New ‘Sugar Shack’ brunch: Palm Beach tribute to Quebec’s maple-tapping tradition


The “Sugar Shack” series at Chez l’Epicier is the sweetest of all local brunches. 

 The farmhouse-chic Palm Beach restaurant pays homage to the maple syrup-tapping tradition of its owners’ native Quebec province. Translation: Maple syrup is the big theme at the restaurant’s trio of brunches this month. Brunch dates are March 12, 19 and 26

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 While the Quebecois celebrate their annual rite of spring by gathering near the syrup production “shacks,” Palm Beach diners can feast on Chef Laurent Godbout’s hearty brunch dishes. The Montreal native has put together quite a menu, with starters like French Canadian pea soup with maple whipped cream, breakfast omelets with dill, goat cheese and caramelized apple, and entrées such as maple ham and foie gras terrine, braised short rib with roasted Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and maple flakes, and meat pie with seared mushrooms and Crown Royal and peppercorn sauce. 

 Dessert is thoroughly maple – as in maple pudding cake, maple sugar pie, maple foam-topped apple pie in a jar, maple taffy on snow and homemade maple marshmallows. 

 The Sugar Shack brunch costs $45 per person, plus tax and tip. Seatings are offered at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended as brunch tickets will be sold in advance at the restaurant.  

Chez l’Epicier: 288 S. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-508-7030


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