Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Carmine’s Gourmet Market, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida


Carmines Gourmet Market started in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida in 1972 as a prime meat market. It's one of our favorite places to have lunch on the marina patio overlooking the gorgeous yachts and we highly recommend it if you are in the greater Palm Beaches.



Over the years Carmine has expanded and now features full service meat, seafood, produce, deli, bakery, wines and imported cheeses, custom gift boxes, a floral shop, and a complete catering service including yacht provisioning. They offer a spectacular assortment of exotic and prepared foods on their catering menu including cold hors d’oeuvres such as ceviche served in an Asian style cocktail spoons, filet mignon crostini with horseradish sauce, seared ahi tuna with wasabi and ginger and carpaccio with shaved Parmesan cheese. Hot hors d’oeuvres include mini crab cakes, lamb lollipops, mini beef wellingtons, grilled shrimp skewers any way you like them, Mediterranean artichoke tarts and, one of my favorites, conch fritters with an orange wasabi dipping sauce.





Carmine’s Catering and Event planning department can handle any special event needs including party captains, servers, bartenders, chefs and sous chefs to make a party great. They can provide rental of tents, tables, chairs, linens, flatware and glasses as well as provide flowers, wine, beer and liquor that compliment your menu. As you can see, they also have a lovely assortment of prepared foods to take home for dinner.




Carmines La Trattoria restaurant is a fine dining establishment where you’re likely to run into Palm Beach regulars such as Alan Jackson, Celine Dion or Joe Torres.



We like to go for lunch and our favorite spot to dine is on Carmine’s Marina Front patio outside where we can enjoy a cool breeze while admiring the gorgeous yachts in the marina. We normally order one of their specialty sandwiches from the deli while Dean Martin croons Italian love songs over the speakers.





Our favorite sandwich is the Carmine, an Italian hoagie on a fresh baguette.



We make our version of a Carmine Sandwich at home and, like Carmine, include ham, Genoa salami, capricola, pepperoni, provolone cheese, romaine lettuce, sliced tomatos and red onions and dress it with our homemade balsamic vinaigrette on a crusty Italian or French mini baguette. I make my vinaigrette by taking one part good aged balsamic vinegar with two parts extra-virgin olive oil and shaking well to make an emulsion.

Carmines Gourmet Market is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida at 2104 PGA Boulevard on the corner of Prosperity Farms Road. Open everyday Monday through Saturday 9 – 8 and Sunday 9 – 7. Phone 561-775-0105. It's one of our favorite spots in all of Palm Beach for a delightful lunch overlooking the yacht filled marina.

This post is being linked to Oh the Place's I've Been at the Tablescaper.


51 comments:

  1. Filet mignon crostini with horseradish sauce, you had me right there. I love the shot of the market, that must have been so much fun to wander through!

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  2. Central Market in Fort Worth, TX has a similar spread of gorgeous gourmet foods. But it lacks the charm of Carmine's fresco dining experience at a marina patio. It looks so relaxing...

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  3. Bonjour,
    Lovely pictures, I've had the good fortune to dine at Carmine's - it was wonderful. That Italian hoagie is making my mouth water.
    Sound like your 2010 is off to a great start!

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  4. OOh that sandwich is making my mouth water too. I haven't had a sandwich like that in years. My first husband was Italian and we always had sandwiches like that. The food in the display cases looks so delicious. Yumm!! Bet it's another world down there. How wonderful.

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  5. Oh a favorite spot. You always have great stuff. Just wanted to drop by and take a peep and say Hello.
    Happy Twirls

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  6. The market looks awesome! And I would love to have a bite of that delicious Carmine Sandwich!

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  7. Hmmmmm why could you be reminiscing about Florida today? Could it be that it's cold enough around here to make a penguin put on a winter coat?

    That sandwich looks so good, but it's the market pictures that really make me drool. Great post, Sam.

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  8. oh wow what a fab market and great view, have fun in Florida

    Love Rebecca

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  9. What a lovely food market & that sandwich looks grand in taste!

    Thanks for sharing this with us, dear Sam!

    Have fun in Florida!!! Enjoy!!

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  10. Thank goodness, I have already all the ingredients for seafood pasta in the house, otherwise I would go crazy with cravings, after looking at all those gorgeous pictures of delicious food! :-)

    I noticed the chairs in your photo of the outdoors patio, they look as if they were Thonet. If I were there, I could not resist to turn one over and check. ;-)

    Thank you for the delightful stroll through this foodies' paradise, you are lucky indeed, having such treasures nearby!

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  11. Oh, oh, oh!!! This is too nice. Just over 2 hours from here. Maybe we need to make a road trip. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wow this is my kind of place Sam!!!!

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  13. For a foodie this place is paradise. Like Susan I think it will be time for a road trip this Winter. We are still in NC freezing but will return to Fla. on Sunday.

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  14. First the view of the variety of food romances me, and then there's the view of the water. On a bitter day in New York, I would like nothing more than to be in Palm Beach Gardens right now!

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  15. Is it time for lunch?

    That array of food in the market . . . oh my lord! Conch fritters -- had them about fifty years ago and thought I'd gone to heaven.

    Now I wonder what's in the fridge . . . perhaps some of that Italian ham?

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  16. Bonjour Sam,
    Thank you for coming by and sharing your story of meeting your husband of 40 years. That is so wonderful - and his line 'the blonde is mine' - well it WAS meant to be.

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  17. Wow what a place-I think I could go in there and just STAY : )

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  18. That is some special market. Enjoy the winter in Florida! It looks beautiful. GREG

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  19. Just my kind of place. And, this made me homesick for south Florida.

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  20. Thanks for sharing! That is a great market!

    Cheers and Happy New Year,

    Rosa

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  21. You had me at Alan Jackson...when are we going to lunch?

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  22. The food, the view, the food, the view. I could move in there and taste my way through that market all year!

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  23. Carmine's Gourmet Market is quite impressive, it's neat to think that they've pioneered an emphasis on high quality ingredients and prepared food even before the big push b y Whole foods in recent years. I'm an avid follower of unique food purveyor, so I'll definitely keep Carmine and their La Trattoria in mind to visit some day. Thanks!

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  24. Oh my goodness, that store is heavenly! I would have a field day just browsing though.

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  25. What a fantastic market. That's the kind of place that I could spend hours browsing in. I loved your description of the market and the sandwich. The photos are wonderful, Sam.

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  26. What a great market! I can see why you love it so. Don't turn around or I will steal half that sammie!

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  27. Everything here looks fantastic. Thanks for the tour!

    And um. Do you think that sandwich would hold up in the mail?

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  28. I so needed to see the sun shine on here, and not to mention the good food. There was a few desserts I could dive into in the display box!

    Nah, I would rather get on the boat and go fishing, and work off calories :)

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  29. Looks like a wonderful place! Thanks for the tip and keep warm!

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  30. Oh, Sam I am so envious and homesick. We had a littler version of a specialty market in Boca that I miss dearly. Hope all is well with you and your family. PS-It is getting really cold up here now and we are expecting some snow this week-end. Enjoy the sun.

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  31. Looks like it's a very nice place to visit. Not just the market itself but also for the yummy food :)

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  32. Oh wow, looks amazing! I am jealous of that warm weather!!

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  33. I just did a post on favorite "local" spots- this would be on my list if I lived near this market. What a wonderful place!

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  34. Oh, Sam... artichoke tarts and conch fritters??? That would send me racing there to eat. Thanks for the tip about this place. The next time, I'm in South Florida (or Mr. Magpie is), I'll be sure we pop in there.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  35. Carmine's is in my neck of the woods - fabulous place! I love the photo of the pata negra jamon iberico - reminds me of my trip to Paris last May. Great blog!

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  36. Hi Sam

    I love Italian specialty markets and Carmine's looks absolutely fabulous! What a wonderful selection of gourmet goods. The seafood was so attractively displayed and those pastries look decandent! You are indeed lucky to be able to shop and dine there. If I am ever in the Palm Beach Gardens area I'd definitely visit.

    Your sandwich looks divine..now I am hungry! :-)

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  37. What a fun store to browse through which take a good hour or 2! After living in Florida, I sure miss the wonderful, fresh seafood!

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  38. Oh, I am so envious of you having this market to shop in. Everything looks so wonderful. We have slim pickin's here in New Bern.

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  39. Everything looks fabulous! I loved all your photos - I feel like I have already been for a visit. The market just looks like one of those places I would love. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. We are big fans of Fresh Market when in HHI but they don't have as much choice as Carmine's and no restaurant either.
    Perhaps we should start vacationing in Florida??
    Maggie
    Have a great week.

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  41. Wow! This looks like my kind of place. The market and food look so delicious. Thanks for sharing this deightful place with us.

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  42. I haven't been to Carmine's in years. It's huge and a feast for the eyes....I love all the cured meats and Italian imported goodies.
    Ah, Palm Beach in the winter!

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  43. Wow! Carmine's is truly an emporium of eating. I might have to set up a tent in the parking lot for my next winter vacation! 8-)

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  44. This market looks like a treasure for any foodie. So many beautiful things and such a pretty location. I could definitely spend some time there!

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  45. Oh how I wish we had a market such as this in my area. I so enjoyed the tour. I must live vicariously!

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  46. This place is spectacular and I think I was there quite a number of years ago.

    Great to have you at "Oh, the PLACES I've been!"

    - The Tablescaper

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  47. I will have to make the carmine like the way you describe it here. Looks so good.
    betsy

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  48. Wow, I want to go there. It has some of my favorite things: a great market, good food, a beautiful setting overlooking water.

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  49. This looks like my kind of place. Thanks for taking us to this fantastic market.

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  50. My mouth is watering - steak, salmon and delicious deserts.

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Sam