Caffe Luna Rosa Hosting Wine Dinners

Caffe Luna Rosa Executive Chef Ernesto DeBlasi, left, and Sommelier Nikola Stijack
Caffe Luna Rosa Executive Chef Ernesto DeBlasi, left, and Sommelier Nikola Stijack

Summer continues to bring all kinds of foodie pleasures, including these two wine dinners hosted by two of my favorite restaurants. If you’ve never been to a wine dinner, now’s the time. Once you try one, you’ll be hooked. It’s a wonderful way to taste both new dishes and new wines, and learn about both while meeting others with the same interests. Go forth and experiment!

The beachfront Caffe Luna Rosa in Delray Beach is hosting wine dinners from June 12 through November. Be sure to reserve for these, because they are popular. They are $49 per person, plus tax/gratuity, are held on Tuesdays, start at 7 p.m., and have four courses from Executive Chef Ernesto DeBlasi.

Dinner dates are: June 12 and 26, July 24, Aug. 14, Sept. 4 and 25, Oct. 26, Nov. 6 and 27. Each dinner has an appetizer course, a salad course, two choices of entrees and then a dessert course. Menus are available online at

34 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561/274-9404;


Rhythm Café launches 2018 summer wine dinners

A staple on the wine dinner scene, longtime fave dining spot Rhythm Café in West Palm Beach is starting their monthly events on June 21. This dinner features Banshee Wines and dishes feature a range such as fish, chicken, quiche, mushrooms and beef. Cost is $75 per person, and that includes tax/gratuity. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You must reserve in advance.

3800 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/833-3406;


Chef Semedo joins Bistro Ten Zero One

Chef Sidney
Chef Sidney Semedo

There’s a new executive chef in the kitchen at Bistro Ten Zero One in West Palm Beach. Chef Sidney Semedo joins the restaurant that’s attached to the Marriott Cityplace from Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott.

His renovated menu will use “classical French techniques with a modern flair,” Semedo said.

His background includes attending Le Cordon Bleu in Boston, and working at the Mandarin Oriental Boston and the Harvard Club in Boston. He’s making charcuterie in house and his dishes include Florida snapper, crispy duck breast with duck confit, and more, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. There’s also a new Sunday brunch from noon to 2 p.m. that has a brunch buffet for $28 per person, and that features bottomless mimosas or sparkling wine. Don’t worry, there’s a Tito’s Bloody Mary bar, too!

West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561/833-1234;

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

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