Restaurateur Louie Bossi to hold Delray fundraiser for addiction treatment

Louie Bossi, chef and part-owner of popular Fort Lauderdale-based Louie Bossi's restaurant (Contributed)

Louie Bossi, chef and part-owner of popular Fort Lauderdale-based Louie Bossi’s restaurant (Contributed)

DELRAY BEACH — Louie Bossi, the chef behind the popular Fort Lauderdale restaurant by that name, is in his ninth year of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. He aims to celebrate by raising money for the Delray Beach treatment center that paved that path.

On June 3, Bossi is hosting “A Taste of Recovery,” a culinary festival planned at Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach. Guests will get to taste foods prepared by several restaurants and chefs and enjoy live performances, according to a news release from Bossi.

The proceeds will benefit nonprofit Crossroads Club, a niche for recovering addicts since the 1980s. The facility, on Lake Ida Road at Congress Avenue, is not a live-in treatment center, but rather hosts 12-step programs, Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous meetings and life training programs.

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“Almost every family, including my own, has been impacted by addiction and I’m proud to be in my ninth year of recovery, which might not have been possible without the support of the Crossroads Club,” Bossi said in an email.  “The restaurant industry in particular has large numbers of employees in recovery and this event will be a tribute to these brave individuals and will help support them and others who need assistance in overcoming substance and alcohol abuse.”

“A Taste of Recovery” is still in the planning stages, but several high-profile restaurants from Big Time Restaurant Group, of which Bossi is a partner, are slated to participate, including Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar and City Oyster & Sushi Bar. Mario’s Ocean Ave in Lantana and The Grille in Boca Raton will also participate.

Louie Bossi's restaurant (contributed)

Louie Bossi’s restaurant (contributed)

The final restaurant lineup will be announced in late spring. Participating chefs will compete for cash prizes for “Best Bite” and “Best Dessert.”

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Tickets will cost $60 per person.

The festival is planned for Saturday, June 3 at Old School Square, on Atlantic and Swinton avenues and just across the street from a planned two-story Louie Bossi’s restaurant slated to open in 2018.

Louie Bossi’s, which currently has just one restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, will open a 10,400-square-foot eatery in the building that currently houses Cafe Bleu, at 44 E. Atlantic Ave.

Another Louie Bossi’s restaurant is also planned at the newly opened Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Boca Raton. That location is expected to open in late March.

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