Area chefs and restaurants will participate in inaugural Taste of Recovery in Delray Beach

I normally don’t like repeating myself, but here’s a cause an event that merits repeating.

Louie Bossi, Executive Chef/Partner at Big Time Restaurant Group’s Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar & Pizzeria, will host the inaugural Taste of Recovery (tasteofrecovery.com), a benefit for The Crossroads Club. The culinary festival will be held on Saturday, June 3 from 6  p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Old School Square Pavilion in Delray Beach. Guests can dine on bites from a variety of area restaurants, along with live entertainment and desserts. The cost is $40 per ticket.

Nationally known comedian, SARGE, will MC the event and comedian Rick Corso will perform.  Corso was selected as one of Showtime’s Comedy Club All Stars and was a member of Comedy Central’s “The A List.” The Jazz and Swing Society and Dave Scott and the Reckless Shots will perform, as well.

The Crossroads Club, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary, is a non-profit organization in Delray Beach that, at no charge, provides meeting space for 12-Step recovery groups.

Participating restaurants include Big Time Restaurant Group restaurants Louie Bossi’s, which recently opened in Boca Raton, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar and City Oyster & Sushi Bar.  Other restaurants participating include Farmer’s Table, The Grille on Congress, Max’s Harvest, Tucker Duke’s, Rebel House, Josie’s Ristorante, Papa’s Raw Bar, Oceans 234, Fries to Caviar and Outback Steakhouse.  Seasons 52 will provide desserts.

Participating chefs will compete for cash prizes for “Best Bite.”

The Presenting Sponsor is Whole Health.  Award sponsors include Caron Renaissance, SLO Recovery, Papa’s Raw Bar and Seacrest Recovery Center.  Grand Patron sponsors are Wayside House, Delivery Dudes, Law Office of Christopher Finley and the GEO Group.

Other sponsors include Big Time Restaurant Group, Experimar, Seasons 52, Anthony Rizzo Foundation, Gracey-Backer Insurance, Stuart & Shelby, Flash Restoration, Boca Raton Regional Hospital and RPA Insurance Services.

The Crossroads Club provides meeting space for Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Nicotine Anonymous, Eating Disorders Anonymous, Food Addicts Anonymous and Mayhem to Miracles for hoarders. Crossroads also operates the Living Skills in Schools program, which is a substance abuse prevention program that serves school aged children throughout Palm Beach County.

“Almost every family, including my own, has been impacted by addiction and I’m proud to be in my ninth year of recovery, which might not have been possible without the support of The Crossroads Club,” Bossi said. “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.”


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