With the main growing season approaching, we feel like we have this empty canvas for us to draw on — and to create a wonderful book of memories. One of those memories will certainly be a trip to Swank Specialty Produce for their Swank Table Farm-Style Events.
Once again, Swank Farm presents a series of farm-to-table dining events on Sundays, right on the farm in Loxahatchee, in western Palm Beach County. Now this is not your basic dinner on the farm; rather, it’s almost like the crème de la crème of Palm Beach County dining events — and once you attend, you’ll be eager to plan your next visit.
Taking place every month from December to April, Swank Table events whisk you away from the bustle of everyday life and take you to a place that’s filled with joy and calm — and amazing food and wine.
Jodi and Darrin Swank invite some of the top names in the industry for each event (usually, four chefs; a sommelier; and a bartender or mixologist). They then create a sumptuous multicourse meal using ingredients, picked just hours before, from the farm.
Although the dinner is the main focus here, Swank Table is more like the ultimate dining experience. It includes an outing to the farm; vibrant cocktails; a tour of the farm; a chance to meet the rock-star chefs; fine wines, paired by a noted sommelier; an incredible dinner with an amazing group of diners; and live entertainment to round out the evening.
This year’s season of dinners kicks off in December and finishes in April with a pig-themed repast.
These dinners cost $160 per person and take place, rain or shine, at Swank Specialty Produce, 14311 North Road, Loxahatchee; 561-202-5648. For these dinners, guests will be served family-style with six guests per table.
Schedule for Swank Table 2018-19 season:
Dec. 2, 2018 – Réveillon Dinner
Benefiting: New Horizon Service Dogs
Featured chefs: Rick Mace, Cafe Boulud Palm Beach; James King, 3800 Ocean; James Versfelt, The Shelborne; Mark Militello, Josie’s Ristorante; Sebastian Setticasi, Josie’s Ristorante; Pastry Chef Zachary Detweiller, Eau Resort & Spa.
Jan. 6 – Farm Market
Benefiting: Slow Food, Glades to Coast
Featured chefs: Clark Bowen, Boulud Sud Miami; Michael Hackman, Aioli; Daniel Serfer, Mignonette and Blue Collar; Suzanne Perrotto, Brulé Bistro; Pastry Chef Devon Braddock, Mignonette; Mixologist Jessica Bell, El Camino.
Jan. 27 – Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig
Benefiting: Festival of the Arts, Boca Raton
Featured chefs: Joe Ferro, Admirals Club; Danny Ganem, Betsy Hotel; Jose Mendin, Pubbelly Group; Raheem Sealey, KYU; Marianne Daly, Bazille; cocktails by 123 Datura.
Feb. 10 – Throw Back: the Music of the 1970s
Benefiting: Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches
Featured chefs: Brendan Conner, Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering; James Everett, Driftwood; David Schroeder, Brick & Barrel; Thomas Op’t Holt, 50 Ocean; Baker Loic Autret, Loic Bakery & Café; Mixologist Justin Himmelbaun, Mucho Gusto.
March 10 – Vegetable Love
Benefiting: Caridad Center
Featured chefs: Eric Baker, Mazie’s; Clayton Carnes, Cholo Soy; Jorge Ramos, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach; Nina Kauder, Beach Scene Productions; Pastry Chef Bashar Al Shamali, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach; cocktails by Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.
March 31 – 3030 Ocean Reunion Dinner
Benefiting: Palm Beach State College Foundation
Featured chefs: Dean Max, DJM Restaurants; Paula DaSilva, Burlock Coast at the Ritz-Carlton; Jeremy Ford, Stubborn Seed; Adrienne Grenier, 3030 Ocean; Brooke Mallory, 3030 Ocean; Pushkar Marathe, Ghee Indian Restaurant Design District; Chef Niven Patel, Ghee Indian Restaurant Miami; Head Bartender Jean-Pierre Belonni, Burlock Coast at the Ritz-Carlton.
April 7 – Vetu de Blanc White Party
Benefiting: Pathfinders of Palm Beach & Martin Counties
Featured chefs: Jose Gamez, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach; Brad Kilgore, Alter; Michael Pirolo, Macchialina; Andris Salmanis, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill; Baker Jennifer Johnson, Johnson’s Custom Cakes; Mixologist Shawn Powell, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill.
April 28 – Three Little “Gloucestershire” Pigs
Benefiting: Cultural Council of Palm Beach County/Children’s Art Programs
Featured chefs: Kevin Darr, Louie Bossi’s Boca Raton; Daniel Ramos and Jason Brown, Red Splendor; John Thomas, Sassafras; Jeremy Carrier, Sweetwater; Pastry Chef Kursten Restivo, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island; Mixologist Mario Villar, Brick & Barrel.
For more information on the events and to register, visit Swank Specialty Produce (swankspecialtyproduce.com) and click on “Swank Table: Family-Style Dinner.”
Swank’s Master Chef Series
In addition to Swank Table, Swank Farm continues its Master Chef Series this year. Taking place on Saturday nights beginning in January 2019, this dinner series will feature nationally recognized chefs who will create an incredible feast that will include their “Best Dish I Ever Created.”
Dinners start at 6:30 p.m. with passed canapés and cocktails. The group then, at 7:30 p.m., will enjoy a sit-down dinner with wines — and live entertainment — and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity.
Tickets cost $160 per person.
Jan. 12, 2019 – Master Chef Milwaukee, Wis.
Feb. 2 – Master Chef Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
March 16 – Master Chef Louisville, Ky.
March 23 – Master Chef Boston, Mass.
April 13 -Master Chef Delray Beach, Fla.
May 4 – Master Chef Miami, Fla.
For more information, visit swankspecialtyproduce.com and click on “Swank Master Chef.”
Swank Farm Brunch
A variety of Sunday brunches will take place on the farm, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $99 for adults, $45 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 and under.
Nov. 18, 2018 – Crazy Uncle Mike’s Southern Brunch
Feb. 24, 2019 – Hilton Brunch
April 21 – Easter Sunday
May 12 – Mother’s Day
For more information on brunches, including the names of participating chefs, and to register, visit swankspecialtyproduce.com and click on “Swank Farm Brunch.”