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Boca Bacchanal Toasts "All-Star" Success of Seventh Annual Winefest & Auction

Boca Raton Historical Society Benefits from Tasty Fundraiser

Boca Raton, FL - (March 20, 2009) -- Boca Bacchanal has perfected a tasty recipe for an exciting food and wine fundraiser. Combine an all-star roster of top chefs and vintners with magnificent settings, a vibrant committee and generous patrons, season liberally with an appeal to support an important cause, and voila! success.

“We were truly pleased this year with the seventh annual Boca Bacchanal, which displayed high quality, a beautiful ambiance and an enormous amount of enthusiasm at each of our weekend gatherings” said Chairwoman Janie Lott. “From the Friday Vintner Dinners, to the Saturday Bacchanal & Auction and Sunday’s Grand Tasting, each provided a memorable opportunity for guests to enjoy a delicious cultural event while contributing to worthwhile programs that benefit our community.”

Boca Bacchanal is presented annually by the Boca Raton Historical Society as the organization’s major fundraiser. The 1,600 patrons who enjoyed the various food and wine offerings presented throughout the weekend sipped, savored, strolled and bid at silent and live auctions. The committee reported that more than $260,000 was raised through donations, ticket sales and auction bids in support of the Boca Raton Historical Society and its Heritage Education Programs.

The festivities began on Friday, February 27, with “sold out” Vintner Dinners held at private estates homes in the Boca Raton area. Guests delighted in the magnificent venues, which were perfect settings for the talents of the chefs and the distinctive wines poured by the vintners.

The Vintner Dinner Chefs were: Bravo! Network Top Chef star Stephen Asprinio ; Sean Brock – McCrady’s – Charleston, SC; Rick Edge – PlumpJack's Café – San Francisco, CA; Gabriel Frasca & Amanda Lydon – Straight Wharf Café – Nantucket, MA; Steven McHugh – Restaurant August – New Orleans, LA; Erasto Jacinto – Mustard’s Grill and Pablo Jacinto, Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen – St. Helena, CA and Jeff Tunks – DC Coast – Washington, D.C.

The Vintners were: Bodegas Faustino – Antonio Pinilla – 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 ; ZD Wines – Brett deLeuze – Napa Valley, CA and Baron Ricasoli – Stefano Capurso - Italy.

The Vintners were: Bodegas Faustino – Antonio Pinilla – 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 ; ZD Wines – Brett deLeuze – Napa Valley, CA and Baron Ricasoli – Stefano Capurso - Italy.

The Vintner Dinner Hosts were: The Boca Raton Resort & Club; Robert Campbell; John and Judith Temple; Lisa and Derek Vander Ploeg; Stephanie and Steve Miskew; Patti Carpenter and the Boca Raton Historical Society Board of Trustees and Joyce and Thom De Vita with Madelyn Savarick.

On Saturday evening, the weekend’s centerpiece event, the Bacchanal & Auction, was held at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The Resort’s Executive Chef, Andrew Roenbeck, presided over the reception and multi-course dinner, which was created by the Vintner Dinner chefs and Vintners. Toni May, host of South Florida Today on WXEL-TV, was Master of Ceremonies. DawnMarie Kotsonis was the entertaining and vibrant auctioneer.

On Sunday, top chefs from 27 area restaurants gathered to stir up a rousing Grand Tasting, a “by the bite” luncheon at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park. The event featured more than 140 different wines to complement the specialties of the chefs.

The Boca Bacchanal Committee included Honorary Chairmen Bill and Sharon Shubin and General Chairmen Janie and Duncan Lott. Joining them were Amy & Mike Kazma , The Bacchanal & Auction; Millis Keegan, The Grand Tasting ; Carla Marsh, Vintner Dinner Chef Selection and Public Relations; Lauri Saunders, Vintner Dinner Chef Liaison; Robin Deyo, Website; Chris Kearney and Roxana Garciga, Wine Committee; David Morel, Chef Advisory Chair for the Grand Tasting; Joyce DeVita, Jerry Ruderman, Karen Larkin , Rob Sadowsky, Julia Johnston, Bernadette Dardick, Richard Kuster, Ginnie Solhaug, Karen Eisen and many others.

Event partners include Republic National Distributing Company, The Boca Raton Resort & Club, Boca Raton Magazine, The Wine News, Cendyn, Carla Marsh Public Relations, Crown Wine & Spirits, the City of Boca Raton, Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Legal Sea Foods, Mrs. Elaine J. Wold, WXEL, Publix Supermarkets Charities, Champagne Taittinger; Palm Beach County Cultural Council and the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council.

Boca Bacchanal benefits the Boca Raton Historical Society’s Heritage Education Programs, which take the past, as well as the unfolding history of Boca Raton, into the community. In 2008, over 3,800 students participated in BRHS education programs; 4,900 residents and visitors enjoyed BRHS history tours, exhibitions, lectures and archival services; 45,000 people visited Boca’s historic landmark buildings, Town Hall and the F.E.C Railway Station (Count de Hoernle Pavilion), which are maintained by the Boca Raton Historical society for the community.

The Boca Raton Historical Society is located at 71 North Federal Highway. The eighth annual Boca Bacchanal is scheduled for March 5-7, 2010 For information call 561-395-6766 ext. 101, or visit the website at www.bocabacchanal.com


PHOTO ID: Dawn Marie Kotsonsis

PHOTO ID: Guests sipped, savored and strolled at the Boca Bacchanal Grand Tasting

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