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Enjoy Amazing Pizza And So Much More

Enjoy Amazing Pizza And So Much More Big Rocco’s Pizzeria And Tavern In RPB Is Part Neighborhood Bar and Part Italian Restaurant

Story and Photos by Melanie Kopacz

Big Rocco’s Pizzeria and Tavern is part pizzeria and part neighborhood bar with a weekly lineup of live music to rock anyone’s musical tastes.

The bar concept includes pool leagues, poker, bingo and sporting events meshed with a lively crowd. There’s also amped-up pub food and a bar full of specials. But it’s the traditional New York-style pizza at Big Rocco’s that is the true star with a fan base all its own.

The restaurant has become a destination for its New York-style flavors, opening its doors in 2019 at the Village Shoppes, located at the northwest corner of Southern Blvd. and State Road 7 in Royal Palm Beach.

Big Rocco’s is a loyal go-to for pizza lovers craving the authentic flavor, sauce and crust.

“It’s all made from scratch — the dough and the sauce, using San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes,” said owner Vikas Bansal, who moved from India to New York City, and that’s where he quickly became a fan of East Coast-style pizza. “I lived in New York City for 17 years. I always loved the pizza there.”

It became the inspiration years later when Bansal opened a gas station in Wellington. That is where the concept for Big Rocco’s came to be. Starting as a very busy “Express” pizza to-go business, Bansal decided to expand his popular pizza business into a full restaurant and tavern with live events. It has been attracting both locals and the equestrian crowd during the season, as it’s geared for people of all ages.

“We want people to come in and have a good time,” Bansal said. “Parents and kids.”

The casual atmosphere makes for a laid-back dining experience, with a wide variety of pizza choices, such as the popular BBQ Chicken Pizza, layered with a smoky sauce, generous portions of tender chicken, sprinkled with onions and bacon. It is one of the top choices on the menu.

The New Yorker Pizza is also a big seller, loaded with pepperoni, sausage, onions and mushrooms, along with a mix of fresh red and green peppers. Make it a Big Rocco’s Signature Pizza by taking all those same ingredients, then add ham, tomatoes, black olives and extra cheese.

Other interesting combinations include the Meatball Parm Pizza, topped with ricotta cheese, meatballs and fresh garlic, and the Buffalo Chicken Pizza with grilled chicken and blue cheese crumbles.

For a great deal, check out the large cheese pizza special for $10.99 Mondays and Tuesdays. Add a topping or two for 99 cents each.

Lunch specials from just $7.99 run until 3 p.m. and include a beverage or a draft beer. It includes different combinations, from two slices of pizza, or mix it up with a garden salad. Cheeseburgers or chicken tenders with fries are also available. Drink specials at that time are $3 for draft beers and $5 for house liquor.

The dining room is filled with lots of high-top seating, as well as a few large and cozy corner booths. The bar sits just toward the back with seating all along three sides. There are a number of drink specials and about a dozen beers on tap that rotate. At the bar, the top seller is Fifty States 6x distilled premium vodka.

If you’re looking to snack, the wings are a specialty that come in several flavors, from southern barbecue to honey bourbon, garlic parmesan and more. They’re marinated, baked and flash-fried for a juicy, crispy wing.

The Hangover Burger is a huge hit, oozing with toppings that include cheddar cheese, sliced tomatoes, bacon, a fried egg and mango habanero sauce to round out the flavors. There’s also stromboli and calzone choices, including a veggie option.

Piping hot meatballs made fresh from scratch are simmered in their homemade tomato sauce and sit atop spaghetti. They come with the popular garlic knots, baked and basted with butter and fresh garlic.

The New York Cheesecake is a delicious way to end a meal, topped with a variety of drizzle options, including chocolate, caramel, strawberry or blackberry.

The large pool room sits toward the back of the restaurant. It also doubles as a private party room. It includes darts and other games. A large wine selection fills the nearby wall.

The dining room is lit with warm fixtures creating a relaxed atmosphere, as Louis Prima and Dean Martin songs play on the jukebox, and paintings of Al Pacino and Leonardo DiCaprio hang on the walls.

A variety of genres of live music fill the restaurant every Friday night, spanning from country, to pop, rock and folk. The fun continues throughout the week with poker night on Wednesdays, bingo on Thursdays and karaoke on Saturdays, as well as monthly paint-n-sip parties. Big Rocco’s also hosts a large contingent of Miami Dolphins football fans.

“We also have a charity event once a month with as many as 200 people, along with vendors, a quarter auction and more,” Bansal said. “Our goal is to be a neighborhood bar and a favorite restaurant.”

Current hours are noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and noon to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The restaurant will open daily at 11 a.m. during the winter equestrian season.

Big Rocco’s Pizzeria and Tavern is located at 10479 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach’s Village Shoppes. For more info., call (561) 318-8927 or visit Find them on Facebook and Instagram for details on upcoming events.


Swank Farm Table Season Preview

Swank Farm Table Season Preview Enjoy A Feast For The Senses At A Wide Array Of Special Culinary Events

As the local growing season comes into full swing, Swank Specialty Produce is once again set to captivate the hearts and palates of area food enthusiasts with its highly anticipated Swank Table series and Farmers Market.

This year promises a lineup of extraordinary chefs and a series of immersive culinary experiences that celebrate the bounty of Florida’s vibrant agricultural scene. It promises to be a season of unforgettable flavors and community camaraderie.

Considered a culinary extravaganza, the Swank Table series, comprising 10 enchanting al fresco dinners set on the farm, kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 12, with a festive Fall Harvest Hoe Down, followed by a Farm Market Asado on Sunday, Dec. 3, with eight more Swank Table events planned for January through April.

These events are a celebration of the finest ingredients sourced from Florida’s farmers, ranchers, artisanal producers, micro-brewers, distillers and winemakers. The culmination of these elements results in an extravagant multicourse dinner meticulously curated by top-tier chefs. Each Swank Table event also contributes to a local charity, adding a meaningful dimension to the dining experience.

The evening begins with a refreshing welcome cocktail, courtesy of UNA Vodka and Miami Club Rum, followed by an amuse-bouche to tantalize the taste buds. Attendees can then indulge in a selection of canapés featuring four distinct appetizers crafted by the featured chefs, perfectly paired with bubbles.

Guests are invited to explore the hydroponic grow houses, guided personally by co-owner Darrin Swank, or take a leisurely stroll through the fields, gaining insight into the workings of this bustling farm. The pinnacle of the evening arrives with a delectable five-course plated dinner beneath Swank’s rustic pole barn. Sommelier Jon Wine curates a selection of wines to harmonize with the dishes, while local craft brewers present an array of their specialty beers. Live music from South Florida’s favorite musicians sets the tone for a memorable evening, leaving guests feeling like cherished members of the Swank family.

A stellar chef lineup for this season, Swank Specialty Produce is delighted to welcome Jon Sarmiento as the lead chef liaison, bringing a wealth of experience both on and off the farm. His culinary journey includes stints at renowned establishments such as Cholo Soy and Palm Beach Meats. Joining him are an array of exciting new participating chefs, including South Florida’s own Carlos Garcia from Leku, Brian Nasajon of Beaker & Gray, Akino West from Rosie’s, Chef Moon of Sushi by Bou, Johnny Demartini from Ravish, Huy Hoang from Le Colonial, Warren’s Jen Knox and the esteemed Antonio Bachour. Additionally, the farm will play host to visiting culinary talents Fabian Di Paolo from Shearwater Tavern in California, Jonathan Merry from Riverhouse in Maine and the eagerly anticipated return of Buccan’s Clay Conley.

With this exciting lineup of talent, immersive farm experiences and a thriving Farmers Market, Swank Specialty Produce’s season promises a feast for the senses and a celebration of community spirit. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to indulge in the finest flavors of Florida’s bounty. “Tickets for all events are on sale now, so mark your calendars and join us for a season of unforgettable moments on the farm,” co-owner Jodi Swank said.

The season opens with the Fall Harvest Hoe Down on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m., benefiting Beachwood Integrative Equine Therapy, and the Farm Market Asado on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m., benefiting the Bak Middle School of the Arts Foundation. Events continue in 2024 with: Running with the Bulls: A Night in Spain on Sunday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m., benefiting the Dr. Gary Paul Swank Memorial Scholarship and the Foundation for Palm Beach State College; Club Carnival Mardi Gras on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m., benefiting the Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches (be sure to wear Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold and bring your favorite mask!); Bourbon, BBQ and Blues on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. benefiting the Loxahatchee Groves Landowners’ Association Scholarship Fund; Throwback to the ’70s on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m., benefiting the Cancer Alliance (wear your favorite bell-bottom jeans, hippie dresses, ’70s wigs and dancing shoes); Street Food: Cultures of Asia on Sunday, March 10 at 5 p.m., benefiting the Hanley Foundation; She Feasts: A Swank Table Farm Party Celebrating Women Chefs on Sunday, March 24 at 5 p.m., benefiting Spring of Hope; the 13th Annual Vêtu de Blanc: The White Party on Sunday, April 7 at 5 p.m., benefiting the West Palm Beach Library Foundation (come dressed in white and bring candlesticks, candelabras, votives in glass and/or any other candle holder to make the evening sparkle!); and Cooking with Cannabis on Sunday, April 21 at 5 p.m., benefiting Path to College (Swank Farm is a Florida-licensed hemp grower, and the hemp tea is not to be missed).

Swank Farm is also known for its flourishing Farmer’s Market, a celebration of Florida’s rich agricultural tapestry amidst the picturesque Loxahatchee Groves countryside. Taking place every Saturday through May from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., this complimentary market offers an array of farm-fresh lettuces, vegetables, herbs and wildflower bouquets from Swank Farm. Guests can relish live music and explore a diverse range of exceptional goods from 25 local vendors. Shopping is a joy under Swank Farm’s expansive open-air pole barn, providing a delightful experience regardless of the weather. Ample free parking is readily available, ensuring a hassle-free visit. Whether visitors seek to stock up for the week, savor a breakfast sandwich, or simply enjoy coffee and a pastry, the market offers something for everyone.

Swank Specialty Produce is located at 14311 North Road in Loxahatchee Groves. Find details about all events online at


Wellington Table: The Perfect Cake For Your Wedding

Wellington Table: The Perfect Cake For Your Wedding Johnson’s Custom Cakes Of Wellington Creates Unique Masterpieces That Will Be A Focal Point Of Any Celebration

By Shannon Anastasio

A wedding is a celebration of love, unity and commitment. Every detail is meticulously planned to create a memorable experience. Among the many elements that contribute to the grandeur of a wedding celebration, the wedding cake stands as a sweet centerpiece that captures the essence of the occasion. It is a symbol of the couple’s journey and sets the tone for the festivities.

Johnson’s Custom Cakes, located here in Wellington, has mastered the art of creating these edible masterpieces that stand as the focal point of any wedding reception.

The wedding cake is steeped in tradition and symbolism. Its multi-tiered structure signifies the layers of the couple’s journey, the shared experiences and the promise of a future together. Traditionally, the act of cutting the cake is a poignant moment, symbolizing the bride and groom’s first joint task as a married couple.

The sweet exchange of cake represents their commitment to provide for one another, and the ensuing shared bite is a promise of mutual support. As the centerpiece of the reception, the wedding cake embodies the essence of the celebration and usually reflects the couple’s unique style and personality.

A wedding cake is more than just a dessert; it is a work of art. Owner Yumi de la Rosa and her team at Johnson’s Custom Cakes invest time, creativity and skill to craft visually stunning confections that leave a lasting impression. From intricate floral arrangements to meticulously hand-painted designs, these cakes are a testament to craftsmanship. Every detail is thoughtfully considered, ensuring that the cake complements the overall theme and décor of the wedding. With the right design, a wedding cake can transform an ordinary space into a fairytale setting.

Among the many bakeries that specialize in creating wedding cakes, Johnson’s Custom Cakes stands out as a true gem. With many years of experience and a passionate team of skilled bakers and designers, they have mastered the art of turning flour, sugar and eggs into edible works of art. This commitment to quality is evident in every cake created — each with careful attention to detail.

One of the key strengths of Johnson’s Custom Cakes is the ability to personalize each creation. The team works closely with couples to understand their vision, ensuring that the cake not only tastes divine but also reflects the couple’s unique style and story. Whether it’s a classic, timeless design or a whimsical, modern creation, Johnson’s Custom Cakes brings dreams to life.

The wedding cake is a sweet masterpiece that encapsulates the essence of the occasion. Its symbolic significance and artistic expression make it an integral part of the celebration, leaving an indelible mark on the memories of all who attend. Johnson’s Custom Cakes, brings a commitment to excellence and a personalized approach, standing as a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into creating these sweet centerpieces that not only satisfy taste buds but also touch hearts, making them an invaluable part of any wedding celebration.

Johnson’s Custom Cakes is located at 9148 Forest Hill Blvd. in the Kobosko’s Crossing shopping plaza. For more information, visit or call (561) 422-0303 to set up a personalized wedding cake consultation.


Enjoy Classic Italian Recipes

Enjoy Classic Italian Recipes Pizza Cucinova Brings Authentic Neapolitan Cuisine To The Mall At Wellington Green

Story and Photos by Melanie Kopacz

Pizza Cucinova has added a taste of Italy to the upper level of the Mall at Wellington Green. The newly opened pizzeria began serving its homemade Neapolitan cuisine in May.

Priscilla Vazquez, Pizza Cucinovas compliance and brand director, has family from Naples. I used a lot of family recipes from my grandma and my dad for the pastas, she explained.

Those generational recipes are what Vazquez learned growing up in the kitchen. I like being in the kitchen. I like to cook and experiment. I really enjoy it when people tell me its great, and then I tell them, Its my grandmas recipe! she said.

Many of those recipes have been meshed throughout the companys reimagined menu and concept.

From pepperoni stromboli filled with mozzarella, or a hand-crafted Marguerita pizza to share with friends, to desserts, like cannoli or tiramisu, to go with a barista-made cappuccino, Pizza Cucinova is a great complement to a day of shopping. Theres a lot of appeal to the restaurant, breathing new life into a former pizzeria closed for years.

We got the opportunity to open here at the mall. We have the Sbarros downstairs, and they gave us a location for our Mexican spot, Madres, so its a good collaboration between us and the mall, Vazquez said.

The eatery is nestled just a few doors down from Macys. You cant miss the vintage 1940s Italian motorcycle parked at the entrance to welcome guests. Popular scenes from Italy fill the walls. A board boasts the specials, while a window box displays tasty Italian treats as shoppers pass by. The sleek black exterior mixed with brick makes the pizzeria stand out.

The pizza its an artisan dough, so its soft and bready on the inside, but crunchy on the outside, Vazquez said. Its better within the first couple of hours. If youre taking it home, its best to put it in the oven or air fryer, not the microwave, in order to keep the crispness.

The classic cheese and pepperoni as well as the barbecue pizza are both top sellers. We have our own pizza sauce basic tomatoes, salt, sugar and its very light. No garlic, but lots of basil, Vazquez said.

The bruschetta, a vegetarian pizza, is the most popular. It has pesto sauce, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. We add arugula after it cooks, mix it with a little lemon vinaigrette and then drizzle it with balsamic glaze, Vazquez said.

When it comes to salads, its the Mediterranean that sells the most.

Its my favorite. I love the dressing and the pepperoncini on top. Its very earthy and fresh tasting with multiple flavors, Vazquez said. Its a good blend, a well-balanced salad. You can add salmon or steak.

The wings are always a favorite starter.

We have three different sauces that we make here. The Buffalo sauce, which is freshly made; the barbecue sauce that we make sweet and tangy; and then the garlic butter sauce, which we also make in house, she said.

Calamari is also a popular starter. Its very high quality. I add a little seasoning after its fried, Vazquez said. Its very lightly breaded, very good.

For bread lovers, the garlic knots are a must to complement a meal.

Its the same artisan dough we use to make the pizza, but we smother it in a butter garlic sauce with herbs and olive oil, before we roll it into a knot. We put it in the oven, and then brush it with a little more when it comes out and add Parmesan on top, she said. Crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside.

Other signature pizzas included the spicy Hawaiian. Its topped with ham, pineapple, bacon and mozzarella. The quattro carne meat lovers pizza is topped with four meats sausage, pepperoni, meatballs and ham. Pair it with a glass of wine or beer.

Gluten-free crust and vegan options are also available. The pizzas can be fully customized. If I have it, I have no problem making it, Vazquez said.

The spaghetti also has its own twist on flavor. Theres rosemary in the sauce, she explained. Its a unique family recipe.

Better be hungry if youre ordering the carne lasagna, a family classic. The slice is huge and dripping in meat sauce, like her grandmas. The tender beef is slowly simmered in marinara. Two artisan bread sticks poke from the bowl, making for the perfect combination with each bite.

The more you eat, the more youre happy, Vazquez said. Thats why our portions are so big.

Aside from the love of cooking, Vazquez equally loves to interact with the guests.

I want people to come in and feel like theyre home. Nothing formal, I want them to feel comfortable to come back whenever they want and think the food is great and the service is great, she said. If you dont invest in what you love, its not going to be successful, and it will show. Thats what my grandma always taught me.

Pizza Cucinova is located on the upper level of the Mall at Wellington Green at 10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 238. It is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. For more information, call (561) 614-6800.


Locally Brewed Beers On Tap

Locally Brewed Beers On Tap
Royal Palm Brewing Company Serves Up Unique Brews And More At RPB Tasting Room

By Frank Koester

What started as a home brewing hobby 14 years ago has grown into the Royal Palm Brewing Company, a beer-brewing enterprise with a local tasting room featuring more than a dozen unique beers at any given time, as well as a distribution system that supplies the beers to restaurants and retailers across Florida.

Royal Palm Brewing is the brainchild of the husband-and-wife team of George and Pam Shetka, along with Georges brother Geof Shetka.

People laugh when we tell them, but the first beer we ever brewed was what we call Psycho Sisters today, George said, referring to the companys award-winning Russian imperial stout. It turned out really good, and we still have a bottle of it.

That very first brew was a life-changing experience for Geof. The very first day that we brewed that first homebrew, I knew I wanted to do that, he recalled. I wasnt sure if it was going to be working for another brewery or starting our own, but it was just one of those things always in the back of my head.

After years of home brewing, the Shetkas began putting together their business plan in 2016, but it took two years before the tasting room off State Road 7 opened in 2018. Much of that time was taken up in finding an appropriate site, and then getting the necessary approvals. The Village of Royal Palm Beach had to change its rules to allow microbreweries.

One of the councilmen, Jeff Hmara, took us under his wing and said, Thats cool. I think thats something that would be good for the community, George said.

Pam noted that their goal was not to create a bar, serving beer and other alcohol into the early morning hours.

We want it to be a place where people in this community can go, she said. They can feel safe, they can bring their children, they can eat, they can have our craft beer and appreciate what we do.

At any given time, Royal Palm Brewing serves up more than a dozen craft-brewed beers to fit every taste. Aside from the popular Psycho Sisters stout, youll find several other award-winning beers, such as the 63 Axe Handles American lager, the Half Moon Island American wheat ale and the Sour Yeti sour ale made with raspberry, hibiscus and Persian lime puree. Theres also a Mexican-style lager (Cerveza de Jorge), an American pale ale (the Mountains Are Calling), an amber ale (SR 7) and much more.

The beers are of their own creation through the years, some based on suggestions from patrons. George compared brewing beer to baking chocolate chip cookies.

Theres a basic foundation to a chocolate chip cookie. Its what you do with that cookie that makes it your own, he said. A beer is grain, water, hops and yeast. Theres pretty much a standard of what you can do in each category You have to have that foundation, but you can take that and make it your own. Youre not really reinventing the wheel, youre just kind of unique at the wheel.

Right now, Royal Palm Brewing has a maximum capacity of about 1,100 to 1,200 barrels a year, although they are not producing that much. They plan to grow as needed, but they dont want to over-expand, nor bring in outside investors.

We brew everything ourselves. Were also very proud that we own this, George said. It is ours, and we want to be able to make that final decision on what were going to do.

Working with partner Progressive Distribution, the companys beers can now be found in dozens of local restaurants and retail shops across the state. Locally, that includes PapiChulo Tacos, JoJos Raw Bar, Trees Wings, Bonefish Macs, Big Roccos Pizza, World of Beer and on the shelves at Total Wine & More.

Royal Palm Brewing is one of the few beer-tasting rooms to offer a full menu of food and appetizers. Popular items include a charcuterie board featuring a taste-tempting selection of sliced meats, cheeses, fruit and nuts; a variety of flatbread pizzas, such as the pepperoni with large-sliced pepperoni, mozzarella and marinara sauce; and a jumbo Bavarian-style pretzel, perfect for sharing.

Other options include a variety of waffle snackers, all-beef hotdogs and Polish sausages, hot sandwiches, grilled wraps and fresh-made salads. Initially, they werent going to have an extensive menu, but it grew due to requests from patrons.

We started these little pita pizzas for the kids, and then we found that adults were eating them. So, now we have our wood-fired flatbreads, George explained. We used to do hotdogs and Polish sausages for our October festival. Its popular, so lets add that to the menu.

The tasting room is set to expand over the next year with the planned addition of outdoor seating and more space by taking over a bay next door. The space will be used to increase the capacity of the brewing business. Now well be able to increase our productivity to distribute more beer, George said.

The tasting room is open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, with happy hour specials all day Tuesday and from open until 6 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. The tasting room is closed on Monday. Check the online calendar for an array of fun weekly and special events.

Royal Palm Brewing Company is located in the Commons at Royal Palm shopping plaza at 543 N. State Road 7, Suite 103, in Royal Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 792-5822 or visit


Perfectly Portioned, Delicious Meals

Perfectly Portioned, Delicious MealsConvenience Merges With Healthy Eating At Budget-Friendly Ideal Nutrition

By Callie Sharkey

Eating healthier is a common goal for parents trying to juggle busy schedules with healthy food habits, and for adults trying to lose weight or keep to dietary restrictions. Sometimes, these challenges leave us rushing around and settling for whatever food we can find, which is often fast and less than healthy.

But a City of West Palm Beach police officer named Wolfgang Brunet set out to change the way people eat, recently opening a new Ideal Nutrition storefront in Wellington, one of five operated by Brunets company.

During my law enforcement career, I worked long hours and found it very difficult to prepare healthy meals at home. Other police officers shared this frustration with me. I knew there had to be a better way, so I opened a small kitchen in West Palm Beach and started making fully prepared meals with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, said Brunet, CEO and founder of Ideal Nutrition. This idea blossomed into what Ideal Nutrition is today. Making life healthier and more convenient for other people is the greatest joy for me.

While you may have seen Ideal Nutrition delivery vans around they currently deliver from Vero Beach to Miami this is no ordinary meal service. Each meal is perfectly portioned as a single serving for only $7.70 per meal. One price, no matter the meal, and you dont have to be a subscriber.

Our meals are never frozen that is a big staple in our company. The meals are not all pure protein and vegetable, some have a delicious starch on the side, but its all balanced and already portioned so youre not going to overeat, Ideal Nutrition Marketing Director Dena Chislak said. I eat the food every day. The Chicken Cordon Bleu is probably my favorite. When you cut into it, its cheesy but not too much. It already has your vegetable, your starch, and youre done. I dont have to worry about anything else. Its so delicious.

Brunets kitchen opened in 2016 and was intended as a meal delivery service. Now, Ideal Nutrition has a 43,000-square-foot kitchen where all meals are carefully and safely prepared and packaged for delivery to the five stores, or directly to customers homes.

Consistency is the key: high quality, fresh food that is already prepared for you, Brunet said. The work is done for you. Life can be so much easier when cooking is taken care of and theres no cleaning up. I believe everyone should be able to afford that luxury, and now they can.

Brunet likes to keep his Florida company supporting Florida by using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. For this reason, the menu rotates several meals each week.

We like to keep all the traditional dishes for people who count on those, but there is always something new and exciting. A lot of the menu is based on what is local and what is easily available right here. We dont like to haul food in from outside Florida, Chislak said. For the first time, we are making these overnight oats as a meal because it has become a hit lately, and I think people appreciate having options. It doesnt matter if you are paleo, keto, vegan we have everything, so that goes back to the convenience factor.

Chislak recommends anyone looking to try out Ideal Nutrition to visit online and check out the menu, and feel free to call the Wellington store to order or see what is in stock. Dont want delivery? That is why the storefront exists, and curbside pickup is available for those in a hurry.

Just take the meals from the bag to the fridge, and youre done. Put it in your microwave or air fryer, and in two or three minutes, youre good to go. Unless it is one of the wraps or muffins, which you can eat right away or put it in the fridge for later, Chislak said. The containers are 100 percent recyclable and BPA free.

A mother herself, Chislak is thrilled that her children not only eat healthy food but can also hit the fridge and eat what they want because they love the meals.

My seven-year-old is one extremely picky eater, so I think she is the best endorsement I could make, Chislak said.

She used to have a subscription to another popular meal service, but she still had to prep, cook and clean. When Chislak crunched the numbers, it was more expensive than if she went to the grocery store in person. Now, the price is so affordable, and I love telling people about it, she said. Its healthy and you can afford it. Its cheaper than getting fast food from the drive through!

Be on the lookout for Ideal Nutrition at community events, especially ones that involve first responders and the Police Athletic League, including camps for kids. One of the companys newest partners is the local nonprofit Little Smiles.

Not sure what to try first? Check out Brunets favorite, No. 18, the Paleo Grilled Chicken and Sweet Potato Mash, which is gluten-free and often tops the list of favorites.

Ideal Nutritions Wellington store is located at 10160 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite C-160, near LA Fitness in the Pointe at Wellington Green. Visit to see the current menu or call the Wellington store at (561) 990-2160. For more information, there is a live chat on the web site, e-mail or call (888) 557-2018. Call center hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays.



Enjoy Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Enjoy Authentic Mexican CuisineCasa Tequila Is Celebrating 10 Years Of Serving Taste-Tempting Mexican Favorites In Wellington

By Shannon Anastasio

Looking for authentic Mexican cuisine that will tantalize your taste buds? Be sure to visit Casa Tequila Mexican Cuisine in Wellington, which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary. This cozy restaurant has been serving up delicious Mexican fare since 2013 and has become a local favorite for its flavorful dishes, friendly staff and lively atmosphere.

Manager Mario Rodriguez takes great pride in the food and drinks served at Casa Tequila. We offer exquisite Mexican cuisine that is truly one-of-a-kind, he explained. Our dishes are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and are full of flavor. We also offer a wide variety of margaritas, tequilas, beers and mojitos that perfectly complement our food.

And the food at Casa Tequila certainly lives up to his high standards. The menu features classic Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos and fajitas, as well as unique creations that you will not find anywhere else. One standout dish is the Sizzling Fajitas, which come with your choice of chicken, steak, shrimp or a combination of all three. The fajitas are served on a hot skillet with sauted onions and pepper. These tasty fajitas come with all the fixings you need to create your own perfect taco or burrito.

But it is not just the fajitas that keep customers coming back to Casa Tequila. The homemade salsa is made fresh daily and has just the right amount of kick, while the guacamole is made with fresh avocados and a blend of spices that give it a unique and delicious flavor.

The Ensalada de la Casa is another popular dish, with mixed greens, tomatoes, onions and avocado, topped with your choice of grilled chicken or steak. The Caldo de Pollo is a delicious, traditional Mexican soup made with tender shredded chicken, homemade Mexican rice, onions, bell peppers, cilantro, tomatoes and sliced avocado.

Other dishes to try are the Chicken Enchilada, served with refried beans, Mexican rice and fresh salad, and the Carne Asada, featuring thinly sliced skirt steak grilled to perfection, served with homemade Mexican rice, refried beans and garnished with fresh lettuce and pico de gallo.

What trip to a Mexican restaurant would be complete without a margarita? Casa Tequila has a wide selection of margaritas to choose from, including classic, fruit-infused and frozen options. All drinks are made with fresh ingredients and top-shelf tequila, making them the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

End your meal with a great Mexican dessert, such as the Cheesecake Chimichanga, a lightly fried, cheesecake-stuffed chimichanga drizzled with honey and chocolate syrup, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Another sweet treat is the delicious Churros, a lightly fried, thin dough pastry, drizzled with honey, cinnamon, sugar, chocolate syrup and caramel.

Beyond the food and drinks, the warm and welcoming atmosphere is another standout feature that makes Casa Tequila a must-visit restaurant. The restaurant is decorated with colorful paintings, bright red walls and traditional Mexican dcor, creating an ambiance that makes patrons feel like they have stepped into a lively cantina south of the border.

Meanwhile, the staff is friendly and attentive, making sure you feel right at home from the moment you walk in.

We want our customers to feel like theyre part of the family when they come to Casa Tequila, Rodriguez said. We take great care in providing excellent service, and we want everyone who visits us to have a great time.

And that is exactly what youll have at Casa Tequila. The restaurant often hosts live music on weekends, and the bar area is a great spot to grab a drink and catch a game on one of the many TVs. The spacious outdoor patio is also a popular spot, with plenty of seating and a relaxed vibe that is perfect for enjoying a meal with friends or family.

Also popular at Casa Tequila is Taco Tuesday. Its a chance for our customers to enjoy the flavorful adventure of authentic, home-cooked tacos at a great price, Rodriguez said. We want everyone to be able to try our delicious food and have a good time doing it.

Casa Tequila is a must-visit restaurant for anyone in the Wellington area who loves Mexican food. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, delicious food and excellent service, it is no wonder that this restaurant has become a local favorite over the past 10 years. The next time you are in the mood for authentic Mexican cuisine, head over to Casa Tequila and get ready to indulge your taste buds.

The restaurant features lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and dont miss happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Casa Tequila is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Delivery is available through DoorDash and Uber Eats, or you can call in an order and pick it up.

Casa Tequila is located at 12795 W. Forest Hill Blvd. in the Wellington Plaza. To view the complete menu, visit, or call (561) 557-1378 to make a reservation or place an order.


The Hot New Brunch Spot Is Your Home

The Hot New Brunch Spot Is Your HomeLocal Foodie Alina Davidov Of Real Gourmet Food Offers Tips For Hosting The Perfect Brunch

Story by Jaime Joshi Elder | Photos by Sunman

The hottest new brunch trend is to host one yourself. Delicious gourmet dishes, a perfectly curated playlist, exclusive clientele and the best table in the house can all be found at your home.

Local epicure and the owner of Real Gourmet Food, an online luxury gourmet marketplace, Alina Davidov is a passionate and visionary food lover with a taste for the finer things in life, and a belief that everyone, from beginners to seasoned chefs, can host a delicious and memorable brunch for family and friends without leaving the comfort of their home.

I can say with confidence that the right dishes can elevate any brunch experience from ordinary to sublime, she said.

And for Davidov, caviar is king. Her favorite food since the age of two, she was introduced to caviar by her family and distinctly remembers the experience, calling it the most perfect thing she had ever tasted, her comfort food and her indulgence.

Whether youre a beginner or a seasoned cook looking to host a truly spectacular brunch, I would recommend simple-to-make, eye-catching, canap presentations, she said. Create a tantalizing caviar and lox canap by topping a mini blini with a layer of crme frache, some smoked salmon and a dollop of caviar for a briny flavor.

Living in South Florida means access to premium seafood, and Florida fishermen catch more than 84 percent of the nations supply of stone crab, pink shrimp and spiny lobster.

By using the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and combining them with more exotic imported items, hosts can create a true gastronomic adventure.

Spread a generous dollop of salmon mousse on top of a locally grown cucumber slice, fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon for a refreshing and upscale bite, Davidov said.

Dont like seafood? She has plenty of options for the discerning palate.

French delicacies are always a hit. For example, hors doeuvre like escargot seasoned with garlic butter and herbs. I like to serve Achatines in shells, Davidov said. Duck is an innovative idea for brunch. We sell an amazing pt that you can layer on a crispy brioche toast and top with a sweet red onion marmalade.

For the more seasoned home cook, Davidov said that there is nothing more inviting than the heady aroma of freshly baked bread.

We sell premium pastry butter sheets, imported all the way from France, she said. Theyre the perfect balance of richness and flakiness, and guests will be delighted when they come over and you pull a tray of freshly baked croissants out of the oven. I recommend serving them with one of our organic fruit spreads. We have classic flavors like strawberry and raspberry, but also more exotic options like red fig and clementine.

For main courses, Davidov likes to wow her friends and family by pan-searing foie gras or offering an upscale take on the classic breakfast staples of sausages and eggs by serving lamb merguez or wild boar and cranberry sausage with fresh quail eggs.

If celebrating a special occasion with a birthday or Mothers Day brunch, Davidov loves the simplicity and sophistication of surf and turf wild-caught lobster tails and Wagyu A5 beef.

A sweet treat is the perfect ending to a perfect meal for both novice and seasoned hosts. For those looking for simplicity, Davidov said that Morello cherries in brandy served over French vanilla ice cream or pre-packaged almond-sweet macarons are a crowd-pleaser. For more enterprising cooks, she turns to France again, recommending crpes filled with fruit spread or chocolate-hazelnut spread as a must.

Brunch wouldnt be complete without cocktails. Bottomless mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys are mainstays, but for those looking to really impress their guests, Davidov has a bold suggestion.

The food scene in South Florida is so rich with different cultures and innovative fusions that we thought it would be fitting to kick things up a notch when it comes to caviar pairing, she said. Real Gourmet Food has been working with Don Sueos, an award-winning premium tequila brand, in carefully pairing tequila with caviar.

Known for its smooth taste with notes of agave, lime and mint, their blanco tequila offers a bright contrast to the rich and buttery flavor of caviar.

The sweetness of the tequila pairs perfectly with the creamy texture of the caviar, while the mint and lime notes cut through the richness of the roe, creating a blend of flavors that lingers on the palate, Davidov said. We have found that the experience elevates the palate to new heights.

For those who prefer the classics, the Don Sueos web site offers a twist on the bloody mary the Sweet and Spicy Bloody Maria with tequila, Tabasco hot sauce and the secret ingredient, a very Floridian shot of orange juice.

Planning the perfect event is even easier thanks to the Real Gourmet Food web site, which not only offers a vast array of caviar, seafood, fish, meats, cheeses, vinegar, oils and other gourmet delicacies to meet your needs, but also offers free shipping on purchases over $250. With a little planning and creativity, anyone can host a fabulous brunch in their home that will leave guests raving.

We dont settle for ordinary when we can indulge in the extraordinary, Davidov said.

To see all the amazing luxury gourmet items that Alina Davidov has on offer, visit the Real Gourmet Food web site at


Fine Dining At Your Home

Fine Dining At Your HomeBring Home The Secret Ingredient With A Meal Catered By Duo Cucina Chef

By Callie Sharkey

Imagine the opportunity to have amazing fine dining without leaving your home. The care and precision of a personal chef at your table is within reach thanks to Duo Cucina Chef. Professional chef Rosana Pacino, owner of Duo Cucina Chef, has built a business out of her passion for cooking and she quite literally brings it to your home.

Clients can enjoy a wide array of Italian dishes, both traditional favorites like fettuccine and bruschetta, but also try something new. And if you have a sweet tooth, they have you covered as well.

In my opinion, the most delicious dish we make is the massini dessert. Its two layers of a light and fluffy cake, with three different creams a whipped cream, a caramel cream and an egg cream on top, she said.

Other homemade desserts on the menu are tiramisu, flan, lemon pie or a fresh brownie with vanilla ice cream.

When catering services are designed for large venues and bigger crowds, it can lead to the flavor profiles being more generic. Pacino wants to avoid that by connecting with her clients in a personal way.

First, we come to your house to see the kitchen layout, then we have an interview with the client to see what they would like served at the dinner or lunch, whatever the event. Then, we ask if there is anyone who is allergic to certain foods or eats gluten-free. We have a flexible menu for vegans or vegetarians. The menu is very personalized its what we do. We try to make it as exclusive as possible for each client, Pacino explained.

A Duo Cucina Chef experience is approximately three hours, beginning with appetizers and fresh, made-from-scratch soups and salads to follow.

Pasta dishes of gnocchi, fettuccine or ravioli paired with alfredo, Bolognese or marinara sauces, bring the comfort of classic Italian cuisine to the meal. Even the ravioli flavors can be tailored with spinach or squash and ricotta cheese.

Popular main dishes are filet mignon in a red wine reduction or a delectable salmon with lemon caper sauce, both served with fingerling potatoes and an arugula salad. After dessert, finish off a great Italian meal with coffee and a treat, like little brownies with sweet caramel and meringue.

Meals are prepared by hand and tableside, so guests see the magic happen up close. I love making the pasta, kneading the dough, and the whole process feels like making art, Pacino said. To go along with the different kinds of pasta, I like to make a squash-filled ravioli, but my favorite things to make are the desserts.

More than 20 years ago, Pacino came to Wellington with her husband, Alejandro, and a young daughter in search of growth and opportunity. They both found it in the equestrian community, where her husband is a trainer, and she began cooking for local families. Her family continued to grow with the birth of her son, and even with roots in South America, she sees Wellington as her home.

In Argentina, she grew up with Italian-Spanish grandparents, including a grandmother who taught her to bring love into her food.

My grandmother was the one who taught me all the tricks and secrets to the cooking side of everything, Pacino said. We still have family get-togethers every Sunday, and I always make a pasta dish. It all ties back to just being together as a family and staying together.

Family gatherings are how she found that cooking alongside her cousin, Ariel Cerezo, worked well. Five years ago, the duo came together in the kitchen as a team and havent looked back.

We cook everything with love and really put a lot of effort into each meal because we want it to be perfect for everyone, Pacino said.

Reservations for Duo Cucina Chef require a $500 deposit, which goes directly toward the final cost of the dinner. For a meal designed for four people, the fee is a flat $1,000 and includes everything except drinks. Want more people included? There is a $210 charge for each extra person up to a group of 20. While most groups range from four to 20 people, Duo Cucina is happy to serve larger events with about two weeks advance booking. Otherwise, reservations must be made at least five days in advance.

The best way to reach chef Rosana Pacino is by e-mail to or by text to (561) 951-1730. For more information, and to explore the menu, visit



Great Brews And Delicious Meals

Great Brews And Delicious MealsWorld Of Beer Bar & Kitchen Returns With A Reframed Concept That Pairs Hundreds Of Beer Choices With An Elevated Menu

Story and Photos by Melanie Kopacz

Its a whole new world inside the reframed World of Beer Bar & Kitchen, now open in the Southern Palm Crossing shopping center. WOB invites beer lovers and beyond to have a cold one (or two), along with a delicious beer-paired meal and some interactive fun.

The highly anticipated return of this popular hangout, after closing its previous Palm Beach County locations, hit record-breaking sales at the new hotspot, drawing in hundreds of people to its February grand opening, welcoming back many longtime customers.

About 10:30 a.m. we had a line about a half-mile long, and it just kept going from there, said Regional Manager Holly Mauser, who started as a server 11 years ago. We formerly had locations in West Palm Beach and Wellington, so we knew coming here, wed have regulars from both, and the showing was above our expectations.

Previously, WOB did not serve food, but the reimagined concept brings with it a laid-back, but elevated experience, including a full menu with hand-picked recipes that pair well with the hundreds of beers on offer.

We look for the best craft beers, Mauser said. We have a dedicated project manager who works every week with the distributors who order beer, talks to reps, tries samples and then decides exactly what we are going to put on draft and what well put in our cooler.

WOB is ready to serve up a variety of more than 300 ice cold brews, in addition to more than 40 beers on tap, which are poured to perfection from a rotating selection. Coolers are separated geographically from areas across the United States and around the world. The selection also features specialty kegs and seasonal beers.

In the winter, stouts; summer, lighter brews, Mauser explained. We definitely cater to the season and what customers in the area want. We also work with a lot of local breweries.

Locally, that includes Royal Palm Brewing Company, Matthews Brewing Company in Lake Worth, Steam Horse Brewing in West Palm Beach and others. Youll also find a full bar of spirits and wine.

The design is warm and inviting with upscale dcor, including an eye-catching antler chandelier in the center of a massive dining room that seats close to 300. The sunny Florida room is welcoming with both table seating, or a corner with comfy couches, in a relaxing area with plenty of TVs in every direction.

Were very elevated, Mauser said. A good mix of casual but upscale, and I think our customers feel that when they come in. The team is meticulous, and so is the service.

Stay and try a flight of beers. Build your own from local brews, or order a flight of WOBs proprietary Secret Llama beers.

Long known for its beer selection, WOB now has a full kitchen. Shareables come in large servings, including the popular giant German Pretzel. Its baked soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, salted and served with house-made, stone-ground mustard. Add amber ale beer cheese for a few extra bucks. It goes well with a Kona Longboard brew.

The WOB Chicken Wings are perfectly glazed and served with celery and a choice of house-made blue cheese or ranch. It pairs great with a glass of the Secret Llama IPA. Other appetizers include the Loaded Taters with amber ale beer cheese and topped with jalapeos, applewood smoked bacon, scallions and sour cream.

Moving on to meals, Mondays are BYO, build your own burger, all day for $6.95, made from fresh Angus beef and plenty of toppings to choose from. The Mac Bite Burger is a must try. Its made with fresh Angus beef topped with WOBs award-winning fried pepper jack mac and cheese patty, crisp applewood bacon and lettuce, and finished with sriracha aioli. It pairs well with a pint of New Belgium Fat Tire.

The Steak Frites make for a rich and hearty meal of marinated flat-iron steak that is grilled and thinly sliced, then topped with a dollop of garlic butter, served with broccoli, fries and garlic aioli. It pairs well with the St. Bernardus Abt 12. For lighter fare, the Cali Bowl is a great choice, stacked over jasmine rice or spring greens, with grape tomatoes, shredded carrots and cucumbers, drizzled with Sriracha-lime aioli and topped with fresh avocado, toasted sesame seeds and scallions with several protein options. It goes well with a glass of Schneider Weisse Helle Weisse.

Each menu item has a suggested beer for pairing, and the servers are happy to make recommendations.

Work off some of those calories and have fun in one of two Topgolf Swing Suites an immersive, virtual, social experience offering guests a comfy lounge to enjoy food and beverage service while playing golf, hockey, football and more. Prices vary by time of day, and reservations can be made online.

We cater to families, large parties, business meetings, everyone, Mauser said. Our patio is pet friendly we even have a pup menu.

Whether its exploring the massive selection of beers, taking in a great meal or having some interactive fun, theres something for everyone at WOB, which is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

World of Beer Bar & Kitchen is located at 11121 Southern Blvd. in Royal Palm Beach. For more info., call (561) 834-2430. Visit for beer selections, the food menu and rewards.