Need an excuse to vacation to Palm Beach? We have a perfect escape. Enjoy the beautiful tropical weather and wine and dine at The Breakers for a specialty Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival event!

On Saturday, December 10, The Breakers will host a unique evening of events featuring renowned food critic John Mariani and a slew of all-star chefs cooking up an array of sensational cuisine. Attendees will also have access to special rates for an unforgettable stay at The Breakers Palm Beach.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

The special event in The Breakers’ Circle Ballroom, “An Evening with John Mariani : How Italian Food Conquered the World,” will highlight dishes from celebrity chefs David Burke, Scott Conant, Michael Schwartz, John DeLucie and The Breakers’ very own Executive Chef Jeff Simms. (Pictured above, from left to right.)

Tickets are selling out fast, don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy delectable cuisine
and fine wine at The Breakers.
Click here to buy your tickets today!

Meet the celebrity chefs…

David Burke
A well-known chef, entrepreneur and inventor, Burke is one of the leading pioneers in American cooking today. His three New York restaurants, Townhouse, David Burke Kitchen and Fishtail are a great success. The James Beard Award-winning chef also owns restaurants in Connecticut, Chicago and in his hometown, New Jersey.

Scott Conant
Conant is one of New York’s most beloved chefs. He opened the famed Scarpetta Italian restaurant in Manhattan in 2008 and a second location later that year in Miami Beach. Both Scarpetta locations were included in the 2009 “50 Best New U.S. Restaurants” feature in Travel + Leisure magazine. A third Scarpetta location opened in October 2010 in Beverly Hills, followed by another in Las Vegas last December. He is the host of “24 Hour Restaurant Battle” on the Food Network.

Michael Schwartz
Schwartz is the owner of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami’s Design District. The James Beard Award-winning chef shares his passion for where food comes from, and always strives to let ingredients speak for themselves. Schwartz is known for excellent cuisine that is homemade and straightforward, with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.

John DeLucie
Formerly a founding chef at the popular NYC restaurant Waverly Inn, DeLucie is currently executive chef of The Lion. His book, ‘The Hunger – a Memoir of an Accidental Chef’ was released in 2009 and received praise throughout the industry. Known best for his eye-opening offerings and strives to bring a unique take to Italian-American cooking.

Jeff Simms
Simms serves as the executive chef of banquets for The Breakers Palm Beach. He is the culinary mastermind behind the most savory and beautifully presented menus, and his outstanding banquet fare rivals that served in the finest restaurants in the country.

Your ticket, only $250, will include:

• Access to the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival’s “An Evening with John Mariani” on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at The Breakers Palm Beach

• A reception featuring passed hors d’oeuvres by James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz and cocktails by Bacardi

• A four-course, sit-down dinner created by renowned celebrity chefs – first course by acclaimed culinary maestro David Burke, second course by Food Network star Scott Conant and entree by The Lion’s celebrated John DeLucie. A special “sweet” treat, The Breakers Jeff Simms will create a sensational dessert

• Each course will be paired with luscious wines selected by The Breakers’ Master Sommelier Virginia Phillip, and provided by Premier Beverage

• A VIP Gilt City gift bag with a copy of John Mariani’s new book: “How Italian Food Conquered the World”

• All-evening entertainment by La Femme Classique and Bon Musique of Elan Artists

• As a guest of the event, you will have access to special room rates for your stay at The Breakers, $250 per night from December 9 – 14, 2011 — Reserve online here or call (888) 273-2537 to book your room today!

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

For more information and to purchase your tickets today, call (877) 280-0541 or visit

See also: Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival 2011 Features Five Nights of Star Chefs and Personalities in Support of the James Beard Foundation – READ MORE

  1. Glenn Lenarz Dec 03, 2011 / 10:48 pm

    This sounds so fun — and yummy…

  2. Jude Thorner Dec 04, 2011 / 05:37 pm

    Can’t wait! Really looking forward to this event…

  3. Thomas Maffucci Dec 08, 2011 / 03:59 am

    Awesome post! I will keep an on eye on your blog.

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The infamous Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards is out, and The Breakers is honored to be a part of the Grande Dame luxury list!

The Grande Dame includes 12 world’s 12 most iconic hotels legendary properties around the globe, chosen for their continued commitment to “superlative history and service.”

Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards

From Fodor’s on making the list: “Our short list of the world’s 12 most iconic hotels gives consideration to a property’s rich history (and celebrity tales) along with its recent performance. We gave extra points for superlative service, timeless style, and pampering amenities.”

Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards
The Breakers’ historical Main Drive circa 1960 and today.

Fodor’s on The Breakers as a “Palm Beach Powerhouse”
“It’s almost impossible to discuss the East Coast equivalent of Beverly Hills—Palm Beach—without The Breakers making its way into the conversation. Rich in Gilded Age opulence, the landmark 115-year-old property built by oil magnate Henry Flagler has been a pillar of the Palm Beach social scene since its late-19th-century construction ushered in the birth of Florida tourism. And, thanks to a series of well-executed nips and tucks, this tony enclave shows no signs of relinquishing her crown as queen of the scene anytime soon. Sprawling over 140 oceanfront acres on ‘Billionaire’s Row,’ the stately resort exudes decadence at every turn; from its grand palm-tree lined entrance to refined oceanfront dining room, and 540 elegant rooms and suites, The Breakers cossets guests in the Palm Beach mystique.”

Along with The Breakers, the coveted list includes The Baur au Lac in Switzerland, La Mamounia in Morocco and The Savoy in England. See all 12 on the Grande Dame list.

Special thanks to Fodor’s for such an exciting honor!

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24 Nov 2011

Wishing all of our friends, future brides and grooms, happily married Breakers couples and all of your families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with love, joy and yummy food!

Happy Thanksgiving

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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  1. Kristina Bowlet Nov 25, 2011 / 01:31 pm

    happy (late) thanksgiving 🙂

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23 Nov 2011

Candle favors have always been a sweet treat for wedding guests – but these candles are both sweet smelling and offer a sweet message. When we heard about ScentsAbility candles, our team instantly wanted to help support their amazing mission.

Not only do they look beautiful and smell delicious, each soy candle is handmade by individuals with special needs.

ScentsAbility candles

ScentsAbility was started by a husband and wife team who wanted to raise money for their daughter and other children with special needs – while offering the kids something fun to do. The organization makes more than 3,000 candles a year and strives to show the world that individuals with special needs have the ability to contribute to society.

The incredible people at ScentsAbility have donated an array of their handmade candle tins to be placed in the special VIP gift bags given to all the attendees of The Breakers’ Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival event on December 10.

ScentsAbility’s tagline – “Lighting the path to independence one candle at a time” – warms our hearts.

Visit to find out more about the ScentsAbility program and how you can order their candles today.

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