SOFLO Femmes in Food and Film Event Highlights Women in Food, Premieres Film

Chef Lisabet Summa
Chef Lisabet Summa

Only 7 percent of the executive chefs and restaurateurs in the U.S. are women, and the fact that it’s such a small number is the subject of “A Fine Line,” by filmmaker Joanna James.

The film shows what her mother, Valerie James, went through as a chef/owner for 30 years, as well as other notable U.S. women chefs, and the South Florida premiere on June 25 includes a screening, cocktail party and panel discussion.

From 6 to 9 p.m. at The Tower Club in Fort Lauderdale, SOFLO Femmes in Food and Film will include a panel with Joanna James, Valerie James, Executive Chef Lisabet Summa of Big Time Restaurant Group, Chef/Owner Lindsay Autry of West Palm’s The Regional, CEO Beverly Raphael of RCC Assoc., and moderator Alexa Carlin.

Honoree for this event is author and film producer Judith Olney. Her cookbooks, “The Joy of Chocolate,” and “Entertainments” won James Beard Tastemaker awards.

The tickets cost $75 and a portion of the proceeds go to Jack and Jill Children’s Center in Broward County. For 20 percent off the tickets, use promo code LB at checkout. Find tickets here.

The Tower Club, 100 SE Third Ave., 28th Floor, Fort Lauderdale


Café Boulud debuts prix-fixe meals, rosé pairing dinner

There are two ways to visit Provence at Café Boulud this summer without leaving the Palm Beach restaurant’s beautiful interior and gardens.

One way is to order the “French Riviera Evenings” prix-fixe menu Sunday through Thursdays now through Labor Day. Executive Chef Rick Mace’s menu includes choices from appetizers such as chilled melon soup with grilled Key West shrimp, or entrees such as Pink Sea Bream with fennel and clams in a saffron emulsion, and then there’s dessert. Cost is $49, excluding tax/gratuity. There’s also a weekend brunch prix-fixe menu, which is $36 for three courses. And a lunch prix-fixe Monday to Fridays that’s $29 for two courses, or $36 for three courses.

The second way is to reserve a seat at the Old World Rosé dinner on June 21, starting with a 6:45 p.m. reception that includes sips and food from Champagne and Provence to Corsica and Liguria. Cost is $105 per person, excluding tax/gratuity.

Café Boulud, The Brazilian Court Hotel, 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561/655-6060;

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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