This past weekend, I was invited to the Museum of Fashion and Lifestyle History’s (MFLH) Taste History Culinary Tour of Lake Worth/Lantana. The tours, which travel to historic Lake Worth and Lantana, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, partner with family-owned eateries, bakeries and non-profit cultural centers highlighting local artists. Along the way, you learn some of the history of the state of Florida, its cities, and historic buildings.
The tour began with boarding at Macy’s in Boynton Beach where participants were advised to arrive by 10:45am. As we headed off, our guide and Executive Director of MFLH, Lori Durante tells us about the Seminoles and Maroons, the three Seminole Wars, the Indian Removal Act, 1862 Homestead act, Henry Flagler’s construction of the railroad, the hurricane of 1928, and more.
We arrived at the City of Lake Worth, settled a few years after the Congress Homestead Act of 1862 by Samuel and Fannie James, former slaves. Lori points out the Gulfstream Hotel, which suffered financially after the 1928 hurricane, its roof was blown off and seven feet of sand deposited in the lobby. It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and now scheduled to reopen.
Our stops included the Sabal Palm House Bed & Breakfast where we enjoyed fluffy homemade scones served with a cold hibiscus and cranberry tisane by The Orchid Tea Room. The tour continued at South Shores Tavern for Steak & Brie nachos, a new menu item that left my taste buds tap dancing. The walls were lined with the work of local artist Nicole Gallucio, on display through June 23rd.
We then headed to the Lake Worth Art League, followed by Java Juice Bar, conveniently located next to Taco Lady, for a strawberry banana pineapple smoothie. There, we were greeted by Lake Worth Commissioner Andy Amoroso, who spoke of some of the city’s upcoming events. I asked about the inaugural Sand Sculpting & Seafood Festival which took place on the beach in January. He confirmed that it will recur in 2015.
We made our way to Artisans on the Ave, the sun probably enjoying a good laugh from scorching us to a crisp. Lori had the foresight to bring a hat… definitely a good idea if you’re heading, especially this time of year.
Then to Brogues Down Under for sausage rolls and pavlova pie, a meringue-based dessert named after Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova. We stopped in front of the Lake Worth Playhouse, one of the oldest playhouses in Florida. It was actually destroyed in the 1928 hurricane, and rumor is the theatre is “haunted”.
Our last stop was at the Wine and Cheese Cafe in Lantana, We stuffed our face with their most popular dish, the Conga rice bowl salad, made with goat cheese, chicken salad, pine nuts, green apples, golden raisins, and served on a bed of Basmati rice, salad, onions, and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
With a plate of the Conga rice bowl in hand for the bus driver, shared out by owner Judy, Lori led the way back to the bus… our bellies full.
Taste History Culinary Tour takes place every second, third and fourth Saturday of each month.
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