After 18 years of resounding success in Miami, one of the country’s most celebrated culinary extravaganzas is finally giving Palm Beach a taste of the action. South Beach Wine & Food Festival, a fundraiser to benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University, has not one, but two amazing local events happening in February: a dinner hosted by Clay Conley, Martha Stewart and Lindsay Autry; and a Dom Pérignon seminar. “We are very excited to have SOBEWFF in Palm Beach this year,” says Autry, co-founder of The Regional Kitchen & Public House and a recent James Beard best chef: South award nominee. “Several of us have traveled to the festival to participate in the past, but it’s nice to have the festival expanded to cover our growing dining scene up north.” Autry and Conley, a four-time semifinalist for James Beard’s best chef in America award and the chef/owner at Buccan, Imoto and Grato, have been working on the menu since last autumn, drawing inspiration from seasonal products. “We will be focusing on Florida seafood and great produce from some of our local farms,” Autry says. “I think our styles of cuisine balance one another well,” she adds. Autry is also preparing to meet Martha Stewart, the Emmy Award-winning celeb and Palm Beach regular who has blogged about her regular visits to Worth Avenue for window-shopping, Dixie Highway for antiquing, the Green Market to grab fresh produce and The Spa at The Breakers for pedicures. “It’s a bit nerve-wracking to host such an incredible talent,” Autry admits, “but we are looking forward to welcoming her and her team.”
Feb. 21, 7pm, tickets $250, The Regional Kitchen & Public House, 651 Okeechobee Blvd.
Feb. 23, 11am, tickets $150, Virginia Philip Wine Spirits & Academy, 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Ste. 320