Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival tickets go on sale

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The talent pool runs deep for this year’s Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, which kicks off ticket sales Tuesday. The cast of visiting chefs features an unprecedented lineup of food stars from the New South, national culinary pioneers and just top-notch chefs doing interesting things. 

Those who follow such things may recognize the names: Ashley ChristensenNancy SilvertonEdward Lee, Alon Shaya, Jose Garces, Richard Blais. These and other festival newcomers will join the wave of food dignitaries appearing at the festival’s sit-down dinners, walk-about tastings and resort-based events. 

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Local foodies will find a jazzier event lineup this year when the festival returns for its 12th year on Thursday, Dec. 13. The fest, which this year hosts events in Palm Beach, West Palm and Palm Beach Gardens, runs through Sunday, Dec. 16. 

Here are some highlights: 

Palm Beach Gardens gets a Thursday night dinner headlined by food TV stars. 

The festival’s favorite cookout gets a new venue. 

  • The “Chillin’ n’ Grillin’” afternoon cookout moves to the Eau Palm Beach Resort this year from its former Four Seasons location. New faces at the grills include Philly-based chef Garces of Food Network “Iron Chef” fame and acclaimed North Carolina chef/restaurateur Christensen. The event takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at 12:30 p.m. ($140 per person). 

Fest-goers get to indulge at the Four Season’s swanky, renovated poolside terrace on the festival’s Saturday night. 

  • That’s the name of the event that replaces the fest’s popular “Street Food” party – “Indulge.” A dozen celebrity chefs – including newcomers Blais (“Top Chef”) and Shaya (James Beard Award-winning chef based in New Orleans) – are cooking bites for the sexy, oceanfront evening. ($140 per person.) 

Coolinary Café does Sunday Southern brunch. 

  • That’s the good news. The bad news is the “Real Food Revolution” brunch at Chef Tim Lipman’s popular spot in Palm Beach Gardens is already sold out. So we won’t even tell you that it features two of the South’s top chefs, Charleston’s Mike Lata (FIG, The Ordinary) and New Orleans’ Stephen Stryjewski (Cochon, Peche). Also sold out: Friday’s “Lunch with Friends” at Meat Market and the chef welcome party at The Breakers. 

West Palm gets the 12th Annual Grand Tasting. 

If there’s an unofficial theme for this year’s festival, it’s the unexpected culinary icon. Festival director David Sabin assembled a lineup that includes chefs like Silverton, founder of Los Angeles’ beloved La Brea Bakery, Christensen, who has redefined the dining scene in Raleigh, and Charles Phan, founder of San Francisco’s venerable Slanted Door. 

“They’re industry leaders, people that are doing things that are compelling in many ways,” says Sabin. 

Among them, fest-goers will find a diverse batch of talent thriving in the modern South. Among them are Chef Lee, who’s made his culinary mark in Kentucky by paying homage to Southern food and his family’s Korean roots, and Shaya, the Israeli-born chef who popularized modern Israeli cooking in New Orleans. 

“This is not the traditional South,” says Sabin. “I look at it as global influences happening in the South.” 

Sabin is more than familiar with global Southern eats – he’s married to one of the top Southern chefs in South Florida, Lindsay Autry of The Regional Kitchen & Public House. During the festival, Autry will host a “Southern Revival” lunch at her West Palm restaurant, where she will cook a five-course meal ($120 per person) alongside Lee, Shaya and Christensen. 

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