This year’s Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival is selling out quickly, says festival organizer David Sabin. “We just counted five events sold-out in the last two weeks,” he says. “We’re about 60 percent sold-out.” The festival will be held at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach and select eateries on Palm Beach.
The gastronomic feast festival includes “Chef Talk Discussions”, to five course meals with exceptional wine pairings, to evenings of carefree cocktails, and much more. From “The First Bite” dinner to the festivals “Grand Tasting Finale” on Sunday night, the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival serves up a dozen opportunities for foodies to visit and experience an epicurean extravaganza with some of the nation’s top chefs – and sample their cooking.
Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival Dates and Presentations
Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
The First Bite, at Buccan ,Palm Beach, 7 p.m.
The chefs: Palm Beach star chef Clay Conley hosts celebrated peers Hugh Acheson (Georgia-based, Southern foods chef/restaurateur), George Mendes (New York chef of Michelin-starred Aldea restaurant) and Gavin Kaysen (Minneapolis chef/restaurateur) in a four-course feast. Tickets: Sold out.
Sustain, at PB Catch, Palm Beach, 7 p.m.
This dinner, presented by The Palm Beach Post a new dinner series, celebrateing sustainable seafood. The chefs: James Beard Award winners Jonathon Sawyer (Cleveland chef/restaurateur), Mike Lata (Charleston chef/restaurateur), Stephen Stryjewski (New Orleans chef/restaurateur) and Johnny Iuzzini (New York pastry chef) join PB Catch chef Aaron Black in a five-course dinner that ranges from Cajun to the Low Country to South Florida. Tickets: $160 per person.
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Miami Takeover, at Meat Market Palm Beach, noon
The chefs: A quartet of acclaimed Miami chefs – Brad Kilgore (Alter), Dena Marino (MC Kitchen), Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House, Glass & Vine) and Daniel Serfer (Blue Collar, Mignonette) – joins Sean Brasel, the chef/ restaurateur of Meat Market steakhouses in Palm Beach and South Beach. Tickets: Sold out.
Chef Welcome Party, at The Breakers Palm Beach, 7 p.m.
The festival’s official kick off happens at the island’s most iconic resort. Food and drink by The Breakers’ executive chef, Jeff Simms, and the resort’s master sommelier, Virginia Philip. Tickets: Sold out.
Late Night Rock, at the Four Seasons Palm Beach, 11:30 p.m.
The chefs: Food Network’s “Sandwich King” Jeff Mauro hosts a big karaoke party at the festival’s headquarter resort. At the mic: the fest’s participating chefs. Tickets: $75 per person.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015
Kids Kitchens, at the Four Seasons Palm Beach, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The chefs: Food Network’s Robert Irvine and 2015 James Beard Award winner Jonathon Sawyer conduct cooking classes for foodie kids. Tickets: Early class (with Irvine) is sold out; $45 for 10:30 a.m. session (with Sawyer)
Chillin’ N’ Grillin’, at the Four Seasons Palm Beach, 12:30 p.m.
The chefs: Star cooks Hugh Acheson, Robert Irvine, Jeff Mauro, Gavin Kaysen, Beau MacMillan (Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale), Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar, New York, “MasterChef” judge) and Timon Balloo (Sugarcane, Miami) join the resort’s chef Tory Martindale for an afternoon of grilling on the sprawling patio. Tickets: Sold out.
Street Food: PB vs NYC, at Four Seasons Palm Beach, 7 p.m.
The chefs: This street food battle pits northern star chefs Elizabeth Falkner, Anita Lo, George Mendes and Ken Oringer against local stars such as chefs Lindsay Autry, Clay Conley and Tim Lipman. Tickets: Sold out.
After Hours with David Burke, at Grato West Palm Beach, 11 p.m.
The chefs: Local star Clay Conley offers a sneak peek of his upcoming West Palm eatery, Grato, and hosts David Burke, the landmark American chef and New York restaurateur. On the menu: late-night bites with wine pairings, plus an open bar. Tickets: $75 per person.
Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015
Daniel & Friends, at Café Boulud Palm Beach, 11 a.m.
The chefs: World-famous chef Daniel Boulud and his Palm Beach culinary team cook brunch with fellow chefs Mike Lata, Dena Marino and Marc Murphy (New York chef/restaurateur, Food Network star). Tickets: $125 per person.
9th Annual Grand Tasting Finale, at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens, 5 p.m.
The festival’s grand finale turns it up this year, moving from the Palm Beach into a much larger location at The Gardens Mall. The event features tastings from top local restaurants, book signings by national chefs Robert Irvine and Marc Murphy, a beer garden, a fashion show and the Grand Chef Throwdown, in which three local chefs compete for a $10,000 prize. Tickets: $75 per person.
The event is selling out quickly. For tickets and information, please visit PBFoodWineFest.com