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Top Chefs Throw Pity Party, Dec. 8th

Got 100 people coming for a holiday shindig? Stupidest idea you EVER had, right? Believe it, we've been there. But four of Palm Beach's top chefs are taking pity this season and throwing a bash at Cafe Boulud that might help prevent us from totally screwing up our next cocktail party if we listen carefully, pay attention, and follow instructions.

If you're sick of rolling hundreds of little piggies into blankets or can't stand the thought of one more vat of onion dip, CULTURE & COCKTAILS at Cafe Boulud may offer a solution: "Party Party -- Sharing the Tastes, Tests & Treats of Holiday Entertaining." The event takes place on December 8 from 5 to 7 p.m at the Brazilian Court. Participating star chefs and their sommeliers include:

From Cafe Boulud:

  • Zach Bell, Chef de Cuisine
  • Jenny Benzie, Sommelière
  • Matthew Petersen, Chef Pâtissier

From Forté di Asprinio:

  • Stephen Asprinio, Restaurateur
  • Joshua Liberman, General Manager & Wine Director
  • Mark Liberman, Chef di Cucina

From Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach:

  • Darryl Moiles, Executive Chef

From Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach:

  • Ryan Artim, Executive Chef

Each chef will prepare two hors d'oeuvres and a wine pairing, and consult with guests about the how-to, patiently answering panicked questions about cocktails, serving temperatures, and pairings, while you nosh on Boulud's wine and snacks.

If these experts can't help you, you truly are hopeless. But that's OK, because your $35 ticket price will go to the Palm Beach Cultural Council, so you'll have spread some joy and light around the universe anyway.

Call the Cultural Council at 561.471.2901 to reserve your space, but hurry up -- the event is limited to 60. Cafe Boulud is located at The Brazilian Court, 301 Australian Avenue in Palm Beach.

-- Gail Shepherd

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