Local pastry chefs create edible masterpieces modeled after five of Palm Beach County’s most recognizable landmarks
MORIKAMI MUSEUM AND JAPANESE GARDENS
Pastry Artists: Janderyn Makris, Julie Rieutort, Megan Clemens, EARTH & SUGAR
Photography by Libby Volgyes
“We began the process by covering a custom-built box with fondant, then painting it with edible gel colors,” says Earth & Sugar owner Janderyn Makris. The team then added fondant structures to resemble the Japanese tea house and pagoda statues dispersed throughout the Morikami grounds. Modeling chocolate bamboo and bonsai trees were accented with leaves made from rice paper to give the appearance of lush greenery.
HENRY MORRISON FLAGLER MUSEUM
Pastry Artist: Stacy Paret, SWEET STACY’S PALM BEACH
Photography by Libby Volgyes
To create the museum, Pastry Chef Stacy Paret used pastillage—gelatin, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and corn syrup—sealed together with royal icing. “It rolls out like fondant yet dries much faster and harder,” she says. The windows and trim, house trip, Spanish tile roof, and planters are made of gumpaste; black sugar lace formed the balconies. Says Paret: “This project was very similar to making a gingerbread house but with pastillage as the medium.”
LAKE WORTH PIER
Pastry Artist: Nina Tomasik, NINA’S FRESH BAKERY
Photography by Libby Volgyes
To get in the mind-set to create this work, Pastry Chef Nina Tomasik took her family to Benny’s on the Beach to enjoy lunch and the view. “Afterwards, we walked along the beach taking photos,” she says. She crafted the pier with ice fondant, supported by bamboo dowels, and used fondant-covered Rice Krispies to build the restaurant. Brown sugar became the beach, and Tomasik’s scratch-made whipped buttercream provided the perfect texture for the ocean.
JUPITER INLET LIGHTHOUSE
Pastry Artist: Zachary Detweiller, EAU PALM BEACH
Photography by Libby Volgyes
This project was a team effort, says Zachary Detweiller, chief pastry chef at Eau Palm Beach. “We used Rice Krispie treats enrobed in fondant for the base and tower, the top of the lighthouse was made of chocolate sprayed in black cocoa butter, and the glass section was created with sugar and gelatin.” Marbled fondant and isomalt sugar formed the water, while the trees and final touches were created using fondant, chocolate, and royal icing.
BOCA RATON RESORT & CLUB
Pastry Chef: Jordi Panisello, Pastry Artist: Steven Day, BOCA RATON RESORT & CLUB
This showpiece cake, titled “Addison Mizner’s Dream,” took 160 hours to create, from design to completion. The pastry team used the original blueprint, located at the Boca Raton Historical Society, to re-create every detail of the 1926 architecture. Each element was made to scale, from the handcrafted palm trees and the brick pavers to the Spanish roof tiles and the courtyard statue. The flavor profile includes orange essence, royal icing, Tahitian vanilla, spun sugar, and chocolate.
Learn a little bit about the five iconic Palm Beach County landmarks re-created as desserts in the Fall 2018 issue of art&culture magazine—their history, their secrets, and all they have to offer this season.
By Lola Thélin
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Likely the most tranquil place in all of Palm Beach County, the Morikami provides a window to Japanese cultural experiences since 1977. The museum comprises two buildings and the Roji-en: Gardens of the Drops of Dew. Built in 2001, Roji’en encompasses 16 acres of the 200-acre site and is made up of six distinct gardens, each inspired by a unique historical period and providing beauty, nature, and order. The Roji-en’s creation was overseen by Hoichi Kurisu, founder of Kurisu International, a landscape design and construction firm based in Oregon. Every season, the Morikami features rotating exhibitions. Currently exhibiting through March 31, 2019, is Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture, a compilation of works from 16 artists showing the evolution of everyday lacquerware to large-scale items. Much of the activities at the Morikami are hands-on and interactive. In October alone, there are courses for Ikebana flower arrangements, music lessons in koto (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument), painting lessons in sumi-e (ink painting), the art of bonsai, and even introductory courses to Japanese. Its festivals have also become local favorites, including the Lantern Festival: In the Spirit of Obon (October 20, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Oshogatsu: A New Year’s Celebration (January 13, 2019, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
4000 Morikami Park Rd., Delray Beach, morikami.org, 561.495.0233
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
The history behind the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum is centered around love. Its main building, Whitehall, served as the Palm Beach home of railroad magnate Henry Flagler, who built and bestowed it as a wedding gift to his wife, Mary Lily Kenan, in 1902. The 100,000-square-foot Gilded Age mansion was built by architects John Carrère and Thomas Hastings, both of whom trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The Flaglers utilized Whitehall as their winter residence until Henry’s death in 1913. Upon Mary Lily’s death in 1917, the house was left to her niece, who sold it to investors. Subsequently, an 11-story, 250-plus bedroom tower was constructed, and Whitehall became a hotel from 1925 to 1959. In 1959, Flagler’s granddaughter Jean Flagler Matthews formed the nonprofit Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and purchased the property. With its marble entrance hall and grand double staircase, Whitehall still welcomes guests in grandeur. The Flagler Museum works to bring unique traveling exhibitions such as Star Power: Edward Steichen’s Glamour Photography (October 16, 2018 to January 6, 2019), an exhibition of black and white portraits of celebrities and fashion models from the 1920s and 1930s. It also hosts many popular annual programs. On October 14, the lecture series invites authors George LeMieux and Laura Mize to speak on their book Florida Made: The 25 Most Important Figures Who Shaped the State. And don’t forget about its stellar music series: This season, it begins on January 8 with the Delphi Trio, while the fourteenth annual Bluegrass in the Pavilion returns to the museum on April 6, 2019.
1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach, flaglermuseum.us, 561.655.2833
Lake Worth Pier
Its official name is the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier, but locals and tourists know it as the Lake Worth Pier. The first version of the pier was built in 1959 as a platform used to assist construction workers as they laid out a sewage outfall pipe. The following year, the town turned the platform into a 960-foot-long fishing pier. Since then, there have been many versions of the structure due to storms. Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne tore the pier apart in 2004; a new and improved replacement reopened in 2008. At 20 feet above the pier, the 2008 edition was built five feet higher than its previous version and stretches 996 feet out to sea. While rough surf often forces the pier to close down temporarily—as recently as March 2018, it once again sustained damages—every day, dozens of enthusiastic anglers set up their fishing poles, eager to bring home dinner or perhaps set a new world record. William Kennedy caught a 51.5 pounder in 1978, and Roy Brooker caught a 53.25 permit catch in 1994. Nearby, the town hosts beach bonfires November through February and every second and fourth Friday of the month, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. And, of course, the pier has had an equally iconic roommate since 1986–the restaurant Benny’s on the Beach.
10 S. Ocean Blvd. (pier entrance at A1A and Lake Ave)., Lake Worth, bennysonthebeach.com, 561.582.3474, pier open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., fishing and spectator fees apply.
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum
At 108 feet tall, the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse not only gives patrons the best view in town, but it also offers a page out of the history books. In 1854 President Franklin Pierce signed an order for the construction of the lighthouse on the Fort Jupiter Reservation, and in 1860 it lit up for the very first time. Fast forward to the 1940s: The land housed Station J, a secret tip-off radio station used during World War II to intercept U-boat radio messages and warn Allied ships. Operated and maintained by the Loxahatchee River Historical Society, the lighthouse and its 120 surrounding acres were designated an Outstanding Natural Area in 2008. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum recently launched the Lighthouse Luminary, a social club aimed at growing and preserving the heritage site. Also new this year is the Tour Your Way, which allows visitors to use an app via their smartphones and tour at their own pace. More of a night owl? Check out the Lighthouse Moonrise Tour for breathtaking views of the full moon monthly. For the fitness fans, there is Twilight Yoga Mondays at 7 p.m., and historian Josh Liller conducts Hike Through History, a two-mile trek every first Saturday of the month.
500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, jupiterlighthouse.org, 561.747.8380
Boca Raton Resort & Club
The Boca Raton Resort & Club is a one-stop shop for everything luxe, but when it first opened its doors, it was a humble (although beautiful) 100-room inn. Then known as The Cloister Inn, it was modeled after a Spanish castle by famed architect Addison Mizner. The inn’s potential was undeniable, and its second owner, a utility magnate, expanded the property to include a cabana club and golf course and renamed it the Boca Raton Hotel & Club. In the 1940s, the United States Army purchased and occupied the club to house their Air Corps trainees; it came to be dubbed “the most elegant barracks in history.” Today, this Waldorf Astoria–affiliated resort has no limits. Case in point: the amenities. The resort sits on a half-mile stretch of private beach and includes three 18-hole golf courses, a spa inspired by Spain’s Alhambra Palace, six pools, and a surf school open to all ages and skill levels. There’s also the FlowHouse, a dual-sided FlowRider wave simulator, while leisure seekers can lounge aboard the 55-foot catamaran. Guests can also spend their entire visit eating at the many restaurants, including Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s eponymous sushi bar and The Blue, a restaurant on the twenty-seventh floor with panoramic ocean views.
501 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, bocaresort.com, 561.447.3000