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Condo News Online - Food, Fun & Entertainment Page

On This Page:

• Condo News reviewer Philip Chase dies

• Il Circolo Hosts Summerfest 2014

• Thai Bay Restaurant has New Location

• Il Circolo's Christmas Luncheon 2013

• Tippi's Pizzeria — Delizioso!

F O O D ,  F U N  &   E N T E R T A I N M E N T

Last updated: 11/20/2014


Rest in Peace

Philip Chase

1942-2014

The Condo News is greatly saddened by the death of our long-time writer, Philip Grant Chase on October 28, 2014. Philip has been part of our Condo News family since the early-'80s. He came on board as a part-time typesetter while also working in the ad department of the Palm Beach Post. 

When our editor at the time, Mary Dymon, resigned, Phil added editor to his duties. In 1990, the Condo News moved from Dixie Hwy. to N. Florida Mango Road in West Palm Beach. 

He retired from the Condo News in 2000, and later from the Post but continued to write for the Condo News. Then, in 2001, we moved to our present location on Exchange Court in West Palm Beach. By this time, Phil had begun to do restaurant and theatre reviews for the Condo News.  He was quite the wordsmith. His last review appeared in the October 15th issue for the Lake Worth Playhouse production Mame.

Phil was well suited as a theatre critic as he had an extensive background as an actor with the Lake Worth Playhouse company going back to its days on Dixie Hwy. Phil was a cerebral person with interests primarily in the arts, theatre and ballet. He was an opera aficionado (his favorite) and attended the N.Y. Metropolitan Opera frequently in past years. He was also an avid Bridge player, and wrote a Bridge column for a few years for the Condo News. Dale Ludwig, Phil's friend and caregiver for 12 years until Phil's death, often accompanied him to theatres and restaurants that he was reviewing. 

Phil was a graduate of Stetson University. In his early years he lived in Greenland while working for a computer firm. While there, he learned to speak Danish fluently. Back in the U.S., he lived in Lantana for many years before moving to Lake Worth Towers where he lived at the time of his death. 


Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, Hosts Summerfest 2014

Photos by Sally Valenti

Mr. & Mrs. Ron & Maria Kabitzke and Gloria Ciongoli

Fernanda Conheeny and Alessandra Gieffers

Il Circolo V.P. Sally Valenti and longtime member 

Contessa Rutillia Poli Sandri Burck

Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and Cello Soloist Jurg Eichenberger

Ron Pisani, Dr. Adolfo Rizzo, Amos, Summerfest Composer Lorenzo Turchi-Floris, and Il Circolo Board Member Sergio Salani

Il Circolo presented a spectacular concert in Palm Beach Gardens on Monday, August 11, at the DoubleTree Hilton. In their third year of sponsoring an Italian Chamber Orchestra as part of Ft. Lauderdale’s Symphony of the Americas annual Summer festival, Summerfest, Il Circolo combined concert with community and created an event complete with food, wine, and virtuosity galore.

This year’s concert featured the Mission Chamber Orchestra of Rome, an established international musical ensemble formed by the humanitarian organization Musicfor, that performs in association with the Vatican under the guidance of its Artistic Director, Lorenzo Turchi-Floris. Under the baton of Symphony of the Americas Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, the musicians are graduates and faculty of noted European conservatories, devoted to presenting musical excellence. Uniquely, the entire cello section was comprised of one family, the Eichenbergers.

Il Circolo’s guests were greeted with complimentary glasses of Prosecco as they were welcomed to what would be a wonderful varied musical program of Chamber String Orchestra Pieces such as "Summer" from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons featuring the talented violin soloist Sandro Tigishvili, Saint Saen’s Le Cygne, from Carnival of the Animals featuring Cellist Jürg Eichenberger, and "Anitra’s Dance" by Edvard Grieg. As a wonderful addition to the strings, flutist Marilyn Maingart, principal flutist for the Symphony of the Americas, performed her own arrangement of five variations on Clarke’s "Carnival of Venice." The audience was amazed as she swiftly blew through the speedy and lively variations. The wonderful concert was brought to a close with violin soloist Orlando Forte, associate concertmaster for Symphony of the Americas, as he performed the solo in his own symphonic jazz arrangement of Cole Porter’s "Just One of Those Things". The audience was then invited to enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine while meeting and congratulating the talented musicians and their Maestro.

Il Circolo is a cultural foundation that recognizes Italian contributions to the cultural world and strives to preserve and promote that culture through education, art and music. This effort to was evident when its youngest attendee, aspiring 6 year old violinist, Amelie Nobel, eagerly stood and took videos of the performance with her mother’s phone. She ran up to the orchestra at the end and announced that she played the violin too! A perfect ending to a perfect evening.

Il Circolo has a n exciting 2014-2015 calendar of events which includes musical performances, lectures, and opportunities to network with authors, musicians, chefs, and local and international members of the Italian American community. Join for a free first year of membership at www.ilcircolopalmbeach.org

Il Circolo is a not for profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization incorporated in Florida.

Il Circolo is a 501© 3 tax-exempt organization. Contributions are tax deductible as directed by law.

 


Thai Bay Restaurant Has New Location

By Betty Thomas

Thai Bay Food Restaurant has been a favorite of Palm Beach County diners for the past 24 years. Formerly located on Okeechobee Blvd., west of I-95.

They have moved to 1000-A Old Okeechobee Rd., West Palm Beach. Owner/operator Boon Som has been serving up some of the best Thai food in the county for 24 years --- all home made with fresh vegetables, spices and her own sauces and over 100 menu items to choose from.

This writer had the pleasure of dining there Saturday night and I can assure you that you will be totally pleased. The service is courteous and efficient.

My favorite Thai dishes are the curries. I had the chicken vegetable red curry. So-o-o-o good. My co-taster, Jimmy, had the broccoli stir fry with shrimp in a brown sauce. Both our entrees were scrumptious. Soup came with our dinners. He had wonton and I had the hot and sour. Delicious.

Their prices are moderate and their menu is a full menu for lunch and dinner complete with appetizers, beverages, desserts, and, of course, Thai Bay Specialties.

Thai Bay has inside and outside seating and also features a complete take-out menu.

For more information or to make reservations, please call them at (561) 832-6091. Or visit their website at: www.thaibayrestaurant.com.


Il Circolo's Christmas Luncheon, Dec. 2013

Lucia Maggiore, Jean Toscano, Lori Mugavero, Joanne Croglio

Natcha Kobova, 

Judge Peter Giovine

Antonio Salamone,

Chris Salamone

Kristin Di Nonno

Christina Finizio, Paul Finiizio

Joe Castro,

Tina Wiegand

 

Gino De Marco

Il Circolo, the Italian Cultural Society of the Palm Beaches, held its annual Christmas luncheon at Atlantis Country Club on December 14, 2013. Greeting the guests was a table of appetizers, including bruschette and assorted cheeses with mimososas or champagne to drink.. As they found their seats, Gino De Marco’s music put all in the holiday spirit.. Hugs and kisses accompanied the Buon Natale wishes and President, Paul Finizio’s welcoming message added to the spirit of comraderie.

Throughout the luncheon service, Kristen Di Nonno and Lou Galterio sang solos and duets and after the dessert of cannoli and sfingi, everyone chimed in with them singing familiar Christmas tunes.

Thanks to Jean Toscano for chairing the event and to her committee, Joanne Croglio, Lori Mugavero and Lucia Maggiore.

A special thanks to Colavita USA for always supporting Il Circolo and for the traditional holiday panettone they contributed to our annual Christmas luncheon.


Tippi's Pizzeria — Delizioso!

Photo & Story by Jimmy Shirley

A business profile

Tippi Redzepi

Tippi’s Pizzeria is an established business on Okeechobee Boulevard, across from Century Village. Tippi Redzepi, an immigrant from Albania, first moved to New Jersey more than 30 years ago, where he opened two pizza stores.

He moved his family to Florida in 1991 and opened a store at Belvedere Road and Georgia Avenue and ran it with his son, Reggie. Eleven years ago, they moved to their present location at 5778 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach.

They offer a wide range of Italian-type foods, such as spaghetti, calzone, parmigiana, salads, hot and cold sandwiches and so on. This writer has sampled their meatball sandwiches, their Greek salads, and of course their pizza. It can honestly be said you won’t find better fare around.

The late Sam Koppleman, long time adv. salesman for the Condo News, was a frequent patron of Tippi’s. He used to use his quirky sense of humor on them when he would complain they had not properly arranged the beans in his soup, or that they had inadvertently placed the sauce under the cheese on his pizza.

Tippi’s Pizzeria is open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 11pm, Saturday from 11am to 12 midnight, and on Sunday from 12 noon to 10pm. They offer take-out, delivery, and limited sit down, and catering. Call them at (561) 681-9224 or just stop by the next time you want to eat Italian. And, please tell them you saw their ad in the Condo News.


 

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