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2010 Vintner Dinners

Dinner # 1: Chef Cass’s Sassy Cape Malay Safari

Join Chef Cass Abrahams, an internationally known authority on the distinctive Cape Malay cuisine of the Cape Town region of South Africa, as she brings the best of her homeland to Boca Raton. Chef, teacher and author, Cass has wisdom, talent and love of her heritage infusing her highly praised work. Jaco Potgieter will be pouring the best of his South African portfolio to match each delectable and flavorful course.

Host: Bob Campbell

Chef: Cass Abrahams, Zomerlust Restaurant - Paarl, South Africa

Vintner: Jaco Potgieter – DGB, USA - South Africa

Dinner # 2: Tony and Donna’s Cal-Italia Caper

Napa’s Bistro Don Giovanni is a wine country favorite and Chef Donna Scala is the creative force in the kitchen that keeps drawing patrons back time and again for more of her scrumptious Cal-Italia dishes. The Bistro's grounds surround guests with aromas from the garden, whose bounty finds home in many of her recipes. Chef Donna is also starring in an “encore” performance at her newest venture, La Luce at Hilton Bonnet Creek, in Orlando. Tony Apostolakos, of Masi Agricola, the famous wine producer in Italy’s Veneto area near Venice, is the perfect partner for this dinner, which is flavored with California, French and Italian accents.

Hosts: Roxanne and Bruce Rosetto

Chef: Donna Scala, Bistro Don Giovanni – Napa, CA

Vintner: Tony Apostolakos, Masi Agricola– Veneto, Italy

Dinner # 3: Hot Chefs Pilot Vintner’s Voyage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Rim

For the first time Boca Bacchanal presents a Culinary Voyage on a 100-foot luxury yacht which will depart from the Boca Raton Resort and Club and cruise the Intracoastal Waterway. On board will be Chef Peng Looi, who will create his award-winning Pan-Asian specialties, and Chef Paula DaSilva, the Bravo Network’s “Hell’s Kitchen” rising star and Boca Bacchanal’s “ South Florida Ambassador”, who will present her celebrated style. Steve Thomson of Oregon’s King Estate winery is bringing the perfect wines to sip along with the offerings of two top toques.

Hosts: Barbara and Dick Schmidt upon their luxury yacht

Chefs: Peng Looi, Asiatique & August Moon Bistro - Louisville, KY
Paula DaSilva, 3030 Ocean - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Vintner: Steve Thomson, King Estate – Eugene, OR

Dinner # 4: Aria’s Culinary Impresario and Arizona’s Iron Chef Star Ignite Gastronomic Fireworks

Gerry Klaskala’s “avant guarde” style hits the perfect culinary notes at Atlanta’s Aria, where he conducts what one reviewer calls “a melodic mix of hot trends and hearty fare”. Chef Lee Hillson, a Phoenix phenom and Iron Chef standout performer who challenged Iron Chef Cat Cora, promises to cook up some palate-pleasing surprises. These super-star chefs are matched with wine world luminaries Bill Cascio, of Talbott Winery and Ignacio Arzuaga Navarro, of Bodegas Arzuaga-Ribero. Let the tastings begin!

Hosts: Kathi Grace and Carl Schoeppl & Broward Bank of Commerce

Chefs: Gerry Klaskala, Aria - Atlanta, GA & Lee Hillson, Royal Palm Resort – Phoenix, AR

Vintner: Bill Cascio, Talbott Winery, Monterey, CA & Ignacio Arzuaga Navarro, Bodegas Arzuaga - Ribero del Duero, Spain

Dinner # 5: James Beard’s “2009 Best Chef in the South” Stirs Up Mississippi Magic

Housed in a Reconstruction-era livery stable on the Courthouse Square in Oxford, MS, City Grocery began serving north Mississippi’s most innovative fare, with “Big Bad Chef” John Currence at the helm of his first restaurant venture, in 1992. Since then he has been featured in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, USA Today and dozens of other national publication, has appeared on many network TV broadcasts. He recently was named the “Best Chef in the South” by the James Beard Foundation. What better than to pair him with two other huge winners: Champagne Taittinger and Clos Du Val!

Host: Joyce and Thom Devita with Al and Joni Goldberg

Chef: John Currence, City Grocery - Oxford, MS

Vintner: Clovis Taittinger, Champagne Taittinger – Reims, France & Bernard Portet, Clos Du Val – Napa, CA

Chris Kearney and Bobby Campbell

Ann and Charlie Rutherford

Al & Jamie Goldberg with Joyce & Thom DeVita

Lisa & Derrick Vanderploeg

Lauri Saunders, Karen Larkin, Charlene Rowe

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