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Ten years and counting: Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival coming in December

Posted On: 11-10-2016

By M.M. Cloutier

Special to the Daily News

If it weren’t for the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival’s buzz-generating decennial on the horizon, it might be tempting to look back.

Like the year the festival awed guests and visiting chefs with a recreation of the uber-famous Le Cirque dining room. Or perhaps the time when muscled TV show host and chef Robert Irvine taught local tykes in mini-chef coats how to cook healthy stuff — and they liked it.

There are a lot more memories, and additional ones are set to be made as the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival readies to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The festival — which began as a one-night tasting affair and later bloomed into the multi-day affair it is today — runs Dec. 8-11.

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More than half of the events already have sold out. Opening night includes chef-collaboration dinners at Buccan and PB Catch.

The fest will be marked by a variety of events and notable sponsors. It also has a taste of celebrity allure — including nationally known chefs, TV cooking personalities and cookbook authors — plus local moxie thanks to Palm Beach-area chefs and venues.

“What started as a small idea to celebrate food and wine and showcase culinary in Palm Beach County has grown into years of lifelong memories, love, friendship and strong community,” founder and chief organizer David Sabin said.

According to Irvine, a Food Network personality and festival alumnus, the festival is “an intimate experience” with “special energy.”

Bill Himmelrich, whose Delray Beach-based Old School Bakery is now an event sponsor, agreed, noting the festival’s “unique atmosphere of collaboration and sense of community.”

Starting Dec. 8, dozens of nationally known food-world notables such as Irvine, Daniel Boulud, Michelle Bernstein, Marc Murphy, Elizabeth Falkner and Michael Ruhlman will be joined by local chefs. They include Buccan’s Clay Conley, Meat Market’s Sean Brasel, Tory Martindale from the Four Seasons, and PB Catch’s Aaron Black, and they will help helm everything from dinners to grilling parties at venues such as festival host-hotel the Four Seasons.

After the three days of dinners, brunches, a food-truck event and more, the festival concludes with the 10th annual Grand Tasting at The Gardens mall with 50-plus area chefs serving signature bites and a variety of happenings, including a chefs’ cooking competition.

After that, anticipation for next year’s festival may begin anew. “What I’m most proud of is how much people look forward to the festival each year,” Sabin said.

Several events at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival already have sold out. Tickets are still available for:

DEC. 8

• Sustain, a seafood-inspired, five-course sit-down dinner at PB Catch, with chefs Anita Lo, George Mendes, Ken Oringer and Aaron Black ($170 per person; 7 p.m.);

• A Rustic Root, a five-course dinner at Avocado Grill in downtown West Palm Beach, with chefs Julien Gremaud, Amanda Cohen, Elizabeth Falkner and Dean James Max ($150 per person; 7 p.m.).

DEC. 10

• Rise and Dine, a beachside breakfast event featuring chefs Giorgio Rapicavoli, Brad Kilgore, Lee Wolen and Josh Thomsen at Eau Palm Beach Resort in Manalapan ($75 per person; 9 a.m.);

• Lunch at the Grill, a four-course affair with Chef Andrew Schor at the Palm Beach Grill ($99 per person; 12 p.m.);

• After Hours, a late-night open-bar party with Chef Clay Conley at Imoto ($99 per person; 11 p.m. until late)

DEC. 11

• 10th Annual Grand Tasting, with 60-plus chefs from South Florida restaurants serving signature dishes as guests also enjoy live music, chef book-signings, a fashion show and the Grand Chef Throwdown competition at the Gardens Mall ($75 per person; 5 p.m.).

For more information, visit pbfoodwinefest.com.

 

 

Source: M.M. Cloutier, November 10, 2016, Palm Beach Daily News

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