Teas the Season to be Fancy

With the balmy Palm Beach sea breeze, silver candelabras, and our pinkies up, we debuted The Longest Night this weekend at Saturday night’s Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival chef’s after party, The Cypress Room High Tea. Starting tomorrow, our winter tea cocktail will be available at the restaurant.  Beginning with Hendrick’s gin and Gunsmoke green tea, Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed added the flavors of St. Germain, cardamom, lavender, lemongrass, tarragon, lemon and honey to create the delicate flavor of this drink. Served cold for two in a bone china teapot it is the perfect after dinner cocktail, or before. After all, it is the season to be fancy.

[UPDATED] This Coming Weekend: Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival

Update: This past weekend in PB was a barrel of laughs. We just hope guests had as much fun as we did behind the scenes. See photos of what went down at the Four Seasons and The Breakers:

We feel like we have been run over by a freight train [read: party bus, stretch Lincoln Navigator, et al], but we had our best Art Basel weekend ever here at The Genuine Hospitality Group!  And there is no rest for the weary…  Hedy is off to New York City today where I will meet her tomorrow for chef Jonathan Waxman’s Lemon:NYC event and some holiday treats visits to some media friends of ours in the Apple [read: warm pop tarts from the oven!]  We return midweek, and then Michael is off to appear with our food and wine festival neighbors to the north in Palm Beach!  Tickets are still available for his events, so if you are needing, at the very least, a staycation like we are, please check it out!  Michael will join chefs including Daniel Boulud, David Burke, and Scott Conant.

Beach Bash with Chef Michael Schwartz (Friday, December 9):  Michael’s brings some of the best bites from his cookbook to the festival’s opening event, including crispy sweet-and-spicy pork belly with kimchi & crushed peanuts, kingfish escabeche with avocado, and chargrilled leg of lamb, with Greek farro salad, French feta & salsa verde. 7:00 p.m., The Four Seasons Resort at 2800 South Ocean Boulevard, $150/person tickets available online

An Evening with John Mariani- How Italian Food Conquered the World (Saturday, December 10):  The evening’s host is columnist John Mariani, who has spent the last 35 years searching out the “Best New Restaurants of the Year” for Esquire magazine. You’ll take home his new book, “How Italian Food Conquered the World,” which delivers authentic recipes and a view into the rise of Italian culinary culture. In addition to Michael, the evening will also highlight dishes from David Burke (David Burke Kitchen, David Burke Townhouse), Scott Conant (Scarpetta), John DeLucie (formerly of popular NYC restaurant Waverly Inn and currently executive chef of The Lion) and The Breakers’ Jeff Simms. 7:00 p.m., The Breakers at 1 South County Road, $250/person tickets available online

What’s Cooking: Our End-of-Year Events

FriendsWithYou got crafty in our bathroom last month. Now they're opening up a can in the main dining room, just in time for Art Basel.

It’s time to freshen up our events page, and let you know where for the rest of the year you can find our food and talent when they’re not at our restaurants.  And then things really get interesting in 2012, in the Caymans and Miami.  Can we say food festival madness?  Here’s our race to the 2011 finish, below.

DASH’s Taste of Design Fundraiser (Friday, November 11):  Harry’s Pizzeria does its first off-site event tonight in the neighborhood at the Moore Building, and since no one’s got more balls than us, we will be serving Meatballs and Sauce! (Or as Hedy, Ellie, and I say… bawwwwls and sawwwce!) 7:00 p.m.,  4040 Northeast 2nd Ave, $100/person & $1000/table tickets for sale online.

Schwartzboom at Miami Book Fair International (Sunday, November 20):  It’s Michael’s first book fair event!  The chef/author will share his debut cookbook, MICHAEL’S GENUINE FOOD, in a session with Mary Zamore (The Scared Table) and Cheryl Tan (A Tiger in the Kitchen). They each will speak or read from their book for 15-20 minutes, followed by and audience Q & A and book signing. 3:00 p.m., The Pavilion, Free

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