Downtown West Palm Beach residents and visitors will have the chance to experience the finest flavors of the Clematis District’s international menu during its third annual “Pairings” event. This progressive dinner tour will take place on Thursday, May 29 featuring a wide variety of delicious samplings from some of downtown’s most desirable restaurants and other exciting activities. Guests can enjoy a wide selection of light appetizers, entrées and desserts paired with specialty cocktails, wines and coffee. The event is brought to you by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Families First of Palm Beach County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping create a safe, healthy and sustainable environment for children and their families in Palm Beach County through innovative approaches.

This year’s event is bigger than ever with more than 25 participants offering guests the chance to wine and dine on signature menu items from 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Patrons can indulge in dishes and drinks that range from avocado wedges and buttermilk chicken paired with a French Kitten Martini from Oli’s Fashion Cuisine, to coconut oatmeal cookies and fresh brewed coffee from Subculture Coffee. Longboards will serve jumbo lump crab cakes with its refreshingly sweet Sangria, Cabana Nuevo Latino will offer its Anticucho paired with Caipirinhas, and Bee Organics will have their raw/vegan pad thai paired with a maple cleanse. Other participating restaurants and cafés include The Backyard Bar, Bar Louie, Best Darn Kettlecorn, Café Sweets Bakery, Clematis Pizza, Duffy’s Sports Grill, Dunkin Donuts, E.R. Bradley’s Saloon, Hamburger Heaven, Hullabaloo, Leila Restaurant, Off the Hookah, O’Shea’s Irish Pub, Pistache Restaurant, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar, Sky 309, Te Mana Kava Bar, Tin Fish and The Wine Dive.

Pairings patrons can purchase advance passes online at wpbgo.com/pairings for $25, or by visiting the DDA office located at 301 Clematis Street, Suite 200. On-site tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $30 at the ticket booth in the City Hall Courtyard located at 401 Clematis Street. Tickets include entry and sampling at each of the participating restaurants and a map showcasing locations and menu items.
From one bite to the next, Pairings patrons can take advantage of other activities and experiences Downtown. Artist Joshua Isla, from Downtown’s very own Portrait Therapy Studios, will be on site to draw portraits for interested guests in front of The Sanctuary Salon and Spa, and street performers will wow the crowd with their live entertainment. DreamShare photographer will be capturing the evening’s festivities on camera throughout the Clematis District, which visitors will be able to have emailed to them directly for instant sharing. Other photo moments can be captured at the TapSnap photo area located in front of Bee Organics and at Design Within Reach with photographer Michael Price. Throughout the event, attendees are encouraged to share their moments by using the hashtag #PairingsWPB to stay connected throughout the event.

Pairings sponsors include the DDA, SunFest, Palm Beach Illustrated, LocalDines.com and WLRN. For more information on the West Palm Beach DDA, call (561) 833-8873 or visit westpalmbeachdda.com or WPBGO.com.

About the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority

The West Palm Beach DDA is an independent taxing district created in 1967 by a special act of the Florida Legislature. Its mission is to promote and enhance a safe, vibrant Downtown for our residents, businesses and visitors through the strategic development of economic, social and cultural opportunities.