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Mauro Maccioni, Palm Beach Food & Wine director David Sabin, Daniel Boulud, and Marc Murphy celebrate opening night of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival outside Cafe Boulud
Lavender-infused gin cocktails with blueberry- and orchid-studded ice balls made the evening smell like the South of France
Stone claws and other sea creatures on display in a re-purposed rowboat outside Cafe Boulud
Boulud, Food Network star Robert Irvine with wife Gail Kim (a former wrestler), and Fabio Viviani at Boulud's festival opener
Fabio Viviani serving his best burger at a "Burgers on the Beach,'' held at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Illuminated sushi at The Breakers' new HMF lounge, where legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni was honored during "An Evening with Le Cirque"
FROM TOP LEFT: David Burke, The Breakers director of catering and marketing Joan Bever, Daniel Boulud, former Town & Country editor in chief and author of A Table at Le Cirque Pamela Fiori, Marc Murphy, The Breakers executive banquet chef Jeff Simms, Palm Beach Food & Wine director David Sabin, Sirio and Mauro Maccioni
James Beard Award-winner Chris Hastings prepping a dinner at Buccan
Crispy pork belly with smoked pineapple ketchup and cocoa, served by The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach chef Matthew McGhee at the Grand Tasting
The Grand Tasting at the seventh annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival
Lavender-infused cocktails with giant orchid-studded ice cubes scented the air at Daniel Boulud’s kick-off party for the seventh annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, a high-end bacchanalia that went on for five days. The opening night party brought together local and out of town toques, along with TV personalities like Restaurant: Impossible’s Robert Irvine, “Sandwich King” Jeff Mauro, and Top Chef alums Fabio Viviani and Lindsay Autry (who has just taken over the stove at Sundy House).
Saturday afternoon, the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach held an afternoon burger cookout by the ocean while The Breakers hosted an evening reception and tribute to legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni. In the days following, Marc Murphy prepared a sustainable dinner at PBCatch, Miami’s own Jeff McInnis joined fellow chefs like Elizabeth Falkner to cook a “Last Supper” at Buccan restaurant, and for the festival finale, an acclaimed group of chefs served unforgettable bites at the Grand Tasting at 150 Worth. Highlights from the tasting included The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach chef Matthew McGhee's crispy pork belly with smoked pineapple ketchup and cocoa; Addison Reserve Country Club's crispy pork belly with terrine forestière; and The Dutch Miami's crispy lamb belly with olive caramel, couscous salad, and lemon Greek yogurt.
Also on hand was chef Michael Wurster, who just took over Michelle Bernstein’s post at the Omphoy Ocean Resort. “After [hurricane] Sandy, I decided to move from New York to Florida,’’ he smiled. At that point, the sky opened up, and the tony Palm Beach crowd rushed for cover.