Palm Beach food, wine fest to draw big names

Also this month, Mi­ami brushes up for Art Basel

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Showtime - Broward - - DINING - By Michael Mayo

Wel­come to the lat­est edi­tion of Hot Plates, your monthly guide to food events and din­ing pro­mo­tions around South Flor­ida. The Palm Beach Food and Wine Fes­ti­val re­turns for its 12th year Dec. 13-16. Hanukkah be­gan at sun­down Sun­day, and the eight-day Jewish fes­ti­val of lights runs through Dec. 10. Check back later this month for a roundup of my restau­rant picks for Christ­mas and New Year’s Eve. Try not to overindulge.

Ben’s Kosher Del­i­catessen Restau­rant in Boca Ra­ton, 9942 Clint Moore Road, is get­ting into the Hanukkah spirit by of­fer­ing a dozen free potato pan­cakes to those who buy three dozen for par­ties or fam­ily gath­er­ings. The “lotsa latkes” deal in­cludes ap­ple sauce and fla­vor op­tions of plain, sweet potato, zuc­chini and spinach. Ben’s also of­fers a Hanukkah cater­ing pack­age for six peo­ple ($139) that in­cludes matzo ball soup, sal­ads or cole slaw, brisket or chicken, mini latkes and dessert. Call 561-470-9963 for in­for­ma­tion.

Art ma­nia de­scends upon Mi­ami-Dade with Art Basel and Mi­ami Art Week, and many restau­rants are em­brac­ing the cre­ative vibe. At Cantina La Veinte in Mi­ami, 465 Brick­ell Ave., a spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tive menu fea­tur­ing artis­tic culi­nary cre­ations from five Mi­ami chefs will be of­fered at din­ner for six nights. Among the dishes: a Flor­ida Triple­tail Art At­tack with turnip-beet puree ($32) from host chef San­ti­ago Gomez; grilled oc­to­pus and prawns ($28) from chef Car­los Gar­cia of Obra Kitchen Ta­ble; and lob­ster salad with av­o­cado, egg, trout roe and pesto ($26) from chef Deme Lo­mas of Niu Kitchen and Ar­son. Call 786-623-6135 for reser­va­tions. Art Basel week will close in rau­cous style at Kiki on the River’s Sun­day Fun­day. Start­ing at 1 p.m., Kiki on the River, a GreekMediter­ranean restau­rant at 450 NWNorth River Drive in Mi­ami, will cel­e­brate The Art Plug Power House with artists in­clud­ing RhymelikeDimez, CB Hoyo and Ket­nipz. Their art will be fea­tured in the restau­rant and on Van Dutch Yachts’ cus­tomwrapped boats docked on the Mi­ami River. Call 786-502-3243 for in­for­ma­tion.

NYY Steak at Semi­nole Casino Co­conut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St., will host an Orin Swift Cel­lars wine din­ner start­ing at 6:30 p.m. Cock­tails will be fol­lowed by a five-course meal paired with Orin Swift wines. Stan Gross of E&J Gallo Wine will be on hand to dis­cuss the wines. Din­ner cour­ses will in­clude pep­per-seared sea scal­lops, cran­berry pecan-stuffed Berk­shire pork ten­der­loin, ca­caocharred veni­son loin; and vanilla sea salt-crusted A5 Ja­panese Wagyu strip. The cost is $200 (plus tax and tip). Call 954-5855379 for reser­va­tions.

The Palm Beach Food and Wine Fes­ti­val keeps grow­ing, with a high-pow­ered ros­ter of ac­claimed chefs and TV per­son­al­i­ties (Daniel Boulud, Robert Irvine, Duff Gold­man, Nancy Sil­ver­ton, Marc Mur­phy, Michelle Bern­stein) and mul­ti­ple events spread over four nights around Palm Beach County. Most are al­ready sold out, but $185 tick­ets re­main for two open­ing­night (Dec. 13) events, a Caribbean-themed din­ner at Av­o­cado Grill in Palm Beach Gar­dens, and an Ital­ian “gravy” din­ner at Cafe Sa­pori in West Palm Beach. Tick­ets ($85) also re­main for the Grand Tast­ing on Sun­day, Dec. 16. The 2-6 p.m. event takes place at the Palm Beach County Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 650 Okee­chobee Blvd., and fea­tures bites and sips from scores of restau­rants and winer­ies.

Hol­i­day boat pa­rades abound through­out South Flor­ida this month, but the big­gest of all is the Semi­nole Hard Rock Win­ter­fest Boat Pa­rade, which runs from Port Ever­glades north­ward on the In­tra­coastal to Pom­pano Beach start­ing at 6:30 p.m. Water­front restau­rants along the route will be mobbed and will re­quire reser­va­tions, some with hefty min­i­mums. Bokam­per’s, 3115 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Laud­erdale, will of­fer VIP seat­ing and a four-course din­ner start­ing at $99, plus tax, tip and drinks. Call 954-900-5584 for reser­va­tions. Traf­fic will be bru­tal, with draw­bridges locked. Plan ac­cord­ingly. Pit­bull’s new Mi­ami Beach restau­rant, iLov305, is sched­uled to open in the days be­fore Christ­mas. The restau­rant, at 1060 Ocean Drive, will be a multi-level party. Dale!


Cantina La Veinte in Mi­ami will fea­ture artis­tic dishes from five Mi­ami chefs through Dec. 8 to co­in­cide with Art Basel week, in­clud­ing a Flor­ida Triple­tail Art At­tack with col­or­ful purees from host chef San­ti­ago Gomez.


Among the fea­tured dishes at Cantina La Veinte this week: grilled oc­to­pus with prawns from chef Car­los Gar­cia of Obra Kitchen and Ta­ble.


Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish fes­ti­val of lights, runs through Dec. 10 and is cel­e­brated with potato pan­cakes, known as latkes.

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