Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Savor the Avenue 2023: What to Expect

WHAT IT IS: This signature tradition of dining under the stars down the middle of Atlantic Avenue is here again—our 13th year!—featuring a four-course legendary downtown Delray Beach dining experience you won’t want to miss.

WHERE: Right on the street, outdoors on East Atlantic Avenue, at tables stretching from Swinton Avenue to East Fifth Avenue/U.S. 1. #OUTSIDEDINING

WHEN: Monday, March 27, 2023, 5:30-9 p.m.

WHO IT BENEFITS: ACHIEVEMENT CENTERS FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

The Achievement Centers for Children & Families is a community-based, family-focused organization dedicated to providing opportunities where under-resourced children may thrive in a positive environment. Founded in 1969 as the Community Child Care Center of Delray Beach (its corporate name), the Achievement Centers for Children & Families began as a pilot program in donated church schoolrooms with a handful of teachers and children. As the low-income community needs became increasingly evident, the program quickly grew to support these families and help prepare their children for success in the public school system. The Achievement Centers’ program was so successful that it relocated to a small house, and opened a new preschool facility in 1990. Less than six years later, it added a toddler center to serve children between the ages of 12 months to 3 years. In 2001, it opened an after-school center to serve students in kindergarten through fifth grade. The programs were expanded again in 2004 with the addition of an afterschool program, teen program, adult education program and adult center at the Village Academy. In January 2007 the name was officially changed to the Achievement Centers for Children & Families to aptly describe its dedication to provide services to working low-income families in Palm Beach County.

HOW YOU CAN GO: this is a RESERVATION-ONLY style event!! Guests cannot buy tickets to the event; reservations must be made directly with the participating restaurant of your choice. Review the restaurant listings; menus are available online at DowntownDelrayBeach.com/SavorTheAvenue, at the bottom of this post, or at the restaurant.

But you have to act fast; when reservations open up Feb. 1, 2023, seats go quickly, and the event is usually sold out. Reservations reserved with a credit card depend on each restaurant’s policy. Each restaurant has a limited number of seats at their tables on Atlantic Ave for the event. The total capacity for this event is between 900 and 1,000 people. **However, all the restaurants both participating in the event and along the street will be open for dinner service! That is what makes this event so much FUN!

HOW TO CHECK IN AT THE EVENT: Remember: East Atlantic Avenue is closed, because the actual event is in the street!!

You’ll need to check in at the restaurant location on the avenue the night of; you’ll get a wristband and a lanyard to identify you as a Savor participant, which you are required to wear. For more particulars, please visit DowntownDelrayBeach.com/SavorTheAvenue.

TABLE DÉCOR CONTEST: Savor the Avenue restaurants will be competing for the “Best in Show” table. From elegant to eclectic, each restaurant stages a unique theme through its table settings to showcase its special style or cuisine. Arrive early and walk the avenue to view the beautifully decorated tables.

DINNERTIME!

5:30 P.M. TO 6:15 P.M.: After checking in, enjoy a welcome drink at a welcome reception provided by each participating restaurant. Locate your seats at Florida’s longest dining table, and prepare to enjoy a beautiful night.

6:15 P.M.: Seating begins, and your Delray hosts will welcome you.

6:30 P.M. TO 9 P.M.: Dinner begins, with four courses of sheer indulgence, served with custom adult beverage pairings.

7:30 P.M.: The table décor contest winner will be announced.

GOING GREAT LENGTHS

This year, the layout of Savor will return to its traditional five-block-long dining table, an elegant yet communal experience that is the hallmark of this beloved event.

ATTIRE: Downtown Delray Beach evening casual or themed attire, depending on the restaurant motif.

PARKING: Public parking lots and garage parking are available, as well as some valet locations. Atlantic Avenue will be closed during the event. Side streets will remain open for vehicle access. (East Atlantic Avenue is closed from Swinton to Federal Highway to vehicle traffic.)

AVAILABLE GARAGES:

• Old School Square Parking Garage Northeast First Street and Northeast First Avenue

• Robert Federspiel Garage Southeast First Avenue between Atlantic and Southeast First Street

• 4th & 5th Delray Garage Southeast Fourth Avenue between Atlantic and Southeast First Street Visit DowntownDelrayBeach.com/Parking for more information.

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We ask that you please Savor responsibly. Produced by Downtown Development Authority of Delray Beach, FL, Delray magazine and Boca magazine.

THE RESTAURANTS:

ELISABETTA’S: From pastas to pizzas and a great outdoor porch, this is Delray’s Saturday night central. View menu here.

CABANA EL REY: Our beloved (and hip) Cuban restaurant has all the moves—and great Latin cuisine. View menu here.

AVALON: Delray’s sumptuous seafood and chophouse is a crowd pleaser. View menu here.

ROCCO’S TACOS: Tableside guac, Taco Tuesdays and an epic Avenue hangout make this a Delray fave. View menu here.

SALT 7: An elaborate nightlife merges with creative and flavorful surf and turf at this trendy chophouse. View menu here.

BRULE & ROSE’S DAUGHTER: Mom’s Sunday Italian dinner—with a fresh new spin—already has a loyal following. View menu here.

RACKS FISH HOUSE + OYSTER BAR & GARY RACK’S FARMHOUSE KITCHEN: Clams, oysters, lobster rolls and a great outdoor bar define this hot spot. View menu here.

CITY OYSTER: The heart of the Avenue, with its long friendly bar and diverse menu, is a see-and-be-seen dining spot. View menu here.

CAFFE LUNA ROSA: This oceanside Italian bistro is a tradition for locals as well as tourists. View menu here.

LIONFISH: Delray’s buzzy seafood restaurant has been a hit from day one. View menu here.

COSTA BY OK&M: The newest culinary addition to hit the Avenue, featuring flavor-abundant, whimsical dishes from locally sourced ingredients. View menu here.

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