Martha Stewart is coming to The Regional, West Palm

Lifestyle guru to join chefs Lindsay Autry, Clay Conley for SoBe fest event


Chef Lindsay Autry admits she’s “fan-girling” a bit over a guest chef coming to her West Palm Beach restaurant early next year. Then again, it’s not just any visitor – it’s Martha Stewart.

Autry will host Stewart and Buccan chef Clay Conley at The Regional Kitchen during a South Beach Wine and Food Festival dinner in February. The dinner marks the first time the bulked-up, TV star-laden festival ventures into Palm Beach County. 

For Autry, who says she’s honored to be asked to host the dinner, the more personally historic detail is that she’ll be in the kitchen with a childhood icon. 

“When I found out it would be Martha Stewart, I mean, I’m such a fan girl. I don’t feel that way about a lot of people, but I thought, ‘Okay, this is awesome,’” says Autry. 

The chef credits Stewart for inspiring one of her “secret weapons” in the kitchen, a tool she learned to make at age 9. Autry was a fan back then, watching the cooking and lifestyle guru on TV and reading her mother’s stash of “Martha Stewart Living” magazines. 

“So my secret weapon was this herb brush. We would make these little herb bouquets and tie them to a wooden spoon, and I’d baste my turkey and chicken with it,” says Autry. 

Stewart herself will be in stellar company that night as she shares the kitchen with Autry and Conley, who both earned James Beard Award semifinalist nods earlier this year. 

Both chefs are regulars at the South Beach fest. In fact, both will head to Miami after the Thursday night Martha Stewart dinner to take part in the festival’s “Best of the Best” tasting event. 

“I am thrilled there is an official festival event in Palm Beach, the place I call home, and that I am a part of it,” Conley says. “I really enjoy cooking with Lindsay and cannot wait to hang with Martha. Should be a lot of fun.” 

Of course, both Conley and Autry have another, more pressing festival to shine at before their kitchen date with Martha: Both have starring roles at this year’s Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival in December. 


IF YOU GO 

Martha Stewart Dinner at The Regional 

The cooking and lifestyle icon joins chefs Lindsay Autry and Clay Conley for a seated, multi-course dinner, the first South Beach Wine and Food Festival event in Palm Beach County. 

  • When: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, from 7 to 10 p.m. 
  • Where: The Regional Kitchen, 651 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach 
  • Tickets: $250 per person; on sale to the public on Oct. 22 at sobewff.org


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