‘Palm Beach Food& Wine Festival’ hosts16 events benefiting five charities
Sixteen delicious dinners, lunches and evenings of desserts and hors d’oeuvres are beckoning this December in the name of philanthropy. The “Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival” returns for its seventh year, and this year net proceeds are benefiting American Red Cross, Palm Beaches - Treasure Coast Region, Feeding South Florida, James Beard Foundation, Share Our Strength and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
The festival hosts a wide variety of events throughout Palm Beach County, Dec. 13-17, and offers something for everyone, from a glam evening inspired by the deep south to a lazy, cocktail-filled afternoon and sweet-filled late nights.
“The 2013 lineup offers a collection of world-class talent and exclusive venues, ideal for wine and food enthusiasts. This year we are also offering a new kids’ series and late night soirées, in addition to the return of our signature events,” said festival organizer David Sabin.
On Friday, Dec. 13, both sunbathers and night owls head to official host hotel Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Guests can watch as the chefs’ athleticism is put to the test during the afternoon beach volleyball game, “Get Served!”. Friday also offers the first official late-night soirée, “Cloud 9,” where pastry powerhouses Johnny Iuzzini, Christina Tosi and Jennifer Reed, along with Four Seasons Executive Chef Darryl Moiles and Chef Mauro Zanusso of the resort’s soon-to-open Jové Kitchen & Bar, will tempt your taste buds.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach hosts a variety of day events including the interactive “Kids Kitchens” presented by Whole Foods Market with chefs Robert Irvine and Christina Tosi. That evening, The Breakers Resort Palm Beach invites guests to “An Evening in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Savannah’s famed Mercer House will come to life and will feature sultry, southern fare prepared by The Breakers’ Executive Chef of Banquets, Jeff Simms, and paired with wines by master sommelier Virginia Philip. Known for its sophisticated ambiance and gourmet gastronomy, The Breakers offers a delightful twist on favorites like fried oysters and shrimp & grits.
The party continues after hours back at the Four Seasons featuring “The Cypress Room High Tea” with James Beard Award-winning chef/restaurateur Michael Schwartz. Relax with libations from The Beverage Book, as well as Cold Tea Service, an exotic refreshing cocktail. Feast on passed hors d’oeuvres, tea sandwiches and carving station by chef Roel Alcudia and elegant sweets from executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith.
For a different foodie experience, on Sunday, Dec. 15, it’s off to “Southern Comfort,” a farm-to-table afternoon at Swank Specialty Produce’s hydro-natural farm.
The festival will also be serving up creative cocktails. Some of South Florida’s favorite chefs will prepare lunch on stage and will offer family-style dining. And because no lazy day is complete without music: Sounds Good, Tastes Good, a musical collaboration by Grammy award-winning artist Phil Roy and chef Michael Vetri, proves that music, food and wine are one of life’s greatest pairings.
A perfect Monday break, or holiday luncheon with co-workers, “Lunch with Payard” will provide a happy plate of French favorites. On Monday, Dec. 16, renowned French pastry chef François Payard comes to West Palm Beach’s Pistache French Bistro to cook alongside the restaurant’s chef de cuisine Isaac Cerny.
Tickets and details for these events and more during the “Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival” are available at www.pbfoodwinefest.com or 855-428-7849.