Wawa to open another Florida store this week

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its fanatical following, will hold a grand opening celebration on Thursday for its newest store in Port St. Lucie.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams and Mayor Shelley Vana with a Wawa mascot.

The store is located at 10308 SW Tradition Parkway in Port St. Lucie.

RELATED: First Wawa stores open in Palm Beach County

As part of the festivities, members from the Port St. Lucie Police Department will battle the St. Lucie County Fire Fighters Benevolent Association in a Hoagies for Heroes hoagie building.

Wawa will donate $1,000 to both team’s charity of choice, but only the winners will take the trophy home.

The chain, which is headquartered in Wawa, Pa, has earned a reputation for serving up hot coffee and tasty sandwiches along with its gas sales.

Wawa opened its first three Palm Beach County locations last week. The stores are located in Palm Springs and Riviera Beach.

Hoffman’s plans Easter factory tour; egg hunt

Hoffman’s Chocolates plans to hold a “Hoppy Easter Celebration” on April 8 at its Greenacres chocolate factory, shoppe and ice cream parlour.

The celebration will include Eastr egg hunts, photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, food trucks, entertainment and other family-friendly activities.

Here is the schedule of events:

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Chocolate Factory Tour and chocolate activity – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

This festive, first-time event will include breakfast with the Easter Bunny featuring an all-you-can-eat, buffet-style breakfast with offerings such as eggs, bacon, sausage, cheesy hash browns, bagels, pastries, juices and coffee. The morning will also include photo opportunities with the bunny, a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the famous Hoffman’s Chocolates Factory, a special, create-your-own chocolate bar activity and an Easter egg hunt. The egg hunt will feature approximately 5,000 eggs filled with goodies, redeemable vouchers and one extra-special egg will contain a voucher to claim a 3-foot Chocolate Bunny (valued at $299.95).  Guests can also take part in the other activities later that day. The cost for this event is $34.95 for adults, $17.95 for children ages 2-12, and children under 2 are free but will not be assigned a seat. To register visit www.Hoffmans.com/bunnybreakfast. Price of admission also gives all guests first access to the Easter egg hunt following the breakfast. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Hoppy Easter Celebration – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Hoffman’s Chocolates will celebrate Easter with a family-friendly afternoon including Easter egg hunts (for ages 2-12), photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, food trucks, magic shows, entertainment, crafts and other activities in Hoffman’s beautiful Gardens. The cost for entry is $5 per person (children under 2 are free). Ice cream, Easter treats, gourmet caramel apples and other chocolates and confections will be available for sale in both The Sweet Shack in the Gardens and in the Factory Store. Tickets can be purchased at Hoffman’s Chocolates the day of the event. Please don’t forget to bring your own Easter basket.



Wawa in Palm Beach County: 3 stores open next week

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its fanatical following, will open three stores on Thursday, marking its first push into the South Florida market.

The chain, which is headquartered in Wawa, Pa, has earned a reputation for serving up hot coffee and tasty sandwiches along with its gas sales.

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams and Mayor Shelley Vana with a Wawa mascot.

In Palm Beach County, die-hard fans will be treated to giveaways, discounts and deals as part of the triple-header grand opening celebration.

RELATED: City commissioner: Wawa wants to open in Boynton Beach

Wawa is opening two locations in Palm Springs and one in Riviera Beach on Thursday.  All doors open at 8 a.m.

Here is the ribbon cutting schedule:

9 a.m.

3950 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

12:30 p.m.

1771 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

3 p.m.

7289 Garden Road, Riviera Beach

All three locations will be serving up free coffee for 10 days following the opening. The first 100 customers at the 3950 S. Congress Ave. location will receive special giveaway items.

RELATED: Wawa says Hello to Palm Beach County

Wawa announced in 2015 that it planned to open dozens of stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Wawa opened its first Florida location outside of SeaWorld in Orlando in 2012.

This local eatery now serving up items at PBIA

Paneterie, a European bakery and cafe with locations in West Palm Beach and Delray Beach, is now offering “grab and go” items at Palm Beach International Airport.

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A number of sandwiches, salads, snack boxes and sweet treats, are available at the Flagler Gourmet Market, which is located in Concourse B.

RELATED: This store just opened at the PB Outlets

Palm Beach County Airports Director Bruce Pelly said passengers are looking for fresh and local food options, adding that all airport eateries are required to offer “street pricing.”

The Flagler Gourmet Market is run by the Paradies Shops, the Atlanta-based company that operates the stores at the airport.


Hurricane Grill & Wings brand to expand new restaurant concept

The West Palm Beach-based Hurricane Grill & Wings brand plans to open 49 new restaurants as part of a new fast-casual concept it unveiled last year.

The company said it would expand its Hurricane BTW concept,  (burgers, tacos and wings) over the next 3 1/2 years, adding as many as 11 new locations by the end of the year.

Hurricane BTW’s lab store opened in Ft. Lauderdale in April.

The company said it plans to open the first Hurricane BTW prototype location in Skokie, IL in late April.  Between 8 and 10 more locations will open by the end of the year, the chain said.

““While the restaurant industry, specifically fast-casual, is down as of late, we have seen two trends: single entrée menus have driven brands (i.e. burgers, pizza, wings), and there is an overall drive for higher quality and higher average tickets,” said Brooksy Smith, Chief Brand Officer for Hurricane AMT (Hurricane Grill & Wings, Hurricane BTW and Hurricane Dockside) as well as President of Hurricane BTW. “At BTW, we are focusing on the three most popular single entrée items other than pizza and including them on our menu, and we are pricing our average ticket at $10. We feel that now is the right time for a broad menu with a value proposition in a casual market. And that’s why we are confident BTW will excel.”


Need a job? This company is hiring in Palm Beach Gardens

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants,  a wine bar and “upscale casual” restaurant, plans to hire nearly 200 workers to staff its soon-to-open location in Palm Beach Gardens.

The company plans to open its first Palm Beach County location in April at The Gardens Mall on PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens.  Cooper’s Hawk said it needs to fill 196 new jobs before the doors open.  Positions range from servers to line cooks, bartenders to wine tasting room attendants.

Cooper’s Hawk, a winery and restaurant, will open in the second floor of The Gardens Mall, 3101 PGA Blvd. in Palm Beach Gardens, by the end of March 2017. (Sarah Peters/The Palm Beach Post)

To fill the openings, Cooper’s Hawk is holding a hiring fair on Monday and Tuesday (March 13 & 14). The event, which runs from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., will take place at the chain’s Palm Beach Gardens location inside The Gardens Mall (3101 PGA Boulevard).

“We are thrilled to be able to contribute to the growing job base in Palm Beach County,” said Tim McEnery, founder and CEO of Cooper’s Hawk. “We are currently looking to staff team members with a passion for wine, food and first-class hospitality and look forward to meeting and working with many great members of the community.”

The Palm Beach Gardens restaurant will become the chains 8th Florida location.

Interested candidates who are unable to attend the hiring event may also apply online by visiting apply at chwinery.com.

New market for foodies to hold “preview party” in advance of opening

Grange Hall Market, a New York-inspired food hall set to open in West Palm Beach’s new Warehouse District, will hold a preview party this month in advance of its official launch.

Elizabeth Ave Station in West Palm Beach will provide retail space for local businesses. (Jennifer Sorentrue/The Palm Beach Post)
Elizabeth Ave Station in West Palm Beach will provide retail space for local businesses. (Jennifer Sorentrue/The Palm Beach Post)

The party will run from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on March 18, according to a Facebook listing. Admission is $10.

The market’s vendors include include Zipitios Tacos; Grace’s Sausages & Fine Foods; Rabbit Coffee Roasting Co.; Flower & Fringe; Celis Produce; Fat Bird and Little Red Truck.

The Warehouse District is a sprawling complex of vintage buildings located south of Okeechobee Boulevard and west of Parker Avenue.

Elizabeth Ave Station, which opened earlier this year, is  also part of the budding new district. It provides pop-up retail and creative space for local artisans and entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses.


McDonald’s unveils high-tech, super straw

McDonald’s has re-engineered the straw in an effort to maximize the flavor of its St. Patrick’s Day milkshake, but only a handful of lucky customers will get to test out the new invention.

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McDonald’s hired two engineering firms to develop the straw — which is designed to deliver the perfect ratio of chocolate and mint flavor in the restaurant’s new layered Chocolate Shamrock Shake.

RELATED: Fast food faster: McDonald’s also woos customers with ordering kiosks 

The company has dubbed its invention the “Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdraw” — an acronym for straw.

McDonald’s produced 2,000 of the snorkel-like straws and is giving them away at select locations across the country.

RELATED: This national chain is coming to Palm Beach Outlets

Currently there are no giveaways planned in the Palm Beach County area.

But you still have time to get your hands on a Chocolate Shamrock Shake.



Super Bowl 2017: Blue Cheese or Ranch with your wings? Survey says…

When it comes to chicken wings for the Super Bowl, South Florida foodies prefer a side of ranch over blue cheese dressing.bleu-cheese-ranch

Hurricane Grill & Wings, a South Florida based eatery with more than 80 restaurants, surveyed more than 2,600 wing lovers, who by a narrow margin, choose ranch dressing as their preferred dipping sauce.

According to the eatery, 52 percent of those who responded to the survey picked ranch, while 48 percent preferred blue cheese.

Miss out on McDonald’s “secret sauce” giveaway? Here’s how to make it at home

On Thursday, McDonald’s gave away 10,000 bottles of its Big Mac Special Sauce. 

But if you weren’t lucky enough to score one of the bottles, don’t fret. You can make yourself.

McDonald’s in 2012 released a YouTube video with its special sauce recipe.

Although many have compared the sauce to Thousand Island dressing, the ingredients show otherwise.

bigmacsauce-jpeg_720-jpg_webHere’s how to make it at home: