Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2012 Starts Friday: What's on the Schedule?

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If there is one thing that comes to mind when you think of Palm Beach it's luxury. And, well, Money. Obviously, the two go hand in hand. 

And what could be more luxurious than eating some expensive gourmet delicacies? If you ask us, not much.

It should come as no surprise that the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival is attracting some star chefs. Daniel Boulud, Fabio Viviani, Robert Irvine, Norman Van Aken, and a slew of other world-famous chefs will descend upon Palm Beach like a culinary Sandy.

And we have the schedule of events, after the jump.

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Friday, December 7

Golf Digest Celebrity Golf Cup and Food Truck: Impossible
Want to really get in on the Palm Beach lifestyle? Got 400 bucks to burn? From noon to 6pm, the Breakers newly improved Rees Jones Golf Course will be inundated by chefs, restauranteurs, pro-golfers, and celebrities, alike. Oh and you, if you can afford it. Participants will be paired up in foursomes with the chefs, and other noteworthy attendees. David Burke, Clay Conley, Dean Max, Julien Gremaud, Robert Irvine, Darryl Moiles, Marc Murphy, Kevin Sbraga, Marc Summers, Marc Vetri, and Fabio Viviani will be playing. The event will be hosted by Golf Digest

Daniel and Friends (Chef Welcoming Party--Festival Kick Off Event)
From 7 to 10pm, Daniel Boulud and his team--Executive Chef Jim Leiken, Pastry Chef Arnaud Chauvigny, and Head Sommelier Mariya Kovacheva--at Cafe Boulud will host guests in the beautiful Fountain Courtyard and Terrace at the Brazilian Court. For $100, you can sample some treats while mingling with the culinary stars.

Saturday, December 8

Bullfrog & Baum Trade Panel
From 11am to noon, get the chance to sit in on candid discussion with industry insiders. The topic: How to Build Your Brand Without Selling Out with Daniel Boulud, David Burke, Marc Murphy, and John Kunkel. The panel will be held at the Four Seasons. Call for more information.

Burgers By the Beach
Kind of like your average beachside barbecue, but will celebrity chefs and the high-class surroundings of the Four Seasons Resort, this poolside soiree will give attendees the chance to sample signature burgers from participating chefs. For $95, sample burgers from Robert Irvine, Jeff Mauro, Darryl Moiles, Kevin Sbraga, and Fabio Viviani. The barbecue runs from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. Word of advice: you'll probably want to show up a bit hungry.

Corks & Champagne with Bites by Norman
If you're a little too high-class for burgers by the pool, you can head over to the Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy from 1 to 2:30 pm. Master Sommelier Virginia Philip will be pairing wines and champagne to Chef Norman famous New American fare. The tasting is $75 and includes food demonstrations, recipes, and a rundown on the wine pairing. 

An Evening With Le Cirque-- A Tribute to Sirio
It's one of those places foodies and the celebrity dream of: Le Cirque. The biggest problem, it's over 1,200 miles away. Well, not this night. In honor of the highly-esteemed restaurant, the Breakers will be recreating New York's renowned Le Cirque. And the $250 ticket beats the airfare. From 7 to 10:30 pm, the hotel dining room will be honoring Owner and Maître d' Sirio Maccioni by bringing together Le Cirque alum Daniel Boulud, David Burke, Marc Murphy, Virginia Philip, current Le Cirque chef Oliver Reginensi, Jacque Torres, and the Breakers' own Jeff Simms.

Sunday, December 9

Food4Thought: A Farm-to-Table Lunch
Are you into the farm-to-table philosophy? Really? Well, here's your chance to experience it firsthand at Swank Farms. Guests will get the chance to check out the growing houses and seriously dine al fresco in a field of greens. For $200, sample food from Marc Vetri, Mike Lata, Robert Irvine, Kevin Sbraga, Lindsey Autry, Zach Bell and Dean Max out on the farm. The lunch goes on from 2 to 4 pm.

SUSTAIN
Looks like Sunday is going to be the ethical eating day of the festival. From 6:30 to 9:30pm, at PB Catch Seafood & Raw Bar will be hosting a dinner focused on local seafood. New York based restauranteur Marc Murphy will be the featured chef, working alongside his Sommelier David Lombardo and PB Catch's Aaron Black to create a fresh and sustainable menu.

Monday, December 10

Southern Hospitality: Pig and the Goat
Right now, the Pig is getting all the glory: charcuterie, pork belly, pig's ear, you name it. Well, this event is meant to turn the whole glorified pig thing upside down. It's a battle of the four-legged mammals with goat vs. pig vs. lamb. From noon to 3:30 pm at Pistache French Bistro, Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard, James Beard award-winner Stephen Stryjewski, and Pistache's Julien Gremaud will slow roast their animal of choice for the $125 multi-course meal.

The Last Supper
If you had one more day to live, this should be your last meal. Held at Büccan from 7 to 10 pm, the dinner will feature the culinary equivalent of the all-stars: Büccan's Clay Conley, James-Beard winner Chris Hastings, 2009 James Beard winner Mike Lata, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar's Jeff McInnis, and renowned Pastry Chef Elizabeth Falkner. Ticket are $175.

Tuesday, December 11

The Sixth Annual Grand Tasting
Just like most events, this festival wants to go out with a bang. From 6 to 9 pm, the grand event will feature winemakers, artisans, and chefs from all over the country. For $125, guests will get the chance to taste and schmooze around with some amazing culinary talent. And just like any decent form of entertainment, there's going to be a showdown: the Grand Chef Throwdown. A number of chefs will be competing against last years winner, Roy Villacrusis for the chance to win $10,000 and the Grand Chef title. Norman Van Aken is just one of the celebrity judges. The event takes place right at 150 Worth.

For tickets to any of the events or more information click here.



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