The reinvented (Disney would say reimagined) Café Centro in popular Northwood Village has a new executive chef, Jamie Steinbrecher, recently of the Okeechobee Steakhouse.
He’s hit the ground running with a new menu and is hosting a red wine pairing dinner on July 11. Starting at 6:30 p.m., “A Night in Crimson” will put Italian reds a Northern Italy-inspired dishes together for a four-course meal. Dishes include beef tartare Diablo, seared pork belly with pork cheek marmalade, goat cheese potato cake, poached egg and chili gastrique, plus more. There will be a wine expert there to talk about the pairings, too. Cost is $75 per person, excluding tax/gratuity.
When you’re there for the dinner, take some time to stroll around this popular West Palm Beach historic neighborhood district. The retail shops and restaurants there are growing by leaps and bounds, and have a well-earned reputation for taste and quality.
Café Centro, 2409 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/514-4070; cafecentrowpb.com
Tuesday at The Regional means Eastern Carolina BBQ
I can always count on Executive Chef Lindsay Autry for creating something different and something very delicious at The Regional. Her summer has brought Pig Pickin’ Tuesdays to West Palm Beach, which means Eastern Carolina BBQ starting at 5:30 p.m.
Not having had that kind of BBQ before, now I’m hooked. Her house-made sauce is vinegar-based and the pulled pork and ribs fall off the bone. A strong suggestion is to also try the Picnic Plate ($16) that easily feeds three to four before the main event. On the plate (pictured) is potted deviled ham & eggs, hoop cheddar, hickory-smoked sausage, boiled peanuts, pickled garnishes and house-made club crackers. Hoop cheddar is made only from milk, no whey, no cream, no salt—and it’s very creamy.
The Regional Kitchen & Public House, 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/557-6460; eatregional.com
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.