Pop-Up Dinner at Social House, Plus Openings and Ownership Changes

Chef James Cruz, Social House pop-up dinner

Social House hosting fall pop-up dinner with Chef James Cruz 

The styled, comfortable décor of Social House on Lake Worth’s Lucerne Avenue is kicking fall into gear with a pop-up dinner featuring Chef James Cruz. Cruz has worked in the kitchens of New York’s La Bernardin and the Four Seasons Palm Beach’s Jove restaurant. His Kumamoto oysters, with compressed granny smith, brown butter emulsion and fried sage (pictured) is one of the inventive dishes from his Up-Rooted Kitchen series.

The dinner starts Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., will have small starter bites, then segue right into a six-course tasting menu. Cost is $75, which includes gratuity, but not tax. Wine and beer will be available for purchase with the dinner, and tickets can be found here.

Openings and changes

Sourbon, 215 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/247-7101; sourbon.com This venue opens Oct. 18 on the still-under-construction part of Clematis Street. It used to be Oli’s Fashion Cuisine (closed 2014), then Dorrian’s Red Hand (closed 2019) and now Natalia Vorobyeva is opening Sourbon for lunch, dinner, happy hour. She’s hired Chef Richard Leadbetter, who was executive chef for Todd English Enterprises, and he has created a menu from starters (escargot, Florida pink shrimp cocktail, buratta, etc.) to entrees (chicken Milanese, seafood pasta, filet mignon, etc.). 

John G’s, 264 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan; 561/585-9860; johngs.com – This venerable, popular breakfast/lunch restaurant has been sold to Laurent and Doris DiMeglio, who opened Boca Raton’s Casimir French Bistro in 2007. For 46 years, the Giragos family owned John G’s (once located in the Lake Worth Casino building), which was as famous for its food (be still, my heart, for the filled French toast) as it was for the long lines on weekend mornings. 

The new owners say they will keep the menu and the recipes, but the cash-only rule is going. Thank goodness. That opens up a whole new slew of customers. In my January 2018 review of Casimir French Bistro, I pointed out that there was a wonderful sense of Paris déjà vu in that venue. John G’s fans are hoping a sense of déjà vu will prove the same for this transition, too.