Afeast for the palate
The Boca Bacchanal Committee toasted the kickoff of its popular food and wine fundraiser recently, announcing the acclaimed Chefs and Vintners who will be featured at the event, which is scheduled for February 27 – March 1, 2009 at various sites in the Boca Raton area. The presentation, hosted by the Boca Raton Historical Society and Republic National Distributing Company, was enthusiastically received by supporters at a festive party held at Old Town Hall.
“We are very pleased to announce this great, international roster of chefs and vintners, who will be coming to Boca Raton from the U.S. , Europe and New Zealand for the seventh annual Boca Bacchanal,” said Tom Dieters, president of the Board of the Boca Raton Historical Society. “Each year we have taken pride in bringing together a totally new array of world-class cuinarians and wine makers. This not only adds excitement to the event, but keeps our patrons returning and it attracts new guests who join us for a tremendous weekend of food , wine and spirited auction bidding,” said Dieters. “This is our biggest fundraiser and it benefits our Heritage Education Programs, which make it possible for us to take the past, as well as the unfolding history and heritage of Boca Raton, into the community.”
As a new addition to this year’s Vintner Dinners, Rising Star Chef Shaun Foley, Executive Sous Chef at Café Maxx will be featured at the Young Friend’s Dinner. Limited to Friends of the Boca Raton Historical Society who are under 40 years old, it will be held on February 26, 2009 at Boca Raton’s historic Train Depot.
Boca Bacchanal will feature eight Friday night Vintner Dinners set in private residences. The Chef and Vintners will be paired with the hosts of each party, and the eagerly awaited pairings will be announced by the Committee in November at the annual “Pairings Party”.
The Vintner Dinner Chefs are: Stephen Asprinio – Forte d’Asprinio – W. Palm Beach, FL; Sean Brock – McCrady’s – Charleston, SC; Rick Edge – PlumpJack Café – San Francisco, CA; Gabriel Frasca & Amanda Lydon – Straight Wharf Café – Nantucket, MA; Gerry Klaskala – Aria – Atlanta, GA; Steven McHugh – Restaurant August – New Orleans, LA; Cindy Pawlcyn and Victor Scargle – Go Fish – St. Helena, CA; Jeff Tunks – DC Coast – Washington, D.C.
The Vintners are: Bodegas Faustino – Laura Martinez – Spain; Cakebread Cellars – Julianne Laks – Napa Valley, CA; Maison Louis Jadot – Marc Dupin – France; Penfolds – Matt Lane – New Zealand ; PlumpJack Winery – John Connover – Carneros, CA; Ravenswood Winery – Joel Peterson – Napa Valley, CA and ZD Wines – Brett deLeuze – Napa Valley, CA and Baron Ricasoli, Italy.
The centerpiece of the weekend is The Bacchanal & Auction Hosted by Stanford Financial Group, held Saturday evening at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. It features a dynamic reception with a silent auction, a dinner created by the Vintner Dinner Chefs and Vintners and the live auction, with wine and lifestyle lots up for bid.
The Grand Tasting held on Sunday afternoon at the Centre for the Arts Amphitheatre at Mizner Park, and features more than 140 wines to sample and “by the bite” specialties of 30 local restaurants.
Janie and Duncan Lott are General Chairpersons of Boca Bacchanal and Sharon and Bill Shubin are Honorary Chairs. Event partners include Republic National Distributing Company,
The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton Magazine, Stanford Financial Group, The Wine News, Cendyn, Carla Marsh Public Relations, Crown Wine & Spirits, Legal Sea Foods, Champagne Taittinger, Reims; Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council.
For more information, call 954-395-6766, ext. 101 or visit www.bocabacchanal.com.
Thomas and Joyce DeVita, Julia Johnston and Mayor Susan Whelchel
Bobby Campbell, left, Marion Godin and Chris Kearney