The Palm Beach Food And Wine Festival Is In Town. Here’s How To Keep Up With The Action.
Hey, Palm Beach. In case you haven’t heard, the Palm Beach Food And Wine Festival is here, and plenty of talented chefs are in town preparing decadent meals for us to enjoy.
But if you weren’t able to snag tickets to that dinner you so badly wanted to attend (as of Friday morning, all but two events were sold out), you can still follow along on social media.
The folks behind the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival have been doing a great job posting updates, behind-the-scenes pictures, and yes, plenty of drool-worthy food photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (Don’t trust us? Check them out for yourself!) You can also follow the official hashtag, #pbfwf.
The events started Dec. 10 and run through Dec. 13. We can’t decide which we’re most excited about—but the Sunday brunch at the revamped Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach is definitely near the top of our list.
Last month, we spoke to world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud, who opened up about the festivities at his restaurant.
“We have different stations in the garden and all over the place. It's going to be fun. It's usually very successful," he said. "That festival is very cool. Because I mean, Miami is Miami, Palm Beach is Palm Beach, and I think the festival there is to the scale of Palm Beach, so it's really intimate and nice.”
The good news is that there are still tickets available for Sunday's Grand Tasting Village event, which wraps up the four-day festival. This year, it will be hosted at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. Attendees can expect to enjoy music, celebrity chef book signings, bites from the area's best restaurants and a cooking competition.
With the first day of events all wrapped up, here’s what remains:
Friday, Dec. 11
Miami Takeover: Miami flair meets Palm Beach sophistication. Chef Sean Brasel welcomes Miami chefs Daniel Serfer, Dena Marino, Brad Kilgore and Giorgio Rapicavoli to serve up lunch specials at Meat Market Palm Beach, Brasel’s newest spin off of his South Beach flagship. ($95; 12 p.m.)
Get Served!: The annual chef volleyball battle at the beautiful beach at Four Seasons rounds up teams consisting of sommeliers, chefs and other festival friends to remind them that kitchen skills don’t always determine the champions. (free; 2 p.m.)
Chef Welcome Party presented by Cheney Brothers: The official kick-off soiree returns to The Breakers Resort Palm Beach in all its red carpet splendor. With the resort’s executive chef Jeff Simms at the helm, expect a unique theme for the many food stations, passed bites, delicious wines and specialty cocktails. ($125; 7 p.m.)
Late Night Rock hosted by Jeff Mauro: Turn up the volume when the party at the Four Seasons Resort returns. Food Network’s Mauro, self-proclaimed karaoke extraordinaire, hosts fellow chefs and guests to an evening of cocktails and karaoke gone wild. ($75; 11:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Dec. 12
Kids Kitchens presented by Whole Foods Market: Encouraging children to become the next generation of top chefs, Robert Irvine and Jonathon Sawyer guide mini sous chefs in hands-on classes held at the Four Seasons Resort. ($45 includes 1 child & 1 adult; 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.)
Chef Talks presented by VerTerra Dinnerware: Gain compelling culinary insights from some of the country’s most inspiring foodies. Two distinct panels made up of Hugh Acheson, Christina Tosi, Anita Lo, Ken Oringer, Elizabeth Falkner, Mike Lata, Johnny Iuzzini, Stephen Stryjewski and more will provide key conversations about the hospitality business. Hosted at the Four Seasons Resort, the panels will be moderated by award-winning author Michael Ruhlman. Panelists are subject to change. (Media/industry only; 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.)
Chillin’ N’ Grillin’ presented by The Gardens Mall: Robert Irvine, Hugh Acheson, Beau MacMillan, Timon Balloo, Jeff Mauro, Christina Tosi, Gavin Kaysen and Tory Martindale must re-imagine how they grill up their favorite dishes. This event is held at the Four Seasons Resort’s poolside oceanfront terrace. ($125; 12:30 p.m.)
Street Food presented by SYSCO: In this street food competition held in front of the Four Seasons Resort, NYC-based chefs—Marc Murphy, Ken Oringer, Anita Lo and Elizabeth Falkner—take on five Palm Beach chefs—Clay Conley, Lindsay Autry, Tim Lipman, Dean Max and Tory Martindale. Prizes for People’s Choice and Judge’s Best Bite will be awarded. Special guest judges include Robert Irvine, Jeff Mauro, Hugh Acheson and Christina Tosi. ($125; 7 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 13
Daniel & Friends: Take Sunday brunch to the next level. Internationally renowned chef Daniel Boulud opens his restaurant, Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel, for a mid-morning indulgence along with chef Rick Mace and sommelier Mariya Kovacheva. The casual brunch features tables of satisfying brunch dishes and more. ($125; 11 a.m.)
9th Annual Grand Tasting presented by Stoli: The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens welcomes the festival and more than 60 of South Florida’s hottest restaurants to serve up their celebrated dishes. Throughout the venue, guests will encounter music from local bands and DJs, a main stage full of action, celebrity chef book signings, holiday-inspired displays, Stoli Mule & Beer Garden, a runway fashion show and more. For the grand PBFWF conclusion, the crowd will cheer on three local chefs as they compete in the Grand Chef Throwdown Finale for the $10,000 prize. ($75; 5 p.m.)
Tickets and packages are available now at pbfoodwinefest.com.