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Truffles, pastrami and RIP Mac daddy in the Eat Beat Newsletter

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. It's the first weekend in December, and that means it's time to grab your thick-framed glasses, mingle with the swells in South Beach and hipsters in Wynwood and nibble on canapes at galleries as you ponder the meaning of it all. Art Basel is here. 

(Food you can frame at KYU in Wynwood.)

The art of eating: Besides gawking, partying and buying art, those attending Miami Art Week will need sustenance. So I compiled this handy eater's guide to Art Basel and satellite fairs, including hometown culinary queen Michelle Bernstein serving up informal fare in the Garden Cafe at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, along with old favorites in a pop-up Michy's in the VIP section of the Miami Beach Convention Center. 

(Fancy fungus alert: white truffle season is here.)

Truffle dinners with Angelo Elia: For those who want to drop Picasso-like dough without the artsy crowds, the perfume of white truffle season awaits. Chef Angelo Elia will soon host two truffle dinners at his Casa D'Angelo restaurants, on Dec. 6 in Boca Raton, 171 E. Palmetto Park Rd., and Dec. 12 at his Fort Lauderdale flagship, 1201 N. Federal Highway. The five-course dinner will feature white truffles from Alba, Italy, along with the wines of Michele Chiarlo. Cost is $195 per person, plus tax and tip. To buy tickets, call Brittany Fowler at 954-564-1234 or email her at The always-busy Elia recently launched Sunday brunch at his pizza bar in Coral Springs, 5920 Coral Ridge Dr.

(Rappy's Deli opens Dec. 6 in Boca Raton.)

Pastrami and caviar: The latest restaurant from Burt Rapoport, Rappy's Deli, is set to debut Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the new Park Place Plaza in Boca Raton, 5560 N. Military Trail. Rappy's is a blend of old and new, an homage to traditional New York Jewish delis (and the Manhattan appetizing/dairy restaurant his father ran) with some upscale contemporary touches, such as a caviar menu and full bar. It's been a busy fall for New York nostalgia in Palm Beach County, as famed Junior's opened a branch at Mizner Park in October. That eases the sting of the looming Dec. 31 shuttering of the iconic Carnegie Deli in New York.

(An Alpine lodge via Brazil in Boca.)

Review roundup: Dining correspondent Claire Perez awarded three stars to The Little Chalet in Boca Raton, meant to evoke an Alpine ski lodge by way of Brazil. I gave three stars to The Foundry in Pompano Beach, an industrial bar-restaurant meant to evoke an abandoned steel mill. And I went for a meal at Timo, a Sunny Isles Beach staple since 2003, and ended up with a 1 1/2-star ordeal.

(RIP, Mac daddy.)

Quote of the week: "He was often asked why he named it the Big Mac, and he said because Big Mc sounded too funny," Michael Delligatti, the son of Jim Delligatti, the McDonald's franchise owner from Pennsylvania and inventor of the Big Mac sandwich in 1967, who died this week at 98. The younger Delligatti said his father ate one Big Mac every week. Sure hope the new Grand Mac didn't do him in.

Got a restaurant tip or dining beef?  Reach me at or 954-356-4508. Don’t troll me, but feel free to roast or flambeé me on Twitter: @heymikemayo, and follow my food adventures on Instagram: @mikemayoeats.

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Stay hungry, my friends.


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