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Five Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival Events to Get in on Before They Sell Out

In just over a week -- starting on Friday, December 13 and running through Tuesday, December 17 -- celebrity chefs and television personalities will be descending upon Palm Beach by the dozens for the Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival.

With 16 events spread out over the course of five days, there are plenty of options for taking in the famous culinary eye candy.

We know; some decisions feel impossible to make.

To help you narrow down which festivities are most worthy of your limited time and hard-earned money, we've come up with a list of the five best events to get in on before they sell out.

Warning: You're going to have to act quickly.

See Also: Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival Organizer David Sabin on New Chefs, Events, and the Island

5. Kids Kitchen (B)

Evening drinking is not a kid-friendly activity. Luckily, this year the little ones can get in on the festival action during the day at Saturday's Kids Kitchen with acclaimed pastry chef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar and Bakery in New York. From 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tosi will be conducting the hands-on class with just 25 kids at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. Tosi is teaching them to make her famous classic cake truffles in three flavors: birthday, chocolate-chip passion fruit, and chocolate malt. The cost to attend is $45 per person.

The Four Seasons Palm Beach is located at 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. in Palm Beach. Call 561-540-3238, or visit

See Also: Compost Cookies by Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York (Recipe)

4. Cypress High Tea After Party

Popping up as a late-night after party, James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz is bringing his highly acclaimed Miami Design District spot the Cypress Room to the Four Season Resort Palm Beach on Saturday from 11:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. For $75 per person, guests get to sample libations from the restaurant's Beverage Book and the special -- alcohol-included -- Cold Tea Service, served in vintage bone china. Passed hors d'oeuvres, tea sandwiches are being offered as well as a carving station set up by chef de cuisine Roel Alcudia. Famed pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith is preparing desserts.

The Four Seasons Palm Beach is located at 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. in Palm Beach. Call 561-540-3238, or visit

3. Southern Comfort - A Hair of the Dog Experience

Sundays afternoons are best enjoyed with cocktails, food, and live music. From noon to 3 p.m., Swank Farms and Sundy House's Lindsay Autry are hosting this farm-to-table lunch with acclaimed chefs chefs Timon Balloo, Michael Ferraro, Darryl Moiles, Marc Murphy, James and Julie Petrakis, Daniel Serfer, Stephen Stryjewski, Marc Vetri, Giorgio Rapicavoli, and Clayton Miller. Jeff Benjamin, Mariya Kovacheva and David Lombardo are on wines and Charles Steadman is mixing up refreshing cocktails. In addition to helping out in the kitchen, Marc Vetri will be performing with his friend, Grammy award-winning musician Phil Roy -- chances are you're not going to see that anywhere else. The cost to attend is $200 per person.

Swank Farms is located at 14311 N. Road in Loxahatchee. Call 561-202-5648, or visit

2. The Grand Tasting

For anyone looking to get the most bang for your $100 -- and sample food and drinks from some of the best restaurants in the region -- the Grand Tasting is the event to check out. Participating restaurants include 3800 Ocean, Addison Reserve, GiGi's, HMF at the Breakers, Meat Market, PISTACHE French Bistro, Shake Shack, Swine Southern Table & Bar, The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy, and more. Also featured as part of the event, the Grand Chef Throwdown presented by Creekstone Beef and hosted by WPTV's Jay Cashmere is pitting some of the areas top chef against each-other for the chance to win money for their chosen charities.

The Grand Tasting is taking place at 150 Worth in Palm Beach.

1. Sustain by the Ordinary

Hosted by PB Catch, Sustain is a pop-up of James Beard award winner Mike Lata's famed seafood hall and raw bar the Ordinary in Charleston, South Carolina. Since opening earlier this year the restaurant has earned numerous awards and accolades, including spots in Bon Appetit and Esquire's lists of Best New Restaurants. PB Catch's Aaron Black, Zach Bell, and Dean Max will be joining Lata for the event. Trust us: 125 bucks is a lot less than traveling up to Charleston. The dinner is taking place on Sunday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

PB Catch is located at 251 Sunrise Ave. in Palm Beach. Call 561-655-5558, or visit

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