Etiquette Lunch endeavors to stir interest in hospitality eversomuch



The Club at Ibis hosts its fourth annual Etiquette Lunch and Club Tour on May 12 for 100 Palm Beach County high school students interested in careers in the hospitality or culinary industries. The students will join Ibis from five area high schools; John I. Leonard, Forest Hill, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Olympic Heights.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is designed to invest in the industry’s future workforce by engaging and educating teens on the possible career paths within hospitality, and to provide a foundation of basic etiquette skills that are applicable to any future job or social setting.

The highlight of the event is the elegant, three-course meal that is served during a concurrent etiquette lesson conducted by Ibis Assistant Director of Food & Beverage, Michael Forgione. This year’s menu will feature a duo of vichyssoise and baby green salad with raspberry dressing, an entrée of chicken francaise with william potato and grilled summer squash, and a decadent black forest mousse cake with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

For more information please contact Mandy Long at 561.625.8500, Ext. 2372, or email







Clearing the way for Wawa Market


Calm down, everybody, Wawa’s on the way.

The heroes of the hoagie world say it’s looking like a 2018 opening for the Wawa Market across from Palm Beach International Airport, at Belvedere Road and Australian Avenue.

No more details yet from Wawa itself, but the owner of the 8.5-acre site, Tampa-based Brightwork Real Estate, has begun land work on the brownfield site.

Brightwork principal Austin Simmons said Monday that earth-movers are sorting and relocating the construction debris that was buried at the former landfill. Much of it will be reused rather than carted away, he said. Concrete, for example will be crushed and re-used as a base for the roadways. “Smart re-use” saves carting costs, of course, but also saves landfill space.

Simmons said his development firm is preparing the entire site, part of which Wawa will take over to build the sub shop and a 16-pump gas station. No decisions  yet on the rest of the property, where the developers are considering putting hotels and a grocery.

The land-clearing will take several months, Simmons said. It’s hard to predict exactly how long, he said. “As we go through that site — we investigated it prior to construction — but a site like this, as you move the dirt you continue to investigate it. We’ll find more concrete we didn’t expect.”