There are many things I enjoy in life, but one of my favorites is the celebration of success with friends and family.  When that success is the acknowledgement of the tireless work, passion, and imagination of a brother, son, and business partner – – how sweet the journey.

This week my brother Fred, son Pete, and business partner Dennis Max, celebrate the one year anniversary of Max’s Harvest, the farm to fork restaurant they launched in the Pineapple Grove section of Delray Beach, FL.  As most of you are aware, Fred and I are partners with Dennis in Max’s Grille, a Modern American Bistro located in Boca Raton.  We recently celebrated our 20th Anniversary and look forward to another 20 years of success.  But history can be boring and it was only a matter of time before Dennis Max, the man who changed the way South Florida eats, would nurture the innovative spirit of Max’s Grille and again craft a concept that would elevate the culinary world.  A restaurant where quality, sustainability and consistency far exceed the price of admission – – enter Max’s Harvest.

Opened by Dennis and Fred just one year ago, along with my son Pete as the acting General Manager, Max’s Harvest has garnered high food critic accolades from Palm Beach to Miami.  Aside from Dennis’ vision, Fred’s business acumen, and Pete’s operational know-how, this success derives from the magic and artistry of Chef Chris Miracola and the watchful eye of Owner/Chef, Patrick Broadhead.  I write this post to congratulate Chris Miracola on being named New Times “Best Palm Beach County Chef 2012” and Max’s Harvest being named “Best Palm Beach County Restaurant 2012”.  No small feat in a prosperous county full of 4-star establishments.

The Max Group also recently opened Assaggio del Forno, a contemporary Italian bistro in West Boca Raton, where Pete now acts as Assistant General Manager.  Assaggio takes guests on an adventurous journey through Italy’s culinary heritage. Authentic regional

specialties are presented in the traditional Italian style to share with family and friends.  Delight in the Salumeria Bar or Artisanal thin crust pizza from the wood fired oven.  Homemade pastas and simple and fresh preparations of grilled fish, meats, and vegetables blend rustic tradition with contemporary casual chic.

With more inspired and innovative openings in the works for The Max Group, Dennis and Fred remain available to the industry for restaurant consultation and management services.  Fred can be reached by contacting the Business Services Group of Stampone Law.

Raise a glass to perfection – – happy birthday Max’s Harvest!