Hot dog fest in Abacoa
If you’ve blurred through July without realizing it’s National Hot Dog Month, here’s your chance to catch up on America’s favorite smoky, summer bite: Hot Dog Fest hits the Abacoa Town Center on Sunday.
Expect an afternoon that gives the dog days of summer a whole new meaning: more than 25 vendors offering everything from sausages to deep-fried dogs. Food truck vendors include Ps561, The Rolling Stove, Kona Dog, Ms. Cheezious, BFF (Best French Fries), The Big Ragu Italian Kitchen, Bite Gastrotruck, Che Grill, Crazydilla, Da Burger Shack, The Daily Special, Das Biergarten, Grill Master Café and others.
For the hardcore, there’s the Second Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest during the afternoon. The Hot Dog Fest goes from noon to 5 p.m., with live music starting at 1 p.m. Admission is free; food prices vary per vendor.
Abacoa Town Center: 1200 University Blvd., Jupiter; TheHotDogFest.com/Jupiter
Boulud Sud tasting at Gardens Mall
Café Boulud visits The Gardens Mall Saturday when the Williams-Sonoma cookware shop hosts a sampling of the cafe’s Boulud Sud summer menu.
The Palm Beach café is serving the Mediterranean-themed menu at its alfresco terrace through Sept. 2. Saturday’s tasting event and food demo at Williams-Sonoma in Palm Beach Gardens is from 1 to 3 p.m.
Williams-Sonoma at The Gardens Mall: 3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-799-2425
Grow your own tropical fruit
The bi-annual Tropical Fruit Tree and Edible Plant Sale happens Saturday at the Agriplex Building on the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. The sale, organized by the Palm Beach Chapter of the Rare Fruit Council International, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Expect to find an ample variety of fruit trees: banana, avocado, jackfruit, Barbados cherry, canistel, black sapote, jaboticaba, macadamia, persimmon, tamarind, carambola, dragon fruit, mamey, mango, papaya, and many others, along with spices and herbs. Admission and parking are free.
South Florida Fairgrounds: 9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach; enter the fairgrounds through Gate 5 on Southern Boulevard.
Oli’s Fashion Cuisine, the popular Wellington eatery that has drawn its share of famous diners (Bill Clinton, Robert Duval), has opened a second location on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.
Oli’s inhabits the space formerly occupied by Fuku. The “Fashion Cuisine” brand was brought to Wellington in 2010 by Juan Gando and chef Dustin Parfitt, who met while working in the Palm Beach restaurant business. Both residents of the western communities, they hoped to bring Palm Beach-style fashionable cuisine to the western ‘burbs. The upshot: a trio of successful “fashion cuisine” eateries in Wellington and this recent leap into Clematis Street.
Food fashion statements aside, chef Parfitt turns out delicious, strikingly presented modern American dishes. It’s comfort food that happens to be pretty, and it has earned its following at Oli’s. The place that was dreamed up to carry a taste of Palm Beach to Wellington now lands at the island’s threshold, having evolved nicely as a welcoming neighborhood spot. And it brings a bit of Wellington to Clematis – after all, Oli’s is named for western communities pioneer Charles Oliver Wellington.
Oli’s Fashion Cuisine Clematis: 215 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561- 650-8595; OlisFashionCuisine.com
Le Rendez-vous, a French restaurant and nightclub, has opened in downtown West Palm Beach. Principals are Parisian brothers Edouard and Olivier Delrieu, who have filled the 2800-square-foot space with deep house music, limited-edition images by famous French photographers and boho touches. Layered into the vibe: French flicks on a big screen, European soccer and Tour de France blinking on the tube.
Commanding the kitchen, Parisian chef Vincent Toscano executes a menu of accessible French dishes, from salade Nicoise to foie gras-topped steak burgers to lavender-scented crème brûlée. The eatery also offers fresh-baked French breads and pastries as well as Sunday brunch.
Le Rendez-vous: 221 Datura St., West Palm Beach; 561-766-1095; Rendez-vous-wpb.com; open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shula Burger, the gourmet burger chain, opened its most recent location last week at the Delray Marketplace in western Delray Beach. It’s the fifth Florida location for the fast-food concept that’s an offshoot of coach Don Shula’s steak house chain. Menu items include “The Don,” a burger-hot dog combo designed by Shula himself.
Shula Burger: 14917 Lyons Road, Suite 114 (at West Atlantic Avenue), Delray Beach; 561-404-1347; ShulaBurger.com
Fuku, the Clematis Street eatery that gained national attention when it was denied a trademark request from the state because the name was deemed “immoral,” has closed after a stormy, 14-month run. The space at 215 Clematis Street didn’t stay vacant for long – it was snapped up by Oli’s Fashion Cuisine. (See “Openings” item.)
Coco’s China Beach Bistro on Northwood Road in West Palm Beach has closed.
Sonny’s Real Pit BBQ on West Indiantown Road in Jupiter has closed.