Returning for it’s 14th year, Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival (PBFWF) has announced its four-day lineup of star-studded celebrity chef events. This year’s festival will take place December 9th to 12th and will feature more events than ever before.
Known for its intimate setting at venues throughout Palm Beach, this is the ideal festival for those who want to get to know some of America’s most-spotlighted culinary talent. Participating chefs include Daniel Boulud, Clay Conley, Robert Irvine, Ben Ford, Michelle Bernstein, Dean Max, and more.
Festival director David Sabin says it’s like getting the band back together again after a year on hiatus. “It feels great to be back in planning mode. We’ve only received the best feedback from all of our participants and guests,” he shared. “We’re equally excited for all of the new events. The most exciting part (for me) will be to celebrate the last 10 years of events with Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud with DANIEL & FRIENDS, our annual dinner at Buccan called THE FIRST BITE, and our partnership with the Four Seasons Resort as our host hotel. These three milestones are what I’m looking forward to the most.”
New additions and highlights to this year’s lineup include:
- SPICE – this year’s dinner will be held at a new location, Stage Kitchen & Bar, hosted by chefs Maneet Chauhan, Charles Phan, Lior Lev Sercarz and host chef Pushkar Marathe.
- A DINNER AT ELISABETTA’S – the festival’s first event in Delray Beach featuring an Italian dinner hosted by Lisabet Summa along with guest chef Sarah Grueneberg.
- CRAFTING COCKTAILS – an educational mixology class hosted by The Parched Pig’s chef Tim Lipman and mixologist Katy Galluccio along with chef Anita Lo and “bar chef” Christiaan Röllich.
- LUNCH WITH TONY & FRANK – an Italian meal at Café Chardonnay hosted by chef Frank Eucalitto and guest chef Tony Mantuano.
- BRUNCH AT AIOLI – a signature brunch experience hosted by chef Michael Hackman with guest chefs Elizabeth Falkner and Stephen Stryjewski.
- The kick-off of PBFWF AT ROSEMARY SQUARE, an all ages, day-long celebration entailing book readings and signings; cooking demos; interactive classes; and the annual Grand Chef Throwdown event.
Kick off the food-filled weekend with one of Thursday night’s seated dinners, like SUSTAIN, a five-course seated dinner with wine pairings featuring ingredients caught by local fishermen. The collaborative dinner focusing on sustainable seafood will be held at PB CATCH Seafood & Raw Bar and includes the work from talented chefs Brad Kilgore, Mike Lata, Giorgio Rapicavoli, and host chef Aaron Black.
“This festival will always be so special to me. The first year I participated, I was on a panel with Daniel Boulud — I was literally sitting next to one of my idols,” shares Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, who is most notably known as the first Miami chef to bring home a Food Network’s Chopped win. “Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival continues to grow every year and it’s an honor to be a part of it. This year I’ll be cooking alongside some great friends and chefs.”
On Friday, take your pick from three lunch events that will impress midday culinary connoisseurs, followed by two dinner events, and the official Chef Welcome Party at The Colony Hotel. Enjoy the best of southern comforts at SOUTHERN REVIVAL presented by First Republic Bank. This four-course seated lunch with wine pairings by sommelier Adrienne Mills features host chefs Lindsay Autry and Sarah Sipe with guest chefs Michelle Bernstein and Katie Button highlighting quintessential Southern flavors.
The always exciting CHEF WELCOME PARTY presented by Cheney Brothers is a great way to experience the festival, as it’s the official kick off party. Taking place at The Colony Hotel, this walk-around tasting at Swifty’s Pool features live music and entertainment all night long.
Mixing up the perfect combination of fun, food and learning, Saturday’s happenings include wine tastings, a cocktail workshop, kids’ cooking event, as well as two lunches, a poolside tasting in the evening, and a BBQ tasting event. Fan favorite event, CHILLIN’ N’ GRILLIN’ returns to the pool deck at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa with mouthwatering grilled dishes by guest chefs Michelle Bernstein, Elizabeth Faulkner, Joe Flamm, Jose Garces, Dean Max, David Rose, Jonathon Sawyer and Stephen Stryjewski alongside host chef Neall Bailey with wine selections by Paul Hobbs Winery.
At INDULGE presented by First Republic Bank, you’ll find host chef Jose Gamez and guest chefs Timon Balloo, Katie Button, Sarah Grueneberg, Brad Kilgore, Mike Lata, Beau MacMillan, Brandon McGlamery, and Charles Phan serving up bites and beverages poolside at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.
“Life is turning back on and we’re chance to go back out there and hang out with a bunch of chefs from all over the country. I always feel so inspired by them,” says Chef Brad Kilgore about participating in his first large event post-pandemic. “The clientele at Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival is so well-traveled and well-eaten, so it’s more focused on the food itself versus some of the other food festivals where it’s such a quick interaction. It’s engaging and more personable and I think that’s what makes it so special.”
On Sunday, the festival wraps with three delicious brunch events like DANIEL & FRIENDS held at Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel, hosted by Daniel Boulud with guest chefs Dieter Samijn and Julie Franceschini. It’s a walk-around event featuring tastings paired with inventive cocktails and Paul Hobbs wines.
There’s also the refreshed Grand Tasting event to be held at Rosemary Square taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring kids’ events, book signings and a star-studded cooking competition within the dynamic shopping, dining and entertainment destination located in the heart of Downtown West Palm Beach.
When it comes to safety, Sabin says, “Safety is our number one priority when it comes to protecting the well-being of our guests, staff, and chefs. We will be following best practices from public health officials, local regulations, and event safety professionals; while also implementing temperature checks and screenings, placing hand sanitizer stations throughout event venues, enforcing mandatory face masks unless consuming food or beverage, and encouraging social distancing of 6-feet when possible.”
Tickets are on sale now. There are several ticket options including VIP and packages available for purchase. VIP Experience ticket holders ($145 per person) will enjoy reserved seating during the cooking demos and Grand Chef Throwdown, two complimentary drinks from Barrio, a reserved book and VIP signing with chef Robert Irvine, and a gift bag from Rosemary Square. Ticket packages include the “Pick 4, Save 15%” options; and the First Republic Bank Dining Series, where guests can save 10 percent on their tickets to the SPICE, Southern Revival and INDULGE dinners.
For more details about individual events, participating chefs, or to purchase tickets visit pbfoodwinefest.com or call 800.210.0689. For daily updates, follow the festival on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @pbfoodwinefest.