The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival returns with more events than ever
Returning for its 14th year, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival (PBFWF) announced its four-day lineup of celebrity chef events. This year’s festival will take place from December 9 to 12 and will feature more events than ever before.
Known for its intimate setting in Palm Beach venues, this is the perfect festival for those who want to get to know some of America’s foremost culinary talents. Participating chefs include Daniel Boulud, Clay Conley, Robert Irvine, Ben Ford, Michelle Bernstein, Dean Max, and more.
Festival director David Sabin says it’s as if the band is re-forming after a year-long hiatus. “It’s great to be back in planning mode. We have received only the best comments from all of our attendees and guests, ”he said. “We are equally excited for all the new events. The most exciting part (for me) will be celebrating the last 10 years of events with Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud with DANIEL & FRIENDS, our annual dinner in Buccan called THE FIRST BITE, and our partnership with the Four Seasons Resort as host Hotel. These three steps are what I look forward to the most.
New additions and highlights to this year’s lineup include:
- SPICE UP – This year’s dinner will take place at a new location, Stage Kitchen & Bar, hosted by chefs Maneet Chauhan, Charles Phan, Lior Lev Sercarz and host chef Pushkar Marathe.
- A DINNER AT ELISABETTA – the first festival event at Delray Beach with an Italian dinner hosted by Lisabet Summa with guest chef Sarah Grueneberg.
- ARTISANAL COCKTAILS – an educational mixology class led by chef Tim Lipman of The Parched Pig and mixologist Katy Galluccio with chef Anita Lo and “bar chef” Christiaan Röllich.
- LUNCH WITH TONY & FRANK – an Italian meal at Café Chardonnay hosted by chef Frank Eucalitto and guest chef Tony Mantuano.
- BRUNCH IN AIOLI – a signature brunch experience hosted by Chef Michael Hackman with Guest Chefs Elizabeth Falkner and Stephen Stryjewski.
- The kick off of PBFWF AT ROSEMARY SQUARE, a one-day celebration for all ages, with book readings and dedications; cooking demonstrations; interactive lessons; and the annual Grand Chef Throwdown event.
Start the food-rich weekend with one of Thursday night’s sit-down dinners, like SUSTAIN, a five-course sit-down dinner with food and wine pairing featuring ingredients caught by local fishermen. The collaborative dinner focused on sustainable seafood will be held at PB CATCH Seafood & Raw Bar and will feature the work of talented chefs Brad Kilgore, Mike Lata, Giorgio Rapicavoli and host chef Aaron Black.
“This festival will always be so special to me. The first year I participated, I was in a panel with Daniel Boulud – I was literally sitting next to one of my idols ”, shares chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, who is notably known as the first chef of Miami to bring home a Food Network’s Chopped to win. “The Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival continues to grow each year and it is an honor to be a part of it. This year, I will be cooking alongside great friends and chefs.
On Fridays, take your pick from three lunches that will wow midday culinary connoisseurs, followed by two dinners and the official chef’s welcome evening at Colony Hotel. Enjoy the best of southern comforts at SOUTHERN REVIVAL presented by First Republic Bank. This four-course sit-down lunch with food and wine pairings by sommelier Adrienne Mills features Host Chefs Lindsay Autry and Sarah Sipe with Guest Chefs Michelle Bernstein and Katie Button showcasing quintessential Southern flavors.
The always exciting CHEF WELCOME PARTY presented by Cheney Brothers is a great way to experience the festival as it’s the official launch party. Taking place at the Colony Hotel, this walking tasting at Swifty’s Pool offers live music and entertainment all night long.
Blending the perfect combination of fun, food and learning, Saturday events include wine tastings, a cocktail workshop, a kids’ cooking event, plus two lunches, an evening poolside tasting. and a barbecue tasting event. Fan favorite event, CHILLIN ‘N’ GRILLIN ‘returns to the pool deck of the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa with mouth-watering grilled dishes by guest chefs Michelle Bernstein, Elizabeth Faulkner, Joe Flamm, Jose Garces, Dean Max , David Rose, Jonathon Sawyer and Stephen Stryjewski alongside Host Chef Neall Bailey with wine selections from Paul Hobbs Winery.
At INDULGE presented by First Republic Bank, you’ll find Host Chef Jose Gamez and Guest Chefs Timon Balloo, Katie Button, Sarah Grueneberg, Brad Kilgore, Mike Lata, Beau MacMillan, Brandon McGlamery and Charles Phan serving bites and drinks on the edge. by the pool at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.
“Life is starting up again and we have the chance to go back there and spend time with a group of chefs from across the country. I always feel so inspired by them, ”said Chef Brad Kilgore of his participation in his first major post-pandemic event. “The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival’s clientele are so well traveled and well eaten, so they are more focused on the food itself than some of the other food festivals where the interaction is so fast. It’s engaging and more personable and I think that’s what makes it so special.
Sunday, the festival ends with three delicious brunches such as DANIEL & FRIENDS at Café Boulud at the Brazilian Court Hotel, hosted by Daniel Boulud with executive chef Dieter Samijn and pastry chef Julie Franceschini. This is a traveling event offering tastings accompanied by cocktails and inventive wines.
There’s also the refreshed Grand Tasting event to be held in Rosemary Square from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with events for kids, signings and a Michelin-starred cooking contest within the vibrant shopping, shopping destination. Dining and entertainment located in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach.
When it comes to safety, Sabin says, “Safety is our number one priority when it comes to protecting the well-being of our customers, staff and chefs. We will follow the best practices of public health officials, local regulations and event safety professionals; while implementing temperature checks and screenings, placing hand sanitizer stations in all event locations, applying mandatory face masks unless consuming food or drink, and encouraging 6ft social distancing when possible. ”
Tickets are on sale now. There are several ticket options including VIP and packages available for purchase. VIP Experience ticket holders ($ 145 per person) will receive reserved seats during the Cooking Demonstrations and the Grand Chef Throwdown, two free drinks from Barrio, a reserved book and a VIP signing with Chef Robert Irvine and of a Rosemary Square gift bag. Ticket packages include “Pick 4, Save 15%” options; and the First Republic Bank Dining Series, where customers can save 10% on their tickets to SPICE, Southern Revival and INDULGE dinners.
For details on individual events, participating chefs or to purchase tickets, visit pbfoodwinefest.com or call 800.210.0689. For daily updates, follow the festival on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @pbfoodwinefest.