Wearin' o' the Green Salad: St. Paddy's Celebration at Swank Farms
|Dine at the farm. Forget the green beer.|
This adults-only lunch features some of South Florida's best chefs each pitching in to prepare Irish-themed courses paired with fine wines.
The event, which benefits the Red Cross, will be held at Swank Farms on Sunday, March 17, from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $150 each and available by wait list only by calling 561-202-5648.
Participating chefs include Jim Leiken, chef de cuisine at Cafe Boulud; Michael Wurster, executive chef at Malcolm's at the Omphoy Resort & Spa; Arnaud Chavigny, executive pastry chef at Cafe Boulud; Clay Conley, chef/owner at Buccan & Imoto; and Lindsay Autry, resident chef at Swank Table and executive chef at Sundy House. Wines will be curated by Stephanie Miskew, a local wine educator and writer.
The event will start with a welcome tour of the farm and butler passed hors d'oeuvres prepares by each chef. The luncheon then continues under a long tent with rows of communal seating, with each chef preparing two dishes, served family-style, featuring Swank produce and local and sustainable proteins.
Jodi Swank of Swank Specialty Produce said that the menu will focus on both traditional and reimagined Irish food. "Two of our chefs, Clay Conley and Michael Wurster, have Irish grandparents, so they are playing with boxty, corned beef and cabbage, and other great Irish touchstone dishes. Judith Olney, our creative director, is including many Irish traditions in the event, and we have a wonderful singer, Hilary O'Leary, as a musical guest."
Swank told Clean Plate Charlie that this is their second-annual event to honor the Red Cross. "They give so much at times of trouble that it is a pleasure to give back to them a bit."
Swank also added that in the spirit of giving, guests will receive some special gifts. "Our prizes this year will include restaurant gift certificates, food items, and books for those who have the luck of the Irish and find some hidden presents in our traditional Colcannon potato dish."
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