Located in Loxahatchee, Swank Specialty Produce has amassed a devoted following with its annual series of dinners, brunches, and special events. It all started with the Swank Table dinners. There are eight to choose from this season, each taking place on Sundays from December 15 to May 3 and highlighting themes such as “Throwback to the ’70s” and “Chefs for Sustainable Seafood.” The meals bring together four or five local chefs who each prepare a course, assisted by a sommelier or mixologist, with proceeds benefiting an assortment of area charities.
“These dinners allow us to give back to the community,” says co-owner Jodi Swank. “They also give us the opportunity to bring chefs out in nature and under the stars. They work in an open kitchen and can interact with guests who wander up and ask questions.”
The Master Chef series continues on Saturday nights from January 11 to April 25. Each evening will focus on chefs from different cities (such as New Orleans, Nashville, and Detroit), with an emphasis on lesser-known and emerging establishments. “For the Master Chef series, we look for truly great restaurants that support local farms in the places they come from,” says Swank. “That way we can educate people on the local food scene around the country.”
The Sunday brunches are the only gatherings that allow children, who can partake in activities while their parents relax. Rounding out the culinary offerings is the new Swank Farmhouse, a teaching facility slated to open this season. The building will include a 32-seat, state-of-the-art kitchen that will enable local chefs to host cooking classes and pop-up events.