The Scoop: Your Guide to South Florida's Trendiest Hotspots
JUPITER JAUNT There’s still a bit of summer vacation before school starts. For a quick, relaxing trip, head north to Jupiter, Fla., where local resident Tiger Woods recently opened the Woods restaurant at Harbourside Place on the Intracoastal Waterway (shown here). The sports fanatic placed flat-screen televisions throughout the $8 million, 5,900-square-foot space with indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a private dining room for groups up to 10 and a back area for parties up to 50 people. Other décor details include marble and granite finishes, doors emblazoned with golf quotes and a private elevator for VIPS. The American menu sticks to classics like ice-cold martinis, Caprese salads and lamb chops. Stay at Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, which features a rooftop pool and a presidential suite among 179 rooms.
SEED TO SALAD Little River Cooperative’s organic gardening workshops fill up fast, so we’re spreading the word now. Choose from two weekend dates, September 13 or 19, for introduction to vegetable gardening in South Florida from 9 a.m. to noon. Designed for novices and seasoned pros alike, activities include choosing the right garden location; building raised beds; soil preparation and composting; crops that thrive in a tropical climate, and organic methods for pest control. Because most of us can’t get enough of the region’s juicy heirloom tomatoes during their peak in winter and spring, instructors also will cover how to choose the best varieties, trellising and pruning. If you just don’t have a green thumb, at least sign up for one of the farm’s last remaining CSA boxes that are available November through April.
JOLLY RALEIGH Luxury hotels are using August downtime as a good opportunity to launch special dining series. The Raleigh’s Restaurant Michael Schwartz kicks off its monthly Wine & Dine series on Saturday night. This month’s Tale of Two Vineyards theme focuses on selections from Tenuta Tignanello (pictured) and Antica Napa Valley. A 2013 chardonnay from the latter accompanies the first course of yellow jack crudo in seafood vinaigrette. Homemade ricotta and porcini tortellini feature pours from both makers: Tignanello’s Marchesi Antinori chianti classico riserva and Antica’s cabernet sauvignon. After grass-fed beef in a brandy peppercorn reduction with creamed kale and crispy polenta, for which different vintages from each are paired, a salted caramel pot de crème and 2003 Marchesi Antinori vin santo del chianti classico conclude the fine repast.
SECRETS, SEAFOOD & STEVE Hungry and thirsty for more? As part of Four Seasons’ nationwide Undercover dining campaign, its Miami property hosts a top-secret dinner by onsite Edge Steak & Bar executive chef Aaron Brooks. Since the location and menu are a surprise, attendees can follow clues on social media but won’t receive specifics about the meeting place until two days prior to the August 23rd event. In the meantime, hit SPF Saturdays (Seafood + Pool + Four Seasons) for raw bar delicacies and seafood boils (pictured). Terrazza at the Shore Club’s Steve Rhee introduces Chef’s Table, a monthly interactive experience where 12 guests take a counter seat as he prepares nine courses. The intimate dinners with optional wine pairings occur on the third Monday of each month beginning September 21