Why should you go? It’s a chance to sample local restaurants and often, meet the chefs in person to chat with them and maybe pick up discount coupons as well. And – to socialize with friends while helping the charities involved.
Legacy Place Food & Wine 2013
Thursday starts it out, with the annual Legacy Place Food and Wine Festival in Palm Beach Gardens. It benefits the Palm Beach Gardens Police Foundation. More than two dozen restaurants and food purveyors will be on hand to mix with the wines poured from Gold Coast Beverage Distributors.
There’s an international mix of flavors on the plates – Italian, Brazilian, Spanish, Mexican, Cuban, Thai, and American grill foods among them.
Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Bice, Bonefish Grill, Cafe Chardonnay, Cabo Flats, Cod & Capers Seafood and Cafe, Havana, iBar at PGA National, Ironwood Grille, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Paella de Espana, PF Chang’s, Prosecco Cafe, Publix Greenwise, Red Tapas Bar & Grille, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Talay Thai, The Capital Grille (VIP food sponsor), Tijuana Flats, Texas de Brazil, Vic & Angelos Enoteca.
The event is 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Legacy Place, 11290 Legacy Avenue, Palm Beach Gardens. Entrance is on east side, via Fairchild Avenue. Free parking in garages. (VIP ticketholders entrance at 6:30 p.m.) Tickets are $50 general admission; $75 VIP. www.legacyplacefoodandwine.com
Els for Autism in April Craft Brew and Food Pairing Experience
It’s a mouthful to say, but the Els for Autism event, also Thursday, April 25 in Tequesta will pair nine area restaurants with craft beers. The Tequesta Brewing Co. is teaming up with the restaurateurs to match its craft brews with their foods. The star brew for the night is the Big Blue Easy, a Blueberry Saison. It takes its name from the chairman of the event, Ernie Els, British Open Champion.
Fran Andrewlevich of Tequesta Brewing Co. will be coordinating the matches for beers and food, along with chef John Carlino. The pair are good at this – they put on the annual Field of Beers event at Roger Dean Stadium – a larger beer/food pairing. Carlino will be serving foods as co-owner of Chef Corp. in Palm Beach Gardens. Other restaurants include Tim Lipman’s Coolinary Cafe, Mike Moir’s Food Shack and Leftovers, Frank Eucalitto’s Cafe Chardonnay, Kyle Pintarelli’s Rockstar Catering, Guanabanas, Red Tapas Bar & Grille, Jaye Norris’ Cake Kingdom and Oceana Coffee.
Also part of the fundraising are a silent auction, and golf games on the 18th green during the event.
The Els Center of Excellence, a $30 million center for families with autistic children set to break ground this year in west Jupiter, will get the money from the event.
The Craft Brew and Food Pairing is Thursday, April 25, from 6-9 p.m. at the Old Palm Golf and Country Club, 11089 Old Palm Dr., Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets are $125 and limited. Call 561-598-6197; www.elsforautism.com