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and writing two cookbooks, she teaches private hands-on cooking classes.

7th Annual Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2013

palm beach food and wine festival 2013

The team behind the 7th annual Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival is proud to debut a lineup of new events and returning classics that guests are sure to savor. The festival, already considered a distinguished staple event on Palm Beach’s annual social calendar, will take place throughout Palm Beach County on December 13 through 17, 2013. Net proceeds will benefit multiple charitable organizations.

The 2013 lineup offers a collection of world-class talent and exclusive venues, ideal for wine and food enthusiasts in the area and tourists who want to visit Palm Beach. This year they are offering a new kids’ series and late night soirees, in addition to the return of their signature events.

Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012 (Photo Credit: Website)

Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012
(Photo Credit: Website)

The festival begins on Friday, December 13, with a fun-filled day at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach with Chef Talkan open dialogue for hospitality trade about reality television success between Robert Irvine, Jeff Mauro, Johnny Iuzzini, Marc Murphy and host Marc Summers. Next up, the chefs’ athleticism will be put to the test during a beach volleyball game on the sands of the Atlantic coastline. Kicking off the evening world renowned culinary master Daniel Boulud, winner of multiple awards from the James Beard Foundation and recipient of the Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur from the French government, hosts the annual opening reception, Daniel and Friends, at Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach. The evening will feature passed hors d’oeuvres, small plates, inventive cocktails and more prepared by Boulud and his team at Cafe Boulud.

And that’s just Friday! From there the returning events include:

Robert Irvine, Elizabeth Falkner, Jeff Mauro, Dean Max, Darryl Moiles and Marc Murphy are on-hand for the afternoon pool party Chillin’ N’ Grillin’ at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, with host Ted Allen. Save room for pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini’s grilled dessert.

Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012 (Photo Credit: Website)

Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012
(Photo Credit: Website)

Sultry southern fare comes to The Breakers Palm Beach, with An Evening in the Garden of Good and Evilhosted by Marc Sommers and the resort’s Executive Chef of Banquets, Jeff Simms and Master Sommelier, Virginia Philip.

After a lavish lineup of festivities, spend a lazy and delicious al fresco afternoon of recovery with Lindsay Autry, Timon Balloo, Michael Ferraro, Darryl Moiles, Marc Murphy, Clayton Miller, James and Julie Petrakis, Daniel Serfer, Stephen Stryjewski and Mark Vetri. The chefs are creating a true, farm-to-table afternoon during Southern Comfort: A Hair of the Dog Experience at Swank Specialty Produce, a hydro-natural farm in Loxahatchee. Vetri’s band, with Grammy Award winner Phil Roy, Sounds Good-Tastes Good will also be performing.

Chef Mike Lata knows the true meaning of fresh seafood. Inspired by his South Carolina restaurant, The Ordinary, Lata brings Sustain by The Ordinary – a pop-up concept – to life, with the help of PB Catch’s Aaron Black.

Powerhouse chefs Todd English and David Burke, along with pastry chef Joanne Chang, join chef/owner Clay Conley for The Last Supper at Buccan, the final evening event before the Grand Tasting.

The festival concludes with the 7th Annual Grand Tasting at 150 Worth. This food fiesta highlights nearly 100 chefs, restaurants, mixologists, sommeliers, vendors, vintners and more, culminating with the Grand Chef Throwdown competition featuring last year’s winnner Eric Grutka.

Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012 (Photo Credit: Website)

Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012
(Photo Credit: Website)

Through Chefs Dish Back net proceeds will be donated in the name of each of the participating celebrity chefs to this year’s five following charities, each advocating and working in support of a different, critical mission: American Red Cross, Palm Beaches – Treasure Coast Region; Feeding South Florida; James Beard Foundation; Share Our Strength; and Alex’s Lemonade Stand. Through its partnership with the James Beard Foundation the festival is funding a scholarship for a local student recipient to be chosen by the JBF committee. The festival is also working with the Palm Beach County Food Bank to rescue food from the events and is featuring a donation cart for funds to be donated directly to the Food Bank.

WHEN: Friday, December 13, 2013  - Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WHERE:

Various venues throughout Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012 (Photo Credit: Website)

Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival 2012
(Photo Credit: Website)

TICKETS:

Tickets and event details are available at www.pbfoodandwinefest.com or by calling 855-428-7849.

 

 

 

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