Palm Beach Illustrated May 2024 Issue

A note from Daphne Nikolopoulos, Editor in Chief, Palm Beach Illustrated

About a year ago, Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival organizer David Sabin and I sat in my office brainstorming about our partnership when he mentioned that a few of our local chefs were headed to New York to represent Palm Beach County at Platform by the James Beard Foundation. That was interesting in and of itself, but even more intriguing was the fact that it was organized and hosted by Discover The Palm Beaches, which has placed a big focus lately on promoting the area’s culinary scene.

There is good reason for this. As more people have descended upon Palm Beach County from major metropolitan areas, the sophistication factor of the dining scene has ratcheted up. We’ve seen some of New York City’s most venerable restaurants (La Goulue, Le Bilboquet, and Harry’s) establish outposts here, top chefs like Thomas Keller declare plans to open a restaurant, and local culinarians up their game with new concepts of their own (i.e. Ela Curry & Cocktails, chef Pushkay Marathe’s love letter to the Indian food he grew up on). There’s definitely a restaurant revolution afoot, and we’re reaping the delicious results.

To celebrate this, I thought it would be a good idea to report from Pier 57, where our chefs were cooking for Platform by JBF, so our food editor, Mary Murray, flew to New York City to chronicle the whole affair. The result is “Palm Beach Takeover” (page 78), which follows chefs Lindsay Autry, Clay Conley, Jeremy Ford, Tim Lipman, and Marathe as they showcase their talents for the greater world.

In addition to this fun piece, our food-themed issue features a wide array of culinary content. On the menu this month: a gorgeous roundup of creative honey-based cocktails (with recipes!) on page 86, an ode to summer produce in the Sunshine State (Good Nature, page 134), and a highly subjective foodie’s guide to Charleston (Quick Trips, page 60), with many bites in-between.

And though it has nothing to do with food, don’t miss our cover story on powerhouse entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist Hope Smith. The founder of Mutha, a skin care line every expectant mother appreciates, speaks candidly about her background, serendipitous encounters, passions, and the family life she cherishes. Meet Hope in “Mutha Knows Best” on page 68.

Cheers to all that!

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