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As Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival Gets Ready To Celebrate 10th Anniversary, Tickets For 2016 Event Go On Sale

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival is turning 10 this year!

Tickets for the annual festival, set to take place Dec. 8 to 11, are now on sale at pbfoodwinefest.com, and there's lots to be excited about. Between the endless opportunities to mingle with celebrity chefs and four brand new events, we're already counting down the days until December. 

As Palm Beach Food & Wine celebrates its 10th year, here are 10 things we're looking forward to.

 

10. New restaurants

Photo by South Moon Photography

The new Regional Kitchen & Public House in West Palm Beach will play host to a Southern Revival luncheon (Dec. 9, $99) with "Top Chef" finalist Lindsay Autry alongside her former mentor, chef Michelle Bernstein, as well as New Orleans chef Stephen Stryjewski and "Bon Appetit, Y'all" author Virginia Willis.  

 

9. New events

Courtesy Avocado Grill

There are four new events in the lineup in total, including a new dinner on the first night of PBFWF: Avocado Grill will host Rustic Root (Dec. 8, $150), a five-course sit-down dinner focused on fresh, healthy eats.

 

8. Getting dolled up for a red carpet affair 

Courtesy The Breakers

The Breakers Palm Beach will host PBFWF's official kickoff soiree, the Chef Welcome Party (Dec. 9, $150), featuring themed food stations, passed bites, wines and specialty cocktails.

 

7. Waking up bright and early to dine with top chefs

Courtesy Breeze Ocean Kitchen

The Rise and Dine beachside breakfast at Eau Palm Beach's Breeze Ocean Kitchen (Dec. 10, $75) is another brand new event for the festival's 10th year. It will be hosted by the resort's executive chef, Josh Thomsen; top Chicago chef Lee Wolen; and two of Miami's hottest chefs right now, Brad Kilgore and Giorgio Rapicavoli, who this year were both James Beard Award nominees.

 

6. Chilling and grilling with Food Network celebs

Photo by Lila Photo via Facebook/Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

Chefs like Jeff Mauro (co-host of cooking talk show "The Kitchen") and Marc Murphy ("Chopped") will grill up their favorite dishes poolside at the Four Seasons Palm Beach during Chillin' N Grillin' (Dec. 10, $125).

 

5. Partying all night with Clay Conley

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This party doesn't start til 11 p.m., which means it's got to be good. At Imoto's After Hours late-night cocktail affair (Dec. 10, $99), guests can enjoy midnight bites, wine pairings and, of course, an open bar.

 

4. And then brunching with Daniel Boulud

Courtesy Cafe Boulud

The internationally renowned culinary superstar returns with his annual Daniel & Friends Sunday brunch at Cafe Boulud Palm Beach (Dec. 11, $125), featuring mid-morning dishes prepared in collaboration with Cafe Boulud's executive chef, Rick Mace.

 

3. Watching top chefs throw it down at the Grand Tasting

Photo by Lila Photo via Facebook/PBFWF

The 10th annual Grand Tasting (Dec. 11, $75), which moved to The Gardens Mall last year, will feature more than 60 South Florida restaurants and conclude with the Grand Chef Throwdown, in which three local chefs compete for a $10,000 prize.

 

2. Finding out what these 3D glasses are all about

Screenshot via pbfoodwinefest.com

For the special 10-year anniversary, PBFWF will be adding new "interactive features" to the 2016 festival, and guests can request a set of complimentary 3D glasses online to experience it all.

 

1. Celebrating the big milestone with the whole Palm Beach culinary community

 

(Photo of 2015 Grand Tasting by Lila Photo. GIF via giphy.com)