Jazziz Nightlife is sizzling with more than hot jazz and live bands. Executive chef Justin Flit’s kitchen is sizzling as well. The 6-month-old Boca club and restaurant has unveiled a new seasonal menu.
Flit earned his chops at the former French Culinary Institute in New York and working in some stellar kitchens (including Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak in Aventura). His kitchen at Jazziz focuses on locally harvested produce, sustainable seafood, prime meats and free-range poultry.
Hot items include starters like seared diver scallops with roasted grapes, charred romanesco cauliflower and curry, seared foie gras with a sweet potato custard and pumpkin-seed brittle. Entrées include Scottish salmon with red quinoa, a Jazziz burger that’s ground fresh daily and served on a homemade bun, and dry-aged rib eye steak with mushrooms and creamy spinach. Add to that wood-fired pizza and homemade pasta and you’ve got a culinary jam session.
While the chef may leave the improvising to the performers on stage, he does take inspiration from visiting acts and creates specialty dishes in their honor.
At the bar, mix master Luke Tullos stirs up modern renditions of cocktail classics, as in a classic daiquiri that’s scented with orange flower water.
The club, open since April, hasn’t had its official grand opening party – that will happen Nov. 20.
Jazziz Nightlife: 201 Plaza Real (Mizner Park), Boca Raton; 561-300-0730; JazzizNightlife.com
A hoedown in downtown Boca? Indeed, one is brewing and it promises to be a hoot.
The Sonoma House is throwing an event called the Whiskey Bent Hootenanny, complete with barnyard games, costume competitions and dancing to the live roots-folk-bluegrass sounds of the Deerfield-based Uproot Hootenanny. The party happens Nov. 15.
A recently opened catering and private event space, the sprawling Sonoma House and grounds is operated by The Max Group of restaurants, which will be providing the upscale grub for the country fairgrounds-inspired event. The menu takes some inspiration from local sources, such as Farmer Jay Pure Organics. For the pairing: whiskey cocktails and craft beers.
Whiskey Bent Hootenanny
When: Nov. 15 from 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: The Sonoma House, 220 NE 11th St., Boca Raton; 561-756-9474
Tickets: $65 per person, $55 each per couple, $45 each for a “six-pack.” Buy them online at TheSonomaHouse.com, or at the door for $75. Tickets are limited.
The band: UprootHootenanny.com
Bonus: The event benefits the Tri-County Humane Society, which will host a raffle and offer onsite adoptions.
The Green Gourmet eatery and market in western Delray Beach served its final meal Sunday, but chef/owner Joey Giannuzzi isn’t leaving his natural foods-loving customers. The chef will help open a new restaurant in nearby Boca Raton. The new casual eatery, Farmer’s Table, set to open in November, will focus on ingredients harvested in local farms.
Giannuzzi announced the closing/opening news on his Facebook page. “I will be closing my baby,” he said. “It has to do with seating, bathrooms and parking not lack of guests or mismanagement… I just want to let everyone know that. I am really grateful for your support during the 4 1/2 years we have been here. I wish I could go 40 years…”
The chef tells us he expects the new spot to be open in about three weeks.
Farmer’s Table will be located at 1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561-368-5200; Facebook.com/FarmersTableBoca
Legal Sea Foods, a restaurant chain with more than 30 eateries, has closed its restaurant at the Boca Raton Town Center after a 13-year run.