Food News: Ice Cream Month, Vietnamese Food, and Maven Closes

(Photo by Brooke Lark)

Chill out with National Ice Cream Month

Norton’s The Restaurant Bananas “Foster” Milkshake (Photo by Libby Volgyes)

July is stuck between hot and hotter on the SoFla calendar, but you don’t have to suffer it lightly. Take charge and turn on your National Ice Cream Month self with a trip to the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach. You can tour the museum for free on Friday and Saturdays, and then stop in at The Restaurant there for a bite, and a slurp of the Giant Bananas “Foster” Milkshake ($15). The renovated Norton is a joy for the senses, and this milkshake treat will be part of that. It’s named for architect Norman Foster, who’s responsible for the museum’s new environment.

The Restaurant, Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/832-5196;

Café Boulud takes a Vietnam food journey

Travel to Vietnam with a five-course tasting menu at Café Boulud offered Friday and Saturday evenings in July. For $95 per person, you will travel with Chef Rick Mace and his authentic Vietnamese food celebrating the harmony of the five tastes: spicy, salty, bitter, sour and sweet. In August, the special will travel to China. Reservations required.

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

III Forks joins First Wednesdays with wine tastings

Here’s a wine tasting summer deal to introduce you to Australian vinos at a can’t-beat-it cost. III Forks in Palm Beach Gardens is hosting a First Wednesday Wine Tasting on July 3. For $25 per person, you receive six wine tastings and some hors d’oeuvres, from 6 to 8 p.m. If you stay for dinner, you receive a 50 percent discount on featured wines by the glass or bottle. During the tasting, you’ll learn about the Australian vintners, their winemaking practices, the varietals and more.

III Forks, 4645 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561/630-3660;

A la Carte: Openings and Closings

Grilled Chicken Caponata at Elisabetta’s (Photo by Christopher Summa)
  • This summer brings the opening in Delray Beach of Elisabetta’s Ristorante, Bar and Pizzeria on July 24, newest notch in the Big Time Restaurant Group that includes Louie Bossi’s, Rocco’s Tacos, City Oyster, City Cellar, Grease, and Big City Tavern. This will be on Atlantic Avenue where 32 East used to operate. Dishes will include grilled chicken caponata (pictured), salads, pastas and a lot more. 32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach;
  • And sometimes summer brings closings, with Ouzo Bay out at Mizner Park, and now Maven out on Palm Beach (207 Royal Poinciana Way). Maven, a “French-inspired Nantucket-style” restaurant opened in January 2018, closed for the 2018 summer and opened for the next season in fall 2018. It had announced it would remain open this summer and started specials, but last week came the news that it closed Saturday.