The Addison — a luxury wedding and event venue in Boca Raton — first broke records in 2013 for becoming the only venue dedicated exclusively to weddings and events to receive the coveted Five Star Diamond.
The Five Star Diamond refers to the international recognition of high-quality bestowed by the New York City-based American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS). The Addison is the only Five Star-awarded events venue in Florida.
This spring, The Addison has done it again by accepting the first Five Star Diamond ever to be awarded for “glatt kosher” (“unquestionably kosher”) cuisine.
At a “Golden Age Gala” on March 31, The Addison unveiled its original brand of Orthodox Rabbinical Board (ORB)-supervised “glatt kosher” catering, with glowing reviews from the roughly 100 South Florida Orthodox Jewish leaders in attendance.
Rabbi Josh Broide, the Jewish community leader affiliated with Boca Raton Synagogue (a Modern Orthodox synagogue in Boca Raton), said: “The gala was great. To have a high-end kosher Five Star facility in the area will definitely meet a previously unmet need for a certain market. The décor was tremendous and the food was incredible. Every course was simply delicious.“
Added Joseph Cinque, AAHS president/CEO: “The Addison has raised the bar for the entire South Florida community when it comes to outstanding service, atmosphere and cuisine. We have been proud to have them as members of the Five Star Diamond club. It is no surprise their new ‘glatt kosher’ catering program offers the same excellence and has earned them the 2015 Five Star Diamond.“
Dr. William and Deborah Rand, founders of the Rand Eye Institute in Deerfield Beach, hosted the inaugural Addison “glatt kosher” event in December 2014.
Explained Debbie Rand: “Knowing of the venue’s outstanding food, top-notch service and unique beauty, I am proud to have been the first to host an Addison ‘glatt kosher’ event. It was truly an impressive night where my kosher and non-kosher guests were able to enjoy Five Star outstanding food, service and ambience. It was an amazing event with everlasting memories.“
The new catering program is the result of Addison Executive Chef Patrick Duffy and his culinary team’s desire to bring the same award-winning food to the kosher community.
Duffy said: “This is a brand-new approach to ‘glatt kosher’ catering, developed specifically with this community in mind. It was important to us that our ‘glatt kosher’ cuisine and the service be identical to the Five Star Diamond-quality food the Addison is known for.“
For the “Golden Age Gala,” guests arrived to the restored Spanish-inspired property (build by architect Addison Mizner in 1926) to roaring 20’s music provided by Good Vibrations and over the top décor designed and donated by Benny Ofer, owner of Daniel Events.
The décor was complete with a faux Speakeasy façade, scattered old-fashioned light posts and life-size props placed throughout the courtyard.
The outdoor cocktail reception wowed guests as they lounged on antique living room furniture on loan from Refinery Vintage placed under the venue’s famed pair of 100-year-old banyan trees.
“Glatt kosher” cocktails and butler passed hors d’oeuvres were served, including Spicy Tuna Tostada, Mini Salmon Cakes, Nut Crusted Chicken Skewers and Tomato Basil Crostini, among others.
Attendees were invited inside the historical Main Dining Room for dinner where white fabric draping, hanging crystal accents and tall floral centerpieces merged with the natural Old-World feel of the restored 1920’s space to create a perfect incarnation of Gatsby-inspired grandeur.
Guests were treated to a surprise welcome performance by famed tenor Christopher Macchio, who traveled straight from a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City to attend the gala.
After a first course of fresh Mango and Watermelon Salad, guests enjoyed a choice of cooked-to-order Peppercorn Crusted Rib Eye Steak or Herb & Lemon Marinated Sea Bass with Red Skin Parsley Potatoes and Broccolini.
The official 2015 Five Star Diamond was awarded to Duffy and the executive team as guests enjoyed individual Vanilla Rum Cakes.
Upon acceptance of the 2015 Five Star Diamond Award, Addison Director Zoe Lanham thanked the AAHS for bestowing the honor, as well as her team for earning it.
Lanham said: “The cornerstone of an Addison event has always been providing a superior dining experience for guests, and our staff is both inspired by and dedicated to exceeding that expectation every day. This award is a testament to the group of talented and hardworking people I am fortunate enough to have on my team.“
For more information on booking your “glatt kosher” event at The Addison, or to take advantage of a special 2015 kosher booking promotion, email email@example.com, or call 561-372-0568.
American Academy of Hospitality Sciences President Joe Cinque and South Florida Elite on Hand for Mid Summer Night’s Dream-Themed Awards Gala
Boca Raton, Fla. – June 26, 2013 – On Thursday, June 25th, The Addison became the first-ever special event and catering venue in South Florida to receive the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award. An elite group of guests were on hand to witness the great honor held during an exclusive celebration reminiscent of A Mid Summer Night’s Dream. Acclaimed event designer, Benny Ofer of Daniel Events, transformed The Addison’s magnificent Banyan-covered courtyard and historical main dining room into an enchanting secret garden right out of the Shakespeare classic.
Bestowed by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS), the Five Star Diamond Award highlights the stunning property, exceptional service and mouthwatering cuisine that attract hundreds of weddings, corporate events and private parties from all over the country to The Addison and Boca Raton every year. The Academy, founded in 1949, is the world’s renowned hospitality organization for awarding excellence in travel, cuisine, luxury products and services, and the recognition is one that many superlative establishments strive to achieve.
“The entire evening was just superb,” commented Joe Cinque, President of the AAHS. “The gastronomy was outstanding and the setting was something out of a fairytale – just perfect. Congratulations to the entire Addison staff on a memorable event. We are proud to welcome you to the AAHS Five Star Diamond Family!”
Attendees of the gala included Florida State House Representative Irv Slosberg, who presented the venue with an official proclamation for excellence and outstanding contribution to the South Florida community. “This team has earned every accolade for their contribution to the South Florida economy, the preservation of its history and the thriving reputation they have enhanced,” said Irv Sloshberg during his speech.
Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel, Deputy Mayor Susan Haynie and City Council Woman Constance Scott were also present, along with Miss Boca Raton Alex Cossio and Miss South Florida State Fair Nicole Vega. Doug McLain, Senior Vice President of Global Sales represented the Palm Beach Conventions and Visitors Bureau, along with an array of leaders from South Florida’s most important Five Star Diamond hospitality establishments including Bernard Lackner, General Manager of Fisher Island, Anthony Senecal of The Mar-a-Lago Club, Sara Briman from Hotel Escanto Acapulco and many more.
The cocktail hour included spirits provided by two Five Star Diamond Awarded companies, Punzone’ Vodka and Don Q Rum. In the theme of the night, famed Broadway harpist, Ann Akerson played for arriving guests. Beyond the enchanting décor created and executed by Benny Ofer of Daniel Events, Atlas Party Rental donated beautiful tableware to compliment Ofer’s breathtaking centerpieces and Brelex Party Rental provided all of the linen to match. Recent Florida Atlantic University alum Vivien Li contributed by providing a woodwind trio from her newly established company, Music for Every Occasion, as dinner music. Munoz Photography additionally captured the entire evening beautifully on film.
“The food, the service and the décor were just outstanding and made it abundantly clear why they earned the prestigious honor of the Five Star Diamond Award. We are so proud of The Addison as a member of the Boca Raton community and we’re honored to be a part of the ceremony and celebration,” raved Boca Raton Mayor Susan Whelchel.
Guests savored a four-course dinner and carefully chosen wine pairings prepared by Executive Chef Patrick Duffy including a Baby Spinach & Nut Crusted Goat Cheese Salad and a choice of three entrees including Miso & Sake Marinated Chilean Sea Bass along with a Triple Mousse Torte of White Chocolate, Grand Marnier & Raspberry Mousse with a Ginger Crumb Crust for dessert. “We want each event guest to experience what we are most known for, and that is our Five Star Diamond restaurant-quality service. Our reputation for serving even our largest events in the style of a restaurant is one of the reasons we have received so much acclaim for our cuisine,” added Duffy.
About The Addison
Originally built in 1926 by acclaimed architect, Addison Mizner, the Addison is steeped in Old World elegance and charm. The Grandeur of this 1920’s estate makes the Addison the ideal location for all your dining and entertainment needs. Like no other location in South Florida, this Five Star Diamond awarded venue offers many unique features, from its historic architecture and world-class cuisine to a courtyard featuring 100-year-old Banyan Trees and a cascading fountain. A variety of private settings include rooms for chic dinner parties, stylish luncheons and corporate meetings to a grand ballroom perfect for hundreds of guests. For more information on The Addison, please visit www.theaddison.com or call 561.372.0568.
2 EAST CAMINO REAL. BOCA RATON, FL 33432