Truffle and Avocado: A Foodie Paradise

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A truffle above: 3800 Ocean’s dinner pairing

We love wine and food-pairing dinners, so we didn’t imagine much could be better, but this may be: a truffle and wine pairing dinner! Oh yes.

Executive Chef Larry LaValley at 3800 Ocean (Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, 3800 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island; 561/340-1795) will put together a seven-course meal with truffles, each paired with wine. Some taste teasing for you: white Alba truffle with stone crab and foie gras “Au Sec” for the salad, truffle butter-poached Maine lobster, potato gnocchi and white truffle… Okay, we’ll stop now—you get the idea.  And the oceanfront setting is beautiful. Set for Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. (hors d’oeuvres) and then dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $195 per person, including tax and gratuity, as well as complimentary valet service. Reservations required.

Golden Spoon award: Avocado Grill, West Palm Beach

If you haven’t had a chance to stop by this oh-so-yummy restaurant tucked away in downtown West Palm Beach, this should be your reason to do that: The Avocado Grill (125 Datura St., West Palm Beach, 561/623-0822) won the “Best New Restaurant” Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend Magazine.

Executive Chef/owner Julien Gremaud has put together a menu that always surprises with creativity and taste. Florida Trend says Avocado Grill has a “global, smart vegetarian focus,” but the dishes go way beyond that. Check out the scallop dish (pictured)! This isn’t the first award for the restaurant, and we’re sure it won’t be the last.

A la carte: New owners of Renzo’s of Boca (5999 N. Federal Highway, 561/994-3495) plan to infuse new life and new dishes into their new venture. Executive chef/managing partner Angelo Romano (you may recognize his name from his other restaurant, Paradiso Ristorante in Lake Worth), has brought in Marco Turano from Milan, Italy, to join this new venture. Open for lunch and dinner.