SOURCE: Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011

November 01, 2011 15:09 ET

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011 Features Five Nights of Star Chefs and Personalities in Support of the James Beard Foundation

PALM BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - This December Florida foodies have reason to celebrate as a flood of epicurean talent descends upon the Gold Coast for the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011. Award-winning chefs and culinary personalities, authors, winemakers, journalists, mixologists and the glamorous world of Palm Beach create a culinary event of a magnitude never before seen on the illustrious island. Growing exponentially from a one-day Grand Tasting walk-around event 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, December 9-13.

To ensure the quintessential Palm Beach experience, tickets to each event of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011 are extremely limited. All tickets can be purchased at www.pbfwf.com.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 7:00 PM
Beach Bash with Chef Michael Schwartz at the Four Seasons Palm Beach presented by AutoCricket.com
A Florida beach in December is one of the most beautiful places to be on Earth, and the resort island of Palm Beach is one of the most beautiful places to be in Florida. Add the exclusive Four Seasons and a celebrity chef to the mix and you have one unforgettable evening. Join 2010 James Beard Best Chef: South Award-winner Michael Schwartz, along with the Four Seasons' own Darryl Moiles, on the beach at the highly anticipated kick-off event of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011.

Owner of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink in Miami and Grand Cayman, Schwartz and his recipes and restaurants have been featured in national publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure, and he is a sought-after television personality/culinary guest, having appeared nationally on a plethora of programs, including TODAY Show, MARTHA: The Martha Stewart Show, Fresh Food Fast with Emeril Lagasse, After Hours with Daniel Boulud, and as guest judge on Top Chef.

At the Beach Bash with Chef Michael Schwartz, guests will savor small bites of Schwartz's signature style of "seriously good food" with an emphasis on the most pristine ingredients from Florida farmers, fishermen and ranchers. Imbibe on premium libations from Bacardi all evening long while you groove and mingle under the stars. All guests will receive a copy of the chef's first cookbook, Michael's Genuine Food: Down to Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat. Tickets are $150 in advance and $200 at the door.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 7:00 PM
An Evening with John Mariani and Renowned Celebrity Chefs at The Breakers Palm Beach
Inspired by esteemed restaurant critic and Esquire journalist John Mariani's new book How Italian Food Conquered the World, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011 has teamed Mariani up with a series of powerhouse chefs to host a dinner that would have Tony Soprano jealous. Join acclaimed culinary maestro David Burke (restaurateur of David Burke Townhouse, David Burke Kitchen, David Burke Prime, among others), Food Network star, Scarpetta owner (NYC, Las Vegas, LA, Toronto, Miami) and James Beard Award-winner winner Scott Conant, the celebrated John DeLucie of The Lion in NYC and formerly of the Waverly Inn, James Beard Award-winner Michael Schwartz, and The Breakers' own Executive Chef Jeff Simms, who will create an over-the-top, Italian epicurean experience. A reception of passed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails by Bacardi will give way to a four-course, sit-down dinner featuring Creekstone Farms Premium Black Angus Beef, with luscious wines from Premier Beverage to accompany each signature creation. With entertainment all evening long by La Femme Classique and Bon Musique of Elan Artists and staged in the legendary "Circle Room" of the preeminent Breakers Palm Beach, this evening will be a feast for all the senses. All guests will receive a copy of the just-released How Italian Food Conquered the World. Tickets are $250 in advance.

True connoisseurs can make a weekend of it and take advantage of an exclusive rate for all ticket holders. From December 9 - 14, 2011, a limited number of Superior rooms are available for only $250 per room, per night, subject to 11% tax. For room reservations, please call The Breakers at 1-888-BREAKERS (273-2537) and mention Group Code: PBFW11. Restrictions apply.

Recognized as "an Italian Renaissance icon with a culinary focus," The Breakers is one of America's legendary oceanfront resort destinations, completely revitalized with an array of modern amenities.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 5:00 PM
Cocktail Culture with Daniel at Café Boulud
Join megastar chef Daniel Boulud for an extraordinary evening of cocktails and cuisine in the legendary garden courtyards of the landmark Brazilian Court Hotel as he showcases items from his just-released book Cocktails and Amuse-Bouches for Her and for Him, a seductive two-volume edition by luxury publisher Assouline. During Sunday evening's Cocktail Culture with Daniel at Café Boulud, the season's most creative cocktails are transported to Palm Beach by co-author and famed New York bartender Xavier Herit. In true Boulud style, the cuisine will be every bit as exceptional as the libations, as the world-renowned chef, along with Café Boulud's Executive Chef Jim Leiken and Chef Pâtissier Arnaud Chavigny, serve gem-like hors d'oeuvres and delectable dishes to match the creative mixology. Thanks to Bill Porter Music, DJ Brett Sandala and vocalist Ziarra will perform throughout the evening, enhancing the already pristine setting of Café Boulud. All cocktails will be made with favorites from the Bacardi portfolio.

Chef Boulud's countless honors include James Beard Awards for "Outstanding Restaurateur," "Best Chef of New York City" and "Outstanding Chef of the Year," as well as three Michelin stars and four stars from The New York Times for his New York flagship, DANIEL.

Tickets are $175 in advance and $225 at the door and all guests will receive a copy of Cocktails and Amuse-Bouches for Her and for Him. Lucky and ingenious guests may even be able to finagle a signature!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 7:00 PM
Beard Down South, Friends of James Beard Benefit at Būccan presented by PNC Wealth Management
Young, hip, charismatic and fun... oh, and exceptionally talented in the kitchen. This is just one way to describe the team of chefs that will be cooking for guests at Būccan -- the hottest restaurant to hit the infamous Palm Beach scene -- for Beard Down South at Būccan, Friends of James Beard Benefit. Join chef/owner Clay Conley and star-chef friends Stephen Stryjewski (2010 James Beard Best Chef: South Award-winner; Cochon, New Orleans), Dean Max (3030 Ocean, Fort Lauderdale; The Brasserie, Grand Cayman; Asador, Dallas), and James and Julie Petrakis (The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park, FL) at this once-in-a-lifetime lineup during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011. During the reception in the "living room" lounge and bar, in addition to the funky tunes of DJ Adam Lipson, guests will enjoy creative cocktails by Bacardi alongside each chef's signature hors d'oeuvre, then sit down to savor an exquisite five-course event and premium wine pairing from Premier Beverage in the chic and sophisticated ambience of Būccan. Tickets are $150 in advance and $200 at the door.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 6:00 PM (VIP) / 7:00 PM (general admission)
5th Annual Grand Tasting at 150 WORTH
Grand Chef Throwdown presented by Creekstone Farms Premium Black Angus Beef
More than an occasion to explore the world of food and wine, the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival's 5th Annual Grand Tasting hosted by 150 WORTH is a gourmet tasting event that is the place to see and be seen to kick-off the social season. Set in the Mediterranean courtyards of 150 WORTH, this year's finale event will include an abundance of wines and spirits by Premier Beverage and Bacardi and tastings from the region's top restaurants and chefs including James Beard Award-winners Michelle Bernstein, Allen Susser and Scott Conant. Participating restaurants include 3800 Ocean, Angle at the Ritz Carlton, Bice, Burger Bar by Chef Allen, Café Boulud, Café Sapori, Cha Cha, City Cellar, Echo, Gratify American Gastropub, Ironwood Grille, Kapow!, Leila, Leopard Lounge & Restaurant at The Chesterfield, Michelle Bernstein's at The Omphoy, Nick & Johnnies, Ocean Bistro, Pistache, Top of the Point, Catch Palm Beach and Cucina dell Arte, along with Miami's Scarpetta and George Stone Crab. Others pending and will be announced.

Adding to the gastronomic excitement, the annual Grand Chef Throwdown presented by Creekstone Farms Premium Black Angus Beef will once again offer a $10,000 prize to the winning chef of this head-to-head cooking challenge. Food Network's Simply Delicioso host Ingrid Hoffmann will emcee this year's Grand Chef Throwdown, alongside special celebrity judge Scott Conant, a James Beard Award-winner, Food Network's 24 Hour Restaurant Battle host and CHOPPED! judge. Chef Roy Villacrusis, former owner of North Palm Beach's Kubo and recently named executive chef for Kapow! Noodle Bar in Boca Raton, returns to defend his title.

VIP tickets are $150 in advance and $200 at the door. General Admission tickets are $75 in advance $125 at the door.

The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011 would not be possible without the generous support from its sponsors, including Creekstone Farms Black Angus Beef, JetBlue, Stella Artois, VOSS, Brickhouse PR, Panache: A Classic Party Rentals Company, Marketwire, Awe Talisman, Buccan, 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, Wusthof and Swank Farms. 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. To purchase tickets, visit www.giltcity.com/miami.

The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011 proudly raises funds that benefit the James Beard Foundation and its mission to celebrate, nurture and preserve America's diverse culinary heritage and future. The James Beard Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information about the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011, assistance with interviews and/or media access forms, please contact Averill Mackin 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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