By Rebecca Cahilly
What makes a splendid weekend getaway? Stunning beachfront accommodations, meals prepared by culinary giants and must-attend events with guest lists that read like a Who’s Who of the foodie world? That’s what the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival has cooking Dec. 10-13.
Now in its 9th year, the PBFWF brings together the world’s culinary greats, from celebrity chefs to local talent, for a four-day festival celebrating everything food. With headquarters at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, the festival will include dinners, tastings, demonstrations, book signings and seminars on culinary trends, all featuring some of the world’s most renowned chefs and industry leaders.
“For me, the camaraderie amongst the chefs and everyone cooking together is one of the most fun elements,” says Tory Martindale, Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, “but to be surrounded by hundreds of people who are as passionate about great food as I am, takes it to a whole new level.”
Bringing the celebrity chef component to South Florida not only serves to inspire the next generation of up-and-coming chefs, it helps build Florida as a food destination, Chef Tory says. “Not to mention, I enjoy a little friendly competition.”
The competition will be fierce, as this year’s event features a star-packed line-up of culinary masters and trendsetters, including Palm Beach County favorites Martindale, Clay Conley, Tim Lipman, Sean Brasel, Lindsay Autry and Aaron Black. Returning chefs Robert Irvine, Marc Murphy, Christina Tosi, Johnny Iuzzini, Elizabeth Falkner, Anita Lo, Jeff Mauro and Ken Oringer will be joined by new participants Hugh Acheson, Gavin Kaysen, George Mendes, Dena Marino, Michael Ruhlman, Brad Kilgore and Beau MacMillan.
Two of Palm Beach’s most popular restaurants, būccan and PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar, will host dinners to kick off the festival on Dec. 10. Events over the following three days include an official kick-off party at The Breakers Palm Beach and a series of tasting events and competitions at the Four Seasons. From the annual Chillin’ N’ Grillin’ poolside challenge to a chef beach volleyball battle, children’s cooking demonstrations, industry panel discussions and a Street Food competition between Palm Beach and NYC chefs, the weekend will culminate with a Grand Tasting and Grand Chef Throwdown Finale, making it one any foodie will not want to miss.
The 9th Annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, in locations throughout the Palm Beaches. Tickets and information, pbfoodwinefest.com, or call 561-389-1222, Pbfoodwinefest.com.