The Ultimate Mother’s Day Dining Experience: Grapes Wine Cafe and Market in Fort Lauderdale


For a memorable Mother’s Day in the Fort Lauderdale area, don’t miss Chef Lenore Nolan Ryan’s new restaurant – Grapes Wine Cafe and Market – on the Galt Ocean Mile.

Grapes features wine-centric dishes to complement the curated boutique wine list, along with vintage china, silver cutlery, and linen napkins inside the restaurant and outside at an umbrella-covered table.

On Mother’s Day, each diner will receive a copy of an inspirational piece of writing, that will be printed on linen paper, and will be suitable for framing.  One of Chef Lenore’s mother’s favorite pieces, that was popularized by the late Audrey Hepburn, was written by the late Sam Levenson, a popular American humorist and writer:

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.  For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.  For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.  For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.  People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.  Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.  As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, one for helping others.”mothersday, #grapeswinecafeandmarket, #cheflenorenolanryan, #fortlauderdale, #fortlauderdalerestaurants, #

Grape’s will be open on Mother’s Day from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., A special a la carte Mother’s Day menu will be available, and all diners will receive Chef Lenore’s complimentary Ethereal Cream Biscuits and House-made Marmalade Butter.

The menu will include Lenore’s Shrimp Divan – a favorite dish of Chef Lenore’s mother, who was also named Lenore – comprised of jumbo shrimp, nestled in a creamy seafood sauce, served with jasmine rice.  Other dishes will include Braised Short Rib & Potato Gratin Benedict; Baked French Crepes; Torta Milanese; Classic Eggs Benedict; Artichoke Flower, $18; Salmon en Croute with Cucumber Sauce; French Quiche; Lenore’s Salad; and Momelette Asparagus (a French omelette with asparagus, Gruyere cheese, and shallot beurre blanc). 

In addition to coffee, tea, and juice, diners can get a selection of Champagne Cocktails and Brunch Cocktails, such as Mimosas, Margaritas, and BLT Sake Marys ($9, by the glass; $25, unlimited). 

For those who would like to celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday evening, May 8,, diners can get Chef Lenore’s inventive dinner menu from 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  There are a multitude of dishes, including charcuterie and cheese selections served on hand-made wooden boards; several kinds of flatbreads; soups, salads, and small plates; toasts and tarts; and main courses (which are served in individual copper pots).  Entrees include Grilled Salmon with Spinach, White Wine, and Tomatoes; Butter-Basted Steak with Cognac and Red Wine Peppercorn Sauce; and Red Wine Spaghetti with Garlic and Parmesan. 

The market contains a selection of items, including Chef Lenore’s Brownies (bagged and ribboned); chocolate; individually wrapped cheeses and pates; olives, nuts, and roasted peppers; jams, jellies, and chutneys; olive oils and vinegars; Chef Lenore’s Vinaigrette; house-made soups; and bread, crackers, and baked goods.


Feature Photo: Shrimp Divan (Chef Lenore Nolan Ryan).


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