Indulge in French, Arabic Cuisine in Special Dinners

Chez Marie

Five-course Chez Marie dinner stars Secret Vines Wines

Secret Vines WinesOn March 27, you can take a seat at the tasteful Chez Marie French Bistro (pictured above) and enjoy a five-course wine dinner that focuses on Secret Vines Wines. The wine hosts will be Patrick Charpentier, creator of Secret Vines Wines, and PG Fine Wines consultant Stuart Nudelman. Chef Stephane will dish up a special menu to complement the pours. Reservations required. 5030 Champion Blvd., Boca Raton; 561/997-0027;

Leila hosts traditional Arabic dinners

Leila WPBA longtime mainstay at West Palm Beach’s corner of Datura and Dixie, the Middle Eastern restaurant Leila will start offering monthly traditional Arabic dinners again, with the first being March 14. Seatings are at 6 and 8 p.m., and they include appetizers, entrees and dessert. There are vegetarian options, too. This month’s dinner includes shrimp marinated with garlic, eggplant with pomegranate tahini sauce, baked kibbeh with salad and cucumber yogurt and more. Lunch also has a prix-fixe menu with appetizer, entrée and dessert for $20. On Friday and Saturdays, a bellydancer performs at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. 120 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/659-7373;


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. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.

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