Chamber of Commerce to honor island’s best during April 12 season-closing breakfast
Saturday, March 24, 2012
By Robert Janjigian
Palm Beach Daily News Business Editor
Each year, businesses and individuals that contribute to the island experience in extraordinary ways are honored with awards presented by the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce. This year’s slate of winners will be recognized for their superlative efforts April 12 at the Chamber’s annual season-closing breakfast meeting at The Breakers.
“These honorees represent the diversity and distinctive character of the Palm Beach business community — from those entities with long-standing traditions that continue to thrive to the new businesses that have quickly made a contribution to the vitality of this community,” said Chamber president Denise Bober. Recommendations for this year’s awards recipients were sought in January, with a selection committee appointed by Bober choosing winners in February, said Laurel Baker, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. “Those recognized this year all make a contribution to what could be called the Palm Beach brand,” Baker said.
Chamber awards are presented to the best new restaurant, best new business, best restoration/renovation, creativity in advertising and to the business that most captures the essence of the island in a fashion that’s “quintessentially Palm Beach.”
The committee chose Café Via Flora, which debuted off Worth Avenue last summer, as best new business.
The 50-seat indoor-outdoor restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, is owned by Pamela Lomba and Heinrich Lowenberg. “When we heard about the award, it was a very pleasant surprise,” said Lomba, adding that the response to the new dining spot, by both locals and visitors, has been “amazing.”
A bit of good fortune means PB’s Cafe Via Flora can now serve booze
by M.M. Cloutier of The Palm Beach Daily News, The Shiny Sheet
At Café Via Flora, nestled in a garden via courtyard off Worth Avenue, the holiday cheer is particularly merry these days. The reason’s pretty simple and straightforward, especially as told by Pamela Lomba, who co-owns the indoor/outdoor restaurant with chef/restaurateur Heinrich Lowenberg.“As of last week,” she says, “we have our full liquor license!”
That means Café Via Flora (240 Worth Ave.; 514-4959)—which serves Continental fare with an emphasis on Italian (although other influences are evident in its menu items)—can now serve wine, beer and cocktails (mixed and straight-up) to its patrons.
“With so many new restaurants opening up, we wanted to keep up and remain competitive while also offering as many options as possible,” says Lomba. “Everyone already raves about the ambiance and our food at Café Via Flora and now that we can offer all kinds of liquor in addition to wine and beer, there’s no reason not to dine with us.”
Café Via Flora currently is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, serving lunch, afternoon nibbles and dinner. “And if you come early for lunch and want something for breakfast, we can customize,” says Lomba.
From the Palm Beach Daily News
Posted: 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
by Libby Volgyes
A sweet surprise on Worth Avenue
-The salmon sandwich from Cafe Via Flora ($13.95): Smoked wild Norwegian salmon, brie, arugula, onion and herbed creme fraiche. The sandwich is served at Cafe Via Flora with an organic seasonal green salad and homemade pasta salad. (Photo by Libby Volgyes/Special to The Palm Beach Post)
As if a morning on Worth Avenue wasn’t special enough (it is) – just driving past the ocean puts you in the mood for a grand day. But then after you’ve strolled down the most luxurious street in our humble county, peering in at the elegant displays, dreaming of yourself squeezed into a Hervé Léger or a prancing around in a flowing Badgley Mischka, perhaps stopping in for a present or a splurge – task yourself with finding Café Via Flora.
I think of it as my secret garden (café). I never quite remember where it is. Finding it requires poking into the oft-overlooked Via, which only adds to the fun. Pass the quaint sculptures once you do find it, and settle outside under an umbrella as an afternoon (or evening) of yummies and majestic quiet awaits you.
Café Via Flora’s extensive menu offers choices from light and alluring salads such as beet with arugula, spinach and romaine with orange and maple-roasted pecans, red onion and gorgonzola cheese to creative sandwiches. (I fell in love with the smoked Norwegian salmon and brie, $13.95.) There are heartier classics, such as a filling Ravioli alla Vodka ($13.95) or Fish and Chips ($16.95). In addition, there are a few different hamburgers, Bresaola ($14.95), Beef Carpaccio ($14.95), or intriguing Prosciuttio-Wrapped Dates stuffed with Manchego cheese and drizzled with aged balsamic reduction ($8.95).
What I’m trying to say: While it’s a dainty, lovely, sweet place, come hungry and order lots. Portions are generous, prices are reasonable (for Worth) and the quiet beauty of it will leave you lingering far into the afternoon into a second cappuccino.
Café Via Flora: at 240 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach (behind Jimmy Choo and Hermes); 561-514-4959; open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
From the Palm Beach Post’s ‘Notables’ section:
MCB Stages 26th Palm Beach Season Finale Fete
Photos by Leonard Bryant
Miami City Ballet’s Artist’s Circle, a members-only corps of Palm Beach County supporters recently celebrated the dance troupe’s 2011/2012 stellar season finale at the romantic Mediterranean eatery, Cafe Via Flora, located at 240 Worth Avenue. Voted the “Best New Business” by the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and tucked into one of the most picturesque vias on the famous street, Cafe Via Flora hosted Miami City Ballet’s Palm Beach leadership for its pre-performance reception on April 13th prior to the full-length opening night production of Coppélia.
Pamela Lomba, pictured above, owns Café Via Flora with her husband Heinrich Lowenberg. Having begun as a small take-out venue, Café Via Flora recently expanded to a 50-seat casual Italian-style café open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, garnering the Chamber of Commerce 2012 Award for Best New Business on Palm Beach.
From the Palm Beach Daily News “The Dish” by M.M. Cloutier
PB’s Cafe Via Flora To Say `Thank You’ Tomorrow With Sparkling Pours
Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
A few hours after the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce’s annual season-closing meeting and awards ceremony tomorrow morning at The Breakers, Cafe Via Flora will celebrate its best-new-business win by offering a complimentary nicety to visitors. Between noon and 6 p.m. Thursday, anyone who drops by the counter at the 50-seat indoor-outdoor cafe (240 Worth Ave.; 514-4959) will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco.
“Especially for people who have been regulars with us, this is a way to thank them,” says Pamela Lomba, who co-owns Cafe Via Flora with her restaurateur-husband, Heinrich Lowenberg (the two are shown above).
“We want to show our appreciation,” says Lomba, “because it’s really all of the people who have dined with us who have helped us win the (Chamber) award.”
Other island restaurants receiving a Chamber award tomorrow include Buccan, honored as Palm Beach’s best new restaurant. Buccan opened in January 2011.