Palm Beach Food And Wine Festival Is Exactly 3 Months Away, And We’ve Got The Lineup Of Events Right Here
It might still be three months away, but it’s never too early to start thinking about Palm Beach Food and Wine.
The 2015 festival’s events lineup was recently announced, and tickets are available online now, so it’s time to get buyin’.
From Dec. 10 to Dec. 13, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival will bring us celebrity chefs, tasting events, cooking demos, intimate dinners and more. It’s headquartered at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, but events will also be taking place at other Palm Beach Island locales.
In addition, the festival’s most popular event, the annual Grand Tasting Village, has moved to The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens this year. And the event's ticket price has dropped, too—from $100 to $75.
“It’s our way of growing out into the community,” PBFWF organizer David Sabin told The Palm Beach Post, adding that the northern Palm Beach County area is full of talented chefs and good restaurants.
While returning celebrity chefs include Robert Irvine (“Restaurant: Impossible”), Marc Murphy (“Chopped”), Christina Tosi (“Masterchef”) and Jeff Mauro (“Sandwich King”), newcomers to the festival include Miami chefs Dena Marino and Brad Kilgore alongside Palm Beach County favorites Clay Conley, Tim Lipman and Sean Brasel.
For the full star-studded schedule, check out the complete list of events below:
Thursday, Dec. 10
Sustain: Chefs Johnny Iuzzini, Mike Lata, Jonathon Sawyer, Stephen Stryjewski and Aaron Black bring sexy to ocean sustainability during a seafood-inspired dinner hosted at PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar. ($160; 7 p.m.)
The First Bite: Expect to taste the unexpected with chefs Hugh Acheson and Gavin Kaysen joining Clay Conley at his open-kitchen concept restaurant, Buccan. ($160; 7 p.m.)
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.