Published On: Mon, May 13th, 2019

Taste of Recovery Returns!  Saturday, June 1

Third annual culinary festival features fantastic fare and fun – plus a Chance for Recovery

By Kenny Spahn

Get ready for a Taste of Recovery!  The third annual Taste of Recovery festival  takes place Saturday, June 1 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Old School Square Pavilion, 51 North Swinton Avenue, in Delray Beach.  This fun outdoor event featured unlimited samplings from an array of local restaurants, along with a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, live entertainment by Dave Scott and the Reckless Shots, and more – all for a very low prices of only $40 in advance or $50 at the door – all to benefit The Crossroads Club.



Local Celebrity Chef Louie Bossi of Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria will once again host an impressive lineup of local restaurants, who will all be competing for the Best Bite – People’s Choice Award, as well as the Best Bite – Critics’ Choice Award.  This year’s participating restaurants include returning favorites Louie Bossi’s, City Oyster, Dada, Josie’s Ristorante, Rocco’s Tacos, Seasons 52, and Subculture Coffee; along with newcomers Bird in The Hand, Basil, Brulé Bistro, Driftwood, Elisabetta’s, Hai House, Michel’s Catering, Mike’s Chili, Proper Ice Cream, The Winemaker’s Table, and more!



Dave Scott and the Reckless Shots will again be cranking out the live entertainment. Attendees get to vote for their favorite “Best Bite” in the popular People’s Choice,” while a panel of select Judges will determine which Chef takes home the Critics’ Choice Award.  This year’s Judges include Mike Mayo (Sun Sentinel Dining Critic), Jan Norris (Florida Weekly food writer), and Robert Higginbotham, well-known local restaurant consultant.   New this year will be The Golden Table Raffle, an incredible chance to win a table of 10 with butler service and swag bags. Golden Table raffle tickets are available for $5 per chance.


Proceeds of the event benefit The Crossroads Club in Delray, a non-profit organization that provides meeting space for 12-Step recovery groups at no cost “The addiction epidemic is one of the greatest tragedies facing our nation,” says Co-Founder Tony Allerton, “The Crossroads Club offers a solution to the cycle of addiction free of charge, and the Club has literally saved the lives of thousands of individuals and continues to do so each day.”  Chef Louie Bossi also duly notes, “Almost every family, including my own, has been impacted by addiction. This event is a tribute to all who have lost their lives and to those in recovery. The restaurant industry in particular has large numbers of employees in recovery.”

See you at the Taste of Recovery!


The Third Annual Taste of Recovery takes place Saturday, June 1 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Old School Square Pavilion (51 North Swinton Avenue) in Delray Beach, FL.  Admission price is only $50 ($40 in advance), and includes unlimited food and beverage samplings.  To purchase tickets, or for more info, visit; or call 855-525-2899 or (561) 450-7514.

The Crossroads Club is not a sober home or treatment center, but rather a non-profit 12-Step based meeting center. Crossroads supports an average of 900 people per day, and since 1982, has been an essential element in the recovery of countless individual residents, snowbirds, and other visitors from around the world.  Crossroads’ mission is simply to provide a wonderful safe harbor for individuals to meet in order to become true to themselves and to be released from the bondages of addiction. The Crossroads Club offers a safe harbor for individuals to meet and be released from the bondages of addiction. Crossroads is open every day of the year, and has helped thousands of people, all at no cost to attendees.  For more information, visit:


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About the Author:  Kenny Spahn is a renowned food critic, culinary columnist, and restaurant authority, and has published over 800 culinary articles. Mr. Spahn is also the CEO of Restaurant Placement Group, an exclusive recruiting, placement, and consulting firm for the restaurant and hospitality industry.



About the Author

- KEN SPAHN is an award-winning Food Critic and Culinary Author, and a renowned restaurant & hospitality authority and consultant. He has authored over 800 food-related articles; appeared on numerous TV, radio, online, and print venues; served as Celebrity Judge at culinary competitions; taught Hospitality Management courses at local colleges; appeared as a guest speaker at industry events; consulted and recruited for hundreds of restaurant, hotel, and food service operators; and has been intricately involved in countless food, wine, culinary, and restaurant events. Mr. Spahn is widely recognized as one of Florida's most knowledgeable and well-connected restaurant professionals. Ken Spahn is also the Founder and President of RESTAURANT PLACEMENT GROUP, the exclusive recruiting, consulting, and placement firm for the Restaurant, hospitality, and food service industry. For more information, visit: Boca Raton Tribune is honored to have Mr. Ken Spahn on its team!

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