By: Sally-Ann O'Dowd
Retreived from: https://go.epublish4me.com/ebook/html/10099614#page/17
In his 16th-century painting of Bacchus, Caravag-gio—the bad boy of Italian art—depicts the god of wine as a young man with dark curls, sensual eyes and a smooth, muscular chest achieved well before CrossFit bootcamps. Sitting alone with a large basket of fruit, he holds a glass of red wine between his fi ngertips and awaits the partygoers.Though Bacchus isn’t around to welcome attendees to the upcoming Boca Bacchanal, the god of wine certainly would be right at home amid the festivities at the 17th annual food and wine festival hosted by (and benefi ting) the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.This year’s Bacchanal, which takes place April 4-6 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club and private locations around town, adds to the Historical Society’s rich legacy of bringing together museum supporters and epicureans for a series of events that rank among the most anticipated of the season.
“Boca Bacchanal has introduced us to so many new friends,” says Mary Csar, executive director of BRHS&M. “It helps us spread the word and mar-ket what we do, and it brings us the recognition as an important community entity.”Like the institution it supports, Boca Bacchanal continues to surprise. Bubbles and Burgers, a new addition, takes place at the Boca Resort’s Beach Club on the evening of April 4. Guests can enjoy sparkling wines, Champagne and an array of slid-ers—veggie, salmon, beef, chicken—for a ticket price of $75. Says Csar: “Come in shorts and meet the chefs.”
Friday and Saturday deliver something expected as well as another new wrinkle.
On Friday, the popular Vintner Dinners ($350 per person) will be held in private homes and at historic locations. A vintner and chef will team up at each dinner, which includes detailed expla-nations of the curated wine selections amid a gourmet fi ve-course meal. “It’s an educational, fun and upscale experience,” Csar notes.
Saturday night’s celebration begins with another new event—a dockside VIP party at the Boca Resort ($75 per person), where guests will have an opportunity to tour a 90-foot Cheoy Lee yacht prior to the main event. The popular Grand Tast-ing, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Great Hall inside the Resort, would surely inspire an admiring toast from Bacchus himself. Expect more than 130 wines from which to sample, along with a small-plate, dinner-by-the-bite format featuring more than 20 local restaurants ($125 per person).
One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from ticket sales, and the live and silent auctions at the Grand Tasting, go toward BRHS&M education programs that serve some 1,200 school children each year. “The money we’re raising is really criti-cal,” Csar says. “It will go right back to the muse-um, and the museum is there for the community.”
It’s a museum that tells Boca Raton’s story like no other entity—from the Japanese settlers who bought land from Henry Flagler, founder of the Florida East Coast Railway, to the iconic vision of architect Addison Mizner. BRHS&M depicts the city’s metamorphosis from a farming village to one of the world’s most luxurious communities.
This year, BRHS&M (bocahistory.org) will use proceeds from the Bacchanal to digitize experiences. “We have started a huge new project to bring in interactive and immersive exhibits, so people can truly learn about Boca Raton’s history,” Csar
says. “We are revamping the entire museum.”
Investments include: purchases of iPads; construction of a pioneer room with an accompanying digital, page-fl ipping diary; engineering to bring the sounds of the past to modern ears; and projections showing who lived where, when.
In addition, a new conductor’s cab will give children the opportunity to drive a train and imagine what a coal fi re was like. “Pictures will make you feel like you’re moving,” Csar says.
Always up for adventure, Bacchus probably would take that ride.
BOCA BACCHANAL: TICKET INFORMATION
The lowdown: Visit bocabacchanal.com for complete event details, sponsorship opportunities and ticket information. Guests also may purchase tickets by calling 561.395.6766, ext. 101, or at the museum, which is at 71 N. Federal Highway in Boca Raton.
Buy the bundle: A bundled and reduced patron package, with a ticket to a Vintner Dinner, a ticket to the VIP Party, and a ticket to the Grand Tasting, may be purchased for $500 per person (a $50 savings). Note: Tickets to the VIP Party are only available to guests who also purchase separate or bundled tickets for the