December 13 through 17, 2013 marked the 7th Annual Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival. Already considered a distinguished, staple event on Palm Beach’s annual social roster, The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival has earned its place as one of the nation’s premier culinary festivals. The festival brought together an eclectic collection of the world’s most illustrious, award-winning chefs, culinary personalities, authors, winemakers and mixologists to this picturesque island of South Florida. This talented group included Daniel Boulud, Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy, Jeff Benjamin, James and Julie Petrakis, Marc Vetri, Daniel Serfer, Jeff Mauro, Mike Lata, Dean Max, Elizabeth Falkner, Christina Tosi, Michael Schwartz and Stephen Stryjewski, just to name a few! Together they celebrated the art of preparing and enjoying the world of epicurean pleasures.
With specialty cocktail and hors d’oeuvre receptions, five-course dinners and a lunch with premium wine pairings and the final grand tasting and cooking competition, the 2013 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival was not only the foremost social and culinary happening in Palm Beach, but it also maintained the largest charity component of any event in the season with net revenues benefiting Chefs Dish Back™.
Through Chefs Dish Back™, all net proceeds were 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. The festival also worked with the Palm Beach County Food Bank to rescue food from the events.
A little more information about each charity. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is a pediatric cancer charity named after a 4 year old cancer patient, Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000 Alex announced that she wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Alex’s legacy of hope carries on and her namesake charity funds more than 250 pediatric cancer research projects nationally.
The American Red Cross, Palm Beaches-Treasure Coast Region has been giving lifesaving services to the people in this area since 1917. More than 900 local volunteers are ready to respond to local emergencies ranging from single-family house fires to hurricanes and other disasters.
Feeding South Florida is the leading domestic hunger relief organization in South Florida, serving Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties through a network of partner agencies, including daycare centers, assisted living facilities, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and emergency food pantries.
The James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. the JBF is at the center of America’s culinary community, dedicated to exploring the way food enriches our lives. Through its partnership with the James Beard Foundation, Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival funds the Beard Down South scholarship for a student attending a Florida-based college or culinary school.
Share Our Strength is a national nonprofit that fights to end childhood hunger in America. They work to ensure every child gets the food he or she needs to thrive by providing access to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals.