Tropical plants are subtly lit against Art Deco architecture, with small tables in long, white tablecloths holding twosomes decked in formal gowns and tuxedos.
Those are the supper clubs of the 1930s Fred Astaire films, among others (see photo below). Everyone always looked as if they were having a great time, dining while watching Fred and Ginger glide across the dance floor, or listening to Marlene Dietrich croon love songs.
This past weekend, I found myself in surroundings as close to those as I’m going to get in the 21st century. For now, at least.
West Palm Beach was the place. Table 26, specifically. Owners Eddie Schmidt and Ozzie Medeiros are to thank for that, bringing in Grammy-winning singer Steve Tyrell for a beautifully planned set of intimate concerts paired with prix-fixe dinners.
Tyrell is no stranger to South Florida, but this venue is particularly suited to his show featuring well-known songs; his opening act was local duo Jill and Rich Switzer. Add the excellent cuisine from Executive Chef Martha Encarnacion, and we could have stayed all night. The prix-fixe meal included two appetizer options, four entrée options and two dessert options.
The five shows (four dinners and one brunch) were sold out quickly. I’m hoping that means Eddie and Ozzie will have more experiences like that. And I also hope other venues think about the same thing.
Live music during dinner is fine, and can even be terrific, but a name act sends customers into another realm, and that is great for business. Long live the return of the (updated) supper club!
Table 26, 1700 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/855-2660; table26palmbeach.com