Pull Up a Seat at Farmer’s Table Boca Raton

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When I ponder dining out in South Florida…Boca Raton especially, I dream of fresh organic and locally-sourced food, craft cocktails and eating outside. Bonus points if there’s a pool nearby!
Which is why as we approach the Thanksgiving season, I am grateful for Farmer’s Table.
For a few reasons…read on to find out what they are! 

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Modern Boca Mom was invited to sample their fall menu last month and it did not disappoint. It’s not surprising considering that Farmer’s Table has won several dining awards AND it’s completely packed every night.
Now with “season” in full swing, I’m pretty sure we’ll need to book our reservations a week or more in advance!

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I invited my lovely sister Lauren to join me and of course we started off with their amazing signature cocktails with fresh ingredients.

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Cucumber Cooler 

Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka, Fresh Cucumber
& Mint Lemonade, Splash of Gingerale

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Razzmatazz Martini

Boyd & Blair Potato Vodka, Fresh Raspberries,
Shrub & Co Grapefruit Syrup, Agave Nectar,
Sparkling Soda

It was so nice, #ModernBocaAunt ordered the Razzmatazz TWICE!
The service was great and our waiter recommended the Shrimp & Roasted Corn Flatbread to start along with an order of Chicken Meatballs. Is your mouth watering yet? And that’s just the appetizers…

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Few people realize that not only is Farmer’s Table an amazing stand-alone restaurant (keep reading for an exclusive announcement below), but it also functions as the Wyndham Boca Hotel’s special event catering source, serving the same quality food to event guests as they do in the restaurant.
That means main courses like THIS:

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Braised Prime Short Rib with Brussels Sprouts, Organic Yam Mashed, Black Skillet Wine Sauce

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Bison Chopped Steak with
Yukon Gold Steak “Fries,” Edamame
Corn Succotash, Mushroom Dem

That is NOT your typical wedding food…
And how can you forget dessert? I chose the mini vegan cupcakes (I like tiny desserts) and my sister went with carrot cake. Again, delish.
And somehow I still felt ‘healthy’ treating myself! That’s a win in this MBMom’s dining book.

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Farmer’s Table Philosophy
“Our commitment to fresh, honest food begins with sourcing exceptionally clean ingredients from the best local farms so we know exactly where and how everything is produced. We believe the preparation and creation of a dish is just as important as the taste, which is why our focus is real food: fresh, healthy, delicious, satisfying dishes without excess fat, sodium or preservatives.” 
“We call our cuisine “feel good food” for several reasons. First, it’s good for you: nutritious and nourishing to the body without depriving you of flavor or satisfaction. Furthermore, it’s good for the community, as we support local farmers and artisans. Finally, it’s good for the planet, because we use eco-conscious purveyors and also implement environmentally friendly practices in our kitchen. Our food energizes the spirit and satisfies the senses, supporting the wellness of people and the planet.”

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Farmer’s Table will be launching a NEW Private Dining Room in late December for special occasions– wedding rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, corporate events and banquets for all occasions. And like I said in my last post about the Wyndham Boca, they have a beautiful event center upstairs for larger events, and smaller venues for private dining as well.
#dailybabyavery loved it when we took her to visit earlier this year. 🙂

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And here’s my favorite part/the special announcement I teased:

Soon, they will have a POOLSIDE BAR (!!!), so you can enjoy drinks right by the pool and/or in the outside lounge area. SCORE!

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The fun thing about Farmer’s Table that I hear is many people go back night after night so that the restaurant begins to feel like home: everyone says ‘hi’ to each other, and it just feels comfortable and home-y!
The next time you have a special occasion, think about celebrating at Farmer’s Table! I really feel like it has become my go-to, community restaurant. Don’t you want to experience what everyone is talking about?

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Sponsored: This post was sponsored by the Wyndham Boca Raton. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product or service free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Mompreneur Monday: Family Focused Mediation

Mompreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms!  Welcome to our next installment of Mompreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
We’re working to bring busi-moms across the state of Florida together to start a Mompreneur Movement!  Why don’t you join us?
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Today’s South Florida Mompreneur is Jenny Shane, founder of Family Focused Mediation, Inc., which helps families in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

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If you’ve ever seen Wedding Crashers with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, you might be more clued in than you think about what a family mediator does. In the opening scene of the movie, the comedy duo is actually mediating a divorce.
Family mediation is a confidential process whereby a neutral facilitator (the mediator) works with a couple, who is experiencing a family conflict, such as divorce, and assists that couple in coming to a resolution.  The mediator does not make any decisions for the couple. Once the couple is able to reach an agreement on the contested issues, such as child support, alimony, etc., the mediator drafts a settlement agreement for the parties to file in court along with the other necessary court documents.
Even though it’s not funny or most comfortable of topics, that’s what we’re going to talk about today and the NEW mommy-launched company that handles it: Family Focused Mediation, Inc. in Coral Springs.

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Tell us a little bit about your path to get here, Jenny…

I have a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a law degree from Stetson University College of Law.  After law school, my husband and I (we met at UF, he too is an attorney) moved to South Beach and we both practiced law in South Miami. I practiced insurance defense for many years even after my first daughter was born.

Soon after becoming a mom, going back to work full time as an attorney was difficult. The required 9-5 (or more) hours per week was draining on my ability to be a fully present mom. More so after having a child, it was difficult for me to focus on defending the large insurance companies, instead of helping the everyday individual.

The new mom in me was yearning to be more nurturing and to actually make a difference in someone’s life. I had done an internship while in law school and got certified as a county mediator. I remembered how much I enjoyed working one on one with someone in a legal arena, but not actually being an attorney or fighting for just one side.

What did you do next?

I stopped practicing as an attorney in the fall of 2010 and immediately decided to become a Florida Supreme Court certified family mediator.  As soon as my training period was completed, I founded my own mediation company, Family Focused Mediation, Inc.

As my company’s name implies, my sole intention as a family mediator is to focus on the family’s well-being and bring the harmony back to a broken family. 

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What makes your firm different from other mediation firms?

Unlike the typical family mediator, I focus 100% of my time doing family mediation.  Other mediators practice law a majority of the time and work as a mediator less often. 

However, being a mother to two girls now (ages 5 and 2.5) has taught me that family comes first no matter what! I am extremely fortunate to have an intact and happy family. Yet, many families are not like mine. And I try to make it my mission as a family mediator to bring as much happiness and harmony back into a broken family.

I also make myself very accessible to my clients. Unlike many mediators, I am available by phone, email or text even late into the evening. Family drama tends to occur at night and that’s when my clients need to speak with me. As a mom to young children, I understand that sometimes the best time to talk is after the kids go to sleep.

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What do you like most about what you’re doing now? In what ways do you think you are you helping families the most?

I enjoy working with families who are navigating their divorce or separation pro se, which means without attorneys.

These couples truly need my guidance through this process and don’t rely on their attorneys to do the heavy lifting. This allows me to really get my hands dirty by using all my legal experience and my psychology background to assist the family through this difficult time.

Additionally, I aim to reach these pro se parties before they file their divorce, paternity issue, or modification at the courthouse. This is called pre-suit. By attending family mediation before filing at the courthouse, a couple can save a tremendous amount of time, money and heartache. 

  • They save time because the entire divorce or family issue can be determined in one day with a mediator. All that is left would be to file at the courthouse and attend a quick hearing in front of a judge to have the matter approved.
  • They save money because they do not have to pay for attorneys, who can charge upwards of thousands of dollars for the case, which can linger for up to a year or more.
  • Lastly, the amount of stress and heartache is much less because the process is accomplished in a matter of hours not months or years while the couple battles back and forth over the matter.
What’s new at your business?

I recently launched a brand new website – www.familyfocusedmediation.com and my social media is full of interesting and insightful tidbits about recent happenings in family law or just anything family-related.

Additionally, I post a weekly Friday-ism where I provide my followers with an uplifting quote or thought to help keep reality in perspective, especially when dealing with a family drama. 

What do you love most about living and working in South Florida?

I am a native Floridian, so needless to say, I love it here in South Florida! I am originally from West Palm Beach, but I have lived all over Florida. My home base is now in Parkland/Coral Springs and I have no plans to ever leave.

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Connect with Family Focused Mediation, Inc. on Facebook and Twitter!
Learn more at: www.familyfocusedmediation.com.

Meet Your Grilling Kryptonite: Omaha Steaks

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It’s no secret that I can’t cook. I wrote more about my lacking skills as a housewife here, but I can shop for killer ingredients, especially for grilling out.

And HOW GREAT was this weekend for grilling out???!!!  I LOVE YOU FALL FLORIDA WEATHER!

I was thrilled when Omaha Steaks reached out to Modern Boca Mom to stop by the Boca Raton store to pick up a Gridiron Griller Combo package to test out with #modernbocadad.

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It included:

  • 4 (5 oz.) Triple-Trimmed Filet Mignons
  • 3.5 oz. All-Natural Steak Seasoning
  • 4 oz. Napa Cabernet Glaze
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We invited my parents over for an impromptu Saturday night dinner and we were all extremely pleased (me especially with that Napa Cabernet Glaze…like BUTTER). The food was delicious!

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Omaha Steaks products are available at three South Florida locations (hint, hint- hit the Boca Raton store!):

  • Town Square, Boca Raton
  • Fountain Square, Pembroke Pines
  • Sunrise Square, Fort Lauderdale

Sponsored: We were provided with a complimentary Gridiron Griller Combo in exchange for a review of the product and promotion for the Gridiron Grill-Off Food, Wine & Tailgate Festival. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. 

6 Things Parents Should Consider Before Choosing a Preschool

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My daughter is not even two yet, but I’m already feeling the preschool PRESSURE. Seriously.

What school are you zoned for?

Have you toured any preschools yet?

Are you going to do private or public school?

Seriously. I thought I was leaving this pressure behind by moving to Boca from New York City where you literally have to apply days after (or maybe even before?) your child is born! Apparently not.

So I reached out to Sarah Savitch, Director of Early Childhood at Grandview Preparatory School, for some well…direction. I asked her what MBMoms like you and me should really consider when choosing a preschool in Boca Raton.

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Here are her Top 6 Items to Consider Before Choosing a Preschool in Boca Raton for Your Son or Daughter:
  1. Safety:  Tour the facility to make sure that your child will not only be taken care of, but also that the facility a safe place. Is the school secure? Is the playground away from public view? What about the equipment– is it in good condition and up to code? What about proper supervision on the playground and in the classroom? Seeing any safety lapses during a tour is a red flag for parents.
  1. Staffing credentials, ratios, and past problems:  Find out what ratios the facility observes, what certifications or degrees the teachers and assistants have, the number of years of experience the staff has, and if the facility or staff has past citations with the Department of Children and Families. Visit the DCF website (http://www.myflfamilies.com/) to find this information.
  1. Curriculum:  It is important to ask what type of curriculum the facility follows. Do they follow an organized curriculum or do the teachers have full range of what to do in their classrooms? Also ask what the school’s philosophy of education is. Does it apply to what you want your child to learn and how you want them to learn? Will your child be successful there?

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  1. What other parents are saying:  Word of mouth is the BEST way of knowing about a facility when choosing a preschool. Other people will tell you why they liked a school or the reasons why they did not. Gather information from others, but be sure to visit the school and come to your own conclusion. Keep in mind that what works for one family does not always work for another, and always keep an open mind.
  1. Get a taste of school life:  If available, visit or take a class at the school you are considering. For example, Grandview Preparatory School offers thrice monthly “Mommy & Me Classes” that expose little ones 10 months old and older to the school facilities and the teachers they would have in preschool.
  1. Proximity of the school:  How far do you want your child to be from you? Consider if you would like your child to be closer to home, to your work, to your spouse’s work, or close to grandma and grandpa. Think also of the everyday route you drive: Where would you like your child’s school to be? Also, consider that if a “wonderful” school you love is far away, it may seem like a good idea at the time– but when life becomes hectic it may not be the greatest choice.

Wow, I never even considered half of these. Forget Santa Claus– this is the list that I’m making and checking twice!

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Here are Ms. Savitch’s MOST IMPORTANT words of advice on choosing a preschool in Boca:

If you ever tour a facility and you do not get a good feeling from the start, don’t fool yourself; you never will feel comfortable. 

Choosing a preschool for your child is a personal decision; choose the school that is right for your child and for your family. Remember that schooling isn’t just about academics—it’s about developing your child, keeping them safe, and inspiring them to be their best selves every day.


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Sarah Savitch has dedicated the last 24 years to educating children in early childhood and mentoring new teachers in the field. Ms. Savitch holds a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Early Childhood and Elementary Education as well as a State of Florida Director’s Credential.  While specializing in curriculum development, Ms. Savitch has developed curriculum for two different preschools in South Florida over ten years. Ms. Savitch currently teaches the Early Childhood 4 class at Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton.


Sponsored: This Choosing a Preschool in Boca post was sponsored by Grandview Preparatory School. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

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