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The Epicurean Palette: Ten Years of Edible Artistry

September 13, 2010

By Pat Tanner

On Sunday, September 26 Kevin Sbraga, executive chef at Rat’s Restaurant at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton – and currently one of the three remaining challengers on this season’s Top Chef—will serve as host chef for the tenth annual Epicurean Palette, the food and wine event that benefits the beautiful 35-acre public sculpture park founded by Seward Johnson in 1992.

Sbraga came to Rat’s in July 2009 when the Stephen Starr organization took over management of the food outlets at GFS. Before that, he had worked for acclaimed Philadelphia chefs Georges Perrier and Jose Garces, and in 2008 he represented the U.S. in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or culinary competition.

At this year’s Palette, Sbraga will be joined by about 20 of the region’s leading restaurant chefs, whose creations can be sampled along with a sizeable selection of premium wines, beer, and spirits. To celebrate the tenth year milestone, a limited number of VIP tickets are on offer. They include some pretty terrific perks, like being greeted with Mumm champagne–after parking your car in a preferential spot—then getting a behind-the-scenes peek at Seward Johnson’s art studio and a private tour of the sculpture park. Oh yes: and having access to a VIP-only lounge (with Pernod-Ricard bar) and going home with a gift bag.

Among the restaurants participating in this year’s event are elements in Princeton, Eno Terra in Kingston, Blue Bottle Café and Brothers Moon in Hopewell, the Yardley Inn, Rocky Hill’s One 53, and restaurants from the Starr collection. Two possibilities for finishing up the afternoon’s festivities in style include J. Emanuel chocolates and Miele coffee.

All guests, in addition to strolling the sculpture grounds and sampling fine food and drink, are welcome to bid on silent auction items that include a five-course dinner for six in your home with a chef from the Starr group (Sbraga?) and the chance to cherry pick six wines from Rat’s wine cellar.

Epicurean Palette takes place on Sunday, September 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at Grounds for Sculpture, 18 Fairgrounds Rd., Hamilton. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance, are $110 per person ($99 for Grounds for Sculpture members). VIP tickets are $350. To purchase, visit or phone 609.689.1040, ext. 112.


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