Archive for November, 2016

Would You Like To Promote Your Business Or Your Community?

November 30th, 2016

Showcase Your Business or Community with JeffRealty!

Do you have a business you would like to promote to our 85,000 base?  The Chocolate Spectrum, in Jupiter, helping cure autism one truffle at a time.

Maybe a great story about why your community is special?  BallenIsles Is Going to the Dogs!

Or someone in your community doing something and beyond the call of duty?  Check out the executive chef at Ibis making customary soups as a call of duty. 

If so, feel free to email me and we will promote your business or why your community is special.  (See the examples above for promotional work we do to serve our areas).

We would love to highlight you and your subdivision.

Thank you,

JEFF LICHTENSTEIN
jeff@JeffRealty.com
561.346.8383

JEFF & CARY LICHTENSTEIN
We Make Your Home Our Business

7100 FAIRWAY DRIVE, SUITE 44
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL 33418
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JeffRealty Exclusive – Receive 10% at The Chocolate Spectrum!

November 29th, 2016

Sylvia’s Spotlight on Local Business – The Chocolate Spectrum

 

Located in the Jupiter West Plaza on Indiantown Rd., just down the road from Rialto, The Chocolate Spectrum is serving up delightful artisan chocolates while supporting the autism community one truffle at a time.

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The Chocolate Spectrum is a family owned and operated artisan chocolate company. It was started by Valerie Herskowitz for her son, Blake, who is a young man with autism. They began with one young man and now have over 12 differently-abled individuals in their program. Their mission is to offer delicious chocolate confections while also helping individuals with special needs. They accomplish this two ways:  By providing individuals with developmental disabilities training and by providing employment opportunities in some circumstances. In addition to training, each participant has the opportunity to engage in meaningful and purposeful experiences with an emphasis on social interaction.

Valerie’s Story

She hasn’t always been a skilled chocolatier. Valerie became a speech therapist 38 years ago and specialized in the field of autism. This was prior to starting a family. She had a son, Blake, who ended up being diagnosed with autism. Because of Blake, her whole world became about autism. Her focus became helping people with special needs to be included in the community.

She encountered obstacles when trying to find activities and programs for her son. When she would take Blake out into the community, she had horrible experiences. She was committed to getting Blake whatever he needed. That was the impetus for opening a therapy center. Rather than become disheartened, she took action. For instance, when she was unable to find camp or gymnastics programs for kids with special needs, she decided to establish her own programs.

 

Valerie and Christian Prepare to Ship Orders

Valerie and Christian Prepare to Ship Orders

 

Valerie and her husband established the National Autism Registry in 1999. The mission was to provide opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to engage in community-based experiences that were not available to them due to the difficulties of the individual with developmental disabilities. Valerie became an anchor of support for the families in the community with children on the spectrum. She would often throw get togethers at her home where she provided therapy sessions. They grew to be large pot luck family gatherings where everyone could feel comfortable and have fun.

In 2008, Valerie had an opportunity from the Unicorn Children’s Foundation which is an international non-profit organization dedicated to children and young adults with developmental, communication, and learning disorders through education, awareness, and research so that they have every opportunity to lead productive and fulfilling lives. They gave Valerie a small grant which enabled her to sell her therapy center. She began teaching as professor of speech therapy. She wrote a couple of books. She continued to be active in the autism community.

This is where the chocolate comes in…Cake decorating was on Valerie’s bucket list. She started off taking some cake decorating classes. Then she decided to learn the skills of a pastry chef. She trained with a private chef for two years. She loved the chocolate work and decided to become a certified chocolatier. She entered the online Professional Chocolatier Program with Ecole Chocolat.

After Blake graduated from high school, Valerie had exhausted all avenues in trying to find something for Blake to do. Blake had enjoyed working with her in the kitchen. They started a small venture called Blake’s Cakes and sold some of their custom cakes. Eventually Valerie decided to focus on chocolate. Chocolate was more intriguing than the cakes. She didn’t set out to make a business of it. It just happened naturally after making it exclusively for friends and family. She and Blake began making chocolate and selling it online. The word spread and parents with kids with special needs began asking Valerie if they could come to her house. She offered complimentary group chocolate making classes which was a fun activity.

 

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Valerie and Blake Making Peppermint Truffles

Eventually they grew out of her home kitchen and established a store on Indiantown Rd in Jupiter. They make all the chocolates in their store kitchen and have a beautifully stocked case full of chocolate delights. They offer fun chocolate making and pastry classes for all ages. Check out their Facebook page for updates on fun events. They also take online and phone orders and ship all over the world. The Chocolate Spectrum employs adults on the spectrum and gives them opportunities to build confidence and learn specific skill sets and responsibilities. Her employees are paid from their sales profits. Valerie does not take a salary herself. She still continues to work as a professor of speech therapy. Their tight knit team depends on her guidance and is like a second family. There is a movement today to try and establish employment options for people with autism and Valerie is very proud to be a part of this movement.

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Would you like to be featured in the Rialto Resident Spotlight or know someone who would? Let us know! Send an email to Sylvia@JeffRealty.com.

Sylvia Isaacs is available to handle all your questions and real estate needs. Give her a call at (561) 371-6610 or email her at Sylvia@JeffRealty.com.

Thank you,


SYLVIA ISAACS
RSPS, e-PRO, REALTOR
sylvia@JeffRealty.com
561.371.6610

JEFF & CARY LICHTENSTEIN
We Make Your Home Our Business

7100 FAIRWAY DRIVE, SUITE 44
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL 33418
F: 561.277.2500

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Spotlight on Rich Ruggerio | Frenchman’s Creek’s Golf Starter

November 28th, 2016

Say hello to Rich Ruggerio, Frenchman’s Creek golf starter since 1988. Rich hails from Jamestown, New York. He and his wife Emily moved down here in 1988.

Rich and Emily have 3 children and 4 grand children aging from 3-19. Previous to Frenchman’s Creek, Rich was involved in managing the food services for the Montreal Expos minor league system. Rich also spent 18 years with the US Postal Service in New York. Rich is a sand bagging 8 handicap, although he doesn’t pick up a club until mid April when he travels back North for the season. If you haven’t had the pleasure to meet Rich, stop by the starter shack and say hello. Rich is extremely personable and will tell you as many stories as you have time to hear. Chances are very good you will have a good belly laugh from all his experiences in life and the people who have crossed his path. Enjoy!!!!

Hope you are all having a great holiday season and please call me if you have any real estate questions.

Chris Burke is available to handle all of your questions and real estate needs. Give him a call at (561) 531-2173 or email him at chris@JeffRealty.com.

Thank you,

chris

CHRIS BURKE
chris@JeffRealty.com
561.531.2173

JEFF & CARY LICHTENSTEIN
We Make Your Home Our Business

7100 FAIRWAY DRIVE, SUITE 44
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL 33418
F: 561.277.2500

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The Executive Chef at The Club at Ibis

November 28th, 2016

Chef Jerome Nicholas is the Executive Chet at The Club at Ibis, a private country club in West Palm Beach. He is responsible for managing all culinary operations for four distinct member dining outlets, banquets, catering, and an employee cafeteria which serves over 350 employee meals daily. He supervises 10 subordinate managers, who oversee a staff of over 90 employees. He also must satisfy the discerning palates of 1600 club members, a daunting task!

Chef Jerome has been at Ibis for 8 years, having worked previously at BallenIsles for 6 years, as well as the Brazilian Court Hotel, and the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. He worked in 9 other significant restaurants or hotels from 1985-1992.

His apprenticeship education was at the Chavant Restaurant (Two Michelin Star), in Grenoble, France. He received a Diploma CAP, finishing 4th in State. He then entered the French Army in 1985, working in the Officer’s Restaurant.

He has many notable accomplishments, including Top 100 Best Chefs in America by the International Restaurant & Hospitality Association, 2000, as well as his Membership in the Chaine des Rotisseurs, 2000-present, and  is a member of DIRONA, 2000-present.

The success of any private country club is not dependent on one person, but the complete staff, from the General Manager to the dining staff, including the workers behind the immediate eyes of the public. On a personal note, Chef Jerome was so compassionate when my husband became ill. We spoke to the Chef regarding my husband’s dietary restrictions, and he was most gracious in providing special soups with no spices. This service went on for months. All we had to do was call and order what was needed.

When I spoke to Chef Jerome today (11/18/16), and again thanked him profusely for his help, he said “It is my duty to help. There are people that are on restricted diets or allergic to various foods. If someone breaks an arm, their food must be cut up into small pieces”. The motto of the Club, which is embroidered on their uniforms is WIT, Whatever It Takes. Chef Jerome embodies that compassionate spirit at The Club at Ibis.

Sally Stepnes is available to handle all of your questions and real estate needs regarding Ibis. Give her a call at (561) 379-4241 or email her at sally@JeffRealty.com.

Thank you,


SALLY STEPNES
sally@JeffRealty.com
561.379.4241

JEFF & CARY LICHTENSTEIN
We Make Your Home Our Business

7100 FAIRWAY DRIVE, SUITE 44
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL 33418
F: 561.277.2500

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If You Love Sushi, You’ll Love Echo

November 28th, 2016

Like sushi?  Then you’ll love Echo on Palm Beach Island.  Write this down, hand it to your server, and thank me later.

My girlfriend and I shared the crab and cucumber salad as our starter.

For our main course we shared:

  • The Palm Beach roll with spicy conch
  • The spicy dragon roll
  • Dragon bites
  • Katsu roll
  • The eel roll

Ask for a side of wasabi cream sauce for dipping.

Insider Tips: Happy hour means ½ off sushi and drinks.  I have your attention now, don’t I? Happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.  Get there early because there might be a wait, and you have to get your order in before 6:30 for it to be discounted.  Also, order the chocolate chip souffle with your dinner. The souffle takes about 20 minutes to     prepare so let your server know early and they’ll take care of the timing.

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Looking for a local expert who can guide you through the different communities? Dan Friedman is a skilled negotiator and Realtor who can be reached at (561) 315-6822, or email him at dan@JeffRealty.com.

Thank you,


DAN FRIEDMAN
dan@JeffRealty.com
561.315.6822

JEFF & CARY LICHTENSTEIN
We Make Your Home Our Business

7100 FAIRWAY DRIVE, SUITE 44
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL 33418
F: 561.277.2500

JEFFREALTY.COM
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You can read my full Bio here.