An inaugural supporter of the annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, our team was honored to be a part of the 11th anniversary celebration last month.

For the fourth year in a row, we hosted the Chef Welcome Party—and this year we brought the heat, hosting the fire-themed event on the Front Lawn.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

Take a peek inside this special kick-off soiree, featuring decor by our talented in-house Design Studio team…

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

The exciting night for foodies and famed chefs featured a fire-inspired menu with unique stations and passed bites by The Breakers Executive Chef Jeff Simms, along with an array of wines selected by our Master Sommelier Virginia Philip.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

Adorned with shirts that named each yummy passed bite, our team served as “Living Menus” during the reception. On the menu: (pictured below, clockwise from left) Ghost Pepper Buffalo Cauliflower Sliders, Tempura Veggies with Sweet Island Chili Sauce, Cheeseburger in Paradise and “Red Rooster” Spiked Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon. Guests also enjoyed Spicy Tuna Cones with Avocado Mousse, Habanero Scallop Ceviche and Pancetta Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

Jeff Simms’ specialty fire-inspired menu included four unique stations:

HOT! HOT! HOT! GRILL STATION featuring Grilled Whole Lamb, Creekstone Farms “Brontosaurus” Beef Ribs, Homemade Saucisson, Bell and Evans Free Range Chicken and Whole Irish Salmon Sides roasted on Cedar Planks.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

HELL FIRE CHILI STATION featuring Chef Simms’ beloved family recipe. Extra special: Simms enjoyed the delicious dish with his twin brother, pictured below.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

SHRIMP FRA DIAVOLO STATION featuring Blistered Tomatoes, Calabrian Peppers, and Fresh Shaved Parmesan.

WARM RACLETTE CHEESE STATION featuring Raclette Cheese Wheels melted over Grilled Veggies, Oven Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Fingerling Potatoes.

And at the bar…

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

PERONI sponsored the bar, providing our bartenders with some pretty groovy fedoras…

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

Jack Daniels brought the heat with a Volcano Ice Luge featuring a taste of their Tennessee Fire.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

For dessert, the decadent CLASSIC FLAMBÉ DESSERT STATION featured Crepe Suzettes flambéed with Grand Marnier and Cherries Jubilee flambéed with Cherry Brandy.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

Passed sweets included Mini Red Velvet Molten Cakes, Crème Brûlée Spoons (in Classic Vanilla Bean, Pistachio & Godiva Chocolate flavors), Baked Alaska “Bites” (in Coffee, Cookies and Cream & Mint Chocolate Chip flavors) and Toasted Marshmallow S’mores Cones.

Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival: Chef Welcome Party at The Breakers 2017

Cheers to another wonderful festival!

{Special thanks to the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival
organizers and event sponsor Cheney Brothers}

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