By Rebecca Cahilly-Taranto
City & Shore Magazine
Dr. Andrew Weil is a best-selling author, columnist for Prevention and TIME magazines and frequent talk-show guest. And now, he’s also one of the names behind True Food Kitchen, a health-driven, seasonal-food national concept that includes a new outpost in Boca Raton.
Emphasizing seasonal, organic ingredients and catering to all dietary preferences, the flavor-forward menu at True Food Kitchen is based largely on Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet, which encourages simple changes in eating habits to prevent and address chronic inflammation, linked as a cause of many cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and more.
“Boca Raton was an ideal fit for True Food Kitchen for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the community is comprised of active, health-minded residents and visitors who are as passionate about good food as they are food that’s good for you,” Dr. Weil says. “We found that while there’s an outstanding mix of dining options in Boca and Palm Beach, there is nothing like True Food Kitchen in the market.”
At True Food Kitchen, the passion for healthy living extends beyond the table, and the restaurant’s culinary team – which includes Sam Fox, a nine-time James Beard Award nominee for Restaurateur of the Year; Boca Raton location Executive Chef Brian Stevenson and General Manager Manfred Gessa – works year-round with Dr. Weil on menu innovations. They sample new ingredients and flavor profiles in a test kitchen in Phoenix, Ariz., adding new dishes to the menu, which changes with the seasons.
“Our Boca Raton menu includes ingredients, fruits and vegetables that are largely in season at a particular time,” Dr. Weil says. “Our beverage menu is also seasonal and comprised of a variety of handcrafted cocktails made with organic spirits as well as a locally inspired wine and beer list.”
Parents also will appreciate the children’s menu at True Food Kitchen, which features favorites like an almond butter, banana and apple sandwich; grass-fed burger, chicken teriyaki bowl, mozzarella and organic tomato pizza or protein-packed quinoa johnnycakes.
The new True Food Kitchen at the Town Center in Boca Raton is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and serves brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.