Downtown West Palm Beach has quietly become a significant Palm Beach County dining destination. Restaurants, eateries, bars and walk-up windows line Clematis from the 500-block to the Waterfront, offering an array of flavors and ethnic sentiments, helping the downtown block claim its what, third, fourth renaissance? To celebrate this mélange of culinary likings, the Downtown Development Authority is taking folks on foodie tour with the second annual Pairings Food and Wine Event. The concept is simple, participating downtown bars and restaurants will put together a specialty menu item and matching beverage for tour-takers to try. The dining samples can be anything, from an entrée, a tasty tapas bite or a devilishly delightful dessert, while the sip can be anything from a specialty cocktail or craft brew to aperitifs and cappuccino.
A great way to expand local foodie knowledge, Pairings is essentially an upscale pub-crawl with food. For $25 ($30 day of the event), foodies and the epi-curious can sample their way through some of the newest faces on the block like Hullabaloo and Hamburger Heaven, as well as old favorites like Cabana Nuevo and O’Shea’s Irish Pub too, all while meeting likeminded cats along the way. The trolleys will be riding high, dropping patrons to and fro, while maps marking participating restaurants will be available for those looking to hoof it. As an added bonus, portions of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Little Smiles, an organization dedicated to bringing smiles to children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters.
How to purchase tickets:
• Pairings Passes can be purchased at any participating restaurant
• the Sunfest office- 525 Clematis St.
• the WPB Downtown Development Authority office, 301 Clematis St. #200.
Purchase online at wpbgo.com/pairings.
Participating restaurants as of May 1st:
- Leila Restaurant
- Cabana Nuevo Latino
- Duffy’s Sports Grill
- Fuku Modern Asian Cuisine
- The Backyard Bar
- Palm Sugar
- O’Shea’s Irish Pub
- Cafe Sweets Bakery
- Best Darn Kettlecorn
- The Tin Fish
- Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
- Hamburger Heaven
- Bistro Ten Zero One