Chillin' N' Grillin' and Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival - Celeb Chefs Galore (Audio)

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Doug Fairall
Jeff Mauro prepares his pork burger al pastor.

The Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival is back again, that time of year where foodies from up north flock to the warmer climate of South Florida to show off their creativity and gather some inspiration. This year has been no different.

There are a multitude of events, from Chef Talks to children's cooking lessons to the themed Chillin' N' Grillin', in which to participate. This is the story of that grill-centric event, which took place on Saturday the 13th at the Four Seasons in Palm Beach.

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What's New: The 2014 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival Returns This Weekend

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Photo: Lila Photo
The Kid's Kitchen is one of the few events still selling tickets for the 2014 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival
The 2014 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival rolls into town this Thursday, December 11, for four days of eating, drinking, and food celebrity sightings.

Now in it's eighth year, the festival will take place exclusively in Palm Beach, and although many of this year's events are already sold out, some tickets remain available.

Here, a quick look at what's new, hot, and still open to the public over the course of this year's fabulous food festival.

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Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival: Palm Beach Battles Miami for Street Food Supremacy

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Street food is about to get the gourmet treatment
Last night marked the unofficial start to the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival, Broward and Palm Beach counties' most prestigious culinary event. As part of the lead-up to the festival, media and chefs were invited to the Four Seasons EDGE Steak & Bar to see which Palm Beach County and Miami chefs would be cooking which dishes at the festival's new event, Street Food Hosted by Marc Summers.

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Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival Announces 2014 Line-up: New Chefs and Events

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Eat some caviar with Danile Boulud this winter
It's coming back: Broward and Palm Beach Counties' premier food-lovers event is returning in December.

This year brings with it a whole new slew of celebrity chefs (think Anita Lo, Gabrielle Hamilton, Ken Oringer, Virginia Willis, Elizabeth Karmel, Aaron Brooks, Jamie DeRosa, and Eden Grinshpan) and events. From sustainable seafood dinners to a mano a mano street food battle royale to shirtless (hopefully) chefs slapping some balls around the volleyball court, check out this year's

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Chef Eric Grutka Wins Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest's Grand Chef Throw Down (Photos)

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All photos by Sara Ventiera
Have you ever watched an episode of Iron Chef, Top Chef, Chopped, or one of the myriad of competitive cooking shows and thought to yourself damn I wish I could be there in person?

If you missed the Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest's Grand Tasting last night, you missed your chance -- for this year, at least.

Held at 150 Worth on the island, Chef Eric Grutka of Ian's Tropical Grill in Stuart took home the award and Ten Grand -- $5,000 went to his chosen charity -- for the second year in a row.

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Five Best Dishes at the Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest's Grand Tasting (Photos)

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All Photos by Sara Ventiera
Meat Market's braised beef cheeks pasta with parmesan emulsion and sour cherry jus -- look out for the new Palm Beach location next spring
While some people are all right ordering the same dish over and over again, if you're reading this food blog, there's a chance you're the type of person who wants to sample bits and pieces from all across the menu.

As much as you'd like to order a little of everything every time you go out to eat, doing so adds up on the wallet eventually.

Food festivals were invented to solve this very (first-world) problem.

Last night was the apex of the Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest 2013, the Grand Tasting. Taking place at 150 Worth, over 30 restaurants represented with delicious and decadent dishes ripe for the picking.

Hopefully, you got to try it for yourself -- if not, we're sorry. Luckily for you, we're here to tell you what the five best dishes of the night were and where you can get them now.

Check out our picks for the five best dishes of the Grand Tasting.

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Buccan's Reception: A Showcase Of Talent With Chefs David Burke, Clay Conley and Todd English

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Doug Fairall
Chef David Burke placing the finishing touches on hors d'oevers.

It was an evening of wine and passed hors d'oeuvres at Buccan in Palm Beach as the intro to the intriguingly named 'Last Supper' event for the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival. At F&W festivals, even the smallest of events, in this case an hour-long reception before a major meal, can showcase the talents of participating chefs. The small format of passed hors d'oeuvres is a perfect canvas for chefs to take a few ingredients and make a powerful hand-held statement in the palates of diners.

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"Sustain by the Ordinary" Brought a Taste of Charleston to Palm Beach (Photos)

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All Photos by Sara Ventiera
Lata's Lobster "Minute" Ceviche
When most people think of gourmand capitols, big cities like New York, San Francisco, or Chicago usually spring to mind.

But those who really know where to find good food, stick to the smaller foodie towns.

Charleston, South Carolina is one of the best small culinary cities in the country; and one of its best restaurants popped up at PB Catch last night as part of the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival.

James Beard award winner Mike Lata brought down his award winning concept The Ordinary, which has made it to Esquire's list of "Best New Restaurants 2013," for a celebration of local, sustainable seafood.

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Rain Didn't Stop the Chefs at Southern Comfort at Swank Farms (Photos)

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All photos by Sara Ventiera
Sundays are supposed to be a day of rest -- and a day of nursing the hangover left from the aftermath of Saturday night.

Starting the day with a brunch and a few cocktails never hurt anyone.

To follow up the after party and big dinners of Saturday night, the Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest held its "Southern Comfort: a Hair of the Dog Experience" on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. Set directly on Swank Farms, the event brought together Swank Resident chef Lindsay Autry with Darryl Moiles of the Four Seasons and a bunch of celebrity chef participants and guests.

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Scenes From the Cypress High Tea After Party (Photos)

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Michele Eve Sandberg
Michael Schwartz with Pastry Chef Hedy Goldsmith
Parties are fun; after parties are better -- it's where all the action happens.

After the Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest's Savannah-themed An Evening in the Garden of Good and Evil dinner at the Breakers, festival chefs and partygoers headed over the the Four Season for the Cypress high Tea After Party hosted by Miami-based James Beard award winning chef Michael Schwartz for a pop up of his highly acclaimed Cypress Room.

Schwartz was joined by Michael's executive pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith, chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia, and mixologist Ryan Goodspeed for an evening of cocktails and tea service -- with alcohol, obviously.

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