Palm Beach Taste of the Nation Tickets on Sale

Taste of the Nation co-chair Chef Clay Conley (Photo courtesy LibbyVision, Inc.)

On April 5, the Palm Beach County food community will again muster food forces to benefit No Kid Hungry. It will also benefit you to join this effort, because it brings more than 40 chefs and bartenders together at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. It’s a one-night eating and drinking débauché, with 30-plus restaurants serving up their finest for a great cause.

This festival has been held since 2011, so go ahead and dish out the $150 ticket cost, because what you get back will be worth at least twice that in new-taste discoveries. That’s the general admission ticket, for participation from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The VIP admission for $200 gets you in the door an hour earlier 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This month at your favorite bar, you should see signs of The Shake Up, a county-wide cocktail competition, with proceeds from select specialty cocktails donated to this cause. Drink up and donate. Winners of The Shake Up will be announced April 2.

The event chairs are a foodie who’s who: Event Chair Denise Mariani, Chef Co-Chairs Lindsay Autry, The Regional; Chef Zach Bell, Addison Reserve Country Club; Chef Clay Conley, Buccan/Imoto/Grato; Julien Gremaud, Avocado Grill; Chef Tim Lipman, Coolinary Café/Parched Pig; and Master Sommelier Virginia Philip, Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy. Yes, you can meet and speak with all of them that night. Tickets and details here.

Plan and pay now for 16th Annual Boca Bacchanal

Here’s a two-day celebration of all things food and wine sure to please. On April 6, fans will be seated at private Vintner dinners hosted in estates and historical sites (The Addison and The Boca Raton Resort & Club, among them). These feature a vintner and chef pairing wine and food for a five-course meal that starts at 7 p.m. Cost: $325 per person.

Boca Bacchanalia, on April 7, is a large event at Mizner Park Amphitheater from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. This casual eat-sip-stroll night will feature more than 30 restaurants and vintners, along with a DJ and electric violinist Timothy Lovelock. There’s also a high-tech auction. A ticket for April 7 is $100.

Among vintners attending in 2018:

  • Round Pond Estate Winery, Napa, CA
  • Swanson Vineyrads and Clos Pegase, Napa Valley, CA
  • BR Cohn and Delectus Winery, Napa Valley, CA
  • Masi Agricola, Italy
  • HALL Wines and Walt Wines, Sonoma, CA
  • Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, Sonoma, CA

Proceeds benefit the Boca Raton Historical Society and Museum. Tickets are available on

(Pictured above, Taste of the Nation co-chair Chef Clay Conley. Photo courtesy LibbyVision, Inc.)


Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.

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