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.