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Palm Beach Post: Sassafras

“Sheer location will be an asset at the Sub-Culture group’s new modern Southern restaurant opening on Narcissus Avenue on Nov. 15. Not the kind of geography that places Sassafras in the classic South or gives its executive chef deep-Southern roots.

But you can toss a turnip a few yards from the place and hit the Saturday morning green market in downtown West Palm. To executive chef John Thomas, a longtime local chef given to wanderlust and research, that’s instant Southern inspiration. The Florida-raised chef turns to fresh, local ingredients to rev up Southern classics.

“Access to the green market on Saturdays will be a plus during season. We plan to feature items from the market as well as from local farms,” says Thomas, whose resume includes top chef positions at the now-closed Tryst and 32 East restaurants in Delray Beach. He also spent some months working under chef Clay Conley at Buccan Palm Beach.”

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