The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival announced its chef lineup and food programs, set to take place December 10-13 in locations throughout the Palm Beaches. The ninth annual festival will bring together a dozen events featuring new and returning celebrity chefs and other culinary talents, culminating with a refresh of the festival’s iconic event, the 9th Annual Grand Tasting presented by Stoli.
This year’s festival features a star-packed line-up of culinary masters and food trendsetters.
Returning chefs Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy, Christina Tosi, Johnny Iuzzini, Elizabeth Falkner, Anita Lo, Jeff Mauro, and Ken Oringer will be joined by new PBFWF additions Hugh Acheson, Gavin Kaysen, George Mendes, Dena Marino, Michael Ruhlman, Brad Kilgore, and Beau MacMillan, alongside Palm Beach County favorites Clay Conley, Tim Lipman, Sean Brasel, Tory Martindale, Lindsay Autry, and Aaron Black.
Headquartered at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach with select locations on Palm Beach Island, the festival will include a collection of intimate and lively dinners, wine and cocktail tastings, cooking demonstrations, books signing, and seminars discussing the latest culinary trends, all featuring some of the world’s most renowned chefs and industry leaders.
Festival events begin December 10, with dinners held simultaneously at Palm Beach’s most popular restaurants, Būccan and PB CATCH Seafood & Raw Bar. Over the subsequent three days, guests will take part in an official kick-off party at The Breakers Palm Beach followed by a bevy of fun tasting events at host resort, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach: the annual Chillin’ N’ Grillin’, industry panel discussions, a Street Food competition featuring Palm Beach versus NYC chefs, and children’s cooking demonstrations.
This gourmet getaway is part of Four Seasons Hotels Food & Wine Festivals, an exclusive collection of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts working with its community partners to spotlight annual food festivals and offer one-of-a-kind experiences in which guests can indulge culinary fantasies at select destinations including Palm Beach and Hualalai.
Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2015 event highlights include:
December 10: Chefs Johnny Iuzzini, Mike Lata, Jonathon Sawyer, Stephen Stryjewski, and Aaron Black bring sexy to ocean sustainability in Sustain, a seafood-inspired dinner hosted at PB CATCH Seafood & Raw Bar. [$160 per person; 7 p.m.]
Expect to taste the unexpected at The First Bite with chefs Hugh Acheson, Gavin Kaysen, and George Mendes joining Clay Conley at his open-kitchen concept restaurant, Būccan. [$160 per person, 7 p.m.]
December 11: Miami flair meets Palm Beach sophistication in Miami Takeover. Chef Sean Brasel welcomes Miami chefs Daniel Serfer, Dena Marino, Brad Kilgore, and Giorgio Rapicavoli to serve up lunch specials at Meat Market Palm Beach, Brasel’s newest spin off of his South Beach flagship. [$95 per person, noon].
Get Served!, the annual chef volleyball battle at the beautiful beach at Four Seasons, rounds up teams consisting of sommeliers, chefs and other festival friends to remind them that kitchen skills don’t always determine the champions. [free; 2 p.m.]
The official kick-off soiree Chef Welcome Party presented by Cheney Brothers returns to The Breakers Resort Palm Beach in all its red carpet splendor. With the resort’s executive chef Jeff Simms at the helm, expect a unique theme for the many food stations, passed bites, delicious wines, and specialty cocktails. [$125 per person; 7 p.m.]