Downtown West Palm’s summer dining season is getting a head start when the fourth annual Pairings Food and Wine Event comes to Clematis Street on Thursday, May 28. Presented by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, restaurants, cafes, and bars from Waterfront to the 600-block will be opening their doors, offering a special menu of bites and sips for tour-takers to taste. In all, 32 restaurants, bars, shops, and businesses will be taking part in this year’s festivities, making this year the broadest Pairings event to date.
Guests can nosh on chicken liver pate and sip on a pickled heirloom radish and raspberry Bellini from The Alchemist; dig into Polynesian barbecue ribs and fill the chalice with a Diddy Mow Mow cocktail (fresh ginger and elder flower) from Longboards; and go full Italian at Lynora’s Osteria with Mamma’s meatballs and a classic Negroni to name but a few of the dining options—truly, there are a lot of great things ion the menu this year, which you can spy here [PDF]. Also part of the fun, multiple entertainment and local shops are getting in on the action, with Palm Beach Dramaworks offering half-priced tickets to the production Lady Day (limited tickets), gifts from Pioneer Linens, complimentary spa services from The Sanctuary Salon and Spa, and more—the $30 cost of admission is well worth the perks of the day. And have no fear, the trolleys will be running to and fro along Clematis (named among 2014’s Great Places in America by the American Association of Planners), so making it to every stop on the map during the three-and-a-half-hour foodie tour will not be a problem. And the best part: proceeds from the event will benefit The Historical Society of Palm Beach County, who’s mission is to preserve and present the history of this bustling slice of paradise.
- West Palm Beach’s Pairings Food and Wine Event will run 5:30-9 p.m. Live entertainment from Mister Trombone, the Screaming J’s, and Timothee Lovelock will be scheduled throughout the event, while art demonstrations, including street chalk art, will give the event an added dose of culture. Tickets cost $30 (can be purchased at the West Palm Beach Development Authority office – 301 Clematis Street, Suite 200; and the SunFest office – 525 Clematis Street), and includes tastings from participating locations. For more information, visit downtownwpb.com/pairings.