Elizabeth Kelley Grace
Chefs and Vintners Announced for 11th Annual Boca Bocchanal
BOCA RATON, FL, November 29, 2012 – The Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum has announced its list of internationally acclaimed chefs and vintners for the 11th Annual Boca Bacchanal. Recognized as one of Florida's most prestigious food and wine weekends, Boca Bacchanal will be held March 22-24, 2013, when guests will sip, savor and bid during an array of world-class events
The featured chefs are: Eric DiStefano of Geronimo in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Peng Looi of August Moon Chinese Bistro and Asiatique Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky; Paula DaSilva from 1500º -Eden Roc Resort in Miami Beach, Florida; Chris Ponte, of Cafe Ponte in Clearwater, Florida; Piero Premoli of Pricci in Atlanta, Georgia; Christopher Prosperi of Metro Bis in Simsbury, Connecticut; and Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill in Charleston, South Carolina.
The featured vintners are: Count Patrick d'Aulan, Alta Vista Winery, Argentina; Luciano Castiello, Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali, Tuscany, Italy; Thierry Roset, Champagne Charles Heidsieck, Reims, France; Cynthia Lohr, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, San Jose, California; René Schlatter, Merryvale Vineyards, Napa Valley, California; and Christopher W. Silva, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, California.
Boca Bacchanal benefits the Heritage Education and Historic Preservation Programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. The weekend will kick off with the Bacchus Bash, held on Friday, March 22 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Guests will savor an extravaganza of sensational food and wine, presented by 14 celebrated chefs and prized vintners. The evening includes a reception, signature small plate tastings paired with wines, and a silent and live auction featuring magnificent vacations and cruises, coveted wines, and much more.
The elegant Vintner Dinners, taking place on Saturday, March 23, will be held in six stunning local private residences, pairing the talents of the above-mentioned chefs and vintners.
The Boca Bacchanal's Grand Tasting is an alfresco luncheon by-the-bite on the tented green at the Mizner Park Amphitheatre where guests will enjoy delicious specialties presented by 30 outstanding local chefs and restaurants, and an exceptional presentation of 140 featured wines. The marketplace with herbs, produce, specialty oils and foods returns, and the event features a new Beer Garden.
"We are thrilled with the list of participating chefs and vintners representing some of the finest wineries in the world and best restaurants in the United States," said Boca Bacchanal honorary chair Stephanie Miskew. "Our guests will be delighted with the array of events and quality of the food and wine."
Boca Bacchanal kicks off with a wine tasting, Bacchus Beckons, on Wednesday, February 6 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where guests will pop corks and enjoy a lavish reception of savories and sweets, accompanied by the acclaimed wines of the featured vintners.
Boca Bacchanal partners are Republic National Distributing Company, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton Magazine, Cendyn, JM Lexus, Crown Wine & Spirits, Comerica Bank, Legal Sea Foods, The Buzz Agency, Champagne Tattinger, Saratoga Water, City of Boca Raton, Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. Atlas Party Rental, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce and LivingFLA.Com are serving as promotional partners.
Boca Bacchanal offers a variety of tickets and sponsorship levels. Tickets prices are as follows: Bacchus Beckons: $75; Bacchus Bash: $225; Vintner Dinner: $325; Grand Tasting: $75 in advance and $90 at the gate; Bacchus Bash/Grand Tasting combo ticket: $275; Patron Package $575; and Grand Patron Package $1,500. The Boca Raton Resort & Club offers deluxe weekend packages. All sponsorship and ticketing information, as well as information on the chefs and vintners, can be found at www.bocabacchanal.com.
Boca Bacchanal is the major fundraiser of the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum. A festive weekend which celebrates and enhances the appreciation of wine and food, Boca Bacchanal brings together world class chefs and vintners, offering their finest specialties, providing the entire community with a delightful opportunity to support an outstanding cause.
Proceeds from this wine fest weekend enable the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum to provide innovative, diverse and rapidly growing heritage education and historic preservation programs for Boca Raton area residents and visitors. The programs are recognized as an essential building block for understanding the unfolding history of Boca Raton. In 2012, more than 75,000 children and adults experienced its on-site and outreach programs, such as history tours, exhibits, lectures, school programs, special events and archival research. The BRHS&M believes that heritage education contributes to the identification and cohesion of community and culture and it is the Society's mission to have a visible role in sharing our local history.