Saturday, July 13, 2024

A hydroponic tower helps a local restaurant bring dishes and drinks to life

It’s a plant, it’s a tower, it’s hydroponics at 50 Ocean

If Chef Joseph Bonavita Jr. needs a garnish for a plate, he’ll now be able to stroll over to an aeroponic or hydroponic tower and pick some.


Yes, high-tech hydroponic farming has come to 50 Ocean in Delray Beach, in the form of the Tower Garden System, developed by Tim Blank. Blank created a method of growing plants in towers that can be assembled in a half hour, without expensive equipment normally used commercially. And Chef Bonavita thinks that’s just great (pictured, with the towers). With each tower supporting 44 plants, 50 Ocean will supply herbs, fruit and microgreens for cocktails, specials and garnishes. The plants grow faster than they would in soil, and that’s good news for diners.

All of that, and good food served in a wonderful setting, with ocean views (50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach; 561/278-3364). Here’s to water everywhere!


Flavor Palm Beach in full swing; save on great meals

Area restaurants are now participating in September’s Flavor Palm Beach, and that means you save big. They will offer prix-fixe menus for lunch ($20) and dinner ($30 or $35). See the long list of restaurants here and take this time to try something new until Sept. 30.



About Lynn

Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.

Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
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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