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Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011

November 22, 2011 12:07 ET

A Gourmet Getaway in the Playground of Palm Beach

The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011 Offers a True Connoisseur Experience

PALM BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - Nov 22, 2011) - Palm Beach is known for its ubiquitous wealth, glamour, shopping and beauty; however, it's not often been known for its gastronomy, until now. In only a few weeks, some of the best chefs in the country will travel to the island to offer residents and visitors the culinary experience of a lifetime during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011, December 9-13. With special offerings from venerated establishments such as The Breakers Palm Beach and Four Seasons Palm Beach, true gourmands can splurge on all the luxury the island has to offer.

Quintupling in size from an evening, walk-around Grand Tasting to a five-night, multi-location, celebrity chef extravaganza supporting the eminent James Beard Foundation, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival launches the biggest charity event of the season. Award-winning chefs and culinary personalities, authors, winemakers, journalists and mixologists gather on Palm Beach to create a culinary event of a magnitude never before seen on the glamorous island. Think food legends like Daniel Boulud and David Burke, Food Network stars like Scott Conant and Ingrid Hoffmann, and other nationally recognized talent such as John Mariani, John DeLucie, plus many, many more.

True connoisseurs will make a weekend of it and take advantage of exclusive hotel rates for Festival attendees at The Breakers and Four Seasons. Recognized as "an Italian Renaissance icon with a culinary focus," The Breakers Palm Beach is one of America's most renowned oceanfront resort destinations, completely revitalized with an array of modern amenities. From December 9-14, a limited number of Superior rooms are available for only $250 per night, plus tax. For room reservations, please call The Breakers at 1-888-BREAKERS (273-2537) and mention Group Code: PBFW11. Restrictions apply.

Four Seasons Palm Beach offers an exclusive oceanfront setting for relaxed Palm Beach elegance, award-winning dining and flawless service, on one of the finest sweeps of sun-splashed beach in South Florida. One of only two hotels in all Florida to hold the coveted Five Star Award from Forbes, the Resort has been recently undergone a complete room renovation and added a new spa. To book a Garden-View room at the special Festival rate of $250 per night, plus tax, please call 1-800-432-2335. For access to this rate from December 6-14, just mention the Festival.

With enthusiasm, attendees of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011 can indulge in good conscience. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the not-for-profit James Beard Foundation and its mission to celebrate, nurture and preserve America's diverse culinary heritage and future. Even more rewarding to local residents is the formation of the "Beard Down South" scholarship program, created by the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, in which half of the funds raised will benefit a local culinary program and local beneficiary -- the recipient school is yet to be determined. The remaining half of the funds will be donated to the Foundation's national educational programs. Another final charitable element is also in play at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011. The winner of the annual Grand Chef Throwdown presented by Creekstone Farms Premium Black Angus Beef, held during 5th Annual Grand Tasting hosted by 150 WORTH, will receive an additional $5,000 to donate to the Foundation on their behalf.

Need even more incentive?! Through November 27, exclusive ticketing sponsor Gilt City is offering a 25 percent discount (at checkout) to their Facebook fans.

With the offering of megastar chefs and haute cuisine, exquisite locations, premier sponsors and, of course, charity, all on the legendary island of Palm Beach, residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to enjoy the best of life, as a true connoisseur, during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011.

To ensure the quintessential Palm Beach experience, tickets are extremely limited, and Beard Down South, Friends of James Beard Benefit at Būccan presented by PNC Wealth Management is already SOLD OUT. All other available tickets can be purchased by visiting www.pbfwf.com.

TALENT/EVENT SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 - Beach Bash with Chef Michael Schwartz at the Four Seasons Palm Beach presented by AutoCricket.com
Talent: Michael Schwartz (James Beard Award-winner; Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Miami and Grand Cayman; Harry's Pizzeria, Miami; 150 Central Park; Oasis of the Seas)
Darryl Moiles (Four Seasons Palm Beach)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10 - An Evening with John Mariani and Renowned Celebrity Chefs at The Breakers Palm Beach presented by Cheney Brothers
Talent: David Burke (David Burke Townhouse, Fishtail, David Burke Kitchen, NYC; David Burke Prime, CT; Primehouse, Chicago; Fromagerie, NJ; Top Chef Masters and Iron Chef America competitor)
Scott Conant (James Beard Award-winner; Food Network's 24 Hour Restaurant Battle host and CHOPPED! judge; Scarpetta, NYC, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Toronto; D.O.C.G. Enoteca, Las Vegas)
John DeLucie (The Lion, Waverly Inn, NYC; The Royal, Miami)
Michael Schwartz (James Beard Award-winner; Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Miami, Grand Cayman; Harry's Pizzeria, Miami; 150 Central Park; Oasis of the Seas)
Jeff Simms (The Breakers Palm Beach)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11 - Cocktail Culture with Daniel at Café Boulud
Talent: Daniel Boulud (James Beard Award-winner; After Hours with Daniel Boulud host; Daniel, DBGB Kitchen & Bar, NYC; Café Boulud, NYC and Palm Beach; DB Bistro Moderne, NYC, Miami and Singapore; Bar Boulud, NYC and London; Maison Boulud, Beijing)
Jim Leiken, Executive Chef (Café Boulud, Palm Beach)
Arnaud Chavigny, Pastry Chef (Café Boulud, Palm Beach)
Xavier Herit, Head Bartender (Daniel, NYC)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12 - Beard Down South, Friends of James Beard Benefit at Būccan presented by PNC Wealth Management -- SOLD OUT
Talent: Clay Conley (Būccan, Palm Beach)
Stephen Stryjewski (James Beard Award-winner; Cochon, New Orleans)
Dean Max (3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale; Amp 150, Cleveland; Latitude 41, Columbus; The Brasserie, Grand Cayman; 3800 Ocean, Singer Island; Asador, Dallas)
James and Julie Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig, Orlando)
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 - 5th Annual Grand Tasting at 150 WORTH and the Grand Chef Throwdown presented by Creekstone Farms Premium Black Angus Beef
Talent: Ingrid Hoffmann (Food Network's Simply Delicioso host)
Scott Conant (James Beard Award-winner; Food Network's 24 Hour Restaurant Battle host and CHOPPED! judge; Scarpetta, NYC, Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Toronto; D.O.C.G. Enoteca, Las Vegas)
Michelle Bernstein (James Beard Award-winner; Michy's, Sra Martinez, Miami; Michelle Bernstein's at The Omphoy, Palm Beach; Food Network regular)
Allen Susser (James Beard Award-winner, Burger Bar by Chef Allen, FL)
Stephen Stryjewski (James Beard Award-winner; Cochon, New Orleans)
Restaurants: 3800 Ocean, Angle at the Ritz Carlton, Bice, Burger Bar by Chef Allen, Café Boulud, Palm Beach Grill, Cha Cha, City Cellar, Echo, Gratify American Gastropub, Ironwood Grille, Kapow! Noodle Bar, Leila, Leopard at the Chesterfield, Michelle Bernstein's at The Omphoy, Nick & Johnnies, Ocean Bistro, Pistache, Top of the Point, Scarpetta Miami, George's Stone Crab, Cochon

The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011 would not be possible without the generous support from its sponsors. Premier Beverage is the exclusive beverage sponsor, pouring from their Bacardi portfolio. The Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach is the generous 2011 host hotel. Gilt City is the exclusive ticketing agent for this year's Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. Other sponsors include Creekstone Farms Black Angus Beef, Cheney Brothers, JetBlue, Stella Artois, VOSS, Brickhouse PR, Panache: A Classic Party Rentals Company, Marketwire, Awe Talisman, Būccan, The Breakers Palm Beach, Café Boulud, 150 WORTH, Haute Living, Miami Modern Luxury, FL Travel & Life, WMRF 97.9, Classical South Florida, Dg Communications, Palm Beach Society, Floridian View, Shamin Abas PR, New Epic Media, Anolon, Sam Fisch Real Estate, Pawar Inc, The Goodman Company, Alex and Ani, Wusthof and Swank Farms. To purchase tickets, visit www.giltcity.com/miami.

For more information about the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011, assistance with interviews, images and/or media access, please contact Averill Conley at averill@createelan.com or (786) 877-0757 or Lola Thelin at lolathelin@gmail.com or (504) 289-6320. For sponsorship inquires please contact David Sabin at david@pbfwf.com or (954) 699-5009. Or visit the official website at www.pbfwf.com.

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