Palm Beach Wine Auction Offers Online Bidding, Plus New Restaurants & Breweries

Palm Beach Wine Auction

PB Wine Auction offers an online peek, chance to bid

For 11 years, well-heeled wine lovers have gathered at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach to bid on exclusive wines and other precious items.

This year, in addition to the Feb. 1 gala there, the annual Palm Beach Wine Auction has opened the items to online bidders, so you can spend your pension money or just drool over the offers. Go here for some interesting reading.

Want to add six bottles of Petrus to your wine cellar? The bidding starts at $25,000. Maybe dinner for 12 at the James Beard house, starting at $4,000. Or Breakfast at Tiffany, where diamonds will be served along with the grub, starting at $10,000. There are also trips to Napa, Italy, Paris and NYC, among others. The offers cover wine, fashion, dining and travel. Bids will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, and then the live auction continues at the gala on Feb. 1.

If you’re interested in attending the gala, it’s by invitation only (you can request an invitation) and tickets are $1,000. It’s cheaper to go online and dream. Happy bidding!

Mathews Brewery opens in Lake Worth

The first brewery in Lake Worth opened last week, Mathews Brewing Co., at 130 South “H” St., where in addition to the local brews you can order at food trucks and bring the kids. They also have wine available, and will fill Mathews Brewing growlers for you, too. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.

Dubliner Irish Pub celebrates 11th anniversary

If you’re in the mood for shepherds pie or bangers and mash or a nice Guinness (and really, who isn’t all the time?), then trot your kilt to Dubliner Irish Pub Jan. 20 for a daylong celebration. After 11 years, the Dubliner is still the place to go this Saturday for pipes & drums (9 p.m.), complimentary open bar (10-11 p.m.), live music with Rogue Theory (10 p.m.) and an anniversary dinner roast for $11 (beef, lamb or turkey).

435 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton; 561/620-2540

Tony Roma’s is back and opens at Hilton PB Airport

A popular ribs chain has opened again in Palm Beach County, after closing all the venues here around 2007. Tony Roma’s is known for baby back ribs, its onion loaf (breaded, deep-fried onions), steaks, seafood and more. It was always a comfort food place to me, and I’m glad the chain has taken one footstep back into the county.

The catch: you’ll have to travel to the Hilton Palm Beach Airport (just west of I-95 on Southern/Australian Avenue) to dine there. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, noon to 11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon to midnight. Here’s hoping more locations will open here this year.

150 Australian Ave., West Palm Beach; 561/683-7662

Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has spent her life working 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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