How to Feed 700 to 1,000 During an Intimate Thanksgiving Dinner? Or 200 on a Mid-Day Week! Tough Challenge But Answered at the Club at Boca Pointe

Thanksgiving Day for the family…. maybe a 15 pound bird, maybe an 18 pounder if you are feeding a family of 15 to 20 people!  No biggie, right!thanksgiving horn o copia

But if you are preparing the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for 700 to a 1,000, what do you do?  Or how about a Christmas celebration for 400 or Chanukah for 600, Mother’s Day for 400 or Easter Sunday for several hundred?  We handle all of the Jewish High Holiday Days with specially menus as required by tradition including services of special days such as Easter and Christmas, not forgetting, of course, some of these holiday periods that last more than one day for families and guests.

That’s among the challenges facing Terry Daniels, executive chef at the Club at Boca Pointe…a challenge he faces not just on the holidays but every day to satisfy the pallet of 1,000 plus members.

The answer for Chef Terry is remarkably simple and virtually second hand:

1. Establish strong ties with the best providers of food, not necessarily the biggest.  Set the specs for the fresh food whether it is meat, fish, vegetables or any other product.

2. Maintain constant quality control from the time the food reaches the kitchen until the time it hits the member’s plate.

3. Build a team of sous chefs that share the same standards.

4. Provide a front of the house team that knows the members and delivers the final product to their taste buds.

That’s all well and good.  This sounds like a recipe for all restaurants and it probably is.  This attention to detail is what separates the Club at Boca Pointe from the rest.  “Don’t forget most commercial restaurants thrive on turning the table,” Chef Terry adds.  “They are driven by volume.  Their wait staffs’ earnings are driven by volume.  That’s the norm!

“At Boca Pointe, we can end up serving 150 dinners on a weekday night; more than 400 on a typical Friday night during the season and the number escalates with the holiday periods and school breaks.  So, it is the personalized attention to our members and their guests that become our critical daily challenge,” he says.

Thanksgiving Day Dinner is the biggest day where we serve between 700 to 1,000 members, families and their guest.  The day starts at 2 p.m. and goes well into the early evening.  The first taste of turkey or brisket at 2 p.m. is the same taste you get if you are among the last diners of the day.

Again, as Chef Terry explains, “it starts with purchasing the best food products and having a team in place prepared to work not just on the big day, but the days leading up to the Turkey feast.  It’s all hands on deck.

“We prepare all week long.  We will prepare and cook 35 to 50 turkeys.   Each turkey weights about 35 pounds and we maintain the same fresh, juicy taste all day long.  It’s all in the preparation by our team.”

Not all is the preparation flawless; the delivery is spectacular when you enter the area where the food is displayed and ready for consumption.  The buffet looks full, crisp and fresh all day long.  Nothing looks bare.  Not even the special dessert area from the pumpkin pies to tarts to fresh fruit.

What members are saying for the Club at Boca Pointe!

June 9, 2012 Rosalie Sherman  SPECIAL FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS

I have lived in Boca Pointe for 19 years. I can’t imagine a community of friends, pals, and neighbors more comfortable to share our lives with! But, never could I have imagined the story I’m about to tell you. My husband and I had just started a week’s long cruise on the Pacific, having left home merely 24 hours before. Just by chance, I’m not like most folks, I turned on my cell phone, actually to play a game while waiting for my husband and friends. Amazingly, I had a voice mail. It was Mother’s Day, but it looked like a Boca phone number, and my children live in California and New York. So, I listened, “This is Boca Pointe Access Control calling. We have a fire truck and 3 police units here. You seem to have a pool pump fire.” Needless to say, I was startled and shaken!

I immediately called home and was relieved when the pet sitter answered. Thanks to the difference in time, things had pretty well settled down. She and the pets, puppy and a cat were strung out, but fine. Our contact list of friends and neighbors had come over and helped calm things down. Thankfully, all seemed in order and OK. We knew we’d have a lot to take care of when we came home, but proceeded to have a great time! But, here’s the story I want to tell you, which we only found out about last week. We were luckier than anyone could imagine. A golfer on the golf course saw the flames and immediately, with barely time enough to jump into his Superman suit, ran into our patio, grabbed our hose, and while dousing the fire called the Fire Department.

Our unsung hero, at great risk to himself, did all this … saving our pet sitter, pets, and our home. This is the same man, Dr. Alan Lefkowitz, who saved a man in the lake a few years ago. I simply wanted to share with all of you the wonderful things that can happen here at Boca Pointe, a community of folks who really care, and look out for each other.


Question:  What is the difference between a mandatory equity country club and non-mandatory country club?

Answer:  If you live in a mandatory Boca Raton country club, you must become a member of that club and pay the annual dues and be subject to assessments and other miscellaneous charges.  The Club at Boca Pointe is one of the few successful clubs that is non-mandatory as well as have non-equity memberships. The Club at Boca Pointe offers a Premier Membership for a minimum of three months and you can add golf or tennis to the basic club membership.

Question: What if I don’t play golf or tennis and I move into a mandatory club?

Answer:  In many mandatory Boca Raton golf clubs, you automatically pay dues for tennis and golf whether or not you play that sport.  The Club at Boca Pointe is unique in the sense that it allows its members to define their own lifestyle by choosing a Premier membership level that suites their lifestyle.  Club or social is the basic with golf and tennis available but not mandatory.

Question:  I am renting in South Florida for the winter months and I enjoy playing golf on a private golf course.  Where can I do that?

Answer:  By definition, you must live on property to participate in activities at a mandatory country club.  The Club at Boca Pointe has a program where you do not have to leave at Boca Pointe to play there.  You can live anywhere and buy a Premier membership at Boca Pointe for the number of months you are in South Florida with a three-month minimum.  You can also buy an annual golf membership as long as you do not live at Boca Pointe.

Question:  I am single and cannot afford country club living.  Where can I go?

Answer:  The Club at Boca Pointe is home to several hundred single people who have forged new lives and friendships.  The Club at Boca Pointe has many programs that singles can participate in ranging from special mingles where singles can meet other singles to an active social calendar led by the club’s social director.


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When you hear or see the word Expresso, what comes to mind?  A hot, popular beverage,right?

For some it might the drink, but for members  at the Club at Boca Pointe, Country Club Boca Raton, Expresso takes on a whole different meaning! In fact, either one will “kick”.

While the Club offers the beverage, Expresso means something entirely different meaning for those using the Athletic Fitness Center at the Club

It is a 30-minute class that stretches all major muscle groups of the body, while focusing on breathing and relaxation techniques.

“We try to stay ahead of the Fitness Industry curve,” says Sherri Giannone, Director of the Fitness, said.  “We need variety in our fitness programming,” Giannone says. “We have a strong membership base that uses the Athletic Center.  The membership consists of not only our equity members, but also those who do not live at Boca Pointe.  So we have to keep our programming very up-to-date to appeal a diverse audience.


I am a French Canadian married to a Brooklyn women for more than 30 years. About eight years ago we decided to move to a country club community where we could define the lifestyle that would best serve us. We decided that the best place for our lifestyle was the Club at Boca Pointe because it was beautiful but more importantly, it was laid back without the stuffiness that is often associated with country clubs. Also, at that time, I was a pioneer in the sense that I was the only French Canadian at Boca Pointe.

The golf members accepted me into their world where I am able to play golf with other golfers in my handicap bracket.

Two interesting things have happened since Barbara and I moved to the Pointe. First, I became a U.S. citizen and second I find myself surrounded by Canadian members both my fellow French compatriots as well as those for other provinces in Canada.

It is exciting during the winter season to meet, play and socialize with so many of my countrymen. They have been accepted into the Club life and mix very well in the social and golf world of the club.

I am so delighted to have been the pioneer.

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CLAUDE MALO: Pionnier canadien francais

Je suis un Canadien français marié à une femme de Brooklyn depuis plus de 30 ans. Il y a environ huit ans, nous pris la décision de déménager dans un Country club de golf pouvant répondre le mieux au style de vie que nous désirions. Nous avons décidé que le Club at Boca Pointe était celui qui correspondait le mieux à nos attentes, parce que le paysage était très beau mais plus important encore, l’endroit se voulait très relaxant, sans être surpeuplé  comme c’est souvent le cas dans les Country Club. En outre, à cette époque, j’étais un pionnier, étant donné, que j’étais le seul Canadien français à Boca Pointe.

Les membres du terrain de golf m’ont accepté parmi eux, et je peux jouer au golf avec d’autres joueurs ayant le même handicap que moi.

Deux choses intéressantes se sont produites depuis que Barbara et moi avons déménagé à Boca Pointe. Tout d’abord, je suis devenu citoyen américain et deuxièmement,  je me retrouve entouré par des membres canadiens, soit mes compatriotes du Québec  ainsi que ceux des autres provinces du Canada.

C’est très agréable durant la saison hivernale de rencontrer, jouer et socialiser avec autant de mes compatriotes.   Ils ont été acceptés dans le club et s’intègrent très bien dans les activités sociales et dans le monde du golf du club.

Je suis très heureux d’avoir été le pionnier !


The Book of Mormon, the top Broadway hit play, at the Club at Boca Pointe? No, silly, it is just one of many activities that is featured in the new 14-page Playbill just published by the Club at Boca Pointe for the 2013-2014 season for our members and their guests.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve published the several hundred special events that more than 1,000 members can participate in,” beams Jane Young, the club’s social director who is one of the best known in the industry.

“We try to provide a wide mixture of activities ranging from a Broadway Series of the top notch traveling shows playing at various theaters in the area, classical concerts, day trips, overnight trips, cruises and more.  For many of these events, we even take the driving off the members hands by providing charter buses from door-to-door,” she adds.  “Who wants to drive I95 at night…or for that matter any time?”

But, if you are the stay-close-to-home type, there is are six-Friday events wrapped under the banner of Showtime Series where members can purchase moderately priced tickets for the entire series or individual events as space permits.  This Showtime Series draws talent from all over the world and often features stars that have appeared on the top talent reality shows such as American Idol and America’s Got Talent. Most members dine with the traditional Friday night buffet, attend the show and tempt their taste buds with special desserts after the show.

Do you like to travel, but don’t enjoy traveling alone?  Not uncommon!  The Club at Boca Pointe—where members can define their own lifestyle—can travel to the ever-popular Branson, Mo resorts or take a cruise…all escorted by the club’s social director.

Want to stay close to home during the week at night?  No problem!  The Marleen and Harold Forkas FAU Lifelong Learning Center brings to the main clubhouse campus exclusive lecture series from the top-rated professors from this university. Topics are varied from Mid-East history, American History, the updates on the American Political system and other topical subjects.

There are also seminars given by the astute, ever-popular Professor Robert Watson, well known Myrna Goldberger and many more.

Had enough entertainment and brain feed?  Try one of our musical concerts from the Lynn University Conservatory of Music.

And, of course, those precious grandchildren are never forgotten at the Club at Boca Pointe.  There is a complimentary Carnival with D.J. featuring game trailers, bungee jumping, obstacles, animal land toddler play area and much more for the grand cost of simply making a reservation and showing your membership ID…membership does have its privileges.

There are also other kid-friendly events throughout the major holiday seasons including special pool parties, magicians and balloon artists in the main dining room.

“Our Club is jumping during the season,” beams Young.  “There are some many opportunities for members to do on and off campus.  There are so many ways for members to meet other members.  This is especially important to our group of single members.”

Camp Boca Pointe ROCKS!


Rick McGee, one of the top teaching pros in South Florida, has been named Head Professional at the Club at Boca Pointe rounding out its golf staff that includes a Master-PGA teacher and a winner of the U.S. Women’s Open, it was announced today by Buck Deibel, Director of Golf.

“We are excited to have Rick join our team,” said Deibel. “Rick joins Kathy Guadagnino (nee Baker), director of instruction, who is one of 13 woman professional golfers to make the U.S. Open her first career victory in her first attempt in1985.  Kathy is also the assistant women’s golf coach at FAU. Deibel is also one of the only certified-PGA Master Professionals in this area.

Prior to joining the Club at Boca Pointe, Rick served director of golf at the Country Club at Boca Raton, now known as Via Mizner.  There for 13 years, he was responsible the entire golf operations, but his specialty and expertise focuses on giving lessons to players of all abilities. Rick also was the head golf professional at The Golf Club of Plantation, Stonebridge and The Polo Club.

“We are fortunate to be able to attract a PGA professional with the credentials that Rick has,” Deibel adds. “Rick completes our teaching team which will provide our members a variety of teaching styles.  That’s important at our club because of the diverse membership which includes members who live at Boca Pointe as well as those members who play here regularly but live outside our gates.”

This variety of instruction opportunities includes private lessons, playing lessons, clinics and the use of high tech equipment that analyzes the golf swing and computerized analysis of every stroke whether you’re a low handicapper or just learning the game. “We work with many different skill sets”, says Deibel. “We have low scorers who want to fine tune their game to the intermediate golfer who is trying to break out of a rut, or someone who never played but wants to learn the game” he adds.

“From a challenge standpoint, we have been fortunate in being able to blend our equity members with our new Premier members who come to Boca Pointe a Country Club Boca Raton, from throughout the U.S., with heavy concentration in the Northeast corridor and our north of the border friends from Canada. We have monthly themed mixers and that allows us to put together groups that might not normally socialize outside of golf.  It is great to see a table at the dinner-dance where couples from Montreal are blending with couples from Brooklyn or Philadelphia or Wisconsin.


Being able to build their own teddy bear often fascinates youngsters.  Building or designing one’s own lifestyle club membership maybe equally fascinating and exciting for adults as they look toward retirement or just getting away during the cold months to the warm South Florida weather.

The Club at Boca Pointe is the only Boca country club in South Florida where adults can literally pick and choose how they want to play without the obligation of having to live there.

Want to play golf…there is a membership that includes just golf!

Want to play tennis…you got it at the Club at Boca Pointe!

Cards, Mah Jong your passion!  You got it.

Or maybe it is going to Broadway plays, or watching top talent perform in the on-campus Showtime Series or listening to top professors from FAU and Lynn University at the Club or just schmoozing with your new or old friends.

Oh, yes, dining…that is an important aspect of Club life.

Staying in South Florida for a limited time, well the Club at Boca Pointe can accommodate your schedule with one small caveat.  The first year, there is a three-month minimum.  After that, you can design your membership level to any number of months.

All of these options are available under the Club’s exclusive Premier Membership program–the only one of its kind within the country club community in South Florida.

The premise is built on the foundation of two simple concepts:

  1. You do not have to live at Boca Pointe to play.
  2. You can literally define the club lifestyle that suits you best


Remember the days when your child or grandchild first went to sleep away camp?  Of course you do! Tears, fears and joy were among the common emotions, but now there is a reversal going on at Camp Boca Pointe in Boca Raton, Fl.

Camp Boca Pointe (nee The Club at Boca Pointe) is the place where the same parents and grandparents come to play…the only thing is that is not a sleep away camp, but a unique affordable country club that is jumping almost 24 hours a day.

No, Camp Boca Pointe doesn’t start with the 6:30 a.m. sound of the wake up bugle unless, of course, you are an earlier riser and go to the Club’s Athletic Center for an early workout, Water Aerobics or an early round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus-company designed 18-hole course or tennis on one of the 36 Har-Tru courts.

Members of this non-mandatory country club have the unique opportunity to design their own camp (life) style of fun-living 365 days a year.  For most, though, the activities focus of the social life of camp living.

Camp Boca Pointe’s social life usually begins with the activities that go on in the many card rooms where members gather for bridge, canasta, Mah Jong, pan, poker, dominoes, Scrabble and just about every other type of board game.

But wait there’s more!

There are lectures, art classes, dance classes, FAU Lifelong Learning Center featuring top name professors with interesting courses all right at the main clubhouse.

Want entertainment?  Then you can participate in the Club’s Broadway Series featuring the top Broadway National Roadshows by taking the Club’s bus to the Broward Center or Kravis Center or attending the Showtime Series on Friday night at the Club at Boca Pointe featuring an array of top talent.

Not tired yet! There are numerous clubs within the Club featuring various special interests that meet regular such as the Adventurers Club, Camera Club, Yiddish Club, Creative Writing, Scam Troupe, Volunteering, Boca Unos for singles and the Boomers.

Oh yes, let’s not forget the fine dining with the best deli bar in all South Florida headed by Executive Chef Terry Daniels.

And you are never alone, there are always Boca Pointe campers joining you in all your activities.


Boca Raton Golf Club  Pivot or pivoting is a key word in many sports, but in golf it is essential to a successful game, says Buck Deibel, a Master PGA Teaching professional and Director of Golf at the Club at Boca Pointe.

“When I am working with one of our members who first getting into the game, that is the one of the first important tips I stress.  It is a major, pivotal key to a successful golf game no matter what your handicap is or club you are using.”

For beginners getting the ball airborne is usually one of the first objectives.  To accomplish this there are many factors involved but one of the basics that must be understood is that the lower body initiates the forward motion and that good lower bodywork helps the player hit down on the ball.  This is especially true for good solid iron play.

If you want to improve your iron play, begin with your lower body, especially because the proper swing starts for the ground up.

Here’s the correct sequence of lower-body motion essential to hitting down on the ball: (1) On the forward swing, your lower body should shift slightly forward as your weight transfers from your right foot to your left big toe. (2) That little bit of lateral movement helps you swing your club from the inside. (3) As your hips continue to turn, your weight transfers as well, shifting across the outside of your left foot and into your left heel. That’s where you want it at impact so you can hit down and through the shot.

Most high-handicappers struggle getting the ball airborne and really do not understand the correct sequence of the lower body on the forward swing.  Some hang back on their right side that most often results in hitting behind the ball or topped shots.  Others fall back on their heels or move the weight forward towards the toes that can produce a wicked slice or vicious hook.

So just remember, if you want to improve your iron play, work on using your lower body properly.

“One of the exciting part of being the director of golf,” says Deibel, “is being able to work with golfers at all levels, especially during the holiday seasons when my members entertain their children and grandchildren.  We offer many special clinics during that time of year.”