The dining season in Palm Beach County officially begins in September thanks to the annual foodie event Flavor Palm Beach. Now in its seventh year, the monthlong dining program has turned the area’s historically slowest month into a must-dine time of the year. Beginning September 1, participating restaurants from Tequesta to Boca Raton offer special prix-fixe three-course meals for lunch ($20) and dinner ($30 or $35), giving the epi-curious a taste of what’s to come high season.
Beginning at the height of economic downturn in 2008, Flavor Palm Beach was devised to help bolster restaurant sales through the lean, pre-fall month. As the economy improved and restaurants rebounded, the monthlong promotion remained, not so much as a way to generate business but to give thanks to local customers who have seen the restaurants through the tough times. Now, the event acts as a way for diners to expand their culinary horizons, enjoying fine dining without breaking the bank, as well as giving chefs to flex their gastronomic imagination.
For some restaurants, Flavor Palm Beach has become a preview of sorts for the year to come as kitchens shape and refine new recipes and entrees. Some of the items that have us eagerly waiting for September are Aah Loi Thai and Sushi’s lobster pad Thai, Maison Carlos’ saltimbocca di pollo rollatini entrée and the skillet-blackened cobia from Delray Beach’s 50 Ocean.
As of August 10, 44 restaurants have joined the party, with many more sure to sign on as September inches closer. And though the direct beneficiaries of this monthlong dining extravaganza may appear to be the diners, every reservation made benefits the Palm Beach County Food Bank, with portions of each helping to end hunger in our community.
- Flavor Palm Beach runs September 1-30.
- Three-course meals cost as follows: $20 for lunch, $30-$35 for dinner.
- For a complete list of participating restaurants and menus, click here.
- For more information, visit flavorpb.com.