For the 1st time in its heritage, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Competition, the county’s biggest culinary feast, will expand south into Boca Raton when it returns Dec. 7-10.
Tickets are now readily available for the 16th annual celeb-studded smorgasbord, which contains a Festival Kick-Off Bash at The Boca Raton boutique resort on Dec. 8, helmed by acclaimed local chefs Lindsay Autry (The Regional in West Palm Seaside), Valerie Chang (Itamae in Miami) and Clay Conley (Buccan in Palm Seaside), amongst others.
They’ll join a bill of Tv set personalities during the 4-day festival these kinds of as Robert Irvine (Meals Network’s “Dinner: Impossible”), Maneet Chauhan (Meals Network’s “Chopped”), Baltimore pastry chef Duff Goldman (Food items Network’s “Ace of Cakes”) and Beau MacMillan (Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games”), alongside with area tastemakers Daniel Boulud, Timon Balloo, Cindy and Jeremy Bearman, Giorgio Rapicavoli, Michelle Bernstein and Pushkar Marathe.
The press into Boca Raton was motivated, in element, by frustrating demand for the festival’s personal dinners, normally advertising out so speedy that ticket purchasers be a part of waitlists and hope an individual cancels, organizer David Sabin suggests. Previous December’s bash comfortably bought out its entire competition with four months to spare, he suggests. So significantly the 2023 version, which began presenting tickets on Aug. 28, offered out 11 of its 26 occasions as of Tuesday afternoon, according to Palm Beach front Foodstuff & Wine’s web-site.
To Sabin, the speedy sellouts are hardly shocking. “These are intended to be intimate activities,” he claims. “But ultimately, we have an obligation to explore other sections of our county. And access to solutions like Brightline are supporting. Which is a bit of a game-alter for people today who never like to drink and travel.”
For now, there is only a single function in Boca Raton, but most of the festival’s footprint remains in the town of Palm Beach front and in Palm Beach front Gardens, with 16 functions prepared there. 9 other individuals are scheduled in West Palm Beach, Lantana and Manalapan. Tickets expense $50 to $350, with the the greater part of occasions spanning the $150 to $250 selling price assortment.
Tickets are even now on sale for a pair of new festival tastings: Porch BBQ (Dec. 9), with pitmasters Matt Abdoo (Pig Seashore in West Palm Beach front), Ralph Lewis (Okeechobee Key Barbecue in West Palm Beach), Johnny Demartini (Ravish Off Ocean in Lantana) and Stephen Stryjewski (Cochon New Orleans) and Rosé Parté (Dec. 9), a bites-and-rosé tasting with chef Jason Weiner (Almond Palm Beach) and visitor chefs Timon Balloo, Zach Engel, Lior Lev Sercarz and Alex Seidel.
Other highlights contain An Night at the Breakers (Dec. 8), whose hotel poolside terrace serves as the backdrop for dishes by Breakers chef Anthony Sicignano paired with wines assembled by master sommelier Virginia Philip and Brunch at La Goulue (Dec. 9), a 4-system pairing of fare from chef Gwen Le Pape (La Goulue in Palm Seashore), Ben Ford (Ford’s Filling Station in Los Angeles and son of actor Harrison Ford) and Michelle Bernstein (Cafe La Trova in Miami).
By natural means, the bash crescendos with a Grand Tasting finale (Dec. 10), which will return to the Palm Beach front County Conference Centre. The stroll-close to function will aspect bites and beverages from 50 collaborating dining places and a Grand Chef Throwdown, in which a few nearby chefs cross spatulas for a $10,000 charity prize.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Palm Seaside Food and Wine Festival
WHEN: Dec. 7-10
Wherever: Venues in Palm Seaside, West Palm Seaside, Palm Seaside Gardens, Lantana, Manalapan and Boca Raton
Data: 800-210-0689 PBFoodWineFest.com