For four days in December, all eyes of the culinary world will be on Palm Beach as the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival returns for its eighth year (fourth as a multiday affair). From December 10-13, the foodie festival will welcome more than 30 regional, national and international chefs, industry insiders, wine and beverage experts, and foodie celebs for a variety of tastings, to participate in discussion panels, and prepare fantastic meals for a mix of low-key, inventive, and over-the-top dinners. THis year there are 12 different dining events and parties at sites around Palm Beach County, making for one of the most anticipated, and delicious collection of events of the season.
Highlights include: SUSTAIN, a showcase of sustainable fare sourced from Florida’s coast with chefs Johnny Iuzzini, Mike Lata, Jonathon Sawyer, Stephen Stryjewski, and Aaron Black at PB Catch Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar; the Chef Welcome Party hosted by The Breakers, where executive chef Jeff Simms will present an array of bites paired expertly with world-class wines and specialty cocktails – PBWFW’s only red carpet affair ($125 per person); Street Food: PB vs, NYC,the Saturday evening event at The Four Seasons, Palm Beach, twill pit five NYC-based chefs (Marc Murphy, Ken Oringer, Anita Lo, George Mendes, and Elizabeth Falkner) against five Palm Beach-based chefs (Clay Conley, Lindsay Autry, Tim Lipman, Dean Max, and Tory Martindale) in a street food challenge to see who makes the best fried chicken, meatballs, hot dogs, tacos and “on a stick” creations ($125 per person); and Daniel & Friends, Café Boulud and world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud will open for a Sunday brunch to remember ($125 per person).
PBFWF’s four days of events culminates on Sunday, December 13 from 5-9 p.m., with the ninth annual Grand Tasting ($75 per person). Once to sole event of PBWFW, the Grand Tasting spent the last eight years at 150 Worth on Palm Beach, showcasing a milieu of South Florida chefs in the two-story courtyard. But the event has grown a bit too big for the confines of the beautiful 150 Worth. This year, the Grand Tasting has packed its bags and headed north to the equally as chic Palm Beach Gardens location, The Gardens Mall. The party will be taking over the entirety of the first floor (that is a lot of square footage), allowing for more than 60 of South Florida’s hottest chefs and eateries sharing signature bites, and more than 30 wineries pouring vino—there will even be a Stoli Mule and Beer Garden! The entertainment aspect to the event has grown to include music from The Potash Twins, SOSOS, and local DJs Adam Lipson and Ilya Tatarov; celebrity book signings; and a runway show featuring the latest fashion trends. And although totally revamped, the party will stick to its grand finale roots and cap the shindig with the annual Grand Chef Throwdown Finale. Pitting three new local chefs to head-to-head-to-head live cooking challenge featuring a mystery ingredient Iron Chef-style, and a celebrity judge panel. This is a party not be missed.
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