Tour de Florida with Palm Beach Social Diary & EatPalmBeach

We had the honor of working alongside Cristyle Egitto of EatPalmBeach in hosting a culinary collaboration like nothing we've ever done before. Incrporating a number of local brands, we carefully helped to orchestrate collaborative opportunities, resulting in a meticulously put together dinner soiree for 32 special guests.

Local brands, influencers and media enjoyed a unique interactive event where guests got to taste, touch and experience a five course menu prepared by nearly 20 local businesses, including a private chef, local meat purveyor, seafood company, floral expert, and retail businesses. The result was nothing short of amazing. Chef Chris Marshall of Hampton Forks worked alongside Bush Brothers Co to carefully create a Florida themed menu, which was complimented by an array of delicious and unique wines paired by the Vine Post. Our beautiful tablescape also offered an opportunity for local businesses to work together, including Atlas Event Rentals and Pioneer Linens for the gorgeous tablescape, Flower & Fringe for florals, McMow Art Glass who created take home coasters for the group, and Alaina's Bake Shoppe Café, who put together adorable pineapple cookies as place cards. Even our raw first course of oysters and delicious Proper Ice Cream pavlova sundae bar were complimented by sparkling and dessert wines provided by the Vine Post, served on beautiful marble plated from Atlas Event Rentals.

     Jessica Fontaine Swift, Cristyle Egitto and Leah Logue.  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Jessica Fontaine Swift, Cristyle Egitto and Leah Logue.

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     Florida Bay Oysters - Raw First Course  Group Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Florida Bay Oysters - Raw First Course

    Group Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     John Moore, Black Coral Rum Mixing the Florida Themed Welcome Drink  Group Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    John Moore, Black Coral Rum Mixing the Florida Themed Welcome Drink

    Group Photo: Nick Mele Photography

    The delectable 'Tour de Florida' five course menu consisted of the following:

    • Florida Bay Raw Oysters + Champagne
    • Pork Belly with Guava BBQ, Cracked Conch and Smoked Plantain
    • Confit Rabbit with Rough Mustard Parisienne Gnochi, English Peas, Cured Chorizo and Hazelnut Crumb
    • Wagyu Strip with Florida Lobster Celery Root Remoulade, Papaya Piquillo Romesco and Creamy White Sweet Potato
    • Proper Ice Cream Pavlova Sundae Bar
     Hors d'rouvres by Hampton Forks  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Hors d'rouvres by Hampton Forks

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     Tablescape with Atlas Event Rentals, Pioneer Linens, Flower & Fringe and McMow Art Glass  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Tablescape with Atlas Event Rentals, Pioneer Linens, Flower & Fringe and McMow Art Glass

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     The Vine Post - Champagne on Ice  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    The Vine Post - Champagne on Ice

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

    The outstanding local brands who participated in the event include:

    • Alaina’s Bake Shoppe & Cafe
    • Atlas Party Rentals
    • Black Coral Rum
    • Bush Brothers
    • Dreamallows
    • Florida Bay Oysters
    • Flower & Fringe
    • Hampton Forks
    • Kendra Scott Palm Beach
    • Loggerhead Marinelife Center
    • Lydia Marie Elizabeth Paintings
    • McMow Art Glass
    • Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice
    • Nick Mele Photography 
    • Pioneer Linens
    • Proper Ice Cream
    • Strong Boalt
    • The Vine Post
    • Whole Foods Palm Beach
     Menu and Cookie Place Card by Alaina's Bake Shoppe Café  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Menu and Cookie Place Card by Alaina's Bake Shoppe Café

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     Chef Chris Marshall of Hampton Forks  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Chef Chris Marshall of Hampton Forks

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     Confit Rabbit with Rough Mustard Parisienne Gnochi, English Peas, Cured Chorizo and Hazelnut Crumb  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Confit Rabbit with Rough Mustard Parisienne Gnochi, English Peas, Cured Chorizo and Hazelnut Crumb

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

    During dinner, Loggerhead Marinelife Center President and CEO, Jack Lighton, discussed how the center is a leading authority in sea turtle education, research and rehabilitation locally and internationally, and the incredible impact it has on our community and ecosystem. Guests were given turtle adoption certificates and plush eco-friendly turtle stuffed animals to take home.

     
     Jack Lighton, Loggerhead Marinelife Center  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Jack Lighton, Loggerhead Marinelife Center

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     

    Among our number included Jayne Chase, Editor in Chief of Modern Luxury Palm Beach, Mary Murray and Liz Petoniak, Managing Editor and Senior Editor (respectfully) of Palm Beach Illustrated, Krystian von Speidel, Editor of Palm Beach Post Notables, Marcus Cohen, Producer of Channel 25 News, Donna Lewis, Editor of the Palm Beacher and Jupiter Magazine, as well as local influencers, including Angela Ledford Cruz, Skye Sherman, Elizabeth Lewis, Holland Smith, Nick Mele, Kerry Shorr, Alyson Seligman, Aaron Warmus and Briana Beaty.

     Donna and Larry Lewis, Jessica Fontaine Swift, Cristyle Egitto  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Donna and Larry Lewis, Jessica Fontaine Swift, Cristyle Egitto

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     Trent Swift, Scott Carey, Krystian Von Speidel, Nick Mele and Andrew Egitto dressed by Strong Boalt with Ashlee Albert  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Trent Swift, Scott Carey, Krystian Von Speidel, Nick Mele and Andrew Egitto dressed by Strong Boalt with Ashlee Albert

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     Kerry Shorr and Jack Lighton  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Kerry Shorr and Jack Lighton

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

    After dinner, guests were invited back inside for an interactive pavlova sundae par courtesy of local ice cream purveyor, Proper Ice Cream. The impressive display included flavors like pistachio, chocolate, and strawberry topped with crushed hazelnut and caramel. The always delicious Dreamallows provided an adorable parting gift in the shape of a fluffy pineapple to round off the evening.

    It was truly inspiring to see the enthusiasm and generous contributions from such esteemed local brands, collaborating to make our vision a reality. We’re honored to have hosted such a wonderful evening alongside a list of brands we truly adore, and want to thank all of them from the bottom of our hearts for participating in such a unique and fun event.

     Proper Ice Cream Pavlova Sundae Bar  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Proper Ice Cream Pavlova Sundae Bar

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     Holland Smith and Alyson Seligman  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Holland Smith and Alyson Seligman

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography

     Dreamallows Parting Gift  Photo:  Nick Mele Photography

    Dreamallows Parting Gift

    Photo: Nick Mele Photography