By: Steve Pike
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The 18th annual Boca Bacchanal of 2020 – hosted by the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum – will be held over the course of four events on Jan. 21, Feb. 20, March 6, and March 7, 2020. The event celebrates the best in food and wine.
Guests may purchase tickets, to any of the Boca Bacchanal 2020 events, by logging on to www.bocabacchanal.com or by phoning the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum at 561.395.6766, Ext. 101.
The Grand Tasting finale will be held at the Great Hall at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and is expected to attract more than 1,600 residents and visitors from throughout South Florida.
This Bacchanal will bring together world-class chefs from all over the United States; distinguished vintners from all over the world; and a host of enticing interactive experiences while supporting the BRHS&M’s heritage education programs for adults and children. The 2019 Boca Bacchanal raised more than $225,000.
“This is a truly a fabulous event which keeps getting better each year,’’ said BRHS&M Executive Director Mary Csar. “As one of the oldest and most popular food and wine events, in South Florida, the Boca Bacchanal remains the ‘gold standard’ for introducing people of all ages to outstanding restaurants, talented chefs, and noteworthy wineries.”
Bacchus Beckons hosted by Bloomingdale’s is the Boca Bacchanal kick-off event, which will be held on Jan. 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Guests will receive appetizers, courtesy of Sandy James Fine Food & Productions, and sample fine wines from the presenting vintners at this informal get-together.
This event will be held on the second floor, of Bloomingdale’s, at Town Center at Boca Raton. Complimentary parking will be available in the garage and in the parking lot. Cost is $75 per person.
Bubbles & Burgers, hosted by ALINA Residences, will be held on Feb. 20 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m, at the Boca Beach Club. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a gourmet burgers, along with a selection of Champagnes and wines. There will also be a photo booth and musical entertainment by New York Sounds DJ & Entertainment. Complimentary valet parking will be available. Cost is $100 per person.
Vintner Dinners will be held at elegant private homes and historic venues on March 6, 2020-from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to feast on five-course meals, created by gifted chefs working in tandem with acclaimed vintners, for the ultimate dinner party experience. Cost is $350 per person.
Featured vintners for the five Vintner Dinners, are Katie Griesbeck from Cakebread Cellars in Sonoma, CA; Anthony Truchard of Truchard Vineyards in Napa, CA; Anita Correas of Montes Alpha in Santa Cruz, Chile; Tim Duncan of Silver Oak Cellars & Twomey Cellars in Napa, CA; and John Schultz of Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards in Napa, CA.
The Grand Tasting will feature more than 25 local restaurants and sample tastings from more than 130 wines and Champagnes.
The theme of this year’s Grand Tasting will be Wine Country. New York Sounds DJ & Entertainment will provide the music during this event. Founding Boca Bacchanal sponsors are Republic National Distribution Company, the Boca Raton Resort & Club, and Boca Raton Magazine.
Participating area restaurants will include Benihana, the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Bolay, Bonefish Grill, Burtons Grill & Bar, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar, J&D Cakes, Just Salad, Loch Bar, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Tap Room, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Potions in Motion, Raw Juice, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sammi J’s, The Capital Grille, and The Melting Pot.
Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, via the BidPal app, for items such as vacations, fine wines, dinners, jewelry, and artwork, including a framed painting which was donated by Thomas Arvid.
Valued at $16,500, this unique piece of art–“A Perfect Crush,” which is 67″ x 30″ framed, and part of the artist’s original program. The nation’s pre-eminent painter of wine, Arvid will also have a pop-up art gallery, where he will be painting a piece of artwork during the Grand Tasting. This year, the auction will open online, before the event, so that individuals from all over the United States – as well as local residents – will be able to bid early on items of interest.
Additionally, there will be a pop-up store by Yvel, a luxury brand of jewelry –based in Israel-with Florida stores in Boca Raton and Miami’s Design District.
There will also be a pop-up store by Crown Wine & Spirits; a craft beer station and a full bar; luxury items from select vendors, including Flint & Flame (a high-end line of chef’s knives and cutlery) and Parks Luxury Sporting Goods; and the Bloomingdale’s Red Carpet Cosmetic Touch-Up Station. The latter will provide guests with complimentary makeup applications, by professional cosmetic artists from Bloomingdale’s, throughout the evening.
Guests can also purchase products, which will be available for sale, and take them with them, or pick them up, at the silent auction collection table, at the end of the evening.
Feature Photo Credit: Michele Sandberg