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12/30/2016  Posted by Blair Leavell, GourmetPhile


Amazingly Delicious Items From Around The World

GourmetPhile is a one stop shop for everything amazingly delicious from all over the world, featuring unique products that elicit little squeals of delight, products you just can't find at Publix, Whole Foods or the Cheese Course. The vision of the store is to be a gathering place of informal elegance for foodies, chefs and connoisseurs, offering the best of the best, at a surprisingly affordable price point, and without compromising on quality. 


GourmetPhile is the love child of Blair and Zhanna Leavell. Zhanna was formerly a university professor of mathematics in St Petersburg, Russia, and Blair owned a software consulting firm. Zhanna and Blair ended up getting pretty involved with gourmet food, attending fancy food shows around the country, and decided they wanted to do something fun and entrepreneurial together that reflected their expanding interest. A little over a year ago they formed GourmetPhile and broke ground on a beautifully appointed new store in Downtown Boca.


The Chocolate Room – It hits you right in the face when you walk in. You may find yourself salivating from the powerful luxuriant richness of the smells alone. Our filled chocolates wear their colors like tropical birds, with exotic flavors like guava/tamarind, pineapple/fennel/caramel and cardamom/rose. Our single origin bars have won the golden bean award many times. Our chocolate room has a separate temperature and humidity regime, and our suppliers ship in refrigerated containers by air. The result is a fresher product that preserves the delicate terroir of the finest chocolates in the world. GourmetPhile is the only store in Boca that takes such care with chocolate.

The Wine Cellar – The cellar also a separate temperature regime. Our thoughtfully constructed cellar allows easy label viewing of 250 expertly curated wines you can't find anywhere else in town. Highly skilled sommeliers with deep connections in the old world and the new have found some great mid range values in wineries located very close to grand cru vineyards, for example.

The Cheese Case – A state of the art new display case with over 70 award winning cheeses from around the world. These are fabulous cheeses selected by a master cheesemonger, with exotic wraps like spruce cambrium and grape leaves soaked in pear brandy. Come and try them - we are generous with tastings for our wonderful customers!

The Caviar Case
– Caviar has a special place in our hearts. Zhanna's father was a fisherman, so she grew up with the best black caviar by the bowlful as a child. Part of the impetus for our store is a celebration of these memories. She was disappointed with the quality of most of the caviar we get in the American market, but was impressed with Petrossian. Never frozen, superb flavor and mouth feel, evocative of her childhood. Petrossian is the preeminent caviar by which others are measured - literally. They developed the grading methodology for taste, mouth feel, egg size, color, fat content and brine that is used throughout the industry today.

The Charcuterie Case – The finest European sausages and hams, rich pates and Scottish and Norwegian salmon

The Frozen Section – Delightful Jeni's ice cream and various frozen, ready to eat gourmet desserts.

Tea and Coffee – In keeping with our pursuit of the best of the best, GourmetPhile offers two products with a very rich history. Kusmi tea was originally the tea of the Russian Tsars, but the company moved to Paris after the revolution. It was an instant success and has enjoyed a storied history at the top of the gourmet tea market ever since.  Lavazza, established in Turin, Italy in 1895, has been owned by the family of the same name for four generations. They are the quintessential Italian espresso.

The Rest
– A selection of other fine products found at our store include aged balsamics, olive oils, mustards, marmalades, honeys, spreads, chutneys, wine and cheese accoutrements. Top-notch service at GourmetPhile also includes small plate menus, wine and food pairings, gift baskets and delivery within Boca Raton.


501 SE Mizner Boulevard
Royal Palm Place





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