TooJay’s plans gift card giveaway to mark grand opening of Stuart location

TooJay’s will mark the grand re-opening of its Stuart restaurant on Friday (June 2) by giving away $25 gift cards and a branded tumbler to the first 50 customers in line when the doors open at 8 a.m.

TooJay’s CEO Chris Artinian stand inside his location in Downtown at the Gardens in Palm Beach Gardens on October 24, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

The company, known for its homemade, New York-deli favorites, recently remodeled the Stuart restaurant to give it a more contemporary look.

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The remodeled restaurant, located at 2504 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart, officially re-opened on May 23, but the celebration was set for Friday.

“We are so excited to unveil our fresh new look in our Stuart TooJay’s Deli, Bakery, Restaurant,” said TooJay’s CEO Chris Artinian.  “We value all of our Stuart guests and our 27 year relationship with the entire Stuart community serving Simply Great Food with Simply Great Experiences.”

A Reuben sandwich at TooJay’s Gourmet Deli. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Founded in 1981, TooJay’s has 27 restaurants throughout Florida including Palm Beach and Broward counties, the Treasure Coast, the West Coast of Florida, the Orlando area, The Villages, the Space Coast and Polk County.

New food tour in Delray Beach offers taste of Atlantic Avenue

Delray Beach-based Craft Food Tours opened its doors in December, offering both tourists and locals a chance to eat their way through a 1.1-mile tour of the city.

The company, run by owner Matt Guidice and his business partner Anthony Guzman, offers three-hour walking tours with stops at six restaurants in downtown Delray Beach.

MORE: Culinary tours bolster Palm Beach County’s tourism menu

Since opening six months ago, Craft Food Tours has hosted roughly 45 groups. Public tours are offered on weekends.

Now the company is looking to expand.

Guidice, who recently decided to quit his full-time job with a bank in Miami to focus on growing the tourism business, said he plans to launch a Thursday night tour for locals this summer. By the start of the winter tourism season, he plans to offer tours Tuesdays through Sundays.

Guidice also hopes to begin offering private tours for large groups.

Since opening last year, the tour company has built up its reputation on the tourism-related website TripAdvsior. The site now ranks Craft Food Tours among the Top 10  “Things to Do” in Delray Beach.

Craft Food Tours is one of four local businesses seizing on a growing trend in the tourism industry — food-themed travel.

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“The great thing about these tours is that a lot of them introduce you to local restaurants you may not have experienced on your own,” said Ashley Svarney, the Director of Public Relations and Communications at Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s tourism marketing organization.  “That is what more and more travelers want. They want to know these local places that they can only experience when they visit a place like The Palm Beaches.”

As many as 40 percent of U.S. travelers plan their vacations around food, according to the World Food Travel Association. In Palm Beach County, 28 percent of all tourists cite culinary motivations as the reason for their visit, tourism officials have said.

“Food is really the only universal language,” Guidice said.

After taking roughly 20 food tours in cities across the world, Guidice said he decided to start his own. Guidice and Guzman decided to launched the company in Delray Beach.

The tours cost $65 for adults and include 12 tastings, 2 cocktails and a craft beer.

The company partners with eight restaurants in Delray Beach, including several smaller spots,  Guidice said.

“We have fantastic relationships” with the restaurants, Guidice said. “Without the restaurants we can’t do the food tour.”

The rise of culinary tours in Palm Beach County is a testament to the area’s flourishing food scene,  Svarney said.

“The culinary scene it really is taking off, and more and more people are noticing,” Svarney said.

The county’s culinary tours can also help drive business to area restaurants, she added.

“These culinary tours have the opportunity to produce more business for these restaurants and bars later on down the road,” Svarney said. “These visitors might have samples of a very small dish that they fell in love with and maybe the come back and enjoy a full dinner or a full lunch.”

Happy National Iced Tea Day! Where to find deals and freebies

It’s National Iced Tea Day — a time to sit back, take a sip and celebrate that beloved summer beverage.

You can picture it right now, can’t you? The condensation on the glass. The ice cubes clinking together. A wedge of fresh lemon on the rim.

Ah yes. Time to celebrate iced tea. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution file photo)
Ah yes. Time to celebrate iced tea. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution file photo)

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If we’ve just made you very thirsty, here’s where to find deals and freebies today, according to Offers.com:

Au Bon Pain: Get 99 cent refills this summer when you buy a 16-ounce cold cup, or get a 99 cent medium iced drink when you buy soup, salad or a sandwich.

Beef O’Brady’s: Receive a free iced tea with purchase.

Starbucks: Buy one Teavana Shaken Iced Tea, get one free.

Teavana: Stores are holding free tasting of the company’s iced tea blends. Find a store here.

Wendy’s: Get a free 12-ounce Fruitea Chiller in either blueberry pineapple or orange mango from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day: Where to get a deal

(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
(Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

Yes, there’s a day for everything: Oreos, bacon — you name it, there’s a day dedicated to celebrating it.

And today just happens to be National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day.

We’re not sure who came up with the idea to have a National Hot Pastrami Day, or why they chose Jan. 14 to celebrate the official sandwich of delis everywhere. But we do know where you can get a deal.

Jon Smith Subs is offering customers free fries with each purchase of a foot-long pastrami sandwich. Find a Jon Smith Subs location.

Toojay’s also is celebrating the day — for an entire month. Sign up here through Feb. 13 to win a free trip to New York or one of the restaurant chain’s daily prizes.

Comment to tell us: Where’s your favorite place to get a hot pastrami sandwich?