BAY HARBOR ISLANDS, FLORIDA, DECEMBER 1, 2015 – International healthy gourmet lifestyle expert Fred Bollaci, CEO & President of Palm Beach, and New York-based Fred Bollaci Enterprises was honored Sunday night at the Miami branch of the legendary Palm Restaurant with a caricature and private party. Bollaci, a long-time fan and patron of the Palm commented: “The Palm has been a favorite growing up in New York. We often visited the original [Palm] at 837 Second Avenue in Manhattan, as well as the one at The Huntting Inn in East Hampton, Long Island. The Miami location, near the famed Bal Harbour Shops has been a South Florida landmark since opening in 1981, a favorite of locals and visitors to the Miami area, who come to enjoy the famous food and legendary atmosphere and great service the Palm is known for. The Palm Restaurant exemplifies a top-shelf steakhouse with Italian-American roots dating back to 1926 in Manhattan. The Palm also caters to today’s health conscious consumers who don’t want to sacrifice quality or flavor, with delicious offerings such as the “Gigi Salad,” which is featured in my upcoming book,” in addition to classics like USDA Prime steaks, Nova Scotia Lobsters, soups, salads, sides, Italian-American favorites, and signature desserts, an outstanding wine list, and great cocktails. It’s a great place, nearly 90 years of tradition, and still going strong, run by the founding families,” Bollaci said. “The Palm is also a Golden Palate Partner® of mine, and a shining example of how a restaurant can grow into a mini chain and maintain its quality, consistency, and high level of customer service in multiple locations.”
Pictured above: The Gigi Salad
Bollaci was presented with his caricature, as well as a framed version to take home. “I will hang it in my office along with my diplomas and other awards,” Bollaci said. “I am extremely honored and proud.” Miami Palm General Manager Michael Meyer added, “We are delighted Mr. Bollaci chose to celebrate with us in Miami and be added to our wall of fame. We look forward to a wonderful evening with Mr. Bollaci and his guests.”
Loyal patrons, celebrities, and members of the 837 Club, The Palm’s exclusive rewards program may be chosen for a caricature at the location of their choice, based upon availability. The Palm’s tradition of adorning its walls with caricatures began in New York City during the Great Depression, in which the original restaurant fed hungry artists, whom in exchange for their meals would paint cartoons and caricatures on the walls. The artwork became legendary, and the tradition has continued for nearly 90 years and spread to the network of some 2-dozen Palm locations worldwide. “The Palm is a true Italian-American success story, having withstood the test of time, founded by two Italian immigrant families, the Bozzi’s and Ganzi’s from Parma Italy. I love the story, kind of an ‘Ellis Island’ story in the NYC licensing bureau–they were opening the restaurant, a neighborhood Italian-American establishment in Midtown. They wanted to call it ‘The Parma,’ after their hometown in Italy. The legend goes that the people in the licensing office misunderstood and issued a license to ‘The Palm.’ A legend was born! I am very honored to be a permanent part of the Palm family, and to be recognized for my patronage of this iconic American restaurant,” Mr. Bollaci said.
Pictured above: Signature Nova Scotia Lobster, and Prime New York Strip Steak, two Palm classics.