For the 12th year, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival returns Dec. 13 to 16 with a celebrity-laden lineup, some new venues and a Grand Tasting that moves to a more central location. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.
With a multitude of events planned, the festival welcomes back notable locals and favorite celebs and adds these chefs to the list: Alon Shaya, Amanda Freitag, Edward Lee, Jose Garces, Nancy Silverton and Richard Blais. Some of the returning faces include Anita Lo, Ben Ford, Duff Goldman, Michelle Bernstein, Mike Lata, Robert Irvine, Clay Conley, Aaron Black, Jose Gamez, Lindsay Autry, Tim Lipman, Virginia Philip and many more.
Buy tickets at pbfoodwinefest.com.
New dinners, lunches, brunches include:
- One Caribbean Night, an opening night dinner at Avocado Grill’s newest location in Palm Beach Gardens; Dec. 13, 7 to 10 p.m., Chefs Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Robert Irvine. Ticket: $185.
- Daniel & Friends returns for Sunday brunch at Café Boulud, Palm Beach; Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chefs Daniel Boulud, Ashley Christensen, Charles Phan, Edward Lee, Jonathon Sawyer, Rick Mace. Ticket: $140.
- Chillin’ N’ Grillin’, a Bell & Evans lunch series, moves to Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Dec. 15, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Chefs Ashley Christensen, Ben Ford, Daniel Serfer, Jeff Mauro, Jose Garces, Marc Murphy, Matthew Jennings, Robert Irvine, David Viviano. Ticket: $140.
- Indulge, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, a walk-around tasting and drinking event. Chefs include Alon Shaya, Amanda Freitag, Beau MacMillan, Duff Goldman, Joe Flamm, Michele Bernstein, Mike Lata, Richard Blais, Sarah Grueneberg, Stephen Stryjewski, Tony Mantuano, Jose Gamez. 7 p.m. Ticket: $140.
- Real Food Revolution, a Bell & Evans brunch, is a Sunday sit-down brunch at Coolinary Café in Palm Beach Gardens; Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chefs Mike Lata, Stephen Stryjewski, Tim Lipman. Ticket: $120.
- The 12th Annual Grand Tasting moves to the Palm Beach Convention Center with a new timetable, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 16. Chef Robert Irvine will judge the annual Grand Chef Throwdown as three local chefs compete. Ticket: $85.
Thursday, Dec. 13:
- Sustain, a five-course dinner created by four top chefs at PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar on Dec. 13. While it refers to the connection between sustainability in regard to food for humans and the oceans, it also describes the festival’s biggest achievement in its 12th Featuring PB Catch Exec Chef Aaron Black, of course, cooking with Timon Balloo, Ben Ford and Nancy Oakes; 7 p.m. Ticket: $185.
- The First Bite by Old School Bakery, at Buccan, Palm Beach, with Clay Conley, Charles Phan, Jose Garces and Nancy Silverton. 7 p.m. Ticket: $185.
- Gravy, at Café Sapori, an Italian bash with chefs Fabrizio Giorgi, Joe Flamm, Tony Mantuano, Michael Pirolo, Sarah Grueneberg. 7 p.m. Ticket: $185.
Friday, Dec. 14:
- Lunch with Friends, Bell & Evans series, at Meat Market Palm Beach, is a five-course lunch with wine pairings. Chefs Sean Brasel, Anita Lo, Beau MacMillan, Matthew Jennings. Noon. Ticket: $120.
- Southern Revival, Bell & Evans series, at The Regional Kitchen & Public House, is a popular five-course lunch. With chefs Lindsay Autry, Alon Shaya, Ashley Christensen, Edward Lee. Noon. Ticket: $120.
- A Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers is already sold out.
Saturday, Dec. 15
- Kids Kitchens, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, are two popular, 90-minute, hands-on classes for kids. Chefs Michelle Bernstein and Robert Irvine guide the mini sous chefs (there’s a 60 kid limit total) goes home with a chef jacket, chef hat and a chance to sample finished dishes. 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tickets include one child and one adult: $50.