Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2016 Wraps Up With Chillin 'N' Grillin, Daniel & Friends Brunch, Grand Tasting And More
That's a wrap!
Sunday's Daniel & Friends brunch and the 10th annual Grand Tasting capped off a full weekend of foodie festivities for the 2016 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.
We started Saturday bright and early with the intimate Chef Talks seminars at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, where culinary leaders Timon Balloo, Michelle Bernstein, Jonathon Sawyer and Virginia Willis kicked off the morning discussing topics including the state of food, the impact of social media, restaurant reviews, and family meals.
A no-filter session followed, featuring, in part, surprise guests Jeff Mauro and Marc Murphy, who sipped on bloody marys, showed off their best yoga poses, and competed in a game show-style quiz that pulled clips from shows like "Chopped" and "The Kitchen."
(And in case you were wondering where pro chefs go out to eat while in town, Mauro and Murphy told The Palm Beacher their favorite area restaurants include Buccan, Imoto and Cafe Boulud Palm Beach—plus, they raved about the chicharrones and tacos at El Camino in Delray.)
The How to Master Wine session featured experts and master sommeliers David Lombardo, Virginia Philip and Andrew McNamara, who encouraged attendees to grab a glass of wine and joked that contrary to popular belief, they do not drink every day.
"We think we should know about wine, but we haven't really spent time learning about it," McNamara told the small audience, adding the best way to develop knowledge about flavors is to get your senses in tune with what's around you. That means strolling through the grocery store and picking up produce or rolling down your window when you're passing a construction zone and taking in the smell of asphalt, he said.
"The only way you're ever going to know what a a rock tastes like is by tasting it," he said, laughing.
Lunch beckoned at the big Chillin' n' Grillin' event, where perfectly cooked steaks, sausage sandwiches, delicate tuna belly and more awaited. Due to weather, the event was moved to a tented area, but guests were unphased, eagerly enjoying dishes prepared by chefs and cooks, including Mauro, Murphy, Adam Richman, Anita Lo, the Four Seasons' Tory Martindale, and even Boston chef and restaurateur Ken Oringer, whose young daughter, Verveine, was on-site helping assemble kimchi-brined fried chicken sliders.
We concluded the weekend with a Sunday brunch at Cafe Boulud featuring Daniel Boulud himself as the man of the hour. Offering options from an epic charcuterie station and endless oysters to unbelievable egg dishes, smoked salmon, porchetta and rib eye carving stations, and more, guest chefs including Elizabeth Falkner, Mike Lata and Stephen Stryjewski rocked the house.
Thanking his guests and the chefs that collaborated with him, Boulud said his weekend in Palm Beach felt like a little vacation.
"It's a little bit of work, a little bit of vacation, a lot of fun," the chef said.
And it was clear his chef colleagues felt the same, with Falkner quipping that the chefs should all take shots together when a photographer asked for a "shot" of the chefs.
For photos and videos from all of these events and more, see our Storify collection of Twitter and Instagram posts below.
Want to see more from the start of the festival, including The First Bite dinner and weekday luncheons? Find our first roundup here.