Best food festival in town returns to The Gardens Mall!

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A braised lamb neck with rosti potato, mango raita and Swank greens served at The Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival Southern Comfort lunch at Swank Farms. (J. Gwendolynne Berry/The Palm Beach Post)

As the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival celebrates its 10th year, the festival’s popular grand tasting event will return to The Gardens Mall in December, organizer David Sabin told The Palm Beach Post.

Last year, the four-day festival relocated its grand tasting event to The Gardens Mall from the smaller, more narrow 150 Worth

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Chefs Elizabeth Falkner and Robert Irvine share a laugh during the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. (Contributed by LILA PHOTO)

shopping plaza in Palm Beach. It was a nod to a growing market of younger, suburban foodies from a festival that last year drew a decidedly younger crowd. The event sold out, as did the rest of the festival’s events last year.

“In addition to our returning star chefs, we are in the process of talking to others. We’re still working on those details,” Sabin said.

Read more about returning star chefs and other details: Food festival returns to Gardens Mall, plans event for West Palm

 

Who won the chef battle at Palm Beach Food & Wine fest finale?

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Some of South Florida’s best restaurants put forth stellar dishes at the Grand Tasting of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival. Coolinary Cafe’s bacon rillete and Meat Market’s prime rib bite were among the favorites at the Biergarten section of the festival, held at The Gardens Mall in Palm Beach Gardens. (Carlos Frías/The Palm Beach Post)

 

Better for the 2015 Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival to go out in a blaze of glorious grilling.

The four-day festival capped its final event, the Grand Tasting at The Gardens Mall — outgrowing  the island for the first time in its 9-year history — with an ultimate chefs battle.

Chefs from Cafe Boulud, EmKo Palm Beach and Buccan tested their skills with Creekstone Farms organic Angus beef and Duroc pork in 30 minutes. And they knew they were cooking for discerning palates, with judges that included celebrity chefs Marc Murphy and Robert Irvine.

In the end, EmKo’s Nick Martinkovic won the crown and $10,000 for his charity, No Kid Hungry, with his grilled skirt steak, pork jowel, broccoli stem and cured egg yolk. He edged out Café Boulud’s Jimmy Strine and Buccan’s Taylor Balderson.

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