt

Altima: Biggest pet peeve?
Chef Sean Brasel: I have a big pet peeve with my cooks who tell me the easy answer versus telling me the truth like, “Chef I burnt this product.” Instead blaming everyone else who supposedly turned up the oven or the flame.

Altima: What are some of the highlights we can look forward to at Meat Market’s MIAMI TAKEOVER during the annual Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival?
Chef Sean Brasel: Miami Takeover in Palm Beach will have some amazing chefs in Miami working together. We are working on creating something different to bring to Palm Beach by featuring our own take on what Miami cuisine is and how we can use one specific local product to showcase our individual culinary twist of Miami flavors. The lineup features some of the best culinary talent in Miami right now and I’m excited to get cooking with them!

Knife Fight, Equire Network feat. Meat Market’s Chef Sean Brasel
NOVEMBER 17TH | 9 PM EST

Looking for tickets to the Knife Fight? Our club members are invited to cheer on Chef Brasel as he competes for the title of ‘Culinary Master of the Universe’. The screening will allow guests to watch the show a week before airdate. Meat Market will provide Happy Hour pricing for bar guests and complimentary bites that Chef Brasel created while on the show (These dishes have never before been seen on the menu!)
RSVP HERE

 

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing writer

Before you even think about buying your ticket for this year’s Gentlemen of the Garden’s (GOG) Halloween party, you better have a costume in mind. Simply donning a witch hat or cat ears will not do. It is the one time of year you are invited to dress all out in the most haunting, whimsical, romantic, childish and sometimes sexy costume you can think of. And the best place to do it in Palm Beach County? The annual GOG Halloween party.

On Friday, October 30th, the party will kick off at 8 p.m. at Lynora’s Osteria207 Clematis Street, Downtown West Palm Beach. Ticket sales in the past have supported the GOG’s philanthropic contributions to landscaping and environmental beautification projects including Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Mounts Botanical Gardens, The Community Foundation Green Fund, and The YMCA of the Palm Beaches.

You can purchase tickets at www.thegog.org
$200 per person (Under 40 $150)

As mentioned above, a costume is mandatory!
Need a little inspiration? Check out costumes from last year at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.

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Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer

If you don’t know Patrick McMullan, you ought to get out more!”
Andy Warhol

In the 1980s, Patrick McMullan found his niche photographing high profile events and celebrities. Today, he maintains his solid reputation with a team of professionals who capture over 50 exclusive events each week from New York to Los Angeles- that means almost 3,000 events each year! If you have not seen him lately, perhaps Warhol said it best, “You ought to get out more!”

Everyone has their own inspirations.

You will often find artists observing and admiring the works of their peers, strangers, or legends past. This is no different for Patrick McMullan. Take away all the glitz, glamour and people, and enter his home to find his most prized collection. “Pictures” is the compilation of Patrick McMullan’s personal purchases from art shows and thrift shops. This selection of photographs has not been seen by many but his family and friends- until recently. After a great success at the Salomon Contemporary in New York, Patrick McMullan’s collection will make its way to Palm Beach’s Paul Fisher Gallery as the show heads south as one of the most anticipated events this season.

SAVE THE DATE

Exhibition Opening
November 13th until December 1st

“Pictures”
by Patrick McMullan

Paul Fisher Gallery
433 Flamingo Dr
West Palm Beach, 33401

For more information, kindly contact Maribel@altimapalmbeach.com or 561-833-8283.

 

 

 

 

You may have seen Wyatt Koch at one of Palm Beach’s elite events carrying the dance floor dressed to the nines, playing tennis at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, or enjoying the serenity of his farm in Florida. Palm Beach has taken notice of Wyatt’s charm and bold fashion sense since he moved here from New York City in 2006. Today, the son of renowned businessman William (Bill) Koch has some big news to announce coming up this winter. Altima sat down with Wyatt for a Q&A and we are excited to share it with our readers!

Altima: What events do you look forward to the most each season?
Wyatt: GOG Halloween Party, Lily Pulitzer Beach Bash, Paradise Casino Gala, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Gala, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Man & Woman of the Year, and of course, POSH Palm Beach, which I will co-chair this year.

Altima: Where do you enjoy spending your weekends in Palm Beach?
Wyatt:  I like to get out to my farm on weekends. When I am in town, I like to play tennis at Mar-a-Lago, shop on Worth Avenue, grab lunch at Nick & Johnnie’s, Café Sapori or Bice, or just relax at the beach.

Altima: What are your Top 3 restaurants on the island?
Wyatt: Café L’ Europe, Echo and Palm Beach Grill.

Altima: What is your favorite store on Worth Ave?
Wyatt: Neiman Marcus, and my sales associate, Michael Diaz, is great.

Altima: We heard that you have some big news coming up in December 2015. Care to dish with Altima readers?
Wyatt: I have recently decided to pursue my lifelong passion for fashion by starting a fashion line. Wyatt Ingraham LLC was launched a few months ago.  We are very excited about the upcoming line of men’s shirts.  I am also excited that 10% of all profits will be donated to charity.  You can learn more about the clothing line and my inspirations at www.wyattingraham.com

Altima: What should we expect from your first collection?
Wyatt: The first collection will be exclusively men’s shirts.  We have a fabulous line about to be released, with bold colors and inspired patterns.  These are high quality, American made shirts for the impeccably dressed man.  These shirts will grab attention and inspire the men who wear them to be bold.

Stay tuned, we plan to follow-up with Wyatt in a few months when he officially débuts Wyatt Ingraham!

Designs coming soon to www.wyattingraham.com.

 

By Eileen Louissaint, Altima Contributing Writer