Castronovo Chocolate: The Cacao Chanel of the Haute Chocolaterie

 

Our love affair with chocolate has always been strong, but since the craft chocolate movement began, our burning desire for the flavorful escape has only deepened. Bean-to-bar chocolatiers create better chocolate – yes, better than that bar of Sea Salt Soiree you have hidden on top of your refrigerator – by controlling each step of the chocolate-making process. They roast the cacao beans, crack and winnow, grind them into cocoa, and then add their own unique flavors before tempering, molding and packaging the chocolate.

One such company is our very own Castronovo Chocolate, which is the only small-batch artisanal chocolate factory in Florida, located near downtown Stuart. Owned and operated by Denise and Jim Castronovo, Castronovo Chocolate was started three years ago and has been in its current retail location since July of 2013. Denise produces single-origin chocolate bars as well as truffles, bonbons, meltaways, white chocolate, and, on Thursday and Friday, Denise bakes up Castronovo’s famous chocolate chip cookies. More…


PBGLM Holiday Gift Guide

 

Palm Beach Athletic Wear & Yoga
Is there an athletic girl in your family, but she already has new equipment? Then get her Teeki activewear shorts and leggings this holiday season. Made from recycled water bottles, Teeki ranges in sizes from Kids 6 to Adult Large and come in several unique designs. Shop online at www.palmbeachathleticwear.com or in the Palm Beach Gardens store (4767 PGA Blvd. in Midtown). Call (561) 329-1711 to find out more.

Red Balloon Consignment Shop
This holiday season, bring Red Balloon your fab clothing and accessories – they’ll turn them into shopping money for you. Featuring ladies, men’s, juniors and children’s clothing, along with home decor. Shop the trends, consign the trends. More…


On Stage: Palm Beach Dramaworks’ 15th Season to Feature Iconic Actor Estelle Parsons

 

Palm Beach Dramaworks has scored a major coup for its 15th anniversary season by attracting Estelle Parsons, an actor whose credits include 50 years of on and off Broadway performances, five Tony nominations and an Academy Award.

She will star in Israel Horovitz’s comedy-drama My Old Lady, along with Angelica Page and Tim Altmeyer, from Dec. 5, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015. She’ll also participate in PBD’s Dramalogue series on Jan. 6, 2015 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., which includes a live interview and a Q&A period.

“Estelle Parsons is one of the greatest actors you can have,” said Bill Hayes, co-founder of Dramaworks. “On Broadway, she is the queen of straight plays, dramas. She also has an extraordinary body of film. It’s like having royalty in the building.” More…


Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa: An Elegant Independence

 

At Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, art does not imitate life nor does life imitate art. They are fused as one, with each luxurious contemporary amenity complemented by an ode to swankiness of generations past.

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is arguably the best of the best, untethered from corporate dictates and robotic greetings and services. The only robotics you’ll find at this oceanfront resort in Manalapan are for your children (but more about the younger set’s exciting activities later). More…

Dr. Civin - Palm Beach Gardens Cosmetic Dentist

Kids In Distress of Broward and Palm Beach Counties (KID), an organization for the prevention of child abuse and treatment of abused neglected children, has reeled in their biggest catch in history. At their fifth annual seaside yacht hop event, Boys N’ Toys, held at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, KID raised more than $150,000 – an amount greater than any previous year.

Boys N’ Toys is a popular event for sea-loving socialites. This event originated in 2011 and was held at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. However, after the inaugural event took place, Penny Parrot, a local yacht broker and philanthropist, introduced KID representatives to Kevin Merrigan, founder and owner of Northrop & Johnson, a leading luxury yacht broker, who agreed to host the next event. The second Boys N’ Toys went off without a hitch at the boat show and KID has partnered with them ever since. More…


If you’re planning a road trip this holiday season, make buckling up as easy as one, two, three. Thanks to one new product, there’s no need to spend extra time fishing buckles out from between the seats or having to reach over your kids to help them buckle up. So this season, get to your destination quickly and safely with MyBuckleMate.

Having just launched in May, MyBuckleMate has already garnered rave reviews from parents across the United States, according to Meghan Khaitan, founder of MyBuckleMate. It won the Mr. Dad’s Seal of Approval as well as the NAPPA Silver Award for Innovation National Parenting Publications. More…


Celebrities are used to living in the spotlight, under the constant flash of cameras wielded by prying paparazzi. But maybe you’ve heard that one celebrity, legendary rocker Mick Fleetwood, has picked up a camera and turned the lens outward. It’s no rumor.

Fleetwood has lived on the other side of the lens for nearly five decades as the drummer for one of the most prolific rock bands in history, Fleetwood Mac, whose 1977 album Rumours went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 40 million copies worldwide. Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.  More…


Lee-35bWhen Laurie Alexander, chair of the National Council of Jewish Women, Palm Beach Section, stood before the hundreds in the audience at the organization’s annual Women in Power luncheon and boutique at PGA National Resort & Spa, she began her remarks with a heartfelt thank-you for those in attendance, as well as those who were unable to attend, for their commitment and contributions to the NCJW.

Then she quipped, “A week ago we [the luncheon committee] were faced with a big, big problem. Turns out, it was a good problem. The room we had originally booked was too small. So we were able to get the grand ballroom, which is where we are today. It is all because of your desire to be here.” More…


Billy Schmidt and Rachel DuVall first met in high school, but it would take a few years before they discovered an underlying musical connection. One summer home from their respective colleges found them sitting up into the wee hours, discussing their favorite music. That conversation sparked more than a romantic connection; it began an exciting musical project that would eventually come to fruition as The Whiskey Wasps.

At the time, Schmidt was beginning to put together a new band called Raggy Monster. “I didn’t even know that [Rachel] was a singer. I thought she just liked music,” Schmidt said. “And then I found out that she was an incredible singer, so it made sense to work together.” More…