Cathy Balestriere, general manager of Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas, today announced that the popular, boutique vacation spot hosted 200 hungry friends and fans last night at its fifth annual BEST BITE restaurant competition, which was combined with the hotel’s festive 15th anniversary celebration.
For the third year in a row, the winning eatery was Caffe Luna Rosa, the popular beachside restaurant that also has been twice named Restaurant of the Year by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant’s appetizing entry was Florida Yellowtail Snapper with a Crab Crust Topped with Shrimp in a Saffron Cream Sauce. Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub was the runner-up in this year’s BEST BITE taste-off with Chicken Curry, and Pizza Rustica came in third with Gourmet Pizza Bites.
The other restaurant contenders were Che!!! (Spanish Style Been Empanadas), Papa’s Tapas (Traditional Spanish Omelet), Patio Delray (Garam Marsala Rubbed Ahi Tuna Seared Rare) and Streb’s (Ahi Tuna and Asparagus Sesame Sake).
As an added twist, this year’s BEST BITE was the finale of the HOW Foundation’s inaugural Dine for Veterans promotion. All seven restaurants had special food stations from which they offered a variety of tasty goodies as they competed for a brand new title: BEST BITE FOR THE VETS.
The cost to attend was only $15 per person, and $10 from each admission was split evenly between two patriotic nonprofit organizations based in Delray Beach:
+ HOW Foundation of South Florida, which increases awareness about the medicinal benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and raises supplementary funds for helping wounded warriors and other individuals receive treatment for HBOT indications not typically covered by insurance. For more information, please visit www.HOWFoundationSF.org.
+ Project Holiday, which supports local families who have loved ones serving in the armed forces around the world.
Crane’s Beach House’s 15th Anniversary Party & Best Bite for the Vets was held throughout the hotel, around both beach-like swimming pools and the two large Tiki Huts. Live jazz music, a color guard and special guests were all part of the happy and satisfying celebration.
For more information please contact Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas at 561.278.1700 or visit the website and view a stunning, drone-shot video overview of the entire hotel.