With the end of 2012 less than a month away, it's time to take a look at the food and drink events taking place in December. Given that the offerings taper out before the holidays, there's also a list of the most anticipated culinary events of 2013. The docket includes a series of star-studded dinners for Hurricane Sandy relief (Bon Appetit's Do Your Part Dinners), a swanky festival in Florida with the likes of Daniel Boulud (Palm Beach Food & Wine), Eric Ripert's annual caribbean gathering (Cayman Cookout), and René Redzepi's Copenhagen symposium, MAD, which is asking for donations as it enters its third year.
Celebrity Chef Tour
When: December 5, 2012
Where: Sarasota, Florida
What: The Celebrity Chef tour makes just one more stop before the end of 2012 in Sarasota, Florida. The dinner will take place at Darwin's on 4th and feature chefs Pascal Oudin and Ted Mendez.
Bon Appétit's Do Your Part Dinners
When: December 6 and 7, 2012
Where: New York, NY
What: Bon Appetit have organized two nights of star-studded dinners for Hurricane Sandy relief. Both dinners will be held at the City Grit space in New York City. The first night features chefs like Sean Brock (Husk and McCrady's), Daniel Humm (Eleven Madison Park), and Christopher Kostow (The Restaurant at Meadowood). The closing meal includes Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese), Naomi Pomeroy (Beast), and Andy Ricker (Pok Pok).
Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival
When: December 7 - December 11, 2012
Where: Palm Beach, FL
What: The idea of heading over to Palm Beach in December isn't so bad, especially when you've got burger parties on the beach, several special meals, a good amount of drinking, and characters like Daniel Boulud, Mike Lata, and Marc Vetri. Be forewarned: it all comes at Palm Beach prices.
Valley Forge Beer Festival
When: December 8, 2012
Where: Philadelphia, PA
What: From the producers of the Philadelphia Craft Beer festival, this is another expo featuring over 100 beers. There are two sessions on the 8th, and tickets go for $40 online and $60 at the door. What you get: "Tickets include a 5 oz. tasting glass with a 2 oz. pour line and the freedom to walk the festival and sample beer from participating breweries."
When: January 17 - January 20, 2013
Where: Grand Cayman
What: Le Bernardin chef and Avec Eric host Eric Ripert puts on his annual food and wine festival in the Cayman Islands, with returning presenters José Andrés and Anthony Bourdain. There are some new faces, as well, like Manresa chef David Kinch and Eleven Madison Park's Daniel Humm.
When: January 21 - January 23, 2013
Where: Madrid, Spain
What: The star-studded and highly technical Spanish demo festival enters its 11th year with Pascal Barbot, Quique Dacosta, Pierre Hermé, Elena Arzak, Albert Adrià, Andoni Luis Aduriz, and several other culinary heavy hitters. This year show's more of an emphasis on Spain than last year's edition, which offered more of a mix.
Bocuse d'Or Finals
When: January 29 and January 30, 2013
Where: Lyon, France
What: It's finally here: the U.S. team, with Richard Rosendale as captain, will compete in the biannual cooking competition that's sometimes referred to as the culinary Super Bowl. The team has been prepping intensely over the past year, with guidance from the likes of Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Grant Achatz. Spirits are high.
South Beach Food & Wine
When: February 21 - February 24, 2013
Where: Miami, Florida
What: Lee Schrager's annual mega festival returns, as usual, with more chefs and food media stars than you can shake a stick at. As usual, get your tickets fast. For this year's lineup highlights, see Eater Miami's write-up.
BB&T Charleston Wine & Food
When: February 28 - March 3, 2013
Where: Charleston, South Carolina
What: A very cool food weekend intensely focused on local flavors, traditions, and chefs. There's an even more extensive schedule this year, featuring everything from cocktail demos, fine wine tastings, bourbon luncheons, and a dinner collaboration between Sean Brock, Daniel Patterson, and Ben Shewry.
Melbourne Food and Wine
When: March 1 - 17, 2012
Where: Melbourne, Australia
What: For their 21st year, Melbourne Food and Wine have organized a monster of a festival: 17 days of tastings, master classes, and parties all across Victoria. Draws include the "Master Class," a congress of sorts in which Sean Brock, Magnus Nilsson, Ed Kenney, Enrique Olvera, Virgilio Martinez, Dan Lepard, and Ben Shewry will make presentations
When: May 20 - May 22, 2013
Where: Mexico City
What: Enrique Olvera's gastronomic festival and symposium enters its second year with a lineup that includes Mexican chefs like Jorge Vallejo, Elena Reygadas, and Diego Hernández Baquedano. Visiting presenters include Andoni Luis Aduriz, René Redzepi, David Kinch, Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, and Alinea designer Martin Kastner.
When: August 25 and August 26, 2013
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
What: Organizers have yet to announce the lineup for René Redzepi's MAD Symposium, which will enter its third year in collaboration with the folks at Lucky Peach and Momofuku. If the two first installments are any indication, the intimate symposium will feature some of the world's leading chefs, as well as academics, authors, and purveyors. Redzepi has drafted a letter asking for financial support for the event.
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