Afeast for the palate

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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

Thomas and Joyce DeVita, Ju­lia Johnston and Mayor Su­san Whelchel

Bobby Camp­bell, left, Mar­ion Godin and Chris Kear­ney

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