The only thing better than some cheese at dinner is more cheese. Specifically Raclette, a semi-hard cow’s milk Swiss cheese that’s heated and then the yummy melted part is scraped over your dish.
This cheese heaven can be yours March 28 at West Palm Beach’s Pistache French Bistro, with one appetizer and two entrees being the honored recipients of this tradition. The Savoyarde appetizer (roasted fingerling potatoes, cornichons, pickled pearl onions, $17), the entrees Suiss (ingredients of above appetizer plus prosciutto, Jambon de Paris, Saucisson Sec, arugula, $32), and the Mediterranee (grilled broccolini, zucchini, roasted cherry tomatoes, arugula, $28) will be covered with melted Raclette at your command. Now I’m really hungry. 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/833-5090; From 5:30 p.m. until close.
A painting class in Virginia Philip Wine on Palm Beach
This regular last-Tuesday-of-the-month event pretty much has it all: two glasses of really good wine, surrounded by a top-notch wine store, painting taught by a local Palm Beach artist, and you’re on Palm Beach. Plus, this March 27 night is nicely affordable—$20 per person (which includes the two glasses of wine!). Reservations are required, as space is limited. The Virginia Philip Wine, Spirits & Academy is in the renovated Royal Poinciana Plaza, where you’ll find great restaurants and lots of shopping. 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach; 561/557-4202
Green markets winding down; gearing up for next season
There’s barely a month left for most of the area green markets, and clearly time has just disappeared as quickly as a snow cone in August.
The large, popular West Palm Beach GreenMarket market closes on April 21 and is already looking for new vendors for its 2018 to 2019 season (deadline for that is April 8).
The final market day will be called “Make Like a Tree and Leave,” which means if you attend, you’ll pick up a free tree to take home. That and all the amazing food vendors (a total of 90 vendors in all!) are a definite reason to wake up and head out on Saturdays at 9 a.m. For the next few Saturdays, anyway!
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.